Fall Closet Must-Have: Plaid!

Having grown up in Seattle, I’m no stranger to plaid. Be it lumberjack-style buffalo, or grunge-eque {and tied around your waist!}, there was once a long string of plaid in my wardrobe. That’s probably why I was a little hesitant with the latest plaid trend…until Old Navy asked me to put the Apartment 34 spin on it {for a feature on their website that’s going live today- eek!} and I actually tried some on. I was immediately converted! Who knew, plaid is rad again. We ended up having a serious plaid party on set during our shoot – so I thought it’d be fun to share a little of the behind-the-scenes action with you!

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It’s a pretty sweet work day when you get to play with purdy outfits and a plethora of shoes! While I still kinda can’t believe the looks we styled are going to be on Old Navy.com today, there were quite a few outtakes that didn’t quite make the final cut – maybe because I attempted to get my sass face on!

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After our dream job inspired look last week, I love the idea of upping the ante on day-to-day outfits. Yes, they can be elevated, but still super easy to wear. A plaid pencil skirt is the perfect way to put a spin a classic professional look. All you need is that subtle pop of the print peeking out from under a timeless camel coat! And I would wear that uber cozy sweater straight from a meeting and into bed – it’s that comfy.

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I’ve always admired the plaid-on-plaid various fashion mavens show off in street style images, but it wasn’t until I actually gave it a go myself that I realized not only how fun, but how easy it is to rock the look! Prints make you feel mighty powerful. Keeping the lower half more neutral is figure-friendly and lets you wear a major statement color on top. That brightly hued Old Navy Plaid Popover just might be my new favorite shirt! For a girl whose closet is color averse, that’s saying a lot!

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And I think I found proof positive that you can take plaid from its grunge roots to the heart of downtown! All you need is a little leather and a hot heel {rolled up sleeves, a popped collar and a red lip help too!}.

So if you’ve yet to dive into one of the season’s hottest trends – what are you waiting for?! Even with memories of seventh grade still dancing in the back of my mind, I’m head over heels for plaid again. There may actually already be more than one plaid piece in my closet right now!

I want to thank Old Navy for giving us the chance to have so much fun with this shoot. Head over to OldNavy.com today to check out the final result! And I’d love to know if you’re into plaid this season too.

images 1-4 by @afabchallenge & @victrver // original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick // makeup by bareMinerals // shot on location at lux-sf studios 

 

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Thoughts and opinions 100% our own. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. Thanks for being supportive of partnerships we’re excited about and that help keep Apartment 34’s doors open!


The iPhone Case That Everyone Wants for Christmas

First we started with the problem: there are just not enough cute iPhone case options in the world to go ‘round. It seems like every year, the new iPhone comes out and everyone is all excited- duh!- but then it takes AT LEAST six months until a case {that is remotely stylish!} trickles into production. We hate that! Don’t you?? So with our new iPhones in hand and nothing to protect them, we teamed up with the artist whose graphics are always. On. Point: Julia Kostreva.

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Julia is an artist based right here, out of San Francisco and whose work we have long admired. We guarantee you’ve seen her pieces all over Pinterest. They’re all gorgeous. Simple yet impactful, Julia’s wall art, notebooks and calendars and phone cases are all teh definition of restrained, minimalist but beautifully impactul design. But what we really love most is that Julia has created super affordable pieces of art while collaborating with some of the finest in the biz, brands like Need Supply Co. and OfaKind.

Dying to find a way to work together, we knew this holiday season would be our opportunity. With one goal in mind; to come up with an iPhone case everyone would want on their phone, Julia took a picture of the sunset’s reflection on water and transformed it onto a slim hardcover. Here’s the original picture:

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She simply flipped it upside down to create a chic ombre design. The movement from light to dark, sunlight to night, practically looks like it’s brushstroked by hand on each case. We couldn’t be more obsessed with it! Finally, a phone case that is neutral, simple and truly beautiful. This is the perfect gift for anybody on your Christmas list with an iPhone. It’s available in 6/6 plus/5 and 5s! So what are you waiting for??

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Head on over to the shop and snag this exclusive design before they’re all gone. Your phone will be the talk of the Thanksgiving dinner table. I have mine on my iPhone 6 and people are stopping me asking where to get it!

image 1 + 4 original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // image 2 c/o Julia Kostreva photography by Loren Crosier // image 3 via @juliakostreva 

How to Dress for Your Dream Job

It’s a little known fact that I came to the world of blogging from a very different career path. I actually started out…in politics! Yes, it’s true!! I studied political science in college, actually went on to get a master’s degree in public policy analysis and even worked in both the United States Senate and the White House! I know, crazy right??

And while I did love a lot of things about what I was doing at the time, I ultimately walked away from working in politics for well…political reasons. And while I look back at it nostalgically, there’s one thing about the whole experience that I really miss. The wardrobe! If you live on the West Coast and work in more creative fields like I do now, when it comes to your daily look, just about anything goes. Sure that can be fun too, but there are times when I miss my days of power dressing! So when I was invited to create a look for my “ultimate dream job” as part of the countdown to Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway show {happening this weekend!}, my ideal outfit immediately sprang to mind.

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I decided to recreate the look and feel of the Washington Powerhouse! In this case, I started with my trusty cotton trench coat. This baby has been in my closet for a long time {truly more years than I’d like to even admit to myself!} and I realized it’s high time she got to see more daylight. A beautifully tailored trench is going to elevate anything you wear, but I love the sense of poise, confidence and purpose I have whenever I rock mine.

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As fall is my favorite time of year, I also gladly pulled out another closet must-have: a stellar sweater. This ribbed cotton turtleneck is tailored to have beautiful twists and folds that give it interesting structure and unique detail. A classic wide-legged trouser, a chic black heel and lady-like bag definitely make me feel like I could give any Washington-insider a run for her money!

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Now I’m about as far from the halls of the Capitol as I can get, but putting my old DC-influenced styling skills to the test was a great reminder that I can still pull out my power look whenever I’m in need of a little oomph. You see, style has this amazing ability to communicate who you are {or want to be!} without you having to say a word…and I love what this look is sayin’! Even if your dream job is far from your grasp right now, who says you can’t dress like you already have it. Dressing the part is half the battle after all.

Of course, preparing for {or landing!} your dream job is only one of life’s major moments. There are so many others, ranging from big to small, that can leave a lasting impact. That’s why I love the concept of Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show. It’s dedicated to the various parts of our day to day as well as the major milestones that make up “The Moments of Our Lives.” You can see our Dream Job inspired look along with 23 others streaming LIVE from Cotton’s runway in South Beach starting at 8pm on November 7. Tune in to TheFabricOfOurLives.com or People.com to check it out!

I’m curious. What key moments would you say have stood out in your life??

 

original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick

This post is in partnership with Cotton. All opinions and ideas shared are 100% our own. Thanks for supporting partnerships that we’re excited about and help keep Apartment 34’s doors open!