Love Her Look

08.07.2014

Cara D

Although we can day dream about Chanel haute couture all day, I think it’s safe to say our day to day outfit inspirations come from a street style point of view.  That’s the idea behind the newest series, “Love Her Look.”  The series will be a collection of special yet achievable styled outfits that respectively mimic an effortlessly chic look.  Take our first pic, an outfit Cara Delevingne rocked this past June at an event in London.  Her punky style took a turn for the glamorous when she paired a graphic tee with relaxed trousers and killer heels.  Chances are we all have variations of these items in our wardrobe to recreate this look, but just in case you don’t, I did all the searching for you….

Love Her Look

Forever 21 tee / Marni clutch / Anastasia brow brush & brow pomade / Joseph trousers / Isabel Marant necklace / YSL Beauty lipstick / Charlotte Russe watch / Laura Mercier smoky eye palate / Charlotte Olympia pumps

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Getting in Gear

08.06.2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Nike tank / Nike pants / Nike shoes / Nike gym bag / Target bra (old but there are similar ones) / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Hydro Flask water bottle

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Tutti Frutti

08.05.2014

Tutti Frutti

BHS bathing suit / Top Shop skort / Michael Aram candle / Jaded London tee / Skinnydip London phone case / Jonathan Adler brass banana / Max & Chloe necklace / Loeffler Randall flats / Markus Lupfer sweater / Dolce & Gabbana pants / Mother of Pearl dress / J Crew tank / Mother of Pearl slip-ons / MoMa phone case / ASOS wristlet / Madewell shorts / Batiste dry shampoo / Wildfox swimsuit

What could possibly be more delicious than a little fruit flavor? In the ripest days of summer, these quirky pieces are here to offer us some sass on those days when florals and stripes just aren’t cutting it. Now, I’m not telling you to go all Carmen Miranda on us, but a playful fruit print will add just enough juice to your wardrobe to give you that extra zest when you need it.

 

Hello August

08.04.2014

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It’s very apparent that 2014 is the year of the horse – it’s galloping by so fast I can hardly keep up. As time only ever feels to be speeding up, we all need a little reminder to really grab a hold of little moments throughout the year and hone in on what makes each day so unique. Every month has it’s own vibe, so I thought it might be fun to take a moment at the beginning of each one to look forward to the next 30 days. I heard a quote this morning about how August is the Sunday of summer, and that feels so true to me. We’re soaking in every last bit of it in the most relaxed way possible. Colors start to  fade to neutral as we prepare for fall. Outfits get more comfortable and effortless, after the hype of July dies down. I’ll be wearing lots of ripped denim, chambray, linen, with black staple accents on repeat. Enjoy this August, and soak in the dog days of summer before they’re gone!

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Steal Spotlight

07.31.2014
Steal-Spotlight-3Marc Jacobs dress / Lucas Hugh sports bra / Kenneth Jay Lane necklace / Tory Burch cuff / Stella McCartney bag / The Row sunglasses / Givenchy scarf / Elizabeth & James shorts / Jason Wu top / Nicholas Kirkwood heels
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The New It Bag

07.30.2014
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Move over Celine, there’s a new It bag in town {insert sassy hand movement}! Not since the luggage and trapeze have we had a bag to compulsively pin to our wish lists until we finally spend the entire savings/tax return/bonus on it. And this one comes to us from a very unexpected source, ladies. It’s the 2Jours from Fendi. Yes, Fendi of early 2000′s spy bag fame. I know! It’s been forever since Fendi’s really been on the map in terms of widespread trends, but I’m starting to notice that this bag is really creeping up on us, on the arm of one street style maven at a time. The 2Jours not only comes in too many colors and sizes to count, it’s made of indestructible saffiano leather. That means it lasts a lifetime, which makes it basically free. (P.S. If you ever need help justifying purchases to yourself or anyone else, I have a real knack for it). Another great one by Fendi is the peekaboo, for a slouchier style – that baby’s a good chunk more out of your wallet, but it’s stunning to say the least. Needless to say, Fendi has earned a spot back on my radar after a long hiatus… which I’m sure they’ll be ecstatic/relieved to hear.

The New It-Bag: Fendi 2Jours
Fendi 2Jours tote / Fendi wallet / Thierry Lasry sunglasses / 3.1 Phillip Lim makeup case / Bobbi Brown mascara / Sephora mini travel eyelash curler / Frederic Malle travel parfum in Musc Ravageur / Clé de Peau Beauté pressed powder / YSL Volupte Sheer Candy lipstick / Fresh Sugar antiperspirant / Hear No Evil earbuds / NastyGal iPhone case / Fendi monster keychain

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

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Designer Duel

07.29.2014
Designer Duel / The Gladiator Sandal
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Stuart Weitzman / MIA

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Denim-Shorts

If there’s one must-have item for the dog days of summer, it’s a pair of ripped denim shorts. There are countless options out there, but the few that really do that vintage, worn-in look right (like that good ol’ Rag & Bone pair that’s always sold out) can set you back over $200. I have found it to be challenging to find a pair in a lower price range that does the perfect rippage – they tend to either be too scaled back and safe with one or two tiny frays, or they go way over board, with huge gaping rips making them suitable only for those under the age of 20. But there’s good news: it’s SUPER easy to make your own. Just grab the nearest pair of less-than-stellar denim boyfriend shorts (mine were $25 on sale for the 4th of July at Gap, but they have special offers pretty much daily) and a pair of sharp scissors, and let’s get started!

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1. Choose the right shorts. There aren’t really any restrictions on what kind of shorts work for this project, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, go for a pair that doesn’t have a lot of stretch. The stretchy denim doesn’t fray as well as the non-stretch – a little bit is ok, but the less stretchy the fabric, the more they will fray. The rolled up cuff is big this year, so a pair with a secured roll will look fresh.

DIY Ripped Denim Shorts / The Life Styled

DIY Ripped Denim Shorts / The Life Styled

2. Start cutting. It helps to look at a picture of another pair you love for inspiration of where to cut, but definitely be sure to avoid the general crotch area first and foremost. I know that seems obvious but it’s easy to forget when you’re holding the scissors. You can make bigger cuts along the bottom of the shorts for that extra holey look. Try a few different kinds of cuts but keep it to mostly straight, horizontal slits – careful not to make them too big because the rips will naturally expand a bit over time from wearing and washing. You can also create little specs of fray by poking the end of the scissor into the fabric, which I like to do in clusters with a few cuts. Don’t forget the area over the pockets and on the bottom edge of the cuff, where you can get some added drama and hangy frays (yes, that is the technical term) without revealing something you don’t want to reveal. Be sure to keep the right and left sides different from each other, so it’s not too symmetrical. Lastly, don’t forget to give the backside a little love. I opted to keep those cuts mostly to the pockets and cuffs. This whole process should take no more than about 5 minutes. Adding bleach or white paint splatters would be a fun touch too…

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3. Wash and dry em! This is where the real work is done, and all you have to do for it is catch another episode of Orange is the New Black before they’re ready to wear. It’s important that you wash AND dry them in the dryer because the majority of the fraying happens in the dryer. They will continue to fray with more washes, which is a big part of the fun.

DIY Ripped Denim Shorts / The Life Styled

DIY Ripped Denim Shorts / The Life Styled

Annnd voila! Boring shorts they are no longer! Try them on and feel free to pull on any of the holes if you want them to be a bit bigger. Let me know how your DIY ripped denim shorts turn out! I plan to wear mine nonstop this weekend and break in those rips even more.

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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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Fringe Binge

07.22.2014

Fringe Binge

 

Free People bralette / BOET necklace / Luxury Fashion cuff / Raquel Allegra dress / Kate Moss for Top Shop gilet / Gold Hawk tunic / MSGM sandals / Daisy & Elizabeth robe / Mara Hoffman bikini / Christopher Kon bag / Tim Ryan skirt / Minnetonka boots / Each x Other shorts

 

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