red jeans and stripes

If you can't tell from my multiple posts about my red jeans, I like them alot. As seen on navy & orange and twitter, I have a thing for colored denim. When making the red purchase, I wanted something a little more subtle and a shade that could be worn year around, that is why I went for dark cherry. I find that it is surprisingly easy to wear and isn't oververtly loud.
to get the look, shop below!

red jeans and stripes

striped shirt {you NEVER have enough}
red jeans {another red option here}
navy blazer
Hermes Cuff
{black & gold looks here and here}



As you can tell here, I love the little details. And the below look. DIY: tie a black silk ribbon around an existing collared shirt. Or...check this one out.

photo courtesy of bergdorf princess


minted goodness

I love the perfect refreshing flavor and color of mint. Whether either in wardrobe or decor,
I know that I'm not the only one currently obsessed.  

photo courtesy of pinterst via here and here



Some navy & orange for you weekend! have a great one!

ps- how great is that Zac Posen gown?

photos courtesy of zsa zsa bellagio


seeing spots

who doesn't love a great polka dot? I love all the prints and mixing and matching seen in springs wardrobes. These options {1 & 2} and bag are the perfect way to add some spots. 
 {also check out marc by marc jacobs on shopbop for many more polka dots options}.

xoxo navy & orange

party dress

over $250 or under $50

I love a great dress. As it is not difficult to find a reason to add one to the closet, it is great to find a dress that is easy on the wallet. What one do you prefer, both on your wallet and for your closet?



santa barbara

We love Santa Barbara. We have family that lives there and we always find it easy to head there and the near by wine country. As this past weekend was my first off in {and for} a while, we took full advantage of my three days off.

I started with Friday at the Four Seasons Biltmore for High Tea with my grandmother. I am not a tea drinker, but it was gorgeous and I highly {haha!} recommend it! The Biltmore is one of my all time favorite places and it was a great start to the weekend.

Then we headed to the Bacara. As C magazine and Santa Barbara magazine are some of my favorite pool side reads, I have been seeing the Bacara's amazing photos in there for years. Let me tell you: it did not disappoint.

I feel very lucky to have been to two amazing places in one long weekend and I can't wait to go back. {we have already started planning for a family weekend in October for our multiple birthdays}.

How was your weekend?

xoxo navy & orange


green with envy

Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend! I hope that you are able to incorporate green into
your wardrobe in one of these chic ways {loving this dress}! have a great day!

here is some great green budget friendly suede heels! and the same ones in mint!

{I found a great green blazer here for under a $100! check out the other colors too! I love the cut of this one too!}

xoxo navy & orange


knits and skirts

how great is this look? these ladies nailed this style all around: similar color palettes to create an almost monochromatic look, while playing up the femininity of the flowy skirts with the chunky knits. Love! and it must be supper comfy!

{similar skirt here, similar sweater here from madewell}

photos courtesy of classy in the city  and really love this


mint green

this perfect shade of mint green is beyond divine! These photos from the Elie Saab show are only the beginning of the sorbet colored collection {more photos to come in future posts!}. They inspired me to want to incorporate more mint into my wardrobe. {I've already started with these! and I'm already eyeing these gorg ones in the same sorbet color family...I think I need to talk to someone about my colored denim addiction...}

xoxo navy & orange


Liebster Award

Today I am very honored to mention the Liebster Award. This award is meant to be given to bloggers with less than 200 followers. Those nominated then in turn nominate 5 of their favorite blogs and so on. I was first honored by Karlita at The Purple Bow. Her blog is full of great decorating ideas and showcases her great eye. I find myself marking many of her post for decorating inspiration.
I was secondly nominated by Pure Panache. The idea behind Pure Panache is to live with style and flair and she does just that. I love seeing what she is inspired.
I was thirdly nominated by Alex from Adored by Alex. Her blog always makes me smile with it's orange background and giggle inspiring photos.
Thank you ladies for the nomination!

I would live to pass on the award to the following six lovely bloggers:

Hi everyone, My first award, YAY! Here goes the Oscar... ohhhhhh... I mean Libster speech:
First of I want to thank Hunter for giving me this award! I am so thankful, especially coming from such a great blog! Awesome!

 I started my blog right before Christmas (2011) as a creative outlet, and to collect all my inspiration and DIY ideas in one place. I love DIY fashion! The idea of re-creating something in your closed or my dad's garage into something fashionable and "ohhh where did you get that" worthy is so amazing to me! That's what  make it & fake it is all about, a place for everything fab, whether it is food, DIY, crafts, home or fashion! and am so thrilled that other people enjoys it as well (who knew people besides me are equally enthralled with bright color, glitter and super glue??!) Thank you so much again, and  feel free to drop by to say hi pretty people! :) love K

I was incredibly touched when Hunter from navy & orange told me she wanted to nominate me for the Liebster award. I value her blogger friendship, inspiring and colorful posts, and mutual love of nail polish :). it is definitely quite an honor for me!

I began my blog, passports and pearls {the adventures of a jewelry designer}, as a way to share the inspiration behind my jewelry designs, my travels and adventures living in nyc, and my undying love for nail polish, color, and things that sparkle. I also decided to start blogging because I saw the connections other bloggers made (though guest posts, etc) and I loved the idea of being part of a larger creative community. I love the freedom of creative expression blogs allow and I start every day at my computer, espresso in hand, checking in on what other people are coveting, how they are styling themselves, and what topics are on their minds. <3 the blogging community!

I am so excited to be mentioned on Navy & Orange today! As it's one of my favourite daily reads, I'm delighted to be considered for this award! I began my blog last summer and I have been amazed at the support I have received so far. It's great to interact with other bloggers who share the same thoughts and passions! I've always loved fashion and after years of ripping pages from magazines, I thought it would be fun to create a my own creative space online! My blog is a mixture of fashion, style and my favourite finds. I enjoy blogging as I find daily inspiration in so many places and I hope through Style Notes that I can provide my readers with the same experience.

I am so excited and humbled by the mention and (Liebster) award by the lovely Hunter from {Navy and Orange}. She has a keen sense of style and beautiful picks, in addition to inspirational home decoration posts. I started {Strings and Buttons} less than three months ago after my hubby and I left the US and headed for a small town in the Mediterranean. I left behind many things and many people I loved and I wanted to keep a part of me with them. And so the idea of Strings and Buttons was born. At first I showcased everything fashion that I loved, but then slowly I started delving into home style, designs and soon I'm going to be adding some travel pieces. Since I've started, I've been enveloped with so much unexpected support and blesses with friendships from all across the world. I seriously can't believe how many people out there relate to me, sympathize with me and support me. My blog has also helped me learn so many new skills, including using a diverse range of social media tools and learning Photoshop from scratch! I hope I can somehow inspire others or at least leave a smile on their face one post at a time!

My blog focuses on different tidbits of my life, such as being with family and friends, as well as anything and everything that may inspire me, from fashion to traveling to nail polish colors or food! I try to blog about anything that I’m currently loving, thinking about or experiencing,and hope my followers feel the same way!

The Polkadot Pantry started as most blogs do . . . as an outlet for a frustrated creative working in a straight laced law firm. I've always loved entertaining and working with a theme - nothing makes me happier than people enjoying my food and hospitality. Friends and family were always asking for my recipes and photos of little parties I'd helped plan but emailing them around in bulk just didn't seem to do them justice or bring them to life.

Enter the darling Kimberlee of Brown Button who introduced me to the blogosphere. She showed me how to set one up and before I knew it, I was loading recipes and sharing my passion for food, fun and frivolity with the world!

Today, my blog is a personal exploration of all things pretty. I post about sights, sounds and smells that make me happy - anything to inspire a smile and help me connect with my readers. It helps me get through a sometimes 'dry' day in the office and adds some colour to my life.

The best thing about having a blog is the key it gives you to a gorgeous sisterhood of girls worldwide. I've been to visit Anna Spiro in Brisbane, shared a love of equestrian style and polkadots with Hunter (from none other than navy & orange!) and formed countless friendships with other bloggers over email (Tina Kent is a great penpal ). It's great when you're looking for a good coffee (or great cocktail) in a foreign city - my blog friends have such great taste!

Above all, I love the excuse it gives me to 'research' other blogs and online mags - never has surfing the net felt so justified!

Thanks to all the lovely ladies for contributing for this post and Congratulations on your awards! Can't wait to see who you nominate next!

xoxo navy & orange


new favorite combo: white & orange

this might be my new favorite combination. {don't worry, I won't change the name of the blog!} It is everything that I am loving about spring: pops of color with crisp whites. While this top might be a little loud, I am feeling that my white jeans might have to have a meeting with this top.

photos courtesy of danys fashion, color me happy, prepfection and dust jacket attic


a brand new bag

I've been on the hunt for a new handbag {as can be seen here}. They tend to be the area in my closet that I splurge on most and I have been eyeing this amazing Chloe one. Recently, at Saks it was spotted in the most amazing blush color. While handbags tend to be the area of splurge, they also tend to be my area of the most research {read: stalking}.

What parts of your closet do you splurge on?

xoxo navy & orange


navy & camel

similar pillow found here.
similar headboard here.

This combination is my new go to! It is great all year around and can easily go from day to night. And how amazing does it look in decor?

photos courtesy of quadrille fabrics, my style pill and mango-watermelon-love



I hope this celine bag and this Zac Posen {2008} dress brighten your day!

photos courtesy of color me happy and cool chic style fashion


ruffles for your friday!

have a great weekend, lovers!

xoxo navy & orange

love this sorbet ruffle option and this {Tibi, lace and ruffle? yes please!}

photos courtesy of color me happy, bazaar and crush cul de sac.


turning green...

Happy March! Hope you are feeling festive in some green.
{if you can't tell, I love a great hallmark holiday}
similar dress found here

xoxo navy & orange

photos courtesy of gal meets glam and honestly wtf
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