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    Today, I’m excited to share round two of my Triple Threat series (if you missed the last one, shame on you, check it out here ; ).  The basic striped t-shirt is a classic, but for me, it has lately only made it out of my closet paired with boyfriend jeans for Sunday brunch (see evidence here).   The Triple Threat series is all about exploring multiple ways to wear favorite wardrobe staples, and since the striped tee is a timeless, seasonless staple, I thought it would be a perfect piece to highlight today—especially because February is that awkward in-between month when you’re not necessarily inclined to add to your winter wardrobe, but you’re not fully convinced that Spring is actually going to happen this year either.



    Click directly on the individual images above for product details or see bottom of this post.



    For the office, the striped tee looks great with a simple pencil skirt and pumps, but you can amp up your workwear game even more with a little print mixing by pairing the top with a floral skirt (also love this one and this one).


    For Casual Friday at work, a sleek pair of jeans and camel blazer are the perfect companions for the striped t-shirt (see me in similar look here), making up a comfy and cool ensemble for a relaxed day at the office.  The look is polished off with the addition of my favorite Everlane loafers (probably favorite loafers period. EVER.) which somehow read both masculine, feminine and all-together now now now.


    The last ensemble is the ultimate weekend look.  The bandana is the perfect touch to give an otherwise basic outfit just the right oomph, and these sneakers?  NOM.  I just received them in the mail and haven’t removed them from my feet in two days… which made for an interesting shower experience, but was worth it nonetheless.


    Happy Tuesday!


    PRODUCT DETAILS:

    MONDAY MORNING OUTFIT:

    Striped Tee  |  Skirt  |  Bag  |  Shoes  |  2016 Agenda  |  Watch  |  Lip


    CASUAL FRIDAY OUTFIT:

    Striped Tee  |  Blazer  |  Pants  |  Bag  |  Shoes  |  Sunglasses


    SATURDAY SHOPPING OUTFIT:

    Striped Tee  |  Pants  |  Jacket  |  Bag  |  Shoes  |  Bandana  |  Earrings  |  Sunglasses




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  • 02/02/16--22:10: Floral Skirt, Choker Blouse
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    A charity luncheon, bridal shower, baby shower or even high tea is the perfect occasion to be a bit more feminine, and I thought this floral a-line skirt paired with an ivory choker blouse fit the bill nicely for a dressy luncheon that I recently attended.  Since I’m not the girliest girl, the abstract floral print of the skirt was definitely more up my alley than its traditional counterparts, resulting in a slightly more modern spin on the feminine ensemble.  Of course, we’re making the important distinction between “feminine” and “girly” here.  You with me?


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    I’m calling this top a “choker blouse,” because of the mock neck above the keyhole which creates a great choker effect without the moving parts.  The blouse was perfect for my luncheon, but is a little low-cut for the office, so I’d recommend pairing the skirt with something more like this blouse when wearing it to work.  


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    This top (and basically anything even tangentially involving chokers) is one of my favorite styles of the season.  I can’t wait to rewear it with high-waisted jeans and mini skirts (how dope is this one) for dinner or drinks where I will obviously only allow people to refer to me as “Gigi” (read: We Wore Basically The Same Shirt In The Same Week And Now We’re Besties).  I believe the exact blouse I’m wearing is almost sold out, so I’ve linked more blouses below that have a similar vibe all of which come with explicit permission to take on supermodel aliases free of charge.


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    SKIRT: HD in Paris  |  BLOUSE: Bec & Bridge (similar HERE, HERE & HERE)  |  SHOES: SJP Collection  |  BAG: M2Malletier  |  SUNGLASSES: Miu Miu c/o DITTO  |  LIP: Giorgio Armani (400)



    Favorite Ivory Blouses:



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  • 02/06/16--08:56: Desk to Date Night
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    Happy Friday!  In honor of everyone’s favorite day of the workweek and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share a little day-to-night action today featuring my favorite double-breasted glen plaid blazer and new favorite strappy black cocktail dress.


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    As discussed in many past day-to-night posts (most recently here and here), my favorite desk-to-drinks trick is to find a dress with a nice work-friendly length that has festive back or shoulder detailing which can easily be obscured by a sweater or blazer during the day.


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    Often, there’s little time after work to go home and change into what you might ideally wear to drinks or your date, and changing into your LBD in the bathroom at the office before heading out the door still leaves you open to the risk of an awkward elevator ride with superiors who may raise an eyebrow (warranted or not) at your scantily-clad après-work self.


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    With this get-up, there’s no changing required.  You can easily ditch the blazer upon departure from the office, throw on a bright red lip, and be good to go for whatever the evening may bring.


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    Look 1 & 2: DRESS: Dress the Population (short version here) |  JACKET: c/o Reiss (similar HERE & HERE)  |  SHOES: Saint Laurent (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  BAG: M2Malletier  | SUNGLASSES: Miu Miu c/o DITTO  |  LIP: Make Up For Ever (28) & Giorgio Armani (400)



    Since Valentine’s Day falls next Sunday while I’ll be at fashion week in NYC, Rich and I are celebrating a little early this week and I look forward to getting some good use out of this amazing dress.  If you’re looking for some other good Valentine’s Day options or desk-to-drinks dresses like this one, check out my picks below!




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  • 02/08/16--11:00: Ivory Plaid Sheath Dress
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    DRESS: Dress the Population  |  COAT: Topshop (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  SHOES: Kate Spade New York (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  BAG: Dolce&Gabbana  |  EARRINGS: Ann Taylor  |  LIPS: Buxom (Brooklyn)



    Nothing like a melange of nudes and a classic sheath dress to start the workweek off on the right foot.  The super light, stretchy material of this sheath dress might make it the most comfortable one I’ve owned, while the textured plaid print makes it both super flattering and super forgiving.


    A dress that’s stretchy and forgiving?  Sounds like the ideal Monday dress for someone who spent Superbowl Sunday basically having a wing eating competition with herself.  Yikes.


    Happy Monday!


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    You might recognize this pencil skirt from last week’s Triple Threat post where I paired it with a striped tee.  You may also recognize the skirt’s print from this post which features a midi dress by the same designer featuring a very similarly brightly colored abstract floral print.


    I realize that description just required a six-car pileup of four adverbs and two adjectives, but it was worth underscoring the depth and breadth of my fondness for the colorful cocktail that is this collection of Milly pieces.  You know from my post last week that my favorite kind of floral is an abstract floral, so this print party is right up my alley.


    It’s been 70 and sunny here in San Francisco recently (I know, the worst), so I felt it was high time to break out of my neutral binge with this colorful ensemble.  Especially with New York Fashion Week starting later this week, I’m ready to start shedding the neutral-heavy palettes of past runways and start embracing the re-emergence of color!  Orange in particular was featured prominently on the Spring 2016 runways of Altuzarra and others, so I think Netflix is right.  It really might be the new black.


    Happy Tuesday!


    P.S.  New favorites have been added to my shop page, so check ’em out here!


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  • 02/11/16--17:24: Windowpane Coat
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    Today was supposed to be my first day back in NYC for the start of New York Fashion Week, but I was stricken by the black plague yesterday and have been down for the count—missing my flight yesterday afternoon because I’m currently unable to stand upright, which apparently is a requirement when going through airport security.  Here’s hoping I’ve just been hit with a 24 hour flu and can make it out tomorrow or Saturday for the rest of fashion week.


    In the interim, this casual workwear look featuring my favorite windowpane jacket is the first of a few outfits I already had teed up to share here while I was traveling.  The jacket has a beautiful drape and is super lightweight, serving as the perfect topper during the spring and summer months.  The classic windowpane print looks amazing with more formal ensembles (I paired a similar winter coat with a simple all-black ensemble here) but also looks great over jeans and a t-shirt as styled today.  Later in the day, I even switched out my heels for these favorite sneakers to run errands, and the jacket perfectly adapted to the sporty vibe.


    Ok, back to my cocktail of dayquil and ginger ale…


    Happy Thursday!


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    camel sleeveless coat lace top flare jeanslace mock neck top fashion bloggerlace detail on mock neck top what to wear to a casual officeflare leg jeans for worklace mock neck top for work office style fashion bloggerlace top for work burgundy handbag  LACE TOP: Plenty by Tracy Reese  |  JEANS: Frame  |  COAT: White House Black Market  |  BOOTS: Steve Madden (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  BAG: Kate Spade New York (sold out, similar HEREHERE and HERE)  |  EARRINGS: old but similar HERE  |  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban



    Once again tapping into the 70s style renaissance with one of my favorite denim brands today.  If you’re thinking of snatching up a pair of flares, Frame Denim is an awesome way to go.  The fit is fantastic and they might just be the most comfortable pair I own.


    While the overall feel of the ensemble is unmistakably 70s retro, I like the subtle nod to the victorian trend with the mock neck lace top.  If you work in a creative or casual environment where this type of casual ensemble would fly, the high neck lace top with beautiful back button detailing is a great, conservative way to introduce the otherwise tricky lace trend into your work style.  Just make sure you wear a white or nude camisole under this puppy… because HR.  That could get dicey.  For those of you who can’t get away with something quite this casual, I think the top would tuck nicely into a pencil skirt (love this one) as well.  We got lots o’ options with this baby.


    Thanks for all of your well wishes yesterday.  Unfortunately the flu still has me down for the count, missing the first few days of fashion week.  I’m waiting for my body to just be like Psych!  JK!  You’re all better now so go hop on a plane to NYC!  Stay tuned.


    Happy Friday everyone!


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  • 02/15/16--12:08: Graphic Trumpet Skirt
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    Happy Presidents Day!  Today I’m sharing another pre-flu look from early last week when I was still good at things like standing upright and moving my limbs and stuff.  It was an exciting time in my life.


    As a dyed-in-the-wool midi skirt lover, I find the fit and flare silhouette of this trumpet skirt a refreshing switch-up from the typical a-line silhouette of most skirts this length.  And, although the graphic navy and white grid print works well in a professional setting as styled today, I think the skirt would be dynamite paired with a tank or crop top (obsessed with this one, this one and this one—all at super good price points) for a more festive occasion.  I should also note that as far as knit skirts go, this one has a thickness and structure that make it both incredibly flattering and amazingly comfortable.  All around, I’d say this skirt is another huge win for TY-LR which might officially be my new favorite brand (remember the blouse  in this post?! SO good).


    My hopes for a quick recovery so that I could fly out for at least the second half of fashion week are pretty much gone since the flu still has me in its clutches.  But, the good news is that I can still stalk all of my favorite shows on Vogue from the comfort of my ritz cracker crumb-laden bed.  The collections this season look incredible, so if you’ve got a case of the why-the-hell-do-I-not-have-president’s-day-off blues, I encourage you to check ’em out for a little sartorial boost.


    Oh, and one last thing!  Presidents Day SALES y’all.  I’m scouring this one, this one and this one.  Happy shopping and Happy Monday everyone!


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  • 02/15/16--22:06: Blush + Nudes
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    I love a monochromatic look where the hues match up perfectly (as evidenced most recently by the cobalt blue monochromatic look here).  But when it comes to neutrals—especially ivories/whites, greys and nudes—to me, the ensemble is often more striking and dynamic when they’re all a little different.


    And, let’s be real.  Yeezy and I share the same sartorial soul, so a melange of nudes is just what. we. do.  Also, I know what you’re wondering and the answer is yes.  I’ll be his veep when he runs for president in 2020.  We’ll be re-painting the white house taupe.


    Happy Tuesday!


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    SWEATER: Everlane  |  LEGGINGS: Blank Denim  |  V-NECK SHIRT: Express (similar HERE and HERE)  |  SHOES: Adidas (also HERE and HERE)  |  BAG: Reiss (sold out, similar HERE, HERE, and HERE)  |  SINGLE PEARL NECKLACE: Dogeared  |  PYRAMID PENDANT NECKLACE: Melinda Maria  |  FRINGE PYRAMID NECKLACE: Melinda Maria  |  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban  |  LIPS: Buxom (San Francisco)



    Today’s super casual look is the last thing I wore before coming down with the flu for the past six days.  It was the perfect comfy ensemble for running last minute errands before leaving for fashion week… or rather, before spending the next six days in the fetal position hugging a box of ritz crackers beneath every blanket my husband could find in the San Francisco Bay area.  Get a flu shot, y’all.


    I featured a similar oversized chunky Everlane sweater in this post recently, and after wearing that one non-stop, I had to give this burgundy beauty a try.  If you follow me on instagram or snapchat, you know I pretty much haven’t taken it off lately.


    My faux leather leggings were included in this post a couple months ago, and they’ve also been an off-duty staple that’s on constant rotation.  Throwing them on with over-the-knee boots (sooo many good ones on sale here!) and an oversized sweater is my favorite easy dinner ensemble.  A step up from regular leggings, the leather elevates the look without sacrificing comfort.  Win-win.


    Happy Humpday, everyone!


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  • 02/18/16--00:27: Navy and White Stripes
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    DRESS: Finders Keepers the Label  |  BLAZER: c/o Tommy Hilfiger (old, similar HEREHERE and HERE)  |  HEELS: Jimmy Choo (similar HERE)  |  SNEAKERS: Adidas  |  BAG: 3.1 Phillip Lim c/o Walin & Wolff (similar HEREHERE and HERE)  |  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban   |  WATCH: c/o Tory Burch  |  EARRINS: c/o Baublebar (similar HERE and obsessed with these ones)  |  BRACELETS: c/o Monica Vinader and Gorjana  |  LIPS: Buxom (San Francisco)


     

    Nothing beats classic navy and white stripes, especially as we inch closer towards Spring and Summer months.  I’m a huge fan of this dress, and due to the overlapping layer of material in the front, it honestly feels like there is some sort of built in layer of spanx that keeps everything really smooth in front.  Especially with the sometimes-dangerous horizontal stripes we need every bit of help we can get, amiright?


    I want to point out that this dress has slits on either side of the skirt, which will be fine on anyone ~5’8″ and under, but if you’re my height (5’10”) they may be a little high in an office setting—especially when you sit down.  However, there’s a super easy fix for this: Take the dress to a tailor and have them tack the slits (this costs like $15).  They can tack them either all the way down or just a few extra inches so you have more coverage.  The dress is constructed in a way that would allow for the slits to be tacked without compromising the style or your comfort in walking, sitting, lunging, twerking, etc.


    Happy Thursday!


    P.S. One other note—if you check out the dress here, you may notice that the neck of the dress is a bit higher than how I’ve styled it in the photos today.  I thought the mock neck length looked better than the higher turtleneck length, so I just chose to fold it over once.  I know.  Creativity running WILD.


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  • 02/18/16--22:03: B-Low The Belt
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    SHIRT: Theory (old, similar HERE and HERE)  |  PANTS: Victoria Beckham (sold out, similar HERE and HERE)  |  BELT: B-Low The Belt  |  SHOES: c/o Everlane  |  CLUTCH: c/o Sole Society  |  PYRAMID PENDANT NECKLACE: c/o Melinda Maria  |  FRINGE PYRAMID NECKLACE: c/o Melinda Maria  |  LIPS: Make Up For Ever (28)



    I can’t get enough of these B-Low The Belt belts.  I styled a gold one here recently, and am thinking about investing in this one or this one.  Addicted much?  Workweek to weekend, they amp up the simplest of outfits and prove the power of an updated accessory in reinventing classic wardrobe staples.


    Happy Friday everyone!


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    SKIRT: Sachin + Babi Noir  (also HERE and HERE, similar HERE and HERE)  |  TOP: Splendid  |  CLUTCH: c/o Sole Society (old, similar HERE, HERE, and HERE)  |  SHOES: SJP Collection (similar HERE and HERE)  |  CHOKER: old, similar HERE and HERE  |  SUNGLASSES: Miu Miu  |  EARRINGS: Juliet & Company  |  LIPS: Buxom (Brooklyn)



    Starting this week off with a favorite off-duty look of late.  I’m always a sucker for an all-black ensemble, and recently wore this outfit for a dressy evening of dinner and theater here in San Francisco.  I’m a huge fan of this versatile off-the-shoulder top which works as well with jeans for a more casual evening out as it does dressed up with the more formal cut-out midi skirt as styled today.  Speaking of this skirt, if you’re a fan of the overall look, you might want to check out this dress.  To. Die.



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    In continuation of my new Triple Threat series, I’m excited to share three (four, really!) ways to style one of my favorite pieces of late—the trench dress.  The magic of this modern spin on the classic trench coat lies in it’s incredible versatility.  Check it…



    Click directly on the individual images above for product details or see the full list at the bottom of this post.


     

    For the office, it can be worn buttoned up as a simple dress or, as indicated above, open over a pencil skirt and classic button front shirt.  I love the colorful square silk scarf pictured above that can polish off either look.


    For a casual day at work, it certainly looks great worn open with an all black ensemble underneath as styled in the product photo, but I love the color play between the pale blue of the chambray, burgundy bag and black basics.


    For an easy weekend look—whether you’re running errands or headed to brunch—it’s the perfect top layer to finish off a casual get-up of ripped jeans, sneakers (how good are those?!) and a classic t-shirt.  All you need is a Bloody Mary to complete the look.


    And, if that’s not enough options for you, you may remember my all blush look from last week (post here) in which I wore a blush trench dress open over a blush sheath dress. Check out that silk trench dress and more favorites here…

     


    Miss the first two Triple Threat posts?  Check ’em out here and here!

     


     

    PRODUCT DETAILS:

    MONDAY MORNING OUTFIT:

    Trench Dress  |  Shirt  |  Skirt  |  Bag  |  Scarf  |  Heels  |  Earrings


    CASUAL FRIDAY OUTFIT:

     Trench Dress  |  Top  |  Pants  |  Booties  |  Bag  |  Earrings


    SATURDAY SHOPPING:

    Trench Dress  |  Pants  |  Shirt  |  Bag  |  Sneakers  |  Scarf  |  Sunglasses



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    I’m a huge fan of the Victorian trend—mostly because I like to pretend that I’m the Dowager Countess in her prime, firing off Downton Maggie Smith quotes all day—but also, because Victorian silhouettes are… well, super pretty.  As such, when perusing the White House Black Market spring arrivals, this blouse was screaming my name and I knew it would be just the right update to my warm weather work wardrobe.


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    As for the culottes, you know I’ve hardly met a culotte I didn’t like, but these?! Whew. Adding a suede pair to my collection had me so amped I nearly tackled the UPS delivery guy when he rang the doorbell. Honestly, I was shocked (but, actually) at the crazy good quality and fit of these suckers, and plan to wear them as frequently this Spring as is socially acceptable/hygenic.


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    Polish it all off with a classic snakeskin pump that is as immediately comfy as it is attractive, and you’ve basically got my Spring essentials in a nutshell. NOM.


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    SUEDE CULOTTES: White House Black Market  |  BLOUSE: White House Black Market  |  HEELS: White House Black Market  |  BAG: M2Malletier  |  LEATHER WRAP CHOKER: Fallon (similar HERE)  |  EARRINGS: Juliet & Company  |  SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban  |  LIPS: Buxom (Brooklyn)


     


    This post was produced in collaboration with White House Black Market.


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  • 02/25/16--00:14: Pinstripe Jumpsuit
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    This jumpsuit is always my go-to on days when I’m super tired and/or just can’t figure out what to wear.  I mean, are you having a rough day?  Here’s a stretchy adult onesie for you.  All better now.


    It was a beautiful 75 degree day here in San Francisco when I wore this pinstripe jumpsuit most recently, but on chillier days, I’ll often layer a turtleneck or collared button front shirt underneath.  I paired it with my favorite white sneakers, which worked well for me that day in the laid back, quirky sartorial world of San Francisco startups.


    Happy Thursday!


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    A little off-duty style this Friday to welcome both the weekend, and the warm weather months that (I promise) are just around the corner.  It’s hard not to start feeling a little warmer just perusing all of the spring styles that are hitting stores right now like this floral maxi skirt.


    So take the hint, winter.  We’re over you.


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    As you can see, I had fun with the pattern play of the skirt against the striped sleeveless mock neck sweater.  Especially while the seasons are in transition, I’m a huge fan of taking lighter spring and summer pieces—like this skirt—and mixing them with heavier pieces—like knitwear and leather.  The edge of the leather jacket perfectly tempers the light, über feminine floral maxi skirt, making for a combination that packs both a practical (hello, it’s still cold-ish) and aesthetically pleasing punch.


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    The touches of black in the skirt made it easy to pair with black for this transitional look, but check out how they styled the skirt on the product page.  I mean… I’m in heart failure.


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    Whether you’re dressing up or just running errands, there are few pieces more versatile and (more importantly) comfortable than a maxi skirt.  If you’re a fan of the one I’m featuring today, just take a look at this guy and try not to pass out.  I’m chomping at the bit to add that one to my collection as well.  And here I thought I wasn’t big on floral…


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    Have a great weekend, guys!!

     


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  • 02/28/16--15:57: Decor Memo: Framebridge
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    Happy Sunday!  I posted this picture on instagram a few months ago of these beautiful beaded necklaces that Rich and I spotted while on our honeymoon in South Africa.  I immediately envisioned framing them and displaying them in our home as a reminder of our trip, so was eager to find a good framing shop when we returned last fall.  Since I’ve received tons of emails asking about the framing process and whether I had any tips, I thought I’d share a quick post about it, and show you how the framing turned out!


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    After searching far and wide—both on and offline—I came to the realization that you basically have to mortgage your house or sell a kidney to frame things these days.  It’s absurd.  I finally stumbled upon Framebridge, an online framing service that makes the process easy, fun (for real), and soooo much less expensive than other alternatives—without taking a hit on quality!  All you have to do is go to their website, pick out your frame and matting, and then either send in your art (like we did) or upload photos directly on their site.  Since we were sending in the necklaces, they sent a prepaid package that keeps everything ultra secure.  Our finished frames were then returned back to us in a matter of days, ready to hang!  Literally, they even send you the perfect hanging hardware so all you need is a hammer.


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    Personal wall art is always my favorite part of redecorating a space.  There are so many beautiful things in the world, but the pictures and objects with a story are what make a house a home (pardon the cliché).  And when framing these special pieces, you want to make sure it’s done really well, both in terms of quality matting and framing, but also in terms of the care the framers take with your art.  I was concerned about the necklaces either (a) getting damaged and/or (b) being mounted poorly, but was honestly blown away by the quality of every last detail.


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    With these necklaces, I wanted a really simple black frame with no matting so that the necklaces could do all the talking, but take a quick gander through their siiiiick line up of frames.  I’m planning out some more framing projects, and have my eye on this awesome gold one and this cool mirrored one.  Sooo good!!


     

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    I also included Framebridge in my holiday guide a few months ago because framing special photos or artwork makes for an amazing gift.  For my dad’s birthday last year, my brothers and I had a ton of really old family photos framed for his office.  So, with Mother’s Day this spring, it’s a great gift to remember!  I mean, what Mom wouldn’t melt over this stuff?


    framebridge-custom-framing-online-inexpensive-quick-frames-matting-customization-home-decor-gallery-wall8I’ve gotten loads of requests from many of you to share some more home decor posts, which I’m excited to do in the weeks and months to come.  Right now I’m re-decorating my office, and am eager to share that when it’s finally done.  As you can imagine, I’m already planning out a lot more Framebridge frames for that space and other places in our home so stay tuned for more!


    Use code MEMORANDUM15 for 15% off your first order with Framebridge!!


    Outfit Details: JEANS:  Levi’s  |  T-SHIRT: J. Crew  |  NECKLACE: c/o Melina Maria  |  GLASSES: Classic Specs



    This post was produced in partnership with Framebridge.

     


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    Nothing like a classic houndstooth sheath and double-breasted blazer to start the workweek off on the right foot.  I’m particularly excited about the start of this week because tomorrow, March 1st, I’m kicking off a super exciting month-long series.  All the juicy deets to come tomorrow, so be sure to meet me right back here in the morning!  Happy Leap Day!



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    Happy March!  With the official welcome of Spring this month, I’m super pumped to kick off my 30 Dresses in 30 Days series where every day for the month of March, I’ll be posting a favorite Spring or Summer dress exclusively on instagram.  Each post will have a specific theme in mind—the perfect dress for St. Patrick’s Day, my favorite Easter dress, the best dress for a Summer client meeting, the perfect warm weather Sunday brunch dress, and so on!


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    As you may recall, I asked you to fill out a survey a couple months ago which included questions about what content you’d like to see more of on Memorandum.  One question in particular asked which clothing items you care about the most, and by far your top answer was dresses!  With warmer temps around the corner and a bevy of Spring and Summer festivities in tow, I thought March would be the perfect time to amp up the dress content and share dresses that correspond to every occasion we all face during these warmer months.


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    More than just sharing my favorite dresses for Spring and Summer, I’m hoping this series can serve as a resource to help navigate all of the warm weather occasions that often sneak up on us.  If you’re anything like me (queen of procrastination) work and life often get in the way of planning ahead for all of the holidays, weddings, barbecues, and other events that occur during the sunny months.  Before you know it, you’ve got a company picnic or a black-tie wedding in two days, and you’re lying on your bedroom floor contemplating the strain of bubonic plague you should tell your friends/family/coworkers you’ve contracted to avoid attending because you “have nothing to wear.”


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    But even worse than feeling like you don’t have the right dress to wear, is feeling like you actually don’t even know what the appropriate dress is for the occasion.  Holy panic button.  This terror is no joke.  Exhibit A: What the heck do you wear to a baby shower?!


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    I’m starting the series off today with the perfect baby shower dress, because Rich’s sister is having a baby boy this Spring, which will be the first baby on either side of our families.  In addition to not having welcomed any nieces or nephews before (or at least none that I know of… KIDDING, MOM), none of my best friends have had babies yet either.  So, until now, proper baby shower attire was totally foreign to me.


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    Whether you’re attending your first baby shower, your first black-tie wedding, or your first dressy garden party, I got you, boo.  With this series, my hope is that “how to fake your own kidnapping” will no longer be your google search term of choice when faced with the question of what to wear to an impending barbecue at your boss’s house.


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    To begin this series and give you all of the juicy deets, I’m sharing day one’s baby shower dress here on the blog today.  From here on out, I’ll be sharing the dresses exclusively on instagram (@maryorton), with links to both the dress I’m wearing and additional dresses that I think are perfect for the occasion all linked via LikeToKnow.it.  I’ll also be sharing additional exclusive content with my email subscribers, so if you haven’t signed up yet, definitely get in on it here!


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    I know what you’re thinking.  Hey, Genius, there are 31 days in March.


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    Roger that, compadres.  On March 31st, I’ll be publishing a big, extra special finale to the series right here on Memorandum, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, I have lots of other outfits and posts that I’ll be sharing here on the blog this month, and will be giving occasional updates on the #30DressesIn30Days series here as well.  For now, get ready for dress número dos coming up first thing tomorrow morning on instagram.  Can’t wait to share all of these beauties with you guys!


    UPDATE: Well, I take it you guys liked this dress because it’s already sold out! Two pieces of good news: (1) it appears they’re getting more in stock so you can add your name to the waitlist here, and (2) they still have the skirt and top versions available! Otherwise, check out super similar style here, and all other outfit details below!


    Outfit Details:

    DRESS: Draper James (also love the skirt version HERE and matching top HERE, similar style HERE)  |  SHOES: Ann Taylor (old, similar HEREHERE and HERE)  |  BAG: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar HERE, HERE and HERE)  |  BRACELET: Brandy Pham  |  CHOKER: old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE  |  LIPS: Buxom (San Francisco)



     

    …and more Baby Shower Dresses for Boys, Girls and surprises below!



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