Steal Spotlight

08.29.2014
Steal-Spotlight-4Alexander Wang shirt / Vince jeans / Rebecca Minkoff clutch / Bauble Bar necklace / Alexander Wang skirt / Equipment top / Pamela Love earrings / Kelly Wearstler cuff / 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals / Saint Laurent sunglasses

Labor Day sales are on! Here are some of the best…

Shopbop - New markdowns up to 70% off

Club Monaco - EXTRA 50% clearance, EXTRA 40% off sale

Madewell – 30% dresses and boots + EXTRA 30% off sale

Bloomingdales – 20-60% off select items

ASOS – Markdowns up to 75% + EXTRA 10% off sale

Bauble Bar – Markdowns starting at 50% off

 

 

Labor Day Whites

08.28.2014

Labor Day Whites / The Life Styled

Labor Day Whites / The Life Styled

Labor Day Whites / The Life Styled

Labor Day Whites / The Life Styled

I think we can all agree that the whole no white after Labor Day rule is a thing of the past. Sure, white is a summery neutral, but I mean… it’s white. It’s about the most basic color out there, right next to black. How can we take something so huge off the table for 3/4 of the year? Plus, it’s not always clear when summer really ends, especially in LA where September tends to be the hottest month of the year. I don’t know about you but there’s no way I’m packing away my whites just yet – and probably not ever. We’re all smart girls, aren’t we? We can figure out how to wear white differently during the colder months. For a few more weeks it’s still acceptable to really drive it home, but as fall sets in, pick a star white piece and anchor it with darker colors and heavier textures and you’ll be looking fresh and ready for fall. 

Labor Day Whites

Burberry Brit leather jacket / Givenchy bag / Helmut Lang sweater / Nike sliders / Milly halter top /Frame jeans / Jonathan Simkhai skirt / Siren heels / Kate Spade watch / Deborah Lippman nail polish / Proenza Schouler clutch / H&M crop tee / Wildfox sunglasses / Rag & Bone booties

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

 

Designer Duel

08.22.2014

Designer Duel / Leather Skate Shoe

Vince / Vans

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Anticipating Autumn

08.21.2014
Fall-TransitionRails plaid shirt / Biltmore felt fedora / Current/Elliot button-down / Frame Denim skinnies / J. Crew skirt / J. Crew dress / Madewell leather vest / OPI nail lacquer / Topshop booties / Skagen watch

Is there any season that we get more excited for than fall? It’s kind of the best reason to amp up your wardrobe.  However, it never gets cold as fast as we think it does.  Realistically, your favorite new fall sweater doesn’t see the light of day until early October.  As tempting as it may be to delve right into a fresh fall look, we need to take a step back and ease into the season the right way.   These pieces will give you just a taste of autumn but can still work throughout the warmer days of September.  The sporty shift dress is cool enough on it’s own but can be paired with boots and an oversized coat once the cold bites.  Top your outfit off with a great felt fedora or edge it up with some cut out booties.  An awesome leather vest can be paired with a muscle tank now or over a sweater by the time you’re planning your clever halloween costume.  However you choose to rock these transitional pieces, you’ll be able to do it with ease in the months ahead.

 

 

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Go Get It

08.19.2014
Endless-ShirtThe Endless Shirt by J.Crew

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.

 

All In The Details

08.15.2014

RingsAlthough 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…

Rings-Polyvore1. Joolz by Martha Calvo 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 bracelet
 

To Market

08.14.2014
To Market / The Life StyledRow 1: The Piece Collection 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 tote

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?

 

Fit Wish List

08.12.2014

Fit Wish List

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!

 

Greyscale

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…

Color Code / Grayscale

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

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
 

Designer Duel

08.08.2014

Designer Duel / The Boho Smock

Isabel Marant / Kate Moss for Topshop - Darn, looks like this one just sold out but if you call Nordstrom they can usually track one down in a store for you! Or try any of the options below…

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