Am I the only fashion girl who kinda dreads getting dressed up to go out at night for events and whatnot? Gasp, I know. It should be my favorite past time. And it is sometimes – but that’s usually when I’ve got the perfect outfit waiting in the wings to be revealed at the perfect moment, and whatever event I have to go to just happens to be that perfect moment. How often does that really happen? When I shop, I most enjoy buying everyday staples – pieces I can wear time and time again a million different ways. It’s not quite as fun to buy things that are so specific and special because you can’t wear them right away and you get sick of those things faster. I also enjoy creating looks that feel simple and effortless because it’s how I think fashion should be. Every now and then though, when I come across the right fancy piece – the kind that’s not only easy and versatile but can also make a big statement when you need it, that’s when I get excited. These pants, for example. I love that their jogger style makes them serve as the base of the simplest kind of outfit, yet they really crank up the wow factor at the same time. They’re perfect for a range of fashion parties, with everything from my favorite football tee (on sale right now!) to their matchy tank counterpart, which I also have and pair with them for a major faux jumpsuit moment. Needless to say, dressing up is always a good time in these fancy pants.
Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday I’m co-hosting a super fun event at the Splendid store on Robertson with two of my friends and favorite style bloggers Jen of The Effortless Chic and Mara of M Loves M. Aside from shopping with 20% off everything in the store (hello new favorite comfy casual staples!), we will be crafting with Cristina Prusz and of course my favorite part – sipping yummy libations with Cocktail Academy. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to meet some of you and shop the night away! Be sure to RSVP to RSVP_Robertson@vfc.com. In the meantime, here’s the Splendid wish list I’ve been compiling. What will you be shopping for?
Tuscany is one of those places that feels like you’ve stepped into another world, or at least another era in this world. Not only is it obviously beautiful but there is a certain rustic traditionalism mixed with unwavered elegance and quality that’s hard to come by. We’re finishing our third day in the tiniest village in the Province of Siena. We’re talking windy dirt roads for miles – the kind you’re not really sure are meant for driving cars on, and then up to the very tip top of a mountain. Other than our hotel Monteverdi (a MUST visit if you come to Tuscany), there’s nothing but more picturesque scenery than your eyes can take and wineries in every direction. It’s much chillier here than the other places on our trip, giving it a Fall-y feeling I was oh so excited for. While I normally opt for black and white, here I’m inspired by the warm tones of the scenery, especially during sunset. I’d love to throw on Borsalino wool fedora (something I’m seriously considering for a end-of-trip treat before we catch our flight out of Rome), a drapey Missoni cape, and of course the look needs some Ferragamo boots for touring the nearby towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Truly a dream of a place.
If you haven’t been caught by the sneaker bug yet, prepare yourself, cause you’re about to. These Nike high tops (black and leather, of course) are the coolest of cool. These ooze street style cred while keeping you comfortable on days you’re constantly on the go. They seamlessly tie into your fall wardrobe too, as an added bonus. Not sure what to wear with you favorite cropped skinnies as temperatures drop and bare ankles aren’t an option anymore? Voila. High tops were made for days like that. They come in a variety of cool colors that you’ll probably end up convincing yourself you need a pair in each color, if i haven’t convinced you enough already. So, go get ‘em!
Where do I even begin with Capri? This is a place that’s so special to me since I remember going there while I was studying abroad in Italy and thinking “Wow, this place is so beautiful and it will be amazing to come back here when I’m in my 30′s with my husband and stay somewhere nicer than a hostel.” I remember it feeling so far away from normal life. We just left Capri today after 4 wonderful days there and it still felt like heaven on earth, but with 13 more years under my belt I was able to appreciate its beauty even more. Nowhere else on earth is as stunning, relaxing, authentic, and stylish as this place. Everything is so well preserved and so fresh. We drank so much fiano di avellino and ate so much seafood pasta, I can’t even keep track. Our hotel, JK Place Capri was indescribably amazing, oozing chicness out of every pore – thanks to Katie at Ever After Honeymoons who hooked it up and planned this entire trip. Next time you go on a vacation I highly recommend working with her. We’re on to Firenze now, but still talking about our new memories from the seaside oasis that was Capri.
At this point I think it’s safe to say that if there’s a top, dress, jacket, or any piece of any kind that’s black, white, and sporty, I will find it and I will buy it (though I’ve probably reached my quota). This dress was a lucky find at H&M, which can be so hit or miss. It was pretty frump on the hanger, but I still had to try it and I’m glad I did. I immediately fell in love with its effortless breeziness, yet still structural feel. It’s an easy throw-and-go piece that doesn’t need much accessorizing – qualities that turn any piece into a wardrobe staple.
It’s that time of year again: falling temperatures, earlier sunsets, leaves swapping luscious green shades for crispy amber tones, and enough pumpkin spiced lattes to put you in cardiac arrest. I think it goes without saying that fall is the best time for a wardrobe update. Sure, spring may be a great time to clean out your closet, but fall is for indulging in sweaters, boots, jeans, and enough flannel to pass as a nineties grunge boy. Autumn is a time to get cozy and play with layering pieces as you gear up for the cooler months ahead. So throw on a sweater, scoot into some skinnies, slap on some boots, and top it off with a leather jacket. Hello, October!
Being someone who loves black as much as I do, I feel right at home in Italy. Some of the destinations we’re visiting are on the rural side of the spectrum, so while we’re in Rome I’m milking the opportunity to wear as much of my classic, sleek black staples all at once. There’s something so simple and chic about Italian style, where a good pair of black skinnies and a black leather jacket while take you farther than anything else you could bring. Add some huge sunglasses and flat black booties and you’ll fit right in with the locals.
Our biggest new years resolution for 2014 was to go on a trip somewhere in the world that we’ve always wanted to go together. We’re not usually huge travelers, as much as we want to be. It’s hard to get away and with both of our families in different parts of the US, our travel allotment tends to be used for trips home. Ian had never been to Italy and nothing makes us happier than good food and wine, so it was kind of a no brainer. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since we booked it back in May, and now we leave tomorrow. I’m trying my hardest to blast through the to do list and keeping the packing list simple. I’m expecting a whole range of weather in both city and rural destinations, plus I’m a notorious over packer, soI have my work cut out for me. I’m bringing everything in one color palette (black heavy of course) so I can easily mix and match. Also, thanks to everyone who helped me figure out my luggage dilemma! It was helpful to hear about all your favorites. I ended up with this Victorinox one… and a Magic Eraser to throw in it. :) I look forward to sharing more about our trip on here and Instagram. Arrivederci!