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.
It’s that time of year again: falling temperatures, earlier sunsets, leaves swapping luscious green shades for crispy amber tones, and enough pumpkin spiced lattes to put you in cardiac arrest. I think it goes without saying that fall is the best time for a wardrobe update. Sure, spring may be a great time to clean out your closet, but fall is for indulging in sweaters, boots, jeans, and enough flannel to pass as a nineties grunge boy. Autumn is a time to get cozy and play with layering pieces as you gear up for the cooler months ahead. So throw on a sweater, scoot into some skinnies, slap on some boots, and top it off with a leather jacket. Hello, October!
Being someone who loves black as much as I do, I feel right at home in Italy. Some of the destinations we’re visiting are on the rural side of the spectrum, so while we’re in Rome I’m milking the opportunity to wear as much of my classic, sleek black staples all at once. There’s something so simple and chic about Italian style, where a good pair of black skinnies and a black leather jacket while take you farther than anything else you could bring. Add some huge sunglasses and flat black booties and you’ll fit right in with the locals.
Our biggest new years resolution for 2014 was to go on a trip somewhere in the world that we’ve always wanted to go together. We’re not usually huge travelers, as much as we want to be. It’s hard to get away and with both of our families in different parts of the US, our travel allotment tends to be used for trips home. Ian had never been to Italy and nothing makes us happier than good food and wine, so it was kind of a no brainer. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since we booked it back in May, and now we leave tomorrow. I’m trying my hardest to blast through the to do list and keeping the packing list simple. I’m expecting a whole range of weather in both city and rural destinations, plus I’m a notorious over packer, soI have my work cut out for me. I’m bringing everything in one color palette (black heavy of course) so I can easily mix and match. Also, thanks to everyone who helped me figure out my luggage dilemma! It was helpful to hear about all your favorites. I ended up with this Victorinox one… and a Magic Eraser to throw in it. :) I look forward to sharing more about our trip on here and Instagram. Arrivederci!
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.
Even though I usually think of the boho trend as more of a summer thing, frolicking in the fields and whatnot, bringing it into the September lineup is a fun way to take on LA’s pathetic excuse for fall. While summer weather is still here, we need to be able to hold off on the structure and stick with the breezy. As it starts to cool down the chunky knits, bucket bags, and floppy hats will become a nice addition to our basics. I’m still learning to dabble in boho since moving to LA, and I think it mixes well with the edgy accessories and ripped jeans I love so much. These are some of the boho things on my fall wish list…
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.
OK I know this is kind of old news but did you happen to catch the VMA performance of Bang Bang with the trio of divas (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj of course)? I had it on the DVR and was watching while catching up on work and I kinda stopped in my tracks from this hardcore girl power talent explosion, despite a major wardrobe malfunction (cringe!). But whoa – can we talk about Jessie J? Girl crush central over here! She KILLED it in her sleek pony tail, red lips, sky high slit dress, and ridiculous voice. As a fellow tall girl, I really love how she towers over the little Polly Pocket sized Ariana and Nicki, and doesn’t mind one bit. She owns her strong, Amazonian presence. So then I had to go look up the video for the song and boy is that just 3 minutes of girly fun. I’m kinda digging the dance – in – the – streets ensemble that Jessie rocks, all be it more pop star than street style. I still think it’s modifiable for a night out on the town, especially if you throw a white blazer over the whole deal. If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below. Don’t lie – I know you’re rocking out to it at your desk with the rest of us!
At this point, I guess you can bank on the fact that every trend that happened in the nineties is going to make a comeback. From plaid flannels and Dr. Martens to the crazy Birkenstock explosion that happened this summer, no style will be left behind. Next up: sport slides. Think of them as a sportier, edgier sister of the Birkenstocks. This revival is all about a modern take on the slides. This time though, feel free to leave the socks at home. Instead, think black trousers with an oversized button down and a chic tote bag. They’re an easy swap for the Arizona two-straps that sold out everywhere this season, and with a lower price point. There are many options with these slides, though I personally think it’s best to stick to black and white to avoid looking like you just stepped off a soccer field, unless you’re Wayne Rooney or something. These comfortable sandals are the next step to normcore, a trend that seems to keep evolving in the street style world, and they have no reason not to make a home in your wardrobe.