Tote-ally Cute

I love a good tote bag to carry all of my summer essentials and groceries in, but I hate when they look too granola-y. Enter the My Other Bag...collection. These reusable, made-in-America (L.A. to be exact) totes are super chic, really fun, and have already taken Hollywood by storm (Jessical Biel and Katie Holmes are among the brand's fans). Choose your current designer bag of the moment, or opt to "carry" your dream purse. Click here to read more about these stylish totes and shop the line.

Photo from MyOtherBag.com

Photo from MyOtherBag.com


Safari Chic

I love the tribal and safari pieces that are out there right now, but a lot of people are intimidated by the bold colors and patterns. These prints are surprisingly easy to wear, and chances are, you have some of the pieces in your closet already.

Safari Chic

1.) This tribal print skirt from TOPSHOP has rich hues, but the pattern is small and not overbearing. When paired with a loose emerald tank, gladiator sandals, and a wooden bangle, the look is effortless. 

2.) I'm loving this crop top, also from TOPSHOP, because of the intricate print. They key to making this work is keeping the rest of the outfit simple. Add a pair of vegan leather leggings, a few mixed bracelets, and a pair of white ankle strap heels, and you're ready to go.

3.) Although this Parker jacket is an investment, the muted color palette makes it very versatile. I would wear it with a crochet tank and a pair of chambray shorts. It's immediately appropriate for a casual or creative office, or date night. A delicate gold necklace and wedges keep the ensemble unfussy.


Monday Must Haves

I'm excited to announce a new series on the blog, Monday Must Haves. I'm constantly creating wish lists  and inspiration boards of things that I love and I've decided to share it with you. 

Monday Must Haves


1.) These silk shorts from Robert Rodriguez are a must for the warmer months. Sleek, sophisticated, and most importantly, comfortable, these are sure to become a summer staple.

2.) These sherbet colored nail polishes from Essie are fun and girly and practically scream spring. I would use the lighter pink for a mani and pair it with hot pink toes.

3.) I love wearing skirts, minus the pasty white legs. Lorac's TANtalizer Glow to Go collection is the perfect way to nab a golden tone without subjecting yourself to harmful rays.  The colors are natural so you won't turn orange!

4.) I'm loving heeled sandals right now and this Vince Camuto pair is no exception. I love the intricately woven detail and the color blocking is light and fresh.

5.) A good belt can totally transform an outfit. This beauty from C. Wonder has a neutral yet sexy snakeskin pattern that allows the lemon yellow accent in the middle to pop. I'll be wearing this with white shorts or a chambray shirt dress this season. 


Desk To Drinks: The White Button Down

Every girl has a white button down in her closet, but it rarely comes out to play. Equipment makes the most luxurious silk blouses and although they're investments, they're well worth the money. I love a white silk shirt paired with dark trousers and some classic driving loafers for daytime. At night, pair it with distressed denim, a colorful statement necklace, and some metallic accessories. Voila! A wardrobe staple easily transformed.

Desk To Drinks: The White Button Down


C. Wonder Flash Sale

"You don't know what you've got till it's gone" makes complete sense when you're talking about a C. Wonder flash sale. I've rounded up my favorite items but there are plenty more to go around. Act fast-sale ends at 11:59pm EST. Click here to start shopping (everything is up to 75% off!)

C. Wonder Flash Sale

Mix Master

I love mixing prints and patterns. Initially, I was hesitant; would I look like a hot mess that just threw on whatever was at the top of the clean laundry basket? I decided to brave it and haven't looked back. 

Marisa's Rules For Mixing Prints

1.) Make sure that the primary color is the same. You want to look polished when mixing prints, not like an eccentric cat lady that rummages through the trash. To prevent this from happening, keep one color a constant. For example, a navy pullover with mint polka dots looks fantastic when paired with a mint striped skirt. The mint pulls the look together and makes it look intentional.

2.) Size matters. A lot of times, mixing and matching goes awry when one print overpowers the other. Keep the scale of your patterns the same i.e. a narrow stripe will look better with a small floral pattern than a large one. The polka dot dot tee and graphic print shorts below are the perfect size prints to combine.

3.) Go big or go home. If you're mixing prints and patterns, it's best to do it all the way. That doesn't mean you have to be covered in various shapes, but make your choices clear and well-edited. If you don't want to wear top-to-bottom prints, try wearing a floral dress with a striped belt or a graphic print dress with polka dot flats.

Mix and Match Patterns

Mix and Match Patterns by thepinkskirt featuring altuzarra

What are your favorite patterns to mix?


Lust vs. Must: Floral Pants

I love floral jeans for the spring and think they can be surprisingly neutral when chosen in a subdued palette. I recreated a look that can easily be worn running errands and then transition right into a night out with the girls.

Lust vs. Must: Floral Pants


What To Wear To A Bridal Shower

Wedding season has officially arrived and if you're like me, you have a slew of upcoming events. Dress codes can be a bit tricky, but I've created three looks that will look perfect for you occasion.


The At Home Shower

Bridal Shower: Restaurant

If you're attending a shower at someone's home, you want to look polished but feel comfortable. I love the look of printed pants with a bold top. A turquoise clutch complements the lemon yellow, a pair of neutral crocheted wedges add personality without overpowering the look, and the necklace offers enough of a statement without competing with the bold color of the shirt.


The Restaurant Shower

Bridal Shower: Home

If you're attending a shower at a restaurant, choose something colorful but also easy to move in (think squeezing through lots of chairs!). This printed jersey maxi is cool and colorful and moves with ease. The embellishment on the sandals dresses them up so they're not too casual, the bracelet can be thrown on easily, and the neutral clutch pulls the look together nicely.


The Country Club Shower

Bridal Shower: Country Club

If you're showering the bride at a country club, you'll need to dress up a bit more than you would for the other two. I love a simple yet elegant fit and flare dress in a classic color palette. A quilted chain strap purse keeps the look feminine. Add a touch of color with your necklace and heels and you're all set!


A Wardrobe...For Your Lashes

I can't tell you how many tubes of mascara I have in my makeup bag. Some are volumizing, some are curling, and some are thickening. When it's time to travel, I have a hard time choosing just one to take. Enter the Eyeko Mascara Wardrobe. This set includes one tube of mascara and three wands, each with a different functionality. The "Define" wand gives the long lashes that we all crave. "Curl" does exactly what its name states and the "Volume" wand makes your lashes lush and plentiful. 

The only downside is that you have to wash the brushes after you use them so that you don't cross-contaminate. Other than that, this set is a huge time (and space) saver.

Would you use this mascara wardrobe?


Rainy Day Chic

It's always a challenge to dress for the rain, especially if you have somewhere to be. Some raincoats are pure plastic and can make you feel like you're sitting in a sauna on your commute to work. Others are too flimsy or too heavy. Then come the rain boots. Some are clunky and cumbersome and require you to bring an additional pair of shoes to change into at your final destination. Good news ladies, there are chic, comfortable, and affordable options for every taste and preference. 

Rainy Day Chic

1.) A cinched waist trench is sleek and acts as a blank canvas, making this a viable options for all types of ensembles. The bright, lace up wedge boots contrast nicely and give a little lift and height to balance the longer coat.

2.) The khaki trench is timeless and can be worn with absolutely everything. These hot pink wrap around booties make the look fresh and modern while still being sophisticated.

3.) This tailored, 3/4 sleeve jacket is perfect for the city girl who can't be bothered changing into a different coat after work. These booties are waterproof but will fool anyone into thinking they're just a regular pair of shoes eliminating the need for a stylish alternative, and freeing up some space in your bag.

4.) Similar to the classic trench, this coat is packable. It folds nicely into a little bag and can live in your purse or desk for those unexpected downpours. These short Hunter boots are a classic and totally worth the investment. I love them for the summer because they aren't as hot as the tall version.

5.) This polka dot anorak is absolutely adorable and is perfect for the preppy girl on-the-go. For those of you who hate lugging rain boots around, these red rain flats look casual yet polished. 

6.) If you crave color, try this sherbet hued jacket. The hood is perfect for those days that you forget your umbrella and need to protect your blowout. The leopard print boots keep with the playful theme and can also be worn with black, brown, white, and red jackets.

7.) I love the checker print on this jacket and the sleek cut. A pair of pastel pink boots is utterly feminine and oh so adorable.

8.) This affordable trench has red piping and a wider belt that can be tied or buckled. When paired with these glossy wedges, you have an instant outfit!


Three Ways: Black and White

Black and white combos are nothing new, but I'm constantly experimenting with ways to keep the pairing fresh and unexpected. 

Casual: I love a relaxed top with structured shorts for running errands or grabbing a coffee with girlfriends. A fedora keeps bad hair days at bay but also looks adorable with a messy braid. Wayfarers scream cool and casual and patterned espadrilles keep the look polished yet unfussy.

Going Out: I live in white jeans when the weather is warm because they always manage to look clean and chic. A double layer racerback shows a little skin and adds more personality than a basic tank. The patterned wedges and glass bead cuff stand out but don't detract from the overall look. A simple clutch pulls it all together.

Formal: An LBD has saved me numerous times and its so versatile that it's easy to up the ante without looking ridiculous. The black and white cap toe pumps are sophisticated and pop against the dress. A statement necklace and colorblocked minaudière are fun without looking cheesy. 

Three Ways: Black and White

What are your favorite ways to wear black and white?
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