The Graduate

Get your kids in school, so they can get an education, get a degree, and take a vacation.

It’s that time of year for the black caps and gowns. It’s time for the turning of the tassel, for inspiring commencement speeches, and for pomp and circumstance. I’m talking about graduation ceremonies. Congrats to those of you who have recently graduated or who will be graduating soon. This is a monumental accomplishment.

To the graduates: before you dance, skip, jump, or strut your way across the stage to shake hands with a strange man you have never met and are handed a rolled up piece of blank paper, think about what outfit you want to reveal when you disrobe your rented cap and gown.

To the friends and family: you will be showering your graduate in hugs, kisses, tears of joy, and flower leis. All the while, many pictures will be taken, and Kodak moments will be made. You too, must be dressed to impress for your graduate.

What to wear? With many ceremonies taking place outdoors, you should dress according to the warming trend: keep it playful with day dresses or stay springy in separates. Checkout my Keaton Row lookbook for outfit ideas.

You should be gettin’ it (an education), cause you don’t want to sell yourself Too $hort. Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Mom Jeanetics

I’m not planning to be a mom anytime soon, but that won’t stop me from wanting to sport the “mom jeans.”

If you’re lucky to get it from your momma – a pair of hand me down jeans – then you’re already one step ahead of the trend. I call it jeanetics. But what exactly are these so called “mom jeans”? They are characterized by a high waist, slight bagginess in the crotch area with optional pleats, and a tapered leg opening. In other words – they are quite unflattering in that they make your butt look bigger than it is, while simultaneously flattening it. Call it pancaking.

All of this sounds like bad news bears, but oddly enough, it is precisely the ill-fitting unflattering way of the mom jean that makes it so charming.

The tomboyish cut makes it a perfect candidate to juxtapose with feminine elements, such as high heels and a girly top.


Or, you can embrace the boyish look with a cropped tee and sneaker flats, with the hem of the jeans rolled up to show some ankle.

I may have gotten my single dimple from my momma, but mom jeans I did not. However, I did score this vintage Levis jeans upcycled into a pencil skirt. I imagine that they were a pair of mom jeans in their previous lifetime, and so I styled them accordingly: with a soft knit top, wedge heels, a fancy belt to accentuate the high waist, and a healthy dose of girly accessories.

To all you mothers out there: wear those mom jeans up high, loud and proud! Happy Mother’s Day!


vintage top (similar top) / upcycled vintage Levis (similar denim skirt) / Natural Comfort shoes (similar shoes) / vintage belt (similar belt)

April Showers Bring May Flowers

This would be true if it were not for the drought that is plaguing my beautiful state of California. Oh rain, why does thou not have California love?

Despite the lack of rain, flowers are still a bloomin’. This means that spring is in full swing, as well as seasonal allergies. Gesundheit!

But before you reach for the Claritin, let me give you some clarity: you can still enjoy flowers without stuffy sinuses, itchy watery eyes, and sneezing. Just like allergies, floral prints return season after season.

Be it a floaty floral top, slacks with an allover floral print, or daisy studs in your ears, there are many ways to incorporate flora into your style repertoire, and Chic Vic is here to help.

How, you ask? Well, I’m excited to to announce that I’ve launched an online personal styling business with Keaton Row. This is a free online styling service for clients with free shipping and returns from your favorite retailers such as Nordstroms, ASOS, and ShopBop. Enough of the flowery speech, check my profile and floral lookbook.

Soon, instead of reciting “he loves me, he loves me not” while plucking flower petals, you’ll be asking yourself “should I buy, or should I not?”

Floral Fantasy

Floral Tops

Fancy Pants
Floral Bottoms

Floral Finishes
Floral Accents

Eggcellent Blue Hue

Easter is around the corner, but I don’t fancy chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs much. However, I do love me some hard boiled eggs dyed in soft pastel colors. Eggs are the perfect protein – and the perfect inspiration for my next outfit.

Before this blue shade became synonymous with the famous jewelry retailer, Tiffany’s, and dubbed “Tiffany blue,” it was simply known as robin’s egg blue. This light medium toned blue is perfect for someone who wants to channel the Easter color palette without dabbling in traditional pastels.

No church service or egg hunt for me – I’d much rather be at brunch sipping on bottomless Bloody Marys come Easter Sunday. To give some edge to an otherwise prim and proper look, I opted to wear just a bra under this lacy blouse. The matching blue makes it subtly alluring without drawing undue attention as “racy lacy.” For the bottom, I needed something just as girly and feminine to rival the lacy business of the blouse.

This ballerina midi lent from my friends at Lalakitty was just what I was looking for: it’s ladylike, ethereal, and the midi length makes it so appropriate for church and Sunday brunch afterwards. The airy layer of tulle material makes me feel like a modern day ballerina without needing to go on my tippy toes.

I accented the outfit with pops of red. Sunday best wouldn’t be best without a hat – you may recognize this red basket pillbox from last Easter. A red leather belt cinches the waist and seamlessly fuses the blouse and skirt into one cohesive ensemble. The resulting look is one that appears to be a dress rather than separates. Red shoes are a definite must to complete this look, and these vintage peep toe pumps pay homage to my candy peeps without the added calories. With the exception of the Lalakitty ballerina skirt, the entire outfit is thrifted.

Like the skirt? Lalakitty is giving Chic Vic readers 20% off  your next purchase with the code CHICVIC20Get it now in time for Easter!

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Unless of course, you’re putting items in your shopping cart for checkout at Lalakitty cause you’re getting 20% off.


vintage hat (similar hat) / vintage blouse (similar blouse & blouse) / vintage belt (similar belt) / Lalakitty midi skirt / vintage Nina pumps (similar peep toe pumps)

Be Mine, Valentine

Whether you call it Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day, February 14th is soon approaching. What will you be wearing besides your heart on your sleeve?

Now before you lament on this Hallmark holiday, let us reminisce on what it meant to celebrate this love filled day as a kid. Do you like me – yes or no? Oh, the excitement of receiving candy grams and cheesy cards riddled with popular cartoon characters! When the card was from the boy I liked, I totally read it with such conviction that he meant those words only for me: “I choo choo choose you.” I have had many a Ralph Wiggum moment.

But we’re all adults here, so before the clothes come off for some brown chicken brown cow, let’s rewind. After all, there is no better way to say, “I love you” than to dress you up in my love, and then undress you. Except I’m doing the dressing myself, because I trust nobody’s styling skills except for my own. Stunning strapless frock or leave-it-to-the-imagination long sleeve shirtdress? Decisions, decisions.

So go ahead and turn to the object of your desire, for whom your pupils dilate, your palms sweat, and your heart races – and ask the all important question: Will you be my Valentine?

I Heart You