Tsumori Chisato Pleated Skirt

It’s only recently that I’ve started exploring Asian designers, but I can say with confidence that Tsumori Chisato leads the pack.  She has a natural way of playing with prints and patterns, and a “healthy dose of manga/bohemian cuteness” that translates well to the life of an American girl, even one who didn’t make it to Coachella.  So not to overload readers with more Festival Style, I decided to wear Chisato’s pleated skirt and explore ways to make that latest trend natural and fun.  If you’re like me, living in the pseudo-South, pleated midi-skirts are all the rage, and you probably go to work looking like a fashionable ’50s cut-out.  I love that this Chisato skirt is full-length, and inspires the wearer to play with a minimalism and comfort that is not always found when working with pleats.  And the color palette?  Well, you’re definitely not going to go under the radar!

I paired this Tsumori Chisato Pleated Skirt with a crop-top from Topshop, and Stella & Dot’s newest necklace.  I have a small frame and needed some height to not swallow myself in the skirt, so I added these Christian Louboutin wedges for some lift.

Do you have any Asian designers in your closet?  Share below – I’m always trying to branch out!

Tsumori Chisato Pleated Skirt Christian Louboutin wedges Topshop crop top

 

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Photo Credits: Lisa Freyer

Rachel Zoe Jumpsuit + Coca Rocha

Some Mondays, you just wake up and want to start the day with a bang.  Those Mondays, for me, usually coincide with four day workweeks – full speed ahead!  (Thank you, Easter!)  And what better way to kick Monday into high gear than with a powerful jumpsuit?  Luckily, I had this gorgeous Rachel Zoe number begging to be worn – and who am I to argue with a charismatic jumpsuit?

I paired this black Rachel Zoe jumpsuit with pink Coach slingbacks and a statement cuff from Stella & Dot.  I love to add a pop of color with shoes, but a bright clutch would work well here, too.

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Does this jumpsuit look familiar?  If you were at #LuckyFABB, you might have noticed Coca Rocha wearing the white version.  I love how she paired a shirt underneath.  The all-white trend is hot, hot, hot this season.

 

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Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

 

 

Floral Trousers + Graphic Tee

As with most Spring seasons, floral is “trending” (surprise, surprise).  But when you incorporate this print into your wardrobe, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Floral does not mean “Hawaiian” – put away your vacation tees and that Billabong you have left over from middle school
  • Aim for a “mature” floral – I love Victorian inspired prints, or those in golden tones
  • Wear a floral print that fits your build – if you are tiny, you might not want large, symmetrical florals

My other tried-and-true floral rule is this: floral does not have to be overly feminized.  You don’t need to wear 80s prom dresses (floral appliques, anyone).  I try to toughen up my floral whenever I take it for a spin.

On this lazy Sunday, I paired Zara’s floral trousers with some chunky heels (the same ones I paired with Peter Pilotto’s floral blouse).  I kept my top casual by donning a J. Crew graphic tee, and some edgy jewelry as accessories.  Grays and other neutrals are my go-to floral pairings.

 

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Chevron Everly Dress

Remember back in Spring 2012, when chevron was the new stripe?  Well, stripes have arrived for SS14, and I think it’s time to bring this pattern back into the mix.  Sure, it’s a little Southern, but when it comes time for sunshine and lemonade, my thoughts are with Georgia anyway.  Agreed?

On this lazy Spring Saturday, we spent the morning at the park – and our park just happens to have a golf course, so this included running around abandoned greens.  I’m trying out a minimalist trend with my casual dresses – we confirmed that I am two months pregnant and free-flowing is the way to be!

I always opt for sandals with a short, flowy dress.  I paired this Everly chevron number with a Stella & Dot bold green bauble necklace and a gold cuff.  You need to balance out the busy!

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Add texture with a fun necklace to break up the intensity of the chevron pattern.

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Doing the “Eva Chen”.  I miss #LuckyFABB so much, and had such a great time in LA.

Turquoise Necklace from Capwell + Co

I was gifted this beautiful turquoise necklace from Capwell + Co at #LuckyFABB in LA this weekend, and I couldn’t wait to come home and take it out on the town.  Turquoise is a favorite stone of mine, and I love the easy vibe it gives paired with jeans & boots, a flowing top and some sandals, or a black maxi dress.  But I took this opportunity to pair it with an uptown ensemble, paying tribute to the elite history of turquoise (it’s a rare, fine gem in Persia, and the name comes from its Turkish origin).

I wanted the stones to ‘pop’, so I paired with a Jun & Ivy black and white striped dress and some neutral Nine West pumps.  Anyone have an extra invite to a Garden Party?

 

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Photo Credits: Allison Rossi

Free The Girls Bra Drive & Sale

Jet lag from #LuckyFABB in Los Angeles couldn’t stop me from heading downtown when I returned home to visit Derriere de Soie’s ‘Free the Girls Bra Drive’.  (Where did the name Derriere de Soie come from?  It’s ‘silky bottoms’ in French!)

Free The Girls: Fight Human Trafficking is a nonprofit organization that works to provide jobs to women rescued from sex trafficking in developing countries by helping them set up micro enterprises selling bras.

Every year, the lingerie store hosts a bra drive at the shop to collect gently used bras for these women and to also give ladies in the community an opportunity to come in for a fitting, save a little, give a little, and finally find a bra that fits.  (Does anyone watch the show ‘Double Divas’ ?? )

I donated two bras and purchased a cute little baby blue bralette for my Spring collection.

To learn more about Free The Girls (and maybe start an event in your area??) visit: freethegirls.org

[Derrier de Soie has free shipping in the US, so visit them at: silkybottom.com]

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Leopard & Green: Pt. 3

Continuing our series with an outfit from last week -  If you’re just now following the trend: Pt. 1 featured Black Leopard Trousers with a Green Bracelet, and Pt. 2 featured a Leopard Dress with a Green Necklace.

For a truly confident look, I love to turn colored denim into an office-friendly look.  A green pair of pants can exude a nice pop of attitude.  Here I paired Lilly Pulitzer denim with a leopard top from Express and a black blazer.  I kept my jewelry simple to allow the jeans to take the spotlight.  A nice black bootie adds a one-two punch.

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[For an alternate way to style these green pants, see this previous post feat. a graphic sweater and pink chunky heels]

Photo Credits: Lisa Freyer

Bright Sunshine-y Day

Spring has sprung!  Weather in the 70s, sunshine, bright colors out and about.  It was a day for pink shoes and yellow dresses – or for pink shoes with yellow dresses?  It may have been so sunny that it washed out my photos, or I may have just been in a rush to get on with the day’s other fun adventures.  In short, I proclaim bright yellow (maybe even neon yellows) as IN for Spring 2014.

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Dress: Love Culture (similar here)

Shoes: Coach (similar here)

Necklace: Stella & Dot (Buy Now)

Photo Credits: Lisa Freyer

Sephora Spring Social – VIB Rouge Event

I’ve been a Sephora VIB Rouge member for about a year now, but I never seem to make it to their events.  This morning was an exception, and I was especially excited to go to the shop because I had a Christmas gift card itching in my pocket from Karl & Kindra (read: the hubby’s brother + girlfriend).

The event featured usual Sephora draws: 15% off purchases, free wristlet + samples, held before-hours for exclusivity.  As you entered you were greeted with coffee and/or orange juice, and in addition to the normal beauty stations there were representatives from Bumble & Bumble and Stila.

My haul from today is ridiculous, reminding me that I need to go to early morning events more often.  Most of the products I walked away with are first-timers for me, although they’ve been on my ‘to-try’ list for a while.  I’m excited to work their reviews into the blog line-up in the coming weeks, and branch out into the “beauty” side of my usual fashion forays.

Per-fekt skin perfection gel: with smart color technology, alpha lipoic acid, vitamins A and E

smashbox photo finish foundation primer

WEI Royal Ming firming and hydrating cream: replenish-yin

Algenist with Alguronic Acid: Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer / Oil-Free

L’Occitane En Provence Precious Cream

Sephora Super supreme body butter

benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Creme

Living proof. flex shaping hairspray: for damp or dry hair

Marc Jacobs Matte Lip Gel: in Shout

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub: with smashed brown sugar & sweet lime, almond oil & macadamia grains

Bumble and bumble City Swept: supple hold finishing spray creates lived-in, “street-styled” looks with separation and sheen

Living proof prime style extender: locks in your style longer; weightlessly perfecting weather proofing time saving

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte: in Beige Charnel (nude beige)

Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon: in Kumquat

Best Bite Collection: High Pigment Pencil Collection in Quince, Rhubarb, Cranberry (Limited Edition), and Madeira

Make Up For Ever High Definition Pressed Powder

Nars Lipstick: in Manhunt

smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: Hydrating, Oil-Free

Bumble & Bumble Ultimate Blow Dry Kit: thickening hairspray + straight blow-dry cream

Bite Vivid Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo: in Violet & Palomino

Sephora + Pantone Universe Venus Lure Lip Balm: in Radiant Orchid, Color of the Year

I’m so excited to try these new finds.  Have you used any of these products?  What are your thoughts?  Are there any you are particularly interested in learning more about?

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Today’s haul: lots of new products to try!

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View of the shop from the check-out counter

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The mall was closed, so the VIP event was invite-only

Peter Pilotto for Target: Look 2

It’s been a bit since I posted Peter Pilotto for Target: Look 1, so I’m happy to share the second installment from my Target shopping spree.  I thought it would be hard to love a top more than the sweater, but today’s outfit might just take the cake.  It is the red floral top, with amazing color and detail.  I think it’s perfect for some Spring fun.  I actually reused the same Express pants from the first post, because I wanted to stick to the mix-and-match possibilities of the Target line (I just wasn’t lucky enough to snag a pair of the Peter Pilotto pants).  A top that makes this much of a statement needs some shoes with personality, so I paired with these chunky heels from Just Fab, and accessorized with a medallion necklace from Stella & Dot (you might recognize this one, as popularized by Elizabeth Banks).

Which Peter Pilotto look is your favorite?  Are you holding out for Look 3?

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Top: Peter Pilotto for Target (On Sale!)

Pants: Express (similar here)

Shoes: Just Fab (similar here)

Necklace: Stella & Dot (Buy Now)

Photo Credits: Lisa Freyer