It’s been a long time since I mentioned body acceptance on my blog because I feel as though it’s implicit in everything I do here. Sometimes I think I’m blogging for three people—my sister, and my friends Gabi and Xtina. But then I check my stats and see that thousands visit each week and I think OMG who are you all?
I realize that each of you has your own distinct relationship with body image. So while some of us may be thinking “now, where can I find leather tap pants in my size?” others are still trying to wear horizontal stripes. My thoughts on body image are myriad, but my attitude can be distilled to “who cares!” Seriously, who cares if other people don’t think a certain size/shape shouldn’t wear stripes. It’s liberating to stop caring so much about what others want and to start paying attention to the things you want. So if you are a new to body acceptance or my blog, welcome.
I love this black and cream striped dress I bought this summer (it’s the dress I wore to my baby shower in August). But today I paired it with these nearly opaque black tights, which are I love because they’re so dark with just a hint of transparency. To finish it off, I added a bow belt, these cat eye sunglasses, Kenneth Jay Lane triangle earrings, YSL Rouge Volupte (12) lipstick, nude mani, and heels by Agent Provocateur. Something about autumn makes patent leather so, so good.
You guys know I’m all about blushy colors and I especially love the combination of pink, red, and purple. I recently found and fell in love with these lush corduroy legging jeans in “vamp red.” Can’t stop wearing them. I’m tempted by the other jewel tones, but these are my favorite. I finally got a chance to wear these gorgeous suede boots again. I wore this to lunch + shopping with my sister.
Rhinestone blouse: F21 plus, Shrunken boyfriend blazer: here and here, Corduroy jeans: here, Cat eye sunglasses: here, Boots: DuoBoots UK, Lip color: NARS Damned, here, Bag: Kate Spade
It’s been a month since I had my baby and life has changed so much! Lately our days (and nights) have been all about baby. I had the chance to go out with my husband yesterday evening so I dressed up in this bodycon skirt and contrast blouse. I wanted something pretty and feminine and something that was definitely not maternity wear.
I’m so excited for Fall weather, Fall fashion, and the fact that I no longer have to accommodate a baby bump in my clothes. Here’s to more outfit blogging. xx
Here are some pictures from my baby’s nursery. I still want to add a few more things but we have all the essentials. Just waiting for baby’s arrival now!
Crib by Stokke. I love the round corners. Check out the sleep sheep inside, she emits soothing sounds to help baby sleep.
A glider chair is essential for those long nights. I added this pink Moroccan pouf for a little color and also for usefulness, when paired with the chair it’s comfortable enough for a nap.
This quilt was lovingly made by baby’s grandmother—so many adorable details! Bee quilt clips from etsy shop Little Elephant, which has lots of cute baby decor.
Beautiful mobile by one of my favorite baby brands Kushies Zolo, which we received as a baby shower gift. I learned young babies react to high contrast colors, so I love Kushies because their baby items aid development while adding whimsy to baby’s room.
Everyone tells me babies love to swing.
I’m trying to be as natural a mom as I can be, so I have some great products by Earth Mama and California Baby. Also love the Osocozy cloth diapers (though I still need lots more in terms of cloth diapering!) and Broody Chick 100% natural disposable diapers.
A few items I really love, including this footed onesie (bees!), ComoTomo baby bottles, Counting Kisses baby book, and Halloween socks by Carters.
That’s all! Looks like baby should be here within the week, we are so excited. And can’t wait for my first post-baby outfit post. xx
"Salutations! It’s my fancy way of saying hello." — I have always remembered this line from the classic book Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, which may have also been my introduction to the concept of conveying one thing in two different ways. Like the spider Charlotte, British designer Charlotte Olympia conveys a message in her own markedly fancy way. Her signature is a tiny web, emblazoned on the soles of her designs. Olympia’s shoes are feminine, coquettish, and hint at the designer’s wit. Some shoes look like cats, another like a piano, one like a fruit bowl. The brilliance of Charlotte Olympia is that the whimsy of her ideas does not compromise the elegance of her shoes. And that is really, really special.
If you follow me on instagram (@pinklip) you may remember I posted these gorgeous Olympias—
I was all smiles when I opened my email to learn that Ms. Olympia was releasing a tiny limited edition collection inspired by the book Charlotte’s Web. It includes a pair of heels and a clutch depicting moments from the story and the famous cover illustration. Talk about melding of fashion and fiction.
I remember my first time reading the story of a young girl named Fern and the runtling pig Wilbur whom she saved from death. The story is simple but so beautifully written and illustrated, it remains in my mind one of best stories about love and friendship. I wanted to share some of my favorites—in an age in which digital animation dazzles us with its complexity, I find these simple two-dimensional drawings mesmerizing. Just look at the way baby Wilbur gazes at Fern.
Here too are the images released by Charlotte Olympia, the collex is available for purchase at the London and New York boutiques. The clutch has my stolen my heart!
Photo via, Illustrations: Garth Williams, Charlotte Olympia
Dear readers, Would love to hear your thoughts on whether you enjoy non-outfit posts like this! Or just reminisce with me about Fern and Wilbur, or you know, shoes. xx
Sheer shirts were everywhere this summer and I wondered how I would wear them into early Fall. Today I wore this sheer top with a lace bralette and blazer. Paired this with jeans and these Manolo Blahnik gold slippers. These flats are so pretty, I don’t miss my heels. And they’re comfortable, which I need since I’m super pregnant and could go into labor any day now.
Pregnancy has been an interesting experience in the relationship I have with my body. I started this blog under a fatshion/body-positive banner—challenging how different bodies are perceived, all while sharing my love of fashion. But pregnancy has not been about how my body looks, but what my body is doing. And it has been growing a tiny human, which is pretty amazing. During this time I’ve felt almost exempt from the traditional gaze that judges women based on size.
Bodies are so much more than inches and pounds, more than how you look in a dress. We, through our bodies, can do some really wondrous things and that’s worth remembering whenever you feel too caught up in how your body looks.
I have not written much about my pregnancy on my blog, because the experience is so private, and yet dichotomously so universal. I’m in my last month and even though I cannot wait to hold my baby in my arms, I’m a little sad that my pregnancy is ending.
As long as I’ve lived, I have known my mother loves me. Unlike other relationships, I am unable to pinpoint when that love started. And I never really thought about it until my pregnancy. But now, I once again have a forever-kind-of-love, except this time I know where it began. I feel as though I’ve stood at the edge of a newly formed ocean that is expanding and expanding. Almost overwhelming.
This past weekend, my sister gave me the most adorable baby shower. And yes, it’s a GIRL! We are beyond happy at the prospect of welcoming a daughter.
p.s. We had our beautiful baby shower invitations made by an independent designer, you can find her etsy shop here. I was very happy with her work and highly recommend her.
After accomplishing a major goal last month, I purchased these blush satin Valentino heels as a gift to myself. I am in love, just look at those bows! Worn with another favorite: these pale pink pants from Dorothy Perkins. I think blush tones look so sweet against brown. Such an underrated color. Love this milky brown blouse dotted with sparkly rhinestones that I found at Forever21 Plus.
p.s. I’m so happy to be approaching the last weeks of my pregnancy, almost full term! Look out for my next post, which I’m dedicating to all things baby.
For an evening out this weekend, I pulled two favorites I haven’t worn in a long time—this mesh bodysuit and tulle skirt. To finish the look I chose simple upswept hair, pearl drop earrings, and my black Louboutins. I slipped a sparkly bracelet on my ankle, inspired by ever perfect blogger Karla.
Bodysuit and Skirt: ASOS, Earrings: Tiffany, Shoes: Louboutin, Lipstick: MAC Red Flame
I’ve wanted a room of my own since I read Virginia Woolf’s words, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write.” I cannot agree more. I didn’t have a room of my own until now—my own office. Anyone who lives with another person knows you often compromise on how a space looks and feels. But this room is all mine. I’m thrilled! Here is some of my inspiration.
Approaching the decor for the room, I’m thinking about the textures and colors I love, the places I’ve been, as well as pieces I think reflect my personality.
Loving traditional chairs upholstered in vibrant hues, vintage pillows, quatrefoil mirrors, this Rene Magritte print that makes me think of identity and perspective, lush orchids, the dreamy painted textiles of this Matisse print, a mirrored desk, a brass elephant because my mother always had elephant figures in her home, furniture with undulating lines, a pretty pouf, a dressed up lamp, and silk weave rugs. All the makings of a room that is beautiful, elegant, and indulgent.
I’ve found lots of beauties at GiltHome and my newest favorite, One Kings Lane.
I finally found a pair of satin pants. There’s something very 1940s about satin that I love. Makes me think of boudoirs and stylish female characters à la film noir. Decided to play with sheen and sparkle by adding this amazing Vivienne Westwood glitter top and a pill box hat covered in thousands of tiny glass bugle beads. Pink lips, pink nails, and white shades just for fun.
In warm weather, an oversized blouse in a light fabric is essential. The neckline of this blouse stretches quite a bit, so I pulled it down to wear around my shoulders—which I think makes it much more romantic and pretty. I love unusual prints, so this palm and flamingo print is perfect. Wore this casual outfit to grab a sandwich at one my favorite delis, Porta Via.
I can’t believe I’m almost 6 months pregnant. In June we’re moving to a really cute house with room for a nursery, an office for myself, and a garden. I can’t wait.
Wore this pink and gold outfit to go on a date. One of the most important things I’ve learned about romance and long-term relationships is to go on dates (with each other)! He took me to an italian restaurant and years later it feels like our first dates, except so much better.
Do you think your personal style is influenced by significant moments in your life? Right now I’m so deep in love, I feel it’s peeking through my sartorial choices.
Top: Talbots via Marshalls, Pants: Dorothy Perkins, Shoes: Miu Miu
Wore this around town to grab lunch and an ice cream cone. Enjoyed the sunny day (after lots of rain) in this multicolored skirt and blouson style top. Pinks look so lovely against apricot, this is one of my favorite color combinations. My search for the perfect pair of espadrilles ended once I found these wedge sandals by Brian Atwood. Hope everyone had a great weekend! xx
Top: ASOS, Skirt: Forever21+, Bag: Kate Spade, Glasses: Jimmy Choo, Shoes: Brian Atwood, Necklace: Anthro
We’re very happy to finally share our good news. I’m having a baby! I’ve wanted to blog about this sooner but I wanted to wait for the right time. I’m almost 20 weeks pregnant and due in the Fall. My baby bump is small but growing. We can’t wait to welcome baby into our lives. This is a completely new experience for me, and I’m happy to blog about it along the way.
Jacket: Anna Scholz, Bardot Top: Asos, Pants: R. Lauren, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Bag: Halston
I picked up this hand painted silk jacket from Anna Scholz—so so good. With Spring fashion in mind, I wore these fuchsia silk pants to keep things bright. I’m a fan of wearing more than one print at a time and thought the leopard print was offset beautifully by the tiger print on these stingray wedges, which are my favorite shoe at the moment. xx
I have thoughts about shoes. It’s kinda funny to admit and while not the only thing I think about, those shoe-thoughts are there pretty often. Today I was thinking about a shoemaker I’ve been following for years, Fluevog Shoes. I don’t know what it is about these shoes, I’ve never purchased a pair. Sometimes I wonder whether I even like them.
I find some styles… questionable. I’ve described them as shoes I would wear if I were a cartoon. Ultimately, I think that’s their charm: they have a caricature-like quality of what shoes are, at least through the eyes of Fluevog. Exaggerated curving heels, playful shapes, buckles, fringe, bright colors—and that might just describe one shoe.
Once my curiosity led me to one of their shops in San Francisco (one of the few that exist) and I remember being welcomed by the smell of leather and an array of colors. And variety: a sculptural baroque style shoe sits next to a floral print 70s-reminiscent clog, which sits next to a a pair of traditional brogues with neon laces. But again, I left empty handed. Maybe these are shoes that I just admire in theory. Or maybe I just haven’t found the pair for me. Are you a Fluevog fan? Let me know what you think.
Bonus: take a peek at this video showing the process of crafting just one pair.
Here’s what I wore to a dinner party with friends in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The colors look best in the first photo, where you can see the sparkly pink stripes that run throughout the sweater. Between this detail and the puff shoulders, I’m in love.
Wore it over a longer blouse for a look half inspired by Miu Miu SS10 (so good) and half by the outfit Cher wears in the movie Clueless when she’s walking down Rodeo having an existential crisis. Added lace up heels with bows facing front and a bright purple lip to offset the grey.
Top: ASOS, Sweater: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Pants: Sejour Nordstrom, Heels: H. Lang, Bag: LV
In love with these chic bright red trousers I got from Nordstrom. Wore them with my angora sweater, bordeaux Miu Miu heels, and stacked bracelets. Also, check out my new hair! Lighter was fun but I missed my dark locks.
Pant: Vince Camuto via Nordstrom Sweater: Asos Heels & Bag: Miu Miu Sunglasses: via Tory Burch
I wanted to share my absolute favorite photos and moments of 2011. It was a year defined by graduating from law school, going to a few beautiful places, wearing a few beautiful dresses, and starting to carve out my own path. I am beyond excited for the new year!
Wishing you all the best in life, love, and style. xx
I put this outfit together to do my remaining Christmas shopping. I love layering sheer blouses under knits. This blouse is perfect because it’s cut just low enough for the lace of my bralette to peek out. My attempt at that distinctly Dolce and Gabbana neckline that walks the line between sexy and sweet. Happy holidays! xo
Here’s an outfit from this weekend. I paired these inky blue corduroy pants with this cashmere top. For some extra tszuj I added this unique vest with purple silk bows. Love all the textures! Also, you can see a better picture of my lighter hair color.
Nails: OPI San Tan-Tonio, OPI Louvre me Louvre me not
Inline with my holiday inspiration post, I wanted to share some of my favorite recent outfits. Today I wore this fabulous oversized sequin top. It’s lined in silk and feels so lush. I paired this with this super sweet Trina Turk sweater jacket. I love it for its textured knit, scalloped sleeves, and cut-outs that go all around. Finally, for a bit of sexiness, I added my new stingray Manolo Blahnik wedges in this gorgeous tiger print.
Style Tip: Contrast the sparkle of sequins with the softness of a knit.
Feminine Knits It’s the season to wear a beautiful knit sweater or dress. In addition to keeping you warm, the texture of a knit adds depth to your outfit. One of my favorites is angora, for its delicate airy knit that makes you looks dreamy in that holiday-film sort of way.
A Statement Coat I love a statement coat because you can pair it with your favorite jeans and sweater just as easily as with a party dress and heels. The day I purchased a coat that would last me longer than one season, my wardrobe began to feel womanly. In the grown up, independent, confident sense of the word.
Party dresses A party dress is the perfect way to add some glamour and romance to your evening. I’m loving gold/bronzy sequin dresses, vintage-inspired lace dresses, and voluminous skirts. Above all else, when looking for your party dress, look for the one that feels like it has a little magic.
So that’s my holiday fashion inspiration, hope this inspires you as well! Soon I will share outfits for each of these categories, but in plus-sizes. xo
I think a heather gray sweater is a classic, wardrobe staple. But you know my style—I love sparkle, even in a sweatshirt. I was recently at Forever21 when this embellished sweater caught my eye. Wish I had taken photos in direct sunlight, because this one is so pretty. A must have!
Here are some of my recent purchases, which I will soon share in outfit posts! I think texture is underrated and often overlooked. But it adds so much to the color, depth, and lines of an outfit. These items are going to be so fabulous this fall.
Read more for my thoughts of each new piece + more photos & links to my favorites for Fall!