Wear of the Week: Boom + Leather Vest

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Although we live close to the coast in a laid back Southern California town, I frequently like to channel an urban vibe for my ensemble.  There is something uber chic about wearing all black, accenting with leather, and accessorizing with bold accessories and sequins.  It makes me feel I am in the bustling streets of NYC instead of 20 yards from the ocean in a quaint downtown.

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This is exactly what I was going for in the final Wear of the Week look.  I layered the Boom sweatshirt with a vegan leather vest (one of the most versatile pieces I have in my closet for fall), red pants (they’re ba-a-a-ck), black leather boots and oversized hoop earrings.

Am I in Malibu or Manhattan?  You would never know.

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Top {Target}, Pants {Zara, similar here and here}, Vest {Sanctuary, first seen here}, Boots {Tory Burch}, Sunnies {Target}

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Wear of the Week: Boom + Pencil Skirt

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Just as superheroes morph from everyday citizen to strength yielding lifesavers, the Boom sweatshirt can morph from comfy running-errand-casual to sophisticated yet flirty work attire.

Paired with a sleek pencil skirt adds an element of elegance and contrasts the quirkiness of the sweatshirt.

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Add a high bun, heels, and a sparkle clutch and this superhero starts to take on a persona of its own!

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See you back here tomorrow for the final Wear of the Week look!

Top {Phillip Lim for Target}, Skirt {Theory, similar here and here}, Heels {Via Spiga via Nordstrom Rack, similar here}, Clutch {UGG}

Wear of the Week: Boom + Leopard

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“I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.” – Spider-Man 2

We all love a good superhero movie.  The unique characters, suspenseful situations, and a place where good almost always overpowers evil give us hope.  Hope that there is good in the world, and not only that, but that there are those who make doing good in the world their full time job and put that above everything else.

Deep inside each of us, there is this hero.  It is important that we listen to it and nurture it but it often gets buried with the white noise of every day life.

This hero can be demonstrated in many ways.  It could be the example of what a parent sacrifices for the better of their children.  It could be the successful executive who realizes his true calling is to a life of service.  Or it could be as simple as the person who routinely picks up trash on his evening beach walks, making the coastline cleaner for the rest of us.

However you decide to be a hero is significant, as those are the things that make life a little sweeter every day.

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Serious inner hero aside, a fun and overt way to display our superhero fascination is with this Phillip Lim for Target Boom! sweatshirt.  Playful and colorful, it is an easy throw on with skinny jeans and flats.  I love it with leopard smoking slippers for an unexpected pairing.

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Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you back here tomorrow!
Top {Target}, Jeans {H&M}, Shoes {UGG, similar here}, Sunnies {Target} Charming Charlie Bracelet, Michael Kors watch.

Wear of the Week: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target

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                                             Photo cred {#targetstyle via Instagram}

Fun + flirty + affordable = my favorite combination!

Yesterday the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for Target launched.  Known for his menswear inspired pieces and classic cuts in bold prints and colors, the Phillip Lim collaboration was a highly anticipated event.  And fortunately, I was able to score an item I had my eye on before everything vanished.

Stay tuned to see which piece I came home with and how I will be styling it three different ways this week.

I would love to know what pieces you purchased from the collection!

Wear of the Week: Red Denim

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As trends come and go each season, it can be hard to know which ones to invest in.  There are a few things to consider before handing over those hard-earned shekels.

First and most important, take into account if you even like the trend.  It is never worth investing in a trend if you don’t even like it to begin with!  The second point to consider is if it compliments your style and if you are comfortable in it.   If peplum  doesn’t flatter your body, don’t wear it.  If you feel really uncomfortable in high-waist denim, try another style.  There are plenty of other trends to choose from each season to be self-conscious in the one you are in.

And last but not least, consider the wearability of the item: how much wear will you get out of it and how does it work with your current wardrobe? Continue reading

How to Increase Closet Organization in 5 Easy Steps: Step 5- Outfit Pictures

ImageA lot of the steps we talked about this week for Operation Clean Closet not only help organize your closet, but also end up saving a lot of time getting dressed.  One of my favorite time savers- and one way to avoid the mid-morning bathroom mirror surprise where you glance at your reflection and wonder “What was I thinking?!” in your outfit choice- is to use outfit pictures.

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How to Increase Closet Organization in 5 Easy Steps: Step 2

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For day 2 of Operation Clean Closet, we are focusing on displaying camis, t-shirts, and undershirts in an organized and accessible way. These are everyday garments that are important to have in clear view for easy grab and go, especially for early mornings.  Continue reading