A Summer Dress In Winter

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Turtleneck: Splendid (Nordstrom Rack)
Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Shellys of London (ModCloth)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

This dress is an old favorite and I’m always happy to find new ways to wear it. Of course, as much as I like to keep things fresh, there are some things that are meant to be worn together and I wear them over and over completely unabashedly. This necklace and dress is one of those combinations; I rarely wear one without the other. But layered over a cozy turtleneck sweater and paired with flats, this look is definitely not one I’ve worn before. It was warm and comfortable and absolutely perfect for a girl just coming off a cold. 

Black, White, And Red

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Jacket: Michael Kors (Nordstrom Rack)
Shirt: J.Crew
Jeans: Rich & Skinny (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: J.Crew
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelet: Tory Burch (Nordstrom)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

I’ll always be a “jeans and a tee” kind of girl, so a work appropriate spin on that is an easy choice for me, especially on a Monday morning. I recently snagged this peplum top on super sale at J. Crew, and I fully expect it to become a closet staple. The cut makes it an updated version of all the black and white tees I’ve collected over the years, and it will work just as well with my growing collection of pencil skirts as it does with boyfriend jeans. But for a Monday that came way too soon (don’t they always?), I went with jeans. To keep the look sophisticated, I opted for classic accessories – a timeless quilted bag, pointed toe heels, and a necklace bearing tiny gold bows.

Camo And Heels

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Sweatshirt: Topshop (Nordstrom)
Jeans: Levi's (Urban Outfitters)
Shoes: Modern Vintage (Gilt)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bracelet and Ring: Gifts
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

So my last outfit was put together in the spirit of “I’m not feeling well but it won’t keep me from looking cute”. These photos were taken several days (and several boxes of tissues) later, and I had lost my zest for conquering my cold in formfitting dresses. I just wanted to be comfortable, so a sweatshirt was the obvious choice. It’s no secret that I love a good sweatshirt, and having recently worn my favorite one, I decided to break out my second favorite. (Yes, I rank my sweatshirts.) When it came to shoes, I went for comfort with comfortable heels because a good pair of heels always makes me feel better. 

The Perfect Under The Weather Dress

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Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger 
Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (a gift)

These photos were taken just as I resigned myself to the fact that I was getting sick. I spent an entire week popping Zinc lozenges like Skittles and throwing back Emergen-C like Moscow Mules, but my immune system didn't stand a chance. Never one to accept defeat, I insisted on heading to the office, so the question was (as it so often is): what to wear? I was looking through my closet for something that was both warm and comfortable when it hit me – a sweater dress! And this particular sweater dress is positively dreamy; it’s cashmere and it has a kangaroo pocket. It was exactly what I needed. With the exception of pajamas, this just might be the perfect “I-feel-like-death-but-I-will-carry-on” outfit. 

A New Spin On A Favorite

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Sweater: Joie (Nordstrom)
Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: J. Crew
Tights: Hue (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Pour La Victoire (a gift)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)
Necklace: H&M

I don’t like Mondays. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably heard me complain about Mondays more times that you care to count. (Sorry about that.) Lately weekends fly by and Monday hits before I’ve made it through my weekend to-do list. Not to mention way before I’ve had time to catch up on sleep. Seriously, does anyone get enough sleep? Are you well rested? Please, tell me your secret because I am forever tired. 

Okay, the outfit… There is a reason I noted that I wore this on a Monday. It’s because this outfit is the product of a tactic I often fall back to on sleepy Monday mornings. I take an outfit that I’ve worn before and really liked and make it different enough to convince myself it’s okay to wear it again. Last time I wore this shirt and skirt together, I took a cue from the always inspiring styling of J. Crew. I felt very Jenna Lyons with my tortoise glasses and statement necklace. This time I mixed up the proportions with an untucked shirt, a longer cardigan and a chunkier shoe. 

Ruffian Manicure

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American Apparel The Valley // Essie Mezmerised

I planned to do a nails post last week, but I was too disappointed in my manicure to follow through. While it wasn’t bad enough to immediately remove from my nails, I deemed it unworthy of the blog and vowed to try the same design – a Ruffian manicure - the following week. With my first attempt, I went astray in two areas: base color and placement. I used my favorite gold polish, but it ended up being close enough to my skin tone. From a distance, I feared it could be mistaken for a gap from grow out. I also applied the top layer too close to the cuticle, so it didn’t expose enough of the base color. Again, it was not my finest moment but like anything else – live and learn. I’m quite pleased with my second attempt! And the colors were definitely inspired by the vacation planning I was doing as I was painting my nails. I recall wearing this combination of blues for weeks after I returned from Baja. It reminds me of the ocean, and I love the ocean.

Highlighter Yellow

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Shirt: J. Crew
Sweater: J. Crew
Skirt: Zara
Tights: DKNY (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Necklace: H&M
Bag: See by Chloe (A gift)

I've worn quite a few variations of this outfit, each time hoping to snap photos. But each time something got in the way - be it rain, a missing memory card or a 9 am meeting. It became a joke between the SbS photographer - ahem, the boyfriend - and I, referring to it as "The-Outfit-That-Shall-Not-Be-Shot" a la "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" from the Harry Potter series. But much as Harry eventually defeats Voldemort, my day finally came when nothing would stop me from getting pics. Yes, friends, sometimes taking outfit photos is exactly like saving Muggles and wizards alike from the most dangerous wizard ever known to walk the earth.

Previous versions of this look included the sweater and skirt - there's just something I love about the two pieces together. I think it’s the contrast of the delicate print and sheer fabric of the skirt with a bold, highlighter yellow sweater. It was quite cold this day, so I decided to add another layer. Teal and neon yellow is an unexpected color combination, but I quite like it. And I really like how the three quarter length sleeve of the sweater exposes the silk shirt underneath. I’ve worn this sweater so many times but never layered over a button down. I'm ashamed and promise to remedy it immediately.

Sequins, Brocade, And Leather

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Jacket: Michael Kors (Nordstrom Rack)
Sweatshirt: Laugh Cry Repeat (Mira Mira)
Dress (worn as skirt): BB Dakota (ModCloth)
Tights: DKNY (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Libby Edelman (Piperlime)

Ring: A gift
iPhone case: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Macy’s)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

If we're going to be friends, then you should probably know that I'm a bit of a homebody. Sure, I love city life and all it offers, but I also love nights that involve little more than delivery and Netflix. And on certain nights - like New Year's Eve - I prefer to keep things low key. This doesn't mean I pass up the opportunity to wear something sparkly in honor of the occasion. No way. Even though my plans involved little more than a stroll trough Golden Gate Park and a trip to Whole Foods I was determined to wear something sufficiently sparkly. The challenge was wearing it in a way that wasn't completely inappropriate for the day's activities. "Casual sequins" calls to mind only one thing in my closet, so I started with the sweatshirt. I wore it over this dress once before and really liked it, so I decided to repeat the combination. An easy way to dress down a frock is pairing it with flats, so I went with velvet loafers. To finish it off, I threw on my leather jacket and velvet loafers. And did you notice the lack of handbag (but cute iPhone case)? I don't think that's happened since I lived on a beach!

Pink Tweed // Pink Hair

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Turtleneck: Splendid (Nordstrom Rack)
Pants: J.Crew
Shoes: Nine West
Belt: Nordstrom
Ring and Necklace: Forever 21
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Nordstrom)

Yes, these pants and my hair are almost the exact same color. And, I love it. To be honest, these pants had been hanging in my closet for quite some time because I found them difficult to style. I’m not sure why; I have two other pairs of this exact cut, both of which have been in heavy rotation lately. But when I scooped up this black turtleneck, I knew I’d finally figured it out. I turned to the ever-inspiring styling of J. Crew catalogs and went with a simple and classic pairing – a turtleneck and tweed capri pants. But with that styling, there is always something a little unexpected; I went with a sparkly statement necklace and double finger ring. And my hair matched my pants. Did I mention that?

New Year, More Glitter

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Sephora by OPI What's a Tire Jack? // Sephora X Explosive

The first manicure of 2013… I actually did it on New Year’s day, because I obviously could not start a new year with chipped nails! That is not to say that I spent my holiday break with battered nails. Not at all. I took advantage of my time off and not only painted my nails several times but even squeezed in a NYE mani for a friend. Every manicure involved glitter, and as my holiday break came to an end, I just couldn’t let go of the glitter. If I had to let go of the sweatpants (don’t judge me) and go back to work, then I was keeping my sparkly nails damn it! 

Geek Chic

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Shirt: J. Crew
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Necklace: Monserat De Lucca
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Watch: Michael Kors (Nordstrom)
Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co. (ModCloth)
Glasses: c/o SEE Eyewear

This is outfit is definitely a recent favorite. I love every single thing about it. It’s a bit boyish, a little nerdy, totally comfortable and completely me. I adore these pants and the shoes, and I’ve long wanted to wear them together. But such a bold combination should only be worn with confidence (and a sense of humor), and while I had pulled it out a few times, I hadn’t felt quite up for it…until this day! I pulled the shoes and pants out before deciding on what to wear on top. This chambray oxford was the obvious choice. The light rinse allows it to be worn as neutral, and the relaxed fit tempered the bold tweed and shoe combination. Loving the geek chic vibe, I couldn’t resist finishing it off with my glasses.

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