My Favorite Style Icons and a New Book

My Favorite Style Icons and a New Book

Well howdy dreamers. What can I tell you? For one thing, I just ate way too much chocolate — even for me.  It’s my one actuallyI have a huge problem and probably need an anon but admitting it is the first step, right? guilty pleasure so its all good. Other than that juicy tidbit, life has been in a blissful holding pattern for the past few weeks. Oh – here’s something – I stepped back into doing residential interior design for a project I couldn’t refuse… It’s in Cabo. On the beach. I know – check myself.  I got to fly down to Mexico and stay at the property for a night. I dressed the part. I conjured a female Pablo Escobar-ish look which was way out of place among the college Spring Breakers and honeymooner couples on the plane. It also could have been that I was the only one traveling solo to Mexico. Or the tube of floorplans sticking out of my purse.

Sources: dressshoes, bag

Happy Weekend!

xo

s

For most of my life I have had style icons. Women who I think epitomize an effortless, classic and timeless style while staying current and slightly edgy. I have several – see them here, but my numero uno, all-time favorite is Ali MacGraw.

Ali MacGraw

Ali MacGraw in a beanie at the Academy Awards

She wore a beanie to the Academy Awards – no words.

Ali MacGraw

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ALI MacGRAW – 1971

Ali MacGraw

My favorite of her former beaus is Steve McQueen, so I started pinning photos of him too. What a couple.

Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen

Ali MacGraw and Steve McQueen

So, I was beyond excited to receive the book “McQueen’s Motorcycles – Racing and Riding with the King of Cool” by Matt Stone from the publisher. Cool personified. If you have a motorcycle lover in your life, this book would make an excellent gift.

 

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A cool jacket for cool weather and a special offer for you!

A cool jacket for cool weather and a special offer for you!

Hello loves. Besides the crazy weather we all have experienced this week, it’s been relatively quiet around here, which is nice. I’ve been on an organizing and purging spree. I cleaned out my garage (partly) then my closet and ended up with three huge bags of clothes to take to the consignment store, which are now in the garage :). It always feels so good to de-clutter. The highlight at the end of the week – an absolutely fantastic weekend spent in Carmel Valley at this heavenly place.

xo,

Serena

I find that layering is the way to go when it comes to cold weather and in-between-season temperature fluctuations. Even though I live in California, I’m pretty much always cold and when I go someplace really cold I look like the Michelin Tire guy because my parkas are all so huge and bulky. Enter my Seattle friend Elizabeth Roberts… I’m so excited to share this with you all… who has designed the most fun and stylish jackets!  Elizabeth very generously sent me the stunner below which I absolutely LOVE! I’m playing around with styling it from the perfect apres yoga outerwear (this morning) to a casual girls night out (tonight). In the meantime, here are photos of the jacket from Elizabeth’s incredible lookbook. She has also graciously offered my readers 20% off of any product with the Promo Code:  SERENA20. 

Enter her site here.

lightweight chic puffer - aubergine

Layering leather jacket over light puffer

Layers don’t have to mean only sweaters. This leather jacket over lightweight jacket look is so super cool.

What to wear over workout clothes and look chic

Jacket to wear from gym to errands

 

 

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A New Shoe Discovery: Flats

Hello loves and happy new week to you!  I’m thrilled to report that Lily and I survived our ski adventure! Yes, completely injury free! After just one lesson, Lily was up and skiing, which is excellent because she has just made her decision to attend the University of Denver in the fall, so skiing will probably be a big part of her future. Tahoe experienced record amounts of snow this year even before the gigantic storm that took place while we were there. Fortunately we were still able to ski everyday except for one, when the lifts were closed due to high winds. These are from the day after the storm… 

Squaw skiing

Alpine Meadows

Skiing on powder

Have a wonderful week!

xo

serena

 

 

 

 

So, how do you feel about flats? I recently had a conversation at the gym with a woman around my same age (very late forties/early fifties) who told me she thought flats made women look matronly and aged us beyond our years. As I listened to her share her perspective, I reflected to myself that not only had I never thought that, but I actually think flats can be very flattering (no pun intended). I try to steer away from absolutes regarding fashion (or anything else for that matter), but I really don’t buy into to the school of thought that dictates that a woman should dress according to her age, or that age should factor into our clothing decisions. The way we take care of ourselves, our genetic composition, body type, lifestyle and other factors all affect our clothing decisions and what does or does not look appropriate.

When I got home I looked at the shoes in my closet and realized I actually had not worn flats (other than sandals, sneakers and boots) for some time. Why was that? Because the flats I have – mostly ballerina’s, while timeless and classic, just don’t inspire me. So I went on a little online retail excursion and discovered that there are some fabulous new styles -in particular:  pointy toe and strappy –  both of which I find extremely flattering AND dare I say it – sexy.

Valentino flats

Alexa Chung in flats

Incidentally, I think that all of the above looks can be worn by women my age. If the skirt length feels to short, a slightly longer silhouette would work or adding tights. The ripped jeans can be replaced with non-ripped (personally I don’t wear ripped jeans because they always rip more and then the shape gets distorted). Anyway, after trolling around my favorite online shops, I narrowed down my favorites to these (the pair I chose are the last photo).

From here

From here

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From here

I’ll share photos, when they arrive…

 

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Fall 2016 Fashion – Navigating the Trends

Fall 2016 Fashion – Navigating the Trends

Fall 2016 fashion trends

With September comes fashion – September Vogue, runway shows and colder weather all contribute to our desire to think about our wardrobe. My favorite pieces this month ranged from classic to edgy and everything in between. Trying to find a common thread made me realize there is no longer ‘a look’ for that season. It’s become a pupu platter of options – colors, hem lengths, etc that allow us the pleasure of picking and choosing whatever we like. 

I thought Marc Jacobs’ collection was fantastic and filled with inspiration. While haute couture is not in my budget, nor could this look work in my world, there are some major take aways to be had — the high neck lace blouse, a blazer and high waisted pants, and those silver jeans…. 

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On the flip side, another of my favorites is the neutral palette by Bottega Veneta. Layers of tone on tone with texture and drape doing the talking.

For Fall, the trends that I’m drawn to and will be incorperating into my wardrobe are:

1.  Combat boots & stacked heels.

2.  Merlot & red

3. Shorter skirt length

4. Military & camo

5. Metallic

Here are some looks that incorporate the trends above and I’ll be working into my own closet…. 

Mini_army

merlot pants

 

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Mini2

Fur_jacket+combat_boots

Army_jacket

Stacked_heelMerlot_leather_jacket

Pleated_silver_skirt

Combat_boots

Mini_stacked_heel

Red_bag

Camo_jacket

Combat_boots3

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Happy October to you! 

xo

S

 

 

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When Only A Dress Will Do – Spring Fashion

When Only A Dress Will Do – Spring Fashion

Spring 2016 dresses

Hi beautiful people. I hope this post finds you enjoying a lovely Spring + Easter weekend. I'm looking forward to getting away for some nice, long overdue downtime. One thing that makes me happy is going through my closet at the end of each season, making edits and thinking about what I would like to add to the mix. So here are some Spring pieces that I've been coveting lately…It's all about the dress.

There is no clothing option more supremely feminine than a dress. And as such, there are days when only a dress will do 🙂 In fact, I wear dresses or skirts to work on most days and almost always for special nights out.
As I was perusing my favorite online shops this week, and happy to see that dresses abound this season, I noticed a few trends:

  1. Patterns – this is a tough one for me. I rarely wear anything with a pattern. Other than a few plaid shirts, everything is solid. That said, there are some really beautiful options right now that are giving me second thoughts. 
  2. White –  An all white dress can sometimes be too stark. I'm intrigued by the interesting fabrics and styles this season that eliminate the plain, nurse-ish feel that can be an issue with all white.
  3. Lace & Cut-Outs - Love it. Girly with an edge.
  4. Off-the-shoulder – Obsessed.

Here are my fav's:

 

 Isabel_Marant_Etoile_Matches

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I The_Great_Matches

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   By_wald_matches

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Zara2

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Erdem_matches

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Alic+Olivia_Lace

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Helmut_Lang_Matches

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Anthony_vaccarello_matches

My absolute favorite (above). omg omg

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Max_mara_matches

Max Mara Dress (sold out)

Emilio_matches

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Elie_Saab_Matches

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Alexander_McQueen_matches

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Alexander_McQueen2_Matches

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Back in Black – Winter Fashion Obsession

Back in Black – Winter Fashion Obsession

Wearing all black is back in fashion and a new trend in interior spaces

I am drawn to wearing black these days. Not that I'm in a somber mood, but the inspiration for an edgier look is drawing me in, plus it always works.

Here's a round up of outfits and interiors that inspire me. Hope you enjoy them too!

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Black_outfit2

Black_outfit3

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Black_outfit5

Black_outfit6

Black_outfit7

Black_shirt

In addition to fashion, I'm spotting black in big and bold ways in interiors. 

 

Black_cabinets

Black-subway-tile

Black-floors

Black-bathroom

Blackbathvanity

Black-cabinetry-brass-hardware

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Have a fabulous week!

xo

 

 

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