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.
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.
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…
Have a wonderful week!
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.
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).
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….
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
Here are some looks that incorporate the trends above and I’ll be working into my own closet….
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:
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.
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.
Hi beautiful people. Does this time of year – the end of August – feel to you as it does to me, like the more appropriate beginning of the year? For years, I relied on a paper calendar notebook (remember those?) that went from August – August. I loved it. I also used to find the arrival of summer to be such a thud of an interruption to the strategically planned and firmly set routines of the school year. It was the shifting of gears, not summer itself that I had to acclimate to. I actually felt a giddy lift on the first day of school (yes, I'm admitting it). Now, the lines of summer to fall are blurry. And of course, I miss the school supply shopping, new binders, pencils and colorful eraser tips… The first day of school outfits are not as big a deal and, there is no more dropping off and watching the carefully packed backpack blend into the sea of backpacks. Ok, I'm gonna stop… Just reminiscing. New chapters are not bad, kids get older and independence raises the bar for bigger opportunities, responsibilities and and sense of pride for all. So, now that I've digressed, here are a few things that keep the summer spirit alive. At least until the first leaf starts to turn…
I discovered this lip balm a few months ago and have become addicted to it. I keep a tube in my car, gym bag, night stand and purse. The texture is what makes it so great – part Chapstick and part Vaseline, but more Vaseline-y. Plus it is SPF 20!!!
I was in Seattle this past weekend and a friend told me about this local shop with a bespoke line of lingerie and bathing suits. I especially fell in love with the beautiful assortment of white cotton pieces. The fabric was incredibly soft while crisp too. Just perfect for Indian summer nights. I didn't buy any on this trip, but before I left I made sure to confirm that everything is available on their website!
You know what they are but perhaps didn't know the name. Another French company in the diggin list this time… The line of great outdoor chairs extends well past the traditional Bistro and in more colors than you have fingers and toes.
A pair of these under a tree, just begs for an Aperol and Proseco spritzer and great conversation…
I would love to have a beach house one day. Whenever I see something that I would buy for that house, I save the image. Often to my Pinterest board here. These duffles are just the thing I would have several of hanging around the house. Whether they get used for laundry or beach bags or whatever, I think they're just so cute.
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I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.
My wish is that this blog provides beautiful inspiration, creative ideas, connections to other like-minded folks, as well as stylish products for your home, to wear and to give.