Monday, September 29, 2014

Style Inspiration: Autumn Dressing

It was amazingly cool this weekend. Brought me right back to moments in MN when we took Ayden to the apple orchards--picking pumpkins and being in layers.

We've waited so patiently, and now we finally have fall.

Defining yesterday's look: totally laid-back with a bit of boho influence. I definitely strayed from my usual clean palette. Although, still found a way to incorporate my love of black and white. The outfit was a surprising hit with Hubby. Maybe it was the dress?

I just knew an afternoon at the pumpkin patch meant we were gonna get dirty. No way around it. Boots and comfort were the inspiration here. I went with a midi moto style, but ankle boots would have been great too. Being in a cardigan was a treat. If we could only have more of these days. I think my favorite part of this look was the dress. It was light and easy. I love the various shades of blue, and the print was really pretty.

What a great weekend. Love this time of year. We've already started decorating for Halloween. Can't wait!

What I Wore:

When: Sept 28th

Where: Local Ranch, CA

Printed Cardigan in White: Willow & Clay (sold out, try this, this or this)
Sheer Printed Long Sleeve Dress in Blue: Skies Are Blue (try this, this or this)
Silver Double Horn Pendant Necklace: Local Boutique (try this or this)
Leopard Wayfarers: H&M (sold out, try this or this)
Black Leather Moto Boots: (try this, this or this)
Taupey Leather Bow Crossbody: ASOS (sold out, try this or this)
Silver Turquoise Cuff: Madewell (sold out, try this or this)
Gold Infinity Ring: Local Boutique (try thisthis or this)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Style Inspiration: Fall's Pinky Perfect

Looking at this season's trends, it's exciting to see all the colors that have been added for fall. No longer are we limited to deep, rich tones. My favorites are in shades of pink: from pastels to neons.

In this style inspiration, I went with a soft petal pink blazer, printed tee, and mixed it with black leather. The look was for a night out with the family in Hollywood. The best thing about this jacket was the tailored fit and flattering length. If you're petite like myself, this style would be ideal. Temps dipped down enough to wear leather again. Yes, I am sold on it for fall. We had planned on doing a lot of walking at the event, so sneakers were the only way to go. Slip-ons are a must. They're super comfortable and perfect for casual moments. I grabbed this shot of the Dodgers' Star as we headed to the Feast. Coincidentally, they just won the division! How's that for timing?:)

The Feast of LA is happening right now through Sunday. It's an annual event celebrating Italian food and culture. Ayden even got a chance to help out his friend at the lemonade stand. It was a great night of pasta, meatballs, and live music. There's also a mini carnival for the kids. Be sure to check it out if you're in LA!!

Note: The H&M blazer ran really small. Went 2 sizes up from my usual for a perfect fit. Kenneth Cole sneakers felt true to size.

What I Wore:

When: Sept 26th

Where: Hollywood, CA

Pale Pink Blazer: H&M (try this, this, this or this)
White Palm Muscle Tee: MANGO (sold out, try this or this)
Black Faux Leather Skinnies: BLANKNYC (also try this or this)
Black Cat Eye Sunnies: Le Specs (also try this or this)
Leopard Calf Hair Slip On Sneakers: Kenneth Cole (also try this, this or this)
Black Leather Studded Clutch: Alexander McQueen (sold out, try this or this)
Gold Crystal Bracelet, Gold Pave Ball Tipped Spiral Cuff:
Vita Fede, Jules Smith (also try this)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Style Inspiration: It's Cardigan Season

Is it Friday already? What a week it has been. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week just wrapped up. There were so many new designers that I wanted to preview, but wasn't able to make it. It's always an exciting time for fashion, and just being in New York is an experience. Although, in this day and age of technology, I didn't feel too far away from the fun.

Now on to fall... I just had a conversation with my family in Minnesota, and it sounds like temps have dropped dramatically. We, on the other hand, have been getting triple digit heat. I'm so jealous of them right now. For us, the best part of the day is morning--when it actually feels cool.

The Look: I knew it was going to be really hot, but wanted to do layers. As much as I love this cardigan, it lasted only until 10am. It's such a great cover up--wish I didn't have to get rid of it. This is basically my fall mom uniform. Cardigans are a must this time of year. The chunky ones are so cozy. I love the way this style drapes on me. The length is perfect and it flatters even my not-so-happy areas. Overall, it's very neutral with soft greys and white. Adding a bold colored bag just gives it life. I found this one maybe a couple years ago at TJ Maxx. Of course, a great deal! I love the fuchsia and classic design--which is why I can't seem to part with it. Gotta find another bright bag for fall though. Thinking blue! Another great find were these flats--my first pair from GAP. I was in the store shopping for a baby gift when I spotted them. So pretty and comfortable.

Good luck to all the parents out there. The school year's going to be crazy busy as usual. We're already feeling it:)

Note: ZARA sizes tend to run small. Try going up from your usual.

What I Wore:

When: Sept 11th

Where: Around Town

Drapey Cardigan in Grey: Splendid (sold out, try thisthis or this)
White Slub Tee: Joie (try this or this)
Metal Cat Eye Sunnies in Silver/Black: Local Boutique (try thisthis or this)
Crystal Pave Leaf Pendant Necklace: ??? (try thisthis or this)
Leather Shoulder Bag in Fuchsia: Cynthia Rowley (try this, this or this)
Grey Printed Skinnies: ZARA (sold out, try thisthis or this)
Floral Printed Canvas Flats: GAP (sold out, try this, this or this)
Gold & Silver Pendant Bracelets, Silver Circle Pave Bracelet:
Alex and Ani, LOFT (also try this and this)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mens Style Inspiration: Runnin' Runnin' Runnin'

Happy Friday everyone! Today was just about errands for us. Basically, we had to beat the clock before Ayden got out of school. Not a lot of time with his shorter schedule this year.

First thing, was getting out to the valley for Asian goods. I wish there was a store that offered a greater variety where we live. Ours doesn't come close to what this grocer has: fresh fish, seafood, and everything else in between. It's fantastic! For me, almost as fun as a day of shopping.

My husband thinks it's hilarious that I talk food all the time. So for this post, I decided to highlight what he wore instead. He was a good sport about it.

For men, there's one trend that I've really had to sell. Sweatpants. Some designers are calling them joggers, but it's all the same. My husband just couldn't grasp the idea of wearing them outside the house. Back in the day... Sure. But today's styles are more streamlined and chic. Once he paired the look with a button-down, everything changed. I can tell you--he's now sold. "Finally, sweatpants I don't feel sloppy in," he says.

I love that he gave it a chance. So so happy!! And a nice change from jeans for a day.

Note: Shirt and pants both feel true to size.

What He Wore:

When: Sept 5th

Where: In the Valley, CA

Multi Plaid Button-Down: GANT Rugger (sold out, try thisthis or this)
Los Angeles Baseball Cap: purchased at the Grove kiosk (try this or this)
Black Leather Chrono Sport Watch: BOSS Hugo Boss
Metal Aviators: Armani Exchange (sold out, try this , this or this)
Black Cotton Sweatpants: H&M (try this or this)
Black Laceless Leather Sneakers: Converse Jack Purcell (try this or this)

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: (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)