Hi ladies! So I got a little excited about back to school shopping this year…for myself. Shopping for my kindergarten girl can be tricky since we have very different um, aesthetics? Her love of rainbow and animal print rivals mine for black and stripes. Living with her creative fashion choices must be rubbing off on me though, especially in the shoe department. While I’m not going to be pairing tutus and rain boots anytime soon these leopard high tops and silver booties are going to be on replay all fall. Want to see how I’m mixing interesting shoes with classic cooler weather pieces?
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Whites are trending big this season and neutrals have come so far from plain old tan. Soft, pastel hues like blush, dusty blue and mint have made their debut and become the new essentials to a well-rounded wardrobe. Neutrals have definitely garnered a bad rap over the years – deemed dull and boring, or overlooked in favor of more colorful trends. But when combined, neutrals can create an effortlessly chic and timeless look that’s surprisingly simple to pull off.
So if you’re looking for a refreshing spring style alternative….
….you consider yourself a rebel, someone who prefers to live life on the edge, push limits, break rules and wear white any.day.of.the.year you please…
then continue reading…
And sometimes…you get to eat ice cream on the job!
This hot hot day in Portland we decided to go to what would become my new favorite ice cream shop. At the suggestion of my friend and insanely talented photographer, Posy Quarterman, we headed over to Fifty Licks for a fun afternoon of delicious treats.
The Outfit Formula
Ok, so in the interest of fashion and not wanting to make you jealous by describing all of the ridiculously delicious ice cream flavors, on to talking about a new favorite outfit combo of mine: black & white and olive.
It’s always exciting to stumble upon an amazing online sale, and even better when you can share the excitement with others. Ann Taylor is currently in the middle of their massive Cyber Spring sale where every. single. item. is 50% off plus free shipping from now until Monday night but they are already going fast. Here are just a few of my favorites on offer:
Nordstrom asked for my thoughts on Ugg Australia’s newest line of footwear. Specifically, sandals. A huge sucker for cute-n-comfy footwear, I rolled up my sleeves, gave the UPS guy one heck of a workout, and got down to bizness.
All in the name of research, of course. We’re alllll about Research.
Keep reading to find out which pair was the MOST comfortable, which pair I absolutely wouldn’t recommend, and which pair(s?) made their way into my closet. (If you follow me on Instagram – @shanachristine – I’ll bet you can guess).
I’d love for you to meet my dear friend, Jess (aka @jessbobess). If you’ve ever swooned over our fashion illustrations on TME (like this illustrated capsule wardrobe, or THIS), then you’re familiar with Jess’ art. She works out of a soft leather notebook (pictured), which is filled with illustrations, watercolors, pen and ink, quotes, lists (OMG the LISTS), spilled wine/coffee/whatever and is just one big mishmash of inspiration and spirit.
I can pour over the thing for hours. Such an amazing peek into a beautiful soul. (And go check out her blog – This Wild Precious Life. It’s a little bit of everything – art, style, humor, real life…I love it.)
As soon as I saw Jil Sander’s netted beanie, I knew that I had to (somehow, someway, someday) make my own version. It’s a ridiculous hat, I know, but I love it. What’s life without a little bit of absurdity anyways, eh?
This DIY is simple and I really do mean that. I cannot handle a complicated mess of a project these days.
beanie hat (cuffed preferably)
french veil netting 9″ x 24″
needle + thread
pair of scissors
That old tee and jeans combo. I think what I like most about it is it’s dependability and unassuming air. It never changes and doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is – classic, easy and cool.
So here they are together. Alone. It’s…cute. Definitely a usual for me when I am at home (and not in my pjs or more recently…loungewear), but it makes me look too much like a mom (and I can say that because I am a mom- ha). It just doesn’t say anything, you know? I’ve always believed that clothes speak…and they do. They dooooo. It’s an expression, so what is this old tee and jeans expressing? Nada mucho. Let’s get it talking, shall we?
My friend Jess and I have been collaborating again (remember her season-less starter wardrobe?). She’s so fun to work with, her designs so full of color and life…I think we’re going to make this a regular thing. We’ve been going back-and-forth with ideas but I wanted to share a few sketches she tossed my way. They’re totally where my head has been all month: Leather jackets, cozy knits, and STRIPES. One of my new year’s resolutions was to pull the trigger on a leather jacket after years of dithering and….well. I found it. No, I found THE ONE.
Here’s what I plan to wear for the next 30 days straight. (#noreally. I do that.)
My Favorite Orange-Red Lip For a Pop of Color: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Zinfandel, $24 (no parabens, sulfates or phthalates…you could eat this stuff)
The Leather Jacket of My Dreams: IRO Tamie Belted Leather Jacket, $1298 (exclusive to Intermix…and if you can show up in-store by Jan 31st, they’re offering 15% off full-priced items. I went with a size 38 to layer sweaters under. It’s insanely soft and flattering, even when sizing up. A magic jacket. You’ll see it soon.)
A Seriously Awesome Knit Beanie: Alexis Beanie at Zady, $197 (expensive I know…but handknit in Berlin in superfine merino and angora etcetc….I’m actually working on a round up of the best winter beanies since my obsession shows no sign of waning, and most of my finds are much more affordable. But I had to include the Zady one here because it’s my favorite.)
A Striped Shirt That Looks Way More Expensive Than It Is: Gap Fluid Stripe Tee, $8.99 (Very Alexander Wang-ish. I own this tee in Small, am considering picking it up in XS as well.)
Jaw-Droppingly Cool Flares: Madewell Flea Market Flares in Joan wash, $135 (Bravo, Madewell. BRAVO.)
A Cozy Knit To Layer OVER Your Leather Jacket: Anthropologie Fringed Plaid Poncho, $89 on sale (Anthro has a few different versions of these ponchos, as well as some seriously cute beanies in their winter sale section.)
A Quirky Cross-Body For Your Phone and Wallet: Betsey Johnson Audio Thrilled The Radio Bag, $44 (The speakers actually work. Seriously.)
Winter Boots In Disguise: Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge Boot, $239 (Scotti turned me onto these and now I’m obsessed. A PERFECT way to wear your flares right now. Also at Zappos, Amazon, and Anthro if Nordstrom is out of your size.)
ps. Thank you SO much for all of your sweet birthday wishes. Such a nice way to celebrate a birthday. MWAH!!
My friend Shannon recently remarked that her favorite date nights always tend to be the spontaneous ones, the ones were you roll down to the corner dive in your sweats because there’s no food in the house and then one laugh leads to another and suddenly you find yourself Partying, with a capital P, in the manner of rockstars. High-five, us!
Shannon, obviously, doesn’t have kids. Our date nights require a little more advanced planning these days (unless we’re using the ipod-at-the-restaurant babysitter, which is great for dinner but eventually puts a damper on Partying), but the spontaneity and casual nature she describes is right up our alley. We work too much and are (frankly) to damn tired to always be Going Out All Fancy, and my pretty-pretty dresses aren’t typically part of our usual date-night rotation.