Spring Necessities

04.24.2014
Spring Necessities
 Topshop satin bomber / Kenzo sunglasses / Madewell dress / Margiela multi-strand necklace / Miu Miu heels / B Brian Atwood backpack / Max & Chloe studs / J Brand jeans / Fujifilm instant camera / Dorothy Perkins midi skirt / Birkenstock sandals

Although the seasons seem to blend here in Los Angeles, the 10 degree difference from winter to spring are enough to make a wardrobe update feel totally necessary.  Bid farewell to your winter essentials to make room for these key spring pieces. Trust me, you won’t stop wearing them til it’s time for knee-high boots again…

The Sports Jacket – If you’re looking for an easy transition from your beloved winter varsity jacket, the search is over. This lightweight sports bomber pairs perfectly with jeans and can also add a nice twist to girly skirts.

Statement Sunnies – In the spring and summer, sunglasses are a daily necessity and these days they’re becoming more of an expression of your style. So pick your favorite statement pair and rock em!

The Throw and Go Dress – Lazy girls, your time is now.  Stock up on these easygoing dresses that can be thrown on in under five seconds. Stick to neutrals and simple patterns that are easy to accessorize differently enough so that you don’t feel like you’re wearing the same piece each time.

Delicate Layered Necklaces – Minimalists and maximalists, unite! Layering pretty, delicate necklaces will make lighter accessorizers feel daring while allowing the lavish ladies to still honor their edge.

Lace-Up Heels – I love a good juxtaposition piece.  These vampy heels are exactly what you need to pair with boyfriend jeans to give a feminine twist during the day and with a LBD to take on the nighttime.  There has never been a smoother transition.

The Chic Backpack - If you’re an avid festival goer, a chic backpack will be your best friend this spring.  The hands-free bag will hold all your belongings with easy while letting you throw your hands up in the air (even if Lorde is kind of over it). 

Mismatched Studs - Update the simple stud by mixing them up! You can buy them in pre-mismatched pairs or mix up your own for a fresh take on what’s already in your jewelry box.

Ripped White Denim - There’s something so fresh yet perfectly edgy about some ripped white jeans. Whether they’re skinny or boyfriend, just add a soft tee, and lace-up sandals for a casual look, or amp em up with black pumps and a leather jacket for evening.

The Midi Skirt – This dad-approved length is about to take over the next few months. Make sure to grab some in pretty pastels and also a great, sleek black one (for obvious reasons).  Pair it with your new lace-up heels and a boxy crop top for great girly yet edgy look.

Chunky Strap Sandals – Now, before you write these sandals off as a mistake you made in the nineties, let’s talk about it. You know your feet are hurting from too many nights in heels, you know you want a shoe you can slip on for a quick grocery run, you know you kinda think they’re cool again (even if you won’t admit it aloud).  So come on, give your feet a break. Make sure to wear these with relaxed yet elevated outfit though so you don’t look like a bad fashion memory.

Instant Camera - Printed photos are the new Instagram. It’s fun to take a break from the digital age and post little memories around your place, share them with friends, etc.

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Fancy Fins

04.22.2014

Fancy Fins / The Life Styled

While I’m definitely a girl who loves a good investment, I’m also a big fan of a solid Forever21 find. I stop in there about as often as I’ll go into any of my favorite stores, and I love hunting for affordable treasures. Sometimes it’s a major fail (depending on how many florals and crop tops are taking up their inventory) but when it’s good it can be REALLY good. That’s how I felt when I found this crystal shark sweatshirt – it was love at first sight. Every time I wear it I get tons of compliments, and it’s such an easy piece to throw on and make a statement. I find myself reaching for it at least once a week, especially if my mood needs a little pick-me-up.

Fancy Fins / The Life Styled

Fancy Fins / The Life Styled

Fancy Fins / The Life Styled

Fancy Fins / The Life Styled

Fancy Fins / The Life Styled

Forever21 sweatshirt / Current/Elliott jeans / Dolce Vita sandals / Chanel purse / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Pouf keychain from a random store in the garment district downtown LA / Karl Lagerfeld watch / Rings: Luv AJ (tall, shortmini spike, large spike) / Mylo (sun, moon)

Photography by Ian Sheppard
 

Hole-y Grail

04.21.2014

Hole-y Grail

Forever21 heels / House of Harlow earrings / Tish shorts / AVIU jacket / Henri Bendel asymmetric clutch / Eddie Borgo cuff / Aeropostale belt / Intermix baseball cap / Rebecca Taylor skirt / Rebecca Taylor tee / Alexander McQueen phone case / Vince Camuto drawstring bag / Jonathan Adler table / Common Projects sneakers / J.Crew metallic clutch

As spring is settling in, the leather goods I grew so comfortable with in the winter are starting to take a back seat.  So what is a fashion girl to do to get that same sleek leather look without feeling sticky as the temperature starts to rise?  Luckily this season offers a breathable trend that can make heavy fabrics feel a little bit lighter. Perforated details allow us rock the leather that we love so much but giving us a little ventilation that works so well for warmer weather. Think of it as a luxe take on mesh- athletes can’t feel stuffy while working out and neither should you when you’re while drinking mimosas at an al fresco Sunday brunch.  Whether you appreciate it for function or for a modern take on pointillism, perforation is perfection this spring.

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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.

Do you have a question? Leave it in the comments, post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or e-mail it to hello@thelifestyled.com!

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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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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