November 2012



Nasty Gal coat, Shop Sosie dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim duffle, Theyskens' Theory boots, Nordstrom beanie, Luv Aj choker

In just one week, I’ve probably worn this shapeless t-shirt dress from Shop Sosie three times... mildly obsessed to say the least. I’m a sucker for tiny floral print and the gradient. The gaudy gradient gets me the most- it’s a refreshing upset to this gloomy weather, no?

A dress of this print and length is probably more seasoned for spring but I love pairing things that are commonly opposite of each other. Feminine with boyish pieces, structured styles with loose-fitting pieces, mixing a bit of Spring into Fall… yesterday I wore the dress layered over black stockings, black boots, and under an Everlane silk blouse and Threadsence vest and thought it made for a good balance.


Sole society

Everlane silk top, Kasil Workshop skinny, Sole Society shoes, Michael Kors watch

I was introduced to Sole Society last month by a friend who is a fellow shoe diehard. While I don't think my wallet's too happy with its free shipping and return policy--and how often it's updated!--I'm pretty excited about finding this new hub for solid styles at affordable prices. It's well-curated by industry experts, and neatly categorized for your convenience and your preference of style, color, heel height, etc... best of all, they've got leather and suede shoes that start around $50.

Sole Society had so many promising styles I ended up with three pairs: the Aster, the two-toned bootie pictured first; a suede wedge boot, the Abby, pictured second; and a classic black suede pump, the Dahlia, pictured last. Woops. All very wearable and surprisingly comfortable. Their Cyber Monday gift with purchase deal is still on until midnight 11/30, so be sure to check that out and shop for a good cause.

Use the code "NEON20" for $20 off your first pair! The code is active until 12/15, and unfortunately extends only to those in the U.S. Enjoy :)


Bag lady

Clockwise L-R: Madewell tote, Rag & Bone 'Pilot' mini satchel, Proenza Schouler PS13 clutch, Proenza Schouler PS1 wallet, Proenza Schouler PS11 small wallet, Jerome Dreyfuss pouch

Truth be told, as briefly mentioned here, I'm turning into quite the bag lover. I've always appreciated bags for doing the old job of carrying around essentials and random utensils, but never really saw them as instrumental to an outfit as I did, say, with shoes. I guess as I'm growing older, my eyes are now constantly scanning for that 'IT' wallet or bag, and it doesn't help that beautiful designs continue to pop up, or that it's Cyber Monday today... damn it. In any case, I welcome you with my abridged (believe it or not) and perpetual list of lust-worthy bags.

1) Madewell, I think, has some of the best and cleanest casual bags. Plus they're offering 25% off everything and free shipping. 2) The Rag & Bone mini Pilot is almost equal parts rugged and sophisticated, such a good look. 3) You can do absolutely no wrong with Proenza. 4) Also, Jerome Dreyfuss can do no wrong.

Clockwise L-R: Proenza Schouler PS11, 3.1 Phillip Lim wallet, 3.1 Phillip Lim mini 'Vendetta' bag, Alexander Wang pouch, Alexander Wang 'Trigone' wallet

1) Really, Proenza, did you really have to make this in a gorgeous blue, too? 2) I'm convinced 3.1 Phillip Lim embodies the entire notion of subtle chic. 3) Alexander Wang is one you can never go wrong with, either.

Clockwise L-R: Alexander Wang 'Fumo' large wristlet, Marie Turnor 'Detour' bag, Proenza Schouler PS13 bag, Proenza Schouler 'Chieko' bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Vendetta' clutch

Shopbop is offering major deals right now (until 11:59pm today), and so are Barney's, Net-a-Porter, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom. Don't. Miss. Out. And if you'll be purchasing any of these bags or wallets, I'll be living vicariously through you. Happy Monday!


Brunch in black

Zara peplum top, Madewell lace shorts, Zara coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes, Vanessa Mooney choker, Proenza Schouler PS11, Michael Kors watch

If you follow my Instagram feed, you probably know that I got the chance to attend BCBG's brunch/spring 2013 preview about two weeks ago. Initially I thought about wearing some color but I decided to go with the gloom and ended up wearing all things black, surprise surprise. The lace peplum and shorts went together and formed a sleeveless short suit of some sort, which I actually liked even though it's pretty unordinary for me to wear. I've been wearing this lace short down to the ground--I really couldn't have found a more wearable, classic black lace pair of shorts. They go with everything and the lace is killer.

Anyway, hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving! Love you all.


The ankle boot

Elizabeth & James shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim vest, Forever 21 scarf, James Jeans moto skinnies, Sigerson Morrison boots, Proenza Schouler PS11

I don't know what it is about black boots that makes them SO damn desirable time and time again. From far away they almost all look the same, but I guess it's when I look closer to find the little details is what keeps me so fixated. These ones I'm wearing by Sigerson Morrison are the epitome of the perfect casual, downtown-chic kind of black boots. I had been looking for a boot with this silhouette for what seemed like forever--the ankle-grazing welt, the faint Westernized feel from the dipped topline. Not to mention, the juxtaposing textures are the cherry-on-top. I'm in love! Such a classic, minimalist style with cool and understated details to boot (pun intended).

So even though I have more black boots than I'm proud of, I'm convinced there is staying power in each and every one of those pairs. This Risaly boot, I'll be wearing all throughout this season and into the next.


Playing in the middle

3.1 Phillip Lim shirt, Madewell skirt, Pour La Victoire backpack, Nike wedge Dunks, 3.1 Phillip Lim track pants, Monica Vinader friendship bracelets, Butter by London matte nailpolish

Been really drawn to tomboy-ish pieces lately... ones that seem men-inspired, but are "girlified", sorta. I love anything with baseball sleeves and well, this sporty silk/leather combo from Phillip Lim is such a good prototype of that perfect balance between tomboy and girlishness. I tried on this athletic-cut satin skirt from Madewell last week and I fell in love with its shirttail hem. I couldn't put it down so I ended up getting it!

I've also had my eyes peeled on this black Pour La Victoire backpack when I saw it on Shopbop a few weeks ago. The shape is unique and who doesn't love a handy, chic backpack for fall? And since we're finally experiencing a dip in weather here, my eyes have been on the lookout for more wedge sneakers. I swore to myself that the Isabel Marant ones were the only worthy ones, but coming across this army green pair of wedge Nike Dunks made me believe otherwise. So good! Too bad the ones above sold out in almost all sizes, but there are similar wedge Dunks here.


Dressed to chill

A|X Armani Exchange jacquard jacket, Equipment blouse, Madewell shorts, Sole Society wedges, Proenza Schouler PS11

As it is finally getting colder, I'm more frequently looking to outerwear that's fit for "LA winter". Those little quotation marks exist around "LA winter" because we all know that the coldest it gets in LA is maybe 55 degrees, which isn't really winter chill. Layering this A|X Armani Exchange jacket over a classic button-up, however, and wearing it with shorts and thigh-high socks made for the perfect amount of insulation. Enough sleeve length to keep warm and the right, loud Proenza-esque print to stay chic in the cold. I guess this is how I'm #DressedFor the #Chill in LA! Check out more A|X Armani Exchange looks here.

If you're on Instagram (follow my profile here), you can upload your own A|X Armani Exchange outfit photo to join in. Be sure to tag #DressedFor and #WhateverYou'reDressedFor!


That knit

Elin Kling for Marciano knit, Zara dress, Jessica Simpson hat, Proenza Schouler PS11, Zara boots

As transparent and almost-too-repetitive as this is on my blog, it doesn’t hurt to admit once more that I’m a pretty staunch knit wearer. It’s a California girl’s necessity and a no brainer for fall/winter all around the world. Even after cleaning out 50% of my closet, my stacks of sweaters were unwavering in numbers. But you can’t have too many sweaters, I always convince myself—just like you can’t have too many black boots—especially if you’ve just got to make room for one more like this one.

The Elin Kling for Marciano collection is pretty much, for a lack of a better word, perfect. Her classic chic meshed well with the touch of glam that Marciano encompasses. And when fanciful pictures of this oversized knit surfaced, in my mind it was predestined to exist in my closet alongside the countless other sweaters. But this one, in all of its huge dolman-sleeved, gorgeous golden-hued glory, this one is pretty special. The shape, how painfully snuggly it is, and how it exists in my favorite warm yellow color… love it!


Black lately

3.1 Phillip Lim duffle, Zara coat, lace top, boots, and studio top

I'm almost always drawn to black and leather pieces, and lately I've been adding to that list with pieces made with lace and embellishment and--gasp--peplum silhouettes. This small 'Lark' duffle bag from Phillip Lim has unbelievably gorgeous pebbled leather, I can't stop feeling it. Similar bags made with this level of supreme leather and heavy, hard silver zippers are slowly turning me into a bag lady. Also on this list are the latest pieces I've allowed myself to purchase at Zara. Sometimes when you prevent yourself from shopping for so long, you just explode and end up getting an entire haul of things...



Romwe cardigan, James Jeans skinny, DV by Dolce Vita top, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Alexander Wang tote

Took my highly self-coveted boots out for a walk near the canyons last weekend and ended up finding this neat little spot perched up high in front of two hills encasing a setting sun, hence the crazy beautiful golden glow. These JC boots, my latest go-to black skinnies from James Jeans, and this overtly casual, oversized cardigan made for comfortable wear on my spontaneous quasi-hike.

So pleased I got to wear my boots in the dirt and roughen them up a bit, I love the white stitch detailing and edgy metal plate but would prefer them to look more worn in. They'll be perfect once the leather starts showing some wear too. I first spotted them on Free People but found them on Tilted Sole for 50 bucks cheaper. Not to mention, my friends over at Tilted Sole want to share a 20% off code on any order--use "ocweeklyjc" at checkout. Enjoy!


Matte black

Madewell lace top, James Jeans 'Couture Skinny 1285', H&M beanie, Madewell belt, Zara pumps

You'd think finding a good pair of black skinny jeans is an easy task… but a lot like its white counterpart, you have to make sure it satisfies the elements of flattering denim wear for neutral colors, since black and white styles are generally bought as timeless pieces. All-black skinnies really just have to feel great, contour the legs right, and consist of long-lasting quality denim fabric (or a blend of, preferably for me). Easy right? Not really--when you have one element but not the other, and so forth. So, in celebration of finding a black pair that is pretty much all of the above, I've been consistently wearing these 'Couture Skinny 1285' jeans from James Jeans for the past two weeks. I'm a denim girl and well I like wearing a lot of black, so they're far more than perfect for me. They're my daily go-tos now, honestly. Like these ones I posted last week, I love my pair of black James Jeans' for the impressive fit and detailing. Classic matte black wash in a classic skinny fit, straight-up with no frills.

From one denim junky to another… if you'd like to try out a pair or two, punch in the code "JJ013" for 25% off of your purchase on James Jeans. Pretty sweet deal for premium denim, no?


October looks

October zipped right by, didn't it? I feel like I can't ever keep up with the months as the year winds down... strange how that is. But here's to starting a new month, hope you enjoyed October. If you want to shop similar styles, enlarge the photo book and the links should be clickable!