Pretty, Tough Girl: Ankle Boots Give Edge to A Demure Dress

I love demure and girly dresses like this long-sleeved dress from Madewell with a dropped waist, mock turtleneck, and feminine smocking details at the neck and wrists. But when the occasion (or my mood) calls for something less sweet, I like to toughen up a pretty-girl dress with socks and ankle boots. For this look, I

Cozy Cashmere: Why You Should Layer Sweaters Over Dresses and Add an Ankle Boot

Cashmere costs a fortune for a reason: It’s effortlessly chic, timeless and classic, looks great and feels even better. A well-cared for cashmere sweater can be worn season after season from one decade to the next and never go out of style. The benefits don’t end there. Cashmere also has a curiously awesome talent for

Midi-Dress and Ankle Boots: Resurrecting a Benchwarmer Dress for Everyday

I’ve had this zebra print midi-dress in my closet for years, but rarely wear it. The print is a bit too loud for evening and the fabric is a bit too fine to be totally casual. The dress had become a benchwarmer, wedging itself into a tricky spot in my wardrobe. Inspired to give it

Wish List #5: Fair Isle Sweater with Denim and Diamonds

Nothing says winter like a fair isle sweater. Here in sunny Southern California, last week brought just enough of a fall chill in the air to put us in the mood for cozy sweaters. Although it may have passed for a little while, it will be back and I plan to be ready. On my