Monthly Archives: December 2013

Warm Winter.

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The past couple days I’ve been embracing the fact that it’s mid-december and we’ve been nearing the 80s. I know, everyone at home in the Midwest wants to smack me right now. One of my favorite simple summer outfits, which transitioned nicely into a fall dress this year, was something I was itching to wear again. It’s a loose-fitted low-back summer dress from Brandy Melville, but the muted greens and taupes in the print work really nicely for fall as well. By itself, this dress is super light and airy, but I’ve put many things over it to give it more of a fall boost – fur vests, utility jackets, oversized fuzzy cardigans, sweater vests, and circle scarfs. The possibilities with this dress are endless. This time, I opted for shorter boots to honor the nice weather (the more bare leg the better!), and my favorite black leather jacket, which I really didn’t even need until about 6:00. It’s always awesome to get more use out of extremely summery pieces, since living in Southern California, that’s pretty much what dominates my wardrobe.

Dress: Brandy Melville “Jada” Dress, (other colors here)
Cage-back Bralette: Brandy Melville “Chiyo” bra
Booties: Target
Jacket: Asos
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Rings: Zara

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Cross-dressing is A-OK!

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Sometimes you just need a cozy little break from your own closet. I’ve said it before, but my boyfriend has a really great comfy and casual side to his everyday style, and sometimes I have the urge to steal his things. Case in point, this super-soft Alternative Apparel striped knit hoodie. He looks so cuddly in it, and it’s one of my favorite things he wears. So I decided to borrow it :)

On Mondays, sometimes I don’t really feel like putting forth a lot of effort, especially when it’s chilly and overcast out. So, I decided today was as good a day as any to embrace my inner tomboy by snagging my favorite hoodie from my boyfriend’s closet. I threw it on with basic skinnies, my frayed denim vest, and the ever-classic Converses. I may or may not have worn this outfit for 2 days straight.

Striped Knit Hoodie: Alternative Apparel (Mens)
Vest: J Brand
Skinnies: H&M
Shoes: Converse
Necklace: F21
Ring: Kate Spade

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CrazyPants.

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I am definitely a sucker for a good pair of printed skinnies. These (from Zara), are among my favorite because they are so fun to add a pop of color to. Not only were they super affordable, the black and off-white print is not quite ikat and not quite baroque/brocade like most of the patterns we’ve been seeing so much of this season. Just a touch different, and I appreciate that. On top of all this, they are extremely comfortable, yet still good to throw on with a good heel for a night out almost anywhere. I chose red as my pop of color, in honor of some good friends who are packing up for an adventure and moving to Spain for a few years. These pants are comfortable because of the amount of stretch, which is why I would also recommend sizing down if possible. These guys stretched out so much after the first couple of wears that I can now take them off without unzipping or unbuttoning them. Talented, I know…I threw on my most comfortable pair of trusty red heels, and a small, tasseled bag to match, and had a great time catching up with people before sending them off to Spain. ¡Ole!

Printed Skinnies: Zara
Sweater: 2020ave
Bralette: Nasty Gal
Heels: Zara
Bag: Akira Chicago
Necklaces: 2020ave
Various Rings: Kate Spade, Brandy Melville (here, here, and here)

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90’s Kid.

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I love that the 90s are back in a modern way. I remember when this first started happening when I was in college and my friends and I were all so “NO! WE LOVE THE 80S!”….what posers. We barely remember the 80s. Let’s be real, the 90s were what we remembered most, and for me, it’s definitely been the best decade of my existence. Don’t even get me started on the music…oh my. Such a magical era for one-hit wonders – some, so bad that they were good. I could go on and on about all the music I submersed myself in at a young age. After all, the 90s were elementary school for me. But I was not unaware of pop culture, and I remember being pretty in tune. I listened to everything….bubblegum pop, techno pop, alternative rock, punk, ska, and grunge rock.

With that, came catching on to some of the fashion trends surrounding these industries including the post-grunge flannel look of the mid 90s. Disclaimer: this does not mean I was a well-dressed child. We avoid all pictures from ages 8-12, naturally. So as we roll into winter in LA, I made my own updated version of the 90s teenage grunge look to stay warm and layered. I paired an oversized flannel, sweater, and beanie, with skinny jeans, aviators, layered jewelry, and lace-up high heeled boots: a very glam and updated take on lace up Dr. Marten’s  boots we all knew and loved in 1996.

Bottom line, the 90s were epic, and let’s just all be glad that as a 5th grader I didn’t know what the words actually meant in the song “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind until I was in college! ;)

Flannel: F21
Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied
Boots: Zara
Beanie: F21
Aviators: Urban Outfitters
Necklaces: Stella Boutique (Lincoln, NE), Brandy Melville
Rings: Brandy Melville
Bag: DSW

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Oversized Everything.

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Pants real big, sweater real big, top real big, err’thing real big…..Mannie Fresh anyone? Man, I loved 2004…

Anyway. LA has been coldddd the last couple weeks, and I’ve been feeling the need to stay cozy and comfortable as much as possible. I’m definitely channeling my inner Rachel Zoe with this one – wide leg flares, oversized open sweater and loose top. I feel like that’s pretty much all she wears. At least for everyday wear. The only difference is instead of it being a sunny chilly day, we had some rainy chilly days, so I swapped her standard oversized sunglasses for an oversized floppy hat. It was sprinkling on and off in little spurts, but rain and moisture absolutely destroys my hair. Better have a hat or a hair tie handy because I look like a drowned rat when it rains! You know those girls who get rained on and still look hot with the slightly drippy, wet textured hair? Yeah, that’s not me.

Wide Leg Flares: J Brand
Tank: F21
Bralette: Nasty Gal
Cardi: H&M
Hat: 2020ave
Jewelry: Francesca’s, Nasty Gal, 2020ave

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