Stars and Denim Three Ways

“Mommy, I am too sick to go to laser tag.” said my seven year old from the back of the car.   He woke up counting down the minutes to his classmate’s birthday party.  After six days at home he finally went to school.  It has been a long week of being cooped up and taking care of him.  I feel so lucky that I have the flexibility to be home with him, but I was definitely in need of some “me time” as he headed back to school.

It also provided a distraction from “not shopping” which is getting easier and easier.  I am not sure 28 days will be enough.  I am in the midst of a closet clean out and have developed my own version of the Kondo method that does not involve emptying my closet onto the floor and utilizes the color navy blue.  More on that soon.

In the meantime, I have had fun shopping my own closet.  I love this cashmere sweater.  It is lightweight and a great layering piece.  When I lived in colder climates I was always too warm inside with heavier sweaters.  I styled it with the same favorite denim and different handbags, shoes and jackets.

Star Cashmere Sweater


Camo Clutch

Sequined Shoes (similar here, here , here and here)

Camo and Striped Jacket

New Balance Kicks

Moynat Tote (similar here)

Faux Fur leopard Coat (similar here, here and here)

Striped Clutch

Red Shoes (similar here, here and here)

Striped Tote (in background)

Happy Friday!



Ace is the Place

“Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man”.  Some jingles from my childhood will never leave my memory.  This Ace Hardware, Hillcrest Hardware in the Hillcrest section of San Diego, is the place with so much style.  I have never seen such a well curated collection of housewares, hardware, cards, gifts and so many things I did not even know I needed until visiting.

I bought several stocking stuffers for my husband and picked up a few ornaments before Christmas.  If you are in San Diego, it is worth a visit.

For the outing I styled a plaid shirt with a favorite new jacket from the Gap, denim, tweed shoes and my Moynat tote.



Plaid Shirt (this would work great too)



Moynat Tote (this or this would look great)

Happy Shopping!



Plaid and Leopard

There is something soothing about the lines and the symmetry of plaid that reminds me of geometry (my favorite High School subject that I mentioned in Mani Monday -Gray Geometric Edition.)  The leopard belt and shoes soften the lines with the random spots.  This shirt is from a couple of years ago, but I just ordered the new black watch with club collar.  I previously featured the new club collar in stripe (now on sale!) and Liberty Paisley.  The new one arrives tomorrow along with both of my plaid shoes.  If you tried to purchase either of the plaid shoes yesterday and found your size sold out, they were just replenished.  The links are here: Sadie Pom-Pom Ankle Strap Flats in Tartan and Scalloped Heels in Festive Plaid

I styled the shirt and leopard accents with the Maddie Pant in navy and a navy cashmere sweater (all from J. Crew).  I bought my second pair of Maddie pants after wearing another color once.  They are so comfortable!  I love that they are streamlined without being too skinny and that they have belt loops.  I featured them recently in olive green in Fall Foilage.  I can’t wait to check them out in Black Watch as well.


J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew shirt (similar here)

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Maddie Pant in Navy

J. Crew Calf Hair Belt

J. Crew Sandals (similar here and on sale)

Moynat Tote also here (this or this would look great)

Happy Shopping!