A color story

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A few years ago my wardrobe was mostly color — hot pink sweaters, green scarves, red pants, bright blue heels, you name a color and I had it! Perhaps its been a slow change since I started working from home four years ago and started to purge my closet of all my “work” clothes, but I really hadn’t realized that my wardrobe as of late consists of mostly basic neutrals — black, navy, tan and white.  I didn’t notice this shift to basics until Banana Republic sent me a few items to style that were way out of my current comfort color zone! However, my previous love of color kicked right in when I got to work styling the items.

They first piece was a bright lime green fitted blouse that I immediately saw as a great pop of color to a pair of white skinnies or white jean shorts. The shirt is very bright and definitely needed a neutral to anchor it! Or, playing with the delicate floral pattern, I could also see this look taking on a 70s spin with the addition of some flares!

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And the second item was a pair of blue paisley trousers that have a pretty modest and “buisness-y” cut, but are obviously very whimsy in print. With the addition of a sleek black tank and fancy earrings I opted towards a look I could wear out on date night. But with a black or white blouse and plain pumps I could definitely wear these pants on the rare days I head into the office.

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Look 1: Top: Banana Republic c/o  / Jeans: Old Navy / Shoes: old Via Spiga, similar
Clutch: old, similar / Sunglasses: John Varvatos / Necklace: Kendra Scott

Look 2: Pants: Banana Republic c/o / Top: TJ Maxx / Earrings: H&M
Shoes: old Dolce Vita, similar / Clutch: K.Slade

Thanks to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post. As always, opinions are all mine! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl! xx


I recently stumbled upon my new favorite designer for cozy and casual cotton basics and I just had to share!!  Talia is a Southern California based brand with roots in Lima, Peru where all of their products are handmade with the softest Pima cotton.  Their flagship store is not far from me in Mission Viejo, CA, so I made a stop a few weeks ago on my way home from San Diego to check out the pieces, and ultimately stock up on as many as I could afford!

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Top: Talia / Jeans: Old Navy / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Earrings: Lagos

This shirt is their “Avery” style that has an amazing boxy fit with with slim arms. I have stop myself from wearing it every day its so comfy and versatile — I can throw it on with skinny jeans like I did here, or I can wear it over my tank and yoga pants while en route to the gym. I have it in this oatmeal color and in a bright pink, but I’m just dying for it to come in more colors! (Psst Talia,  can this come in black pretty please?!) I have a few more pieces that I purchased on my trip to the Talia store, so stay tuned for more pima cotton goodness!

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June Gloom

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Shirt: Cuyana / Jeans: Old Navy / Scarf: Sencha & Bourbon via OuiPlease
Bracelet: Will Leather / Shoes: Dolce Vita (similar) / Clutch: Target (similar)

May Gray and June Gloom are two Southern California phenomenons where the weather is just completely gray, gloomy and overcast during the months of May and June.  I heard about this prior to moving to Los Angeles, but never fully understood it until I was here — and its completely true!  The past six weeks have been so overcast every morning and sometimes every afternoon as well. Thank goodness that July is around the corner. I am ready for some sun!

Even if its super gray and gloomy out, I decided to try and brighten things up with an all white outfit. I’ve tried a ton of different pairs of white jeans, and 9 times out of 10 I reach for this pair by Old Navy.  They fit the best and are super affordable — can’t beat that!  I also wanted to add a super soft subtle pop of color, so I added a textured clutch and my monogrammed Sencha & Bourbon scarf from Oui Please.

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beauty obsession: ouai haircare


“Life is hard—looking good should be easy.”

A direct quote from the OUAI website… and I’m already sold. OUAI Haircare is all about bringing that luxury and style you see at a fashion show and making it attainable and realistic for today’s modern woman. They even have how-to videos on their site to help walk you through how to use the products to achieve that perfectly messy topknot or soft (never crunchy) tousled waves. As my hair has been a bit of a hassle since I’ve gone blonde, I’ve now needed to use products that I’ve never used before, and its nice to see a quick tutorial on how to use a hair oil or texturizing spray.

I’ve added a few of their products to my daily arsenal — the hair oil being my favorite. It has a gorgeous floral scent (jasmine or gardenia, I think?) and it has never weighed my hair down. I use it after I wash/towel dry my hair, and also anytime I need to tame some frizz.

I’ve also tried their wave spray, knowing well before I purchased it that it wasn’t going to turn me and my straight hair into mermaid goddess with gorgeous waves. However, when very lightly spritzed onto my hair (I spray the air and do a “rock and roll” hair flip through the mist) it gives me a little lived in texture and volume.

OUAI also has shampoos, conditioners, dry shampoos, texturizing sprays, hair supplements, and more!  Have you tried their products?  Let me know on Twitter at @tinewatson!

the dress: part 2

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Dress: Who What Wear x Target / Tank: Alternative Apparel / Jeans: Old Navy
Necklaces: Gorjana (long/short) / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Like I mentioned last week, I really saw this dress as a super versatile piece that could be worn multiple ways all summer. I definitely see it coming with me on my trip back to the east coast next month — I only have a small amount of room in my suitcase (I rarely check my bag) and I’ll be there for 10+ days, so I’ll need to maximize my space with items that can be mixed and matched!  I’ll definitely be dressing it up at night for dinners, and down during the day for shopping and trips to the Beach Plum for lobster rolls!

Here I’ve opened up the dress and removed the belt to make it into a long flowy vest to wear over white jeans. I think it would look equally great with darker skinny denim, and maybe even some flares. I’m now debating trying out this look with a pair of jean shorts… I’ll let you know!

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