the new look: dressed up chambray.

i have loved this shirt, a mix of metallic chambray and organza since i discovered this collection last resort season, so imagine my surprise finding it at one of my favorite local shops, elizabeth charles. even though i have a few denim shirts, none are short sleeved, and none feel as dressy as this one.

elizabeth has lots of great items still on sale up to 60% off, so check out her site (or if you're in sf, head down to her store on fillmore street)...

h and m bomber (similar), no. 21 shirt via elizabeth charles (available here), gap pants (wearing a size 2 petite), coach wedges (similar here), balenciaga bag, super sunglasses, iosselliani necklace (love this one)

photos by dana stokes


resort 2016: proenza schouler.

in the fashion world, tweed was once thought to be the domain of chanel, be it gabrielle chanel or karl lagerfeld. but in recent years, jack mccollough and lazaro hernandez have shown that they are equally deft with the fabric. for resort, the entire first segment was devoted to it, in very not-ladies-that-lunch silhouettes that work for a multitude of ages. from there it was fishnet knits, grommets, and tropical prints, all with strategic slits and cutouts. prim and proper, this is not.

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the new look: being simple.

sometimes the simpliest answer is the easiest, especially when you're working on three seasons at once (hello holiday photoshoot!)...

banana republic shirt (only $40...i went 2 sizes up for a roomier fit), ag jeans, céline sandals (similar here and here) and clutch (also comes in black; available at neiman marcus san francisco and céline boutiques. also love this one), jest jewels necklace, dior earrings, super sunglasses

photos by dana stokes


the new look: thrill of the hunt.

sale season is here and i've been working carefully to make sure my shopping m.o. doesn't go right out the window. i feel like the sales have been better than in year's past, or maybe that the things i actually want are on sale. one of those things is this isabel marant étoile top, that i thought would be perfect for the warmer weather coming up. my theory on sales is the same as investments: it's easy to get caught up in the low(er) prices, so think about cost per wear, if the item really fits into your style, and double check the return policy. and if all that falls into place...happy hunting!

madewell jacket, isabel marant etoile top (here in black and white, here in raspberry, and here in blue), veda skirt (similar in jersey/leather), club monaco heels (similar), chanel bag, super sunglasses, céline and giles and brother bracelets, accessorize hoops

photos by alex drysdale


resort 2016: rag and bone.

in terms of wearability and affordability, this rag and bone resort collection is it. bomber jackets, shirtdresses, pleated skirts, slouchy pants, sleeveless vests, oversized sweaters—basically everything i want in my closet. maybe even a velour tracksuit (that's a far cry from your 90s juicy couture kind). and while here it looks very "sporty spice," i can also see these looks with a pair of sleek booties or pointy toe pumps. my wallet better watch out...there's a store right near me.

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resort 2016: balenciaga.

the first thing i noticed when scrolling through pics of balenciaga resort was a terrycloth towel as a scarf on the model wearing look number four, and a terrycloth bustier in look 27. gimmicky? maybe. but that's where they ended, because the rest of the collection was elegant with sophisticated touches, like exposed darts and lingerie details, silk jacquard fabrics, and subtle cutouts. i could see a woman of 25 or 75 wearing these clothes, which is a win-win in my book.

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resort 2016: victoria beckham.

i've become quite the fan of victoria beckham; she has really grown as a designer, not only with accessories and denim, but in her ready to wear and victoria lines (i wish it weren't so expensive, but i digress). she didn't get too fancy with resort, but did show some interesting takes on evening, like a sequin shirt paired with satin waist cropped trousers (my favorite look), or a white fit and flare midi dress. in her world, fringe is still a thing, but in a subtle way, like on the coat above or the car wash version on a fitted dress. i'm also really into her use of pins—to close a shirt or blazer or secure a drape on a dress.

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