Next up in the Wedding Guest 101 series is one of my personal favorites, the city wedding! While any wedding setting creates a fun challenge to find the right outfit, city weddings are the ones where we get to push the envelope a bit. There’s something about the urban setting where an eclectic mix of people come together and everyone expects to see some good style. That’s not meant to be an intimidation factor, it’s meant to be an inspiration factor. Nothing you wear is going to be “too stylish” in a big city, so I say try a trend you’ve been eyeing and really go for it! Either start with an elegant LBD (or anything classic) and take it in your own direction with some unexpected statement accessories, or find a really exciting dress with a graphic pattern and do a little color play. These are the type of pieces you’ll be able to wear again, maybe dressed a bit more casually for a girls night out or a date, so they’re fun to shop for.
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!
This past winter I got to work on a new series for TruTV called Motor City Masters, a reality competition series to find the next great car designer. It was certainly a world that’s far from my usual styling projects, but that’s what made it so awesome. I was in charge of dressing all the judges, including our two permanent mentors: editor-in-chief of Automobile magazine (and avid hat collector) Jean Jennings, and movie car designer Harald Belker (yep – he’s designed cars for Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman, Transformers, etc), along with a slew of awesome celebrity guest judges. You should check out the show which premiers tomorrow! There’s a lot of amazing talent and passion amongst the contestants – I was continuously blown away at what they would pull together in such a short amount of time. Best of all, I was really into the fashion inspiration I got from working on the show. Lots of color blocking with black, white, and primary colors as well as a few checkered flag patterns thrown in from time to time, which has continued to show up in my own wardrobe since working on the show.
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.
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
I can’t believe how fast June is already flying by and how quickly the weddings I’ve been planning for this summer are approaching. I’m a bridesmaid in one of them, so that outfit has luckily been figured out for months, but I’ve been shopping like crazy for the rest while various family members have been emailing me nonstop about what they should wear. It’s funny how weddings always provoke so many fashion questions. I think it’s because people are confused between the environment of the wedding vs. the fact that it’s a wedding – particularly with any outdoor wedding. If you’re going to a wedding taking place outdoors this summer – so at a beach, vineyard, barn, field, woods, country club, etc…. I’ve got the answers to all your questions right here…
There are two key points to keep in mind when dressing for an outdoor wedding:
1. Make sure you’re factoring in the temperature and the terrain. If the wedding is on grass or sand, you may need to opt for flat sandals or wedges. Grass and stilettos don’t mix no matter how badly you want them to. OR one of my favorite heel tricks for grass is to wear a thicker heel like the one shown in the barn outfit below – one like that is much less sinkable and way more stable while still giving you the elegance and height of a heel. It also might be a bit cooler OR way hotter in some outdoor locations so just make sure you’re keeping that in mind. With that said…
2. It IS a wedding. So while it might feel appropriate to dress down for the outdoorsiness of the occasion, it’s not Sunday brunch, it’s not happy hour (unless it IS because the couple wants it that way). It’s a wedding that two people have been planning every last detail of for a year and they’re spending a lot of money to host you. So don’t see it as an opportunity to dress the way you would for a picnic just because it’s outside. Not that you would… but you’d be surprised the wedding ensembles that some people drum up with everything from jeans to sneakers to jersey knit. Just saying. If it does happen to be a picnic, then it’s going to be a nice one – one you dress up for. Call me old fashioned, but I think a wedding is pretty much always a time for your finest – whatever that may be for the type of soiree you’re attending.
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!
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)