Plaid shoes really do go with everything. I wore plaid shoes from a few years ago with a striped shirt and jeans to go see Santa in 80 degrees last weekend. My current dilemma is how many is too many? I have been collecting at least one pair a year for the last few years and I get a lot of wear out of them for several months a year. This year there are several pairs I am considering including this pair with a blue velvet ankle strap (below and 40% off!), this fun pair and this pair of heels (also 40% off).
Top also in plaid
Shoes – older style. Similar J. Crew Factory version here for less than $50! Also this brand new style that is 40% off (along with almost everything else at J. Crew with code THANKU through November 26, 2017).
These booties are fun too.
PS – Madewell denim is normally excluded from any discounts, but you can use DONTSTRESS for 25% off everything – including this high-rise boy jean (that I have featured here and here) and this slim straight jean (that I featured here). The code DONTSTRESS is valid through November 26, 2017.
I am preparing for the holiday with a casual plaid ensemble. I just got these plaid sneakers in the mail and it was a great mail day! They are selling fast, so don’t miss out. I styled them with a plaid shirt, pom-pom sweatshirt, denim and a custom clutch (which makes a great gift under $100). Check back on Friday for more of my plaid shoe picks.
Stewart Plaid Shirt
Denim (similar here)
Custom Canvas Clutch (so many options for this bag including stripes and this fun love design)
Sunglasses (on sale!)
There is a lot to be happy about. It is almost Thanksgiving vacation. We have family visiting for the holiday. We are having another heatwave (which I have decided to enjoy instead of being annoyed). So today I am “Up Beat” and rainbows. Why not?
I styled this “Up Beat” t-shirt with a velvet blazer, denim, tweed flats and a tropical clutch.
“Some of my friends at school say Santa is not real.” says my seven year old.
My heart stops and my stomach drops until he says, “But I KNOW he is real. I usually get everything I ask for and I have seen him and he looks exactly the same each year.” I sigh internally with relief and thank The Grove Los Angeles for having such an awesome Santa (that is the same guy every year).
“Wasn’t is so nice of Santa to put together the hot wheels ultimate garage last year, so it was ready to go in the morning?” he continues. “I am ready to make my list.” I start typing it into the notes in my phone:
Alexa “for the go”
Kitchen Aid Mini Stand Mixer
Sensor lights for the backyard for the raccons
Two pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate
Star Wars Water Bottle
Swiss Army Knife (TSA Approved)
“Take a look at the list and take off the things that are easy for you to get. I will only ask Santa for the things that are harder. That will make your shopping easier.” My eyes start to tear up and I fight them back. I want to freeze this moment in time.
We brought the list to Santa this weekend. Santa told him no one had asked for a calculator in a while.
This week’s mani is both festive and nostalgic. The pine cone reminds me of my own childhood on the Monterey Peninsula and all the huge pine trees. I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, but I am enjoying every second of Santa magic now.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Gris Obscur“, “Cavaliere” and “Emeraude” by Chanel.
Items in the photos include:
Gold and Black Shimmer Top
Studded Denim Jacket
Camo Monogrammed Clutch
Army Jacket with Peplum Tweed
Poof Sleeve Plaid Blazer
Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt
Camo Puffer Jacket
Metallic Dot Skinny Jeans
Patent T-Strap Wingtip
Faux Fur Slippers
Leopard Print Coat
Multi-color Tweed Jacket
Striped Tee with Embroidered Dots
My go with everything leopard clutch needs a rest once in awhile. Meet my new neutral clutch in camo from Parker Thatch. It has already been on steady repeat in less than a week. I styled it with a Liberty print shirt, denim and my orange driving shoes. I also love the clutch in this navy striped version.
The mimi tote from Parker Thatch in camo is definitely on my list. I just need to decide which way to personalize it (white large letters, HAPPY or letters with kiss.) The totes and clutches are made in California and are so fun to customize.
Also on my list from Parker Thatch are a monogrammed sweatshirt in gray or white and a striped shirt. Santa, I hope you are reading this.
Liberty Print Shirt
I wished upon a star for cozy, navy blue cashmere. J. Crew granted my wish with this adorable year-round kaleidoscope star sweater. The everyday cashmere line is well priced and the styles are adorable. I also love this, this and this (in so many great colors!).
I styled the sweater with denim, tweed flats and a gold clutch. I also love this gold clutch with tassel. My new camo clutch is another great option. It’s coming to the blog on Friday.
Shoes c/o also available here
Gold Clutch (I also love this one from Parker Thatch with the tassel)
I finally gave in. I was visiting my parents this past weekend and they needed help with their tree. I sent my husband a photo of my son and I working on the tree and when we got home he had gotten all of our holiday stuff out. So I did not one, but two trees this weekend. The house feels so cozy and it is nice feeling like I am ahead of the game, at least for now. It’s only a matter of time before we start listening to the holiday station on sirius/xm.
I’m holding out on holiday themed manis for a a little longer. This week I went with a light pink and red dot. I thought it would coordinate with all the plaid starting to make the scene.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture. This polish has gel wear-ability while still being regular polish. It is finished by this topcoat.
Gucci Fur Slippers
Striped Polo Sweater
Spectra Fringed Caridgan
Chambray Shirt with Embroidered Hearts
Pink and White Striped Shirt
Faux Fur Striped Stole
Studded Red Plaid Shirt
Studded Floral Sneaker
Floral Silk Dress
Faux Fur Pom
Wool Leopard Topcoat
Metallic Silk Blouse
Striped Pajama Bottoms
Crewcuts Pink Floral Dress
Cashmere Heart Beanie
Star Print Top, Dress, and Skirt
Tory Burch Pink Gemini Link Tote
Plaid Boyfriend Shirt
Plaid Ruffle Shirt
Equipment Floral Blouse
I am ready to fall into The Gap again. I have been on the hunt for a camo jacket to throw on over everything. I spotted this jacket at The Gap and scooped it up immediately (it’s under $50 with the current promo CHEERS). Others I have considered (like this, this and this) are almost ten times the price. I love the striped details and I lost count of compliments the first time I wore it with a navy t-shirt and sneakers. I also ordered this jacket in dark night from The Gap today (the army green with leopard print was tempting too).
I styled it with a Saint James tee, denim, navy velvet frayed sandals and one of my favorite Parker Thatch clutches. I just ordered this camo clutch from Parker Thatch (it arrives tomorrow and I can hardly wait!)
Jacket (on sale!)
Saint James Tee
Lip and Cheek Color – Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen in this value gift set
“Why aren’t there more decorations for Thanksgiving? It seems like we rush to Christmas right after Halloween.” said my seven year old on the way to school. “Each holiday should be special.” I could not agree with him more. I was excited to find these fun Thanksgiving crackers that I know he and my niece will enjoy. My dog is enjoying her Fair Isle bed (it also comes in this adorable plaid) and for now, that is enough Christmas décor.
On the fashion front I am ready for plaid and velvet. I love the fit of this velvet blazer. I styled it with my favorite Stewart plaid shirt, leopard print stole, new high rise skinny jeans and leopard heels. The look is casual, but holiday ready. I organized my closet and put all the plaid in a more prominent location.
Leopard Print Stole
Shoes (similar here and here)
“Look they replaced Billy Joel with a Holiday channel” said my seven year old from the back seat. “I am not ready for that. We can start listening to it after Thanksgiving. How about 80s on 8?” I replied. Then we went to Target and I could not help picking up this fair isle dog bed they have it in my favorite plaid too. I came home and ordered matching monogrammed Santa pajamas for everyone (adult and kids sizes). The whole family will be ready for Santa in terms of sleep.
I have not put on the holiday music just yet. I am planning my holiday manis, but I am definitely not going to start them until December (O.K. maybe right after Thanksgiving). This week’s mani is a nod to fall and also the warm weather we have been having in Los Angeles. It actually finally cooled to below seventy degrees today.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors is “Surrounded by Studs” and “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture (use with this topcoat for gel-like wear and it’s polish),
Items featured in the photos include:
The GREAT Shirt
Gucci Mary Janes
Rag & Bone Pinstripe Pants
Harvey Faircloth Jacket with Faux Fur
La Vie Dress
Vince Camuto Mules
Harvey Faircloth Vintage Camo Jacket
Ted Baker Floral Top
Alice and Olivia Floral Top
A.L.C. Floral Blouse (on sale!)
La Vie Chambray top
J.Crew Floral Vest (on sale!)
Veronica Beard Jacket