Thursday, March 24, 2016

Harry Potter Inspired Outfit

Harry Potter Inspired Outfit Post Michael Kors tan hobo bag Blu Pepper burgundy polka dot dress navy blue Armani Exchange  blazer


Donald J. Pliner OTK boots blu pepper burgundy and tan polka dot dress Armani Exchange Navy Suit Jacket Michael Kors tan hobo


Donald J. Pliner OTK boots blu pepper burgundy and tan polka dot dress Armani Exchange Navy Suit Jacket Michael Kors tan hobo


Donald J. Pliner OTK boots blu pepper burgundy and tan polka dot dress Armani Exchange Navy Suit Jacket Michael Kors tan hobo


Donald J. Pliner OTK boots blu pepper burgundy and tan polka dot dress Armani Exchange Navy Suit Jacket Michael Kors tan hobo


Donald J. Pliner OTK boots blu pepper burgundy and tan polka dot dress Armani Exchange Navy Suit Jacket Michael Kors tan hobo


Donald J. Pliner OTK boots blu pepper burgundy and tan polka dot dress Armani Exchange Navy Suit Jacket Michael Kors tan hobo


Donald J. Pliner OTK black boots Donald and Lisa Signature black OTK Boots
Dress: Blu Pepper
Blazer: Armani Exchange
OTK Boots: Donald and Lisa Signature
Bag: Michael Kors
Hair: Drybar
Makeup: Elizabeth Jones
Photography: Franz Swantko

Happy Thursday to You!  How are you?  Are you ready for some pastels for spring?  I know spring has sprung, but I am not quite ready to give up my boots just yet.  I am going to be wearing these boots until it seems...well, odd.  See, I love boots and since we don't get that much cold weather here, I hang on to the winter styles as long as possible.

This winter, I was looking for a specific type of boot. These boots were to act like a pair of pants/ leggings, but also as shoes.  I was looking for a way to stay warm and still wear dresses at the same time.  So, the OTK chunk heel Donald and Lisa Signature boot seemed like the obvious choice.  Luckily, I purchased these on sale (I had been eyeing them for months).  I looked around a lot at boots from all over the place on the web, but still came back to these for two reasons: they were both stylish and comfortable.  I wear these boots to work and walk around in them all day at least three times a week.

This blazer from Armani Exhange is one of my favorites, and I have been wearing it a couple times a week.  If you have ever owned a jacket from Armani Exhange, you probably know that the fit of these jackets are impeccable.  Great jackets are some of the most loved pieces in my wardrobe.  I always feel so much more polished with a well-fitting blazer.  How about you?

This hobo handbag from Michael Kors was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas.  He let me pick it out.  What a smart man:)  I picked this neutral bag because I wanted to be able to wear it all year long with many outfits.  This bag is soft and slouchy, yet sturdy and big enough to hold just about everything I need.  It even has pockets inside for organization.  Love that!

Recently, I was talking with someone and they randomly mentioned Harry Potter in conversation.  I was wearing this specific outfit combo, so I figured it was definitely a subconscious slip.  So,  for this post I thought I'd go with it.  Here it is, my Harry Potter inspired outfit.  They even have a new Harry Potter ride that just opened up at Universal Studios.  Neato!  I love those movies.  Science Fiction and Fantasy movies are definitely my favorite genre.  What is yours?

Hope you're having a wonderful week:)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Office Essentials On and Off the Clock

If you are looking to start your office wardrobe or are just replacing the essentials, you may be surprised at how these basics can serve as more versatile options off the clock.

1. The Blazer

Banana Republic Black Blazer
Photo: Banana Republic
This black blazer is a staple for most office environments.  However, more people are starting to wear this jacket more casually off the clock. A simple black blazer can often be seen paired with a white tank or bustier and skinny, flare, or boot-cut jeans.  My first work blazer was from Banana Republic, and it won't be my last.  They make nice structured work pieces and are one of my go to places for office blazers.


2. The Pencil Skirt


http://www.anntaylor.com/all-season-stretch-pencil-skirt/320135?skuId=15432520&defaultColor=6600&colorExplode=false&catid=cata000013
Ann Taylor Black Pencil Skirt
Photo: Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Navy Pencil Skirt
Photo: Ann Taylor
Blue or navy pencil skirts are an essential to many office work environments and can be easily paired with a cardigan, tunic, collared shirt, or blazer.  I have several of these skirts and I really like the fit of this brand because of the wider waistband and paneling on some of them. 

3. The Cardigan

gray shawl collar cardigan
Premise Studio Gray Shawl Collar Cardigan
Photo: Stein Mart
This gray cardigan is a great office essential for more "Casual Friday" dress days. However, this cardigan can also be worn on the weekends for a day at the beach over a sundress, or with jeans and a tank.  I happen to love the Premise Studio cardigans because of the quality of the material they use.  I also feel that the shawl collars look more modern and are more versatile than a traditional fitted button down cardigan.

4. Not Just Dress Pants, Dress Pant "Yoga" Pants 


betabrand yoga dress pants
Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants
Photo: Betabrand

betabrand yoga dress pants
Perfect for the office
betabrand yoga dress pants
Or the lunch time lotus
betabrand yoga dress pants
They stretch too!
These "Dress Pant Yoga Pants" by Betabrand were designed by a woman named Sarah James and have sparked my curiosity.  I have yet to try these pants, but I see them as an office outfit essential in my near future.  These pants can take you from the boardroom to the beach (that is if you do yoga at the beach) or yoga studio.  You may even be able to bike to work in these if you work local.  These pants look stylish with their sophisticated fabrics and sound super comfortable because they are built with a soft, stretchy performance knit that moves with you.  They even have plenty of styles to choose from such as: boot-cut, straight-leg, leggings, and cropped-leg.  Thank you for designing these Sarah.  I can't wait to try these pants!  If you want to see some of Betabrand's other comfy and professional looks, Betabrand's Pants Section is the place to look.

5. The Black Sheath Dress

Banana Republic Black Sheath Dress
Photo: Banana Republic

The black sheath dress is a great alternative to separates, or can be worn on those mornings when you don't know what to wear and you are in a rush to sit in LA traffic or catch the train.  Throw on a cardigan or blazer, add a scarf, or a chunky necklace and ta da! You're ready to start your day.  This dress can also be worn for most social events when accessorized accordingly.

6. White Collared Shirt

Banana Republic White Collar Shirt
Photo: Banana Republic
The white collared shirt is a timeless classic for both men and women in an office space.  You can never have enough of these for each season because white gets dirty easily and constantly needs to be refreshed in one's working wardrobe.  A white shirt is great for job interviews and adds crispness to most day or evening looks.  The white shirt is probably one of the most versatile pieces we own because of its' layering capabilities.  On weekends, this shirt can be worn with jeans and a tank, layered over a thin turtleneck with a trench or blazer, under a vest, or under a v-neck sweater

7. Shoes

Cole Haan Black Pumps
Photo: Cole Haan
The shoes are one of the most important parts of any office wardrobe because it is the basis of how you will be feeling for the next eight hours.  Cole Haan makes excellent, comfortable, and stylish work shoes.  Basic black work heels with a closed toe is always a safe choice and can pair with many outfits.  Over the course of working for many years in an office environment, I can honestly say that if you have comfortable shoes on, you will have a good attitude on as well.  Many of you may know that in any work environment, Attitude is Everything!

Hope you enjoyed this post and see how office essentials are not only useful for the boardroom, but are also versatile for life outside the office space.



XO Joanna












Monday, March 7, 2016

Accessorizing with Donald and Ralph


Ralph Lauren Taylor double-zup burgundy equestrian embossed print satchel bosch camel coat

Ralph Lauren Taylor double-zup burgundy equestrian embossed print satchel bosch camel coat

Ralph Lauren Taylor double-zip satchel burgundy Bosch camel coat Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Gray Denim Jeans Donald J. Pliner black crepe elastic heel boots Gucci sunglasses vintage green and gold necklace emerald green turtleneck

Ralph Lauren Taylor double-zip satchel burgundy Bosch camel coat Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Gray Denim Jeans Donald J. Pliner black crepe elastic heel boots Gucci sunglasses vintage green and gold necklace emerald green turtleneck

Donald J. Pliner black stretch crepe elastic boots with heels

green and gold vintage necklace


Donald J. Pliner black stretch crepe elastic boots with heels

Bag: Ralph Lauren (Similar)
Boots: Donald J. Pliner (Similar)
Glasses:  Gucci (Similar)
Necklace: Sweet Romance Similar
Coat: Bosch (Similar) 
Turtleneck: (Similar)
Hair: Drybar
Photography: Franz Swantko

Brrr!  Lately, it has been rainy, windy, and chilly over here in California.  I'm not a huge fan of cold weather however, the rain is nice because we are in a severe drought right now.  How about you?  Do you like the rain or detest it?  Personally, I love the sound of rain falling on my window when I go to sleep.  It's so relaxing.  

One of the benefits of cold weather as a fashionista, is breaking out those warm winter boots and cozy coats.  This camel coat is super warm and meshes with just about everything.  Some of my favorite winter boots with heels are made by Donald J. Pliner.  The boots featured here are a pair of his black stretchy elastic pointy toe boots with heels from about eight years back.  He has similar ones online.  I also ordered them in brown a few years back in a stretch suede like material as well because they fit my calves and they were comfortable enough to wear to work for eight hours.  To this day, I am still ecstatic about these boots!  I visit his website often because I am a huge fan of his styles, design, level of comfort, and quality.  This year, I bought a pair of Donald and Lisa Signature OTK boots to keep my legs warm that I will be showcasing in a future post.  Can't wait!

Do you have a stylish work tote or satchel?  What colors do you prefer?  This pretty burgundy satchel from Ralph Lauren is one of my favorite carryalls.  I also have this equestrian embossed satchel in red and black because I love this design so much!  It's the perfect size to carry your work items in or a small laptop or iPad for blogging.  It's also definitely a sleek and stylish statement piece if you are going to a work meeting or work luncheon.  Ralph Lauren is definitely one of my all time favorite designers because of the classic sophistication of  his designs.

Hope you have a wonderful week and remember to Make it a Marvelous Monday okay:)

XO Joanna