(*indicates BIPOC-owned brand/BIPOC-created work)
(*indicates BIPOC-owned brand/BIPOC-created work)
Fall is upon us! While some of us are still living in the hot summer temps, the transition to fall is on its way. Here are a few fun things that work now AND later that I'm loving right now all from independently-owned brands.
(left to right, top to bottom: Doen plaid top ($208), snake earrings from Chauncey & Coco ($36)*, CV x Melissa McCarthy Moyen Messenger bag ($495), CV x Melissa McCarthy 3/4 Sleeve Sweatshirt ($135), Roam Vintage dress ($72)*, orange leaf earrings from The Tiny Tassel*, AAKS woven bag ($153)*, Celia B woven jacket ($300). / *indicates BIPOC-owned)
Two years in the making, and I'm excited to share with you our new collection with Keds that launched today! Inspired by bold and bright colors, extravagant textures, and finding that perfect balance of whimsy and sophistication, these shoes are meant to add a bright spot to every adventure we take (whether simple or grand). Here's a look at the four styles in the collection...
The Kickstart Sneaker! This pair combines the beauty and sophistication of gold metallic foil printed on subtly pink leather with an unexpected and perfectly juxtaposed bright neon edge. We added bright pink around the edges for a seriously happy detail. This pair has three different lace options that will be hard to chose between—white with an understated mix of gold and gold metal ends, solid pink, or play up the party element in an ombre pink. ($90)
The Champion Sneaker! This pair has Keds' iconic silhouette with a fun neon pink Jacquard with flecks of gold woven throughout. This pair comes with two different lace options—white with subtle gold woven throughout and gold end, and light pink laces with a bright neon end to match the color palette of the shoes. ($120)
The Double Decker Mule! This pair is a subtle, yet sparkling, addition to your summer wardrobe that goes with everything. The texture is printed in holographic foil printed on leather combining shimmer and soft, beautiful material. The elastic on the top and the sides both have a shimmer which I love. The mules are so easy to slide on and off during these warm (I mean HOT) summer months! ($90)
The Triple Decker Slide On! This pair is simply a party for your feet! The triple decker heel adds a fun boost of height while the slide-on style makes it easy to pull on and off. The shoe is made of a confetti mix of pearlescent, metallic, AND neon color sequins. I especially love the tiny runs of rainbow sequins that bring a subtle multi-color mix. The elastic up top adds a fun pop of neon that is sure to make you smile every time you slip these on. ($90)
Which one is YOUR favorite? You can shop them all for a limited time right here!
Button-up tops are an easy and versatile summer staple. Whether worn with shorts, pants, skirts, or dresses, they have the ability to be both casual and more dressy depending on how you're feeling! Here are a few of my favorites in both solids and patterns I've found for you...
1. Hot Cocoa Vintage off-white top ($34, medium), 2. Sonnet James playsuit ($188, size 0-16), 3. Rachel Pally linen top ($158, size XS-XL), 4. Chronically Glittery vintage striped top ($15, M-L), 5. Hey Tiger Vintage floral top ($24, no size marked), 6. Aarica Nichole plaid top ($35, size 16), 7. Flying Apple Vintage eyelet top ($45, x-small), 8. XO Threads Ethel set ($49, 2XL)
(Top photo by Lily Glass)
It's heating up out there as we reach (almost) summer! I've been sticking to my Fancy Casual looks at home and as we slowly venture out with limited activities. Here are a few of my favorite summer mini dresses I found for you...a mix of both new and vintage in a range of price points and sizes. I've often listed the size of the item when we're looking at one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, but going forward, I will also include the size ranges available for new items, too!
1. AaricaNichole Vintage Green Floral Dress ($63, size XS/S), 2. Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target one shoulder dotty dress ($45, sizes XXS to 3X), 3. Selkie Collection Dress ($189, sizes 2-18), 4. Vintage Floral Shift Dress from ShopExile ($55, size M), 5. Cushnie for Target ($45, sizes 0-22W), 6. Vintage Mini Mod Dress from ShopExile ($57, size M), 7. Celia B pink dress ($255, size XS-XL).
If you watched my recent IGTV video, you know that my number one go-to at home piece right now is a vintage caftan. It's colorful, fun, chic...yet comfy, too! Since we can't shop at our favorite local flea markets or vintage shops in person right now, there's so much available through vintage shops on Etsy in a range of sizes and prices.
Here are some tips I keep in mind for buying vintage caftans online:
1. Remember sizing for a caftan is more flexible than other clothing. Here's a case where you can wear sizes that are larger than your size since they are meant to be roomy. If you're getting a piece that isn't your size, you have to make sure that the fabric is flowy enough to still drape your frame properly. OR, you can also get them altered (which is generally not too expensive with a simple caftan shape).
2. The pricing will reflect the quality. You can find some for $25-45 which will likely be a vintage polyester. Those will be durable and easily washable but may also be a thinner fabric. Anything in the lower $100s is likely much nicer quality and will last longer...those however, may be silk or other more precious materials so keep in mind if you'd prefer wear and wash pieces than anything too nice.
3. Keep specific search terms in mind to find more. I searched for "Vintage Floral Caftan" or "Hawaiian Vintage Caftan" to get these results below!
Here are six of my favorites available right now on Etsy....
1. Hawaiian Caftan from ($65, size XS/S), 2. Caftan from VintagePrepGirl ($125, size 10-12), 3. Silk colorblock caftan from MilkTeeths ($150, size 10), 4. purple floral caftan by IggyAndBo ($68, size XS, S), 5. Multi-color floral caftan from PendulumVintage ($47, size M/L), 6. Abstract caftan from PurnaPalace ($124, size S).
(Top photo by Casey Brodley)
If you've been following along to my style posts, you may know that I have been obsessed with vintage dusters over the past year. What exactly is a duster, you ask? According to Wikipedia, a duster is:
A light, loose-fitting long coat. The original dusters were full-length, light-colored canvas or linen coats worn by horsemen to protect their clothing from trail dust. These dusters were typically slit up the back to hip level for ease of wear on horseback.
The ones I love tend to have a great pattern, texture, or color, and range from more 50's housecoat to 70's wild child style...
This 70's style open duster with collar has a great, bold pattern with perfect pops of color. It's light and makes for a great layer in the spring or fall, and I love wearing it with a solid color piece (like this olive jumper). I get compliments from strangers all the time when wearing this...and it's just such a great and fun piece!
This one is more like a 50's housecoat with a silky, embroidered fabric with a thicker batting inside. It's cozy, yet so soft and pretty, and I love wearing it over longer maxi dresses.
Finally, this is a super lightweight, vintage Hawaiian style duster with short sleeves. This one is great over pretty much anything and even works as a bathing suit coverup!
Since I love vintage so much, but they are one-of-a-kind at this point, I thought I could do some shopping for YOU and find similar duster styles in a range of sizes. Here are some I've found that I love for you...
1. Vintage 80's Denim Duster ($80, size 8), 2. 1960's Floral Sweater Duster ($95, M/L), 3. 1960's Floral Linen Duster ($49, size 6-8), 4. Vintage Embroidered Duster ($95, size L), 5. Vintage Floral Duster ($39, one size).
Here are a few that are new and current that have great colors and patterns, too....
Let me know if you like these posts and any other pieces you're on the hunt for!
Mints and dots pretty much combine two of my favorite colors and patterns together...so I was excited to put together some outfits with those two things in mind!
This top just feels so special. I love it not only for the color but the sheer sleeves, the sequins, and how it just feels so fresh and happy. I paired it with these silky dotty pants for a fun contrast of color and texture. Because both pieces are a bit looser, I tucked in the top in front to help define the waist and make a loose outfit feel a bit more tailored.
Since we're still in winter but I love wearing skirts, I mixed a sweater and a skirt! I paired this multi-color dotty sweater with a fun and light skirt for an outfit that transitions so well into spring. I also love both pieces separately so much!
See a video of how I styled some of these pieces and a few others over on my Instagram Stories!
Happy Friday all! Last weekend, I took the kids to the Long Beach Antique Market (which is the 3rd Sunday of each month). I typically go to the Rosebowl Flea Market but missed it this month, so we tried Long Beach instead. While we didn't go needing anything (I am in serious purge-mode with my pending move after all), it always serves as great inspiration trip for me. I love old things with a story that feel unique and I can make my own.
Plus, it's fun way to teach my kids about money and interacting with people. I'll give my kids $10 each to spend. They can buy whatever they want, but cannot spend more than what they have. It teaches them to look people in the eye to ask them how much something is, give money and accept change if they want to make a purchase, and that the money eventually runs out so they have to choose their purchases wisely.
For this past trip, I didn't plan to buy anything but came across these pieces in our last 15 minutes there—a beautiful white and jeweled necklace and a bunch of amazing clip-on earrings. I'll wear the necklace exactly as it is. And, the clip-on earrings I'll pin to my shoes or perhaps a jacket? They pinch way too much to actually wear them on my ears! What else could you do with them? Any ideas?
Anyway, finding the jewelry was our last little treasure-hunting trip which turned out to be just enough until we all got hot and tired and needed to get lunch! Have a great weekend, all...see you soon!
(Photo by Joy Cho)
We're seeing hearts alllllll month long for our Color Adventures. Last week, we styled a sophisticated blush bedroom with a heart theme (it IS doable!), and now I'm showing you how to wear this classic February combo in a grown-up way. Check it out...