Puffer Vest

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Monday morning is not an excuse to forget your style!

 

IMG_0583This time of year in Los Angeles, the weather works like this: it’s freeeezing in the morning and then hot as hell in the afternoon. So the question becomes, “What should I wear today? A parka or flip-flops?”

IMG_0604Right now (at 8am) it’s about 50 degrees outside, but it’s supposed to be in the 80’s by the afternoon. While I run out to meet a friend for an early-morning coffee date, I’m dressed for cool weather. I’ll probably have to change my outfit later today, but for now I’m enjoying my boots, puffer vest, and scarf.

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Black Friday success story: alligator embossed Vince Camuto boots. So in love!

Think I talk about the weather too much? Welcome to LA, where we have three favorite topics: Miley’s antics, 405 traffic, and (obviously) our weather!

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A Broke Girl’s Slipper

Before I begin, here’s a little disclaimer: while I did do this DIY project myself, I got the idea from another blog*.

So here’s the thing: I want smoking slippers. I’ve wanted ‘em since I saw a great pair with wishbones on them in InStyle’s June issue. The price tag on those? Something like $900. Not cool, just not cool.

Since then, it seems like every top designer has come out with a pair. Charlotte Olympia has her iconic smoking slippers with the kitty-cat faces on them, and Rebecca Minkoff has her famous “zodiac” version. I love them all! But can I afford any of them? No, no I can’t.

So what’s a broke girl to do? This, obviously:

Step #1: I bought a couple cheap pairs of plain smoking slippers from JC Penny for about $19 each.

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Step #2: I found some unique, hand-made iron-on appliques online for like $2 each (check sizes, the ones I bought were between 2 and 4 inches in each direction)

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Step #3: I ironed the appliques onto the smoking slippers.

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Boom! I all-of-a-sudden I had two pairs of my own designer smoking slippers without breaking the bank. It was that easy.

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*Check out the original blog post here.

Leather Weather

Anybody who knows me, knows that my favorite part about Fall is that I’m finally allowed to wear my favorite material: Leather!

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Scarf – Pashmina, Scarf – Fate, Knit Sweater – H&M, Jeans – BeBe, Bag – Emperia (Nordstrom), Boots – Bought in Israel

When I’m shopping, I just naturally gravitate toward all things leather. I’m borderline obsessed. I love how versatile it is! (see my guide to leather leggings) Whether you’re rocking a motorcycle jacket or a sexy leather dress, leather can be taken anywhere. While leather is my go-to on most occasions, we all know it’s not exactly a practical choice for a hot summer day. Therefore, I get very excited when the weather cools down and I can bust out all my boots and jackets again!

My look today includes a leather vest, a large leather bag, and knee-high leather boots. Sound like too much? The key here (as always) is balance. The rest of my outfit is made up of soft materials in light, neutral colors. This breaks up the leather and balances the look. If you are wearing multiple black leather pieces, like I am, it is best to avoid black in the rest of your outfit. Stick to lighter colors to break up the leather.

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White Blazer

You know that one dress in your closet that always makes you feel prettier/thinner/taller/more fashionable? Everybody has one. But, for me, it’s not a dress. It’s a white H&M blazer.

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Blazer – H&M, T-Shirt – Rock & Rose, Jeans – Paige, Sandals – Steve Madden

Whenever I’m being interviewed for something, or giving a presentation in class, or going to an industry event–the blazer always comes out to play. For those occasions where I keep changing my outfit, and can’t decide what to wear, I stop the panic in its tracks by throwing on, you guessed it, my blazer! Ironically, it is one of the simplest and easiest pieces to wear, yet it makes you look instantly professional and more polished.

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So it’s really perfect for those days where I don’t feel like getting dressed up, but need to fake it in a cinch. Like today. I love that I can literally wear my pajama shirt all day–and with this blazer on top, it looks like I actually got dressed!

Now that’s versatility!

Bring on the Boots

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Yeah right, Los Angeles…

After our weirdo-LA-November-heat-wave this week, is it wrong to say I welcome this morning’s gloom? Is it just me, or are you ready for the colder seasons already? Don’t get me wrong, I am most definitely a summer addict, but I have a close full of chunky knits and cozy scarves just dying to get out!

Well here’s to the cloudy 60-degree weather–Finally! So happy to finally be wearing boots today. Think the chill will last?

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IMG_4449Yeah, I’m really tiny (four-eleven is my height by the way…) so it can be hard to find clothes that fit me properly (unless I want to shop in build-a-bear). Sometimes, though, I have fun with my size and really embrace it. I might be swimming in todays billowy, oversized t-shirt, but I love the look!

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How Ripped is Too Ripped?

My Brand Management professor is constantly making fun of brands, trends, and consumerism in general. His favorite thing to pick on is the concept of “distressed denim.” He says he just can’t wrap his head around the idea of paying for pants that have holes in them. Of course, when he goes off on one of these rants he can be very funny, but I have to respectfully disagree with this one. My favorite pair of jeans in my closet are ones with humongous gaping holes all down the thighs:

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Wearing my fahvs to esquela

I love distressed denim. Distressed anything, really. I love the idea that you like something so much that you wear it until it literally falls apart.

Today I’m out to prove that ripped jeans aren’t just for rock concerts or music festivals, but they can be fitted right into a perfectly stylish, everyday outfit:

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T-Shirt: Alternative Apparel, Scarf: Karen Michelle Boutique, Belt: Who knows? It’s so old…, Jeans: Ever, Sandals: Dolce Vita

For me, ripped jeans isn’t about teenage angst or rebelling against society, distressed denim is no different than printed denim: I find it to be just an extra element of design.

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Excuse the tag on my scarf. Oops.

In my look today, adding polished details (like tucking in my t-shirt and adding a scarf) balances out the grunge of the torn jeans.

P.S. Only in LA could I get away with sandals in November!

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Photos by Jeremy Goldstein

You CAN Do Leather Leggings!

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Clearly it ended up being sunny and hot…

Yesterday was one of those weird-weather days, typical of LA, where you’re not sure wether it’s going to be hot or cold out. (Yes, this really happens here.) So I paired a chunky knit pullover with leather leggings, threw on open-toe shoes, and headed off to school. I figured, if it ends up being cold then at least I’m wearing knit…and if it ends up being hot at least I’m not wearing boots.

At school, a girl in the elevator told me I was brave for wearing leather leggings.

“I have a pair sitting in my closet,” she told me, “But I seriously have no idea how to wear them without looking trashy.”

Well, Girl-In-FIDM-Elevator-Whose-Name-I-Don’t-Know, this post is for you. And anyone else who wants to rock this look and needs a push in the right direction.

The key to wearing leather leggings, and not looking like you walked out of a music video, is balance. In other words, leather leggings are super tight and majorly sexy, so you want the rest of your look to be more loose-fitting and laid-back. Like my chunky pullover yesterday (pictured above.) Wearing something baggier also just helps cover the weird wrinkly-thing that leather does when it’s stretched across your hips….or is that just me?

Here are four fool-proof pieces that complement leather leggings and save you from looking “trashy”, as Elevator Girl put it:

Shirt - Chiqle, Necklace - H&M, Booties - Aldo

Shirt – Chiqle, Necklace – H&M,
Booties – Aldo

#1) Classic chambray button-down. Denim and leather are two of the biggest fabric trends we’re seeing this fall, and they happen to play amazingly well together. Normally I’d suggest that you stick to one trend at a time, but in this case it’s a great combo. Also, just a side note: throwing on leather high-heeled booties with these leggings make your legs look miles long–even for a shorty like me!

Shirt - Sugar Lips, Boots - Steve Madden

Shirt – Sugar Lips, Boots – Steve Madden

#2) Plain white tee. This is so, so basic that most people wouldn’t even think of it. But, honestly, a plain white t-shirt is probably my favorite thing to pair with leather leggings. Extra points if it has a couple rips in it–so badass. The key to this one is the fit of the tee: don’t go too tight or too short. Keep it relaxed and casual. Think “I’m sexy without even trying” and you’ll be golden. Plus, wearing a plain tee leaves open the option to throw on a leather jacket as well. Sounds crazy, I know, but as long as the white t-shirt is longer than the jacket, the look will work (the white will break up all the leather.)

Shirt - Urban Outfitters, Boots - Steve Madden, Necklace - Renuar

Sweater – Urban Outfitters,
Boots – Steve Madden, Necklace – Renuar

#3) Oversized sweater. This one is easy. Basically anything oversized and comfy will balance out the look of the leggings. I’d stay away from any print that’s too busy, though, because the leggings make their own statement. Wide stripes, like the ones I’m wearing here, are safe. Also, a sweater like this will cover your hips and butt, making the leggings less scary to wear. Yeah, I said it, you’re not the only one who doesn’t want skin-tight leather stretched across her butt. I know I sure don’t want that on display. A baggy sweater makes me more confident in this look.

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T-Shirt – American Apparel, Jacket – Olivaceous, Boots – Steve Madden

#4) Military jacket. Yeah, mid-calf boots make me look shorter, but I love ‘em too much to let go. The fourth piece that is always okay to wear with these leggings is some sort of over-piece: a fur vest (not cropped), a white blazer, a military jacket etc. Again, it’s nice to have something that covers you’re hips a bit. Also, something like this military jacket has a very similar “voice” to the leather leggings. They’re both edgy and cool without competing with each other. No idea what I’m talking about? Just take my word for it.

Okay, ready to embrace this look? My leggings are See You Monday, but MICHAEL Michael Kors, Mimi Chica (they’re matte–super cool), BDG (available at Urban Outfitters), and American Apparel all make some great options.

Have Fun!