Necessary Neutrals

This schizophrenic weather we’ve been having combined with next-season planning…all I want is a quick island getaway. Not entirely practical or possible, but intermittent snow showers, everyday grey gloom, and stress at the office have been making my mind wander to far more tropical, relaxing places. My normal color palette may be a little too underwhelming for some, but dark neutrals are my best friend. Easily combined and layered, black, white, khaki, and subtle pattern are my go-to’s no matter the occasion or destination. Though my next planned trip is in April to visit my mom in Florida, I can’t help but think of more far-away destinations. Tulum? Cuba? St. Tropez? Let your imagination decide ;)
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From Left to Right, click below to shop
Tank: Rick Owens Cotton Jersey Tank
Jeans: similar style here
Sneakers: Vans Leather Authentic Espadrille

Shirtdress: McQ Alexander McQueen Poplin Shirtdress
Bomber: TopShop Camo Printed A1 Bomber
Sandals: Valentino Rockstud Flat Thong Sandal

Tee: similar styles here, here, and here
Shorts: Blank NYC Coated Shorts
Sandals: Tomas Maier Flat Gladiator Sandal
Sunglasses: similar styles here

Tank: Frame Denim Le Muscle Linen Tank
Jacket: Faith Connexion Cotton Jacket
Jeans: similar styles here
Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals


Tote: Saint Laurent Beach Canvas Tote
Bikini: Melissa Odabash Laos Tiger-Print Bikini
Hair ties: Glam Bands Hair Ties
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent 54mm Sunglasses
Hat: Rag & Bone Panama Hat
Sun care: Clarins Multi-Protection Broad Coverage SPF 50 Sunscreen

Shirt Dresses for the Non-Basic Chick

Everywhere I turn, I can’t seem to escape the shirt dress trend. Coworkers rock them in the office, storefront windows merchandise them as the *must-have* of the moment, and magazines forecast them as a necessity this Spring. Though I’m often one to gravitate towards the more tailored details, I can’t seem to find a lot of shirt dresses out there that truly pique my interest. As you know, I love the quirky little details, especially ones that lean towards the dark, the edgy, the avant-garde…key features that tailored or flowy shirt-dresses don’t typically include. I’ve rounded up a few options below that go beyond the basic shirt dress with the little details, a different silhouette to suit different tastes, and best of all just a little bit of funk.

ShirtdressesFrom Left to Right, click below to shop
Dress: MSGM Striped Shirt Dress
Heels: Reed Krakoff Snake Print Leather Sandals
Flats: Office Ghillie Lace-Up Flat

Dress: Aquilano Rimondi Striped Contrast Shirt Dress
Brogues: Prada Leather Laced Derby Shoe

Dress: Michael Kors Long Striped Kaftan
Sandals: Chloé Suede Lace-Up Sandals

Dress: Prabal Gurung Ombré Effect Marble Print Shirt Dress
Heeled Booties: Saint Laurent Lace-Up Booties

Dress: MM6 Maison Margiela Shirt Dress
Heels: Tibi Pierce Sandal
Sandals: Tomas Maier Lace-Up Sandal

SoCal vs. Refined Boho

SoCal vs Refined Boho

With bohemian / 70s style being all the rage this Spring/Summer season, there are all sorts of style influences (psychedelic, disco, Cali cool, ethnic, etc.). Cali cool boho has been one of my personal favorites because there are so many variations and fun details, but festival inspired looks are something to avoid with how overplayed and overly commercial they’ve become (hello Forever21). Who doesn’t want to incorporate their originality while being on-trend?

I always tend to throw on refined basics as my main look and add in funkier pieces with shoes, bags, and accessories. In the warmer months I gravitate to my boyfriend jeans, breezy tops,  and fun, seasonal clutches for easy transitions from my laid-back office to dinner + drinks with friends. Click below to shop:
SoCal Boho
- Stone Cold Fox Off-the-Shoulder Top
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Antonello Woven Bag
- Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals
Refined Boho
- Crop Top Cami, similar styles here
- J Crew Boyfriend Jeans
- Stella McCartney Bag
- Prada Suede Ankle Strap Sandals

Want, Lust, Must Have: YSL Small Sac Du Jour

YSL Small Sac Du JourYves Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane Small Sac du Jour, $2,750, originally from F/W 2014 collection

Saving up for this bad boy has forced me to modify how I shop. Putting away the same portion of my paycheck week after week makes the final purchase a treat that I know I’m expecting — a planned-for surprise, if you will. Watching that monetary amount grow and grow demonstrates my perseverance to myself, showing my inner shopaholic that if you hold out for something that’s timeless and you covet so dearly, the trendy pieces that catch your eye for a minute or two become less and less appealing as you start to notice your triggers. Mine are plaid, exceptional fabrics, interesting silhouettes, and uniqueness…but the deal breaker? Knowing that other people will have it. I crave pieces with a rebel-rock aesthetic, but classic enough to outstand a one-season wear.

While in LA earlier this month, my coworker and I popped into the Chanel store on Rodeo Drive to satisfy our eyecandy temptations. I’ve been in love with the Chanel Boy Bag since it came out in their F/W 2013 collection, but seeing it on nearly 8 out of every 10 women in LA was an extreme turnoff (aside from the $4,000+ price tag). Sure, I saw my YSL on a few shoulders, but a minuscule number by comparison. Same goes for most other designer pieces I crave — uniquely classic designs that a few people have, but not so blown up as a fad would merit.

This will be my first luxury designer bag I pay full ticket for out of my own pocket — others have been gifts from friends in the industry (Burberry Crush from last Christmas) or just amazing steals at discount stores (hello, Furla croc tote a la Nordstrom Rack in 2013). The hefty price tag has forced me to rethink how i shop so i could actually put aside a consistent amount to grow a “Shopping Fund,” if you will. Instead of blowing $50 on rather disposable pieces from H&M or Urban Outfitters, I’ve been keeping my spending to an absolute minimum — no new clothing purchases since AUGUST. That may be normal for many of you, but it took a LOT of self control and spending restraint to get me this far in the “fund”. I had made a few “key-pieces” purchases in August to refresh my Fall wardrobe, but I’ve been a good girl ever since 0:)

What about you ladies? Has there been a designer piece that you’ve wanted so badly you changed your shopping/spending habits to make it a reality purchase?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!