Monday, August 29, 2016

Hey, Preppy

GL6croppedcurves GL2 GL3 GL1 GL5 GL4 After a brief hiatus from posting last week, I'm back to my normal schedule and feeling really energized for what's to come. In less than two weeks I'm headed back to New York Fashion Week! If you've been reading In Spades for a while now, you know that each NYFW season truly is my favorite time of year (although I'm slightly partial to September for the better weather!). It always provides a crazy boost of inspiration, an opportunity to network with new and old friends alike, and focus on upcoming trends and how I can incorporate them into the blog. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for BTS coverage of all the shows!

This week my sister and I are embarking on a fun outing that brings back several memories from our childhood. I'll be recapping everything on Instagram Stories, but let's just say this week's post title is a good hint of the events to come.

Today's OOTD is a great example of investing in good staples. I purchased these loafers after going through 3 pairs of ballet flats that were still super uncomfortable despite being well past the broken-in point. The moment I slipped them on I knew the investment was well worth it. I've worn them every single day since owning them because they truly go with everything - jeans, dresses and work outfits. I paired them with a preppy bowtie button-up and voluminous denim, which you may remember from a past post. As much as I love these jeans, I noticed I wasn't wearing them much because they were a little too long. I finally took them to a tailor to achieve the cropped look I wanted, and am so glad I did. Just a slight change transformed them from something that was sitting in my closet collecting dust to a wardrobe staple.

What small changes can you make in your wardrobe that will bring old pieces back to life?

Forever 21 sunglasses (old, similar here

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vocabulary's 7th Birthday

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate Vocabulary Boutique’s 7th Birthday on Saturday! It was so nice to meet new friends and catch up my fellow bloggers over rosé and French macaroons.

How amazing is this emerald green dress from Vocabulary that I picked out for the party? I love how the plunging neckline perfectly matched my bathing suit - they were made for each other! Paired with a delicate gold lariat and an orchid in my hair, I was in full summer pool party mode.


Cecelia displayed a beautiful table full of jewelry, sunglasses and accessories while Brazilia Skin Care raffled off some great prizes.  Each guest went home with a gift bag full of goodies from Krystel, Laura and I.


Toasting the lady of the hour with JennaMariaPaulina and Megan.


This amazing pink watercolor background was created by artist Stefanie Bales.  We had so much fun taking Instagram and Snapchat pictures in front of it!


Thanks again to everyone for coming out!


Back to School Giveaway

As summer draws to a close and autumn actives begin, I decided to team up with a group of bloggers to bring you another amazing giveaway! The winner will receive a brand new Macbook Air plus a Kate Spade tote bag, planner, notebook and water bottle, perfect for starting the school year or a new job. To enter the giveaway, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning! Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, August 15, 2016

Transitional Shirtdress

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As summer begins to wind down I'm reaching for more transitional pieces that can carry me through fall.  You can never go wrong with a crisp shirtdress and this one from C/MEO Collective is perfect for looking polished, yet also oh-so-comfortable.

If you're not familiar with the brand, they make incredible separates and dresses that resemble the clean lines of high end Australian designers like Dion Lee and Ellery, at a fraction of the cost.  I had to seriously refrain from going crazy as many of their pieces are on sale and will still look amazing with long coats and boots come September.

I love this dress for work (it'd look so chic with a turtleneck underneath and some ankle boots) and this dress would be perfect for autumn weddings or special occasions with it's rich berry color.

This dress is your quintessential day-to-play ensemble and it's flattering wrap closure will look great on all body types.

The key to a good shirtdress is the shoes, and I've been swooning over this pair ever since I laid eyes on them.  They resemble the lace-up heels I'm wearing, but with more updated details.

What transitional styles are you loving right now?

C/MEO Collective dress (sold out, similar shirtdress style here) // Mansur Gavriel bag // 
Nick Murphy lace-up heels (old, similar here)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pool Party Attire

birthday-invite-gold This weekend I am co-hosting a pool party at the Westgate Hotel to celebrate Vocabulary Boutique's 7th Birthday. If you're in the San Diego area, I hope you'll come out and join me for craft cocktails, delicious cuisine and great music.

Saturday, August 13th
Westgate Hotel 
1055 2nd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here

As with any celebratory event, the question of what to wear always comes into play. For a pool party atmosphere (it will be very French soiree) I stick to three statement pieces: a hat, sunglasses and a maxi dress or romper.  I've rounded up some of my favorite picks for summer and linked them below.

I hope to see you on Saturday in your best pool party attire!

Rompers & Maxi Dresses

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Other Hamilton

YSLPink4 YSLPink6 YSLPink7 YSLPink10 YSLPink5 YSLPink2 YSLPink8 YSLPink9 YSLPink3 If you've been following In Spades for a while, you know I have an affinity for action and sci-fi films. I draw a ton of inspiration from gritty, edgier flicks. Those that explore a bit of a dark side and aren't afraid to be what they are. One such film is Terminator 2. Everything about it is pretty much perfection - the story, the characters, the cinematography - it's unsurprising to me that it won four Oscars. Perhaps my favorite element in the film is Linda Hamilton. In an era when strong female protagonists were practically non-existent, she blew the lid off everyone's expectations and set a completely new bar. Today's #OOTD is inspired by her unapologetic strength.

If I were to pinpoint my uniform, good denim, a basic tee and a voluminous or structured jacket would win. Most days you'll find me in some variation of the above. It's versatile and makes me feel stylish and strong, a la Linda. I picked up this leather jacket with cobalt lining on sale at Bloomie's. It's the perfect summer weight and pulls an outfit together seamlessly. I think Linda would approve.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Join Me! Westgate Hotel Pool Party

VW4 If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been teasing a pool party I'm co-hosting at the Westgate Hotel on August 13th.  To celebrate Vocabulary Boutique's 7th Birthday, Cecelia, Krystel, Laura and I will be lounging poolside starting at 1pm.  Join us for cocktails by master mixologist Irving Gonzalez, a seafood raw bar and music from DJ Aleko.  We'll be having a grand ol' time in our cabana and would love for you to join us!

Click here for tickets and additional details.

The best part?  My co-hosts and I are giving away TWO FREE TICKETS to the event.  To enter, head over to my Instagram.  Good luck!

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