The Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

No list of style icons would be complete without the inimitable Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor was the epitome of old Hollywood glamour both onscreen and off. Her jewelry collection was unrivaled- I think you'd be hard-pressed to find another woman that loved (and wore!) diamonds as much as Elizabeth Taylor did. The screen siren's style evolved over the decades she was in the spotlight, but one thing remained the same: Elizabeth Taylor was always, and still is, a style icon. 

Kendra Scott Color Bar

I've been a fan of Kendra Scott's bright baubles for a while, and my  "Danielle" earrings from the brand are easily one of my favorites in my jewelry box. However, I didn't realize until yesterday that Kendra Scott's website has a "Color Bar" section where you can design your own colorful accessories! You pick one of the brand's statement pieces, and then you drag and drop 1 of 27 color options into each place where there is a stone. Better yet, you can even decide if you want gold or silver as the metal option.  

I think this would make a really fun gift for bridesmaids in wedding colors (or your friends' favorite colors) or for little/big sister gifts in sorority colors, or, of course, any time when you're looking for something fun and unique! I spent a little while messing around in the Color Bar, and here are a few of my favorite combinations! 
the hollis necklace- $150

the tavi earring- $50

the valencia necklace, $120

What I Wore: Clean and Crisp

I love getting dressed up just as much as the next girl, but sometimes you have to keep it simple and go back to basics. Since pretty much all of my spring and summer clothes are en route to California for the summer, I pulled together the simple pieces I left out of my suitcase for the next couple of weeks to make an outfit that still seemed polished. 

Jacket: Jil Sander
T: Gap
Jeans: Joe's Jeans (hole courtesy of me tripping and falling on my face in a parking lot- I'm very graceful) 
Shoes: Pierre Hardy x Gap (similar)
Necklace: Ted Baker
Watch: Michael Kors

Does Dressing Well=Politeness?

Yesterday evening, I was browsing Pinterest, and I came across this quote:

And it got me thinking.  This may sound selfish, but I usually dress for myself- in clothes I like, feel comfortable in, clothes that make me feel good about myself. I never really sat down and thought about how what I wear correlates to me being respectful. But, after thinking on this a little longer, I realized that being "well dressed" doesn't always necessarily mean wearing a cocktail dress everywhere. I think that the key here is to wear what is occasion-appropriate, and I do try to do that. For instance, it's disrespectful or impolite to wear white to a wedding, because it comes across as trying to upstage the bride. Or it may come across as insensitive if you visit a friend in the hospital in a cocktail dress, when she's wearing a hospital gown and probably not feeling good about the way she looks. After I thought about that, it made me think of a bunch of other scenarios where being over or underdressed could be considered disrespectful to the person (or people) you are spending time with. 

Anyways, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this, and I'd love to hear yours! Do you take being polite into consideration when you get dressed, or do you wear whatever you want, no matter what? I don't think there's a right or wrong answer, and maybe I'm just overthinking things (it would not be the first time!) but I'm curious about this now! 

J.Crew Gondola Stripe

So this weekend I was doing a little browsing in J.Crew, and I spied a silk top, and fell in love with the bold stripe print. I just looked it up online because I kept thinking about it (come on, you do that too...right?), and I found the matching skirt and trench coat, and the J.Crew official name of the print- Gondola Stripe. While I'd never pair all three (or even two!) together, but I'm kind of in love with all three pieces in a big way. Do you ever get obsessed with a particular print? 

j.crew gondola stripe coat, $495

j.crew gondola stripe top, $98

j.crew gondola stripe skirt, $128

The Icon: Lauren Santo Domingo

Lauren Santo Domingo is one stylish woman. The co-founder of Moda Operandi and Vogue contributing editor is one of those women who never  makes a style mistake. She manages to look like she could be on the cover of a magazine whenever she steps out, yet her look remains effortless looking, as well- a pretty hard feat to come by. Her wedding gown(s) were amazingly dramatic, but somehow didn't overwhelm her, and her relationships with designers ensures that she's always wearing the most current looks- often before major celebrities, to boot. Even her home is flawless- take a peek in  this feature from Vogue.  Here are a few of my favorite LSD looks. 

Cheap Thrills: Old Navy Swimsuits

I was killing some time before I met Brett for lunch last week, and I wandered into Old Navy. I stumbled upon their swimwear section, and I was pleasantly surprised with all of the cute options they have at the moment! I didn't have time to try a bunch of suits on, but these four looked particularly cute. Best part? Some of the pieces are only $15 dollars each- that means a full suit for around $30! Pretty hard to beat. Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye, and there are plenty more on their website, too! 

Floral: Top, Bottom
Navy and Pink: Top, Bottom
Red and White: Top, Bottom
Purple: Top, Bottom

What I Wore: Printed and Pink

Yesterday felt like summer- it was almost 90 degrees here, so I pulled out this fun printed pleated maxi dress to celebrate. The neon pink hue of the dress was what drew me in- it's definitely a statement dress.  I'm so excited for the warm weather and the clothes that go right along with it. 

Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Cole Haan
Monogram Necklace: West Avenue Jewelry
Watch: Michael Kors

Style Icon: Brigitte Bardot

This week's icon has inspired thousands of fashion editorials, makeup artists, hairstylists, and the like for the past 50 years. Brigitte Bardot came to fame as an actress, singer, and sex symbol in the 1960s. The French Bardot is best known for her tousled blonde locks and killer cat eye makeup- she found what worked for her, beauty-wise, and stuck to it. Her style was very French, with lots of stripes and polka dots, and her signature blonde locks were often pulled back by a wide black headband. Ms. Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in the 70s, but her striking images live on to inspire style copycats today. 

Easter 2012

Brett and I celebrated Easter yesterday by going to church and hosting a brunch for a few of our friends at our apartment. I love any excuse to entertain and break out the china, and we had a blast spending the afternoon with our friends, even though we missed our families in Arizona. Here's a little peek into our Easter Sunday. 

{didn't want to get my bacon on my dress!} 
{pretty placesettings}
{dress- anthropologie from three years ago, shoes- sam and libby}
{our table, complete with neon green sticky notes to help me make sure I put everything out!}