last year i attended the launch party for a new online boutique refined co., and i was so impressed with their tight edit of designers and categories and modern aesthetic. refined aims to help you find those unique pieces for your home and closet that are individual just like you. instead of a bunch of brands and endless scrolling, you'll find a highly refined collection of just the good stuff. i'm also inspired by tiffany and linna, the founders of refined and san francisco locals, as they work to build a brand slowly and thoughtfully, while also managing other projects and being wives and mothers.
when linna reached out to me last month about taking some pieces from the spring collection and styling them, i jumped at the chance. they have so many great styles that it was really hard to choose! in the end, i picked the 4 items above: a cream pleated skirt and long blazer from whyred, a floral dress from cosette, and a midi slit pencil skirt from baum und pferdgarten, and added in some accessories like a baby rider belt bag from loeffler randall and my beloved matte tortoiseshell kaibosh sunglasses i received at the launch party. i give some tips for styling these pieces, and how to incorporate some spring trends into your wardrobe.
see the whole feature here and as a bonus to my readers, from now until monday, take an extra 20% off sale with the code JADORE20. the floral dress i'm wearing is on sale, and i also love this lace blouse, this off-the-shoulder top, these platform sandals, and these boyfriend jeans. happy shopping!
one: j. crew shirt, whyred skirt, céline bag, kaibosh sunglasses / two: h and m bomber, cosette dress, m. gemi flats, chanel bag, super sunglasses / three: 194t sweatshirt, baum und pferdgarten skirt, jil sander pumps, loeffler randall bag / four: whyred blazer, banana republic tee, vintage shorts, urban outfitters scarf, balenciaga bag
photos by fujio emura
when it comes to finding unique pieces in san francisco, i always rely on a few local boutiques where i know the owner has a really discerning eye. one of those places is elizabeth charles, who opened her namesake store on fillmore street back in 2007, before the influx of chain stores. charles seems to always have her pulse on what's new and now, being an early adopter of acne, self-portrait, veronica beard, frame, in addition to lots of chic australian designers (where she is from). i've gotten a few of my favorite pieces from there, like this no. 21 chambray shirt and my much-loved fur stole.
i was flipping through the racks this weekend and stopped right on this dress by preen. so many things i love in a one-and-done item—it's black and white in a cool, graphic pattern, it's made of a stretch, sweater material (i.e., comfy), and a flattering midi length. this wednesday, shopstyle collective is celebrating the relaunch of the elizabeth charles online store with a shopping event at the boutique from 5 to 8. there will be champagne and treats while you check out the newest arrivals. get all the event details here (rsvp at firstname.lastname@example.org).
hope to see you wednesday and have a great week!
preen dress via elizabeth charles (borrowed), all saints jacket, zara shoes (old, similar here and here), proenza schouler clutch (leather version), super sunglasses
in the last week or so, i've posted about lighter wash denim, denim (and chambray) shirts, and denim skirts and you know i love a denim jacket. wide leg denim has been creeping back into favor recently, but i haven't wanted to get into it until i saw the j. crew rayner jean. first off, it's super black with all black stitching and trim. secondly, they have a high waist (i.e., super slimming) and trouser details like welt pockets. finally the cropped length is perfect for showing off a great pair of heels. for their first outing, i wore these with a ruffle sleeve lace top from H&M.
the rayner comes in a range of sizes from petite to tall, and in a side zip, a trouser and chino and some are on sale right now or an extra 25-30% off*. are you feeling wide leg jeans or strictly into skinnies?
h and m top, j. crew rayner jean (wearing a 27, also in white and a light wash), vince camuto sandals (also here), chanel bag, super sunglasses, ben-amun earrings (similar here and here under $40), bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick in pepper
photos by alex drysdale
*this isn't a sponsored post; i just really like these jeans!
jeans and stripes are a classic outfit combination (i can't tell you how many striped tees, shirts, and sweaters i have), but jeans don't always have to mean pants. i've had this dark wash denim mini for a while, and paired with a classic button up shirt is a chic work outfit that feels a bit more polished that a jean, especially when you add a blazer and low heel pumps.
and the shoes. you may remember i was undecided on them, even though i loved the style. finally i called the boutique, put my name on the list, and waited. the leather version was available first, and i'm so glad i got them.; i've already them many times and are super comfortable. some other brands are getting on the low heel bandwagon—i also love these from need supply and these from topshop but if you want the original, call a chanel store as they are adding to the permanent collection.
vintage blazer (similar here and here), banana republic shirt, similar denim skirt (also like this one and this one), chanel pumps (similar in three colors and under $120), balenciaga bag (new version), oliver peoples sunglasses, soko earrings
photos by alex drysdale
while the weather hasn't turned into full on spring yet, i'm getting into the mood by wearing lighter denim. 7 for all mankind's ankle skinny has been my denim go-to for lived-in feeling jeans that don't have holes (i also love j brand's 811 mid-rise skinny for a more polished finish). i added black accessories to keep the look sophisticated and not too casual—great for a more creative workplace. and then a little surprise when i take off the jacket in the form of my name in red. madewell is doing embroidery on select denim pieces (in 18 colors!); i'm already contemplating what i can put on a pair of jeans...
forever 21 blazer (old, similar here and here), madewell shirt, seven for all mankind jeans, manolo blahnik heels, chanel clutch, similar choker, super sunglasses
photos by alex drysdale
t by alexander wang is one of my favorite diffusion lines out there—full of basics and other pieces that can incorporate seamlessly into what is already in your closet. i have a few of the t-shirts (the muscle tee is my fave) which are slouchy yet slim and not-too-see-through for the office. last week while checking out the many friends and family sales, i saw this waist length top and scooped it up. i love the thicker stretch fabric and the sporty stripes. to dress it up a little, i paired it with a sequined pencil skirt from banana (you may still find this on sale at your local store) and neutral pumps.
it's been extremely busy around these parts planning for another photoshoot but there's some fun stuff on the horizon like a vacation! happy hump day!
mango jacket (similar), t by alexander wang top (also available in a dress), banana republic skirt (similar), vince camuto pumps (also here), céline bag, super sunglasses, dior earrings
photos by alex drysdale
if you've followed this blog for a while, you know i am a huge fan of reed krakoff. the designer, who built coach from a $500 million brand to a $4 billion dollar brand, then left to start his own higher-end line. it wasn't overly expensive—bags started around $500, which is where alexander wang and phillip lim sit. unfortunately the line never seemed to catch on with retailers, critics, or shoppers and it folded after a few short years.
now krakoff is back with reed, a collaboration with kohl's that's not part of their designnation brand (which may or may not continue), but a standalone line. when the collection was announced back in november, i thought you'd see krakoff taking a fresh approach to the mass space. well now that it's here, it's literally his main collection now priced from $15-$130, which is a bit of a letdown in a few ways.
while i applaud that krakoff is back, i think of the people (like myself) that spent 5 times (or more) on the real thing. you spend the money on luxury items to get just that—the luxury of them. krakoff's original line had bags in that sweet bag pricepoint—the $500-$1000 range—made of beautiful leathers and exotic fabrics. and when it comes to a mass produced partnership, i don't want to see the same thing i paid for dumbed down. the idea behind these types of collaborations (think h&m's partnerships with balmain, marni, and stella mccartney or eddie borgo's recent collab with target) is for people to get the look, but also for the designer to experiment with new ideas within their aesthetic, which i was i was hoping for. maybe this is kohl's is hoping to halo off the buzz of the krakoff name, but based on lack of success of the line, many mass shoppers probably don't know who krakoff is. did you? (you can check out past runway collections on vogue.com)
the full collection is available on kohls.com and will be in-store starting thursday, but if you really want a piece of reed, i'd suggest bypassing this and finding the real thing. there are new and pre-owned bag styles on yoox, saks off fifth, overstock, the real real, or tradesy (including the one i had, the two-toned boxer for about $400). yoox and off fifth also have some of the clothing, which was made from gorgeous silks, cashmere, and leathers. think quality over quantity, and in the meantime, i'll be holding out hope for when krakoff relauches his collection for something better than this.
photos via kohl's