Day to Night Outfit

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Blazer, Peace of Cloth (old), similar on sale here
icon| Jumpsuit, Maeve (old), similar on sale here or here| Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old), similar here, budget-friendly version here| Bag, Balenciaga City
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Hubby and I went out on Monday night (gasp!) to a special United Mileage Plus cardholders event at the Griffith Observatory.  It was windy and chilly (for LA in September), but so much fun as they opened just for our group.  We loved geeking out to the Planetarium movie and all the exhibits, and the views of course were spectacular.  (You can barely see it, but that is the Hollywood sign in the background of the first photo).

I had sent this blazer to ThredUp, since I didn’t quite know how to style it.  The fit is a little boxy, and I never reached for it.  Luckily, ThredUp didn’t want it and sent it back and I rescued it, as boxy blazers are back in for the fall .  The color and fit makes it somewhat casual and I can dress it up or down.  I tried a black blazer with the red jumpsuit, and all of a sudden I looked more formal, more serious, and older (not what I was going for, and definitely not fitting in with my Effortless California Polish style).  Definitely keeping this one!

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Switch Jewelry Rental Review

As I have been exploring my style, I’ve been hesitating to buy too many new items.  Jewelry in particular is a challenge.  My jewelry is very minimal – I generally wear the same simple gold hoop earrings and “B” necklace everyday.

I found Switch a month ago, and have really been loving it.  It’s a monthly jewelry rental service, with high quality jewelry pieces (they say the average retail value is $500).  They have a well-curated selection with a range of styles – everything from minimal to bold to trendy (apparently chokers are back!).  The cost depends on how many pieces you want at one time: Gold is 1 piece ($29/month), Platinum is 2 pieces ($49/month), and Black is 3 pieces ($69/month).  You keep each piece as long as you want, and then you return and select a new one.  They are pretty quick – once they receive the item, I can immediately get a new one, and they ship within two business days.  The company is in Los Angeles, so I have been getting the pieces within on day, but it might take a little longer the further you live (they ship regular USPS, except for the first item which came next day air).

I’ve gotten two pieces so far, and have really enjoyed them.  I’ve tried to select pieces a little out of my comfort zone, and while I wouldn’t have bought any of them, they are so fun to try.  Each piece comes nicely boxed, with a fun note card.

 

 

First, the Chloe Hoop Lariat Necklace (retail $590) – When I first got this piece, I didn’t think I would like it.  It was a heavy, brassy gold chain – not my style at all.  But when I started playing with it, I found I really liked it.  It went with more casual and more formal outfits, and brought a little style to my neutral outfits.

 

 

 

Next, vintage Chanel clip-on earrings (retail $500) – I liked the bold statement look of these earrings, and the brassy gold vintage look with the faux pearl center.  They would go well with office wear or evening wear.  These were larger than I would normally wear, and a bit on the heavy side for me, so I didn’t keep them on too long, but they inspired me to keep bolder gold earrings in mind.

 

I’m still using the program, so stay tuned for my next review.  If this review has helped and you interested in joining, please consider using my referral code:  TaoCarolyn22J  The Switch website is here.  This is not a sponsored post, but I will get a small referral credit.  Thank you!

Navy Striped Jumpsuit – Summer Workwear

I love jumpsuits for summer – they feel like pajamas yet make me feel put together instantly.  I get a lot of compliments on this one!  The cropped leg necessitates a nude shoe on my 5’2″ frame – while a higher heel would probably look better (probably true for all outfits), the 1-inch block heel on these sandals makes them very walkable.

Jumpsuit – 1. State (old)

Cardigan – Ann Taylor cropped cardigan (old), similar (40% off) here
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Sandals – Vince Rianne sandals (old), similar here

Bag – Gucci Soho Disco

Earrings – Vintage Chanel, rented here