I wish I was as cool as Ron Burgundy, especially after this, but at least I can pretend in burgundy sequins with lips and booties to match. I mentioned here that my relationship with sequins has been a little rocky this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love them just as much as ever, but I was just in need of a revamp on the trend. Because sequins are about as glamorous as glamour comes, so if we start to get bored with them, where do we go from there? Where?? Well I think I found that sequin refresh with these pants. Not only are they a festive, strong statement that you can’t quite get with a sequin dress or tank, the color is nuanced and different enough to make these sparkles feel brand new again. I especially love the fact that they can be dressed up or down in a way that no other sequined piece could. Casually half-tuck a tee for a laid back dinner or last minute drinks date with the girls, or go full-on glam with a great pair of pumps and a black peplum top for a holiday soiree.
pants, Equipment shirt, Alexander Wang ankle boots, BCBG clutch (similar), Nixon watch, Bracelets: J.Crew, H&M, Forever21
Calypso St. Barth
My favorite weather is sweater weather, so you can imagine my delight when I went into Nordstrom Rack hoping to find a Vince sweater coat and actually found the most perfect one. That’s a discount store miracle, my friends! Since the temps have finally dropped, I’ve been wearing it nonstop for everything from dog walks to pizza date night. I find that when I pair it with sleek black coated skinnies (also from Nordstrom Rack – yes!) and sharp boots, I don’t feel too frumpy or too casual. Just comfortable and happy.
this one and this one), Joe’s jeans (these are great too), Iro tee, Rag & Bone hat (similar), Alexander Wang boots, Valentino bag
Vince sweater (love
Hold up. I know you’re probably wondering why the heck I’m posting photos that look like they stepped right out of the July archives, and also why on earth I’m wearing a calculator watch (other than it being awesome, you mean?). Before you start thinking I’ve lost my marbles, let me explain. See, on Sunday I went to a birthday party that had the best theme ever – Miami Vice. I’ve always wanted an excuse to dress in this theme, so I was excited for the opportunity, even in the height of colder temps and holiday excitement. I didn’t want to buy anything new, so I woke up the summer wardrobe from hibernation and went more for an “inspired by” rather than a literal look. The first thing I always picture when I think of that show is the white blazer with rolled up sleeves over a t-shirt look. Even though that style was more for the guys, I had to go with it – along with one of my all time favorite 80′s shades of pearly pink lipstick (Revlon’s Silver City Pink). I had to go to a work event directly after the party, so I kept my hair in this decade and later switched out the shirt and jacket to more fall appropriate versions. This wouldn’t exactly be the first look I would recommend for winter (even in Miami), but there’s no reason not to rock one of these elements mixed into more wintery outfit. A white blazer over a metallic blouse and black skinnies would be super chic and festive for a holiday party, and any leather trimmed pants would be a snowy statement in white or cream. My favorite Ray-Ban mirrored sunnies were my summer go-to’s but they’d also make killer snow bunny shades on the slopes this winter. I’m always surprised when I find inspiration in the weirdest places. Thanks for playing along!
here and here), J Brand jeans (these and these are great alternatives), Shoemint heels, Forever21 tee (old but this one is so right), Ray-Ban aviator sunnies, Timex watch, clutch from Ebay, Luv AJ cuff and rings (similar), ban.do iPhone case, Revlon lipstick in “Silver City Pink“
Elizabeth & James blazer (similar
this one and this one that I loved from his line last year. However, I was a little disappointed with the chiffon skirt that was attached to the bottom of it. Luckily that was an easy fix thanks to a trusty pair of scissors. Now it’s a very wearable, versatile, cozy oversized sweater that I love to pair with coated skinnies, retro sunnies, and tough girl boots. It makes me feel like a classy yet sassy comic book character.
I was excited when I saw that this sweater was part of Phillip Lim’s Target collection because it is very similar to
Phillip Lim for Target dress – turned into a sweater (the
this post. It was always sold out in my size until I finally tracked it down at the Equipment store and it was on sale! Don’t you love when that happens? Silk tees are becoming my best go-to’s for those days when you want to look elevated but still stay comfortable and unfussy. They’re so easy to dress up, but it still feels like you’re just throwing on a t-shirt. When I found these J Brand leather/zipper knee skinnies, I immediately knew they were meant to be paired with this tee. Adding some strappy heels, a deep red lip, and layers of jewels glam up the look a bit and keep it from looking too themey. Speaking of jewels, GIVEAWAY ALERT! JewelMint is giving away a piece to one of you lucky gals! Details below…
I fell in love with this silk motorcycle tee way back in April and haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since
necklaces (c/o), Equipment top, J Brand pants (similar), Zara heels, BCBG clutch and leather wrap bracelet (c/o), EllandEmm spike bracelet (c/o), Forever21, Nixon watch
OK here’s the scoop. If you’re not already on the JewelMint train, it’s a free members-only website with monthly personalized jewelry recommendations based on your personal style. Their pieces are affordable ($29.99 each + free shipping/returns) but there’s a luxurious, fashion forward quality to them (which is why I have a list of about 10 things I want right now). One of you is going to win a JewelMint piece of your choice! To enter, go to JewelMint, sign up if you haven’t already (it’s free, no obligation to buy anything), and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which piece you’ve got your eye on! Open to US and Canada only. A winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, November 19.
ALSO, JewelMint is offering two pieces for the price of one on your first time purchase! That means you could grab the two beauties from this post (Xena and The New Black) and layer them up for a bit of rocker glamour! Or any of your favorites, of course. Click here to take advantage!
*This post was sponsored by JewelMint. All opinions are my own.
this post, I had been searching for the perfect black baseball hat but kept coming up short. It’s true they are everywhere these days, but as you might remember from middle school (at least that was the last time I tried to wear one), it can be a bit hard to find the perfect fit. Either it sits too high and makes you look like a pinhead, or comes so far down it completely covers your eyes. Luckily the trend is the wear them with your hair over your ears, because caps always made my ears stand straight out from my head when I was younger – a memory I would rather forget. Imagine the “Duh” I uttered (out loud, mind you) when I had been to five stores on the promenade before realizing I should proobbbably try Lids – a store where they sell nothing but baseball caps. I was so excited to find this one because it’s exactly the kind I was looking for this whole time (thick, structured, basic, and non-leather). Plus, it’s what they call the “flex fit” – a fitted but stretchy design with solid back, which gives it a more sleek and luxurious look… and it was only $17. The best part is you can wear it to mask third day hair (as I did here), styled with more elevated pieces to save your non-shampooed self from looking like a lost cause. Score!
hat, Merona blazer, Gold Hawk tank, Joe’s jeans, Zara shoes, BCBG clutch (similar), Nixon watch, Asos + Forever21 bracelets (similar here, here)
here). I picked up this pre-owned camo jacket on one of my excursions and instead of it falling under the “cute in theory” curse and migrating to the back of my closet, I’ve actually found myself reaching for it fairly often. This is my favorite way to wear it – with retro dark rinse jeans, a ripped tee, Converse high tops, orangey red lips, and layered necklaces (see last Wednesday’s post) to add a welcomed touch of glamour.
I love it when fashion is found in unlikely places. When I was doing costumes for a show this past summer, I ended up becoming a regular at the military surplus store on Venice Blvd in Culver City. It had never occurred to me to go there before but it definitely opened my eyes to all kinds of interesting possibilities from combat boots and camo in every pattern and color to canteens, beanies, overalls, flight suits, and pins (some of which I featured
Aqua version and it’s on sale!), Rag & Bone jeans, Iro tee, Converse shoes, Cambridge Satchel Co. bag (c/o), Necklaces: Workhorse Jewelry (c/o), Ell and Emm (c/o), Forever21, Bracelets: Forever21, Ell and Emm (c/o), Michael Kors watch, Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square + NARS Cinematic lipstick in Short Circuit
Army jacket from military surplus store (I love this
I can’t quite figure out if I’m officially an Angeleno after five years of living in LA. I still think of myself as a New Yorker, I suppose because I lived there for twice as long as I’ve lived here so far. Well that and because I can conquer the NY subway system with my eyes closed but I still need GPS to get around LA. Whenever I go back to New York, I feel right at home, as if a piece of me still lives there. I’m already counting down the days until December when we’ll get to spend a few days in the city before heading to Ian’s parents’ house in New Jersey for Christmas (yay!). What I DO know is that I’m a big city girl. Period. That I’ve known since I was in high school, dreaming of leaving my safe and charming little farm town to see what the world had to offer. This outfit made me feel like a badass. I can’t stop wearing this varsity jacket from Forever21 (which is actually very good quality and sufficiently warm for cold fall nights), and the NY/LA black and gold tee that I could rock on Broadway or Sunset. Balance the trendy pieces with some laid back, long lived staples such as a good pair of Rag & Bone jeans and your favorite black clutch, and you’re in the clear of looking a little too trend happy – in whatever city has your heart.
When I first moved to LA, the fall seriously depressed me. I was so used to that much anticipated chill in the air from the east coast and the midwest growing up and I couldn’t fathom the concept of an autumn that ever tops 80 degrees. But over the years I’ve started to understand LA fall. If you pay attention, there is definitely a difference in the air and we’re lucky enough to get some crisp mornings in October before it actually starts to get coat-worthy cold in November. There’s been a range of temps these days, so I like to equip myself with fall-like layers while still having a certain airiness that will allow for a warmer moment in the middle of the day. This black tank from Free People is great because it’s breezy and comfy but the peplum gives it a little extra style intention. I layered it under this soft lightweight utility jacket with black ripped skinnies for a day of casual errands and I was comfy for whatever range of temps the day brought on.
jeans, Free People tank (similar), Forever21 jacket (similar), Valentino bag, Shoemint ‘Sienna’ boots, Celine sunglasses, Iacoli & McAllister necklace, Michael Kors watch
Rag & Bone
Even though I try really hard to incorporate color into my wardrobe (this isn’t New York, after all), I’m most comfortable in black. A lot of it. Whenever I’m making a purchase (especially a splurge), I always push past the other color options and opt for black in pretty much every instance. It’s the most flattering, classic, and best for my features. Sure my closet might feel a bit repetitive, but it’s important to know what works best for you. Once you’ve got a vast collection of staple items in your best neutral shade, then it’s safe to expand to new territories. But for me, I’m not done buying black for the base of my wardrobe. This outfit is comprised of one investment piece (the hat) and the rest were more wallet friendly options from Zara and Forever21. Even though this dress wasn’t super pricey, I know I’ll still get a lot of use out of it for a few years to come. This was a more dressed down way to wear it, but come the holidays I’m going to Audrey it up with an updo, sparkly necklace, deep red lip, and ladylike heels, or winterize it with tights and black booties.
Rag & Bone hat (similar versions