From time to time, I fall into a hardcore obsession with something and I want to shout from the rooftops that everyone needs to go get it. I’m talking about the occasional piece that’s so perfect it deserves its own post… So that’s just what I’m going to do. The goal is to highlight affordable items that can (and should) be incorporated into all of our wardrobes. Today it’s all about this awesome oversized button down from J.Crew. You can totally dress it up by tucking it into a pencil skirt, keep it laid back with some boyfriend jeans, or edge it up with their star cluster necklace that I can’t stop thinking about. However you decide to wear it, this shirt is effortlessly cool and should be in your closet immediately.
Although I love a good piece of statement jewelry, there’s something to be said for a girl who can bring lots of details together to create an overall composition. Nothing says “I know how to put a look together” like some well chosen jewelry. The more basic the individual pieces, the more they can be layered together to make a collective statement that’s never repetitive. You don’t need a lot of frills, just a few key simple things. I love dainty rings and minimalist bangles mixed with a hand chain or a wide sleek cuff. What’s great about pieces like this is once you build up a collection, you can wear the same few things everyday but in different configurations. Unlike a big detailed bib necklace which can only be brought out every once in awhile, you know you’ll get your money’s worth with these. They’re like your favorite pair of jeans – easy, go-to, yet always chic. Here are a few finds to create the layered look…
hand chain / 2. Madewell midi ring / 3. Luv Aj ring set / 4. Sole Society band set / 5. Eddie Borgo five-finger ring / 6. Finds pointer ring / 7. Ginette_Ny circle ring / 8. Maria Black ring / 9. Gorjana ring to wrist bracelet / 10. Kristen Elspeth cuff / 11. Jennifer Zeuner ring / 12. Elizabeth and James ring / 13. Vita Fede bracelet / 14. Tiffany & Co atlas ring / 15. Gorjana infinity ring / 16. Jules Smith cuff / 17. Yves Saint Laurent nail lacquer / 18. Elizabeth and James hand bracelet1. Joolz by Martha Calvo
market tote / Apolis market bag (more cities as well!) / Eliza Gran tote / Row 2: Sand Bag Designs rice sack / TRUSS Oaxaca bag (similar & less expensive here) / Free People tote / Row 3: The Little Market tote / Totes Cool rose gold tote / Baggu toteRow 1: The Piece Collection
Whether you’re the lightbulb switching or the electric car driving type of environmentalist, reducing our carbon foot print is at the upmost importance these days. Now that plastic bags are a thing of the past and stores are even charging for paper ones, I can’t think of a better time to up our market tote game. We’re grabbing groceries once or twice a week, yet often times the cloth bags we’re using are haphazard randoms that end up shoved in our trunks and sucked into the black hole of polyester shopping bags (I say “we” so that I can try to feel better about my own pathetic grocery bag situation, but I really just mean “I”). Seriously though, why not spend a little more money on one you won’t be embarrassed walking around Whole Foods with? Not to mention these are all great for the beach, gym, picnics, dry cleaning, and general errands all the same. What’s better than being kind to the earth and looking great while doing it?
I have to say I’ve been really loving the sport inspired trends that popped up over the past year. Varsity jackets, joggers, running shoes, and training jersey tops… I love them for the casual and laid back yet sleek element they add to an outfit. I spotted this silky tee in the window as I was walking past H&M and it stopped me in my tracks, so I ran in and immediately bought it (don’t you love it when something that captures your attention is affordable enough to buy without breaking into a cold sweat?). It was exactly what my wardrobe was craving. These days this trend provides an extra bit of inspiration as I start most mornings in fitness gear for the gym. I love the idea of bringing that vibe into my actual outfits, to remind myself of my goals in a stylishly relevant way. That’s one of the things I love most about fashion – how it can provide a deeper message and some much needed inspiration to our day.
H&M top / Gold Hawk shorts / BCBG heels (last year) / 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch / Nixon watch / Celine sunglasses
One Teaspoon bandit cut-offs / Agent Provocateur bathing suit / Alexander Wang peplum tank / Clover Canyon dress / Clu tee / River Island skort / Triangl bikini / For Love and Lemons crop top / Victoria Beckham dress
Wow. I am so taken aback/touched/relieved by the response to last week’s post about my new plan to get healthy and fit. So many of you left such thoughtful comments and I am overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement you poured out. You guuuyyyss! Thank you!! Mostly, I’m thrilled that so many of you have been or are in the same boat. It makes me feel like we’re all in this together. Different things work for different people and I love hearing your tips about what has worked for you. I am looking forward to sharing more details with you guys about this process, such as the fact that I had a difficult weekend as far as the diet part. There was a quesadilla situation and a coffee situation. Yeah. The weekends are the hardest! But here’s the best part… on Saturday I discovered that I’ve lost 3 lbs so far! What a relief because the other times I weighed myself in the first two weeks, either nothing had happened, or the number had gone UP. Yikes. So I’m happy to know that this whole crazy plan is starting to work, even just a little tiny bit. It motivates me for the weeks to come, and helps me panic less that I committed this plan to the extent of putting it on the internet. That’s not to say that it’s not hard. When the novelty of a new routine wears off after a week or so, that’s when the real drive has to come out or it will never work. I’m trying to keep that drive up as much as I can right now. Mostly though I’m having fun and I’m feeling really good. My muscles are always sore, which I love. Two new things I’m working on this week: 1. Drinking LOTS more water, and 2. Try to eat earlier dinners (this 9pm routine isn’t such a good thing). One step at a time!
Today I thought it would be fun to share my wish list of trends I’d like to be able to rock after losing some weight. These are looks I keep at least a mile radius from right now, but would love to be able to pull off in the future. Some of them seem pretty easy to wear, but they’re surprisingly not. A peplum for example, accentuates the hip and thigh region – a part that I definitely don’t want to draw attention to right now! Nope. Shorts are a big one for me. While there are shorts I can wear, if they don’t have a pretty oversized fit, the always tend to shift around and ride up on me. I REALLY want to be able to rock short shorts confidently.
What are some of your skinny trend goals? These things make me want to squeeze in an extra pilates class, that’s for sure!
While we’re still holding on to the lazy Sunday mentality, let’s talk about a color that reminds me of a delightfully rainy Sunday afternoon. The casual middle-man of black and white, there’s something comfortable about gray. It’s laid back, like an old friend we don’t have to get all dolled up for. It’s relaxed, but can be totally sophisticated at the same time. It’s a color that’s always in season, which is perfect for right now as we start thinking about transitioning our wardrobe to fall. Don’t be afraid to layer up some different shades of this neutral color and have fun mixing textures too for an full monochromatic outfit. A mid-tone wool blazer over a light cotton button down is killer with a great pair of charcoal denim skinnies. Begin layering light pieces now and before you know it, you’ll be rocking them with an oversized mohair coat this fall. Here are a few to get you started…
Equipment blouse / Givenchy clutch / Zoe Karssen tank / Nasty Gal iPhone case / Dior eyeshadow palette / Frame Denim jeans / Armani Collezioni hat / J.W. Anderson skirt / Maison Martin Margiela + MYKITA sunglasses / ModCloth ring / Rupert Sanderson boots
Although we can day dream about Chanel haute couture all day, I think it’s safe to say our day to day outfit inspirations come from a street style point of view. That’s the idea behind the newest series, “Love Her Look.” The series will be a collection of special yet achievable styled outfits that respectively mimic an effortlessly chic look. Take our first pic, an outfit Cara Delevingne rocked this past June at an event in London. Her punky style took a turn for the glamorous when she paired a graphic tee with relaxed trousers and killer heels. Chances are we all have variations of these items in our wardrobe to recreate this look, but just in case you don’t, I did all the searching for you….
Forever 21 tee / Marni clutch / Anastasia brow brush & brow pomade / Joseph trousers / Isabel Marant necklace / YSL Beauty lipstick / Charlotte Russe watch / Laura Mercier smoky eye palate / Charlotte Olympia pumps
I’m coming at you today with something that’s a little different from our regularly scheduled programming. I don’t usually get super personal on this blog, but that’s something I’d like to delve into a bit more. After all, it’s more fun to talk about fun things like fashion when we know each other a little better, don’t you think? And while fashion does genuinely take up a large percentage of my headspace day-to-day, there are other things that go on that might also be worth mentioning, especially when they influence my outfits and lifestyle choices. Now is one of those times. I’m working on a project that’s taking up a lot of my time, energy and thoughts, so it would be silly not to talk about it here. That project is my body, health, and wellbeing.
I’ve always been very laid back about working out and eating. In other words, I basically do whatever I want. If I go to a restaurant that specializes in truffle mac and cheese, then I guess I better have to have the truffle mac and cheese! It’s the weekend? Time for pizza and wings. Guests in town? Gotta introduce them to the best burger in LA. Traveling? I deserve to eat whatever I want because I’m away from home. Since childhood, I’ve never been an athletic person. I was always the suckiest at the sports I played (tennis, softball, and quick stints in swimming and hockey – shitty at all of them) and I’ve had cellulite ever since I was 13. It just wasn’t my strong suit. I was big and awkward and I mainly played sports for the social aspect. The thinnest I remember being in my adult life was in 2006 when I did the South Beach diet with friends at work, which lasted all of about 3 weeks. Going to the gym was something I would do mayyybe three times a week if I was “really going hard.” But I could never really commit to going enough to ever see a difference in my body. All my life I’ve felt fat, no matter what stage I’ve been in. I’ve just gone through different phases of not caring to change it and caring just a little.
Over the past six years of living in LA, I’ve been steadily gaining weight. Very slowly and fluctuating slightly, but overall it’s been a couple of pounds a year. Not a massive difference, but enough so that now when I look at myself, I’m finally seeing a different person than I was when I got here. In New York, I walked a lot and worked in an office which made it harder to snack – not to mention I was in my twenties, which is a different ballgame. These past six years I’ve dabbled in different things – yoga in 2009, running in 2010-2011, hiking and SoulCycle since 2013. Each thing I’ve picked up I’ve done very half-assed. I don’t think I worked out a single time in 2012. Truth. Meanwhile, styling jobs on set and working from home don’t make it any easier because snacks are much more accessible. Before I knew it, I stepped on the scale and saw that I’m a full 20 pounds heavier than I was when I graduated college.
I’ve felt the weight gain, but have never been ready to pour myself into getting in gear. I love food and I didn’t want to work out – plain and simple. If you’re not really ready to make a change, no results will ever come. Little attempts will fizzle and old bad habits will reign. But now. I. Am. Ready. It came on suddenly, and I don’t know what’s different about now versus the past six years, but I finally feel like now is my time. I’m 32 years old and not getting any younger. The time when Ian and I might want to start a family is not too far away. I hate sifting through the photos we take for the blog because 99% of them are horribly unflattering (the 99% you don’t see). There are a million trends I want to try but can’t pull off right now. But I so want to. I’ve never experienced a solid period of fitness and health, but I’m ready to start. Now. I thought it might be fun to take you on this journey with me, sharing my weight loss plan, progress, and challenges as I go. In no way is this going to become a weight loss or fitness blog, but I’m excited to let you in on this project. I hope you enjoy it!
So, here are the details of what I’m doing.
1. Working out. A lot. I finally joined a gym 3 weeks ago (I have been a publicly declared gym hater for years, so this is huge) and for 2.5 weeks so far, I’ve been going 5-6 days per week. I love the classes – especially spinning, barre, and pilates with Cassey Ho from Blogilates - she completely kicked my ass on Monday and I still can’t laugh without feeling pain). I still love SoulCycle, but going there 5 days a week would equate to a new pair of designer shoes per month, which I cannot afford, so I had to chill on that. I’ll still treat myself from time to time because it’s my favorite but I couldn’t swing the price tag for a truly impactful weekly workout regiment. I’m a girl who needs variety so I’m loving all the options the gym has to offer. Swimming is next on the list of workouts to try. Not to mention I love that I can bring my computer and work on the roof in a cabana after my workout with a protein smoothie AND they have Kiehls products in the locker room. These may not be necessities, but for me they definitely sweeten the deal.
2. Eating clean. I’m following Sarah from A House in the Hills with her Eat Clean August plan, so everything I eat has to be within those guidelines. Want to join us?? We’re talking no gluten or bread in general, no dairy, no meat, and no processed foods. I’m staying low on the sugar and coffee (though I do cheat with my date-sweetened almond milk and coffee every few days IF I’m craving it). It’s caused me to plan out my day a little more to avoid random snacking, and going hog wild on the weekends. I’m chilling a bit on cocktails, but I’m NOT giving up wine. I just won’t do it. Honestly though, it’s amazing how much good food there still is to eat after giving up a lot of ingredients. As long as I’ve got brown rice and quinoa, I don’t miss bread. As long as I’ve got green tea, I don’t miss coffee (unless I miss coffee in which case I have it). As long as I’ve got hot sauce, I don’t miss cheese. Of course there will be some cheating that goes on from time to time, but it’s all about making a general, sustainable change rather than continuing to eat whatever I want.
So I hope you don’t mind that I’m letting you in on this process. I have no idea what the future holds and how things will turn out, but that’s part of the process. I’m human. Maybe the difference will be subtle – after two weeks I still haven’t lost any weight but I hope that will change soon. If you have any tips for weight loss – fitness, diet, or wellness in general, please share in the comments! I would love to know what helps you stay healthy and get fit. Wish me luck! I’ll need it.
Nike tank / Nike pants / Nike shoes / Nike gym bag / Target bra (old but there are similar ones) / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Hydro Flask water bottle
BHS bathing suit / Top Shop skort / Michael Aram candle / Jaded London tee / Skinnydip London phone case / Jonathan Adler brass banana / Max & Chloe necklace / Loeffler Randall flats / Markus Lupfer sweater / Dolce & Gabbana pants / Mother of Pearl dress / J Crew tank / Mother of Pearl slip-ons / MoMa phone case / ASOS wristlet / Madewell shorts / Batiste dry shampoo / Wildfox swimsuit
What could possibly be more delicious than a little fruit flavor? In the ripest days of summer, these quirky pieces are here to offer us some sass on those days when florals and stripes just aren’t cutting it. Now, I’m not telling you to go all Carmen Miranda on us, but a playful fruit print will add just enough juice to your wardrobe to give you that extra zest when you need it.