Boho Chic: Oxblood and Ikat
Boho Chic: Oxblood and Ikat

Wearing: Dress: Forever 21 (here) Vest: BB Dakota (here) Shoes: Zara (here) Purse: Celine Accessories: Hermes bracelet, J.Crew (similar here and here), Madewell (LOVE this one), CitizenMod and Etsy rings, random necklace (similar)

Hello from Chi-town and happy Friday everyone! I’ve been in meetings back to back since Wednesday - I’m pretty exhausted, but it’s been a productive and informative trip. This is my first time traveling for work with my Dad. It’s been so interesting and inspirational to see the relationships my Dad has built as well as the respect he has gained over the last 40 years since starting his company. I have so much to learn still, but at least it’s from the best teacher. :)

Just wanted to do a quick post on an outfit that I wore last weekend. (I definitely wouldn’t be wearing this outfit in Chicago considering it’s 43 degrees today!) Oxblood has been on my radar for quite some time now and my collection of pieces in this color has grown quite a bit over the past few years. I think it’s the perfect shade of red, not to bright but rich and bold enough to make a statement.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Pops of Neon with Benevolent Jewels
Pops of Neon with Benevolent Jewels

As you know, I love a good clean and crisp outfit, especially in black and white. One of my favorite ways to add some outstanding contrast to a great monochromatic outfit is with an unexpected pop of color, whether it be in the shoes, top, bag or a statement necklace. In today’s look, the star of my outfit is actually my statement necklace.

I’m so excited to be wearing this stunning piece - not only because it’s a showstopper but more importantly, it’s for an amazing cause. I’m very happy to introduce Benevolent Jewels to my readers and tell you guys a little bit about this great company. I wanted to take a brief moment to share how special this company is and why they touched my heart.

As an avid animal lover (especially cats!), I have always been interested in becoming more involved in the animal rescue community. After going through a rough patch last year when we lost our sweet cat Peanut, I hoped that starting my blog would bring me opportunities to meet others that shared similar passions. That’s why when I was introduced to Benevolent Jewels, my heart found a happy place. I love what their company stands for and their mission to seek awareness about the importance of helping others in need, especially our favorite four-legged creatures. Just to give a little highlight of their company mission:

“Benevolent jewels, based in Houston has collaborated with Barrio Dogs in oder to address the issue of animal overpopulation and improving conditions for homeless and unwanted animals in Houston through Unity for a Solution. Unity for a Solution is an effort raised by three established, independent Houston animal welfare organizations: Barrio Dogs, Corridor Rescue, and the Forgotten Dogs of Fifth Ward.”

Benevolent Jewels allows customers to purchase and wear stylish, affordable jewels in order to donate towards a cause. At the end of three months, 20% of their profits are donated to a philanthropic organization.

If you love animals and fashion as much as I do, then you will understand why this company has really made an impact on me. Animals are just like our friends and family, and as someone who has always grown up with animals, I just love where their mind is at. I think it’s only natural that when you combine two of the things I love so much in life together, I’m all in.

To shop more of their beautiful jewels and support their cause, visit them here!

Wearing: Blazer: ASOS Top: Sabine via Piperlime (old) Bottom: Zara (similar here and so loving this style) Bag: Deux Lux via Barneys (old, similar here) Shoes: Nine West x InStyle (here) Accessories: Necklace thanks to Benevolent Jewels, Nordstroms link bracelet, Madewell and Citizen Mod, Saint Laurent rings

Falling for Fall: Tan and Navy
Falling for Fall: Tan and Navy

Well guys, I just couldn’t resist any longer. The scarf, boots and jacket came out this past weekend for a little outing! I had been checking the weather daily to see if it might be a LITTLE cooler in LA, but nope, 80s across the board. Therefore, I did what any normal insistent fashion lover would do – I sucked it up and wore my outfit anyway.

When my hubby took a look at me, the first thing he said was “You’re dressed for the wrong season”. Pshhh. Well tooo bad buddy, it’s happening. I do confess I was a little apprehensive that regret would set in once I walked out the door (shhh, don’t tell the hubby), but the weather gods were on my side that day as it got quite breezy early on in the evening. Naturally, I thought I was pretty clever in that moment and even got a little high five from my husband. (Thank you weather gods!) :)

Anyway, I can’t even begin to describe how much I love the colors that are commonly associated with Fall/Winter months and most importantly, the holidays that occur during this season. The holidays make me so feel so warm and fuzzy inside. I seriously get so excited just thinking about them! In terms of my wardrobe, as soon as September rolls around, I just have an itch to stock up on pieces in my personal favorite Fall color: tan. I’ve already bookmarked/collaged more than a few pages worth of outfit inspirations revolved around this color and all the shades in between, hah! Camel, brown, nude, beige, cream…you name it. I’ll try to share some of my collages with you guys soon!

While trying to find something to pair with my tan leather jacket this past weekend (because there was no doubt I was bringing the jacket out), I happened to skim past this blue dress in my closet. I purchased this sweet bow dress last season and actually envisioned myself wearing it in a more formal setting. I hadn’t really thought of it as an option for an easy breezy Sunday running errands, but I was glad that I reached for it. (On a side note - through blogging, I’ve realized my slight obsession for bows as evidenced here, here, and here. Can’t seem to get away from those suckers!)

I almost forgot how well tan and navy go together, like two peas in a pod. I couldn’t wait to pair it with my leopard and navy scarf, which all came together to create a favorite duo-chromatic color scheme. Instead of opting for heels since I was going for a more casual look, I slipped on these perfect-for-Fall boots to complete the outfit and was on my way.

I already know I’ll be wearing this outfit again when the weather cools down even more, except this time with my fleece lined tights (best invention ever) and an oversized coat (in tan, of course!).

Wearing: Dress: Zara (LOVE this similar style here) Jacket: Trouve via Nordstroms (old, similar here and in black here) Boots: Sole Society Purse: Chanel Accessories: Madewell cuff, Nordstroms scarf