Memorial Day | Got My Red Dress On

First and foremost, happy Memorial Day.  I think it’s sometimes too easy to forget that we celebrate this holiday in remembrance of those brave men (and women) who have lost their lives in service to our country.  I recall many years back, during my first trip to the UK, my husband took me to visit an American Cemetery on the outskirts of Cambridge.  It was a vast expanse of gravestones dedicated to American soldiers who had died overseas during WWII. We visited during the peak of summer, on an absolutely beautiful sunny skies kind of day.  We were the only people there for miles, wandering between rows and rows of gravestones amidst the rolling greens hills.  It was incredibly peaceful but also sad.  These were the men who never made it home, buried in a foreign land.  Yet it’s oddly comforting that we commemorate this holiday with backyard barbecues amongst family and friends.  It’s often nicer to pay your respects on a happy note than a somber one, hence the tradition continues.

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Brand Spotlight: ASTR The Label

I first discovered ASTR some years back while shopping in store at Nordstrom.  I’d never heard of them prior to that, but found the clothes to be super cute and affordable.  I’ve been hooked ever since.  The brand is LA based but they don’t have any brick and mortar stores.  Fortunately Nordstrom stocks a ton of styles both in store and online.  I found this particular dress while I was out shopping with my mom – and it was the only one left.  As soon as I tried it on I fell in love.  It’s definitely more appropriate for a dressy occasion.  Some maxis are easily dressed down, but this is a sleek and sexy evening dress. I wore it for a dinner party with some neighbors, and even used their cute midcentury house to shoot the look!

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Moon River Maxi + Instagram Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone!  First and foremost, I’m here to gush over my love for Moon River.  Moon River is a new-ish local brand.  Their aesthetic is actually inspired by the song (which if you don’t know is an absolutely lovely, old-school 1960’s tune.)  When I first discovered the brand via Instagram, I fell in love with the elegant vintage/boho vibe.  My only struggle (as I learned after trying on a few dresses at a shop in Claremont) is that their clothes run a bit big.  I finally settled on this striking black and white floral maxi, though for an XS you can see there’s a lot of fabric.  Of course I’m on the extreme end of petite, so I often struggle with sizing.  Nonetheless I love this dress.  I’m a sucker for black and white and the lattice detail around the neckline adds a special touch.  I wore this dress for dinner with girlfriends and received several compliments.

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Happy May Day | Month Of Maxis

Did you know that May 1st is historically referred to as May Day?  Though it’s not widely celebrated in the U.S., May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.  It’s origins date back to ancient Rome, where they marked the date with a festival to honor the upcoming summer season. May is an absolutely beautiful time here in So Cal because we have so much incredible foliage in bloom. Not to mention the weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, and there’s always a warm breeze across the air.  That being said, I’m SO EXCITED to to announce a fun little campaign I’m running for the month of May.  It’s the perfect time of year for a beautiful maxi dress and I can’t even tell you how much I love maxis.  They’re fluid and elegant, modest yet sexy, and oh so flattering for a variety of body types. I love how a maxi dress makes a statement with just a single article of clothing.  As you might imagine, I own quite a few, so I’ve had this idea brewing for a while… I thought it would be fun to dedicate an entire month to just wearing maxis, and I plan to feature all of my favorites on the blog throughout the month, beginning with this pretty little floral dress from Express.

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Eliza J | Little Striped Dress

Blue and white stripes are an iconic springtime print.  Last spring I went crazy looking for a little striped dress.  I tried on tons and couldn’t find a single one I liked.  Then this spring rolled around and I found several…so I splurged and bought a few different styles.  This one from Eliza J is a favorite because it was a perfect fit off the rack.  Eliza J specializes in pretty little dresses and offers a wide selection in petite sizes. You can’t shop directly from their site, but many of their designs are stocked at Nordstrom in regular, petite, and plus.  This particular dress is a great choice because it’s versatile.  I wore it as a day dress with strappy flat sandals, then stepped it up for the evening with nude heels and statement earrings.

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Festival Style: Split Leg Pants

For those of you who don’t know, this past weekend marked the first weekend of Coachella – a fact you pretty much can’t avoid living in southern California.  Though I would’ve killed to go even five years ago, I can safely say my music festival days are over.  Mommy and festival groupie don’t exactly go hand in hand. (Legit I’m not in my 20’s anymore!)  But that doesn’t mean I don’t dig festival style.  My college days were super boho and I definitely still hang on to some of that vibe.  So I love peeping all the looks out of Coachella Valley and even shopping some of the styles for those upcoming hot summer days.  For this look I styled split leg pants with a crochet top for a coffee date with friends – and I scored several compliments on my outfit along the way.

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Spring Denim: Cute & Cropped

I’m 100% into jeans for casual days.  I don’t always feature denim on the blog because I like to mix it up and showcase unique looks, but I definitely wear a lot of jeans when I’m running errands around town. One trend I really love in denim is the cropped flare.  They’ve been on the scene since last spring but it’s taken me a while to find a pair that work for my height…since I’m so short the crops are nearly full length on me. Funny but not funny.  I eventually bought a pair and cropped them myself for that raw hem look – but hey it worked!

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