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A Little Bit Country

This season has been all about prints and I've particularly been loving the Native American-inspired ones. Warm colors, with an earthy vibe, I love this jacket paired with denim for a country vibe. Bonus: it was $30 from Forever 21. The booties I'm wearing have cutouts and a hipster vibe - I switched up my normal rolled approach and made my jeans full length to match the look. I balanced it all out with a lace-detailed top and a gentle necklace. I'll definitely be finding ways to add this jacket into my Spring wardrobe and even those cooler Summer nights.



Jacket: Forever 21, similar here and here for under $30. 

Top: H&M, two options with every more lace here and here.

Denim: Old Navy

Booties: Guess, a fun twist on a cutout bootie here for $80.


All Business

No one wears suits in Silicon Valley. Not really, anyway. When I feel the need to dress a bit more formally, I’m all about a shift dress, or a blazer + full skirt combo.

I like the combination of this fresh white blazer, the nautical-inspired skirt and the pale ruched top. This will definitely be a go-to combo for me through spring and on into summer.


What’s your dress-up style for work?

- Kristen

  • Jacket: H&M. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $33.

  • Top: Gap. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $50.

  • Skirt: Banana Republic. No longer available, but similar can be found here, here and here for under $100.



Revamp Your Look for Spring 2014 with These Three Easy-to-Emulate Makeup Trends

There are few easier (and less expensive) ways to update your look for a new season than to revamp your makeup. Spring 2014 features several makeup trends that are universally flattering and incredibly easy to emulate. Here are our top three favorite beauty trends for spring 2014

Orange Lips:


The bold orange lip trend seen all over the Spring 2014 runways is the antithesis of dreary winter. A matching lip liner will help to keep the color looking neat. Also, with a color this bright, avoid ultra-shiny looks for everyday -- a matte or nearly matte version looks fresh and modern.

Counterclockwise from top left:

  • Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in A-Go-Go, $19 at

  • Maybelline® Color Sensational® Vivids Lipcolor in Electric Orange, under $6 at

  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Timanfaya, $25 at

Gilded Lids:

The gold-flecked eyeshadow look is warm and inviting on all skin tones, and can be varied in intensity to fit both day and night.

Counterclockwise from top left:

  • TOO FACED Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection, $36 at

  • Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Vintage Black Gold, $32 at

  • Maybelline® Eye Studio® Color Plush® Silk Eyeshadow Quad in Give me Gold, $8 at

  • Maybelline® Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® Metal 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Gold Rush, under $6 at

White Manicures:

I’m all about a bold, colorful mani. But what signals spring better than a truly clean slate? I love the simplicity of the fresh white manicures that was the nail look of choice all over the Spring 2014 runways.

Counterclockwise from top left:

  • Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, $15 at

  • Sonia Kashuk® Nail Colour in White Lie, $5 at

  • Essie Nail Polish in Blanc, $8.50 at


- Kristen



Are You Ready, Boots?


In April, I will be visiting London and Paris for the very first time. I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself!

I have been fervently avoiding the urge to purchase a whole new wardrobe for the trip -- I have to save all I can for a few key new acquisitions from Europe!

However, in thinking about what I’d pack for the trip, there was one missing item that would tie it all together: a killer pair of low, black booties with kick-ass details.


I found this awesome pair by Circus by Sam Edelman at an awesome price on They’re exactly what I was looking for -- chic and comfortable, fit for museum-hopping paired with dark denim and a blazer, as well as enjoying a glass of wine in a little cocktail dress.

Now, all that’s left to do is break these bad boys in.

- Kristen

Boots: “Harley,” by Circus by Sam Edelman. Select sizes still available at for just $55.

Cardigan: Forever21. No longer available. Alternate long black cardigans can be found here and here for under $50.

Skirt: Near vintage find purchased years ago at the Nordstrom junior department, BP. Other bold, full floral skirt options can be found here, here and here for under $70.



Spring Forward

My mission to reinvent my summer clothes for the final weeks of winter continues.


This dress (a Forever21 find) was a go-to of mine throughout last summer. You’ve probably seen from my earlier posts that I have no problem incorporating white into my wardrobe pre-Memorial Day. But the cheerful bright blue and white stripe print of this dress just screams summer.


Thankfully, this cozy half-jacket, half sweater makes the dress look more cool-weather appropriate. The brown boots and brown-and-tan belt also help to winterize things a bit.

- Kristen

  • Dress, Forever21. No longer available, but similar dresses can be found here and here for under $90.

  • Sweater, Gap. No longer available, but alternate options can be found here and here for under $90.

  • Boots, Steve Madden. No longer available, but similar dresses can be found here and here for under $95.

  • Purse, Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Color no longer available online, but other options are available on sale at starting at $115, here.