It’s no secret that leather is my jam. Perhaps even from time to time, I don’t pay attention when getting dressed and then I look in the mirror and realize my outfit has leather in every piece. Oops. As much as I love it, it’s totally understandable that for some people leather is a bit of a departure – especially when worn in the form of a jacket or pants. That’s why I love leather trimmed pieces. Not only are they a great way to incorporate leather when you don’t want to go full-on, but they’re also more affordable than their 100% leather cousins. Leather always adds a touch of edge to any outfit, so try it in the trimmings if you’re dabbling in the concept.
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By Catherine & Alex
Ahhh navy. What a best friend of a color. Nautical in the summer and classically elegant in the winter, it’s one of the few hues that’s equally relevant all year round. Mix it with black for a modern take on a timeless shade, or douse yourself in navy sequins or feathers for a unexpected yet timeless holiday statement. It’s every bit as versatile as any neutral color out there, yet just a touch more complex. This season I’d like to wear my navy via a leather jacket, chunky sweater, and some suede wedge booties, to name just a few.
River Island fedora, Ash booties, Zadig & Voltaire watch, MICHAEL Michael Kors cape, NARS eyeliner stylo in Atlantic, Myla lace bra, By Malene Birger jumpsuit, H&M faux fur blanket, Chanel nail polish in Blue Satin, Markus Lupfer sequin unicorn sweater, Sergio Rossi heels, 202 Factory belted mini bag, Comme des Garçons zip pouch
By Catherine & Alex
Every morning while I’m still half asleep and getting ready for our family walk with the pups, the first thing I always want to reach for is a cozy sweatshirt – especially as the air gets crisper this season. I can’t help but feel a little bit guilty since I’m the first to preach about putting intention into your choices when getting dressed, “even if you’re just walking the dogs,” I say. Yet there I am in the mens’ zip-up hoodie AND sweatpants, shlepping around town, and running into friends and acquaintances when I least expect it. There’s a new game changer though that might just get me off the hook. Graphic sweatshirts are now on the table as a solid style choice, making a fashion forward statement and complimenting a leather mini skirt and ankle boots just as well as they do a pair of boyfriend jeans, sneakers, and pups in tow. I’ll take one of each please!
Trend alert! Statement necklaces became such a regular part of our everyday wardrobes, we got a little bored and wanted more. Necklace layering has hit new heights, and adding an extra strand or two of metal and sparkles to the usual piddly single statement bib has become the latest way to elevate your outfit. We can’t get enough of this fun look and accept the challenge to find the perfect combinations. The trick: Mix different textures and shapes in the same color family, and slightly stagger the lengths so each one has a place to shine. The goal is to make them work together so they almost look like one necklace.
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By Catherine & Alex
When Pantone named emerald the color of the year, one can’t help but think, “This is going to be a good year.” And you know what? It has been. The year might be coming close to the end (ahhh!) but NOW is the time to really delve into this rich, decadent shade. Nothing is more saturated, elegant, and festive than this jewel tone of envy. It always seems to sparkle, even if it’s in suede or cashmere. So join us in Emerald City. It’s gorgeous here!
by Catherine & Alex
Borrowing from the boys is not a new concept by any means, but lately it feels particularly right. With everything from oversized watches and slouchy jeans to dapper oxfords and varsity jackets, you can’t throw a football without hitting a dude inspired trend these days. The male species tends to focus on comfort by nature, so I’m perfectly happy playing around with some manly pieces. The best part is it’s so easy to combine the different categories in the look. For example, pair a mens work shirt with a baseball cap and sneakers and you’ve got an instantly clever combo without looking too themey or masculine. Play around, mix and match. This one is sure to stick around like a good boyfriend.
This post was in collaboration with The Life Styled intern Alex
Federica Moretti hat, John Varvatos scarf, Torn by Ronny Kobo top, Current/Elliott jeans, Zara coat, Alice & Olivia heels, Paul Smith belt, Merona blazer, Rag & Bone shorts, H&M trousers, Mango top, Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone case, Cambridge Satchel Co bag, Chinese Laundry flats
No matter what, every year – even if there is a zombie apocalypse – plaid will always be in for fall. Whether it makes you nostalgic for 90′s grunge or Gossip Girl, there’s a plaid moment for everyone. If you’re a classic girl, you may opt for a timeless tartan trouser or satchel, and the edgier girls might have a thing for Zara’s structured pieces (have a look around – there are tons this season) or an ombré fade print like the one on this mens’ John Varvatos scarf. Whatever your pleasure, pick up a plaid treat or two and you’re sure to feel festive for fall.
Heath Ceramics so she can add another plate or bowl to her collection. I love Heath too, don’t get me wrong, but my favorite things there tend to be the collections from other designers that they sell there. So while Mom plays around with different pottery color combos, I snack on Crack Caramels (danger!) and peruse the maple cutting/serving boards and luxe linens (I’ve been lusting after the Matteo napkins for years now), but I usually walk out without much more than a Weck jar for myself. However, on our last trip there I noticed something in the corner that I hadn’t noticed before – a display of necklaces by Iacoli & McAllister, a design team known more for their awesome geometric light fixtures and cool furniture. At first, I didn’t think they were for me – maybe a little too quirky. But once I found my ideal color combo (black, white, and gold of course), I made the purchase and have never looked back. In fact, I’ve been wearing it nonstop ever since and plan to go back for more. It adds a modern minimalism to my wardrobe that now I realize was much needed. I guess sometimes you just need to try something different and unexpected, and it might just open your eyes to a new angle of your style that you never knew was there.
Every time my mom comes to town, we always have to make a stop at
Iacoli & McAllister, The rest of the outfit: Helmut Lang blazer, Iro tee, Free People shorts, Asos bracelet
Étoile Isabel Marant jacket, Forget Me Not scarf, Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water, Rag & Bone leather pants, Want Le Essentials De La Vie wallet, Dita ‘Magnifique’ sunglasses, Lack of Color hat, Ell and Emm faux fur pouf, Rag & Bone ‘Kinsey’ boot, Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot, Meg Biram Shop handcuff necklace, Equipment sweater
Let me tell you – fall is the worst season for my wallet. It just gets so worn out from excessive use, causing me to need a new one (such as the Liberty zip wallet by Want Le Essentiels De La Vie in black with mixed metal hardware, for example). It’s a shame really, but what am I supposed to do? Every time September comes around, the wardrobe brainstorming starts and it wont stop. Fall is a great time to get those basics in order before the holidays roll around. That’s we can have some fun filling in the blanks with special pieces, but right now I’m fixated on those staple items that I’ll wear all season long and well into next year. At the top of my list are the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot (the best custom calf fit you’ll ever find in an over-the-knee boot), Rag & Bone leather joggers that are baby soft and surprisingly flattering, and the navy leather moto jacket by Etoile Isabel Marant which I’m dying to mix with that Forget Me Not galaxy print scarf, a ripped tee, and black jeans. What’s on your list for fall?
If this past week’s hot temps in LA are any indication, summer isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. September is always such a confusing time for fashion. All we can think about is cozy sweaters and knee-high boots, but we’re sitting here sipping on pumpkin spice lattes and sweating. Lately I’ve tried to shift my mindset and come to terms with the fact that summer is still in full swing up until at least the first week of October. For that reason, I still let myself get excited about cutoff shorts and tees, but find ways to bring in a bit of fall flavor. I mean, a girl’s gotta be comfortable, and perspiration in climate-inappropriate garb is not a good look. But now that we’ve got fall on the brain, we can still invite it in by packing away the bright summer colors and keeping a neutral palette in the daily uniform. Add some visually heavier accessories like a black fringe bag or wide brimmed wool hat. Those first fall accessory purchases that still felt too rich for August make more sense now, while the base of the outfit is still airy and light. We can always swap in a pair of jeans and add a jacket when those temps cool down in the evenings, until fall stops teasing us and settles in for good.