Green Checkers

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What I’ve been wearing lately — shirt dresses!  The combination of the light green and checkered pattern on this dress makes it the perfect dress for brunch, shopping, date night, pretty much anything you’ve got on your schedule.  The best part is it’s no-fuss.  You put on one item, throw on a pair of pumps and you’re ready to go.  I’ve got a few shirt dresses in my closet, all in different colors, textures and patterns, all ready for my busy schedule.  Above?  I was on my way to a baby shower!

 

Dress – Gap (another version here) / Heels – Jimmy Choo (also seen here) / Bag – BCBGMaxazria (also seen here) / Sunglasses – Banana Republic (similar here) / Jewelry – Stella & Dot

Biking to Pebble Beach

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One of the best ways to get around and to get to know Carmel is bike riding around the area.  Instead of driving the 17-mile drive, we decided to bike!  We went up along the coast from Carmel to Carmel River Beach to Pebble Beach and almost made it to Spanish Bay, but called it a day after we had been biking for several hours.  It was a gorgeous day and we even saw a glimpse of a college golf tournament while lunching at the Pebble Beach Lodge (amazing food and views).  All in all, it was the perfect day.

 

Sweater – Banana Republic (similar here) / Shirt – Gap (similar here) / Leggings – Club Monaco (similar here) / Sneaker – Nike for J.Crew / Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Stripes Are Always Right

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I’m sure you’ve heard the old ‘adage’ that “every girl’s closet needs some stripes” or “you can never go wrong with stripes”.  Well, it’s true.  A striped shirt (especially navy against white) is a versatile wardrobe MVP.  You can dress it with a floral skirt, pair it down with denim, or mix ‘n match with a trench coat or blazer.  As summer slowly winds down, I’ve been wearing my striped shirts as a layering piece.  This outfit would also look great with a long trench vest –> for example, see what I’m currently coveting right now over to the right!

 

Vest – Eileen Fisher / Shirt – Gap (another option) / Jeans – Zara (old, similar here) / Shoes – Jimmy Choo / Bracelet – Stella & Dot / Sunglasses – Banana Republic

Going Neutral

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My upcoming beach vacation has me thinking about flat sandals…so many choices out there!  I’d like to get a pair of neutral sandals.  Do you like any of the above?  Please share with me your favorites!

Working Girl

Now that we’re a few days into the new year, I gave my blog a slight makeover with a new background theme.  How do y’all like it??  I like a background that is minimal, sleek, and is mostly black and white so that it really allows the photos to stand out.  We’ll give this a shot and see how it goes.

Today’s outfit is an oldie, but goodie.  Pair a printed blouse with a sweater and slacks.  Add staple pumps.  Throw in a statement necklace for kicks.  I’m channeling some working girl vibes and ready to go to work!

Pants / Sweater (similar style here) / Blouse / Shoes / Bracelets (Baublebar) / Necklace (old, vintage)

Into the Blue

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!  Counting down to midnight has begun.

I spent my last Sunday in 2012 taking a stroll through San Francisco’s Ferry Building.  It was a gorgeous afternoon to walk around, grab a coffee, people watch, and visit all my favorite food vendors and stores in the Ferry Building.  How did you all spend your last weekend in 2012?  Hope you and yours have a wonderful New Year’s and best wishes in the new year!

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Miette Bakery

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A view of SF Bay Bridge

Sweater: Gap / Skirt: J. Crew / Vest: Gap (old, similar here) / Shoes: Zara (sold out, similar style here) / Jewelry: Gorjana necklace, Baublebar bracelet / Sunglasses: Tom Ford

8 days until Christmas…

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There are 8 days left until Christmas!  How is everyone’s shopping and holiday party hopping going?  Waking up this morning, I found a TON of emails and messages alerting me to all the sales going on right now.  If you’re an online shopper, you have a couple of days left to ship gifts before the 25th!  Below is a round of holiday sales that I’ve found:

J.Crew’s holiday sale ends today.  30% off every purchase and free shipping.  3 days left for standard holiday delivery.

Quincy’s 30% off sale ends this Wednesday, 12/19.  Code: HOLIDAY30.

Banana Republic has a 30% off sale online and in-stores until 12/18.  Code: BR48HOUR.

Gap has a 35% off your purchase sale, ending today, 12/17.  Code: GAPGIVE.

Piperlime has up to 50% off.  It’s part of their twice-yearly clearance.  Extra 20% off on sweaters, ending today.  Code: COZY.

Madewell has a 30% off sale on all purchases online and in-stores.  Free shipping on all orders.  Code: MERRY.

Club Monaco: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced styles. Online only.  Code: GIFT30.  Until 12/19, regular offer of free “economy” shipping has been upgraded to free “Standard Ground Shipping”.

Ann Taylor: 50% off full-priced tops and sweaters.  Code: TOPS.  Take extra 25% off sales styles, no code needed.

Happy Shopping!