Draped Details

draped details

{ Blank NYC Jacket | Silk Tank with Leather Detail, similar here | Mcguire Denim c/o and in darker wash here | Rag & Bone Booties | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag }

A few weeks ago, I received a gift for my birthday from my sister.  As I opened the box, I saw that it was a two toned jacket with beautiful draped details.  It happened to be in my favorite two colors, black and grey, and had a gorgeous texture to it.  As soon as I put it on, I knew that it would become my absolute favorite go to jacket for the fall.  It is so versatile because it can literally go with anything no matter the occasion, and I have already worn it twice even though it hasn’t even gotten cold yet (can you tell I am already addicted?).  It paired perfectly with a white silk tank and my favorite dark grey ripped skinny jeans for a casual early bite to eat and I plan on whisking this jacket away with me on my next trip to NYC in mid November.

On another note, I am so excited that the weekend is here.  Tonight I am planning on taking it easy, but grabbing a casual dinner with friends and then I have to work on some upcoming exciting projects the rest of the weekend (more on that soon) but plan on trying to sneak in a matinee of Men, Women, & Children sometime this weekend as well.  Enjoy your Friday. x

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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What to Wear for a Fall Date

What to wear for a fall date

{ Asos Cape | Turtleneck | Rag & Bone Jeans | Samuel Booties }

With fall in full swing, I thought that it would be the perfect time to bring back my what to wear on a date series for fall.  Fall is absolutely the best season of the year in my mind.  I love when there is a chill in the air and how the mornings are just crisp enough to keep warm with a cup of coffee in hand.   I have been all about fall activities the past few weeks and a few things I have been craving are apple picking at a local orchard and a cozy dinner out at a random place I have never been to.  I’m not sure if you can tell, but I have been itching for a bit of adventure lately and feel like I need to start switching things up.  So for a daytime activity date (picture apple picking, a movie date, or anything in between) a simple long sleeve with ripped jeans, a pair of flat booties, and a plaid cape is the perfect ensemble for an effortless yet well put together look for a day where anything can be expected.  I especially love the cape because it adds a bit of fun to the look and is the perfect added layer.  For a nighttime date, I always think its nice to have a slightly elevated look, while still maintaining comfort and not going overboard with a look.  I am seriously crushing on this sweatshirt dress because it is not only a comfortable piece, but because it is a dress is perfect for nighttime wear and the ruffle detail adds a bit of feminine detailing that compliments it perfectly.  Add a scarf and pair of heeled booties, and the ideal outfit is ready for a night out on the town no matter what the plan is.

REMINDER : Don’t forget Shopbop is having their Friends & Family Sale which ends TODAY so make sure and save 25% by using the code FAMILY25 at checkout. xo

What to wear for a fall date

{ Clu Sweatshirt Dress | Anthropologie Scarf | Jeffrey Campbell Booties }

 

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Polished

polished

{Joie Sweater, similar here and 25% off | Pencil Skirt, similar here and 25% off | Prada Pumps, similar here and 25% off | J.Crew Necklace, similar here and 25% off | Celine Sunglasses, similar here | Chanel Handbag | Gorjana Bangle c/o}

So considering I have been coveting pencil skirts lately, it makes sense that I have been drawn to a good polished look these days.  There is something so nice about having a well put together style.  Since the weather has finally started to cool a tad (hello fall!), I was able to pull off a thin nude sweater, which also happens to be one of my favorites because it is whisper thin, and mixed it in with a grey pencil skirt.  I added a dose of color with a statement necklace, wine colored pumps, and matching sunglasses, which all happened to go together perfectly and I really love when that happens.  I am obsessed with effortless looks like this to throw on for cooler weather days, because not only are they easy outfits, but they look extra chic for anything the day may throw my way.

There are so many exciting things happening this week and I can’t wait to share them all with you.  I am also looking forward to having dinner in LA with a friend tonight that I haven’t seen in forever.  It is shaping up to be a splendid Wednesday, and the weekend is almost here! Happy Hump Day. x

PS Don’t forget Shopbop is having their Friends & Family Sale until tomorrow so make sure and save 25% by using the code FAMILY25 at checkout if there is anything you have been eyeing.  I know I already shopped their sale and bought this adorable Glamorous fringed coat!  I am kind of dying over how cute it is and can’t wait to wear it.

 

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

 

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{Images via Pinterest}

Pencil skirts have become a fast favorite of mine this season so of course I had to make this week’s covet of the week all about this special wardrobe staple.  They are so versatile and can be worn for work with heels, casual with tennis shoes and anything in between.  One look I especially love is a pencil skirt paired with a chunky knit or a crisp button down.  The best part about this skirt is that it feels effortlessly feminine to me because it is a fitted skirt, yet the extra few inches of length make it seem so elegant and classic.  Whether they be patterned, leather, plain, with or without a slit, or sequined, I cannot get enough of this style.  I have had my eye on several but I narrowed it down to my top six, all of which happen to be on a 25% off friends and family sale here for the next three days.

As a side note, I am unfortunately spending my Tuesday at jury duty, but luckily have my laptop and plan on shopping this friends and family sale (and working too of course) while I am here.  I hope you have a great day. x

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Black & Trench

Black & Trench

{Burberry Trench and similar one here | Joie Blouse | J Brand Leather Pants | Alexander Wang Leather Pumps and suede version here | Goyard Tote | Celine Sunglasses, similar here | Hermes Bracelet | Gorjana Ring}

A few weeks ago I saw an image on pinterest where a girl was wearing all black with a trench coat and I absolutely loved the look.  I told myself that I would recreate it but in my own way with leather pants instead of jeans and a few of my favorite accessories and my most comfortable pair of pumps, and the other day I did just that.  Our weather in Southern California has started to cool slightly, but not enough to actually really delve into full force fall, however, I did wear this outfit out the other night (although I will admit the trench didn’t last very long) but I did enjoy it enough to be able to cool my heels for little longer before I can really bring this favorite piece out of my closet.  I am also obsessed with these leather pants and splurged on them a few years ago, but they have been a go to of mine every fall and winter and I have definitely gotten my wear and money out of them.

Yesterday I had the best Sunday Funday at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA where I stayed with some friends and relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the end of my weekend.  Today I am running all around LA for meetings and have a busy day ahead!  Hope you are having a great start to your week. x

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Shearling & Denim Pencil Skirts

shearling and denim pencil skirts

{Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Vest, old but similar color here | Trouve Button Down | Mcguire Denim Skirt c/o | J.Crew Braided Belt, on sale here | Rag & Bone Booties | Celine Sunglasses, similar here | Gnossem Calf Leather Purse c/o sold out, different color here | Gorjana Ring to Wrist Cuff c/o similar here | Gorjana Ring c/o | Hermes Bracelet }

It is my belief that by mid October, the weather should be in fall mode full force.  Even though the weather has literally been unbearable and in the 70’s and 80’s here in Newport Beach, I have been doing my best to break out at least some of my fall pieces every now and again.  That being said, two things I am absolutely loving for fall are anything shearling and denim pencil skirts.  I actually bought this faux shearling vest last year and it became a staple in my wardrobe rotation (new version from this season here).  I have also been loving the resurgence of denim pencil skirts, which definitely take me back to when I was in high school and these were on every girl.  It goes to show how fashion really does come full circle, and how scary that high school doesn’t seem like it was that far away, but apparently it was long enough to have a trend come back in style!  I especially love this one because of the deep blue hue and the slit detailing in the front.  I am not going to lie, I have already worn this skirt at least ten times since I received it from Mcguire.  To me, this is the ideal fall look when the weather is less than cooperative, and all I can dream about are fall pieces.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Halloween

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{Previous Year’s Halloween Costume from the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”}

Halloween is officially almost upon us and if there is one thing about this holiday that I love, it’s a good costume.   Every year I look forward to some sort of fun plan or party and getting dressed up is always the best part! This year I don’t have a set plan as of yet, but I know it will either be a party in LA, handing out candy at my home, or hopping around town in Newport with friends. I love having a variety of costumes to choose from because depending on what the plan is, dictates the type of costume that would be appropriate. I love shopping online for a good costume because I don’t have to leave my home and I can just click a few options and have them sent to me within days rather than having to deal with a pop up costume store. This year I had three totally different costumes sent to me : an orange romper/prisoner outfit that channels Piper from “Orange is the New Black,” Maleficent, from the Disney movie based on “Sleeping Beauty” with Angelina Jolie’s character being the focus, and a female superhero, wonderwoman. Obviously these costumes could not be more different which is exactly why I chose them. I am planning on being my Orange is the New Black character Piper for at least one celebratory Halloween occasion, especially since I seem to get that we look alike all of the time! What do you plan on being for Halloween?

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{My version of “Orange is the New Black“}

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{Maleficent}

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{Wonderwoman}

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Favorite Fall Makeup Essentials

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{ Deborah Lippman Mysterious Midnight Blue Nail Polish | YSL Touche Eclat #2 Concealer | Chanel in Pirate Lipstick  | T3 Hairdryer | Bobbi Brown Black Liquid Eyeliner }

Even though fall weather has not descended upon Southern California, that doesn’t mean my makeup cannot reflect the changing of the seasons!  I have a few favorite fall makeup essentials that I have been using lately and cannot get enough of certain products.  One thing is for sure, my nails are loving navy as of lately.  Something about the deep hue is so perfect and my past few mani’s have been all about this lovely color, which is a refreshing change from my usual roundup.  I always feel like my under eye area looks much worse in the fall and winter (I’m not sure why but hopefully I am not the only one?) so I have been searching for the perfect under eye concealer and finally met my match.  I am addicted in every sense of the word to YSL’s Touche Eclat in color 2 which is my lifesaver every morning.  It gives my eyes a highlighted look and no matter how tired I am I look awake with the help of this little magic wand.  I am also all about the red lip right now.  I have been way less focused on eyeshadows as of lately and loving the idea of showcasing lips instead.  It is such a bold look and I love barely there makeup on the face with a red pout and Chanel’s Pirate lipstick is everything to me.  Since I mentioned eyes along with lips, I love a liquid eyeliner now rather than my usual pencil.  It gives a richer look so it can stand alone and pairs perfectly with the red lip.  Bobbi Brown’s liquid eyeliner is the ideal for beginners like me and I find it super easy to apply in a straight line across my lid.  Last but not least is a T3 hairdryer, which may seem odd to include, however, I have literally had my other hairdryer since college (about 10 years) and it sadly recently died.  I went a couple of weeks letting my hair air dry (no joke) until realizing that I probably needed to get a new one as the temperatures cool and my hair can no longer dry in the sun in minutes.  I searched high and low and decided on the T3 which I must say is amazing.  I had the old version and let me tell you, if you don’t have a hairdryer you already love, run don’t walk to buy this one.  It is fantastic and I actually am excited to wash my hair now, which never happens.  I may have to wash it more than twice a week, now that I have an amazing new accessory.

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Covet of the Week

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{Topshop Checked Cape}

I have literally been obsessing over all things checked capes since I saw the Burberry one that everyone from Olivia Palermo to Cara Delevigne has been wearing with monogramed initials.  It is one of the chicest looking layers to add to any outfit this fall and I can’t get enough of the loose and flowy look.  Something about a fitted pair of denim or even a mini dress and over the knee boots, with a cape thrown on, just screams crisp weather apparel.  I also love that this look combines a plaid/checked pattern which happens to be another obsession of mine in addition to my love of stripes.  I seriously think half of my closet consists of plaid/checked or striped items (the first step is admitting I have a problem right?) and I can never seem to have enough.  I recently found the perfect cape, which satiates my craving for the Burberry one, but without the hefty price tag.  It is the ideal pattern and look and at just $64, is a no brainer for me!  I am sure you will be seeing a lot of this covet of the week on the blog over the next few months and I can’t wait to wear it around town.  Do we love?

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{ Topshop Checked Cape }

 

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Products of the Moment

Products of the Moment

{ Deep Cleansing Oil c/o | Velvet Skin Coat c/o | Lipstick in Petal Pink c/o | Mascara c/o }

Well today is officially my 30th birthday and I couldn’t be more excited than to start out a new decade in a spectacular way.   I feel like my 20’s were for plenty of mistakes to be had, and tons of changes moving from Santa Barbara to Brentwood to Newport Beach and having countless jobs in the jewelry industry, fashion, and interior design which all led me to where I am today.  Now that 30 is upon me, I am looking forward to what lies ahead including taking immaculate care of my skin and only using the best makeup products.  Recently I discovered a new makeup line that I have officially fallen in love with called DHC.  I have been using four of their products religiously, which are my favorite products of the moment, and I am officially hooked.  Their deep cleansing oil is now my go to makeup remover and uses antioxidant rich olive oil to moisturize the complexion while removing all traces of makeup.  It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and cleansed, the perfect way to end a night before bed.  I also love their velvet skin coat makeup primer.  I noticed results immediately and it has drastically improved the look of my skin when I am wearing it.  I always apply this before putting on any makeup now and it minimizes the look of any flaws on my skin, which perfectly preps my face for any makeup to glide on smoothly.  Mascara is my most important part of my makeup routine mainly because my eyelashes are non existent (you can see the difference in the below photos before and after) and with this mascara my lashes are much longer than with any other one I have tried.  I especially love how thin the brush is, which makes it very easy to apply and it glides on smoothly, not to mention it lasts all day and night long when I wear it without a hair out of place.   Last but definitely not least is lipstick which can make or break a made up look.  I have been addicted to colored lips as of lately, which if you follow my instagram you most likely already noticed this!  This gorgeous lip color (petal pink) is the softest shade of pink, yet still gives a bold pout.  I love how moisturizing it feels when I apply it, and I attribute that to the olive oil and skin conditioning geranium that is included in the ingredients.  This has become one of my favorite go to shades of the moment, mainly because it feels perfectly appropriate to wear day or night and I love adding a little dose of color in my everyday routine.

Also, DHC is offering a promotion of $10 off any purchase of $30 or more until 11/15, just use this promo code when shopping & at checkout it will be automatically applied to your order. xo

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