If there’s one piece I’ve been wearing the most out of the handful of things I’ve purchased in the past 3 months, it’s this ripped sweatshirt. While it looks like something I’ve probably had floating around in my closet since middle school, I assure you it’s actually a recent purchase that just feels like a trusty old favorite. They did a great job roughing it up to give it that had-forever, well loved look. I love how it pairs with ripped jeans (yes, more rips), a cozy checked scarf, and sleek black booties to chic the look up a bit. It’s a dream outfit for a lazy coffee run any day of the week.
The dress section of my closet gets a little neglected sometimes… like 99% of the time. For the most part, I only reach for a dress when there’s a special event and even then I get sick of my options pretty darn quick. When an event is that special, you want something fresh and new and never before seen. It sounds high maintenance, but you know it’s true. Of course that leads to an endless cycle of never wanting to buy new dresses yet always needing to. However, it’s amazing how adding a layer or accessory can change the vibe of a dress pretty quick. I know it’s beating a dead horse at this point but whenever a leather jacket comes into the mix, it always makes the piece it’s complimenting way more wearable to me. There’s something about leather jackets that just work with everything. The cut, shape, and structure work better over dresses than your typical blazer or cardigan. This sequin dress is something I’d wear to a black tie wedding, but the leather takes it all the way down to drinks with the girls or a holiday networking event. It’s like magic! Reason #439857209874 you need a good leather jacket in your wardrobe.
Theyskens Theory leather jacket (similar here) / Gold Hawk sequin dress (similiar here & here) / Zara heels (similar here & here) / Chanel clutch / Bracelets: J.Crew swarovski bracelet, Forever21 (similar here), Beso Beso / Sally Hansen nail strips
Photography by Heather Kincaid. Loved working with her on this post and looking forward to sharing lots more of her gorgeous work very soon!
About once a year I find myself at Zara buying a blazer that’s not black, white, or gray (what???). It’s always a moment where I question whether it’s something I’ll wear but for some reason I like it and I go for it. I’m serious, you can see other examples of this exact yearly habit from here, here, and here. Every single one of those times, I’ve doubted, and every single time I’ve been proven wrong after I find myself wearing it constantly. This one is no exception. I’ve been wearing it whenever I feel that the usual black isn’t the right choice (like a child’s birthday party for example) or when I’m in a more playful mood. Yes, this is as playful as I get when it comes to “color”. Let’s just accept it and move on. Do you have pieces that you doubted but end up being surprise hits in your wardrobe?
One of the first things I did when I graduated college was go shopping for a black suit to wear to interviews and a few collared shirts to wear under it. It was just what you did, even though the positions I was going for were TV jobs where you would never see a suit unless it was in the ad sales department on an interviewee. Over the years, suits have become way less of a thing in creative fields, even for interviews or fancy meetings. Even though I don’t work in an office, I’m happy that it’s become more acceptable to showcase your style in the workplace and the idea of a suit has evolved into something a bit more fun. Here I combined two of my favorite staples, black joggers and my leather sleeve blazer, to get a suit-ish look. It’s less formal, more unique, and an easy way to amp up everyday pieces. Especially when paired with a few more statement-y fashion forward accessories, it’s a great go-t when you want your look to be polished yet personal.
As someone who loves no season more than layering season, I really start to feel like myself again in the fall. I’ve talked about how I felt confused/upset by Los Angeles fall weather when I first moved here six years ago, but over the years I’ve started to navigate how to balance the warmer temps with a fall feeling. Pieces that once felt kind of pointless – leather shorts or a long jacket with no sleeves (too heavy for summer but too skin-baring for fall) now start to make sense. On these warmer fall days they’re exactly what we rely on to experience fall fashion and layering without overdressing for the temp. I love this look because it really feels like a fall outfit but I don’t feel like that girl who just insisted on wearing something way warmer than what’s appropriate for the sake of the fall feeling. Adding some sneakers and the carry-all tote (which I may or may not have stolen from my friend Jessica, along with a few others from her collection) keep it laid back for day, but trading in some heels and a clutch would make it chic for evening as well… I had so much fun shooting this one with my friend Heather Kincaid who I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with a few times before and whose work I’m always obsessed with. Check out her blog – you’ll see what I mean when I say I want to get married again just so she can shoot it. I’m excited to share more of the posts we shot together in the coming weeks!
Am I the only fashion girl who kinda dreads getting dressed up to go out at night for events and whatnot? Gasp, I know. It should be my favorite past time. And it is sometimes – but that’s usually when I’ve got the perfect outfit waiting in the wings to be revealed at the perfect moment, and whatever event I have to go to just happens to be that perfect moment. How often does that really happen? When I shop, I most enjoy buying everyday staples – pieces I can wear time and time again a million different ways. It’s not quite as fun to buy things that are so specific and special because you can’t wear them right away and you get sick of those things faster. I also enjoy creating looks that feel simple and effortless because it’s how I think fashion should be. Every now and then though, when I come across the right fancy piece – the kind that’s not only easy and versatile but can also make a big statement when you need it, that’s when I get excited. These pants, for example. I love that their jogger style makes them serve as the base of the simplest kind of outfit, yet they really crank up the wow factor at the same time. They’re perfect for a range of fashion parties, with everything from my favorite football tee (on sale right now!) to their matchy tank counterpart, which I also have and pair with them for a major faux jumpsuit moment. Needless to say, dressing up is always a good time in these fancy pants.
At this point I think it’s safe to say that if there’s a top, dress, jacket, or any piece of any kind that’s black, white, and sporty, I will find it and I will buy it (though I’ve probably reached my quota). This dress was a lucky find at H&M, which can be so hit or miss. It was pretty frump on the hanger, but I still had to try it and I’m glad I did. I immediately fell in love with its effortless breeziness, yet still structural feel. It’s an easy throw-and-go piece that doesn’t need much accessorizing – qualities that turn any piece into a wardrobe staple.
The heat is finally backing off a bit and that crisp air is creeping in. Yay! During the day it’s still pretty warm though so the summer staples are still lingering in rotation. I grabbed this sweater at Forever21 early in the summer because of its IRO vibes, but never ended up wearing it. It’s hard to find a time to wear a sweater in the summer, no matter how savvy I think I am. Right about now it’s perfect though, when a cooler breeze pops up from time to time. I love the holey look, so I’ll definitely be plotting for ways to keep that around in the fall. It’ll be a sad day when I have to pack away these shorts for the season but it’s probably about time to replace them with their skinny jean equivalent. I’m OK with it considering that nothing beats fall.
This week it’s hotter than it should ever be in the middle of September, so afternoons are calling for something on ice. When it’s this hot, it can be hard to look cute, especially when it’s just a quick iced green tea run that’s pulling me away from my computer, and fall fashion is on my mind. A good pair of sweat shorts (these were so only $12 from H&M and I can’t seem to ever take them off) and this silk front tank really do the trick. The silk elevates the look from pajama territory but the linen/cotton back keeps it reasonably wearable for a casual work day.I added my leather Vans instead of sandals and black accessories to bring in hints of fall without the repressing heat. Now if it could just cool down a bit so we don’t have to get so creative in trying to get dressed, that would be much appreciated.
Remember when I told you that you NEED this shirt? Well I meant it. That’s why I went out and got it for myself. I had a hard time deciding between the crisp white and the stripes, but in the end I felt like the stripes would be a fun change of pace for a go-to shirt option. I also liked the semi-hidden navy grosgrain trim up the front. It’s such a fun piece to throw on – it looks every bit as good with cutoffs as it does with trousers and heels. What drew me to it in the first place is how long and oversized it is without being too bulky. I feel like I’m wearing PJ’s but there’s a chicness to it that makes it so easy to feel stylish when I’m out and about. I can’t wait to keep styling it different ways throughout the fall, and I just might have to grab the white after all…
J.Crew shirt and pants / Zara shoes (old but here are some similar ones) / BCBG clutch (similar) / Russell + Hazel bracelet / Karl Lagerfeld watch / Prada sunglasses – for sale at my Instasale next Tuesday, September 9th! Follow @thelifestyledsale and tune in at 10am PST to shop my closet! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Best Friends Animal Society!