Black and White for the Museum

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Shirt, Madewell Central Shirt (runs large), also in blush and black here
icon| Shorts, Ann Taylor City | Shoes, Converse | Backpack, Anya Hindmarch (old), but similar here | Sunglasses, Ray Ban
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We finally got tickets to the Broad Museum on Labor Day Weekend…I’ve been dying to go forever!  It was sweltering hot by Los Angeles standards (95+ degrees), so I wanted to be comfortable, but still presentable, since we were having lunch at Otium, the restaurant by the museum.  This breezy white shirt and black shorts combo was perfect – it kept me really cool in the heat, but I didn’t feel sloppy.  Also, I knew I was going to take photos with the amazing artwork, so the black and white color palette was perfect, as it went with all the colorful modern art at the museum.  We hung out at the Disney Concert Hall while we waited for our turn at the Infinity Mirrors, so I snapped some photos there as well.  I love how downtown LA is becoming (or is already) such a hot spot – such a change from when I was growing up.

Number of Wears in 2017: 

Shirt, 1 (new) | Shorts, 3 | Shoes, 13 | Backpack, 27</p

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Feeling Whimsical

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Sweater, Madewell
icon| Shorts, Ann Taylor City
icon | Sneakers, Converse
iconAnn Taylor Butterfly Sunglasses

I don’t do cutesy clothing, but sometimes a little touch of whimsy feels just right and still age appropriate.  This sweater and sneakers definitely fall into my style, “Effortless California Polish.”   Because the print is on a sweater and not a sweatshirt, and the shorts are black and tailored, the whole look moves away from cute-sey 20-something, into fun 40-something.  Okay, maybe the shoes are a little too matchy, but I couldn’t resist!

Number of Wears

Sweater, 1 (new) | Shorts, 2 (new)| Sneakers, 9

White Jeans Are Magical

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icon | Vince T-Shirt (old), similar
icon| Joes Jeans Olivia (old)|Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal
icon| Madewell Medium Transport Tote
icon | Ann Taylor Butterfly Sunglasses

In thinking about my last weekend outfit, it felt a little off from my stated style of Effortless California Polish.  It was a little too casual and not polished enough.  I think the issue comes when all my individual pieces are casual, and there isn’t one slightly more polished item.  Enter white jeans.  Something about white bottoms (jeans, shorts, skirt) instantly makes any look more polished.  This is still my weekend uniform of T-shirt, jeans, and comfy sandals, and yet this outfit feels way more put together than the last one.

Number of Wears (since Jan 2017)

Kut from the Kloth Jacket – 15; Vince T-shirt – 6; Joes Jeans Olivia – 2; Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals – 41; Madewell Medium Transport Tote – 8

Casual Stripes for the Weekend

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T-shirt, Splendid (old), similar here
Jeans, Treasure & Bond
Sunglasses, Ann Taylor Butterflyicon (a steal at $25)

Sandals, Birkenstock Gizeh (so comfy!)

Backpack, Anya Hindmarch (old), but love this similar one here

We went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this past weekend, and I got to take a shot at the iconic street lamps exhibit.  This looks is a classic weekend formula for me – comfy T-shirt, relaxed jeans, walking sandals and backpack.  However, I wore this before I finished my mood board and defined my style as Effortless California Polish (see background post here).  As I compare this outfit to my style, I see the “Effortless”, I see the “California”, but I’m missing a little of the “Polish”.  I think the backpack helps, with the creamy white leather and fun details, but the outfit itself could use a little more.  Hmm…good food for thought in my style journey.

Number of Wears Per Item

Striped Splendid T-Shirt, 7

Treasure and Bond Jeans, 2 (newer)

Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals, 39 (way undercounting – I lived in these last summer!)

Anya Hindmarch Backpack, 26

Black Jersey Jumpsuits are like PJ’s

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Jersey Jumpsuit, Splendid (old)

Tote, Madewell Medium Transport
iconSandals, Ann Taylor Gretel
iconSunglasses, Ann Taylor Butterfly
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Bracelet, David Yurman X

If you’ve been following my style journey posts, you know that comfort is key to my wardrobe.  Comfort was a factor before I had a baby, and it certainly is even more important now.   That’s why this jersey jumpsuit from Splendid has been on repeat often this summer.  It feels like wearing PJ’s, yet can be dressed up or down.  I paired with cognac slides and tote to help lighten up for summer.  Both were great recent finds, and the tote is the perfect size to carry around daily.  See below pic from a recent Starbucks run.  (Did I mention that I’m a coffee addict?)

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Finally, since I’ve been trying to define my style, and which pieces I turn to most often, I am going to list the number of wears for each item (I track clothing, shoes and handbags, but not accessories, workout clothes, lingerie, etc).  One note is that I only started tracking this year, so my older items are undercounted.

Wears

Black Splendid Jumpsuit –  5 wears

Cognac Madewell Tote – 3 wears (newer)

Ann Taylor Slides – 6 wears (newer)

 

 

 

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