Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Vacation

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Vacation

This post is a bit delayed but I figured it’s better late than never! If you follow along on Instagram, you might already know we took a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico last month. And it was pretty wonderful. It’s somewhere I’ve been going the last 5 or so years ever since my parents bought a condo there. Fun fact, they actually honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta almost 40 years ago, so it’s always been a special place for them. Now, it’s a special place for all of us—my sister and her husband even got married there! 

We feel incredibly grateful to have a wonderful home to stay there but, because of this, I unfortunately don’t have hotel recommendations. However, I’m always happy to try to help in any way I can, so feel free to reach out with any questions in that realm and I’ll do my very best. 

Their building is located in Zona Romantica (the Romantic Zone), which is where we spent mostly all of our vacation. It’s filled with plenty of boutique hotels, art galleries, cafes, global restaurants, cute cobblestone streets, beaches and more.

The majority of this post is dedicated to what I wore but I’m also sharing a list of some of our favorite places to eat, plus things to do and see. I hope you enjoy!

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How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck

How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com

You guys know I’ve been all about curated a capsule wardrobe lately: shopping less, buying with intention, wearing more of what I own. One of those wardrobe staples/must-haves is easily a striped knit top. With so many variations, I think it’s smart to have this style in a few silhouettes. One style favorite? The striped turtleneck.

If you want a quick way to look and feel Parisian chic, a striped turtleneck is your new best friend. It’s an effortless staple that not only keeps you bundled up in colder months but transitions beautifully into warmer weather. Think white denim, cropped denim and espadrilles…the options are endless.

Here I tucked mine into these ripped Levi’s jeans that are ultra flattering. A high rise style definitely helps make tucking a breeze and I love how clean and polished a full tuck looks. I slipped into these black Marc Fisher ankle boots but a pair of loafers in cognac or nude would really pull the look together into spring.

FYI, my exact top is a couple years old from Madewell but there are plenty of perfect dupes out there to recreate the look and I linked several below.

I topped the look with a felt hat but you can again take the look into warmer weather with a straw boater hat!

Here are a couple more looks you can create with the striped turtleneck:

How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
How to Wear a Striped Turtleneck | www.girlmeetsgold.com
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How do you like to wear your stripes?

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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More Classic Stripes to Love for Spring

Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat

Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com
Leopard Bodysuit and Trench Coat | www.girlmeetsgold.com

January gave us a taste of warm weather with springlike temps that had me reaching for lighterweight staples. February, on the other hand, has seemingly made up for it with an endless amount of rain—and even the tiniest bit of snow! But while it’s almost an instinct to want to bundle back up when it’s cold and raining, I actually still prefer to stick to lightweight staples that are easy to layer. Enter my favorite rainy day style: the trench coat. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of anorak and cargo style rain jackets in my collection, which do the job, at least in California, but there’s something so classic, timeless and effortless about a tan trench coat. You can be wearing the most basic outfit and popping on a trench coat will instantly elevate the look and even how you feel. If you don’t have one in your collection yet, I promise it’s a style worth investing in and certainly a style that belongs in any capsule collection. 

FYI, this particular trench is a few years old by Andrew Marc and wasn’t a huge splurge in any way but it’s taken me FAR and through many, many seasons, rainy or otherwise. 

The day I wore this outfit, we actually had a break in the rain so I was able to slip into flats for work and paired these black Madewell skinny jeans with a leopard bodysuit from & Other Stories. I don’t typically go for leopard print but I love the almost-subtle pop when paired with black. The trench coat really helps tone it down for day but you could just as easily add a black moto jacket and black booties for an edgy look for night or slip into white sneakers for something casual-cool. 

One last tip when looking for a trench: if you’ll truly be wearing it in the rain, try looking for a hooded style—they don’t all have them!

Do you have a trench coat in your collection? As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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All Black Outfit with Brown Faux Fur

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There’s something about an all-black outfit that makes anyone look instantly cool. I swear. I love the edgy vibe black distressed denim adds to any outfit and there’s something so sleek and effortless about pairing black with even more black. When I used to work for Stitch Fix, one of the biggest misconceptions I heard from Clients was that you can’t pair black with brown or navy—and that couldn’t be further from the truth!

I personally love the way black pairs with brown and this BlankNYC faux fur coat (currently back in stock HERE!) gives this all-black outfit a dose of needed warmth—not to mention a luxe touch. I really love how this faux fur style can so easily go from casual to dressy. You can see another holiday look wearing it with white lace in my post HERE. This jacket has been in and out of stock in the brown, so I made sure to link a few more styles below. It does also come in a few more in-stock color options like the prettiest winter white! FYI, I have the size XS.

I’ve also been loving these Madewell jeans in this washed black color. Madewell truly makes great denim you can live in—stretchy, comfy and flattering. I am typically in between a 25 and 26 and always wear a 25 in Madewell jeans.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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More Faux Fur Styles to Love

Sherpa Teddy Coat for Fall and Winter

Shop the Look Below.  Anthropologie Sweater Tee  | Madewell Jacket  HERE  and  HERE  | Levi’s Jeans  HERE ,  HERE  and HERE |  Shopbop Flats  |  See By Chloe Bag  |  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shop the Look Below. Anthropologie Sweater Tee | Madewell Jacket HERE and HERE | Levi’s Jeans HERE, HERE and HERE | Shopbop Flats | See By Chloe Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

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I fully believe everyone needs a teddy coat in their collection. They’re definitely a trendy style for the season but it’s also a style you’ll want to pull out each season when the weather changes. Since I snagged a couple low-end styles to test the trend last year, this year I decided to splurge a little on something a bit more high-quality and classic. Enter this perfect Madewell Sherpa Jacket

I absolutely love the silhouette of this one. It’s not overly oversized or too slouchy like some I’ve seen and actually has a bit of structure which, to me, helps it feel a bit more classic. I also love the golden brown tone that adds a rich fall hue to any outfit combination. It’s super soft and the inside is lined with silky fabric. This is truly something I’ve been reaching for morning and night to take the dogs out or just run outside. I even throw it on for extra warmth at my very casual office. It’s just a great casual layer for fall and winter and something you can reach for daily. 

I can see this teddy coat looking cute with any color denim (like black for an edgy look) and even a cute and comfy skirt + over the knee boot combo this season. For sizing reference, I’m generally an xs or small and went with the size small.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings and Sneakers

Shop the Look Below.  Nordstrom Rack Sweater  | Spanx Leggings  HERE  and  HERE  |  Nike Sneakers  last seen in stock and on sale  HERE  |  Madewell Jacket  |  Rebecca Minkoff Bag  |  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shop the Look Below. Nordstrom Rack Sweater | Spanx Leggings HERE and HERE | Nike Sneakers last seen in stock and on sale HERE | Madewell Jacket | Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

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*Sneaker Update as of 12/16/18—last seen in stock and on sale HERE.

I am now fully convinced every woman needs a pair of Spanx in her wardrobe. 💯Faux leather Spanx? 10 times cooler. This is my first pair and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long! I think we all know Spanx are meant to hold things in and, of course, they do just that. But I also love how they’re crazy comfortable and don’t flatten out your, um, other side—ok, your butt—and they’re even center-seam free which means no camel toe. 🙌🏼

Even if you’re not looking for tummy control and all that other fun stuff, a high-quality pair of faux leather/liquid/coated leggings is such a great wardrobe staple. Swap them out for your everyday leggings and they make any outfit look instantly cooler, elevated and edgy. But if edgy style isn’t quite your thing, they still look sleek and chic dressed up with pretty sweaters or blouses and heels this season or you can dress them down with sneakers, as I did here.

You can basically recreate this outfit a thousand times over. I went with a go-to white sweater (this one comes in a few colors and is on sale for $19.97) with this Madewell Surplus jacket tied around the waist, but any color sweater with a denim jacket or chambray shirt works just as well. Since these leggings are so flattering, you can even wear them with shorter tops.

For sizing reference, I’m normally a 25/26 in denim and I’m wearing the size small. I’m also 5’6” and they still have plenty of length but don’t look bad scrunched up a bit at the ankle. They do also come in PETITE! These will look great tucked into boots and booties, too!

I’ve gotten so many messages saying you guys snagged these Nike sneakers and I’m so glad to hear you’re loving them, too!! They’re still on sale for $60.97 and I can’t recommend them enough. They truly go with everything. These are true to Nike sizing!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

xx Tyler

Photos by Jessica Kay Photography

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Sneakers in Stock

Petite Sizing

Sleeveless Sweater, Denim Skirt and Sneakers

Shop the Look Below.  Madewell Sweater  c/o | Topshop Skirt old - similar  here  |  Keds Sneakers  |  Rebecca Minkoff Bag  |  Chan Luu Scarf  |  Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Shop the Look Below. Madewell Sweater c/o | Topshop Skirt old - similar here | Keds Sneakers | Rebecca Minkoff Bag | Chan Luu Scarf | Ray-Ban Sunglasses

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There’s not much I love more than slipping on a pair of sneakers and still feeling put together. 💯 I always think one of the simplest ways to do this is by pairing simple easy white sneakers with a dress or skirt combo for something that feels casual yet effortless, polished and classic with the right amount of feminine. 

I went with a denim skirt for my go-to casual vibe and topped it with this Madewell sleeveless sweater (SO good!) for an easy summer to fall spin. Don't be afraid to go a little out of your comfort zone by trying a denim skirt with an asymmetrical silhouette like this one or look for a button-down feature for an easy way to update your look and add the right amount of interest.

I also added extra interest plus a pop of color to an otherwise neutral ensemble by double knotting a neckerchief around the handle of my bag. You could also tie it around your neck, knit it around your hair or wrap it around your wrist.  

What’s your favorite way to wear sneakers? As always, thank you for reading!

xx Tyler

Photos by Sarah Eichstedt Photography

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Madewell Fall 2018 Collection - San Francisco Event

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One of the things that makes fall shopping in 90-degree summer heat a little bit easier...is when you can still wear those fall styles in the summer. And the new Madewell Fall 2018 Collection nailed it. 💯

I got to check out the new collection in-store at Madewell San Francisco Centre this weekend and not only was the collection amazing but so was the store, associates, everything. If you're a Madewell girl and you ever find yourself in SF, it's a must-go. We snacked on sweets and sipped box water and I shared my favorite fall finds + style tips with some amazing locals with already killer Madewell style. It's always so fun to see how others style the same pieces you know and love. 

The new collection has the effortless vibe you expect from Madewell with little Southwestern-like twists. I think this makes a fall line extra wearable in terms of transitioning from summer to fall. Those vibes definitely work well with shorts and sandals to finish out a hot, hot season.

One of my favorite pieces from the collection? This Highbury Sweater Tank. This is a closet must-have that can do it all. Wear it now with your favorite shorts and skirts or layer into fall with utility jackets and long sleeve styles. I cannot wait to wear this with jeans and a black moto jacket for an edgy vibe. UPDATE! This sold out real quick but I found a great DUPE!

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Here it is layered over this Madewell Surplus jacket (which is also such a must-have, wearing xxs). I am typically an XS in Madewell but went with the small in this sweater to have a bit of a relaxed fit. I was able to tuck into high-waisted denim but it looks just as perfect left untucked and still has some structure. Also comes in mustard yellow for a fall-ready spin. 

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Another instant favorite was this button-down cami in 'full bloom'. This print popped up in several styles (from tanks to tees to skirts) and I adore the almost moody-like fall floral. This is the perfect way to take floral with you into fall thanks to the deeper color and vibe. Another wear now, wear later piece. I sized up to a 4 in this. Try it with cutoff shorts now, layered under a blazer for work or cozied up with cardigans as the weather cools.

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I will always love a great relaxed sweater and give me one with a feminine yet still effortless feel—I'm all about it. This swingy ribbed pullover kind of has the perfect relaxed fit. It's definitely swingy which gives a flirty feel but it's certainly not over the top. This is another one I can see cozying up in this season, throwing on to run errands or wearing now with shorts. Basically, I can see myself living in this. I'm wearing a small. 

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I get a lot of questions about denim and let me tell you—next to my Levi's, Madewell tops the list for fit, quality and feel. I already own these 9" high-rise skinny jeans in another wash but couldn't resist snagging this updated 'Frankie' wash. These have always been pretty true to size for me but I will say: I was a true size 25 for years but have been sizing up to a 26 in most denim lately. The 25 in these still fit perfectly. I know Madewell also tends to suggest sizing down since their denim does stretch. So, if you're in between sizes, size down. To me, these stay fitted through the leg all day long and have a really great cool, comfy, easy fit. 

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This is that same sleeveless sweater in the 'Naples Yellow' which I also adore. This would be a great color to update your fall wardrobe if (like me) neutrals are typically your thing. It has a rich vibe that looks gorgeous with light and dark denim and would be so sweet tucked into a suede skirt paired with over-the-knee boots. Your holiday outfit, done. ✔️Of course, I love it worn casually.

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I had a bunch of questions about these Remi Mules and with good reason. They're classic, cool, effortless and another footwear must-have. I always love this rich English Saddle tone for every season but especially for fall. These are padded and super cushiony and comfortable but do run small. I'm typically an 8 or 8.5 and snagged the 8.5 but could have almost done a 9. I'm thinking they'll mold to my feet pretty easily but do be aware!

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I ended up wearing this easy combination for the event and everyone shopping thought I worked there, so I think that's a win. Though it could have also been the fact I was standing next to my little rack and all the snacks.

I love how you could add a bandana to this look for a little bit of extra interest and wear this exact combo with booties for the fall and (California) winter season. 

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All in all, the Madewell Fall Collection is 💯and I hope you guys check it out! I'm adding more of the styles I loved below and would love to hear your thoughts! Any favorites catch your eye?

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As always, thank you for reading!

xx Tyler

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