Sunday, September 11, 2011

Black and White - Bow Tie Top and Denim Capris

BLACK BOW TOP - Anna Sui for Target
WHITE DENIM CAPRIS - Express
SILVER BRACELET - Jewelry party
HOOP EARRINGS - Fashion District in downtown LA
BLACK PURSE - Fashion District in downtown LA
BLACK MARY JANE HEELS - Dr. Scholl's
MONDAY'S INSPIRATION - Rachel Bilson

This is how my photo shoot morphed, thanks to Pigtails!
I really enjoy watching the natural dynamic between kids.  It's just so organic to see them make friends.  We were at my old boss' house the other day when Princess Sparkles met another 4-year old girl.  They started talking and finding similarities.  "Hey, we're both 4!"  And that was just the beginning... "I like ladybugs and butterflies."  "Me too.  Oh and I like rolliepollies."  "Yeah, me too!" 

Princess Sparkles and her new friend
They noticed they were both eating hot dogs.  Then the dessert tray came around and both girls picked a chocolate brownie with marshmallows.  "I like chocolate."  "I like chocolate too!"  Chocolate sealed the deal.  Camouflage later pushed Princess Sparkles on this really cool tree swing which just happened to fit two 4-year olds.  They continued to laugh and have "adult" discussions about cars and shoes.  They had a great time together.

Today's "Inspiration Monday" from Two Birds is Rachel Bilson.  I always admire her simple but extremely stylish looks.  I went with the only "bow shirt" I own, which is from the Anna Sui for Target collection.  I put on these white capris because Camo said they looked best.  I wore my super comfy Dr. Scholl's heels I got on clearance at Macy's a few years back.  Then I accessorized with some really great purchases from my Downtown LA Fashion District shopping trip I took with my sis Polka Dots (which I still need to post about). 

Anyway, I have to say, I've lived in the LA area all my life but it wasn't until last week that I finally made it out to the Downtown LA Fashion District.  And let me tell you, it was heaven for a shopaholic like myself.  Polka Dots and I had the best time.  If anyone comes to visit LA, I definitely suggest a trip down there.  It's just about as good as riding a tree swing with a new friend!

p.s. I'm excited to share a "little secret" with all of you in my next post.  I know I mentioned it last week.  I promise, it's a good one!

37 comments:

Bravoe Runway said...

I think you did a great job with the challenge! I like the sleeveless bowfront blouse and it sounds like your shopping in LA was a blast!

The Suburb Experiment said...

Oooh. I can't wait to hear it! Watching little kids make friends is so awesome - it's so honest. :)

Jenn
The Suburb Experiment

Dawn said...

I love the photo with PS and her new friend...how sweet are they finding all of their cute little things in common. What a beautiful outfit on you with your signature pose that I love. I can't believe that you had never gone to town to shop...I can't even imagine the prices. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

Kel said...

Very chic. Love your mary janes.

Lots of love from Sydney,

x Kel

melbourne: bows and zara

Terri said...

The Anna Sui blouse is beautiful.

Tammy said...

Nice job. I really like it when you put your own spin on the outfit.
I'm still at the lake with a flannel shirt shorts and flips! Don't tell the fashion police!

a Bug and Bird said...

great inspiration monday outfit! you and i did the same thing with a detailed top and white bottoms! love it! great minds think alike

Jess said...

That top is the cutest! Sounds like a happy weekend, I'm so jealous of your shopping adventure!

Mongs said...

great outfit, I like the black and white combo. The details on the top are lovely. The mary jane shoes are so cute, love it. Girls are so cute, boys don't don;t talk like that..haha..

Thanks for your thoughtful words and prayers Claire. I'm feeling better. Have a great week!

love,mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

D said...

The pix of the two girls on the swing is so cute--a Hallmark card
moment. I like Camo's choice of
distressed pants--it adds an unexpected edge to your outfit.
Pigtails looks like she is really
enjoying being photographed. LOL.

Fashion Tales.... said...

Love both inspiration and your look. It's very pretty on you. Black and white is just classic combos. -xo

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

Everything Anna Sui does is so magical, masstige collaborations included!
Your observations of your kids are too sweet sometimes. It's funny how all it takes is just one thing to relate to and BAM! friends.
Have a wonderful Monday!

Francesca R said...

You really did a great job with the competion! Fabulous outfit and Pigtail is such a pretty fashionista!
Xx
http://dontcallmefashionblogger.blogspot.com/

Style Journey said...

Great inspiration! The bow blouse looks awesome with the white pants. Can't believe your shoes are Dr Scholls!

Princess Sparkles is so darn cute! I know, I say it everytime :)

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

Gorgeous!! I love black and white together. :)

Courtney Erin said...

Oooh, I love the top - you pulled together the look so well.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.com

erica marie said...

Love the outfit, can't wait for the next post to find out the secret...

erica
seaofbloomingdreams.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

You channeled Rachel perfectly! Love the look!

Baby Budget Blog said...

Black and white ALWAYS works! Love how you added the wripped jeans element though. Makes it so uniquely yours!

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Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Rachel Bilson looks so cute, but then so do you and of course Pigtails steals the show! Happy Monday Claire!

xo Mary Jo

two birds said...

i love your outfit, and i adore the picture of the girls on the swing! how fun!

Sage said...

Aw, that picture of them on the swing is adorable! Great job with your Inspiration Monday outfit.

LyddieGal said...

You look adorable - the sheer printed top is so pretty, and I love the inspiration as well.

Chic on the Cheap

Shels415 said...

Great take on Rachel's outfit. Loving the bowfront! Definitely need to make a trip down to LA soon and check it out.

XOXO
Shels
http://followyourbliss4ever.blogspot.com/

Lori's Wardrobe said...

I like how you flipped the colours and such a pretty blouse.
love
Lori xo
http://loriswardrobeblog.blogspot.com/

fede said...

like this outfit, very simple but smart,pigtail is lovely

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Sophie - Country girl said...

I love your blouse, it's supercute!

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

Adorable-I miss those days when things in common equate to a new friend! Great outfit- I really love that top on you, beautiful!

Shea said...

Your take on this look is fantastic! I love how you did a dark top with white pants--and of course I love that you're showing off another of your awesome Target finds!

Tara said...

I love this bow-tie blouse! I have one of my own but I just love the look, so much, I want to get about 6 more :)

Can't wait to hear your little secret!

Hayley said...

cute little shoes =)

http://hayleyhour.blogspot.com/

rachel said...

i really like this outfit! and great purse!! pigtails and sparkles are so cute! =)

Lei said...

I really love your top. :)

Mrs. J said...

Were you listening to my thoughts or are we just thinking alike?! I have been looking for a bow-tie blouse for the longest time. Guess what I received a 20% off code for the new trends on Piperlime and that was one of them!! So using it before the 20th!! Yay

You look fabulous and I love the sheer overlay on this blouse. The white pants were a great choice for this look!! :)

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