Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

I’ve been trying to dress for the seasons (even though San Francisco has little distinction between the seasons), and I saw this cute little outfit on Pinterest (where else?!)


I love the idea of layering a chunky winter sweater over a light floaty skirt.  The juxtaposition makes it interesting, and it’s the PERFECT way to get a few more wears out of your floaty summer dresses and skirts!

I’m going to brunch on Sunday with the girls, so I’ll test this look out then!  All week has been hot and sunny, but we woke up this morning to a layer of fog that just won’t go away.  I am looking forward to diving in to a cozy sweater, and feeling like it’s fall again.

I’m also loving the neutral monotone in this photo – for a similar look, try something like this…

Fall to Winter Transition

Cable knit sweater / Gold pleated skirt, $44 / Qupid high heels / Tommy Hilfiger gold bangle bracelet / Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian / Nadri crystal bangle bracelet / Michael Kors steel jewelry / Spike jewelry / Ray-Ban eyewear / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics lip care / NARS Cosmetics / Leather Jewelry Hermès Brown

Fall Wishlist

I know I am not the only gal with a closet full of clothes yet nothing to wear.  Shopping really can become an addiction since everyone loves new pretty things, but after doing a big “fall” shopping spree earlier this summer, I am trying to pare down the rest of my wishlist to impactful items that will be as practical as they are pretty.
I have so many blouses, and sweaters, skinny jeans, and high heels.  What I NEED are the statement pieces to mix in that will make a… statement (for lack of better words).
First up on my list is a Fur Trimmed Coat:

It doesn’t have to be real fur – faux fur is fine by me, but I think that there is something really lovely about a fluffy soft fur trim.  Obviously this fur trimmed number is quite a bit out of my price range (dang you Burberry), but isn’t it fabulous with the leather sleeve detail and the belted waist?  Makes me wish it were January already (and that I had a disposable income).
These ones are also really cute!


Also on my wish list is a sweater or top with an embellished collar
Jcrew hits the nail on the head with this pretty herringbone sweater with jeweled collar.  I can imagine this gussied up with a short full pleated skirt, or even with cropped slacks for work.  Another more versatile option are the collar necklaces I’ve been seeing ALL OVER the place.  Literally, once Forever21 gets a hold of a trend, you know it’s mainstream.
Karl Amber crystal and bead-embellished cotton collar Silver Metallic Peter Pan Collar
The collar on the left from net-a-porter isn’t exactly inexpensive, but would give a really similar effect as the beaded Jcrew collar, however the collar necklace on the right  is a steal at just $12 – I just LOVE a good deal!
Chevron is all the rage, and after making a permanent home in my home (via a few really awesome throw pillows, storage bins, and a blanket) I’m sort of dying for some chevron in my wardrobe.
A few of my favorite looks I’ve seen are this dress from shop sosie… don’t you just LOVE the back on it?  So adorable for a dressy date night!
I also adore this embellished top (chevron and sequins?? perfection) along with this chiffon dress.  Unfortunately, neither of these photos have sources (dang you Pinterest), so if you come across their origin let me know!
I’ve been talking about Peplum since last year, but haven’t found one that fits my long torso yet – I saw a great one from H&M recently that reminds me a lot of this one, but need to get into a store to try it on!  I like that it’s edgy and ladylike with the pencil skirt – I’m not entirely sure I can pull this look off, but I’m sure going to try!
Finally, I like to invest in one quality cozy sweater per year (last year it was a lavender cowl neck that felt like a warm hug) – this year I am thinking about a cape version of the chunky sweater.  I have a few capes that I wear to death, and so I’m on the hunt for an equally awesome one in a warm knit.
I’m sure that as the months pass there will be more wishes on this wish list, but these are the one’s I just can’t seem to stop thinking about!!

Wedding Style Guide: Evening Wedding

To continue this series of posts, I wanted to talk about evening weddings.  Black-tie optional is something you see on a TON of invitations.  This translates to cocktail-length evening wear.  Do not take “black-tie optional” to mean “floor length gown”.  Aside from the bride (and maybe the bridesmaids) you’ll end up being the only other person there in a floor length ensemble.  It’s a “don’t” for sure.

My guidelines for a black-tie optional evening wedding are simple, and here are a few inspirations to get you going!

Pretty in Pink:

Evening Wedding I

This look could possibly double as a late afternoon to evening wedding.  Even though its short, the color keeps the whole look sweet, so you’ll avoid looking like a tart.  A few rules – keep the footwear classic.  A t-strap shoe is perfect here – strappy or sparkly heels will put this over the top for sure.  Keep all the accessories in the same color family – golds, rose golds, cremes, and tonal pink is pretty together.  This look is for sipping bubbly under the stars, and dancing to a live band’s Frank Sinatra re-productions.

Red Hot Ruffles:

Evening Wedding III

This is DEFINITELY a dress to be worn strictly after dark.  A one shouldered, ruffly red number is in no way appropriate for a non-evening wedding.  Art deco jewlery, an embossed crocodile (or faux croc) clutch, and classic pumps accessorize the look.  Just be sure to bring a pashmina for your shoulders as you leave!  This look is perfect for a hotel wedding – picture a grand ballroom, chandeliers galore, and champagne towers.

**A note of caution: make sure the skirt falls just above your knees – any shorter and this is not a wedding look anymore!

Floaty Full Skirt:

Evening Wedding II

Oh the romance of a wedding… and what is more romantic than a full skirt and lace??  A soft dove color allows you to be more bold with bright accessories.  Nude pumps will elongate the legs, and a sweet embellished sweater will keep the chill off at night.  This look is perfect for sipping martinis at the country club’s bar, and twirling on the dance floor with your date.

Final words of advice??  Follow the cardinal rules and you will be fine!

  1. NO White.  If the pale pink is even close to white, wear something else!
  2. Nothing TOO short.  If you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see you in it, chances are your friend getting married doesn’t want her grandmother to see you in it either.
  3. Do not try to outshine the bride.

Fashion Inspiration: Aqua & Coral

I am 100% obsessed with the combination of aqua and coral (in case you couldn’t tell from all my Valentine’s Day posts).  Pink and blue is such a natual combination, and as the seasons change from winter to fall, warm sunny days totally call for a splash of color.  The weather isn’t yet warm enough for a full summer outfit, so a jacket will most likely be required for the days, but how perfect for work, or brunch, or just a stroll about town.  
Keep scrolling for wardrobe inspiration… you will find yourself fully enamored with how easily aqua and coral pair up!
aqua & coral I

Dress, €22
Madewell denim jean jacket, $118
Two Lips platform sandals, $70
Zara leather clutch handbag, $159
Miss Selfridge yellow gold bangle, $16
Chloé enamel jewelry, $495
ASOS bullet earrings, $5.37

aqual and coral II

Quiksilver polyester shirt, $30
Jeans, £16
Salvatore Ferragamo leather shoulder bag, $1,075
Chain necklace, $11,500
Dorothy Perkins gold bangle, $11

aqua and coral III

Topshop sleeveless blouse, $64
Alberta Ferretti slim blazer, $1,290
Carven skirt, $406
Jimmy choo shoes, $425
Chloé summer tote bag, £1,545
Diamond ring, £1,465
LORD & TAYLOR square earrings, $700
J Crew j crew jewelry, $28

Lady Like Elegance: Splurge vs. Save

I’ve been spending more and more time on Polyvore, and find myself totally drawn to the super expensive designer shoes, handbags, and clothing.  Obviously, its easy to make fabulous outfits out of Valentino, Gucci, and Manolo, but I’ve decided that for every FABULOUS designer outfit I put together for inspiration, I match it with the budget version that normal people can actually afford.

The first installment is the ultra lady-like outfit.  Peplum screams “I’m a lady” since it nips in the waist, and flatters the natural curve of a woman’s body (or enhances if its you are lacking in the curve department).  The Splurge version of this outfit will cost upwards of $20,000.  Crazy right?  Unfortunately that Chanel bag’s price isn’t listed, but its at least $10K.  At least.


The Dream - Lady Like Elegance

Mulberry beige shirt, $600
Valentino gauze skirt, £747
Christian louboutin shoes, $625
Chanel quilted handbag
Marco Bicego gold engraved jewelry, $5,610
Forzieri gold earrings, $1,194
Cartier jewelry, 1,572 CAD

Now take a look at the “Save” version of this same look.  Still cute, still lady-like, but a heck of a lot more affordable!  From head to toe, this is $400 – $500.


Look for Less - Lady Like Elegance

Peplum top, $17
Paul Costelloe knee length pencil skirt, £39
MICHAEL Michael Kors studded heels, $120
Python handbag, $89
Majorica south sea pearl earrings, $75
Jon Richard chunky jewelry, £40
Banana republic jewelry, $50

Obviously a lot of us have the staples to this look – you could substitute the pearls for CZ studs, or grab that cute black clutch you use out on the town.  I love playing around with looks, because maybe it’s just the peplum top you are looking for, to pair with your own pencil skirt and sky high heels, or maybe you’ve got a great peplum top, but have been looking for something to wear it with.  I look in my own closet and there is never anything to wear!  Now, I can look to the designers who know what they are doing, and model looks after the runway!

Lazy Day

Lazy Day

If this isn’t the perfect outfit for running errands, grabbing lunch, or hitting the stores to look for a new sofa (aka, my exact plans for this Saturday), then I don’t know what is – warm slouchy sweater, dark dark dark skinny blue jeans, and blush everywhere – in the bag, bracelet, ballerina flats, and scarf.  Chilly weather just hit San Francisco, and I am not going anywhere without something wrapped around my neck!


Lazy Day by beckyc1923 featuring leather shoes

Dorothy Perkins stripe sweater
$44 –

Mango cropped jeans
£40 –

Chloé leather shoes
$450 –

Yves Saint Laurent tote handbag
£1,499 –

Chanel hammered jewelry
€376 –

Fresh water pearl jewelry

Miss Selfridge acrylic scarve
$22 –

Valentine’s Day Shoes

I sort of LOVE the idea of outfitting your feet for the holiday, and once again Polyvore saves the day!  The great thing about most of these shoes is that they are not Valentine’s Day specific (well with the exception of the ever fabulous Vivienne Westwood Heart pumps which I Love, love LOVE!! Imagine these shoes taking you year round – red’s and pinks can be hot in the summer and do double duty as holiday festive!


Valentines Day Shoes

Christian Louboutin nude pumps, $625
Melissa shoes, £120
WALTER STEIGER high heels, $1,075
Steve Madden high heels, $110
Carvela Kurt Geiger high heels, £120
FS NY ballet flat, $198
Paul Joe ballet flat, £145
Zara platform heels, $90
Dorothy Perkins boat shoes, $35
Flat, $130