March 2014

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Summer ready

3/26/14

Neon Blush, Luisaviaroma, Isabel Marant floral dress, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, We The Hatter straw hatNeon Blush, Luisaviaroma, Isabel Marant floral dress, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, We The Hatter straw hatNeon Blush, Luisaviaroma, Isabel Marant floral dress, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, We The Hatter straw hatNeon Blush, Luisaviaroma, Isabel Marant floral dress, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, We The Hatter straw hatIsabel Marant dress and boots, Balenciaga bag, The2Bandits cuff

Whites and taupes scream summertime and of course even more so when in the form of crocheted dresses and suede boots. Finally I caved and sought after the Dicker boots- I don't care how many seasons old they are, they're classics. I love them, especially paired with white dresses, peasant tops and simple tees. Here I wore them out with a summer-favorite of mine, a crocheted floral dress (found at Luisaviaroma) from Isabel Marant. Luisaviaroma has always got all the best pieces stocked (especially right now, with their aesthetic being very spring and summery), so I'm excited to host a €250 giveaway with them!

How to enter:
1. Peruse Luisaviaroma and let me know in the comments section which 3 pieces you could picture yourself wearing
2. Provide your email address in the comments section as well
3. Sign up for Luisaviaroma's newsletter at the bottom-left corner of their webpage (the Luisaviaroma team and I will be cross-checking to make sure we both have the same addresses)

That's it! Can't wait to see what goodies you come up with from Luisaviaroma. Currently I'm coveting:


Anyway, good luck! This will stay open until April 3rd, 2014, 11:59 pm PST.

45

Missguided

3/24/14

Neon Blush, Missguided UK, Nicole Scherzinger x MissGuided, faux leather crop top, cobalt blue pencil skirt, leather Zara jacket, Sigerson Morrison leather sandalsNeon Blush, Missguided UK, Nicole Scherzinger x MissGuided, faux leather crop top, cobalt blue pencil skirt, leather Zara jacket, Sigerson Morrison leather sandalsNeon Blush, Missguided UK, Nicole Scherzinger x MissGuided, faux leather crop top, cobalt blue pencil skirt, leather Zara jacket, Sigerson Morrison leather sandalsNicole x Missguided crop top and midi skirt, Zara leather jacket, Equipment floral blouse, Sigerson Morrison sandals

This year is definitely the year of the crop and the midi, which also happen to be my favorite pieces from Nicole Scherzinger's collection for Missguided. There's no way to escape the combo or at least wearing either or - especially when the crops come in a faux leather variety. I wore this ultra cropped top in white and paired it with a shapely cobalt blue midi with a floral silk blouse tied at the waist, and lastly a fitted leather jacket over it all to roughen it up a bit. I love that play between wearing something feminine and tying it with something tougher, a theme I also see manifested in the entire Nicole x Missguided collection and the individual pieces - obsessed!

30

All utility

3/20/14

Neon Blush, Armani Exchange cargo skinny, H&M baseball cap wool, Joe's Jeans black top, Cynthia Vincent peep-toe mules, Armani Exchange leather jacket beige, AX Armani ExchangeNeon Blush, Armani Exchange cargo skinny, H&M baseball cap wool, Joe's Jeans black top, Cynthia Vincent peep-toe mules, Armani Exchange leather jacket beige, AX Armani ExchangeNeon Blush, Armani Exchange cargo skinny, H&M baseball cap wool, Joe's Jeans black top, Cynthia Vincent peep-toe mules, Armani Exchange leather jacket beige, AX Armani ExchangeNeon Blush, Armani Exchange cargo skinny, H&M baseball cap wool, Joe's Jeans black top, Cynthia Vincent peep-toe mules, Armani Exchange leather jacket beige, AX Armani ExchangeArmani Exchange leather jacket and cargo skinny

Going for the workman look with a sporty vibe in these cargo skinnies from Armani Exchange, my favorite cap and this beige leather jacket to pull it all together. Ever since I started wearing the fuel band, I've been dressing around it: sneakers, jersey tees, heather grey, caps, etc. have all been on heavier rotation. I'm completely on board with the athletic chic and utility - comfy and ultra skinny cargos with side pockets (who doesn't love pockets), an airy linen tank with a back cut-out and cap for hot days, and a light jacket for when it comes time to throw something over. Ok so this ensemble would never pass as a workman's outfit but each piece has served a purpose in preserving comfort and that's all good with me.

20

Rag & Bone: bit of everything

3/19/14

Neon Blush, Rag & Bone FW14, checkered coats, Newbury boots ivory calfhair, leather boots, athletic and sporty styleNeon Blush, Rag & Bone FW14, checkered coats, Newbury boots ivory calfhair, leather boots, athletic and sporty styleNeon Blush, Rag & Bone FW14, checkered coats, Newbury boots ivory calfhair, leather boots, athletic and sporty style
Thoroughly enjoyed the Rag & Bone FW14 show during NYFW last month- not for the cohesiveness or overall theme but because of how many pieces I could pull apart and easily wear and make something else of it. In other words, versatile staples. I got to preview the fall collection more closely at their store on Melrose last week and am dying over the ivory calf hair Newbury and the mules - the mules! Those, and the perfectly oversized, checkered mohair bomber, along with the array of immaculate blazers and coats, of course. Oh and an embroidered satin bomber with a custom made 'Jenny' wouldn't hurt either. So, a little bit of everything in conclusion.

Shop some of my favorite pieces from Rag & Bone's current collection:

38

Skinny silhouette

3/17/14

Neon Blush, H&M denim, H&M spring denim, Zara leather jacket, Wrangler denim jacket, Cameo the Label lace topNeon Blush, H&M denim, H&M spring denim, Zara leather jacket, Wrangler denim jacket, Cameo the Label lace topNeon Blush, H&M denim, H&M spring denim, Zara leather jacket, Wrangler denim jacket, Cameo the Label lace topNeon Blush, H&M denim, H&M spring denim, Zara leather jacket, Wrangler denim jacket, Cameo the Label lace topNeon Blush, H&M denim, H&M spring denim, Zara leather jacket, Wrangler denim jacket, Cameo the Label lace topCameo lace top, Wrangler denim jacket, Zara leather jacket, H&M skinny jeans, ShoeMint boots, Balenciaga bag, Céline sunglasses, Wanderlust + Co rings

When you find the right pair of skinnies that tuck everything in nicely, it's hard not imagining it with every other piece in your wardrobe- a white tee with Converse sneakers, a loose tank with Birkenstocks, or in this case, a leather moto with a dainty lace top, and a bit of double layering action with the destructed denim jacket. True, I love my boyfriend jeans and comfort just as much as the next person, but there is reason why the black skinny's considered a classic. Recently I'd been trying out pieces from H&M's new line of spring denim and found that I loved the skinnies the most. Believe me when I say they bring the silhouette to the next level, without suffocating you and without leaving unflattering folds. They've got strong hold, too, which is probably the most important when it comes to wearing a skinny jean.

Go check out their denim (definitely recommend trying on this pair and this pair) in stores and upload a photo of yourself wearing it to enter to win a $200 gift card to H&M! I'll be choosing one winner (open to the US) on Instagram. Here are the rules:

- Upload a selfie wearing your preferred jean (how will you style them?)
- Hashtag the photo #HMdenim #lovemyskinnys #neonblush

That's it! If you'd like me to take extra notice, leave a comment here and make sure to tell me your Instagram handle. The giveaway will stay open until March 24th, 11:59 pm PST. Hope you guys love it as much as I do this pair - good luck!

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Borrowed from the boys

3/14/14

Neon Blush, ShoeMint oxfords, black leather oxfords, Jaggar crop top, Zara high waist trousers, Balenciaga Classic City bag, The2Bandits cuff, Nike Fuelband+Neon Blush, ShoeMint oxfords, black leather oxfords, Jaggar crop top, Zara high waist trousers, Balenciaga Classic City bag, The2Bandits cuff, Nike Fuelband+Neon Blush, ShoeMint oxfords, black leather oxfords, Jaggar crop top, Zara high waist trousers, Balenciaga Classic City bag, The2Bandits cuff, Nike Fuelband+Jaggar crop top, Zara trousers, ShoeMint oxfords, AF denim jacket, Balenciaga bag, The2Bandits cuff

As mentioned in the previous post, lately it's been all about comfort, and wearing non-colors and borrowing from the boys. I know most of the looks featured on here include heels and boots, but more often than not I'm actually wandering around in oxfords, sneakers, and sandals. I found the perfect pair to go with my uniform (black on black, crop on high waist anything): these simple leather oxfords with a mod white accent trim.

When I need to fulfill a quick shoe craze, I like looking to ShoeMint for its assortment of classics and on-trend versions of runway styles. They're always updating their collection with new pieces every month, and with real leather and suede styles for under a hundred, I'm sold on getting both feminine and menswear-inspired shoes from ShoeMint. I'm eyeing the Bailey boot and the Allison chunky platforms- so good. Which styles are you guys vying after?

If you'd like to try a pair out, I've teamed up with ShoeMint to give shopping credit to one winner (open only to the US). All you have to do is sign up to become a ShoeMint member and comment on this post with your full name and the email address you used. The giveaway will stay opened for one week and close on 3/20 at 11:59 pm PST. Good luck!

40

The silhouette you need

3/11/14

Neon Blush, AG Jeans, Angeleno Magazine, 500 shopping spree with AG Jeans, denim giveaway, Everlane Market tote, Zara court heelsNeon Blush, AG Jeans, Angeleno Magazine, 500 shopping spree with AG Jeans, denim giveaway, Everlane Market tote, Zara court heelsNeon Blush, AG Jeans, Angeleno Magazine, 500 shopping spree with AG Jeans, denim giveaway, Everlane Market tote, Zara court heelsNeon Blush, AG Jeans, Angeleno Magazine, 500 shopping spree with AG Jeans, denim giveaway, Everlane Market tote, Zara court heelsNeon Blush, AG Jeans, Angeleno Magazine, 500 shopping spree with AG Jeans, denim giveaway, Everlane Market tote, Zara court heelsAG Jeans shirt and boyfriend jeans, Forever 21 cardigan, Everlane tote, Zara pumps, Wanderlust + Co jewelry

It's been a favorite of mine ever since, but the boyfriend jeans are actually a thing of this year and are probably even more prominent for spring/summer. While they look (and are) a lot more relaxed than your regular denim skinny, bf jeans still have that chic factor with a crisp, fitted shirt and toe cleavage bearing heels. I love it- love that comfort is key this year, and these destructed bf jeans are an indication of that.

Because it can be a tricky fit, one or two pairs of boyfriend jeans is probably enough. If you're looking to invest in that ONE pair, I would recommend these ones from AG. Slightly destructed and loose but tapered just right, this comes pretty close to perfection. The AG Jeans $500 shopping spree with Angeleno Magazine is still on, so you could enter to win a pair, too.

Neon Blush, AG Jeans, Angeleno Magazine, spring denim, LA style
How to enter:
1. Follow @angelenomagazine, @AGJeans and I (@neonblush) on Instagram
2. Re-post the photo above on your Instagram, and then
3. Tag the photo with #AGCityStyle and @angelenomagazine, @AGJeans, and @neonblush

The giveaway will stay open until March 24th, and two (2) winners will be chosen to win a $500 gift card to AG Jeans each! Open to the U.S. only - good luck xx

Photos by Melly Lee

40

Mini and oversized

3/9/14

Neon Blush, mini Zara dress, mock neck dress, H&M oversized cardigan, Steve Madden open-toe booties, leather black booties, Everlane Market tote, oversized brown tote, Karen Walker sunglasses, Karen Walker Super DupersNeon Blush, mini Zara dress, mock neck dress, H&M oversized cardigan, Steve Madden open-toe booties, leather black booties, Everlane Market tote, oversized brown tote, Karen Walker sunglasses, Karen Walker Super DupersNeon Blush, mini Zara dress, mock neck dress, H&M oversized cardigan, Steve Madden open-toe booties, leather black booties, Everlane Market tote, oversized brown tote, Karen Walker sunglasses, Karen Walker Super DupersZara dress, Everlane tote, H&M cardigan, Steve Madden booties, Karen Walker sunglasses

Meandering around the OC in a black mock-neck mini dress and my favorite piece (to wear with just about everything): this oversized gray cardigan from H&M. I'm always up for a good short piece and long piece combo, and now that the weather is heading towards warmer temps, it looks like I'm purportedly all in with this mini and sheer situation. Click through below for some LBD and oversized cardigan options:

31

Boho in black and blue

3/6/14

Neon Blush, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie style, AF Style, navy floral halter dress, BCBGMaxAzria hat, Everlane market tote, big leather tote, Sigerson Morrison bootsNeon Blush, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie style, AF Style, navy floral halter dress, BCBGMaxAzria hat, Everlane market tote, big leather tote, Sigerson Morrison bootsNeon Blush, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie style, AF Style, navy floral halter dress, BCBGMaxAzria hat, Everlane market tote, big leather tote, Sigerson Morrison bootsNeon Blush, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie style, AF Style, navy floral halter dress, BCBGMaxAzria hat, Everlane market tote, big leather tote, Sigerson Morrison bootsNeon Blush, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie style, AF Style, navy floral halter dress, BCBGMaxAzria hat, Everlane market tote, big leather tote, Sigerson Morrison bootsAbercrombie dress and denim jacket, BCBGMaxAzria hat, Sigerson Morrison boots, Everlane tote

As spring and Coachella near, I'm looking to flowy dresses and one-pieces. Easy going, girly and flirty, maxi dresses like this one I found from Abercrombie are perfect for spring festival styling - can't wait to try their options in lace and knit, too. I might just replicate this outfit from head to toe for upcoming shows and pretty much the rest of summer: a wide hat, a flattering fitted dress with a high waist seam, square-tipped black boots, and a lightweight bag (but big enough for an entire day's festivities), and we're good to welcome spring.

36

Spring feeling

3/4/14

Neon Blush, Mary Katrantzou for Lyst, Mary Katrantzou spring denim, floral denim, floral pants, H&M, H&M alpaca bomber, ShoeDazzle cage heels, Céline Audrey sunglassesNeon Blush, Mary Katrantzou for Lyst, Mary Katrantzou spring denim, floral denim, floral pants, H&M, H&M alpaca bomber, ShoeDazzle cage heels, Céline Audrey sunglassesNeon Blush, Mary Katrantzou for Lyst, Mary Katrantzou spring denim, floral denim, floral pants, H&M, H&M alpaca bomber, ShoeDazzle cage heels, Céline Audrey sunglassesMary Katrantzou denim, H&M bomber and tee, ShoeDazzle heels, Céline sunglasses

Once in a blue moon, I'll break away from my habitual neutrals and dip into a more colorful set up, but seemingly only when it involves an explosion of hues (see this post from Firenze4Ever). Go all out or go home, right? Not much a fan of printed denim anymore, but there's no denying that these pants are rad. Flattering vertical lines, free-flowing florals, and the perfect blend of fuchsia, mint, and purple (I don't even like purple)... find it on Lyst.

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Black tips

3/2/14

Neon Blush, KIKO Cosmetics, KIKO eyeliner and shadow, makeup and beautyKIKO gel eyeliner and eyeshadow

Up until recently, I've stuck to using one type of eyeliner (Tarte's EmphasEYES clay-based liner). It wasn't until I got to Florence back in early January that I discovered KIKO, a Milano-based cosmetics line, where I lingered in the store longer than I expected to. I was testing out the shadows and blushes, and became especially fixated on their liners. KIKO had such a wide variety, it was a treat studying it all - and it probably didn't help that most of the women I'd see in Florence had killer eye liner and winged tips.

I learned that I could achieve that same sharp look I saw on Italians with KIKO's gel liner. Unlike the Tarte liner that I use (which dries matte), KIKO's has a high shine/gloss finish so it's ideal for ultra blunt cat-eyes or nighttime eye makeup for more extravagant events. Then I found KIKO's Kajal eye pencil, which also produced an entirely different look. On myself, the Kajal came on buttery smooth and almost perfectly smudgy (in the best way possible). I found it ideal for achieving rough smokey eye, or that rocker 'worn-in' look.

Having only grabbed one of each (and already powering through them), I'm bummed I won't be able to restock on these until the next time I'm back in Europe. But I went ahead and did some research on Sephora and grabbed a few products that I feel would do the same trick as KIKO's. Enjoy: