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Sometimes I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!  This was definitely the case this year.  After spending time in NC with family, heading North to DC and NYC (then a quick jaunt to Charleston squeezed in), we ended our month in San Fran for some relaxation.

I decided to take full advantage of the warm snap the city was experiencing and immediately pulled out my brightest jeans and cropped tee.  (It think this was a repressed reaction to all the bitter cold I had endured on the East coast)  I know navy and white stripes screams nautical; however, I always love the addition of leopard to this classic combo.  The sequin detailing on the tee also adds the perfect amount of glam and an unexpected twist.

Leopard & sequins….perfect for a cable car ride~of course!

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Jeans: J. Crew, Top: J.Crew (similar here & here & other color here), Shoes: Mulberry (similar here), Bag: Tila March~old, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Earrings: Kendra Scott, Lips: Makeup Forever #40

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Chinatown Effect

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I have always been fascinated by the places I travel and the local street fashion that I observe.  It’s amazing inspiration and a fresh take on what I usually gravitate towards.  Chinatown, in any city-especially Sydney, is always a must for me.  The food is amazing and the stores could occupy me for days, but nothing is better than finding a cozy spot to people watch.  The street style is unbelievable.  These girls are literally working every trend and sometimes all at once….and it’s fabulous!  However; I have come to learn, just because they look uber chic, doesn’t necessarily always translate for me.  I like choose one or two trends and rework them to suit my style.

Year round, knee high socks and sheer tights can always be seen wandering around Chinatown.  I love the look and decided to add my own style to the trend.

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Sweater: Rag & Bone/jean, Skirt: A.P.C.-old (similar here), Socks: Falke, Shoes: Mulberry, Jacket: Maje-old (similar here),  Sunnies: Karen Walker, Bag: Tila March,  Necklace: Gemma Redux, Lips: Makeup Forever #40

Mini me

With the pencil skirt as a timeless must have this season, I felt the need to revisit it’s shorter cousin, the mini.  A good mini is a staple in any wardrobe, and a vibrantly colored one is just a bonus!  I love their versatility and feminine vibe.  I fell in love with the cobalt blue of this piece and saw it easily fitting into my closet for any season.

Sweater: Rolla’s (purchased at FAT boutique, Melbourne), Mini: Naven (black version here), Booties: Rag & Bone, Sunnies: Karen Walker, Necklace: Colette (similar here), Bag: Tila March (similar here & here)

Mustard

Mustard, or anything that aligns to the chartreuse family, always attracts my attention.  I realize some can find this color daunting or even a bit unappealing, but I love it.  It brightens my otherwise darker tones during the winter months, but can also transition nicely into Spring and Summer.  I was lucky enough to snap up an extremely versatile cardigan in this color, which is usually my go to piece for everything.

Did I also mention my favorite brand of wellies, Hunter, comes in this hue?  Yes please!

My picks for mustard/chartreuse pieces here, here & here

Cardi: Madewell (similar here & here), Shorts: Topshop, Tights: Wolford-old (similar here), Button down: Theory, Heels: Mulberry (similar here & here), Bag: Tila March (similar here & here), Necklace: Sydney markets (similar here & here), Sunnies: Sydney markets (similar here & here).

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Scarves are one of my absolute favorite accessories…..Ok, I admit, I am a bit addicted!  They can instantly add color, pattern or texture to an otherwise simple outfit.  Theodora & Callum always hit the mark for me and have the added bonus of being big enough to double as a dress or beach sarong. 

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Jeans: Current/Elliott (here, here & here), Scarf: Theodora & Callum (other styles here & here), Belt: Madewell,  Bag: Tila March Manon (similar here, here, here & here),  Sunglasses: Karen Walker,  Link bracelet: vintage (similar here, here & here), Wishbone bracelet: Jennifer Zeuner  lips: Dior, Nails: Chanel orange fizz

Stars & Stripes

Living in a foreign land far, far away during one of America’s biggest celebrations can be hard.  Nothing beats the family gatherings, beach front barbeques, amazing fireworks and yummy hamburgers and hot dogs.  A day in the kitchen with some of the usual Independence Day delicacies usually does the trick for me.  Happy 4th lovelies!

Jeans: Current/Elliott (here & similar here), Tank: Splendid (similar here), Blazer: H&M (similar here & here), Necklace: Gemma Redux, Shoes: YSL Tribute (similar here), Bag: Tila March (similar here), Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Watch: Tag Heuer, Bracelet: vintage, Nails: OPI A good mandarin is hard to find