It never ceases to amaze me how much an outfit can be transformed by the little details. Since every outfit I wear tends to be some variation of comfortable jeans and a t-shirt, the fact that it can be quickly turned into a dinner date appropriate look is good news for me. For all of us really. While this top is a little nicer than a t-shirt, it looks like one and it feels like one. By adding a statement necklace (or in this case a pile of em), fancy shoes (no heels necessary as long as they are fab), and a clutch, the whole thing elevates to a new level without compromising on comfort. Win win!
When I first found out I was pregnant, I was surprised at how long the time felt between when the baby was the size of a grain of rice and when I would start showing. It felt like an eternity. At 16 weeks I’m just now starting to see a bump that’s a little bigger than a Chipotle burrito belly (aka, the usual). But over the past few weeks, I was faced with the daily challenge of figuring out what to wear that was comfortable for my growing waistline. It’s hard to make updates to your wardrobe when it’s far from maternity clothes time, but you don’t want to buy too many normal clothes knowing that you won’t be able to wear them in a few months. Luckily I like the oversized look so most of what I already own will work well into my pregnancy. But the pants are the first things to stop fitting. So… overalls! I picked these up early on in my pregnancy and not only are they SO comfortable, but they are perfect for the growing bump. There’s some natural extra room in there, and you can just leave the side buttons unbuttoned as it grows. The look kind of reminds me of a kangaroo on a mama-to-be but I don’t mind it at all.
Last weekend I had a strong urge to bring some life into our apartment with flowers. I go in phases with remembering to do this, but when I do, I really feel like it totally upgrades the whole vibe in the house. I love anything white and plush, especially hydrangeas because they last a really long time and just a few go a really long way. There’s nothing more springy than an outing to the flower shop, and this outfit felt right in line with that. This jacket has saved me from some rainy days yet works in the sunshine just as well. I bought these Acne boots a little late in the season but they had been haunting me forever and they’ve been my go to ever since. As for the top, you guys know how much I have loved Gold Hawk’s feminine yet edgy luxe pieces (like this dress, these pants, this faux jumpsuit, and this top to name a few). Well, the same designer started a new line called Falcon & Bloom, offering more romantic silk staples that are already starting to dominate my closet. Their website is still in the works for e-commerce but in the meantime you can find it on Shopbop (hello this) and Planet Blue (their silk shorts are absolutely necessary for everyone). SO to celebrate Falcon & Bloom, I’m hosting a little giveaway of a couple of their signature pieces. Details below…
DETAILS: If you’re new to Gold Hawk or Falcon & Bloom, the first thing I would tell you to buy is a cami and shorts set. They come in every silk/lace color combo and you can wear them together as lingerie, or separate them and wear them out. The camis are perfect to layer under sheer tops or on their own with a blazer and jeans. The shorts are comfy with a t-shirt for lounging around at home OR with heels and blazer for date night. I love the versatility these pieces offer. That’s why I’m partnering with Falcon & Bloomg to give a set away to one lucky winner! It can either be this set shown here OR you can have your pick of another color. Winner’s choice! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d wear them and follow @falconandbloom on Instagram! You don’t want to miss out on this one. The winner will be chosen at random on 5/4/15. Open to US residents only. Good luck!
This top was an odd purchase. It kept catching my eye when I was shopping at Nordstrom and even though it’s sort of an unflattering balloon-like cut, I couldn’t escape it. I just love the colors and how it basically carries an outfit all on its own without needing any other frills or layers. Every girl needs a few pieces like that in their closet. The kind you can throw on with the most staples and still be able to make a statement. It’s the easiest way to fool everyone into thinking you actually put thought into it.
I hesitate to call attention to the fact that I’ve been a little absent from the blog these days by making it a topic of conversation right now because chances are you haven’t even noticed and I could have gotten away with it. But I’m a person who likes to put things out on the table in case we’re both thinking it. While I love sharing all my inspiration and style obsessions with you guys in a regular editorial schedule, the truth is that blogging with that kind of consistency (and with quality content) is a full time job. The blogging world is pretty competitive. If you don’t post at least five times a week, readers tend to leave you for the blogs that are run by people who have made it their full time job. Don’t get me wrong, some girls have managed to juggle another job and post everyday, and maybe I need to take those girls to lunch to learn their secrets. But for me, when the other half of my job gets busy, those projects take over my life and the blog gets a little quiet. I hate that I can’t do them both in full force all the time, but for me it’s just too hard. I hope you guys will still stay with me even when posts are a little less frequent from time to time. Please know that this blog is very much a love of mine and I always come back to it whole heartedly when styling slows down. Right now I think I’ve reached a point where that’s the case, and I can reemerge on here. This is part of why I love my new website so much, because it shows the entirety of my business, so you guys can see what else I might be up to if there’s fewer posts to check in on. Also, no matter what I’m doing, I’m always posting on Instagram and Snapchat both at @thelifestyled so you can check in on me there! Phew, I’m glad to get that off my chest. On to the outfit… As you know I’m not much of a color girl, but blues tend to be my jam especially when the temps warm up and black seems a little heavy. I love this top for it’s quirky pattern and neoprene fabric of the outer layer. It’s obviously not a weekly rotation kind of top but I’m trying to gravitate more towards special pieces when I shop to avoid too much wardrobe basic-ness. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
It’s a real shocker, I know. I’m actually wearing an outfit that is completely clear of black. It’s weird to see, and it was weird to feel as it was happening. This jacket has taken some adjusting in my closet but something about it really caught my eye. I stalked it for a few days in the store wondering “am I crazy for wanting this?” before I finally decided to dive in. It’s those times when the usual edgy black ensembles don’t cut it – a spring luncheon, a baby shower – when I really notice the need for a few contrasting pieces in the wardrobe. This one may be an odd choice but I had to go with it. I had to see where the birds would take me. I like how it speaks for itself, and doesn’t need more than the most basic base outfit of jeans and a white tee to look pulled together.
Two things have been on my list for awhile to add to my wardrobe: a good vintage rocker tee, and a faux fur jacket. They needed to be worn together with ripped jeans, black buckle boots, and a good pair of sunnies to complete the modern version of this Almost Famous/Penny Lane look. There’s something about all these elements that are just destined to be together. I love how comfortable and approachable the base of the outfit is with rips and vintage fade, yet the fur adds a contrasting opulence that I appreciate. The stripes on this one make it a bit more interesting and help break up the volume of the piece, to avoid making me look like a full-on snowman. Now if only I could be as effortlessly cool as Kate Hudson, then the look would really come together.
When I first saw this jacket, I knew without hesitation that it had to be mine. I’m obsessed with the racer vibe (especially when it’s paired with these leather/zipper patch jeans) and the graphic high contrast of the white leather mixed in. Plus Veda leather jackets are the bomb. The first one I ever bought was by them – I love how they fit with the elastic on the inner arms and soft, thin leather making them comfy for varying temps and adaptable to weight fluctuation over the years. It was one of those things that I intensely stalked online and in stores until I finally scored it at end-of-spring sample sale, which meant I had to wait like four months before I could even wear it. Even though it was worth the wait, that’s a tough one for me. I’m definitely into instant gratification when it comes to wardrobe purchases. That’s why my favorite things to buy are everyday type things like good tees, jeans, and boots… as opposed to special occasion things like dresses, heels, and clutches. I just don’t enjoy spending money on something that’s going to sit in my closet the majority of the time. I like to start wearing it obsessively. Who else feels this way? What are your favorite wardrobe items to shop for? You can bet that when the temp got cold enough, this came out of hibernation and has been on daily rotation ever since.
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you may have figured out that I have a real nerdy side. Exhibit A: my dinosaur obsession that goes back to kindergarten when we had to sew stuffed animals (how/why they were giving kindergartners needles escapes me at the moment) and I of course chose to make a brontosaurus over a bunny or a cat. Or… in junior high I had a t-shirt that said “DNA is life – the rest is just details.” Remember those? Yeah, no basketball (or anything cool) here. I thought I was so clever. Well, now I’m a full-on adult and I wear shirts with light sabers on them. I don’t know what to tell you. I get the most excited about an outfit that has a playful nod to something that’s not fashion related at all. This getup feels fit for a networking event on Mars. Useful as can be…
I’ve been wanting a good cape for years. Specifically something that’s basically a blanket but acceptable to wrap around myself and leave the house in yet still manage to look chic. When I came across this one at Faribault Woolen Mill during my trip home to Minnesota over Christmas, I didn’t hesitate for a second about buying it. I love the plaid, the colors, the length, the hood, and most of all the fact that it was made in the next little town over from where I grew up. It was perfect to throw on when the house got a little cold while I was there, but it also works great as an “LA winter” coat. It felt refreshing to find a great piece that’s unique, authentic, and made by a company I can trust. It’s getting harder and harder to find things that are made with integrity in the US, no matter how “down home” the branding might be. Kinda frustrating. For this look I paired it with my other favorite domestic purchase of late, my cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots in Austin. Yes, cowboy! More on my newfound western wear obsession soon. In the meantime I’ll be curled up over here in my cozy cape with a cup of coffee and not being mad about it one bit.