Beachy Casual

Beachy Casual

{ Swell Tiare Dress, c/o | Joie Sandals | Rocksbox Necklace & Bracelet c/o | Celine Sunglasses, similar here }

Last week we had a few gloriously sunny days in Southern California.  Naturally this got me in the mood for those endless summer days where I can frolic on the sand in my best beachy casual look and soak up the sun.  I have started to slowly gather pieces here and there for spring and summer, and one of those key pieces on my list has been the ideal beachy casual dress.  I fell in love with this bell sleeved and crochet detailed little number as soon as I laid eyes on it.  I am obsessed with anything that has an open back, and the sleeve and hem detailing had my name written all over it.  I had a little too much fun at the beach last week but it felt great to have my toes in the sand and I even braved dipping my feet in the water (I have a tiny fear of the ocean, but that is another story).  Needless to say this dress will be on repeat for the next few months and now all I need to add to this is a warm vacation somewhere.  Any ideas?

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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Covet of the Week

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{ Top Left to Right : Two Toned Bag | Brown Fringe Bag | Mint Envelope Clutch }

{ Middle Left to Right : Pale Pink Bag | White Tote | Orange Satchel }

{ Bottom Left to Right : Knit Bucket Bag | Blue Crossbody | Tan Tote }

This week’s covet of the week is about Spring Bags! Spring is just two weeks away, which is so crazy by the way, so naturally I have been dreaming of handbags for the new season.  Some of my favorites for the warmer months are bucket bags, cross body bags, totes, and anything with fringe.  Also I am all about colorful light hues to add a fun flair to every ensemble.  With the sunniest and warmest time of year almost upon us, it seems like fun brights would be a necessity regardless.  I am already gathering my ideas and inspiration for everything spring, so get ready to see tons of upcoming posts about one of my most loved seasons.  I know I personally cannot wait to put away all of my sweaters, coats, and scarves for awhile and break out the swimsuits, sundresses, and sandals (that is a lot of s’s) but you get the idea!  Also, I cannot wait to do some spring cleaning.  I plan on going through my entire closet and getting rid of anything I haven’t worn in awhile.  This is going to be my season of organization and keeping everything in its place.  We shall see how I actually do with these goals, but I am going to get a jumpstart now, so wish me luck!

 

Also, my favorite online shopping site, SHOPBOP, is having a sale starting today through Saturday!  And because I love a good discount on regular priced items, I had to share! Use code BIGEVENT15 at checkout. xoxo

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Black on Black

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{ Marna Ro Top, c/o | Rag & Bone Legging Jeans | Alexander Wang Heels | Chanel Bag }

Last week, I visited the Marna Ro showroom in Downtown LA and perused their upcoming collection, which is going to be amazing!  I already have my eye on a few pieces.  While I was there I found this gorgeous black top, appropriately called the “true” top and knew that I had to take it home with me.  A girl can never have too many black pieces in her closet, and I love black on black ensembles more than anything.  Something about all black looks, automatically elevates an outfit to a certain level of sophistication that colorful ones don’t always have.  This is the perfect blouse to wear to work or on a date night.  I love the pretty details in the fabric and I actually wore it to a skincare event with a flouncy skirt in Beverly Hills last week as well!  I love the versatility of it, and know that I will be getting tons of wear out of this top.  Now I just have to wait for the new collection to come out and I will be in absolutely heaven…

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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Mixed Textures

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{ Topshop Sweater, similar | Banana Republic Skirt, similar | Chloe Booties | Vintage Necklace, similar | Celine Sunglasses | Marc Jacobs Bag }

I love mixed textures in an outfit.  I think that when it comes to texture, the more the merrier.  I originally threw on this outfit without even thinking twice, but once I looked in the mirror I realized I had at least four different textures going on, and I became obsessed with the idea of throwing as many into an outfit as possible.  I have worn this pleated skirt numerous times and still cannot get enough of it.  I especially loved how casual and relaxed it looked when paired with a chunky knit and embellished booties.  Oh and I also found this quilted bag in the back of my closet that I have not worn in years and was so excited to enter it back into my wardrobe rotation!  I love when that happens.

On another note, hello Friday!  I thought this week would never end.  It was one of those weeks where I was just itching for Friday to get here.  I am looking forward to a mellow night tonight, brunch with some friends tomorrow, and a lunch with a friend from LA on Sunday.  Enjoy your weekend! xx

 

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{ Photos by Taylor Cole }

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How To Re-Vamp A Room Easily

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1. PILLOWS ( Ombre | Mongolian Lamb | Color Blocks ) .  Pillows are literally the easiest thing to change the entire vibe and look of a space, so when you get tired of looking at your sofa, buy some new throw pillows and see how much of a difference they make in a space.

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2. RUGS.  Changing up a rug can completely revamp a space as well.  After looking at the same thing on the floor day after day, it gets old and boring, not to mention worn out looking.  I always think it is a good idea to switch them out every few years at the very least.

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3. CANDLES.  They are such an easy purchase and great for accessorizing on trays or books on coffee tables.  They also give off a fresh scent for a room, making it feel new and different, not to mention look gorgeous as well.

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4. COFFEE TABLE BOOKS (Dior & Gypset Style).  Going hand in hand with candles is coffee table books.  They completely change the look of the coffee table or bookshelf as well because looking at the same books day in and day out can get dull but finding fresh new ones creates an exciting new look and vibe, not to mention fun reading material and images for inspiration.

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5. ART.  This is something that I always find challenging.  Art is one of those things that is so hard to decide on especially when there are endless options.  I personally love the idea of buying large posters of images that you like and having them framed.  This is way more cost effective and makes a space fun and new in an easy way.

 

 

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Crop Top

Crop Top

{ LATS Brand Crop Top, c/o | Rag & Bone Denim | Tibi Mules | Rocksbox Jewelry | Goyard Tote }

I always said I would never wear a crop top after the 90’s trend that will haunt me forever.  Recently I fell in love with this gauzy crop top with a mesh panel on the bottom half that makes it slightly see through but not quite a fully committed belly baring shirt.  I love the boxy shape and when paired with white skinny jeans it makes for a crisp transitional look into spring.  Of course I had to pair it with my comfy mules that will be in heavy rotation from now on through the rest of the year.  Also, I recently discovered Rocksbox which is kind of an amazing find.  It is basically a site that you pay a monthly fee and borrow jewelry from (and you can keep anything you fall in love with and they will just automatically charge your card).  I just ordered my first box and all three pieces that I am wearing are from them including House of Harlow 1960, Gorjana, & Jenny Bird.  If you love jewelry like I do and want to try this site out, you can use the code modernensemblexoxo for one month free on Rocksbox.  One last thing, I am loving the tiered pony tail (especially when my hair is dirty like it was this particular day) and used to do this all of the time when I had longer hair!  I was so happy to find out that even with shorter hair, I can still make this look happen.

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Covet of the Week

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{Images via Pinterest}

This week’s covet of the week is all about the spring sweaters.  With a new season approaching  (and one of my favorites) in a rather short amount of time, I have been thinking about wispy thin sweaters quite a bit.  I love how they are almost a shirt, but have a sweater-y material, making it the perfect transitional piece from winter to spring.  As was proven by yesterday’s post, I have been really into pastel sweaters as well as every neutral possible!  A girl can never have too many sweaters (or shoes or bags, I digress), and I found the most amazing inspiration above on some of my favorite types of Spring-y sweaters.  I love the idea of wearing them with wide leg pants, skinny white denim, flouncy skirts, and denim shorts.  There are so many options for such a key staple piece that every girl needs in her closet.  I cannot wait to start building my spring wardrobe, but until then, here are some of my favorite thin sweaters (below) all of which can be worn in so many fabulous ways.

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{side note : apparently I don’t know how to count and skipped the #4!  Hope you got as good of a laugh out of that as I did}

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Pastels

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{ Finders Keepers Sweater, similar | Topshop Dress | Anthropologie Necklace | Rag & Bone Booties | Chloe Bag | Giles & Brother Cuff | Karen Walker Sunglasses }

I have been drawn to pastels in a major way lately.  Something about the light hue puts me in the best mood and makes me feel like spring is here.  Although we still have about four weeks to go until spring is technically here, I am prepping myself by wearing all things pastel in the meantime.  This outfit is such a funny story and a total mish mosh of items I have collected over the past few years.  The dress (underneath the sweater) is something I found at a Topshop trunk show in Montauk a few years ago and loved the peachy color.  Then a few weeks ago, I found this sweater on sale for 75% off (total score right?) and thought it was the perfect addition for the upcoming spring season!  I have been loving layers and I am really into added textures of a sweater thrown over a wispy dress.  It is the best way to wear lighter weight pieces when it is breezy out and it feels like I am adding so many more fun options to my wardrobe.

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{ Photos by Taylor Cole }

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In Between Seasons

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{ Vince Shift Dress, old but similar here | Trouve Topper, sold out but similar here | Stuart Weitzman Boots | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag, plain leather }

Our weather has been crazy lately.  One minute it feels like summer outside, the next it’s overcast and gloomy and feels like winter.  I think it’s pretty clear that we are in that in between seasons time of year where my body is craving spring and summer, but sometimes I need an added layer to keep warm on the chillier days.  My way of navigating how I have been dressing lately has been wearing a mix of materials.  That way no matter how the weather ends up that day, I know I will be dressed for it.  I love this lightweight shift dress that can easily stand on its own when the weather permits, but is perfect for a mixed up weather day when a heavier topper is thrown on and over the knee boots.  I also love that bucket bags are heavy in rotation for spring and summer and cannot wait to carry this little year round piece into the next season!

By the way, happy happy Friday!  I am headed to Downtown LA for a meeting this morning and then hopefully getting back to Newport before traffic hits!  I am looking forward to a mellow weekend at home and an Oscars Party with some girlfriends on Sunday.  I hope you all have a great weekend as well. xoxo

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{ Photos by Taylor Cole }

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How to Keep your Skin Looking Great in Your 30’s

How to keep your skin looking great in your 30's

{ Sun Hat }

1. Wear a hat.  Long hours in the sun can do major damage to skin, so whenever I go to the beach or on a sun filled vacation, I always wear a straw hat to protect my face from the harsh rays all day long.

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2. Wear Sunscreen EVERYDAY.  I just got on board with this because I actually hate the way sunscreen feels to apply to the skin since it is so sticky and has always made my skin shiny and clogged feeling.  I discovered Kiehl’s sunscreen which actually is amazing and the best of both worlds especially if you are not wearing makeup with it.  It offers a slight complexion correction and has a tint to it so it makes the skin look more even and like you have a bit of a glow which is always nice.

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3. Sleep on your back.  I have learned the hard way, waking up with what feels like a permanent crease across one side of my face.  Trust me, sleep on your back if you can because it will eliminate one side of your face aging faster than the other.  My dermatologist told me that the reason one side of our face generally ages faster than the other is because when we sleep for 6-8 hours straight and smash one side of our face for that many consecutive hours, it causes slight damage at first that may not even be noticeable, but over time becomes a bigger problem.

How to keep your skin looking great in your 30's

{ Eye Cream | Skin Cream }

4. In  your 20’s you can generally get away with pretty much anything and your skin will bounce back and look great even if you haven’t been using good products.  In your 30’s I swear there is a shift almost immediately and suddenly your skin needs a lot of extra love and care.  I think good products are the key to keeping skin moisturized and to have a healthy glow.  I have tried pretty much every product under the sun and my favorites are La Mer eye concentrate and Chanel’s Le Lift creme fine.  An eye cream is essential to keep the delicate eye area from drying out and always lightly pat the eye cream with your ring finger because the skin is so fragile in that area.  This Chanel skin cream is so thick and dense that very little is needed and my skin just soaks it in at night, keeping my skin soft and preventing wrinkles from setting in.  Both of these products will last about six months, and are totally worth the investment.

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{ Oxygen Facial @ Natural Illumination }

5.  Last but not least is regular facials.  I never used to get facials in my earlier 20’s but as I approached 30, I began to realize the benefits and started booking them every three months.  I go about four times a year when the season’s change to keep my skin in check.  I love oxygen facials because they give the skin a deep hydration and I leave with a glow.  I am obsessed with the feeling of having fresh skin and think these are essential to keeping the skin young and healthy.  If you live locally in Southern California, you must go to Jen @ Natural Illumination.  She is amazing and you will love the results.

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