When I started saving this week’s budget buys I realized that I was saving items that looked like I should be heading on a trip to the French Riviera so that pretty much is the theme of this edit. Besides the incredible amount of cute gingham pieces out right now, I’m totally digging pearls, straw baskets, sundresses, striped tops and cat eye sunglasses – perfect for Spring and Summer! Now all I need is a ticket to St. Tropez…anyone want to chip in?
If you missed it, I wrote posted a spring outfit diary over on Glitter Guide the other week in collaboration with Sole Society. I had so much fun styling these looks and sharing a little bit more about my fashion philosophy and what influences my style. Below I’m sharing some added tidbits to the original article I wrote as well as links to the pieces I’m wearing and where you can get similar items to add to your closet this season!
I’m sure other people can characterize my style better, but I always use the word ‘eclectic.’ When I first started my personal blog, I literally used that word to describe every outfit I posted. My husband joked that it was my favorite word. Ultimately, I think my personal style is a blend of all the places I’ve lived over the years—a touch of East Coast classic and prep, with some West Coast bohemian style thrown in for good measure.
After “Sex and the City” ended, there was an HBO special where various people talked about the show and every different aspect of it. I remember a specific part where Vera Wang described Carrie Bradshaw as someone who expresses herself and her emotions through fashion, and I kind of feel like that’s how I get dressed every day and for events. I’m a very emotional person, so I think it’s somewhat easy to gauge how I’m feeling by what I’m wearing. If you see me wearing all black, you’ll know something’s up.
On Mondays, I like to set the tone of the week with what I’m wearing. It’s tempting to stay in leggings or cutoffs, but throwing on a cute sundress with some booties just makes me feel so much better and put together. We’ve had a decent amount of weather (read: rain) here in SoCal this winter, so I’ve actually made good use of the jacket collection I brought with me from Boston.
This utility jacket has been one of my favorite spring coats for about five years now. I wear it over everything, including sundresses. This dress is the one I wore to the rehearsal dinner before my wedding. I wanted to get something I could see myself wearing over and over! These Sole Society booties are so comfortable and versatile. I know I’m going to be wearing them pretty much all year in Southern California!
When it comes to shopping, I’m pretty frugal and really budget myself. Affordable clothing has always been my “brand” and I always scour the web for fun, affordable fashion finds as well as thrift stores, which are total treasure troves. I think like most women I’m always drawn to shoes and bags. There’s a quote from the movie “In Her Shoes” where one of the sisters who is a successful lawyer and has a huge closet full of gorgeous shoes says “When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good… food just makes me fatter… shoes always fit.” I always think of quote when I’m shopping – specifically online. I’m not a huge fan of trying things on in stores and I’m terrible at returning things online so I do tend to buy shoes and bags more often – oh – and hats too! I love that Sole Society’s shoes and accessories are so affordable. You get good quality and on trend style for a budget friendly price.”
If you can believe it, I’ve never had a light tan bootie in my closet before! I’m in love with these from Sole Society, especially the cut-out details on the side. They’re the perfect blend of classic and trendy. I’d wear this outfit any day of the week, but for this Tuesday, it was the perfect look for me to get some errands done around town. How can you go wrong with a striped tee, overalls and booties?
My style has definitely evolved over the years and I love experimenting. Fashion history is so interesting to me and I love to look back at different trends and style icons and incorporate certain things into my wardrobe. My all-time favorite book is I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks. That book definitely started my education on different genres of fashion.
Mostly when I was younger but sometimes when I’m really dressing up or going somewhere I like to have a bit of a dramatic element to my outfits. I think that also has to do with my background in theater. I’ve been through various phases where I was obsessed with bold lips, oversized earrings, large headbands with jewels, bows and butterflies on them – most of which I made myself with my coveted glue gun. Over the years I’ve learned how to dress up without my outfit becoming a costume. I also think comfort has come more into play now that I’m ‘older’. If something feels too uncomfortable or fussy, I don’t wear it. I believe that you don’t always have to suffer for fashion. To me, fashion is supposed to be fun – and I don’t think being constricted or in pain is fun.
I like to think of pastels, like blush and blue, as the new neutral. There are so many fun ways to style them. The straps on this pair of pastel blue heels, for example, are so pretty—I’m in love with them. I probably should have cuffed my white jeans in this outfit, but I totally forgot. I make mistakes and missteps with fashion all the time. I’ll remember to do it next time. I already have so many more outfits in mind for this spring and summer, including lots of sundresses. I can’t wait to wear them!
My grandmother gave me my first pair of heels and I believe she had worn them at my parent’s wedding. She’s given me a bunch of my most coveted pieces over the years, including all the scarves you see me wearing in my outfits. I don’t actually wear the shoes she’s given me anymore because they are just too special to me. Actually, I don’t really wear heels—I’m very much more about being comfortable. I think years of trekking through snow, ice and cobblestone streets in Boston ruined my love for wearing them.
The fact that block-heeled shoes are so on-trend right now makes me so incredibly happy. I’m obsessed. They are so easy and comfortable to walk in and they still give you a little height. I feel the same about booties. I don’t know what I’d do without block-heeled shoes or cute booties in my closet. They are a year-round staple in my closet here in Southern California.
My friend Hannah always inspires me to wear yellow, but I’m not sure it looks great on my skintone—or maybe I just haven’t found the right shade. Either way, these chic yellow block-heeled shoes are a great way to introduce the hue into my closet and add the perfect pop of color to any outfit. How can you nothave a great day with these sunny shoes on your feet?
This outfit reminds me of my aforementioned grandmother. She is my favorite style icon. Ultimately, our style is completely different, but I don’t think you necessarily need to have the same style as your style icon. You can admire them and they can inspire you in different ways. I just think she’s so classically chic, put-together and full of grace. Some people might argue that I’m the exact opposite.
I got these gingham shorts last summer and I’ve worn them so many times. I know I’m going to get even more use out of them this spring and summer. If you’ve noticed, gingham is really big this season, which is great because it’s such a classic print. The straw bag might seem like an odd choice with this outfit to some, but it just gave me those retro French vibes—kind of like I’m wandering around St. Tropez with Brigitte Bardot. That would be fun, wouldn’t it?
This is my go-to Friday/weekend outfit—total SoCal vibes. I base a lot of my looks around a white tank and denim cutoffs because there are just so many ways to wear them. This week, I wore them with this floral-printed fringed kimono, which is actually a really nice layering piece if you’re into the bohemian look. I was initially going to pair my booties with this outfit, but I decided the pastel blue block heels would be more interesting and fun. They bring out the light gray and purple-blue tones in the kimono.
As you can tell from my looks this week, I don’t really wear a ton of jewelry anymore. Typically, I just throw on few gold necklaces (I have a huge collection of favorites) or gold hoop earrings. Maybe, if I’m feeling really crazy, I’ll put on a chunky gold watch, a cuff or some dainty gold bangles. I don’t like anything too fussy right now. Once I have the jewelry I want on, I add a crossbody bag and some sunglasses and I’m ready for anything a spring weekend has in store for me!