Although Houston is having its first real winter in quite a few years (which I have LOVED!), we’re starting to get hints that spring is on its way. Little League has kicked off, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is just around the corner, and gala season is in full swing. When trying to decide what to wear for a dressy but not formal event, an L.B.B. (Little Black Blazer) is key for adding a little polish to any look. I often reach for my favorite Theory black blazer to pull a look together. Springtime, however, gives us a great opportunity to think outside the L.B.B. box! What better way than pretty pastels?!
Sometimes I make a purchase on a whim and have a feeling right away that the item won’t get much wear. It may be something I feel is too trendy, too uncomfortable, or, the worst kind of buyer’s remorse, too “not me.” Other times, though, I can just feel that a certain article of clothing will remain front and center in my closet for a long time. I bought these 7 For All Mankind jeans almost 15 years ago, and they remain my most favorite pair! That is saying a lot because I have accumulated LOTS of denim in the last decade and a half!
The faded wash, minimal stitching, and perfect flare immediately gave these jeans a vintage vibe, and my inner hippie chick was instantly smitten. They have taken me to concerts, law school finals, vacations, fancy dinners, and everywhere in between! I am always on the lookout for another pair that will have the “wearing in” already done for me and that will stand the test of time. Mother Denim does an amazing job with “instant vintage” jeans. I especially love the light wash Cruiser and distressed Cruiser. I also love this MiH pair and this pair by Joe’s.
This cheery yellow TopShop pinafore top is an instant mood lifter, and it’s now on sale for under $20! I love it with my faded jeans, but it is also super cute with the matching culottes — the IT pant for summer!
Top: TopShop ON MAJOR SALE! (matching culottes here) | Jeans: 7 For All Mankind, super old (similar here, here, here, and here) | Python Sandals: Joie a la Plage, sold out (other colors available here and here) | Earrings: Marco Bicego (here for similar) | Turquoise Beaded Bracelet: here for similar | Feather Bracelet: here and here for similar | Initial Bangle: Alex & Ani | Wood and Gold Ring: here for similar
“All across the meadows, many poppies blossomed, and that were so hypnotic and brilliant in color they nearly dazzled Dorothy’s eyes. ‘Aren’t they beautiful?’ the girl asked her companions, as she breathed in the spicy scent of the big, bright flowers.” — The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum (1900)
Perhaps one of the most visually stunning cinematic scenes ever, the poppy fields Dorothy and her friends encountered on their way to the Emerald City were brilliant indeed. (Also deadly, but that’s beside the point!) This TopShop skirt certainly gives a nod to the Land of Oz, and its cheerful print makes it so much fun to wear. It is one of those pieces that instantly perks up your mood just trying it on. I am more a solids and stripes kind of girl, but a print this happy is not to be ignored!
Although the poppy print of this skirt immediately drew me in, I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. Florals are usually not my thing. But my sister was with me when I found it, and she convinced me buy it. I decided to downplay the ladylike vibe of this midi skirt by pairing it with cage booties and a python cuff. It’s no secret that accessories are the key to making an outfit your own, and these slightly edgier pieces enabled me to wear this bold floral pattern, which is a look decidedly outside my comfort zone. I love the way it turned out, and I think another great addition would be a leather moto jacket or a plain black tank top with contrasting shoes for a pop! I actually learned a great fashion lesson with this skirt — never say never!! Because just when you think a certain look is not for you, you can always find an exception, and accessorizing can transform a piece you think is not your style into something that is SO YOU!
Photos: Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Skirt: TopShop, sold out (here, here, and here for similar) | Striped Tee: here and here for similar and here for SUPER DEAL! | Cape: French Connection, sold out (here and here for similar) | Booties: Zara, sold out (similar and ON SALE here and here) | Clutch: YSL, sold out (here for similar and here for less expensive option) | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Python cuff: here and here for similar | Gold bangles: Amrita Singh, sold out (here for similar) | Ring: here and here for similar
Like many of you, I just returned from Spring Break with the family and just cannot shake the fun carefree vibe you get from a great vacation (more about beautiful Seaside, Florida, to come)! Getting back to work was tough, and I just did not want to slip back into my winter suit phase with this gorgeous Houston weather that followed me back from Florida! So off to my closet I went in search of something that shouted Spring, but was also appropriate for work (why oh why can’t palazzo pants, tanks and sandals be deemed business attire?!). I was immediately drawn to this cheerful mixed print dress — it just makes me smile. However, since I do work in a busy law office, I paired it with one of my favorite tailored black jackets and a multi-strand beaded necklace to make it more “corporate” friendly.
During the working hours, I usually have to keep my fashion fairly conservative, yet stylish! I can’t teeter into the courtroom with my sky high heels or fun and flirty dresses. So when the chance arises to mix it up, I adore throwing on color and patterns. Mixing stripes and floral is not a new trend, but it has worked well for years and never gets boring.
I love this sleeveless striped tank dress with a bold floral pop — it makes me feel like a walking piece of art. I like how the stripes tone down the pops of crazy color, and with this super cute open style jacket, I can even wear this to Sunday brunch or a Springtime wedding shower. Take off the jacket and change up the jewelry, and this would be a fabulous outfit for an al fresco dinner date or girl’s night out. This dress is truly versatile, and I am smitten with the hidden side pockets in the skirt.
The on-trend Vince booties (which, by the way, are so incredibly comfortable!) give the dress a little edge, but sandals and and a ponytail would be the perfect accessories to take this look to an outdoor barbeque or yacht party! Re-purposing an outfit has become de rigueur – Kate Middleton has become the queen (no pun intended) at re-inventing her to-die-for wardrobe. This stylish dress can give you many looks this spring and summer without even trying too hard. Delight everyone around you in this ensemble.
Dress: Nordstrom (also here) | Jacket: TopShop (also here) | Booties: Vince (also here) | Clutch: Similar here (more fun clutches here, beautiful splurge here, and here) | Necklace: Similar here (also here, here, here, and here for similar) | Bracelet: John Hardy (without diamonds here)
Photos: Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Growing up, the two of us had our own version of wrestling matches. We called it Mo and Champ. Most likely, we intended it to be Pro and Champ, but Chandra mispronounced it and it stuck. Mo and Champ primarily consisted of one of us throwing a pillow at the other before we both dissolved into giggles, and whichever sister was able to compose herself enough to pin the other one down was declared the winner. The Von Erichs we were not! Roughhousing was not really in our wheelhouse. We were much more interested in dress up and playing beauty shop, and for better or worse, not much has changed. We can’t say that our style has always been on point – hello matching heart print swimsuits! – but we have always had fun with it!
We both love fashion, and though we definitely have two different styles, we are always on the same page with what works for each of us. With Chastiti’s weekdays filled with suits and clothes that befit a litigation attorney and busy mom of three, she loves putting together styles that can be modified to fit both of those worlds. Chandra, an attorney who works from home, has a little more freedom in choosing her daily outfits and enjoys creating unique and on-trend looks that will take her comfortably from the car pool lane to committee meetings. We constantly use each other as stylist, springboard, and mirror. Clothes and accessories float between our homes, as do texts with “Does this look ok?” Sisters are honest, and we genuinely want each other to look and feel special, whatever the occasion.
But fashion and playing dress up is not our only creative outlet. We are always inspired to come up with fun party themes for our five kiddos, as well as dinner parties with our friends. While Chandra is the chef of the family and Chastiti cannot scramble eggs (it’s true!), we both love to plan menus, incorporating specialty drinks every opportunity we get! Working on all of the details and seeing our ideas take shape is always exciting. Together, we have hosted and collaborated on dozens of parties, and Chastiti has even taken it a step further by chairing multiple fundraising galas and overseeing every detail. Between the two of us, we have renovated three homes and have worked with each other to create styles that reflect our personalities and those of our family for our homes. We both strive to make our homes cute and chic while still feeling warm and inviting, with no rooms off limits to our kids and their friends.
After collaborating on so many ideas from fashion to food to décor, we were eager to work on something together that would allow us to show you our visions. The idea took shape after we had been fans of and following many blogs for a while. Both passionate writers who love sharing our ideas, it seemed like the logical next step. Our goal is to develop a blog that captures how, as one, we do just fine; however, together, we compliment each other’s originality.
We hope you enjoy this journey of two sisters, two styles, and one blog!
Dress: Topshop | Belt: Club Monaco, old (similar here, here, and here) | Heels: Sam Edelman | Tassel earrings: StyleMint, old (here and here for similar) | Bracelet: Marco Bicego (less expensive options here and here) | Black and gold ring: old
Photos: Kelli Elizabeth Photography