You know what’s a really fun weekend activity that I always forget about: high tea! We went to English tea when we were on a girls trip in London and again in Chicago at The Lobby with my bridal party before wedding dress shopping. But, I haven’t been in years and my husband had never gone. He couldn’t go on that way, and I was looking for an excuse to take him.
We spent the holiday season with our family in Chicago and Michigan, but wanted to do something celebratory, just the two of us, when we got back to San Francisco. Enter my afternoon tea dreams! I booked us a table for two at one of the loveliest places in the city for tea: the Fairmont Hotel They have a two story gingerbread house, and an open rooftop in December. It did not disappoint! We had a full menu of delicious scones, sandwiches, baguettes, followed by (maybe too many) desserts. Champagne is complimentary so we had a glass (or say, three). And of course, the actual tea – so many options. I got the “Jet Lag” tea, since I was convinced the three hour time change from Michigan was making me very sleepy, and it was delicious. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere was relaxed but lively – there were both just adults and families with kids… maybe a good idea for a special day with the kids? Just using the fine china can make a girl (and boy) feel fancy.
I wore this super comfy jumpsuit from Banana Republic and had a photoshoot on the rooftop, afterwards. This jumpsuit comes with it’s own navy belt but I swapped it for this gold number for a little more pizzaz.
Jumpsuit: Banana Republic, Belt: Old, Similar from Nordstrom, Shoes: Zara, Earrings: Lana, Clutch: Claire V.
If you’re like me, you spend your entire fall (and winter now that I live in California) in the same pair of low heeled black booties. Unfortunately, I am not blessed with slim, angelic ankles, so I need a pair with a really low shaft height. I️ appreciate this below-the-ankle cut because the height looks good on everyone, and hits right at or below the ankle bone, slimming the look of your leg. This means you show the perfect amount of skin with jeans and also hit low enough to wear with dresses and skirts. And a 1″ heel feels dressed up, but wearable for everyday, so it’s guaranteed to be the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe.Mine: Alexander Wang Kori Ankle, $575 (they have silver AND rose gold accent)
I️ rounded up some great options at all price points so you too can find your ride-or-die black booties.
1. Loeffler Randall $425, 2. Kenneth Cole $139, 3. Munro $224,
4. Jack Rogers $96 (on sale!), 5. Sam Edelman $99 (on sale!) 6. Gap $80
Here’s a shot with jeans.
Show me your faves!
I’m super obsessed with metallics for fall. Accessories, clothes, shoes, makeup, you name it, and I want it to be metallic. (I actually just tried to buy a entirely sequined metallic jumpsuit but it was veto’ed by my more rational friend. Like, where would I wear that? But it was so pretty… sigh.) Anyway back to my one true love: Copper. Not just for pennies anymore. For your FACE! I stumbled upon this amazing eyeshadow from MAC and it’s been the answer to my copper pleas. This specific hue is guaranteed to pop your eye color brilliantly (especially you blue and green eyed babes). Try these four steps to swoon-worthy beauty. (Took me 3 minutes, I swear!)
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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.
ps I have a new instagram account @thechampagnechic. Follow me for more fun!
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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. Continue reading “Why I Love Reformation + Polka Dot Dress”
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. Continue reading “Fashion Finds: Leopard Print Everything For Fall”
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? Continue reading “3 Ways To Style A White Button-Up Shirt”