sophisticated holiday style

sleek and sophisticated holiday style in black and gold // click for outfit details

Who says holiday style can’t be sleek and sexy? I’m loving all black looks with gold accents for the holidays. This look is totally covered (meaning you won’t freeze) but pretty damn sexy at the same time. Perfect for those holiday events where you really want to turn some heads.

1/ belted jumper // 2/ wide leg trousers // 3/ elizabeth necklace // 4/ arc hardware clutch // 5/ apple watch // 6/ gotchaa booties

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winter wonderland style: flannel and tulle

mix a plaid flannel shirt with a floaty tulle skirt in a monochromatic color palette // click for outfit details

Earlier this fall, I scored a beautiful (and surprisingly comfortable) grey tulle skirt, and I’ve been thinking about how to style it ever since. This outfit is now high on my list to wear on Thanksgiving. A flannel shirt is a super cozy and seasonally appropriate look, and it’s incredibly fun when paired with a feminine skirt. And I’m pulling the outfit together by sticking with a monochromatic color palette in my favorite color. (I can’t get enough grey!)

1/ plaid wool shirt // 2/ amore tulle skirt // 3/ elizabeth necklace // 4/ droplet bracelets // 5/ metallic leather loafers

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cozy and festive holiday style

mix metallics and sparkles with soft knits and leather for a holiday look that's both festive and cozy // click for outfit details

The holidays are a time of year where you have an excuse to get a little more dressed up than you might normally do. Between holiday parties, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, there’s plenty of chances to add a little extra shimmer to your wardrobe. But as the temps start to drop, if you’re anything like me, you might also find yourself craving cozy sweaters and warm boots to combat the cold.

This outfit lets you indulge both. Glimmer, sparkles, and metallics. Check. A warm and cozy sweater dress. Check. Festive and cozy at the same time. What more could you ask for in a holiday outfit?

1/ cashmere sweater dress // 2/ metallic leggings // 3/ elizabeth necklace // 4/ droplet post earrings // 5/ glitter clutch // 6/ foldover boots

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a chic way to dress for Black Friday (or the perfect casual Thanksgiving outfit)

this street style inspired outfit is perfect as a chic black Friday (or casual Thanksgiving) look // click for outfit details

November can be a funny month, weather-wise. Temps can be downright chilly, but if you’re lucky, there’s not yet snow on the ground. (My apologies to those of you in places where there is already snow on the ground. I feel your pain.) This outfit gives you one last opportunity to work the classic heels and boyfriend jeans combo before you have to swap those shoes out for something more practical. (Like snow boots.)

It’s a chic way to do black Friday (especially if your idea of black Friday is more about brunch with the girls then waiting in line at Target) or a casual (but not sloppy) Thanksgiving.

1/ long woolen coat // 2/ ripped boyfriend jeans // 3/ tie print blouse // 4/ maya necklace // 5/ droplet bracelets // 6/ leather pump

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fun and festive office attire

a fun and festive outfit perfect for the office holiday party // click for outfit details

Ever since I got back from my amazing trip to India, I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate my experience into my everyday life. And that’s especially true when it comes to my wardrobe. I want to bring some of the elements I loved about India dress and ornamentation into my style, without looking like a crazy cliche. (Which is certainly a challenge when you come back from a trip where the culture is very different than home.)

This outfit pulls in two elements I love about Indian adornment – fun patterns (thanks to this incredible elephant skirt from J.Crew) and stacks of bangles (courtesy of me, and I’m proud to say I wore these same bangles all around India). I also love how mixing in menswear elements (a boxy blazer and loafers) tones down the skirt and makes this look work for day. And of course, if it’s cold or your office requires it, feel free to mix in a great pair of tights. (Bonus points if they aren’t black!)

1/ beaded chiffon blouse // 2/ met blazer // 3/ origami skirt // 4/ droplet hoop earrings // 5/ droplet bangles // 6/ loafers

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the world is big and diverse and completely amazing

block printing in Bagru, India via megan auman mud resist block printing in Bagru, India via megan auman

This month, I spent two amazing, awe inspiring, eye opening weeks in India. To say it was a great trip would be an understatement.

I went as part of Ritchie Ace Camp’s Block Printing in Jaipur workshop, and while I was there, I also took an obligatory trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and bookended my stay by visiting my sister-in-law, who lives in Dehli.

I have so much to share from the actual trip, but coming down from this kind of adventure has me in a reflective mood, so I want to share a few things that have been kicking around in my brain.

Since these ideas will definitely influence the future of my brand going forward (in ways that I’m sure I can’t possibly fathom right now) it only seems right to share them here, in no particular order.

The way we dress in America is kind of boring. Ok, let’s just get this one out of the way. For the most part, the clothing we wear here is boring. And don’t even get me started on our accessories. (Or lack there of.) Even though I was in Jaipur as part of a textile workshop, I still managed to make time to rekindle my passion for jewelry. Because, let’s face it, India does jewelry really well. What I’m most drawn to are the boldest expressions of Indian jewelry, including stacks of bangles and tribal jewelry from Rajasthan. I’m so inspired by the layering and piling on of jewelry (not to mention the layering and mixing of pattern).

I’m not advocating that we adopt the dress and style of a completely different culture, but I am advocating we embrace something I’m calling “Bold Accessorizing” which basically means piling on lots of big, bold jewelry (plus maybe a scarf or too), because it’s fun! (But also because I think dressing bold can help us be more bold, which is something I’ll come back to later.)

Even adding an extra accessory or two can change the way we feel about ourselves and it’s time to embrace that it’s ok to have fun and be bold and experimental with the way we dress!

The world is big and diverse and we should see as much of it as possible. When I was fourteen, I went with my mom, sister, and a group of other Americans to Russia. It was 1996, just a few years after the end of Communism. It was also my first trip abroad. While there, we studied the traditional arts and craft still being produced in Russia, and even stayed with the families of artisans there. It was an amazing, awe inspiring, life changing trip, and I felt sure that my trip to India was going to be the same. It did not disappoint.

This trip solidified what I had always sort of believed – that travel is one of the most important things we can do if we want to be informed, empathetic, whole human beings. The act of being somewhere wholly different than the places we are familiar with can only serve to expand our thinking and make us better people. If we want people to get along, we should all make an effort to expose ourselves to as many different cultures as possible.

Since I turned 30 a few years ago, I’ve made a commitment to myself to make travel a priority. It’s not something I want to put off for “someday,” rather it’s something I’m making a conscious effort to do now. But I also realize that not everyone has the means to travel as much as I do. (Though it really doesn’t take as much as people think.) So it’s also really important that we expose ourselves to the the best aspects of other cultures through the tools we all have at our disposal – books, magazines, TV and movies, and the amazingness that is the Internet. (I’m looking at you Pinterest.) And that means those of us who do travel should share as much as we can as often as we can.

Amazing things are being made all over the world. So let me start by saying I LOVED shopping in India. It might be my favorite part of the trip. To be fair, I do love shopping anywhere. But shopping in India was a whole other world, filled with amazing objects and things I just couldn’t resist bringing home.

While I was in Jaipur, I also got to see amazing textiles being made first-hand. I watched master artisans carve wood blocks for printing, and more masters stamping and dyeing and creating beautiful things. There are amazing people in Jaipur and Bagru committed to preserving an ancient craft and doing so in as environmentally sustainable way as possible.

Now here’s where this post might get a little contentious, depending on who is reading it. As I watched these people work, I had to question some of the core ideas around the Made in America movement. I couldn’t help but wonder, why should what I make be deemed better just because I happen to be born in one country rather than another? Shouldn’t we be celebrating amazing things made around the world?

I’m not saying there is merit to things made in American, and I’m not saying we shouldn’t do everything we can to keep crafts traditions alive here. (You don’t get a BFA and MFA in crafts without thinking they’re important.) But what I am saying is that cool products are being made everywhere in the world, and if they’re done in a sustainable way that provides living income for the people making them, what’s wrong with supporting that too?

So while I’ll continue to make jewelry in the US (because I’m here, and my production manager is here, and quite frankly, it’s working) I want to bring a more global focus to my brand as well. Because there are amazing people making amazing things all over the world, and I want to experience and celebrate that. One country is not better than another. We all have amazing strengths and things we do well, and when we recognize that, it makes the whole world better.

Plus, I really liked shopping in India, and wouldn’t it be great to have more of an excuse to do that?

casual and classic weekend style

casual classic weekend style: white shirt, distressed jeans, stacking bracelets, and the apple watch // click for outfit details

I’m not sure if it’s the influence of the Apple Watch, the changing of the seasons, or just too much time on Pinterest, but lately I’ve been craving really classic, almost timeless style. I’m also a little obsessed with bracelets right now, both wearing them and designing them. (Again, blame the Apple Watch, since I’ve been thinking about companion jewelry, and the changing of the seasons, since wearing scarves means less focus on necklaces and more on other jewelry.) This outfit fits the bill on both counts and I love how this white button down is more blousy than structured. (Perfect for someone like me, who doesn’t always look that great in a traditional button down shirt.)

1/ washed silk shirt // 2/ ripped boyfriend jeans // 3/ droplet hoop earrings // 4/ droplet bracelets // 5/ apple watch // 6/ cecile pointed flat

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fashion imitates art: Calder inspired outfit

inspired by Alexander Calder: bold skirt and wire jewelry // click for outfit details

As I was putting this outfit together, it started to remind me of Alexander Calder. The bold shapes in the skirt. The tightly coiled spiral in the clutch. And of course, my jewelry, which is definitely inspired by Calder’s own wire jewelry. This outfit would be perfect for an art opening, a dinner party, or just a regular Thursday where you want to feel a little fancy.

1/ runway top // 2/ midi skirt // 3/ iris necklace // 4/ sequence ring // 5/ lytton clutch // 6/ denim pumps

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