Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September Classy Fashion Favorites

Autumn officially began just a few days ago and I have to say that as much as I love summer, the warmer temps it brings and the easy breezy wardrobe options that it offers, there is always something so cozy about this transitional time of year as we lead into fall-my favorite season. I'm wearing jeans and a sweater as I type this, our first of many cooler days after a massive month long heat wave from 90-107 degrees that seemed to dominate every weekend of August.

This year I'm enjoying all the soft velvet we're seeing in bold, deep hues and the ruffle trend continuing. I'm still a huge fan of booties so I've shared several options that can be dressed up or down-I'm loving this pair of black booties, they are on my wish list! They also come in a riding boot version which are currently on sale. Being a dress lover, I had to include several dresses also that I've had my eye on as well as some really great skirts-you can't beat the versatility. You can click on any image above in my boutique and it will take you straight to the ready-to-shop source!

What do you have on your fall wish list this year? What is your favorite autumn hue?

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Blue x White Summer Style

Fall may officially be around the corner in just 2 weeks, however we've been experiencing quite the heat wave these past weeks. We hit 107 degrees last weekend, so naturally we escaped to the coolest place we could find-Monterey, just 90 mins south-it was perfection! Right now I feel as though we're enjoying an endless summer, which is fine by me as a lover of dresses, pastels, light + airy fabrics and sunshine warming my skin.

This adorable peter pan ruffle sleeve top was a new addition to my closet that pairs well with white denim, shorts and long maxi skirts, red bottoms make for a fun patriotic look as well. Right now it's on sale for just $17 and comes in a gingham print also.

For me, finding a quality pair of white jeans that are thick enough not to be see-through, yet have a bit of stretch and are comfortable and offer the right fit has been a bit of a challenge, but as always Ann Taylor never disappoints. I own a lot of their denim, what I've found is that their modern fit skinny jeans always fit me perfectly, and since my inseam is 34", I love that they offer tall lengths which is what I'm wearing here (they also offer petite and regular length also).

These days, whether I'm meeting Realtors and Staging clients for work or chasing my busy 4-year-old around, I find flats make the most sense. While I adore heels, I spent this summer investing in more cute, comfortable flats and sandals that are versatile enough to wear on a Monday or a Saturday. These fringe ankle wrap sandals in a nude color are my current favorite right now, they dress up an outfit without being too fussy.


TOP:   Make Me Chic  //   JEANS:  Ann Taylor  ( 40% OFF now w/ code: FRIENDS40 )
  SANDALS:  Steve Madden sold out (identical here | similar here | wedge version here)     
BAG: Local Shop (similar here, here, here)
SUNGLASSES: Target  (similar- Ray Ban)   //   EARRINGS:  Ann Taylor (40% OFF)



If you're stocking up on end of summer items or building your fall wardrobe,
here is a list of amazing sales running right now from my favorite shops!

ANN TAYLOR- 40% OFF your purchases w/code: FRIENDS40
BANANA REPUBLIC-Up to 40% of suits, blazers, pants + more
J.CREW - Up to 70% OFF original prices
LOFT - Buy One, Get One 50% OFF
H&M -Up to 80% OFF
NINE WEST - Buy 3, get 40% OFF, Buy 2, get 30% OFF, Buy 1, get 20% OFF
NORDSTROM -Save up to 40% until Sept.10th
LORD & TAYLOR - Almost all shoes & boots up to 40% OFF!


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A classy woman exudes her confidence best when she is both dressed well and comfortable, owning her personal style. This look is all about comfort without compromising a feminine flair and is achieved with simple, but thoughtful details. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend ahead.

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*In partnership with Make Me Chic. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

JORD Wood Watch Review + Giveaway

When JORD Watches reached out to me weeks ago to collaborate, I approached it the way I always do when such opportunities come my way, I first researched their website, then dug a little deeper to learn what customers were saying before saying 'yes'. It's important to me that I only share products and brands with you, my readers, that meet the highest standards and are in fact items I would use/wear.

After choosing my favorite style and providing my wrist measurements (they provide a really easy tool to get the right fit), I was delighted to open up the box once my watch arrived. All of their watches come in this wooden embossed JORD logo box hugging a pillow to keep it in place which protects and houses the watch when you're not wearing it. There are anti-humidity packs that slide into a little ventilated drawer under the watch to help regulate humidity-important for wood.

While I had my eye on a few different styles, in the end I chose the Koa and rose gold model from the Cora series which is made of Koa wood  (a species native to Hawaii) with a rose gold face adorned with Swarovski crystal markers. You all know my love for blush pink and rose gold! The face is made of sapphire glass vs. regular glass, known in the luxury watch industry as the definitive material for transparency and durability. This ensures that your watch face will remain scratch-resistant and remain as clear as the day you first wear it.

While I have a few timepieces in my jewelry box that I adore, because they are made with classic silver and gold bands, I most often wear them when dressing up or for the workplace. One thing is for sure, this one is unique and adds a casual vibe that I love wearing with jeans. Most weekends I can generally be found wearing a maxi dress and denim jacket or jeans & a top, so my new JORD watch is a welcomed addition and one that I've received compliments on as well as questions in the 2 months of owning it. I have to say, I really enjoy the scent of the wood too, it's so earthy and helps to make this nature-lover feel a little bit more connected to nature even when I can't be.

When I originally measured my wrist I went for an ultra snug fit so it wouldn't be loose, which ended up being too tight (that was my own fault) so I reached out to the JORD customer service team to see what I could do to have one of the links added. Being a wood watch, I didn't want to entrust it to just any watch or jewelry shop. They were so helpful and had me return it to them to take care of after providing my updated measurements. It wasn't long after that I received it back with a perfect fit! I'm glad I misjudged my wrist size because it gave me the opportunity to see how the  JORD team treats their customers, which is always as important to me as the item itself.

If you have someone in your life who seems to have everything and you're forever searching for a great gift to buy them that is both unique and practical, I believe a JORD watch is your answer! I really love the women's collection of watches, but I have to admit the men's watches are really attractive too. They would make the perfect anniversary gift, graduation present and of course birthday or Christmas surprise. These luxury watches are quite reasonably priced too, most ranging between $139-$275.

Now for the fun part! Would you like your very own unique JORD Wood watch? Be sure to >> enter our giveaway right here << for your chance to win $100 towards the watch of your choice! Every entrant will receive a $25 gift certificate, so it's a win-win! This contest will close on Sept.24, 2017 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 code and the $25 codes will expire on 11/30/2017.


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*In partnership with JORD watches.

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Black Monochromatic Outfit Styled 3 Ways

Hello Lovelies and Happy New Year! Although I've been absent from blogging for a while, I couldn't begin my first post of 2017 without wishing you all a blessed, fun and prosperous year ahead!! Today, I'm sharing with you a few recent looks I put together that I hope will inspire your own wardrobe as we enjoy what's left of winter and prepare for spring.

MakeMeChic recently reached out to partner with me and since I was in the process of still stocking my closet with cold weather pieces after moving to Northern California with mainly an all-summer wardrobe after having lived in Florida for the past 10 years. I couldn't resist selecting 3 new jackets. I wanted to show how you could essentially take the same core outfit (in this case it was black denim + a black tee) and transform it into a few entirely different looks just by alternating a few accessories and of course the addition of a jacket. What I love about all 3 options is that they are so affordable (each is under $40)! You can stroll down to the bottom of each look to shop the look and get all of the outfit details.


This first outfit is an everyday look that could be worn in a more casual workplace environment, lunch with girlfriends or pretty much anywhere out and about on the weekend. I'm loving blush pink for winter, it really is the perfect transition color into spring and a soft option for Valentine's Day and this pink collar wrap coat is heavy enough to stay warm on a cool day but lightweight enough so you don't feel weighed down by outerwear.


COAT: MakeMeChic //  SHOES: Vince Camuto sold out (similar here + here)
JEANS: Ann Taylor //  T-SHIRT:  Halogen  //  BELT:  Merona
 CLUTCH: Local boutique old (similar here + here)  //  EARRINGS: Majorica  


This next look is one that I wore this past New Year's Eve which I spent in a low key way ringing in 2017 with my sweet daughter. For those who live in a much colder climate, a great pair of pointy toe heeled boots would have been an appropriate option also. In the Bay Area our weather patterns change daily and we just happened to have a mild NYE allowing for an open-toe sandal. I love how this black & white faux fur jacket adds some serious glam, and paired with red it really pop!


COAT: MakeMeChic  //  SHOES: Nine West old (similar here + here)
JEANS: Ann Taylor  //  T-SHIRT:  Halogen  //  BELT:  Merona  
CLUTCH: Nine West old (similar here, here + here)  //  EARRINGS: Majorica


As a Chanel lover, I've gravitated to the tweed jacket as it adds a polished, ladylike vibe whether dressed up or casual. This lightweight multi-color tassel hem jacket was a great topper for my black monochromatic look. It helps soften and add some much needed femininity when paired with denim and could easily be worn with a skirt or pair of black dress pants as a daytime option for the office.


JEANS: Ann Taylor //  T-SHIRT:  Halogen  //  BELT:  Loft old (similar here + here)
 HANDBAG: Danier Leather old (similar herelove this classic )  //  EARRINGS: Majorica 

What I adore about monochromatic outfits is that they offer a slimming effect, can make you appear taller and provide an elegant appeal. My favorite singular color schemes are off-white, black, blush, navy and camel/nude tones-essentially all of the neutrals. What I love about using a single color palette as a base is that outwear and accessories have an opportunity to really stand out, it's a great time to pull out statement pieces. If you've never tried a single hue look, I highly recommend giving it a try, black is the easiest and safest place to begin.


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Do you wear monochromatic outfits? What is your favorite go-to single color palette?

Also, The Classy Woman blog turned 8 years old recently! In honor of this milestone, we're running a Kate Spade tote + MacBook Giveaway so be sure to enter right now via my instagram account!! It runs until tomorrow 2/7/17 @10pm EST and is open to everyone. Good Luck!!


*In collaboration with MakeMeChic. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

How to Make a Dress Look Casual Yet Classy


DRESS: Shein  c/o  //  SNEAKERS:  Adidas  //  EARRINGS: Majorica
 SUNGLASSES: Target (Designer version here)  // BRACELET: Kate Spade old (similar here)
CLUTCH / CROSSBODY BAG: Nine West old (similar here, herehere + love this one) 


One of the things I love most about living in California is the true change of seasons, something I've missed during the last 10 years while I lived in Florida after moving down from the north. It feels great to be planning my fall wardrobe and experimenting with different outfit combinations once again as layering is half the fun! Earlier this week during one of our  typical 75-degree days, I paired this ultra comfy dress with sneakers-something that is normally outside of my comfort zone. The key is making sure to get the right footwear, a running shoe intended for training would come off as frumpy.

With the Bay Area offering a more casual vibe and my increase in outdoor activities along with the amount of walking (especially up and downhill in SF and in our neighborhood's hills), being what it is, unless I need to wear a heel, you'll find me in flats almost daily. When it comes to our dress wardrobe, it need not be reserved for only when we're wearing heels, how we can make a dress look more casual is by changing a few accessories whether it's a belt, a pair of shoes or the chosen handbag or all of the above. By wearing flats, booties or the right pair of sneakers, it instantly provides a put-together yet relaxed outfit that works for a variety of occasions that results in a classy look that isn't too dressed up or fussy.

With the continued trend of athleisure, I knew it was time to add a new pair of sneakers that fit the bill. There are a lot of great options that are both practical and yet stylish (a running shoe would look awkward and would ruin the look, but with the right footwear, you can pair this comfy option with not only jeans but also dresses and skirts which make them a great addition to one's wardrobe. I had a flashback of my high school days when I had my first pair of Gazelle's, these Adidas Superstars are so comfortable and go with so much in my closet.

You've probably seen them everywhere by now, I'm never one to follow a crowd but when a shoe is comfortable and it makes my size 9-9.5 foot look smaller, I'm sold! I chose the classic white & black stripes (they also make a solid white version and a pretty gold stripe which I nearly bought. I ended up ordering a size 8 as these are unisex and they fit perfectly-I recommend sizing down one full size than what you're used to. I started off with a size 7.5 and was able to take advantage of not only free shipping but the return/exchange for free too by ordering them on this site. I plan on adding to my casual sneaker collection, below are some others I considered and may eventually add in time.

I stumbled upon this SheIn gray/taupe-toned dress recently (I still can't believe it's just $21!) and thought it would be perfect year round. I love the overall modesty and simplicity of it yet polished and elegant look-the drop shoulder and elbow-length sleeves are are the perfect length for the warmer days of fall and the 3" slit on either side of this knee-length dress is feminine and sexy without showing much skin. I was surprised to see the sizing was labelled 'one size', I wasn't quite sure what to expect or how it would fit, I was delighted to see that it is so flattering on.

Unlike thin jersey material, this knit dress is super soft and comfortable yet provides the kind of coverage that doesn't cling to your body in all the wrong places. While I'm sharing a casual look in this post, I have wedges, riding boots, ballet flats and booties that I look forward to wearing with it in the future. It really is quite versatile and because of its neutral color, you can either create a monochrome vibe or add a pop of color anytime of year. For fall,I recommend pairing it with red, burgundy, navy, cobalt or even a dusty rose or blush pink for maximum impact.

I'm a huge fan of clutches that double as a shoulder bag or cross-body bag (as is the case of this old Nine West oxblood patent faux croc version). When I'm walking all over the city while in San Francisco or during outings with Lily I like to have my hands free. I enjoy having the option of a more sophisticated look of a clutch and will often tuck the strap inside while out on appointments or when I'm out on my own. This particular day involved a little of both so this particular bag was a great choice.

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What new looks have you been experimenting with this fall?

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by!


*Brought to you by SheIn Clothing.
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