Sailing through Santa Barbara

My husband and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary earlier this week.  We got away for one night to Santa Barbara where we were engaged and married.  We had perfect weather just like we did nine years ago.

I styled my “Hello, Sailor” Tee (a gift from J. Crew for National Stripes Day), with slim boyfriend jeans, Piper Sunglasses, New Balance kicks and a striped clutch.


Limited Edition National Stripes Day T-shirt in “Hello Sailor” c/o J. Crew

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Slim Boyfriend Jean

New Balance for J. Crew 620 Sneakers

J. Crew Striped Clutch (similar here and here)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!



Berries, Stripes and Connections

I am counting down the days to my one year anniversary of blogging.  In fact, LinkedIn is already serving up congratulations.  There are times that blogging feels isolating.  I am at the computer editing photos, holding myself to tough deadlines, spending (too much) time on social media.  Then there are moments where a comment or an email from a reader comes through and I feel a sense of connection.  I am so grateful for the community of bloggers, instagrammers and J. Crew fans.

Amy of @howtojcrew fame and I kept missing each other at J. Crew.  We had been following each other on Instagram for a while.  It seemed every time I was shopping she had just been there or was coming later.  Finally one day, we both reached out on Instagram and we met for coffee to “talk shop”.  Then one day we actually did bump into each other in the J. Crew dressing room at the Grove.  Both of us were trying on looks from this berry collection.



So we decided to meet and swap photographer duty.  My “Instagram” husband was thrilled to be relieved of his duties for a few outfits.  We have taken photos twice together now and both times it rained, but we managed anyway.

We shot these berry looks in the mist.  I love that social media which can be isolating at times actually had a connecting power in real life (IRL).

jcrew berries stripes flatlay

My look:

J. Crew Berries Popover

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Striped Clutch (similar here)

J. Crew Striped Gemma Flats (similar here)

AG Prima Jeans

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Amy’s look:

J. Crew Berries Sweater

J. Crew Matchstick Denim

J. Crew Flats (similar here)

Here’s to connecting and friendships.

Happy Shopping!



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

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!