Wardrobe Want: More Pleated Midi Skirts

I am LOVING pleated skirts midi right now. They are so feminine and fun, and you can’t help but feel like a giddy girl in them (twirling optional). Since pleated skirts are so on trend, you can find one in almost any color and in lots of fun patterns. I found this bright striped number at J. Crew and styled it with a t-shirt (only $28!) since it’s still pretty warm here in California. I also love the look of a pleated skirt with a thick cable knit sweater and booties for cooler temps. I tried this skirt with a white silk button-up too and the outfit was trés professional. Enjoy, mon cherie.

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Why I Love Reformation + Polka Dot Dress

By now you might have heard of the It-girl go-to brand Reformation. What makes Reformation different, is their admirable mission. It’s all about sustainability! They use environmentally-friendly practices and materials to make gorgeous, sassy styles for a fraction of the environmental impact of fast fashion (what’s not to love?). I am personally soooo obsessed with their dresses. Always available in fun prints, including polka dots, florals, stripes, etc., every dress feels like an easy win: throw it on and live your life while looking nonchalantly fabulous. You can find anything from casual slip dresses ($98) to wedding options (up to $350). And what I love most, is all Reformation pieces seem to have an eye for layering – you can imagine these worn with a jean or leather jacket over the shoulders. Voila, summer to fall. I can’t forget to mention the fabrics are luxurious too like the Velvet Anoush Dress or the Silk Getty Dress. I know I sound like and ad (and this is not one) I just really love their stuff. Plus free shipping and returns. Swoon.

polka dot dress.jpgIMG_7837img_7840.jpgStyles on the site do sell out quickly since everything is made as limited-run, but the plus side is there is always something new to shop. And while dresses are my favorite, they have fantastic blazers (I want all the plaid ones: Lazer Blazer and Claudette Coat), and sweaters that look so cozy. I want this Doen Lulu Sweater, but need to save some cashmoneyrecords first. Some things run (very slightly) small, so if you are between sizes go up, if you aren’t, go with your true to size.

Worth noting that if you return an item, be sure to postmark it within 14 days. Anything returned between 14-21 days is store credit only, and after that, no returns at all. (I’ve been guilty of missing the deadline myself and have quite a bit of store credit now, ooops. Not a terrible problem to have, I guess.)polka dot dress2red zara bag 2red zara bagOutfit Details: Dress: Reformation Boston Dress (size 6), Bag: Zara, Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James Allen in Mono, Lipstick: Nars Dragon Girl

xo

Fashion Finds: Leopard Print Everything For Fall

Five years ago I lived without any leopard print in my life. How sad I must have been. Since then I’ve discovered that leopard is a legit neutral, and can be worn with anything. It was huge on fall runways this year, so you better get familiar. Trust me, you’ll never reach for straight-up black over leopard again. For a roarin’ good outfit, try these leopard items (beware animal puns ahead):

Clutch: I can’t even tell you how much I love this one form Claire V. I’ve had it for 4 years now and use it CONSTANTLY. It’s big enough that I can fit my whole wallet, lipstick, and makeup. The good news, it’s still available! A worthwhile investment.

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3 Ways To Style A White Button-Up Shirt

I am really obsessing over my most recent purchase, the most basic and versatile of all wardrobe staples: a white button-up shirt. Mine is from Topshop and also comes in blue and light pink, plus it’s only $35!! Because I was wearing it all the time, and discovered it to be a great fall transition piece, I bought it in blue too. I wear them at least twice a week now. Spreading the love, I’m sharing three ways to style this fashion must with you!

Over a Work Dress (Tied at the Waist, Not Buttoned): A perfect solution when you want to forgo the office blazer, but can’t wear sleeveless. Try it tied at the waist with the top buttons undone. This is also a super easy way to transition a sleeveless dress into fall.  Flattering, comfortable, and professional.  What’s not to love?IMG_7484 Continue reading “3 Ways To Style A White Button-Up Shirt”

72 Hours In Telluride, Colorado (Part I)

Friends! I did not know this before, but Telluride is where it’s AT. Did you know? Last weekend, our lovely friends got married at a ranch in the mountains, so all the guests stayed in Telluride. Even though it’s a tiny town (like, one street), there’s something in Telluride for everyone: great food, lively bars, boutique shopping, hikes, (so many hikes…), spas, and of course, skiing in winter (it was not winter in September, thank goodness). It’s one of the best weekend getaways I’ve been on with my husband (and of course, the 150 other guests, ha). I’m IN LOVE. Let’s talk about it.

First off. The place looks like THIS. Barely looks real.IMG_7593IMG_7598

The first night, the welcome party was at the historic bar, The New Sheridon. Most of it is the same as it was in 1800’s, including the tin ceilings. They serve food, but let’s be honest, tonight I’m here for the bar. More on the food tomorrow.

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The Best Beauty Spots in Chicago

I couldn’t share my Chicago trip with you and not mention all the best beauty spots! Have you met me? Even if you’re just in town for the weekend, I recommend you find an hour and check out one of the below places. Basically I’ve made you my ride or die beauty checklist in Chicago. The Flywheel class is the best solution to the food from this post. Ps my Insta is live! Check out @thechampagnechic, and tell me what you think!

Arch Apothecary: Consider this place your own personal glam squad. They do makeup application, blowouts, eyebrows, waxing, updos (if you’re feeling fancy)… you name it. I’ve been here dozens of times since it was steps from my old apartment and the entire staff is super nice and just as important, excellent at what they do. Head in with your bff before a night out or for just a little pick-me-up mid-week.

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My Favorite Foods and Best Restaurants In Chicago

I lived in Chicago for years before moving to San Francisco, and I miss it so much (only the summertime, of course, I’m not a lunatic). The absolute best part is the FOOD. There are so many amazing restaurants and chefs that set up shop there, you can gain 10 pounds in a week! You know, not like it’s happened to me personally… it’s just a hypothetical! Anyway, I was there last week and thought I’d share some of my favorite places (not necessarily the highest rated by foodie professionals or the most expensive, just places I loved to frequent) when I lived there.

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Three Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware.  Pro tip: they open at 10am and don’t take reservations, so plan to get there by 9:30am and wait in line if you want first seating. Otherwise, show up when you can, but expect 1-2 hour wait on the weekend. The good news about the wait: JUST LOOK AT THIS ROOFTOP. You can get a drink from the bar, snag a free donut and hang out until they text that your table is ready.IMG_7143IMG_7147The restaurant is in the Atrium of the building. Gorgeous light, trees and a fountain fill the space. They have these huge comfy cushioned booths that make you feel like a celebrity. Get one of those. Continue reading “My Favorite Foods and Best Restaurants In Chicago”