Dressed in Plaid

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This plaid shirt dress has to be one of my favorite pieces I’ve bought this season. First of all, wearing this feels like I am going out in a really comfy nightdress. I haven’t worn a nightdress since before I was 10 years old, but this is so cozy that it reminds me of what they felt like. Secondly, this dress is pretty effortless. I just throw this on with some fun jewelry and boots and BAM, I’m ready to go. Third, its plaid and who doesn’t love some plaid in the fall? I look forward to layering this with sweaters when it finally starts to get chilly around here, but who knows when that day will come. Sorry ’bout it for all the 200 million people out there who have that nasty “polar vortex” to deal with this week!

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Dress: Forever 21, sold out, similar/ Boots: Freebird by Steven, old, similar/ Purse: Shoe dazzle, similar/ Necklace: Forever 21, similar/ Sunnies: Ray Ban/ Watch: Michael Kors

Thanks for reading! xo

Photos by Ashley Capella

All Black Everything

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Congrats everyone, you have made it to Friday! I love the weekends just as much as the next person, but lately I have been taking full advantage of them by just being lazy around the apartment. My schedule has been nothing but school, work, and more work lately, so all I want to do on my days off is stay in and order takeout. I know, glamorous, right? In the event that I do decide to get off the couch, the last thing I want is stand in my closet for 20 minutes trying to figure out what to wear. That’s where going monochromatic comes in handy. Wearing one color (or in my case, non-color) makes figuring out what to wear simple. If you want to spice this up a bit, play with different textures and proportions. There you have it, my guide to lazy day dressing. Now get out there, all you weekend warriors…or don’t.

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Top: Forever 21/ Pants: Just Fab, similar/ Shoes: H&M/ Sunnies: Ray Ban/ Purse: Just Fab, similar

Thanks for reading and may your weekend be filled with rest and good takeout! ;) xo

Photos by Ashley Capella

A Lesson in Shopping Savvy

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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! ;)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Get the look:

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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.

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Get the look:

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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.

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Get the look:

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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!

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Get the look:

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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.

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Get the look:

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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.

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Get the look:

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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

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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