Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Fall 2014 Fashion Trends You'll Want to Buy

It's time all... The heat hasn't completely left us, but that transitional moment where we go from summer to fall is here. As temps cool, we can start incorporating some of the season's latest trends.

Many of the pieces we loved this summer, we'll see again throughout the next few months. Bomber jackets, joggers, sneakers... Hold on to them as the relaxed, sporty trend continues. Colors will go from soft pastels to shocking neons. The midi skirt was a favorite this season. I'm happy to see their return for fall.

What to add to your shopping list this time around? Think micro minis and over-the-knee boots for a 60's gone modern vibe. Those capes you had stored away... Bring them back. Winter staples such as fur coats are here to stay and perfect for those glamorous night outs. Don't forget leather. More of what to buy below.

Note: Faux fur is just as fabulous as the real thing. Love it for fall.

Helmut Lang, J. Mendel

Midi Skirts
Valentino, Yigal Azrouel

Sporty Chic
DKNY, T by Alexander Wang

Chunky Heel & Top Handle Bags
Salvatore Ferragamo, Christian Dior

Pastels & Neon
Marissa Webb, Kenzo

Mod Minis & Over-the-knee Boots
Carven, Valentino

Florals & Red
Giambattista Valli, Rag & Bone

The Cape & Blanket Coats
Saint Laurent, Chloe

Navy & Cobalt
Kaufmanfranco, Altuzarra


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Style Inspiration: Summer to Fall Evening Midi

Big, big day for our son... He's officially in junior high!

Really, where does the time go? My husband and I have just taken this past week to enjoy every moment with him. If it sounds like we're taking it hard--we are. It seems he went from our little guy to this young man overnight.

I was informed a few days ago that, "only Dad can drop me off on the first day of school." Moms, can you imagine? Totally heart-broken. Then, earlier this morning, he sends me the best text. Hubby was so jealous. It sounds like Ayden's off to a great start. Thank you, Lord. Cannot wait to hear about his day.

Last night, we celebrated with a nice dinner. And took some time to grab these shots.

The look: I pulled out some summer favorites. Since we're heading into fall, I decided to go with a black midi. It has been so hot, I haven't really had the chance to wear this skirt. I love the fullness and retro vibe. Decided to go classic with black and white stripes and added a fun bright clutch. This was such an easy yet glamorous evening look.

What I Wore:

When: Aug 13th

Where: Around Town

Black/White Stripe Jersey Tee: Michael Michael Kors (try this or this)
Cat Eye Tortoiseshell Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana (sold out, try this, this or this)
Black Full Midi Skirt: ASOS (try this or this)
Yellow/White Double Zip Clutch: Rag & Bone (sold out, try this, this or this)
Gold Hammered Cuff: Nordstrom (try this or this)
Black Leather Strappy Wedge: yoox.com (sold out, try this or this)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Style Inspiration: Rain or Shine at the Farmer's Market

Flowers, tomatoes, mushrooms, berries, and even kohlrabi... There was so much offered at our farmer's market yesterday. We love getting out there to shop and support the local farmers.

I had a great conversation with a gentleman from Moorpark, CA. He specialized in a variety of mushrooms and explained all the ways they were grown. Really interesting stuff. Wish I had taken a photo, but was too busy chatting. We purchased some gorgeous oyster mushrooms from him. Our other happy find was the Asian vendor. He had all of my favorites: Thai basil, on choy, lemongrass, and gai lan.

Needless to say, we had a fantastic Sunday funday. As for what I wore...

The Look: Back to basics with my skinnies and a tee--in blue and white again. It was raining off and on and cool enough to throw on a bomber. Yes, it rained! I really didn't care about getting wet. It was a wonderful reprieve from the heat we've been having. I went with a tote this time. It was perfect for carrying all of our goodies.

Note: These jeans run small. I went up a size from my usual and it was great. This style by H&M has a higher rise--which is really flattering.

What I Wore:

When: Aug 3rd

Where: The Farmer's Market

White Lace Bomber Jacket: ZARA (sold out, try this, this or this)
White Slub Tee: MANGO (try this or this)
Blush Mirrored Cat Eye Sunnies: Le Specs (try this)
Skinny Jeans in Med Wash: H&M (try thisthis or this)
Gold Bird Pendant Necklace: Keene Los Angeles (sold out, try this)
Navy/White Printed Canvas Tote: Armani Exchange (also try)
White/Gold Beaded Wrap Bracelet: Local Boutique (try this or this)
Gold Triple Arrow Ring: Local Boutique (try this)
White Leather Ankle Strap Sandals: ZARA (sold out, try thisthis or this)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Style Inspiration: Did You Say D'Orsay

Happy Friday everyone!! My family and I are finally back from our week long summer vacation.

We had a fantastic time in Wisconsin and Minnesota. My husband's nephew just got married. To witness this moment was a bit strange. Because I've known him since he was in grade school. He was even the ring bearer at our wedding. But we are beyond happy for him and his bride. Ayden also got to celebrate his birthday with grandma and grandpa. Lucky kid!

The other part of our trip... We met my nephew for the very first time. He's going to be turning one in a couple of weeks and is just the cutest little guy. It's been forever since we've had a baby in the family. Those long lashes and chubby cheeks... I have a ton of photos to last a year. We also spent time with my family in Minnesota where Ayden had another birthday party. He got to hang out with his cousins and my parents cooked up all of our favorite meals. It was great!

I promised myself no work while on vacation--which is why this style inspiration is being posted now. A bit impromptu. We were in downtown LA for a design meeting and decided to capture these shots.

My outfit: I feel like I've been in stripes so much this summer. I don't think you can ever go wrong with navy and white. I went with a denim jacket for a classic combo. D'Orsay flats are such a great daytime option--chic and business at the same time. Unlike traditional flats, they seem to move with you and won't get too tight throughout the day. Again, I went with gold and silver accessories and a white bag to finish the look.

What I Wore:

When: July 15th

Where: Downtown LA

Denim Jacket: Levi's (also try this or this)
Navy/White Strapless Ruffle Dress: ZARA (sold out, try this or this)
Black Cat Eye Sunnies: Le Specs 
White Leather Crossbody Bag: Mackage (sold out, try this or this)
Gold 'Kissing Kids' Pendant Necklace: Wanderlust + Co (sold out, try this or this)
Natural Snake D'Orsay Flats: DV by Dolce Vita (try this or this)
Gold and Silver Initial Adjustable Wire Bangles: Alex and Ani
Gold Pave Bar Bracelet: Local Boutique

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Style Inspiration: The White Summer Jacket + Ripped Jeans

Interesting shoot yesterday...  I don't think there's ever a lack of things happening when you're in Hollywood. We had fire trucks driving by, people honking and waving, and a lady even rolled down her window to chat with us. Really friendly, but a bit distracting. Always fun!

The Look: Super casual. When I'm with my family, I'm all about comfy jeans and a tee. We had a rare overcast day--the perfect opportunity to layer with a light jacket. White has been my go-to color for summer. It just wakes everything up and is so versatile. And ripped jeans... Love that whole "get up and go" vibe.

I told Ayden I was going to talk about the bracelet he gave me for Christmas. That put a huge smile on his face. I chose not to stack it. The pop of red was simple and a nice contrast to the black and white. A delicate necklace was all I really needed. Brought back my white clutch for this look. And no summer style is complete without a great pair of flat sandals and fab sunnies.

What I Wore:

When: July 8th

Where: Around Town, Hollywood

White Textured Cotton Moto Jacket: Splendid (also try this or this)
Black 'LA City of Angels' Muscle Tee: LIRA (try thisthis or this)
Gold Star Pendant Necklace: ??? (try this or this)
Tortoise Shell Cat Eye Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana (sold out, try this)
Ripped Boyfriend Jeans: ZARA (sold out, try this or this)
White Leather Laser Cut Clutch: MANGO (sold out, try thisthis or this)
Multi Snake Leather Sandals: Splendid (sold out, try this or this)
Gold Infinity Ring: Local Boutique (try this or this)
Red Beaded Bracelet: Gift from Ayden (try this, this or this)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Designer Profile: loneSON Tees for Kids

Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! Instead of posting a style inspiration today, I wanted to share with you a special project that I've been working on.

It has been a year in the making--with lots of trial and error. But I can finally say loneSON has arrived! For a while, my family and I have entertained the idea of starting a kids clothing line. Instead of a full collection of shirts, tees, jeans, and shorts, we've decided to focus on the one staple every kid needs. T-shirts.

As a parent, I've found the selection for boys to be much more limited than girls. I feel like even toddlers have it better than boys. As a stylist, I was doing a lot of, "I wish designers would come up with this.. and this." So, we decided to go for it.

Our moment came when Ayden showed us some doodles from school. He's constantly drawing in class--it's surprising we haven't received more phone calls from his teacher. It's difficult to fault him though. Because he's really passionate about his creations. They all have names and are wildly expressive. There's the 'Grumpy Popcorn' and 'Epic Muffin' for example. And for some reason, he has an entire sketch book full of food characters. We've collected so many drawings throughout the years. This line has become a way for him to continue doing what he loves and share it with other kids.

The current summer collection was inspired by bananas. This adventurous fruit loves to hit the gym, take karate class, and can always find time to relax. All tees were designed by our artist, Ayden and printed locally in Los Angeles.

Additional pieces from the summer collection are in production and will be available in a couple weeks. For more information, please visit www.loneson.com.

Model, Dominic is wearing the 'BOOM-POW Banana' tee.

Ayden in the 'Chillin Banana' tee.

Artist and designer, Ayden B.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Currently Coveting: 4th of July Style

Time to get ready for the 4th! If you don't have your Independence Day style all set, here are a few ideas to get to you in the patriotic spirit.

I love a striped dress for this event. In navy and white, the look feels All-American. This maxi style by Rachel Pally has a really nice drape and super sexy cutout back. A gold cuff and dainty lariat necklace adds a sophisticated element. For beach parties, gotta have a fun tote large enough to hold all your goodies. A great bucket bag is perfect for an all day celebration. This is the style to have for summer. Love the zipper detail on this ZARA bag. And it's currently on sale!! Finish the look with fabulous white sandals. Studded accents are great for a bit of edge.

Note: Two-tone sandals or wedges would be perfect too.

5. Joie a la Plage Sable Two-Tone Slide Sandal in White/Natural $125
6. Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Sandal in White $745
7. ZARA Leather Bucket Bag in Strawberry $79.99 (sale)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Style Inspiration: In Love With Summer Stripes

Hope everyone's having a great summer. Now that school's out, Ayden has been enjoying endless hours of Xbox time. We really need to find him another hobby besides gaming and electronics. You know, most kids take off for summer camp. But he's totally against it. We've tried all kinds of tactics: a chance to try new things, make new friends, etc. No luck... Maybe next year.

Yesterday, we decided to take a short day. And spent some time in Thai town. He was all for that. There's a shop that has the best sweet custard bun. You have to stop in at Bhan Kanom Thai for their desserts. Sooo delish. We also tried out a new restaurant for dinner. What a mistake that was. Note to self: When you're hungry, always go with your favorite. No time to experiment. Good thing we had those buns to fill up on the way home.

My outfit: More stripes and white. I love this classic print for summer. It's so versatile and chic. This style is nice and lightweight--perfect for an evening layer. The zipper details are great too--adds a modern touch. I went with another maxi dress. They're my go-to right now--so comfortable and easy. Grey is a fantastic neutral--whatever the season. I mixed in white accessories to make everything pop. This beaded necklace is a few years old. I still love it. And these sandals... Super chic!!

What I Wore:

When: June 25th

Where: Around Town, Hollywood

Navy/White Stripe Knit Moto Jacket: LOFT (sold out, also try this, this or this)
Heather Grey Maxi Dress: Keene Los Angeles (also try this or this)
White Leather Crossbody: Mackage (also try this or this)
Gold/White Aviators: Coach (also try this or this)
White Beaded Waterfall Necklace: Chan Luu (also try this or this)
Silver/Gold Cable Bracelet, Gold Link Bracelet:
Local Boutique, Keene Los Angeles (also try this or this)
White Leather Ankle Strap Sandals: ZARA (also try this or this)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Style Inspiration: Summer Tee Time

Happy Summer!!! And Happy Sunday to everyone.

We are winding down from one busy week. With Ayden's graduation and my mother-in-law visiting, we have been go-go-go. It was great. We haven't seen her since the holidays. She made it in time to celebrate Father's Day with us. And it was just special to have her share in Ayden's moment.

I was debating whether or not to do a style inspiration yesterday. Kind of rude to jet off for photos while she was here, right? Thankfully, I have a very understanding mom-in-law.

My look was light and easy. Now that it's officially summer, daytime layers are gone--which means I'll be in tees as much as possible. I styled this top with a knit pencil skirt and strappy wedges. This skirt was amazingly comfortable and bow detail added great coverage. With all the eating we did this week, I needed it.

Accessories: My black cat eye sunnies have been working overtime. It's perfect with everything. I went with an oversized clutch. White bags are a must this summer along with gold-tone jewelry. It's such a classic combination.

Note: The skirt felt true to size. Go with your usual.

What I Wore:

When: June 21st

Where: Around Town

White Slub Cotton Tee: MANGO (also try thisthis or this)
Black Cat Eye Sunnies: Le Specs 
Gold Bar Chainlink Necklace: Lauren Ralph Lauren (sold out, try this or this)
Black/White Stripe Pencil Skirt With Bow: ZARA (also try this or this)
White Laser Cut Leather Clutch: MANGO (also try this, or this)
Black Studded Leather Wedge: Faryl Robin for Free People (sold out, try this or this)
Matte Gold Pave Cuff, Gold/Crystyal Cuff, Worn Gold Cutout Bracelet:
LOFT, Vita Fede, Madewell 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Father's Day Gift Guide for the Stylish Man in Your Life

This Father's Day, I thought I'd just ask my husband for a gift list. I was prepared to give him whatever gadget he wanted. Surprisingly, he responded, "I actually love the stuff you buy me. I can find my own electronics, but I can't pick out my own clothes." What?! Well, at least he's honest.

So there you have it... He really does enjoy all those shirts, ties, and shoes that you gift him on Father's Day. And you can't go wrong with these summer essentials. Some of my favorites are everyday basics with cool printed tees, chic woven shirts, and a few extras. Enjoy!!

Note: Express ship if needed to ensure your item arrives on time.

Altru LIFE Wipeout Tee $36

Jack Wills Algrove Polo With Pheasant Logo $75.26

rag & bone Training Short in Grey $175

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie
Kastrup Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Canvas Backpack $595

Onitsuka Tiger 'Tokuten SU' Sneaker in Dark Blue $69.95