Casual Florals

Casual Florals

{ Pleione Floral Jacket, sold out but similar here c/o | Novella Royale Grey Tee | One Teaspoon Ripped Denim Shorts | Madden Girl Espadrilles, similar here | Chloe Bag | Celine Sunglasses, similar here }

I love a good casual floral look, especially when it is in the version of an easy breezy jacket, where I can easily throw it on over anything and immediately look put together.  This lightweight one is ideal for spring and summer and looked perfect when I threw it on over one of my favorite and softest v-neck grey tees and my new ripped denim shorts that I have been searching endlessly for.  How cute are these shorts by the way?  They are ripped in the perfect places and a little longer in the back!  Oh and these little espadrilles are so cute and comfy, I swear I could walk miles in them!

This week has been so busy and I thought Friday would never get here.  Tonight I am meeting up with some friends and going out for a bit, tomorrow I am going on a fun boat party (stay tuned for pics) and Sunday I am going on a nice long hike with a friend, my idea of the perfect weekend. Have a great one. See you Monday.

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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How to Wear Heels All Day Long Without Dying

How to Wear Heels All Day Long Without Dying

Heels and I have a love hate relationship and I am pretty sure I am not alone when I say this.  I love how Carrie Bradshaw prances all over NYC in her Manolos, making it look like a cakewalk to not only wear a stiletto heel, but also run around New York all day every day in them and somehow survive.  Let’s face it, this is near impossible, but I have come to realize, there are a few tricks for us gals to try so that we can wear heels all day long.

1. Bring an extra pair of heels.  Ok so this is something that I figured out the last time I was in NYC.  Not only did I bring an additional pair of heels, but I brought a pair of flats as well.  That way when my feet started to hurt from wearing the first heels (hello blisters) I took them off and put on the other ones, and my feet were none the wiser.  I also brought flats for this particular occasion, just in case, but ended up not even needing them after the switch!

2. Put vaseline on your heel.  I know this sounds gross or weird, but I swear it works.  I can’t remember where I read this but I tried it and I was so happy I did.  If you have a pair of heels that is closed in on the back (a la pump) then this trick is perfect.  Rub a teeny bit on the back of your heel before sliding your foot in.  No joke, my feet don’t rub against the back and therefore my feet are saved!

3. Quality over quantity.  I am always on board with quality over quantity.  It is better to have less pairs of shoes, but better quality than more and bad quality.  A nice pair of heels will last forever and I always feel like they offer more support and comfort than a cheaper pair of heels.

4. Chunky Heels. This one is pretty obvious but a thicker heel is more comfortable than a stiletto and can carry you through a day pretty easily.  I always feel more stable and supported when I wear a chunkier heel versus a skinny one.

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Colorful Stripes

Colorful Stripes

{ Mara Hoffman Crop Top | Mara Hoffman Wide Leg Pants, similar version here, also avail at Bardot | Stuart Weitzman Wedges, old but new version here and less expensive version here | Bare Minerals Lipstick | Celine Bag }

Colorful stripes are a total shakeup from the everyday normal stripe family.  I am seriously loving the fun hues and they actually remind me of the candy skittles!  I have also found myself re-embracing my midriff baring high school self, but in a much more tasteful “adult” way.  By pairing a pair of wide leg pants with a crop top, it balances out the sliver of my middle section that shows and also is a wee bit more forgiving if you know what I mean… I also personally think it is a more flattering look, and I will take any help I can get!  I wore my tallest wedges with these pants because they were on the longer side and love how comfy this outfit was.  Also I have to mention the pink lip!  Have you guys noticed all of my recent posts have involved a pink or orange lip?  I am a teensy bit obsessed with these hues for spring and summer and wear them whenever I can!  I especially love this one because the color glides on so smoothly and has just the right amount of color.  On another note, I cannot believe it is already Wednesday!  This week has flown by!  I have been so busy every day and night with events (more to come on these soon)  and today I am in Malibu trying out a new hair salon, which will be on the blog soon too… I am excited to spend the day running around the country mart and having some fresh color on my hair that desperately needs it!  Have a great day.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{ Top Left to Right : Blue Kenzo | Black & White | Grapfruit }

{ Middle Left to Right : Black Tassel | White | Polka Dot }

{ Bottom Left to Right : Mint | Studded | Blue Tassel }

Covet of the Week : Canteen Bags // Ok so if you follow me on instagram, you probably saw my photo that I posted this morning from last nights event where I was wearing this mint hued canteen bag (which also comes in coral and is currently 40% off through today) with my matching separates look to a Nordstrom Rack blogger dinner.  I am OBSESSED with canteen bags and think they are the cutest accessory ever.  There is something about the round shape that just makes them so special and fun and I love them all.  Obviously since this is more of a novelty item, I didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on a bag so personally this mint one was perfect for me!  I found nine super cute ones as well, in all different price ranges and I am kind of dying for the studded one too.  I am having another crazy day today!  I am taking a mini break this morning to go to the spa and get a massage at one of my favorite spots, Pelican Hill.  Then I have tons of work I have to get done, before going to a store preview event and a makeup event!  I am going to try and swing both events before collapsing into bed at some point tonight!  Have a great day! xo

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Shirt Dress

Shirt Dress

{ Sam & Lavi Shirt Dress, similar versions under $100 here & here | Tassel necklace, almost identical here | Tibi Mules, and less expensive version here | Bare Minerals Lipstick | Chloe Bag }

If I had to choose one thing to wear every single day it would be a shirt dress.  There aren’t many things that can be as versatile as this piece.  I mean it not only can be dressed up or down, but it is oh so comfortable so I can totally pig out and eat everything in site without feeling constricted.  Not only that but it is also an amazing throw on piece that looks like I actually tried to get ready, when in reality I threw on the dress and the most work I put in was to button it up.  Does it get any better?  I think not.  Ok and then to add a bit of flair, a tassel necklace, mules, and a colored lip really pull it all together.  By the way, I found an almost identical necklace and pair of mules for total deals.  Speaking of deals, I had the best Sunday ever, minus my crazy endless house hunt!  I was in search of a cute matchy matchy outfit for a work dinner I have tonight and found the best things ever including a pair of really chic overalls on sale for $30.  I mean… what?  I can’t wait to share them with you guys soon… Anyways, happy happy Monday. I hope everyone is off to a great start! xo

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Army Green

army green

{ Mcguire Jacket, similar here | Saint James L’Atelier Striped Tee, similar here and 25% off | Injiri Scarf, similar here | Belt, similar here | Citizens of Humanity White Shorts, almost identical here | Brian Atwood Sandals, old but similar here }

I love army green everything right now.  I can’t get enough of the shade and style.  I think the color is perfect to mix in with everyday wardrobe staples like a striped shirt, white shorts, and neutral sandals, and makes a simple outfit really pop.  I also love this fun scarf!  A little stripe on stripe action never hurt anyone, and it certainly fit the bill with this little ensemble.  I think it is important to have a few lightweight jackets for spring because we always have those cooler days and chilly nights where an added layer is necessary, and why not make it a majorly cute one like this lightweight utility jacket?

Happy Weekend and Coachella… I am not at the festival however I am looking forward to dinner with friends tonight, an engagement party tomorrow night, and a relaxing brunch on Sunday.

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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How to Get Your Makeup Spring Ready

How to Get Your Makeup Spring Ready

{ Must Haves : Bobbi Brown Bronzer in color 1 | Lancome Mascara | UD Eye Shadow Primer | Cover FX Mineralized Powder | YSL Touche Eclat in color 1 | Naked2 Neutral Eyeshadow Palette | Laura Mercier Lipstick in Palm Beach | Bare Minerals Lipstick in Pink Passion | UD Eye Pencil in Rockstar }

 

I have had a lot of people ask me about my makeup lately and the products that I use.  I thought that since we are in Spring and Summer mode that it is the perfect time to transition products in a subtle way.  Obviously less is always more and one of my main goals is to always look like I am not wearing a ton of makeup.  For the warmer seasons I gravitate toward a more neutral eye, dewy skin, and a pop of pink or orange on the lip.  So where to begin… I guess I will start with under eye concealer which has been my best friend for about two years now thanks to the dark circles that decided to live under my eyes! That being said I use the least amount possible so that it doesn’t look heavy and then lightly apply powder across the rest of my face with a brush.  Then I apply bronzer along my cheekbones and then lightly dust the brush across the rest of my face as well for a slightly glowing look.  I am obsessed with primers lately and they are amazing for keeping eyeshadow in place.  It also lasts forever because I only need a tiny drop for each eyelid and then the eyeshadow goes on smooth and lasts all night.  If it is a daytime look I don’t wear eyeshadow, but I will wear a colored eye liner to brighten my face and I am loving purple right now.  It seriously looks so great with any eye color and is really fun to wear.   At night I will add a neutral eyeshadow and a colored lip (pink or orange are what I am loving currently) and that is pretty much it!  Easy peezy and the best part is, it only takes about ten minutes for this makeup routine.

 

Also, as a side note, I need your guys help! I am debating on starting a video series on Modern Ensemble, and want to know what you guys think!  Do we love this idea or hate it?  If we love it, what are some things you guys would want me to chat about or questions you would want to ask?  Let me know in the comments section! Thank you! xoxo

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Embellished

Embellished

{ A.L.C Top, white version here and similar version here, also avail. at Bardot | A.L.C Pants, also similar pair for less here | J.Crew Sandals | Bare Minerals Lipstick in Punch Pop | Celine Sunglasses, similar here }

I love anything embellished.   How can someone not?  I mean I like to think of embellished pieces as basic things that were given a bit of extra love to make them really special.  I immediately loved this navy top with orange embellishments as soon as I laid eyes on it (the white version is equally as stunning).  I also cannot get enough of white pants these days.  They are so great to wear casual or dressy and make for an easy breezy effortless look.  I especially loved these ones because I could wear them with my favorite flat x-sandals and they didn’t drag on the ground!  That alone gave them an A+ in my book.  Also is anyone else as obsessed as I am with bright pops of color on lips these days?  I just can’t get enough of them!

I feel like this week has been a crazy one.  I found out I have to move out of my home to a new place in the next few months, which means tons of changes will be happening soon.  On the bright side, that means I get to decorate a new place and I obviously cannot wait for that part, but it will be bittersweet moving out of a spot that I have been in for the past three years.  Happy Wednesday. xo

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

 

{ Left Down : Pink | Black | Straw }  { Right Down : White | Straw | Red White & Blue }

This week’s covet of the week is all about the flat brimmed hat…  I have been eyeing several amazing versions of this look as of lately.  Last year was for floppy hats and this season is all about a more flat and structured hat, which is a great accessory to go with white jeans, a spring dress, or a swimsuit and coverup on vacation.  Good accessories are really the most important components of an outfit whether the added piece be a scarf, jewelry, belt, or hat.  I love to have a nice variety of colors and styles because it is such a fun accent for any look, not to mention the perfect addition for when I am having an off hair day.  I am kind of obsessed with all six of these unique and fun hats, and especially loving the pale pink one!  How cute would it be with a pastel swimsuit and big round sunglasses?  I think I may still be in an easter state of mind, or just loving spring’s pale hues in general!  Which one if your favorite?

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Rainbow

Rainbow

{ Mara Hoffman Dress, also available at Bardot | Belt, similar | Joie Sandals | Bare Minerals Lipstick in Tangerine Pop | Chloe Bag }

I love anything rainbow colored because I always seem to be in such a happy mood when I wear a brightly colored ensemble.  Something about a fun sundress screams vacation to me and I can already picture packing this sweet little dress for a warm trip somewhere.  It is one of those perfectly flowy pieces that looks equally gorgeous standing alone or with a thin belt to add a bit of shape to it.  I have been in the habit of doing a sort of figure eight wrap around technique with my belts lately to add a bit of interest from the normal hum drum tuck of the belt, which works really well with especially long belts.  Also, can you tell I have been really into orange and pink lips lately?  I cannot get enough of the fresh faced look and a little added pop of color.  By the way, I am obsessed with these sandals that are seriously my go to neutral flats for everything.  I hope you all had a great Easter and Passover weekend!  Today is a super busy work day for me and then I am hosting a ride at Soul Cycle tonight.  If you live in Newport Beach, the invite is on my instagram (@modernensemble) and I would love to see you there! It’s definitely going to be an extra cup of coffee kind of day… xoxo

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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