Denim Dressing

IMG_2732IMG_2686IMG_2671IMG_2822IMG_2817No matter what city I have lived in, I have always enjoyed perusing farmers markets and picking up fresh ingredients to inspire my meals. When I lived in Miami it was as simple as throwing on your cover up or sun dress and heading to Lincoln Road for the tropical fruits I lived on for 3 years. The Central Coast of California, even during it’s summer months is a tease for someone who actually finds throwing on a dress a quick way to look and feel chic. Thanks to unconventional layering and Instagram trend setters, denim under a dress is not only a solution to my problem of layering to stay warm, but giving some old summer favorites a fresh new look.
I would opt for a dress with a pretty high hemline when pairing a dress with denim, as the goal is not to look like you are actually adding extra layers but giving your look a more casual day touch. And thanks to Jane Birkin, no trip to the farmers market is complete without some sort of woven basket to hold all your local goodies. It is practically impossible to make it home without stoping at the park for strawberries or under a veranda with an ocean view for figs and a large basket just makes life a little more romantic.

Dress: Ramona La Rue  |  Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Jeans: Hundson  |  Earings: Trina Turk |  Blazer: Elizabeth & James  |  Sandals: Sam Edelman

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Fifty Fifties

IMG_0759IMG_0780IMG_0864IMG_0885IMG_0897I will never forget the day I laid eyes on the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot. I was doing visuals at the time for Bloomingdale’s and as I set up a display for over the knee boots and I went through the merchandise to pick out my top picks for the trend, I opened the large purple box and immediately fell in love. For five plus years these boots have given me endless options for dare I say, comfortable footwear. These boots have been across the globe with me and I actually can not imagine my wardrobe without them. I was happy to see the remodels of the companies classic 5050 boot last year, but for obvious reasons, a good black boot will do wonders for your wardrobe.
With a day that has been a typical day for me the past several months (running around trying to balance a social life while just launching a new business) I opted for a laid back look that I could easily sneak in a meeting in-between beachside barbecues for Memorial Day. This week should be another exciting one in the world of Miss Maharaja with a new client meeting tomorrow in Sausalito and then to my Dad’s new ranch to celebrate my Stepmom’s birthday.

Sweater:  American Rag  |  Shorts:  Vince  |  Purse: Marc Jacobs  |  Scarf: Vintage

MBFW Australia

Always seeing amazing street style shots year round from Australia it’s not a surprise we would start to see some amazing stores pop up over the years and a fashion week that has grown to impress; this year Australia took it to a new level by being the first fashion week to show Resort Wear only. I thinks it’s pretty clear that I have a serious love for Resort Wear; honestly who doesn’t want to live where people vacation and dress so. While Chanel, Gucci,  & some other major players stuck with their usual destination extravaganzas for their Resort Collection previews, we did see some amazing local designers and big names like Oscar De La Renta choose down under as their backdrop. For me doing my normal trend research for my posts was a bit different and this fashion week wasn’t so much about picking out what major trends I think would stick, but more of looks that I want to wear this Spring/ Summer. The looks I saw at MBWA are exactly the direction I try to reach with my style, beach mixed with city. And not in a way that looks confused, but chic and casual and elegant. So rather than doing my normal trend reports I think this is more of a collage of looks you will hopefully be seeing in future Miss Maharaja blog posts. Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.29.58 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.39.38 PMScreen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.48.04 PM

The Denim Jacket

IMG_9562IMG_9576IMG_9555IMG_9589IMG_9552There is not one decade I can think of where the denim jacket has not been considered “cool.” Each generation changing this basic piece by cutting the sleeves off, adding emoji patches, you name it, it’s probably been done to the denim jacket. I am generally pretty good at getting rid of things in my closet that I haven’t worn in awhile or just don’t fit the same, but my Earl Jean Jacket from High school is a different story. I swear if I touch it it whispers epic memories of feeling free and 16. The other day it occurred to me that just because I can’t really move in it or button it closed doesn’t mean I can’t wear it. Pairing it with a dress around the waist adds the perfect casual touch to a day look. I have a feeling we will start to see the trend more, wrapped around the waists of cocktail dresses to t-shirt dresses. I just love being able to recycle my pieces I covet back into my wardrobe.

Dress: Calypso St. Barth  |  Denim Jacket: Earl Jeans  |  Beret: Ralph Lauren  |  Bag: Lambertson Truex  |  Sandals: Sam Edleman  |  Bangles: Collection from around the world

Fun In The Sun With Juliet Dunn

IMG_8490IMG_8489IMG_8420IMG_8361IMG_8399IMG_8329When I lived in San Francisco my resort pieces used to sit in my closest eagerly awaiting a trip to Palm Springs for the weekend. You can imagine my excitement when I moved to Miami, resort wear all day everyday!! Those three years I folded away my sweaters, packed away my jackets, and then of course, started to miss my fall and winter pieces. Which sadly would only make appearances on trips to the East Coast or visiting home for the holidays.
It has been a year now since I moved to the Central Coast of California and I love the obvious perks of living in such a serene and beautiful beach setting; but it seems there is an extra perk fashion wise! Living in this setting has provided me with the opportunity to mix my resort pieces with my layering pieces, for what I consider to be my ideal style. Okay, so I actually do miss the “hotness” of Miami, but wardrobe wise the Central California Coast is the perfect match for my style. Hands down.
Today I threw on my Daftbird racerback maxi I bought years ago on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, on sale of course, but even more importantly, comfortable. Belted and worn with a top from one of my favorite resort designers Juliet Dunn, I am ready for whatever my day may bring as someone who recently launched a business. While it is true that most of my days are spent laying flat with my computer (and lets be real) mostly wearing a pair of joggers and a cashmere sweater; when I do need to be at meetings with vendors, or styling shoots, or doing a pop up, I do happily go through my wardrobe and stay true to my style. Resort, mixed with classic, mixed with ethnic- if I had to give it a name.
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His & Hers

blog post april 17 2Saturday’s shoot was pretty amazing, the clothes, the cars, the jewelry. I could not be more excited about the launch of our men’s line, Pacific G- which will bw available on PacificGypsea.com!IMG_7363There are so many elements that are needed for successful shoot and the location is probably one of the most important factors when directing a photoshoot. This space… with his car collection and office on one side and her side with her art studio and gallery space. Through my perusing of Pinterest I’ve seen amazing things done to containers, barns, you name it. But this space has to be one of the best transformed storage units I’ve seen. For a moment I had a vision of me moving out of the bungalow and transforming a storage unit into my California hideaway. Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 5.20.34 PMblog post april 17 6Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 5.26.43 PM

The Not So Basic Way To Wear A Basic T-Shirt

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A very basic staple and as transitional now in ones wardrobe as a pair of jeans the Basic Tee has been making its rounds on the street style / Instagram scene. One of the best advantages of this wardrobe staple is that you can find it any price point and from Alexander Wang to Zara just about everyone has their own version of the Basic Tee. I personally “take” mine from my brothers closet, big enough to knot and roll and already worn in- I am hoping he is too busy being a doctor to read this. But, the purpose of this post is not to point out the pretty obvious advantages of a T-Shirt but that I am highly recommending not just limiting your T-Shirt to sleeping or athletic wear but pairing with a sequin skirt and Sophia Webster shoes for cocktails or with the perfect summer skirt for an effortless resort look. The style icons have accepted the T-Shirt as not so basic and I highly recommend trying out one of these looks.

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Bring Out The Coats

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There are so many reasons to love fall, the leaves changing color, the start to the holiday season, and my annual tradition of bringing out my coats and reintroducing them into my wardrobe. Trench, Anorak, Duster, Chesterfield, Bolero, the possibilities for lengths and shapes of coats and jackets are endless, which may make buying a coat a bit challenging. A few tips and tricks I give my clients when transitioning their wardrobes from summer to fall:

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Jacket: Armani Collezioni  |  Dress: Vince  |  Belt: Michael Kors  |  Boots: Chloe  |

Hat: Urban Outfitters