Thursday, October 25, 2012

First Days of Fall

Here in Los Angeles, temperatures are finally starting to drop. (And by drop, I mean that lows are nearing the 60s.) I can finally wear more than one layer and not feel like I'm going to melt.

I love the chance to play with Americana-inspired colors, so I paired this poppy red blazer with my wear-anywhere chambray dress for class the other day. I'll be honest, I was looking for a fun way to wear my new favorite shoes. These beauties mix so many of my favorite things: a tomboy loafer, tassels, a splash of red, and classic camel. The best part? They just went on sale.

We'll see if the fall temperatures are here to's supposed to be back in the high 80s by the weekend.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pop Art Pants

{J.Crew pants (similar), J.Crew denim vest, J.Crew necklace, Madewell tee, Madewell loafers, Coach Classics bag}

I wore this outfit on Sunday to catch the last day of an exhibit I had been waiting months to see at the Annenberg Space for Photography, entitled Who Shot Rock & Roll. We literally squeaked in right before the closing of the exhibit, in its last two hours-- and I'm so glad we made it. The exhibit was a stunning collection of some of the most iconic and emotive photos of musicians and bands I've ever seen. 

These pants prove that it's entirely possible to make an outfit high impact with low effort. I love their pop art appeal, and I think they look best with pared-down tops like tees and denim. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Knits and Jewels

{LF top, Zara skirt, necklace from Istanbul, Dolce Vita wedges, Claire Vivier clutch}

I wore this outfit out to dinner  the other evening. I got dressed with the sole intention to be as comfortable as possible, and this is what resulted: a pairing of knits. The colors and silhouettes complement each other nicely, and I topped the look off with what may be my favorite necklace ever. I picked up this beauty in Istanbul while shopping in the Grand Bazaar, and it is one of the most treasured pieces I own. 

Lucky for me, tassel necklaces are everywhere right now, and I'm definitely considering adding one of these to my collection...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Olive Dress

{dress via Jane boutique, Dolce Vita shoes (on sale), Madewell necklace, Madewell sunglasses (similar), Coach legacy bag}

I worse this dress out exploring in Silverlake on Sunday afternoon. I've been living in it ever since I picked it up at a local boutique about a month ago. I love its simple, flattering silhouette, and the beautiful braided is just so fun. The weather has been absolutely perfect recently, and I'm relishing the last few days I'll be able to wear this dress without a jacket.

Sidenote: these wedges may be the most comfortable heels I've ever worn. I've even been opting for them over my usual weekend sandals. They're on sale right now, and I highly recommend them.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Style Notes: what I learned from fashion month.

As much as I love seeing the new collections shown during fashion month, I'm always just as inspired by the style photographed outside the shows. Below are my favorite looks from the industry's most stylish people, and notes on how I plan to recreate them.

julia sarr-jamois, wonderland magazine 
1. Florals are always chic--even during the fall.

tiffany hsu, buyer at lane crawford
2. Layer a fitted, printed sweater over a peplum dress for a genius mix of sexy and cozy.

joanna hillman, senior market editor, harper's bazaar
3. Wear a gorgeous coat over a simple sheath of the same length. Add kick-ass shoes. 

catherine-anne frey, the kooples
4. Play with androgynous looks: tuxedo jackets, shirts buttoned to the neck, menswear-inspired shoes, and sweatshirts + ladylike jackets. Added points for gold touches and ornate details.

shala monroque, fashion consultant 
 5. Mix up proportions by pairing a wispy maxi skirt and a chunky knit. Perfect for Los Angeles fall weather.

emmanuelle alt, french vogue
6. Even in the most fashionable of occasions, a blazer plus a white tee goes a long way. 

[all photos via the cut.]

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Favorite Skirt

{vintage skirt from Shareen's, tank via Jane boutique, J.Crew bracelet, Flea Market Girl via Melrose Trading Post earrings}

I found this skirt during my last visit to Shareen's. It was one of those vintage finds that you feel is just destined to end up in your hands. The floral print, the navy hue, the high waist, the perfectly flared silhouette, and that delightful, teensy belt--this skirt is just too good to be true. Until this purchase, the term "cut on the bias" held a special place in my mind reserved for only the most awkward of my preteen clothing. But now... I'm a believer. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Denim Vest

{J.Crew denim vest, Madewell tee (on sale!), Madewell shorts (on sale!), Madewell shoes, J.Crew bracelet (similar), Coach bag}

Took these photos after a lunch trip to Philippe's French Dip in downtown L.A. If you've never been, you are missing out. It's one of the city's oldest restaurants, and is definitely one my favorite Los Angeles institutions.

This denim vest is the ideal layering piece for the ridiculously hot temperatures in L.A. (despite the fact that it's officially fall). I spent all summer layering it over breezy dresses and tops--I love the tough, tomboy vibe it lends to an otherwise girly outfit. When the temperatures finally do drop, I plan to pair it with long-sleeved tees and boots.