Friday, July 25, 2014

Silk Camo Pants

I’ve been hesitant to wear these pants to work. Although the fabric is silk, the print, cut, and details seemed too casual for customer visits. I finally threw caution to the wind and wore them for sales calls on a Friday.

Blouse, Maeve (consignment). Pants, Da Nang (consignment). Shoes, Enzo Angiolini. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, vintage. Bag, Colini Handbags (thrifted). Bracelets, Epcot Morocco.

Once I committed to wearing these in a more formal situation than usual, I was quite comfortable. There’s nothing like neck to ankle silk on a 100 degree day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Don’t be surprised. It’s pattern mixing and a shirt tied over a dress. Were you expecting something else?

Shirt, Forever 21. Dress, Lipstick. Shoes, Seychelles. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Jack E Ohs NYC. Bag, Merona.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pack It In

Now that I no longer work at my company’s World Headquarters, my dress is significantly less corporate. In fact, it’s often more business creative than business casual. During a recent organizational meeting, I took the opportunity to put together a more formal look that would have fit right in at my old job.

Jacket, Odds ‘N Evens (thrifted). Dress, Adrianna Papell (consignment). Shoes, Seychelles. Earrings, Girlshop. Bag, Merona.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I’ve got so many layering combos planned for this dress. It’s perfect to layer under and over. I think it will even play nicely with tights and boots! (But not for many, many months.)

Dress, Under Skies (consignment). Blouse, Victoria’s Secret. Shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target. Earrings, Girlshop. Bag, Merona.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Everybody in the Joint

I’ve really tried to embrace the skinny jean trend. After eight years of trying, I give up. I hear denim styles are shifting to different silhouettes, but maybe I’m just not a jeans girl. I AM, a leggings and short denim shorts girl, though.

Shirt, Disney. Shorts, Forever 21. Leggings, Allen B. Boots, Madden Girl.

Maybe that’s because the combo (especially if the shorts are oversized), is a lot like leggings and a short skirt, without the chance of a crotch shot. Because if there is anything I love, it’s a skirt and sitting inappropriately (not necessarily together, but it does often happen).

True Red

I’m in LA for a business trip, but Beefy and I drove down early to do a little vacationing. This isn’t the leanest travel wardrobe I’ve managed, but, as usual, there’s a color theme to better mix and match my pieces. Can you guess the main four colors and the accent shade? (Hint: I wore a lot of the accent shade on Sunday, before my cocktail event. And denim doesn’t count.)

Dress, Donna Morgan (consignment). Shoes, Seychelles. Earrings, Charming Charlie. Bag, Merona.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Cocktail shorts are SO my jam right now. Especially with a little Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.

Shirt, Victoria’s Secret. Shorts, Sans Souci. Shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target. Earrings, Girlshop. Bag, Carlos Santana. Belt, thrifted.

Tacky Tourist

Day three of Mickey! Oh, yeah, I didn’t blog days one and two. I guess I didn’t think short shorts and tee shirts were “blogworthy.” But a short overall “dress” and Mickey Mouse hoodie are.

Hoodie, Disney. Overalls, Hydraulic Jeans (thrifted). Boots, Madden Girl. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Long Beach antique market. Scarf, Claire’s. Bag, Allstate Leather.

Here’s what you “missed” on Friday and Saturday:

Tourist wear.

Sporty Sunday: Hiking Twin Lakes and Island Lake

Wright’s Lake, a destination in its own right, is also the starting point for multiple Desolation Wilderness hikes. The hike to Twin Lakes is one of the most popular. It’s a fairly steep (1000 foot elevation gain) 1.5 miles through mostly open granite. Both the lakes and their outflow offer opportunities to splash and cool off.

The two lakes are large enough to accommodate many visitors while maintaining a wilderness experience. But hike half a mile further to Island Lake and one really feels the peaceful quiet of the alpine. All three lakes are dotted with small rock islands that tempt the hot hiker to enter the clear, cool depths for a short swim.

The trail itself can be a little tricky to find in sections, especially over bare granite. I found Jasper to be very useful at those times! If you don’t have a trail dog, though, I recommend bringing a map to keep yourself topographically on course. It’s well worth a little “getting lost” for a dip in one of the lakes!

Source: Evans, Stephen L. "Twin Lakes Trail" Top Trails Sacramento. 4th ed. Birmingham: Wilderness, 2012. Print.

Length: 5 miles. (Hiking to Island Lake and back adds another mile.)

Water: The lakes are quite deep in places and I assume contain water in even the driest years. The outflow from Twin Lakes and nearby Grouse Lake is at about half capacity. I expect the water level in the streams will drop as our drought continues.

Use: Heavy. This is a short hike with great reward. Many hikers make the trip, despite the elevation gain. The parking lot for the trail fills up early. We try to arrive by 8 a.m. to gt a spot.

Differences from published description: None

Jasper’s rating: 5 paws out of 5.

Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I’ve long since gotten over my instinctive avoidance of mixing black and brown, but I still remember where my inspiration to pair the two came from: the feathers and fur of animals. Mother nature thinks nothing of mixing black and brown plumage. Brown eyes are the perfect compliment to a black and white fur coat. And often, the color we perceive as black, is nothing but a very dark brown . . . its true nature revealed in direct sunlight. (Study a black cat in a sunbeam. Often, the “solid” black cat is striped with rusty brown.)

Shirt, Old Navy. Skirt, Mossimo. Shoes, Sole Obsession. Sunglasses, Target. Necklace, Zad.