Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hot Shorts

I call this my Texas outfit this Spring because I wore it when we visited Dallas 6 weeks ago and then again this weekend when I visited my family in South Texas. I first wore it to hang out with friends and their darling 2 year-old twins.  Their mommy was so funny and she said, "Oh, look at you! You look so clean and shiny. I promise you won't look like that when you leave!" but the boys weren't at all interested in me and they spent all their time playing with their toys in the backyard.  Then I repeated this exact same outfit to avoid passing out from heat exhaustion while I spent time with my mom running errands and eating my favorite foods (hello, tamales!) while I could.  And when I returned to the Bay to a heat wave, I knew it was perfect to wear it again. As summer gets closer, I rely more and more on the knits in my closet.  This top I found at Heavenly Couture in town several weeks ago. I love knit tops because they are fairly inexpensive and I don't mind when they inevitably develop tiny holes in the weaved fabric or the seams start to pull apart and I have to toss them at the end of the season.  I love this pretty color and the easy way it drapes over my curves. I paired it with rose gold jewelry to stay in the pink tone family.

I Am Wearing:

Top: Heavenly Couture

Necklace: BaubleBar (option)

Earrings: Rose Gold Diamond Hoops (similar)

Tote Bag: Banana Republic (current)

Shorts: J. Crew (Splurge | Steal)

Slides: J. Crew (cute dupe under $20!)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Reaching for Summer

My goodness, is it Summer, yet?!?! Being from Texas, I usually get enough of summer in about 2 or 3 days of 100+ degree weather, but the Bay Area has been testing me this Winter and Spring.  We've had more rain than we know what to do with and it has just been cooler than I remember the last two years being in general.  I am so ready for Summer! I've been pulling out my trusty wedges every other day and this off the shoulder top from last Mother's Day has been calling my name for weeks.  I finally gave in and decided to "summer-out" last week for a doctor's appointment and a lunch date with my husband.  I love these twill pants and have worn them quite a bit since I got them from Nordstrom last November.  They come in so many colors in both petite and tall and are comfortable and so versatile. If my husband hadn't instituted a multiples ban this year, I might have gotten them all!

I Am Wearing:

Top: c/o Banana Republic (2016) (current)

Necklace: BaubleBar (similar)

Earrings: Diamond Hoops (option)

Skinny Cargo Pants: J.Crew c/o Nordstrom (2016)

Handbag: Sam Edelman (similar)

Wedges: Stuart Weitzman

Everyday Jewelry: Cartier Trinity Ring | Tiffany & Co Bracelet | Apple Watch


**This is a scheduled post. I will be traveling for the weekend and will respond to comments upon my return.**

Friday, April 28, 2017

Captain's Dress

Yesterday I spent the day in meetings for our charity event later this summer and then my son wanted to go visit a kid's museum to pick up some items from their gift shop.  We usually walk all the way to the bay and had walked past the museum before, but since I was still dressed from my meetings, I didn't want to walk in wedges.  So we drove up there instead.  Imagine my surprise when we ended up parking right by the Captain's House at our local park. It was sooooo cute!  I went ahead and asked him to indulge me in some outfit photos.  I will be traveling back to South Texas to visit my family and see my little sister's college theater production this weekend.  I haven't been back in a couple of years! so I am really excited to see several of my high school friends and my siblings! Happy Friday, y'all!

I Am Wearing:

Dress:  Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (Splurge | Steal)

Necklace: c/o Dogeared Jewelry (2013)

Clutch: Tory Burch

Wedges: Diane VonFurstenberg (similar)

Everyday Jewelry: Cartier Trinity Ring | Tiffany & Co bracelet | Apple Watch


**This is a scheduled post. I will be traveling for the weekend and will respond to comments upon my return.**

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nothing Haunts Us Like Regret

I always tell my friends, "You know that nothing haunts us like the regret of what we didn't buy." It's true.  I can tell you of the time I went to a bridal sample sale with a friend who was getting married and I found the PERFECT Vera Wang dress in my size for $350. And I passed on it because I wasn't engaged. I eventually found a wedding dress that was similar by Enzoani when I finally got engaged, but I cried for a little bit when I took my non-Vera Wang dress in for alterations. Or when I found a Chanel cropped jacket at a resale shop when they were just getting started for $86! and it was labeled "Tweed Jacket" because this was in the late 90's before everyone had a Designer Resale shop. And I passed on it thinking it would be there when I came back from sleeping on it.  Or a pair of metallic, pleated, leather booties from Christian Louboutin during a Neiman Marcus Last Call sale for $300 that I passed on because I was sure they would be reduced further.  They sold out before they could be marked down any more.  So imagine my surprise when I found these metallic, pleated, Louboutin booties on The Real Real earlier this year.  I went ahead and scooped them up and was so thrilled that I did.  I only wish I hadn't had to wait years for them.  I wore them with my silky Victoria Beckham blouse from Target and a pair of distressed jeans to drop off some items at a local charity and meet a friend for Happy Hour afterward. This is one regret that won't be haunting me anymore.

I Am Wearing:

Top: Victoria Beckham x Target

Necklace: c/o Jane Basch Jewelry

Sunglasses: Burberry

Jeans: J. Crew c/o Nordstrom (current on sale)

Tote: Banana Republic (Splurge | Steal)

Booties: Christian Louboutin via The Real Real (Open Toe Splurge | Steal)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Off A Shoulder

This was the second top I got from the Who What Wear line at Target at the start of the month.  I really liked the unique design.  At least it seemed unique to me in that it wasn't entirely off both shoulders like most of my new favorite shirts and it was made of this really cute shirting stripe material.  I tried on both the medium and the large and opted for the medium because the large was HUGE, but looking at these pictures, I wonder if I could have gotten away with even a small? This shirt doesn't seem like a good candidate for alterations (to add darts or anything like that) because of the pullover style. I think while it might give it a more fitted shape, I likely wouldn't be able to get my chest inside!  On the other hand, it does have buttons along the side that is off the shoulder and I could use a bit of a sleeve slimming, too. I wore this out to go on several doctor visits one day last week and as you can see I didn't take the photos BEFORE I started driving all around the bay so the bottom of the shirt is pretty wrinkled.  I did get a lot of compliments on it and multiple women told me they had never seen a shirt like this one.  I might have to go back and see if I can fit into a smaller size because I don't like the bunching around the arms.

I Am Wearing:

Top: Who What Wear x Target

Sunglasses: Burberry

Skirt: Banana Republic (mine is old, this is such a cute update!)

Clutch: c/o D'Andrea Handbags (similar)

Wedges: BCBGeneration (Splurge | Steal)

Everyday Jewelry: Apple Watch | Cartier Trinity Ring

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gingham

During my trek to Target for the Victoria Beckham collaboration, I mentioned that the big winner in my closet was the Who What Wear Collection. This shirt is one of my Spring favorites. I know many of you are over the off-the-shoulder trend, but I am decidedly not. I am always self-concious about my arms because I think they could always be in better shape and these off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are perfect because they still give a peek of skin without showing all my arms.  This top was no exception. I really like the bell sleeves and the straight cut of the bodice.  I paired it with my favorite pair of skinny trousers and patent wedges and added red lipstick and a red clutch for a bit of color.  I will definitely have this top in heavy rotation this Spring.

I Am Wearing:

Top: Who What Wear Target (similar)

Earrings: Blue Nile

Sunglasses: Burberry

Trousers: Balenciaga (current)

Clutch: Proenza Schouler (current)

Wedges: Christian Louboutin (similar)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hop To It

Happy Easter! We are spending a quiet weekend at home after being on the go for a while.  This is my last outfit post from our trip to Seattle earlier this month.  Our second day in Seattle, we escaped an hour north to Woodinville to spend the day wine-tasting up there.  I had done some research and I thought we would go on a few tours and tastings, have lunch, and come back to Seattle.  It turned out that it wasn't quite a Napa experience.  The wineries we visited were right next to each other and don't necessarily do tours as most of them are tasting rooms and not vineyards or wineries. We realized this at the first tasting which had really great wine and we ended up skipping to the last vineyard, Chateau St. Michelle, which does have a tour and a tasting at the end of the tour.  Then we had lunch at Hollywood Tavern and walked over to the Woodinville Whiskey Co. for a whiskey tasting to finish our day in Woodinville.  However, someone at the tavern told us that the Skagit Tulips were in bloom and were a must see if we were already in the area. So we went an additional 45 minutes north only to discover the tulips were NOT in bloom yet.  So we finally made our way back to Seattle and took a walk on the waterfront and found a cute Thai place for dinner after all that.  I wish I had decided to check out the Seattle Art Museum instead of doing all that driving.  I hope you are having a wonderful Easter as well.

I Am Wearing:

Dress: J. Crew (on sale!)

Cape-Scarf: J. Crew

Sunglasses: Balenciaga (current)

Necklace: Rosa De La Cruz

Clutch: Tory Burch

Sneakers: SeaVees