Hello friend! I have discussed the virtues of fall florals before, so I will spare you the reprise. But I will not pass on the chance to share this particular fall floral skirt with you. Meet the Ciana printed skirt from Anthropologie. This skirt is the epitome of an Elsie skirt: bold print, pretty colors and pleated full silhouette. Let me show you how I styled her.
Ciana Printed Skirt: Review
First let me review the fit of this skirt. As I mentioned above, it is a full skirt. I adore a full skirt. I think it looks good on everyone because it accentuates the waist. It always makes for a feminine look. The Ciana printed skirt is made well, with lots of individual panels sewn together. It is however, 100% polyester, which isn’t my favorite of fabrics. Also, it does not have a lining.
As far as fit goes, the Ciana printed skirt comes through. I purchased a size small and it fits me perfectly. It creates a pretty silhouette and falls very elegantly over the hips. One of the details I especially love is the rose gold zipper in the back. It just adds a stylish touch.
Fall Florals Outfit with the Ciana Printed Skirt
When I first saw the Ciana printed skirt, I was drawn to the pretty floral print and the muted fall colors. Therefore when I went to wear it, I decided to keep the skirt as the focus point of the outfit. Thus I paired it with a simple gray shell and a burgundy Jackie cardigan.
However, because I do adore my colors, I needed another pop of it. Therefore I added some punch to the outfit with a pair of mustard heels. As you know, I have a thing for mustard and burgundy so I just couldn’t resist it here.
For accessories I chose a short but intricate necklace. I think it echos the femininity of the skirt perfectly
I hope you enjoyed another example of a fall florals outfit. I truly find it is so easy and beautiful to wear florals in the fall. Are you on the fall florals bandwagon?
Hello friend! With some cooler weather upon us, I have been playing with layers. One of the newest layering pieces I found is a winter kimono or ruana. What makes them “winter” is that they are made out of thicker fabrics than their summery counterparts. I have been wearing my winter ruana, the Anthropologie Mixed Stripes Kimono, non-stop. Let me show you how I am styling it.
Ruana vs. Kimono vs. Poncho vs. Cape
First and foremost, let’s get some definitions out of the way. Because if you are a stickler for definitions like I am, you are confused and frustrated with these words being used interchangeably. That’s because they are not in fact interchangeable. Each one of those items is a different type of clothing. So let’s get the definitions down before we go any further.
Poncho: I’ll start with a poncho as I think it is the one we are most familiar with. A poncho is an outerwear garment that is essentially a large piece of fabric (either square or rectangular) with a hole in it. To wear it, one simply slips it over the head. It has no sleeves or other openings.
Cape: A cape is similar to a poncho but it has an opening down the front which is usually sealed with a button closure. A cape also has slits for the arms to come through but no formed sleeves.
Kimono: A kimono is a long, open front cardigan with true sleeves. The sleeves are usually lose, as is the overall fit.
Ruana: A ruana is a cross between a poncho and a kimono. It has an opening down the front like a kimono. However, it does not have full sleeves like a kimono does. It may just have a stich or button to give the appearance of sleeves.
If you’ve understood the definitions of a kimono and ruana, you will note that the mixed stripes kimono is actually a ruana! Gasp! It’s been named wrong! I will refrain from calling the fashion police on this grave error because whatever the name of this item, I simply adore it. I love the thick and nubby texture. It is so cozy and comforting on chilly days. But I especially love the bold stripes. It makes for a striking outfit every time!
Mixed Stripes Kimono for Play
The first time I wore the ruana was for my weekend getaway trip to San Francisco. With the weather there being cooler than in Los Angeles, I wanted a chic outer layer. The mixed stripes kimono was just the right item. I paired it with a black sweater and jeans. The result was exactly what I was looking for: chic, comfortable, and warm.
To add another layer of warmth I wore my favorite quilted over the knee boots (get this year’s version on sale here) and of course cozy socks underneath.
I then finished the look with my favorite necklace of the moment, the Brielle Statement Necklace. To top it all off I threw on a pair of sunnies. I thought the High Key in black fade added just the right amount of cool to the outfit.
Mixed Stripes Kimono for Day
To change up the look for day, I decided to wear the mixed stripes kimono with a skirt. I chose a pencil skirt because I feel they look best with longer cardigans. You can read more about what I pair with long cardigans in my duster cardigans post and cardigan sweater outfits post. For this particular look, I decided to be a little risque and pair the ruana with a leather pencil skirt.
To keep it appropriate for day, I chose a light turtleneck for my top. However because I was ready to have some fun with patterns, I chose a striped turtleneck. I was excited to see how the two stripes paired together. I love a double stripe look, (remember this post?) Therefore I was looking forward to the result. Luckily, it did not disappoint. The stripes worked perfectly together. Check out my pattern mixing 101 post to learn more about that!
For accessories I opted for a sharp looking high heeled bootie. With the length of the skirt and the ruana, I wanted to create some height for myself. As for the necklace, I chose the Brielle pendant. Because I wore these outfits on different days, I hadn’t noticed I had worn different versions of the same necklace. What can I say, I like filigree!
In conclusion, whether we are calling it a kimono or a ruana, the mixed stripes kimono is going to be a major player in my wardrobe this season. I love how versatile it is. How would you wear it?
Hello friend! While I am a big fan of skirts, I am a bit more weary of dresses. I find that they do not fit me as well as a two piece. Plus, individual pieces are so much easier to pattern mix. But recently I have been into wearing dresses. I credit the inspiration to my fashionable co-worker Mary Alice who is always wearing beautiful dresses. One such inspiration was pairing a denim shirtdress and booties.
The denim shirtdress I got is from J Jill. It is a nice medium shade of denim with a good bit of stretch to it. Mary Alice often pairs her denim dress with a cool slouchy cardi. I plan on trying that a little later in the season when it actually starts to cool off in Los Angeles. So for now, I will just wear the dress on its own. You can read about my fall transition here and here).
Because the dress is a solid color, I chose to add some visual interest by adding a large belt. I chose one with an intricate detail and contrasting color to break up the wide expanse of blue.
My belt is from Anthropologie. If you ever need a really cool belt, start by looking there. I have found some fantastic and unique ones there over the years. I’m linking a few of my current favorites that would be perfect for a denim shirtdress and booties outfit here.
And then it came to the booties. Of course since it was still hot, I chose my Anthropologie “shooties.” Not only were they a perfect match to the belt, but also added a pattern to my outfit. The small hint of animal print was just what this print-lover wanted.
For accessories I chose to wear a short necklace so it would not interfere with the belt. I went with my Brielle necklace from Baublebar. I am a sucker for filigree, so I ordered this necklace in the short Brielle Statement Necklace as well as the Brielle Pendant Necklace. What can I say, I know what I like!
I love the way this denim shirtdress and booties outfit turned out. I also cannot wait to wear the dress with some other twists. How would you wear a denim shirtdress? I recently picked up an item that I think will pair great with it. Stay tuned!
Hello friend! It’s time to visit another Skirt Code post! If you missed the other reasons, check them out here: reason 1, reason 2, reason 3, reason 4. The fifth reason why I prefer to wear skirts is that they are more sanitary. This post will surely out me as a germ-a-phobe, but I am OK with that. I have long come to terms with who I am! I will be demonstrating my point with the lovely J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt.
As I’ve said before, I wasn’t always a devout skirt wearer. In fact, when I first started to work, I probably wore pants most of the time. I’ve always had a love of skirts, especially the ones at Anthropologie. But I still wore pants to work for most of the week, mostly just because of habit.
Then came the fated day. I will spare you the details, but when I went to use the restroom, I walked into the stall without realizing I was stepping into someone’s bodily fluids. Because I was wearing long trousers that draped over my shoes, the hem of the pants was touching the ground and said fluid. Gross, I know! Needless to say I was thoroughly disgusted. I think I even threw those pants away!
After that day, I started to wear more skirts. The more I thought about it, the more I was bothered by bringing home clothes that had swept the floor of the hospital (my work), public restrooms, and so on. Because unlike shoes, I keep my clothes on when I snuggle with my daughter on our beds. I just didn’t want to bring those germs into our homes and beds. Wearing a skirt can decrease the chances of that occurring.
This is also the reason why I do not wear maxi skirts or dresses to work. The maxi-mum (pun intended) length that I will do is a mid calf. That still leaves plenty of room between the hem and the floor.
J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front Skirt Review
Now you know one of my quirks! Let’s switch gears and talk about the skirt in detail. The J crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt is a lovely specimen of a skirt. The colors are vibrant and fun. The fit is perfect. I chose a petite this time as I noticed this was a bit of a longer skirt and I wanted it to hit right at the knee. I got the 2P and it fits great (for reference I am usually a 0 in J Crew).
J Crew Rainbow Gingham Tie Front Skirt Styling
When I first tried to style the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, I was a bit stumped. I felt it already had a lot of color and print in it, so I was leaning towards a solid top. But I still wanted some interest. Therefore I went with a lace tee. This ensured there was no competition in color or pattern. But the textured top added another element of style.
As you already know, I love pairing my skirts with chambray. While the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt would also look great with a chambray top (like this one), I chose to mix it up for this look. Therefore I added the chambray element in my jacket instead.
While this may be an unexpected reason to wear skirts, it is still one of my reasons. It is definitely not my most compelling reason, but it was one that spurred my desire to mostly wear skirts to work. Whatever the reason, I encourage you to wear skirts more, especially to work. Plus with some as amazing as the J Crew rainbow gingham tie front skirt, why wouldn’t you wear skirts daily?
Hello friend! With fall almost here, it’s time to start thinking about the 2017 fall fashion trends and deciding which ones we’ll participate in. I have looked through countless magazines and websites to pull together what I think will be the most interesting trends this season. But first, if you’re not quite ready for fall, check out my post on summer to fall transition.
As with every new season, I will rely on pieces already in my wardrobe, along with some updates from new purchases. Therefore I will be including photos from previous seasons. Please excuse the lower quality photos as some were taken before my blogging days!
2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Fun Trim
Whether it be feathers, fur or fringe, a fun trim is definitely on call for 2017 fall fashion trends. I definitely plan on getting aboard this trend. That’s because I have always had a fondness for feathers (at one time I even wanted a feather tattoo)! I think feather trim will be a more painless option! Until I find such skirt, I will wear my Banana Republic fringe skirt (I linked a few comparable ones below, you’re welcome!).
2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Shimmer and Shine
From patent leather to sequins, the 2017 fall fashion trends are calling for some high shine items! Polished metallics and glossy coated items were big too. Also essential this season: glitter! Whether in shoes or other items, a little sprinkle of glitter is on point. I will participate by wearing my silver pumps and perhaps adding a sequined skirt to my collection.
2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Florals
While not commonly a fall trend, florals are going to be big this fall! I can proudly say I was ahead of the curve with this one. I actually wore fall florals (and blogged about it) last year. Therefore I can easily participate in the trend again this year!
2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Red
Well this girl is certainly happy to see red as the color for fall. I’ve always loved red. Probably because as a teen I wanted to be “The lady in red” from that ubiquitous love song! Therefore, I will certainly be donning red this fall. While the runways showed a bunch of head to toe red outfits, you can certainly start with just a splash!
This may be the perfect season to bring back my red leather trench coat. It’s one of my “museum” pieces (more to come on that soon)! It’s such a statement piece that I had retired it for a few years. But with red being so big this fall, I may have to resurface that piece. You can try a bold red coat as well. Or why not try the “it” shoes in red? I’ve linked a few options for you below!
2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Retro Plaid
Plaid is certainly a common fall print, so I’m not surprised to see it here. According to some insiders, the difference this season is that the plaid is more retro (think 70s style: with browns and oranges). Because I have always loved plaid, I am eager to try this trend as well. I plan on finding (within my closet and at the stores) some of the more classic plaid.
2017 Fall Fashion Trends: Corduroy
Another one of the 2017 fall fashion trends that I am not surprised about is corduroy. Similar to plaid, corduroy seems to come around every fall. This is another trend I can easily follow. I already own a beautiful mustard yellow corduroy skirt from Anthropologie. I have worn it multiple times in the past and I am sure to wear it again this fall.
I’m also eyeing this gorgeous corduroy top. I think it will be just the item to add to my 2017 fall fashion trends list.
I have to admit that the 2017 fall fashion trends has got me excited for the cooler weather ahead. Which one of these trends are your favorites so far? And just in case you thought that’s all I had to offer, you’re wrong! Stay tuned for part II of my 2017 fall fashion trends. There are more exciting things to come!
Hello friend! I recently attended a blogger event at a local casino called Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Because it’s local, I was able to drive there. Although it was a short trip, I had a great time at the resort and meeting other bloggers. Therefore I thought I’d write a post both recapping the event and sharing my weekend road trip outfits. Refer to my other Travel Style series for my general packing and travel tips.
Weekend Road Trip Outfits: On the Drive
Since Pala Casino Spa & Resort is about a two hour drive from my home, I decided to wear something comfortable yet cute. I didn’t know if I’d have time to change later, so I opted to be safe and travel in something stylish. Therefore I wore my white jeans and this fun camo top from Gray Monroe (look for the Dakota top under shirts and blouses).
It was a good choice as the drive wasn’t too long, so the jeans were comfortable. The top is exceptionally comfortable and stylish to boot!
Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Touring the Casino and Resort
Luckily once we got to the resort, we did have some time to change. Therefore I changed into a stylish cold shoulder top from Stylewe. With so many other bloggers around, I wanted to look the part!
We had some drinks (meticulously crafted and presented) along with yummy snacks.
Then we were off to play! We had a slot tournament. Now I’ve never participated in one before so I sucked on my first round. But, I’m a quick learner friend and I got the high score on my second round, thank you very much!
Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Lunch x 2
Can I just tell you how thoroughly surprised and pleased I was with the food at Pala Casino Spa & Resort? Some of you don’t know this about me, but I am a foodie! I would have never imagined the exquisite food and wine available at their restaurants. Now I am not a food blogger, but I did take some photos of the meals. Please indulge my attempts at food photography.
Our first meal was a delicious multi course one at The Oak Room Steakhouse, the resort’s fine dining establishment. It is a classy and elegant restaurant, rivaling any one I’ve seen in other cities. The decor was exquisite. But the food was divine. We had the pleasure of speaking with the head chef and the sommelier, both of whom were very knowledgeable about the food and drinks.
I loved how the food was paired with the appropriate wine, but especially that the pairing was explained to us. That’s because I love to learn about food and wine pairings! I was so impressed with the sommelier’s knowledge about California wine regions.
Next we went to sample the food at Cave wine bar. Besides being a foodie, I jokingly also call myself a wino! Therefore you can imagine I felt right at home there! They had the most amazing tapas. From lobster flatbread (I had 3 servings!) to lamb chops and Ahi tuna bites, I happily stuffed my face. The staff there was also very knowledgeable about wine, so I enjoyed a few glasses there as well, naturally!
Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Spa Demo
After the ton of wine I drank, it was time for a much needed nap. I returned to my room, which was spacious and beautifully decorated, to lie down. After my rest time, we got to sample some of the fantastic products available at the spa.
I was thoroughly impressed with the Babor brand. The packaging of the product in ampules caught my interest right away. Perhaps because it was created by a pharmacist?! The serums were fantastic. They sunk into the skin quickly and provided fantastic hydration as well as specific skin care needs. My favorite was the hyaluronic acid one.
The other line of products I sampled was from Coola. They are known for their sunscreens. I tried a few along with their BB cream. I loved both. But I was most interested in their setting spray sunscreen. This can be applied over makeup! As you know if you follow my Instagram stories, I usually walk on my lunch breaks. This will be the perfect sunscreen to touch up my sun protection!
Weekend Road Trip Outfits: UB40 Concert
Finally after a day full of food and fun, we got to enjoy an outdoor concert at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. There were three bands, with UB40 as the headliner. It was a fantastic time! I was surprised that it wasn’t hot outside. It’s not like Palm Springs or Las Vegas where it is still scorching hot at night. In Pala, the evenings were in the 70s and 80s. Therefore it was very comfortable to enjoy an outdoor concert.
Of course I had to wear a fabulous outfit. I thought it was a perfect time to debut my new chambray jumpsuit.
We had a great time at the concert. The best part about seeing a concert at Pala Casino Spa & Resort is that it’s a fluid event. That means, you are not stuck in your seats all night. The concert went on for hours, but we could move around as we pleased. Therefore if you wanted a break, you could go and gamble or relax a bit in your room. This was a fantastic way to see a concert, I highly recommend it.
Weekend Road Trip Outfits: Breakfast & Goodbye
After a restorative night’s sleep, we had a networking breakfast. I had a great time talking to the other bloggers, sharing our tips and woes. For the event as well as the following drive home, I wore a simple cotton t-shirt dress. I love the comfort and simplicity of this dress. Yet, it still looks stylish, especially when paired with the right accessories. I’m thinking of picking up the green color too!
I’m so happy that I was invited to this influencer event. It was my first time at such an event. I’m glad I got to get out of my comfort zone and meet people. I also like the items I chose for my weekend road trip outfits. Most importantly I got to see how many awesome amenities the Pala Casino Spa & Resort has to offer. I am definitely going to be following their concert series (I’m eyeing the Toto and Olivia Newton John dates).
What do you like to take on a quick getaway? Is there anything I missed in my weekend road trip outfits?