Cozy in Pink

“Mommy, it’s 59 degrees outside right now.” said my seven year old at 7:00 am.  “I’m wearing pants today?”

“Are you sure?  It will be warmer later.  Do you want to just wear your jacket?”

“I’ll wear that, too.  It should be Autumn by now.”

“True, it is technically Autumn.”  I try to put something together for a morning meeting that I won’t be sweating in by mid-day.

When I got an email and saw this cashmere sweatshirt from Madewell on Instagram I knew I needed to check out it immediately.  It is so soft and lightweight, perfect for this cooler in the morning but warm by mid-day weather.  It will also be great for layering when it actually does stay in the 50s and 60s all day.

While I was there I checked out the denim that they are so well known for.  I tried a few pairs and had trouble choosing just one.  They have a slim boyjean with an 11 inch rise that were a nice take on the slim boyfriend jean trend.  They are on my list.  The slim straight was a great fit.  I love that it is clean and straight without being super skinny and they are so comfortable.    I completed the look with my favorite driving shoes that are 12 years old (you can read about finding them in Antwerp here) and one of my favorite Legend of Lido clutches.

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Cashmere Sweatshirt

Denim

Clutch

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

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All Buttoned Up

“Congratulations!  You knocked it out of the park.  We are extending an offer.”  said the voice on the other end of the line.  I was so excited about my first job out of college at a management consulting firm in San Francisco.  I could not wait to go shopping for my work wardrobe.

This was before the tech boom and there was no such thing as business casual.  In fact, I had been strongly discouraged from wearing pantsuits.  “The manager of the office prefers skirt suits in dresses”, was what I had been told.  This was not in writing or an employee handbook, of course.  It was not that long ago.  It is still is hard to believe.  I did not really consider it a hardship at the time, but eventually the need to wear hosiery (and have at least one spare pare at my desk) got old.

I was more conservative then with my skirt suits, dresses, modest necklines and reasonable (though always above the knee) hemlines.  The firm where I worked was “buttoned up” and conservative.  There was something reassuring about having a “uniform”.

A few years later casual Friday was introduced.  I was a not a fan.  I hated having to put a more casual look together.  I was in charge of recruitment for the firm and often had interview rounds on Friday.  I felt it was unfair to ask an undergrad or even an MBA to interview without their uniform.  So I insisted on those Friday’s not being casual and I was the bad guy.

I continued to wear suits long after the dress codes were truly business casual.  Eventually I did not want to look like an auditor, so my business attire evolved into business casual.  I miss the more formal dress (minus the hosiery).

I was drawn to the simple statement buttons on the sleeve of this top.  I styled it with a new pair of vintage crop jeans (with a step-hem) and a clutch and navy sequin shoes.

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Top

Denim

Clutch

Shoes (older style but I love these)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

At the Beach in Italy

I love this Marel George painting of an Italian beach scene on this t-shirt.  Just like with last week’s Andiamo tee,  I am living vicariously through my clothes.  While I thoroughly enjoyed a recent getaway to the American Riviera (Santa Barbara), but I still dream about the long days in Europe.

I styled the tee with my go-to seersucker blazer, jeans, sunglasses, Legend of Lido clutch and Stuart Weitzman heels.

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J. Crew Stretch Blazer

J. Crew Marcel George T-Shirt

J. Crew Sunglasses

Legend of Lido Clutch c/o

J. Crew Denim (on sale!)

Stuart Weitzman sandals

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

Stepping into Summer

It’s time to get out our whites!  Actually I have been wearing white jeans year round, but this weekend still signals the start of the summer season.  Not much changes in California.  I miss living in a four season climate and putting away hats, boots and scarves and working at a more leisurely pace than in the winter.  I also miss being so excited for summer clothes.  My son and I may travel to San Francisco this summer (where I lived for ten years), so I know better than to put those sweaters too far into storage.  Regardless of the climate, the days will be longer and more leisurely.  The time from Memorial Day to the equinox and the official start of summer on June 21st are my favorite.  The days get just a little longer each day and feel full of the promise of summer fun.

This look puts me in a summer mood.  I styled this breezy top with my current favorite jeans, clutch and the first shoes I bought as a result of Instagram inspiration two years ago (I have linked several other options below).

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J. Crew Top

J. Crew Vintage Crop Jeans

Legend of Lido “Estancia” Clutch c/o

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

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite In Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Bohemian Prep

A love a good mix of classic preppy with a softer bohemian edge.  My new favorite Legend of Lido clutch has the perfect pop of pink with my pink gingham shirt.  I styled them with my new Vintage Crop jeans (I can not stop wearing them) and my hot pink driving shoes that I picked up in Antwerp in 2005 (that story here).

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J. Crew Crinkle Gingham Boy Shirt also available here

J. Crew Vintage Crop Jeans with Patchwork

Legend of Lido Estancia Clutch c/o

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

Prada Driving Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Casual Stripes

Casual, cozy, cashmere stripes in my favorite blue and white.  Spring in Los Angeles can be warm, but also breezy.  This lightweight cashmere sweater is perfect.  I styled it with high-rise jeans, bright pink loafers and my favorite Legend of Lido clutch.  My seven year old snapped the photos.

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Calypso Striped Cashmere Sweater (similar here and here)

Legend of Lido Jaipur Clutch c/o

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Jeans

Prada Driving Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Finally a bell sleeve I can wear!  I love the easy elegance of this striped top with the longer sleeves.  The shorter bell sleeve makes me look like a linebacker.  This one also comes in a narrower blue and white stripe, but I decided I needed a little pop of pink for Spring.

I styled the top with the J. Crew Slim Broken-In Boyfriend Jean in white, J. Crew Piper Sunglasses, my favorite Legend of Lido Clutch and a Springy pair of flats from last year (I linked a similar style).

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J. Crew Striped Bell-Sleeve Top

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Slim Broken-In Boyfriend Jeans

J. Crew Shoes (similar here)

Legend of Lido Clutch c/o

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Seeing Stars

My son can’t stop singing “City of Stars” after watching the Oscars, so I have stars on the brain.  These star print jeans from J. Crew are a great way to add a little dimension to a neutral look.  Just like my other J. Crew Western Chambray shirt (that is on sale), my new one in Vintage Indigo is already on heavy rotation.  It has the perfect amount of stretch and I love the snaps.  I completed the look with backless loafers (J. Crew Charlie Slides), J. Crew Piper sunglasses, a Legends of Lido Clutch and an Hermes scarf.

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J. Crew Western Chambray Shirt

J. Crew Star Print Jeans

J. Crew Charlie Slides

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

Legend of Lido Clutch c/o

Hermes Scarf (similar here and here)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE