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Easy breezy spring outfit

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wearing: bold white earrings / black twist tee / lipstick / black pinstripe blazer / black trouser jeans / Gucci bag / blue spring nail polish / black mules /

There is something about this wall! If you have been following along for a few years, you may have noticed I photograph in front of this wall quite a bit. In fact, if you follow other Bay Area bloggers, you may have seen them in front of this wall too!

Sometimes I try to avoid the wall, because I feel like it has gotten a little over-done. But, when I spent the afternoon on Santana Row the other day with my family, this was one of the few spots without crowds of people; plus the light was perfect. So, what can I say? I guess I am “just another brick in the wall.” . . .;-)

That being said, I do like this wall. It is quite pretty! So, I guess it is fitting to be the background for my current go-to spring outfit! Jeans and a tee are always perfect for a casual go-to look during the spring months. The addition of this spring blazer, last seen at fashion week, makes an otherwise basic outfit look on-trend and chic. Love blazers!!

What is your current go-to look for spring? Are you jumping on the menswear trend too?

In case you are wondering where “The Wall” is located, it is behind Anthropologie at Santana Row in San Jose. If you visit, definitely take a picture in front of it! It’s a little bit iconic around here đŸ˜‰

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Cathy

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Menswear for spring at New York Fashion Week

Wearing: bold silver-tone circle earrings c/o Express / lipstick / pinstripe blazer c/o Express / black and white cold shoulder sweater c/o Express / yellow spring nail polish / pale blue handbag / black and white pinstripe trousers c/o Express (order one size up from normal) / black boots (old, similar here)

One of the most comfortable trends for spring, outside of athleisure, is the menswear trend. Why is men’s clothing so much more comfortable then ours? Thank goodness for this trend! I needed something comfortable, yet on trend to wear on day three of New York Fashion Week. This spring 2018 menswear inspired suit from Express fit the bill!

This suit is so amazing! Although it is a spring 2018 outfit, the blazer and sweater offer medium weight, which makes it an ideal outfit for wearing now during the winter season, and well into the spring season. I love clothing which transitions between seasons!

Together, the pants, blazer, and sweater make a fabulous outfit for winter days. If the temperatures drop below forty, a jacket or coat can be thrown on top of the outfit, plus a scarf, to make it cozy. Over forty degrees, this outfit is good to go! I wore it in the morning at fashion week when it was forty degrees. It was also comfortable later in the day when the temperatures rose to the high fifties.

The great thing about a suit, is that it can be integrated into your closet to create multiple new outfits. The pants can be worn alone with the sweater or paired with a chunky sweater for cold days. The blazer is great as a lightweight spring jacket over jeans, or a pencil skirt. (pencil skirts are hot for spring by the way). The sweater can double as a casual piece when paired with any style of jeans. There are so many outfit possibilities with these three pieces!! Love!

As the day wore on, I switched out of my high heel boots and into my silver sneakers and jeans. In my casual and comfy state, street style photographer Denton Taylor snapped me in front of the NYFW shows! Here is one of his photos:

wearing: silver earrings c/o Express / purple scarf / lipstick / blazer c/o Express / sweater c/o Express / black skinny jeans / yellow nail polish / pale blue handbag / silver sneakers

On warmer days, the suit can be worn with high heel sandals instead of boots. It can also be made more conservative (perhaps for an office environment) when paired with pointy toe pumps. (also, a hot spring trend!) I cannot wait to keep re-wearing these pieces throughout winter and well into spring!

What are your thoughts on the menswear trend? Is it your thing this season?

Shop my New York Fashion Week menswear inspired look:

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Cathy

*sponsored by Express, all thoughts and opinions are my own


Tie sleeves for spring

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wearing: bold white tassel earrings / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Lilac” / black tie sleeve top / Gucci Marmont handbag / Chanel spring nail polish / striped boyfriend trouser jeans / Gucci mules

Did you love the cold shoulder trend last year? It’s baaaa-aaaack! The cold shoulder trend was all over the runways for spring 2018, and it has returned to store shelves, and the streets, for the warm weather season in 2018. Love that!

The cold shoulder top trend was so much fun last year. It added just the right amount of sass to otherwise ordinary sleeves; spicing up outfits with ease. For spring 2018, we are seeing cold shoulders, plus the return of statement sleeves, and tie sleeves.

I love tie sleeves for spring 2018. It is such a fun way to wear the cold shoulder trend this season. The ties add a re-fresh to the cold shoulder trend which gives last year’s look an update. The tie sleeves are also a flirty way to make a casual outfit more fun then an everyday jeans and tee ensemble.

In addition to tie sleeves, and cold shoulders, designers are giving us statement sleeves with volume, sleeves with multiple cut-outs, and sleeves with cuffs. To be blunt, ordinary sleeves are out this spring. Look for something special about the sleeves on your spring clothing

What is your take on the statement sleeve trend this season? Is this something you will wear again? What about tie sleeves? Do you like the look?

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XOXO

Cathy

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