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Swap Your Purse For These Backpacks

The quintessential back to school item—a backpack—has not landed on my post grad school shopping until now. Backpacks are on trend and practical too!

Through my teenage years, my go-to backpack choice was a classic Jansport backpack. Now my backpack picks are more sophisticated. I prefer casual backpacks that are also elegant enough to be work appropriate.

Best of all is that chic backpacks are available in various price points. A Valentino Rockstud backpack may seem ideal because Valentino Rockstud heels and Rockstud sandals are definitely on trend; however, such a trendy backpack is more likely to have a short lifespan.

Would you wear a backpack to your workplace?

A trendy backpack easily becomes dated. It is the type of item that a fashionista can pinpoint to a specific season (e.g., Enrique, the pool guy in “Legally Blonde” telling Elle Woods “don’t you stomp your last season Prada shoes at me, honey.”) If your goal is to remain on trend but you cannot purchase a new trendy backpack each season, opt for a classic and versatile look.

13 Best backpacks for work and college

Above are great backpacks that can replace your purse. Pricepoints start at $47.60

Backpacks (worn correctly) distribute weight evenly. I love my Birkins but they can feel so heavy.  Continue Reading…

Career Fashion, Fashion

Corporate-worthy kitsch?

It is absolutely possible to express yourself with your work clothes; however, if your usual style resembles a Coachella ensemble, you should develop some work appropriate personal style. Accessories are an easy way to add flair without losing professionalism. But even accessories can cross the line into inappropriate territory.

Anya Hindmarch’s Fall 2015 collection reminds me of when I first studied in France. There was another American student who took photos of every sign around Paris. Sure, the metro stickers of a bunny getting its body or fingers caught in the door give cause for doubletake, but I did not share his signage proclivity back then but I’ve since developed a love of typography and individuality.

Particularly in a time when knock-offs and post-parody trademark infringing designs are ubiquitos, Anya Hindmarch’s line inspired by driving signs feels refreshing. From the easy to identify signage like “No U-Turn,” or “STOP,” to graphic arrows, Hindmarch’s accessories and ready-to-wear are playful yet powerful statement makers.

Would you dare to wear Hindmarch’s designs to your job?

Two of Hindmarch’s bags (here and here) remind me of elementary school trapper keepers but she otherwise has a backpack and purse that I love. Her line includes interchangeable leather purse stickers from eyes and numbers to a Miley Cyrus style Tony the tiger and some that depending on placement may get you written up by HR. If you prefer a preppy look, Hindmarch also has a striped tote.

Career Fashion, Fashion

Get Vested in Fall Fashion

Long vests & sleeveless coats styled in this blog post
These long vests and sleeveless coats are styled below

Yesterday’s “How to get away with Murder” showed Liza Weil (who you may know from Gilmore Girls) wearing a beautiful trench dress. I love pieces that work double-duty and this dress would also work worn open, like a vest. It is no wonder why it is almost sold out (on sale here).

Long vests and sleeveless coats are great cold weather transition items. I live in Northern California and travel a lot so I like layering with long vests to help me get acclimated to varied temperatures. 

How to style a pink long vest:

Young professional styling w/ Marissa Webb pink vest and Delvaux purse
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Using colored suits can easily reflect 80s attire. Similarly, shopping vintage but not modernizing looks will make you look outdated. When I track down my dream Thierry Mugler suit I will at least remove the shoulder pads. This pink Marissa Webb vest (also available in gray) is an easy and sophisticated way to add color to your wardrobe.

How to wear bright outerwear like a lime vest to work:

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