For the most part, May in LA is well past sweater weather, but a few overcast windy days still sneak up on us here and there. I don’t mind it, especially since it gives me a chance to cozy up with this tribal print knit number – a new addition to my wardrobe that has unexpectedly come in handy lately for early morning dog walks and cold plane rides. The high contrast design gives it a bit of extra oomph and when mixed with fringey cutoffs, it becomes perfectly appropriate for cooler spring days. These biker boots are another winter gone summer staple, which I was actually compelled to buy last fall because of the inspiration to wear them with shorts. They took me through the colder months with skinny jeans but they’re ready to take on their originally intended identity. I love spring fashion because it’s a chance to get creative with your clothes and think of your seasonal pieces in a different light, before it’s time to pack winter away and fully immerse yourself into summer.
cardigan (c/o), Gold Hawk cami, Free People shorts, AllSaints boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Heather Belle clutch (c/o), Nixon watch, Bracelets: Kindred Stones, Forever21, BCBGeneration, H&M, Nordstrom, Nails: OPI You’re Such a Budapest
Even though I live in LA where the typical winter day involves temps that hover in the 70’s, I happen to be a girl who enjoys the cold – within reason, of course. I love to have a hibernation period in the year to eat soup, cozy up with a blanket, drink red wine, layer, and have an excuse to avoid leaving the house. I don’t get much of those excuses here, but I took the opportunity to soak up every bit of the crisp air (followed by delicious hot beverages) when I was in Minnesota. I was so excited to finally have a chance to wear the wool All Saints coat I picked up on major sale at the end of the season last year and my new favorite snood from J.Crew which adds a nice pop of pattern to my darker toned winter outerwear (which in LA is usually a leather jacket). Secretly, I’m still a little sad that the holidays came and went so fast. But the year has gotten off to such a great start, all there is to do is keep up with the fast pace of 2013. Can you believe we’re already almost done with January?
All Saints coat, Topshop hat, J.Crew scarf and pants, Shoemint boots, Equipment blouse, gloves from Rue La La
Today’s look is also featured on the brand new Rue Daily by Rue Magazine! I am in love with the new site. Be sure to head over there and check it out!
Around the holidays, everything seems to be more amped up, more intense, more exciting, and more decadent. We go big or we go home. So this week I am thrilled to share these photos from an extra special 2-part shoot I did with the magical Heather Kincaid and Fiore Beauty. We frolicked in the woods, we happened upon trees trimmed with lights and baubles in the wild, we bonded with woodland animals. I love working with those girls.
I am definitely a girl who loves white all year round. In the winter it’s such a refreshing contrast to the usual darkness of the season and it reminds me of fluffy fresh snow. In this look, it was fun to mix the varying glamorous textures and tones of white with accents of the color of the moment, oxblood. The Fiore team made the look come to life with hair guru Larisa’s sassy Bardot tousled waves, and makeup maven Allison’s space odyssey metallic lips (and just wait til the next round when you’ll get a closer look at the mani from holiday heaven).
Guess coat, All Saints top, Zara pants, Marlies Dekkers bra (similar), Alexander Wang boots, Target driving gloves
See you back here on Thursday with part 2, featuring a holiday party look to remember!
Hair, makeup, and nails by Fiore Beauty
Theyskens’ Theory leather jacket, All Saints top and boots, Zara pants, Alexander Wang bag, Michael Kors watch, HRH Collection bracelet, Dita sunglasses, NARS Scarlett Empress lipstick, necklace – similar
I wasn’t kidding when I said that my fashion week suitcase consisted of not much other than every kind of black and white combo I could find. I wore it in one way or another every single day, and saw that a lot of stylish ladies on the streets of NYC shared my love for the mix. The white pants and sequin top were a nice way to honor the lingering summer temps. My new obsession is to incorporate white in my wardrobe long past Labor Day and into the winter – luckily at this point in the week the weather had cooled down to a perfect fall crispness. The black leather jacket and buckled boots added a very necessary autumn feel to the outfit and brought it far away from soft and light. This was one of my most favorite ensembles of the week, mainly because it made me feel like… me.
Myne dress, AllSaints boots, Alexander Wang bag, Michael Kors watch, Kate Spade iPhone case, HRH Collection bracelet, necklace – similar
The past week at New York Fashion Week has been inspiring beyond belief. The city is pulsing with fashion buzz – everywhere I look I see someone who knocked their entire outfit out of the park without even trying. It’s been hot here so the biggest challenge is dressing with fall inspiration but still staying realistic with the steamy temperatures. For my first stop at Lincoln Center for the Richard Chai show on Thursday (which I loved – especially the gasoline sequins), I decided to wear my favorite Myne dress in a saturated pink hue that always makes me feel vibrant and put together but still comfortable and breezy. I added these All Saints buckle boots (which I have worn with everything this week), a studded belt, and my Rocco to give the outfit more of a structured fall-like look. Big thanks to Fab Sugar and Shoptiques for actually featuring my outfit in their NYFW street style round-ups!
Let’s be real – fall fashion can be a little intimidating. There is such a jarring shift in inspiration from the simple sundresses and sandals of summer into richer, heavier pieces and lots of layers. As summer comes to an end, it feels like we’re completely switching gears and starting from scratch. I have been making a mental list of all the pieces I am hoping to update my wardrobe with this fall, and it’s top priority this year because I will be heading out to New York for fashion week (yay!). But maybe it doesn’t have to be so complicated. I was perusing through AllSaints the other day and I happened upon my future fall wardrobe in its entirety. No need to look further. They’ve got my fashion week outfits covered, not to mention all of the season’s special events and everyday clothes for the crisp months. If all goes well, my fall shopping will take me about one hour in one store, followed by a jalapeño margarita at Loteria on the promenade. Done and done.
Note: This post isn’t sponsored by AllSaints or anything, I’m just genuinely obsessed.
A Wood New Year
After a lazy and indulgent holiday break, the beginning of the new year often brings on a heavy load of… guilt. Whether you have a few pounds to shed, or need to start make long strides towards a big goal you’ve set for this year, a Wood intention will help you get it all done.
Your Look’s Key Words: Movable. Sporty. Natural.
Style Elements: Plant based fabrics. Vertical shapes. Blues and greens. Athletic or utility pieces.
Get Active With Wood by thelifestyled featuring All Saints
Tips to Woodify Your Life
1. Move your body. It may sound obvious, but getting the blood flowing doesn’t just help you stay physically fit – it keeps your brain working at its full potential, thus getting you fully ready to reach all your goals this year. While the thought of exercising might be the last thing you want to do, you’re whole being will benefit from a little movement each day. So grab the dog and go for a stroll, or set up a sledding excursion with your friends (a few trips up that hill will certainly have you hurting tomorrow).
, $190 Toboggan
2. Set daily goals. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you get when you reach a goal, no matter how big or small. If you set attainable daily goals for yourself, you’ll end each day feeling great about what you did, and looking forward to what the next day has in store.
, $10 for one, 92 for a set of 10 Russell + Hazel Top 10 Notebook
3. Go organic. These days, it’s hard to know what you’re really eating unless you grew it yourself. While it can be a bit pricier, eating organic is not only better for our world, but it’s healthier for your body. Check out this great article on how to shop organic, by the domestic goddesses at Haute Apple Pie.
LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook, $17
Wood energy is something we can all incorporate into our lives in the new year, no matter what your resolutions may be. It’s all about moving forward, and accomplishing your goals so you can achieve a better future. Who can’t identify with that?
A Water New Year
If 2009 left you feeling a bit out of touch with yourself, and you need to spend some time reflecting on the current state of your life, Water is your intention for January. Whether you’d like to open your mind to new things, or get in touch with your creative side, here are some ways to bring Water energy into your life and your wardrobe this season.
Your Look’s Key Words: Creatve. Different. Interesting. Mysterious.
Style Elements: Flowy or sheer fabrics. Dark colors. Asymmetrical shapes. Ethnic patterns.
Get Creative With Water by thelifestyled featuring Juicy Couture
Tips to Waterize Your Life
1. Start a new hobby. We all have things we’ve always wanted to take up – felting, decoupage, wine, photography – you name it. The new year is the perfect time to get some new offbeat skills. Imagine the possibilities if you started a new hobby every year…
Art for Dummies, $22
2. Keep a journal. Those of us looking to get more in touch with our inner mind might enjoy writing our thoughts down day to day. It’s the perfect creative outlet, not to mention a great way to document your state of mind throughout the year.
WeeBindery Lavender Leather Journal, $23
3. Practice yoga. If the exercise aspect doesn’t appeal to you, do it just to free your mind. In a day of stress and responsibilities, an hour of yoga is one of the best ways to be alone with your thoughts. You’ll walk away feeling liberated, and mentally stimulated.
Yoga Mat Bag, $45
4. Travel. If you have the means, now is a great time to plan a trip. Whether you’re jetsetting to a faraway land, or road tripping to a nearby town, experiencing a new place is a great way to find new ideas and inspiration for your life.
Kate Spade Par Avion Cosmetic Cases, $50-125
Even if you don’t consider yourself the creative type, it’s important for all of us to keep grasp of who we are, and our brains stimulated. You never know what might pour out of you when you let your mind sore!