gabriela hearst

Inspired by Real Housewives

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wearing: gold dangle earrings / lipstick / black faux fur coat / Balmain tee / spring nail polish / black handbag / military green tuxedo pants / black boots (on major sale-order a 1/2 size up) /

OK, so if you know me, or follow my insta-stories, you may have heard me talk about being a huge Real Housewives fan. Well. . .while I was putting outfits together for New York Fashion Week, I watched an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Marlo and Nene went shopping with Eva for a wedding dress. Marlo, who has an enviable closet and great style, was wearing a black Balmain logo tee and she looked chic as ever. While logo handbags are played out, logo tee’s and clothing are still having a moment. So I decided to purchase a black Balmain tee and create an outfit around it for fashion week! Does that make me a superfan? haha

I wore my new Balmain tee with military green pants, my new Chloe boots-which are on major sale by the way, and this cozy Calvin Klein coat. It was an urban street style look which was quiet yet New York Fashion Week worthy. This is a look I will continue to wear at home too until our spring weather arrives. It’s cold in California this year! Brrrrrr! When spring hits, I will show you this tee again, and the pants, styled separately for spring. They will be spring staples in my closet!

My friend Laura from Have-Need-Want took these photos outside our hotel before we began our day of shows. Day one of New York Fashion Week was a fun day. I attended Noon by Noor, Laurence & Chico, and Badgley Mischka. Stay tuned for photos from those shows! You can see the final walks saved in my Instagram Story Highlights. They are saved in the highlight with Anna Wintor’s face as the cover photo. Trying to have a little chic fashion humor on there. haha

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Do you watch the Real Housewives shows? Have you ever taken fashion inspiration from one or more of them?


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Falling into winter in ruffles

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wearing: silver disc earrings c/o Chico’s / fall sunglasses / lipstick / black layering tee c/o Chico’s (avl in several colors!) / burgundy ruffle cardigan sweater c/o Chico’s / third tier of convertible silver necklace (sold out, also love this one) / nail polish / silver and blue bold ring c/o Chico’s / black handbag / grey bootcut jeans c/o Chico’s (I’m 5’4″ for reference) / boots /

I love a good fall into winter outfit. The weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area has been swinging from low 80’s to low 70’s, with mornings and evenings dipping into the 50’s. This means we have to wear layers, or we will either freeze to death, or melt like the witch from the “Wizard of Oz!”

Chicos’ is one of my favorite shops for finding great layering pieces. I always love their layering tee’s, convertible jewelry, and outerwear. This short sleeve, ruffle sweater is fabulous for the weather right now. It keeps me cozy in 50 degree weather, and I can still keep it on during the day when the temperatures soar into the 70’s. It can be paired with a short sleeve tee, a 3/4 sleeve tee, or something heavier. I have been wearing it with a 3/4 sleeve tee or long sleeve tee. When winter hits, a turtleneck, or thin sweater will be fabulous underneath it. It’s a great fall into winter piece!

These jeans are super comfy too. They fit great in the waist and hips. I’m short, and sometimes I opt for petite lengths in my jeans. This pair is regular length. These jeans are great if I wear high boots or heels. I could probably use another inch on my boots for the jeans to hang properly. Mmmm, adding that to my shopping list! I wish I was just an inch taller, everything would fit better! Haha, do you ever feel that way?

If you read my post last Friday, you know I invested in a new laptop. I can’t even begin to tell you how luxurious it feels to be able to type freely on my new laptop. A keyboard is something to not take for granted! I’m working on a review of this laptop for you, so stay tuned for that before the holidays. I know it would make a great gift!

Speaking of gifts, Chico’s is currently offering their jewelry for buy one, get one half off. I’m not sure how long the promo will be in effect, so hurry over there now and grab some gifts for the holidays-and for yourself! I love their convertible necklaces, I can’t tell you how fabulous they are! It’s like nine necklaces in one. I’m always switching mine up. I own two of them!

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Are you thinking of gift shopping yet? Or is it just me and my early bird mentality?

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*thank you to Chico’s for partnering on this post. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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Lightweight black cardigan and jeans for fall

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wearing: blue and silver earrings / fall sunglasses / lipstick / ivory 3/4 sleeve v-neck tee / third tier of convertible necklace / lightweight black cardigan sweater (under $70!!) / split hem jeans (sold out, also love this pair) / holiday nail polish / green and silver statement ring / black handbag / charcoal western style boots /

Happy Friday! This week was quite hectic, and I am so glad we are close to the weekend! For the past several weeks I have been struggling with my laptop. The keyboard starting acting up, and certain letters would only work after the laptop had been warmed up; then they would stop working when the laptop had been on for too long. It was turning into a complete nightmare.

My laptop was only about eighteen months old, so for the keyboard to be shot, seemed unlikely. I tried everything. I scanned for some weird keyboard virus, I uninstalled and reinstalled my firmware, I ran diagnostics; the works! Nothing seemed to the work. The keyboard was just plain shot after less than two years.

The laptop I had before the one with the bad keyboard, had only been eleven months old when it died from spilled tea on the keyboard. Well, can’t blame the laptop for that! BUT, the one before that had all sorts of performance issues, Wi-Fi connection issues, and more. So I went through three laptops in four years. That was an expensive four years!

So, since my keyboard was on the blink, I decided to investigate the possibility of switching from a PC to an Apple machine. My husband recently made the switch at work, so I checked out his laptop to see if it would suit my needs. I asked my friends for advice, and I did a ton of Internet research. All roads were pointing to an Apple laptop.

Two days before I wore this lightweight black cardigan and jeans to the mall to purchase my laptop, I was dead-set on getting an Apple. Then, I changed my mind. I do a lot of “print screen” tasks, which is weird on an Apple, and I enjoy the ease of a SD slot-which Apple no longer offers; and I also love my Windows products. I am used to a PC, and I have been a Windows user since the early 1990’s. Why did I want to make the switch? Was it because all the cool kids use Apple? Was it because bloggers love Apple and since I blog I should too? I love my iPhone, but I can’t use it for heavy photo editing or writing; it just isn’t made for that type of work. So I couldn’t base a laptop purchase on my love for a phone. Then, I found an article online which was talking about Microsoft’s Surface Pro laptop. Oooh! This might be what I need!

The Microsoft Surface laptop offers a clean Windows machine without all the fluff that clone laptop manufacturers install on their PC’s. It’s pure Windows. All I needed to add was security software, and Photoshop; then I would be set!

So, I went over to my local Microsoft store, and purchased a new Microsoft Surface laptop. I am in love! It was super easy to set up, and has a really huge hard drive of 1TB. I’m able to work quickly, and store a ton of photos both on my laptop, and on my cloud. I can insert my SD card into the laptop and transfer photos easily, as well as use the multiple ports for other devices. This machine is a workhorse, and it is perfect for heavy, multi-media use. I love it!

If you are like me, and have been wondering about a new laptop, I highly recommend this fabulous Microsoft laptop. I’ll keep you posted on how it fares over time. It does have a three year guarantee, which costs a little extra, and it guarantees Microsoft will replace it if anything other than theft happens; so I know I won’t have to buy a new laptop for at least three years! That is money saved right there after the last four years!

Of course, you might be wondering why I am talking about a laptop with photos of me in a lightweight black cardigan and jeans! Haha, well, I was going to write about this comfortable fall outfit, but I went off on a little tangent about my laptop adventure. Perhaps it is because this is the outfit I wore while buying my new laptop! I know, it’s still random. Apparently my brain needs the weekend. Three cheers for Friday!

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What type of laptop are you using? What do you like or dislike about it?

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