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!




Heels, Fire and Love

This statement tee is not joking around.  I love the pop of red. It works perfectly with the Love Wall in Venice, CA.   I styled it with a neon pink featherweight cashmere sweater, watermelon pouch, Lookout high rise jeans, New Balance kicks and Ryan Sunglasses – all from J.Crew.

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J. Crew Heels on Fire T-Shirt

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Italian Featherweight Cashmere Sweater

J. Crew Watermelon Pouch

J. Crew Lookout High-Rise Jeans

New Balance for J. Crew Kicks

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!



Shades of Blue

It is no secret that blue is my favorite color.  I found the 10,000 Buddhas wall by Amanda Giacomini in Venice to be so serene.  You can read more on Amanda and the 10,000 Buddhas project here.

Of course, I was dressed to match.  My favorite striped flats from J. Crew have been marked down again, so they are a super deal.  My favorite and oh-so-comfy lookout high-rise jeans from J.Crew are also on sale.  My navy gingham button up and panama hat are both on constant repeat along with my Veronica tote from Parker Thatch.


J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Jeans (similar here on sale or new arrival here)

J. Crew Shoes (on sale!)

Parker Thatch Tote

Happy Shopping!