Fashion Fortune Teller: 5 Trends You Should Get Now to Be In Style Later

Now, I’m not saying I’m a trend setter, but I was the first person to wear Ugg boots with a denim skirt in my high school before everyone else. Coincidence? Could be. Or maybe I just have fashion ESPN or something.

If this has you convinced I have a true gift, please step into my parlor, shuffle the style Tarot cards, and gaze into my couture crystal ball for a look into fashion’s future.

LAVENDER EVERYTHING

RIP Millennial Pink. The rosy shade has officially wilted leaving it’s cool-toned cousin to take the color throne.

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BUCKET HATS

Yes, those hats that are a staple in any LL Cool J wannabe’s wardrobe are the must have this fall. Don’t believe me? I see your rebuttal and raise you a Rihanna.

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COWBOY BOOTS

The country girl in me is giddy to see these babies back in the fashion saddle. You can’t deny their cool factor paired with a maxi dress or as an unexpected “pop” of color for your monochrome outfit.

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BROAD SHOULDERS

I’ve never been one for shoulder pads, but these looks have me thinking about “broadening” my scope (EEEEEH???).

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WORKWEAR 

Move over, business suits. The blue collar workwear style is having a moment. Pair industrial overalls with white boots for a sleeker look or go for broke and rock your paint splattered pants with work boots.

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BREAKING UP WITH FAST FASHION

Did you know that over 100 hands touch every piece of clothing before you buy it in the store? I thought I was totally aware of the true cost of fast fashion. After hearing this I realized I have no idea what goes into what I wear on a daily basis.

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The allure of the high-fashion look for a low price is strong. A recent conversation with the founder of the nonprofit re/make reminded me there’s more to the price tag than meets the eye. 

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself: what does it take to get those trendy Zara shoes on your feet? In most cases, the environment and actual human rights are at stake.

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And so, this is why I’ve decided to break up with fast fashion.

No more grabbing yoga leggings from Forever 21 if I have a class before laundry day; no more ASOS boxes to come home to; and no more scores at Zara’s annual sale. I’m making a conscious decision to shop consciously.

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In this brand new segment I’m calling Breaking Up With Fast Fashion, I will chronicle my progress in eradicating FF from my closet and my life. I’ll be sure to talk about brands who are doing it right, my found treasures at second-hand stores, and I’ll share some tips on shopping with a conscience.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey!

❤ PJA

NORDSTROM HALF-YEARLY SALE

It’s that time of year again! If you don’t have any big, Memorial Day plans, I highly recommend checking out Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly sale.

Here’s just a glimpse into the sale goodness happening right now:

Clockwise from top left: 1. Jumpsuit, 7 For All Mankind. 2. Satin Bomber Jacket, Steve Madden. 3. White leather oxfords, ED Ellen DeGeneres. 4. Babydoll Dress, Paul & Joe Sister.

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COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE

The formula for the perfect Sunday uniform: Cozy sweater + black jeans + Adidas + leather jacket + neckerchief.

pja-home-coffee-8939pja-home-coffee-8941pja-home-coffee-8947pja-home-coffee-8955pja-home-coffee-8958Tried my first Birthday Cake Latte over at Home Cafe and all I can say is, “Wow”. Such a visual and literal treat! If you’re into blue coffee, go get you some.

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Leather jacket & jeans, Crossroads. Neckerchief, APPRVL. Adidas, ASOS. Sweater, UNIQLO.

Oh! BTW, my hair is blue, thanks to Meghan Doyle. If you’re in the mood for a new do’ and you’re in San Francisco, book her today!

❤ 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