It can be a struggle to make myself wear lighter colors, and often times I just give in and let myself commit to the head to toe black. In LA it can be a bit jarring, especially when the temps are always above 70. But as long as the fabrics are lighter weight, it’s not so heavy feeling. Buckley sandals with a lucite heel still have a New York feel but are perfect for an LA climate, and dark rinse jeans make the outfit just a bit more breathable and more interesting, instead of straight black. My favorite part of putting together an outfit like this is to throw a ton of gold jewelry at a it to add a noticeable splash of rocker glam to the mix.
shirt / Rag & Bone jeans / The Blonde Salad for Steve Madden shoes / Warby Parker glasses (c/o) / Bracelets: J.Crew / Luv AJ / H&M / Forever21 / Rings: Luv AJ (tall, big spike, mini spike) / Luv AJ necklace / Michael Kors watch (this is a cool version) / Valentino bag
At any given time, there are a few key things in my closet that I am wearing repeatedly for a wide range of different kinds of days – busy days, casual days, or even fancier days. Whatever the occasion, let’s face it – these pieces are usually my latest favorite slouchy tee and ripped jeans. A blazer inevitably gets thrown over the look to add a bit of layering interest, and the accessories can be non existent for a coffee run or I can layer on the glam for an evening outing. That’s my favorite kind of outfit – one that can mold to whatever the day holds. I love how these layers of minty jewels bring some whimsical glamour to some solid basics, making the whole look softer, more feminine, and stronger all at the same time.
necklace, bracelets (1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5), watch, and clutch (c/o) / Madewell tee / Elizabeth & James blazer / Rag & Bone jeans (similar) / Saint Laurent heels / Ell & Emm necklace (c/0)
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Bo Nuage, a little shopping, a little Super Bowl, and a ridiculous dinner at Tasting Kitchen. I wore an appropriate “all about me” sweater which I snatched up at Sarah‘s Madewell event last week, leather leggings, a high school throwback jacket, and my new T-rex ring (a give from a dear friend who shares the same birthday and clearly knows me all too well). It was the most perfect day and I’m excited to see what lays ahead for 32.
This Sunday was my 32nd birthday. When I see the number written out I can’t even believe it because in my head I’m about 25, which I’ve been saying for a good 6 years now. Is it possible for us to mentally level off at a certain age? Either way, I’ve definitely learned that the years don’t mean what we thought they did when we were 18 making plans for the future. Since I became an official adult, I’ve learned that there’s a deep connection with our youth that we will always have no matter how old we become, and we can use it however it serves us best – in our style choices, sense of adventure, taste in music, or life passions. So on this birthday the hubs and I used our youthfulness by eating whatever the heck we wanted at brunch at MB Post in Manhattan Beach (new favorite brunch spot hands down!), followed by a plethora of cloud cakes from
similar) / Madewell ‘ Moi’ pullover / Helmut Lang leather leggings / Seychelles booties (c/o) / H&M fringe bag (similar) / Luv AJ ombré chain necklace / J.Crew necklace (similar) / Celine sunglasses / Designosaur T-rex ring
Forever21 varsity jacket (
I think we can all agree that when a totally casual and loungy outfit also passes as a stylish one, it’s a fashion miracle. If you look in my closet, you’ll find an embarrassingly large stack of gray sweatpants, which are all in heavy rotation. But for anything other than walking the dogs or a Starbucks run, I like to make sure that wearing sweatpants out in public is done with chicness in mind. I’ve always loved the blazer + sweatpants combo, so this outfit is one of my favorites. It’s appropriate for a lot more occasions than one might think for sweatpants. When you anchor them with stronger everyday pieces to form an intentional outfit, you can get away with rocking the sweats for running errands or lunch with friends.
headphones / Helmut Lang blazer / Rag & Bone sweatpants (sold out but these are awesome too) / Gold Hawk tank / Alexander Wang bag / Rag & Bone boots / Marc by Marc Jacobs phone case / Celine sunglasses / Nixon watch
Typically, I’m someone who avoids wearing red at all costs. I’m not much for color in general (as you probably can tell), but when I do stray from the usual blacks, whites, and grays, I tend to stay in the cobalt/emerald realm. Color is such a tricky and personal thing. Everyone has a different palette that works with their skin/hair/eyes, and colors give off such specific energies which can totally alter an outfit’s message. For whatever reason, red isn’t my thing unless it’s on my lips or nails from time to time. However, this season I’ve been warming to red and this jacket (part moto, part stadium) was the first step. There’s something about throwing a lumberjack piece in with a few more urban touches that I can really get on board with for a dreary winter day. If you’re going for lumberjack, you can’t do it without a little red plaid. Add some leather and stars to the mix and I’m sold.
jacket / Equipment blouse / Helmut Lang leather leggings / Rag & Bone boots / Asos beanie
Photography by Ian Sheppard
There must really be some truth to the claim that your blood thins out after awhile of living in a warm climate. It wasn’t even that cold when we were in New Jersey (30′s and 40′s, yet not a snowflake to be seen) but to me it felt like the polar vortex… cuz that’s a thing now. I don’t think I bought a single winter item for the first 2 or 3 years I lived in LA, but after a few trips back home to MN or the east coast during winter, I realized it was a legitimate priority to make sure my cold weather gear was in order even just for those visits. I’m still in love with this AllSaints coat I scored on epic sale 2 years ago. The beauty of it is that I only get to wear it a couple of times a year so it feels brand new every time. This year the Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots finally made their way into my wardrobe and I cannot stress enough how wonderful they are. To all you girls who are braving subzero temps right now, you deserve to treat yourself to these buttery leather miracles who will keep your legs toasty and chic for years to come.
this one is next on my list) / Zara scarf / Rag & Bone jeans / Stuart Weitzman boots / Helmut Lang sweatshirt / Asos hedgehog mittens (old)
AllSaints coat (old but
Happy New Year everyone! After an a wonderful, challenging, and rewarding 2013, I’m excited that 2014 is officially here. Even though nothing is drastically changing at the immediate moment, there is something so refreshing about buckling down when a new year starts. I wouldn’t trade all the fun that was had between Thanksgiving and New Years, but it actually feels so good to stop all the overindulging and get a clear mind about my goals and plans for the next year. I love how January is a time to do things right, and break some bad habits. I made a list of about 20 resolutions and even if I don’t keep them all, it’s a nice way to get focused after all the craziness. I’m about to start another TV project which is going to have me running all over town and long hours for a month straight, so right now I’m less concerned with sparkles and pop lips, and more interested in comfortable, easy, moveable clothes. I’ll be relying on some key staples like a good pair of stretchy skinny jeans, ankle boots, and sweaters. This outfit is made up of some of my favorites for comfy living. The sweater, which I picked up from the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection, is the warmest one I have and barely even fits under a coat. It’ll be great for colder nights on set. I love to pair it with sharper black boots and coated skinnies to elevate it just a bit.
Maison Martin Margiela for H&M sweater / Joe’s coated skinnies / Alexander Wang boots / Topman hat / Celine sunglasses
To say 2013 came and went would be an understatement. I kept thinking it was just beginning and all of a sudden it’s over. How did that happen? I can honestly say that the stars were aligned this year. It was filled with an abundance of quality time with family and friends, lots of exciting and challenging projects that I thoroughly enjoyed and feel so grateful to have experienced, and plenty of growth for The Life Styled. I’m leaving 2013 with an overwhelming feeling of contentment, gratitude, and nervousness/excitement for what 2014 has in store. Here’s a look back at some of my favorite posts/photo shoots from this past year. I have to say I am so proud and grateful for my husband/resident photographer Ian Sheppard. Not only is he the love of my life and keeps me laughing to the point of tears on a regular basis, but he taught himself photography for this blog and I couldn’t be more amazed by his work. What a guy. Lastly, thank YOU, dear readers, for hanging out with me on this journey. This blog is my favorite project of them all, and I look forward to sharing more outfits, fashion inspiration, the occasional dog cameo, and a fair amount of cocktails with you in 2014. It’s going to be a good one!
As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned here that silk tees have gained uniform status in my wardrobe. To recap my feelings, I love how they have the elegance of a fancy top and the comfort of a regular tee. This past Sunday I was so exhausted and could have easily slept all day, but the craziness of the season has been in full force and had a party to go. So I guess pj’s weren’t in the cards, but this tee was a no brainer. It was totally party appropriate when dressed up with a white blazer, jewels, and coated denim, but I felt breezy and comfortable all day. Unlike the motorcycle version, this snake print silk has more of a satiny feel which gives it an extra touch of fanciness. I think we all need at least three of the Equipment Riley’s.
here and here) / Equipment top / Joe’s jeans (similar) / Alexander Wang boots (these are also similar) / American Apparel clutch / J.Crew bracelet & necklace / Michael Kors watch (this one is awesome) / Celine sunglasses
Elizabeth & James blazer (similar ones
If I’m not careful, this whole holiday festive wear thing can end up becoming a major obsession/distraction from all the other important things going on around this time of year. Exhibit A: I spent an entire day this weekend shopping for the perfect pieces to wear to a party, brought home armfuls of stuff, then ended up wearing an outfit comprised entirely of stuff I already had, and now all the new stuff is going back. Oops. There went that Saturday! In order to avoid things getting out of hand, I’m finding that it helps to get your hands on just a few key individual pieces that jump out at you, and can be paired with other things in your closet. That way you don’t feel like you have to run out and buy entirely new looks for every party, yet you still feel like you’re wearing something fresh and new from previous years. For example, the new pieces in this outfit are a statement necklace and sparkly ShoeMint boots which I’ve been having fun repeating in various party outfits this season (pssst! ShoeMint is giving away a pair of shoes to one lucky reader! Details below). These pieces brought an element of newness to a vintage gold tuxedo jacket that I got a couple of years ago but always forget about, and staples like a white tee and black tennis skirt. It’s a win win- the bank remains unbroken yet I’m all dressed up and ready to go!
here and here) / J.Crew necklace / Isabel Marant for H&M tee (similar) / T by Alexander Wang skirt / Commando tights / BCBG clutch (similar) / Michael Kors watch / Kate Spade ring / ShoeMint ‘Nadine’ booties (c/o)
Vintage tuxedo jacket (similar
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