I love experimenting with pattern mixing, but sometimes when people think of pattern mixing they do not think of mixing two of the same kinds. In this outfit I chose to mix two different vertical stripes. This cannot work with just ANY or ALL striped pieces so be cautious with your choice. My pants are navy with thin, spaced out double white pinstripes. Although they have plenty of stripes, they are subtle enough to not be over powering. From afar they can almost pass as solid navy. My top is white and gray stripes with no extra spacing. This worked well because the colors weren’t standing out or fighting for attention. The gray and white almost blur together where a white and black stripe or other bright or dark color would pop too much and not mesh with the stripes on the pants. I was sure to keep the whole outfit on the gray/dark tone side.
Now I am not usually one to wear dark colors or outfits. I wear them and I do like them, I just mostly end up leaning towards colors. When I do wear a darker outfit I like to add some kind of pop of color or in this case flare. To not be completely dark with this ensemble, I added my very shiny, rose gold Steve Madden DAISIE pumps and a statement necklace that was gold with pinkish stones. This way my metals (mostly) matched and added some kind of shine. Something had to stand out! It is fun to add bright shoes to a dark outfit, that way they are your statement piece. I actually think I built this outfit around the shoes. Statement pieces do not just have to be around your neck in a necklace form, they can be any piece of your outfit, shoes, accessories, handbag, blazer, etc. This was a fun way to spice up a work outfit, I got a lot of compliments in the office.
Do you have any pattern mixing success stories? I always feel like a winner when I pull one off! Do you get the same vibes?
Happy Friday Jr! Outfit is linked below:
- Pants – Mine are Leith from Nordstrom but they are sold out, similar linked here
- Top – A New Day from Target, linked here
- Heels – Steve Madden DAISIE (currently on “pre-order”) linked here
- Necklace – Perry Street from Rocksbox linked here (PS- if you use my code THEBLAWXOXO you get your first month of Rocksbox for free!)
Taking your dog on a walk definitely counts as your daily exercise when your workout of choice is ATHLEISURE. Style burns twice as many calories as…Anyways, Kaipo and I love our walks in Rancho Cucamonga with our other pack mate Nick. We always have to stop by Klatch Coffee for some caffeine-I mean pre-workout.
Last week we had a beautiful sunny Monday, but it was actually so cold (60 degrees!). This outfit was perfect for battling the California winter chill, breathable leggings, warm long sleeve, and a cute headband!
I am a loyal Lululemon shopper when it comes to my everyday essentials, but I’m looking to branch out! What are your daily athleisure essentials or other brands that you love? Comment and let me know where I should be shopping for my next look!
Outfit linked below!
All from Lululemon:
Happy Wednesday! – Kristen
I am so excited to add a new style panelist to the blog! Kristen and I have been friends for 10 years this coming September. She, Amanda (other panelist and other best friend), and I met while going through sorority recruitment as freshman. I cannot believe that is about to be 10 years ago… feeling old. Anyways! Kristen is an absolute pro at athleisure. She always looks so cute but is 9 times out of 10 in some sort of work out clothes and she rocks it! A little jealous because that means she is usually comfortable. Read a little more about her and wait for her first post next week!
Name: Kristen Robles
Describe your personal style in 3-5 words: Casual, neutral, & cool
Your go to outfit/piece of clothing: Leggings, basic tee, jean jacket, and flip flops
Favorite place to shop? Tie between Lululemon & Nordstrom
Favorite shoe brand: Rainbows
Favorite current trend: High waisted jeans with a belt
Style preference: Casual
Where do you get most of your style inspiration? Instagram and friends!
One piece of makeup you cannot live without: Laura Mercier’s Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder
Connect with Kristen!
Any ideas or suggestions for the panel (for you or the group)? Let’s get this blog/insta to 100K (I like that Kris!;) )
PS- Look how freaking beautiful she is!!
Ladies! Remember a couple posts ago I showed you the red striped top from Who What Wear at Target? Post linked here in case you missed it. Well the top is finally online! I just wanted to update you because I love this top so much, so perfect for work this week with Valentine’s day!
Find the top here from Target!
On Saturday two of my best friends and I met up in Palm Springs to have a little girls’ weekend! Heather, my old roomie, lives in Palm Desert so we stayed at her place, but we met in downtown Palm Springs first for lunch. We didn’t know where to go so Amanda suggested Farm. She said she has tried to go but it was always too busy. We got in and oh my goodness I couldn’t get over how cute it was! It’s a french restaurant and their patio and decor is amazing. I am not sure what the patio style is called but let’s say its a gazebo top (so the sun shines through the wood slats) there was a ton of bougainvillea vines giving us shade, the tables didn’t match, all three of us had a different color, size, and style glass, the cloth napkins were all different patterned cloths, it was just perfect and peaceful. I wanted to take pictures of everything but I also didn’t want to be a werido. The bathroom was even cute so I took my first bathroom selfie that no I will not post on Insta because I think that is weird, no offense.
We sat and ate and it was amazing. Our appetizer was the best thing of my entire life… BAKED BRIE. It came with brie cheese with brown sugar and hazel nuts, baked to a gooey perfect, toast points, thin apple slices (so perfect they looked fake), and a fig spread. It was so delicious. For food Heather and I both got a crepe that came with apples baked in butter and cinnamon. Of course we also got cocktails, mine as called “Mama Needs a Drink” and was a different take on a mojito. All in all, this restaurant gets an A in my book for both food and cuteness!
After lunch we walked up the main street in downtown and went in the few clothing stores we like where everything is like $17.99. Well Heavenly Couture raised the prices, now it is $19.99, but still cute! Then we checked out all of the new shops. They are really working on upping Palm Springs’ game. This new section of shopping is so nice! I was surprised they did the buildings and store fronts so modern though, I thought they would design them more “Palm Springs Vintage”. We went into Kiehl’s that had just opened and bought a couple things and got face mask samples! We were excited because we were going to use them that night. Fast forward a bit, the mask was freaking amazing and is linked here: Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask, it is made with Amazonian white clay, TRY IT.
After Kiehl’s we checked out Mac because the cashier said it was their opening day. I bought a lipglass, called Explicit, because I have been wanting to get back into shiny gloss and I got a free lip stick for buying something on their first day! Funny that the lipstick they were giving away matched my lipglass perfectly.
Finally we went back to Heather’s, settled in, and made reservations for sushi. When we got to dinner we made it just in time for happy hour. It was good, I got my usual “sushi” as in everything was cooked. THEN Heather surprised me because she told the waiter when she went to the restroom that it was my birthday :), well it is on this coming Wednesday but still. I got green tea ice cream and it was amazing. You girls are the best.
After dinner, we went home, immediately got into pjs, and put the face masks on. It felt so good but got so dry! It was so funny to wrinkle our faces before we washed it off, we looked quite attractive. Our skin felt so good after though. I want to actually buy the bottle of this stuff.
PJs, check. Masks, check. It was movie time. We watched Dirty Dancing because I had never seen it before… I know, I am a terrible person! I am obsessed with it though. It took everything in my to not put it on when I got home last night. I just want to watch it again and again!! Finally after the movie it was bed time. We were exhausted and had plans to get up early to go to the vintage flea market in downtown in the morning.
We got up on time but moved slow. We left an hour later than we wanted but it was okay. Heather made us breakfast, (thanks mom!) and we left at 9:30am. We walked through the whole flea market and saw a lot of cute things. Amanda and I both bought vintage phones for decorations (mine is pink!), Amanda bought a fur jacket, and heather bought a vintage toaster… which she texted me late last night all upset that it doesn’t work! I reminded her that it was still vintage haha. We finally left after we walked through twice because it got so hot. It felt like summer and we all now have tan lines from our tops. I am glad it is only February… Amanda left to go home from there and Heather and her boyfriend’s friends met us there to go back to their house. I just have to side note here because these two girls are the sweetest. I had met one at Heather’s birthday and the other I had just met and I feel like I could hang out all the time with them.
We got back, the boys made snacks, we played corn hole, ate carne asada tacos, watched the Super Bowl, cheered for our favorite team JT (LOL), then I left after half time. I didn’t want to hit all of the traffic and drunks on the drive home, plus I had to stop by my mom’s on the way, she lives in Palm Springs. It was such a great weekend. I really needed it considering everything that is going on right now (you will hear about it eventually). I love girls’ days/nights and I am pretty sure I will be having a lot more, and I am so thankful for my girlfriends. I love you girls! I hope everyone had a great weekend too!
I took a stroll through the Target clothing section, against my better judgment, and of course I found something. The seasons are finally changing in store so all the new merch is coming out. I love when the seasons change and seeing what the new styles will be. The second I saw just the pattern of this top I grabbed it off the rack. I was so excited when I saw the puffy shoulders! I tried it on and was sold, of course it’s by one of my favorite lines at Target, Who What Wear. It was one of those tops that you know exactly what you were going to pair it with, like my high waist, raw hem, mom jeans from Topshop (yes the label says “mom”). It came out so cute! I was worried the top would look weird tucked in because it is kind of boxy but it looked great. Of course when I wore it to work yesterday I wore black slacks with it untucked and that looked cute too.
Check it out!
Find the look here: Top from Who What Wear at Target
My jeans are sold out too, but I found these other cute ones on sale at Target! Linked here!