Packing guide // Kauai Wedding

 

What: Destination wedding

Where: Kauai, Hawaii

Venue: The Sheraton Kauai

When: Late June

Duration: 4 days

Special Notes: As a plus one, I’d never met the bride or groom so there were no girlfriends to call for dress code tips or “what are you wearing” advice.

DAY 1

Catamaran Outfit

Event: Catamaran Cruise to the Napoli Coast

Time of Day: Midday to Sunset

Dress code: Not stated

What I wore:

  • Printed bikini from Yamamay (find a similar style here). I discovered this bikini brand while vacationing in Florence and have yet to find a better fit for a natural-looking padded top and Brazilian cut bottom. 
  • Off-the-shoulder eyelet tunic from Nordstrom (similar style here).
  • Willow hat from Brixton. This hat was an impulse buy while waiting for the man to finish surfboard shopping at Proof Lab in San Rafael. Since then, I’ve gotten a shocking amount of use out of this $58 purchase. 
  • Mossimo platform sandals from Target. I have to be honest, I bought this sandals on sale for $9.99 as an experiment. I figured that the platform Birkenstock trend was a step too trendy, even for me and something that I wasn’t fully on board with. That said, an extra 2 inches of leg with the comfort of a flat still intrigued me. I told myself that I’d only wear them when I wasn’t around the man, that way I could limit the “what on earth are those” comments. Well, not only does he think these shoes are “pretty cool” they are also surprisingly flattering and have also been worn down to their soles. I think it may be time to invest in the real deal here.

The Result: I felt perfectly comfortable, appropriate and just a bit sexy.

Welcome Drinks Outfit

Event: Welcome Cocktail Party on the beach

Time of Day: 8 pm

Dress code: Beachy casual

What I wore:

The Result: I felt perfectly comfortable, appropriate and just a bit sexy.

DAY 2

Beach Surfing Day Outfit

Event: Rent an open air Jeep, explore the island and find some surf

Time of Day: Daytime

Dress code: “Babe, we are leaving in 5 minutes”…

What I wore:

The Result: All the bits and pieces stayed exactly where I wanted them to.

Day 3

Kauai Wedding Outfit

Event: Wedding at the Sheraton Kauai Resort

Time of Day: 5pm

Dress code: Semi-formal

What I wore:

  • Coral printed, high low dress from BCBG (newest version available here).  I originally bought this dress for a trip to Greece 3 years ago and this is only the second time I’ve had the opportunity to wear it. Since then it has traveled to 3 weddings abroad and been borrowed by numerous friends for that hard to fulfill “breezy cocktail” dress code. 
  • Gold strappy heels from Nine West (similar pair here).
  • Hand beaded clutch from on a trip abroad 5-6 years ago. This clutch always gets a compliment or two and I wish I could remember where exactly I was when I found it.
  • Hair/makeup: A simply blow out and bronzed glowing skin, I was pressed for time so I let my tan do most of the work for me.

The Result: I have never felt more spot on with a dress code. Guest arrived in linen suits and bright chiffon dresses and I fit right in. -Sigh of relief-

DAY 4

Airport Travel Outfit

Event: Straight from post wedding brunch to the flight home

Time of Day: Morning/ Afternoon

Dress code: Not specified

What I wore:

  • Silk crop top from Forever 21.
  • That same Willow hat from Brixton. I have learned never to pack my hats in my bag, even if it’s a carry-on. It is far easier (and chicer) to incorporate them into your travel outfit. 
  • High-waisted printed silk pants (similar style here).

The Result: What’s more comfortable than fashionable pajamas?

And finally, a few snapshots from the weekend. Enjoy!
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More about the trip coming soon but for now I hope this helps. Enjoy!

💋 Brooks

Current Obsession: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28

Girl crushes, we all have them. Those woman that just seem to always get it right, even when they are wrong. Olivia Palermo is that girl for me. And part of me hates it, because it’s a bit cliche. Who doesn’t love her effortless makeup, undone hair and classic chic with a boho twist style? And her husband is an equally stylish and equally as handsome German model. She wore a sweater and giant tulle skirt on her wedding day. She pretty much sums up everything I’m not when it comes to personal style: well coiffed and intentional. Maybe that’s why I love her so much, because I’ll never be patient enough to get my hair blown out, I look terrible in a ponytail and ballet flats are never going to be my go-to dog walking choice. That said, I crush hard on the imaginary world of Olivia and her #sundays spent each week with her beau. Side note: If you don’t follow them on Instagram you are missing out on some serious couple goals. That’s an embarrassing to admit truth but seriously they are adorable. 

 

So why does the fact that Miss Palermo is currently dominating my Pinterest Style board matter today? Because I just saw her release of her collection for Chelsea28 for Nordstrom. And because I can actually see myself pulling off some of these looks, with far messier hair of course.

So what will I be purchasing for my Summer wardrobe? Take a look at my favorite looks below:

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Look of the day / It’s Better from the Boy

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Leather Skirt: H & M; Shoes: similar here; Hat: Stetson (borrowed from the bf’s closet); Tank: Groceries Apparel; Coat: My actual roommate’s closet.

Date night outfits are always tough, especially in San Francisco where the weather can be un-predictable and the dress codes quite casual. That’s why I have a go-to date night look which usual consists of heels and a cute skirt contrasted with something casual like this amazing, comfortable cotton tank from Groceries Apparel. I found Groceries through an incredibly stylish friend of mine who is always on top of what’s next in comfortable, casual and sleek minimalism. I honestly live in this tank top and pair it with pretty much everything in my closet.

Now let’s talk about the hat. What is it about mens hats? I swear they always fit better, although as you may have figured out by now, I tend to think that all things fit better when borrowed from a boy. Lucky for me I have one with very good taste. Until next time.

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Sister Sister

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Dress: Nordstrom, similar here; Ballet flats: Sam Edelmen “Felicia” Flat; Sunglasses: Kate Spade “Gayla” Sunglasses; “Love” Necklace: Something Silver

Meet Issa, my sister and psuedo-twin — we share a birthday and a closet. We have very different careers and, in turn, very different senses of style. Issa is the mastermind behind the majority of the 5 o’clock Sunday “Look of the Day” photos and by day she’s a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at a local middle school. The one thing about 11 year olds is that they are hyper-focused on visual details which makes her acutely aware of her personal style everyday.

I like to think of her as a combination of Zoey Deschanel and hipster tomboy chic. I finally got her in front of the camera to capture a few of her work-day wardrobe looks. She may be more taking photos until now but I’m excited to feature her more on the blog in the future.

💋 Brooks

 

Look of the Day / Lazy Fridays

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On Brooks:  Dress: Divided from H&M– similar here; Shoes: Vince Camuto; Bag Belt: Michael Kors; Sunglasses: Justin by RayBan

One benefit of living with your sister and best friends is a more than a tripled wardrobe and one of the best things about sharing is that I get to see all of our clothes styled in three very different ways. My sister and I share a birthday, a size and a closet but have a very different sense of personal style. She always seems to feel a bit more pulled together than I do with her casual cool hipster-teacher vibe. I caught her post class Friday to snap some 5 o’clock photos and am excited to feature her a bit more on the blog especially to show how she styles my staples in the future.

Side note on the messy bun half-up trend: At first I wasn’t a believer, thinking that there was absolutely no way this look was going to be flattering on anyone other than supermodel-esque, baby-faced twenty two year olds but after a few days of dirty hair half up attempts, I’m officially on board. More about my new messy bun obsession to come. 

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Girls gone wild

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Top and bottom: Target; Shoes: Nine West; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Random assortment of bracelets from Kenyan Flea Market

Girls night dinner and drinks wearing my impulse-buy top and bottom from Target. Styling tip: Shorten the top by 1.5″ for an edgier trendy crop top and skirt combo. 

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Borrowed From the Boys

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Leather Pants: H&M; Wedge Desert Boots: Aldo; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Random assortment of bracelets from Kenyan Flea Market; Flannel Shirt: Vintage; T-shirt: Target 

 

 

A lot of fashion folk talk about uniforms. This is one of the of the first pieces of advice I give to my friends when giving them shopping advice. “It’s less about trying new things all of the time and really about figuring out a few uniforms that work for your lifestyle. Then you simply build a wardrobe around those basic equations.” I may look like I change it up every day but really I just rotate between different combinations of uniforms all built for a specific purpose in my life. For example, this is my go-to casual work uniform.

Skinny jeans + boots or sneakers + comfy tshirt + mens button-down shirt (tied around waist so it can double as a coat) = Casual downtown vibe

It’s the perfect studio look, comfortable enough to sit in while sketching all day yet downtown cool enough to go meet “the guy” after work for a drink without having to change. I can wear it to photoshoots and move around easily with my models or run around town to art galleries and fabric stores without feeling like a complete slob.

More on my other life uniforms to come.

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Back to Black

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Dress: Zara; Over-the-knee boots: Bakers Shoes; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Cuff from Forever 21, Bracelet from Kenyan Flea Market

 

I, personally, love the late summer weather in San Francisco. The mild heat allows me to live in my favorite combination of dresses and boots. These last few years, I have built quite the collection of over-the-knee boots– one might say I’m a bit obsessed and they have become part of my weekly uniform. Between the boots and the micro-mini hemlines hanging on every available space, my room hints at quite the Pretty Woman vibe.

Two things about these boots that I’ve learned over the years of experimenting with them: 1. These aren’t shoes you wear to NOT get attention. No matter what you pair them with, just accept the cat calls and “Wow, great boots Miss.” But let’s be honest, you don’t wear over-the-knee boots to be discrete. And 2. They pair best with slouchy layers, longer hemlines or second-skin denim. If you really want to rock the mini hemline — and, yes, I have my Pretty Woman moments too– just throw on an oversized sweater or sheer black tights to keep it more city street chic and less city street walker.

Full disclosure: Ever since I recently started posting my outfits on 5 o’clock, I’ve had this urge to purchase more statement purses and sunglasses. For anyone that knows me and my personal style, this is a very strange reaction. Blogging definitely makes you feel as if you have to be more accountable for your fashion choices each day. It gets kind of redundant showing detail shots of the same bag and shoe every post. Honesty, in the past, I’ve never been the girl who needed 10+ designer bags and glasses to rotate between my looks. I was never a bag girl. Every Christmas, I buy myself a new handbag, usually a practical, black, cross-body bag and after about a year I’m just about ready for a new one. My accessory choices have always been based in practicality above all else. Lately, however, I crave a bit more diversity. 

We will see where this new chapter of accessories takes me but I promise you – Dear Reader- that I’m going to try and stick with that kind of authenticity while posting on here. More power to the ladies out there that can remember to switch their car keys, wallet and various smart devices to a new corresponding bag each morning but, I’ll be honest, I’m lucky if I get out of the house with my sanity and the puppy in tow. #realtalk #workingonit #bloggerproblems

💋 Brooks

Moments / Friday Night Lights // 8.25.15

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I spent most of this weekend catching up on some much needed rest and studio time but was lucky enough to sneak away for a short girl’s shopping trip in downtown San Francisco. Maiden Lane will always be one of my favorite streets and we snuck in just a few shots before the sun went down. I’m wearing my go to work uniform in head to toe black and leather but I’m looking forward to sharing some of my new Pre-Fall purchases with you on 5 o’clock later this week.

💋 Brooks

Look of the Day / Girls in Glasses

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Top: Forever21, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Denim: “Krista” Super Skinnies by Hudson Jeans, Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction 

It has taken me almost two decades to finally love wearing my glasses. Until the last 5 years, they were always relegated to the nightstand, ready for late nights and early mornings. The interesting thing about embracing the nerd within is that each pair I buy only seem to get more fashion focused and less about a flattering match with my face. Take this pair, for example, they may not do anything to enhance my features but they sure do make me feel cool. Nerdy cool, of course.

And the key to embracing nerdy chic? Make sure the rest of the look makes you feel sexy. Take today’s look, the subtle cropped waist and skinny jeans made me forget I was wearing man-repellant shades. Beauty tip: An exaggerated lip, cat key liner and full brows seem to be the trick for me.

💋 Brooks