+Monica Gava

Friday, September 28, 2012


When you run out of ideas just get a photo that speaks to you and put an outfit together inspired by the color palette of your picture... simple, efficient and surprisingly fun!

Image from Everything Fabulous

Top: J.Crew; Skirt: Topshop; Jacket: John Lewis; Bag: J.Crew; Scarf: Yes Style; Shoes: J.Crew;

Monday, September 24, 2012


A few weekends ago I spent two days in LA with my good friend Kim. She lived in Santa Monica for many years and we decided to make a small gastronomic and shopping trip just for fun. We ate so much that we end our trip climbing the famous Santa Monica stairs to feel a little less guilty... but couldn't resist one last meal before we headed back to OC... Shabu-Shabu! The trip was very casual, relaxing and so were my outfits... this monochromatic me is just as simple as it can be, but I couldn't keep it away from all of you!

Pants: F21 (sold out); Top: Madewell; Sun Glasses: Kate Spade; Hat: Thrift store in LA; Necklace: Street vendor in LA; Gladiator: From Brazil

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Collection of my Dreams

The collection J. Crew presented at NYFW was unbelievable. From soft to vibrant, quirky to elegant and print to print they just reached perfection and created a dream collection...  the color pallet is a mix of peaches, pinks, blues and greens, in neon and pastels, everything in perfect harmony. Everything I love is there: lots of interesting prints, different textures, humor and color! I don't need to say I want everything!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mustard And Wine

A little bit of mustard paired up with some wine goes a long way... no, this is not a food blog... hahaha! I'm just talking about the yummy fall colors out there now ready to spice up your fall. Here is my take on burgundy and yellow!

This skirt is very similar to one at Zara, but costs only half the price. The fabric is so soft I could swear it's silk. Now available at F21.

Top: F21 (in stores now) Skirt: F21; Belt: Old; Bag: Coach; Glasses: Chanel;
Pumps: Nordstrom Rack

Monday, September 10, 2012

Unbutton Down

I'm crazy about this white button down dress with pockets I got as a gift from my mother-in-law (thanks again Teresa). I love the masculine feel the shirt dress has but always like to unbutton the top buttons and show just enough of a nice lacy bra and some cleavage adding a touch of femininity to it.

Dress: Gift from Brazil; Bra: Gap Body; Belt: AE; Bag: Guess (old); Shoes: Nordstrom Rack; Glasses: Chanel

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Military Flowers

I've always liked military inspired pieces, so I'm glad this trend is coming back with full force in the fall. I got these pants at Zara right after I saw this posting from Atlantic Pacific where Blair was wearing same style but in camouflage print. They got sold out on a blink of an eye but love the olive green as much! So, here I am...

Pants: Zara; Tank: Banana Republic; Top: Nordstrom (old); Belt: (old - from Brazil); Pumps: Nordstrom Rack

Monday, September 3, 2012

DIY - Trash Bag Prints

Printing a sweater or t-shirt with a trash bag sounds unusual but also promising...  I'd like to share with you today this unique DIY I stumbled upon at this nice blog Glamour Paraguaio (all written in Portuguese). Follow the simple steps below and try it yourself! I already made two shirts, one gray and one white!

Here is what you will need:

Step 1
Place your t-shirt, sweater or  sweatshirt on a flat surface (tip: the plastic will adhere easily at fluffier surfaces).

Step 2
Cut the plastic at any shape or size and place it on the shirt.

Step 3
Place a piece of parchment paper on top of your plastic (test it at a scrap piece of fabric before you try it on your final shirt).

Step 4
Place a hot iron on top of the paper with NO STEAM and keep it there for about 20 seconds (don't push hard on the fabric)... as you go, verify if your fabric is not burning. When you are done, just pull carefully the corner of the parchment paper and double check if the plastic adhered to the fabric. If not, place the iron for a few more seconds on the paper and check it again. When you are done pull the paper carefully and voila! You are done... pretty cool, hum? You made your own print!

Here is the result of my PIECE OF heART... for some reason, my heart got some wholes and didn't came out smoothly as I thought it would be but I actually like it that way. The original tutorial indicates that different fabrics and plastic will affect the final result so try it with old tees or scrap pieces of fabrics before you do the final project.

If you want to share your final product with me please send an email to monica.gava@gmail.com.

Washing instructions: by hand, gently. This won't last for a long time, but it's so easy to do it that you can repeat the process over and over again. Have fun!

Top and Skirt : F21; Belt: DYI (a talented friend did it); Lips: Mac Russian Red;