That’s A Wrap!

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It has been a little over nine months since I wrote my first post and launched Julesee.com. I have learned so much along the way and am still continuing to learn. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, and shopped through my links along with my preferred stores. It has been an inspiring journey that I plan to keep improving with your help. Please continue to send your ideas, comments, questions, and feedback so I can create content that is valuable to you. If you have not done so already, please sign up for my email list (see sidebar) and share it with your friends.

It’s been exciting to see Megan Markle’s style evolution throughout 2018. She has been a consistent topic of many of my posts this year. I wrote about her Royal Skincare Routine, Wimbledon Outfit,  Casual Street Style, Classic Tuxedo Dress, Self Portrait Dress, and her Veja Sneakers. I am wrapping up the year with the infamous wrap coat Megan wore when she and Harry were first pictured after their engagement. The softly belted wrap coat has been a key style trend this Winter.

  1. Line Megan Coat Outnet, $177 (on sale)
  2. Mackage Mai Wool Jacket Shopbop, $750
  3. Soia & Kyo Samia Double Face Coat Shopbop, $490
  4. Soia & Kyo Ivonne Coat with Fur Collar Revolve, $695  jacket in the below picture.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

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Innika Choo

Based in Bali, Australian native Innika Choo designs floaty, carefree pieces perfectly suited for a relaxed vacation setting. Farfetch has several pieces on sale it’s a great time to stock up for your next island vacay.

  1. Smock Linen Dress Midi Blue Farfetch, $246
  2. Smock Line Dress Midi Yellow Farfetch, $220
  3. Linen Smock Top Farfetch, $185
  4. Pi Furluche Dress Shopbop, $225

Thrifty Thursday

It’s Thrifty Thursday with all the after Christmas sales including the above chic Ombre Faux Fur jacket from Mother. Nordstrom is doing their half yearly sale, to view the entire sale click here. Shopbop has added new styles to their sale click here to view. Other sales to check out with huge markdowns are Intermix and Anthropologie. Below are some highlights.

  1. Mother Denim Ombre Faux Fur Jacket Nordstrom, $195 additional sizing Revolve,$212  Jacket in the above picture.
  2. J. Crew Dion Trench Coat Nordstrom, $136 Size down
  3. All Saints Dalby Biker Jacket Nordstrom, $360
  4. A.L.C. Carlo Dress Shopbop, $417
  5. Le Superbe Honore Pant Shopbop, $206
  6. Kule Cashmere Sweater Shopbop, $178
  7. Frank & Eileen Barry Button-down Shopbop, $158
  8. Kule Blue White Stripe Tee Shopbop, $58
  9. AMO Classic Tee Shopbop, $57
  10. K-Way x Kappa Pullover Nordstrom, $89 Great travel raincoat it folds up.
  11. Clare V. Petite Alice Tote Bag Shopbop, $122
  12. Clare V. Petit Henry Bag Shopbop, $265

So Much to SEA

Christmas ✅ now it’s on to New Year’s! There is so much to SEA at Net-A-Porter’s up to 70% off sale, including a ton of SEA NY markdowns. I also came across a bunch of Ulla Johnson SaleVeronica BeardNeedle & Thread, Love Shack Fancy, RixoApiece Apart, and this cute Alice & Olivia Leopard Wrap Dress. Shop the full sale here.

Photo: Slim Aarons Christmas Swim Hollywood, CA. Click here to purchase the print.

Celebrity Approved

According to Vogue there are nine celebrity approved brands that made it big this year. I’ve narrowed down the list with my favorite from 2018.

  1. Doen – who wasn’t jumping for joy when Doen decided to have a long term pop-up at the Brentwood Country Mart this year, and if things couldn’t get any better they had a giant sample sale where we could all stock up on well priced goodies. Katherina and Margaret Kleveland are designing practical bohemian prairie inspired styles that can be worn day and night. Lily Aldridge is a fixture on Doen’s instagram modeling their beautiful dresses. I love this this, this, and this from the current line. Bird at the Platform in Culver City has a large selection of Doen until January 5th.
  2. By Far – Bulgarian footwear brand By Far was founded in 2016 and has high-profile fans. Their contemporary, elegant shapes are all handmade in a family run factory from a mix of premium and sustainable Italian leathers and suede. They have been spotted on the feet of Aimee Song, the Hadids, and Jenners. I like thisthis, and this from their line.
  3. Veja – Is a French brand with focus on fair trade and environmentally responsible suppliers.  These sneakers are being spotted around the globe. It didn’t hurt that Megan Markle choose to wear them on her recent trip to Australia. I’m a fan of these.
  4. Medea – Medea is the brain child of artists, models, and twin sisters Giulia and Camilla Venturini. This new Milan based brand is set to have the next IT bag! Click here to check it out.

 

Photo: Megan and Harry @veja-official, Lily Aldridge @shopdoen.

 

Amour

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When the girls and I were in Paris we fell in love with these adorable Atelier Paulin bracelets we found at Merci. When I came back I did a little research and found them at Neiman Marcus along with Moda Operandi. You can personalize them or order one of their ready made bracelets.

  1. Love 14K Rose Gold Bracelet Moda Operandi, $250
  2. Personalize Gold Fill 5 Letter Bracelet Neiman Marcus, $370 You can customize up to 10 letters.
  3. Je t’aime 14 K Rose Gold Bracelet Moda Operandi, $295
  4. Personalized Silver 5 Letter Bracelet Neiman Marcus, $280 You can customize up to 10 letters. Click here to see the whole collection at Neiman’s.

Chasing Rainbows

Katie Holmes was spotted celebrating her 40th birthday in a gorgeous long rainbow cardigan that I’m currently obsessing over. While scouring the internet to find this cardigan which seems to be MIA, I came across some similar colorful pieces that could help fill the void.

  1. Madeleine Thompson Metallic Cashmere Sweater Net-A-Porter, $355
  2. The Early Riser Puffer Mother Denim, $398
  3. Aviator Nation Daydream Sweatshirt Nordstrom, $154
  4. Rhode Resort Ella Dress Shopbop, $395
  5. Perfect Moment Track Jacket Net-A-Porter, $154
  6. Staud Rainbow Sway Top Farfetch, $194
  7. La Ligne AAA Sweater Nordstrom, $275 Nordstrom just got a huge selection of La Ligne Sweaters.
  8. San Juan Huarache Sandal Free People, $78
  9. Madeworn Grateful Dead Sweatshirt Shopbop, $216

 

Photo: @Aannabell.r in a Madeleine Thompson Sweater Dress

Haute Holiday

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I ventured over to Beverly Hills yesterday for a lunch date at Avra (it was delish!). While I was there I ran (literally because I was late for pick-up) into the Other Stories boutique. So glad I did because they had so many gorgeous holiday pieces that won’t break the bank. Here are some highlights that will have you looking haute holiday ready!

  1. Glitter Pinstripe Blouse & Other Stories $89
  2. Metallic Leaf Blouse & Other Stories, $59
  3. Metallic Puff Sleeve Blouse & Other Stories, $69 Fabric is almost identical to the Saloni Marissa Dress
  4. Sequin Fringe Pencil Skirt & Other Stories, $99
  5. Wool Blend Glitter Sweater & Other Stories, $69
  6. Sequin Midi Pencil Skirt & Other Stories, $89
  7. Ombre Sequin Midi Dress & Other Stories, $149
  8. Sequin Mini Wrap Dress & Other Stories, $149 also love Sequined Embellished Dress & Other Stories, $149 (not pictured above) Can be worn with or without the belt.

Warm

Jessie Randall of Loeffler Randall is looking chic in a Warm Dress, Loeffler Randall Celeste Slides and a Loeffler Randall Feather clutch. Her beautiful floral dress is designed  by Winnie Beattie (owner of Warm boutique in Nolita).  Winnie Beattie launched Warm clothing brand in 2015 with Tracy Feith. I used to work on the corner of Mercer and Broome and would stroll the streets of Nolita after work. I would pass the Tracy Feith boutique and covet the colorful bohemian style dresses adorning the windows. After three years of working together, Beattie and Feith decided to part ways, and Fall 2018 was the first season that Beattie designed on her own. Feith has launched his own line of dresses which he sells on instagram called Feith Club. The Spring 2019 line is full of upscale, beachy, floral patterned pieces that are comfortable, and easy to throw on. Below are some highlights from the line.

  1. Francesca Floral Cotton Blouse Barney’s, $325 Light weight cotton poplin.
  2. Sierra Dress Shopbop, $575
  3. Mystic Blouse Shopbop, $385
  4. Paradise Dress Shopbop, $539 (Fall dress on-sale)
  5. Sierra Floral Cotton Long Dress Barney’s, $575
  6. Warm Merci Dress Shopbop, $925
  7. Loeffler Randall Celeste Knotted Slide Pink Velvet Slide Nordstrom, $209.98 Shoes in the above pic.
  8. Loeffler Randall Zadiea Feather Circle Tote Shopbop, $350 Bag in the above pic.

 

 

Can You Spot the Difference?

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Can you spot the difference? It’s hard to tell with so many designer look-alike pieces out there in the market place. I’ve pulled together some styles that I like with a look for less alternative.

  1. Ulla Johnson Delma Pullover $595 look for less Line & Dot Jasper Fringe Cable Knit Sweater $92
  2. Zimmerman Wrap Dress $595 look for less WAYF Barry Dress $128
  3. Chanel Espadrille $725 look for less Sam Edelman Krissy Espadrilles $90
  4. Jenni Kayne Mink Slide $495 look for less Madewell The Jackson Shearling Slide $69.99
  5. Vince Slip Dress $295 look for less Topshop Satin Slip Dress $68
  6. Aninie BING Bar Silk Skirt $229 look for less re:named Jully Tiger Midi Skirt $50
  7. Max Mara Teddy Bear Coat $3,590 look for less MKT Studio Madime Sherpa Coat $284 & Other Stories Faux Teddy Coat $179
  8. Isabel Marant Crisi Boot $680 look for less Rebecca Minkoff Chasidy Low Bootie $148
  9. Kule The Sophie Cashmere Sweater $298 look for less Goop Entireworld World Sweater $95
  10. Chloe Fur Slide $660 look for less Birkenstock Daytona Shearling $130
  11. Acne Jensen Leather Ankle $560 look for less Other Stories Chelsea Boot $155

Sporty Spice

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  1. Tory Sport Track Jacket Shopbop, $165 additional sizing Nordstrom.
  2. Tory Sport Twin Stripe Track Pant Norstrom, $178
  3. Burch Tech Color Block Tennis Skirt Tory Burch, $168
  4. Tory Sport Performance Merino Ski Sweater Norstrom, $248
  5. Burch Performance Cashmere Tennis Sweater Tory Burch, $249 also comes in green.
  6. Tory Sport Fair Isle Wool Hat Shopbop, $68
  7. Burch Ribbed Merino Polo Sweater Tory Burch, $198
  8. Tory Sport Drop Hem Wool Sweater Norstrom, $228 also like Double Stripe Cashmere Performance Sweater Norstrom, $298
  9. Tory Sport Striped Pleated Hem Skirt Tory Burch, $130
  10. Tory Burch Bell Flare Tech Crop Pant Nordstrom, $198
  11. Tory Sport Apres Ski Sweater Shopbop, $298

Boho Chic

I was out shopping this week and stumbled across this Natalie Martin Top and Spell and Gypsy dress. These would be the perfect pieces to fold up and pack on your next warm weather getaway (or even wear now in LA).

  1. Natalie Martin Jerusha Top Goa Garmetory, $186 also like this color way Natalie Martin Jerusha Top Sand Dollar Red Forward, $247 This is a beautiful silk batik printed top. It’s a slightly cropped, loose fitting, with bell sleeves.
  2. Spell and the Gypsy Collective Poinciana Gown Shopbop, $240 The print is so pretty, it has tiny metallic stripes which you can’t see in the above picture.
  3. Spell and the Gypsy Jungle Midi Sundress Free People, $210
  4. Spell and the Gypsy Jasmine Midi Tunic Free People, $185

Quick Trip Tips – Japan

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Japan is a popular destination for families; there is so much to do and see. We did a quick 6 night trip for my 40th birthday to Tokyo and Kyoto. I have been asked to share my itinerary so many times that I decided to post it on my blog.

Tokyo Hotel – Four Seasons Marunouchi – we loved this hotel! Small boutique feeling but spacious rooms with two queen beds. Nice location next to the Tokyo train station and short walk to Ginza.

Kyoto Hotel – The Ritz Carlton – this hotel is truly special! It has a modern luxury resort feel. Located right along the Kamogawa River. The kids loved the indoor grotto style swimming pool and spa. After being in Tokyo we needed a day to relax and swim. The hotel has a Pierre Hermé which is a big plus, and the breakfast was an experience in itself.

First Night in Tokyo – we walked around Ginza and stopped at Itoya Paper store the mecca of all paper stores. The girls also loved the Tokyo Hands store, there is a floor with tons of crafts and DIY supplies (if your kids are into that). We had dinner at Nodaiwa which specializes in Unagi. It wasn’t easy to find but glad we did!

I highly recommend hiring a guide (our hotel arranged ours). Her name was Ms. Haruko Ootsuki. It saved us a lot of time and she helped us navigate the subway which isn’t an easy task.

Below is our 2 day itinerary our guide put together based on what we wanted to see.

On the 1stday we will cover the west Tokyo including Shinjuku, since Isetan will be closed on the following 21stfor maintenance etc…. the day 2, the Central & East Tokyo including Tsukiji, Ginza and Asakusa.

Please also note that most boutique type of shops only open from 11am, therefore we will visit places like a shrine / Fish market to start the day.  (plus, the Inner market of Tsukiji Fish Market only open to the public from 10am…finishes around 11am. The outer market is available from earlier till around 2 pm. )

Day 1 – Feb. the 20th…Covering west Tokyo

Deaparting Hotel

⇒ subway/train

  • Harajuku Neighborhood –

Meiji shrine,

Takeshita dori street and Crepes for snack (so yummy!) - Kawaii Monster Cafe (we didn’t make it here) We did have cotton candy at Totti Cotton Candy Factory (big hit!)

  • Omotesando recommended places include…

*Kiddy Land – pioneer, very popular and famous toy store which was a favorite of late Micheal Jackson as well.

*Oriental Bazar – very popular shop which carries good variety of Japanese souvenirs, pioneer to this trendy spot.

We went to Harry’s Hedge Hog Cafe – one of the kids favorite things they did in Tokyo. 

If time and energy allow…before headed for Shinjuku

* Cat street – dotted with fashionable boutiques

→ Shibuya Neighborhood & Shibuya crossing

⇒ subway/train

  • Shinjuku Neighborhood –Lunch at food hall in Isetan  → Piss Alley to take a look

⇒ train

Back to hotel

Day 2 : Jan. 21st   …Covering Central & East Tokyo

Deaparting Hotel

⇒ subway

  • Tsukji Fish Market and have some Sushi for morning snack ?? … so that you will have some room for a bit late lunch at Asakusa later on for ramen / soba ?

( not at Sushi restaurants where only ‘set menu’is available since it will probably too filling . We will also avoid restaurants where always people lining up for a long time, sometimes for hours!   (this includes, Daiwa, Sushi-dai, Iwasa-Zushi…)

Sushi-Zanmai might be good since there are few branch shops at the outer-market. Let me go on a bit more research, please ! We ended up eating at Iwasa-Zushi  it was excellent. 

⇒ Stroll to

  • Ginza, on the way you can see the Kabuki-za theater, and
  • Kapital Denim Store, if wished (located not too far from the theater)
  • If wished, walk through Ginza area while checking the location of

Ippudo ginza, Kagari ramen, Nodaiwa unagi… so that you can go back there if time and your stomach allows for other occasion.

Other recommended places include,

*Mitsukoshi Department Store – one of the most famous / popular store in Tokyo, whose food section is as good as Isetan.

* Muji Store

*Anime Museum – get tickets ahead of time

* Shinjuku Gyoen Park – for cherry blossoms

⇒ subway

  • Asakusa – Sense-ji Budist Temple

Lunch at Namiki soba/ a few other popular soba places./ Ippudo ramen or my recommended Yoroiya ramen, which said to be the birthplace of ‘soy sauce ramen’..one of the authentic Japanese ramen… conveniently located and has small sized one. Whose roast port fillet in ramen is really good !..  you can decide which one you opt for depending on how you feel, how busy the place is etc.. We ended up having lunch at Yoroiya ( so good!).

Walk around check out the shopping &  take a rickshaw ride

⇒ subway

  • Tea break at Ippodo Tea, Marunouchi → Walk back to your hotel

Dinner at Tsuru TonTan – upscale udon restaurant (a high school friend of my husbands took us here). We also had ramen at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka & Tsukiji Kitaro Sushi. (we had a friend who lived in the building above the restaurant take us here it was excellent).

Kyoto HighlightsKinkakuji Temple Golden Temple, Fushimi Inari Red Gates, & Bamboo Forest

Camelia Tea Ceremony – traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

Cooking Sun – Japanese Cooking Class

Walked around the Gion District and did a Geisha Maiko Photo Shoot – full make-up and dress. You then pose for photos with different traditional back-drops. I don’t recommend it for young children.

Nishiki Market – we love eating and walking through this market. The best matcha ice cream ever! We had a really good meal there as well.

Omakase Sushi – we ate at Matsudaya best sushi I have ever had. We also ate at Mikaku which is a traditional Japanese Steakhouse.

This was one of our favorites trips and we can’t wait to go back!

Sprinkle of Spring

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  1. Free People Sweet Mornings Top Shopbop, $120
  2. Apiece Apart Vera Broderie Cotton Voile Blouse Net-A-Porter, $295
  3. Isabel Marant Encore Flat Neiman Marcus, $565 on pre-order.
  4. Mother Denim Ankle Jean Shopbop, $228
  5. Mes Demoiselles Bryds Blouse Shopbop, $228 size down
  6. Sea NY Lyndee Linen Belted Jumpsuit Shopbop, $390
  7. Gemtye Eternity Sanctuary Stack Gemtye, $24
  8. Veronica Beard Leonie D’orsay Flat Shopbop, $350 look for less Sam Edelman Leah Cap Pump $120

Hump Day Duds

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  1. Ulla Johnson Norma Silk Top Intermix, $375 Ulla run big size down.
  2. Ulla Johnson Essie Floral Silk Blend Mini Dress Nordstrom, $525 Beautiful and comfortable mini.
  3. Gucci Ophidia Mini See Through PVC Camera Bag Bergdorf’s, $890 PVC trend is here to stay more to come in Spring.
  4. Pascale Monvoisin Bowie Rose Gold Ring Net-A-Porter, $900 also like this & this by Pascale.
  5. Loeffler Randall Joni Western Boot Shopbop, $395 & Emerson Fry Slide, $228 (not pictured above). A look for less, alternative to the Jenni Kayne Slide.
  6. Sea Seraphin Ruffled Cotton Blouse Matches, $295 Brand new top from Sea NY.
  7. Nili Lotan Jenna Side Tape Crop Pant Nordstrom, $375 additional sizing at Forward Mid-rise great fitting army pant.