$160 – toast.co.uk
$320 – allsaints.com
$290 – nelly.com
$47 – modekungen.se
Please accept my apologies for my hiatus the past few weeks. Busy weeks fed into busier weekends and before I knew it September had come and gone (and then half of October!).
While I was away from blog land, I decided to go even shorter with my hair. I can’t get enough of this messy long bob look. With celebs like Jennifer Lawrence and Heidi Klum also going for the chop this year, I can’t help but think I started a trend. Ok, I might be reaching, but it’s a fun thought. This cut makes me feel confident, in vogue and refreshed—I’ll be keeping it around for a while.
To debut my shorter ‘do, I chose a long flowing skirt to create a stylish juxtaposition. I kept the look simple by pairing the skirt with a vintage cami and sky-high platforms, and added a textured skinny belt to break it up a bit. The result? Effortless chic for day or night.
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It’s official: the crop top is back. And this time it’s not just for tees and tanks. Chic, polished crops are gracing the pages of fashion mags and have won over the front-row fashion crowd. This time it’s all about crops with high-waisted pencil skirts or wide-leg pants. A classic silhouette on the bottom tones down the bold top and reveals just a hint of skin.
As with any big trend, getting the look right is about balance. When trying something more daring, keep the rest of the look simple. Mixing trends on trends on trends rarely works out to your advantage, and it pays to find the right pieces.
When I came across this faux-leather crop at a boutique in my neighborhood, I knew it was the one that would lead my journey into the intimidating bare-midriff territory. While it took a while to find the right skirt to pair it with, this color-blocked black and white pencil style eventually made its way into my life (via a Zara blowout sale – go now!) and the final outcome makes it clear that it was worth the wait.
What do you think of my cropped look? Are you willing to give it a try?
Top: Olivaceous. Skirt: Zara. Sunglasses: Gucci. Bag: Zara. Shoes: Alexander Wang.
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An early evening outing to the Griffith Observatory followed by dinner in Los Feliz called for a multitasking outfit that was both comfortable and cute. My solution? An oversized Zara jacket (which I lovingly refer to as my lab coat), wet-look leggings and flats with a splash of leopard print.
During the nearly mile-long hike from the car to the building, I was thoroughly grateful for my choice of footwear. Remember, sometimes practical is the most chic.
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Thanks to Mr. Marc Jacobs and his game-changing Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show (yes those are escalators in the background…in a tent), fashion has set its sights on the mod movement and ’60s inspiration. Graphic lines, bold color contrasts and sleek structures are lining the racks and popping up in my inbox as summer gets closer and closer.
Photo credit: Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com on style.com
As with any runway trend, personal interpretation is key. Take the most important elements of the look and find something that works with your style. My choice? This black and white Zara top. The strong contrast and slightly flared silhouette are just the right amount of mod for me. Coupled with black skinnies and ankle-strap wedges, I’m able to take the tone of the trend and translate it into my own look.
Top: Zara. Pants: rag & bone. Sunglasses: Gucci. Necklace: Topshop. Shoes: Zara.
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Saturday nights are made for showing off your style. This past weekend’s dinner-and-drinks plans presented the opportunity to slip on a little black dress and sweep on a smokey eye. The drop-waist dress is part of the design/blogger collaboration Elin Kling for Marciano (can you tell I have a thing for collabs?), and I already can’t wait to wear it again. The V-shaped neck and back plus the flirty flounce skirt make me feel feminine and a little sexy, and petite chevron detail adds a demure touch of texture. To show off the back, I decided to take a cue from girl of the moment, Jennifer Lawrence, and try out the back necklace.
Since I actually had time to spend on makeup, I went for a tried-and-true smokey eye coupled with soft pink lips (always choose one feature to play up and keep the rest toned down). A smudge of silver in the corner of my eyes really makes them pop.
What’s your go-to look for Saturday night?
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When I first spotted this tweed coat in the corner of my beloved Zara, I was instantly drawn to it. However, with my hands already full with my other findings, I was faced with a decision, and somehow I managed to walk away from it.
Immediately after I got home, the coat started to haunt me – non-buyers remorse kicked in. Throughout the week I kept thinking about it – obsession kicked in. That’s when I knew I had to go back for it, and I’m so glad that I did. The always-classic tweed, the epaulettes, the gold buttons, the length…I love it all.
Mixed textures and a deep crimson color are the focus of this polished-casual look. By styling it with a simple black tank, I was able to play with the bottom half and wear faux-leather leggings topped off with over-the-knee real-leather boots. I know it’s a lot of leather, but I’m a fan of contrasting aesthetics (in this case, biker babe meets Coco Chanel) to create a look that’s uniquely “me.”
So let this be a fashion lesson to all of you: if you love something, walk away from it. If you’re still thinking about it a week later, you owe it to yourself and to stylish people everywhere to make it yours.
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As the unofficial uniform of NYC, all black is a common sight on the streets. How to stand out amongst the sea of darkness, you ask? It’s all about mixed fabrications, posh accessories and a jolt of contrast color. When you get the details right, the head-to-toe look goes from basic and boring to undeniably chic. I actually wore this on the red-eye flight from LA (gloves and beanie were stashed in my purse) and walked around New York all morning in it before we could get into our hotel. Now that’s Black Magic.
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Is it just me, or is everything at Zara #totesamaze right now? The last few times I’ve been in there, I find myself wishing they had shopping carts because my arms are hurting from carrying around all my fab finds. I’ve always been a fan of the European-born chain, but I’d maybe buy one or two things a season. This season is on another level.
For their Fall/Winter 2012 Collection, they have definitely stepped up their game in the design and production departments. There are so many things I want that I could easily spend an entire paycheck there in one afternoon. Their quality has also improved quite a bit, and while that has slightly driven up some of the price points, the product is so appealing that I don’t mind. It still gives you designer-worthy looks at a fraction of the price. So I say go ahead…indulge.
Some of my need-to-own favorites (you’ll notice there are many):
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On a final summer escape to beautiful Dana Point, I embraced the official transition into fall by mixing light neutral tones with rich navy. By pairing a burnout tank with a lightweight blazer and satin jogger shorts, I’m able to bridge the gap between the seasons while still looking resort-ready. Open-toe booties are also a secret weapon for the not-quite-fall weather. They look more covered-up but still keep you cool and show off the pedi you’re maintaining. The trick is to be comfortable (after all, it is vacay) but look put together. How did I do? Let me know in the comments!