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!
I have to say I’ve been really loving the sport inspired trends that popped up over the past year. Varsity jackets, joggers, running shoes, and training jersey tops… I love them for the casual and laid back yet sleek element they add to an outfit. I spotted this silky tee in the window as I was walking past H&M and it stopped me in my tracks, so I ran in and immediately bought it (don’t you love it when something that captures your attention is affordable enough to buy without breaking into a cold sweat?). It was exactly what my wardrobe was craving. These days this trend provides an extra bit of inspiration as I start most mornings in fitness gear for the gym. I love the idea of bringing that vibe into my actual outfits, to remind myself of my goals in a stylishly relevant way. That’s one of the things I love most about fashion – how it can provide a deeper message and some much needed inspiration to our day.
I’m coming at you today with something that’s a little different from our regularly scheduled programming. I don’t usually get super personal on this blog, but that’s something I’d like to delve into a bit more. After all, it’s more fun to talk about fun things like fashion when we know each other a little better, don’t you think? And while fashion does genuinely take up a large percentage of my headspace day-to-day, there are other things that go on that might also be worth mentioning, especially when they influence my outfits and lifestyle choices. Now is one of those times. I’m working on a project that’s taking up a lot of my time, energy and thoughts, so it would be silly not to talk about it here. That project is my body, health, and wellbeing.
I’ve always been very laid back about working out and eating. In other words, I basically do whatever I want. If I go to a restaurant that specializes in truffle mac and cheese, then I guess I better have to have the truffle mac and cheese! It’s the weekend? Time for pizza and wings. Guests in town? Gotta introduce them to the best burger in LA. Traveling? I deserve to eat whatever I want because I’m away from home. Since childhood, I’ve never been an athletic person. I was always the suckiest at the sports I played (tennis, softball, and quick stints in swimming and hockey – shitty at all of them) and I’ve had cellulite ever since I was 13. It just wasn’t my strong suit. I was big and awkward and I mainly played sports for the social aspect. The thinnest I remember being in my adult life was in 2006 when I did the South Beach diet with friends at work, which lasted all of about 3 weeks. Going to the gym was something I would do mayyybe three times a week if I was “really going hard.” But I could never really commit to going enough to ever see a difference in my body. All my life I’ve felt fat, no matter what stage I’ve been in. I’ve just gone through different phases of not caring to change it and caring just a little.
Over the past six years of living in LA, I’ve been steadily gaining weight. Very slowly and fluctuating slightly, but overall it’s been a couple of pounds a year. Not a massive difference, but enough so that now when I look at myself, I’m finally seeing a different person than I was when I got here. In New York, I walked a lot and worked in an office which made it harder to snack – not to mention I was in my twenties, which is a different ballgame. These past six years I’ve dabbled in different things – yoga in 2009, running in 2010-2011, hiking and SoulCycle since 2013. Each thing I’ve picked up I’ve done very half-assed. I don’t think I worked out a single time in 2012. Truth. Meanwhile, styling jobs on set and working from home don’t make it any easier because snacks are much more accessible. Before I knew it, I stepped on the scale and saw that I’m a full 20 pounds heavier than I was when I graduated college.
I’ve felt the weight gain, but have never been ready to pour myself into getting in gear. I love food and I didn’t want to work out – plain and simple. If you’re not really ready to make a change, no results will ever come. Little attempts will fizzle and old bad habits will reign. But now. I. Am. Ready. It came on suddenly, and I don’t know what’s different about now versus the past six years, but I finally feel like now is my time. I’m 32 years old and not getting any younger. The time when Ian and I might want to start a family is not too far away. I hate sifting through the photos we take for the blog because 99% of them are horribly unflattering (the 99% you don’t see). There are a million trends I want to try but can’t pull off right now. But I so want to. I’ve never experienced a solid period of fitness and health, but I’m ready to start. Now. I thought it might be fun to take you on this journey with me, sharing my weight loss plan, progress, and challenges as I go. In no way is this going to become a weight loss or fitness blog, but I’m excited to let you in on this project. I hope you enjoy it!
So, here are the details of what I’m doing.
1. Working out. A lot. I finally joined a gym 3 weeks ago (I have been a publicly declared gym hater for years, so this is huge) and for 2.5 weeks so far, I’ve been going 5-6 days per week. I love the classes – especially spinning, barre, and pilates with Cassey Ho from Blogilates - she completely kicked my ass on Monday and I still can’t laugh without feeling pain). I still love SoulCycle, but going there 5 days a week would equate to a new pair of designer shoes per month, which I cannot afford, so I had to chill on that. I’ll still treat myself from time to time because it’s my favorite but I couldn’t swing the price tag for a truly impactful weekly workout regiment. I’m a girl who needs variety so I’m loving all the options the gym has to offer. Swimming is next on the list of workouts to try. Not to mention I love that I can bring my computer and work on the roof in a cabana after my workout with a protein smoothie AND they have Kiehls products in the locker room. These may not be necessities, but for me they definitely sweeten the deal.
2. Eating clean. I’m following Sarah from A House in the Hills with her Eat Clean August plan, so everything I eat has to be within those guidelines. Want to join us?? We’re talking no gluten or bread in general, no dairy, no meat, and no processed foods. I’m staying low on the sugar and coffee (though I do cheat with my date-sweetened almond milk and coffee every few days IF I’m craving it). It’s caused me to plan out my day a little more to avoid random snacking, and going hog wild on the weekends. I’m chilling a bit on cocktails, but I’m NOT giving up wine. I just won’t do it. Honestly though, it’s amazing how much good food there still is to eat after giving up a lot of ingredients. As long as I’ve got brown rice and quinoa, I don’t miss bread. As long as I’ve got green tea, I don’t miss coffee (unless I miss coffee in which case I have it). As long as I’ve got hot sauce, I don’t miss cheese. Of course there will be some cheating that goes on from time to time, but it’s all about making a general, sustainable change rather than continuing to eat whatever I want.
So I hope you don’t mind that I’m letting you in on this process. I have no idea what the future holds and how things will turn out, but that’s part of the process. I’m human. Maybe the difference will be subtle – after two weeks I still haven’t lost any weight but I hope that will change soon. If you have any tips for weight loss – fitness, diet, or wellness in general, please share in the comments! I would love to know what helps you stay healthy and get fit. Wish me luck! I’ll need it.
I recently had a closet epiphany. OK true, I have them about once a week, but that doesn’t make it any less special when it happens. This time it had to do with casual shirts. I realized that most of the tops in my closet are either throw-and-go t-shirts (I do love a worn-in tee) or fancy tops. Both are key to any wardrobe, but where’s the happy medium? What about those days when I’m heading out for Saturday errands and want to be comfy but feel too dressed-down in a tee and yet I also don’t want to wear something that has to be dry cleaned. Whoa. This is a huge hole in my wardrobe. I don’t know how it happened, but I’m on a mission to fill the void with some casual cotton non-tee everyday shirts. This one from Alternative Apparel serves that purpose perfectly. I love how it’s easy and comfy yet it has a smart shape and structure to it that makes it feel more elevated than a tee. The key to its success is that unlike a t-shirt, it doesn’t need a lot of layering and accessorizing to avoid looking sloppy. Just throw it on with a pair of ripped jeans and it’s perfect for just about any ol’ day. Now I need to find more summer shirts that fit these criteria.
Alternative Apparel top / Standards & Practices jeans / Dolce Vita sandals / J.Crew hat / Valentino bag / J.Crew bracelet (sold out but love this one) / Karl Lagerfeld watch