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 😉

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