Loafers & Lanterns

img_2235img_2256img_2248img_2276It has been much too long since I have sat down in front of my computer and written a blog post. It seems as though I sneezed and summer was already over and it is time for my annual pumpkin carving party and a slue of costume parties I am preparing “looks” for.
With the change of the seasons comes changes to trends and as I unpack my Autumn wardrobe I eagerly pull out pieces that are fitting with some of my favorite trends this season. A nod to the Gucci Princetown’s we have seen all over, I decided to dust off my Stuart Weitzman silver loafers to pair with a cream and metallic mini that is reminiscent of something Leandra Medine might wear to her office. In effort of changing things up I also decided to wear my sweater tucked into my skirt, defining my waistline a bit more. Paired with a navy handkerchief and a leather clutch I was prepared for my day of meetings and running errands at the local farms.
Being in trend does not require one to go out and purchase a slew of new clothing but being creative with what you have and transitioning each piece to those we saw on the runways. My metallic skirt, which was originally a long A-line cut got a makeover last week by chopping it into a mini.
Sweater: Ted Baker | Skirt: DKNY | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Clutch: Lambertson Truex

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SS17 NYFW EDITION

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SS17 seems to be bringing around the usual suspects: stripes, pops of color, and flowy dresses, but this season there was a touch of femme fatal thrown into the mix. Models paraded down the runway this season in looks that mimic those of our favorite bloggers, off the shoulder pieces, mix matched patterns, and ruffles galore. The looks were playful, often not the case in a time of uncertainty with our electoral campaigns upon us. Fashion took the seriousness away and brought us back to a period where playful is the theme of the season.

I remember in high school I had a history teacher that always allowed me to write my papers on how fashion mimics the economy. We started to see this reflection with athleisure taking the fashion world by storm last season; A more casual, understated look. So, you can imagine how excited I was to see designers using fresh and bright textiles rather than the demure colors. While some collections were just that, drab, thankfully there were a handful of designers that stayed true to spring/ summer and kept that feeling of a luxe resort look for SS17.

As the London shows start, I hope we see even brighter avant-garde looks parading down the runway for me to report on!

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.

CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

Concourse 2Concourse 6 (1)Concourse 10Councourse 8Every August I wait in anticipation for the roar of supercars to glid along my beautiful coastal town and with the supercars comes a crowd that has as big of an appreciation for luxury goods as I do. From Ferrari’s to Pagain’s these sexy powerful pieces of art can all be viewed at the multiple events held during Concours d’Elegance. For decades now cars and fashion have had a synergy as they both are capable of telling a visual story people swoon over. And it’s no surprise that many of these automobile companies have broken into other areas of the luxury sector (like watches for example) to further their brand following.

Growing up watching my brother and his friends tinker with their Porches, BMW’s, LandRovers… I couldn’t help but develop a curiosity and a love for speed and cars. Over the years I found myself often incorporating cars with my shoots for editorials and marketing campaigns, like the shoot I did for Pacific Gypsea in Gordon McCalls personal garage. While it is doubtful I will see Naeem Khan gowns like mine grazing the grass at most of the outdoor events this week, we will see some looks that are worthy of your Pinterest streetstlye board. This weeks not to miss events:

McCall Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge 

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach 

And a slew of private parties that are worth the traffic if you are lucky enough to get an invite…

 

 

 

Pretty Pleats

IMG_5998IMG_6056IMG_6064My memories of pleats are not just limited to my St. Joseph’s uniform, I have precious memories of watching my mother pleat her saris and elegantly drape the gorgeous silks over her shoulder. My love for pleats has always grazed my wardrobe with some version of a pleated skirt or blouse.
On last weeks shoot for Klozet, I couldn’t resist throwing on this gorgeous, femme fatal piece by Laila Azhar. Running around the property, barefoot with a piece from Shirley and my Men’s line, Pacific G., I felt free and feminine. Pleats are one of those trends you can basically wear year round and remain a classic. Here are some other nonconventional and classic pleats I love Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 3.24.23 PM

Not So Mellow Yellow

IMG_4711IMG_4718IMG_4693IMG_4662IMG_4754Stripes are not just to express your love for anything nautical or Persian anymore. I have spotted the mixing of stripes on some of my favorite street starlets mixing this pattern for a mesmerizing look. It’s definitely bold and a statement that you are making when you mix two completely different stripes, but I find that if there is ever a time to be adventurous with your wardrobe it’s during the summertime and on a Friday! While looking through my striped pieces this morning I choose a comfortable jersey dress with beautiful draping and a vintage sweater to create my look.

I’m sure most of you are actually experiencing summer weather; as I have mentioned many, many times in the last few weeks, the fog has decided to hug the West Coast of California for what seems like moths now. Meaning, you would be insane to leave your bungalow without a sweater. Not to fret, for your resort wear you can easily accomplish this look with opposing stripes in lighter materials. I think they key is to have one color in your stripes that ties both pieces together. Here are some pictures for inspiration to help you bring out the bold stripes in your wardrobe:

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Dress: S-Twelve  |  Sweater: A Milano  |  Wrap: Burberry  |  Short Necklace & Earings:  vintage from India  |  Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Clutch: Vintage Balmain |  Sandals: Sam Edelman

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

The Food & Drink Of The Gods

Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 3.43.38 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-27 at 3.40.40 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-27 at 3.47.17 PMMost of my weekends tend to be about comfort as part of owning a business means working 7 days a week (and with my back as I’ve mentioned many times now) I tend to live in cashmere sweaters and joggers. While I did do a fair amount of work, this last weekend was a bit more “wild” than normal with an impromptu party on my stoop, which has been named “Le Stoop”, a lovely date, and a very disappointing and emotional soccer match. With a weekend like that it was safe to say I woke up wanting not just the comfort of clothing but comfort food as well.
I am asked quite frequently what my favorite Indian restaurant is, which was always so impossible to answer as I was spoiled with a Mom who cooked like an Indian chef. But, since her passing, I do seek out Indian restaurants more than I used to as it is definitely one of my versions of comfort food. So of course, after a busy morning as we are uploading new products to the Pacific Gypsea website, my business partner and I thought it best to have a much needed Lychee Martini lunch at Ambrosia India Bistro. How could we not pick a restaurant whose name, in Hindi, translates to the food and drink of the Gods in Hindu mythology?
Outfitted in a very comfy pair of silk pants and a vest to hide the amount of food I was prepared to consume from the buffet, my Monday thankfully turned out to not just be about the comfort of my clothing but comfort of food as well. Which growing up in my household was very important and remains that way.
Ambrosia was everything I could have asked for out of an Indian restaurant; for a moment I felt like I could walk past the green gates of their outdoor garden/ eating area and I would be dodging scooters and rickshaws in Bombay after my meal. Every bit as traditional as most Indian restaurants but with a unique ambiance, I would recommend this restaurants location to anyone looking to spice up their palates while on the Central Coast of California. The pictures above are mixed with pictures from my last trip to India as my after lunch siesta had me dreaming about going to my mother’s land.

Ambrosia India Bistro | 565 Abrego Street | Monterey California

Pants: Marabelle | Top: M Missoni | Vest: Diane Von Furstenberg | Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea | Belt: Linea Pelle | Earrings: from Argentina | Sandals: Sam Edelman

Camp Ferragamo

IMG_3193IMG_3242IMG_3311IMG_3374IMG_3370When I was younger every summer as my friends packed their trunks for Camp Kennolyn, I was usually packing to go to India, Argentina, or some far off land. Even though I hadn’t had the normal/ traditional camp experiences that most pre teen & teenagers were going experiencing, my attire for my families summer adventures typically did involve some of the classic pieces one would take to camp: a chunky knit, a bikini, denim cut offs, a flannel shirt (it being the 90’s), and what I like to refer to as the camp shoe. While there have been many styles of this shoe that have been stacked in their boxes in my closets over the years, this particular pair comes from the collection of vintage Ferragamo shoes my Grandmother has passed down to me over the years. With my back being the way it is these days and literally not being able to wear stilettos, footwear has been quite the style challenge even for moi, and this despite trends like athleisure. The camp shoe while having a slight stacked heel, is still comfortable and there is also just something I love about mixing a rugged piece with something feminine, like my tiered skirt. I am actually waiting for my knit camel pencil skirt to come back from my seamstress so I can pair that with these perfect, brown, suede camp shoes. This summer I have a feeling I will be channeling my inner traveler and pull out my pieces that take me back to adventurous far lands. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…”

Sweater: Salvatore Ferragamo  |  Blouse: Tocca  |  Skirt: Zadzig-Et-Voltaire  |  Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Bracelets: Mix of silver bangles & Pacific Gypsea  |  Bag:  Lambertson Truex  |  Shoes:  Vintage Ferragamo

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