sandgrens

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back today with a simple weekend outfit. but really, who am i kidding? i dress like this pretty much every day of the week. all of my outfits are super comfy and casual, especially now that i’m six months pregnant. and yes, i did pull my pants up all the way over my belly. i’ve never been a fan of low rise anything, which seems to have dominated the maternity category these days. i understand why, it’s way more convenient to just wear everything below the belly, but i can’t stand feeling like my pants are about to fall down to my ankles at any moment. i won’t be able to pull this off towards the very end of my pregnancy, but i will definitely try to keep it up until i switch to the caftan stage in the very last month, haha.

pregnancy aside, i’m sure you’ve noticed by now that i’m almost always wearing a pair of clogs. so when sandgrens reached out and asked if i’d like to try a pair, i was really excited to get these sandals in the mail. i’d been dreaming up a style like this for a little over a year, and hadn’t quite found what i was looking for. but lo and behold, they had exactly the style that i wanted as part of their new spring collection. i went with a neutral brown, but they come in pink and blue and all sorts of springy colors, too.

wearing:
vintage eileen fisher coat
vintage sweater
lauren manoogian pants
morocco clogs courtesy of sandgrens

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only child

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it’s been a minute since i’ve shared an outfit post, and partly because it has been extremely hard to find the motivation now that i’m just about 6 months pregnant! my wardrobe has been really simple, and most days i don’t feel much like myself, which isn’t exactly inspiring when it comes to mustering up the courage to pose for pictures. but i definitely made the exception for this beautiful silk dress by oakland-based designer only child. the one-size-fits-most style has been very accommodating to my growing waistline, and is the perfect base for layering on any number of different accessories. so if i want, i can totally get away with wearing it every day of the week, just swapping out for a different bag, a new pair of shoes, a swipe of lipstick, or an easy updo. it’s such a no-brainer that it really helps me to get on with my day, even when i’m not feeling 100 percent.

i also love that the brand is completely hand-made in small batches by self-taught designer haley tucker. you can tell that she really takes the time to come up with thoughtful designs, and that each piece has been made with a focus on solid craftsmanship. i also love that i know exactly where my money is going when i make a purchase from a small, local designer such as this.

wearing:
dora silk blend dress courtesy of only child
vintage wool scarf
clare vivier messenger tote
clyde angora pinch hat
martiniano glove slipper

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holiday comforts

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hard to believe it, but i’m already more than halfway through my pregnancy! it’s not my first time celebrating the holiday season while pregnant, but if there’s one thing i’ve learned from the past, it’s that you gotta dress comfortably! but of course, i still want to look nice for the few holiday parties and new years celebrations that i will be attending, glass of sparkling cider in hand. so this year, i partnered with zappos to shop my holiday looks using the style room. it’s basically a one-stop shop for all of your holiday outfit needs, and everything is listed in tidy categories based on your personal style preferences. for this simple holiday look, i went for a mix of classic and contemporary. but since my belly is just starting to emerge, i was a little bit unsure of what size to order. the nice thing is that they have free two-day shipping and free returns, so when the first dress turned out to be the wrong size, i was able to quickly make an exchange with plenty of time before christmas and new year’s.

now, i know this outfit isn’t your traditional holiday outfit, but i’m not exactly going to be hitting up the club. my christmas eve will be spent with family, most likely unwrapping a present or two and stuffing my face with tamales. christmas day is also a pretty casual affair around here, and new year’s eve will be similar. i’ve invited a few people over for the celebration, but we’ll probably be turning in a little early with a nearly two-year-old in tow. but that’s alright with me! there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate the holidays, and i’m totally ok with going super low-key this year.

wearing:
vince camuto turtleneck sweater dress courtesy of zappos
sam edelman petty boots courtesy of zappos
vintage jacket
clyde mohair pinch hat
clinique lip pop in cola pop

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baby on the way

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that’s right, we’re going in for round number two! today i am exactly 17 weeks along with my second little dude or dudette. i don’t really have much to share other than one of my typical outfit posts. at this stage in the pregnancy, i basically just look like i ate a really big burrito, though i’m sure that will change any day now. yesterday i discovered that i can no longer button my largest pair of jeans, so i’m scrambling to pull together my maternity wardrobe! it’s actually a funny coincidence that i even have this dress. kinwolfe reached out to me a few months ago and asked if i’d like to try one of their maternity nursing dresses since i’m still breastfeeding adam. little did i know that only a few weeks later, i would find out that i was pregnant! needless to say, it was a lifesaver to have it hanging in my closet when i started to burst out of all my normal clothes.

and this time around, when it comes to getting dressed, i’m a lot more focused on comfort and practicality than when i was pregnant with adam. now i kinda feel like this seasoned veteran, and in a way, it’s fun to be able to have this whole arsenal of learnings from the last time around. it’s really helped me to feel much more calm and positive about the whole process. and i am so excited to see what this next little human being is going to be like!

wearing:
silk radiant maternity/nursing dress courtesy of kinwolfe
benah for karen walker handbag
hatch cashmere socks
swedish hasbeens pearl high

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devoted to denim with hudson jeans

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when it comes to my personal style, you know i love an easy vintage dress, but nothing beats a good pair of jeans. when you find that perfect pair of dark wash skinny jeans, you pretty much know they’re going to be the hardest working staple in your wardrobe. they’re universally flattering, and they fit into any wardrobe, regardless of your style. they’re like the fashion thread that binds us all together. so of course, when i teamed up with zappos + hudson jeans for my latest outfit post, picking these jeans was pretty much a no-brainer. they’re made of a super soft and stretchy viscose-denim, so they’re insanely comfortable, and they’re the darkest shade of inky blue, which is one of my favorite colors. i really have to hand it to hudson: they have cool british roots, but with an ease that captures the whole laid-back california vibe.

so far this fall, i’ve been really obsessed with comfort, so these were an especially good match with a super warm and cozy oversized sweater. and i went with a totally neutral palette because who says you can’t wear black and blue and even brown all together? that happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. but of course, you could just as easily dress the whole thing up with a flowy top, fancy heels, and a bright pop of lipstick for a night out on the town.

wearing:
hudson krista super skinny jeans in delilah courtesy of zappos
colorant sweater
brookes boswell wakefield hat
j.w. hulme legacy handbag
maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels in midnight suede

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this post was created in partnership with zappos + hudson jeans.

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#foreverforward with zappos + hudson

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you guys, it’s finally fall. as in, it was cold and rainy yesterday and it was actually necessary for me to wear jeans and a sweater. when i woke up this morning, it was 39 degrees outside. it’s downright chilly. so yes, i am quietly rejoicing while pulling all of my knits out of boxes and planning what outfits to wear while the weather is cool. and luckily for me, i recently joined forces with zappos to pick a few pairs of hudson jeans for the season. i was instantly drawn to their ’70s-inspired fall collection, and placed my order for this pair of insanely soft mia jeans. they arrived in two days with free shipping, just in time for me to pull together this comfy look on the first chilly day of the season.

and they totally satisfy my desire to swath myself in warm and cozy clothes while still looking pulled-together and vintage-inspired. i’ve talked about this before, but for me, even if i’m just wearing jeans and a t-shirt, i still always try to add an element of interest to my look. i tend to be a bit of a minimalist, so instead of piling on lots of accessories, i usually like to play with interesting shapes and silhouettes instead. the slim fit of the jeans keep the boxy sweater from being too overwhelming, the heels add height (and another little nod to the past), while the hat balances out the shape of the flares. it’s an easy outfit formula that i’m definitely going to be revisiting a lot this fall.

wearing:
hudson mia five-pocket mid rise flare jeans in oracle courtesy of zappos
vintage sweater
brookes boswell boro in black straw
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
vintage coach bucket bag

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this post was created in partnership with zappos + hudson.

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#yourbesthair with living proof

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when it comes to doing my hair, i don’t tend to do a whole lot. call me a creature of habit, but i don’t really stray from my usual routine or the same old products that i’ve used for years. in fact, i’d say the bulk of my routine is really about getting frequent haircuts and then hoping that’s enough, haha. it’s not that i don’t want to try new things, i’ve just never been one to spend more than a few minutes getting ready in the morning, and i wouldn’t even know where to start when it comes to conditioners or serums or treatment masks.

but over the past several months (has it already been over a year?), i’ve started to get increasingly frustrated with this messy mop of hair. it always used to be predictable. my whole life, it’s been super thick and super straight, and as long as i went in for a cut now and then, i was good to go with my very minimal routine. but after adam was born, something changed. my typically pin straight hair started to bend. not a curl, not a wave, just a bend. this annoying bend that doesn’t seem to want to go here nor there. no, it’s not some major crisis, but it’s definitely been a challenge dealing with this new post-pregnancy texture. i don’t want to fight it, but i do think i’m long overdue for an update on how to manage this hair.

so when living proof asked if i’d be interested in partnering-up to try out their line, it was the perfect opportunity for me to break-free from my usual routine, and try some new products for my “new” hair. i used the product selector to choose a routine, and ended up with the perfect hair day shampoo and conditioner, as my base. some days, i coax it to go straight using the no frizz nourishing styling cream, but i’ve also been having a lot of fun adding more texture and wave.

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to get the look:

  1. start with the prime style extender cream on damp hair to prep for any look you want to achieve.
  2. i wanted to play up the texture in my hair, so after partly drying it with a blow dryer, i sprayed it with the instant texture mist to scrunch and twist it into place. it looks really cute like that, but you can also encourage a few loose waves with the help of a curling iron.
  3. my hair is still on the straight side, so i finished up with the flex shaping hairspray to keep it in place for the rest of the day.

the finished result definitely helps to make the “bend” in my hair look more textured and intentionally messy, as opposed to literally looking like i just rolled out of bed. it’s a fine line, people!

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fall classics with zappos + clarks

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you guys, it’s finally starting to feel like fall! i know my friends in the eastern states have already had a chance to breathe in the crisp autumn air while sipping on pumpkin spice lattes wearing cable knit cardigans, but those of us living in sunny southern california have been experiencing the unique torture of enduring 100 degree weather… in october! so yes, i was a little bit more than excited when i was actually able to step outdoors in closed toe shoes and layers without breaking into a sweat.

and thanks to my latest partnership with zappos + clarks, i was dutifully prepared for the occasion. i was really excited to team up with clarks because i’ve been a fan of the brand since as far back as i can remember. when i was a little girl, i would go with my dad to the local shoe shop where he would buy a new pair of clarks whenever his trusty pair wore out. and later, when i was in my early 20s, i became totally obsessed with the clark’s originals, and still own my favorite remakes of their classic styles from the ’60s and ’70s. the brand has a history spanning all the way back to england is 1825, and i’m pretty much a sucker for anything that has stood the test of time. so i was especially happy to find this cute pair of chelsea boots, the clarks pita sedona, from their new fall collection. i placed my order and they arrived in the mail in exactly two days with free shipping. i am so excited to continue wearing these throughout the season, and for years to come.

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new attitude

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remember when we wrote about the new hdh plus collection? well, erica got her hands on the new cole jumper for her very first outfit post, and we are both super excited. but i don’t want to do her talking for her, so here is what erica has to say about her look:

“when i first heard about the collection i was basically counting the days till i could get my hands on a piece. the plus size market is still something that is emerging and it is really exciting to see what designers are starting to offer. hackwith’s mission of creating timeless and special clothes made almost specifically for you is a rare find in a market saturated with the latest trends. when i saw the cole jumper, i knew that it was something i had to try. my sister’s jumper obsession had me intrigued. they offer such versatility and ease of wear.  i had seen a few on the market, but none that called to me or seemed like something approachable.

it was a little intimidating slipping into the jumper for the first time. my mid-section is always a place i tend to cover up with multiple layers – there was no hiding in this garment.  as the moment of truth approached, those tiny little butterflies in my tummy started flapping, the tension was building…. all for me to be over-joyed at the wearability! the fabric draped nicely. i didn’t feel the need to constantly cover my major trouble area. the belt gave me the flexibility to highlight my waist for a more feminine feel. i felt really pulled together with my hair down and a little lipstick. and once i rolled up the sleeves a little and tied up my hair, it felt like one of those great pieces i could throw on to run errands or grab lunch.

overall, i know this piece will become a wardrobe staple.  and i learned a few things along the way. one, no matter what you may think your trouble area is, it’s worth it to take a chance and try something new. if it doesn’t work, hey, at least you tried and you just might be pleasantly surprised. two, for a long time being plus-sized really held me back. i shied away from photos, and limited my time spent in a mall or looking for clothes. shrinking from style instead of embracing it. but doing something out of your norm is always good. life is short, too short for anything to hold you back from living it!”

erica is wearing:
navy cole jumper courtesy of hackwith design house
clare v. kenya bag
sandals found at marshalls

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a slightly more casual version of the look. a top knot and rolled sleeves because we shot these pictures in 100 degree weather!

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fall feelings

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apparently we’re experiencing the first days of fall, but i wouldn’t know it with the scorching hot temperatures here in southern california. so i’m still in “summer goth” mode, making my best effort to conjure up fall vibes without totally melting in 100+ degree weather. honestly, a big reason why i haven’t been sharing very many outfit photos lately is because it’s so hot and humid outside that i can’t even bear it. i say this as i’m currently sitting in a moderately air conditioned room drinking ice cold water and dreaming about swimming pools…

wearing:
reifhaus malheur jumpsuit
brookes boswell boro in black panama straw
swedish hasbeens pearl high in navy
clare v. petit kenya bag with a vintage silk scarf

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