Goodbye, Royal Maternity Wear

It’s official — Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed a baby boy, future heir to the royal throne, yesterday afternoon.

Now that the royal baby has arrived, we won’t be able to see Kate Middleton looking adorable in her maternity wear. 

Dress created by her own dressmaker, peach twill coat by Tara Jarmon

Sophia dress by Erdem

(Wrap dress by Max Mara)

Go Fish!

Belted brown coat by Hobbs

Seriously, is there anyone else that can pull off maternity wear like Kate Middleton? 

A Rare Find

Confession: I don’t have pierced ears.

And no, I’m not religious. I just never got around to doing it after I turned 18, and honestly, I’ve saved quite a bit of money by doing that since there are so few clip-on earrings that weren’t made for senior citizens.

Thankfully, there’s Etsy. After a quick search for clip-on earrings, the site returned hundreds of results.

Here are a  few of my favorites:

Clip on earrings Wire crocheted flower earrings Fashion earrings in gold filled

$38 wire crocheted flower earrings by Yoola, via Etsy

Designer Alexis Bittar Hand carved Lucite Pillow Clip On Earrings

$99 carved lucite earrings by Alexis Bittar, via Etsy

Pale Blue Green Clip On Earrings, Silver Clipons, Quartz Briolette Clip-on Earrings, Handmade, Morris

$22 pale blue-green clip-on earrings by Tissage, via Etsy

Clip On Earrings Little Gold Braided Wire Hoops with Light Gold Beads-made to order

$7.50 gold braided wire hoop earrings by JennysTreasuresForU, via Etsy

Turquoise Clip On Earrings, Glass Teardrop Cascade, Gold Clip Earrings, Handmade, Georgia

$23 turquoise drop earrings by Tissage, via Etsy

Lovely LAYERED Filigree Chandelier Silver Clip Earrings With Natural Gemstone Moonstone and Crystals

$16.99 silver layered filigree chandelier earrings by ClipOrDie, via Etsy

Feeling Knot(ty)

Maybe it’s just been a long time since I’ve been to my family’s beach house on the coast of Washington, but lately I’ve been loving all of the nautical-themed fashion trends, particularly blue-and-white striped dresses, boat shoes, and anything red, white, and blue.

Something about the smell of the cool ocean air makes me feel so alive and refreshed. And the feeling of the gritty, damp sand between my toes brings back so many memories of being at the beach with family and friends over the years. And I love how I also get that feeling when I see beautiful nautical-themed clothes. Here are some of my favorite pieces:

A Lakeshore Bet Dress - Blue, White, Stripes, Cutout, Casual, Nautical, A-line, Sleeveless, Summer, Scoop, Woven, Short

A Lakeshore Bet Dress, via http://www.modcloth.com

Joie Evaline Nautical Intarsia Sweater Pullover, via http://www.revolveclothing.com

Lost at Sea Skirt, via http://www.shabbyapple.com

Michael Kors

Michael Kors Jet Set Tote, via http://www.michaelkors.com

via Pinterest (looooove this outfit!)

In closing, some beautiful images that make me want to ditch my desk, hop in the car, and drive straight to the beach.

sea shells

summer bonfire

It’s (Almost) Here!

No, not talking about the weekend, or the wedding… I’m referring to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Which, in my opinion, should be a holiday. Who can work when there’s a HUGE sale going on?!

Okay, maybe that’s just me.

But seriously, Nordstrom has some super cool stuff on sale this year! I’m kind of obsessed with a Rag & Bone black and white biker jacket. And the nude Steven by Steve Madden pumps. And I may or may not run someone over trying to get my hands on the latest MAC shadow palette.

Here’s a preview of all the merch in the Nordstrom online catalog. Watch out tomorrow — you’ll probably be fighting with me over a pair of brand spankin’ new J Brand jeans.

Look of the Day: Classic Chic

It’s weird. I feel like I’m kind of out of my element sometimes when it comes to fashion. Lately I’ve seen a lot of fashionistas moving toward what I call the hipster trend: black-rimmed glasses, bright colors, menswear-inspired accessories, etc. I do consider myself a fashionista (otherwise I wouldn’t have this blog!) but my style is more minimalist and classic. That being said, I believe that fashion is extremely subjective, which is what makes it so much fun. I love seeing everyone’s individuality shining through fashion choices. My good friend, the ultimate fashionista, is always ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion. Back in 2004, she was sporting things that became popular five years later. Her taste in clothes, music, and home decor were always so inspiring. Although her style was different than mine, I thought she always looked gorgeous.

Another friend, also a fashionista, had a completely different style than both me and my other friend. If my other friend (we’ll call her K) had Parisian style, this friend (we’ll call her I) had New York style. She always looked polished and cohesive. Her gigantic closet had items from various fabulous high-end designers, and I never saw her wear the same outfit twice. It was as if she just walked off the set of a Vogue magazine photo shoot whenever we met for drinks.

I love both of their styles; especially since they were reflective of their personalities and individuality.

Here are some pieces that reflect my style. Classic and chic. That’s my style.

lovely jacket.

Rutilated Necklace

Olivia Palermo = classic chic. The girl just doesn't get it wrong....

the prettiest nude shoes by http://christianlouboutin.com/  Photography by silvanadifranco.com

like this shirt and hair :)

I'd like this entire outfit, please.

love love love

peonies...my favorite flower!

white blazer, blush, skinnies. just add the blush heels.

I realize that I’m not in any of these photos — I’ll post some photos of me soon!

What’s your style?

Get Swinked by Swink Style Bar!

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Add a Little Sparkle to Your Step!

Who doesn’t love pretty, sparkly things? Brilliant baubles, shimmery eye makeup, glistening lip gloss… everything is better with a little sparkle.

And it doesn’t stop with clothes and makeup; sparkle also shines from within. (Yes, I know, super cheesy, but it’s true!) When you’re having a bad day, reach deep inside yourself and look for that hidden ray of sunshine and bring it out. And don’t forget to complement your inner happiness with a pretty necklace, stunning earrings, or sparkly shoes.

Here’s some inspiration:

Marcia Moran Gold Druzy Stud Earrings - I need pierced ears.

Marcia Moran gold druzy stud earrings

A stunning, sparkly statement necklace. Find some more here.

Timeless Champagne Elizabeth Earrings | Emma Stine Jewelry Set

Sparkly drop earrings by Emma Stine

Glitter - Kate Spade

Gorgeous gold bowtie Kate Spade slingback heels.

Lunch date with the girls? Fun accessories update this classic Breton tee! #Weekend

Maroon sequined clutch

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss - Shimmering Lip Gloss 50 Golden Peach 0.20 Oz $30.00 - Buy it here: https://www.lookmazing.com/products/show/3906895?shrid=1669_pin

YSL Golden Gloss in Golden Peach, $30.