Barn Chic

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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.

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What’s the perfect dress without the perfect date?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …?

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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

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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

Back(pack) to School

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Well, summer break is almost over. I fully intend to soak up these last few weeks of carefree summer bliss as much as possible, but in the mean time, would like to point your attention to the matter of backpacks. Growing up, I dreaded going back to school every fall as much as the next kid. Some things never change.
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However, end of summer depression was quickly forgotten at the prospect of back to school shopping. A new school year is a great excuse for new clothes, and of course, a new backpack. Even if you aren’t a student, backpacks are making a big comeback due to the fact that there are so many chic options out there. I have personally always felt that your backpack says a lot about you. Up until a year ago, I was still holding on to my much beloved L.L. Bean tie-died backpack that had “Jessie” embroidered on it. As far as my 7th grade self was concerned, that backpack was the coolest one out there. Now that I’m going to have to start actually going to campus rather than my couch to take classes (the horror), I am on the hunt for a really great backpack. While I may not be happy about the start of a new semester, at least I have a little bit of semi-justifiable retail therapy to console me. :)
 
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! xo
 
 
 

The Coldest Winter

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Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took a couple days off and flew up to San Francisco for a nice getaway. I’ve been up to San Fran a couple times, but haven’t spent more than a day at a time there, so I made Nate take me all over the place. One thing I loved about San Fran: the weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bright, sunshiny, warm summer days. However, in LA, we have more of those kinds of days than we know what to do with. The weather up north is a nice change, it was overcast and chilly, which meant I got to break out some of my layering pieces that I haven’t worn in forever. Layering is key there because one minute you are cold, and the next thing you know, the sun is peeking out and it is suddenly warm. Mark Twain once said it best: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Another thing that I loved about this city was their gorgeous architecture. The Palace of Fine Arts, where these photos were taken, is one obvious example, but everywhere you look are the cutest homes and apartments. Maybe I’m just a sucker for old buildings, but I really believe they just have so much more character. If you ever have the chance to go visit San Francisco, do it. I am already trying to figure out when I can go up there next. IMG_3752

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Shirt: H&M, similar/ Sweater: Forever 21, similar/ Pants: Justfab.com/ Jacket: Piperlime, similar/ Boots: Shoemint.com/ Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, similar/ Sunnies: Ray Ban

 

Happy Friday and as always, thanks for reading! xo

 

San Francisco Bound

Sightseeing in San Francisco
In honor of my upcoming trip to San Francisco tomorrow morning, I thought I’d post a little outfit inspiration (mostly for myself) for sightseeing in the “city by the bay.” I’ve only been to San Francisco twice, and only for 1 day at a time, so I haven’t yet had the opportunity to really see the city and get the full SF experience. I can’t wait to explore, relax, and get out of LA for a couple days. Packing is kind of an issue because I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that there is a place in California that isn’t 100 degrees every day, so some nice, cool weather will absolutely be a welcome change.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! xo

Oh so boho

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Sometimes you gotta go boho, and sometimes you gotta go all-out boho. Today was the latter. I realize this is outfit is pretty hippy-dippy, but I was just having one of those flower-child kind of days. Also, what’s not to love about this kimono thing? It makes you feel like you’re walking around in public in pajamas…kinda makes me miss pajama day back in elementary school. ;)

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Top: American Apparel/ Shorts: Forever 21/ Kimono: Forever 21, similar/ Sandals: Amazon, similar/ Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, similar/ Body Chain: Ebay

 

Happy Thursday, and thanks for reading! xo

 

Photos by Allison Mertzman

 

Drop in the Bucket

I am kind of a bag lady. Just one glance inside my closet will tell you that. My purse obsession could probably rival my shoe obsession. As someone who loves trying new trends, I was surprisingly not super excited about bucket bags. Normally I gravitate toward a more structured silhouette, but I think this is the very reason that the bucket bag grew on me. My purse collection needed something less rigid and stuffy, so I broke down and bought one of these sack-like purses. If you want to give this trend a go, here are some great, affordable options that are just a “drop in the bucket.” Sorry, you know I had to do it. ;)

Target, on sale for $12.24

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Urban Outfitters, on sale for $39.99

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Just Fab, $49.99

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Shoedazzle, $49.95

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And, just for kicks, a gorgeous splurge version (a girl can dream)…

Alexander Wang, $950.00

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What do you think about bucket bags? Are they awesome or should they have stayed in the 90’s?

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a fantastic weekend! xo