in nirvana

  Equipment ‘Brett’ plaid blouse, James Perse ruched pencil skirt, c/o Mia ‘Roam’ boots, c/o Rebecca Minkoff purse

If you read this blog often you know that my style is inadvertently ‘Seattle Chic’ almost all the time. I can’t seem to help it as a born and raised. It’s a little eclectic, a little laid-back, a little bohemian, a little sophisticated. Which, I think actually embodies Seattle as a city on the whole. Needless to say, that Seattle girl in me loves her a good plaid shirt, and thus, I could not resist this Equipment silk one. It’s a perfect combo of my classic 90s Seattle Nirvana roots and my grown-up San Francisco working-girl life. You really have to see this blouse in person to appreciate the color combo and the beauty, it’s such a goody, and in nirvana it’s an official member of my Fall wardrobe.

TGIF everyone! Hope you all have some fun weekend plans x

a moment in the west village

vintage lace top and skirt, Adia Kibur Antique Pendant Necklace, ray ban wayfarers, c/o mia ‘roam’ boots, kooba bag, YSL ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ lipstick in Noir Lacque

Been having a great time jaunting around the city in between fashion shows. The other day stopped into the adorable french bistro ‘Buvette’ in the West Village with some girlfriends for cappuccinos and croissants and spent a couple of minutes chit chatting on a stoop while waiting for our table. It felt so New York.

This outfit is something I put together with a few of my favorite SF vintage scores of late. I just love trolling my 3 favorite stops on Haight Street for interesting pieces that I pull into outfits that feel more modern- like this bohemian-gothic (did I make that up? Potentially) look here that felt just right for fashion week.

Sadly, I am leaving New York tonight to head back to my real life. But I’ll be reliving it all week here on the blog for all of our enjoyment x.

sparkle // giveaway!

 gifted Aidan Mattox dress, Rebecca Minkoff ‘demure’ bootie sandals (grey avail here)

When I first opened the box with this present of a dress from Aidan Mattox in it last week, the first thing out of my mouth was ‘wow…sparkle’. It literally sparkled like nothing I had ever seen before. And then because I have been watching a lot of ‘Bachelor Pad’ I thought… this is my perfect rose ceremony dress. I could totally be the Bachelorette in this dress, cocktail partying it and then passing out roses to my suitors very slowly and seriously, one at a time. Everyone would call me “stunning.” The dress had already taken me to a fantasy place (the best clothes always do). Cue photo shoot.

This really is a pretty incredible dress: blush colored stretchy knit with different colored sequins and paillettes hand sewn all over it. It’s surprisingly so so comfortable. And until I get chosen as the next Bachelorette, I will be painting the town red in it to every cocktail party I get invited to.

Because we love to sparkle around these parts and encourage fantasy-inducing dressing, Aidan Mattox and I are hosting a giveaway for you all to win your very own rose ceremony ready glitter dress- this exact one in your size (retails for $350)! To enter, leave me a comment below (including your email address so I can contact the winner) and ‘like’ The Wonder Girl on Facebook (here!). I will choose a winner at random next Monday, September 3rd. Good luck, and don’t forget… don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle x

You can see more gorg Aidan Mattox numbers here.

 **Giveaway Closed. The Winner was Annie L.! Congrats Annie**

comin' in

J. Crew Baseball tee (similar cute ones here and here), Gap Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff studded wallet clutch, various collected necklaces

These emerald jeans I just picked up at Gap make me feel like the Fall, it’s a comin’. I’m excited, I love fall dressing.

My life motto: when in doubt, throw on more necklaces. Seriously, it instantly makes an outfit, doesn’t it? If you need a little help figuring out how to put together a neck party (as I like to call them), check out my ‘how to layer necklaces’ guide on The Glitter Guide here.

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“Oh the bitter winds are comin’ in, and I’m already missin’ the summer. Stockholm’s cold but I’ve been told I was born to endure this kind of weather.”
- First Aid Kit ‘Emmylou’

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Give-nchy me

Givenchy Antigona Iris Tote bag on loan from Dressed boutique, Aritzia tank and silk shirtdress (worn open), Helmut Lang skirt, Zara heels, purple stone necklace worn as bracelet made by me, c/o Poshlocket bangles, vintage and Argentum & Aurum necklaces

 Hello lover! Is this Givenchy Iris tote not everything? Thanks to ‘dressed’ boutique in Santa Barbara I got to hang out with her this past week, play dress up and style an outfit around her. It was a bag I had seen and lusted after from afar, so this project was a dream come true. Since I am having a major yellow moment in my life currently (see here and here) I decided to work with the yellow in the bag (with a touch of purple) and go for some drama.

The bag (she) is now off to the next girl to be styled – it is literally the sisterhood of the traveling Givenchy bag! See how my friend Krystal of This Time Tomorrow styled it here last week, and check in on these ladies in the next few weeks as it travels across the U.S.:  Christine of My Style Pill, Jacey of Damsel in Dior, Alicia of Cheetah Is The New Black, Audrey of Casual Glamorous, Kiara of Tobruck Ave, Anna of See Jane and Lynzy of Sparkling Footsteps.

How would you have styled it? #dressedproject

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a real pants party

Madewell sweater, Trina Turk pants (also seen here!), Zara heels, Ray Ban aviators, various fun jewelry from Argentum & Aurum, Tiffany & Co, and (c/0) Poshlocket

Meeting Trina Turk last week (who happened to be wearing these pants) inspired me to get them out of the drawer and have a real party with them, a colorful one!

denim // emerald

TopShop dress (a cute colorblock version!), Old Navy jean jacket, Vince Camuto shoes, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, Banana Republic ipad case/clutch (love this one too)

Ever since Vogue told me I could I have been wearing my trusty years old jean jacket with everything. Case in point: le outfit above. When I walked out the door in this sassy emerald green dress my denim jacket was the only thing I wanted to grab to wear over it.

I hope you all had great weekends – it was 80 degrees here! Almost too hot for my taste! I can’t believe I am saying that in June…

on dressing america

“The world could use more micromanagers running companies.”

This weekend I took some time to catch up on my TiVo queue, which included CNBC’s excellent documentary on J. Crew’s CEO, the infamous Mickey Drexler, titled “J.Crew and the Man Who Dressed America.” If you like fashion (which I am assuming you all do since you’re reading this blog) and the business of making fashion then you really should try to catch the program. It is mostly a one-on-one interview with also some following around of Mickey while he visits his very modest childhood apartment in Queens as well as J. Crew stores in NYC and holds meetings with his HQ employees.

Over the years it has come to my attention how extremely difficult it is to be successful in the highly competitive retail industry (the “fashion” industry as most of us know it). It shocks me how good the cheap stuff has gotten from Target to H&M and Forever 21 over the past 10 years, making it all the more difficult for more expensive middle-range retailers to compete. Because really, how do you get America to shell out the cash for quality clothes when design is so good at the bottom tier? It baffles me how much cashmere J. Crew is able to sell at Christmastime. Who even buys cashmere anymore? J. Crew customers, that’s who.  J.Crew seems to really have figured it out as they are able to thrive in this economy while hardly ever putting anything on sale (that clearance rack in the back is sooooo tiny compared to most stores). 4 Days ago, J. Crew reported out earnings for the first quarter of the year and they nearly doubled their earnings over the previous year and saw a 23% increase in revenue. Dude, people, that’s huge.

While I have been paying attention to J. Crew for a while and like to think I have figured out a little bit how they do it, this documentary really made it clear to me that their success is really driven in full force by their very involved, obsessively detail-oriented CEO. Mickey is known to be a difficult micro manager. He has a very clear vision for his business and personally makes sure that vision is carried through all the way to the end. And guess what, his vision is pretty much right on, so this strategy works for him and the business. Mickey is a Merchant at heart with a keen eye and defined taste and he is able to stay ahead and continually evolve his business. He tells us what we want. And we all buy.

One thing I think is amazing about Mickey (that they didn’t go into much in this documentary but I have heard and read about other places) is that he is very dedicated to staying on top of what is cool all around him. He is able to be laser focused not only on his own business, but on everything else going on in the retail industry, big or small. He travels the world regularly to see what’s going on out there and make sure he stays on the pulse. Case in point: I read on Michael Williams’ excellent ‘A Continuous Lean’ blog that after he was profiled by the New York Times me as part of their “New Breed of Bloggers” series, Williams got a personal email from Mickey congratulating him. I am pretty sure most CEOs aren’t on top of all of this – they probably hire someone to do this. But there is something to be said for having someone at the head of the ship who is all-knowing. It’s interesting to me because this particular CEO strategy is not exactly the most practical –  we all learn the value of good delegation early on in a career – and it didn’t work for him when Gap, Inc got too big. But J.Crew is the perfect size for Mickey to perfectly engineer it all (and he has chosen to expand at a snail’s pace  -they have a pretty small overseas presence despite the international brand clout- but again, it’s working for them). It’s all very fascinating if you ask me.

All this did make me wonder what role exactly Jenna Lyons has played in the success of the brand over the years. While I do not doubt her talent and genius styling abilities, I do think a really good boss can take you very far. Jenna does make a cameo, p.s.

Guess who also makes a cameo? The Anna Wintour is who, calling the J. Crew “a force to be reckoned with.”

Check out the preview here and the schedule for the repeat airings here. And be sure to let me know what you think in the comments too!

 “The gut is important: you see it, you feel it…. get all the information that’s out there and then your gut becomes a much wiser decision maker.”

-Mickey Drexler

*images via jcrew.com

feeling peached

Gap oxford shirt, thrifted polka dot skirt (i love this style too), Ralph Lauren cat eye sunglasses, Kooba ‘Camden’ purse, old Vince Camuto shoes

 It feels like practically everyone I know has bought up this Gap oxford shirt in multiple colors. It’s easy to see why – it’s  just one of those shirts that fits great, comes in the prettiest of spring pastels, is so soft and literally can be worn with everything and anything. I have been wearing it for days in a row, mixing and matching with all sorts of things. Dressing it down and casual with jeans, dressing it up with a black pencil skirt and heels, and going for a little Parisian pattern play in mini polka dots as seen here. You really can’t go wrong with a good button up right? A lesson I have learned just recently in my life.