WC vs. EC || CHA style

Here is another installment of of the little fashion series that KP and I have going on. Today's edition is what I wore to CHA. Only I wasn't very diligent about taking outfit photos (other than on my iPhone in bad convention center lighting).Day 1: Dress from Target (purchased the night before after set up and dinner). Nail color of choice at the show: Tart Deco by Essie.

Most of my travels involve only carry-on bags. My favorite ones are by amykathryn. Amy's designs always make a statement, and I just found out that the talented sweet girl is doing an online class on Big Picture that's only $10! Day 2: American Apparel tank top and H&M skirt. KP's in heels, I am in flats. Love that we both wore colors + patterns with some basics like tanks and jeans. Day 3: American Apparel tank top || skirt from a boutique on Main St in Santa Monica || GAP cardigan. Sneaky little photo by Vicki Boutin, one of the funniest ladies I know.

It was hot in Chicago and I wasn't originally planning on wearing tank tops with striped skirts 2 days in a row, but it just worked out that way. The outfits were all comfortable and a bit colorful. I wore heels for most of the first day and then it was all about flats - white ones the 2nd day and Havaianas on the 3rd day. The only fashion fix I would have made was remembering to put a pair of socks in my purse for the plane ride home. Cold toes were not in line with my comfort is key philosophy.

WC | EC V3: What to Wear with Colored Pants

Here is the third installment of of the little fashion series that KP and I have going on. Today's edition is what I would wear with the latest fashion craze: colored pants! A basic heather grey or white tee shirt would look just fine with any colored pant, but I thought I would add some playful patterns and even more color to the mix.Striped sweater is from Target // Floral cami is from a boutique on Main Street up in Ventura // Colored pants are made by Iris Jeans and purchased for only $20 from a store called Bloom // Toms wedges in Ash Calypso Canvas. Pretty sure I need to be smiling for the camera as I look a bit angry in the last photo (but I promise I was not).

Plenty of reasons to smile around here. Thank you, friends, for your kind words yesterday about Ready Set Go. I read every single comment and am truly thankful. Wishing all of you could win the collection!

PS- There are some new kits in the shop and I am thinking of listing the mini book and film canister kit later today.

WC | EC v2 : what I wore to dinner & a movie

Here's the second installment of our little fashion series. KP and I are going to try and do this twice a month. Today's edition is what I would wear to dinner and a movie.Around here, the name of the game is layering. The weather is rather pleasant most of the time, but I tend to get cold in restaurants (especially when I finish eating) and the temperature in a theater can also be a bit chilly. The jacket is one of a kind, made by Random Nicole. The top is a farmer's market find - Brentwood has them on Sunday mornings and often there are vendors who sell items other than food. I swear I would wear these denim leggings by Robin's Jean every single day if I could. In fact I wore my 1st pair so much (3 times a week for many months) that I managed to get a hole in the knee and then in the buttocks. The fabric is thin and stretchy and oh so comfy. Surprisingly these MaxStudio heels (purchased 3 years ago) are also comfortable. I wouldn't walk around Disneyland in them, but as far as heels go, they sure are nice. On my toenails is Essie Bachelorette Bash. Still wearing my Nike Fuelband and have been hitting my daily goal of 3000 everyday for a few weeks now. It's a good streak, and I am loving that it helps me stay active. I wore this outfit to dinner at Westside Tavern. They are always busy and though I enjoy the food, I had a hard time understanding why everything was so crazy that Thursday night. Without going into too much detail, service was slow and they forgot our appetizer and only brought our entrees. They apologized and asked to rush the app or buy us another round of cocktails, but we didn't want either, mostly because we wanted our oysters before our meal. It all worked out in the end because we were able to make it and get great seats (you have to choose assigned seats when buying the tickets) for Moonrise Kingdom. It was delightful and visually stunning. Two thumbs up from me, and only one from JC. Once a month I'll offer a sponsor giveaway to go along with this post. This time it's for an accessory that I just can't live without. My camera (obviously), but more importantly, my stylish camera strap by bluebird chic.SPONSOR GIVEAWAY: Want to win one of your own? Leave a comment telling me something about your personal style and bluebird chic will send one lucky winner a camera strap cover of their choosing. And they're even offering free shipping for all orders (International too!) using the code: SPRINGFREE2012  The giveaway closes at 7am PST on Thursday, June 21st is closed and the winner is: Ashley Michelson who said: My personal style has changed a lot over the last year. It started when I graduated college and got my first "grown up" job (kindergarten teacher). I love flowy tops and colored denim (yellow is my fave!). My friends still give me so much crap for dressing in a million layers :) haha! I love that chevron strap so much!! Thanks for the chance to win! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED! REMEMBER, the free shipping code is still valid!

new fashion series

KP came up with a fun little fashion series that we're going to be featuring on our blogs monthly, maybe more. Today's edition is what I would wear to brunch.Being on the west coast, it's not uncommon to show up to brunch in Lululemons after an early morning hike. However, more often that not, I slip on a summery dress and walk down the street ready to dine in the sunshine. Though it's just blocks to the beach, sometimes it isn't as warm as I expect. I like to layer in case it gets breezy. The dress is the newest item and can be found at Target stores (sorry couldn't find it online). Mike & Chris items are a bit on the pricey side, but I purchased this hoodie at a sample sale several years ago and have worn it more than enough to justify the amount I paid. This is a blanket statement about all their pieces, really. I'm all about cost per wear and mixing up designer and cheap chic - that's me representing the west coast.. Be sure to check out KP's east coast post here. Where are you and how do you dress for brunch?

fashion friday

Occasionally I will have meetings where I need to upgrade from my jeans and tee shirt uniform to something between casual and business casual. So I opt for an outfit that is laid back,  appropriate and most importantly, comfortable. I had a discussion the other day about khakis with some friends and we couldn't remember the last time we actually fell in love with a pair of nice fitting khaki pants. Thankfully, my favorite denim designer has made his popular stretch popline pants in a perfect shade of beige (the ones I have on are a brand new shade for spring). These are also the same pair I am wearing in the Trends With Benefits segment. Let's just say I am fairly certain they are the best fitting khakis on the planet. Paired with my new Toms wedges in Ash Calypso Canvas, this is my version of business casual with a California twist.