Black and Blue Rules

Running late and the first to arrive.  Twice this week I have overslept or run late and still managed to be not only on time but also the first to arrive.  It made me realize that maybe I can push it and not play it so safe all the time.  I don’t play my fashion choices nearly as safe as I did in my youth.  You never would have seen me combine blue and black. At the time it  almost seemed as crazy as white after Labor Day (another thing you will catch me doing now).

I will still wear a seat belt, make sure my kid is in his booster correctly, secure my house, buy organic produce and drive much differently than I did as a teenager.  But when it comes to fashion, I am challenging old rules.

I styled the graphic tee with a sweater blazer (love the stripes on the cuff and the inside), high rise “true black” jeans and navy sequined flats.


Sweater Blazer here or here


Sunglasses (on sale!)

High -Rise Black Jeans

Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Happy Shopping!




Hiking up to the Getty

It’s back to reality from the long weekend which included museum hopping, riding a fire truck in a 4th of July parade, fireworks, a kid’s race and lots of fun.

For this visit to the Getty Museum I put together this casual outfit and everything in it is on sale!  I just picked up this placed stripe tee for a steal and styled it with my favorite vintage crop jeans (they are such a good deal right now that I got a second pair), my pink signet bag and New Balance sneakers.  I was in a very competitive Fitbit competition, so we walked up to the museum instead of taking the tram.  I love my Fitbit Flex 2 in navy.  Competing definitely makes me look for more walking opportunities.



J. Crew Placed Stripe Boatneck Tee (on sale!)

J. Crew Signet Bag (on sale!)

J. Crew Pom-Pom (similar here)

New Balance for J. Crew 620 Sneaker (similar here and here)

Vintage Crop Jean with Patchwork (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Fourth of July Edition

Happy Fourth of July!  I am enjoying the long weekend with museum visits, family movies and walks.  Tomorrow we will celebrate with a race in the morning, parade, barbecue and, of course, fireworks.  I hope you enjoy the holiday.


The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Beauty Mark” by Essie Gel Couture.  Take a look at last year’s Fourth of July mani here.

Items featured in the photos include:

Crewcuts Linen Shirt

Clare V Card Case

J. Crew Striped Pouch

J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Striped Popover

Rebecca Taylor Dress

Sleepy Jones Striped PJs

Stella McCartney Star Jeans

Good American Jeans with Pom-poms

Jimmy Choo Shoes

Happy Fourth of July!



Love and Stripes

Love, stripes and a birthday weekend lunch with my mom at Flower Child.   I was happy to have my favorite kale salad with salmon before all the celebrating and cake eating commenced.  It was perfect June weather and just right for a cotton sweater and skirt.  I love this striped sweater with patches.



J. Crew Striped Sweater

J. Crew Postcard Pouch

J. Crew Skirt (similar here)

J. Crew Sunglasses

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

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!



Stripes on Stripes

This stretch seersucker blazer has quickly become my most reached for blazer.  It has the perfect amount of give to make it comfortable in the shoulders while still being fitted.  I styled it with a larger stripe with this Saint James tank, white jeans and a fun pear clutch.

Jcrew saint james kayu designs flatlay

J. Crew Blazer

St. James Sleeveless Top

Kayu Designs Pear Clutch

Piper Sunglasses

AG Jeans

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

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!



Summer Casual

Now is the time to pick up some easy summer pieces on sale.  Everything in this outfit is on sale (except the shoes) including my favorite pink bag!  This is an easy casual look that still looks polished and is comfortable on the warmer days of summer.


J. Crew Lace-up Popover (on sale!)

J. Crew Chambray Ruffle Skirt (on sale!)

J. Crew Signet bag (this color now on sale!)

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

Jimmy Choo Sandals (older style similar here)

Happy Friday!



Mani Monday – Blue Stripes Edition

It’s no secret that I love all shades of blue and all manner of stripes, so this week’s mani falls into the neutral category for me.

It has been a little busy lately with the end of the school year and a lot going on as I am sure is the case for most of you.  In fact, you may have noticed there was no Mani Monday on Memorial Day.  I hosted a really fun dinner party on that Sunday and decided to take the holiday off.

My weekly manicures are regular polish, I have never tried a gel manicure on my nails.  I tried gel on my toes this winter which was a game changer.  Due to the process and fast drying I was able to walk out in socks and shoes and go have a workout right away.  I was excited to try Essie’s Gel Couture Color.  It has a “gel finish” without the process.  My manicure is currently on Day 8 and it looks brand new!

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Perfect Posture”  and “Surrounded by Studs” in Essie Gel Couture Color.

Items in the photos:

Saint James Striped Shirt

“Blue, The History of a Color”

Saint James Striped Tank

J. Crew Plaid Pants (on sale!)

“Indigo, The Color that Changed the World”

J. Crew Vintage Cropped Jeans with Patchwork (the most comfy jeans ever!)

J. Crew Liberty Print Blazer (also similar here)

J. Crew Stretch Seersucker Blazer

Carrie Forbes Sandals (similar here)

Happy Monday!




Shade, Stripes and Statement Tees

Happy Memorial Day!  In the summer,  I like easy.  A statement tee, like this linen one are simple to wear and fun to accessorize in a number of ways.  Stripes, gingham, or leopard (not pictured but always in my imagination) – take your pick.  I also love a little subtle embellishment in the form of a sequined navy anchor.  Preppy meets glitz.  Statement tees are ready to pack for adventure and can be dressed up or down.



J. Crew T-shirt

GAIA for J. Crew Bag

J. Crew Lookout Crop Jean

J. Crew Corsica Sandals (similar here)

Striped Clutch (above)

jcrew anchor sequins

J. Crew T-shirt

J. Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Factory Cork Clutch

J. Crew Lookout Jean (on sale!)

Sergio Zelcer Shoes (similar here)

Have a great holiday weekend!



Gingham Ikat

Gingham Ikat?  Yes, please with a side of stripes.  A side of stripes always works in my book.  This side of stripes, in the form of a water-resistant bag, came in handy during this rainy day photo shoot.  I am thinking about summer days with it pool and beach side.

jcrew gingham ikat stripes vintage crop jean flatlay

J. Crew Gingham Ikat Top

J. Crew Striped Water-Reistant Clutch

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Vintage Crop Jeans in Patchwork

New Balance for J. Crew 620 Sneakers

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Friday!