The Life Styled / Mixing Frills with Edge

Q:  I have a fabulous frilly tulle skirt but it just collects dust in my closet because I don’t know how to wear it. My style is more edgy rocker, so I just feel like I’m playing dress-up in softer girly things. But I love this skirt and I want to find a way to wear it. How do I style it so I still look like myself? – Lana

A: Good question! I have faced the same dilemma with the floofier things too since I’m a leather jacket and t-shirt girl myself. But sometimes we just want to honor the little girl in us and wear something light pink and poofy! Not to worry, because the rocker edgy style tends to be very structured and dark, it’s actually the perfect match to the softer, more feminine side of the spectrum. The juxtaposition of the two things is very appealing, perhaps because they’re SO opposite that it just makes sense. So, rock your tutu but keep the rest of the outfit true to your edgy style with some killer chunky heels, a tee, and a leather jacket. That way it won’t look like you turned into a different person, just introduced a new statement into your look. Add a jeweled necklace too – it will honor both the girly and rocker side equally and tie it all together.

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The Life Styled / Frills + Edge
N. 21 skirt / OAK shirt / ASOS suspenders / Topshop jacket / French Connection heels / Bauble Bar necklace / Deborah Lippmann nail polish / Lulu Guiness clutch
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Designer Duel

04.17.2014

Copy Cat / The Suede Ankle Strap Heel

Manolo / Zara

It’s time for yet another new series, and this one is a favorite of mine. It’s juicy, it’s controversial, and it’s going to be a great shopping source to help you not break the bank. We’re calling it Designer Duel. In each post an expensive a$$ designer piece will go head-to-head with a very similar (in some cases a little too similar) less expensive counter part. Because while we respect the high end designer brands, sometimes we’re happy with something that looks just like it but at a fraction of the cost. Here are the rules: 1. The less expensive version still has to be good quality, so you’re getting basically the same exact thing without the name. 2. The two items have to look really similar. It’s not just a “get the general look for less” type of situation where the cheaper one is actually not even close to the high end one. 3. The bargain version has be legitimate, it can’t be a knockoff claiming to be the same brand. Of course. This is meant to be fun and helpful, not sleazy. Hope you enjoy!

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Slip-On Season

04.16.2014

Slip-On Season / The Life Styled

Steve Madden / Common Projects / Lanvin / Vans / Vans / Vince / Steve Madden / The Blonde Salad for Steve Madden

2014 seems to be the year of shoes that we never thought would resurface from the 90′s. First Birkenstocks, then chunky square heels, and now slip-on skater shoes. I gotta say I’m all in on this one. I love the updated look with leather, snakeskin, animal prints, and a more substantial sole. Even the old checkered Vans are back with a bang, only now $47 doesn’t break the ol’ 8th grade allowance. Wear em with boyfriend jeans or shorts this summer for a chic yet comfy weekend look.

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Festival Ready

04.15.2014

Whether you’re a Coachella goer or a #nochella naysayer, festival season is officially in full swing and there’s boho style abound. When it comes to music fest attire, really anything goes as long as it’s breezy and a little unstyled. Sure, there are always a few eyebrow raisers out there but Coachella is also the stomping ground for some modern flower child inspiration. So if you’re headed to week 2 of Coachella or another festival this season, here are a few essentials to pack in your vintage duffle. Oh and there’s music there too?

Festival Wear

Borsalino Panama hat / 2020Ave bralette / Polaroid camera / Gold Hawk Capri top / Isabel Marant necklace / Nasty Gal iPhone case / Cleobella bag / Ancient Greek sandals / vintage Levi’s shorts /
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Steal Spotlight

04.14.2014

Steal Spotlight

Ray-Ban / DVF / Nixon / Jules Smith / Equipment / Current/Elliott / Clare Vivier / Gorjana / Mara Hoffman / Vince / Alexander Wang / J.Crew

I think it’s safe to say that every girl loves a good deal. Finding that thing you’ve been coveting on sale that you were prepared to pay full price for is the greatest victory, isn’t it? These days I never want to pay full price for anything because with a little dedication and research, there always seems to be a way around it. That’s why I’m starting this fun new series where I’ll be featuring some of the best sale finds of the moment. But act fast, some of them are only on sale for a limited time or are almost all snatched up. Happy {shopping} Monday!

 

 

Layer Life

03.31.2014

Layer Life / The Life Styled

Layer Life / The Life StyledTheyskens Theory jacket (similar) / ByCORPUS plaid shirt from Urban Outfitters (it’s not online but might still be in stores) / Forever21 tee (similar) / Rag & Bone jeans / H by Hudson boots / Celine sunglasses

Every girl has those days when you just need your clothes to make your life easier. Of course we always want to look cute wherever we go, but sometimes along with that comes a need to be colder, warmer, comfier, protected from sun, wind, or whatever your crazy life has in store. Lately I’ve been working on set for long days and any given day could be both 50 and 80 degrees in a location I know nothing about until I get there. So I’ve constructed a uniform that not only looks chic but provides comfort in every possible situation. The key ingredient? Oversized boyfriend shirts – plaid, striped, linen, chambray – you name it. Add some ripped skinnies, your favorite tee, and a jacket to the mix and you’ve got four different ways to wear them (on most days I’ll utilize all four combos at some point). This time of year they’re coming in light breezy fabrics, so they’re all the more soft and dreamy. As we head into warmer temps the look would work just as well with shorts, so I suggest you start stocking up now and you’ll wonder what you ever did without em.

Layering ShirtsRow 1: Madewell / Madewell / Paul & Joe / Row 2: AE / R13 / Band of Outsiders / Row 3: Merona / J.CrewRails Hunter /

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Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

It can be a struggle to make myself wear lighter colors, and often times I just give in and let myself commit to the head to toe black. In LA it can be a bit jarring, especially when the temps are always above 70. But as long as the fabrics are lighter weight, it’s not so heavy feeling. Buckley sandals with a lucite heel still have a New York feel but are perfect for an LA climate, and dark rinse jeans make the outfit just a bit more breathable and more interesting, instead of straight black. My favorite part of putting together an outfit like this is to throw a ton of gold jewelry at a it to add a noticeable splash of rocker glam to the mix.

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

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Studded Sophisticate / The Life StyledMadewell shirt / Rag & Bone jeans / The Blonde Salad for Steve Madden shoes / Warby Parker glasses (c/o) / Bracelets: J.Crew / Luv AJ / H&M / Forever21 / Rings: Luv AJ (tall, big spike, mini spike) / Luv AJ necklace / Michael Kors watch (this is a cool version) / Valentino bag

Photography by Jen Lauren Grant
 

Color Code / Mint

03.18.2014

Color Code / Seafoam / The Life StyledOne thing that spring always brings with it is a pretty pastel palette. To me, the greens in this realm always have that extra bit of yumminess without being too soft and girly. I love that because it can hold its own within an edgier, higher contrast outfit with ease. Whether it’s a dustier retro tone or a more saturated lime or aqua infused shade, mint can take you all the way through to August (and even into the holiday season), always giving your look a completely refreshed feel. This is one color that looks good on all skin and hair tones, so add a pinky lip and wear it til your hearts content.

Color Code / Seafoam3.1 Phillip Lim mini Pashli satchel / Jonathan Saunders dress / Carven L’eau de Toilette / Oozoo watch / Chanel vintage bracelet / Ben’s Garden tray / Tiffany green quartz earrings / Alexander Wang heels / Henri Bendel Jasmine travel candle / River Island biker jacket / Safavieh bench / Abercrombie shorts / Garard Yosca cluster necklace / Kitchenaid mixer
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Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma / The Life StyledI’m not normally a fan of drinks that include sweet soda (with the very specific exception of a Moscow Mule) but when I came across this one, I had to give it a try. I’ve heard that the paloma almost beats the margarita for the most popular drink in Mexico, which surprises me considering that up until I made this one I had never tried any version of it. It’s usually made with grapefruit soda which sounds right up my alley, but there’s something about the blood orange and thyme that just begged to be combined in this version. Why deny what’s meant to be? I love how easy this cocktail is to make yet it has the vibe of being complex and artisanal. It would be perfect made in a big batch for a soiree or for even just a casual taco night at home.

Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma / The Life Styled

Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma / The Life Styled

Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma / The Life StyledMAKE IT

2 oz silver tequila
4 oz all natural blood orange soda (I used Whole Foods brand)
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
leaves of 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, roughly chopped
thyme sprig for garnish
1 blood orange (slices for garnish)
sea salt

Combine the salt and thyme on a small plate. Use as much or as little salt as you like – I like to mix in a little sugar too since I don’t like too much salt. Crush the mixture together with your fingers. Wet the rim of a glass with lime and cover with the thyme salt. Add in a few ice cubes, and then top with the tequila, lime juice, soda and stir. Garnish with a blood orange slice and thyme sprig.

Photography by Jen Lauren Grant
Recipe adapted from Aida Mollenkamp

Not So Fancy Footwear / The Life Styled

There’s a new trend going around that our tired feet are sure to get on board with. Gone are the days of wearing your most comfy running shoes only on planes or, say, to run. Athletic sneaks have been getting cuter and cuter, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been finagling their way into fashion forward outfits. Tip: In order to avoid looking like you’re just going to the gym, choose a chic handbag and keep the rest of your outfit non-sporty. Don’t overthink it, just have at it and enjoy it while it lasts. Your stiletto abused tootsies will thank you for this one!

Not So Fancy Footwear / The Life Styled

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Row 1: Underarmour / Nike / Adidas / Row 2: Adidas / Asics / Reebok / Row 3: Casadei / Marc by Marc Jacobs / Asics / Row 4: Bershka / Nike / Nike
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