Keeping it Real in Rainy Day Flats

Sometimes it’s hard for me to know what is “post worthy”, but today a reader introduced herself (Thank you J., I love it when I get to meet new people) and she reminded me that sometimes we just want to see “real life” style.  Thank you for the reminder! I always need to remember this, especially after I’ve looked at Harper’s Bazaar or a really fancy style blog- ha!  
So, here’s what I really wore today.  You may already know about these shoes, but just in case you don’t I wanted to share because I love them.  They are the rainy day flats from J. Crew.  They are the perfect shoe for when there is a light drizzle or just a few puddles and you don’t want to wear full on rain boots.  I’m sure we have all ruined a pair or two of shoes from the rain.  I used to wear these with my suits at work all the time. I was not going to ruin my nice work shoes one more time!
Outfit Links:
Sweater- Gap for similar, Shirt- J.Crew, Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (similar), Flats- J.Crew and Melissa for alternative, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban, Purse- Marc Jacobs, Earrings- Kate Spade, Watch- Michael Kors
Here’s a close up picture of the rainy day flats.  They’re made of all rubber with a little bow on top. In the spirit of keeping it real, I have been known to wear these flats even when there’s no rain in sight- just because I think their cute and comfy.
Keepin’ it real.

(Photos by Mallory Lee)

Dress for Weather or Season?

One of the best parts about living in Houston is that it is warm and sunny in the middle of the winter.  At one point in my life I felt like I couldn’t wear warm weather clothes in January because it was still officially winter.  I don’t know when I changed my opinion, but I’m so glad I did and now I’m on another kick- ha!  In fact, my new mantra just may be dress according to the weather, not the season- ha!
While I can’t pin-point the moment my opinion changed, I have a few scenario’s I think may have influenced me. I have a bff that lives in Miami (she’s a stylist- check her blog out here) and we had a conversation about what people wear there in the fall. She said they wear beach shoes, shorts, sweaters for layering at night and always the color white- YES!  It may have been the times when I was sweating in my cold weather clothes when it was unseasonably warm, (suffer no more!).  Maybe it’s because when the sun is finally shining I want to celebrate and wear my warm weather clothes.  Or maybe it was after I blogged about wearing white all year round because, hey- after all, Emily Post says it’s OK.  Who knows what the catalyst was for the change, but what I do know is that it’s been kinda liberating!
I hope you’ll join me in dressing for the weather and not the season.  And for those of you who have been doing this for years, why didn’t you tell me- ha! 
Outfit Links: 
Shirt- J.Crew, Jeans- AG, Shoes- J.Crew, Sunglasses- Marc Jacobs, Purse- LV, Earrings- Urban Outfitters (in store only), Belt- J.Crew


Mixing Metals?- YES!

I am on a HUGE kick right now.  I’ve been asked a number of times recently if it is OK to mix gold and silver or any different metals, and my answer was YES without any hesitation! Those questions got me thinking, and ever since mixing metals has become an obsession. Now I’m seeing it everywhere!  This post is to show just how great mixing metals can look and how it can add an unexpected richness to a look in fashion or at home.
Thin Gold Ring-Ila&I, click here for similar -for a less expensive version click here, Thin Silver Ring-Ila&I, click here for similar for a less expensive version click here, Diamond Ring- my wedding band, Gold Rope Rings- my Mom’s wedding rings 
 The diamond(y) bracelet was more brassy than gold and the diamonds leave a silver effect, but it really accented the grey sweatshirt so I threw it on!

Bangle- Kate Spade, Watch- Michael Kors, Diamond(y) Bracelet- similar
 As part of this obsession, I started noticing the mixing of metals everywhere, including pins on Pinterest!  These spaces have a lived in, casual elegance to them- very homey.  I think it’s because the mixed metals allow the space to feel imperfect… that it’s OK if every metal doesn’t match exactly.  Imagine these spaces with all chrome fixtures and hardware.  
 But the Designer that has mixing metals down pat is Nate Berkus.  Look at this kitchen- the brass hardware is so pretty!  I might have brass hardware in my future…
I love all of these two tone pieces!

 Long Necklace- Pink Mascara , Stackable Rings- similar
This was my very favorite picture!  I couldn’t figure out whether I liked the brass hardware and the stainless steel range, or her hair, converse and casual elegance.  But who says I have to choose- ha!  I hope you’ll join me in mixing metals, whether it be with your jewelry or in your home.

Stylish Sweatshirt?- YES!

You don’t have to tell me twice to wear a sweatshirt! There’s just something about a sweatshirt that’s so versatile, all american, and comfy at the same time. When I saw this one at Anthropologie I was seriously so excited! What I love about it is the raglan sleeves, the scoop neck, the v detail at the neck, and the slim cut (not baggy around the center).  Can you tell I love this sweatshirt?!?! – ha!

So far, I’ve worn it on the plane for a perfect “Elaine” outfit and to Target with the kids.  I’m looking forward to adding it to my comfy/work out clothes rotation, and wearing it on chilly nights with shorts.  
 Outfit Links:  
Sweatshirt- Anthropologie, Jeggings- Citizens of Humanity, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban, Purse- Marc Jacobs, Watch- Michael Kors

Dead of Winter

One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go into women’s closets and put together outfits that inspire me. I have been to a couple of different closets lately that had bright colorful cords, and I was inspired.  I love this trend because in the dead of winter sometimes you want, no, need some bright color.  I was so surprised with how many outfits we were able to make from these cords, regardless of the color.
If you’re looking for some more bright cord outfit ideas check out my C. Style Pinterest page.
Am I in Europe?  Nope.  See, Houston really is a pretty city! 

Pink Cords- J.Crew, Shirt- Splendid, Shoes- Via Spiga (no longer availble) for similar, Purse- Marc Jacobs
There’s that “statement” necklace again- ha!
Statement Necklace- Michael Kors (no longer available) for similar, Sunglasses- Ray-Ban, Ring- Banana Republic (from the Banana Box), Bangle- Kate Spade, Link Bracelet- Michael Kors (no longer available) for similar, Watch- Michael Kors, Earrings- Kate Spade
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