Polka dots and lace shorts

Shorts: Forever 21 blouse: Forever 21 (similar here & here) Tights: J.Crew (similar here), boots: Coach (similar on sale here), earrings: gifted, bag: Kate Spade (similar ASOS bag)
Typically, the need to incorporate lace shorts into the basic section of my wardrobe is low. But when I saw these at Forever21, I reconsidered. This is mostly due to me being mildly obsessed with lace and having a high appreciation for noncommittal price tags. Worn with tights and ‘them boots with the fur’, I stay warm and minimize the need for a spray tan.


Bare necessities

Julia from Once Upon a Blog got all the glossy messy details on how I interviewed for my job at Google while wearing a very tight belly bandit, the time God played some mean trick on my eyebrows (birth), and how I know the barometric pressure of any city that I’m in. You can get all of that riveting stuff and details on all of the hair and beauty products I’ve curated in my interview here.

Instagram Diary: Denver

Hello friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I did. The Banker and I left Harlowe with my MIL for 2 days while we jetted off to Denver to visit some friends and family.

I’ve been to Denver once or twice before. The most memorable time was when I ran my first half marathon. My body was not ready for that sort of physical torture yet and was in remission for the balance of my visit. I didn’t walk around much after that!

I figured I’d make it tradition to run a race whenever I visit; this time the race was shorter. It also called for more glow-sticks. The ‘Rave Run’ was held on what I’m now certain is one of the most highly celebrated holidays in Denver: 4/20.

April 20th brings a whole melange of disconnected festivities. As you cam guess, there were some interesting outfits out there. I’ll be sharing my outfits later this week since I’m working in NYC for the next few days and blogging from my iPhone for now. Here’s my Denver experience insta-style.


Geometric cut-out situation

Crop: Tobi, skirt: Tobi necklace: Ambiance in SF (similar here), heels: old Report Signature (similar here, here here), bag: JustFab

Geometric prints don’t have to go hand-in-hand with hanging out at The Max. They’re a huge trend this season along with cut-out anything and crop tops. How best to incorporate them into your wardrobe is a question that has many answers. 
I began my experimentation with Spring’s hottest trends by investing only a marginal amount of green so that if the return was poor, I avoid being completely in the hole. Tobi is a fantastic retail outlet for this purpose. The fact that they ship items overnight is another lovely selling point. They are simply ahhhmaze.


A few lessons I’ve learned the hard way (by blogging)

Looking good is HARD. It requires preparation, lighting, timing and a focused (or conveniently blurred) camera. In the above photo, I was trying to look “sexy” in that nonchalant kind of way. Unfortunately, due to my body language and facial expression, I mostly look like I’m removing rocks from my slingbacks. Lesson learned: Save the attempts at sex appeal for the Victoria’s Secret photo shoot (still waiting for my invite!).
Know your strengths. So, you think you’re totally cute and funny? That doesn’t mean you are a shoe-in for the upcoming season of SYTYCD. This is just being irresponsible in front of a camera. That worked for Kim Kardashian, but definitely won’t work for me. 
Invest time in rehersing your facial expressions and natural poses. Every women should have 5 go-to poses regardless of whether or not she is a fashion blogger. This one just recently got crossed off my list.
Make sure you are not going to make any ‘most phallic outfits’ list. A really fantastic way to avoid this is to simply use a mirror.
I hope you learn from my mistakes. I invite you to leave comments below letting me in on any life lessons you are willing to share. Please don’t leave me hanging.  
office style

Office Style: It’s black and white

Shoes: Cole Haan, Skirt: Greylin, Top: Halogen (similar here and here), Necklace: old Macy’s find (similar on sale here and here)
Hello there! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent last week at a conference in Arizona and had to give a presentation to a large group. Since my goal was to be memorable, but not distracting, this black and white ensemble is what I wore. 
I’ve become partial to any combination of black and white, patterns and shorter hemlines. I find them classic with a twist of modernity. I felt particularly bold on this day and incorporated four pattern variations: crocodile embossed leather, color-blocking, stripes and polka dots. Minimalism describes my approach to accessories at the office, so I opted to add some tonal variation with a red matte lip. 
Cole Haan is offering 30% off your entire purchase until April 15th. Perfect time to stock up on their Chelsea pumps which I adore. Use code FAMILY30.

Photos by: Julia Ralston

How to: pack for business trips

best shoes for business trips, best shoes for work conferences
Wear a nice pair of jeans on the flight  both directions. I keep them moderately casual, but nice enough that I would wear them in front of a client or boss.

Pack two pairs of shoes. Think sophisticated and comfortable. Keep the heel height 4 inches or lower. 3 inch heels are ideal for conferences that will have you standing most of the day. Bring a pair of shoes for running if you like you get your workouts in. These are optional, but come in handy when you’ve been sitting all day and need to use some energy up!

Carry-on a bag of outfits appropriate for meetings, presentations, etc. Dresses work nicely as they take up less space. Lace dresses or dresses with pleats work great because wrinkles show less. Cotton-poly, cotton-Lycra blends are wrinkle resistant so look for those!

Pack a nice top you can wear out to dinner or networking events in the evening. Pair tops with jeans and a simple pair of heels. Another option is to bring a statement necklace and wear it over your day dress making it the perfect night time ensemble. 

Bring appropriate undergarments. The more nude pairs you bring the better because animal print booty shorts are the last thing you want to worry about at a conference!

Bring one-two blazers. You can wear these day and night and if you’re careful make one last for 2-3 days. Black is always a good option as it goes with everything and doesn’t show signs of wear as easily as lighter colors. 

I hope this helps you on your next trip!

Colorblock + sunblock

Dress: BCBG (similar here & here), shoes: J.Crew (similar on sale here), clutch: Lilly Pulitzer (similar here) bracelets: Baublebar, J.Crew and Gerard Yosca.
This very feminine frock is my inaugural color block piece. Before this dress, my short stature kept me from assimilating into the color block craze. I was won over by long vertical stripes that actually elongate. Major plus. 

Crisp pleats give it depth and the ability to survive wrinkle-warfare as it is tightly packed in a carry-on suitcase. The fact that it comes embellished with a contrasting sash deems it a worthy travel companion since additional accessories are completely unnecessary. Except for sunblock. Sunblock is a given. 
Photos by: Donna Hale


Loud clutch love

Blouse and trousers: Forever21 (similar blouse here), Clutch: JustFab, earrings: H&M (similar here) other jewels: J.Crew, Baublebar and JewelMint, shoes J.Crew (similar here)

Last week at LuckyFABB, I stopped by the JustFab gift suite and became enlightened. Their collection for Spring/Summer is playful, classic and frustratingly easy to buy. It’s like Prabal Gurung and Celine had an unpretentious baby and they named it JustFab. (What’s up with celebrities giving their kids weird names?) 

Obvi, I picked up this clutch after my eyes met its classic silhouette, boisterous styling and uncanny resemblance to cork. I can’t wait to wear it with jeans and tees on the weekends to add a splash of color. 

                                                                Photos by: Caity Shreve


Run like you have inspiration

By the time you read this, I will have finished my 4th half marathon. I need some extra inspiration for this particular race because I don’t anticipate feeling great mentally or physically. I’ve made many excuses not to train: I’m in an unfamiliar city, my commute is too long, my baby is too cute, etc.
Sometimes I need to remind myself why I sign up for these things: To enjoy myself. Running is my ‘me time’ and therapy. I do this to think through all of life’s dilemmas such as, “are Valentinos worth it?” and “Should I exfoliate more?” Total bonus if I see Ryan Gosling. ‘Run like the Banker and a pitcher of sangria are waiting for you at the finish line’ would be more appropriate for my tastes, but this tank does the trick.