Brand I Love: COS

Looking at your played out winter clothes and realizing you are need of some new wardrobe staples? Me too. If you don’t already know, I MUST introduce you to one of my favorite European fashion imports: Cos. They do simplicity with a twist better than anyone. Think navy sweatshirts with fun pleating, skirts with tie belts and asymmetrical hems, dresses with a collar you can wear up for a square neck, or down for a v-neck. Their fabrics are thick and luxe, but you also can’t go wrong with the classic white poplin shirt. If you are into looking pulled together without a lot of effort (and who isn’t) or solid colors and classic tailoring, scroll down for my best picks from COS right now.

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This dress is from my latest trip to London and is no longer available but there’s a very similar version here (I almost like it more). Shoes: Asos, old; Necklace: Nordstrom, (Similar Here); , Clutch: Claire V. (Similar Here); Lipstick: Nars

There’s so much to love at COS right now, but it won’t break the bank if you need a little retail therapy to ward off winter doldrums. Pick something below to give your closet an instant facelift.

Millennial pink dress and Belted wool wrap dress

Belted high-waist trousers and Colour-block cardigan

Shirt with bow neck tie and Jacquared sweatshirt

BRB, buying that bow neck shirt…

xo

Afternoon Tea + Navy Jumpsuit

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.

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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.

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Jumpsuit: Banana Republic, Belt: Old, Similar from Nordstrom, Shoes: Zara, Earrings: Lana, Clutch: Claire V.

Cheerio!

xo

Wardrobe MUST: Madewell Jeans

You guys, I’m baaaaackkkkkk… I disappeared over the holidays because I was shopping for presents and drinking punch and throwing my 10th annual holiday party, and well, time got away from me. Plus it’s not a good idea to drink and blog, things get weird. I am so sorry friends! I still love you. But in the last few weeks, I’ve changed, and I have to tell you now, I’ve fallen in love with someone else… Madewell jeans.

I already had two pairs, but over the holidays I ended up in Madewell like three times (why three times? who knows?) and just LOVED every pair I tried on, so I did a full investigation, and it turns out their jeans are BOMB. Their sizes also run slightly big (I sized down size on most pairs), which makes me feel amazing about eating friend chicken for dinner last night… I mean, kale, I had only kale for dinner.

To sweeten the denim deal, they have this program for recycling your old denim into a $20 discount for you: You bring in your old jeans to any Madewell store. Madewell gives you $20 off a new pair FOR EACH PAIR YOU BRING IN. You read that right, you bring in four pairs, you get a four IOUs for $20 off of each pair of jeans. And since it’s a little coupon card, you don’t have to use it right away. Pop in your wallet until you are ready to replace and old pair. Madewell then ships your old jeans off to Blue Jeans Go Green™ to recycle into housing insulation. Everybody wins!  You can read more about the program here: Madewell Do Well. (Let’s all just admit we have a couple pairs in the back of the closet that we’re holding on to, “just in cases”.)

Long story short, I popped into Madewell on Sunday to use my last coupon card before it expired (was good for a full year!), picked up this pair of dreamy denim 9″ high rise skinny, ($135 or $115 after trade-in). I am obsessed. Ps check out my insta for even more fun stuff: @thechampagnechic

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Four other solid Madewell options (you’ll see all of these on the blog at some point):

  1. 9″ skinny in black, (on me) ($128, or $108 after trade-in)
  2. 10″ high rise with chewed hem, ($135 or $115 after trade-in)
  3. 9″ high rise dark grey ripped, ($128, or $108 after trade-in)
  4. Cali-denim with raw hem, (ON SALE $90, $70 after trade-in,), few more sizes available at Nordstrom here.

Once I tried to even pull off a pair of their overalls, but my husband laughed so hard when I did a “fashion show” I couldn’t keep them. He was probably right, I looked 12. Sigh.

Denim on!

xo

Fashion Round-Up: Everyday Black Booties

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.

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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!

xo

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.IMG_7837 Continue reading “Why I Love Reformation + Polka Dot Dress”

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 II)

You guys… it’s time to talk about Telluride again, and it only gets better in this incredible Colorado town. Check out the food and the fashion of Telluride (andmore on my insta: @thechampagnechic)IMG_9785The wedding was held at Schmid Ranch, on a remote hilltop outside of Telluride.
The couple brought in gorgeous sting lights, white tents, a dance floor, full blown catering, the glamorous wedding she-bang. Plus there was a 9-foot long cheese plate on every table so it was basically the best wedding ever. I would never joke about cheese. (ps If you want the smokey eye I have in these pics, check out my tutorial here. The whole look takes two minutes, believe it). And check out the back on this dress.

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