Keeping it Simple

The older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity.  I find my fashion sensibilities tending toward the "less is more" approach with every passing season. I don't make lots of purchases new, unless I feel reasonably confident that what I'm buying is something that won't go out of style for a long time. As far as classic style goes, denim anything is a pretty safe bet.

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I have styled this denim piece as both a jacket and a dress. Although I'm featuring the dress styling here, I've decided I actually prefer it as a jacket, in large part for practical reasons. The closure up the front is snaps, not buttons, and when I wore it as a dress, I had some lowkey concerns that it might reveal me to the world if I moved too suddenly.  On the other hand, I really like how it looks as a dress, so perhaps it's worth the gamble.

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Usually my husband is my photographer, but this is the third of three sets of photos (see the other sets here and here) I shot with my friend Jody (follow his inspiring Instagram here). I really enjoyed working with Jody and having a chance to bring a new visual perspective to my blog.

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Happy Saturday, everyone! Have a wonderful weekend.

Jumpsuit, Je T'Aime.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today I'm sharing a simple summer jumpsuit that I - GASP - purchased new from Planet Blue a little while back (currently sold out, but you can see similar ones here and here). I've styled this jumpsuit in a very retro '70s inspired glam way a couple of times, but decided to go for more of a French countryside feel this time around.

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As a very practical person, I appreciate that this jumpsuit has a luxe, silky appearance but is machine washable and holds up well against normal human experiences...like getting really sweaty.  Hey, it happens. Especially when the AC is broken in your car.  Yet again practical is its ability to transition to cooler weather. I think it would look great with a little tuxedo blazer on top.

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I actually crinkled this jumpsuit up into a little ball for an extended period of time (whoops) and it wasn't terribly wrinkly when I finally un-balled it. Bonus points for that.  Plus, navy blue is one of my security blanket colors.  Come to think about it, this jumpsuit is probably the best one in the universe.  I hadn't made a Planet Blue purchase prior to this jumpsuit, but my goodness, what a killer find.  I might move out of my house and just live in this jumpsuit.

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Photos are by Jody Troxel. Find him on Instagram as @subijody.  Shoes are preloved Jimmy Choo satin sandals from Fillmore & 5th. Thanks for reading!

Sustainable Luxe for Summer

Greetings, readers!

The name of my game is shopping the closet to reuse classic pieces in lots of different ways, and to that end, I gave myself a personal challenge to style a skirt I've typically only used around the winter holidays for a summer look.

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The skirt I'm wearing is the high-low ball skirt by Adrianna Papell.  I've worn it lots and lots (including here and here) because it is a favorite (and surprisingly affordable) statement piece that is both packable and petite-friendly. 

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GUESS WHAT? I'm wearing an entirely secondhand look besides the ball skirt. The blouse (which am obsessed with) was a hand-me-down (haha, funny to say that as an adult) from Meileena of The Sartorial Muse, the Jimmy Choo satin sandals are from Fillmore & 5th's Palo Alto location, and the Chanel bag was an online purchase from Fashionphile (excellent experience - highly recommend!). As a lifetime environmentalist, I could not be happier to create an effortlessly luxe look that does not compromise my values around sustainability.

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Go forth elegant ones, and be green! Pictures are by Jody Troxel - find him on Instagram as @subijody. Happy midsummer, everyone.