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

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

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Style Inspiration: Let's Kick It

Long holiday weekends are great, aren't they? Then it's back to reality...

Wednesdays, we juggle. It's minimum day at school which means there's little time to fit in work. Then we're off to get Ayden to Spanish. Basically, Mom and Dad are his drivers. He's really enjoying it though. If it were up to him, he'd go twice a week. So we're not complaining. Plus, he's been able to teach us a few things. And of course, we still found time for pho.

I went with the easiest pieces in my closet: a maxi and sneakers. We're officially a Converse wearing family. This is Ayden's brand of choice--hubby too. I was a little hesitant at first--nervous it could be too young. But I think these shoes worked really well with the dress. For something so casual, it still felt chic and playful. For a light layer, I decided on a knit bomber. What a score on this one. I love how OBEY incorporated an island print into the design. Another fun daytime style for me.

Note: The maxi dress feels true to size. Just order your usual.

What I Wore:

When: May 28th

Where: Around Town

'OBEY' Tropical Floral Bomber Jacket in Navy: OBEY (sold out, try thisthis or this)
Striped Tank Maxi Dress in Navy/White: ZARA (also try this or this)
Silver/Crystal Leaf Pendant Necklace: ??? (year old, try this or this)
White Leather Crossbody: Mackage (also try thisthis or this)
Eye Cat Sunnies in Blush: Le Specs 'Runaways' (sold out, try in matte grey)
Silver Initial Bracelet, Russian Gold Lotus Flower
Pendant Bracelet: Alex and Ani (try this or this)
Printed Sneakers in White/Multi: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star (also try this or this)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Style Inspiration: Can We Meet in the Midi (Skirt)

I never thought skirts would be my thing...  But after trying out some of this season's midi, I can honestly say they're my new favorites. The full swingy styles have this glamorous vibe and pencil skirts are super flattering.

For a day at the office (mobile of course), I like to be as comfortable as possible. I've found yet another way to work in the sweatshirt. There's so much going on with this tropical jungle print: birds, flowers, and leopards. Kind of crazy, but a happy crazy. I think styling it with this lace skirt gave it a mix of sophistication and cool. Love the sea green color. Definitely had fun with this look.

Thanks for reading!! I'll try my best to get another post in by the weekend. Pray the cool temps stay.

Note: This look would also be great for a lunch date or casual dinner out with the family.

What I Wore:

When: May 21st

Where: Around Town

Tropical Print Crop Sweatshirt: Navie (sold out, try this or this)
Lace Midi Skirt in Sea Green: ZARA (also try this or this)
Cat Eye Sunnies in Tortoise Shell: Dolce & Gabbana (sold out, try thisthis or this)
Goldtone Stainless Steel Watch: Nixon (try this)
Leather Suede Colorblock Ankle Strap Sandals: Le Pepite (sold out, try this or this)
Gold/Crystal Cuff: Vita Fede (also try)
Leather Shoulder Bag in Nude: Vintage (try this or this)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Style Inspiration: A Carmel Mother's Day Getaway

Moms, hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! For us, it was an anniversary combo celebration. This year, we took our first road trip through northern California. The drive was surprisingly easy and so scenic. We spent the weekend exploring Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur.

Mother's Day was spent in Carmel-by-the-Sea having brunch then touring the historic Mission San Carlos. I'm a bit of a history buff (Ayden too), so this was an educational bonus. We strolled the streets and checked out all the different shops. It was the perfect getaway for our family. We definitely fell in love with the city and plan to go back.

My look was easy: in a breezy maxi, wedges, and crossbody for the day.

Note: White wedges or flat sandals would be fabulous here too.

What I Wore:

When: Mother's Day Weekend

Where: Carmel, CA

Denim Jacket: H&M (also try this or this)
Maxi Dress in Mint: Tobi (also try this or this)
White Leather Crossbody: Mackage (also try this)
Gold Star Pendant Necklace: Keene Los Angeles (also try this or this)
Espadrille Wedges in Chambray: BCBGeneration (also try thisthis or this)
Blush 'Sphinx' Sunnies: Le Specs 
Assorted Cuffs & Beaded Bracelet: Madewell, William B