California Dreams

We had another sunny, spring-like day! So I chose my outfit accordingly: a cornflower blue skirt, yellow tee, and colorful accessories.

Dressed for California spring! Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

Dressed for California spring! Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

The color combos reminded me of how I used to think of California, especially given that my perception of California was heavily influenced by shows like Saved by the Bell. Lots of bright, sunny colors and all that!

Rocky’s leash and collar, in particular, have that whole mid-90s southern California vibe, with their neon colors and bold pattern.

Rocky is a total Californian stud. Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

Rocky is a total Californian stud. Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

Rocky enjoys a neck scratching. Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

Rocky enjoys a neck scratching. Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

Colorful accessories on both Rocky & me. Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

Colorful accessories on both Rocky & me. Photo by Santina of Style by Santina.

And I had to add in one more photo of just Rocky, because he really is the star of the show & it’s been too long since his last appearance!

Isn't Rocky swoon-worthy?

Isn't Rocky swoon-worthy?

Shirt: Collateral Damage by Andy Gonsalves, via Threadless
Skirt: Americana Graffiti Skirt, Tulle via ModCloth
Cardigan: Button-Up Basics Cardigan in Brown via ModCloth
Shoes: Bow Tiny Wedge via ModCloth
Sunglasses: Day of Driving Sunglasses via ModCloth
Earrings: vintage
Bracelets: vintage (gold bangles & orange flower bracelet) and from a clothing exchange (painted bracelet)
Ring: Who Sent Flowers? Ring via ModCloth
Purse: Aerosoles

On Rocky:
Right Bark ‘Atcha Collar and Leash, Jonathan Adler via ModCloth

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Maritime Moxie

When the runway and look book photos for Resort and Spring/Summer 2012 came out, I was super excited to see all the French orange and blue. I thought these looks from Louis Vuitton embodied the color scheme particularly well:

From the Louis Vuitton Resort 2012 Look Book

From the Louis Vuitton Resort 2012 Look Book

French orange and blue has a special place in my heart – it reminds me of my aunt Sue. For my 16th birthday, she rallied the whole family into funding a trip for me to Paris – her absolute favorite city. The trip was amazing – not only because Paris is a wonderful city, but because Sue shared with me what she loves best. And it’s the little details that stuck with me, like her love for the classic French combination of orange and blue.

So that’s why I was so happy to see the color combo hit the runways again: it makes it that much easier to find fantastic clothes in colors that I love. Like this orange and blue Eva Franco dress from ModCloth!

Maritime Moxie Dress by Eva Franco

Maritime Moxie Dress by Eva Franco

I paired it with blue suede shoes from Chelsea Crew:

Suede and Swing Heels by Chelsea Crew

Suede and Swing Heels by Chelsea Crew

And went out to enjoy a beautiful San Francisco day with Rocky. :)

Rocky Reach!

Rocky Reach!

Have to say, I’m looking forward to the coming spring and more opportunities to wear this dress!

Rocky Reach!

Enjoying the day!

Dress: Maritime Moxie Dress, Eva Franco via ModCloth
Cardigan: For Orchestra Blazer, Lush via ModCloth
Shoes: Suede and Swing Heel, Chelsea Crew via ModCloth
Purse: Aerosoles

Rocky’s Bowtie: Fairy-tail Engagement Dog Collar via ModCloth

Photos by Santina of Style by Santina

P.S. For more runway faves, check out my Pinterest board! pinterest.com/katealamode/runway/ And leave a comment if you’re on Pinterest – always looking for more inspiration! :)

Sheen Come True

Ever buy a dress online that takes you completely by surprise? That’s what happened with this Eva Franco “Sheen Come True” dress. I bought it on a whim because it was SUPER on sale at ModCloth, but I had my doubts. Turns out it was a dress I should have bought ages ago – I’m in love!

Introducing the Sheen Come True Dress by Eva Franco

Introducing the Sheen Come True Dress by Eva Franco

From the pictures on ModCloth, I had thought the dress was made out of a heavy fabric. But it turns out it’s pretty lightweight – and actually stretchy – so it’s got a super nice flow. And it lives up to its name – it has a really lovely sheen, almost like a textured satin. Plus, I kinda love the dress’ 1960s vibe!

Oh, and it had been way too long since Rocky made an appearance, so he joined this shoot. But I think he felt a little affronted by having been left out of my other posts!

Or something.

This picture is just dying for a funny caption - any suggestions?

This picture is just dying for a funny caption – any suggestions?

I paired the dress with the vintage-style “Heirloom-inous Earrings”, also from ModCloth.

Sheen Come True Dress & Heirloom-inous Earrings

Sheen Come True Dress & Heirloom-inous Earrings

Oh, and by the way, check out Rocky’s bow tie! I think he strikes a perfect balance between cute and dashing. :)

Rocky looking dapper in his bow tie

Rocky looking dapper in his bow tie

So that’s it – just a fantastic dress and a goofy dog that helped lighten up my day!

Rocky is a goof!

What are your favorite pick-me-ups?

Dress: Sheen Come True Dress, Eva Franco via ModCloth
Earrings: Heirloom-inous Earrings via ModCloth
Bracelet: Victorian mourning bracelet
Tights: Hue
Shoes: D’Orsay at the d’Orsay Heel, Re-Mix via ModCloth
Purse: Cole Haan Valise Archer leather satchel via Rue La La

Rocky’s Bowtie: Fairy-tail Engagement Dog Collar via ModCloth

Photos by Jenn Suit, except the solo portrait I took of Rocky.