A Lesson in Shopping Savvy

IMG_4786

Look at this dress. Now, take 10 seconds and think of where I might have bought it. If Free People comes to mind, you aren’t completely wrong. The slip under the dress is from Free People, so good job! ;) If you are like me and love Free People but can’t bear the thought of forking over $100+ dollars for a dress, you are not alone. Every time I walk into Free People, I cry a little bit. I want everything, but 95% of the time I am not willing to pay their ridiculous prices. However, I have found that you can find clothes with that same boho-chic vibe on Ebay that look like the real thing, but for a quarter of the price. I know, brilliant right? This particular dress is pretty much exactly like its Free People counterpart. Don’t believe me? Check it out here. I’m here to tell you that you can have this dress for $20 or less. This has been your amazing shopping tip of the day. You’re welcome.

IMG_4871

IMG_4805

IMG_4837

IMG_4856

IMG_4865

Dress: Ebay/ Slip: Free People/ Shoes: Report Signature, similar/ Bag: Michael Kors, no longer available, similar/ Necklace: Forever 21

Happy Thursday, and thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Ashley Capella

Don’t Sink my Battleship

IMG_4593

When was the last time you saw an outfit post on a battleship? The answer is probably never. Pretty cool though, right? In the spirit of spending the afternoon on a boat, I decided to dress accordingly with some nautical touches here and there. These denim joggers are kind of my new favorite pair of pants. They’re pretty slouchy, but throw on some gold wedges and suddenly you could totally go out in them. That being said, I wouldn’t really recommend wearing said wedges to tour a battleship. It’s totally doable, but not without its difficulties. So, if you happen to find yourself in the Long Beach, California area and feel like taking in some history and wandering around a battleship, definitely check out the USS Iowa. But probably wear flats…you can thank me later.

 

IMG_4588

IMG_4591

IMG_4592

IMG_4597

IMG_4587

IMG_4596_2

Shirt: Forever 21, similar/ Pants: Forever 21/ Bag: Kate Spade/ Wedges: Jessica Simpson/ Sunnies: Mink Pink, no longer available, similar

 

Happy Wednesday, and thanks for reading! xo

 

1 Midi Skirt, 2 Ways

IMG_4624

Welcome to the second edition of me putting on one garment and styling it two ways! The midi skirt has been on trend for the last two years now, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. I have a pencil skirt midi, but have been shopping for the perfect full midi for a while. I bought this one about a month or two ago and have been dying for summer to end so I can start wearing it. Here’s a couple of things to love about a full midi skirt:

1. It comes in at your waist and flares out, big time. This is only beneficial if you like to look like you have a tiny waist and hide anything you aren’t too crazy about below. If that’s something you aren’t going for, then this skirt may not be for you.

2. There are not too many pieces of clothing that can just make you feel like a lady….who should be going to a ball….This could just be me, but that’s how I feel in this skirt.

3. The Spin Test. You know what I mean.

My first inclination with a skirt like this is to wear it with a simple, fitted top. However, in the name of having fun, I decided to style this skirt with a quirky sweatshirt, a dash of leopard, and girly accessories.

IMG_4636

IMG_4609_2

One of my neighbors is the lucky owner of this awesome mint colored scooter. I would have one of these too if I wasn’t so afraid of all the really horrific LA drivers running over me. You only get one face, ya know? In any case, it made a great prop for this outfit…my facial expression is due to the fact that I was pretty nervous said owner would come out their back door to see me sitting on their scooter…livin’ on the edge, that’s how I roll! ;)

IMG_4633

IMG_4616

IMG_4620IMG_4631

Now I present look 2: classic, sleek, and modern. A skirt this great doesn’t always need a lot of embellishment, because it can stand on its own and be the focus of your look. I like the crop with this as it shows a little skin to contrast the fullness of the skirt.

IMG_4663

IMG_4710_2

IMG_4705

By the way, if you are anything like me and are constantly drooling over Aquazzura‘s gorgeous heels but can’t afford them, this pair from Forever 21 is a pretty great alternative. The added bonus is that they are actually pretty comfortable too. Saving about $580 AND not making your feet cry? I’m down.

IMG_4696

IMG_4715

First look: Sweatshirt: Forever 21, sold out, similar/ Blouse: H&M, similar/ Skirt: Sammy Dress/ Heels: Shoemint, old, similar/ Clutch: H&M, old, similar/ Sunnies: Mink Pink

Second look: Top: American Apparel/ Skirt: Sammy Dress/ Heels: Forever 21/ Purse: Shoe Dazzle, old, similar

Happy Thursday, and thank you for stopping by!

Photos by Bianca Bethune <3

A little Country, a little Rock n’ Roll

IMG_4522

You would think that because I grew up in Nashville, TN, I would love country music. Au contraire, at least for the majority of my life. For whatever reason, I tried to distance myself from anything that had to do with the genre of music that my hometown is so well known for. I think a part of it was that when I met people from other areas of the country, I used to feel as though they looked down on people from the South for one reason or another. Country music, at least to me, seemed to embody all the negative stereotypes you could image for anyone living in the Southern United States. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that not only have I found a sense of pride in where I come from, but I also have discovered that I might actually like some country music. One such band is the one printed on my t-shirt, Blackberry Smoke. Their music is a bit more Southern Rock than country, but hey, baby steps right? If you are interested in checking out their music, which I highly recommend, you can do so here.

IMG_4520

IMG_4544

IMG_4537

IMG_4551

IMG_4556

IMG_4563_2

Band Tee: Here/ Jeans: Forever 21/ Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger, similar/ Boots: Shoemint/ Hat: Forever 21/ Purse: Rebecca Minkoff/ Watch: Michael Kors

Happy Thursday, and as always, thanks for reading! xo

A Little Dose of Fall Fashion Inspiration

You know time of year when the leaves change, the weather gets chillier, and you get to wear sweaters, boots, and coats again? I miss that time of year. Here in Los Angeles, we are not experiencing any of these things yet. The reality here in Southern California is that September is usually the HOTTEST month of the year and we probably won’t see the leaves do any changing of color till about Christmas. However, this never stops me from getting really excited about fall. It may continue to be hot as hell here, but on the occasional day when the temps dip below 70 degrees, you had best believe this girl is busting out her fall duds. In honor of the season I love most and haven’t properly experienced in the last 6 years, here are my favorite fall trends for 2014.

PLAID

Saying that plaid is great for fall is like saying that there are always too many instagrams of #pumpkinspicelattes in the fall. Obviously. However synonymous plaid is with fall, this year it seems to be everywhere. To update your plaid, pair them with contrasting colors or mix two plaids together in one look

5b8b62bf92434b56dc2622c890fabd6a 08b18e9aa940044c9c9c2e34fe17254d 2aca3c29b692f9c294d59ccaa415a06b b9ba35f3ec6327a8de2ace78b1e0cb6b 6c648a3f41500daceef86157f55b2e22 93be36c3ef0e2d9a9787dc953cf76c87 e21aa948d56e971435fc0d58fd0c852e b4ba0eee797d146dc2f3e28bbe855e4f

Get the look:

6a70e4782f2520029ae5d2611a8402506765c071a7a3af2883a3748f9a738d4401ede256a3aa4bbabdf68d5f52ec50e1

Skirt: DailyLook/ Dress: BB Dakota/Scarf: Lord & Taylor

OVER-SIZED OUTERWEAR

To give your coat game an update, go for something on the bigger side- extra points for a drapey, deconstructed fit.

533c064cfe829cfb1048118298086d56 8b5f17a0089116106c028f7f45a3ab65 fd3fabf97149f03259861b826cf17e47 be969a4f13dc2c1eb694d31d359926da 40b9597dde1b17032796850561ebda0b efdfc2862f9438ebdf68d8c4ab86f031 1ea39a2c457a7303389b452555f5fa8e

Get the look:

30d60cc327c41e2a50f8d1de61650ed0c8418d2aebf7413373299ffdc2602752efa1e1e4edb620539ee6ae21ff68f0ad

Sheinside/Asos/Urban Outfitters

PASTELS + WHITES

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to pack up your light colored pieces. I really like pastels and whites for fall, its fresh and unexpected. If you aren’t quite ready to embrace this look head to toe, just incorporate them in small does for a contrast to darker pieces.

e9178710af2a80a45b86cdc766be72d4 Jamie Chung 8073c4aa07f1947b36b581dcf3613698 de05cb1e0034c0b0ce07b2c99c3c4b51 c3e77ebd3e379f9c574c897e491bb351 bdd04970505a096a1d1779dc1ded227e f76bdbfd1e4a8bac98a1f81be7a731df ca38672a1ab1d39e4cf1fa7bc2d2624d 00a3be8324f311b08a71fe69dfd83a55 ombre-pastel-sweater-and-boots

Get the look:

422e9470072cffb621e2f712ce0279891060e675f3de270c3a85feb1b8381ae3829766807d01b64bf8639f654e5c4b97

Daily Look/Sheinside/Lulu’s

CHUNKY KNITS

Coats aren’t the only thing getting the over-sized treatment this season. What’s not to love about a big, cozy sweater? The bigger, the better!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ee7dddb365035529a2a25f68b40d43fd e9ddd8c9a75dba3c51b648e3db317728 73f4b7a4c9a841c22b84735277a6c180 5dfe4b49f93d3b33051e016b4ef4ce0b 01485d310abdca7c1eefb9b38c74f758 a7899f234dccdd3c8e76fba6bfb4dfc2 1731dbd42354c4905e0ad5134ca539be

Get the look:

d1d8b48ea681d8a8081393cb19e6c383fe59768460a0189ec80892ae43bb1f96987c7374c44bbdf0011667b2a22b08e7

Sheinside/Free People/Oasap

FUR/SHAG

Fur and shag pieces are awesome because they come in so many different textures, colors, prints, and cuts. I love the luxe, boho vibe they can lend to anything you pair them with.

0d0e507196e935e5c6571d997e3327cf heavy-fur-coat ea15e541063958b84d639dee51252e26 3984b9b0c027b129d27606ed1a2d6214 9b0492e8c4c966556956f35bbc5108a0 7c50feb54ddd63721f20983b1853bf40 43fe78e15fc281ce79e60aa708b405a6 bc53a88fb86d98431d16b85c40097beb 23f8ba741df61a5cafd9d807051cb799 91a12bcdd87db02e3cf5b0d0027925ea

Get the look:

8d4298d6b0127bb85cde3f0d16cfbe509e03584ac8e5e73bf7450b361ce3b79d886204b524163bacfb738e7e7cc1a7cb

Urban Outfitters/BB Dakota/Forever 21

FRINGE

Its fringe. It moves. Its fun. Go small with a fringed bag or go big with a full on leather fringe skirt.

a9edff83659e2ff934003697194cab9e 2a666ef1037d1cb37aa9cd81c7f56bb8 bd29581b044da9d5f47a382ddf488dfe 8413939100dfee1c9c558b525ab9b668 7d0d754fd6b3d407209e4bec4c534fa2 0e13d1f30d1dc9c9509513c95f02b649 bbf5778ffc774b1cf55a1acd2727b1f7 db5798b35da62cf60d4c65c8437ae025 c0b8f03778c4016473b8b1fb36fa694a 44e67a831e4fff30178edec8c4df17eb

Get the look:

01d14c949342b7abea563795f65e4ab13b4ac6cab49400d12fdb55cb25889f930881d189b66038c3abb566c69d13405f

Forever 21/Swell/Urban Outfitters

These pictures are not my own, they were all found via Pinterest. If you love what you see, feel free to follow me. I have a pretty solid Pinterest addiction, so you are bound to have a constant stream of awesomeness if you do.

Thanks for reading! xo

Barn Chic

IMG_4326

IMG_4264

IMG_4069

IMG_4339

IMG_4336

I could be absolutely out of my mind, but I have the hardest time finding things to wear to weddings. I am always somehow compelled to find the perfect thing to wear for the setting. I don’t know if that’s normal or not, but I am going to assume the latter. I kind of enjoy this madness, but it does make shopping for what I want seem like I’m trying to find a needle in a haystack. I definitely hit the shopping HARD for a solid 2 months at any and every clothing store in LA, as well as every conceivable online retailer I could think of, before I stumbled on this little number. What can I say, I am either very picky or I have a very specific vision. When I found this dress, it was love at first sight, plus it fit perfectly with this gorgeous rustic, country barn wedding in Illinois. My only regret is that I found it at the end of summer and will most likely have to wait till next spring to wear it again.

IMG_4316

IMG_4364

IMG_4152

IMG_4347

IMG_4349

What’s the perfect dress without the perfect date?

IMG_4334

Dress: Little Mistress, via Asos, sold out, similar here, and here/ Clutch: House of Harlow 1960, sold out, same style in gold/ Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Thank you for reading, and have a great afternoon! xo

Chicagy

IMG_4010_2

Last week, some friends and I had the brilliant idea to swing through Chi-town for a couple days on our way to a wedding in Illinois. I have loved this city ever since my mom brought me here in high school to visit a potential college. Chicago is fantastic because you have that big city feel, but the people have a more down to earth, friendly attitude. Also, you can’t beat the stunning architecture all over the city. During our day of sightseeing and being tourists, we visited Millennium Park to see the Cloud Gate, or, as most people call it, “The Bean.” Honestly, I think the latter name is much more appropriate for this sculpture seeing as how its just a massive mirrored bean, but I guess Cloud Gate sounds more sophisticated. It’s reflective surface just begged for a photo op, so of course I couldn’t resist.

IMG_4000IMG_4007

IMG_4020

IMG_4018

IMG_4008

IMG_4024

IMG_4027

On a side note, I’m pretty obsessed with this top. Wearing sheer clothing has been a big trend in the last couple years, but it can be a hard trend to pull off. I think the key is finding something with just the right amount of sheerness without giving everyone a full on show of your underwear. If that’s what you are into, hey, I am not judging, but a little mystery is kinda cool if you ask me.

IMG_4041

IMG_3965

We also took a trip to the Willis tower. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything quite like standing on glass 103 floors above ground…the feeling is truly unreal.

IMG_3981

Shirt: Forever 21, similar/ Shorts: Forever 21/ Jacket: Forever 21, similar, on sale!/ Sandals: Report, old, similar/ Purse: Michael Kors

As a public service announcement, if you visit Chicago, let me advise you to never set your purse down for one second. I made that mistake and learned the hard way when my phone and credit card was stolen. Suffice it to say I have been in major iPhone withdrawals for the past week and can’t wait to pre-order my iPhone 6 later tonight.

Have a great afternoon, and thanks for reading! xo

Girly Girl

IMG_3901

IMG_3905

IMG_3917

IMG_3920

IMG_3912

Top: Ann Taylor LOFT, similar/ Skirt: Forever 21, similar/ Shoes: Shoedazzle, old, similar/ Bag: Michael Kors, old, similar/ Sunnies: Mink Pink/ Watch: Michael Kors

In case you haven’t noticed, fashion has been going in a very androgynous direction in the past couple of years. Over-sized fits, sneakers with everything, and sweatpants as fashion are all well and good, but sometimes I just feel like taking a break from all that and embracing my inner girly-girl. So please excuse the ultra feminine vibe of this outfit, because sometimes I just can’t help myself.

Happy Thursday, and thanks for reading! xo

 

The 2014 Emmy’s Red Carpet: Who Nailed it, and Who Missed the Mark, According to Moi

I am a complete sucker for award shows. Actually, in all honesty, I’m really a sucker for watching the red carpet arrivals of award shows and then not bothering to watch the actual show. Whoops. What can I say, I have different priorities than most? Anyway, Monday was my first day off in a week, so I relished my lazy afternoon in bed watching all these amazing looks walk down the red carpet. If you are like me, you’ve probably already read like 10 different best-and-worst-dressed-lists. (Especially since I’m publishing this a day late due to the fact that I thought this post got lost in cyberspace due to an ill-timed, accidental use of the delete key.) Well, for what its worth, here’s the best and worst of the 2014 Emmy’s, according to little ol’ me.

 

THE BEST DRESSED

Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad

e13f718e7e9642c2c33249fded91cce1

In my opinion, Mrs. McConaughey stole the show out on the carpet last night. She was my absolute favorite look. As Guiliana Rancic said about Camila Alves, “That is not normal.” No, its not. She was absolutely STUNning.

Julia Roberts in Elie Saab

d1a36cd047ad9b0f854484b653fc5388

In a sea of floor length dresses, Julia stood out in this shorter, flirtier number. And those legs….I can only hope my legs look that good when I’m in my late 40’s!

Heidi Klum in Zac Posen

18a10f80f1db223ab9efbaadd7b39f19

Heidi Klum+Zac Posen= perfection. Even though this is not a typical, super structured gown that is typical of Posen, I love its flowiness and the subtle structure in the top of the dress.

Allison Williams in Giambattista Valli

3571a5972f6ed0c9f2f35982f559e9de

Williams may be the new Peter Pan, but she looked absolutely classic and feminine last night in this gown. The bright yellow around the waist keeps it modern and fun.

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

9b2aade48bb998b4bf2fbc7032766fe7

The Masters of Sex star was the epitome of old Hollywood glam with a modern twist. The cut outs on the side with the white train were nice additions to an otherwise classic dress.

Hayden Panettiere in Octavio Carolin

a45dcaa8b53ab84bb57f5b46d7971c45

Hayden shows us that even pregnant ladies can rock a daringly low cut, glam gown on the red carpet. She also announced she will be having a daughter. Congrats!

Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland

631cd04b451835df8205c8e01ff65d0f

Not everyone is a fan of this look, but I am obsessed with bright yellow, so it is hard for me to not love this. Also, red hair with yellow is next level as far as I’m concerned. On top of everything, I really like the structure of this dress and Kate’s minimal accessories and makeup that allow the dress to speak for itself.

Gwen Stefani in Versace

d461381adda240a961e01deb8d5519db

Gwen…where do I even begin? She just always looks amazing. To the top of her perfectly platinum blonde hair to the bottom of this Swarovski crystalized dress, this look is perfection.

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

f425793951730c6575742f636ea342fa

Octavia is a girl who knows that when you find something that works for you, you stick to it. She consistently looks amazing on the red carpet because she knows she looks killer in Tadashi Shoji. Work it, girl.

January Jones in Prabal Gurung Resort

447b6180955aaedda70b567d49fc4b40

This dress is stunning, and the higher hem in front allows just enough room to show off those amazing black pumps.

Laverne Cox in Marc Bouwer

elle-03-Laverne-Cox-v-lgn

Laverne definitely made a great first impression on her first ever Emmy’s red carpet. I love this look because it is so simple, but ethereal and elegant.

Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano

84a0b8d340ba234fc6af4f1a4144c9e6

Lord knows I love a good crop top and skirt combo. This is such a fresh and fun look for the red carpet. I recently got a skirt similar to this one (though not as long) and will definitely be copying this look sometime soon.

 

Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli

2ecabe50c39b4da20b550f5fdb92fd99

News flash: Sofia Vergara showed up to an awards show looking smokin’ hot. I thought it was cute how she claimed she didn’t want boyfriend Joe Manganiello to accompany her to the Emmy’s because “he’s too hot.” Must be hard to be you, Sofia!

 

THE WORST

Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli

39764af31520fca7eb3d0185c3859e37

This was my least favorite look of the night. I actually think the skirt itself is pretty, I love the colors. However, her blouse does not seem like it fits her properly, and the skirt hits her in a really awkward part of her torso. This look does Lena no justice and is really unflattering.

Katherine Heigl in Vintage John Hayles

8a163e18d3fa77d1bcbb73039de8fe5e

Ok. So I get that this is a really beautiful vintage gown, but why not save this for a red carpet event, say, when you are over the age of 60? Don’t be an old lady before your time, Katherine!

Mindy Kaling in Kenzo

c022ca331957d85c6a7cdf521ab77fcf

I love Mindy Kaling, but I really hate this dress on her. Not only is it unflattering, but I just don’t get the two random stripes of silver on this dress.Ch

Kerry Washington in Prada

1512ba5062c111a414db8b49371e030f

Normally I am completely in love with anything that Olivia Pope…er… Kerry Washington chooses to wear. She is usually the picture of polished perfection. This Prada number left me scratching my head. The bodice doesn’t seem to fit her right, and the little mini skirt under the dress just serves to shorten her legs.

Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

7906b47f2c424e6281bb0eb6ac3142fb

Much like Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel is one actress whom I feel is usually one of my red carpet favs. Its not that I hate this pink dress so much, I just felt that the bottom was a little long maybe? It just looks a bit wrinkled and frumpy at the bottom. Also, I don’t know what is going on with her hair. Call me crazy, but I think my hair looked like this at my junior prom. Rather than looking modern, she looks a little bit too “pretty princess” here.

Christina Hendricks in Marchesa

99c24d6055a1e9e353449283a948b3a7

Christina Hendricks is like the real life Jessica Rabbit, so you would think that this mermaid style red gown on her would be a knock out. Call me crazy, but I just think this looks frumpy. Ruching is really hard to pull off when you are curvy, and this dress has a LOT of ruching.

Natasha Leonne in Custom Opening Ceremony

7764166302f872895ec95392ef661ee2

NIkki is one of my favorite characters on Orange is the New Black, but this dress was probably one of my least favorites of the night. The heavy dark navy lace felt to wintery for an August red carpet, plus that tiny mermaid skirt makes Natasha look shorter than she is.

Dascha Polanco in …?

elle-16-dascha-polanco-lgn

I honestly can’t find out where this dress is from, which makes me think that it is an off the rack prom dress, which from the looks of it would not be surprising. Besides the fact that this dress is pretty unmemorable, her boobs do not fit into the top. As in, they are falling over the sides of her dress. Not a cute look.

 

Well, that does it for my two cents on all the glam that went down at Nokia Theatre last Monday night. Hope you enjoyed my opinions. What do you think about my picks for best and worst? Let me know, I can handle it. :P

 

 

*The pictures above are not mine and were found via Pinterest and and Google.

 

Summer Wardobe MVP

IMG_3879

IMG_3893

IMG_3874

IMG_3882

IMG_3886

IMG_3891

Top: American Apparel/ Skirt: Forever 21, similar/ Jacket: Forever 21, old, similar/ Shoes: Sam Edelman, similar/ Clutch: Forever 21, old, similar/ Sunnies: Mink Pink

Turns out that this crop top from American Apparel was the best $27 I spent this summer because I can’t stop wearing it! In the past, I have worn this with more casual outfits, (see here and here) but I love how it can also feel more fancy when dressed up with the right pieces. I wore this a couple weeks ago in San Francisco on a night out on the town, and again last week at a friend’s birthday dinner in LA. If you are still hesitant to get on board with crop tops, showing just a sliver of midriff by wearing a high waisted skirt is a great way to try this look without feeling over exposed. Hate em’ or love em’, crops don’t seem to be going anywhere fast, so keep crunching ladies! ;)

Happy Friday and thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Bianca Bethune