Mad About Navy & Neon

I must come clean and admit that I jumped on the Mad Men bandwagon last weekend, popping by a 60's themed, San Jose event, called Retro Pop. A fab fashion show accompanied by some fun, throwback band beats, the whole shindig washed away my rainy day blues. Gathering my own get-up, for the event, was quiet the ball, for although I do not follow the show, I am a major fan of the era's sweet and sophisticated style. Thus attempting my own take on a 60's look, I decided to pair a vintage polka dot sheath dress with some neon yellow accessories for a pop of spring to summer color. If you are looking to infuse some neon in your wardrobe I definitely recommend wearing it with navy as a foundation. From tangy orange to punk pink to florescent yellow, navy is a great sophisticated pallet that juxtaposes these bold neons perfectly. As for the lips, you may be wondering. I took a risk and sported some pouty pink for a hint of va-va-va-voom. Is it a yay? or nay? Please do let me know.

Navy Polka Dot Dress: Vintage via Black and Brown, Nude Pumps: Cathy Jean
Neon Belt: f21 (similar here), Neon Clutch: H&M (similar here),
Neon Necklace: f21 (similar here)

Nail Crush: Color-Block Mani

I love switching up my nail color and am always on the look out for fun mani trends. For a while now I have been on board with the one nail switch-up, making it my go to mani. Yet, when I received the latest Free People March catalog, I was smitten with their new take on this trend, interpreting it as the color-block mani. Instead of sticking to the ring finger as a single statement nail, the look is evolved to include the prominent index and thumb fingers instead. Inspired, I chose a neon orange and a pastel purple for my first run of this mani look and I am in love. A great way to marry contrasting colors, color-blocking is not just for the wardrobe anymore ladies!  

Posh Party Dress

Style parties are always a great place to get outfit inspiration and the SF Poshmark Party, I recently ventured to earlier this month, was no exception. Surrounded by the whose who of SF fashion bloggers, it was lovely to rub elbows with blogger beauties such as, Kathleen of Inspirafashion, Anisa of Young and Seamless, and Aidel of It's Because I Think Too Much. I was also super happy that I got to meet Natalie of Like Fresh Laundry. Her blog is one of my daily reads. The Poshmark party definitely got me thinking about shedding some clothes clutter and with spring here I decided now was a better time than ever to edit my closet. Thus committing to setting some pieces back into the fashion atmosphere, I am very excited to let you know that I have come to terms with my dressy dilemmas and  will be starting to post some things up for sale via Poshmark, so I urge you to get the free app and Shop My Closet! First thing up, the posh party dress, seen in this post, which I wore to the event.

Dress: Arden B (for sale on Poshmark)
Shoes: Fioni for Payless (also seen here)
 Clutch: Thrifted via Goodwill

Trending: Chambray Charms

1. American Eagle - $39.99
2. Old Navy - $30.00
3. Madewell - $78.00
4. J.Crew - $78.00

I cannot get enough of chambray button-ups, for it is quiet the versatile piece. Paired with an over-the-top sequined skirt or keeping it more simple, over some colored pants, a denim top ensemble is my perfect definition of dressy casual . Thus here are a couple of chambray charms I love. For a look at how I styled my chambray top see here.

Marni and Motorcycles

Last Thursday I found myself in line at H&M, way to early for the sun to warm my little hands, all in the sake for the love fashion. Despite the madness that ensued, I was able to score a fab Marni necklace in a purchase line trade. Reminiscent of vintage Bakelite, the chunky plastic design, with a touch of sparkle, makes a great statement piece you will see me wearing a lot of.

On a personal tidbit, it is a little over a week later and I find myself, once more up before the sun, yet this morning, computer stalking motorcycles in Florida, all in the sake for the love of road racing. Puzzled? I do not blame you. So let me start of by saying, in my best Elmer Fudd voice that it is, "Wacing Season" (racing season). Racing what? Motorcycles. Why do I care? Well, the boy has his own team and it would be an understatement to say he "sleeps, eats and breathes" it. This will be his third year in the national AMA league and quite frankly I would be lying to myself if I would say I did not wish I was at the track with the boys. From writing press releases to moonlighting as an umbrella girl, I myself have learned to love the sport that its quite the ying to my fashion yang. A balance, which this relationship is still learning to adjust. Yet it is with a certainty that I can tell you that if it was not for seeing the boy reach for the stars, this blog would not exist. It is the passion that he has for what he is doing in life that has driven me to take a leap into doing something creative for myself and I am a happier person for it.

With that said, you will have to forgive me for my racing week hiatuses, such as this last week. In the next coming months, I will either be traveling with the team or too paralyzed with nerves while at home, when keeping up to speed with the boys via computer and television (learn more about the team here).

I do miss him so, despite the sometimes trifling things that we struggle with because of the motorcycle madness that is racing. On that note, I leave you with the last photos we were able to take before his trip to Florida, of my Marni inspired ensemble.

Blouse: Vintage via Silverleaf Antiques Estate Sales, Corduroy Trousers: Ann Taylor (similar here)
Necklace: Marni for H&M, Pumps: Michael Kors
Clutch: American Apparel (also seen here), Wrist Candy: J. Crew, Vintage Bakelite, Anthropolgie

Trending: Blooming Bottoms

1. H&M - $14.95
2. Madewell - $110.00
3. Topshop - $90.00
4. Anthropologie - $118.00

If flowers tickle your fancy, not to fret my friend! I feel your sentiment and have come up with a handful of bottoms that will do just the thing. Jeans or chinos, when it comes to floral bottoms this spring, size of floral pattern as well as wash can make a big difference. Thus make sure to try on the variety of cuts and textures to find your perfect pair. Wondering how to style them? Play it safe and use flowery pants as a statement piece, dressing them up or down. For the risk taker, pair the pants with a contrasting patterned top, having some fun, mixing prints. Still on the search myself, stay tuned! 

Floral Fever

Floral print will always be a staple trend for spring and every year a new way to do the timeless look emerges. This up coming season, flowers have graced us in form of floral trousers. I had purchased a pair of my own, at H&M in December, but after concluding that this particular flowery print was not my "cup of tea", I decided to hold out for that must-have moment. Thus, nursing my floral fever, I recently snatched a botanical baby doll to ease my suffering. A great spring to summer statement piece, I got it for only $7... Yup... $7 dollars at Urban Outfitters, during a markdown on top of markdown sale. True story, even the guy manning the cash register was super excited for moi. Aside from having to pair it with my oh so awesome DIY cap-toe pumps (see tutorial here), I also gave the billowy dress some structure, adding, my favorite oversized blazer. Finally for a personal touch, I was so happy to accessorize with my namesake necklace, I ordered a few weeks back, when visiting Capitol Beach.

Dress: Urban Outfitters (similar here), Blazer: Michael Kors via Goodwill (also seen here)
Ring: f21, Cap-Toe Pumps: Re-vamped Guess (see DIY tutorial here)
 Oversized Clutch: Vintage Italian Leather, Wrist Candy: Ibiss, Anthroplogie, J. Crew, Vintage
Namesake Necklace: Script Craft