Ring the Bell

Happy National Stripes Day!  Those of us with a stripes addiction can rejoice today.   Thank you J. Crew!  If you are like me, you had a lot of to choose from.  I selected this bell-sleeved top and styled it with a liberty print blazer, lookout jeans, New Balance kicks and my Piper sunglasses.  The look was perfect for walking around Venice in off and on rain.  I love that the top is a new silhouette for me (I featured it recently in pink, here), but it still has my favorite stripes.

jcrew striped bell sleeve liberty flatlay

J. Crew Bell Sleeve Striped Top

J. Crew Liberty Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Lookout High-rise jeans

New Balance for J. Crew Shoes

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy National Stripes Day!




Stripes- Greatest Hits

I am coming up on a year of blogging and I have lost count of the number of posts that included stripes.  As it says in my Instagram profile, I am a lover of stripes.  There always seems to be one more striped shirt that is a need rather than a want.  I use stripes as a neutral often with other patterns.  Here are twenty-four of my favorite looks with stripes. For a look back at these posts see the links below.  The items are linked in the posts.

One more day until J. Crew’s new holiday, National Stripes Day. This may be my favorite new holiday. 



Painting Outside the Lines, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Vintage Rainbow, In the Trenches, Jumping into Memories ,All of the StripesPattern Mix Hits the Gym, Broad Stripes, Blue Velvet, New York State of Mind, Easy Elegance, Pink Stories, Doggie Stripes at Georgie, Dinner and Sunset in Montecito, Stripes at the San Diego Auto MuseumMay Liberty Flowers, Pink Lady, Black Watch, Stripes, Sequins and Lace, Shoes Tell the Story and Stripes and Liberty

Heels, Fire and Love

This statement tee is not joking around.  I love the pop of red. It works perfectly with the Love Wall in Venice, CA.   I styled it with a neon pink featherweight cashmere sweater, watermelon pouch, Lookout high rise jeans, New Balance kicks and Ryan Sunglasses – all from J.Crew.

jcrew-watermelons-heelsonfire-newbalancejcrew newalance heels on fire lovewalljcrew newalance heels on fire lovewall1jcrew newalance heels on fire lovewall 3jcrew newalance heels on fire flatlay

J. Crew Heels on Fire T-Shirt

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Italian Featherweight Cashmere Sweater

J. Crew Watermelon Pouch

J. Crew Lookout High-Rise Jeans

New Balance for J. Crew Kicks

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – National Stripes Day Edition

J.Crew has started a holiday, National Stripes Day, that is this Friday, March 31st.  I am ready to celebrate with a striped mani in one of my favorite pinks with navy stripes (of course).

The  manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is Kiss Me I’m Brazilian by OPI.

Items in the photos:

J. Crew Bell Sleeve Top in Blue

J. Crew Flower Guy Striped Shirt with Painted Flowers (on sale!)

J. Crew Girls Max the Monster Striped Tee

J. Crew Striped Tunic

J. Crew Striped Bell Sleeve Top in Pink

Jonathan Adler Bath Rug

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

Rebecca Minkoff Denim Clutch

Have a stripey week!




This has been one of my toughest weeks in a while. On the plus side, it was rewarding.

I had braced myself for my husband’s recovery from minor surgery. Turns out the procedure was not as minor as we’d anticipated.  I am proud of how, in the face of our unexpected challenge that we made more lemonade than we have made in a while.  I am more appreciative of all that he does on a daily basis.  We also took the opportunity to revisit what our seven year-old can for himself.  We discovered that he is more capable when we are not rushing to get things done and we just let him do things on his own.  My family feels stronger than ever even though one of us can’t walk without assistance right now.

I am making lemonade with this beaded lemon t-shirt from J. Crew.  I styled it with a jean jacket, white jeans and my yellow jellies.

jcrew lemon jack rogers flatlay

J. Crew Denim Jacket

J. Crew Beaded Lemons T-Shirt

AG Prima Jeans

Jack Rogers “Georgica”  (similar here and here)

Here is to making lemondade.

Happy Shopping!



Liberty Blues

Got spring flowers?  The weather in Los Angeles has been unseasonably cold and rainy, but I still have spring thanks to Liberty’s floral print.  I styled the Liberty Print shirt with a chambray Regent blazer (similar here), Piper Sunglasses, Charlie Slides and Broken-In Slim Boyfriend Jeans (all from J. Crew).


J. Crew Liberty Shirt in Edenham Floral

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Regent Blazer (similar here or double Liberty print with this)

J. Crew Charlie Slides

J. Crew Slim Boyfriend Jeans

J. Crew Belt (similar here)

Use code HAPPYSPRING for 30% off just about everything through March 24, 2017

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!



Riding Into Spring and Consciousness

Spring!  I always go through an awakening when the season turns, even in  Los Angeles which does not exactly deliver seasonal weather changes.  In fact, we are bracing ourselves for rain and it was chilly today after being warm for the past few days.  And yet, I experience the same awakening that I enjoyed in New York and San Francisco.  It is as if a light bulb goes off and I suddenly feel more aware.  I find myself thinking “Was I asleep?”

This week the first day of spring coincided with my husband having minor foot surgery. My day was spent caring for him, dropping him off, picking him up, and handling more at home.  All went well but that’s not the only great part of today.  Today, my husband and I were nicer and more patient with each other than we have been in a long time.  It is not that we were not getting along,  but it was that extra layer of kindness that made all the difference.  I felt the awakening of my consciousness about kindness – “why don’t we act like this all the time?”  “Where have WE been?”  I do not ever want my husband or son to suffer, but I do love rising to the occasion and being their best caregiver when the stakes are high.

As part of my spring awakening, I’m layering myself in a really nice J. Crew indigo eyelet that is a nice change of pace from my typically more tailored look.  I styled it with my favorite white jeans, Legend of Lido clutch and J. Crew shoes.  These photos were shot on one of those warm pre-Spring days in San Diego and the top was perfectly breezy.



J. Crew Eyelet Top (30% off with code HAPPYSPRING through March 24, 2017)

Legend of Lido Jaipur Clutch c/o

AG Prima Jeans

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Here’s to kindness (and style, of course).

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Cactus Edition

This week I knew I wanted a neutral salmon color (I even got it on my toes).  The cactus idea seemed original and then all of a sudden I saw them everywhere, including a great one on the most amazing hike and prints on clothes, etc.  That made taking photos fun and also made me realize how ideas don’t always hit you over the head.  They can be all around you seeping into to your subconscious.  It was a good reminder to just pay attention and listen.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The main color is “Salmon Run” by CND Vinylux.  the art was done with “Good Grief” by OPI, “Going Incognito” by Essie, and “Sun Bleached”by CND Vinylux.

Happy Monday!



Pink Lady

My love of liberty prints is well documented.  When I saw this lady jacket from J. Crew with Liberty print trim, I had to have it. I styled it with a striped ruffled shirt, signet bag (with pom-pom), white jeans and denim pom-pom flats.

You can see more of my Liberty print looks in these posts starting with my collection and introduction to them in London: May Liberty Flowers, Santa Barbara Mother’s Day, Liberty and Lavender, Denim on Denim, East River Sailing Club, Fiddlehead Farm, Stripes and Liberty, Paisley Liberty,and  Pink Liberty.

jcrew lady signet flatlay

J. Crew Lady Jacket with Liberty Trim

J. Crew Striped Shirt

J. Crew Signet Bag in Fuchsia Bloom

J. Crew Pom-Pom (similar here)

J. Crew Shoes (older style, but these and these would look great)

AG Prima Jeans

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

Have a great weekend.




Painting Outside the Lines

My son and I often color together.  I enjoy it. I find it relaxing. I am quite orderly about it; I am a ‘draw inside the lines’ kinda gal. So, when J. Crew launched the limited edition paint splatter collection I was not sure it was for me.    While I fell in love with the jeans that I featured last week in The Maine Event;  they have quickly become one of my go-to favorites.  This striped shirt has also been a staple.  There is something very liberating about the paint splatter and it is a fun contrast to my more buttoned-up look.

I styled it with my J. Crew Lookout high-rise jeans, Prada driving shoes and Goyard bag.

You can see the whole J. Crew paint splatter collection here.  It is limited edition and only available online and in a smattering of select  stores.  The collection is worth a second look. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll even color outside of the lines….



J. Crew Limited-edition Striped Tee in Paint Splatter

J. Crew Lookout High-Rise Jeans in Fairoaks Wash

Prada Driving Shoes (similar here and here)

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Happy Shopping!