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 Praising Polka Prints Particularly.

We think polka dots make everything just a bit cheerier.

This week’s look is (as always) completely thrifted,
and under $20 for the entire look.

When scouring the internet for fun polka pics, the overwhelming majority of the styles found were simply black & white. It’s not every day that one comes across color + polkadots in the same garment, so this sheer layered top was a great find, and for $3.00 – there was no passing it up.


dark denim :  $3.99 // heeled boots: $5.99
creamy cropped spotted top : $2.99 // long sleeved shrug : $1.99

 red rounds earrings : $2.49

Check out our  POLKA PARTY PIN BOARD on Pinterest.
And awhile back, actually did a DFI (Daily Fashion Inspiration) post on polka dots,
featuring a number of our lovely local bloggers.

Do you rock the dots? Why or why nots?





As a seasoned thrifty stylist, I can do an outfit for under $20 with my eyes closed. Jeans, a top, boots, accessories – manageable. But dressing up for a fancy event just inherently costs more, right? Not necessarily.

I was asked to be a part of the Hearts for the Arts charity event, and was determined to #1: have something new & glam to wear, and #2: still not spend more than $20.

When it was all said & done, I walked out of Thrift Town with
a whole new (secondhand) outfit for under $17.


The faux fur had black satin ribbons on each end,
so I simply crossed it at the waist and tied the ribbons in the back.
The  layered vintage necklace was perfect for the retro look.
Add a dash of red lipstick, and I was ready to go!

This outfit total: $16.96
Perfect little black dress: $2.99
Faux fur: $3.99
Vintage necklace: $1.99
Gold/Creme heels: $7.99


Where do you thrift? What’s the best piece you’ve found?
We asked our FB friends and a few of them said:

  • Debbie Milanova an emerald green Mandalay dress….
  • Adrienne Cheng Elizabeth and James black velvet mini dress with the tags still on in my size!

  • Emily Hunt It’s a simple T-shirt that says, “‘what a curious feeling,’ said Alice.”
    I purchased it at a tiny thrift shop in London.

  • Patricia Lopez Gonzalez Brand new red Dolce Vita flats. Originally cost $135 I paid $13 at Reinvent Clothing Boutique downtown Roseville.

    Make sure to friend us on FB and join the conversation!
    XO the JJ Crew




If you only buy what you set your mind to find,
you’re less likely end up with great pieces…
Like this vintage creme & orchid top.
Have goals but keep an open mind when thrifting.

Tucked away in the vintage section at Thrift Town, I got this top for $2.00.


xo the JJ crew



Mister Lopez, your public is waiting…

As I bustled around backstage at the Sac Fashion Week Runway show, I was busy taking in the glamour of it all, mixed with the behind-the-scenes narrative from our intern Connor (who was also interning for SFW). Models and designers everywhere, all dressed their fashion-y best…

And then I see a burly guy walk through with a backward baseball hat, cut-off sleeves and gym shorts, paired with a scruffy unkempt face.

I wondered why they hadn’t asked the stage-hand guys to be dressed a bit more professional, since after all, it is FASHION week. Maybe just all black? Pants? A shave? Whatever. On with the show…

As we sat in the audience just feet from the runway, Connor and I weighed in on each collection. It was nice. Pretty. Well-constructed. Good music… but we were waiting for something to really reach out and grab us. I wanted to see something fresh, edgy, wearable, inspired. And then, Michael Lopez sent his models down the runway.

It was the first set that was trendy and sharp while still being approachable and feminine. The pastels, the cutouts, the cuts themselves, the collars! Everything pointed to this collection being from an experienced designer. We checked the program again. Michael Lopez… Ok, who is this guy?

The audience had an audible response to his designs on the runway, taking it all in, photographers trying to capture every angle. After the last model walked through, they all lined up waiting for their beloved designer to come take a bow…

And out walks the scruffy guy I mistook for a stagehand earlier, in all of his backward baseball hat, cutoff glory. Wait, WHAT?! The whole place was stunned and applauded. Definitely not what any of us were expecting.


A few weeks later, our busy schedules aligned, and I finally got to sit down with Michael over a burger & fries and ask about everything, namely – how? Turns out, what we all saw on the runway (on his models), although we love it, is a big departure from his usual designs. And what we saw on the runway (on Michael) is TOTALLY him. This self-taught Sacramento native goes with his gut, and creates what he likes, not what anyone else tells him he should.

The fashion world draws a particular crowd to participate in it, as well as to spectate and speculate. It’s a breath of fresh air to talk with Michael and find out it’s not a front – he really is that down to earth, that talented, and that forward-focused. He lets his work speak for him, which is rare. It’s not uncommon for fashion people to be the biggest believer in their own hype and spend so much time promoting the first thing they created that they don’t have time to actually hone their craft.

We’re wanting to see you produce something new and quality. Wow us with your innovation and skill, not your propensity to self-promote. Michael was too busy creating fashion that’s current and interesting, to go around tooting his own horn. He’s basically letting everyone figure it out for themselves.

We are big fans of Heart Boutique, and had no idea Michael was already selling his pieces there (and Heart customers have a serious thing for his work, too!) A designer who can produce pieces that hold their own on a runway, and have ready-to-wear pieces selling out at local shops too? You heard it here – he’s one to watch out for.

Take in the pics below, from the runway and a shoot at the beach:


[ beach photos by: Cait Loper // model on the ground photo by: Nilina Mason-Campbell ]


Michael’s pieces have beautiful movement. Pictures really don’t do it justice…
Here’s a video lookbook to help you  feel it.

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Lookbook from michael lopez.

[ Music by: Still Corners. ]
[ Models: Sonia Antilla & Kristina Esfandari ]


Find Michael Lopez pieces here in Sacramento at:

Heart Boutique & Closet Candy Pop-Up Shop

[ Fauxnel by Michael Lopez @ Heart Boutique ]

[ Check out Clothing by Michael J. Lopez on FB ]
If you’re interested in carrying Michael’s pieces in your shop,
please contact Kari at: kari.shipman@gmail.com



Sounds like a rad video game, the newest innovation from some up & coming company, or an investment bank, right? Well, take your pick of the three, or all together, Sarkis says slick, relevant, and reliable. Funny how fitting that is.

My office is pretty much a hotbed for creatives who are going places. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarkis the other night and “going places” doesn’t even begin to sum it up.

Considering his impressive title, what he’s in charge of, his media presence, and his propensity to perpetually be on a plane to the next place that needs him, I’m just saying, you’d expect a bit more pretense. But turns out, this well-traveled mister not only knows a thing or two about most things, but is stylishly and refreshingly unpretentious.

As someone who embraces personal style, yet happens to often enjoy happy hour on a different coast than he had his morning cereal, how the heck does a guy construct a wardrobe that fits with that lifestyle?



  • [black] well-fitted jeans. casual, comfortable, go with anything.
  • [black] fitted blazer. notice we’ve now said fitted twice? OMG know your measurements!
  • [black] rimmed glasses. a stylish choice, but a functional staple nonetheless.
  • tee shirts. that fit. and don’t have a logo across the front.
  • a couple good watches. this one in particular is a Casio, but there’s something about a man who wears a watch, instead of only relying on his smartphone for the time that just feels dependable and classy.


  • pattern. the blue stripes on the basic tee make it. all black/neutral + a patterned piece: do it.
  • dash of color. these shoes happen to be extra fancy for being so casual. BUT. it’s great to have an unexpected pop. [This particular pair of shoes are limited edition from Sperry’s on 5th Avenue. Swanky chill.]
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As with any style profile, this is Sarkis’ style, not yours.
But we hope you’re inspired to find those pieces
that can be your convertible basics & polished flair.

Have a marvelous Monday, loves!
XO JJ & the crew




To my devoted manly readers – Happy Monday! So, you’re an everyday guy, and it’s pretty much accepted that most of the looks you see on runways internationally don’t directly translate into wearable looks for you, right? Well, a reoccurring topic of conversation lately at Juniper James has been how surprisingly wearable and hot the Balmain Fall line is. The runway pictures are something that real men could actually wear and look dead sexy in. And here at JJ, we definitely encourage & support the men of Sacramento looking more suave.

Check out the article on Balmain’s Fall Line.

We want you to be inspired to do your version of this look. You can do it dressy, slick and suave, or casual, layered & cool. A bit more preppy & nerdy, or more vagabond & rough. Mix up your colors, layers, and textures, and for pete’s sake – start looking for that perfect statement piece jacket!

The Dressy Balmain Look: {rich colors w/ bold accents or details}

  • slim-fitted dark slacks
  • collared shirt
  • long wrapped scarf
  • vest
  • double-breasted jacket with tall structured collar & large buttons
The Casual Balmain Look: {warm neutrals with comfortable layering}

  • skinny jeans
  • layered v-neck, henley tees, & sweaters
  • long wrapped scarf with lots of volume
  • chunky combat/doc martin type boots
  • double-breasted jacket with tall structured collar & large buttons
. . . .
So if you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it’s (NOT just for girls) a cool image collecting site where you can “pin” any image from the internet and make themed boards of images.
{Fair warning: it’s completely addicting.}
The JJ girls have their own boards that they’re adding to every day… but for your inspiration,
check out Kari & Sky’s men boards:  Skylar’s stylish men   //  Kari’s stylish men
. . . .
Do you like the Balmain look? Would you try it?
xo JJ

men’s fashion: RUNNING RAMPANT.


We met Jason back in April when we were putting on a big fashion show/fundraiser for people with disabilities {pics of the event HERE.}. He stepped in to save the day when another designer had dropped out, and we were SO happy to have him.

Not only is he a talented up & coming designer here in Sac, but an absolute sweetheart too. After working together on the show in April, he called a few weeks ago to say he wanted to make me a dress to wear to the upcoming Fashion’s Night Out Event. Just ’cause. See? Sweetheart. I want to show you the sketches for the fun & flirty dress, but they’re under wraps til the show. (!!)  { Rampant on FB. }

This is Jason’s dress in our fundraiser show. It was created from materials sourced from Thrift town. It started out as a large blue formal dress, a paisley skirt, and a pair of men’s pin-striped pants.

Below is a look at last year’s Rampant work…

When we caught up with Jason for the fitting the other day, we asked to see a recent piece (other than our dress), and he showed us some of his sweet new men’s wear…

Really liking this military-inspired lightweight jacket. Easy to throw on
over a t-shirt to add a little casual style to a simple look.

Mr. Powers has some big plans for the near future, one of which is a men’s lifeSTYLE blog. With  girly fashion bloggers abounding (whom we adore), it would be wonderful to have a consistent local guy’s perspective on style. We’ll keep you all in the loop.
In the meantime, go LIKE RAMPANT on FB.