February 2013

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With painted walls

2/27/13






ASOS faux fur jacket, Helmut Lang shorts, Jeffrey Campbell sandals, Proenza Schouler PS11, ASOS leather cap, Karen Walker sunglasses, YSL ring, Jennifer Zeuner necklace, KORRES lip butter

Compiled a few pieces and things I love and wore them altogether after seeing this damn cute short film (watch below) Free People produced for their February catalogue. I viewed it again recently and again swooned over the romance and carefree vibes. Inspired, I wore these Free People x Jeffrey Campbell sandals with chambray shorts and cheetah-print jacket (on sale by the way, and so is the leather cap) in ode to the girl's rocker-boho style.



I didn't intentionally match the painted wall I stood in front of, I just so happened to be there as I grabbed lunch in the Arts District and realized after photos were taken that I sort of blended in. Dang it, haha. Anyway, I can't believe the end of February is already here. It's a short month, sure, but I feel like it whizzed on by quicker than ever. But I have been working on a project with a few talented friends--maybe that's where all the time went to?--and it's almost come time to share so I'm excited for March. Crossing my fingers we'll be able to release it next week. Happy Wednesday guys xx

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Like lovers & friends

2/21/13




Lovers + Friends top, Levi's bf jeans, ShoeMint boots, Proenza Schouler PS11, RayBan wayfarers, Nordstrom beanie

The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS last week and the days called for simplicity in a flowy off-white tank and oversized boyfriend jeans (same fit on this Levi's pair, the trick is in the thickness of the denim). It's quite a routine combo but there's a reason why pairing your favorite jeans with a simple white top remains intuitive. With the tweak of a cut or with additional small details, the age old combo appears entirely new. Add on some sharp looking boots and a trusty beanie and there goes a fool-proof outfit for warm LA days.

P.S. I got a few questions after showing my nails--also shown above--on Vine ("Neon Blush") in regards to the brand and name of the polish that I currently have on. It's by OPI, and it's called" Nantucket Mist". I'm in love with the color, it's the first pink polish I've been attracted to in a while. I borrowed it from a friend and I don't think they're in stock in many places now but a good alternative is Essie's "Eternal Optimist". The polish is slightly more nude in color so that actually may be a good thing...

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How to dress for fall, pt.2

2/19/13




Theyskens' Theory

Olivier Theyskens, I love you. He always brings on the best minimalistic looks and makes 'effortless chic' look effortlessly achievable. As always, I lust over his knits, oversized blazers, and plush leather. Here I especially love the peeks of quilt and, as evidenced in nearly half of all my favorite NY collections, the over-the-knee boots. Yes to that. Olivier, may you continue to do what you do and create wearable staples.






3.1 Phillip Lim

Um. No words needed. Actually, yes, because I can't contain my excitement and love for the fabulous Phillip Lim. His FW13 collection was so (for the lack of better words) damn cool. Everything from the runway to the backdrop, to the actual genius pieces, to the freaken army of girls walking together at the end. I respect the ways Phillip Lim is willing to explore different themes while still remaining inherently 3.1 Phil Lim. And while I love minimalism and basics, I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate the complexity of his styling. So good. The camel colored coat, oversized leather jackets, and short hung cross-body bags are perfection. (Psst, if you're a size 0 and you're still lusting after his SS13 leather overalls like I am, there are still some available here!)





Proenza Schouler

Jack and Lazaro continue to wow, and with this collection it's no wonder why they're probably one of the best US brands. Refined, structured pieces with regard to texture and a quiet girlishness, a sort of softness, and a whole lot of class. Look at their amazing craftsmanship on that lace and their tweed... and of course, their accessories (some of which you can pre-order online now).


ICB by Prabal Gurung

Would wear all of these pieces. The dress in the first photo looks perfectly flouncy; I love that it looks girly but it comes in a gorgeous, dark blue. And not to mention the coat in the last picture... Prabal, you're making me want to sport furry arms.




Diesel Black Gold

Diesel Black Gold keeps getting better and better-- and they excel at achieving that badass, ultra-cool look. Perfect for fall but also great for warmer weather and so I feel like I need either of the black/white t-shirts, the iridescent, grayish long-sleeved dress, any of the miniskirts, and the patent (leather?) black pants with the ankle-grazing zippers. All of it.



Thakoon

Simply pretty. I just can't help but feel attracted to the cheetah print coat (ordered a faux one here on sale before seeing FW13 collection actually!) paired with the dandelions. Love the romantic, summery feel of the collection despite my devotion to fall and darker color stories.


Karen Walker

...And speaking of spring and romantic looks, I thought Karen Walker's cutesy-punk vibe she had going on for her FW13 show was so refreshing and executed well. Pictures of the 'fit with the mustard pom pom beanie were EVERYWHERE on Instagram--I agree it probably was the most eye-catching but I found the two above to be the most wearable. And of course, I'm anticipating how her eyewear looks up close when they debut... I love my Super Dupers.





Tommy Hilfiger

My most favorite from Hilfiger! I am so enamored with his approach on the brand's usual preppy look. Shearling-trimmed coats with houndstooth prints, miniskirts, that beautiful black, cropped jacket, that argyle print black dress... I wholly love the fusion of nostalgic uniform and modern details and fits. Hilfiger's FW13 collection was one of my top five favorites, for sure.

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Camouflage in blue

2/17/13




Karen Walker sunnies, Zara pants, Vanessa Mooney necklaces

Notwithstanding the bright sunlight and seeming warmth, these photos were taken back in the first week of December. I'm cleaning out my hard drive right now and I always seem to come across forgotten photos. I think I got these pants then, and I'm still in love with them now. They reminded me of the TEXTILE Elizabeth and James pair, but in blue, which makes them just as unique as the original's awesome, oversized fly zip.

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Like going back to school

2/14/13




Autumn Cashmere sweater, Zara skirt, Theyskens’ Theory boots, Michael Kors watch, Vanessa Mooney bracelet, Forever21 ring

Seemingly infatuated with my bf's plaid shirt, as I wore it here (last week), and again more recently in the post before this. Something about plaid, tops with baseball sleeves, and school girl asymmetrical skirts just… goes together like milk and cookies. It's nostalgic, I guess? Seeing this cut pop up in FW'13 collections aplenty made me ten times more excited to start re-wearing something I was fond of way back when. Unfortunately this style from Zara is particularly big on me but I'm sure they'll release other versions in the near future… they've got to, otherwise I'll go crazy if I can't find something that resembles this work of art. And yes, that is my newly created Tumblr! Follow me there if you're on Tumblr? :)

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Ball and chain

2/12/13






JewelMint bracelet, Sigerson Morrison heels, Zara bag, Nordstrom beanie

It was freezing this weekend so I layered up and accessorized with a plaid button-up from the bf, spunky blue resort shoes from Sigerson, and a shiny Ball and Chain bracelet from JewelMint for good measure. This is probably one of my favorite kinds of outfits to wear as it fuses a bit of luxe (the bracelet and shoes) with a look that's predominantly urban and casual.

JewelMint is having a 2-for-1 discount for new members, so get that jewelry piece you've been eyeing plus another while you're at it with the code "2FOR1JM". I got the ball and chain bracelet above and this bronze decoder bracelet that I'm loving. So many fun pieces out right now that you can pair with another or double up on, who doesn't enjoy a 2fer? Enjoy!

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How to dress for fall, pt.1

2/11/13






Rag & Bone

Probably my most favorite from NYFW yet. David and Marcus can never do any wrong, I think. Their play on silhouettes, the right textures, and infusions of plums (I don't even like the color purple), muted olive green, and pops of an appropriate mustard yellow... all came together brilliantly. The collection houses everything I'd love to own and looks I'd love to rock now, next year, forever. Polished, chic pieces with that standard Rag & Bone touch. I'm lusting after the bomber and tweed skirt from the first photo, their sweater dresses, the ingenious stockings, their gray(?) leather coat, amongst the bags I caught quick glimpses of. Oh and their awesome new boots. You can't go wrong with Rag & Bone boots.




BCBG Max Azria

As stated in the previous post, you all know I have a soft spot for the latest BCBG Max Azria collection. Not quite as clean and (obviously) minimalistic as most other collections, but that LA vibe it's got I really can't resist. The "effortless" layering mixed in with the beanie, and not to mention the perfect oversized outerwear. There are so many fantastic and unique looks, especially coming from a brand known more for its pristine chic look. Not complaining about the shift, and those thigh-high shoes, though...





Alexander Wang

I was in awe (surprise surprise) with Alexander Wang's FW'13 debut--the presentation, the mood, the music were set so flawlessly. It was quite a deviation from his usual forward, sleek designs, but it was no less the absolute epitome of winter wear. Oversized outerwear adorned with ingenious Alexander Wang details like the drop-waist criss-crosses, sweaters with iridescent raised squares, and pieces with that filmy, satiny material were mostly on point. Never disappoints.




Rebecca Minkoff

Maybe the most refreshing in color out of the batch, but it could be that my eyes were fastened on the nearly-backless yellow dress. True to the Rebecca Minkoff look, most pieces were fun and girly--but just enough of each to sport appropriately in the fall, a time when mens-inspired pieces I think dominate most clearly. Anyway, how good is that first coat with the peek of yellow?




Tibi

Ahh, Tibi! Also another one of my favorites, as the entire collection seemed so, so wearable. Amy Smilovic did a great job making dressing and layering for fall seem so easy and alluring. I'm definitely not tired of the neoprene, the oversized bombers, and the white on white look. Loved it all!



Herve Leger

Herve Leger, after seeing the Azria's BCBG collection, was further evidence that it will be a-ok to layer dresses over pants come next year. Almost all styles featured extensive beading and embellishment, still, but the ways in which they could be worn casually was the highlight. I'm obsessed over the hat, their slouchy leather sweatpants, and the cropped black top.



Altuzarra

Although I'm almost exclusively keen to faux fur, Altuzarra's probably got the award for best display of fur outerwear. That black and white number, whoa. The collection, filled with body conscious dresses and mixed uses of sheer fabric and leather, was dark but elegant, clean but sexy.



Prabal Gurung

I liked the contrasts between the light and fluttery, floral pieces and the stark, military-inspired pieces, and as an LA girl, changing between the two within seasons seems a little too familiar. Not the strongest collection in my opinion, but that deep green turtleneck is a standout sweater.

I'm looking forward to streaming Theyskens', 3.1 Phillip Lim, DKNY, and The Row today. Which collections were your favorite so far?