Monthly Archives: November 2013

Floral, Fringe & fishnet.

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I was feeling in the mood to go a little boho-cozy today. I like mixing textures, but was feeling somewhat neutral, so I threw on my taupe fringe booties, gray skinnies, a gray open-knit sweater, and my trusty hippie headwrap. I am in love with this little headwrap because it’s perfect for days when my flyaways are acting up. Today, my hair just felt unmanageable and all over the place, so on it went, keeping everything in place, without being pulled back. I opted for jewelry with a little more of a vintage “used” feel than my standard modern-and-delicate geometric pieces I usually layer all over the place. It was cozy and comfortable, until I tripped outside Starbucks and my latte slammed into the ground. That was fun coming back inside and reordering the exact same drink, from the exact same barista, in what most guys would find a very distinct outfit, with my weird little head thing and all. Soooo chic…

But speaking of guys and the weird things that girls wear… let me toot my boyfriend’s horn for a second: one of the things I love about him most is he is very receptive to fashion and trends. He has simple, masculine style but still with an interest in branching out and trying new things. He likes to look good, even if it’s a simple tee, and I love that. And the best part, all the weird combinations of things I wear and interesting trends I come home with he actually likes…including my little hippie headwrap and array of printed pants. The true test will be when I come home with a dropcrotch pant. I’ll report back on whether I’m single or not after that happens. I like fashion risks occasionally, and so far there hasn’t been much I’ve come home with where he makes that classic male “what the hell is that on your body” expression. What a keeper. :)

Headwrap: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Nasty Gal
Tank: F21
Jeans: H&M
Booties: Target
Necklaces: Stella Boutique (Lincoln, NE)

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Camo & cream.

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Originally Posted 11/18/13. I was in love with these camo skinny jeans the moment I saw them. I found them for a disgustingly low price ($9.99 to be exact) at the Urban Outfitters Surplus store in Sherman Oaks (post on that coming soon). They were unlike anything I had in my closet currently, yet I knew they would go so well with tons of things I already had. Leather trimmed shirts, mineral wash tees, rock tees, graphic tees, and all of my neutral sweaters for winter. Case in point, we had a low-key Saturday night where I wanted to be super comfortable, warm enough to not need a jacket, but with some sort of heel. I was itching to pull out these pants for the first time, and the backless cream sweater added just the right amount of sexy while still letting the crazy pants shine. This is an extremely easy way to take something bold, like a pair of crazy-printed pants, and make them extremely wearable and not over the top…by keeping everything else understated. I added in my favorite black ankle cuff sandals and it was the right blend of cozy and edginess. And my go-to neutral studded bag toughened it up a bit too.

Pants: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Necklace: 2020ave
Rings: Madewell, Brandy Melville
Bag: DSW

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3.1 Phillip Lim x Target….Finally.

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Originally Posted 11/14/13. Just when you think the cooler weather is here to stay, LA will swoop in with a heat wave, blasting us with 90 degrees of sunshine when it’s almost the holidays. A week or two ago this was the case, and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to bust out an outfit I had been saving…my high-waisted 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target printed skirt, which I knew from the start I wanted to pair with a simple crop top. We did a dinner double date in Downtown LA, followed by a friend’s work-loft open house. It was a great time to get my first use out of the only piece I got my hands on from the highly coveted collection that hit stores in September.

Excuse any grain or blur, I was only able to get a couple snaps in right before dark, but the palette of golden-mustard and royal-navy was absolutely perfect for a warm fall evening. I brought along a navy and white striped longline cardigan (not pictured) for when it cooled down, which mixed nicely with the leopard for an interesting visual contrast. With two bold patterns happening at once, I kept my heel choice simple and neutral. The combination couldn’t have been better for Saturday night cocktails in Downtown LA with a view of the city from a sweet industrial loft.

Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target (Sold out in stores, via eBay only)
Belt: Target
Crop Top: Tobi
Heels: True Religion
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Bangles: Nasty Gal

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Little bit o’ country, little bit o’ rock ‘n roll.

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Originally Posted 11/13/13. Crossing “genres” has got to be one of my favorite things when putting an outfit together. In fashion, the rules are there are no rules. Next time you are bored, you should really go through your closet and purposely put things together that are not in the same style category. Typically, this produces some really awesome looks that have a unique twist to them. I had been extremely casual and basic the last couple days, so for this outfit, I was toying between two looks. A softer country-look with fringe booties, denim vest, and a dress of some sort….or an edgier rock vibe with bright pants since it was so nice out. I was heading over to meet a friend at Red Bull Headquarters in Santa Monica, where creativity is always appreciated in every form, so I gave up on choosing and just did myself a little mash-up. There you have it. Indecisiveness at it’s finest.

Skinnies: J Brand
Tank: Online, unknown
Vest: J Brand, thrifted
Booties: Target
Belt: Target
Necklaces: (Bullet) Nasty Gal, (Triangle) Urban Outfitters
Bangle: Nasty Gal

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Shorts in November.

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Originally Posted 11/10/13. As I mentioned in another post, I am always resistant to colder weather, despite my love for jackets, boots, and layers. I will always prefer warmer weather, so any time the temperature rises, I will get right out of “winter mode.” This past week my family visited and we had a really great time in Santa Monica, Malibu, and Manhattan Beach. I was beyond thrilled that the temperature got up into the low 80s during the day, because I love bragging to them about our weather in Los Angeles! ;) Ok, so not really that, but mostly because in Nebraska it has been getting much colder than LA ever gets for well over a month now. I really wanted them to be able to relax in sunny Los Angeles and enjoy one last round of short sleeves, cropped pants, and open-toed shoes. And let me tell ya, they loved every second of it.

Our activities included shopping the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, wine tasting in Malibu, and even touring The Getty Center, so my outfits stayed pretty casual all weekend. I fully took advantage of the shorts weather though, and even threw on sandals for all the walking about. Then, just tossed on cozy flannel for an extra layer for when it got dark and I was set.

Sandals: Wanted, via Piperlime
Lace Shorts: Sabo Skirt
Tee: F21
Flannel: Target
Necklaces & Bracelets: Nasty Gal, 2020ave

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