Fall in California

September 30, 2015

Top: Loft. Skirt: Banana Republic (similar). Shoes: BC Footwear via Amazon. Clutch: Gap (similar). Necklace: J. Crew Factory

This is how I do fall in California: rich colors, thicker material, but in short sleeves and bare legs! If you can't tell I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of these Loft tops - they're so versatile! It's actually been cloudy and chilly this week here, so that makes me happy. El Nino is apparently coming this winter to California, and all I can say is bring it on!

It's been a normal week for us watching netflix, burning pumpkin candles, and going to bed early. Still not used to waking up early, even though I did it for 17 years of my life. Those four months off really did me in ;)

Hope you're having a great week!
xo Catherine 

Seeing Green

September 28, 2015

Dress: Banana Republic (similar here and here). Sweater: Nordstrom. Shoes: BC Footwear via Amazon. Clutch: Gap (similar). Necklace: Baublebar

I love this Banana Republic dress from a few years ago (you may remember it from this post). I could never quite find another way to style it other than just by itself, until I bought this Nordstrom sweater. I like this outfit because it's equal parts dressed up and casual. That may make finding a place to wear it a little bit of a challenge, but I'm thinking maybe to work (my office is very casual), or out to dinner at a little bit nicer restaurant. It could work well for casual settings if you swapped out heels for flats!

I had a very relaxing and productive weekend. I ran a ton of errands, finished my book (Devil in the White City), and got a jump start on some blog posts. Right now I'm just counting down the days until my mom and sister get here next week! We're heading up to Sonoma and I can't wait!

xo Catherine

Four Things You Should Know About Lifestyle Blogging

September 23, 2015

I like to try and be as transparent as I can here on the blog, so today I wanted to share some of the things that go on behind the blogging scenes. Everyone knows that social media can make us feel inadequate, like we're missing out, or like we need to spend tons of money on vacations, clothes, houses, etc. I personally love bloggers who are honest with their readers. It definitely makes them more relatable. 

1. Even for a small blog, I get a lot of emails requesting sponsored posts, product reviews, and hosting banner ads. If you're a regular reader, you probably know that I'm not at the point where I do tons of posts like this, so when a fun opportunity comes along I jump at it. But for every email that excites me, there are ten that make me roll my eyes. Yes, I would love to make money from this space and all of the work I put into it, but I'm not going to do that with a brand or product that I don't feel is authentic to My Inner Fabulous. 

2. Speaking of branding, my friends and family know that being "on brand" is a thing for me. If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably realized I don't post a ton of personal pictures, it's mostly outfits, or scenes that are styled just for a picture. While I do like to share personal things here, because I want you to get to know me, I predominantly post about fashion and style. That's "my brand." So I try to be consistent and stick to that brand across all platforms (except Snapchat, but that's a whole other story). That's where the whole social-media-is-not-reality thing comes into play. There are a ton of things that go on in my life that happen off-line. I always need to remind myself of that when I see other people's perfectly curated lives on Instagram.

3. I often get dressed up just to take pictures and then go back and put my cozies on. This is something that I like to be upfront about, however, I have worn most of my outfits IRL at some point. It may have just been earlier in the week, but then it got dark early and I didn't have time to take pictures that day. I do try to keep my outfits pretty "normal" and relatable. I'm not wearing couture, or ballgowns, but sometimes I will photograph an outfit with heels because it looks more flattering, but in actuality I wore flats. 

4. I feel pressured to do more and be better when it comes to the blog. I try to post on Instagram every day, but that doesn't always happen. Life gets in the way, or there wasn't anything interesting going on in my life, etc. I'm sure you wouldn't even notice if I miss a day on Insta, but I feel like I should have done more, and should have been better. It's so easy to make comparisons and feel like you're behind. I started this blog for fun three years ago, and I want it to remain fun for me. Yes, I would love to grow this blog, but I ultimately want to keep enjoying it. So while I do love to post three times a week, you'll have to forgive me if I slack sometimes, because it's for my sanity!

Let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know about! I'm an open book ;)

xo Catherine 


September 21, 2015

Top: Loft. Jeans: Gap. Shoes: Banana Republic. Purse: Forever 21 (similar). Jacket: Old Navy (similar). Necklace: J. Crew Factory. Sunglasses: Target (similar). 

You'll probably recognize this top from last week's post, I loved it so much that I got it in two colors! It's feminine in nature because of the ruffle, so I thought it would be fun to pair it with the masculine army jacket for some visual interest. I especially like this top because it's a light sweater material, but short sleeved, so it's perfect for transitioning to fall. It would work especially well in warmer weather places where fall takes a while to come. 

How was your weekend? Ours was low-key, which was much needed after a week of transitioning into full-time work. We caught up on tv, got some workouts in, and enjoyed Andy Samberg (<3 him) on the Emmys. Can you believe we're nearing October?! Where does the time go? 

 xo Catherine

First Day of Work Outfit

September 18, 2015

Sweater: Loft. Pants: Banana Republic (similar). Shoes: Banana Republic. Necklace: BaubleBar. Purse: Topshop (similar). 

This is the outfit I wore for my first day of work on Monday! Although my office is very casual, I wanted to get a little bit more dressed up on the first day, just in case. A pair of cropped trousers are the perfect way to do business attire in a pulled together and stylish way. This exact pair from Banana aren't online yet, but I linked to the same fit and style of pants up above. 

Phew, this week was insane. I have all of the emotions about working full time now. Mostly just exhaustion - ha! I'm not used to waking up so early. It's definitely an adjustment, but I'm sure I'll get into a routine soon. As for this weekend, we have no plans, and I'm A-Okay with that!

xo Catherine 

Fall Flashback

September 16, 2015

I, like pretty much every other fashion blogger, am anxiously awaiting fall and all of the glorious sartorial choices that comes with it. For now, I'll just get my fix by sharing my favorite fall looks from last year. You better believe I'll be re-wearing all of these outfits!

xo Catherine 

Cashmere at the Beach

September 14, 2015

Sweater: Nordstrom. Tank top: Topshop. Jeans: Gap. Watch: Cartier. Necklace: J.B. Hudson. 

I wore this outfit on Saturday when we went up to Half Moon Bay to celebrate our anniversary. At first it was weird to be at the beach when it wasn't warm or sunny, but that's how it is in Northern California. I kind of love it because it feels like fall :) anyways, we had a nice time walking along the water and eating at Miramar Beach Restaurant, which is right on the beach. We had hoped to watch the sunset, but it was too cloudy. As for this sweater, it's amazing. It might not be the most flattering, but it is actually the softest thing you will ever feel. Now, today I'm off to my first day of work - ah! Wish me luck!

xo Catherine

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