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!
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.
My weekends since moving to California have become so much more active. We’re either going to brunch with friends, biking along the coast, or shopping at the local farmer’s market. My style has also adapted to the low-key and laid-back lifestyle here — everyone is in t-shirts and jeans! Here’s a look at this past weekend…
Saturday we hit up the Farmer’s Market — I love buying fresh flowers (the selection is amazing) and fruits/vegetables for the week. Every weekend I try to pick a new market to visit and so far we’ve been to the markets in Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and Playa Vista.
For an easy look for heading to the market, I wore my Banana Republic Boyfriend Chino Crops with an old jean jacket and some leather sandals. Its gorgeous and sunny here almost every single day, but still sometimes in the low 60s in the morning, so the cropped length was perfect.
Sundays in California were totally meant for brunch with huevos rancheros (or breakfast burritos!), mimosas, and great friends. After brunch we took a walk down the pier at Hermosa Beach to watch the surfers and then biked to Venice Beach for a post-brunch nap.
Banana Republic just launched their Limited Edition collaboration collection with designer Issa. You know… the designer that made Kate Middleton’s navy blue engagement dress? Well, now you too can dress like Kate and be your own Duchess! I cannot wait to get over to my own BR to check out these fabulous dresses, and more. I’m thinking I really love the printed dress. What about you?