Mixing textures, Mixing patterns, pattern mixing, blue lace top, black patterned skirt, red statement necklace

One of the challenges women often face working in Silicon Valley is how to maintain your personal style while adapting to a male-dominated workforce. You certainly don’t want to feel as if you have to dress blandly to fit it, but you also don’t want your clothes making so much of a statement that nobody hears anything else you say. However, there are many ways in which we as can incorporate fashion into business-appropriate style. In the corporate environment, I will often stick to pant and skirt suits that mix different textures, fabrics, or textures. This Fall, I’m especially loving experimenting with lace and subtle pattern paneling as shown here. The best part about this look is that it’s comfortable enough so that when I’m in the office, I can focus all of my attention on the work at hand and not on fidgeting with my outfit.

Navy lace top, business casual, Target black pencil skirt, red christian louboutin pumps

Work accessories, gold accessories, gold metal cuff, atlas ring, zoya nude nail polish

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C. Luce Coat// Forever 21 Top// Mossimo Skirt// Christian Louboutin Pumps// Francesca’s Collection Necklace// Forever 21 Cuff// Forever 21 Ring

Sunday Best: Bag Brigade

Danielle Nicole Adeline Satchel, Black structured bag, black structured bowling bag, Pierre Hardy leopard purse, Pierre Hardy Hairy Calf Leo and Nappa Calf Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Aimee plaid satchel, marc by marc jacobs plaid satchel, Longchamp animal print tote, longchamp le pliage tote, longchamp tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs backpack purse,
1 – Pierre Hardy Bag// 2 – Danielle Nicole Satchel// 3 – Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross-Body Satchel// 4 – Marc by Marc Jacobs Backpack// 5 – Longchamp Tote

Many of us have that one item that we consistently shop for and purchase on auto-pilot. You stock pile this item in massive quantities as if it is the one thing that will save you should the world ever come to an end. For me this item is the handbag. Ever since I was a toddler, I had some sort of bag attached to my shoulder full of 3 things I needed and about 967 things I did not. This Fall I am, yet again, on a quest to find “The Perfect Fall Bag.” Something that can fit everything from my planner to my camera and can be my best companion over the next few months of traveling and moving. After searching high and low, I’ve rounded up my top contenders!

Friday Favorites

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1. A beautiful watercolor place card DIY. {greenweddingshoes.com}

2. Street style outfit costs revealed. Can you spot the difference between expensive and inexpensive outfits? {sobadsogood.com}

3. Tips to prevent that plaguing ear pain you get when flying. {fitsugar.com}

4. The most attractive traits a person can have rounded up into one list. {thoughtcatalog.com}

5. How to grow out your bangs after their 15 minutes of fame are up. {luckymag.com}

Happy Friday from my hometown of Monterey, CA.

My family and I have been spending a lot of time back home with my Opa (German for grandfather) who has just recently suffered a stroke. When life hands us challenges such as these, its amazing how much it inspires you to stop the merry-go-round of “busyness”, take solace in the simple beauty around you, and appreciate what’s really important.

Cannery Row, Monterey California beaches, cannery row beaches, monterey bay aquarium activities, monterey bay views


Princess tiara, Crown, Romantic lace top, black and white striped skirt, Francescas black and white skirt
Somewhere along the path of maturity comes being more comfortable in your own skin. You learn what you’re good at, you become familiar with your faults, you know when to change for the better, and most importantly, you decide which characteristics you will change for no one. You are unapologetically you. 

Many with an unfortunately skewed perception have often suggested that I give the impression of a primadonna, princess-type. Funnily enough, this couldn’t be further from the truth of my no fuss, low maintenance, workaholic reality. Honestly, I relish in having the opportunity to debunk this anomaly when getting ready faster than the boys or working while others partake in their beauty treatments (which I’m not knocking because I probably would if I had the time). But, every now and then you’ve got to learn how to just laugh at yourself (or the perception thereof) and say, “Hey, if the crown fits…”
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 Forever 21 Top// Francesca’s Collections Skirt// Coach Heels// H&M Necklace
Hair: Redken All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner// Redken Argan Oil// Redken Forceful 23 Finishing Spray

Sunday Best: Runway to Real Way

Last Friday Fashion Week jetted across the pond for shows in Milan and London with Paris to follow. Designers best known for making a major impact in the couture world let us in on their vision for Spring/Summer 2014. In London, designers including Christopher Kane and Burberry offered feminine, delicate collections chocked full of lace, full skirts, florals, and pastels. In Milan, we were graced with the likes of heavy-hitters such as Prada, Tom Ford, Fendi, and Gucci who sent statement-making pieces down the runway with looks meant to be heard. 

Check out the runway looks from a few of my favorite shows with my take on how to rock this look the real way (read: less pricey way). 

Christopher Kane runway to real way, msgm floral sweatshirt, jacquard print skirt, les prairies des paris skirt, floral full skirt
MSGM Sweatshirt// Les Prairies des Paris Skirt
Burberry Prosum runway to real way, by malene birger lace skirt, rebecca taylor white blouse, sheer white blouse, white oversized coat, joseph belted coat
Rebecca Taylor Blouse// By Malene Birger Skirt// Joseph Coat
Tom Ford Runway to Real Way, Alexander Wang Leather Dress, White leather dress, truth and pride leather jacket, white leather moto jacket
Alexander Wang Leather Dress// Truth & Pride Leather Jacket