TRANSITIONING INTO SPRING STYLES

Can you believe there are only a few more weeks until spring is officially here? I am excited about transitioning into spring styles! There are so many gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories to pick from this season.

Here in Wine Country, we’re already experiencing the winter to spring transition. One day the forecast calls for a heavy wool coat, big scarf, tall boots and an umbrella and the next I’m contemplating short sleeves and sandals.

I’ve been itching to wear my new In Style Cropped Pants in the Dune color from Stella Carakasi. The weather finally let me scratch that itch, briefly, and I was able to style these beauties in two ways.

For my first look, I styled my new pants with a Stella Carakasi boatneck top, a cascading vest (Stella Carakasi from their 2015 Collection) and tall black boots.

Along the lines of culottes, these 100% Tencel pants have very wide legs with buttons down the sides. Here, I unbuttoned the last button to show my tall boots a little.

Along with side buttons and a partial elastic waistband, these pants also have pockets, which I love!

For accessories, I layered two necklaces – one from KayandStar and another I bought in Carmel last fall. It was gray and drizzly outside so I wore my black hat from Montecristi Panama Hats in Napa Valley to conceal my frizzy hair.

For my next look, I wore my Karen Klein Cinched Top with a Janet Harrer geode pendant necklace (similar) and Kate Spade bag (no longer available).

I love the way the top has a drape across the front, attaching to one sleeve and gathered at the shoulder.

I took a chance with the weather and wore sandals. These block heeled sandals go with everything and I am sure I will wear them often this spring and summer.

I realized while putting this post together, that not only am I wearing pieces from three Bay Area designers – Stella Carakasi, Karen Klein and Janet Harrer – but the majority of pieces I’m wearing are from female-owned businesses: the aforementioned three, plus Montecristi Panama Hats and KayandStar. I do love supporting women in business!

SPRING STYLE EVENT 

More than a fashion show, the Stella Carakasi Spring Style Event includes fabulous spring fashions from Stella’s 2017 Resort and Spring Collections, yummy noshes and beauty gift bags from Whole Foods Gilman in Berkeley, and a special guest: Novelist Alysia Helming, author of Protogenesis.

Learn more about this exciting event and secure your free ticket here. My stepdaughter, Tori, and I will be strutting our stuff on the runway. We hope to see you there!

 

REMINDER!

March’s “How I Wear My” is happening this week! March is the month of luck so with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we’re asking “How I Wear My” participants to style an outfit featuring their “Lucky Charm”.

It can be a piece of jewelry, clothing, or an accessory. Not superstitious? Send us an outfit that includes an item of clothing that brings you joy, recalls a fond memory, or just gives you a fabulous feeling every time you wear it.

Be sure to tell us a bit about why your item is a charmer. Photos due by the end of the day on March 6, 2017. Send them to us at [email protected]

 

Disclosure: I was given the Cinched Top by Karen Klein and the In Style Cropped Pants from Stella Carakasi. All opinions here are, as always, my own. 

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Welcome to February’s How I Wear My, the 67th post in this long-running monthly fashion series!

It’s no wonder blue is considered the favorite color of women and men around the globe. With so many shades to choose from, how can you not find a shade that mesmerizes you? It is with this fondness in mind that Jill of Everything Just So and I decided to devote February’s “How I Wear My” to blue.

Let’s get right to it and see how February’s participants style blue 💙 starting with Jill!

Jill of  Everything Just So

“I am a fan of almost all shades of blue but the two I wear most are navy and royal. I love this J. Crew lace shirt I picked up during their January sales and I especially love how good it looks with black! I added a J. Crew feather brooch to a Carolee necklace to create a new piece of jewelry with a vintage feel.”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living & Style

“Karen Kane is a brand I have recently discovered and love. This top is so pretty and has so much detail. I wore it with skinny jeans, and these amazing copper shoes that have a gold heel by TAHARI, scored at a thrift shop! To give my outfit more edge, I added a denim jacket.  I wore another one of my amber necklaces for jewelry.”

Michelle of RetroChicMama

“I think BLUE is my most worn colour, which surprises me, really, because if somebody asked me what my favourite colour is I’d have said purple! This is a powder blue pleated skirt from Whistles London that I bought on Ebay for a teeny tiny £22! I absolutely love it styled with strong black for Winter but come Summer I’ll dress it right down with a T-shirt and flip flops.”

Malia of Style by Malia

“I love keeping my blue simple and there is nothing simpler then a chambray shirt. My shirt is from Lane Bryant and the skirt is from Grass-Fields.”

Nicole of High Latitude Style

“Blue is such a great color for all occasions. Blue is one of the work-horse colors in my closet. I wear blue for everything from play to work, casual to black tie. I love to combine blue with black, brown, gray or white. This blue and white sheath dress is great for work with a blue (or white) sweater and either brown, blue or black shoes. It’s one of my winter favorite work looks.”

Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Âge

“Denim is how I most often wear blue. Usually that means jeans, but here I’ve added touches of blue with a denim jacket and sandals.”

Laura of Laura Madden Lifestyle

“I’m wearing a dress by By Malene Birger that I consigned from TBC in Scottsdale, Arizona. And the cute turquoise clutch is from Coach (another of my favorite blues).”

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley

“Denim on denim is such a quick go to for me.  These utilitarian pieces can quickly go from home chores … to lunch and errands with the addition of my beloved accessory collections!  My kind of daily uniform dressing!”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo

“This dress is a vintage 1950-60’s plaid shift dress that I adore. This dress is all about the gorgeous neckline. Normally I wouldn’t wear a shift dress, as it does nothing for my figure, but I made an exception for this sweet vintage piece.”

Ana of Mrs. American Made

“I was very excited about this month’s theme! Blue is my favorite color, from inky navy to royal medium blues to aqua to pale pastels and even periwinkle! I wear some version of blue almost every day. But if I had to choose one shade, I would go with navy and I love this long NYC-made navy trench coat from Rag & Bone. Here I am wearing it with a green silk shell by Weston Wear and some dark blue jeans paired with navy patent pumps.”

Nora of Jacket Society

“I am wearing Jacket Society red, gray and blue boucle hooded poncho and blue-gray bead necklace with Rag & Bone dark flared jeans, Zara sweater, Calvin Klein booties and Prada red bag.  The poncho and the necklace are both available in our shop although we only have 2 ponchos left!”

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

“I wear my blue with green stripes. This outfit features a dark chambray shirt dress (from Shelbee’s Shoppe) worn as a jacket over a green and navy striped dress.  I paired it with navy tights and brown boots, belts, and choker necklace.  Blue with green is one of my favorite color combinations!”

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun

“Most of the blue in my closet is denim, but I do have this cobalt and black plaid shirt. Come to think of it, I always get compliments when I wear bright blue, so I should buy more of it!”

Trina of Tea Time With Trina

“This is my go-to run around attire on any given day, but especially fun for a weekend day full of fun actiivites or shopping. By pairing my navy leggings with some sneakers, it instantly says fun and casual. By pairing them with a striped mock sweater over a polka dot button down it just gave it an over all whimsy casual look.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“I only like this dress with my blue boots! I bought the boots especially for the dress. Normally I wear it with a denim jacket, but I love my military one!”

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion

“It is hard to choose how I want to wear this dress as I like it just as much with the blue legging as with the golden boots and studded belt. I even have a third option and that is to wear it as a jacket over a long cream tunic. This dress is worth the investment.”

Rena of It’s All Fine. Whatever Tickles the Fancy.

“I adore the color combo of blue and black, so I was thrilled to find this blue and black tweed skirt.  One of my go-to work looks is to wear the skirt with my open-front black cardigan and t-strap blue suede pumps.”

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style

“I too am loving Blue! It has always been a go to color for me and is one of my everyday favorites. This is a classic “Tommy Bahama” polo styled maxi in navy blue. It is the upmost in comfort and easy to wear. I especially enjoy it for those times at home when I am in need of a break from jeans or slacks. It’s classic, yet comfortable and a perfect choice for me during the winter months here in Florida.”

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen

“One of my favourite shades of blue is cobalt. I love its vividness and intensity. I bought this sleeveless dress years ago on a whim, purely because the big, cobalt blue polka dots made me smile! It came with the matching shrug meaning I didn’t have to hunt around to find one to match. It’s the kind of outfit you can dress up or down. For a fun night out at the cabaret, it was the ideal choice and I indulged my love of blue by upping the blue ante with strappy sandals and a necklace.”

Dale of Savvy Spice 

“One of my favorite pairs of heels and walls in Dallas (before it was demolished to build a new high-rise building) are both cobalt blue. I love how these Kurt Geiger heels pop and have a 90’s vibe that I can wear with distressed skinny jeans.”

Marek of Savvy Senior

Sidenote: Marek is Dale’s father-in-law!

“One of my best blue summer suits is by Hugo Boss. I wore this last Spring visiting family in Poland. I’ve also worn this to summer weddings and events, who doesn’t love a blue suit?”

My Look

For my Blue look, I chose to wear my powder blue winter coat from Chadwicks of Boston with my new Karen Klein Gathered Dress, that I blogged about in my last post.

To tie in the blue coat and black dress, I added a light blue and black animal print scarf I bought on Etsy several years ago.

I love this shade of blue and appreciate that it’s a color I can wear throughout the year, not just in wintertime.

Thank you to all the participants this month!

We loved to see how you wear Blue!

And now for March’s theme!

Next month, we’d like to focus on clothing, jewelry, and accessories that carry with them fond memories or good luck🍀! Is there a bag you carry that always makes the day seem to go your way? Do you have a sweater or scarf or pair of shoes that hold special meaning for you? Please join us in March for “How I Wear My: Lucky Charm.”

Outfit photos are due by March 6, 2017. Send them to [email protected] and be sure to include some text about your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.

Be sure to visit Jill’s to see even more stylish looks featuring Blue 💙!

Disclosure: My Chadwicks of Boston coat was given to me in exchange for a review as was the Karen Klein dress. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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