Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Best & Worst | Met Gala 2016

 The Best

This year's theme for the Met Gala was Manus x Machina. While there were many gorgeous gowns and many relied heavily on bright metallics and other futuristic devices, these were my favorite looks.  I truly believe that Claire Danes basically won the evening in her gorgeous light up Zac Posen gown and I was happy to see that Twitter agreed with me.  As someone stated her gown was literally "Lit Up!" and I loved that the ethereal gossamer fabric looked just as beautiful when it was on the red carpet and you couldn't see it's glow.  And HOW cute and proud does Zac look standing by Claire in that photo?!?
Next to Claire Danes, my other favorite look of the evening went to Zoe SaldaƱa, who looked stunning in a feathered Dolce and Gabbana ball gown that looked stunning when laid out across the grand staircase leading to the ball.
Honorable mentions go to Sienna Miller who looked sleek and elegant in Gucci, Alicia Viksander who rocked Louis Vuitton and looked both fresh and futuristic all at once and Juno Temple in a very romantic Erdem dress that I can see becoming a timeless frock in anyone's closet.

The Worst

I have to say that I really didn't like the heavy Louis Vuitton boot situation going on tonight. I liked Alicia Viksander's boots because they truly complemented her asymmetrical dress, but I didn't like that Selena Gomez's boots made her look even more dumpy than the Louis Vuitton white studded dress already looked. I thought as the date for the honorary co-chair (Taylor Swift,) she really should have shined last night.  On the heels of those boots, came Michelle Williams also in Louis Vuitton and while I LOVED her new bob and her whole look, I hated it for the Met Gala.  It just came across as boring and I even felt like she wasn't sure she was coming, but got a text and decided to drop in. Sarah Jessica Parker in Monse was another disappointment as the Met Gala is usually "her jam." Not last night, I thought she looked tired and it wasn't just the cropped pants and came that looked more suited to go do laundry than to gab with bestie, Anna Wintour.  I think the reason I selected these as my worst is because each of these women is such a fashion dish and I really expected so much more form them. I also immediately discounted anyone who wore boring silver sequins, the usual attention-grabbing getups (I am looking at you Madonna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga) and all members of all fame-whoring families (why were they ALL there tonight? It doesn't even make sense...)

The Best Again

I leave you with a final look at Claire Dane's real life Cinderella dress.  I feel like Claire and Zac were really the only ones who understood the theme and translated into beautiful fashion. This image is from Zac Posen's instagram account. I love this look!

What were your faves?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Closet Additions | Stripe Edition

I have been on a frantic search for the perfect striped shirt for many months now.  So far, the winners have both been by JCrew in the form of this Saint James top and this linen top. But I admit that I am not a fan of hand washing and so I continue to search for a striped top that I can throw in the wash and wear over and over again.  With that in mind, most of my recent purchases have been of the striped variety.

What I Bought:

Striped Espadrilles: SOLUDOS mostly sold out, but limited sizing here
Striped Sweater: J CREW (the Duchess of Cambridge wore this last week and is now sold out in this color, but still available in peach/twig)
Plaid Shirt Dress: BROOKS BROTHERS (similar here and here)
Off The Shoulder Sweater: MISSGUIDED runs small, fate undecided.
Striped Tees: BANANA REPUBLIC, black and white one had seams twisted in the wash, but they were final sale so can't return. :(
PJ Set: BANANA REPUBLIC SUNDAY SUNDAY COLLECTION I bought in store on final sale, super soft, don't see them online anymore. Similar here and here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Leopard Neutrals

I love leopard print accessories.  But it has to be a very specific pattern and I rarely find it out in the wild.  This Zara scarf is over four years old and I still love it and the Renvy flats are over two years old and I still wear them all the time. They are great examples of the leopard pattern I like and I always wear them as neutrals to pull an outfit together.  In this case it was my chambray shirt and colored skinny jeans.  I wore this out to a rare breakfast with my husband earlier this week. Can you tell I was a bit wrinkled...and very full afterwards? :)

I am wearing:

Top: Gap (current)
Denim: 7 For All Mankind (option under $30)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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

Shoes: Renvy (Splurge | Steal)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Summer Citizen

Summer is coming and I couldn't be more excited.  For me summer means short sleeves, short hemlines, and espadrilles.  In Texas, I usually went for high-heeled espadrilles like the ones in this post or this one because we drove everywhere and usually sat where we were going. Now that we pretty much walk everywhere, I've been looking for some flat options and I was thrilled when I found these striped espadrilles from Soludos. I am loving how comfortable they are and the numerous color and stripe options out there.  This particular pair has become quite ubiquitous and almost every blogger had the same thought as me to go for a simple, but elegant black and white stripe. I hope these hold up against the hills of San Francisco this summer! Be sure to tag your social media photos #soludos to become a citizen of summer, too!

I am wearing:

Graphic Top: Signorelli (current)
Skirt: Calvin Klein (option)
Necklace: BaubleBar (Splurge | Steal)
Bracelets: Honestly...WTF? DIY Tutorial | Tiffany & Co.

Earrings: No brand (Splurge | Steal)
Clutch: Jason Wu x Target (similar)
Espadrilles: Soludos (exact here and here) I also want these and these

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jacket Not Required

As the weather vacillates between cool and warm here, I still have to make my way to school meetings, doctor appointments and friendly lunches.  I want to look put together without looking like I am headed to a 9-5 job, which I don't have.  This is a happy compromise of business and casual. I've had these slim trousers for a couple of years now and they remain one of my best purchases. I found them at Buffalo Exchange in Dallas and if I could find another pair, I would buy it in a heartbeat as backup for when these inevitably become unusable.  The jacket I found on ShopBop last year and while I think I could have gone down a size, it has been great to wear not only with thin linen tops like this one, but thicker sweaters when it is colder, too.

I am wearing:

Top: Zara W&B Collection (option)
Jacket: Smythe (in blue)
Trousers: Balenciaga (similar)
Necklace: Jane Basch Jewelry

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co.

Handbag: Sam Edelman (Splurge | Steal)
Shoes: J Crew

Monday, April 18, 2016

Technically Speaking

I've mentioned before that I have acquired an obscene amount of sportswear since moving to the west coast.  I've become quite a fan of Lululemon because there is one just a few blocks away and let's face it, their stuff is just great. Even a cute yoga top that was discontinued years ago still gets me tons of compliments whenever I wear it.  So I was very excited to hear about their new venture, Kit and Ace.  They have married technical wear, which we all love for it's easy simplicity, to leisure wear.  The number one thing I love about Lululemon is that I can throw it all in the wash and everything retains it's shape and this is exactly what they have brought to Kit and Ace.  I recently got to try this shirt (it also comes in grey which I LOVE!) and while I loved the way it fit and moved with me, I really liked just tossing it in the washing machine and forgetting about it.  I can definitely get behind this idea of technical wear.

I am wearing:

Top: c/o Kit and Ace

Shorts: J Crew (in white)
Sunglasses: Balenciaga (current)
Diamond Earrings: (Splurge | Steal)
Lariat Necklace: Vintage (similar)
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Clutch: Vintage (option)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (current)

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Casual Stylist

I ran around the last couple of days pulling clothes for my husband who had his company photos taken yesterday.  The call for him was dark, casual clothes, but it was important for me that he still look good.  I have to admit that I was initially excited to go shop for new things, because everyone from Banana Republic and J Crew to Brooks Brothers has really stepped up their game in menswear.  However, the reality was a tad disheartening as I went from store to store and was quickly reminded that nobody carries Tall clothing in the local stores. My excitement dissipated and I went home to pull from the clothes already in our closet due to the short notice and lack of overnight delivery. Then yesterday I dressed in this cute tee that my mother in law gave me for Christmas and my trusty skinnies and flats to take his freshly steamed clothes and help him pick based on what some of the other employees were going to wear. He went with dark jeans, a crisp white button down and a charcoal jacket and while I may be biased, he looked great! I can't wait to see the final pictures.

I am wearing:

Evil Queen T-Shirt: StylinOnline
Cardigan: Zara
Denim: Joe's Jeans
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (Current)
Flats: J Crew