Faux Fur Fabulous

Ok, this coat is kinda ridiculous for San Diego’s temperate climate. But so what? Fashion should be fun and this coat is definitely fun! I feel like a starlet when I wear it!

The best deal right now on this faux fur from Rachel by Rachel Roy is at Macy’s, but it’s also on sale at Nordstrom Rack. The pictures I found on the web just don’t do it justice IMO; I probably wouldn’t have even considered buying it if¬† I hadn’t seen it in person. It’s SO SOFT! The only one I saw at the store was an XL so I grabbed it, but a L would have worked just fine too. FYI it has pockets!

I still find myself getting a little nervous when wearing something out of the box for me, but I am getting better. Case in point: I brought this coat to the mall when I met a friend for some drinks and shopping the other day and I intentionally did not bring another option so I’d be forced to wear it and I still chickened out!

I kept thinking, “people will think I’m a weirdo for wearing this at the mall in 60 degree weather.” So I just kinda dealt with the slight chill in the air. I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, but my themes for this year will most likely be trust (in myself and that all will work out in the end, no matter what things currently look like) and caring less what others think. I’ve already come a long way with the latter, but I obviously still have some work to do.

Ok, lets talk about this dress. I loooove it so much! If you’ve visited my blog before you might notice that this dress is the same as the white Free People “Long Beach” tank I’ve worn in previous posts (here and here). It is just as flattering as the tank version, if not more! I saw in the reviews that the white is see through, but thankfully the black is not.

It’s available in a ton of colors on Free People’s site, but I only saw the black and white versions in the store. I feel it’s totally worth the full price of $40, but I’ve added some other colors to my Shoptagr list so if they do go on sale I’ll snap one or two more up. It’s so versatile!

I’ve already worn it twice and I just got it a week ago! I had noticed it online, but I wanted to see it in person and try it on so when I was at Macy’s the other day trying to use a $10 coupon before it expired I did just that and I didn’t even need to think (very long) about whether to buy it or not. It had to be mine!

I just happened to grab this coat off the clearance rack (Macy’s calls it their Last Act section and it’s a goldmine for deals!) for over $150 off at the same time and I noticed the two really went well together. I love when that happens. It can be really frustrating to get a new piece and then have nothing to wear it with.

I’ve blogged about these shoes before, but I noticed they’re still available at DSW and they are awesome so I thought I’d provide a link for y’all again. I had the hardest time debating between the grey and the black and they also offer them in red and taupe!

To keep this look as glam as possible I paired it with my gold clutch from Amazon. It’s a steal at $18 and goes with just about everything!

I couln’t help myself, I had to do the “coat draped over the shoulders” look that all bloggers do. It might not be as functional as putting both arms in, but is it pretty fabulous ūüėČ

If you’re wondering about the very pretty location for this shoot, it’s the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which is just down the way from my place. It’s gorgeous! I need to bring some of my girls there one of these days. It has so many great features and amenities – it would make a great spa day.

What do you think about faux fur? Does it have a place in your wardrobe?

Thanks so much for stopping by!! XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Tonal Outfit

Ever have one of those “I just don’t know what to wear” days? Silly question, right? I’m pretty sure we all have. Well, one easy solution when you’re unable to decide is to create a monochromatic/tonal look.

The idea is to put together pieces of varying tones within the same shade, in this case grey. IMO tonal looks are tres chic!

Even though I have tons of options in my closet, I almost always find myself reaching for something comfy when getting dressed. Therefore a blazer made out of sweater material is a no-fail option. This one is quite old, but I found this one, this one, this one, and this one online that I think would be great options for work and beyond. This one from Anthro is pretty pricey, but so darn cute! Comfy and pulled together? Yes please!

Light grey jeans can be a little less forgiving than darker colors, but it’s nice to have some non-blue skinnies. I’ve had this pair for a few years and I wear them quite a bit. See the 2018 version of these skinnies here. Just be warned, the sizing of H&M’s pants and jeans seem to vary A LOT so it’s a good idea to try them on in-store if possible.

I discovered this pretty little starfish necklace when I was out and about in Pt. Loma one day. I don’t buy many things on impulse these days – well ok, maybe just less than before – but I made an exception for this one.

Isn’t it cute?! I have become a big believer in shopping with a plan as it helps one avoid buyer’s remorse, but when something really catches your eye and you don’t want to leave it behind I think you should honor that as well. Non-purchase regret is a real thing too!

If you happen to be in the area check out Rare Bloom Boutique (2841 Canon St., San Diego). It’s one of the few boutiques I’ve entered and actually wanted to buy most the stuff! Usually boutiques seem crazy expensive or crazy cheap, but this one had seemingly quality stuff at affordable prices. Woo hoo! I also bought a handmade card there that was adorable.

Sadly this camisole is no longer available anywhere except on eBay, but I found a super cute cami from Abercrombie’s website that has a similar feel. The pink is SO cute! And this one and this one would be good basics for any closet. I have roughly 10 camis and I don’t regret buying any of them. They always come in handy!

Vince Camuto’s bags are now dominating my closet and I’m totally okay with that! I couldn’t find this “Ayla tote” for sale anywhere online right now, but you can buy it at full pop here if it fits in your budget. Knowing Amazon I bet it’ll go on sale eventually. Keep in mind you can use Shoptagr to alert you when it does.

These pumps (last seen on the blog here) are 60% off right now! They are quality shoes for sure. I bet these will hold up for a long time. They would make great work heels and all sizes are still available!

I’d love to hear, what do you think about monochromatic looks?

XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Sheer to See Through

Full disclosure, I was not aware of¬† how see through this top was until I reviewed the pictures. And I’ve had it for years! Even my husband/photog didn’t think it was quite this sheer until he looked at the pics on my computer. Keep in mind all this is after I spent an hour on the side of the Freeway waiting to see the firefighters’ procession.

I thought this would be a good topic to explore here on the blog. Here’s a great illustration of the sheer/not so sheer look, depending on lighting:

Have you ever had that happen? It’s actually pretty common. Full daylight can make things look a lot different than indoor lighting. Additionally, cameras – especially when you use a flash – can sometimes cause one to look overexposed. There are many articles online that show sheer blouse mishaps. Google it, the pics are great hehe.

This really made me think. Would I choose to wear the same outfit again, knowing that it was basically see through? It seems like a simple question, but it brings up a lot of variables: confidence, social standards, etc. To my¬† surprise, I realized that I would wear it again. I guess I’m getting ballsier in my old age ūüėČ

Of course I initially thought, “but I don’t have a model’s body” and all those other things that run through one’s mind. But I like the outfit, Leo liked the outfit, and I felt good in it so…as long as the sun is down or going down I’d do a repeat.

This outfit is so “covered up” that I felt it worked overall, but generally speaking full daylight is not the time to go super sheer. And of course it goes without saying that this is NOT office appropriate. If one does wear something sheer I also think it’s important to limit it to one item per outfit and avoid wearing a lacy/patterned bra to keep it from being overly sexy. Unless you’re in Vegas of course!

I’d love to hear if you agree or your counter argument in the comments.

Unfortunately this top is too old to find online, but I found this sheer bodysuit and I am obsessed! I already put it in my cart for later. And this is an adorable short sleeved option, while this is a super cute plus size option. If you’re thinking you need a base layer I highly recommend this cami, it’s a steal. If you have room in your budget, Cami NYC is universally recognized as being “the” place to buy quality camisoles.

You can still grab these (waterproof!!) OTK boots here. They are amazing! Not only are they stretchy, so they fit a wide array of ladies, but they also stay up and are crazy comfortable. I was stoked I had room to layer them over my fav, fully opaque Zella leggings (currently 25% of!). Buy these, you won’t regret it! I might just get a backup pair while they’re on sale…

You can still find this bag a few places online, even though I bought it over a year ago. It is amazing! I am still in love with the classic look, braided details, and the fact that it still looks brand new.

My necklace is no longer available, but this one is very similar and here’s a whole page of layered necklaces at a realistic price point. I want this one, but I’m trying very hard to resist. Layered necklaces is a trend I can for sure get behind!

Yep, that’s a see through shirt right there lol

Merry Christmas Eve, if you celebrate it. If not, happy Sunday! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Clutches All Day

In the past I always relegated clutches to the “evening bag” category.¬† But as I get more playful with fashion I am realizing that clutches are great at any time of day!

I got this clutch from Nastygal and it quickly sold out – note: Nastygal seems to be perpetually offering 50% off of everything on their site (using code GET50) – however, I thought I’d offer up some of my suggestions for affordable clutches. My picks are at the bottom of this pot.

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As soon as I saw the pinky/gold snakeskin of this clutch I knew I needed it in my life. I looove the pop of color and the box shape. It’s also super cool that it came with a shoulder strap ’cause¬† sometimes we just need to go hands free! I suppose if there’s any con it’s that the metal shows fingerprints. But in my mind that’s no big deal.

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Since I tend to err on the matchy-matchy side, I had to pair this bag with my fav sweater (currently about half price!). I am obsessed with anything peachy/salmony/pink. With a bold colored sweater and an attention grabbing clutch I felt it was best to go pretty simple with the rest of my look.

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My jeans are pretty old, but I think this pair (use code COUNTDOWN to get 20% off thru 12/19) is just as cute! I really dig the minimal distressing. This pair is also so stylish (also 20% off with code GIFTNOW) and this one is a steal for under $30.

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I still reach for this pair of block heeled pumps all the time. The pointed toe and nude color are soo good for lengthening the legs, while also being comfortable. Always important! There’s a reason they have such great reviews ūüėČ

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While smaller handbags like clutches are great anytime, they’re especially well suited for this time of year. All the parties and events just beg for a handbag that pops – and holds just enough.

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What’s your go-to purse style?

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Show Time Clutch

Disco Ball Glitter Bag

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Flecked Glitter Clutch

XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Gone Western//Free People’s Garden Party Maxi Dress

The hubs and I went to Tucson in November and I wore this outfit – I love a good theme when getting dressed! We drove so much that day that we just didn’t have it in us to do a photo shoot, but I got so many compliments on this look that I had to recreate it for the blog.

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This dress (on sale through¬†multiple ebay sellers¬†in various colors – you can also get the black version¬†here) is¬†so nice, it works just as well in the spring as it does in the colder months. Well, in a temperate climate like San Diego at least. The top can be a little tricky if you’re busty because the sides are so open, but you can remedy this by either tying the straps tighter/higher, wearing an adhesive bra (this one has great reviews), or wearing a bralette (my fav) underneath. I’ve also worn it without a bra and it worked surprisingly well! Do you ever go braless? It’s oddly freeing!

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For this outfit I threw on my go-to denim jacket, which I still love after 3+ years. Kut from the Kloth makes the BEST denim jackets. Here are some additional versions by this brand: plus size, lighter wash, black, and white. I want the black one next!

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This dress also looks fab layered under a slouchy/oversized sweater. I love getting more milage out of my dresses by turning a dress into what looks like a skirt. It hasn’t really gotten cold enough for that yet, but it’s coming! When it does this is what I’ll pair it with. It would also look good with this ivory turtleneck.

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I am so into hats lately. They can change up the feel of an outfit so easily and they’re the perfect “completer piece.” I bought this hat on a whim after seeing it was on sale and reading the stellar reviews and I’m glad I did. It’s more western than I normally go for, but it’s fun to try new things. It’s also super packable as it’s “crushable.” The Nordies website made the “khaki” seem more of a grey color, but it was more green than I expected IRL. Here it looks brown somehow. *shrug*

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Doesn’t it have a totally different feel without the hat?

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When I first started wearing hats it¬†felt a little weird, but I’ve found that trying anything new feels a little weird at first. Hats can be super practical – think of how many generations relied on hats before the advent of sunglasses. Now I almost feel like something’s missing if I don’t have some head adornment! Blogger problems…

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I love a dress that moves when I walk and this one is great for that. It makes a girl want to sashay a bit ūüėČ

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Thanks so much for visiting! XO, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

FP Saturday Morning Cardi

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This Free People cardigan has been called the “it sweater” this year and I can totally see why. It’s awesome! When something is uber popular I am usually less inclined to get it – it’s always a bummer to enter a room and find that others are wearing the same item of clothing – but I knew I had to have this one as soon as I saw it on Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls.

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Unfortunately it’s a little hard to find on sale due to it’s popularity, but I saw the blush is still on sale at Saks¬†and Nordies price matched the blue and blush, get them¬†here.¬†Warning: they will likely go fast due to the sale price! The blush pink is my fav color, but you can get it in 4 additional colors here. I really like that the pink is not super bright – it goes just as well with a black ensemble as it does with blue jeans.

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Most people will be able to fit into either size as it’s so roomy, but I much prefer how it looks in the larger size (unless you’re petite) as the proportions are so much better. It’s pretty substantial/thick, but it’s still a great layer for those of us in milder climates as the holes allow for ventilation.

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I adore the pattern of the knit, just be mindful not to snag it on everything as the holes are quite large. I have to be pretty mindful of my wedding ring for that reason. You can increase the warm factor by adding a thicker layer underneath, but you can also just throw it on over a tank and just pop it in your (large) bag when it gets a little too warm.

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Speaking of large bags, this one is so big that it can double as a carryon. It easily fit my sweater (which takes up quite a bit of space), AND it has a padded tablet/laptop compartment! What a smart idea! Many online reviewers noted this was a negative, but it can be a great option for those looking for a carryall. The price is great at less than $110, considering that it was originally almost $300. Honestly I’m surprised it hasn’t yet sold out at DSW as I bought mine a while ago. You can also get it on sale here and here. Another winner from Vince Camuto!

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I am still super happy I purchased this FP tank. It’s so much more than a basic ribbed tank top. The subtle flair at the hem and racerback details make it so flattering and stylish. I want it in pink too! You can get some colors/sizes of this tank for 50% off right now here. And Nordies also has some colors on sale here and here. I don’t often see them on sale as they are already pretty affordable, so grab them on sale while you can!

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These jeans are also a workhorse in my closet – they are the perfect color IMO. The cut is awesome – no extra material in the ankle and the mid-rise is especially flattering with a tucked-in top. My pair is old, but I would buy this one¬†(on sale!), this one, and this one if I were shopping for a new pair. Be warned, the sizing for this style of denim varies wildly, so I recommend trying them on in store rather than taking a chance online. I haven’t worn jeans in a while due to the warm weather and I’d forgotten how much I love skinnies with some kind of a heel. Show those legs off girlies!

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My pumps are a little old, but here’s¬†(on sale!) the newest version by Sam Edelman. Based on the online reviews, these are some crazy popular heels. They are a bit high for me, but I’m not generally on my feet a lot. You can tell it’s fall as they don’t match my skin tone. In the summer they’re actually a great match ūüėČ

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I wore outfit this a few days before Thanksgiving to grab some food with the hubs. Yet again we had a scorcher on turkey day. Every so often we’ll have a chilly Thanksgiving, but more often than not it’s quite warm, thanks to the Santa Anas. I can’t say I really mind, as people throughout the country are freezing their¬† booties off and I was able to sneak in a beach day the day before Thanksgiving! But I do love being able to layer. That time should come soon enough, considering it’s already December. Where does the time go?!

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Have a splendid weekend my loves! XO, Kate

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Photo credit: Leo Amar

New Years Came Early this Year – Blondo Taras OTK Boots

I have to admit I don’t always do much for New Years. Both the hubs and I enjoy just chilling together more often than not. However, I always think about what I will/would wear and try to tackle the question of how to both look cute and stay warm.

Even in sunny San Diego it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will be cold on NYE and New Year Day. Well, cold for us. So that usually means one can get away with skipping a jacket if one is planning to be in and out of establishments, but there are some really chilly moments!

Of course, if you bring a jacket then you have to lug it with you or check it – if available. I think my new solution will be OTK boots! When we took these pics it was far from cold, but since I run pretty warm I think they’ll be just enough extra coverage to avoid frostbite (hehe).

I don’t go out very often as it all seems like such a pain to me. The crowds, waiting for service, the cost, no places to sit…(grumble grumble). But seeing as how I have so many pretty clothes I try to go out from time to time just to take them for a spin.

This dress is pretty old but you can still get some colors on Poshmark (Free People Embellished Slip Dress) and this seems to be this year’s version. I’ve placed some additional Free People dresses that are sure to get the party started¬†here, here, here, and here. I could Google “Free People sequin dresses” all day every day!

I also really enjoy “rediscovering” things in my closet that I haven’t worn much (if at all) and creating new looks with accessories. I tried this dress with my Free People seamless romper¬†underneath instead of the seamless mini slip shown here and I really liked it. It gives it an extra little edge seeing the short shorts underneath. I also like it with a blush or black slip underneath.

I searched for the perfect pair of over the knee boots for a while before I found these beauties. They are awesome!! So many of the OTK boots out there are cute but I wanted a pair that would be at least somewhat comfortable. These SO are due to the chunkier heel. They are 3.5″, but feel lower. I like that the pointy toe keeps them in the sexy and flattering category.

My favorite part is that they’re waterproof! What a genius idea. In SD we only get a few really cold days and many of them are when it rains so this was a big reason I bought them. Now I can stay warm and not worry at all about ruining them, like I would with suede or leather boots.

I am still really loving my Lipsense lipstick that I got from my Insta friend @kissablesense. Being a lazy-ish gal it’s so perfect for me. No need to reapply! I already have the Dark Pink and Strawberry Shortcake (the one I’m currently wearing), but I’ll definitely be getting a nude color for those days that I don’t want to go quite as bold. I’m thinking Roseberry, but it’s really hard to say for sure without seeing the color in person.

These sunnies (use coupon code: NewShades for 10% off) seemed like the perfect complement to my dress. The pink reflective lenses are just fun and a cat eye is flattering on everyone!

This bag’s fun multi-colored tassel also helped it go really well with this look. Sadly this particular version is no longer available, but this one is very similar and would go with just about everything.

What do you do to fete the new year?

Party on people! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

 

Rose Colored Life

Normally I’m all about accentuating my waist for the most flattering look, but with this beautiful dress¬†(also available here¬†– on sale!) I just felt like I had to ditch the belt/tie it came with and let it flow.

How cute is this pattern?! I felt like it went perfectly with my Rebecca Minkoff Geo Love purse. I also love the shape of the hem and the subtle striped details – can you spot them?

I’ve never bought anything from this brand before, but that’s mainly due to the price point. When I saw it was on sale for a mere $30 I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did! I don’t know that it’s worth the full price of $198 though. The fabric, although nice, doesn’t seem to be anything special. BTW I spotted this top¬†from the same brand the other day and it is still on my mind…

I love how feminine this dress is and that it didn’t need to be hemmed – hallelujah! I used to think built in half slips were a way for the manufacturer to save money/be cheap, but I now appreciate having less material. It’s a lot cooler that way and cuts down on the bulk. Plus, since this dress is not see through, no one would know anyway.

Sadly my shoes broke right after shooting these pics. I was SO sad as this is the best pair¬† of “nicer” low wedges I’ve ever found and I haven’t seen anything all that similar. However, I do think these,¬†these,¬†these, these, and these are great options.

I’ve already taken this dress for a few spins and it looks just as cute with a belt. I recently snagged a trio of belts in classic colors from Nordies and I’m stoked! How cute is this one?

I feel like the best version of myself in floating, girlie dresses. What type of look makes you feel your best?

Have a stellar day y’all! Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar

Free People Retro Love Suede Dress

Can you believe I’ve had this dress for a year and this is the first time I’ve worn it?! It might just be my favorite blog look so far. After it sold out I wasn’t sure if Free People would bring it back the following season (like they so often do with their most popular dresses), but they have! They aren’t offering it in the color I have – rose –¬†but they have 7 colors to choose from! I think the soft peach is to die for!

You might be wondering if a suede dress is functional and I can tell you it IS! Not only is it a steal, considering Free People’s pricing, but it’s comfortable and it has pockets! Once I got past the unusual-ness of the material I was hooked. Because it’s real suede it has just enough shape without being too structured. I’m in love!

What is it about suede that just feels super luxe? Is it just me?

At first I wasn’t sure how I’d accessorize it as there are so many options. It was popular amongst bloggers last year and I saw many ladies styled it with more mod accessories (it looks awesome with a turtleneck underneath) or with sneakers for a more casual vibe.

However, I wanted more of a rocker/boho look so I paired it with my fav booties (unfortunately black leather is no longer available, but there are still two suede options) and my new Sam Edelman bag that I snagged from the clearance section of DSW. What a find that was!

Of curse no boho look would be complete without a hat (haha), so I threw on my Free People Matador hat and I really liked the overall look. This particular hat is no longer available, but I found two lookalike options: 1 2. I also really like this felt hat, I can see it going with a lot.

Do you own any suede or leather items of clothing? I haven’t branched out into anything beyond this dress and moto jackets…yet!

Have a wonderful day! I hope to see you again soon!

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

Sam Edelman Sylvia Satchel

This bag rocks! I happened to spot it at DSW in the clearance section after having put it in my shopping bag at Nordstrom.com to keep in mind for later – only it was MUCH cheaper. Score!! I get compliments on it every time I use it!

I tend to buy accessories in neutral colors for maximum versatility, but this bag is just so darn cute! And I’ve found it does go with a lot of my outfits, even with a somewhat bold pattern. I really love the global/boho feel it has.

I can’t recall if I’ve talked about this particular Free People tee before (now sold out), but it’s great! It is pretty sheer though, so I can see this one being a great, more opaque option. I haven’t really gotten onboard with the cutout tee trend, but this one seems cute and has a bunch of 5 star reviews.

These jeggings are still my go-to when I want to be comfortable. They seriously feel like yoga pants. American Eagle currently only has high rise, low rise, and cropped versions available in black ripped jeggings, but their selection is constantly changing.

I also wanted to mention a lip stain I’ve recently discovered. I have tried a few in the past and none of them were all that great, but this one seriously lasts all day long. I had the pleasure of meeting up wth an Instagram friend who sells LipSense and I ended up buying 2 shades (a pink and this red). Both are perfect!

There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to the application, but once you get it right it doesn’t budge! Luckily there are quite a few YouTube tutorials. You have to get it through a rep (kind of like Mary Kay), so if you need help there let me know. Have you ever tried it?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fab day!

Photo credit: Leo Amar