Gingham: Runway to Your Way

Ginham: Runway to Your Way

Gingham is a summer staple. While it’s always been in my picnic basket, I love how it showed up unexpectedly on the Spring 15 runways and is still going strong. The pieces above are all under $100 and couldn’t be cuter. I have my eye on this ruffled blouse.

L to R: 1 / 2 / 3 (on sale!) / 4 / 5 / 6 (on sale!)

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Lucy Williams of blog Fashion Me Now is just so cool. This post was almost the death of me – complete with my beloved Breton stripes, scallops, and THOSE shoes. I had to recreate it immediately.

Take your inspiration and tweak it to become your own – like switching sandals to oxfords, or suede to denim. The above variations will fit your budget, while still channeling Lucy’s uber-cool British-chic Penny Lane style.

Tops 1 / 2 / 3

Skirts 1 / 2 / 3

Shoes 1 / 2 (obsessed) / 3

The Leather Jacket

Leather Jacket

I just love the look of a leather motorcycle jacket thrown over a flirty dress. It’s such an effortless and foolproof outfit. You’re girly, edgy, comfortable, and chic – one of those ‘don’t try to label me, I am who I am’ outfits.

I love balancing hard and soft pieces together, and this combo is perfect for a spring day in the City. The leather moto jackets I’ve been eyeing are $500+ so I starting looking at faux leather to keep the cost down, while making sure don’t look or feel cheaper. These six fit the bill, and have an amazing price point – all under $200!

1. Zara Biker Jacket $99 / 2. Zara Studded Jacket $129
3. Zara Faux Leather Biker Jacket $99 / 4. Cheap Monday Wish Jacket $140
5. Blank Denim Vegan Moto Jacket $124 / 6. Topshop Faux Leather Biker Jacket $94

White Shirt Dress

White Shirt Dress
1. Asos $76 2. Gap $74  3. Gap $70 4. Zara $50

Here in San Francisco, the moment it hits 65 and sunny everyone runs to a patch of grass somewhere to soak up the sun, praise summertime, and drink beer. We also wear summer dresses knowing full well the moment the sun begins to set and the wind picks up we’ll be throwing on North Face and Patagonia and cursing the winter. It’s a constant cycle you come to accept pretty quickly.

So that’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago at the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach. This is an adorable old English style inn and pub nestled between a mountain and a beach in Marin County, where you can spend a leisurely afternoon sprawled on their lawn.

Now I come to the point – here there was a beautiful young woman wearing a loose white shirt dress and leather sandals who looked so utterly chic and relaxed – like she was transported from the French Riviera. The dress was a light airy linen and hung loosely from the body, but sheer enough to be flirty and exude the attitude “I can’t be bothered to care if you can see my knickers.” She was just so cool.

Here is a roundup of the best white shirt dresses I could find, all under $100, so that we can all shamelessly copy this woman. I recommend throwing the belt out and pairing with leather sandals, on a lawn or a beach, with a cocktail in hand. Cheers!

The Updated Sweater Vest

The Updated Sweater Vest

1. Zara $39 / 2. H&M $17 / 3. Zara $29 / 4. Asos $40 / 5. For Love & Lemons $94 6. Elliat $92

If you’re in the mood for some emotional distress, find the Chunky Knit Sleeveless Everlane top here.

Your Next Purchase

Brandy Melville Top

THE TOP: Brandy Melville Sofia Tank $28

This top is amazing – do yourself a favor and purchase! I wore this outfit to a sunny brunch on Saturday and it was just the cutest (if I do say so myself…). I paired it with this Zara skirt, but any high-waisted skirt will do. Enjoy!

ZARA: The White Dress

ZARA: White Out

There are two items I just cannot pass up, regardless of the season: striped shirts and white dresses. Zara’s Spring 15 collection has an AMAZING collection of white dresses for every budget. These styles range from flirty to edgy, casual to dressy – there is something for everyone and the outfit options are endless. I’ll definitely be ordering this little number. Since white always looks better with a tan, I’m hoping the sun stays out this weekend. Happy shopping!

Other great Zara options here, here, and here – all under $100!