Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sandwiched


At last, I got to wear my fabulous new dress! The folded neckline is what really sold me on this one, and the shape and pattern are classic enough that I'll be able to wear it for years to come.

I tend to have a difficult time with springtime fashions, mainly because soft pastels don't look so great against my skin tone. This dress solves the problem by putting the deep midnight blue up near the face and right at the hem, and keeping the softer shades sandwiched in the middle. Once it warms up a little I think this dress is going to look great with bare legs or nude fishnets.

The cute teal clutch doesn't get a ton of use, so I was glad to realize after buying the dress that it would be just the thing. I love how it plays off the lighter shades in the floral pattern and keeps the outfit bright.

Dress: Karen Millen
Clutch: Tracy Reese
Pumps: Paolo




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Watching From the Sidelines


Patterned pants are a trend I've been watching from the sidelines for quite awhile now. I didn't dislike the look, I just never saw a pair that really spoke to me and were the right price. My philosophy is not to spend too much money on a trend that isn't likely to see more than a couple of seasons. I found these at Gap, loved the pattern and mix of colors, and found that they fit great and were within my price criteria. Sold! I'm looking forward to wearing these when sandal weather returns.

Better still, I happened to be visiting my sisters, aunt and mom in Bend, Oregon for the weekend, so without the exorbitant sales tax that I'd normally pay in SF, it was like everything was on sale. You can bet that with 5 women hanging out together, we spent a fair amount of time in shops. The navy t-shirt I'm wearing here is from the adorable clothing boutique that my sister happens to work in. I actually brought back 3 of these shirts in different colors because I loved the long length, curved hem, and soft fabric.

The peach tank top is far more neon than it may appear in the photos. That bright a shade is not the most flattering to my skin, however letting just a small amount peek through under the t-shirt is a fun way to incorporate the neon trend without it being overpowering.

Tank, pants: Gap
T-shirt: Bobi
Shoes: Cole Haan

Friday, March 8, 2013

Strasbourg Shopping


This beautiful jacket is one I picked up on my last trip to France, which was about a month ago now. I happened into a Karen Millen shop in Strasbourg and instantly fell in love with nearly everything in the store. I brought back this jacket and also a dress, which was a surprise since I don't normally do any shopping when I'm in Strasbourg, the shops generally being closed by the time I leave work and go into town. This time my coworker and I ended up with a few hours to kill between the end of a short work day and the time we needed to catch our train.

The few things I brought back from the trip have given my wardrobe a much-needed boost; I was hitting a point where I was terribly bored with everything in there.



Jacket: Karen Millen
Jewelry: Metal Pointu
Top: Sunhee Moon
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Modern Vintage