This week it’s hotter than it should ever be in the middle of September, so afternoons are calling for something on ice. When it’s this hot, it can be hard to look cute, especially when it’s just a quick iced green tea run that’s pulling me away from my computer, and fall fashion is on my mind. A good pair of sweat shorts (these were so only $12 from H&M and I can’t seem to ever take them off) and this silk front tank really do the trick. The silk elevates the look from pajama territory but the linen/cotton back keeps it reasonably wearable for a casual work day.I added my leather Vans instead of sandals and black accessories to bring in hints of fall without the repressing heat. Now if it could just cool down a bit so we don’t have to get so creative in trying to get dressed, that would be much appreciated.
J.Crew tank / H&M shorts / Alexander Wang bag / Vans shoes / Nixon watch / Russell + Hazel bracelet / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Luv AJ rings
Photography by Danielle Beutell
OK I know this is kind of old news but did you happen to catch the VMA performance of Bang Bang with the trio of divas (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj of course)? I had it on the DVR and was watching while catching up on work and I kinda stopped in my tracks from this hardcore girl power talent explosion, despite a major wardrobe malfunction (cringe!). But whoa – can we talk about Jessie J? Girl crush central over here! She KILLED it in her sleek pony tail, red lips, sky high slit dress, and ridiculous voice. As a fellow tall girl, I really love how she towers over the little Polly Pocket sized Ariana and Nicki, and doesn’t mind one bit. She owns her strong, Amazonian presence. So then I had to go look up the video for the song and boy is that just 3 minutes of girly fun. I’m kinda digging the dance – in – the – streets ensemble that Jessie rocks, all be it more pop star than street style. I still think it’s modifiable for a night out on the town, especially if you throw a white blazer over the whole deal. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below. Don’t lie – I know you’re rocking out to it at your desk with the rest of us!
Deb brallette / Michael Kors hoops / Blackfive sunglasses / Kenneth Cole chain bracelet / Sole Society open link bracelet / Brooks Brothers suspenders / Jason Wu trousers (similar ones from Topshop) / NARS lipstick / Lipsy London heels / Butter London nail lacquer
slides / 2. Adidas Carozoon slides / 3. Nike Benassi Solarsoft slides / 4. Nike Benassi Swoosh slides / 5. Adidas Adilette blue + white slides / 6. Topshop Float slides / 7. Adidas Adilette black + white slides / 8. Nike Benassi JDI Swoosh slides1. Nike Benassi JDI
At this point, I guess you can bank on the fact that every trend that happened in the nineties is going to make a comeback. From plaid flannels and Dr. Martens to the crazy Birkenstock explosion that happened this summer, no style will be left behind. Next up: sport slides. Think of them as a sportier, edgier sister of the Birkenstocks. This revival is all about a modern take on the slides. This time though, feel free to leave the socks at home. Instead, think black trousers with an oversized button down and a chic tote bag. They’re an easy swap for the Arizona two-straps that sold out everywhere this season, and with a lower price point. There are many options with these slides, though I personally think it’s best to stick to black and white to avoid looking like you just stepped off a soccer field, unless you’re Wayne Rooney or something. These comfortable sandals are the next step to normcore, a trend that seems to keep evolving in the street style world, and they have no reason not to make a home in your wardrobe.
So remember that time I told you guys about the incredible personalized jackets from the Rag & Bone autumn 2014 show? Well, it’s September now and all our prayers have been answered. You can finally own one of these beauties with your very own name on it. Sure, it’s a pretty penny, but has there ever been a cooler statement item? You have a few options too, all equally cool. A wearable hoodie, a silk button-down bowling shirt, a navy pinstripe jacket, and a black specked coat. These retro Pink Ladies-esque pieces will be without a doubt the items of the season. So if you want to be the envy of all of your friends/acquaintances/passers by and you have the budget to score one of these, do yourself a favor and make it happen. It’s only for the month of September and at select locations, so be sure to check the Rag & Bone for details!
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Autumn in Los Angeles is like a conflict of interests. When seemingly the rest of the world is crunching leaves, layering scarves and fully claimed by pumpkin-obsession, we have some of the hottest days of the year. This recipe for Autumn Bourbon Sangria is a perfect way to transition your cocktail habit into the spirit of the season. I love sangria so it’s fun to play with different fruits that are fresh this time of year! For Fall I’m feeling crisp apples paired with juicy plums and pears. This blend includes bourbon and a cinnamon stick garnish for a heartier take on the classic sangria. Yum, it feels like Fall already!
1 bottle malbec wine (or another full bodied red)
1/2 cup bourbon whisky
1/2 cup pure apple juice
1/2 apple, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1 plum, sliced (look for a juicy ripe one)
1/2 pear, sliced (look for a juicy ripe one)
1 cinnamon stick (more for optional garnish)
Cut all your fruit in equal sizes slices and drop into the bottom of a pitcher or glass jug. Add a cinnamon stick. Pour the whole bottle of wine, bourbon and apple juice over the fruit and gently stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours and up to 2 days. It’s best if it soaks overnight before drinking, but if you’re in more of a hurry you might want to add a bit more apple juice to take the edge off. Serve cold or room temperature, garnished with a few slices of the fruit and a cinnamon stick.
Photography by Dani Beutell
OK guys, I need your help. I wanted to conduct a little survey of sorts on here because I’ve been obsessively researching (as I tend to do) and I’m having a hard time finding like minded ladies’ opinions on this topic across the general internets. Here’s the deal: I’m heading to Italy in a couple of weeks (eee!), and I’m in need of new luggage. I’m in hardcore shopping mode and I’m all over the place between the cheapest and pricier options. I feel like a suitcase is one of those coming of age purchases. Since it does take a beating over time, it’s normal to go through luggage fairly frequently, having to say goodbye to the one the TSA has battered and abused for the past few years, and move on to something new. While the fact that luggage gets so beat up is a reason not to spend a lot, at the same time there is nothing worse than a suitcase breaking on you mid-trip. I know because it’s happened to me with every piece of luggage I’ve ever owned, and it makes me SO ANGRY. Ok maybe that’s also because I’m usually hungry and tired while it’s happening, but still. THE WORST. I’ve never splurged on luggage but I’m considering stepping it up from the cheapest of the cheap for this next purchase. What kind of luggage do you use? Hard side or soft side? Cheap-o or splurgey? I’m considering going middle-of-the-road. Not the cheapest, but not $800 either. And I’m REALLY into the white hard side cases, regardless of how silly that may be. It’s just so chic, and I don’t mind putting in a little work to keep it clean. Has anyone owned a white suitcase? I’m dying to know your luggage experience and tips ladies, so please do share!
Victorinox / Globe Trotter / Rimowa / Mandarina Duck / Tumi / Louis Vuitton / Ben Minkoff / DVF / Samsonite
Sugar Paper journal / Russell + Hazel binder and rubber bands / Fred pencils / Terrapin “Boss” note cards / Russel + Hazel desktop dock / Russell + Hazel keychain / Rifle Paper Co. notebook / Brilliant Ideas notepad / Fornasetti magazine rack / Kate Spade stapler / Cavallini paper clips / Russell + Hazel leather portfolio / Nate Berkus shears / Nate Berkus folders
One of my favorite parts of September is the back-to-school excitement in the air – something that never goes away even when we’re long past our student years. Shopping for school supplies used to be something I looked forward to for months. I loved nothing more than to pick up fresh pencils, pristine new folders and notebooks. Thrill of the year. Even if you’re not headed back to school this month, it’s fun to give your desk a little update with some fun new office supplies. No Jansport backpacks or Five Star binders here!
The Transport Tote by Madewell
Consider this the holy grail of affordable leather tote bags. Your “what’s in my bag” Instagrams will be envied by all. You’ll get through every errand in a day with ease. You’ll fit endless school supplies and be teachers pet in no time. Basically this bag is an all around life upgrade. The Transport Tote is a staple at Madewell and it comes in a variety of colors and limited edition designs, however the classic black is calling my name (obviously). To top it off, for ten extra bucks you can personalize it by having it monogrammed. Your favorite leather tote with your initials embossed in gold foil? Yes please. Have I convinced you yet? You need this beautiful baby in your life, so go get it!
Remember when I told you that you NEED this shirt? Well I meant it. That’s why I went out and got it for myself. I had a hard time deciding between the crisp white and the stripes, but in the end I felt like the stripes would be a fun change of pace for a go-to shirt option. I also liked the semi-hidden navy grosgrain trim up the front. It’s such a fun piece to throw on – it looks every bit as good with cutoffs as it does with trousers and heels. What drew me to it in the first place is how long and oversized it is without being too bulky. I feel like I’m wearing PJ’s but there’s a chicness to it that makes it so easy to feel stylish when I’m out and about. I can’t wait to keep styling it different ways throughout the fall, and I just might have to grab the white after all…
J.Crew shirt and pants / Zara shoes (old but here are some similar ones) / BCBG clutch (similar) / Russell + Hazel bracelet / Karl Lagerfeld watch / Prada sunglasses – for sale at my Instasale next Tuesday, September 9th! Follow @thelifestyledsale and tune in at 10am PST to shop my closet! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Best Friends Animal Society!