Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekend in Yosemite

Our son visited us for his Spring Break last weekend and we took a quick overnight trip up to Yosemite because we heard a rumor there was still snow up there.  We had only been up there during a Spring Break a few years ago and we barely caught any snow back then.  Needless to say we were excited about the prospect of going back.  We spent the weekend wandering around, hiking around the valley and then made a quick trip back to Badger Pass to see the skiers enjoying themselves.

I decided to make packing for the quick trip very simple and stuck to neutral creams, greys, and black colors.  I made a last minute decision to wear the Uggs I ruined last month since I knew I was going to be wandering around the cold up there and I brought my Sorel boots to wander around in the snow.  It worked out really well as I didn't have to worry about what to wear while we were there and everything went with each other.  I bought this cape scarf last Christmas as a gift because I love mine (seen here and here) but the recipient confided that she didn't really have a use for it and gave it back to me.  Since I loved the blue plaid one so much, I decided to keep this one and I am glad I did because I still wear both on a regular basis.

Yosemite was wonderful and it was such a great opportunity for our family to spend time together.  We went back to a couple of our favorite eateries and walked and walked and walked around together. We finished the trip with a snowball fight that I was spared because I was holding my SLR most of the time.

I Am Wearing:

One: c/o Angela Mara Tank | Banana Republic Cardigan | Lou & Grey Leggings | Ugg Boots

Two: J. Crew Sweater & Hat | Hue Fleece Leggings | c/o Sorel Boots | Balenciaga Sunnies

Both Days: J. Crew Cape Scarf | Bauble Bar Necklace | Macy's Earrings | Coach Crossbody

Everday Jewelry: Custom Garnet Ring (similar) | Cartier Ring | Apple Watch

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Party Wrap

One of my favorite aspects of our life in Dallas was our robust charity work.  Giving back is important to me personally because growing up without privilege and funds shaped much of who I am. I remember very vividly the many things that others contributed to me and my family when I was young.  However, I've always felt a bit odd because I frequently feel that I get so much more out of our charity work than what we contribute.  Our annual charity ball is definitely a highlight of each year and the friendships we have made over the years have contributed to a full social calendar for us.

When we moved here two years ago, it was an aspect I missed almost immediately.  We went from monthly fundraising happy hours and other social events, to private date nights.  While those are fun, I know my husband and I both really enjoy giving back. It took me a little while, but I think I found a wonderful group to contribute our time and money to here in the Bay Area.  Last week, we attended a donor event to hear a bit about the work our volunteers and advocated do for children in our community.  The event started after work and it was dark by the time we left and took my pictures, so I apologize for the blurry pics, but it was the best I could do!  I wore this wrap dress which was also my first DvF wrap and a sentimental favorite.  I had worn it to work with a blazer over it and low pumps, but ditched the blazer and changed into heels for the event after work.  It was perfect for the not quite cocktail, but a step above business dress code.

I Am Wearing:

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg

Earrings: Costume Pearl Studs (similar)

Necklace: Carolee (mine is old, current option)

Handbag: Balenciaga (current) (exact)

Shoes: Brian Atwood (Splurge | Steal)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Finally A Spring in our Step!

After all the rain of the last few months, we are finally seeing signs of Spring around town! And it couldn't come at a better time. Our oldest son was in town last week for his Spring Break and we spent a few days in town before heading up to Yosemite for a few days without cell phone or wifi service.  Before we left, I ran errands, paid bills, did some shopping and generally made a nuisance of myself around around town.  After a couple of years here, I joined a local charity organization this year and I am looking forward to contributing to that group in a significant way as the year progresses.  In the meantime, here is what I wore to work and around town last week.

I Am Wearing:

Top: Banana Republic

Cardigan: Tory Burch (similar)

Necklace: Dogeared Jewelry

Skirt: Banana Republic (current)

Purse: Tory Burch

Shoes: Prada (current)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Staying Neutral

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I used to be constantly draped in green in previous years, but now that we haven't really found a raucous party here in California we are keeping it low key. In fact, my husband and I are both sporting our alma mater colors as we kick off the NCAA Tournament and both of our schools are in this year!  That said, I stuck to neutral colors the last few days. Earlier this week, my mood was completely awful and I wore all black to reflect that. I had to go out to a doctor's appointment and kept it all neutral in hopes of good news.  After my appointment, my husband and I stopped for lunch and he tried to counter my black mood. I don't know that anything will work, but our son just arrived for a quick visit so hopefully, that will lift all of us out of our funk.

I Am Wearing:

Tank: DKNY (current)
Sweater: Zara (similar)
Trousers: Balenciaga (current)
Clutch: Jason Wu for Target (super cute option under $15)
Wedges: J. Crew
Jewelry: Apple Watch | Tiffany & Co Bracelet | Cartier Trinity Ring

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wildly Springing Forward

Did everyone else drag through the day yesterday or was that just me? I was so thrilled to be able to still go outside in the daylight at 7PM that I completely forgot about waking up a whole hour early Monday.  Fortunately, that just means that our gorgeous weather is back and I can wear whatever I want again. So what did I choose? Chambray and Leopard of course! And you can't tell from these pics, but the best part of my dress is the pockets, of course!  Trust me, I made everyone who complimented me sorry they did because I told each of them about the pockets.

I Am Wearing:

Dress: Beach Lunch Lounge (on sale!)

Scarf: Zara (similar)

Bag: Sam Edelman (option)

Shoes: Renvy (Splurge | Steal)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Wrapping Up the Local Sales

I joined a friend in a Less is More challenge for Lent this year.  So far, I have gotten rid of multiple pairs of jeans that don't fit me now that I have lost some weight, several sweaters that either don't fit well or were getting pilled, several evening gowns that I was still holding on to, as well as phones, junk drawer content and several clothing items that I ruined and am now sure I would never have gotten around to fixing.  While I was trying not to buy things to replace what I am tossing out, I did have a moment an afternoon of weakness and I hit the clearance racks at both J. Crew and Banana Republic a couple of days ago.  I bought this wrap skirt at JCrew as well as these slacks in brunswick blue and a Tippi sweater in the same cobalt shade. In order to counteract the blues I picked up there, I stopped at Banana Republic where I picked up this leather tote in a gorgeous blush color for Spring as well as this faux fur wrap in a pretty ice blue color. I love this bag because it fits my laptop AND anything I buy on the way to and from work! I can avoid paying .25 for shopping bags. But I confess, that I left my laptop on my desk when I took these pics at lunch. :)

I Am Wearing:

Cashmere Sweater: J. Crew

Wrap Tweed Skirt: J. Crew

Leather Tote: Banana Republic (mine is sold out on website, but this one is still available)

Pumps: Zara ( cute option)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wearing Red For Women

Today was International Women's Day and I decided to celebrate all the amazing women I know by wearing red in their honor. The political climate has been harrowing at best for the last 6 weeks and I definitely needed a pick me up. Of course, I overdid it and ended up looking like a failed Valentine instead, but I think I am okay with that!  Here is to all the wonderful women who fill my life with love, light, and a never-ending amount of laughter.  May you be celebrated not only today, but every day.

I Am Wearing:

Top: J. Crew

Denim: J Brand

Clutch: Proenza Schouler (current)

Wedges: J. Crew

Sunglasses: Nordstrom

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