Monday, December 31, 2012

saturday showers

Cold and wet pretty much describes this past Saturday in LA. This always proves a challenge when deciding wardrobe without looking like a hobo cross bred with a wet rat. By chance i seem to have actually pulled a pretty cool outfit together (though a tad bit unimaginative, shh.)
Wearing: Rag and Bone grey destroyed skinnies, BLK DNM leather jacket, James Perse white tee, brand spankin new Theiry Lasry sunnies (which my next post will be dedicated to) and my (also brand spankin new/soon to be written about) Cast of Vices handcuff bracelet in silver.


What is your go to rainy day attire? Oh and have an amazing time, however you are ringing in the new year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

and the obsession continues...sorry I'm not sorry

Rag & Bone Resort 2013 collection. Oh, gawd is it good. Woke up to an email with some of the featured pieces which quickly went from hyperventilation to a virtual shopping cart full of purple florals and (of course) leather. I'm in love with the floral print R&B picked for the season. I would call it a "tough floral"(yes I just made that up), as it has a more vintage-tapestry feel as opposed to the typically uber-girly florals. It's darker with edgy detailing (leather piecing) so the entire collection can easily transition throughout the day.  Here are some of my favorite picks for spring with cool-girl styling ideas for you babes.
Basic fitted, two-button blazer with a whole lot of swag. Floral bodice with lamb leather sleeves (yes please).  Would look great used as a basic thrown over jeans and a white v-neck tee OR get all kinds of cray by buttoning it and wearing it like a top over a lacey black bra with a denim pencil skirt and oxfords. 

This soft wool-blend popover sweater with a slight high-low hemline screams "my new favorite sweater". Cozy and soft boucle knit would look perfect over navy leggings and brown riding boots or dress it up thrown over a black body con dress cinched with an obo-style belt. 

Although I'm not one for dresses this print just looks too amazeballs on this fit and flare style dress to not make an exception. It also has that hint of edge I crave with cool mesh inserts on the shoulders and back. Dress it down, keep it simple and let the print do all the talking by pairing it with black Doc Martens and vintage tortoise sunnies. 

How would you style these pieces?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

holiday love

Rockin' my mom's old Christmas sweater she wore when she was preggers with me. Happy holidays, hope you get that ipad mini, or rag and bone bag or whatever it is you asked for.
 



Sunday, December 23, 2012

my *new favorite LJ

Leather is kind of my thing (it was the feature of my second blog post)...so when I got this AMAZEBALLS blk dnm jacket as a Christmas present (spoiled, I know), I died. Bad ass motorcycle cut, warm quilted interior, dope bead accented zippers....the list goes on and on and on.  It's perfection across the board. Warning: may induce an "I run shit" attitude and required a sweet Grease-inspired hairstyle. Best present ever. 


Saturday, December 22, 2012

party pantz

Not a cocktail dress kinda girl? No problemo with a pair of these awesome party-worthy pantalones. Velvet, broacde-printed, metallic-coated, striped or aztec-inspired easily takes these jeans from last mintue holiday shopping to Christmas dinner with the fam. Pair with a simple cream blouse, bordeaux lipstick, black ankle boots and a touch of bling for a cute alternative to that black dress you always wear. Bonus? These pants can be rocked year round and work in your wardrobe like a basic.

Monday, December 17, 2012

babe at the sweater party


It's Monday and this weekend (hopefully) marks the last of the Christmas party rounds. If one of those party invites was given the dreaded “ugly sweater” title, I got you! Instead of pairing your sweater with jeans and some variation of ridiculous holiday headgear (santa hat, reindeer ears...eww) like everyone else...stand out and actually look hot by taking advantage of the fun outfit opportunity. You'll get off the chart compliments and won't have to spend the next day untagging facebook pics. 

When picking your sweater I recommend a solid color with graphics instead of a super-busy, patch-work style. Pair with cute, embellished cut-offs and tuck in the front of the sweater to create a more flattering waistline and avoid the "boxy-body" look. Wear sheer black tights underneath and add some cool high top sneakers for a dash of street-cred. A messy top knot and pretty tear drop earrings balance out a turtle neck sweater and elongate the neck. Holographic, in-your-face nail polish? Yes. What?? A "Christmas Pudding" clutch? All kinds of holiday-party festive! Cheers!

Friday, December 14, 2012

arcade fun with my favorite jacket

I shot babe Katherine Clark with L.A Models last night in a cute arcade story featuring my favorite WeSC varsity jacket from PacSun. This jacket is super versatile, actually provides warmth and best of all? It's only 99 dollars and looks like it had a 599 dollar price tag. This is the perfect go-to jacket for all occasions. Looks just as great with skinnies and vans as is does over a mini dress. And how cute does it photograph!? (well having a hottie blonde definitely helps). Happy Friday kids!




Thursday, December 13, 2012

skool sucks...well, not really

A cold rainy night of internet trolling for comfy sweaters led me to my new favorite purchase. I might already have a stack of assorted Wildfox Couture sweaters, so what?!? When you find something you love...buy it in every color, duh. This awesome skool sucks hoodie sweater arrived at my doorstep Monday night and I literally haven't taken it off since. For the love of cute, ironic graphic prints and all other things that are holy; Wildfox you take the pink-frosted cake. I'm already a huge fan of the brand but this sweater might have just taken my obsession to an entirely different level. It's slouchy with a loose fit and is perfect for rainy "I'm just a potato" kind of Sundays. Throw it over undies with some cashmere thigh-highs and you're ready for an 80's movie marathon and multiple mugs of hot cocoa with whipped cream. 
Oh and in case you were wondering, yes I sleep in it too. 


Wildfox Couture "Skool Sucks" Hoodie & Coal Black Beanie

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

not your average disney kid

During a quick visit back home this past weekend I shot my babe of a blondie baby sister, Adria. Five disposable cameras, a pair of sequin mickey mouse ears, a leotard and a whole lot of attitude later...here's some of my favorites. 





call your girlfriend

In case you haven't noticed, I'm all about that tomboy swag. Androgynous pieces, neutral colors, unisex jewelry with a dash of athletic flare. Essential wardrobe pieces for this look include a kick-ass pair of boyfriend jeans (like the amazeballs balmain pair below), a leather jacket that looks like you could have swiped it from your boy's closet, a dope pair of nikes and tough accents like a wrap-around zipper bracelet and structured bag.

To avoid looking like you literally stole your boyfriend's clothes, base the look with a thin fitted sweater and a cool satchel handbag. Two hair options work best for this look...either a messy top knot or slouchy bedhead paired with a cozy beanie. Keep makeup to a minimum and add a dark nail in navy or maroon polish. Easy, sexy and swagged out in "the cool girlfriend" attire that looks great from running errands to dinner at Bottega.    



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

dressing room diaries

New Year's Eve Dress Hunt 
Round One : Urban Outfitters

 Knit body con mini dress with faux leather paneling on the front. I absolutely love the halter neckline, super flattering. It's stretchy with an exposed gold zipper on the back center seam (eh, not a fan of this). Overall a solid, simple dress that can be dressed up with bling-y dangle earrings, stilettos, a top knot and a red lip. 

Love Love LOVE this one. It's super comfy and the pattern is extremely body flattering. It has NYE potential with the right additions. Glittery platforms, a leather jacket, winged eyeliner and stick-straight hair can take this from dinner to poppin bottles at midnight. Also available in black (yessss)

"I look pretty, I look tough, at the same damn time!" Just about sums up this one. Bad ass leather bodice with pretty chiffon skirt. Only thing I didn't like was that the concealed side zipper stuck out a bit on my left hip instead of laying flat. I would stick it down with boob tape to create the most flattering line. Throw on a sparkly collar necklace, blazer and some peep toe booties to rock it right on the 31st. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

go downtown with the drugs in my body

Laser's, gift swag, campaign projections, open bar, an art installation and Snoop? Yup, that sounds like my Saturday night. PacSun threw a party and yeah...it was awesome. see party coverage pics here   


Rima Vaidila and Adesuwa Pariyapasirt



Friday, November 30, 2012

30 percent chance it's already raining

A rainy weekend forecast means two things in LA. First, rain somehow disintegrates Angelino's (already questionable) auto-handling capabilities. Second, UGGS and ratchet velvet juicy couture track suits somehow become socially acceptable. *vomit* Why does the absence of sun, brainwash people into thinking the "homeless chic" look works?? NO. N-O. 

The solution you ask?! Lounge around in clothing that's cozy AND Starbucks/Whole Foods/Farmer's Market appropriate. That way you can unroll yourself from your human duvet burrito and head out the door with zero changing needed. Warm, weather-proof and stylish. You're welcome. 
I don't care if you're only going two steps to grab the mail, if you intentionally leave your house wearing those god-awful fur lined boots I swear...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

leave your baseball bat at home...maybe

The turkey and pie gorge-fest has commenced which means BAM Christmas is gonna hit you in the face fast. Have you started checking people off your gift list?? No? Well you better start! It's warm in LA (surprise, surprise) so what better way to hit the shops than in this comfy AW t-shirt dress? (also looks cute over tights in the event it's below 75.) Keep it simple with these black engineer boots that toughen up the dress and keep your feet supported schlepping around stores all day. *Added Bonus: you can run to the racks faster than those chicks in heels, muahahhaha*

Give your everyday purse a break (and avoid breaking a strap) and grab this sturdy leather shopping tote to stash smaller finds. Top with a cute floral baseball cap for a little fun, boy-ish flare and round out the look with a classic string of pearls. A spritz of Le Labo's Santal 26 interior spray** running out the door and you're ready to shop to. the. death. (seriously...did you see the crazy black Friday shenanigans?! deadly.)  

it's the freakin' weekend


**Le Labo Santal 26**
Yes it's actually a spray for your house. Yes I use it like perfume. Yes you should too. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

(lip)stick it to 'em

TGIF! And let holiday-party season....begin! Hit "mega-babe" status STAT with a swipe of lipstick. 

Get gothy with this deep, vampy plum which adds a hint of dramatic mystery when paired with simple foundation and mascara. Look flirty and fun in a bright matte hot fuschia which looks daring when paired with bold brows. And of course the classic, blue-based red  gives you instant festive swag (while also making teeth look whiter).     



Inspiration courtesy of Mink Pink

Friday, November 23, 2012

tsa in style

Plan on passing through an airport a few times in the next month? First let me say, I'm sorry. Secondly, let me tell you what to wear so that at the very least you'll be (worse case scenario) delayed in style. 
Base of this look is the Canadian tuxedo, of course. Start with your favorite dark wash skinnies and worn-in denim button down. Throw a cute oversized sweatshirt over to stay warm and cozy in the cold a/c. Wear flats to breeze through the security checkpoints STAT. Early morning flight you just barely made? Wrap hair in a low bun and top with a cute hat to hide bedhead. Ran out the door sans-makeup? Spritz some refreshing mineral water and slide on a pair of dark sunnies because honestly, they're lucky your eyes are even open at this hour. Still cold? Bring a simple, asymmetrical-button wool coat that looks good left unbuttoned over your outfit. Tie it all together with a carry-on duffle filled with in flight necessities (tabloids, gum, eye mask, pills, makeup, ipad.) 

Cute, comfy and ready for post-flight shenanigans. Hopefully your travels are as painless as your outfit. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

disposable culture

Behind the scenes look from my shoot this past weekend with the super rad photographer emman montalvan. Official pics coming soon.
all shot on a disposable camera 






Friday, November 16, 2012

yeah, yeah, more r&b...it's just so good

If you haven't caught on to my Rag & Bone obsession yet (um, where have you been?!) this should confirm it. Yup their denim fits like a glove, they have great tee's and jackets BUT WAIT...amazeballs bags too?! *swoon, faint, dead* Thank god I'm too young for a credit card because I would be in all kinds of trouble. 
On a permanent hunt for the perfect carry-all kinda bag enter this super cute and functional satchel. Just yes.   
I know it's just getting cold but the navy color and pretty vintage-y floral is perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Leather, a detachable strap and lots of room for your junk it is the perfect everyday bag. Oh and in case you're not a big floral print fan (cough, cough) it comes in three equally beautiful color combos. you're welcome. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

school girl swag

Rock a mini in the chilly whether? You bet...just pair with over-the knee socks and layers on top, duh! Start on bottom with a cute mini (any fabric, try leather or velvet for a bit of edge) pull on thigh high socks and pair with flats or sneakers for a more tomboy-chic look. On top start with a tank that hits below the hip, add a button up blouse in a cool color and finish off with your favorite chunky knit sweater to pull it all together. Add a center part and a pea coat to really look the part. Instant (classy) collegiate babe status. 

Shopping info for the look on the right.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

brunchin in black

Chilly day in LA calls for slouchy ankle boots, a leather jacket, "cool cat" american apparel graphic tee and moto zip black rag & bone skinny jeans. Yup I let my inner goth chick come out to play.

What did YOU wear today?

Friday, November 9, 2012

best of...mall finds

Easy and affordable mall finds perfect for the fast approaching holiday season.

Zara
I usually always find great stuff whether it's a simple top or a cool skirt with intricate detail. If you're in a bind for a cute holiday/house warming/whatever party this should be your first stop. Here's the standouts....


Zipper and gold accents lend this basic wool coat a luxe "I got this at Barney's" look. Great cold weather jacket and comfy for holiday traveling. 
Pretty sheer button up blouse with gorgeous crystal collar detailing. Holiday essential. Naughty with a black lace bra underneath or nice over a cream camisole.


Cute silky basic blouse with pretty dainty gold buttons. Comes in six different colors. Great versatile wardrobe staple that's party-ready with a leather skirt and heels or airport-bound with jeans and boots. 
Adorable and affordable (best of both worlds!) leather skirt with edgy gold chain detailing. At only 90 dollars and 100% lambskin this piece may be my favorite find.  


Anthropologie
Yeah, yeah I know...Anthro has a slight "granny" vibe but hear me out. They actually have some great stuff in stores right now. Their clutch game is on point and worth checking out. 


Super unique and pretty detailed clutch. It's handmade in India and the perfect addition to a dark winter wardrobe. Looks like you spent triple the 118 dollar price tag. Anthro has a HUGE selection of gorgeous clutches on the website that are simply amazing for the holiday's. 

Urban Outfitters
I love Urban and always find great stuff so I had to narrow down my top picks to these awesome tights and the perfect (super cheap!) heels.

Because what could possibly make you feel more festive than a pair of pretty sparkly tights (besides a peppermint martini)? Not a whole lot. Super cute and semi-sheer (which looks much prettier than opaque), wear em under a basic dress for an instant holiday feel. Also perfect for a chilly New Year's Eve. 

The only party heel you'll need. Super cute and currently on sale for only 39 dollars. Grab it in glittery gold or red for parties and black for year round usage. 

Sephora
No mall trip is complete without a stop at makeup heaven and they've got all KINDS of great stuff to get make anyone look a little more festive. 

Semi matte lipstick in the perfect vampy dark red. Naughtier than a classic red but still just as festive. Couple swipes and you're set for an evening of chatting, sipping and munching on treats (didn't you know holiday calories don't count, duh).

****gift spoiler alert****
I love philosophy brand because they have the yummiest scents hands down, but OMG this is on a whole different level. Smells like Christmas, fireplaces, holiday cooking and love drenched in a rich sweet butter. I'm completely hooked and best thing? The set is only twenty dollars. 

Send me YOUR fav holiday mall finds

Friday, November 2, 2012

cool cats club

A prime example of just why I love Kitson. No matter how kitschy and overly hyped the store is, I always find random things I want need. Latest wardrobe addition is this over sized graphic tee. It reads "No 9. Cool Cats Club. Nine Lives", I died and went to cat-lady heaven. The brand's name couldn't get any better...wait for it..."cool cats club." It's a "one size fits all cats" cotton tee shirt that also features cute claw mark graphics on the back shoulder. It's not available on the website yet so you'll have to physically go get it (hard life, I know.) It's my new favorite graphic tee and looks great thrown over leggings with riding boots, vintage sunnies, a leather jacket and (as you can see) Starbucks venti iced coffee in hand.

Go get it and join the club. Meeeow.
Photography: Nicholas Maggio 

bon appetit

Belts are one of the most underused accessories. Often an after thought and even then, purely for function. Like your shoes or purse, they serve a vital purpose but who chooses their shoes based on comfort or purse strictly on content potential. Necessities(shoes, bags, belts) taken and crafted in such a way that they become accessories...this is the fundamental idea behind the billion dollar women's accessories business. Belts have the potential to make basics pop and make any outfit look new and fresh.

Although I am not a fan of yellow gold, I have found an exception in the form of a belt. This super cute leather belt features gold hand-cast lettering in an original and quirky slogan. It has the classic look of the original Moschino logo belt but with a fresh, cool-girl twist. Look casual cool in high waist skinnies and an old band tee tucked into the belt or cinch your waist in any party dress for a new, luxe look. And when someone asks where you found that "faaaaabulous" belt you can smirk coyly and say with satisfaction "oh this? It's vintage" because there is zero chance of you revealing your source.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

black (cat) magic

Whether your plans tommorow involve a crazy costume lingerie party or a scary movie marathon in bed, here's a little Halloween inspo any cat lady will appreciate. Meeeow. Oh, and you're welcome.

Friday, October 26, 2012

zips so good

Oh Rag & Bone, words cannot explain the love I have for you. From the moment I first slipped into those black, zipper-accented leggings in meat packing district all those months ago, I knew. I had found...the one. My perfect skinny jean. Every wash and rinse they just fit perfectly, without deviation. A trip to the LA flagship on Melrose yesterday had me dreaming of leather paneling, the perfect denim jacket and these amazing twill moto-skinnies. Exposed zipper detailing, below knee stitching, mid-rise, and manufactured in LA, all washed in a beautiful "wine" color. *insert throbbing heart eyes followed by tears of joy emojis* Rock em through the holidays and straight into spring.