Black & Blues & Tennis Shoes

IMG_1402IMG_1518IMG_1576Truth be told this blog post is not actually about my leather tennies that I have blogged about before, or the lovely (in an extremely sarcastic tone) shades of purple, green, black & black my body sustained from the accident; despite what the title implies, this post is actually about the sweatshirt dress. I was never really one to wear my sweatpants out to class in my teens or twenties. Even in my thirties I have tried to avoid making appearances to the grocery store or out running any errand in them. However, thanks to the athleisure trend I have so happily embraced, the sweatshirt dress is another shape I was very excited to add to my weekend wardrobe. And like any piece of clothing, you can find this shape at any price point, the difference will usually be in the feel of the fabric and the fit; That being said, never be afraid to embrace less expensive brands, ever! I opted for an edgier sweatshirt dress with perfectly placed cut outs at the shoulders and a fit that is not too tight and not too loose from Forever21. I also tend to lean towards neutrals when picking out my leisure wear as it gives a bit more options, I feel, to be playful with your accessories and look depending on your mood. As summer is here and many of your are looking for last minute pieces to travel in or pack up in your suitcases, I think the sweatshirt dress is a must have for your wardrobe. Even just paired with espadrilles over your swimwear… I literally can’t stop thinking of the options!

Dress: Forever21  |  Sneakers:  Belle by Sigerson Morrison  |  Beaded Necklace:  Pacific Gypsea  |  Silver Necklace:  from a trip to Norway  |  Cuff: Forever21  |  Hat: Eugenia Kim

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Klozet

IMG_0936.jpgIMG_0961IMG_0951Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.22.53 PMIMG_0945IMG_0952Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.23.56 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.25.08 PMScreen Shot 2016-06-01 at 4.26.02 PMIMG_1021Yesterday I had such a wonderful day with my business partner Shirley and Christine Caria, co-owner of what is sure to become Sausalito’s hottest store, Klozet. After spending the afternoon looking through the amazing collection of brands Christine and her business partner have filled the store with (including Pacific Gypsea) we headed over to Bar Bocci for some delicious pizza and Arnold Palmers while watching a competitive game of bocci ball with a pretty epic view. Of course, a trip to Sausalito is also not complete without a stop at the Trident to have a drink at Janis Joplin’s booth. I am really looking forward to the official opening of Klozet as it is sure to provide endless options of new pieces whenever I am staying at my Dad’s in San Francisco and need a little retail therapy over the bridge.
This morning after finishing up some work, I threw on a simple gray jersey dress with my riding boots (which come in very handy when roaming the beautiful 65 acres of the ranch) and got in the car to drive to my Stepmom’s very quiet and peaceful birthday celebration at their ranch. As everyone is taking siestas and waiting for it to cool down before we head out to hike around the property I am quickly writing a post as I am sure to do a few photoshoots the next couple days. This is exactly what I needed after a crazy month, a peaceful break in a country setting. A few relaxing days and then back to the coast for what should be another crazy month (in a great way) of course. New clients, traveling… I am really looking forward to this summer.

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

Succulents & Fishnets

IMG_0525IMG_0453Okay so this post is not as randy as the title makes it sound; with “adult” life taking over sometimes we forget to enjoy nature and our surroundings. My whole family pretty much inherited the green thumb and moving to the Central Coast of California has introduced me to the succulent. A plant that comes in many different varieties and requires very little maintenance; pretty much perfect plant for beach living. There is nothing I enjoy more after being at the doctors, or meetings, or shooting than sitting on my stoop, feeling the sea breeze and caring for my succulents. Truth be told this is not my private stoop, but my neighbor Nick is sweet enough to let me believe it is my private veranda. IMG_0426IMG_0420IMG_0484IMG_0531As we take our lives way to seriously, most of the time, our dressing can sometimes reflect that and that of our mood. To break any rut or cycle you may be going through, becoming more playful with your wardrobe can do more than one might think for the psyche. When we are in a transitional season where it may be too warm for pants but too cold for shorts, I highly suggest a fun pair of tights to up your look. They do not have to be as racy as a pair of nude fishnets, but even e simple, black, argyle pattern paired with shorts will add playfulness to any look. So tomorrow, rather than doing your normal lunch break thing, take yourself to the nearest department store and treat yourself to a fun pair of tights! This is retail therapy that won’t give you remorse after either, budget wise.

Coat: Vintage Escada  |  Sweater: Forever21  |  Shorts: Desiderata |  Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Short Necklace: from India  |  Tights:  Oroblue  |  Boots: Christian Dior

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

Living In Leather

 

IMG_8867IMG_8814IMG_8881IMG_8886Choosing a leather jacket is a purchase that should take a lot of thought. After all, it is only a lucky few that can have multiple options of shapes of leather coats. First question to ask yourself is, what is it that you like to wear the most? Sweaters, maxi dresses, jeans… this will help narrow down what you will probably get the most use out of style wise. And let’s face it, most leather jackets are not on the inexpensive side; unless you enjoy the thrill of a fashion treasure hunt like myself. A cropped leather jacket is perfect over any long dress, no matter what the occasion and pairs great with a jumpsuit, but under a chunky knit-  not so much. If you are more of a denim girl, a modernized take on a biker jacket would probably suit your closet and looks you tend to lean towards better than a leather blazer per say.
Second thing to take into consideration is your climate. If you live in New York, invest in a leather jacket lined with shearling. This will offer you use during the cold winter months and a sexy cover up over a dress on spring evenings. If you live in LA, the last thing you want is to purchase a leather jacket you will sweat in, and possibly get stuck in.
This leads into the third most important factor when living in leather. Never buy anything leather too small, not only is the pulling on the back of a jacket am awful look, but you should be able to move freely and without making an awkward noise every time you attempt to lift your arm to hail a cab. Once you do find your perfect fitting leather dream jacket you will find yourself wanting to live in it and in my opinion a woman in leather is sexy, confident, and strong. Sorry PETA.IMG_8940

Leather Jacket: Hanni Y  |  Jumpsuit: Young Fabulous & Broke  |  Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea |  Belt: Oscar De La Renta  |  Flats:  Sam Edelman

When I Grow Up…

IMG_7724IMG_7826IMG_7837IMG_7855IMG_7843When I was little, Sundays were spent playing outside; swinging on the swings as a bird flying free, making mud pies in my Persian cafe, basically playing pretend and dreaming of all the things I would be when I grew up.
Life was not as free as the fantasies I had as a child. Teenage heartbreaks, working my ass off whether it was steaming outfits backstage or hanging off ladders to create visual displays, the loss of my Mom, you know, grown up life…
However, I was always blessed with this drive and love for fashion, design and branding; so no matter how many times I’ve fallen or life has pushed me, I’ve always managed to come back to my passions to keep me going.
This post was intended on focusing on the mix and match of textures but as I write I realize that playing with my clothes is one of the many things that brings out that free spirited child in me. Peering out the window in the mornings, trying to figure out what ensemble the weather will permit. Running my fingers through my closet and deciding who I want to be today; Dark and mysterious, flirty and feminine, or today’s outfit, cozy and unexpected. We all need the child in us to stay alive, go through your closets today and play. After all, we make the rules as to who we want to be!

Jacket: L’Agence  |  Top: Tracy Reece  |  Necklace with tassel: Pacific Gypsea  |  Belt: Michael Kors  |  Leggings: American Apparel  |  Boots: Arandu Argentina  | Purse: Louis Vuitton  | Pacific Gypsea Ses Illetes Bracelet worn as a bag charm.

 

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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Burst + Bloom

IMG_1234It has been a month now that I’ve moved back to the California coast and have already planned one event, in plans for a rather large opening and website launch, and the piéce de résistance in August. Needless to say between decorating the beach bungalow and my contract jobs I have managed to semi stalk Lolo at her beautiful flower studio, Burst + Bloom, in Carmel. The scent of Aspen Bay candles wafts through the open Dutch door, flowers sit in perfectly unmatched groupings of glass vases; Her style is apparent in each corner of the shop and watching her while she works and talk about her businesses is quite captivating. IMG_1240

Being in Carmel, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by successful women who are going after their dream. Lolo and her husband Christian also own Good To Go just across the shopping village. They filled a void in the Carmel food scene with their locally sourced, organic ingredients made into perfect lunch options. Hearing Lolo talk about how she took her talent of style to start her dream business of healthy eating inspires me to start working on the mini empire Mr Maharaja and I discuss at length.  IMG_1237Burst + Bloom – 238 Crossroads Boulevard – Carmel, CA