Sunday, October 19, 2014

Style Inspiration: Wrap Me In Your Cozy Cardi

Chill Sunday... Not too much going on--just plenty of munching and of course, football. And for Ayden, Xbox time for sure. Hopefully, we can get our little girl out for her social hour too.

It finally feels like fall here--which means finding our way out of the house as much as possible. Last night was "date night" with the family. Typically, jeans are great for these events. Although, whenever we head to the city, I always feel like I have to edge it up a bit. Had to pull out the leather.

The Look: A mix of comfy cool. With the weather being so perfect, I'm taking every moment to put my cardigans to work. Longer styles such as this one definitely feels more dramatic. With a silk blouse, there's a nice balance of sophistication. I love that leather has become a wardrobe staple. It's not just a trend--these pieces are even perfect for moms like myself. My guys seem to like it too. Overall, a really easy chic evening look.

What I Wore:

When: Oct 18th

Where: West Hollywood

Long Cream Cardigan: Kinsley (also try this or this)
Silk Blouse in Ivory: Equipment (also try thisthis or this)
Tortoise Cat Eye Sunnies: Le Specs (also try this or this)
Black Faux Leather/Knit Pants: BB Dakota (sold out, try this, this, this or this)
Black Leather Clutch Crossbody Bag: Rag & Bone (sold out, try this, this or this)
Black Leather Strappy Sandals: Schutz (sold out, try this, thisthis or this)
Minimal Gold Cuff: Local Boutique (try this, this or this)
Gold Stacking Rings: Local Boutique (try this, this or this)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mens Style Inspiration: The Fall Bomber Jacket

Hello all! I'm so excited to talk men's inspiration today. My camera shy hubby agreed to do another shoot--this time focusing on the fall bomber.

Generally, his wardrobe is very casual. He doesn't have a formal work schedule which offers less restrictions on what he wears. Basically, jeans are his life.

In this style inspiration, he added a knit bomber to the look. This is such a great piece and for us in SoCal, has been the perfect fall layer. Dark wash jeans are definitely a staple and transitions well from day to night. Straight leg styles like this one are flattering on most men. As much as he loves these jeans, I've been trying to get him to go a little slimmer. He's a "like it loose" kind of guy. Hopefully, we'll get there. This plaid button down is one of my favorites. I love that he embraces color. Guys don't have as many options as we do when it comes to dressing--this is an easy way to add interest. Rich chocolate brown accessories finishes this fall look.

Styling Tip: Men, matching your belt to shoes is always a must.

What He Wore:

When: Oct 14th

Where: Around Town

Knit Bomber in Black/Grey: Aviator (sold out, try this, this or this)
Pink/Navy Plaid Button Down: J.Crew (sold out, try this, this or this)
Metal Aviators in Brown: Armani (try this or this)
Dark Wash Slim Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied (also try this or this)
Brown Leather Watch: Ben Sherman (try this, this or this)
Brown Leather Belt: ??? (try this or this)
Chocolate Leather Suede Chukkas: Original Penguin (sold out, try this or this)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The WEST Arrives in Beverly Hills

Thursday, we had the pleasure of joining WEST for their grand opening party. This posh boutique is the latest addition to Beverly Hills, and situated just around the corner from Rodeo Drive. WEST has everything an urban cowboy or cowgirl can ever need.

Such timing since we're seeing so much western inspired trends this fall season. There's plenty of luxe leather and an array of the finest boots in town. Everything in this store is handcrafted by artisans from all over the world. Not to mention, the selection of unique and eye-catching jewelry.

Be sure to stop in when you're in the area. WEST is located at 9528 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Style Inspiration: The Lace Midi + Black and White Graphics

I knew it wouldn't take long to go back to my favorite black and white pieces. There's something about graphic prints that feel fresh and modern no matter the season.

This was my office style which transitioned into dinner with the family. I don't think a lace midi skirt would cut it in a traditional work space. Luckily, I have a little more flexibility. Although, the idea of a chic pencil skirt with a printed button down would be perfectly appropriate. I switched up my daytime tote with a leather clutch and we were ready for our night out.

The Look: Pencil skirts are so flattering for every body type. In floral lace, it can go from casual to nighttime so easily. This black and white blouse will get plenty of use this fall/winter season. Stock up on graphic prints if you can--they are beyond versatile. I could have gone with an allover black and white look, but decided to give it a bit of pop with colorblock heels. Love options in leather suede this time of year. Perfect before the rain or snow hits the ground.

Note: Wanted to layer with a leather jacket, but it's still way too hot here in LA. Love it for evening.

What I Wore:

When: Oct 8th

Where: Around Town

Silk Graphic Blouse in Black/White: Equipment (also try this, this or this)
Gold Spike Necklace: Noir Jewelry (sold out, try this or this)
Black Floral Lace Midi Skirt: Free People (also try this or this)
Black Leather Clutch: Pour la Victoire (sold out,  try this, this or this)
Matte Gold Bow Cuff: BCBG (try this, this or this)
Blue/Green Colorblock Ankle Strap Sandals: (sold out, try this or this)

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)