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!
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As per usual, the runways at New York Fashion Week were swarming with looks to covet until fall pays us another visit (seems like an eternity). Here are just a few memorable moments from Lincoln Center last week…
Personalized embroidered jackets at Rag & Bone
– not sure if this is something they’re offering to us normals too, but we love it and will make it happen regardless.
Dramatic top hats paired with cool blues at Tibi
Hickory Manor House mirror / Bing Bang star earrings / Vintage Marquee star light / Jonathan Adler George sculpture / Abraham Lincoln selfie print / Marc by Marc Jacobs coat / Spell & The Gypsy Collective eagle ring / Bohemian Society kilt / George Frost ‘Trust’ cuff / Rag & Bone boot / Saint Laurent leather bow tie / Lenox Embassy coffeepot
It’s Presidents’ Day, and I figured what better time to pay homage to one of my favorite style inspirations? I know it seems weird but think about it – our presidents have worn some pretty chic things and have created plenty of inspiration starting with Mr. Washington himself. The state of the union is not too shabby: stars, stripes, ruffled blouses, gold accents, brass eagles, and lace-up boots – what’s not to like? So if you do anything to “celebrate” the national holiday, give a nod to George and get a little federal with your style today.
The only thing I love more than a good shade of blue is a good shade of blue that will take you through all four seasons. That’s why cerulean is on the radar this week (and every week). Even though it may provoke thoughts of a summer in Mykonos, it’s also got that richness you want in your winter wardrobe. Just a couple shades lighter and less purple (but no less impactful) than cobalt, cerulean is a color to add to the closet as soon as possible.
Miista oxfords / Roland Mouret dress / Le Creuset dutch oven / David Yurman ring / Bao Bao Issey Miyake clutch / Illesteva sunglasses / Helmut Lang leather jacket / NARS eyeshadow in Wishful Thinking / Beats by Dre headphones / Pantone thermo cup / Alexandra von Furstenberg bowl / Jack Spade iphone case / Kartell table / Eddie Borgo cuff / Toywatch watch
zeroUV heart sunglasses / Fashion Union shaggy jacket / Workhorse Jewelry arrow earrings / Charlotte Russe lips iPhone case / Valentino heels / Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle / Ariel Gordon heart ring / Shu Uemura velvet feather lashes / Alexander Wang Rockie bag / Kelly Wearstler Kiss sculpture / Equipment heart sweater / MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick / Stella McCartney arrow broach / Ted Baker skirt
If you’re not already a red hearts and pink fluff kinda girl, then Valentines Day is a tricky one to dress for. The colors and shapes of this holiday can be a bit much when mixed with all that chocolate and champagne – sweetness overload in every way. But I think we can all agree that whatever your style, it’s fun to add just a touch of sugar to your look on Feb 14. Perhaps you won’t be inclined to do it from head to toe, but just one piece can be all the right kinds of festive on the holiday of love. These are a few of the most covetable nods to Cupid – just a little sweet, and a little spicy. Wear one on V-day to celebrate or “accidentally” e-mail the link of your favorite to your sweetie. Hint hint, Ian: Kelly Wearstler is located on Melrose just a few steps away from Ink Sack…
In light of the Super Bowl this Sunday, I figure it’s the perfect time to take a moment for the sporty inspiration that’s been sweeping fashion these days. From jerseys to high tops, varsity jackets to running shoes, the team player look is all over the place and I’m totally feeling it. It’s fun to mix an athletic statement into a more typical “you” outfit, rather than the old way we might have worn this look in high school, which in my case would have been with wide leg Girbaud jeans and certainly no varsity jacket because I never lettered in an actual sport – only music and theatre, which at my school were some of the nerdiest patches one could possibly put on a letter jacket. That’s why I’m getting it out of my system now as a grown woman. How are you going to sport your team (or at least team “inspired”) spirit on Sunday?
1. Sandro sneakers / 2. Crest & Letters cardigan / 3. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer / 4. Forever21 metallic jersey tee / 5. Go Jane thigh high socks / 6. New Look tie dye jersey / 7. Madewell hoodie / 8. Kelly Wearstler gilded football / 9. T by Alexander Wang satin track shorts / 10. Nelly ’99 Problems’ beanie / 11. Aeropostale varsity jacket / 12. Givenchy t-shirt / 13. Nike sneakers / 14. New Balance sneakers / 15. Givenchy shorts / 16. 3.1 Phillip Lim track pants
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Even though I’m not a hardcore beach girl, I love being near the ocean when the crowds aren’t there. That’s when it’s peaceful, beautiful, and easier to take it all in. Winter is the season for this, so right now I’m craving a cozy beach picnic on an overcast day, on a quiet patch of beach somewhere when there’s no hope of keeping your hair in tact, but all you need are your favorite bohemian cozies, a blanket, bonfire, and some hot cocoa.
Kiss by Fiona Bennett beanie / Vince sweater / Minnetonka booties / Thermos / Sachajuan Ocean Hair Mist / vintage Mexican serape blanket / Current/Elliott jeans / Free People top / Luv AJ shark tooth necklace / Clare Vivier tote
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There’s something about this soft, muted pink that can instantly make a girl feel at home. Maybe it’s the ballerina association from early stages of life. I’m sure many girls can relate. Without question, I had to have the light pink tutu, tights, and leotard. I remember being at the dance store as a five year old with my mom shopping for Danskin gear and marveling at the selection, wondering why anyone in their right mind would choose black or ivory over blush ballerina garb. But even as an adult, this shade is every bit as relevant. Still feminine, only now it’s all grown-up and can be done as softly or as structured as you’d like (Olivia Pope coat? Yes, please). It’s every bit as neutral as any gray or beige, but just a touch more celebratory.
Oasis coat / Aerie aviators / House of Harlow earrings / High Street Market bookends / Urban Decay Naked 3 palette / Zoe Karssen ‘Merci’ tee / Nixon watch / Jouer ‘Dusty’ lipstick / Dwell Studio wool pouf / Nine West platform oxford / Hermes cuff / Rosamosario bra / Givenchy Dahlia Noir parfum
For a moment we’re going to ignore the fact that it’s a confusing 85 degrees in LA, my tall boots are collecting dust in the closet, and I’m seriously considering taking out my shorts from hibernation (is it weird that I don’t want to?). But for all you ladies who are actually dealing with real winter temps on the daily, let’s talk about a layering look I think everyone should try (California girls, stick around though – this one’s for us too). Knee high boots are a staple of the season and if you’ve ever tried to buy some, you know how hard it can be to find the perfect fit – the right calf circumference, shaft height, ankle to calf curvature… it seems like it would be easy, but that hunt will drive a girl crazy. Well ladies, here’s a fun trick that not only takes care of most of these knee boot difficulties, but adds an extra trendy touch to your outfit. It’s simple: knee high boots + over-the-knee socks = <3. The socks are longer than the height of the boot, so they stick out a few inches creating the illusion of a longer, thinner leg. I especially love this look for the extra height it adds to your boot shaft whether over bare legs, tights, or skinnies, making them appear more luxurious and sleek. It’s also a great way to buffer a too-wide boot opening at the top if you want to wear them with dresses or shorts. I find that that the combo works better for more casual outfits like these, so skip the socks if you’re going for a fancier high heeled boot + dress or skirt ensemble. But for any regular winter day, over-the-knee socks are an inexpensive and easy way to elevate your favorite boots.
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leather jacket / Rag & Bone boots / Celine sunglasses / Sperry Top-Sider watch / Manolo Blahnik heels / Rag & Bone tee / P.A.R.O.S.H. dress / Current/Elliott jeans / Rag & Bone fedora / Valentino purse / Helmut Lang blazer / J.Crew necklace / Converse sneakers
Whenever I’m working with a client to update their wardrobe, there are always a few key things that keep consistently showing up on the “to buy” list. These are the pieces that I feel are über important for everyone’s day-to-day needs, no matter how your personal style is unique from the next girl. There is a version of each of them for every woman, and all of them are lifesavers when you need an outfit pick-me-up. So if you’re looking to streamline your wardrobe and invest in some solid staples this year, this post is for you. Here goes…
Leather jacket – Contrary to popular belief, leather jackets aren’t just for edgy girls. There’s a leather jacket for everyone. In my research, I have found that Veda makes some of the best out there. Not only are they on the more affordable end of the leather jacket market, but they are also some of the dreamiest fitting, plus they come in so many different colors and leather textures.
Everyday ankle boots – Whether you’re a heel or a flats girl, a good pair of everyday ankle boots are key for your wardrobe three seasons out of the year. They go with everything from jeans to flirty dresses. Whatever neutral you choose, grab yourself a pair and you’ll wear them nonstop for years to come.
Splurge sunnies – I’m a sunnies girl. They’re always the last piece I add to an outfit and I always feel extra fabulous the minute I throw them on. I believe that every girl should save for a pair they’re obsessing over and go for it.
Oversized watch – These days it’s all about the mens watch, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. I like this look because on those days when you don’t feel like piling on the jewelry, the watch makes a statement all on its own.
Pointy pumps – While platform pumps were all the rage a few years ago, the look has gone a step more elegant. The pointy toe is elongating to the leg, timeless, and perfect for boyfriend jeans and red carpet gowns alike. The BB’s by Manolo Blahnik are at the top of the list, along with Louboutin Pigalle’s.
Perfect t-shirt – You may have to go on an epic search for your own perfect tee, but when you find it, buy five of em. I have found that you get what you pay for in this category, and if you’re nice to your tees, they’ll be nice to you (so, hand wash the drapey expensive ones).
Show stopping cocktail dress – It may seem frivolous when you find it, but you’ll be so glad to have it time and time again. Ideally, it’s one you can sass up for a girls night out or class up for a wedding.
Ripped skinny jeans – A good pair of ripped jeans is bound to be a daily favorite in your wardrobe. Of course they’ll pair well with that favorite tee and ankle boots, but you can also have fun dressing them up with a flowy top and blazer.
Fedora – The fedora may seem like a fleeting trend, but it’s far from that. Variations of the style go centuries back, and are all going strong. There are so many different kinds that you can undoubtedly find a version that’s uniquely you without feeling like you’re falling victim to a fad.
Dressy cross body bag – While we all love a pretty clutch, the cross body is a dream purse because it allows you to be hands free when you most need it – weddings, girls nights out, flea markets, etc. The perfect investment will take you to a quick lunch or a black tie event, and give you the choice to tuck/remove the strap and go handheld, or wear it on your shoulder without dressing down your look while you shake a hand in one, and have a cocktail in the other.
Black blazer – This is the number one piece I tell all my clients to buy. It works with a tee and sneakers on a Sunday, over a dress for an event, and everything in between. Helmut Lang’s are hands down my favorite.
Statement glam necklace – This is another one that may feel like a frivolous expenditure but once you take the leap, you’ll be amazed at what it does for your wardrobe, even with a t-shirt and jeans.
White Converse sneakers – Whether you’re a low or high tops girl, there’s nothing like a fresh pair of white Converse. They are always in style no matter what, totally affordable, and perfect for any casual day.