WORKING WITH IT

Converting your day look to a night out can be tough work, but it’s easier than you think with the Au Rate‘s elegant jewels.

So, how do we do it? Let’s get down to business.

Work Day to Happy Hour

I have a feeling fashion girls everywhere will be swapping their overalls for suspenders. You’ll look strapping in suspended trousers with a button up shirt and low heels at the office. For work, I like to keep my jewelry simple. Au Rate’s Mini Charm Pyramid ring is delicate and perfect for layering.

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From Left: Suspender Pants, Evie Boheme. Ascot Shirt, J. Crew. Knuckle Chain Ring, Au Rate. Heels, ASOS.

For night, keep the suspenders. Substitute the button up with a crushed velvet wrap top (perfect for holiday) and gold mule sandals for the conservative heels. These Flower earrings are the perfect addition to step your happy hour game up.

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From Left: Velvet Wrap Top, Nasty Gal. Flower Earrings, Au Rate. Gold Braid Mules, ASOS.

Errands to Girls Night

Saturdays are for markets, laundromats, and the couch. Lucky for me, wearing sweatpants outdoors isn’t frowned upon any more. Pair this sleek pair with a slouchy cool sweater and your favorite kicks.

Don’t even worry about washing your hair. Just throw on a velvet baseball hat and head out the door. Add just a touch of glam with this mini charm bracelet.

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From Top Left: Sweatpants, American Giant. Leather Hip Bag, Ames Tovern. Sneakers, Adidas. Mini Charm Bracelet, Au Rate. Cut Out Sweater, H&M. Velvet Hat, ASOS.

Girls night! When it’s time to hit the town with your ladies, impress with less. Pair that same sweater with a wrap skirt, fun heels, and simple pendant necklace.

girls-night

From Left: Wrap Skirt, Topshop. Patent Leather Heels, ASOS. Necklace, Au Rate.

❤ PJA

 

 

LIGHTEN THE MOOD

I think now is a good time to let you in on a little secret:

Its gonna be OK.

Some things are out of our control, but there is always hope. Here’s a few things you can do instead of worrying about what the future holds.

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  1. Plant something Join a gardening club, start an herb garden, or volunteer to help plant trees with your neighborhood’s beautification program.
  2. Reach enlightenment Start meditating, pray, or have your chakras read. Spiritual healing of every flavor does the body, and soul, good.
  3. Get pampered Give yourself a spa day. Go to Lush and load up on your favorite bath bombs, masks, lotions, and scrubs. While your at it, try multi masking for your best skin ever.
  4. Do good Find a cause that heals your soul. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or visit children in the hospital. Read to kids or help puppies and kitties find a loving home. There’s so much good work to be done right in your backyard.
  5. Support a just cause Click here for a full list of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, and Anti Bigotry causes that need your help.

❤ PJA

NOT A THING TO WEAR

You take a sip of coffee, dry your hair, and slap some makeup on your face. Things are going well, until you open your closet and stare, blank faced, uninspired at your wardrobe. About 10 mins of this makes you 20 mins late to work.

Don’t let this happen again. Here are a few  questions to ask yourself Sunday so you can get off on the right foot come Monday.

  1. Have you done your laundry? This phenomena often happens to me when I (literally) have nothing to wear. If my hamper is full and I’m down to my last pair of tights, its time to take a trip to the laundromat. PJA Pink House 2-16 hi-res (17 of 33)
  2. How can I wear that ______ in a new way? Finding a style uniform is smart, but sometimes the same thing day after day can get a little stale. Mix things up by wearing a cool pair of sneakers with trousers or a soft t-shirt over (or under) a sundress.Peach Wall-0775
  3. Are there things that need mending/reconstructing? Your favorite trench is missing a button; that silk blouse busted a seam; and your old favorite pair of jeans have seen better days. Time to get to work! Find that button, sew that hole up, or add some patches to make your jeans feel brand new.IMG_9044
  4. What’s the weather like? Come July, I know it’s time to bust out the sweaters and pile on the light layers. Summer in the city usually involves cold, wet, misty mornings and sunny afternoons.  Seasons vary from climate to climate, so do your research. PJA shopping
  5. When was the last time I cleaned my closet? Has it been a week? A month? Years? It might be  time. If you need help and you happen to be in the Bay Area, I’d love to lend you a hand. For more information about my Closet Cleanse service, click here.

❤ PJA