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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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a group of talented and creative Sonoma women decided to put together Valentine’s Day looks and include fashion and beauty ideas. Kelly Dolata of A Savvy Lifestyle asked me to join in the styling fun and of course I said yes, please!

A Savvy Lifestyle is a Wine Country lifestyle site, chock full of beautiful styling ideas, recommendations for local food, DIY projects, wine and travel, an events calendar and much more. Be sure to visit this beautiful blog. You are sure to be inspired!

Once the date was set for the shoot, I went right to work, carefully picking out my Valentine’s Day outfits. I chose outfits that I would wear on a date – day or night – and that fit my Wine Country lifestyle.

The morning of the shoot, I packed up my clothes and headed to the studio of Sonoma makeup artist, Beautycounter consultant and hairstylist Jenna Maze, who did my hair and makeup for the shoot.

We started by going through my outfits so Jenna could strategize my makeup and hair styles. Our friend and professional photographer Sarah Deragon of Sarah Deragon Photography took photos of the day from start to finish.

Jenna got right to work with my first look, which included a bright red tunic. Jenna decided this first makeup look would be my lightest. She would build from there, eventually ending up with a smokey eye and dark lip by the time we got to the final outfit.

Jenna used products from Beautycounter. This was my first experience with this well-known brand. I was excited to try it as I have heard so many great things about this makeup and skincare line, namely that it is verified by EWG which means I can feel good about using it.

For foundation, Jenna used two different shades of Tint Skin Foundation to match my skin tone: Linen and Sand. For my brown spots and under-eye circles, she applied the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Medium – 1. This concealer has a click brush, making application a breeze. I love the coverage both products gave me.

Jenna used the new Desert Sunrise Palatte on my cheeks and eyes, along with a navy blue liner and medium Brow Pencil. For my first outfit, she went with a red lip and applied Lip Sheer in Scarlet and Lip Gloss in Ruby. I loved my makeup look!

Once my hair and makeup were photo ready, we headed to Cornerstone Sonoma. We had a little cottage where I could change outfits, Jenna could freshen up and re-style my hair and makeup, and we could style gorgeous jewelry from BLACK & BROMSTAD to go with my looks. Lucky me!

BLACK & BROMSTAD, a personal jewelry concierge offering a high-level of customer service for luxury jewelry from high-end designers, brought a selection of pieces I could use to style my outfits. Kirsty Black and Nicole Bromstad have many years in the luxury jewelry and styling businesses. They teamed up to provide a specialized jewelry buying experience for their customers, offering personal consultations to help you find the pieces perfect for you or someone you love. To schedule an appointment, email Nicole at [email protected]. All the jewelry I am wearing is from BLACK & BROMSTAD.

Now for my Valentine’s Day outfits!

For my first look, I wore the most popular Valentine’s Day color, red!

I made my red high-low tunic the star of the show and styled it simply with black ponte leggings.

I wore black suede block-heel pumps with two delicate ankle straps (same shoe but in patent leather for spring) and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.

Kirsty and Nicole suggested I wear a long gold necklace with a variety of gold, rose gold and diamond pendants along with some gorgeous diamond and gold earrings.

For my second look, we stopped by Chateau Sonoma at Cornerstone for a few photos. Chateau Sonoma is one of my very favorite Wine Country boutiques and has the most beautiful home decor, furniture, French antiques, home accessories and more. It’s my go-to when shopping for a special gift.

In this Valentine’s Day look, I bared a little bit of shoulder in a navy blue dress with shoulder cut-outs. I hope this trend sticks around for awhile because it’s an easy way to feel daring and playful without showing too much skin.

My Ralph Lauren Cold Shoulder dress is no longer available but I found one similar.

BLACK & BROMSTAD styled me with a Tahitian pearl necklace with a diamond-crusted closure. Such a gorgeous necklace!

For my third look, we stopped by Prohibition Spirits, a hip and fun distillery tasting room in Cornerstone Sonoma, to take some photos. I chose lace this time. Incorporating lace into your look for Valentine’s Day – for a casual daytime look or for a night time outfit – will add romance and femininity. I wore a black Lace top with bell sleeves with wide-legged jeans and black pumps.

BLACK & BROMSTAD chose large diamond hoops for me to wear so Jenna gave me a loose up-do to show them off. I also wore a delicate single diamond pendant necklace.

Jenna darkened my eye makeup a bit and added Lip Sheer in Twig, Lip Gloss in Fig.

My last look works for a romantic Valentine’s day picnic or a day spent exploring with my sweetheart. I wore a white Easy Going Sweater with a white camisole underneath and girlfriend jeans. For footwear, I went for flat and comfortable, yet stylish in a pair of gray suede booties. A playful ponytail styled by Jenna made my look fun and flirty.

My sweater had a swath of silver on it so I wore smaller diamond and platinum hoops with this final look.

Valentine’s Day is in winter after all, so a little extra layering is a must in Wine Country this time of year. This luxurious Peruvian Alpaca wool coat, with a shorter inside jacket and high neck, was just what I needed to stay warm.

With the high neck, Jenna thought a bun would be the best look. And who doesn’t love a good bun?

What a fun and fashionable day!

Thank you to Kelly and Emily of A Savvy Lifestyle, Sarah Deragon of Portraits to the People, Jenna Maze and Kirsty and Nicole of BLACK & BROMSTAD.

What a treat and an honor to collaborate with all of you!

What will you be wearing on Valentine’s Day?

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