Fun Fun!

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Happy Inspired Wednesday lovely Chic Readers! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far :). This week’s roundup of photos that made me very happy this past weekend and this week so far are:

1) A beautiful gold initial disc necklace with a tiny evil eye.

2) Steve Silver’s Beach Ball Babylon came to Google for a special show and Q&A…insanely entertaining! From left to right: Nicki Minaj, Snow White (she raps!), Adele and Kim Kardashian.

3) Delicious banana waffle for brunch at Los Gatos Cafe.

4) My favorite wall art pieces are finally hung up!

5) Ripped gray denim, berry colored nails and special silver rings.

Quilted + Chevron

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Top: Forever 21/ Belt: J.Crew/ Jacket: Zara/ Ring: TomTom/ Necklace: Cocktail Bling/ Leggings: Zella/ Booties: Rag & Bone/ Sunglasses: Celine/ Lips: MAC ‘Rebel’

I remember spotting this chevron asymmetrical top a few years ago at Forever 21 and debating if it would look good on. It was a very rare, extremely quick shopping trip where I had no time to try anything on which I literally almost never do…I’m all about trying things on! Some things looks not so great on the hanger and then great on you and vice versa. So trying on for me is a must!

I took a chance and purchased the top without trying it on in the store and am so happy I did because it’s very different, comfy, fun and one of my favorite pieces in my closet! Plus, the price point of 20 something dollars didn’t hurt either ;). I love the bold chevron print, the slits on the sides and the high-low cut. To add some shape I like styling it with a skinny belt under my chest on my upper waist to add some definition (otherwise it’s quite tunic-y) and pairing it with a leather jacket for a cool, edgier feel. With a long cardigan it also looks really cute and when it’s warm enough I don’t even have to wear anything over it!

My shopping advice: Always try things on when out shopping but if you really don’t have 5 minutes to spare then trust your gut when in doubt. Also, make sure the store has a good return policy and you’re golden!

xoxo Sera :)

Believe

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 Dress, Tote Bag: Forever 21/ Sweater: Express/ Leggings: Zella (cute workout version here)/ Necklace: J.Crew/ Boots: Sam Edelman/ Sunglasses: Celine/ Lips: Chanel

For as much as I love bright colors (really color in general) and bold prints I also really enjoy pairing pretty neutrals together! Stone + Cream + White + Cognac + Gold + Black…sign me up! I love the lace detail on this asymmetrical cream dress paired with the small waffle knit of this stone colored cardigan. Texture and color family mixing adds interest to an outfit. Plus, the look is easily attainable!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful (short) week so far!

xoxo Sera :)

Weee!

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Happy Inspired Wednesday Chic Readers! Sticking with this vibe of sharing some photos of various things/places that have been inspiring me recently (because I kind of love it)! From top to bottom:

- Union Square at dusk…I spy Macy’s & Neiman’s

- Deep purple ‘Rebel’ lips, chevron print & my gold chevron necklace

- Cutesy calendar girl handmade with different dresses for each month (thanks Ashley!)

- Loving the word play on this sweatshirt so much…spotted at Target

- Crepevine delicious banana + strawberry + nutella crepe with vanilla ice cream

- Marin Headlands hiking = gorgeous views

- The boutique where I found my gown is now carrying Zuhair Murad wedding dresses…drool worthy x 1,000,000

- Already obsessed with my Birchbox boxes! Thanks to my amazing sister and awesome brother-in-law!

xoxo Sera :)

Black & Blue

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 Vest: Love on a Hanger/ Sweater, Rings: J.Crew/ Necklace: Forever 21/ Jeans: Hudson/ Booties: Rag & Bone/ Bag: Chanel/ Sunglasses: Prada

Happy weekend Chic Readers! Today I’m rocking this adorable faux fur vest that a very good & sweet friend of mine gave me!

I’m not really drawn to vests for myself but I do think they look great on lots of guys and a lot of women (specifically my mom who looks so good in them!!). Plus they totally serve a purpose…you want to keep warm but don’t want the bulk of a jacket or thick sweater? Problem solved. Wear a vest!

This black faux fur vest is apparently the exception for me though! I can dress it up or down which is nice and it’s pretty glam for a vest which makes me love it even more!

Sometimes we don’t branch out into trying different items clothes-wise (and accessories) since we feel confident that we know what we like and what works well for us, however that’s why it’s always nice to go shopping with a good friend/sister/best friend/mom who knows your style but might suggest something that you would otherwise not even notice on the hanger/look at/try on!

I think it’s important to always think outside of the box when it comes to fashion and push your style outside of your comfort zone everyone once in a while because who knows you may find something that you really love and totally works for your style! And if it doesn’t then no harm done, you can be even more confident & sure that you know exactly what you like and what does and doesn’t work for you.

So now I’m a fan of a good vest, specifically this one, when I never thought I was before!

Thanks Kathleen :)!!!

xoxo Sera :)

Happy Things

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Welcome to the first “Inspired Wednesday” post of 2015!!!

Today I’m sharing some photos that I’ve taken recently of things that make me super happy!

These include but are not limited to:

Spending time with my family & fiance, elephants, glam accessories, fresh flowers, traveling, sequin hangers, the ocean, Chanel, good glitter nail polish, hiking, cashmere, using teapots for floral arrangements, my engagement ring, exploring Northern California/San Francisco, cute & comfy inspirational tees and beautiful sunsets!!!

All of which can be seen in the photos above ;)!

xoxo Sera :)

Festive for 2015

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 Sweater, Rings, Necklaces, Heels: J.Crew/ Skirt: Leith/ Sunglasses, Bag: Chanel/ Lips: ‘Viva Glam Rihanna’

Woohoo first post of 2015!!! Just because the holidays are done, and it’s a new year, does not mean that you have to stop being festive! I love sparkles, the color red, curled hair, metallics & being dressed up year round so just because you don’t have as many parties & family functions to attend in January doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress up!

Dressing up should happen more often than not in my book. Sure everyone likes to lounge in sweats and yoga pants every now and then, especially on Sundays when you don’t have to see anyone and are just going to be hanging out at home or running errands, but honestly getting dressed in something you love puts you in a happy mood and good mind frame. For example, putting on a pair of beautiful heels (like the ones pictured above) makes me feel like I can do just about anything in the world!! I feel powerful and sexy, which I’m pretty sure is what the first person who invented high heels wanted the wearer to feel ;)!

You should wear whatever you want and hopefully those items are comfortable, chic and make you happy :)! But remember, as the wise Coco Chanel once said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

Always strive to be remembered not just for your kick-ass amazing impeccable outfit but also for being courteous & nice to the people you encounter on a day-to-day basis. Whether it’s your co-worker, the barista making your coffee or your significant other, it’s amazing what a small act of kindness (i.e. holding a door, giving a nice compliment, asking someone how their day is going etc.) can do!

So be kind & do good!!!

xoxo Sera :)