Sporty & Feminine

Sporty & Feminine

{ Nordstrom Blazer | Madewell Silk Tank in color Fog | LATS Brand Assymetrical Skirt, similar here, here & here, c/o | Stuart Weitzman Wedges, old but new version here | Celine Sunglasses, similar here & here | Celine Bag }

I love the mix of a sporty and feminine look for spring.  Speaking of sporty, I am probably one of the least athletic people of all time.  I like to think of myself as an athlete, but other than the occasional hike or gym day, my athleticism is quite limited.  I am not sure if anyone saw my video I posted on instagram the other day but that pretty much sums it up in a nutshell.  But I am obviously digressing here… Needless to say, I have been loving this perforated skirt.  I decided to mix this sporty styled skirt in with a softer texture, like this silk top, a casual blazer, and wedges for a nice blend of the two vibes.

Also, happy Friday!  I have so many fun plans this weekend including high tea and a bridesmaid happy hour get together with some girls.  Have a great weekend.

 

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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How to Pick the Perfect Scent for Spring

How to Pick the Perfect Scent for Spring

{ Etre Au Parfum Rose | Marc Jacobs Daisy | Marc Jacobs Dream | Chanel Mademoiselle }

Considering we are six days into Spring, I thought what better time to chat about how to pick the perfect scent for spring than now?

I always like to switch up my scents seasonally depending on the time of year.  This is mainly because the differing temperatures tend to make me feel like I need to also add a bit of change as well.

My usual go to is Chanel Mademoiselle and I tend to use that year round while mixing in a few new ones here and there.  A few things I look for around the spring and summer times of year are a light and fresh scent.  I think that the warmer the weather is the lighter the fragrance should be.  I also tend to love flowery feminine fragrances during this time of year.  I also love bubbly bright fragrances because they go hand in hand with sunshine and blue skies.  I also recently discovered the most beautiful of fragrances in a rose scent.  I love them because they can be worn alone or layered on top of one another for an even more amazing scent, perfect for springtime, just add a sundress, sandals, and sun kissed glow.

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Sun Garden

Sun Garden

{ Madewell Short Sleeve Sweater | Madewell Skirt | Fendi Wedges, similar for less here | Chan Luu Necklace, old but similar one here | Celine Sunglasses, similar here & here | Chloe Bag }

Easy breezy pieces are my favorite wardrobe staples.  For one, they are the easiest throw on when I need a quick outfit, yet still manage to look polished and put together.  This past weekend I threw this outfit on, and it is the perfect transitional look for Spring.  The short sleeve sweater/sweatshirt type top is ideal for cool mornings and warmer afternoons, and this skirt, in the sun garden green color made my heart swoon.  I am obsessed with the color because my neutral addicted self loves the idea of a color that is in a subtle shade like this one, so it is almost a neutral without actually being one.  Comfy wedges are another must and these have been on heavy rotation in my closet for a few years now.  I actually may need a new pair soon because I may have worn these ones to death because the wedge is the perfect height to walk miles in yet still have a slight elevation.  A simple necklace and light pair of sunnies and cross body bag finished off this simple look and I was set for a day where it was summer in the sun and winter in the shade.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{ Top Left to Right : Jacket | Headband | Dress }

{ Bottom Left to Right : Romper | Belt | Skirt }

Whenever I think of florals I always think back to “The Devil Wears Prada,” when Miranda is talking about spring trends and someone mentions florals as a trend and she replies “florals for spring, groundbreaking.”  Obviously florals are always going to be on point for spring but for this week’s covet of the week, I found a few unexpected pieces with floral prints that were a bit more unique than the average ensemble.  Whether it be a more masculine/athletic type piece like a bomber jacket, a headband, an interesting belt, or some sort of cutout skirt, these pieces are a little bit of a shakeup from the everyday flowery look.   I absolutely love each and every piece on here and think that by wearing flowers in a more unique way, it makes them feel a bit more fresh for the new season.

On another note, I totally forgot to mention the conference I attended over the weekend!  I went to the Create & Cultivate blogger conference in Culver City which was so much fun!  There were so many great blogger gals there and everyone was so friendly and inspiring.   I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful community of women working hard and empowering each other.  I continue to meet and be inspired by so many wonderful gals each and everyday and absolutely love what I do.  If you have the opportunity to go to this conference next year, I highly recommend it. xoxo

 

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Spring Ready

Spring Ready

{ Nha Khanh Crop Top & Skirt, similar crop top & skirt here and similar dress here, borrowed | DVF Heels, currently on sale here | Ippolita Necklace & Bracelets | Laura Mercier Lipstick in Palm Beach }

I could not be more Spring ready than I have been this past week.  Friday officially marked the first day of my favorite season.  I love how the weather begins to warm and we begin peeling away the layers of clothing to reveal pretty pastels and other fun Spring hues.  Speaking of lighter hues, I fell in love with this two piece ensemble from designer Nha Khanh.  I am obsessed with her entire collection but this particular piece really spoke to me.  I love the material and the matching crop top and skirt because it is such a feminine and flirty look, perfect for Easter, or any other Spring parties or gatherings, like a shower or luncheon.  I had plans with a girlfriend to have tea at the Montage Laguna Beach last week, so this look was the perfect fit for the occasion.   A woman actually came up to me and my girlfriend and complimented us on our outfits and said that we had restored her faith in the way women dress at a nice resort because everyone else was in flip flops and swimsuits that was wandering about.  I was so touched by that and realized that we ladies need more excuses to dress up in ladylike clothes!  Happy Monday and Happy Spring. xx

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Denim on Denim

denim on denim

{ Nordstrom Chambray Shirt, old but similar here | Mcguire Denim Pencil Skirt | DVF Heels, currently on sale here | Belt, old but similar here | Scarf, old but similar here | Celine Sunnies, similar here | Chloe Bag | Giles & Brother Cuff }

Denim on denim is such a fresh and fun look that I have been loving as of lately.  I love mixing different shades of denim together, like this light chambray top and this darker hued pencil skirt.  I have to admit, I love a good denim pencil skirt, and this style definitely took me back to high school when this look was everything and I may have had at least three skirts like this.  This one is definitely a modernized version of my 90’s ones and I loved how it fit like a glove and the front slit made walking super easy.  Also I love adding a few accessories to this monochromatic look to break it up, like a simple belt and wispy scarf.  Scarves are such a great staple to have because you can just throw one on over pretty much anything to tie a look together and have an easy look.  Also these heels are so comfy!  I got them last year and they are on major sale right now.  No joke the leather is so soft I could walk miles, and they are such a pretty soft neutral that they go with everything!  I also love my red sunnies (which I wear ALL the time) and they added a pop of color that tied in with the scarf and pulled the whole look together for an easy casual vibe.

Side note: can we discuss how it is finally Friday!!!??? SO happy.  I am exhausted and have a super busy weekend ahead.  I have a blogger conference in LA that should be tons of fun tomorrow and then a friends birthday party at Hotel Bel Air tomorrow night.  Sunday I plan on getting some much needed R&R and recharging for another busy week.  Have a great weekend. xoxo

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How To Entertain Last Minute Guests

Recently I had a few friends drop by unexpectedly.    I was a bit very frazzled by the surprise, yet was obviously happy to have friends over for a visit!  Of course it was one of those week’s where I had been out of town and had a completely bare refrigerator and cabinet and had been putting off going to the market.  I felt terrible that I had nothing in my house to offer, and told myself that I would never let this happen again.  I decided there were certain necessities I needed to have in my home at all times so that no matter when I have a visitor or two, I will always be prepared.  Here are my how to entertain last minute guests necessities…

how to entertain last minute guests

1. Always have a bottle of wine or champagne in the refrigerator.   This is an easy thing to keep on hand and a total necessity.  That way when a guest or two randomly stops by you have something to sip already in the fridge.

how to entertain last minute guests

{Image via Pinterest}

2. Have easy snacks on hand, like the makings for a cheese plate, some grapes, olives, and/or a selection of nuts.   I love a good cheese plate any day of the week and they are so easy to put together.  I usually try and keep at least one soft cheese like a triple cream and one hard cheese like manchego in my home.  When putting together a cheese plate I love playing around with the looks of it by throwing on a few grapes, nuts, and olives to add a bit of color.  I also love a bit of honey with a soft cheese so sometimes I will throw that in the mix as well.  I also love a good cracker.  I try and keep some of those rosemary raisin crisps from Trader Joes in my pantry and they are literally addicting.

how to entertain last minute guests

{Image via Pinterest}

3. Always have your home somewhat organized.  Ok so I am not going to pretend like my house is perfectly organized, but I always try to keep it somewhat put together.  Either way, I always keep it so that if someone were to stop by unannounced, I could go into tailspin mode and get everything in presentable condition in about ten minutes.  how to entertain last minute guests

{ Diptyque | Le Labo | Jo Malone }

4. Keep a few candles on hand to light and create a nice ambience.  It is amazing how lighting a few candles can really create a nice ambience in a room, not to mention a pretty scent.  I love lighting a few candles every night in general, simply because they put me in a good mood and I love how pretty the lighting is once it is dark out.

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Signature Style

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{ Ella Moss Dress | Rag & Bone Jacket, similar version here & here | Gorjana Necklace | Tibi Mules | Chloe Bag | Celine Sunnies, similar version here }

I think everyone has a signature style whether they realize it or not…  Over the years my style has evolved in many ways, but in some ways has really stayed the same.  I have always gravitated toward neutral hues for their classic and timeless feel.  In that same way I have never been a huge bold accessories fan.  I tend to stick to lots of tiny layered jewelry rather than big statement pieces.  Once in awhile I love making a grand statement, but for everyday I have my usual suspects that are my go to’s.  I also tend to gravitate toward certain patterns, ahem anything in a stripe is in my closet, and in the spring anything crochet is a style I absolutely love to wear on rotation on a regular basis.  I also love a large classic black pair of sunglasses.  I always think of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” with her classic slightly cat eye glasses and how eternally stylish they are, not to mention how they make any outfit look pulled together.  What is your signature style?  I would love to hear. xx

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

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{ Bottom Left to Right : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 }

I believe every girl needs to have a denim dress in her closet…   That being said, this week’s covet of the week is all about this little must have for spring.  My love affair with this wardrobe essential appeared rather recently when I discovered the endless ways to style it.  Casual, dressy, layered under things, or standing alone, this dress serves a multitude of purposes.  I also love how there are so many options in general when it comes to denim.  Whether it be a button down shirt dress, maxi, tied waist, jumper, or shift dress, I love and want them all.  I am also obsessed with the different shades of denim from light to dark, and even in black hues that add a bit of an edge.  I think that this just might be one of my favorite pieces for the spring season.

By the way, I went to LA market yesterday with a girlfriend and denim dresses were everywhere!  I swear I was in heaven with so many gorgeous pieces surrounding me in downtown LA.  I wanted everything obviously.  Oh and I almost melted because it was about 90 degrees, no joke, but somehow I managed to survive with my favorite iced coffee beverage from The Classic Coffee called the fashionista (how cute is the name and so appropriate for a fashion filled day)! xx

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Tassels

Tassels

{ Cooper & Ella Tassel Dress, c/o | Theory Blazer, almost identical here & here | Gorjana Lariat, similar here | Gucci Wedges, similar for less here & here | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag | Celine Sunnies, almost identical here }

A girl can never have too many LBD’s especially when they have a fun detail like tassels on them.  I love this little number because it can be casual or dressy and it is the easiest throw it on piece and look amazing instantly look.  I mean how cute are the tassels?  Kind of obsessed. I have already worn mine three times since I got it and cannot get enough of this springy dress.  I have also been obsessing over these fabric headbands that I got last week literally the the RiteAid down the street and they really do the trick when my hair is dirty and I want it to still look cute.  I have them in every neutral color and have loved playing around with them all week.  Also, if you don’t already own a nude/blush toned blazer, I think this is a must for spring and a total staple.  I have had this one for a couple of years and I throw it on 0ver anything and everything and it really makes an outfit.

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