September 20, 2015

Red Carpet Ready at the Emmys

It is always fun to kick off the new TV season with a Sunday evening watching the Emmy Awards!   The red carpet this year was hot hot hot, no literally it was over one hundred degrees.  Everyone on the carpet seemed to be just trying to survive, and get into the air conditioning as quickly as possible.  Because of the very warm weather I was surprised to see so many black and long sleeved dresses.  There really was a surprising amount of black dresses, so much so I missed seeing bold colors and prints.   Usually when I am picking my red carpet favorites I stick to what looks beautiful and stuns on the carpet.  This year, in the sea of safe choices and colors, I picked a collection of risk takers to round out my top ten...

Cat Deeley in Monique Lhuillier

Kiernan Shipka in Dior

Amy Poehler in Michael Kors

Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham

Claire Danes in Prada

Joanne Froggatt in J. Mendel

Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell

Ellie Kemper in Naeem Khan

Sarah Hyland in Zac Posen

Photo Credit: Getty Images

September 17, 2015

Palms in Paradise

I promise this is my last post pretending it is still summertime. Taking it back to our wonderful week on Maui, I wanted to share the fun dress I wore to the rehearsal dinner. Usually going to a wedding is an excuse to buy a great new dress. Being a bridesmaid, my dress choice was already made for me (although I can't complain on that one!). Naturally, I used the rest of the events of the week as opportunities to pick out new and fun dresses. I bought this Parker dress on sale, and thought the palm print and fun ruffle bottom were perfect for Maui!

Since the weather has started to turn here in SF, and I believe in many other places, I will make sure to share some Fall ready looks in the upcoming weeks.

Dress: Parker- On Sale! Here and Here
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Clutch: Clare Vivier- Flat Clutch
Earrings: Dior- similar option Here

September 14, 2015

You Had Me At Aloha

My favorite accessory when I am home on Maui, or at the beach anywhere really, is a hat.  Mainly for sun protection, but also to add a little something to my usual beach bum attire.  Hawaii and California are places where it is still cool to wear trucker hats.  I grew up wearing them, so they have always been casual beach chic in my mind!  When I was back on Maui in May, I picked up this bright pink hat that says "you had me at ALOHA".  Naturally it is now my favorite hat to wear when I am back on Maui.  I got a lot of use out of it this trip, and wore it basically everyday I was at the beach or poolside!

Dress: Re:Named- Aztec Off Shoulder Dress, similar option Here
Shoes: Maiden Lane- Gia Slide, similar option Here
Hat: Rip Curl- You Had me at Aloha, another cute option Here
Sunglasses: BluBlocker- Aviators

September 11, 2015

Hawaiian Hacienda

If you follow me on instagram (@chiclycoastal), you know we were back home on Maui last week for my little brother's wedding.  It was a wonderful week of celebrations with friends and family.  For the first big event, I wore a fun coral off the shoulder maxi dress.  I kept it simple and Hawaii appropriate with sandals and shell bracelets.  I really love this Hacienda Dress from Show Me Your Mumu.  It is great because it can be worn in multiple ways, off the shoulder, one shoulder, and strapless.  Can't wait to wear it again!

Dress: Show Me Your Mumu- Hacienda Dress Here and Here
Shoes: Jack Rogers- Whipstitch Flip Flop

September 8, 2015

Skirt It Out

I have always been afraid of pencil skirts.  I never think they are flattering on me.  I ventured out of my comfort zone when a friend scored this fun Mara Hoffman skirt for me at a sample sale.  I loved the fun print, so figured I would go for it!  For someone who doesn't feel as comfortable in this silhouette, pairing with a tunic like top works well.  Although, I am always in awe of the girls that pair these skirts with crop tops and totally rock it! My pairing was a more comfortable option for a casual date night in wine country.

Speaking of date nights in Calistoga, if you are in the area and looking for a good place to try, both Evangeline and JoLe are excellent!

Skirt: Mara Hoffman- Knee Length Skirt (also love This One)
Top: Topshop- Similar option Here
Jacket: Gap- 1969 Denim Jacket
Sandals: Atwell by Gilt
Clutch: Clare Vivier- Foldover Clutch
Neckalce: Bauble Bar- Courtney Bib

September 1, 2015

Night and Day

I have been wearing a lot of basic knits recently.  I got this button-down knit maxi dress from Everlane, and absolutely love wearing it. It so soft and simple.  The epitome of casual comfort.  Also, it's pretty perfect for SF weather!

Dress: Everlane- Ryan Dress
Sandals: Atwell by Gilt- Similar option Here
Hat: J. Crew- Similar Here and Here

August 29, 2015


I have probably said this in a previous post, but I LOVE a good Caftan.  Long, Short, Printed, Solid, I don't care! Wearing a caftan feels like wearing a nightgown, but it is socially acceptable to wear out of the house and all day long.  When I am by the pool or at the beach I almost always throw one on.  As you might imagine, I have been wearing them a lot this summer.  Every time I am in India for work, I make sure to head to my favorite shop and pick a couple up. Since we are heading into fall, there aren't as many around the web, but I have included a round up of some pretty options at the bottom of this post!

Caftan: I picked this one up in India, but see some cute options below!
Sandals: Atwell by Gilt- another cute white sandal option Here
Donut Float- Here