Last-Minute 4th of July Desserts

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Recently, Jeremy and I have been entertaining in our new home quite a bit. We love to host brunches and game nights and have guests over as much as possible. Sometimes I like to go all-out and bake fancy desserts to impress our company (I made this cheesecake a couple of weeks ago, and it took me almost a whole day to put it together!). But then, there are also times where I can’t devote whole days to slaving away in my kitchen….Here, I’ve composed 3 different super-quick-and-easy, last-minute dessert ideas for whatever you have planned today. Most-likely, you already have all of these ingredients in your kitchen, and I made each of these desserts in under 30 minutes—making these great choices for a last-minute potluck contribution or hostess gift. Enjoy!

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Press in a Dress

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Right before I left LA, I had one last press event to attend, so I figured I would make use of this thin, pastel dress before I moved to a city that actually had colder seasons. I usually like dressing badass for press events, because I like to be taken seriously, but this time I opted for something a little more girlie.

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For my accessories, I followed a black and white motif–sticking with silver accents. In my opinion, b&w is a “cooler palette,” which corresponds to silver metals (as opposed to warmer palettes, which correspond to gold.) Also, I stuffed a t-shirt inside my clutch so that it wouldn’t fall completely flat. A slightly bulkier clutch generally improves the quality of its appearance, making it look more expensive.

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The reverse Peter Pan collar on this dress gives it a unique, unexpected youthfulness, while the pointy corners of the collar play really nicely with the zig-zags on my shoes. You might not be fully conscious of the small details that make an outfit feel cohesive, but tying your shapes together like that (corners, zig-zags,) gives an overall aesthetically pleasing impression.

IMG_6002_edit-2IMG_6012_editDress: Forever21 (similar here). Clutch: BCBG Maxazria. Shoes: (on sale!) Michael Antonio. Earings: Boutique.

 

Polished Shred

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By now you all know about my “white blazer” trick (aka: throwing a blazer over your pajama shirt to fake a polished look.) This outfit shamelessly incorporates that tshirt-blazer combo with another added dichotomy: shredded jeans and dainty heels!

I just got these shoes from BCBG, and they are perfect with a formal dress or to polish up these jeans. Don’t you justĀ loveĀ when you find something so effortlessly versatile?!

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With this outfit I’m also exercising all three of my tips for looking super-fly: 1) Wear heels with your jeans, 2) Carry a fab bag, 3) Keep your sunglasses on at all times.

Seriously though, walking around Hollywood in this outfit totally made me feel like a celeb. Try out these tips and let me know how it goes!

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Ribs n’ Rips

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I spent the day running around Melrose in this awesome t-shirt, yesterday. This sounds crazy, but I seriously think that a t-shirt with ribs printed on it has a really slimming effect. Maybe because I look like a bag of bones? Who knows, but I definitely think it made me appear thinner.

I decided that the horizontal lines of the ribs played really well with the “stripy” illusion of the distressed knees on my jeans. I continue the “horizontal line” motif into my footwear as well, completing my look with a pair of black Birkenstock sandals.

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I’m not 100% positive why these sandals are suddenly “trendy,” but perhaps us fashion-junkees are simply running out of fresh ideas. Either way, I’m super happy that they’re becoming popular right now! They’re so incredibly comfortable and keep your feet super cool for summer.

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Sunglasses: Forever21. Tank-Top: Urban Outfitters. Jeans: Lucky Brand. Sandals: Steve Madden.

Babydoll Grunge

Yay! My photographer (and boyfriend) is back in Los Angeles for the summer–Now I can get back to regular outfit posts. Thanks, Jeremy!

As you’ve probably already realized, I really love creating a dichotomy within my daily looks. Today, for example, I’ve paired a lacy babydoll blouse with grungy leather booties.

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I think that’s an important aspect to maintain in all my style endeavors: I don’t like to fully commit to any single theme, or else I feel like I’m wearing a costume. So yeah, I can wear the lacy blouse or the harsh booties–but, by not letting either one dictate my full look, my personal style can still shine through.

So go forth and explore fashion, dear reader, but never play a character–just be you!

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Sunglasses: Forever21, Blouse: Pins and Needles (Urban Outfitters), Shorts: H&M, Spike Bracelet: Francesca’s, Leather Bracelet: Karen Michelle, Boots: Choies, Bag: Emperia (Nordstrom)

Summer’s Must-Have T-Shirt

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As you already know, if you follow me on Instagram (@fourelevenblog) or on AnnexMagazine.com, I attended a press event at Cotton On’s Santa Monica store earlier this week. The Australian retailer has just launched their new line of basic T’s, called “The One”. I was originally invited to view the line on behalf of Annex–but I was so impressed with these t-shirts that I decided to write a post for my Four Eleven readers, as well!

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Basically, Cotton On knows aaaall about how important a favorite t-shirt can be to a girl…#thestruggleisreal. So their design team sat down and basically solved any problem you’ve ever had in your previous relationships with t-shirts. “The One” t-shirts are 100% cotton (super breathable), has great drape (hello, flattering), has no woven tag (goodbye itchiness), and comes in several different styles and colors (pro tip: buy them all!) My favorite part about this T, is that the fine slub cotton can be worn casually or be dressed up under a blazer!

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The ad campaign for the line features Australian personality, Lara Bingle, wearing not a stitch of makeup–so for this shoot, I did the same! Can I get a “hell yeah” for the perfect basicness of this slouchy, amazing T?

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I got myself two v-neck versions of “The One” in white and grey–and I already can’t take them off.

I’ve found “The One”–Have you? Click here to view the full line.

The Tiger Who Came to Town

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It’s 95 degrees in LA today, and I couldn’t be more ready for summer! Today’s outfit started out lazy: I just threw on a v-neck tee (Alternative Apparel–highly reccomend!) and shorts, to stay cool. Then came the necklaces…then the bracelets…and then the shoes.

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It’s not my most posh look–it’s more like a simple outfit with a dressed-up twist.

But that’s what’s so fun about style! I love building my outfits and experimenting with my looks :)

Because people are already asking me about my necklaces: the one with the little kids kissing is from a flea market, and the longer one is vintage–those aren’t my initials haha!

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Sidenote: These are my sandals from last summer–the sandal trend for this summer is unequivocally the Birkenstock.