Ok, that title is pretty bad, but I couldn’t think of anything witty! I recently purchased one of a girl’s wardrobe essentials after a long search: a denim jacket! I hit up Old Navy last week in search of an affordable option. I was in luck, the San Francisco flagship store is always well-stocked, but it was like a denim explosion when I walked in the store. They had all different kinds of washes, I really wanted a dark denim jacket, but I wasn’t able to find my size. I did, however, find the next darkest wash, “dark worn.” To my surprise, the XXL was too big (for my shoulders at least), so I got the XL and went on my merry way.  I’ve pretty much been wearing it every day since I got it, and it really goes with everything! That’s why I wanted to do this post, to show how versatile a denim jacket can be!

First up, casual/weekend outfit.

Outfit Details:
Purple Print Dress – Nordstrom (Similar style here)
Denim Jacket – Old Navy (buy me!)
Orange Leather purse – Linnea Pelle (Similar style here)
Black and gold sandals – Target
Feather earrings – Forever 21
Necklace – Fab
Chunky clear bracelet – Marc by Marc Jacobs (Similar style here)

Denim jackets are okay for the work place, too! I would wear it on your casual day if your office has a dress code, or any day if you work in San Francisco (ha!).

Outfit Details:
Floral high-low top – Xhiliration by Target (available here)
Teal trousers – Mossimo by Target (Similar style here)
T-strap Mary Janes – Pikolino (Similar Style here)
Leather Crossbody bag – Cole Haan (similar style here)

This can easily be dressed up with blazer or a cardigan if the denim jacket is too casual for your office.

Now onto evening! I just switched out my accessories, bottoms and added a brighter lip.

Outfit Details:
Purple top – Nordstrom Rack
Black skinny jeans – Old Navy Rockstar denim (available here)
Rose Gold Pumps – Corso Como (similar here)
Red Crocodile Clutch – Cole Haan (Similar here)
Copper earrings – Etsy

There you have it! Denim three ways. If the lighter wash doesn’t work for you, go for the dark denim. That wash has a lot more polish to it, so you could wear it more often in a professional setting.

Are there any pieces you have problems working into your wardrobe? If you have a piece you have but aren’t sure how to wear it, I would love to help. Just shoot me an email!

Now that the weather is warming up a bit in SF, I’ve been wearing my maxi dresses a lot! I rediscovered these two dresses I bought in 2011.  They’re a bit big on me since I’ve lost weight since 2011, but I just use a safety pin to hold the top closed and keep the “girls” out of sight (haha)…

I mentioned this in my last maxi dress post, warm weather is anything over 65F. I will bust out the sandals and dresses once I see the sun, which is why I’ve paired these maxi dresses with cardigans. Weather is really unpredictable here, so I dress in layers, and I bring a scarf with me every time I leave the house. I’ll have to do a post on all my scarves at some point!

These dresses happen to be the same style as well. I got a great deal on them at Nordstrom when looking for dresses to wear to Socal in 2011. They were hiding in the back of my closet and now I can’t stop wearing them! Maxi dresses are great because they’re super versatile. Below are great examples of how to dress up and outfit and a more casual/every day outfit.

 

Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch

Outfit Details
Purple Maxi Dress – Nordstrom (similar style)
Beige cardigan – Merona for Target (similar style)
Orange Sandals – Indigo by Clarks (similar style)
Rose Gold Watch – Michael Kors
Earrings – Etsy
Necklace – Gifted

The next outfit I wore out to run errands downtown last week. I love the print on this dress, the neutral color will go with almost any color sweater/jacket.

Prayer bracelets a monk gave me while I was out shopping.

More silly… but a great shot of my earrings!

Outfit Details
Black Maxi Dress – Nordstrom (similar style)
Mustard Cardigan – Merona for Target (same style as the above)
Sandals – Mossimo for Target (buy me)
Earrings – Etsy

There you have it, two maxi dresses in one post.  Hope you enjoyed!!

xoxo

 

“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” -Claude Monet

I would have to agree with Monsieur Monet! I obsess about color for sure. When I was younger, it was wearing crazy eye shadows, I was less daring in the clothing department though. Now that I’m more comfortable with myself, I love adding color into my wardrobe.  I for sure need to do a post on my closet, I have a rainbow assortment of cardigans, blouses, dresses and pants!

I saw this cardigan on Forever 21 and had to have it! It’s more versatile than you would think by looking at it or the way Forever 21 styled it.  I’ve worn this with a mint colored top and an orange top (with ruffles!). Here, I’ve paired it with my trusty Old Navy polka-dot  Rockstar jeans (in navy), a purple floral top with a light orange cami underneath and red suede flats (with the cutest bow with orange rhinestones!).  It’s a LOT of color, but this is how it works (to me!): The dark purple is a great contrast to the cardi colors (orange and teal), plus purple goes with each color on it’s own. I call it a neutral color! The floral print has a bit of orange, pink and red, which brings in the red shoes.  I know it can be a lot for someone that isn’t used to wearing different colors, try switching out the purple top for a more neutral color (black, gray, nude) and/or a neutral shoe.

I wore this out shopping with my husband, but I’d wear this out almost anywhere.  A casual work day outfit (Friday for instance) or having lunch with a friend on the weekend.  I would totally throw on my teal fedora if it were a sunny day.

 

ha, what am I looking at?!

I should have rolled up those sleeves… doh!

Close-up of my cute rose gold heart earrings and copper circle necklace <3

Outfit Details:
Teal-Orange Marled Cardigan – Forever 21 Plus (link above)
Purple Floral top – Nordstrom Rack
Jeans – Old Navy Rockstar
Shoes – Enzo Angiolini (similar here)
Earrings – Forever 21 (similar here)
Necklace – Millbrae Art & Wine Festival (best one of the bay!)