Witching Hour

01.10.2014

Witching Hour / The Life StyledLet’s geek out for a second over American Horror Story : Coven, shall we? When I first saw a promo for this show I was already fully committed. The wide brimmed witch hats, black neck ties, and lace up boots were speaking my language. I would watch this show no matter what the season’s theme is, but when there’s a distinct fashion moment to pull from it, all the better. Seems to me they were somewhat inspired by Saint Laurent’s SS13 collection, which could have basically provided the entire show’s wardrobe and made the costume designer’s life a whole lot easier. One of each for me too please? Alas, we may have to get a bit more creative in adding some witch worthy pieces to our collections. Here are a few ideas…

Saint Laurent SS13

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Witching Hour / The Life Styled

Saint Laurent bow tie / Maison Michel fedora / Bella umbrella / Blue Bayer cigarette holder / L.K. Bennett dress / Charlie Ford vintage whiskey decanter set / Marc Jacobs purse / Alexandre Birman boots / Jonathan Adler key keeper / Black.co.uk shawl
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Color Code / Ruby

12.23.2013

Ruby RedWell folks, it’s Christmas. It snuck up real fast and it’s time to wrap up the prep and sit back and enjoy. Everywhere we go over the holidays, it’s inevitable that we see a lot of ruby red. It’s a loud shade that I might not normally put on a list of favorites, but these days I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards it. While it’s normally considered a “lady” staple, I love to see it worn with a bit more edge and structure. If you’re not typically a red gal, go ahead and try it out this week. You might be surprised with an extra spring in your step.

Color Code / Ruby

DSquared2 gloves / Tibi crop top / Oscar de la Renta earrings / Borsalino hat / Lanvin lip brooch / Nicholas Kirkwood heels / Valentino bracelet / Charlotte Olympia clutch / Burberry skirt / YSL nail polish / CB2 candleholder / DVF iPhone case / Rag & Bone coat
Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9
By Catherine & Alex
 

Gift Guide / The Entertainer

1. Kate Spade mug, $16 / 2. Savon de Marseille handsoap, $23 / 3. Modcloth cocktail shaker, $35 / 4. Ibride rabbit tray, $192 / 5. Craft Cocktails, $50 / 6. Jonathan Adler unicorn salt & pepper shakers, $50 / 7. Alessi citrus basket, $200 / 8. Anthropologie throw, $128 / 9. Eclectic by Tom Dixon champagne bucket, $235 / 10. Cards Against Humanity game, $25 / 11. Pi bottle opener, $30 / 12. Thomas Fuchs skull ice tongs, $45 / 13. Kelly Wearstler pyrite bottle stopper, $175 / 14. Jonathan Adler Animalia coasters, $78 / 15. Sharper Image electric wine opener, $36

See the rest of the holiday gift guide

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The Life Styled: Holiday Gift Guide: Fashionista

1. Smythson runway notebook, $135 / 2. Jonathan Adler zebra dish, $32 / 3. Isabel Marant for H&M sweater,$129 (available 11/14) / 4. Le Specs sunglasses, $55 / 5. Luv AJ rings, $29 ea / 6. Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki bauble watch, $195 / 7. Alexander McQueen card case, $145 / 8. Next Issue, $10-15 per month / 9. NARS Guy Bourdin – Fling lip kit, $49 / 10. Conair steamer, $35 / 11. Assouline Survival Kit – set of 4 books, $150 / 12. Emily & Merritt for PBTeen clothing rack, $299 / 13. Eddie Borgo cone stud earrings, $150 / 14. Marc by Marc Jacobs foil iPhone case, $38 / 15. AllSaints beanie, $120 / 16. The Laundress ‘On the Spot’ kit, $40 / 17. Lanvin set of 2 packs of playing cards, $95

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Hit List

11.01.2013

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I love the day after Halloween because it’s the day the world generally considers it acceptable to get started on the holidays. The pumpkin spice latte hands the spotlight over to his gingerbread cousin, who’s now served in a special festive cup (who’s excited to go to Starbucks today? Me!). OK – I know it’s a litttttle much that we can’t even wait one day after Halloween to move onto the holidays, but I say why wait? This is the part of the year that only gets better and better, and we should all milk every last bit of pleasure out of it! Mulled cider + bourbon are waiting to be sipped on. Twinkly lights are waiting to be hung. Party outfits are waiting to be styled. Holidays are for indulging, giving, and taking moments to be grateful for the little things and the big things. It all goes by so fast! I am going to start my Christmas shopping early this year, simply so that I can enjoy it all – no stress and rushing at the last minute. Maybe I’ll even start today. Have a happy weekend friends!

If you’re like me, you’re starting to brainstorm Thanksgiving table tops. Lucky for us, West Elm is having a sale on all the good stuff right now, including all the items featured in my home shopping list.

I’ve got boots of every variation on the brain these days, and this week I kept going back to these. Sleek and elegant yet casual all in one.

Every time I see a Sharon Montrose piece, my heart does a little flip flop out of adorableness. I’m going to have to get one at some point, but how would I choose? I don’t think she has a baby dinosaur…

H&M does designer collabs better than anyone in my opinion, and I’m guilty of counting down the days until Isabel Marant‘s collection. Only 13 more to go!

These brands’ “tweaked” tag lines are so spot on.

When I came across this at Whole Foods yesterday, my mind was blown. As was the checkout guy’s. The possibilities!

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Color Code / Navy

10.31.2013

Color Code - Navy - The Life Styled

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.

Color Code / Navy

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
 

Haute Halloween

10.21.2013
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Asos bat clutch, vintage spider brooch, New Look ghost sweater, West Elm branch candelabra, Zara cat ear hat, Asos fang ring, Diptyque Feu de Bois candle, Floss Gloss glow-in-the-dark nail polish, Asos faux raccoon tail, Phoebe Richardson skeleton hand plate, Topshop bat skirt, Mac lipstick in Cyber Deep Plum, Z Gallerie Poison bottle, Nasty Gal skeleton leggings, Rupert Sanderson bootie, Z Gallerie gold skull

Each time Halloween comes around, I get excited for the spooky vibe, scary movies, and endless candy. It’s definitely a fun holiday that marks the exciting transition in the season between early fall and holiday time. It’s been a few years since I actually dressed up. The last time I did, I went as Catwoman and spent enough time and money on that costume that I felt totally justified in letting myself off the hook for a few years, at least until the next solid costume opportunity came along. That won’t be this year, but I’m perfectly happy celebrating it simply by incorporating some stylish Halloween elements into my wardrobe and home, which somehow seem to fit right in with my everyday stuff. Enjoy the holiday and whatever you do to celebrate, just be sure to stay clear of the zombies.

 

 

Color Code / Emerald - The Life Styled

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!

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Issa dress, Charlotte Olympia flats, Olivia von Halle pj’s, Elvira Sazesh bracelet, Asos beanie, Bowie earrings, Catherine Holcombe iPhone case, Alice+Olivia belt, Diane von Furstenberg clutch, Lamps Plus lamp, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Topshop top, Waterford fountain pen, Seletti tealight holder
Photos: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8
by Catherine & Alex
 

Friday Links

06.14.2013

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This was definitely a wonky but wonderful week. I spent the first half of it with friends and colleagues in Ojai at a little gathering we’re calling Girl Scout Camp, and it was so fun we’re definitely going to make it a yearly tradition. It did mean that I didn’t accomplish much on the work front, but I guess that’s part of what summer is for, right? Getting out there and having inspiring conversations in the sun instead of sitting behind a computer. Sometimes those moments are much more productive than crossing things off. My brain is a little scattered at the moment with an overflowing to do list, but I can’t complain. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to catch up a bit this weekend, even though I’ll be spending part of it in Palm Springs celebrating a friend’s birthday. But first here are some links for your Friday!

I finally pulled the trigger on this Rag & Bone blazer I’ve been eyeing since February. Waiting that long is worthy of reward, right? Now I just need the matching shorts. It’s also on sale at Nordstrom and Shopbop.

This video makes me giggle.

I’ve been laying awake at night thinking about these Ancient Greek Sandals.

White nails are the perfect staple color for summer when you have a bit of a tan, don’t you think?

These photos of suitcases found in an old asylum are a little morbid and creepy, but super fascinating.

Did you catch this awesome feature of Jessica Marx’s home on Glitter Guide? I want every single thing in her house.

Speaking of Glitter Guide, thanks to them for including my bar cart and bedroom in their top picks.

I can’t even believe how awesome this Tavik “Guns N Roses” bathing suit is.

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Photo: Kate Upton in Vogue by Mario Testino

 

 

Friday Links

06.07.2013

Will you look at that – it’s Friday! This week flew by because I’ve been a busy bee, and in my spare moments I’ve been rapidly catching up on both seasons of Scandal. Help, I can’t stop! Speaking of things I’m obsessed with, I’m starting a new series on the blog where I’ll be sharing a list of random things each week that interest me and that I think you might be interested in too. Little things that don’t necessarily fit into another post but that I still want to mention. It could be anything from a fashion trend I’m not sure about, an app that’s changed my life, a new recipe, a blog I’m into, etc. I love seeing what other little things people are noticing, considering, obsessing over, and I hope you do too! So here we go with Round 1…

I would be completely lost without Teux Deux, a daily list making app that keeps me in check everyday.

I’m contemplating Tom Sawyer suspenders for summer. Would you rock em?

This song is my guilty pleasure of late.

Everyone and their mother seems to be stock piling these minimal Zara sandals in every color, but I found them to be very ill fitting. Have you tried them?

Say goodbye to those stacks of magazines dating back to October 2010. I don’t know what I did before Next Issue. It’s especially nice for plane rides – my travel tote has never been so light yet full of fun reading!

Fascinating e-mails from Steve Jobs that show how to win a tough negotiation.

I have been searching high and low for long flowing caftans for summer like the ones by Camilla Franks (which are only available in Australia and very pricey) but there seems to be a national drought on good affordable caftans. It’s a problem. Anyone know something I don’t know?

I adore this tour of Max and Margaux’s nursery for little Dash. The baby elephant is too precious.

 

Enjoy this first official June weekend!

Photo: Coco Rocha in Flare Magazine