For a moment we’re going to ignore the fact that it’s a confusing 85 degrees in LA, my tall boots are collecting dust in the closet, and I’m seriously considering taking out my shorts from hibernation (is it weird that I don’t want to?). But for all you ladies who are actually dealing with real winter temps on the daily, let’s talk about a layering look I think everyone should try (California girls, stick around though – this one’s for us too). Knee high boots are a staple of the season and if you’ve ever tried to buy some, you know how hard it can be to find the perfect fit – the right calf circumference, shaft height, ankle to calf curvature… it seems like it would be easy, but that hunt will drive a girl crazy. Well ladies, here’s a fun trick that not only takes care of most of these knee boot difficulties, but adds an extra trendy touch to your outfit. It’s simple: knee high boots + over-the-knee socks = <3. The socks are longer than the height of the boot, so they stick out a few inches creating the illusion of a longer, thinner leg. I especially love this look for the extra height it adds to your boot shaft whether over bare legs, tights, or skinnies, making them appear more luxurious and sleek. It’s also a great way to buffer a too-wide boot opening at the top if you want to wear them with dresses or shorts. I find that that the combo works better for more casual outfits like these, so skip the socks if you’re going for a fancier high heeled boot + dress or skirt ensemble. But for any regular winter day, over-the-knee socks are an inexpensive and easy way to elevate your favorite boots.
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.
Photography by Ian Sheppard
leather jacket / Rag & Bone boots / Celine sunglasses / Sperry Top-Sider watch / Manolo Blahnik heels / Rag & Bone tee / P.A.R.O.S.H. dress / Current/Elliott jeans / Rag & Bone fedora / Valentino purse / Helmut Lang blazer / J.Crew necklace / Converse sneakersVeda
Whenever I’m working with a client to update their wardrobe, there are always a few key things that keep consistently showing up on the “to buy” list. These are the pieces that I feel are über important for everyone’s day-to-day needs, no matter how your personal style is unique from the next girl. There is a version of each of them for every woman, and all of them are lifesavers when you need an outfit pick-me-up. So if you’re looking to streamline your wardrobe and invest in some solid staples this year, this post is for you. Here goes…
Leather jacket – Contrary to popular belief, leather jackets aren’t just for edgy girls. There’s a leather jacket for everyone. In my research, I have found that Veda makes some of the best out there. Not only are they on the more affordable end of the leather jacket market, but they are also some of the dreamiest fitting, plus they come in so many different colors and leather textures.
Everyday ankle boots – Whether you’re a heel or a flats girl, a good pair of everyday ankle boots are key for your wardrobe three seasons out of the year. They go with everything from jeans to flirty dresses. Whatever neutral you choose, grab yourself a pair and you’ll wear them nonstop for years to come.
Splurge sunnies – I’m a sunnies girl. They’re always the last piece I add to an outfit and I always feel extra fabulous the minute I throw them on. I believe that every girl should save for a pair they’re obsessing over and go for it.
Oversized watch – These days it’s all about the mens watch, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. I like this look because on those days when you don’t feel like piling on the jewelry, the watch makes a statement all on its own.
Pointy pumps – While platform pumps were all the rage a few years ago, the look has gone a step more elegant. The pointy toe is elongating to the leg, timeless, and perfect for boyfriend jeans and red carpet gowns alike. The BB’s by Manolo Blahnik are at the top of the list, along with Louboutin Pigalle’s.
Perfect t-shirt – You may have to go on an epic search for your own perfect tee, but when you find it, buy five of em. I have found that you get what you pay for in this category, and if you’re nice to your tees, they’ll be nice to you (so, hand wash the drapey expensive ones).
Show stopping cocktail dress – It may seem frivolous when you find it, but you’ll be so glad to have it time and time again. Ideally, it’s one you can sass up for a girls night out or class up for a wedding.
Ripped skinny jeans – A good pair of ripped jeans is bound to be a daily favorite in your wardrobe. Of course they’ll pair well with that favorite tee and ankle boots, but you can also have fun dressing them up with a flowy top and blazer.
Fedora – The fedora may seem like a fleeting trend, but it’s far from that. Variations of the style go centuries back, and are all going strong. There are so many different kinds that you can undoubtedly find a version that’s uniquely you without feeling like you’re falling victim to a fad.
Dressy cross body bag – While we all love a pretty clutch, the cross body is a dream purse because it allows you to be hands free when you most need it – weddings, girls nights out, flea markets, etc. The perfect investment will take you to a quick lunch or a black tie event, and give you the choice to tuck/remove the strap and go handheld, or wear it on your shoulder without dressing down your look while you shake a hand in one, and have a cocktail in the other.
Black blazer – This is the number one piece I tell all my clients to buy. It works with a tee and sneakers on a Sunday, over a dress for an event, and everything in between. Helmut Lang’s are hands down my favorite.
Statement glam necklace – This is another one that may feel like a frivolous expenditure but once you take the leap, you’ll be amazed at what it does for your wardrobe, even with a t-shirt and jeans.
White Converse sneakers – Whether you’re a low or high tops girl, there’s nothing like a fresh pair of white Converse. They are always in style no matter what, totally affordable, and perfect for any casual day.
SS13 collection, which could have basically provided the entire show’s wardrobe and made the costume designer’s life a whole lot easier. One of each for me too please? Alas, we may have to get a bit more creative in adding some witch worthy pieces to our collections. Here are a few ideas…Let’s geek out for a second over American Horror Story : Coven, shall we? When I first saw a promo for this show I was already fully committed. The wide brimmed witch hats, black neck ties, and lace up boots were speaking my language. I would watch this show no matter what the season’s theme is, but when there’s a distinct fashion moment to pull from it, all the better. Seems to me they were somewhat inspired by Saint Laurent’s
Saint Laurent bow tie / Maison Michel fedora / Bella umbrella / Blue Bayer cigarette holder / L.K. Bennett dress / Charlie Ford vintage whiskey decanter set / Marc Jacobs purse / Alexandre Birman boots / Jonathan Adler key keeper / Black.co.uk shawl
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
Photography by Ian Sheppard
I know that this is a super random roundup of miscellaneous items, but bear with me. I confess I almost felt weird posting some of these things because it’s a very detailed glimpse into my daily routine. Some parts are glamorous, some not so glamorous, but all are awesome in their own way. See, January is more of a buckle down and refrain from shopping month for me. I’m sure I’m not alone, right? So that means it’s all about enjoying the simple/guilty/not-so-guilty pleasures that have made their way to necessity status recently. That’s why today I’m sharing all the things that are getting me through this month and why.
Nespresso Citiz espresso machine + milk steamer – Where do I even begin? Gone are the days of making less than stellar pots of coffee, half of which would always get poured out when I realize 8 cups was probably a little too ambitious for me to consume by myself. I’m OBSESSED with our Nespresso machine. The blends are all so yummy, and it’s a piece of cake to make any kind of espresso drink you could possibly imagine. I go to bed at night looking forward to my double shot of Ristretto with almond milk in the morning.
Byredo Parfums Gypsy Water – Subtle enough for everyday but complex enough to keep me inspired. I can’t explain it. It’s just heavenly. Try it out and you’ll see what I mean.
Bobbi Brown Extra hand cream – The only hand cream I’ve come across the seems to actually make my hands softer (what a concept!), plus it smells divine.
Frends ‘Taylor’ headphones – While I get that these might make a little more sense to rock on the NYC subways than roaming the streets of LA (does anyone roam the streets of LA?), I just love these things. The sound is actually really good considering that the sound is not the first reason a girl would want these.
Alma mater t-shirt – Not having lived in my college city in 5+ years now, it had been awhile since I had actually visited the campus. So when we were in NYC over the holidays, we made a point of stopping in to stock up on gear. It was fun to pick out a few t-shirts, the best of which is soft and drapey. I’ve been throwing it on more than I’d care to admit.
NARS ‘Adult Content’ blush palette & ‘Yachiyo’ brush - This palette has everything you need for flawless cheeks all in one place and the brush is the perfect lightweight match to the intense pigmentation of NARS blushes.
Rag & Bone sweatpants – Just the perfect necessity for winter nesting, and they went on major sale! They’re sold out online but some Rag & Bone stores might still have them, so call.
Hydro Flask water bottle – This thing keeps water ice cold for hours. It’s a miracle.
Raw Reserve Green Superfood – We’ve been adding this to our daily breakfast smoothies. It basically gives you superpowers.
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt – It’s just so good. Every weekend we get 2 of these for the week but they’re gone by Monday. Whoops.
Vanderpump Rules – This show is a total train wreck in the best way. I wish it was on twice a week.
La Mer moisturizing cream – Sooo yeah. Guilty on this one. But seriously wow. My skin was disappointed in every other not-cheap-by-any-means moisturizer I’ve tried in the past couple of years. This is the only one that truly takes care of me. Well worth the investment if you have dry skin. It’s SUPER thick though so next time I might opt for the soft cream formula.
Logitech iPad keyboard cover – This keyboard takes your iPad to a whole new level. With it you can type e-mails for hours, or use it as a stand so you can watch as many episodes of Scandal as you can fit into a day. Then it protects your screen when you’re not using it. Game changer.
SoulCycle (and Shimano cycling shoes) - I’ve talked about it a couple of times before, but I’ll recap – this is the only workout that keeps me coming back after almost killing me every time, which makes it pure magic.
Phew! It’s a lot to take in but hopefully this helps inspire a new obsession or two. I’d love to hear about your January survival tools!
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
Photography by Ian Sheppard
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!
2014 is coming in with a bang, which means lots of exciting new projects at The Life Styled. That’s why we’re looking for some motivated, style savvy people to join our team! Our days are busy with everything from styling looks for TV shows and editorial photo shoots, helping our personal clients updates their wardrobes, participating in workshops and events, and creating new content for the blog. These are some great opportunities for those looking to build careers in fashion styling and style blogging, for various levels of experience. Here’s what’s on the table…
1. STYLING ASSISTANT (Part time)
This position is to provide support on styling projects including television, magazine, and personal clients. Responsibilities include pulling clothes and accessories for shoots and clients all over LA, assisting on television and magazine shoots, trend forecasting, research, social media, creating blog content, and some clerical/bookkeeping work. The schedule is part time and on an as-needed basis.
Qualifications: We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, reliable, personable, resourceful, and has a keen eye for style. The ideal candidate has some experience in the fashion industry. Fashion styling experience is preferred, as well as involvement/familiarity with social media and blogging. Photoshop skills a plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles.
2. INTERN (Unpaid/ for school credit)
The Life Styled is currently seeking a part time styling/editorial intern. Candidates should be proactive, creative, and have a strong interest in fashion and trends. No previous styling experience is required. Tasks will include: trend research, social media, errands for styling projects, helping to create blog content, and some clerical/bookkeeping work. Looking for a commitment of 2-3 days per week. Some of the work will be done from home, and some in the field. Could lead to possible paid opportunities at The Life Styled.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate has some experience in the fashion industry or is currently attending school for a fashion related degree. An interest in fashion styling, blogging, and knowledge of social media are musts. Photoshop skills a strong plus. Must have your own computer, wheels, and live in Los Angeles.
3. PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT (Part time)
We are seeking a photography assistant to help photograph content for the blog 1-2 days per week. Content will include fashion editorials, DIY tutorials, on-set documentary of styling projects, and cocktails.
Qualifications: Experience with fashion/lifestyle photography and knowledge of Photoshop a must. Must have your own DSLR camera, lenses, computer, and live in Los Angeles.
TO APPLY: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with resume/portfolio, a bit about yourself, any scheduling conflicts over the next few months, and links to any social media pages you may have (Twitter, Instagram, blog, etc). Please note the position you are applying for in the subject of the e-mail.
Well folks, it’s Christmas. It snuck up real fast and it’s time to wrap up the prep and sit back and enjoy. Everywhere we go over the holidays, it’s inevitable that we see a lot of ruby red. It’s a loud shade that I might not normally put on a list of favorites, but these days I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards it. While it’s normally considered a “lady” staple, I love to see it worn with a bit more edge and structure. If you’re not typically a red gal, go ahead and try it out this week. You might be surprised with an extra spring in your step.