b*chic :: midday meeting

Lately I’m into dresses. Not sure why or what happened, but I think that my psyche is trying to compensate for my childhood years, where I ran around looking like a boy most of the time. Now, before you jump to conclusions, I must clarify. When I say dresses, I don’t want you to picture anything with ruffles or frills. I’m still me. Which means I wear mostly gray, black, navy or brown, and the details are simple, to the point, and not overly girly. That tomboyish streak will always be there, it seems.

For the January Style Guide, I’m thinking about dressing for meetings. Probably because I have a lot of them lately. I’m all about that snappy casual look. Pairing tall boots and a slouchy bag with a tailored, laid-back dress and a single, statement-making piece of jewelry is perfect for a midday powwow with a client. And the best part? Add some earrings, swap the tie for a chunky belt, grab a cardigan, and you’re ready for a dinner date downtown. Win, win!

Interview Advice Dress by ModCloth ($75) | Loose Change Necklace by Anthropologie ($48) | Brompton Hobo by J.Crew ($298) | Intyce Boots by Steve Madden at Piperlime ($149)


b*chic :: laid-back classic (for the boys)

It’s been awhile since I put together a style guide for the boys. It’s overdue. So here we go! As is my norm, I put together a fairly neutral and monochromatic look, playing off shades of blue and brown. Every one of these pieces is timeless and classic, and could easily be used in a variety of other ways. What I love about this look is that it’s pulled together, but still laid-back. Polished, but at ease.

Herringbone Blazer by Gap ($80) | Gray Chambray Utility Shirt by J.Crew ($98) | Walter Leather Watch by Fossil ($115) | AEO Leather Belt by American Eagle ($29.50) | Denim Plaid Cotton Neck Tie by Sovereign Beck ($75) | Vintage Slim Fit Jean by J.Crew ($96) | Original Chukka by Sperry Tod-Sider ($95)

b*chic :: for the feet

I know I’ve mentioned it before. But in case you are new, I’ll admit it again. I love shoes. So much, in fact, that my mom calls me Imelda Marcos. With winter now here to stay, and Christmas just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about cozy boots and smashing heels. Sparkly flats and pumps for parties, fur-lined boots for sledding and tall, leather (or herringbone!) boots for concerts and church and festivities of all kinds. Delicious, and so merry!

Sorel 1964 Leather Boots from J.Crew ($130)  |  Jane Tall Cuff from Frye ($388)  |  Herringbone Boots from Anthropologie ($258)  |  Quail Boots by Naya ($265)

Sterling Kitten Heels from Anthropologie ($148)  |  Kamea Peep-Toe Pump from Banana Republic ($59)  |  Satin Bow Peeptoe Heel from White House Black Market ($98)  |  On-Your-Toes Flats from Anthropologie ($138)

b*chic :: fall 4 u

If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you will remember the lovely Shauna (here, here and here). I styled two engagement shoots for her and her now-hubby, Travis. I also designed their wedding stationery and helped style their wedding photos (see a few of them here). Needless to say, working together on these projects was a blast. After her wedding was over, I was bummed to know that our work together was done. That is, until she contacted me about doing some branding and a blog design. I was ALL OVER it, and excited for the opportunity to do another project with Shauna. This lady is effortlessly stylish, gorgeous, fun and totally down to earth. It’s probably no surprise that over the course of the past year, she’s become a friend more than a client.

A few weeks ago, we went shopping together. I asked Shauna to give me some pointers. This girl can put together a look like nobody’s business. I tend to get stuck in a rut, and always gravitate towards the same stores, styles, colors, and cuts. She helped me pick things that were just slightly outside my “normal” and put them together in a new and different way.

The first thing we picked up was a modern bomber jacket at Gap. They had it in gray (which I would usually scoop up first) and camel. I got the camel. Cheers to introducing a new neutral to my wardrobe! Next, we looked for pants that I could wear with tall brown boots (I already had a pair of riding boots by Bare Traps, which I love). In the end, we settled on dark charcoal cords in the “matchstick” fit from J.Crew. Now, I would normally hesitate to pair dark charcoal with brown boots, but you what?! It TOTALLY worked!! We also grabbed a green striped sweater from Banana that just peeks out from the jacket (not pictured in the style board), and completed the look with a light floral scarf (I got mine for cheap at Len, but this one from Gap is pretty awesome too). All put together, the outfit is a really nice blend of neutrals (my fave) and various textures. It feels fallish, a little bit edgy, and yet still “me”. THANK YOU, Shauna!!

Modern Bomber Jacket by Gap ($90) | Vintage Matchstick Cords by J.Crew ($79.50) | Ride Line Boots by Aerosoles from Piper Lime ($89) | Multi-Floral Scarf by Gap ($30)

b*chic :: back to school

As much as I love summer (and you know how much I love summer), I somehow always find room in my heart to love fall, too. It’s a separate love. A lesser love, admittedly. But once I’ve extricated myself from the arms of my one true love (SUMMER, of course), I am able to get pretty cozy in fall’s embrace.

All of that to say, I am not terribly depressed as these cooler days have me digging through the back of my closet, grabbing for jeans and layers and sneakers and VESTS. Have I ever mentioned how much I love vests? Oh because I love them dearly. Which is why, for this month’s style board, I had to include a vest. Not just any vest, mind you. But a GREEN VEST. I’ve been thinking about a green vest for awhile now. And this one from Boden is pretty perfect, if I do say so myself. Pair it with a sweatshirt, jeans, comfy kicks, and a basic watch, and you are SO set for a Saturday afternoon of play. It’s like back to school for grown-ups!

Snuggly Gilet Vest by Boden ($148) | Around-town Sweatshirt by J.Crew ($68) | Favorite Boyfriend Jean by American Eagle ($39.50) | Satire Flat Sneaker by Simple Shoes ($55) | Mini Flight Watch by Fossil ($75)

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