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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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

Up In The Air

 

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What is it about Beverley Hills that makes every girl feel like they are experiencing some sort of Pretty Woman moment? While my days have not been filled with bubble baths and Richard Gere seems to be nowhere present, shopping in la la land for a client has me dreaming of khaki silk short suits and thigh high boots. Not to be worn together…

Volume was a huge trend (pun intended) at NYFW and luckily I packed an easy a-line dress to keep me comfortable during my hunt for the perfect pieces today. I will happily be injecting volume into mine and my clients wardrobes for SS16 as I definitely got my fix of bodycon dresses living in Miami!

Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Miu Miu | Bag: Gucci

Seeing Stripes

IMG_6356Only two more days of NYFW Street Style shots filling my Instagram feed; I am not looking forward to the transition back to different variations of avocado on toast and inspirational quotes followed by #enlightened. This season I was not front and center at the shows, my California Endless Summer tour continues in LA the next few days. That being said, I can not be more thankful to the designers who have streamed their shows live. Between that, Twitter, and Instagram, I almost feel like I am standing on a corner in Brooklyn about to throw my phone in the street waiting for a Uber in the most uncomfortable shoes I own and late for the next show.IMG_2019

I have been seeing your usual suspects during the SS16 season shows- botanical inspired prints, crochet, and muted pastels in light, easy fabrics. One trend I was particularly happy to see is black and white stripes. Whether it was mixed mediums or to offer structure to the garment, hints of black and white have been popping up on the runways the past few days; I have full faith that the London shows will continue to bring a little edge to our SS16 wardrobes.

 

Dress: Forever21 | Belt: Linea Pelle | Boots: Arandu Argentina

Jersey By The Shore

IMG_0006I spent most of my 20’s unfazed by the concept of comfort in my wardrobe. After all, hangovers were non-existent and sleep was not a requirement for functioning. Who needed comfort?

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My 30’s have been a different story; there is a look that I like to think of as casual luxury that seems to be more fitting for my pretty much daily routine of hunting for seashells and meetings with clients. Jersey dresses will always be a staple in my closet as the casual material in feminine shapes easily takes me through my day. It also provides a clean backdrop to my vintage Argentine belt, Ralph Lauren sandals, and Antik Batik bag. IMG_0074One of my favorite labels for luxurious basics, like my dress, is Parisian brand Zoe Tee’s. Each one of their pieces has the laid back look French women have mastered and I admire.

Fur-ever

My love of fur dates back to the first time I visited family in Argentina when I was 10. Exploring Buenos Aires was like walking through a museum, one beautiful muse after another passing me in the street. It was wintertime and I was sitting inside a restaurant in Recoleta with my eyes glued to the street; women with classic style wrapped themselves in fur to bare the chilly weather. I knew then I wanted my personal style to have function (keeping myself warm) and still maintain an air of luxury and glamour. Two words you rarely hear when paired with function. IMG_9079

When I was packing to move to Miami it occurred to me that my years of collecting sweaters, coats, and fur was not going to assist in my ever-evolving personal style. How was I going to incorporate my love of fur into a wardrobe that contained mostly resort wear? The answer was simple- fur vests, clutches, and scarves. I decided to forget the fashion rules and began incorporating small touches of fur into my resort wear look. Fur would no longer have to be packed away during the arrival of spring.IMG_9100

It is has become common practice when traveling to pack a fur vest as my layering piece; this trip was no different. My Elizabeth & James vest was the perfect accent to my Zara paisley dress, Marc Jacobs purse, Jeffrey Campbell gladiators, and Givenchy cuff.

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It was simply a matter of time before we would start to see designers incorporating fur into their spring/ summer collections. A few years ago when I launched a collection of fur cuffs I was thrilled that we were evolving from a basic brown mink to a color collection that mimicked the colors you could find in a box of crayons. So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the SS15 collections… 

Fringe Benefits

As I approached San Francisco I could see the fog bank swallowing the cities skyline and watched the temperature gage in my car fall drastically. Luckily, 10 years of living in San Francisco has trained me to layer my clothing to battle the ever-changing climate of the city by the Bay. Armed with over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots, a classic black blazer by Elie Tahari and a vintage fringe cross body bag- I braved the chilly weather and headed up to my Dads roof deck soak in the view.     Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the 80’s that I love fringe. Whether it’s a fringe hem or fringe detail on the ankle strap of a shoe…there is something magical that happens when the element of movement is added to a garment.    Taking into consideration that I was arriving from the country and did not want to run the risk of appearing as though I brought the rodeo to town, I used my fringe bag as a statement piece. I paired the bag with a city appropriate look of simple black and white clean lines, providing a classic backdrop for my bag.

IMG_8994   IMG_8895   IMG_8991Fringe made many appearances in the SS15 collections. The theatrical element of amazons dressed in garments that swished down the runway had me hooked. Classic shapes were transformed into current statements with the simple addition of fringe, giving this trend the romantic element us fashion addicts crave during spring.  

  

 

 

 

The Countryside vs. Coachella

Many of us in the fashion world look forward to Coachella to admire the street style – images of favorite festival girls dancing in the dessert heat with outfits that make you want to run around barefoot and take up playing the tambourine. With that said, it was not a big surprise to see a handful of designers had crochet on their mind when designing their SS15 collection. After all, crochet is a staple in the wardrobe of every festival girl. 

I decided just because I wasn’t able to attend Coachella should not mean that my favorite festival gear should be forgotten this season. As it turns out, most of the pieces in question could easily transition to country life when paired with Ralph Lauren Collection cowboy boots.   

 For wandering through the sequoia trees, I wore one of my favorite vacation finds from Ecuador. It’s the perfect dress to bare the California heat with its touch of crochet. I completed my look with a Hermès scarf and wrapped a vintage Bakelite necklace around my wrist to accompany me on my walk. My Ferragamo hobo happened to be the perfect accessory to collect random pieces of nature for the imaginary jewelry line I’ve been designing in my head for a few years.

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I can already tell The Whisky hotel will be the perfect place for me to get back to my entrepreneurial roots and create…. ahhh fresh country air.