Snow Envy…

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With all of this snowstorm action happening on the East coast, it’s hard not be a little jealous of the beautiful, clean, white, snowfall – inconvenient or not. Throwing this post back to a month ago, we had the privilege of getting one full actual day of snow this year when we were back in Nebraska, and it had been at least a couple years since I actually saw a Midwest winter be pretty in my time visiting home. I was stoked, and I know I get to wake up most mornings of the year not having to worry about being too insanely cold, how I’m going to get to work, or having to scrape my car (DEFINITELY don’t miss that), but I do actually really miss just having a good, cold, snow day. A reason to bundle up on the couch by the window in your PJs drinking tea or hot coffee, and a reason to throw all your plans and to-do lists out the window for the day. As “lucky” as southern-californians are, that is not EVER something we get the privilege of enjoying.

It only snowed the last couple of days I was home this year, but I always plan ahead in case since Nebraska weather can be pretty unpredictable. I didn’t bundle up to the full degree, since we weren’t outside much of the day when it snowed, but since we flew out that evening to head back to LA this outfit was appropriate. Warm and cozy to handle a short amount of time in this snowy weather, but light and layered enough to transition to California weather.

The jacket is my all-time favorite ribbed leather jacket from Zara, given to me by my boyfriend as a birthday gift. The zip skinnies are made of the absolute softest stretch denim material, and are SO comfortable for flying (seriously, I’d sleep in them), and the scarf was also a gift, this time from my sister. Top it all off with a cozy beanie from Target’s winter collection, and the layering was perfect for transitioning from a daytime of snow to a cool LA evening.

Zip Skinnies: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Slouchy Tee: Zara (similar here)
Boots: London Rebel (similar here, here, and more affordable here)
Scarf: Gifted from my sister, similar here
Hat: Target (on clearance now!)

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I’m On A Boat!

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So, it’s been a while since I devoted an entire Saturday to drinking, and a little over a week ago we had the pleasure (no really, it was a ton of fun) of cramming two birthdays into one day, both in completely different areas of Los Angeles. Well, one of those happened to be a daytime booze cruise celebrating the birth and general awesomeness of my good friend Raechel! What do you get when you combine 60 people, an open bar, and a party yacht in Marina Del Rey? A DAMN GOOD TIME. Oh, and quite possibly a hangover before 8pm. I’m not a heavy drinker by any means, and Lord knows I’m not 21 anymore! So this was quite the feat. Or “defeat”, however you want to refer to it.

Regardless of how badly I should have napped before heading off to Birthday #2 in Hollywood, Birthday #1 was an awesome time with an amazing group of friends, most of whom it’s been too long since I’ve seen. And when you’re on a boat, it’s only natural to implement a nautical theme. In fact, the invitation read “Dressing in Nautical Attire Encouraged, and Drinking Like A Sailor Required.” Umm…done and done. By everyone…

I had a lot of fun going through my closet and picking something out to wear. I love a good theme, it always adds an extra element of challenge into getting ready! Everything I selected was something I already had on hand, and I think it hit the sailor vibe quite well without overdoing it. I chose to pair my high waisted red midi skirt from ASOS, a basic white crop, and my trusty navy and white nautical sweater for when it cooled down a bit after dark. It was gorgeous boat weather, hitting near 80 degrees in the sunshine, so this combination was perfect! And let’s be honest, how cute are my friends?!? This crew knows how to have a good time and there’s no one I would have rather spent my afternoon with! Cheers to Raechel, and Cheers to an amazing group of people just lovin’ life on a Saturday! :)

Skirt: ASOS (50% Off!)
Crop top: Topshop, similar here
Cardigan: F21, sold out (similar here)
Belt: Target, sold out, (similar here)
Bag: Warehouse, sold out, (similar here)
Shoes: DSW
Shades: ASOS, sold out, (similar here)
Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff
Bracelet: Nasty Gal, similar here

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…And a Happy New Year!

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So my New Year’s resolution of posting more things to the blog in a timely fashion is obviously off to a great start. So incase anyone still cares about the holidays now that were a third of the way through January, here is what I wore this year on New Years Eve! Probably the only reason I’m even posting it at this point is because this is an outfit that could be worn any time of the year, not just for holiday celebration.

Am I the only one getting old enough to feel like every year having two holidays within a week of each other is overwhelming? I always travel for Christmas, making my grand return to LA a couple days before the new year usually. This year for Christmas, I had a jam-packed schedule at home with family events with a boyfriend in tow, not to mention some airport drama on the way home…so by the time we got home the last thing I wanted to start thinking about was what to do on NYE.

It’s always fun to have a reason to get dressed up and sparkly, but honestly, as I get older I realize that all I REALLY need to kick off the new year is time spent with good friends. So this year, we made our final plans about 7pm the night of, winged it at a bar in West Hollywood with some great friends, and it was awesome. I was toying back and forth between this outfit and another dress, and ultimately wanted to get some use out of this awesome multi-colored sequin top from H&M’s 2014 Holiday collection. Paired with one of my many skater skirts for some girly flare, and my newest black shoe obsession, the Joe’s Jeans “Ali” pump, I was set for some West Hollywood action to ring in the new year.

Top: H&M, sold out (similar here)
Skirt: H&M, sold out (similar here)
Leather Jacket: Zara
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Joe’s Jeans (on sale!)
Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff

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Merry Vestmas!

IMG_0462IMG_0486sqIMG_0407IMG_0373IMG_0381IMG_0454IMG_0544IMG_0526IMG_0534IMG_0568IMG_0563sqIMG_0656 The holidays were a blur for me this year, so as always, getting around to posting for these in January. My goal for 2015 really should be to be a little more timely with these…but honestly, I go home to my family at best twice a year, (this year it was once), and it’s a lot of time away from family and friends to snap pictures, format them, write posts, and dig up links. It felt a bit self-centered to spend my time that way when I’m at home for the holidays, so I don’t feel bad about my lack of posting this season. There’s absolutely nothing wrong if you’re a blogger who can find the time to blog on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and for New Years, but for me it just wasn’t top priority. I missed my family and friends too much!

That said, I had such a great trip home this year, bringing my boyfriend for our first Christmas spent together! He usually stays in LA with his family, while I head home, but this time we got to introduce the California kid to the Nebraska Winter! Mildly disappointing at first, since it was rainy and too high of temps (everyone in the Midwest wants to kill me), but finally toward the end of our trip we got some real Midwest snow for him to experience. And it was colddd.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful as well. My sister and her boyfriend were back from Ohio, so the four of us got to spend lots of time together which was amazing. I’m very lucky to have a sister who’s so awesome and WE are very lucky to have boyfriends who treat us so well :)

These photos were taken for my Christmas day outfit this year, traditionally spent in my Grandma’s town of Crete, Nebraska. Very small and cozy little place, and Christmas Day has been at her house for as long as I can remember. The weather, once again like last year, was particularly nice and even sunny, so layers were a good choice. I chose my favorite flannel of the season, this absolute steal from F21, for its holiday vibes, layered with a big furry vest to keep me warm. Paired with a skirt, tights, and my favorite knee-high boots, I was comfortable, yet fashionable for a lovely Christmas Day!

Flannel: Forever 21, sold out, similar here
Vest: H&M, sold out, similar here 
Skirt: H&M, similar here
Tights: Target, (Haynes Opaque and Super-Opaque are my new favorites)
Boots: Dolce Vita (On Sale Now!)
Necklace & Bracelet: from my wonderful boyfriend this Christmas, Rebecca Minkoff

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LBD From Day to Night Challenge with DailyLook!…Holiday Style!

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I was thrilled recently to be asked to participate in a styling challenge with DailyLook, taking an LBD of my choice from their online selection and styling it from day to night. I love a good LBD, so this was a lot of fun for me. I feel like DailyLook has some amazing dresses available right now, and being asked to create some style sets was perfect timing to kick off a few Holiday Posts I have coming up.

After carefully browsing the selection of Little Black Dresses on DailyLook, and finding several I wanted in my closet, I chose this simple black shift number that I kept not being able to take my eyes off of. Maybe that sounds silly for this style challenge that is seasonally timed with the holidays. A good part of me wanted to gravitate toward some of the beautiful lace, embroidered, and beaded dresses I had in my wishlist, however, there was something about the extremely flattering shape of this simple shift, it’s versatility to fit the challenge, and the lack of shift dresses currently in my closet that sealed the deal for me. The winner for me was the “Richie Shift Dress”, and it’s affordable price and deep V made it the perfect amount “simple sexy”. I styled these two looks based on something I would actually wear to my office at work, and how I would switch it up to wear the same dress for a night out on the town, particularly a Holiday party.

For the Day Look, I paired the dress with comfortable, casual printed slip-ons, a neutral gray crossbody satchel, and gold art deco inspired bangles. An absolute staple in my wardrobe this time of year, along with several LBDs, is a faux fur vest, and I absolutely love the texture in this one. I know I know, this is probably not a super practical work outfit for a lot of people, but I am very fortunate that for working in a non-fashion related field, I get to pretty much be myself and wear whatever I want to work. I work for a major animation studio in a production environment, and half of my job is at a desk, and the other half is running around. So this is 100% perfect my job in entertainment.

Moving on to my Night Look, I definitely used the addition of some eye-catching accessories to spice this up and make it Holiday Party ready. The 60s-70s wannabe kid in me went straight to a fantastic over-the-knee boot to compliment the sleek tapered shape of the shift. With a mixture of more avant-garde statement jewelry and a contrasting beaded metallic clutch, this simple shift just went from zero to hero and is completely party ready without showing too much skin.

To shop the selection of LBDs at DailyLook, visit this page!

DAY
DailyLook Richie Shift Dress
Jack by BB Dakota Macklin Vest
DailyLook Classic Saddlebag Purse
Dolce Vita Zoren Slip Ons
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle
House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Bangle, thin

NIGHT
DailyLook Richie Shift Dress
Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry “Cassie” Boots
Baublebar Mariposa Ear Jackets
Baublebar Pearl Orwell Bib Necklace
Forever21 Sequin Beaded Clutch

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