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Wedding Season

It’s that time of year again – Wedding season! If you’re not sure what’s expected or appropriate in various settings dress-code wise head over to my Summer Weddings post for a full breakdown including dress recommendations.


The posts below are helpful & thorough – The perfect survival guide for all of the upcoming Spring and Summer weddings you’ll be attending – Everything from packing essentials to chic updos you can try out this season.

Top 12 Essentials for a Wedding Weekend from Hitha On The Go

Three Summer Wedding Options from Apartment 34

Wedding Season Summer Wedding

City Wedding from Damsel In Dior

What to Wear: Your Rehearsal Dinner from Savvy Chic Avenue

What To Wear To A Spring Wedding from The Zoe Report

Wedding Season Summer Wedding

3 Must-Try Bridesmaid ‘Dos To Whip Up For Wedding Season from Refinery 29

Shades of Blush from Gal Meets Glam

Tastemakers Reveal Their Very-Dreamy Bridal Looks from Racked

I’ll be playing bridesmaid this July in champagne lace & fringe, then rocking cocktail attire for weddings in September & October. What style are you planning to sport for the weddings you’re attending this Summer?

Looks of the Week

How was everyone’s weekend? Did you have a good Mother’s Day? While I didn’t get to see my mother yesterday, I did get a chance to spend some time with my boyfriend’s mother and his sister who just gave birth to her third daughter two weeks ago. Quite the family day!

But today we’re here to discuss street style. Here in San Francisco it regularly goes from bright, sunny, and stunningly warm to foggy and rainy in 12 hours, so there’s no way to dress consistently during the Spring and Summer, it’s all about layering and keeping a sweater or umbrella in your bag. Here are some looks that run the gamut in terms of skin coverage so hopefully no matter where you are in the world there’s a look that you can emulate, enjoy!

I’m MAD about this look. A fabulous retro-inspired dress in a fun, eye-catching print is a great way to go. And those floral sunglasses are the icing on the fabulous cake!


I love love love how she paired a flowy, hippie-style maxi dress with a cropped leather jacket, it gives it an edge. Biker Chick Chic!


Olivia’s low key floral frock is perfect for Summer weddings this season. It’s flattering and pretty, and can easily go from day to night with the right jewelry and heels. She wears it perfectly here with ankle strap Boutique 9 heels.


Just wow. Gorgeous color against her skin, unique dress with beautiful embellishments, and great, great accessories.

Gorgeous – Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Satin Knot Clutch

SEXY – She spices up her look with hot pumps – Brian Atwood ‘Claudia Bis’ Platform Pumps


And if you’re as big a fan of Miss Zoe as I am, check out The Frugal Fashionista’s breakdown of some of her best outfits over the years. Tres chic!

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Interested in trying out the printed jeans trend? This is a great, subtle way to work the trend without getting too overwhelmed. Love that she paired the high-impact pants with a simple T.


Too cuter! I love the retro patterned shorts paired with the chic gold polka-dotted blouse. That adorable mint green Prada bag is the perfect finishing touch!


I LOVE this look. The mixing of the retro prints is just too cute. She looks like a chic Amy Winehouse!


Want to try a new spin on an old class? Spice up your Little Black Dress this Spring and take Brooklyn Decker, Be Frassy’s Audrey Rogers, or model Anne V as your inspiration.

You can keep it classy in a knee-length dress, but it doesn’t have to be boring, you can easily find one with fun embellishments and details that will make you stand out in a crowd.


Sexy sheer lace can be taken to the next level with a fun flared skirt. Some kick @$$ bright pumps are the perfect finishing touch.


A jersey dress is a great way to stay cool as the temperature rises, and Anne V shows us here that you don’t have to sacrifice an ounce of glamour if you go with a demure hemline. Wow!


And if you’re still dying for more street style, check out these best dressed round ups – Vogue UK and Mr. Blasberg’s Best-Dressed List for Harper’s Bazaar.

Have a great night!

Links You’ll Love


Looking for a pretty new up do for the Spring & Summer weddings you’re attending or participating in? Refinery 29 has you covered with their 3 Pretty ‘Dos For Wedding Season.

Not sure what to keep in your closet and what to donate? Miranda Kerr’s stylist tells us just how to Spring clean this season – Modelinia.

Or if you’re interested in jumping on the ombre train, Fashion Fazer has you covered – Ombre and Dip-Dye Hair.

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Love that collar necklace? Ya, me too. Check out Fashion Love Affaires for her DIY Diaries: In All My Glittery Goodness.

I’ve clearly shown that I’m a fan of Olivia Palermo’s personal style, I did Style File posts on her adorable polka dot maxi skirt AND her chic outfit for the menswear shows last fall. She recently started a blog and I wanted to share her little piece on closet organization – Glam Tip: Keep Off-Season Clothes Fresh.

Refinery 29 doesn’t want to see your old college sweats or your ratty t-shirts at the gym. Ever. Chic Gym Gear To Replace Your Sweats. Its time!

Are you in the mood for ladylike glitz and glamour this Spring? Me too. From Elie Saab to Christian Dior, Cristina’s got you covered. Read on!


Did you sign up for a race to meet a New Years Resolution and get so busy and distracted this Spring that you’ve hardly started to train? Read the No Meat Athlete’s 3 Steps to Planning the Perfect Running Getaway to Re-energize Your Training or Stuck Running on a Treadmill? Make the Most of It with These 3 Workouts.


Not sure when to nosh? What about which foods will be best for you? Check out Fit Bottomed Girls’ Foods to Fuel You– A helpful list of what foods will help fuel you before, during, and after your exercise sessions, Women’s Health’s Eating Well: The Best Fitness Foods for Women, and OhSheGlow’s 3 Ready-in-a-Jiffy Warm Weather Snack Recipes!

Not sure which oils to use for what? Read through Wake Up World’s 160 Uses For Coconut Oil.

If your Spring has been anything like mine you’re a busy busy bee. Don’t let that get in the way of staying healthy and meeting your fitness goals though, these mini workouts will keep you motivated:

Or check out all my links over at A Healthy Mentality!

A Week In Pictures

The past week has been pretty amazing. I got to spend two nights with my parents, we made them dinner at the apartment one night and went out to a restaurant on Washington Square Park the next. My childhood friend Sophie got married in a perfect Bay Area ceremony last Saturday, wearing a gorgeous dress with a beautiful retro veil. I got to spend six whole days with my long distance boyfriend, a rarity outside of vacations and trips. And I got to attend the Raise The Macallan Scotch tasting event down on Van Ness.

Oh, and I ate. A lot!

Enjoy the pictures.


P.S. I made a killer kale salad and some delicious sweet potatoes, and I’ll share the recipes soon. (Obviously chicken & tri tip plates are Sean’s!)

Have a great Saturday and enjoy spending time with your families this weekend!

Summer Weddings

I have received requests for suggestions on what to wear to for the upcoming Summer wedding season, and since this subject is relevant to so many of us, I decided to dedicate an entire post to the topic.

Obviously there are many different types of weddings, indoor, outdoor, formal, informal, day, nighttime… And while I’m happy to offer tailor-made suggestions if you want to email me the specifics, I’m just going to try to cover a few fundamentals today.

First, the basics:

(1) Pay attention to the terrain! Be cognizant of the environment you’ll be in and tailor your shoe choice accordingly. If you’re going to be traipsing across a lawn, stilettos are out.

Don’t argue with me!

(2) Keep it appropriate. Is the couple conservative? Keep that in mind when choosing your outfit. Is it a traditional Catholic church ceremony? Keep yourself covered. Is it a goth wedding in a nightclub? I would skip the florals…

(3) And the number one rule of dressing for a wedding? Do. Not. Draw. Attention. To. Yourself!

{As phenomenal as Kate looks, avoid wearing ivory, whites, nudes, champagnes and pale, pale pastels at the risk of upstaging the bride.}

Casual Summer Wedding – Daytime:

You’ll want something light, both material-wise and color-wise. Avoid black, navy, long sleeves and heels. Below are a few ideas to get your fashion juices flowing:

{This dress is great because the colors are fun & flirty, but neutral enough to give you options. Pair with nude sandals, blue wedges, a cropped yellow cardigan… The choices are endless – Alice+Olivia}

{Bright colors & prints are great alternatives to florals. Accessorize with a belt, sweater, strappy flat sandals or espadrilles – BCBGeneration}

If the wedding begins in the afternoon and continues on into the night there’s no need for a full costume change, just update your extras! If you’ll be heading inside for dancing just run to your car and exchange your sandals for (appropriate) heels, add a cocktail ring or a chunky necklace, smooth on some eyeliner and ditch your bag (can’t dance if you’re clinging to your clutch!) If you’re going to stay outside for the evening portion of the celebration but still want to update your look, I would don a cropped blazer or shrunken jacket to add a little edge to your softer day look.

{A simple silhouette in a fun, Summer-y print is an easy & stylish way to go – Ann Taylor}

{A maxi worn with sandals is a great option, just be sure to avoid loud accessories and allow the dramatic length of the frock speak for itself – Asos}

Formal Summer Wedding:

When a summer wedding is very large, held entirely indoors or has a  lengthy (or orthodox) ceremony planned, that’s a good hint that the attire should be more formal. This means don’t show too much skin and cover your shoulders if you’re attending the ceremony itself. Longer lengths and more conservative cuts will be paramount, so dress accordingly!

{Something classic, but with a little summer flair like this dress would be perfect. Add heels, pearls or a jacket as necessary – Kate Spade}

{The draping on this frock is beautiful and gives it a modern twist, while the dusty lavender hue still says summer – Halston Heritage}

{There are very few occasions that a sheath dress isn’t appropriate for and the colors and mix of fabrics in this one keep it from being too austere – Rachel Roy}

Black Tie Summer Wedding: Black tie can only mean one thing… Pull out your gown Cinderella, its time to get ready for the ball! While a floor length dress is the norm for this type of event, if you’re feeling very Bianca Jagger you might be able to pull off Le Smoking Suit. Formal dressing can be quite expensive so I’ll try to keep my suggestions on the reasonable side of the spectrum, keep in mind though that you can go with a basic/plain gown and dress it up with jewels and accessories.

{Classic & dramatic, but conservative – This is a great choice for a formal event – Tadashi Shoji}

{This dress is formal and elegant, but retains an air of cheeky youthfulness – BCBGeneration}

{If you’re interested in a look with a little more edge, try something with interesting straps – Riller & Fount}

Enjoy the festivities and go easy on the champagne!