I recently purchased a bunch of new DKNY items at Macy’s and I have to say– they’re all amazing quality and a breeze (hah!) to style up or down. I love the mix of black, tan, and naturals in this abstract animal print. Harem peg pants are also a look I’m trying out and although it’s totally Man Repeller status (my boyfriend hates these!), I think they give such a cool, relaxed look to my wardrobe. What are your thoughts on the harem pant look?
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve got some mad loyalty for Totokaelo. A seriously aspirational store, Totokaelo carries the most beautifully designed clothes you’ve ever seen. Yes, you might break your bank on a gorgeous coat, but the warm and approachable customer service and the sheer genius (GENIUS!) product curation definitely bring me back for more.
As a luxury clothing lover with an unfortunate sizing disparity (PLEASE carry larger sizes, designers!), I’ve had my share of disappointments with similar retailers (COS for Opening Ceremony only carrying up to size 10 when the brand runs up to size 14, for example). When I was finally able to visit Totokaelo’s retail storefront in Seattle earlier this year, I was half expecting the same disappointment. I was wrong. Christine, an amazing shop gal, warmly approached me and guided me through the store’s selection with confidence that she’d find me something killer regardless of my size. She styled me head to toe for at least 1 or 2 hours and I walked away converted forever (and only slightly broke).
You can expect the same kind of service online– the team will measure, explain, and guide you through any of the products they carry and will come to the rescue if a product doesn’t wear the way it’s expected to. I regularly check in online, favorite things, and get all the measurement details so that my high end purchases pay off when they arrive. I suggest you check them out RIGHT NOW! Well, read through my current faves list below first and when you reach the inevitable need to purchase these covetables, check them out here.
1. This Henrik Vibskov Confetti Print Dress is sleek as buttah. Sparkling, slouchy, fashion buttah. My gal Christine sent this over to me as a reco and I’ve been obsessing over it ever since. I think this would make the perfect holiday party dress with some fun tights, statement boots, an artful necklace, and giant coat. Right? Oh please fashion gods send this over to me!
2. I had the pleasure of trying on this beauty of an accessory when I visited the store and boy is it amazing. I haven’t quite mastered the chunky necklace look, but this one definitely stands out from the crowd and it’s just as amazing in person as it is in this minimalist photo.
3. OK. Who wouldn’t want this UZI Kimono Top? Flowy, forgiving, and the perfect mix of natural and black. It’s not too dressy and it’s not casual either– if I had this beaut, it would be working overtime in my wardrobe for sure.
4. Hello, rucksack perfection. Wood Wood nailed it with this man’s backpack that is equal parts fashion and function. I’ve been in need of a gym/climbing bag that isn’t embarrassing to take to work and this one could stow my purse as well as all my gear in one tidy attractive package.
5. These shoes, right?! Pump, ankle boot, footwear thing– whatever. It’s amaze. Ankles are always a great little sexy peek-a-boo in my eyes and these shoes do it in an interesting and super sophisticated way.
Thanks for reading! Now if you’ve made it this far, go and shop already!
Happy Monochromatic Monday! Or shall I say monoCREAMatic Monday Head-to-toe cream just seemed like the right thing to do for this work-to-play ensemble. It’s still sunny enough to do an open toe here in San Francisco, but the nights are chilly and a long coat and warm scarf are really necessary. I’m a shift dress fanatic (it works great for hiding the mid-section and highlighting the legs) and Rachel Roy just understands a woman’s body like no other.
What head-to-toe colors are you wearing this season?
Now is the perfect time to bust out all of those “bruise” colors. Yes, dark browns mixed with navy mixed with rust and hints of yellow. The term “bruise-colors” was actually a fantastic phrase coined by a college friend that I usually consider a go-to philosophy for men’s styling. I took a page out of that book when I put together this look with a little nod to boy scouts (with the scarf) and menswear (with the loafers).
When I first stepped into a COS store in London, I was blown away by the clean shapes and strikingly simple designs — plus they carry up to size 44 (US 14) with many items being oversized or relaxed. Their clothes are sophisticated but not stuffy and unique but subdued. I can’t wait until their stores open up in the US (NY this Spring!) to stock up on some more items like this amazing dress. I love mixing pieces that have strong geometric shapes with something a little rough like these distressed jeans. And with a little red lip, these basics are totally amped up.
1. The foundation to any outfit for me is shapewear, shapewear, shapewear! Whether I’m wearing a basic tee or a slinky dress, I’m almost always wearing a shaping tank or a pair of Spanx. I favor the amazing flexibility and fit of Yummie Tummie tanks – I swear you can wear them all day and not feel that “sausage-y” discomfort.
2. So… I have this serious conundrum. I am always spilling food on my clothes, but I’m addicted to white shirts and blouses! Actually, not a conundrum, since it gives me fuel to purchase oodles and oodles of them! They’re a necessity – a necessiTEE. I like this Drop-sleeve T from Gap because it’s classic and basic but with a little twist.
3. If there’s even the slightest breeze in SF, I’m wearing a scarf. No questions asked. Maybe I like the pop of color, maybe I just need a makeshift bib so I don’t spill on my white tee. Whatever the case, this Scarf/Furoshiki from The Link Collective is seriously gorgeous – and versatile!
4. Who cares about a little black dress? Black booties are an absolute closet must-have and I’ve been stalking these Rachel Comey Penpal boots for months. I wear my black booties with skinnies tucked in or bare-legged with a shift dress and they always seem to pull everything together.
5. When my makeup is done and outfit is selected, I’m always searching for that one last piece – most of the time I reach for a long, classic necklace like this. Ceramic beads are minimalist but add some visual interest pulling up towards the face. A perfect finishing touch
Before the weather took a dive for the chilly, I had some time to visit my friend Kari in Sacramento for some relaxing in the sun. This outfit is perfect for the fall cool down and the Palm Print of these Joe’s Jeans are subtle enough to work year-round. I live in this grey flecked hoodie on weekends and my new 1969 jacket is perfect for layering over sweaters and under coats. Can we also just take a moment to praise Gap for carrying larger sizes (even in their leather jackets)? They’re definitely my go-to for basics and they have a tendency to surprise me with edgy pieces like moto jackets and ombre coats.
CELEBRAAAATEEE! I’m back after a long hiatus with my version of the transitional fall look featuring my new favorite Acne Studios sweater from Totokaelo! This sweater is slightly oversize (thus the size L fitting me perfectly), luxuriously thick, and can be dressed in earthy autumn colors (as I did here) or totally minimalist and sleek with black skinnies and structured black boots.
I’ve also recently become obsessed with all Rachel Comey shoes– which (from my experience so far) tend to be fairly generous for wide-ish feet like mine as well as being extremely durable and walk-friendly (necessary in San Francisco)! Happy fall!
My biff (short for boyfriend) sure knows how to do yard work in style! I’m so happy to feature him on my blog and wish him a very very special happy birthday today. Former eagle scout, current computer nerd, and handyman in-progress, he’s the perfect mix of smart, quirky, manly, and sweet, all wrapped up in a deliciously styled package.