NYFW Hit List

02.19.2014

Rag and BoneHit ListAs per usual, the runways at New York Fashion Week were swarming with looks to covet until fall pays us another visit (seems like an eternity). Here are just a few memorable moments from Lincoln Center last week…

Personalized embroidered jackets at Rag & Bone – not sure if this is something they’re offering to us normals too, but we love it and will make it happen regardless.
Leather looks and tied up heels at Marissa Webb.
Dramatic top hats paired with cool blues at Tibi.
Sleek boots with puffy jackets at Alexander Wang.
Delicate scrappy gowns at Vera Wang.
Reflective orange pops through black ensembles at MM6 Maison Martin Margiela.
Jewel tones and pumped up oxfords at Jil Sander Navy.
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Federal Flare

02.17.2014

Presidents Day

Hickory Manor House mirror / Bing Bang star earrings / Vintage Marquee star light / Jonathan Adler George sculpture / Abraham Lincoln selfie print / Marc by Marc Jacobs coat / Spell & The Gypsy Collective eagle ring / Bohemian Society kilt / George Frost ‘Trust’ cuff / Rag & Bone boot / Saint Laurent leather bow tie / Lenox Embassy coffeepot

It’s Presidents’ Day, and I figured what better time to pay homage to one of my favorite style inspirations? I know it seems weird but think about it – our presidents have worn some pretty chic things and have created plenty of inspiration starting with Mr. Washington himself. The state of the union is not too shabby: stars, stripes, ruffled blouses, gold accents, brass eagles, and lace-up boots – what’s not to like? So if you do anything to “celebrate” the national holiday, give a nod to George and get a little federal with your style today.

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Color Code / Cerulean / The Life Styled

The only thing I love more than a good shade of blue is a good shade of blue that will take you through all four seasons. That’s why cerulean is on the radar this week (and every week). Even though it may provoke thoughts of a summer in Mykonos, it’s also got that richness you want in your winter wardrobe. Just a couple shades lighter and less purple (but no less impactful) than cobalt, cerulean is a color to add to the closet as soon as possible.

Color Code / Cerulean

Miista oxfords / Roland Mouret dress / Le Creuset dutch oven / David Yurman ring / Bao Bao Issey Miyake clutch / Illesteva sunglasses / Helmut Lang leather jacket / NARS eyeshadow in Wishful Thinking / Beats by Dre headphones / Pantone thermo cup / Alexandra von Furstenberg bowl / Jack Spade iphone case / Kartell table / Eddie Borgo cuff / Toywatch watch
 

Bisou Bisou

02.06.2014

V-Day

zeroUV heart sunglasses /  Fashion Union shaggy jacket / Workhorse Jewelry arrow earrings / Charlotte Russe lips iPhone case / Valentino heels / Diptyque Rosa Mundi candle / Ariel Gordon heart ring / Shu Uemura velvet feather lashes / Alexander Wang Rockie bag / Kelly Wearstler Kiss sculpture / Equipment heart sweater / MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick / Stella McCartney arrow broach / Ted Baker skirt

If you’re not already a red hearts and pink fluff kinda girl, then Valentines Day is a tricky one to dress for.  The colors and shapes of this holiday can be a bit much when mixed with all that chocolate and champagne – sweetness overload in every way. But I think we can all agree that whatever your style, it’s fun to add just a touch of sugar to your look on Feb 14. Perhaps you won’t be inclined to do it from head to toe, but just one piece can be all the right kinds of festive on the holiday of love. These are a few of the most covetable nods to Cupid – just a little sweet, and a little spicy. Wear one on V-day to celebrate or “accidentally” e-mail the link of your favorite to your sweetie. Hint hint, Ian: Kelly Wearstler is located on Melrose just a few steps away from Ink Sack…

 

32

02.04.2014

32 / The Life StyledThis Sunday was my 32nd birthday. When I see the number written out I can’t even believe it because in my head I’m about 25, which I’ve been saying for a good 6 years now. Is it possible for us to mentally level off at a certain age? Either way, I’ve definitely learned that the years don’t mean what we thought they did when we were 18 making plans for the future. Since I became an official adult, I’ve learned that there’s a deep connection with our youth that we will always have no matter how old we become, and we can use it however it serves us best – in our style choices, sense of adventure, taste in music, or life passions. So on this birthday the hubs and I used our youthfulness by eating whatever the heck we wanted at brunch at MB Post in Manhattan Beach (new favorite brunch spot hands down!), followed by a plethora of cloud cakes from Bo Nuage, a little shopping, a little Super Bowl, and a ridiculous dinner at Tasting Kitchen. I wore an appropriate “all about me” sweater which I snatched up at Sarah‘s Madewell event last week, leather leggings, a high school throwback jacket, and my new T-rex ring (a give from a dear friend who shares the same birthday and clearly knows me all too well). It was the most perfect day and I’m excited to see what lays ahead for 32.

32 / The Life Styled
32 / The Life Styled
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32 / The Life Styled
32 / The Life Styled
32 / The Life Styled
32 / The Life StyledForever21 varsity jacket (similar) / Madewell ‘ Moi’ pullover / Helmut Lang leather leggings / Seychelles booties (c/o) / H&M fringe bag (similar) / Luv AJ ombré chain necklace / J.Crew necklace (similar) / Celine sunglasses / Designosaur T-rex ring

Photography by Ian Sheppard
 

Varsity Girl

01.30.2014

Go TeamIn light of the Super Bowl this Sunday, I figure it’s the perfect time to take a moment for the sporty inspiration that’s been sweeping fashion these days. From jerseys to high tops, varsity jackets to running shoes, the team player look is all over the place and I’m totally feeling it. It’s fun to mix an athletic statement into a more typical “you” outfit, rather than the old way we might have worn this look in high school, which in my case would have been with wide leg Girbaud jeans and certainly no varsity jacket because I never lettered in an actual sport – only music and theatre, which at my school were some of the nerdiest patches one could possibly put on a letter jacket. That’s why I’m getting it out of my system now as a grown woman. How are you going to sport your team (or at least team “inspired”) spirit on Sunday?

Go Team

1. Sandro sneakers / 2. Crest & Letters cardigan / 3. Pabst Blue Ribbon beer / 4. Forever21 metallic jersey tee / 5. Go Jane thigh high socks / 6. New Look tie dye jersey / 7. Madewell hoodie / 8. Kelly Wearstler gilded football / 9. T by Alexander Wang satin track shorts / 10. Nelly ’99 Problems’ beanie / 11. Aeropostale varsity jacket / 12. Givenchy t-shirt / 13. Nike sneakers / 14. New Balance sneakers / 15. Givenchy shorts / 16. 3.1 Phillip Lim track pants
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Chilly in Malibu

01.29.2014

Chilly in Malibu / The Life StyledEven though I’m not a hardcore beach girl, I love being near the ocean when the crowds aren’t there. That’s when it’s peaceful, beautiful, and easier to take it all in. Winter is the season for this, so right now I’m craving a cozy beach picnic on an overcast day, on a quiet patch of beach somewhere when there’s no hope of keeping your hair in tact, but all you need are your favorite bohemian cozies, a blanket, bonfire, and some hot cocoa.

Chilly in Malibu
Kiss by Fiona Bennett beanie / Vince sweater / Minnetonka booties / Thermos / Sachajuan Ocean Hair Mist / vintage Mexican serape blanket / Current/Elliott jeans / Free People top / Luv AJ shark tooth necklace / Clare Vivier tote
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Color Code / Blush

01.22.2014

Blush copy

There’s something about this soft, muted pink that can instantly make a girl feel at home. Maybe it’s the ballerina association from early stages of life. I’m sure many girls can relate. Without question, I had to have the light pink tutu, tights, and leotard. I remember being at the dance store as a five year old with my mom shopping for Danskin gear and marveling at the selection, wondering why anyone in their right mind would choose black or ivory over blush ballerina garb. But even as an adult, this shade is every bit as relevant. Still feminine, only now it’s all grown-up and can be done as softly or as structured as you’d like (Olivia Pope coat? Yes, please). It’s every bit as neutral as any gray or beige, but just a touch more celebratory.

Color Code / Blush

Oasis coat / Aerie aviators / House of Harlow earrings / High Street Market bookends / Urban Decay Naked 3 palette / Zoe Karssen ‘Merci’ tee / Nixon watch / Jouer ‘Dusty’ lipstick / Dwell Studio wool pouf / Nine West platform oxford / Hermes cuff / Rosamosario bra / Givenchy Dahlia Noir parfum
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Leather and Loungewear / The Life StyledI think we can all agree that when a totally casual and loungy outfit also passes as a stylish one, it’s a fashion miracle. If you look in my closet, you’ll find an embarrassingly large stack of gray sweatpants, which are all in heavy rotation. But for anything other than walking the dogs or a Starbucks run, I like to make sure that wearing sweatpants out in public is done with chicness in mind. I’ve always loved the blazer + sweatpants combo, so this outfit is one of my favorites. It’s appropriate for a lot more occasions than one might think for sweatpants. When you anchor them with stronger everyday pieces to form an intentional outfit, you can get away with rocking the sweats for running errands or lunch with friends.

Leather and Loungewear / The Life Styled

Leather and Loungewear / The Life Styled

Leather and Loungewear / The Life Styled

Leather and Loungewear / The Life Styled

Leather and Loungewear / The Life Styled

Leather and Loungewear / The Life Styled

Leather and Loungewear / The Life StyledFrends headphones / Helmut Lang blazer / Rag & Bone sweatpants (sold out but these are awesome too) / Gold Hawk tank / Alexander Wang bag / Rag & Bone boots / Marc by Marc Jacobs phone case / Celine sunglasses / Nixon watch

Photography by Ian Sheppard
 

Great Heights

01.20.2014

Knee BootsFor 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.

Great Heights / The Life Styled
Socks: Cherevichkiotvichki / Maria La Rosa / Pacsun / Antipast / Boots: Calvin Klein / Steve Madden / Sam Edelman / Frye
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