I’ve found it. Finally.
The ever elusive unicorn that is…my style spirit animal. My style Patronus, if you will.
Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock for the past few years because Sincerely Jules has been blogging since 2009, and I’m only now just discovering her. The epitome of California chic – her laid-back style is effortlessly chic, an understated mix of urban edge and SoCal playfulness. New school & old school. Modern & classic. Did I mention the girl’s all for rocking sneakers over heels? Le swoon.
Aaaanyway, style wifey just launched the Spring/Summer 2014 line for her equally ah-mazing t-shirt line and it’s invoking all kinds of warm weather feels. Pineapples, flamingos, palm trees…yes, please!
You can see the whole Spring/Summer 2014 Sincerely Jules line here: http://sincerelyjules.bigcartel.com
If you haven’t already guessed it, I’m a bit of a (really huge) sucker for menswear & mixed prints. So, the fact that a happy little combination of the two is one of the hottest fashion trends for fall/winter…well, it probably makes me happier than it should.
Here’s a cheat sheet of menswear patterns for you, courtesy of MenStyle Digest. Lots of helpful pictures.
Herringbone, houndstooth, pinstripe, glen check…names you never thought you should probably know. But, see how many points you score when you properly throw out one of these names like it ain’t no thang. Tell someone you like their “herringbone trousers” and watch them be not-so-secretly impressed (and probably slightly confused, but impressed nonetheless).
LIKE A GENTLEWOMAN: Vince Camuto horn earrings | SEE by CHLOE herringbone jacket | Zara houndstooth trousers | Saint Laurent patent leather chelsea boots | Mango flowing blouse | Asos bow linked collar pins
LIKE A LADY: Mason houndstooth cardigan | TOPSHOP gold and black chain necklace | Helmut jersey tank | CURRENT/ELLIOTT leather skinny | Dolce & Gabbana herringbone plaque tote | House of Harlow horn ring | Need Supply studio flats
I’m a strong believer in wearing things that, if nothing else, just makes you happy. It’s your little bit of awesome for the day, right? And, this is why I’m a sucker for cheeky prints. They’re bold and, yeah, they’re a little obnoxious…but they’re also amusing and completely charming. Like I said, cheeky.
So, whether it’s bold hearts or gold-foiled dinosaurs, donuts (yes, I’ve seen donut print) or flamingoes, if it makes you smile, that’s reason enough to wear it!
As always, the easiest way to wear something seemingly unwearable, is to pick a familiar, classic silhouette. Maybe you’re not sure how to wear a big heart print? But, you know what you DO know how to wear? A v-neck sweater. Start there. You’ll be just fine.
What would your dream cheeky print be?
LIKE A LADY: Heart print dress | Vince ribbed cardigan | Target infinity scarf | Kendra Scott druzy earrings | Madewell lovelock tote | Forever 21 classic tights | Acne pistol ankle boot
LIKE A GENTLEWOMAN: Burberry Prorsum heart sweater | Madewell chambray shirt | Meredith Wendell leather belt | Nick Bronson knit tie | N.D.C. chelsea boots
submarine necklace | Adidas Zissou sneakers | Team Zissou patch | Vostok Amphibia watch | Guess aviator sunglasses.
LIKE A GENTLEWOMAN: River Island cap | New Look short sleeve shirt | Zara chino trousers.
LIKE A LADY: Agent Ninetynine slouchy cap | Topshop crop top | Zara pleated skirt.
The other day, I came across something that made the 8 year old in me gasp with delight. I was not cool. I was not collected. I straight up squealed…in public…so, that happened and was just as awkward as you would imagine.
Now, some of you won’t really get what the big deal is…they’re just shoes. But some of you will know EXACTLY why my inner 8 year old fangirled. A lot.
This fall, shoe designer, Charlotte Olympia, introduced her “Once Upon a Time” collection. Basically, if your love for shoes had a glorious little baby with your love for fairy tales, and that baby grew up to be a cheeky, yet charming, shoe collection (just go with me on this)…then, THIS is the shoe collection it would become.
You can view the entire collection HERE. Really. You should probably check it out.
New Series: GOING|PLACES
…what I’d wear when I’m, well, going places. Because I am. I’m going places in life. See what I did there?
It’s raining in San Diego. The first rain of the season. And, it is glorious.
I LOVE the rain. For so, so very many reasons, I love the rain. The way it smells, the way it makes the air all crisp, the way it makes you wanna just get all cozy inside & listen to your carefully curated Edith Piaf playlist & drink hot chocolate…the way it washes my car for free…
and then, there’s playing in the rain.
If you haven’t played in the rain recently, might I suggest you try it. At the very least, put your face up to the rain. Just close your eyes, tilt your head back, and for 10 seconds, just feel the rain on your face. Feeling a little bolder? Jump in a puddle. And don’t just toe the edge, really go for it. Get some air on that jump. Because the higher the jump, the bigger the splash, and the happier your inner 8 year old will be…which will make you happier. Do it.
striped raincoat | leopard print scarf | neon beanie | cozy mohair socks | cozy striped sweater | gray skinny jeans | color changing umbrella | chelsea boot wellies
I’ve always been a fan of a well-executed monochromatic look. And, I don’t just mean head-to-toe black on black.
I’m talking about some berry on plum on raspberry action. Or, maybe a little navy on teal on aqua.
Whenever I see someone who can successfully pull this off, my first thought is: Wow, they have such a great understanding of color.
Thought #2: They must’ve had the 200 count box of Crayolas growing up. Truth.
When putting together a monochromatic look, the goal is a little less “Veruca Salt after she got to the dessert course of the gum” and little more “so pretty, can’t look away”.
The key is to play with hues & textures. While hues (varying lightness and darkness of a single color) add depth to the look, textures break up the monotony of an otherwise flat look.
satin baseball jacket | cap-sleeve shirt | dusty pink trousers | converse all-stars | watch
raspberry silk turban headband | sweatershirt | pleat leather skirt | rocco satchel purse | 14k batman ring | stud bangle | watch | leopard pumps