Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 Fall Style Shopping Guide

Moody and romantic is the phrase I like to best describe fall 2016 fashion. Victorian Goth inspired details like lush velvet, statement jewels and metallic sheens all have me excited to shop for the coming holiday party months. Thus looking to create an stylish shopping list, I have partnered with Santana Row and created an easy fall 2016 guide that I hope helps you too!

Whenever a new season starts I always like to shop for one to two key investment pieces. In other words, something that can carry me through the whole season, which can also be mixed and matched either as a statement or staple item. This season the velvet trend is providing a plethora of options to pick from for statement pieces. Consider a darling velvet shoe. Whether a loafer or heel, Kate Spade has some sweet options. I am loving its twist on the ballet flat that comes in both pink and black with an adorable glitter block heel. The choker trend from summer is not going anywhere, so transition it to fall with some velvet options. Shop for chokers with a larger width and embellished with jewels. Urban Outfitters has some great options ranging from delicate to dramatic. You can't go wrong with a designer purse and Gucci came out with some velvet stunners for fall in jewel tones and mini bag options. If wardrobe staples are more your pace, everyone needs a LBD and coat a for fall. Transitioning the summer off-the shoulder look into the coming season, pieces have been tweaked to one-shoulder and a LDB is the perfect way to embrace this. Madewell has a simple in silk one-shoulder LBD that is ideal for day to night looks. (Yes, velvet is a tempting and do-able option here, but a one shoulder pretty is a great alternative to all that velvet. Don't go overboard!). The timeless overcoat is making a resurgence this fall. Minimal or oversized, consider adding some en trend brooches and or pins. Scotch & Soda has a pink and navy coat option. Santana Row's newest addition, Marine Layer has super fun pins that will give the polished piece a hint of chic. Happy Shopping!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Maxi

I've been bouncing back and forth from the Bay Area to LA a lot lately and the heat in both locations has had me reaching for easy to wear dresses. The commute back and forth between so cal and nor cal has its challenges but honestly being able to bounce style inspiration from both places has been really helping me step up my wardrobe game. On my most recent trip down south I decided to hit up some thrift shops/estate sales and that style haul led me to create this maxi dress look, which I have seriously wore on repeat. Dinner in Pasadena, blogger date in Sacramento and then coffee talk with friends in Saratoga, I mean if I had choose a look that screamed SUMMER 2016 for me this would definitely be it. Partially the en trend scarf accessory and partially the retro style sunnies, but mostly the potter's clay hue of the dress is what makes me beam. This color is everything and it is one of the Pantone color picks for Fall so I am scouring for more pieces. A sweater maybe. Too soon? LOL. Man o man my favorite season of the year cannot come any quicker.

Maxi Who What Wear For Target
Vintage Sandals Savers
Sunnies Urban Outfitters (Shop HERE)


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's On Tap

Super excited to share a look at the newest Whole Foods Market Silicon Valley location in Santa Clara, California. Now open everyday from 8am to 10pm daily, this store features so many cool details like, a self-serve cupcake display, a delish Ramen station and digital kiosk ordering at the burrito/sandwich counter. 

Yet my favorite part of the new location is its gorgeous Tap Room. Tuffted chair stools, mosaic tile, reclaimed redwood tables, each these designer touches of the stylish space make it must-check-out spot for a happy hour with friends. Its 16-Tap system features local and national brews that include a collaboration between Camino Brewing and Chromatic Coffee called the Cafe Con Leche. You can also order exclusive food offerings, which have been curated by Top Chef finalist Melissa King for the Tap Room's menu. I mean, lemongrass meatballs, enoki bacon bites and Tokyo Burgers... YUM! The Tap Room will also be hosting a bevy of fun events so make sure to like the WFM Silicon Valley Facebook Page (like HERE) to up to date!

Dress Crossroads Trading Co.
Wedges Gap worn with romper HERE and pants HERE
Bag Vintage

Whole Foods Market Santa Clara
2732 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara, CA


Monday, July 18, 2016

American Days

It has taken me a bit to get into this sneaker trend. Given my petite height, unless I am out for a run, sneakers make me feel like a muppet with cartoon size feet. Thus having tried a couple of styles I decided not to go with an athleisure type sneak but a more casual classic, The Chuck Taylor. I actually lived in black converse circa the late 90s. I was quite the alternative music lover (still love me some Third Eye Blind on any summer day) and (officially mortified to admit this) paired them with a studded pyramid belt as well as a matching bracelet (ughh lol). Funny how trends and personal style evolve ain't it? I never thought I would own another pair 20 years later, much less a white one. 

The easiest way to do this trend is with crisp skinny jeans and a basic white plain tee. Add an en trend bomber jacket for a summer night out layered look. For a more fashion forward ensemble, accessorize a skirt or dress with sneakers. The key to not making this look frumpy is to pick the right length size and silhouette when picking a skirt or dress for your body type. For petite ladies, stick with fitted and shorter styles like body cons and minis. For taller gals, midi skirts and maxi dresses are fair game. Add, wardrobe staple, a denim jacket for a summer weekend style. I wore my iconic American sneaker look for a little 4th Of July fun in Sacramento. A little wine tasting followed by an evening of fireworks, it was a perfect American summer day in the state capitol. 

Thrifted Purse & DVF Dress Crossroads Trading Co.
 Chuck Taylors Converse 
Vintage Denim Jacket Savers


Friday, July 1, 2016

Woman Cave Shopping Guide

As many of you know my love for vintage does not stop at clothes. One of my favorite past times is hunting down home decor treasures at estate sales, thrift shops and antique fairs. A combination of the story and the unique wear and tear that can come with each piece, vintage accents can truly add fabulous character to any home design. Recently I have been sorting through many of those finds, trying to redefine my own home style. It has been during this process I have come to the realization that my room is currently what I would consider my "space of sanctuary" and that means that the poor boy has to at times endure the overflow of trinkets, feminine color... and not to mention the "deadly" shoe problem on the floor. LOL. Perusing the inter webs for solutions, I have been more and more inspired by the curated "Woman Cave" spaces being created. Moreover whether it be wanted for extra storage, office needs or play dates, a "Woman Cave" can not only be functional but also fashionable with a touch of vintage flair. Giving you easy access to finding pre-loved finds like mine for your own "Woman Cave", I have partnered with Chairish, an online marketplace where one can buy and sell vintage pieces, putting together a shoppable list of stylish pieces.

Color is a great way to create cohesive room when using vintage pieces. I personally love to pick a piece that pops and work around it. For example a pair of Yellow Stools caught my eye in the Chairish Bar Stools section and quickly was in love with their Mid-Century meets Retro design. Print and texture is another big decor must-do for me. Bring this in with accessory accents that can be changed as your style and needs evolve. Sticking to citrus hues, I was over the moon to find a set of stripped Mid-Century glasses and a shaggy Turkish Kilim throw pillow on the Chairish site. Continuing to work on my on "Woman Cave" (Actually small corner for now. LOL.), I hope to have sparked your own vintage design project as well!