Life Lately

Balayage ombre hairStill getting used my light hair

madewell white denimMadewell jeans // J.Crew panama hat

striped Repetto flatsStriped Repetto ballet flats

san jose fashion blogCelebrating little victories // Banana Republic knot bracelet

Gray Nike Pre Montreal sneakersNike Pre Montreal Vintage sneakers

Dark Balayage hair

Jessica Simpson claudette pumpsJessica Simpson Claudette pumps in white

Zara striped shift dressZara striped dress (similar) // Sam Edelman gigi sandals // J.Crew leopard tote (similar)

stripes and leopardEver striped tee (similar) // Rag & Bone jeans // Hipster for Sister leopard bag // Charles by Charles David pact pumps

Round Pond WineryGirls brunch at Round Pond Estate with Bare Minerals

Live in the vineyard round pond winery

Bare Minerals Live in the VineyardThe cutest suite decked out by Bare Minerals

Bare MineralsGap denim jacket // J.Crew panama hat // Ray-Ban aviators // Bare Minerals tote

gluten free vegan cerealPost-wine country hydration breakfast

TJ Maxx Home Goods bar cartWorking on an office update with TJ Maxx

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of escaping work and wedding planning for a girls trip to Napa with the Bare Minerals team from Live in the Vineyard. I was initially hesitant to go because I have so much on my plate, but a day off drinking wine and hanging out with my girls was exactly what I needed. The blog scene can be exhausting, catty, and cliquey, but it can also be inspiring, motivating, and so much fun. Being around like-minded women who understand what goes into blogging and social media and share similar experiences is something I don’t take for granted. What a lot of people don’t realize is that bloggers are regular people who have lives outside of Instagram and Snapchat (well kinda). We talk about bad reality tv, breakups, our love of Drake, and dance around to 90’s pop music. It’s more about making real life connections with people who just happen to love Instagram as much as you do.

A huge thank you to the Bare Minerals teams for putting together such a beautiful and inspiring day!

Black + White

Forever 21 duster jacketBanana Republic varsity tee // Forever 21 trench coat // AG ankle jeans // Jessica Simpson Claudette pumps // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel (large) // Ray-Ban silver mirrored aviators (on sale!)

AG distressed ankle jeans

Forever 21 black duster coat

3.1 Phillip Lim pashli satchel large

Jessica Simpson Claudette pump

Banana Republic varsity stripe tee

white pumps

banana republic varsity white teePhotos by Natalie Dressed

I had been thinking about pulling the trigger on white pumps for a while. They’re not a color I’d normally gravitate toward when it comes to shoes, but the more I saw them the more I loved them, especially for spring. Since I wasn’t completely sure how they would work with the rest of my closet or if I’d like them in person, I didn’t want to invest right away. White pumps are tricky. They can look cheap and unflattering depending on the fabric and cut, so I wanted to make sure I did my research.

After doing some browsing I decided on the Jessica Simpson Claudette pump. First and foremost, I’ve never owned (or wanted to own) a pair of Jessica Simpson pumps. I don’t know what it is, but I just figured they weren’t my thing. Well, it turns out I love them! The size 5 fits so much better than most brands, they have a good amount of padding in the foot bed, and they’re affordable. The 4” heel and textured material is what really sold me. I used to go with a heel height that was comfortable (somewhere in the 3” area), but I’ve noticed a 4” heel makes the biggest difference for my short legs. Let’s be honest, I need all the help I can get!

My only complaint is that the shoe is mostly made up of synthetic materials. But, I guess you get what you pay for, right? Otherwise, if you’re on a budget, but looking to update your shoe collection with spring colors, I would definitely recommend the Claudette from Jessica Simpson. I already have them in taupe as well!

S H O P  T H E  L O O K

Drape Trench Coat

San Francisco fashion blogEver striped tee (similar) // Rag & Bone plush legging jeans // Azalea trench coat // Charles by Charles David Pact pumps // Hipsters for Sisters leopard clutch // Daniel Wellington watch // Ray-Ban original aviators 58mm

Azalea trench coat

San Jose fashion blog

Ever striped tee

Hipster and Sister leopard belt bag

Daniel Wellington watch leopard clutchPhotos by Natalie Dressed

The trench coat has always been classic and timeless. It’s one of those pieces we should all invest in and have handy whenever we need a light layer. While I believe trench coats are always in style, I feel as though the classic has been recently updated to a chicer version of itself. Enter the drape front trench coat. It’s made with more lightweight fabric, is breathable, and flows really nicely. I wouldn’t even call it a coat, it’s more like a light layer.  I snagged a black option from Forever 21 (from this post), and recently found this tan version from Azalea. This one isn’t lined and doesn’t really keep me warm, but it’s the perfect layer for spring and summer. I’m so obsessed with the draping and flow of these coats, I want one in every color!

Anyone else stocking up on trench coats this season?

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