The Sweater – The Item You Will Wear Forever

katemossI have one  bulky sweater that my sister gave me, and every winter I bring it out and use it at least 5 times from November thru December. It’s black, textured with a turtleneck and ever so warm.

I wear it with skinny jeans, ballet flats or my Converse high-tops and a swipe of my crimson lipstick. The beauty of it is that I don’t need a coat, I layer it underneath with a long sleeve black T-shirt and I’m out of the house.

When I saw this picture of Kate Moss I had to save it, and now I’m sharing it with you.  I love the idea of the black, light denim and nude/olive colored boots.

Her companion looks amazing too, this is how the chic keep warm during winter.

What’s your winter staple?

Books to Read – Improving Your Style

iwtbh-bookOne book I haven’t read yet but plan on is “I want to be Her” by Andrea Linett. It’s a part memoir and part guide on the various women that helped shape her style, this makes me think of women I don’t know that I see everyday, whether it’s online, in magazines or in person. @Amazon.com

Or @Iwanttobeher.com

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Another favorite is How to be Parisian by Caroline de Maigret.  I love it, I’ve already embraced several Parisian attitudes without realizing it. Whew! A fun read @Amazon.com

The New Neutral – Leopard

Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik

Yesterday I was hibernating and didn’t bother to look pulled together for my visit to the grocery store. While I was waiting for my sister to come out I saw 4 gorgeous women wearing impeccably chic clothing for running around chic.

Saint Laurent 2015 Spring/Summer
Saint Laurent 2015 Spring/Summer

I felt awkward about approaching them and instead thought about what they all had in common, besides looking pulled together.

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Michael Kors

The one factor they all had in common was that they were wearing leopard flats.

London Sole
London Sole

Seems like San Franciscans pull out their leopard in all types of weather, it’s one of those shades that works with everything, year-round.

You can wear it with anything, it’s really the new neutral.  We selected a few styles to help get us motivated.

Here’s to Leopard!

P.s I don’t know if these styles are still available, except for the London Sole pair, they carry them year-round.

Summer Simplicity – The Basic White Shirt

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Spring and summer are around the corner. What’s a girl to do if she’s not into dresses or skirts? I’m lucky that I’m allowed to wear casual wear to work, so it’s jeans, cardigans, etc for me.

What do I wear on hot days? To keep it professional I’ve invested in dress shirts, in all colors and fabrics.  However my favorite remains the classic white button down.

I usually pair it with my boyfriend jeans, either an animal print ballet flat, nude suede heels or my orange driving shoes,  each look is different and polished.

Isn’t this look stunning? You can add a scarf or jewelry and alternate the handbag for one that works with your shoe of choice.

What’s your basic summer staple?

Oats Cashmere – a wardrobe staple

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All Photos Courtesy of Oats Cashmere

I managed to do a little bit of shopping this season and scored on a black cashmere poncho by Oats Cashmere.  I bought it at lastcall.com by Neiman Marcus and when it arrived, I debated about keeping it, as it’s a generous size even for my frame.

However I took it home and tried it on and ended up wearing it various times throughout my winter vacation.  I loved it so much that I budgeted myself and bought  it in grey.

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I feel that the grey color is a great addition for summer, after all cashmere breathes and it will look great with a short sleeve white T-shirt under pinning.

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My love of Oat’s Cashmere has caused me to look online at their other brilliant designs and I am currently in-love with Adele, a huge cashmere shawl that can be carried on a plane, used at home or worn while you’re outdoors in the chilly air.

I picked out a few new favorites and I can imagine all of  them worn with skinny jeans or leather pants etc, you get the point.

Neiman Marcus already sold out of the poncho so I can’t even give you guys a link, but here is the link to Oats Cashmere.

Adele, you’re on my wishlist.

Here’s to running around chic!

@Oatscashmere.com

Olivia Palermo, Style Muse

I love Olivia, she was my first girl crush. She understands basics, how to work with color and mix the unexpected while keeping it simple, chic and effortless.

A true fashion icon. I literally study her attire. and take note of her color pallet and accessories.

I’m personally not brave enough to wear floral trousers or yellow, but she tempts me to leave my comfort zone.

I admit, I have added faux fur to my winter wardrobe.

You can see that she equally wears black and can easily adapt to summer weather. Never throw anything away, but store it.

As we get older it’s all about wardrobe building and keeping those items that have long-term wear-ability. The main reason why I admire her, is because she’s not afraid to wear an item more than once or make mistakes. Can we all say the same?

Here’s to Olivia, a style muse.

Running Around Chic – Manifesto

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Finding your own unique style can be a bit confusing with all of the fashion magazines stalking celebrities with poor taste. I’m not a fashion plate and my wardrobe isn’t filled with designer labels. You don’t need designer labels to have style, just a good eye for fabrics and especially a good tailor.

I will say this, invest in quality shoes, a handbag and jewelry.  Don’t forget, you are also what you eat. Focus on good skin, hair, nails and teeth they are big giveaways as to a persons economic situation  or priorities.

My New Year’s resolution is to devote more time to this blog, why? Because good taste and style can be found anywhere, especially in San Francisco.

Here’s to running around chic!

Angelina Jolie, Style Muse

I’m supposed to be running around San Francisco looking for women that inspire us in our everyday RunaroundChic, but I’m too shy to approach them, something I am going to have to work on this year.

For my first post I’m mentioning Angelina Jolie, mind you I’m not an overly huge fan, but I’m starting to like her. Not only are her movies good, but she understands clothes and doesn’t follow trends. Her style is classic, timeless and with a modern edge, she’s one hot mamma.

Her wardrobe is inspirational don’t you think?