Flowing Trench Coats

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I’ve always appreciated the classic trench coat; structured, tailored and meant to last a lifetime.  But this season, a more flowing, draping, romantic version hit the scene and I was smitten.  I purchased mine several months ago but failed to write about it until now.

I’m loving the updated version of the classic coat.  The fabric is thin and almost silky so it lays beautifully like a sleek robe.  And the movement when you walk is dramatic and dreamy at the same time.

Since outerwear tends to cost more, I can appreciate the versatility of this piece.  Wear it over a pretty dress for a wedding or for work.  Top it over your tightest, shortest dress for a night out that still leaves something to the imagination.  Also goes well with skinny jeans and ankle boots as shown above.  My favorite way to wear it is to contrast the femininity with boyfriend jeans or shredded cutoff shorts.  An outfit post with my flowing trench coming soon!

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Instagram Faves – April 2014

I’m most active on Instagram and post lots of outfit pics there that never make it on the blog.  I’ve decided to do this monthly roundup of popular Instagram posts.  You can shop any of the images below by clicking on the pic that you like and it will take you to a page with all the product links!  Or, you can always head to my personal Instagram Shopping page HERE to shop all the looks!  As my girls would say, easy peasy lemon squeezy!


Biker Jackets and Lace Skirts


ASOS Textured Biker Jacket  |  Truly Madly Deeply Scoopneck Slouch Pocket Tee  |  Alexander Wang Rockie Bag
Forever21 Crochet Skirt (similar here and here)  |  L’Agence Mules (similar)  |  Gorjana Camila Hammered Ring
Silver Bracelets (similar here and here)  |  Ray-Ban Aviators  |  Vintage Necklace  |  Cartier Love Ring

pastel moto jacket lace skirt

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lace skirt moto jacket

pastel moto jacket

Photo Credit: Kina Wicks 

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Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 Ad

And the Burberry Prorsum Ad that inspired this outfit.  I loved every single look that walked down the Spring 2014 runway and have featured some of them here (like this pink confection!)  When I saw this ad, I knew that was how I wanted to look this Spring and I even created this perfect Spring look book here afterwards.  But really, how appropriate is it for this thirty something mama to stroll around Costco in a sheer lace skirt with only bloomers underneath?

I put together this toned down version of the look with a Forever21 crocheted skirt, my favorite slouchy tee, and this minty green moto jacket.  I think it still captures the general essence of the look but in a real life appropriate way.  Inspired by the Runway and translated into Real Way is a big part of what I do here and I hope you’ll give this look a try too!

Colorful Woven Bags

1. ASOS Clutch Bag     2. Simone Camille Carryall     3. ASOS Woven Shopper Bag
4. Star Mela Embroidered Ina Duffle Bag     5. Stela 9 Shiva Backpack
6. ASOS Oversized Geo-Tribal Shopper     7. TOPSHOP Flouro Woven Backpack

After the brutal and seemingly endless winter we endured, summer cannot get here fast enough.  This year, I’m looking to go extra bright and overly cheerful to make up for the dreary past.  I’m loving these vibrant woven and embroidered bags with all their embellishments; pom poms, paillettes, coin fringe and tassels!

Styling Ideas:

I’d wear this clutch with an easy fitting white dress and neutral flat sandals out to brunch.  To the beach, an oversized white button down over a bikini would pair perfectly with this backpack.  And out running errands, a crocheted top, faded cut offs and this bag!

Ladylike Pleated Skirts

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Aritzia High Low Shirt (similar here and here)  |  Zara Pleated Skirt (similar here and here)
L’Agence Mules (similar here and here)  |  Chanel Classic Flap Bag  |  Zara Tribal Necklace (similar)
Timex Easy Reader Watch (only $35!)  |  Silver Bracelet  |  Gorjana Camila Hammered Ring

chanel 2.55 classic
clothes with movement

pleated skirt zara silver

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Photo Credit: Kina Wicks

Growing up, my mother rarely left home without being primped, primed and polished.  She always looked pretty and ladylike and I’ve come to really appreciate that classic style.  The Chanel quilted flap bag and this blush pleated skirt are timeless and elegant.  To bring it up to date, I paired it with this high low top in a graphic black and white print.  I love how the long back provides a lot of movement as you walk.

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