spring 2015 paris: ellery.

this spring runway season, it's been all about the smaller names making more of an impression on me than the heavy hitters. one of them is australia's kym ellery, who played with proportion and texure, mixing mesh, structured cotton, tweed, fringe, and organza. i loved the more structured dresses and pants, and silk charmeuse godet hem skirts and flowy tees (clearly i'm having a silk moment, as i loved it as juan carlos obando and misha nonoo too). bonus: you can pre-order the collection on moda operadi right now...

photos via style.com


spring 2015 paris: lanvin.

i love alber elbaz. he seems to have such fun with fashion (isn't it supposed to be?) and truly loves dressing women of all shapes and sizes...and ages. the spring show, a celebration of lanvin's 125th anniversary, was all about celebrating the young (edie campbell, jamie bochert) and tried-and-true (amber valletta, natasa vojnovic, kirsten owen) muses, the ones that wear matte jersey maxis, cigarette pants, a white vest suit (with nothing on underneath), boldly colored silk cocktail dresses, patchwork lace and brocades with aplomb. these girls in the know know that when you want to feel french and truly beautiful, you turn to elbaz and lanvin.

photos via style.com


the new look: easy going.

other than actually wearing pajamas outside, there's nothing more comfortable than a fleece blazer and drapey track pants, unless they are worn together...

hope you're having a good week!

photos by lydia hudgens

zara blazer and pants, ann taylor tank (similar), alexander wang wedges (love these too), phillip lim x target clutch, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, dior earrings (similar), alex mika, bing bang, catbird rings, jewelmint and céline bracelets


inspired by: oversized.

i've been looking at a lot of street style for fall, getting inspired for dressing in different textures and layers and there's one thing i've been really drawn to—oversized silhouettes. courtney from always judging has been doing this look so well, like her post featuring j. brand's new johnny jean. it definitely takes a different kind of confidence to wear something oversized vs. something fitted, and it also takes a deft styling eye. it's not just as easy as wearing shopping the men's department, but finding pieces where some of the fit details (like shoulders, rise) are female-specific. how do you feel about going big?

check out some oversized pieces i'd love to add to my fall wardrobe below...

main photo from always judging, other photos via my pinterest style board; collage and design by kim mitchell stokes


the new look: back to fall.

after a lovely summer weekend in orange county, it was back to clouds and wind today. i can't complain though...i'm ready to break out the booties and sweaters and layering a bit more, or at least starting the to transition into fall wear.

j. crew vest (25% off with code shopforfall), gap t-shirt, asos skirt, saint laurent pumps, (also in pink) marc jacobs bag, super sunglasses, alex mika ring, vintage bracelet via elle-meme, jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline bracelets, stella & dot and jest jewels necklaces 


spring 2015 new york: proenza schouler accessories.

have you ever looked at a collection and not been blown away by the clothing, but loved the shoes, or the bags, or the jewelry, or all the extras? that's what i felt when i watched the livestream of the proenza schouler show a few weeks ago. it reminded me a bit of their spring 2013 collection with the colorblocking and textural mix, but something about it just didn't connect with me as much as that one (although i did love the exploded argyle pieces and the fringed dresses and skirts at the end). but then i looked on style.com of some of the detail shots and my oh my the shoes and the bags! i couldn't get enough of the fringed mules, sandals with silver metal ankle straps, windowpane check crossbodies, and the new "u" bag, which has a seventies feel. some of the accessories are available for pre-order on moda operandi now, but you can bet that some of these will be on my wishlist come spring.

photos via style.com / collage by kim mitchell stokes


the new look: cutaway.

rocking another sleeveless tee and skirt combo, which has become my new version of "tee + jeans + heels if i'm in a rush. this look would be perfect for orange county right about now...it's quite warm down here but i'm loving it.

community tank via aritzia, j. crew skirt (30% off with code shopforfall), balenciaga pumps, céline clutch, banana republic necklace, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, jewelmint, eddie borgo, céline, and hermés (similar) bracelets; campbell and vita fede rings, marc jacobs beauty kiss pop lip color stick in headliner