Splendid Soirée

10.31.2014

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Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of co-hosting the most fun fall soirée with Splendid at their Robertson store. We had an all-star lineup making it a creative and delicious evening. Cocktails were served by the guys at Cocktail Academy (they were SO good, I want to recreate them all), yummy bites by Thyme Café, macarons from Scootabaker, and a super fun cocktail napkin DIY by Cristina Prusz of La Partie Sugar which was a big hit. I had so much fun chatting and shopping with everyone, and co-hosting with my girls Jen and Mara. Thanks to everyone who came out for the evening, and if you missed it, don’t worry. More events to come very soon!

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On Me: Splendid shirt / Splendid pants / Helmut Lang blazer / Joe’s Jeans heels / On Jen: Splendid dress / On Mara: Splendid dress /

Photography by Kat Harris

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Love Her Look

10.30.2014

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Fall is a time for getting cozy, drinking cider, and layering your favorite pieces for effortless style.  This particular look caught my attention because I love how well the everyday staples layer together to create such a tailored yet laid back look.  A menswear-inspired blazer paired with waxed leggings and combat boots to give more of an edge, and topped with a double breasted overcoat, this look really hits the tomboy-cool mark.  The fringe bag is an unexpected touch and makes the outfit more approachable than a structured satchel would.  This is one outfit I’m looking forward to recreating in my own way as soon as the temps drop a little.

Love Her Look / LayeredMSGM coat / Rag & Bone tee / Mango blazer / GHD smoothing spray / Michael Kors leggings / Mossimo Supply Co handbag / Tory Burch boots / Banana Republic trouser socks
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Dark & Stormy

10.29.2014

The Lifestyled Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Being the Moscow Mule lover I am, I’m always trying to think of other ways to spin that cocktail. The ginger beer is the key ingredient, and while it goes so well with vodka and lime, I’m craving something a little smokier for fall. This fancied up version of the Dark & Stormy is my new jam. It’s  made with dark spiced rum (not a bad staple liquor to keep around for this season), fresh lemon juice instead of lime, some grated ginger for extra zing, thyme for some added complexity, and crystalized ginger for a garnish treat. Dark & Stormies are typically served in Tom Collins glasses, but I’m a fan of a shorter, stronger, more sip-able version. It’s so easy to make yet special enough to serve as a signature cocktail on Thanksgiving or at a fall soiree.

The Lifestyled Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

The Lifestyled Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

MAKE IT:
2 oz dark spiced rum like Kraken
3 oz ginger beer (I love Maine Root’s version because it’s the spiciest I have found, and not too sweet)
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Small sprig of fresh thyme to mix in
A dash of grated ginger
Crystalized ginger and fresh thyme for garnish

Chill a lowball glass with a few ice cubes. Combine the rum, lemon juice, thyme and ginger in a shaker with ice and mix. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer into your glass. Top the drink off with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger on a toothpick and a sprig of thyme.

Photography by Dani Beutell

 

Suited

10.28.2014

Suited / The Life Styled

One of the first things I did when I graduated college was go shopping for a black suit to wear to interviews and a few collared shirts to wear under it. It was just what you did, even though the positions I was going for were TV jobs where you would never see a suit unless it was in the ad sales department on an interviewee. Over the years, suits have become way less of a thing in creative fields, even for interviews or fancy meetings. Even though I don’t work in an office, I’m happy that it’s become more acceptable to showcase your style in the workplace and the idea of a suit has evolved into something a bit more fun. Here I combined two of my favorite staples, black joggers and my leather sleeve blazer, to get a suit-ish look. It’s less formal, more unique, and an easy way to amp up everyday pieces. Especially when paired with a few more statement-y fashion forward accessories, it’s a great go-t when you want your look to be polished yet personal.

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Suited / The Life Styled

Helmut Lang blazer (similar) / Forever21 tee / J.Crew pants / Moschino belt / Shoemint heels (similar) / Chanel backpack / Karl Lagerfeld watch / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Bauble Bar ear cuff

Thanks again to my amazing friend Heather Kincaid for lending her talent to this shoot! More outfits we shot together to come!

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Toning it down for the fall season, we all are settling into deeper hues as the days continue to get darker.  A color I’ve always felt strongly embodies autumn is army green.  Maybe it makes us a little tougher as we bear the dropping temperatures (and if you live in LA, the 5 degree drop that we justify as cold).  This color is somewhat of a neutral for the fall too, easily pairing with dark reds, plums, and navy hues.  If you want to invest in new pieces but feel somewhat guilty buying more black, this is the next color to look towards.  You’ll feel like you’re making a statement without being too loud or trend focused. For the color anxious, this will be your go to neutral for the season.  You heard it here first.

Color Code / OliveMadewell pouch / Valentino jacket / Biltmore hat / Free People bra / Josh Goot skirt / J Crew pants / Victorinox watch / Ray Ban glasses /  Madewell sweater / Chanel nail lacquer / Rag & Bone booties / Topshop brooch / Vans high tops / Dr. Andre Weil for Origins mask / Yuh Okano scarf / Anya Hindmarch bucket bag
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Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

Even though I’m never all that into Halloween themed stuff, I do love the idea of Halloween and I enjoy finding subtle ways to get into the spirit. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone as far as wearing a costume, but nowadays I’m more than happy to have a fun night at home watching scary movies or catching up on American Horror Story, and sipping a sinister cocktail. This one really fits the bill. In the 19th century, cocktails like this were “prescribed” as hangover cures. I don’t know in what world people are drinking gin and absinthe out of a stemmed glass in the AM, but hey no judgements. In this century though, I’m going to go ahead and say that it might be a little better for nighttime. Despite the intense alcohol content, it’s actually a very easy cocktail to drink. So be careful with this one.

Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

Corpse Reviver No. 2 / The Life Styled

MAKE IT:
3/4 oz dry gin
3/4 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
3/4 oz Lillet Blanc (or a sweet white wine like Riesling)
3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
8 drops Absinthe (I highly recommend St. George - I sought it out after seeing this video)
Brandied cherry for garnish

Chill a stemmed glass with a few ice cubes. Combine the ingredients in a shaker and mix. Discard the ice from the glass and strain the drink into the glass. Add the cherry.

Photography by Dani Beutell

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The Etsy Elite

10.22.2014
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Layered + Long – A simple, stylish jewelry shop that offers customization for special gifts

La Fabrique a Lettres – Letters and figures made of fencing materials from France

Little Flower Soap Co - All natural soaps, lip balms, bath salts, and more, made with only the highest quality ingredients

Kate Zaremba – Prints and papers made from original designs from this DC based artist

Lee Coren – Escapism inspired fabric prints made into everyday usable pieces

Seedling Plantation – A collection of vintage pieces that put an emphasis on pretty

The Object Enthusiast –  Handmade dishes, potters, and other ceramics with a golden touch

Gray December – Hand painted pottery for the quirky ones

Tocamade - Modern and delicate jewelry from Spain

 

 

 

LA Layers

10.21.2014

LA Layers / The Life Styled

As someone who loves no season more than layering season, I really start to feel like myself again in the fall. I’ve talked about how I felt confused/upset by Los Angeles fall weather when I first moved here six years ago, but over the years I’ve started to navigate how to balance the warmer temps with a fall feeling. Pieces that once felt kind of pointless – leather shorts or a long jacket with no sleeves (too heavy for summer but too skin-baring for fall) now start to make sense. On these warmer fall days they’re exactly what we rely on to experience fall fashion and layering without overdressing for the temp. I love this look because it really feels like a fall outfit but I don’t feel like that girl who just insisted on wearing something way warmer than what’s appropriate for the sake of the fall feeling. Adding some sneakers and the carry-all tote (which I may or may not have stolen from my friend Jessica, along with a few others from her collection) keep it laid back for day, but trading in some heels and a clutch would make it chic for evening as well… I had so much fun shooting this one with my friend Heather Kincaid who I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with a few times before and whose work I’m always obsessed with. Check out her blog – you’ll see what I mean when I say I want to get married again just so she can shoot it. I’m excited to share more of the posts we shot together in the coming weeks!

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

LA Layers / The Life Styled

Zara vest (similar) / Topshop tank / Club Monaco shorts / Celine bag / Nike shoes / Iacoli & McAllister necklace (similar) / Celine sunglasses / Madewell rings (similar) / Nixon watch
Photography by Heather Kincaid

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Coats to Covet

10.20.2014
Coat Roundup1. Madewell plaid estate coat / 2. Avelon coat / 3. Topshop trench coat / 4. BCBG Max Azria double-face coat / 5. Helmut Lang fur collar coat / 6. Acne bomber jacket / 7. Charles Henry cocoon coat / 8. Madewell city grid coat / 9. Diane Von Furstenberg printed coat / 10. The Fifth Label coat / 11. H&M coat / 12. Acne Studios coat

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to invest in one of the best pieces the season has to offer.  Think about it: this is what you’re going be reaching for on a daily basis simply to stay warm (practicality at its finest), so why not invest in a great coat that you get excited to wear every time you head out? Lucky for you, I’ve already gone ahead and found a dozen show stopping options in a range of prices, so look no further.  I know, you can thank me later when you’re rocking your favorite and looking cozy and cute on the daily.

 

Hit List

10.17.2014

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With the weather cooling off I’m dreaming of tall boots. I love my 5050′s so much I’m kind of itching for another pair, like these for instance.

I was just introduced to the Serial podcast and I’m hooked. Anyone else listening?

This Halloween I’m thinking a scary movie marathon with one of these in hand is just what I want.

While we’re on the topic of scary movies, this will be your guide to all things spooky this month on Netflix.

Gisele Bundchen, proving yet again she is nothing less than the queen of chic, stars in this Chanel short celebrating Chanel N. 5 directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Feeling in the DIY mood after my pumpkin post yesterday. Here’s another simple project to try at home this weekend.

The wait is finally over to see this. But I gotta say I’m not getting up at 5am for anything in there.

Are you coming to this on Wednesday? Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend you guys!

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