{top: vintage, skirt: asos, loafers: tory burch (similar), jean jacket: gap, watch: c/o la mer}

Polka dots are having their moment. As a lifelong fan of the simple but standout print, the fashion world wasn’t as enamored with spots and instead has for years embraced other prints such as leopard, stripes, and floral. Today, I’m celebrating polka dots on behalf of Balluun.com who asked me to provide insight on this trend for its business marketplace of fashion designers and retailers.

While truly the most basic of prints (it’s just a bunch of circles!), there are now more ways than ever to embrace this better-late-than-never arrival of polka dots on everything. Whether you want to fully embrace the trend or just add a little bit of fun to a neutral outfit, there are countless options for ways to wear your spots.

For anyone looking to ease into wearing polka dots, I’d start by finding a simple flat or tank top covered in the print – and stick with tiny polka dots if you prefer. You can pair it easily with any combination of neutrals and brights – yet it won’t overpower your look.

If you’re a lifelong fan of polka dots like myself, you’re in luck this season as the print can now be found on – well, almost everything. Dresses, purses, and even denim can all be found in the fresh print. I have paired my polka dot tee with a floral skirt, and my spotted jeans with a neon tank.  For even more fun with the circle-covered look, seek out pieces with a larger polka dot print – it really makes a statement.

Wear the trend during the day by sticking with basic pieces in simple fabrics. Polka dots can be appropriate for evening and dressier occasions though, if they are covering the right piece. Seek out the print on calf hair shoes, sequin skirts, or silk blouses to make the print work for night.

Whether you go big or small with the trend – have fun with it and embrace the look that formerly was reserved for firehouse dogs and Mickey Mouse’s better half. Although a bit late to the game, the polka dot trend is here to stay for awhile.

To view more of my photos on this trend, head over to Balluun’s fashion blog.

oh baby!

For the last 9 months, I’ve watched my darling pregnant coworkers belly grow (and grow and grow) – and never once did she look anything less than fabulous. I’m a huge fan of anyone who can maintain their personal style despite changing factors that could cause any clothes-loving girl to reach for the nearest shapeless garb. While baby State made his entrance to the world a few days ago, I’ve loved capturing a bit of Erica’s pregnancy style, which not for a single day was any different than her pre-pregnancy personal style. Girl worked the belly! While it may not be in your upcoming plans to have a baby, I think Erica has been a great lesson in knowing your own style, and making it work regardless of a changing clothing size.
{from top left: top: bcbg max azria, leggings: gap, scarf: j crew. outfit #2: tank and skinny jeans: gap maternity, wedges: bcbg, top: graham and spencer.  outfit #3: dress: asos. outfit #4: sweater: bcbg, tank and skinny jeans: gap maternity, bcbg wedges}

In her own words – here’s what Erica had to say…

Being 9 mos pregnant in the sweltering heat isn’t exactly glamorous…..and while I can’t wait to get back into my sky high heels, little white summer dresses and let’s face it ….anything with a zipper, I’ve learned to embrace that a few pounds lost or gained doesn’t have to throw you a curve ball. I turned to looser fitting tops and low waisted skinnies or go-to leggings with booties or flat leather boots. My biggest advice…. Don’t just go out and buy a bigger size the second you put on a few pounds. Flaunt your favorite assets and minimize the rest.

miss mary jane

There’s nothing more classic than a pair of Mary Jane shoes, and this season Miu Miu has come out with the most dreamy version possible. Patent on the top, glitter on the bottom, and a glitter-covered sole – it’s a sparkly piece of fall shoe heaven.

oh! i love this

1-gap calf hair loafers 2-topshop white leather vest 3-bow belt 4-pink/purple floral denim 5-nude bow flats 6-pink rebecca minkoff box clutch 7-old navy striped shorts

It’s barely August, and the daily temps have hardly dropped below 90 degrees, but I’m ready to start transitioning to fall clothing. While my furs, sweaters, and scarves are sure to remain unworn for awhile longer, the things I’m loving right now can easily transition into future cooler temps – which lately, would be anything below 75.

the statement

Clearly I’ve been having a love affair with oversized necklaces these last few months. In addition to these, this chunk of gold and this mess of pearls have all become quick favorites as well. There’s no easier way to change up your look than some pretty sparkle or color around your neck. What’s your go-to accessory?

pearls and jeans

{denim: old ruehl, tee: old navy, sunglasses: gucci, shoes: gifted matisse ‘seattle’ sandal, necklace: unknown – consignment shop find, bracelets: gifted bauble bar and poshlocket}

While I’ll always be a dress and skirt > jeans kind of girl, I can appreciate how much a couple key accessories can fancy up my denim as much as my typical dressier wear. Add an oversized necklace, some sparkle around the wrist, and a pair of sandals with a little height and you make a simple jeans + tee combo become just a little bit nicer.

summer lately

{a collection of recent happenings: the most darling sign in my neighborhood, my childhood dream-come-true home in Santa Monica (pink + purple + on the beach), neon flats at the Matisse offices, hot pink + stripes for a trip to the Farmers Market, a perfect bow necklace, hundreds of shoes at Matisse, LA view from my hotel room, testing out maxis with a friend, debating a yellow denim addition to my wardrobe}

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