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

Candice

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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Pumpkins

10.16.2014

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There were few things one could do to get me to decorate pumpkins again after a glitter extravaganza a few years ago left me feeling exhausted by the idea. While they were so lovely to have on my table through Thanksgiving, the remnants of glitter and glue I kept finding around the apartemnt weren’t as cute. Last year I just rounded up some white pumpkins and kept them as is which was nice, but felt a little lackluster after awhile. I love fall, especially the time surrounding Halloween, and this year it was time to resurface my pumpkin decorating side.

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The 2014 pumpkin decorating Catherine is no longer into glitter, so this time they needed to be a little bit sleeker and edgier. A color palette of black, white, and gold seemed perfectly appropriate to match my home decor and it kept the costs from getting too out of control (I guess I keep a can of gold spray paint around at all times now). All it took for these guys was the spray paint (I went with a matte finish for the white and black), acrylic paint to use with a brush for any of the touch-ups or designs, and painters tape to section off areas for the color blocking. Studs and push pins make the easiest embellishments on pumpkins because they just slide right in and stay put. I already have a craft drawer full of studs and just got these push pins (and everything else) at Blick. Any art supply store would probably have you covered for this stuff. The studs are a little harder to find but try JoAnn Fabrics or ordering them online. I got mine in the garment district downtown LA at a store called Bead Factory Inc. This was a fun DIY and much easier to clean up than the glitter. The best part is that they will last well beyond Halloween – no carving, no spiderweb designs. How are you decorating for fall this year?

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The Lifestyled October Stylish Pumpkin DIY

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Fancy Pants

10.15.2014

the lifestyled sporty gold pants

Am I the only fashion girl who kinda dreads getting dressed up to go out at night for events and whatnot? Gasp, I know. It should be my favorite past time. And it is sometimes – but that’s usually when I’ve got the perfect outfit waiting in the wings to be revealed at the perfect moment, and whatever event I have to go to just happens to be that perfect moment. How often does that really happen? When I shop, I most enjoy buying everyday staples – pieces I can wear time and time again a million different ways. It’s not quite as fun to buy things that are so specific and special because you can’t wear them right away and you get sick of those things faster. I also enjoy creating looks that feel simple and effortless because it’s how I think fashion should be. Every now and then though, when I come across the right fancy piece – the kind that’s not only easy and versatile but can also make a big statement when you need it, that’s when I get excited. These pants, for example. I love that their jogger style makes them serve as the base of the simplest kind of outfit, yet they really crank up the wow factor at the same time. They’re perfect for a range of fashion parties, with everything from my favorite football tee (on sale right now!) to their matchy tank counterpart, which I also have and pair with them for a major faux jumpsuit moment. Needless to say, dressing up is always a good time in these fancy pants.

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the lifestyled sporty gold pants

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J.Crew shirt / Gold Hawk pants / Zara shoes (similar here) / BCBG clutch (similar here) / Michael Kors watch / HRH Collection bracelet / Urban Outfitters sunglasses

 

Photography by Danielle Beutell
 

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Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday I’m co-hosting a super fun event at the Splendid store on Robertson with two of my friends and favorite style bloggers Jen of The Effortless Chic and Mara of M Loves M. Aside from shopping with 20% off everything in the store (hello new favorite comfy casual staples!), we will be crafting with Cristina Prusz and of course my favorite part – sipping yummy libations with Cocktail Academy. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to meet some of you and shop the night away! Be sure to RSVP to RSVP_Robertson@vfc.com. In the meantime, here’s the Splendid wish list I’ve been compiling. What will you be shopping for?

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Tuscany Style Guide

10.10.2014

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1. Borsalino hat / 2. Missoni poncho  / 3. Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino wine / 4. Dents Ladies driving gloves / 5. J Brand skinny jeans  / 6. Angels of Florence cologne  / 7. Gucci bag / 8. Salvatore Ferragamo boots / 9. Mikasa glasses

Tuscany is one of those places that feels like you’ve stepped into another world, or at least another era in this world. Not only is it obviously beautiful but there is a certain rustic traditionalism mixed with unwavered elegance and quality that’s hard to come by. We’re finishing our third day in the tiniest village in the Province of Siena. We’re talking windy dirt roads for miles – the kind you’re not really sure are meant for driving cars on, and then up to the very tip top of a mountain. Other than our hotel Monteverdi (a MUST visit if you come to Tuscany), there’s nothing but more picturesque scenery than your eyes can take and wineries in every direction. It’s much chillier here than the other places on our trip, giving it a Fall-y feeling I was oh so excited for. While I normally opt for black and white, here I’m inspired by the warm tones of the scenery, especially during sunset. I’d love to throw on Borsalino wool fedora (something I’m seriously considering for a end-of-trip treat before we catch our flight out of Rome), a drapey Missoni cape, and of course the look needs some Ferragamo boots for touring the nearby towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Truly a dream of a place.

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Go Get It

10.09.2014
Nikes-2Nike Blazer Mid Vintage Sneakers

If you haven’t been caught by the sneaker bug yet, prepare yourself, cause you’re about to.  These Nike high tops (black and leather, of course) are the coolest of cool.  These ooze street style cred while keeping you comfortable on days you’re constantly on the go.  They seamlessly tie into your fall wardrobe too, as an added bonus.  Not sure what to wear with you favorite cropped skinnies as temperatures drop and bare ankles aren’t an option anymore?  Voila.  High tops were made for days like that.  They come in a variety of cool colors that you’ll probably end up convincing yourself you need a pair in each color, if i haven’t convinced you enough already. So, go get ‘em!

 

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Capri Style Guide

10.06.2014
Capri1. Ancient Greek sandals / 2. J Crew chambray / 3. Fujifilm X100 camera / 4. Uncertain x Porter camera strap (similar) / 5. Fiano di Avellino D.o.c.g. Terre di Dora wine / 6. Borsalino hat / 7. Dior sunglasses / 8. Topshop romper / 9. Cabana salt & pepper shakers / 10. Proenza Schouler back pack / 11. Vince Camuto cuff

Where do I even begin with Capri? This is a place that’s so special to me since I remember going there while I was studying abroad in Italy and thinking “Wow, this place is so beautiful and it will be amazing to come back here when I’m in my 30′s with my husband and stay somewhere nicer than a hostel.” I remember it feeling so far away from normal life. We just left Capri today after 4 wonderful days there and it still felt like heaven on earth, but with 13 more years under my belt I was able to appreciate its beauty even more. Nowhere else on earth is as stunning, relaxing, authentic, and stylish as this place. Everything is so well preserved and so fresh. We drank so much fiano di avellino and ate so much seafood pasta, I can’t even keep track. Our hotel, JK Place Capri was indescribably amazing, oozing chicness out of every pore – thanks to Katie at Ever After Honeymoons who hooked it up and planned this entire trip. Next time you go on a vacation I highly recommend working with her. We’re on to Firenze now, but still talking about our new memories from the seaside oasis that was Capri.

 

Varsity Dress

10.03.2014

Catherine Shepperd The Lifestyled California Street StyleAt this point I think it’s safe to say that if there’s a top, dress, jacket, or any piece of any kind that’s black, white, and sporty, I will find it and I will buy it (though I’ve probably reached my quota). This dress was a lucky find at H&M, which can be so hit or miss. It was pretty frump on the hanger, but I still had to try it and I’m glad I did. I immediately fell in love with its effortless breeziness, yet still structural feel. It’s an easy throw-and-go piece that doesn’t need much accessorizing – qualities that turn any piece into a wardrobe staple.

Catherine Shepperd The Lifestyled California Street Style

Catherine Shepperd The Lifestyled California Street Style

Catherine Shepperd The Lifestyled California Street Style

Catherine Shepperd The Lifestyled California Street Style

Catherine Shepperd The Lifestyled California Street Style

H&M dress / Steve Madden heels / Heather Belle clutch / Celine sunglasses / Russell & Hazel bracelet / Michael Kors watch / Rings: Eddie Borgo, Luv AJ, H&M, Madewell
Photography by Danielle Beutell

 

 

Hello October

10.01.2014

Hello-October

It’s that time of year again: falling temperatures, earlier sunsets, leaves swapping luscious green shades for crispy amber tones, and enough pumpkin spiced lattes to put you in cardiac arrest.   I think it goes without saying that fall is the best time for a wardrobe update.  Sure, spring may be a great time to clean out your closet, but fall is for indulging in sweaters, boots, jeans, and enough flannel to pass as a nineties grunge boy.  Autumn is a time to get cozy and play with layering pieces as you gear up for the cooler months ahead. So throw on a sweater, scoot into some skinnies, slap on some boots, and top it off with a leather jacket.  Hello, October!

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