Camel Coat

camel coat

{ Zara Coat, similar here | LuluSimon Studio Sweatshirt c/o | Asos Leather Skirt | Chloe Suzanna Booties }

My search for the perfect camel coat started a little over a year ago.  I had seen an image in a magazine of a MaxMara camel colored coat that was absolutely perfect in every way, except for one small detail, the price was outrageous.  Living in Southern California warrants having a couple of coats but definitely isn’t worth making a huge splurge on something that will only be worn a handful of times during the year.  So began my endless search, until recently when I found this coat at Zara!  It is almost identical to the one I fell in love with and the price was right, so I snagged it up immediately (almost identical one here).  Last week I finally broke my coat out of the closet, and while it wasn’t cold enough to actually wear it with pants and a scarf, I threw it on over one of my favorite sweatshirts, with a leather skirt and flat booties, and was happy as could be.

As a side note, I have been wearing this coat everyday this week while in Chicago and absolutely love it.  Also, Happy Halloween!!  Tonight I am excited to hang out with a girlfriend in Chicago that I haven’t seen in forever!  I actually met her at my very first job at a magazine when I moved to LA from Santa Barbara.  It will be so nice to catch up over drinks.  I am heading to Ohio tomorrow morning to visit my grandma out there for the night and by the time I am back in California on Sunday, I will have had my cold weather coat fix for awhile. Have a great weekend. xx

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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DIY Herb Garden

DIY Herb Garden

{ Trough | Garden Labels | Garden Tool Set }

I have been itching to create my own DIY herb garden for a few months now and still have not gotten around to it.  I decided that I needed to create a bit of motivation for myself and put together a post with all of the essentials so that I get my act together and actually make my little garden happen.  Since I rent the house I am in currently, I want to make sure that my herb garden can be mobile and go with me wherever I move to, so a trough is necessary.  I am super picky with how things look and I love this square one that looks like it is made from concrete and is super contemporary.  I have a few herbs that I want to include in my selection so labels are a necessity.  Since I love the color black, these interchangeable garden labels are a must for labeling each herb properly.  In addition to labels, garden tools are necessary, which I of course do not have, and I fell in love with this cute tool set (which of course makes the tools a must right?), in case additional gardening is necessary.  My favorite herbs that need to be included in the garden are mint, cilantro, rosemary, sage, and parsley.  Now I just need to wave my magic wand and make this garden happen, as well as a delicious meal using my home grown herbs.

 

Also make sure to check out my post for Loehmanns which is now live on How To Wear All Grey Like An It Girl.  Link is below. xo

http://www.loehmanns.com/category/13234/1/how-to-wear-all-grey-like-an-it-girl.html

 

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Pleats

pleats

{ Vince Sweater, on sale | Banana Republic Skirt | Rag & Bone Booties | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Celine Trio | Gorjana Ring to Wrist Cuff, similar | Hermes Bracelet }

I have a serious love for pleats.  Clothing that has this detail seems so elegant and classic to me.  It reminds me of something Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn would wear and look immaculate in.  I have been searching high and low for the perfect pleated skirt this season and finally found my ideal one.  It is just the right length, a lightweight material, and the fit is amazing (I am wearing a size 4 for reference).  The day I got this skirt, I threw on a lightweight sweater (which is on sale now) and pair of booties, and ran out the door feeling fabulous.  Today I am flying to Chicago with my husband for a few days to explore the city and hang out with friends.  I am excited to have some chilly weather and actually wear a few of my cold weather pieces.  If you have any suggestions of places I need to see or eat at please let me know! I am definitely going to be wearing this skirt in the windy city with a pair of tights and wander the city streets twirling around in my little pleated number.

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{Photography : Maurice Sampson}

 

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{Images via Pinterest}

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This week’s covet of the week is all about sequins.  When I was 22 the show “Gossip Girl” started, and it became my favorite show until it sadly ended a couple of years ago.  Since then, I have had an addiction to sequin inspired looks because of my favorite character from the show, Serena Van Der Woodsen.  I love a little glamour on an everyday basis, and I am a firm believer that sequins can be worn for anything, and are the absolute best way to add a little flair to an outfit.  I have countless blouses, skirts, and jackets that all incorporate this fun glimmering vibe.  I also think this time of year warrants sequins for numerous occasions like holiday parties and the obvious New Years Eve party look so I like to stock up early on. I picked a few of my favorite sequin options above, all of which I have had my eye on as of lately.  Tonight I am actually going to a Leighten Meester concert in LA with one of my girlfriends, so naturally I feel like I need to channel my inner Serena for the occasion.  I can’t wait for the concert and will definitely be wearing something sequin inspired and posting the look on my instagram, so make sure to check out what I wear tonight (@modernensemble).

Also, I recently did a post for Loehmanns called “Fringing for Fall,” and you can see all of the photos and read the rest of the post at the link below. xo

http://www.loehmanns.com/category/13231/1/fringing-for-fall.html?/utm_source=jenw&utm_medium=articlelink&utm_campaign=stylevault

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Navy

Navy

{Alice & Olivia Dress | Glamorous Faux Fur Coat | Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee Boots | Celine Sunglasses, similar | Elizabeth & James Bucket Bag | Gorjana Rings | Hermes Cuff }

The color navy has caught my eye in a big way this season.  I love the boldness of navy pieces, but feel like the color is still subtle enough to be considered a neutral.  A few weeks ago I found the most amazing navy v neck tunic dress and knew I had to have it.  I can never have enough dresses in my life, especially versatile ones that can pretty much be worn for anything.  This shift dress is perfect for date night, a girls night out on the town, or a party when paired with the right heels and accessories.  I wore this dress a couple of weeks ago to dinner and ended up having a surprise party for my birthday that night (that I obviously had no idea about) and felt like I couldn’t have been dressed more appropriately.  I loved switching up the look recently with a pair of over the knee boots, which are an absolute favorite of mine for fall, and a fun faux fur coat.

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{Photography : Maurice Sampson}

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Fur & Studs

fur & studs

{ MICHAEL Michael Kors Faux Fur Hooded Sweater c/o | MICHAEL Michael Kors Studded Booties c/o }

I have been craving a snowy trip like crazy the past few days.  Something about a chilly mountain town where I can sit with a cup of hot cocoa and watch snow fall outside, seems so magical to me and is always one of my most loved memories from the fall and winter time.  Unfortunately for me, I will have to wait until at least a few more weeks before I can transport myself to a snow covered mountain.  Until then, I have my favorite faux fur hooded sweater to keep me cozy and all I have to do is close my eyes and pretend like there is snow on the ground.  This season I have been craving all things with fur and studs.  I am loving all faux fur sweaters like this one that I am addicted to, as well as furry coats.  Booties with studs are also a new love because they are so chic and edgy, but have a cool girl vibe to them as well, and I feel like I can do anything when wearing the right pair of shoes.  As Nancy Sinatra put it so perfectly, “these boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do…” and let me tell you, that is exactly what I intend to do in these studded beauties all fall and winter long.

PS Don’t forget The World of Michael Kors event at Macy’s is going on through this Sunday, so make sure and snag up any of your favorite items by then! xo

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Skin

skin

{Stemology Cell Reboot Mask c/o | Stemology Brightening Serum c/o }

I have officially been 30 for 16 days and must say that I feel pretty great so far.  Nothing has really changed other than the decade I am in, however I have become extremely conscious of my skin care as of lately.  I read somewhere that skin begins to lose elasticity and firmness after age 25 and considering I am 5 years past that mark, I intend to try and keep my skin looking as fabulous as possible for as long as I can.  That may seem crazy, but I have a little addiction to anti aging products (trust me my cabinet is full of them) and my newest line of products I am loving is from Stemology.  I have been using the cell reboot ageless mask two times a week for the past month now and have to say I am loving the results.  At first when I went to apply it, I was a bit startled by the color (its a reddish orange) but once I applied it on my skin, it smelled like fresh pumpkin and I immediately loved it.  It is the craziest thing, but I can feel it tingling and tightening as it dries on my skin.  After just 15 minutes I wash it off and my skin feels so soft and smooth.  After the mask, I apply one pump of the brightening serum and smooth it onto my skin.  I had no idea how valuable serums were until reading up on them.  They are basically a more highly concentrated version of a cream and seep into your skin immediately upon application to give the most optimal results.  Once the serum is on, I usually try to avoid applying makeup for a few hours so that I feel like I am getting the maximum amount of results and I am not joking, my skin has a fantastic glow about it.  These two products are definitely going to be on my skincare regimen list for a very long time.

Also, as an added bonus, all Modern Ensemble readers get 25% off any products using the code MM25 at checkout. The code expires 11/1, so make sure and snag up any skin essentials before then! xoxo

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Winter White

winter white

{ MICHAEL Michael Kors Coat c/o | MICHAEL Michael Kors Skirt c/o | MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties c/o }

One thing I always look forward to are winter whites.  Something about the lighter shade seems to go perfectly with a chilly temperature.  As most of you already know, I have a major addiction to neutrals.  I would say almost all of my fall/winter clothes are a shade of black, white, navy, cream, or grey (at least I am admitting it right?).  One of my all-time favorite looks is an all black ensemble with a pop of white.  It is such a classic and timeless look.  Naturally, when I found this flouncy black skirt with zipper detailing and these embellished heeled booties, I knew they would look amazing when paired with this ivory coat.  As I mentioned Monday, I am partnered up with Macy’s for “The World of Michael Kors” week that is going on until Sunday 10/26.  If you haven’t already checked out the MICHAEL Michael Kors collection, I highly suggest it.  There are so many great pieces for the season, and luckily I snagged up three great essentials.  These are pieces that I know will be on heavy rotation in my closet throughout the entire fall/winter season.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

 

 

 

 

 

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Covet of the Week

covet of the week

{Images via Pinterest}

This week’s covet of the week is all about one of the simplest accessories, the scarf!  Is it just me or does it feel like the scarf is having a major resurgence this season?  I know they have always been “in” but lately I have been seriously coveting all infinity, plaid, and animal print versions of this closet staple.  It seems like they have been popping up everywhere and I have been getting so inspired to incorporate the look in as many outfits as possible.  I especially love when a scarf is extra long and super cozy for cold evenings.  It is one of the easiest accessories to throw on when running out the door to complete an outfit as well.  I never get on a flight without a scarf because it doubles as the best blanket and I am always freezing when I am on an airplane for longer than an hour!  I am already picturing mixing and matching different patterns and textures together to create fun layered looks as the weather continues to cool.  I picked my three current obsessions below.  Which one is your favorite?

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{ Infinity | Plaid | Animal }

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Preppy

Preppy

{ MICHAEL Michael Kors Faux Leather Sleeve Cardigan c/o | MICHAEL Michael Kors Ankle Length Pants c/o }

When I was younger, I went to a private school and had to wear a uniform that consisted of a polo shirt and pleated skirt as well as some sort of an awkward cut pant.  The idea of wearing the same thing daily seemed daunting to me, but it was a requirement of the school and I ended up loving the idea of the preppy look.  Fast forward to now and I couldn’t be happier that the preppy/menswear inspired trend is in right now and I am loving the polished looks I have been finding.  I am very excited to be partnering with Macy’s for “The World of Michael Kors” week going on through 10/26, because I absolutely love the entire collection, but of course have my favorite pieces as well.  Two of my most loved items right now are button down sweaters (I like to refer to them as grandpa sweaters) and ankle length pants that hit just the right spot on the ankle to make an ultra flattering look when paired with heels.    My favorite part about this button down sweater is in the details.  I love the navy coloring (my color of choice for fall) and the chocolate brown faux leather panels on the sleeves are perfection.  The black ankle length pants fit like a glove and I am already planning to re-wear them with sneakers and a long coat as well.

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{ Photography : Mamba }

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