Summer Shirt

07.23.2014

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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.

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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

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Summer Savior

07.09.2014

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This past Saturday we were getting ready for back-to-back BBQ’s and all I could think about was how I wanted to be comfortable. Cute was important too (as with any party attire) but it was a HOT day and the thought of sweating in a restrictive outfit was just the worst thing in the world to me at that moment. Then I remembered this dress I had bought on major sale at Intermix right at the tail end of last summer, and I hadn’t gotten to wear it yet. It’s the yummiest flowy silk tie dye in the perfect shade of blue for summer (yes, that blue again – I’m serious about it). There are some boob harnessing issues with this dress which I’m still figuring out, but in the meantime I thought why not wear it as a skirt? There’s an elastic waist band, so a little tucking of the top portion and the addition of a tank, gladiator belt and sandals – bam –  2 pieces in 1. Girl, you know how much I love a double duty piece! The best part is that I was so breezy and comfy all day long. I think this dress just became my new summer best friend.

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Gap tank / Gypsy 05 dress, worn as a skirt / vintage belt / Stuart Weitzman sandals / American Apparel clutch / Margaret Elizabeth bracelets c/o (1, 2, 3) / Bauble Bar bracelet / Nadri bracelets (1, 2) / Ray-Ban sunglasses /  Karl Lagerfeld watch

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Edge of Summer

06.24.2014

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

I’ve talked before about how I used to kind of dislike summer. Not because I don’t like long relaxing days and gorgeous weather, but because I couldn’t figure out how to translate my love of structure and layering that so defines my style the rest of the year into the warmer times. And yes – this can be a real deal breaker. I’m not typically a sundress kind of girl or even all that into flowy fabrics, unless they’re balanced with a leather jacket layered over them. I hate not feeling like myself, especially when it comes to fashion. But once I realized that this was a real dilemma I was facing, it became a new challenge – to find my summer style. The edgy boho look was never one I considered, since boho is not usually a word I’d use to describe myself. However one day it occurred to me that the frayed edges, black fringe, and strappy details you often see in this style are very much a summer interpretation of the leather jacket and buckle boot look that are so “me” the rest of the year. Structure is not something that really works super well on the hot days summer unless it’s in your accessories. The rest of your look can still be breezy without feeling too soft. That’s why I love this poncho – it’s super lightweight and summery while still allowing me to do some layering. This new style inspiration is a welcome breath of fresh air during the official summer kick off!

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled

Edge of Summer / The Life Styled Free People poncho & tank / Gap shorts / H&M bag / Stuart Weitzman sandals / Vintage Ray-Ban aviators / Marlies Dekkers bra / Michael Kors watch / Rings: Luv AJ, Forever21, Madewell

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Romper Romp

06.17.2014

Romper Romp / The Life Styled

I’m typically an online shopper. I feel the need to examine absolutely everything a store has to offer before I can pull any triggers, which can make for a lengthy, stressful shopping experience. I like the fact that websites allow me to sift through everything, weed out the things that aren’t available in my size or just not what I’m looking for. But at the end of the day, it’s 90% about how an item fits which completely changes which pieces you actually want to take home. There’s something to be said for good old fashion store shopping where you can see how something looks and feels before you buy it. This romper is the perfect example of that. I was shopping with my mom who had a few things to try on at Barney’s, so I randomly picked this up and thought “ok I guess I’ll try this.” It wasn’t until I actually put it on that I saw what a great piece it was. Usually rompers are a no go for me because they tend to be proportioned more on the petite side, but this one totally had the height situation handled, and I was hooked. I never would have noticed it in an online shopping session. I walked away from it at first because I wasn’t prepared to spend $350, and that worked out to my advantage because it eventually went on sale before I even would have had a chance to wear it. The BEST! I’ll be wearing this to my brother-in-law’s post-wedding brunch next weekend because it feels like pajamas but looks perfectly put together with whatever sandals are at the top of my suitcase.

Romper Romp / The Life Styled
Romper Romp / The Life Styled
Romper Romp / The Life Styled
Romper Romp / The Life Styled
Saloni romper (sold out but some Barney’s stores might still have it) / DVF wedges / BCBG clutch (sold out but I love this one too) / LUV AJ rings, hand piece, and cuff / Nixon watch

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Cloud 9

06.10.2014

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

If you live in LA and you know what’s good for you, chances are you’re already obsessed with a little patisserie on Melrose called Bo Nuage. This little nook of heaven specializes in the most unfathomably delicious (yet somehow healthier than cupcakes or ice cream) nuage, aka cloud cakes. Extra points for gluten free and kosher as well. If you haven’t had one yet, promptly abandon your day’s plans and make your way there immediately. We’re talking various flavors of meringue layered with non-dairy cream (not to make them healthier but simply because soy cream made for a better tasting treat than dairy cream in this case) and rolled in chocolate shavings. Passion fruit and peanut butter are my favorites, but let’s forget about the cakes for just a second. Can we take a moment… how wonderfully perfect is the design of this place? Black and white graphic contrast from floor to ceiling, accented with shiny rose gold in every unexpected corner. It has the unwavering talent of my dear friend Jessica of J. Marx Atelier all over it. It was so fun getting to see sneak peaks of her inspiration while it was in process and when I first saw the finished product the day it opened, my mind was blown. In fact, she designed this place with such perfection that she has been selected by AIA Los Angeles as a finalist for the 2014 AIA Restaurant Design Awards under the cafe/bar category, right up next to other new gorgeous hot spots around the world (eh hem, but not as gorgeous).  Let’s ALL make sure she wins in the people’s choice category, OK? All you have to do is vote here. It takes 2 seconds, and there’s only 10 days left until the awards. I mean, nothing tops her work on Bo Nuage – she really deserves this. See it for yourself, there’s eye candy and heavenly cloud cakes abound. Do I even have to mention that they’re served in little hat boxes? Come on!

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Cloud 9 / The Life Styled / Photo by Ian Sheppard

Zara jacket / Topshop top / T by Alexander Wang skirt / Joe’s shoes / Chanel bag (borrowed from Jessica) / Forever21 necklace / Nixon watch / Luv AJ rings (all but middle)

 

1 + 1 = 3

05.29.2014

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I love a good jumpsuit. They’re easy, elongating, comfortable, and make a chic statement. But you know what I love more than a jumpsuit? Two matching separates that together form a jumpsuit-like outfit. That’s some real gold right there. You’ve not only got a jumpsuit when you need it (because let’s face it, sometimes you need it), but you also have two separates that can mix into your wardrobe seamlessly when not serving their jumpsuit duty. I wear these Gold Hawk pants with a ripped tee for a casual weekend look, and the tank with jeans and a bomber jacket to go out to dinner.  I love that I have basically three different pieces but I only had to buy two. It’s the ultimate purchase justification, don’t you think?

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

1+1=3 / The Life Styled

Gold Hawk top and pants / Shoemint sandals / Wink & Winn purse (c/o) / Free People sunglasses / BaubleBar ear cuff / Bracelets: BaubleBar / H&M / Madewell / Charming Charlie / Karl Lagerfeld watch
 

Spring Shade

05.08.2014

Spring Shade / The Life Styled

The weather in LA has been so confused this past week going from extreme sweaty heat to sweater weather overnight. Whether it’s 60 or 90 degrees, the summer wardrobe is officially back into the prime closet real estate and I’m already reaching for the staples that I know will be in heavy rotation in the coming months. For now, I’m happy to wear them layered with some of my spring favorites like this sharp white blazer. I know layering will soon start to fizzle out, so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can. As I’ve been prepping for warmer times, I’ve been filling some gaps that were previously in my closet. On my list was a solid pair of ripped boyfriend shorts (these are going to be an everyday wear this summer), mirrored sunnies (I loved my blue ones so much I had to get the pink too), a straw Panama hat (love how this one is all black), a pair of Birkenstocks (or two) whose comeback I’m fully embracing, and lots and lots of stripes. This cami has a matching set of shorts, so it can be worn as pajamas as well – I love a good multitasker! Summer only requires a few simple pieces to take you through those long hot days, so you can spend less time styling complicated outfits and more time sipping rosé.

Spring Shade / The Life Styled

Spring Shade / The Life Styled

Spring Shade / The Life Styled

Spring Shade / The Life Styled

Spring Shade / The Life Styled

Zara blazer / Gold Hawk cami / Rag & Bone shorts / Birkenstock sandals / J.Crew hat / Chanel wallet on chain / Karl Lagerfeld watch / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Eddie Borgo ring / Luv AJ rings (band / tall bandpetite bands / large spike / mini spike)

 

Fringe Benefits

05.05.2014

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Up until recently, fringe was not the first thing that would come to mind when describing my personal style. I used to associate it with a bohemian vibe, and bohemian I am not. But this Gold Hawk fringe top hit me like a ton of bricks and I suddenly realized that there’s so many places fringe can take a wardrobe. Now I’m hooked. All I want is fringe. I want fringe up the wazoo and to wear it with everything from beachy ripped denim to more of a on-the-town look like this structured blazer, coated white denim, and cracked leather clutch. Although I’m not necessarily what you would call a free spirit, the swift sweeping movement of this piece gives me a serious Stevie Nicks feeling that I can really get on board with, and I kind of want to see what carefree, spontaneous place it will take me next.

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Fringe Benefits / The Life Styled

Helmut Lang blazer / Gold Hawk top / Current/Elliott coated jeans / Zara heels & clutch / H&M & Luv AJ rings (1 / 2 / 3)

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Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

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.

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

Studded Sophisticate / The Life Styled

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Studded Sophisticate / The Life StyledMadewell 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

Photography by Jen Lauren Grant
 

Minty Fresh

02.25.2014

Minty Fresh / The Life StyledAt 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.

Minty Fresh / The Life Styled

Minty Fresh / The Life Styled

Minty Fresh / The Life Styled

Minty Fresh / The Life Styled

Minty Fresh / The Life Styled

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OUTFIT1-38Charming Charlie mint 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)
Photography by Jen Lauren Grant

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