Faux Fur

Faux Fur

{ BSable Faux Fur Coat, old but similar one here | Aqua Cashmere Sweater in Oatmeal on sale | Helmut Lang Pants, old but similar here | Leopard Scarf, similar here | Valentino Rockstud Pumps | Goyard Tote }

I have always had a thing for fur coats and thought that they always gave any outfit a glammed up look.  Last year, I stumbled upon this gorgeous faux fur coat and snagged it just in time for a trip to SF.  I underestimated the weather (it poured rain most of the trip) however that did not stop me from wearing my newfound coat.  Since that trip, I have taken it to NYC with me and even just worn it around town in LA and Newport Beach when I am in need of a glam boost.  Also, I have been really into mixing textures lately.  The other day I ran out for my second latte of the day (it was one of those days) and was wearing one of my coziest cashmere sweaters (which is on sale and a steal now) paired with a jewel toned pair of pants, studded heels, my tried and true leopard print scarf, and of course my faux fur staple.  It was definitely a tiring day, but I looked and felt great after wearing a few of my favorite things and an afternoon pick me up from my necessary latte.

PS It is Friday!  I am looking forward to having a mellow weekend in and actually don’t have any set plans for a change!  I really want to catch up on my sleep and maybe even burn a cozy little fire at my house (first one of the season) and have a movie night in as well.  Also don’t forget today is the last day to enter the $100 gift card GIVEAWAY for FineStationery.com!  Enter at the bottom of yesterday’s post by logging into the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of the post and commenting!  Winner will be chosen tomorrow. :) Happy Weekend. x

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Modani

modani

{All items from Modani}

Recently, the ultra modern furniture showroom, Modani contacted me and asked me to use items from their store to put together a style board for a living room.  Considering I have a love for all things home related,  I was excited for the challenge.  When it comes to design, there are typically a few things that I gravitate toward : neutral shades, comfortable pieces, and timeless looks.  I started with one main focus which was a white sectional because I have an obsession for all things white, and eventually hope to have an all white room in my house some day.  I then added in all of the other accessories which consisted of black ottomans to use in place of a coffee table, a fun metallic infused rug, a wood bookcase and mirror, a simple table lamp, and some fun pillows to liven up the sectional.  To me, this type of living room screams minimal and modern, perfect for a living room in NYC or somewhere with large glass windows overlooking a city.  Also, Modani has several furniture stores all over the country, and you can even take a virtual tour through some of them, which is such a fun feature!

 

Also as a fun side note, I have teamed up with FineStationery.com and we are doing a giveaway for $100 gift card!  Kind of a-m-a-z-i-n-g since this is perfectly in time for holiday cards and party invitations!  I know I personally have been searching furiously for the perfect card to send to friends and family and I am loving everything that FineStationery.com has.  Entering is simple, just  click in the box below and comment on your favorite part of the holidays!  Good luck winning, winner will be announced on Saturday!  xoxo

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Sweater Weather

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{ Fevrie Sweater, on sale now c/o | Merritt Charles Top, similar here | Vince Jeans, similar and a steal here | J.Crew Belt | Everlane Loafers | Nordstrom Scarf | Chanel Bag }

This past weekend I had so many things going on, including a friend’s 30th birthday celebration, that by Sunday, I was absolutely exhausted.  I wanted nothing more than to curl up on the sofa and watch my favorite shows, and wander in and out of bed which I barely left all day.  Needless to say, I pretty much lived in this sweater all weekend (which is on sale now) and it was so cozy and comfy that I didn’t want to take it off.  It is the perfect addition for the sweater weather we have been experiencing in Southern California.  I also have been going gaga for loafers and finally found the perfect pair.  They happen to be available in my go to shade of burgundy for fall (as well as two other amazing shades) and I have been wearing them everyday since getting them in the mail.  I decided to pair my two new favorite items, my cozy sweater and loafers together for a casual day about town last week and all that was missing was a caffeine kick from coffee.

 

Also, Fevrie is offering Modern Ensemble readers a generous discount code until 12/31/14, perfectly in time for the holidays!  Simply enter MODERNENSEMBLE (all caps) at checkout. xo

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{Images Via Pinterest}

Culottes are one of those clothing pieces I didn’t necessarily jump on board with immediately.  I couldn’t quite grasp the loose mid length fit as something I would ever actually wear, that is until recently.  I found a few pairs while perusing online a few weeks ago that piqued my interest and the rest is history.  I am now obsessed with everything about them and think they are the missing puzzle piece in my year round wardrobe staple items.  I think it is great that they can be worn during any season with the simple swap of a top and a shoe.  This week’s covet of the week is all about this middle length short/pant piece.  I absolutely love the way they look with a cozy knit sweater or blazer, strappy heels or boots, and clutch or small handbag.  To me they scream polished workwear and look very high fashion.  I picked a few of my favorite covetable culottes below and am debating on whether to be bold with a colorful pair, or muted with one of the neutral ones.  Decisions, decisions…

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{ Black | Tan | Pale Blue | White | Burgundy }

 

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Leopard

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{Michael Kors Leopard Sweater Dress c/o | Michael Kors Flat Boots, on major sale! c/o | Michael Kors Crossbody Bag c/o}

Leopard print is one of those patterns that will always remain a classic wardrobe staple.  A girl can never have too much of this fun print, whether it be on a pair of shoes, a scarf, or a dress.  I immediately fell hard and fast for this black and white snow leopard number and knew this sweater dress was going home with me.  It is the softest material and I love that the sleeves are long so I can wear it standing alone, or throw on a jacket if it gets chilly.  I have been obsessing over crossbody bags lately as well, and prefer to carry a small bag during the day rather than a large tote, especially if I don’t need a big bag, and this one has been a go to of mine as of lately.  I love how polished it looks and it is the ideal size to fit all of my daily essentials.  I finished off the look by throwing on a pair of the comfiest flat black boots which are the perfect addition to carry me well into the holidays and winter time.  Now all I need to do is add a cup of hot cocoa and some holiday tunes.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Sweatshirt Dress

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{April May Sweatshirt Dress, old but similar here & here | Bloomingdales Fur Vest, old but similar here | Michael Kors Booties, old but similar here & here | Gnossem Handbag c/o, sold out but same bag different color here | Gorjana Hand Chain c/o, sold out but similar here}

This week has been a crazy one. I feel like it started off super busy, and I was already trying to catch up with work and meetings by Tuesday. I could not be happier for the weekend to be here. Today I am going to be in LA all day having brunch at one of my favorite spots, Bottega Louie, and then going on another small adventure in Downtown LA. Tonight I am spending a quiet night in making an ombre cake with a few friends for a girlfriends birthday which is appropriately themed “Dia De Los Muertas” fittingly named for the death of her 20’s and the party is tomorrow night (photos to come next week). I am going to try and make a floral crown at some point for the festivities, but right now that is still tbd. That being said, I will mention my outfit for a brief minute because it is one of my favorite pieces! I love a good sweatshirt dress because it makes an easy effortless outfit and loved the embellished beaded collar on this one that I got last year when I was in Paris. It was such a great find and I still wear it all of the time. I wanted to switch up the look a bit from other times that I wore it so I threw on a fur vest and flat booties to give it a bit of an edge. Have a great weekend. x

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Covet of the Week

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{Images via Pinterest}

I have had this obsession with mules for awhile now, hence this week’s covet of the week, and I am determined to find the perfect pair this year!  Last year, I tried a few failed attempts at getting the perfect pair and unfortunately both pairs that I ordered were too wide for my skinny weird foot!  Obviously this has made me want a pair even more so I have been searching like crazy for a pair that won’t be humongous on my boney feet.  I think one of my favorite things about this style of heel is the fact that it can be worn with anything and is so stylish looking regardless of if they are paired with overalls, a dress, or ripped jean shorts.  I seriously cannot get enough of the way they look when styled well and found a pair of closed and open toed mules that are absolutely perfect, as well as a total steal pair (on sale for under $50) and can’t decide which ones I need to get!  Which pair is your favorite? x

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{ Tibi Closed Toe Mule | Tibi Open Toe Mule | Sole Society Mule }

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Backless

backless

{Merritt Charles Blouse c/o | Joie Pants, old but similar ones here & here | Gorjana Lariat | L.K Bennett Pumps | Chanel Lipstick in Pirate | Celine Trio}

Fashion is a total balancing act.  If I wear a short skirt I like to balance out the top with something like a chunky knit or more covered up blouse and in the same way if I wear a loose fitting pant, I like to pair them with something more feminine like a backless blouse.  I have had these pants for a little while now and wore them multiple times last fall and winter because they are so fun and have a bit of a glamorous touch to them.  I am also in loveeeee with this backless silk blouse.  It is so perfect to wear with anything really and I already wore it out two weeks ago with a pair of flare jeans and another night with my pleated skirt which I am equally obsessed with as well.  This top is effortlessly sexy and I especially like it with the red lip (it is all about Chanel in pirate).  Now all I need is for the weather to cool a bit again so that it feels like the holiday season is actually upon us.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Holiday Cards

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{ Top Left Down : Cheers | Wonderful Time | Hanukkah Party } { Top Right Down : Jolly | Warmest Winter Wishes | Gold Dots }

My favorite time of year is by far the holidays.  The weather has a chill in the air, peppermint mochas and gingerbread latte’s are a drink of choice, and holiday parties are happening everywhere.  To me, there really isn’t any better time of year, and I always look forward to November and December for these very reasons.  Last year, I unfortunately didn’t get my act together in time to get holiday cards out, so this year I am starting now and determined to have them all ordered and ready for delivery by December 1.  This may sound ambitious, but I hate waiting until the last minute like I did last year (which obviously was a major fail), and know I will be so happy and relieved once they are all done.  Recently I discovered FineStationery.com and they have everything from holiday photo and greeting cards, party and wedding invitations, birth announcements, and everyday stationery.  I happen to be obsessed with stationery (call me old fashioned) but I love sending notes via snail mail to my friends and family because I think there is still something so special about receiving a tangible item in the mail.  FineStationery.com also has a lot of my favorite stationery designers like Real Simple, Vera Wang, & Kate Spade.  I am currently debating on what look and style I want for my holiday cards and picked my top 6 styles (above) for holiday cards and party invitations and plan on personalizing mine to make them extra unique.  Now all I need to do is find a cute photo I want to use on the cards, and make sure my addresses are up to date and I am set for the holidays.

 

Also, FineStationery.com has generously offered a 10% discount to all Modern Ensemble readers through 12/15, just in time for the holidays!  Use promo code ENSEMBLE10 at checkout and happy holiday shopping! xo

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Embellished

Embellished

{Vince Sweater | Diane Von Furstenberg Leather Shorts, old but similar here and on sale | Vince Scarf, old but similar here | Zara Camel Coat, similar here | DKNY Black Tights, on sale | Chloe Susanna Booties | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag, smaller version here | Portolano Grey Texting Gloves }

Normally I only take photos during the day, but one day while we were in Chicago (it was actually Halloween) it happened to snow then rain which caused a slight problem for taking photos!  We went to dinner at Chicago Cut and after we finished up, the rain had subsided for a few minutes (notice the wet floor) so we decided to sneak a few photos outside in a pretty tree lined area by the water.  I am not going to lie, it was a bit chilly, but I was determined to wear my leather shorts and sweater out for a spin in the windy city, and thankfully my tights helped keep my legs warm.  I am also in love with my embellished black suede booties, which I have been wearing nonstop.  They are the perfect everyday day or night bootie and I cannot get enough of these beauties.  Also, the gloves that I am addicted to didn’t leave my hands anytime I was outside and luckily they matched with all of the clothes I brought.

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{Photography : Mamba}

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