April Showers

April 06, 2017

Currently obsessed with this perfect spring parka. A little something for the occasional shower and a lightweight topper for breezy days. Made from a technical water-resistant fabric with an oversized, longline silhouette — it's an updated version of the classic trench. I specially love the functional pockets, storm flap detail and the hood that can be stored in the collar. It's breathing new life into my rainy day wardrobe.

Photography by Miranda De Lay

UNIQLO Parka (on sale!)  / MODERN CITIZEN Sweater  /  

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NYC: Cozy Layers

April 05, 2017

I've finally gone through most of the photos from our NYC trip! We lucked out with mostly spring-like weather in February. The temperatures dropped dramatically on our last day, so I bundled up in monochromatic, cozy and comfortable layers — perfect for all the walking and eating on our agenda.

I'll be sharing our NYC travel diary soon! Thanks for dropping by.

TOTEME Coat (similar on sale here)  / ASOS Sweater and Skirt (last seen here, similar here)
STAN SMITH Sneakers /  CUYANA Purse  /  CELINE  Sunglasses (similar)

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April 03, 2017

Happy Monday! Kicking off this brand new week with a glimpse into Margaux's stunning sunlit studio. There is nothing more decadent than trying on beautiful shoes that feel custom-made and are a dream to walk in. Margaux's concept merges handcrafted, luxurious, comfortable (basically, perfect) shoes at an accessible price with a direct-to-consumer model.

I have the hardest time finding pairs that don't hurt my feet— and now I know why. After my fit session with co-founder Alexa, I've discovered that they are officially narrow. Width makes such a huge difference in comfort. I find my feet slipping inside most pairs, causing blisters and strain from inadequate support. With Margaux, you can order their fitting kit to measure at home. Their selection of styles come in multiple width options, making it effortless to find the perfect pair. 

I've been wearing  The Classic in Black Suede, and I'm currently lusting over The Pointe in Cacao. They look great paired with everything from cropped denim to wide-leg trousers and shorts in the summer. These are definitely the shoes you will live in and love throughout the seasons. 

Thanks for dropping by! Have a great week ahead.

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March 12, 2017

Keeping it relaxed and easy on this gorgeous spring day! Hobo Bags sent me this wristlet recently and it's all I've been carrying lately. The silhouette feels fresh and on-trend — an updated take on the bucket bag, and a great alternative to the bracelet bags that I've been eyeing. There's something about casually wearing your purse on your wrist, as opposed to slinging it across your shoulder. It's all about that nonchalant elegance. 

If you're in San Francisco this week, check out Hobo's new fall collection on Wednesday March 15 at Studio Roeper Gallery  from 5-8pm. Enjoy live music, treats and a free bag!

Have a great week! Thanks for dropping by.

MODERN CITIZEN Sweater /  ANN TAYLOR Trousers /  HOBO Purse (c/o)   HERMES Sandals (Similar)  CELINE  Sunglasses (similar)

This is a sponsored post. Products were received in exchange for a feature on Craft and Couture. All opinions are my own.

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NYC: Elevated Essentials

March 03, 2017

I'm without a doubt, a creature of comfort. No matter how hard I try to break the routine, I fall back into what I know and love. It's always such a challenge for me to decode the trends and filter what goes into my closet. I'm inspired by the colors, drama, volume and eclectic vibes currently permeating the streets. However, I know that my personal wardrobe ultimately depends on comfort and versatility. If I don't feel confident, if I don't feel like myself in it — then it's not for me. Style over trends, always.

Finding that balance between what's classic yet current is what I constantly strive for. How can I make a simple outfit look special? I've discovered ways to inject an elevated aesthetic, and it all boils down to the details — special materials, unique finishes and  playing with proportion. 

  • My go-to winter uniform: statement coat, crisp top, classic denim, and comfortable boots. A formula that never fails. To add a little punch to the overall look, I picked one "dramatic" item as a focal point — these simple yet statement-making snakeskin boots. Not only are they on-trend and comfortable (I wore them for 8 hours straight walking around NYC, and I am a flats kind of girl), they are extremely flattering. They also pair well with cropped trousers and skirts.

  • A classic wrap coat looks extra refined when it comes in a longline silhouette and a luxurious Italian material that moves beautifully. This one by AYR is definitely my favorite and most flattering coat. 

  • Recent HM sale find — this crisp poplin blouse! I love the collar detail and the elongated cuffs. Currently on the hunt for a  simple, chunky choker to layer over it. 

  • These jeans are the most comfortable ones I've ever owned. Extremely flattering high-rise, and super soft. The classic dark hue makes it a closet staple.

How are you injecting the current trends into your own wardrobe? I'd love to hear from you! Thanks for dropping by.

AYR Coat /  HM Shirt /  CUYANA Purse   FRAME Jeans JCrew Boots /  CELINE  Sunglasses (similar)

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NYC: Spring Layers

February 28, 2017

Hello from New York! The hubby and I escaped for a fun weekend getaway to celebrate my birthday and we got extremely lucky with the springtime vibes (in February!?). We were expecting snow and rain so I definitely packed all of the coats — totally unnecessary with the temps reaching the 70's on Friday. This lightweight bomber got the most use (perfect for layering in this cool yet sunny weather). 

One of my latest hero pieces are these cropped flares from the WhoWhatWear x Target collection. Not only do they elevate any look —they're also unbelievably comfortable, flattering and work well with flats or heels. 

Exaggerated, embellished sleeves and crisp shirting are all the rage right now — definitely a design detail I'm loving at the moment. It's a refreshing departure from off-shoulder styles and a modern update to the classic borrowed-from-the-boys essential.

I'll be sharing more from our NYC trip soon! Hope you're having a great week so far. Thanks for stopping by.

HM Jacket  /  ZARA Shirt /  CUYANA Purse   WHO WHAT WEAR Jeans  / ADIDAS Sneakers  /  CELINE  Sunglasses (similar)

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January 24, 2017

Current essentials for everyday. 

  • Finally bit the bullet and purchased these mules last year. My previous pair (seen here) got so much wear that I decided these Gucci ones would be a great investment. With regards to fit — they are pretty true to size. I've read some reviews that mentioned to size up. However, I have narrow feet and my regular size worked perfectly.

  • I've had this Modern Citizen sweater for over a year now, and it's definitely been a hero piece in my wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down effortlessly and works with everything. The double-faced cashmere blend is substantial and flattering.

  • This Mansur Gavriel bag fits all my daily essentials, looks polished and I appreciate the practicality of a cross-body strap. I have and love the backpack and bucket bag, and prefer the Saffiano leather for its durability.

  • I scored this AYR coat (it's been on my wishlist for about a year!) during their Cyber Monday sale. I've been pairing it with pretty much every outfit —it's the perfect length, and I love the way it drapes and flows.

  • If you know me, I've been on the hunt for a great pair of classic denim — something between the "mom" jean and a skinny. These ReDone originals are exactly what I was looking for. High rise, cropped length and non-stretch! 

I hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks for dropping by!

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A Minimal Holiday

January 22, 2017

This past holiday's theme: give more, do more — with less. We gathered with family and stressed the importance of being present, of keeping things simple yet more meaningful. Definitely a mantra I'd like to live by all-year round. We kept presents at a minimum and donated to our favorite charities.

Entertaining Highlights: 

  • Styling my first cheese board — a huge hit (this guide came in handy)! I am not a gourmet cook, but I think I've found my place in the kitchen.
  • Finally tackling a DIY project I've had lined up for over a year — I spray painted a cart I picked up on the side of the road. It served as our hot chocolate bar. 
  • Transforming our family room into a dining hall for our extended family. 
  • Using what I already have on hand. I've come to realize that I truly value pieces that have an inherent ease, handcrafted quality and timeless aesthetic — pieces that I can use daily and blend function with form. I didn't purchase a single new decorative item this holiday, instead I brought out our simple, everyday serveware and dinnerware and let them shine. Rearranging furniture and repurposing items (like using ornaments as table top decor) gave our home a fresh holiday look without spending a dime. 

Most of our time off over the holidays was spent decluttering and organizing our home. It felt great to finally tackle a huge part of my to-do list. There's nothing like getting rid of all the excess, taking note of the things that add value to your life and starting fresh. I'm looking forward to a meaningful new year filled with the people and moments that matter most.

I hope you're having a great start to the year! Thanks for dropping by.

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