Just Add Pearls

I’ve always loved pearls. The Audrey Hepburn kind. The Grace Kelly kind. The Jackie O kind. Honestly, I don’t even hate the Barbara Bush kind. They’re total classics and never have truly gone out of fashion. My personal style is somewhat classic and pearls, even the prim, and proper kind work for me.

Right now, however, they’re having a major fashion moment. So even if you’re not the type that typically likes wearing pearls you might want to take a second look, because there is a NEW WAY TO WEAR PEARLS, and it’s super cool! I’d dare say even edgy.

These Ain’t Your Grandma’s Pearls

What makes the pearls you’re seeing on social media and in magazines and at Fashion Week different than their predecessors is this…

Rag and Bone slip dress Nordstrom The Wardrobe Consultant

$5000 to Spend at Nordstrom?? YES!!!

This was a really fun post to write (and research). When asked by the folks at the Bag Lady Luncheon, to pretend I won the “FILL YOUR CLOSET” raffle, i.e. a $5,000 Nordstrom gift card. I’m pretty sure I barely paused before saying yes. Because it meant I got to go on a big ‘ol, shopping spree. A hypothetical one, but still… Hypothetical or not, I found great stuff!

How to get your hands on a REAL $5k Nordstrom gift card.

I’m partnering with The Bag Lady Lunch to promote both the luncheon (September 12, 2019) AND the “Fill Your Closet” Raffle, sponsored by California Closets.

They’ll be drawing TWO NAMES and each winner will receive a $5,000 Nordstrom gift card! You do not need to be present to win! Raffle tickets are on sale now, through the BidPal website.

1 ticket for $50 // 5 tickets for $100 // 15 tickets for $200 // 30 tickets for $300   

I’d recommend stocking up. The odds are good, the prize is fab (TWO $5000 Nordstrom gift cards) and the cause it supports,  College Now is solid.

What I’d Buy With that $5K.

On my pretend shopping spree I created mini capsules for the various life roles so many of us have. Work, Play, Evening’s Out and Off Duty Time.  Most everything here mixes and matches for even more outfit combinations. Depending on your particular life roles you might choose to buy less in the workwear arena and more in the jeans and athleisure department. But any way you slice it, these items can do double or triple duty and really take you thru your day.

And I followed my own advice…

Are Fanny Packs In Again?? YES!

From looking at my reader analytics I’d say more than half of you have already lived thru the whole fanny pack thing once, and like me, it was a few decades ago.

And maybe also like me, you had a LeSportSac fanny pack, that you really should have given away, but you kept it for those practical times… like hiking or traveling. You knew in your heart of hearts the moment of the fanny pack being a cool fashion statement was over. But the practical you had a hard time giving it up. Loud, audible sigh… and cue Weird Al Yankovic’s White and Nerdy

Rejoice, The Bum Bag/Fanny Pack/Belt Bag IS once again in fashion!

These past few seasons, fanny packs have become more than just mainstream, I’d even say they’ve become chic! The practical and the fashionable have intersected, and I for one could not be happier! Let’s call this a throwback accessory!

No matter your age, style aesthetic or price range there’s a fanny pack that can work for you. They can look very ladylike and they can feel very sporty spice as well. It’s all about the bag you pick and how you put it together.

How to Wear A Fanny Pack

So many cool ways to style this – here are a few of my favorites for inspiration…

The Easiest Way to Transition into Fall

I’ve seen it called Burnt Orange, Spice, Cooper, Sugar Almond, Dark Nutmeg and Cognac, just to name a few. But the bottom line is that this warm, spicy, terracotta color is THE COLOR TO ADD THIS SEASON! It’s a warm and earthy burnt orange color and it’s perfect for fall, but it’s also a color you can start wearing RIGHT NOW.

Personally, I’m in denial that fall is around the corner…to me it feels like summer just started, doesn’t it? How it’s possible my kids go back to school in a few weeks I don’t know. TBH, I’m kind of dreading it but also kind of excited for them to be back on a schedule. Anyone else feel me on that?? Anyway, back to the topic at hand, HOW TO WEAR BURNT ORANGE RIGHT NOW AND THEN INTO FALL.

It’s Like the Color MVP

Wear burnt orange right now – it looks great with ivory, white and chambray, even in the heat of summer.  And then as the season transitions, it looks fabulous with black, grey and camel as well as pink, blue and red. And if you’re not color adverse, it looks amazeballs with red and yellow together – it grounds them in a softer way than black. It’s like the ultimate go with everything color.

Why A Utility Jacket?

A utility jacket is an uber useful piece in a well-edited wardrobe. Why? Because a utility jacket is like the understudy to the jean jacket. Just like a denim jacket, it isn’t too dressy and it isn’t too casual. It has the power to take “dressy” things down a notch AND to make “casual” things feel more elevated.

Sometimes, when Elana’s not available, I’ll bring the super creative and stylish Nancy (aka Fancy Nancy) to assist with clients. She jokes that her solution to making all outfits work is to “just throw a jean jacket on” and you instantly feel cool. Truthfully, Nancy is right – it’s a pretty magical piece! Now, I have to ask her if she feels the same way about a utility jacket. I’m thinking she probably does.

Your New Wardrobe BFF

Let’s say you already have a jean jacket (or two) and you wear the heck out of it – as you should because of all the reasons I stated above. You’ve got a dark wash and a light wash both covered, maybe even a cropped version and they fit perfectly into your “uniform”. But you’re getting a little tired and want to change things up a bit. THEN THE UTILITY JACKET WILL BE YOUR NEW BFF!

How to wear a Utility Jacket

Literally, you just need to swap out your jean jacket for a utility jacket and you’re all set. It’s that easy! Shorts and a t-shirt? YES. Over a sundress? YES. Over athleisure? YES. Over a whole black outfit? YES.

And the best part is when you’re wearing actual jeans, you don’t have the question about should I double jean or not?? When you wear a utility jacket it’s a non-issue – woot-woot!

A Woven Bag  – Your Most Versatile Accessory This Summer

Back in the spring, I ordered an adorable little woven bag from Shopbop and I took it to one of our blog and IG photoshoots. I was surprised, but not really, how that woven bag went with almost every outfit we had planned for the day!  It was neutral and fresh and it felt like it lightened up each outfit we put it with.

Fast forward to today, and I am still wearing it, like daily, along with one other woven bag I received from Causebox. Basically, it’s just the two of them on repeat. That’s my summer bag uniform.

When I add a woven bag to my tried and true outfits from last summer, like my army green pants and white top or my goto day dress – the bag makes my old stuff feel new!! Now that’s what a great accessory is meant to do!!

Why a Woven Bag is so Great…