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Is it painfully obvious that I am having a serious matching set moment?  As in I absolutely can not get enough, hashtag: gimme all the options!  I love how such an easy dressing option can be made chic by just a few accessories.  It makes for an “out the door in five” type of morning!  I promise here and now to not go completely overkill this spring, or at least try my very best, but I do promise to always keep it different!

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Top and Pants: Zara (love this and this) this set is also beautiful.  Shoes: Zara (extremely old) similar on MAJOR sale here.  Purse: Fendi (save here).  Jewelry: J. Crew, YSL, Forever 21, Marrin Costello.

tassel tale

I have come to the realization that I have way more bottoms than tops in my closet.  So as of now I am on the constant lookout for statement blouses in versatile, and flattering, cuts.  This is definitely one that meets that criteria and then some.  There was something about the print and tassel ties that instantly sold me.  On so many levels it spoke to me in the way that clothes sometimes do (woman this is something that probably only you will understand, and for the men that do too – you get me and I get you;))!  Combined with my favorite (and most affordable hat), basic pumps, slouchy slacks…two doses of dayquil… my go to winter coat, and I never want to take it off!

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Coat: Forever 21.  Shirt: Zara (similar here and here).  Pants: ASOS.  Heels: Manolo Blahnik.  Jewelry: Baublebar, James Michelle.  Purse: Chanel (adorable save here).  Hat: Forever 21.  Sunglasses: Wildfox.

double duty

“When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades
And the crowds don’t remember my name
When my hands don’t play the strings the same way
I know you will still love me the same
‘Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen
And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it’s all part of a plan
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you’ll understand
But, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
Thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are”

- Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”

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Jacket: Forever 21.  Top: Vila.  Pants: Vila.  Shoes: Zara (old) love the idea of these with this outfit.  Jewelry: Baublebar, Marrin Costello, Asos.  Purse: Chanel.  Sunglasses: Wildfox.

buckle down

I’ve said it so, so, so, many times before but… on a sunny day nowhere compares to Seattle!  …and apparently, also on a sunny day, I forget to check the actual temp (apparently my mind still lives in LA where if it is sunny it’s a warm one) and prance outside in a wrap skirt and no jacket!  Men, you will hate me for this, and some woman you may say this is tmi, but the instant the hairs on my freshly shaven legs pricked through I knew I had made a major mistake and should have opted for that overcoat.   But, like a typical girl, I was willing to suffer just a bit to skip around in a perfectly slouchy, slightly oversized, draped, suede skirt!  As for the weather, you will not find me complaining because I want the cool to stay around just a bit longer – hashtag: Winter I love you!

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Sweater: H&M (similar here).   Skirt: ASOS.  Heels: Zara (old) love these and an extra 20% off with code: FASHION.  Purse: Chanel.  Earrings: Marrin Costello – huggies (not yet online but you can pre-order by emailing: contact@marrincostello.com)

jonesing

From the 60 seconds before I laid eyes on the Tu Es Mon Tresor pearl embellished jeans I knew I wanted had to have them.  Yes, they were so good that I am pretty sure they are what my fashion dreams were made of before I even knew they actually existed.  As far as having to have them that was a no brainer, well a no brainer until I saw the price tag of nearly $900 after tax, at which point I knew I had to have something similar.  After the Google search of a lifetime lasting about 3 hours, well maybe not that long – I do NOT have iron patience, I despised every single option!  Google you are not the answer to everything after all.  At this point I remembered a pair of super slouchy, and perfectly oversized, Gap straight leg jeans that had been hiding, unworn, in the back of my closet forever.  32 pearls, 5 hours, and 27 needle pricks, later I am absolutely loving the end result…

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Coat: Forever 21 (similar here).  Sweater: Aritzia (love this option).  Jeans: DIY using these (you can get the pearls here) splurge here.  Heels: The Mode Collective (love these).  Purse: Fendi.

studio 54

Sleek hair, pleats, tassels, pussybow blouses and wide leg trousers… can this be my new daily uniform?  I got these trousers on mega sale forever ago and am now kicking myself for not pulling them out more often.  For some reason I had convinced myself that green was “not my color” but now I am starting to think I was wrong!

I hope ya’ll had an amazing Valentine’s or Galentines Day!

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Jacket: Forever 21.  Blouse: Topshop (50% off) also here.  Pants: Zara (old) similar here, love these and these.  Pumps: Manolo Blahnik.  Purse: Chanel.  Earrings: J. Crew.

wrap star

“I let it fall, my heart
And as it fell, you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me
My hands they were strong
But my knees were far too weak
To stand in your arms
Without falling to your feet
But there’s a side, to you, that I never knew, never knew
All the things you’d said, they were never true, never true
And the games you’d played, you would always win, always win
But I set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!”
- “Set Fire to the Rain” Adele

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Jacket: Forever 21.  Sweater: ASOS.  Skirt: Blaque.  Heels: The Mode Collective (boot version here, amazing option here – and 20% off with code BONUS).  Scarf: ASOS.  Bag: Chanel.  Jewelry: Forever 21, Forever 21, J. Crew.

simplicity

After a chaotic, stressful, and overwhelming, week the weekend is always more than welcome to arrive.  Saying good-bye to the weekend after one of those weeks is even harder.  You better believe I broke out the cheese plate and vino from this post more than once this past weekend.  You know what they say, the first five days after the weekend are always the hardest!  On those days I turn to a neutral uniform and a pair of my most comfortable pumps… add a red lip to counteract the fact that my hair is basically in a knot on top of my head, grab a quad shot latte, and I am good to go!

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Coat: Forever 21.  Sweater: H&M (similar here).  Jeans: Zara (old) love these.  Shoes: The Mode Collective (sold out) boot version here, sandal version here.  Purse: Fendi.

for all ages

One of my favorite things about fashion and style is seeing how a trend can be interpreted from one person to the next.  I especially love seeing how the same trend is interpreted across multiple generations.  Today I/we bring you leather and white.  Even with 5 different ladies none of our outfits even came close to resembling any of the others.

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”  – Anna Wintour

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Cape: ASOS (on major sale).  Jacket: BCBGMaxazria (old) nearly identical here.  Dress: H&M.  Shoes: Carrano via Piperlime.  Bag: Fendi.  Necklace: Marrin Costello.

eve

Teens: Eve
Red Leather Jacket: Forever 21, Floral Print Top:  Zara, Studded Leggings:  C’est Moi, Sneaker Wedges: Wild Diva Lounge, Undershirt: my mum’s gym stash, Mix Media Necklace: Forever 21, FORWARD Ring in support of the Breast Cancer Society, Black Enamel Cuff: Shasa

dana

20’s: Dana

Coat: Topshop, Jeans: H&M, Shirt: Asos, Leather Boots: Sam Edelman

sheelah

40’s: Sheela

Vintage Pink Leather Vest: Jonathan Christopher, White Top: Burberry Prorsum, Jersey Capris: Nike, Booties: GX by Gwen Stefani, Hat: Shasa, Horn & Skull Cuff: The Swanke Shop, Wooden Horn Ring: Poshmark

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50’s: Annette

Faux Leather Leggings: H&M (last year), Faux Fur Coat: H&M (last year), White Shirt: Mango, Leather Booties: Bon’A Parte (currently sale 50%), Bag: Zara, Sunnies: RayBan Wayfarer (original)

 

friday night

lights ritual.  Shark tank, meat – cheese – and fruit plate… oh vino too of course, you can’t forget the vino!  I often times feel a lot older than I am when friends message me to go out because give me a good book (or tv show – hello Shark Tank) some wine with a cheese spread, while wearing yoga pants obviously, and I am one happy camper.  This has come to be our family’s Friday night ritual, while replacing the vino with apple juice for Emma of course, as we all now try to think of new business ideas that will be “the next big thing”.  Barbara and Mark our idea is coming for you, Kevin I am sorry but we will not be agreeing to any of your royalty deals!  Are ya’ll judging me yet?

I have always been someone to get excited over things for the home, especially unique finds for the kitchen!  So I was thrilled to find a cute piece to make our Friday nights seem just a bit more fancy and not served off of a plastic cutting board.  Andy, don’t worry I will never pay you back for getting so excited over a panini press delivery that you drop it on my feet while I am sleeping!  This is where Uncommon Goods comes in.  Not only do they operate on a Better to Give mentality where as an independently-owned business, they have the freedom to support causes that they believe in and  impact the world in a positive way. With every purchase you make, they proudly to donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. Since starting the Better to Give program 12 years ago, Uncommon Goods donated over $300,000 to charities around the world!  But they also as a B Corporation use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Where they are proud to be a founding B Corp since the B seal means that we meet a rigorous standard on a wide range of issues, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to our community.  While being a company that I am happy to support ethically they also give you a say in what they may carry.  Uncommon goods give you a first look at their newest arrivals and allows  you to vote in order to help the buyers decide which products will become the next UncommonGoods!

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With Valentine’s Day coming up be sure to check out Uncommon Goods other amazing pieces and gifts for him, for her, for mom and even personalized gifts. 

Cheese and Cracker Board via Uncommon Goods.  Hand Forged Cheese Spreader via Uncommon Goods.

A little bit about Uncommon Goods because I truly think that this company is pretty amazing!

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is an privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, including our warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way.