Bohéme in boemo

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One of the many reasons I love shopping at Klozet is the access to brands that are hard to find on my side of the coast of California or anywhere for that matter. The second Christine Caria pulled out the new piece by boemo, my heart started to flutter as this dress is everything I want out of a dress. It can be worn day or night, sexy but still covered, a unique and beautiful print… I do! Having worked in visuals for years, I love a well designed department store, however, when I’m looking for new labels nothing beats a well curated boutique. Shopping becomes an adventure for me when I walk into a store and see labels I’ve not heard of yet or are from abroad and hard to find.
boemo a brand new collection (launched this year) from Los Angeles is for “THE URBAN BOHÉME WITH A ROMANTIC SPIRIT IN LIFE AND STYLE.” Looking through the collection of flirty feminine pieces, I would agree that this line embraces the quintessential California look.

Dress: boemo | Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Shoes: Sol Sana … All available at Klozet, Sausalito.

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I’D RATHER BE IN BALI

IMG_3665IMG_3662IMG_3755IMG_3688IMG_3783These California winter days do have me wishing I was in Bali, or any other tropical location where the sand is warm and the ocean like a bath of magical healing water, for that matter. But, this post is not about my wanderlust spirit but about the graphic tee/ tank. While most do choose their tanks and tees to spread a message or represent a brand and not neceserally to pair it with pieces to create a look, the graphic tee/ tank has been around as a style statement before the current athleauire trend even hit the streets. This trend dates all the way back to the seventies, when pairing a graphic tee or tank with skinny flared striped bellbottoms or a tuxedo was the epitome of rock and roll chic. So besides displaying messages that make me smile, or feel a bit naughty perhaps, style wise, it has become a solution to breaking up dressier pieces and giving them a new day purpose. Layered with lots of jewelry, like a true Indian girl and paired with my favorite chunky knit, I was able to stay somewhat warm during my day braving the Camifornia June gloom. Perhaps this weekend rather than going out in your normal day attire, wear one of your graphic tees or tanks and try mixing it with an elegaant piece in your closet. Be playful, it is summer after all, even if the weather is saying otherwise.

Skirt: Joanna Mastroianni  | Tank: Forever21  |  Belt: Lara Bernasconi  |  Jewelry: mix of Pacific Gypsea & vintage Indian pieces  |  Boots: Chloe |  Purse:  vintage Finesse, La Model  |. Sweater: Peter Som

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

Hit & Run From The Country

IMG_1321IMG_1059IMG_1119IMG_1148IMG_1224To say the past couple days have been traumatic is an understatement. After what was a beautiful stay at my Dad’s ranch, on my way home to my bungalow by the beach, I was involved in a hit and run while stopped at a red light. As I saw the large white van in my rear view mirror coming at me way too fast to slow down (honestly) the first thought in my mind was that I have been working so hard to heal and bare the pain of a current injury, how was I going to deal with more pain??? Well, that and to put my arms up to protect my head from hitting the dash. As I slammed into the SUV in front of me I realized then that I was being hit again as the guy was fleeing the scene. This has definitely been an intense month with success in my work life; but this hit and run was pretty similar to my last relationship with the X Mr. Maharaja and a not so healthy breakup last month.
Laying in bed the past couple days, trying to recover from the accident and doing whatever I can to keep my mind of the pain has actually allowed me to stop and reflect and make a solid plan moving forward with the amazing growth we are happily seeing with Pacific Gypsea; and of course, in times like this I feel blessed for my friends and family who show me tremendous love and support, as everyone needs that in a time of trauma.
As I’m looking through pictures that were intended for blog posts of country air, shotguns, and warm evening walks, I am at least thankful that I am here (even if it is in bed) writing a post.
I packed my country essentials for the trip last week: my riding boots from Argentina, cut offs, vests, and a hat. These simple basics can add endless options and a light packing list; which if you’re anything like me, you will need as I have a tendency to find treasures to bring home with me. Little does the guy who hit me know, he hit a trunk full of steel parts for tractors and other farm equipment. I’d like to believe the damage done to his front end and the evidence police collected were in part because of the treasures I collected. But back to fashion, the truth is, in the country you are going to get dirty and tall boots help while exploring certain terrain. Vests easily transform a long jersey dress into a bit more stylish evening look when headed into town for dinner. And the cut offs, I think that’s a pretty fashion obvious if you are anywhere near farm animals. Points being, your country attire should rarely resemble anything you would wear in the city but actual comfort and sensibility with the perfect touch of personal style.

Vest: Diane Von Furstenberg | Top: Forever21 | Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea | Belt: Ralph Lauren | Cut Offs: Citizens of Humanity | Boots: Arandu Argentina

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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