I associate the color Burgundy with Fall. It’s deep, warm, and romantic. I wear it all year long, but especially this time of year. Shop some of my favorite shades of Burgundy for Fall:
Free People, Wine
Madewell, Deepest Burgundy
Topshop, Check Mix
Lucky Brand, Beet Suede
Nordstrom, Burgundy Stem Jen Plaid
Madewell, Dark Cabernet
Topshop, Berry Red
“The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.” -Enya
I have been jealous of Joel’s bomber for years. It appears to be the perfect Fall jacket. Not only does it actually keep you warm, but its style transcends through time.
Here are a few bombers on my shopping list:
“I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” — Carrie Bradshaw
This weekend Joel and I went wine tasting at the Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room in Davenport.
We had a great time. With each sip, we tried to guess the notes for each wine–a perfect date night activity.
We even ended up walking away with two bottles: the 2014 Old Telegram (Joel’s pick) and the 2013 Vinferno (my pick, obviously a dessert wine).
I always envisioned my first wine tasting expedition up in the Napa heat, with a floral print dress blowing in the wind. Since this was a spur of the moment idea, we decided to stay local. Therefore, I modified my idyllic outfit vision for the Santa Cruz wine tasting experience.
This weekend really cooled off, so I opted for a pair of booties, jeans, and a denim jacket.
I fit right in with the laid back and casual look of Santa Cruz.
If you’re ever in town, I highly recommend trying this place. They were informative, fun, and friendly. What more could you ask for?
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” -Benjamin Franklin
On Me: BDG Denim Jacket, Urban Crop Top, Gap Jeans, Lucky Brand Booties
Suede is the perfect material for a Summer jacket.
It’s lighter than a leather, but still edgy.
During the colder months, I love to add my leather jacket to any outfit. It’s a statement piece that takes jeans and a t-shirt to the next level.
The Summer months are way too hot for leather, unfortunately. Luckily for me, I discovered this replacement suede jacket from Bar III.
I love the simplicity in it. Without too much going on, the cut and shape of the jacket complements any figure.
Not only is this jacket flattering, but it’s also versatile. You can pair it with jeans or a dress–day or night. Definitely an essential for your closet!
On Me: Bar III Suede Jacket
Lucky Brand Sandals
Our favorite place to get coffee in the Sunset is at Andytown. At one point, I think we were going there religiously once a week. From the atmosphere to the coffee, this place is is great if you are ever visiting San Francisco.
2 Snowy Plovers (Pellegrino+espresso+whipped cream=perfection) & 1 Cappuccino
Strawberry Corn Muffin & Vegetable Pastry
Even on a foggy day, the Snowy Plover is a must. Once you try it, you’ll crave it.
For coffee runs, I usually wear a variation of this outfit:
“San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home.” -Benjamin F. Taylor
I love to mix & match my clothing.
That’s why fashion is so much fun–there are NO rules!
I bought the burgundy long sleeve pictured above thinking of it only as a dress.
I imagined myself wearing it buttoned down with a belt to define my waist and maybe with tights and boots in the winter, but I had never once thought about unbuttoning it.
As a dress, this piece of clothing sat in my closet for months. I would try it on from time to time, but never ended up wearing it.
And then it hit me. I could try wearing this a different way–mix it up. So I did.
Though I still think it would look cute as a dress, it suits me much better as a cardigan.
On Me: Brandy Hat, Forever 21 Tops, Levis Jeans, Lucky Brand Sandals
(Abercrombie Top and Jacket, Express Leggings, Charlotte Russe Booties, Nordstrom Sunnies)
I LOVE long shirts. This fashion statement can make or break an outfit–especially if you are petite. Though there are generally NO rules when it comes to fashion, I have a few suggestions for how to wear long shirts that might help short girls pull it off.
- Choose a neutral color. Even though this shirt is the main attraction, too much attention to that one area can be a distraction from the look as a whole. This Asos Top is perfect.
- Find a cropped jacket that can accentuate how long your legs are. Without it, your silhouette can disappear. A jacket similar to this Free People one will do the trick.
- Pair your top with skinny jeans or leggings. Once again, this will help define your shape. Madewell is currently having a sale on these!
- Finally, I recommend a pair of heels! As with any outfit, heels not only add height to your look, but they also give you the appearance of longer legs. I just bought these booties from Charlotte Russe and am in LOVE.
Back when I was in high school, all I ever wanted was to leave this small town and move to the big city just 70 miles up the coast. After doing just that, all I ever want now is to come back home.
I never realized just how lucky I was to grow up in such a unique niche called Santa Cruz. I was so eager to explore NEW streets, to meet NEW people, and to see NEW things, that I forgot that nothing can truly compare to this place. Maybe everyone feels this way about their home town, though.
Don’t get me wrong–I love San Francisco. But there is something so special about Santa Cruz. For instance, you could never find a place like Whale City Bakery up in the city.
Whale City Bakery is just 10 miles north of town, sitting on Highway 1 in Davenport. Getting there makes for a scenic adventure. Then, once you arrive, you get to sip your coffee while watching the surfers try to catch a wave.
You can choose to grab a killer muffin and coffee to go from the bakery, or sit and take your time while digesting the best blueberry pancakes you’ve ever had.
They also offer healthy items (for those who like that kind of thing).
If you are ever in the area, make sure to stop by. You won’t regret it.
“I live in Santa Cruz. I moved here in 1974 and couldn’t leave.” -Ellen Bass
On Me: Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies
This is my go-to outfit right now: jeans, booties, sweater (or flannel), bomber, sunnies, and hat.
Each season I find myself gravitating towards a certain silhouette. Though I love experimenting, it is nice to fall back on an outfit that I know will make me feel confident and comfortable all day.
I have been like this forever. I always have a better day when I like my look. For instance, I always make sure to wear my “go-to outfit” on test days. The psychology of fashion is so fascinating, isn’t it?
I am also this way with my hair. Every now and then I will let my natural hair make an appearance, but when I do that I can’t stop fussing with it. When I blow out my hair I don’t have that problem. I feel more like myself. I used to feel ashamed and guilty when I straightened my hair. Friends always made sure to warn me of the damage I was causing and assumed I was trying to hide a part of myself that I was insecure about. But straightening my hair wasn’t about fitting in or hiding something. It was about wearing my hair the way I liked it, and that’s what style is all about.
“While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence, which, I believe, does make the woman.” -Mary Kay Ash
Since it is now 2016, I think it is appropriate to reflect on some of my favorite blog posts–going all the way back to the beginning! I love looking back and seeing how my style has evolved. I’m proud of these looks. This blog has been a wonderful outlet, and I’m so excited for what’s to come!
Happy New Year!!!
Urban Outfitters Dress
Urban Outfitters Pants
Nordstrom Crop Top
Cathy Jean Booties
Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans
Cotton On Scarf
Urban Outfitters Pants
Brandy Melville Dress
American Apparel Top
The Sak Purse
Brandy Melville Hat
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe