I’m a huge lover of an all black ensemble, but there are times where I do enjoy mixing in a bit of patterns. My favorite mix at the moment is this tribal inspired sweater with some black and white stripes. Both pieces are oversized, so pairing them with some sleek faux leather leggings balances out the entire look.
I’ll probably be wearing this exact outfit on Thanksgiving. The only difference will be a swap out of these booties for some sneakers. Hope you all are looking forward to this excellent short week! xoxo
Since I’m still embracing the grunge elements of the 90s, I decided to put together a look the combines some of my favorite grunge and moto elements. A leather jacket over plaid, paired with sleek black pants and boots are in my mind simple perfection!
These Zara shoes have become an instant favorite and closet staple. The delicate heel and neutral t-strap make it a perfect shoe for pretty much any occasion. Or maybe it’s just me rationalizing that they work for every occasion so that I can wear them all the time! Either way, they’re in heavy rotation.
If you know me and have been reading my blog, you know that I am a shoe girl. I think about shoes a lot and lately I’ve been thinking that I may need to break-up with my long time boyfriend – the platform heel. There are so many things I love about the platform. They’re comfortable, they make me really tall and they’re easy to dance in. But…there comes a time in a ladies life when we have to grow up and realize that the French women are oh so chic in their tees, skinny jeans and delicate stilettos. I will never ever be the dainty French woman I aspire to be in my clunky chunky platform heels (well, that and the fact that I don’t live in France and I’m not French, but whatevs). So for now and the near future, platform heels won’t be entering my heart of shoes.
Practicing what I preach and rocking my favorite hat – a camel fedora from Anthropologie. This was an absolute must purchase because a) it’s camel (love the neutrals), b) it has great texture, and c) the brand is called “Bettina.”
Pink Striped Dress (old Forever 21) | DIY Forever 21 Vest | H&M Cobalt Blue Heels (similar)
I loved the classic striped look Samantha wore on her blog Could I Have That I decided to re-interpret it in a different way. She opted for a neutral dress, shoes and belt and added a pop of hot pink color on her lips and nails, while I opted for a hot pink dress, blue heels and a neutral vest. So, it was kind of an opposite day hers and mine. I know we’re heading into the last weeks of our Indian Summer, so I wanted to rock my bright pink for as long as I can!
Ralph Lauren Military Inspired Vest (similar) | H&M Striped Tank (similar) and Cobalt Blue Suede Heels (similar) | Jayne Club Monaco Skirt (similar) | Chain Link Necklace and Bracelet (similar)
This past Saturday was my 10 year high school reunion…I mean gasp I could hardly believe it had been that long! At first I didn’t want to go, but in the end I’m so glad I went. It was so nice seeing so many people I used to love seeing many eons ago. I ended up wearing this Club Monaco skirt with a floral print top, but for today’s post I added in the striped tank and military vest I wore to dinner last week. The combination is my take on a STRIPES at nighttime look. If you’re looking for some casual daytime inspiration, check out part 1 here.
Moral of today’s post: If you’re contemplating going to your 10 year reunion go, you won’t regret it!
Looking back at these pictures all I could think about was the theme song to the show “California Dreams“…do you all remember this show!?!? I loved this show and its groovy theme song. So without further ado, in case your memory needs some jogging, here are the lyrics.
After seeing Ms. Olsen sporting the classic banker stripe button up it quickly soared to numero uno on my “I need it now” list. I created three distinct dream looks that are each centered around a take on the classic bank stripe button up. Whether it’s paired with casual denim shorts, boyfriend jeans or rugged spiked boots, there’s something so chic about this classic piece.
In outfit one, I paired a fun take on the stripe with J. Brand denim shorts and the suede booties of the moment. Add in a fun chunky bracelet and tortoise shell glasses to complete the casual look.
In outfit two, dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans with a ruffle collared bank stripe button up and add some flair with the one tuck and neon yellow belt. Top of the look with some House of Harlow studs and Sam Edelman Yelena sandals.
In outfit three, I paired a bank stripe shirt dress with rugged spiked lace up boots and a feminine Kelly Wearstler vest. Accessorize with a sparkly Stella and Dot bracelet to soften the look up.
Fingers crossed I add a banker stripe button up into my mix soon! xoxo-Bettina
For CK and I the maxi skirt is an essential year round staple. Whether it’s jersey, chiffon or silk, a maxi dress can easily be dressed up or down, making it the perfect Spring and Summer staple. I’d love to get the Rick Owens maxi to show some leg, but its price point is a little steep. Hopefully I can snag one before Summer for much, much less. xoxo-Bettina