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HILARI-TEE|Sincerely Jules’ Spring/Summer 2014


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:



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Well, these hand collar dickeys from the Italian line, Vivetta, made my day.  Always down for fashion with a clever sense of humor.

PS: Dickeys are false shirt fronts, originally designed to be worn with men’s formalwear. So, get yo mind outta the gutter.

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Pleasantly surprised to find these warm weather wants at Forever 21! Stepping it up in the men’s dept, I see.

Yes, they are technically men’s shirts, BUT they come in XS, which means us ladies can wear them too!! I’m thinking the pineapple shirt paired with some khaki shorts & some black leather slip-on sneakers.

Oh, PS: Yeah, they’re all under $20. What?!

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Flamingo shirt | Surfs Up shirt | Pineapple shirt | Palm tree shirt

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SPRING|STYLE: The Awesome Blossom

So…a few weeks ago, this happened:


I thought my shirt kind of looked like a curtain.  Turns out, it did.  Whilst on vacation in Hawaii, I was delighted [slightly horrified] to find out that the hotel’s curtain fabric of choice was nearly identical to my shirt fabric of choice! Great minds.

Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on florals. And, just in time, because it’s one of spring’s biggest trends.  Now, we’re not talking about your grandma’s delicate, dainty pastel florals, no, this season it’s all about the vibrant, in-your-face blossom that daringly toes the line between awesome and awful, the kind that’ll make you ask yourself, “Wait…DO these look like curtains?” If your answer is “yes,” then you, my friend, are on the right track.


For more ways to wear bold florals, click HERE.

How would you wear the awesome blossom trend?


Clockwise from top left: Topshop floral check tee | Forever 21 chill out floral tee | J. Crew track pant | BooHoo tapestry skirt | Jeffrey Campbell “Alva” floral loafer | J. Crew merino sweater |  Dolce & Gabbana shoulder bag | Gap floral bomber jacket

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LIKE|THIS: Mixed Menswear Prints


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 DigestLots 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

likethis_mixedmenswear_ladyLIKE 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

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LIKE|THIS: Cheeky Prints

LIKE|THIS: Cheeky Prints

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|THIS: Cheeky Prints x Lady

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|THIS: Cheeky Prints x Gentlewoman

LIKE A GENTLEWOMAN: Burberry Prorsum heart sweater | Madewell chambray shirt | Meredith Wendell leather belt | Nick Bronson knit tie | N.D.C. chelsea boots


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LIKE|THIS: Team Zissou

LIKE|THIS: Team Zissou. Always.

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.

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