Monday, June 20, 2016

Classic with a Twist

ZaraFlares6 ZaraFlares7 ZaraFlares3cropped Zara8 ZaraFlares9 ZaraFlares2 ZaraFlares10 ZaraFlares11 ZaraFlares4cropped Statement pieces are what I live for.  When I first laid eyes on these pants, I felt like I had found the Seinfeld equivalent of the puffy shirt, but in a remarkably cool I-would-totally-wear-those way. Since volume and texture suit my wardrobe well, I went on the hunt for a more affordable alternative and struck gold with this pair. They are incredibly fun to wear - just try to walk down the street without dancing - and make for a nice substitute to standard black pants.  Paired with my newest shoe obsession, the mule, and a crisp popped collar, it's classic sophistication with a twist.  Carolina Herrera would be proud.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Off-the-Shoulder

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Tibi7 Tibi2 Tibi1 Tibi6 Tibi3 Tibi8 Tibi4a This season off-the-shoulder tops and dresses have been everywhere and rightly so. (I'm obsessing over this top). The peekaboo look is perfect for warm spring and summer days and shows the right amount of skin without being overt.  I picked up this Tibi dress during their sample sale and love it's sophisticated Juliet look. A great choice for wedding season, it's so comfortable I seriously feel like I'm wearing silk pajamas.

Tibi silk off-the-shoulder dress (sold out in pink, but on sale in black, green and polka dot; shorter version in plum and sand dollar) // Prada sandals (similar version on sale here) // 
Banana Republic bracelet // J. Crew necklace sold out (similar here and here)

Gold Macbook Air + Kate Spade Giveaway

Happy Monday! To kickstart the week, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you another amazing giveaway. Two lucky people will win. The grand prize winner will receive a brand new 11.6" Gold Macbook Air + Kate Spade tote bag. This is open to international contestants and you must be 18+. Please review the full Terms & Conditions prior to entering. To enter the giveaway, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning! We will pick the winners who are following all accounts. Good luck! GOLD Macbook Air + Kate Spade Giveaway

Monday, June 6, 2016

La Femme Chic Lookbook

I'm really excited about today's post because I teamed up with one of my favorite San Diego boutiques to style a spring lookbook. La Femme Chic is a designer consignment boutique in the Cedros design district of Solana Beach that carries an amazing selection of clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. If you've never visited their store, you must go. From Chanel, Hermes, Lanvin and Chloe, it's a treasure trove of designer pieces at a fraction of the cost.

Spring time is all about spending time outside, whether it be dining al fresco, outdoor parties or wedding season, so I put together six looks for just about every occasion.

If you want to shop these looks (or their other amazing merchandise) La Femme Chic is offering 15% off to my readers. Use code INSPADES16 online or print this coupon to shop in store.

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First up is this mod Michael Kors dress. A great option for an evening networking event, the small details are amazing. The zipper follows the geometric pattern of the dress demonstrating the true craftsmanship of Kors. I paired it with yellow snakeskin Ferragamo sandals for a fun pop.
Michael Kors dress (on sale) // Ferragamo sandals

Hermes1Hermes2 Hermes3 For ladylike sophistication at it's finest, you can't get any better than Hermes. The intricate gold fasteners of this wrap skirt left me breathless. Paired with gold accessories, this is the perfect office look.
Hermes skirt // Classiques top // Vince Camuto shoes

VonVonni1VonVonni2 VonVonni3I love the versatility of this wrap dress as it can be worn over a dozen different ways. You can dress it up for evening or pair it with flat sandals for a day strolling the boardwalk.
Von Vonni dress // YSL clutch // Calvin Klein shoes
  Poleci3Poleci1 Poleci2Futuristic and quirky, this look reminds me of something out of The Fifth Element.  The statement sunglasses are a great representation of the range of styles and genres you'll find at Le Femme Chic.
Poleci dress // Dior sunglasses // Chanel sandals
  SheriBodell1SheriBodell2 SheriBodell3This dress had me at hello. The velvet straps are buttery soft and the way the fringe drapes is so feminine and sexy. It's the perfect date night look.
Sheri Bodell dress
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I'm always looking for an excuse to dress like a modern day Audrey and this look hit it out of the park. The pleated button-up and tuxedo pants are true classics that never go out of style. I love the little Chanel train case and two-toned heels paired with this to die for Nina Ricci jacket. Although velvet isn't normally synonymous to spring, it's voluminous sleeves and vibrant cobalt color are a great compliment to a classic ensemble.
Nina Ricci jacket // Oscar de la Renta button-up // Kate Spade tuxedo pants // 
Chanel slingbacks and makeup case

Photos by Kelly Turla

Special thanks to La Femme Chic and my kindred sartorial spirits Ariana and Kelly for an amazing opportunity to collaborate.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Soft Hues

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Spring time is all about soft hues and easy pieces. I picked up this chambray shirtdress at Vocabulary boutique during their Spring Time in Paris event and have been keeping it on rotation ever since. A good shirtdress is a wardrobe staple for its versatility and comfort - they look good on all body types and can be styled many different ways. I like to wear mine open over a flowy tank and cropped jeans, but it looks just as good buttoned-up with some cute sneakers, or belted with stiletto sandals.

I wanted a hint of color to compliment the soft hues of this outfit so I broke out my Reed Krakoff satchel. The pale pink and grey perfectly compliment the white denim and chambray.  I've been a Reed Krakoff fan since his days at Coach and was devastated when, amid great controversy, he shuttered his eponymous label last year. While his original line is no longer available, you can still find his beautifully structured designs at Kohl's. 

J. Crew cropped jeans // Madewell tank (no longer available, similar style here) // 
French Connection shirtdress from Vocabulary boutique // Kenneth Cole mules // 
Rue Gembon earrings (no longer available, similar here, here and here) //
Reed Krakoff bag (no longer available, Reed Krakoff for Kohl's replica here)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fashcap: Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

I love this time of year - the weather is changing, vacations are beginning and sale season is starting! For today's edition of Fashcap I wanted to share my picks from one of the most epic sales of the year: Nordstrom's Half Yearly sale.

This is a great time to nab brands that are normally out of your price point, stock up on denim (which normally doesn't go on sale) and a time to purchase seasonal pieces for fall at half the price.

See below for 50 of my picks from the sale that range from $11 up to $570 (for some great designer coats and bags). Happy shopping!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Remixed

BlueSkirt2cropped BlueSkirt3cropped BlueSkirt7 BlueSkirt1cropped BlueSkirt6cropped BlueSkirt4 BlueSkirt5 BlueSkirt8cropped One of the great benefits of curating a closet you truly love is the ability to mix and match pieces into new creations. I can't tell you how many times I've had the "I have nothing to wear" feeling only to realize the answer to my problem was actually sitting right in front of me. I've spoken about remixing items on the blog before, and wanted to share how I took this skirt, top and shoes and paired them in a new way for spring.

I love the playful, almost nautical feel this new pairing gives off.  The obi belt on the skirt compliments the movement of the bell sleeved top, while the shoes round it out with the perfect pop of color.  I wore this outfit to a networking happy hour and not only was it comfortable and fun, but it earned bonus points for being a conversation starter.

How can you remix your old favorites in a new way?

J. Crew skirt on sale (chevron print here, chino here) // Torn by Ronny Kobo top (sold out, Forever 21 replica here) // Valentino heels (sold out, similar here)