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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mens Style Inspiration: The Quilted Detail

Remember a couple posts back? The one about getting hubby into slimmer jeans? Well, mission accomplished.

If there's on thing I've learned in our years of marriage... When it comes to fashion, it's easier to just get it in his hands and try it on. This tactic has been pretty effective up to this point. And as it turns out, he's quite happy about this one.

The Look: Along with the jeans, this contrasting jacket was also out of the box. Typically, he veers towards the classics--a peacoat or wool jacket. So the quilted leather certainly took him out of his comfort zone. I'm thrilled that he tried it. Quilted jackets are back this fall/winter season. And this style is the perfect weight for our Cali weather. I also love that it's sporty while the leather sleeves toughen up the look. With black denim and leather sneakers, there's definitely an edgier vibe.

Note: Men, black jeans are great this time of year and super versatile. Would consider these ASOS jeans more a slim cut vs skinny. They aren't too tight and he has room to move. Try one size up from your usual.

What He Wore:

When: Nov 3rd

Where: Around Town

Cotton Jacket With Quilted Faux Leather Sleeves: Barneys (sold out, try thisthis or this)
Multi Plaid Button Down: Ben Sherman (sold out, try this or this)
Black Skinny Jeans: ASOS (also try this, this or this)
Black Leather Belt: ??? (try this, this or this)
Black Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch: Nixon (also try this or this)
Black Leather Slip on Sneakers: Converse Jack Purcell (sold out, try this, this or this)

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Style Inspiration: Checking Off the Turtleneck

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween everyone!! We're in the process of getting ready for tonight. This will be the first year that we'll be handing out treats instead of trick-or-treating. I'm kind of bummed about it. Ayden's still dressing up, and he picked out a pretty interesting costume. We'll just miss watching his excitement as he ran door to door. It should still be a lot of fun greeting all the kids and seeing their costumes.

So a quick style inspiration for you... Since temps have cooled, I've been able to pull out some fun fall pieces. I'm really loving the return of turtlenecks. It's such a classic.

The Look: I went for bold in blue for work. As you know, it's my favorite color, and I love mixing in black and white. Midi skirts have also become a staple this season. This sheer check style from ASOS feels playful and modern. Definitely something I can take into nighttime. I don't like to do too much with jewelry for the office. At times, they simply get in the way. A statement cuff was all I needed to give this look the right amount of wow. And gotta have the perfect size satchel. I love the black and white print on this bag. It goes with everything.

Note: Ladies, this turtleneck and midi combo would also be great for a lunch meeting or dinner with friends.

What I Wore: 

When: Oct 30th

Where: Around Town

Blue Turtleneck Sweater: ZARA (sold out, try this, this or this)
Sheer Check Midi Skirt in Cream: ASOS (also try this or this)
Black/White Check Canvas Leather Bag: Coach (sold out, try this, this or this)
Gold Grid Cuff: ??? (try this, this or this)
Black Leather Strappy Sandals: BCBGMAXAZRIA (try this, this or this)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mens Style Inspiration: Easy Like Saturday Night

Family time for some could mean movie night, relaxing on the beach, or a day at the amusement park. We enjoy all those things too, but what really brings our family together is food. Cooking for them has always been a joy for me. But we also love getting out and trying new eats whenever possible.

Last night, we headed to West Hollywood to one of our favorites for dim sum. There's an art to these dishes--something I haven't attempted and probably won't. It's a treat for us--especially Ayden. He knows his mom has no clue about BAO milk buns.

We weren't celebrating anything special--just a fun night out. And I was able to convince hubby to do another style inspiration.

The Look: Sporty chic. Now that my husband's totally sold on joggers, he has added a few more to his closet. This is just another take on jeans and a tee. To dress it up, he layered with a light chambray shirt. A denim jacket would have served as a great cover up too. He's holding out until it gets much cooler here in LA.  Retro style sneakers and a great sporty watch finishes the look.

Men, I would encourage you to give this weekend style a try. It's perfect for errands and so easy to pull off when you're with the family.

Note: J.Crew button down and H&M joggers both feel true to size.

What He Wore:

When: Oct 25th

Where: West Hollywood

Chambray Button Down: J Crew (also try this or this)
White Eagle Printed Tee: Armani Exchange (sold out, try this, this or this)
Black Raffia Ball Cap: H&M (try this or this)
Black Metal Aviatiors: Armani Exchange (sold out, try this or this)
Grey Joggers: H&M (also try this, this or this)
Black Leather Chrono Watch: BOSS Hugo Boss (also try this or this)
Navy Blue Sneakers: Converse Jack Purcell (sold out, also try this or this)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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: yoox.com (sold out, try this or this)

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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: yoox.com (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)

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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)

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