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

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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

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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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

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

Big Sur 

 By now it may be obvious, particularly by my lack of blog posts, that this tiny California beach town is anything but sleepy. The last to weeks the roar of engines took over the sound of the waves. Nights were filled with beautiful cars, epic views, and good friends. I’m finally back in California.   My childhood memories of Carmel can pretty much be summed up by the time I found a box of bunnies in an artichoke field and convinced my parents to adopt another pet and many weekends of searching for restaurants that would seat 5 children, 5 Argentines and a tiny Indian lady, my beautiful mother.

 While contemplating the move for my last freelance job, Mr Maharaja and I found any excuse to venture through the storybook beach town and drive along the coast to Ventana. Now that I’m here we still find any excuse to lay in their Japanese baths and stare at the stars in the magical (no seriously) Big Sur sky. The healing waters from the natural hot springs are one of the few reasons you will leave this place embracing your inner hippie. The other reason may be the clothing optional suggestion, meaning being naked is highly encouraged. That being said, I can only take embracing my inner hippie so far and dinning on micro greens with a low sodium over cooked piece of fish is not funny. The only thing I want to embrace after a beautiful hike through the grounds is a large bowl of pasta with venisin ragout and shaved Parmesan… NO, burrata!

 After an exhausting car week, Mr Maharaja and I decided to head to Ventana for a relaxing weekend. Armed with a basket of empanadas and wearing my favorite travel dress from H&M and my riding boots I’m ready for another amazing evening hiking through Ventana with my love.