“The must have sandal this season!”

Happy Friday, everyone!  With summer fast-approaching, I’ve spent many hours spring cleaning AKA my annual closet purge.  The hardest part was letting go of my favorite pieces, but let’s be honest here: less is more.  It’s really not the quantity in your closet, but it’s having well-chosen pieces that you love and serve you well.  I made lots of room in my closet this year and adding to my collection is the must have sandal this season: the chunky platform sandal.  Chunky trend is here to stay and will be everywhere this season.  The platforms give you the comfort of a flat with a little extra lift for added height!  I’m barely 5’2 tall, and these babies give me a little extra boost! These are perfect for trekking around the city and an upgrade from my trusted pair of Birkenstocks.  Also, they look good with pretty much anything from shorts to dresses! This is a trend that you want to be a part of, no matter what height.  So, are you in on the chunky sandal trend?


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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Sweater With Knot Front // Tibi Front Tie Shirt
Skirt With Slit // T By Alexander Wang Skirt
Flap Pocket Shirt // Topshop “Olivia” Shirt /
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Mirrored
Wedges With Crossover Straps // Via Spiga “Neza” / Topshop “Wave” Wedge

 

“Olive you so much.”

There’s one color that I can’t get enough of:  Olive green.  This shade looks good on everybody and looks good in pretty much everything.  Instead of the popular olive bomber jacket we’ve seen everywhere, I opted for something lightweight to tackle Spring temperatures and can be used in the Summer as well:  an olive-green chambray button down.  I’ve gone through a few of these over the years and have worn them over maxi dresses, denim, shorts…you name it.  All you have to do is throw it on to anchor an outfit.  I did a little pop of color with an orange cami because it goes with khaki tones so well.  Since the pieces I have on are a bit on the baggy side, I decided to wear heels for added height (balance is key, ladies!).  And as far as my accessories go, leopard and stripes go hand in hand here (yes, you can mix patterns as long as the colors match!).  Lastly, can’t have a My Style and Grace outfit without sunglasses and these mirrored lovelies are everything.  To my go to shirt this season: Olive you so much ❤
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Photos by Mikhail Sehmenov

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Flap Pocket Shirt // Banana Republic Military Shirt
Brooke Rod Cami // Orange Braided Y Back Cami
Zara Striped Trousers (sold out!) // Armani Exchange Trousers
Dior Technologic // Metal Frame Mirrored Sunglasses
Steve Madden Bayyside Sandals // Steve Madden Stecy

“Not so cold shoulders.”

It’s almost the weekend, guys!  The weather has been amazing here lately (we are so spoiled in California!) that I’ve been shedding off the unnecessary layers when it comes to my wardrobe.  I wanted to show off my sun kissed glow wearing this top from my favorite Aussie brand, Cmeo Collective.  I love the way it highlights my collarbones!  Off the shoulder tops are so effortless that you can wear it with almost ANY bottoms and it looks well put-together.  I don’t normally have red pieces in my closet, but I had to make an exception for this beauty!  Photos doesn’t even do it justice.  I love the heavy fabric and how structured the top is – subtle and sexy without trying too hard.  I have a feeling that this top and I are going to be inseparable all Spring and Summer!  I highly suggest baring those shoulders and collarbones this season, ladies! ❤
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Photos By Gladys Jem

What I’m wearing // Other options

C/MEO Collective Palisades Top Red (Sold Out) // Palisades Top Geo (on sale!)
Levi’s Wedgie Icon // Levi’s Wedgie Coyote Desert
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Tortoise
Senso Booties (Sold Out) // Senso Bailey III (on sale!)

“Neutrals are your friend.”

I’ve always been big on neutrals.  I love the subtleness and the flexibility on being able to interchange several pieces – it ALWAYS works.  It also looks luxurious without looking over the top.  With a simple grey tee from Kit & Ace to start with, (which by the way, the softest shirt I have ever owned. Thanks Kit & Ace!) I was able to build this look by piling more neutrals on top.  The best part is, you can add ANY color from a neutral palette and it simply works.  It’s definitely a no brainer!  If you want to stick with just one color, that’s ok too!  Tip: Just make sure you try mixing different textures and layers to break up the silhouette.  So easy, right?!  Neutrals for the win! ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

What I’m wearing // Other options

Kit and Ace tee // Kaye Crew
Zara Taupe Leather Jacket // Blank NYC Taupe Vegan Leather Jacket
Taupe skirt // Solid Knit Pencil Skirt / Ribbed Knit Skirt
Dior Abstract // Dior Abstract Mirrored 
Isabel Marant Bobby Suede  // Isabel Marant Bobby Taupe

“When you can’t decide between a skirt or shorts…”

It’s a sunny and warm Super Bowl Sunday and I couldn’t help but bare my legs today. Spring is slowly making its way back and so are my shorts/skirts this season.  On occasion, my preference of shorts or skirts are one and the same.  Then, I remembered that there’s a skirt and short hybrid called the skort.  The last time I wore a skort was probably back in the 4th grade, but I am making am exception now!  With its asymmetrical cut, how can you not love it?  I’m really not a big fan of short skirts because of the inconvenience (no flashing of undies for me), but with skorts, I feel like I can live care-free.  Dressed up or down, this closet favorite can be styled in so many ways.  With the weather transitioning to warmer temperatures, I ditched my jacket for this look but instead, I added over the knee socks and a beanie for warmth (just in case).

I hope you guys had a great weekend!  Off to tackle another week.  Here we go! ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Feature Clothing Skort // Vegan Leather Skort
Elizabeth and James button down // Elizabeth and James Emannuel shirt
Dior Technologic // Rayban Gold Aviator
Sam Edelman boots // Madewell Nico boots
Zara Clutch // Joanel Ostrich leather clutch

“Sparkling Holiday”

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!  It’s been hectic around here, but amidst all the craziness, I am thankful that I have spent it with my loved ones and I hope that you did as well.  🙂

Now on to the next holiday – NYE.  Here’s a couple of NYE looks with a little help from my beautiful and fellow blogger, Monica from LivinginVogue.  Sparkles and sequins go hand in hand with NYE, so here we are in our party-ready ensembles!

This sequin mini skirt paired with a cozy turtleneck sweater is a perfect combination for a less than formal affair.  My love for a good ol’ denim jacket is undeniable so I decided to throw it on for a little casualness.  Yes, it is unexpected, but it works for a street-chic look which is my personal favorite.  For added interest, I wore over the knee socks with heels because I am currently obsessed with this cool combo lately!  Layer with a scarf or a beanie for extra warmth and voila!  NYE ready for those swanky parties.

It’s been a great year, but I’m ready to welcome 2016.  Who’s with me?!  Cheers to all and thank you for following along.  I appreciate you guys so much! ❤

 

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Photos by Nathalie Bize

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

H&M Sequin Mini Skirt // Black Sequin Mini / Slim Fit Skirt
Gap Turtleneck Sweater // Side Slit Turtle Neck
Nine West Pointy Toe Pumps // Black Suede Ellipsis Pumps
Free People Over the knee socks // H&M over the knee socks
Essex LA clutch // Loeffler Randall Tassel Clutch

“Give thanks with a grateful heart.”

Happy Humpday, everyone!  Can you believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving already? Seriously, where did the year go?!

I wanted to share a quick, little post before the Thanksgiving holiday starts.  I’m sure many of us are looking forward to the holiday weekend and spending time with our loved ones (that would be ME!).  This year, I have plenty of things to be thankful for. With all that’s happening in the world today,  I’ve learned to appreciate what I have and what God has blessed me with: the big things and the little things.  Growing up, my parents would always remind my sister and I that “there’s someone out there that is happy with less than what you have…” and it taught me how to be grateful.  Thanksgiving isn’t about the turkey and the Black Friday deals.  Spend this time with your loved ones, count your blessings, and be thankful with a grateful heart (everyday).

We are only a few days shy from December and I honestly can’t believe that it’s almost been a year since I started blogging.  Just wanted to let you guys know that I am thankful for all of you for reading my posts and for following along!  Love you guys!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones ❤

P.S. Wearing one sweater = two looks! Enjoy!

 

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Feature Olive You So Much Sweater // Isabel Marant Etoile Sweater
Forever 21 Taupe Skirt  // Feature Skort
Sam Edelman Holt Bootie // Sloane Heel / Opening Ceremony Mules
Free People Over the Knee Socks // H&M Fine Knit Socks

“#CoachFall2015 event”

Happy FriYAY, everyone!  Here’s a little recap of the Coach soft opening that I hosted a week ago in conjunction with another event, Cocktails and Couture at Westfield Valley Fair Mall. This so far, is a pretty significant highlight of my blogging career!  I have only been blogging for less than a year, and to have been able to do such a thing for a designer brand is truly awe-inspiring.  I am beyond the bounds GRATEFUL for this opportunity and I would also like to thank everyone, especially the ones closest to my heart for making the night enjoyable! ❤

I wish I could’ve taken more photos!  I guess you could say I was having too much fun! Thank goodness my sister, Gladys was around to help me snap a few here and there. Coats, shoes, jewelry and bags galore in the bigger and better location.  Coach now has an edgier, more streetwise spin on their classic label thanks to their new creative director, Stuart Vevers.  Start googling his resume.  You’re welcome. 🙂 Their ready-to-wear collection for Fall 2015 is full of city-country vibes (leather meets sheepskin) and coats that are cozy + cool.  Can I please have one of everything?  Le sigh. #wishfulthinking

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Nolita Wristlet, Soft Wallet, Ace Satchel, Corner Zip Wallet

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Campus Pack, Basic Nappa Glove, 3-in1 Leather Glove, Cashmere Beanie

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Mount Plaid, Wild Beast Shawl, Coach x Baseman Buster Le Fauve

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Curly Sheep Vest, Biker Sheepskin Coat, Swagger 20 Bag, Glitter Wallet

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Prairie Satchel, Nolita Shearling, Knit Tech Glove, Cosmetic Case

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Leather Racer, Military Jacket, Sullivan Messenger, Blended Stripe Scarf

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Biker Sheepskin Vest, Stanton Carryall, Crosby Carryall

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Smith Pump, Lacey Heel, Smith Heel, Smith Rivets Pump

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Coach Swagger With Chain, Coach Swagger 20

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Champagne with friends!  I loved meeting new people that night!

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Posing in my favorite vest: Topshop Faux Fur Gilet

Thank you, Coach for the cutest bag that is never leaving my shoulder this season.  It is perfect!  Again, thank you guys for supporting what I love to do and I appreciate each and every one of you.  Love you guys! ❤

P.S. I’ve also picked out some of my personal faves below just in time for gifting season and they are all under $125!  Have a fabulous weekend and happy shopping!

 

 

“Fancy Pants.”

Leather skinnies are always a hit in every cool girls’ wardrobe, but right now, my season favorite is the leather jogger.  Low-slung and slouchy, (just like boyfriend jeans) it’s very menswear chic and completely desirable – these beauties are a combination of androgyny and comfort.  YAS!  No wonder the sweatpants trend is socially-acceptable as streetwear these days.  Whether dressed up with pointy pumps or dressed down with flats or sneakers, this comfy trend will keep you looking chic when paired with the right pieces!  I wanted to keep the “tomboy, but girly” look flow going, so I wore a baggy sheer paneled shirt with a racerback bralette.  Tip for wearing a sheer top: If possible, wear something in a color that either creates contrast or complements the color of your sheer top. This way, your undergarment will look like an intentional part of the outfit. 🙂

Hope you guys are having a fabulous Monday and remember to be amazing today!  My fancy pants and I are ready to take on the world, but first, coffee. ❤

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Sheer Panel Tee // All Saints Band Knit Tee
Calvin Klein Bra Top // Calvin Klein Bra Top Washed Black
Topshop Joggers // Vegan Leather Joggers / BooHoo Panel Joggers
Dior Technologic // Rose Gold Aviators /  Gucci Copper Aviators
Coach Metallic Pumps // Marni Metallic Pumps / J Crew Cracked Metallic Pumps
Essex LA clutch // Asos Clutch Bag / Foldover Clutch

“Coat check.”

Ok, I have a confession: The real reason why I love Fall is not because of the pumpkin spiced lattes and pretty foliage everywhere – it’s the FASHION!  Cozy knits, beanies, scarves…what’s not to love?!  Right now, I’m loving printed coats and they get me super pumped for fall.  I’ve been on a hunt for something not too light, nor too heavy, but enough to keep me warm during chilly temperatures.  So guess what?  I found one!  This statement coat is the punctuation to any classic wardrobe.  I kept it simple with the basics: a silk cami and leather skinnies (my other choice would’ve been jeans and a tee).  A basic look plus a great coat is my go to this season.  It’s foolproof!  I added a little bit of shine with gold, mirrored sunnies and metallic shoes.  And of course, a bandana scarf because everything looks better with a cute scarf on top. ❤
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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Tobi Check Point Coat // Play For Keeps Plaid Coat / Buffalo Plains Coat
Free People Vintage Bandana // Red Classic Bandana / UO Basic Bandana
Intimately Womens Scallop Cami // Alec Silk Cami / NYC Women’s Cami
Karen Leather Pant // Faux Leather Pant / Asos Leather Pants
See By Chloe Ankle Pumps // Gold Leather Flats