Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This Time Tomorrow (See Jane's Friend)

Hello lovely See Jane readers! Krystal from This Time Tomorrow here. When Ms. Anna asked me to keep her seat warm while she and her husband enjoy newlywed bliss in Bali (let's all take a moment of jealousy here!) I jumped at the opportunity. It's always warms my heart to see two people so happy together and I wish them both a wonderful time as they official kick off their marriage!

As for myself, I'm enjoying (yes, enjoying) yet another bipolar weather shift here in San Francisco. While most other parts of the country are sweltering from mid-August heat, I've already started vamping up my fall wardrobe because, well, San Francisco summer is nonexistent. For this outfit in particular, I'm excited to start incorporating the bright pops of color I've accumulated over the summer for colorblocking and now wearing them with fall neutrals. These chartreuse Miu Mius are a perfect example to pack some punch to an otherwise black, white and camel outfit. (And let's not forget the secret weapon: poppy orange lipstick! Can't leave the house without it!)

Outfit details:
Jacket: c/o ModCloth
Blouse: Ann Taylor, thrifted
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Miu Miu
Bag: Forever 21
Watch: Michael Kors
Jewelry: Bee Charming necklace, J. Crew chain bracelet

What trends are you looking forward to the most for fall?

Monday, August 29, 2011

On The Racks (See Jane's Friend)

Hello lovely See Jane. readers! As a huge fan of Anna's blog, it is a real honor to be posting here while she's off on her honeymoon. Before I say much else, it would probably make sense to introduce myself. My name is Laura and my blog is OnTheRacks...I like to talk about fashion and post outfit photos for the most part, with an occasional side note about my dog, Lola, or drinking wine.

You're probably wondering why I'm dressed for winter in the middle of August, and the reason for this is I live in San Francisco! Those of you have been here understand, right?! For those of you who haven't, 60 degrees or lower 95% off of the year just about sums it up. Not that I'm complaining! :)

*head to toe: Karen Walker sunglasses, Theory “Laura” jacket, armor knuckle ring c/o Thrifted & Modern, Louis Vuitton bag, Taylor Jacobsen for Kasil Workshop “Geek” trousers c/o Kasil Workshop, Alexander Wang shoes *head to toe: Karen Walker sunglasses, Theory “Laura” jacket, armor knuckle ring c/o Thrifted & Modern, Louis Vuitton bag, Taylor Jacobsen for Kasil Workshop “Geek” trousers c/o Kasil Workshop, Alexander Wang shoes 

These photos were shot smack dab in the middle of downtown. Outside of the Contemporary Jewish Museum to be exact, where they just so happened to be teaching public dance lessons (kind of a trip)! It was cool to see passerby’s just joining right on in. My boyfriend Blake and I watched and enjoyed, but no dancing for me. That requires at least 2 drinks…at which point I typically start to think I’m awesome and flail around like a hippie. I get my moves from my dad who takes that "dance like nobody's watching" phrase a little too literally.

Anyways, thanks for checking out my post, guys! And thanks to Anna for including me here on her amazing blog. Come and visit me if you ever have a chance!

xo Laura

Friday, August 26, 2011

Brooklyn Blonde (See Jane's Friend)

J Crew Shirt, Zara Skirt, F21 Sleeveless Trench, HRH Collection Necklace, E&J Sunglasses, Balenciaga City Bag, Schutz Booties.

Guest blogging for one one my favs, while she's off on her honeymoon (lucky!).
Here I'm wearing some of my closet favorites with my newest addition, these cute little leopard numbers. I've been coveting the Giuseppe Zanotti pair, but since those were a little out of my budget, I was perfectly happy with this version.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wit & Whimsy (See Jane's Friend)

Today, Meghan of Wit & Whimsy shares her fall 2011 essentials:fall 2011
essentialsPoncho- I’m seeing ponchos as the go-to outerwear to transition from fall to winter and

I can’t wait to find the perfect one. I love this 3.1 Phillip Lim number, but also have my
eye on the one that Missoni is unveiling as part of their Target collaboration (it’ll only be

Polka Dots- We all most likely have polka dots already hanging in our closets (this is
my favorite polka-dotted number that I own), but I love the idea of displaying them in
unexpected places such as these ladylike shorts layered with contrasting tights.

Signature Silk Blouse- If taken full advantage of, a button down silk blouse may just be
the most versatile item you’ll own this fall. I love the way this Equipment blouse takes
the summer nautical trend into the next season.

Leather Skirt- Whether you’re feeling more of a mini or a midi skirt this fall, grab
yourself a leather one for style that will go on all season and well into winter.

Tuxedo Jacket- I’m loving the look of a more tailored tuxedo jacket this fall rather than
your average blazer. With a structured white blouse and sequin shorts or aforementioned
leather mini, you’re ready for any event your fall social calendar may call for.

Bold Trouser- I’m predicting structured trousers to be one of the number one trends of
this fall. They are already popping up in street style all over and I’m excited for the pants
in saturated hues to be seen everywhere from the offices to cocktails with girlfriends. A
red pair, in particular, like these from Cynthia Rowley, will go a long way.

Detachable Collar- Arguably one of the oddest trends to be popping up, these little collars
also have a lot of potential in my mind. They are a great way to change up some of your
more spring and summer pieces as you transition into the new season.

Statement Necklace- We all probably have oodles of statement necklaces at this point,
but I love this one in particular for being in gold and featuring the knot I believe that will
be more prevalent in this coming season’s accessories.

Suede Booties- If you’re investing in new footwear for fall, make it a pair of suede
booties in a neutral color. You could even begin wearing them now with flirty summer
dresses and then have them be a reliable go-to in your closet when it comes to comfort
and style. These TopShop ones are currently on my wish list.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Edit (See Jane's Friend)

I'm leaving for my honeymoon today and in the meantime, some of my favorite bloggers will be filling in for me.  To kick things off, we have the gorgeous (and hilarious) Jentine of My Edit.

Anna's recent post about dressing down a more formal dress got me thinking about my little fancy dress corner in the closet. It's a happy place. A few years ago Matt and I were going to a plethora (I will never get tired of using that word) of weddings each summer and I took every opportunity to get dressed up. I almost took it for granted. Sadly, the number of invites have since slowed down (we're getting older... or smellier) and I just wear these dresses to company Christmas parties or to dust my house on a Friday night. I try not to dust my house, so, usually the dresses just hang quietly in the closet.

wedding outfit 6
wedding outfit 2

But those fancy items in my closet are some of my favourite things and it's a pity they don't get out more. It's especially a pity that this glamourous sequin skirt doesn't see the light of day. The last time I wore it was my brother's wedding in Holland (hence the cow pictures) two years ago and I felt ridiculous, over the top and awesome all day long. I love this skirt and I would love a chance to wear it again. Maybe I just need to do what Anna did and throw a chambray shirt over it. You only live once, and you might as well be sparkly.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pinkerton (See Jane Wear)

J Crew dress (worn here), vintage belt, Dolce Vita sandals, EJ sunglasses

I almost forgot about these pictures that Emma from Tres Awesome took of me a few weeks ago when we met at Tangerine.  I really love this dress and have worn it more times than I originally thought I would (it's quite bright, no?).  To change it up, I paired it with my grandma's gold flower belt and my go-to summer sandals.

I'm off to Kansas City this weekend to celebrate a friend's wedding and then will be leaving for our honeymoon on Monday.  I'm a great procrastinator and can shamefully admit that I haven't packed a thing.  I think I'll pack this dress.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fly (See Jane Travel)

I'm leaving for my honeymoon on Monday and am trying to mentally prepare myself for the long haul ahead.   When deciding on a destination, Eric and I chose the farthest place that my airlines miles would take us; enter:  Bali.  With three flights and well over 21 hours on a plane ahead of me, it's safe to say that I'm a little anxious about such lengthy journey.  Then, I shake my head and realize that I'm going to Bali and all is well with the world again.

Several books, magazines and movies will keep me company on the flights, but what's most important is what I wear on the plane.  I'm not a huge fan of wearing my pajamas to the airport, perhaps all the years of corporate business travel trained me out of that.  Instead, I look for comfortable yet wearable pieces that I will be able to wear throughout my trip (my motto is to pack light so you can bring more home).

1. J. Crew Stripe Sweater -  Planes are freezing.  Even in the summer.
2. Missoni Patterned Cashmere/Silk scarf - I much prefer cuddling up to my own scarves rather than scratchy, airline pillows.
3. The Row Curved-Square Sunglasses - When you step off the plane after 20+ hours of traveling, trust me, the darker the better.
4Evian Mist - Even if it is just water in a spray bottle, it makes you feel luxurious (even if you're in the last row by the restrooms).
5. Candy/Magazines - Self-explanatory.
6. Skullcandy Roc Nation Headphones - Because they're cuter than the Bose headset on the guy in business class.
7. Proenza Schouler PS1 Keep All - A dream tote but could definitely hold my contact solution along with computer and magazines.
8Sperry Gold Topsider - My dad always told me to wear closed-toe shoes on planes and I still do to this day.
9. Splendid Leggings - Leggings, though just a step up from sweatpants, are a Godsend for traveling women.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chicago Architecture (See Jane Tour)

About a month ago, I went on the Chicago Architecture Tour.  If you're visiting during summer
or if you live in Chicago and have yet to take one, I highly recommend it.  Our fair city has unique
buildings along with some great history.  Although I've lived here for four years now, it seems that
I'm just now getting a feel for Chicago (I've spent the larger part of my years here traveling during
the week, so it never quite felt like home) and that I still have a lot to learn.

Even though other cities, like New York, San Francisco and London, really capture my heart
and I love them more than most, I'm starting to realize that Chicago is actually a pretty good
place to live.

Are there any special summer activities where you live?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pastel (See Jane Wear)

                  banana republic chambray shirt (a staple worn here and here) + necklace (c/o), rory beca dressh&m belt, j crew heels, 
                                                                                                                              c/o alex + ani feather bangle

I hate it when I buy an item, like a dress, that only gets worn once or a handful of times.  I bought 
this dress for a wedding in June and slowly but surely it was pushed to the back of my closet.  
During a slight panic while furiously looking for something else, I rediscovered the said dress and 
determined to make it work for a more casual evening out.  Chambray and a wide leather  belt 
instantly dress anything down and this dress was no exception.  The palette was soft and feminine 
and the chambray and leather toughened it up a bit.

In related news, I met up with my San Francisco friend, Anh, on Saturday night along with Taylor, Audrey and Jennifer.  Anh and I became friends when I was traveling out to San Fran every week for work and it was so fun to have her in my neck of the woods.

me, taylor, audrey, jennifer + anh
How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Feels Like Fall (See Jane Wear)

Clearly, it's not fall yet, but the weather has some other ideas.  It was so cool out today that it really threw me for a loop.  Coincidence would have it that Refinery29 Chicago asked me to pick out five must-haves for fall.  Here are a few outfits that I wore showcasing a few of the items (you'll be seeing them again, come fall, I'm sure) like red pants and military-inspired outerwear while doing some major mixing and matching with other items currently in my closet.

J Crew sweater, Pitaya red jeans (similar), Dolce Vita loafers, Chloe bag, EJ sunglasses
Old Navy sweater, vintage skirt, F21 necklace, J Crew shoes, EJ sunglasses
                                                        J Crew skirt, H&M shirt and belt, F21 necklace, Old Navy vest

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Madness (See Jane Wear)

                                               c/o Banana Republic Mad Men trench, gap pants, F21 necklace, Elizabeth and James sunglasses
I am an avid Mad Men viewer (highly recommended...get the DVDs and start from the beginning), so when Banana Republic contacted me to wear a piece from their Mad Men Fall '11 Collection, I jumped at the chance.  I feel a little Joan in this and if I had an up-do, then I'd definitely be channeling Betty (sorry Peggy).  Clearly, I love the story lines of Mad Men, but the costumes draw me in as well; I've even found myself taking some dressing cues from the ladies.  Since I work in a corporate environment, I love a good pencil skirt, à la Joan Holloway.  This trench speaks (volumes) for itself, so I felt simple was the way to go.  Black cigarette pants and plain, nude pumps--I think Betty would be proud, no?

So tell me, do you watch Mad Men?

Monday, August 8, 2011

You're Invited (See Jane Promote)

saint grace skirt and top via Tangerine, Dolce Vita sandals, EJ sungalsses, Marc Jacobs bag (similar)
 This Thursday, August 11, Audrey from A Lovely Escape (who I met during the BRafter5 event) and I are throwing a little blogger meetup at one of our favorite Chicago boutiques:  Tangerine.  From 5 - 7pm, the store will offer 30% off, so if you have time, please stop by and say hello!

Here are a few pics of Audrey and I trying on some outfits there last week.  (I ended up wearing the above top and skirt separately to Friday and Saturday's Lollapalooza festival!)

audrey + all photos by Tres Awesome and some clothes provided by Tangerine.

Please email/tweet me if you have any questions.  Hope to see some friendly faces there this Thursday!

ALSO, thank you to all who participated in the Soc Chic event.  I'm so pleased to announce that the winner is lucky #35 (ColleenKByrne@gmail.com); thanks to all who entered!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Last Chance (See Jane Off)

Today is the last day to enter the SocChic giveaway before I pick a winner tomorrow.  If you want a chance to win a necklace whose proceeds go to Paws4People, click the link below:

I'm going to Lollapalooza right here in Chicago tonight and tomorrow.  I can't wait to listen to some good music, eat festival food and hang out with my friends.  What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Oui (See Jane Wear)

J Crew blouse (similar) and sandals, Theory skirt (similar), EJ sunglasses, c/o Foley + Corrina bag
I wish that I could erase my hair in these photos.  The ombré/frizz/ponytail look was not working for me on this extremely humid work day, but the outfit was.  I met up with Andrea (hence the great photos) and had the pleasure of meeting Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style.  Both exude such a unique style and it's fun to see everyone's personality behind the camera.  Amy and Andrea are both amazing photographers--I need to start picking up some tips from them!

Be sure to check out my giveaway that ends Friday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ashes (See Jane Paint)

Behr Paint and Primer in Ashes, PB bedding, Homegoods striped pillows, and Skyline headboard
As you may know, I painted my room a couple weeks ago and while doing so, learned a few things about myself in the process.  First, I need to work out.  I made a few rolls with the extended roller and Eric decided that he could push harder.  He could and he did...time to get back to the gym.  Next, I'm more of a 'paint the trim' kinda gal.  I have more patience when it comes so small nooks and crannies, so the trade-off worked out well.  Lastly, I'm a pretty good taper and I really enjoyed doing it.  I may never know why I found it so therapeutic.

Although I painted, please still consider this photo a "before" shot.  I plan on doing a little more decorating and will be sure to share an "after" (so far I have a bed, dresser, night stands...yeah, that's it).   Also, the lighting makes it look a bit taupe-y here, but I assure you it's very gray.

Also, be sure to enter the Soc Chic giveaway which ends Friday (click below).

Monday, August 1, 2011

Soc Chic Week (See Jane Giveaway)

I'm super honored to be partaking in Soc Chic Week where eight bloggers are giving away a necklace associated with a wonderful charity.

Between now and this Friday, August 5th, you'll have the opportunity to win a Soc Chic necklace. There are nine unique necklaces and each one supports a different non-profit.   I chose the Soul Mate necklace, which supports the charity Paws4People, which assists in providing special needs dogs for the elderly, people with disabilities and those with illnesses.  This organization is run solely by volunteers (no paid staff) which is a feat in itself.   Training these wonderful dogs is definitely not cheap and there are so many people that are in need of their assistance.   If you would like to purchase one of these becklaces, please know that the purchase supports the cause of Paws4People.  However, this week, I'm giving one away for one lucky reader!  The design is simple and sweet--check it out for yourself:

To win this necklace, simply leave a comment below and visit Jess LC to see what else they have to offer.  Please leave your email so that I may contact you.

Be sure to check out the other awesome bloggers participating (below) to see what necklace and charity they're associated with for the contest.  Just click on the links below to see their blogs and the necklaces they're giving away!