Archive | February, 2014

Outfit: Camo (NOT for hunting season)

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I am not particularly fond of taking and editing photos of myself.  And…I also happen to be married to my amateur photographer.  We take pictures either during nap time or while children are scootering.  So, in an effort to demonstrate how versatile a camo print can be, we put a helmet on my 3 year-old and hit the pavement in search of a good spot.  My photog then suggested some greenery in the background, and I willingly climbed in amongst the bushes (note: I am wearing Wellies).  As you can imagine, laughter ensued as he pointed out that I was standing in a planter…wearing camo.

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Let’s talk about camouflage for a moment.  As stated in my post earlier this week, this print is subtle enough to be worn as a neutral; complimenting most any color, even when paired with another pattern.  In this outfit, I used the neutral color and military styling of my jacket to contrast a rather girlie dress.  One fun thing about fashion is mixing unexpected items together to create interest and make your outfit unique.  As mentioned, the styling of the two pieces differ in this outfit as well as the mix of texture – the jacket is canvas and the dress a sheer chiffon.

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Accessories are the finishing touch to any outfit.  Here I layer a couple of long necklaces in an effort to draw the eye down from the higher neckline of the dress.  Finally, I chose turquoise drop earrings, which add some brighter color yet still compliment the neutral tones of the jacket and the burgundy dress.

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Jacket: Sanctuary | Dress: Free People (sale!) | Leggings: Madewell (similar) | Socks: Free People (similar) | Boots: Hunter | Purse: Coach (vintage) | Necklaces: Stella & Dot & my own | Earrings: Lucia K (not available) | Sunglasses: SALT.

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What I’m Lovin: Is Camo the New Leopard?

I consider a leopard print to be the ultimate neutral, especially in an accessory.  In fact, I’m confident that my leopard ballet flats get the most mileage out of my entire shoe collection.  However, lately I have been seeing so many fabulous pieces in camouflage.  This has led me to ask: “Is camo the new leopard?”  Check out my study:

Pants

Dare you try a leopard print pant? In a subtle black on black print, the leopard adds some interest but isn’t the focal point of the outfit.  I own these pants (surprise!) and I wear them as I would a pair of black jeans.  However, you could do the same with the camo pants on the right.  Cool when paired with a simple tee and converse or dress them up with a colorful silk top and a pair of high heels…oh, and a slouchy blazer!

 

J Brand Leopard Mid-Rise Skinny | Hudson Collin Camo Skinny

Shoes

The aforementioned leopard ballet flat is a staple; however, a leopard print sneaker?? Yes, please! But, check out these awesome camo print flats.  This print definitely add some subtle edge to this lady-like classic.

Sam Edelman ‘Becker’ Slip On Sneakers | Sam Edelman ‘Felicia’ Flat

Accessories

Accessories are a simple and more understated way to adopt a new trend and/or a print.  Try a scarf, belt or bag in leopard or camouflage and add some spark to your outfit.

Tory Burch “Panthra” Wool Scarf | MZ Wallace Large Metro Tote

Sanctuary Camo Jacket | J.Crew Skinny Printed Belt

As for the classic leopard ballet flat, these are my all-time favorite.  I spent a lot of time finding just the right pair: a perfect-size print, in calf hair; goes with everything from jeans to pencil skirts, from black to navy to taupe.  A little spendy but worth the investment (and now on sale!).  A leopard flat remains a wardrobe must-have.

J.Crew ‘Nora’ Ballet Flat

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Outfit: Winter White

In the spirit of “practicing what you preach,” I am posting several outfit shots of my white jeans.  Also, my husband advised me that I should probably post a few pics of myself…to assure my readers that I’m not some creepy dude half-way around the world (he used a more colorful description that I have censored).

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Jeans: Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny (similar) | Sweater: DVF (old) | Scarf: DVF Scarf (similar) | Booties: DV ‘Carlin’ Bootie (sale!) | Earrings: Lucia K ‘Tag’ Earrings

Black can be harsh in contrast to a white pant (there are exceptions, like an entirely black and white outfit).  Therefore, the taupe bootie were an easy pairing choice and also kept my entire look in the white and taupe color family.  The rose/taupe hue of the sweater and the browns and grey in the scarf compliment the ensemble.

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White1So sorry about the poncho being sold out (I almost feel like I am bragging).  This is a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale find from 2012.  More on this as the annual “holiday” draws near, but I use this sale as an opportunity to buy luxury pieces that would normally be out of my price range (think Rag & Bone booties, an Elizabeth & James blouse, and a Mackage leather-sleeve jacket…to name a few recent scores!).

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How To: White Pants in Winter

I throw caution to the wind with regards to many of fashion’s “rules.” I wear black with navy, mix casual with dressy pieces, never reduce my accessories and I most definitely wear white after Labor Day!  White pants no longer need to be relegated to your storage bin with the changing of the leaves.  With a few thoughtful pairing ideas, you can easily enjoy your white pants year-around.

Outfit 1 Casual

This is a great outfit for brunch, shopping with friends, hitting your local farmers market…the list goes on.  Note: I have omitted playing at the park.  White jeans are not super kid friendly.  However, I fully embrace my current “lifestyle” and wear what I want – dry-clean-only be damned!  I am fairly savvy with the bleach…and an absolutely amazing product called Soil Luv (which I have only found thus far in Dollar Stores in California).  The key to making this look work in cooler temps is the addition of lots of layers in varying patterns and textures.  Then add a neutral bootie and you can sport this outfit throughout the year.

Jeans: Joe’s | Tee: Monrow | Shirt: Anthropologie | Jacket: Current Elliot | Bootie: DV | Bag: FEED

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This look is office friendly and totally chic.  Just stay away from the coffee maker and dry erase pens!  Also, when wearing wide leg trousers, be sure that the hem of the pant is just skimming the floor (this will allow you to maximize the leg-lengthing benefits of this cut).  The addition of some metallic accessories and a punch of pattern with the bag make an all-white outfit more interesting yet sophisticated.  The key to a monochromatic look such as this one is varying the texture of your matching pieces; the wool-blend trousers and the silk top.  Although they are the same color, the different textures delineate the two pieces and add visual interest.

Trousers: Alice + Olivia | Blouse: Equipment Earrings: J.Crew Belt: Steven | Pumps: Joan & David | Clutch: Clare Vivier

Outfit 3 Night Out

This look is seriously rock n’ roll – so fun and playful; the perfect mix of notice-me elements and seriously chic pieces.  You could easily wear this outfit for a night on the town: a concert, party or out with the ladies. In particular, this outfit is an interesting dichotomy between casual (the destroyed jeans and tee) and dressy (the fur vest and high heels).  Since the fur vest is such a statement, keeping the other accessories fairly neutral allows this special piece to be the focal point.  Both the shoes and the vest are more of a blush white, which pair nicely with the stark white of the jeans.  You can vary the tones of your white pieces as long as it looks purposeful, meaning that the pieces are noticeably a different shade of white.

Jeans: Siwy | Tee: Madewell | Fur Vest: The Line & Dot | Sandals: Nine West | Earrings: Lucia K | Clutch: Topshop

So dust off your white pants and bring them back into the rotation.  Let me know your favorite way to wear white in winter and please keep the feedback coming!

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