When an Outfit Moves You

…. And This Dress Definitely Does…

Dress (Sold out – alternates below) | Shoes (also in Silver and Black) | Harness (alternates: same, but white – 1, black –  2, 3)

All Photography – Lauren Parr Photography

One of my favorite things about fashion, is the way you feel when you wear a certain outfit. And to me, one of the most noticeable feelings is when you’re wearing something that actually creates movement in the way that it is designed. Whether it’s a flowing skirt, or in this case a fringe detail, I love pieces that create a rhythm when you wear them just by the way they move when on you.

My dress is sold out (though you can occasionally find on eBay or other re-listing sites – it’s the Alice McCall “Are You Ready Girl” dress/romper – mine is Amber, but it came in red, black and a few pastels at one point too – if you go that route – happy hunting!!), but below are some of the pieces out right now that I’m crushing on for the free-flowing textiles and structure that help to create movement:

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six

Designer Spotlight: Alexis

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

Top | Skirt | Bag (sold out – similar here)| Shoes (sold out – similar here)

 

Dress (now on sale!)| Bag | Shoes | Watch | Sunglasses | Earrings

Top | Pants (sold out) | Boots | Bag | Ring | Earrings

Jumpsuit | Shoes (sold out – similar) | Cuff 

Honestly… it’s surprising it has taken me this long to write about Alexis, as this designer pretty much tops my list time and time again. When I can afford her, I basically do everything I can to snap up all of her pieces.

There is an incredibly unique sense of sophisticated-meets-sensual-meets completely and utterly feminine that only this mother-daughter duo can. The modern, yet vintage feel of the pieces, and effortlessly chic silhouettes create a powerful feel for all women who dare to wear their looks. From work to weddings to happy hour to date nights – I love the way these pieces transition for occasions yet always have me feeling like I’m the best-dressed in the room.

I cannot wait to see what the pair comes up with next… though I know my bank could use a break… ;P

The Un”Bridaled” Soul

I decided to do my post-wedding bridals for a few reasons, and one of the first was getting to work with one of my favorite local photographers – Carlos Barron. One of my favorite things about blogging, is getting to work with so many passionate people in the space. Carlos is one of the most passionate photographers I’ve met to date, you can tell in the way he shoots and speaks about his art, and it’s so refreshing to see!

Most of us fashion bloggers are told that the uniformity and consistency in the aesthetic of one’s feed is important. And while, I’m sure it’s true, it hasn’t been a rule I too strictly abide by. One of the biggest reasons is maintaining the integrity for the artists I work with; I love seeing how each of them choose to edit, the shots that are their favorites, the way they create an image. I think it’s important, while respecting your brand, to appreciate some of the nuances in the way these people present their art (and bloggers – if you don’t know, always tell a photographer what you’re looking for in advance from an aesthetic and editing perspective – they’re happy to help, but don’t appreciate it when you modify their art!)

Doing this shoot for my post-wedding bridals with Carlos was so fun and the venue (Pearl Snap Hall) was incredible to get to shoot at (see his post here). Part of the reason I took these photos was in preparation to say goodbye, as I begin to think about selling my dress (but there will be a separate article on that soon~ ;). For now, hope you enjoy these bridals!

Designer Spotlight: Alice McCall

Designer Spotlight – Alice McCall

 DressShoes (also in black) | Bag 

Romper | Shoes (red is last season – now available in Navy) | Bag | Sunglasses 

Romper (also in black) | Shoes (also in black) | Bag (similar) | Necklace 

Alice McCall is another Australian designer (I tend to have a thing for them) that I’ve LONG been a fan of. I think I originally discovered Alice via NastyGal back before the company changed ownership. I still remember (and still have) the first dress I discovered – the Angel on Wheels dress and was so impressed by the unique quality of the Alice McCall designs. (And wished I’d discovered the label even sooner!)

Alice McCalls designs are all distinctly whimsical and unusual (in the best way). Her looks are hyper feminine but playful with the use of bold textiles and patterns and fashion-forward silhouettes. All her pieces are also instantly recognizable due to their vibrant and exaggerated nature from the brand’s focus on a “craft”-based approach to design and appreciation for “the graphic use of space and color.”

I love the new “spring/summer” line Alice just released (remember the designer is in Australia but who says you can’t take bright colors into winter too? When paired accordingly it’s possible to make many of these year round pieces). Some of my favorite pieces are the “Tumeric” designs – the “Tiny Dancer playsuit” (above) is also gorgeous in the Oh Oh Oh Maxi dress style (I LOVE the black in this one!) I’m additionally obsessed with the print and textile used for the “Frida Floral” pieces – I’m currently debating between the jumpsuit and midi dress myself.

Alice McCall truly can’t go wrong – and I can’t wait to see what wonderland of innovative and creative designs she comes up with next!

Designer Spotlight: Mad about Misa Los Angeles

Top | Skirt | Bag (similar)| Shoes (similar)

Top (sold out) | Shorts | Shoes (similar)

 Dress | Shoes (sold out) | Bag (mine is sold out – similar here)

For my second designer spotlight, I am SO excited to bring you this piece on Misa Los Angeles. Misa’s signature is ultra-feminine silhouettes in a multitude of high quality textiles and prints. The designer makes her clothing both overstated and understated at the same time; taking a simple print and pairing it with a statement sleeve for example, or using a fashion-forward textile like luxe velvet and mixing it with a more classic silhouette.

The clothes are reminiscent of global travel in terms of inspiration, but are still completely appropriate for every day wear. While the designer does make a number of dresses, her true specialty in my opinion is the array of separates you’re sure to see in every line in so many prints.

The versatility of the pieces is one of my favorite things about Misa. I love taking these and wearing them together on a night out, but separating them to get a more formal look for work. The pieces are flirty and feminine, but primarily still modest enough to pair with something more conservative which just adds to their “day-to-night durability.”

Love me some Misa and if you don’t already, I’m pretty sure you will soon! Happy shopping!

I wanna be like… Most Girls…

Bachelorette Outfit Recap

Swimsuit | Skirt | Sunglasses | Heels

Romper | Bag | Heels

Swimsuit | Skirt | Sunglasses | Necklace

My Look: Dress | Shoes | Necklace

This last weekend I celebrated my upcoming nuptials with some of my favorite women in the world… and I’ve never felt so loved. Outside of the obvious “Despacito” (I spent my weekend in Miami), one of my favorite songs of the weekend was “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld.

When I first heard this song, I instantly fell in love. Mind you, I’m not usually the bubble gum pop type (at least not primarily – I admit I have a few Justin Bieber songs in my spotify…), but I love what this song is trying to teach young women. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said “well I’m different from most girls because…” Raise your hand higher if you said this to a man, and then smack yourself lightly on the head … (I know I’m guilty).

This song, to me, is about turning that sentiment around – and conveys that, while we’re all different – some of us “feel best in a tiny dress”, some of us feel like queens in “nothing but sweatpants” (we all know I’m the former), we should appreciate those things about each other and remember that the vast majority of us are “strong and smart and beautiful” and we are all trying to “work hard, go far [and be] unstoppable.” We should support each other in these endeavors, instead of trying to push each other out of the way while we all simply “[try] to win at life.”

So frequently in my life I’ve encountered women who, instead of building each other up, insist on competing with each other, on doing whatever it takes to ensure they’re at the top, and it’s this behavior that makes us our own worst enemies.

I believe this behavior comes from the sense that women feel there can “only be one” – for some reason, over time we’ve been socialized to live in a world of “-ests”. You need to be the smart-EST girl in class, the hard-EST working for the job, the sweet-EST of all your friends, the classi-EST host, and of course my favorite, the pretti-EST girl in the room. This is because of course, women seem to think in a binary manner about the qualities they pride themselves on. Either you’re the best or you’re nothing.

I admit, I do this to myself all the time – I leave the house feeling FLY AF and then I walk into a bar and I’m like damn that girl is prettier, or better dressed, or funnier, yada yada and the list goes on. I have to actively stop myself and say – she’s gorgeous and that’s awesome for her and so are you in your own way and WHO CARES EVEN. I actually started doing something new last year – whenever I meet a girl that right off the bat rubs me the wrong way, or I find myself wanting to compete with, I try to become they’re closest friend. Because 9 times out of 10 these are JUST the bad@$$ babes that I should be friends with. They’re hard-working, smart, funny, and honestly value a lot of the same things I do. It’s worked wonders and I have many new amazing and inspiring female friends as a result.

I know this post is a bit of an off-core-topic to my usual fashion focus – but as I’m going through my “wedding year”, one of the most telling and transitional of a women’s life, I am not just amazed by the love I have for my fiance, but for the love and support that has resonated from so many amazing women around me. Shout out to all you strong, intelligent, powerful women who make me wanna be like… most girls….

Fiesta Fiesta – My Birthday Dress of Choice

 Dress | Shoes (sold out) | Bag (mine is sold out – similar here)

I chose this dress for my birthday party and couldn’t have chosen something more appropriate for a fiesta. I currently have a serious Misa Los Angeles obsession and I LOVE how easy this dress was to throw on (not to mention breathable in this crazy Texas heat – which by the way, this Cali girl just ain’t quite used to yet).

The way it’s cut makes it full of movement and flow made it absolutely perfect for a night out on the town. The fun print and bright color palette screams summer (it also screams “seriously take me dancing” which I did, of course, but I’ll spare you the details on my dance moves).

All in all I think this dress is going to be one of the hit “It Girl” dresses of the season – I highly recommend grabbing one for yourself (if you haven’t already!)

Spot the Trend – Embroidered Denim

Jacket (also on sale here in select sizes!) | Dress (on sale but almost sold out – same print and alternate styles/color here and here) | Bag (sold out – similar) | ShoesSunglasses

Embroidered denim is everywhere and I’m completely in love with this trend in pretty much every shape and style it comes in. From denim shorts/jeans to tops to dresses – and of course the classic denim jacket – this may be my favorite fashion homage to the 70s that’s come out in the past few seasons (maybe second only to the bring back of the jumpsuit…)

Pairing something as colorful as an embroidered jacket may seem tricky at first – but pairing prints is already all the rage, and this one is easy to match with. I snagged this easy breezy For Love and Lemons cherry print – which makes a perfect compliment to the rose details in the jacket.

Jackets like these also help to dress down on outfit – making the day to night transition so much easier. I wore this dress during the day with the jacket and easily transitioned at night by removing on the jacket and throwing on some more playful earrings.

All in all – the embroidered trend is looking to stick around for awhile… and will definitely remain one of my favorites this season…

La Mode de Parisienne – Paris Style Recap

Sightseeing in the City 

  

Top | Skirt | Sneakers | Sunglasses | Bag (alternate colors) | Necklace

The first thing we did, as most do, is go and see the many sights of Paris. We’d both been before, but I wanted to revisit Montmartre with one of the most spectacular views of the city. Because we wanted to both be able to hike up to the famous Sacre Couer as well – I wanted to be able to wear sneakers. I did NOT, however want to give up looking Par-ee-chic so I decided to embrace what I’m calling the “sneakers and sweet” trend and pair my favorite Supergas with a tulle skirt and off the shoulder Keepsake crop blouse. Both were lightweight which also made it easy to move around despite the heat!

Scenic Boat Ride on the Seine

Dress | Bralette | Shoes | Bag

The weather was warm and I wanted something that could transition from day to night but still felt consistent with the essence of Paris. This dress by Privacy Please in its classic blue and white stripe print was perfect to mirror the spirt of Paris (perfect for a boat ride on the cruise line we selected – the Yacht de Paris). I happen to be someone who is bustier, but was able to pair the dress with a bralette that complimented the dress but still kept me secure (pro tip for you bustier ladies with these trendy low cut necklines). I also wanted shoes that were dressy (the attire was semi-formal on the boat) but still comfortable and these Raye heels I just purchased were PERFECT – not to mention the suede strappy ties make them so comfortable on feet that have been put to the test through the streets of Paris! The hat also made for the perfect accessory – it tied the whole look together while still lending to the Parisienne feel of the look (even the captain complimented me ;P).

Venturing to Versailles

Dress | HatBag | Shoes | Earrings

I knew heading to Versailles that my favorite part of the estate is the gardens which was where I would spend most of my day. I wanted to wear flats while still echoing the regal and floral feel of the large gardens, so I chose this incredible tiered maxi by Reformation. I grabbed the same hat I wore to dinner (clever packing on my part) to keep the sun off my face during the day (which has become ever more important in my thirties #sadface). This amazing box clutch was also light enough to take me through the day easily, while still holding all of my necessary pieces (including my shades).

Date Night and Fine Dining

 

Dress | Sunglasses | Bag

Saving the best for last. One of my favorite things about Paris… you can never be overdressed. I have been dying for a reason to wear this beautiful gown by Lurelly. On top of being beautiful, red roses are my favorite symbol of feminine beauty and strength and have been a recurring theme in my life (Beauty and the Beast is still my favorite movie – the original – and what a coincidence since Belle was French…;)).  I wore this outfit to date night which started with a tour-of-THE-tour-Eiffel followed by night at Epicure restaurant at Le Bristol. The meal was amazing by the way – a true example of the service and food you’d expect from a three Michelin star, and the perfect way to wrap an amazing three days in Paris.

Unfortunately I now have to get back to reality, but hopefully this transported you to Paris… even if only briefly… au revoir!

 

Get the London Look – London Fashion Recap

Get the London Look

Well I wanted to get this piece up for you all sooner, but due to limited Wifi, traveling to three different cities and working like crazy, I couldn’t get this out until now. Nevertheless, I wanted to share how I styled three different looks that translated my style into the London scene effortlessly in three completely separate scenarios. (I even got quite a few compliments from real Londoners – which convinces me I wasn’t totally off!)

Dress | Top | Shoes | Bag

The first look I styled was a work look. I had brought both of these pieces separately and after running out of complete outfits I combined two pieces typically only appropriate for weekend wear into one work-appropriate dress. The top is by The Reformation and the dress is Lovers + Friends.

My fiance had gotten me this bag to take with me as a present just before the trip (quite unlike him – but he wanted me to have something new to blog about… I know, I know – I’m so lucky!). I love navy accessories – and when worn correctly, they can make a great neutral. Here, the bag worked perfectly with the neutral rust of the dress and ivory of the top. My Proenza PS1 (tiny) is from a previous season but this navy one is similar, and if you’re looking for something more truly neutral it also comes in this beige color.

Dress | Bag | Shoes | Watch | Sunglasses | Earrings

Next, for day-time weekend activities – I chose this splurge Alexis dress. This dress took me from the Kensington gardens, to tea at the Goring and was even appropriate for the Chesterton’s polo match (which was a surprise bonus event we discovered during the weekend).

Because we were bopping about to so many places, I chose these comfortable superga white sneaks. Because my shoes were so casual, I was able to balance the look with Dannijo earrings and my favorite Prada bag of the season. I also wore my new favorite pair of Krewe sunglasses (which go with everything – love!)

Top | Pants | Shoes | Bag | Watch | Sunglasses 

My last look took me out on the town. Luckily for me, one of my good girlfriends also works with me AND also happened to be traveling for work to our London office at the same time as me. While the week kept us busy, the weekend gave us some time to get out and about and enjoy London nightlife.

 

We both noticed wide leg pants as one of the noticeable trends currently hitting the streets in London. I decided to do a spin on that look with these wide leg split pants by Cleobella. These pants are lightweight and at first sight I imagined them to be better beach wear than club wear, but paired with these edgier Zhivago top, they made the perfect girls night out-fit.

I wanted shoes that were dressy enough to pair with the outfit, but also manageable over cobblestones so I brought these Raye heels with me. They are some of the most comfortable shoes I own – the suede straps are soft and stretchy and so comfortable on my feet. Not too much the combination of the black of the black suede and casual rope detailing make them perfect for a multitude of occasions. I topped off this look with my go to Saint Laurent blogger bag (how apropos) and headed out for my night out in Chelsea… (the rest… well you’ll just have to ask me if you want those details…;) ).

Well that’s a wrap on London until next time…. see you in Paris!