Go Bold – Printed Pant Perfection

Dare to Wear – Bold Pants

Pants (Sold Outshop the post below for other bold styles I’m digging!) | Top | BootsBag (similar)

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

Welcome to my new favorite trend – bold pieces of clothing. From statement sleeves to fashion-forward footwear to patterned pants, more is more these days. I love that fashion is allowing for more vibrant choices, letting people express themselves more loudly than before. However, even with more being more, it is still important to keep in mind that pairing is key with bolder prints and textiles.

Here, I took these (OMG-to-die-for-amazing) pants by one of my faves, Alexis, and paired them with a simple black turtleneck. This look could be taken up a notch with these gold boots I have pictured, which work despite their bold design because of the way the gold compliments the feel of the print. The pants could just as easily be paired with simple black (or my favorite, this season’s bordeaux) pumps.

These pants may be too wild for you, but I think regardless of your personal preference, it’s important to remember that it’s OK to take risks, and not spend too much time worrying whether or not you can “pull it off” – it’s all in the confidence. #daretowear

Here are a few of my faves:

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All Photography by Lauren Parr Photography

Date Night Done Right

With Tularosa & BlankNYC     Top | Jeans | Bag (Sold Out) | Shoes

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

This look was perfect for a fall weather date night I had the other night (not that we’re getting too much fall weather here, but still! The detail on these jeans HAS to be shown off (the lace up and they actually lace!), so they’re best when paired with a crop or tucked in top. I also love the way this top so cleverly pairs plaid and embroidered flowers make for such an interesting detail. This is definitely a look that will be seeing a lot of wear this season!

Conquer your fears… and look good doing it… My Dreamforce Styleguide

 Ready to Take on the World (and/or Workday)

Top | Pants | Bag (sold out – more Valentino deals here) | Shoes

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

When asked to speak at this year’s Dreamforce conference, I knew I had to take the opportunity. It would be a great experience, great exposure for my #dayjob (#realjob… #onlyjobthatpaysme…), and overall a good idea professionally speaking. So I immediately said yes.

… I also then immediately basically sh*t myself because public speaking is one of my biggest fears. (Outside of planes, and ironically I also had to fly to this conference sooooo there’s that). But I think it’s important, every now and again, to challenge yourself, make yourself try something new, that makes you uncomfortable… because when you come out on the other side (as you always do) then one way or the other, you’ll have learned something new about yourself, and you’ll prove yet again there’s something else you can do.

I also firmly believe (no surprise here) that what you wear for such an occasion is important. Not because of what other people might think about what you look like, but about how what you wear can make you feel powerful and in control. At least that’s true for me.

I chose Alexis, as I often do, because this designer knows how to design to make a women feel in control and on top of the world. It’s important though, when dressing for a public-speaking engagement to also be thoughtful about what will make you feel good, while still being appropriate for the situation.

Many women in this situation would wear all black, but I am not many women, and I rarely wear all black (not that that is bad at all – it’s just not me). I like to stand out and where something that is always a little different – but I had to be careful not to go over the top and distract my audience.

I chose these pants because they were statement in silhouette, but simple enough in pattern and color (all neutrals). I chose a simple top and comfortable heels to keep the look overall looking clean and easy. That way, I got to keep my “me” intact, but still looked professionally appropriate.

The speech went much better than I ever could have thought it would – AND I got so many compliments on these pants soooooo double win 🙂

It’s important to think about how you can continuously modify your style – so that you always stay true to you, while still being able to transition for multiple occasions.

Fall in London (where it’s actually Fall ;))

Fall Trends in London

9-5 in Fulham
Top (similar styles 123) | Coat | Jeans | Shoes (similar style) | Bag | Sunglasses
Cocktails in Chelsea
Brunching in Kensington  
Jumpsuit | Bag | Earrings
Late Nights in Soho
Top | Boots | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace
Visiting London for work recently gave me the best chance to start bringing out my favorite fall pieces. London brought rainy weather – as expected – and normally I’m not a fan, but something about London’s rain makes it so much more beautiful.
For a city as big as it is, it’s full of so much more than just your typical syscrapers, industrial buildings and packed city streets. While London has that, there’s a clean, regal, and even colorful feeling to the whole city. From it’s population, to its’ greenery and sophisticated architecture, London is one of my favorite places to be, no matter how many times I  visit.
While London has it’s own effortlessly chic style (one I always try to embody, but admittedly haven’t perfectly captured yet), being there for fall made it clear that there are a few styles that aren’t going anywhere just yet:
1.  Velvet
  • Yup – our favorite 90s throwback is clearly here to stay. From boots to booties, to complete dresses and sets, this trend isn’t going ANYWHERE. Here are a few of my fave looks:

Sets and Separates:

Luxe Accessories:

 

2.  The Jumpsuit
  • Jumpsuits are one of my favorite revivals from the 70s and they definitely not going anywhere. Jumpsuits will still be highly prevalent on the fashion scene and will see some fun twists on the classic – like these wide leg ones I found from Flynn Skye. A few of my other favorite fall ready jumpsuits:

Chic:

Unique:
Full of color:
3.  Polka Dots
  • While a newer trend, this fad that popped up in the end of summer is converting nicely into fall with black and white and other darker styled prints. A few styles I can’t live without:

Skirts:

Tops:
Pants:
4. The Culotte
  • A perfect transition piece – these wide leg cropped wonders are becoming ever more popular. They evoke the epitome of chic while still being comfortable and feminine. A few of my faves:

Casual cool:

All dressed up:

And that’s a wrap on my fall faves…. now I’m off to get married, next time I write you I’ll be a Mrs…. stay tuned for wedding deets!!!

Spring’s Statement Pant

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One of the latest trends I’m loving this spring is the variety of open pants making their way all over boutiques these days.

I must admit I have several pair, but one of my absolute favorites are these open side blush wide leg pants by Keepsake.

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I paired mine with this amazing statement sleeve bodysuit by Susana Monaco. Even though both pieces have volume, the slim fitting waist of the bodysuit and waist of the pant allowed them to flow together seamlessly. They also had ah-mazing movement together that made the whole look perfect for a spring HH!

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I topped (or rather bottomed) my look off with these TO-DIE-FOR Tamara Mellon Frontline heels (I’ve been dying for a pair forever and finally snagged some – TM is also an amazing female leader and feminist and offered a one time only 20% off discount for women’s Equal Pay Day (they NEVER discount) – she is simply so BAD@$$ – all of her shoes are fantastic). I grabbed this lucite minaudiere (mine was under $20!) (or these affordable and higher end options also available!) as a great go-to accessory that goes with just about everything!

Lastly I chose simple jewelry from Austin’s own Kendra Scott, these Bexley earrings,

Now hurry and snag this look up before your next happy hour!

Southby Style Continued… SXSW Music

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As Southby week continues to rage on, so does the influx of people, events and of course, style selections.

Heading into SXSW music, I like to update my look by moving to an edgier, more “concert-goer” place, so I can properly mix and mingle with the music loving crowd that is *slightly* different than those that are here for Interactive.

I like to take a statement piece and throw it alongside some of my go to basics in order to quickly and easily look ready for the show.

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For this outfit, I grabbed this statement bodysuit I snagged at the Nastygal sale (RIP OG Nastygal, but you can still shop their site under new ownership!), and paired it with a go to black maxi [mine is Lovers & Friends LA; similar styles available at Revolve here, here and for an even edgier look try here] and pair of black booties [Rebecca Minkoff – now on sale here]. I threw on my FAVORITE little black bag – the appropriately named Saint Laurent Blogger Bag in black (equally cute, but slightly more affordable black crossbody available here by Rebecca Minkoff).

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When I shot, weather wasn’t permitting  (thanks to Austin’s oh-so-predictable weather…), so I added the booties for warmth, but they can also add an edgy touch to a look by pairing them with a maxi. (Note that you want to be sure you’re proportions are still on and you’re showing the right amount of skin; I recommend a maxi with a slit like the one I’m wearing here). This look can be easily converted in warmer weather with a tank style bodysuit and gladiator flats.

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 You can pair the whole ensemble with a good black floppy hat (I just spent too much this month – standard me – and had no money leftover for the hat…)

Hope all you Austin visitors are enjoying Southby… now I’ve gotta get to the show myself… see ya next time.

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