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There's so much wardrobe inspiration in Loren Hope's fall lookbook styled by my sweet friend Sara Kate. The tortoiseshell glasses, the vintage yellow trench, not to mention all the fabulous baubles... It's a feast for the eyes. Shop my favorites from Loren's new collection in the slideshow below:

P.S. For those asking, the tortoiseshell glasses are Warby Parker's Winston frames. They're sold out in the tortoiseshell but you can scoop them up in black here or shop all their tortoiseshell frames here.


ONE  //  TWO  //  THREE  //  FOUR  //  FIVE  //  SIX

I've always loved pearls and turquoise (and bonus points when they're together!). The new arrivals at Charm & Chain have both in spades so let's all play pretend for a moment. If you could choose one of the above to add to your jewelry box, which would it be? I love these but I think this takes the cake for me. Agree? Disagree? Let's hear it!


Today I'm excited to share with you jewelry designer Jess Constable's newest collection, the Jackson! It's available in a fabulous array of neon baubles and pretty grosgrain ribbons and the best part is I got to choose a Design Darling combo that I know you all will love!
And can we pause for a moment and talk about the company I'm in? Seriously some of the most amazing bloggers out there. Such a treat! Shop my recommendation HERE and the entire collection HERE!

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Just a quick note to let you know that the Kenneth Jay Lane elephant bangle I shared on Instagram yesterday (as well as a bevy of other beautiful baubles!) is available again on Gilt Groupe. Sign up here and let me know what you find!


Happy Monday everyone! This weekend I snuck in a little time under the sun, watching my sister play softball and eating dinner in the backyard for Mother's Day. I can't tell you how happy I am that summer is truly around the corner! Here's a little style inspiration for the coming months...
Cool blues in complementary hues! Also let's discuss how this looks like the softest t-shirt ever. Right? Yes please. What are some of your summer staples?

Kenneth Jay Lane on Gilt Groupe

A spontaneous afternoon post to share a few sparkly somethings I'd like to add to my jewelry box from the Kenneth Jay Lane sale on Gilt Groupe today...

Coral and pink drops, lapis and turquoise sparklers, and a turquoise statement maker with the prettiest clasp I ever did see! Sign up HERE to shop the sale.

Loren Hope Spring/Summer 2012

You know those designers who can do no wrong in your book? For me, that's Loren Hope. I've collected a few of her pieces over the past couple years and I swear they're the most complimented pieces in my collection! You may have noticed some of her baubles in my new boutique but now it's her lookbook that's really got me going...
Turquoise chandeliers and a red lip? Don't mind if I do!
Match your earrings to your necklace to your bracelets? When it looks this good, I say why not!
This necklace makes quite the statement for $88!
A colorblock necklace? Oh Loren, you've really done it this time...

Shop her new collection here! What are your favorite pieces?

Statement Sparklers

Struggling to find the perfect outfit for your Saturday evening outing? Imagine having a jewelry box brimming with beauties like these... #dreamcometrue

What does your dream jewelry box contain?

10 Classic Accessories Every Girl Should Own

Let's talk about online shopping, shall we? There are times that I fall in love with something and buy it straight away for fear that it'll sell out and I'll have missed my chance. (That's the only way these pants found their way to my closet — in two colors.) And when I'm spending my money on impulse buys and offline necessities, it's actually the classics that fall by the wayside.

Why replace my favorite white t-shirt when this pink bow skirt might sell out at a moment's notice? I have a hunch that I'm not the only one who shops like this, so I've made a list of 10 classic accessories I think every girl should own. It might not be the most colorful list, but it guarantees you'll have everything you need when you buy something you want.

(1) Monogram necklace (2) Tortoise sunglasses (3) Diamond studs — These are faux but have the same sparkle! (4) Classic wallet (5) Everyday bracelet (6) Pearl studs — These are just $20! (7) Tan bag — I am in love with this shape! (8) Ankle boots (9) Ballet flats — I love my Tory Burch Revas! (10) Everyday watch — This gold and tortoise number is perfect!

What do you think? Anything else we should add to the list?

Très Jolie

Pink and navy, color-blocked, gold toggle closure. Need I say more? Get it here.

Lulu Frost Code Rings

I know Lulu Frost's code rings are nothing new but I can't get them out of my head! They'll cost you a pretty penny but they'd be perfect to commemorate an important occasion like an anniversary or a birthday. My lucky number is 7...but my birthday is 8/9/89 ;) Which number would you choose?

Currently Coveting {Costume Jewelry}

I'm in the midst of reading Rachel Zoe's fashion bible Style A to Zoe and, while my personal style is far more casual and less glamorous than the celebrity stylist's, I find myself nodding in agreement with her love of costume jewelry. I've collected a few statement pieces in recent years but I either forget to wear them on my way out the door or sport them one at a time, so unlike Rachel's "more is more" philosophy. I think I'll give her maximalist ways a try in the spirit of the sparkly holiday season. Won't you join me?

(1) Michael Kors link necklace, $175 (2) ASOS tassel necklace, $27
(3) ASOS box knot drop earrings, $14 (4) Loren Hope Farrah necklace, $185
(5) Catbird ring, $88 (6) House of Harlow antler cabochon ring, $95

Which is your favorite piece and what's your jewelry philosophy?

Tell Me About It, Stud

By the way, need an end-of-the-weekend pick-me-up? I'd like to direct your attention to these pretty baubles among the new arrivals at Loren Hope Designs...
Sparkly costume studs, just $32 a pair available in every color under the sun. (Find them here.) I'll take these four and more...

Recent Acquisitions

I literally squealed when I unwrapped my new melamine tray. They are completely customizable and make great gifts too! My new business card case already came in handy at the San Francisco design blogger meet-up last week (see pictures here).
This striped boatneck shirt has been a gateway drug. Suddenly the only things I want to wear are striped! Hey, I'm not complaining. I recommend ordering one size up. My new K. Slademade clutch comes with me literally everywhere I go and fits the necessities (chapstick, keys, phone, wallet) with room to spare.
This baby gets a picture of its own. You know why? Because it has changed my life. I have a tough time falling asleep most nights (running through my to do list and tomorrow's obligations) and distractions like light and sound don't help. I might not look cool with my ear plugs and eye mask, but hey, whatever helps you sleep at night. I literally could not recommend Bonnie's custom eye masks more highly.
{Vintage earrings}
My mom and I found these fun sparklers at the Alameda Flea Market, enabling me to cross "buy something at a flea market" from my 101 in 1001 list. The best part? They were only $12!
These eco-friendly recycled leather notebooks come in every color under the sun and my citrusy-hued choices will come in handy for many a to do list. My new address book also checks off a 101 in 1001 task and comes in the most beautiful buttery yellow leather. Swoon.

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So, darlings, do dish: what are some of your recent acquisitions?


Bangles, cuffs, friendship bracelets, mixed metals... What does your stack consist of?

Frieda Sophie

Lots of pretty new things at Frieda Sophie! I especially love the au natural feel of Sandra's druzy necklaces. 

I just ordered this necklace as the perfect everyday piece. What type of jewelry do you wear the most?

All About Aqua

Today I'd like to trade lives with whoever owns this pool, whip up a tray of festive beverages in this kitchen, and wear this necklace as I lounge poolside with a stack of magazines. Do join me, won't you?

Five Steals & A Splurge

I'm sharing five steals and a splurge today on KC's lovely blog Thrifty Solutions for an Urban Gal. Please pop over if you have a moment!

New arrivals at Loren Hope!!!

My favorite jewelry designer just released her summer collection and, let me just tell you, I. Am. Obsessed.  You know when you see something you must have and get all giddy inside? That just happened... about ten times.
{Well somebody just skyrocketed to the top of my wishlist. How pretty is she?! Dabney bib necklace, $175.}

{I mean, hello. Gold + bling + pink jade = perfection. Layer it with other gold pieces or let it shine on its own. Chloe necklace, $115.}
{Just look at all that tassle-y goodness! Your plain white t-shirt will never look the same. Need. Farrah necklace, $185.}

{You'll never need to buy another necklace again. Statement-making, totally unique, and just a little bit edgy... What more could you ask for? Cleopatra necklace, $90.}
Okay, now this is brilliant. You can buy a plain clasp necklace for $45 and then attach and switch out pendants separately! Lately I've been rocking this one:
{And I swear it transforms every outfit! Deco pendant, $45.}
{I also own this pretty sparkler (can you tell I'm a little obsessed?) and throw it on whenever I feel like my outfit is missing that special something. It hasn't failed me yet! Sophie bib necklace, $75.}
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I could rave about Loren Hope all day, every day. It's fantastic to have sponsors whose work I truly love and covet for myself. I hope you'll enjoy her baubles as much as I do!

Behind The Scenes.

I've raved about The Coveteur before so this is a reminder that you must check it out if you haven't already. If you love fashion, accessories, styling, and charming behind-the-scenes anecdotes about how some of the industry's most famous names come by their covetable possessions, you will surely fall in love...
Some things get even better with age! I find new photos to add to my inspiration folder every time I stop by and I'm endlessly inspired by the quick success of this admirable blog. Bravo!