I'm having a pink moment, coincidentally while I have the urge to look for a pair of high tops, and voila: I come across these Balenciaga beauties. Usually this color would probably turn me away, but the combination of the leather and the suede, and the shape really get me. I'd like these for spring time but if they were offered in white or camel, I'm completely sold for the entire year.
By the way, two things! I'm starting to tag these posts with 'shoesday', pretty much to neatly file away posts dedicated to just shoes (any day of the week, I actually haven't decided on assigning it a particular day). Some belonging to me, but mostly of ones I'm virtually window shopping. Also, I noticed today that I hit just a little over 11k on Bloglovin'! Thank you to those who have followed NB in the beginning and those who are new. NB is something I really enjoy publishing so this made my week- thank you!
For Love & Lemons coat, Finders Keepers dress, Loeffler Randall platforms, Proenza Schouler PS11 mini
A quick and random trip to Salvation Mt. happened this weekend after Steve and I trekked over to Palm Springs for Olivia's 21st birthday shindig. I had no knowledge of the group's intent to visit, but we sped on over as quickly as plans solidified, trying to race against the setting sun so that we could catch the art piece in its best light. Unfortunately, as you can tell, we arrived at the location surrounded by dark stillness... which was sort of creepy but mostly cool, with the air being ultimately 'cinematic' (as Olivia would repeat throughout the night) and the sky being blanketed with luminous stars and all. While the other girls dressed appropriately in white, frilly hippie wear, I came unprepared in a floral dress by Finders Keepers (available in November) and my current obsession that is this faux fur pink coat. Oh, and five inch platforms that proved to be quite the scare factor climbing up and down the hill. It is a wonder how I didn't sprain my ankles haha.
For Love & Lemons top, Zara overall dress
Currently doting on this For Love & Lemons top (who by the way, has a plethora of lace-y goods), wearing it two days ago under a denim overall dress, and imagining it a handful of other ways (but most excited about finding a dress in the right shade of off-white blueish to layer under). It draped a little oddly on my upper-half, but nothing a home scissor couldn't fix. Plus, crop tops are just more enjoyable anyway. Hope you guys had a great weekend! x
Equipment blouse, Liv LA lace dress, Rag & Bone boots, Sosie cap and tote, Jennifer Zeuner bangle, CC Skye bangle
Oddly enough, I love switching things up and mixing it up sometimes- you know, going darker-haired for summer, and lighter for fall, wearing a lot of grayscale during hot days and wearing a lot of floral-y, white stuff in the fall, that kind of stuff. It just makes me feel like I'm going in my own flow, and not with some standard rule that's been around for who knows how long. Anyhow, this season I'm feeling floral prints in muted colors, and in haphazard designs/prints, with a lot of lace in dark and lighter colors. Currently obsessed with this silky, navy/white floral blouse from Equipment; can't wait to pair it with lace shorts and slip dresses.
Yes, the ubiquitous cut-out boots- I've waited a few months for these on pre-order and finally they're in my possession! To be honest, I become weary of cult-favorite pieces, especially when the price tag surpasses three digits, but these were just too good to escape my mind entirely. I think a good way to justify something like this is to see the creation as an art piece, and well, these Balenciaga boots are arguably a masterpiece. Barneys NY just started their purple card discount (for every $250 you spend, you get $25 on a gift card), so if not these boots (which are still available!) then seriously scavenge for something else you've been eyeing for.
Other cut-out goodies:
Nike Free TR Fit 3
I'd gotten a few emails from people curious about what I do for exercise. I do yoga once a week but my work out regimen consists of mostly running, and I've been doing it regularly for almost half a year now- it's been a goal of mine to increase my endurance (and hopefully in a year, my ability to run a marathon). I'm doing it slowly, and now that I've grown comfortable with running, I'm getting a little obsessed with Nike running sneakers.
Enter the newest to my ever-growing collection, the Nike Free TR Fit 3 from JD Sports. Fits like a glove, speckled design, complete with some neon. In love with them to say the least, and hey they're inspiring me to run just a tad bit more, so... who can say this obsession is bad?
Zara top and skort, Proenza Schouler PS11, Céline sunglasses, Zara sandals
Always a lover of neutral colors, but the obsession heightens during autumn/winter time. And for this year, it's definitely a moment for light gray, whites, and beige with a pop of color, sometimes muted, sometimes a little saturated. Oddly enough, I'm turned away from black bags, which are still, of course, innocuous in every way and season- but for some reason I'm loving a bit of color to go against the rest of the toned-down palette (especially with reds and blues). How gorgeous is this colored PS11 bag in "Night Out" and this lunch bag in "Periwinkle"? Proenza, you do that too-cool-in-muted-coloring thing best.
Helmut Lang, most loved for its ace minimalist approach and sharp lines, is also making an ode to the 90s for their SS14 collection. I got to preview the spring collection last week and was humming through the simplistic color scheme--black, white, and neon pink--the thin straps, wrap skirts, and all...that...leather.
photos by me
I love that Helmut Lang kept the color way really, really simple for spring, which made me focus on the silhouettes and the ways their pieces could be layered. Like many of their pieces, the paneling on this top is genius. And more excitedly, the introduction of Helmut Lang bags (which probably means there'll be more classic, minimalist bags for the future) in stingray effect and textured leather? Perfect addition to the downtown chic Helmut Lang is so lauded for.
CAMI top, Zara mesh top and skirt, Loren Stewart ring
I had come across a few of Loren Stewart's designs at a boutique in Santa Monica a little while back and since then I've been pretty smitten with the entirety of her creations. I'm really loving her inconspicuous, basics-but-upgraded pieces that I feel speak to a lot of city girls- you can find all the goodies on The Dreslyn.
L-R: Cheap Monday boots, Rag & Bone boots, Michael Kors heels, Casadei pumps, Jil Sander loafers
I'm still scavenging Shopbop to see what I can get with their 25% off promo (good until the end of today, 10/17). Of course I'm looking through all of the black shoes and boots... the possibilities seem endless when you get a good chunk off your entire order. Have you guys gotten anything?
McQ by Alexander McQueen boots
Ombré effect by way of patent leather fade to suede, with a killer heel and silver pull tabs. Even after weeks of numerous page visits, I'm still unabashedly gawking over these badass boots. You know that one quote that goes something like- Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world? These, definitely.
YSL shirt, Rag & Bone shorts, Theyskens' Theory boots, Nasty Gal hat, Madewell belt, Sosie tote, Rag & Bone sunglasses, Jennifer Zeuner necklace
I know I say this a lot, but trust me when I say this is truthfully on another level- I am obsessed with these camo shorts from The Dreslyn. The buttery soft suede, the camo print in the right tones... I saw it somewhere on Instagram a few weeks back and then saw that it was stocked at The Dreslyn (a new boutique quickly becoming a favorite of mine- think La Garconne meets LA) so there was that extra stamp of validation. Decided to keep the busy shorts on the simpler side in the outfit's entirety by wearing it fitted and belted, tucked over a thrifted men's (oversized-yes!) YSL shirt I had picked up long ago.
Cheers to good thrifted finds and to new, refreshing online boutiques to shop- some of my favorites from The Dreslyn:
Seeing an influx of coats online and in stores is dangerous and tempting, especially for a girl who yearns to wear coats in legitimately cold weather but cannot because it really just never gets that cold enough to justify getting two or three variations. Fortunately I found one that fits the cost-per-wear situation: this retro, oversized coat from Spiegel. I'm actually very much appreciating the 3/4 sleeve, and of course, the oversized fit that allows you to drape it over just about anything.
Spiegel coat, Rails top, Forever21 skirt, Nasty Gal hat, Zara pumps and bag
I've been on a Spiegel kick lately and added a few more staples from their new collection, with this striped blazer and pleated midi skirt added to the mix. I'm thinking I might do a DIY session with the buttons on the blazer; regardless, can't wait to layer it over knits and pair it up with some chunky boots and plaid. What outerwear silhouette are you guys most interested in this season?
Sosie cap, t-shirt and tote, Mirlo cuff
After I got this leather cap in black, I'd been wanting to find another suitable every-day cap, but in suede. I tried this one out, also from ASOS, but the top was a little unshapely and I like my caps to be more structured. Welcome this one from Sosie, the thing that's been nearly stuck to my head for far too many times since I got it. Loving the color- so good for all seasons!
Yesterday, Olivia and I stepped into Rag & Bone on Melrose to preview their SS'14 line a little closer in person. I got to view the collection on the runway last month in NY- it was one of my favorite collections, and getting to examine the details on some of my favorite pieces was just extra affirmation.
When Rag & Bone debuted their first handbag--the Pilot--I was a fan. Small, medium, or large, it was very downtown-chic with an aviator flare. For spring, Rag & Bone is infusing that downtown-chic with a boxy silhouette and lighter, neutral tones- pretty much ideal for the LA girl. Of course, the bag will also be offered in black (you know I've got my eyes on it), and I appreciate that it's so stripped down and classic.
One standout piece during the show in New York, even when it zipped through the runway, tucked under the blazers and sheer overall dress, was the halter tank. Not only does the top exceed all expectations (cropped? check, leather? check, halter neckline? check, 90s chic? check), it also doubles as potential swimwear. So... yeah, needless to say, I love it.
Photos taken by me
Can't wait for the collection to arrive in spring- you know what I'll have my eyes peeled for. In the mean time, I'm still debating on getting these pumps because I've been curiously checking in on them every week. I don't know what I'm waiting for, but I can't seem to sway surely on either side. But now that the weather should be cooling down, maybe it's time to shine the green light?
Images via Pinterest
Still collecting photos and still unloading them onto my Pinterest. To me, this is autumn and what it feels like, what it looks like. The mixtures of black, gray, white, and beige, with whispers of pink and caramel. All about the cable knits, flared skirts with slits, furry coats, space dye turtlenecks, thick belts, chunky off-shouldered sweaters, huge hats, smokey eyes with nude-ish lips, and structured, sexy outerwear. Mm mm, favorite season of the year.