Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Black & White & Striped All Over

We had a wonderful weekend at home. It was the first weekend since before Thanksgiving that we had no where to go and no where to be.  Our son and I joined a walking group a few months back and the walks have helped us find some cool parks near our house. We took my husband out for a picnic at one this weekend.
Dress: Banana Republic (current); Cardigan: Merona Target; Necklace: Michael Kors (similar)
Vintage Clutch (Splurge | Steal)
Wedges: Diane von Furstenberg
I bought this long hooded cardigan at Target during our holiday trip to Dallas. I am always cold and this lightweight cardigan is nice for when it is not very cold, but I will be cold anyway.  I am looking forward to this month as we will have a plethora of visitors and I am really looking forward to sharing our favorite spots with friends and family.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bad News Bear

I try to stay away from oversharing personal details in this space, although it is hard not to share when I regularly update what I wear and where I wear it.  Last week was tough personally and I didn't feel like getting dressed.  My husband tried his best to pull me out of my funk and made me get dressed for a local walk even though it was cold and windy.  It was also supposed to rain, although the sun was still out when we took these pics and it didn't start drizzling until we were safely inside Starbucks getting warmed up with some coffee.
Furry Vest: Banana Republic (similar); Sweatshirt: Victoria's Secret (option); Lou & Grey Essential Leggings
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Blue Nile Earrings; Necklace: c/o Gorjana (2012) (current)
Weatherproof Boots: c/o Sorel Joan of Arctic (on sale)
I love these boots. They don't only match this faux fur vest, they also match the fur of my ski jacket. I've only worn them in Texas during the ice storms and here when it is not only rainy, but also colder than usual. Other than that, I figure I will really only be wearing them on ski trips.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Impromptu Date Night

My husband has been working some crazy hours lately. It feels like our family dinner time gets later and later as the weeks go by and his project gets more and more involved. After multiple complaints about eating dinner after 9PM, we reluctantly agreed to eat dinner separately until his project is completed in a couple of months. I wasn't happy about it and in an attempt to woo me over to see his side, he called me and invited me to dinner late last week. I only had about 20 minutes to get ready so I reached for something easy.
Shirtdress: Theory (current); Tights: Spanx
Pearl Earrings: Costume Set; Diamond Hoops: No Brand (Splurge | Steal); Necklace: Monet (current)
Cuff: So Good Jewelry (Blingy Option); Wallet: Calvin Klein (current)
Pumps: Tory Burch (similar in suede)
I love how easy this striped shirtdress is by Theory, but I shouldn't have ordered it in a petite size. It is one of the few items that probably would have been more comfortable for me to wear in a regular size. I paired them with tights and heels and kept all the accessories as simple as possible.

Friday, January 22, 2016

My Basic California Uniform

Since our move to California, I had to update my basic uniform (last seen here) to reflect not only my current closet, but also the change in the weather.  I updated the leggings to some ponte pants (with pockets!) and I added a reusable bag because you really can't wander far without one unless you want to pay an extra $0.10 to $0.25 every time to submit to your shopping impulse.
Chambray Shirt: Gap (similar); Burnout Tee: James Perse; Ponte Pants: Paige; Headband: JCrew (similar)
Pearl Costume Earrings: My Grandmother's (dupe); Pearl Necklace: Carolee (similar)
Tiffany & Co. Bracelet; Reusable Bag: Matsuya (cute option); 
I really like this reusable bag that I bought for a few Yen in Tokyo 8 years ago. It not only matches most of my clothes because it's black, but it also has a very convenient inside pocket that comes in very handy so I don't lose my keys or my phone.
Cork Flats: Neiman Marcus (super cute option)
I am struggling with my hair because I'm bored with it, but I've never NOT regretted cutting it. So I will continue to struggle with what to do with it in the meantime. At least I can see by these photos that it's time to visit my colorist soon.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Beach Blues

We just got back from weekend in LA and I must say that while our trip started off as a complete comedy of errors, in the end it worked out very well and the three of us enjoyed an amazing day down on Hermosa Beach on Sunday before heading back home yesterday.
Maxi Dress: Old Navy (luxe option); Crossbody Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (in Rose Gold!)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban; Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: Jane Basch Jewelry
Apple Watch; Tiffany & Co. Bracelet; Prada Sandals (cute option)
We started off with brunch at Martha's 22nd Street Grill right on Hermosa Beach and followed it with a walk along the shore. The waves were insane and our son had a great time running around. We moved to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium out in San Pedro in the afternoon before heading to Redondo Beach to watch the gorgeous sunset and finished our perfect beach day with a delicious dinner at Ortega 120.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Birthday Stripes

Although we had already celebrated his birthday in Napa with a couple of friends last weekend, we marked my husband's actual birthday with a quiet family dinner earlier this week.  He rarely gets to choose our dinner spots, but since it was his birthday, even our son sat primly through dinner at a local Burmese place a few blocks from our house.
Dress: Banana Republic (current top); Scarf: Zara (option); Monogram Necklace: Jane Basch Jewelry
Apple Watch; Bracelet: JCrew (similar); Clutch: c/o D'Andrea Handbags (2013)
We had a great time and I used the excuse to pull out a dress and wear make-up for my guy during the week instead of the usual jeans and sweater I've been lounging around in for the last several weeks. It was very chilly so I ended up throwing my trench coat on to walk the couple of blocks to dinner.
We had a great dinner and he was happy that this year was a much more low key celebration than last year's 40th Bash.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Break in the Drought

We have all been moaning about the drought California has been in since our move last year, but the last few weeks have been filled with some gorgeous, rainy days. Sunday was no exception. We spent the early morning in Napa wringing the last few grapes that we could get our hands on and buying some bottles for upcoming visitors.  Then we headed home to finish up our errands for the weekend and made it home just after dark.
Trench Coat: Banana Republic (option); Sweater: Victoria's Secret (dupe); Denim: Joe's Jeans; Umbrella: Totes
Scarf: Zara (similar); Earrings: Blue Nile; Necklace: c/o Dogeared Jewelry (2013)
I previously had a pair of JBrand Lovers jeans that were really long on me. By the time my tailor cut off the extra length, most of the flare was gone. I loved them and I was very sad when I wore right through them. I had been looking for a replacement for them for a while and when I found these Joe's Jeans Skinny Bootcut jeans, I thought the fit was very similar.  I asked my tailor to leave a 2inch trouser hem on them instead of the original and I think they are an excellent dupe of the JBrand Lovers jeans.
Boots: Frye Jane 14L Stitch; Reusable Bag: Old Navy (option)
 This weekend we are headed to visit friends in Southern California and to let our son spend some time with one of his uncles. I hear the weather there is gorgeous and while we have enjoyed this break in the drought, we are looking forward to some sunny SoCal weather!