Sunday, February 7, 2016

A STATEMENT COAT - WARM, PLAID AND OVER-SIZED

So, Boston got snow again and according to the forecast, there's going to be quite a bit of it in February. While this weather brings my ability to run around in pumps to a grinding halt, I do love the fresh white all around. And what I'm learning is that when you're dressed warmly enough it's actually pretty enjoyable. 

It took a little while after moving to Boston from LA, to figure out how to look cute in the winter. It's not easy but it can be a fun challenge. And one of winter's biggest pleasures for me is easily the search and finding of a statement coat - something that stands out in a sea of black outerwear. 

COAT: FOREVER 21 (now on sale!)| SWEATER: TOPSHOP | PANTS: PAIGE | BOOTS: BANANA REPUBLIC (similar HERE) | SUNGLASSES: BURBERRY (similar HERE)


Speaking of black coats I do have my share of them and for a more fitted silhouette, one of my other favorites that has really stood the test of time is a classic black wool trench from many years ago. You can see it styled in my blog post here.  


Coming back to our coat du jour, this super soft plaid faux shearling number has netted major return on investment this winter. It has no closure, so probably not the best choice for days with high wind chill, but otherwise I love that you can pull it around yourself as tightly as you like. It also has a hood and if you make it to the bottom of the post you'll see why it could have been really handy.

I also double over-sized by throwing this on over a slouchy sweater which you'll see more of in another post because I love it and want to show it a little better. It's so incredibly warm and has the coolest bell-sleeves (more details in another post!). I kept the bottom simple in black skinny pants and black lace-up boots, and let the coat do the talking.


I'm making a face below because a bunch of snow came tumbling down on my head from the trees in a fine flurry. I should have put the hood up.




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TRANSITIONING YOUR WARDROBE FROM WINTER TO SPRING

In colder weather I end up winterizing my dresses quite a bit, which means layering. This type of outfit is a classic example of easy layering and works really well as we transition from winter to spring.

COAT: ZARA (similar HERE) | DRESS: ANN TAYLOR LOFT (similar HERE) | BAG: PRADA | TIGHTS: COMMANDO | SHOES: similar HERE | SUNGLASSES: BURBERRY (similar HERE)


I layered the sweater coat (the perfect weight for 40-50 degree weather) over a sheath dress with a high embellished collar that gives the impression of more layering than I actually did.


I always have several of Nordstrom Rack's Abound brand long-sleeved Ts in my wardrobe to layer under short-sleeved dresses for the winter. My torso is on the narrow side and these are soft and perfectly fitted without making me feel like I'm shrink-wrapped.


I love this camera bag because of it's size and versatility (wear it cross-body or carry it like a clutch). I'm a huge fan of cross-body bags to begin with because they're hands-free and let me run around unencumbered. This one is the perfect size if you're a minimalist like me, or not planning a long day. I stash my phone, credit cards, smaller sunglasses, gloss, and oh almost forgot - my keys!  Fitting over-sized sunglasses is a little more tricky and does require moving things around to make everything fit. 


Thanks for reading!



Sunday, January 31, 2016

STYLING NEUTRALS WITH A COLOR ACCENT

Hi all, thanks for stopping in. This weekend I wore a J.Lo look and though I can't say that I dressed with that in mind, it was a happy outcome. The color pink was really what called my name, maybe because Valentine's day is around the corner?


BOTTOMS: AEO JEGGINGS | TOP: AEO SWEATER | SCARF: J.CREW (similar HERE) | VEST: MICHAEL KORS (similar HERE) | SUNGLASSES: ILLESTEVA via Nordstrom (similar HERE) | SHOES: GUESS PINK SUEDE PUMPS (similar HERE) | BAG: J.CREW PARKER CROSS-BODY (the hot pink isn't online anymore but the bag is available HERE in other colors including camel)

I bought the scarf on clearance J.Crew and love how enormous, warm and fluffy it is. This type of scarf, along with blanket scarves, are my favorite to throw on with a relatively neutral palette. I find they make for a great layering piece that actually keeps you warm as well as adds a point of interest to an otherwise uninteresting outfit of black sweater and skinny jeans.

It was also my first time in this pair of distressed jeggings, which I resisted buying at first just because they're labeled jeggings. I gave them a shot anyway since I was looking for a pair of high-rise distressed jeans that move well with me, and these turned out to be surprisingly comfortable. They're also a good alternative to other skinny pant silhouettes I already have in my wardrobe.

And the topper is my very old, long faux fur vest bought at the Michael Kors store at The Grove in West Hollywood, many years ago. It's stood the test of time, with two rounds of faux fur trending in and out of style in the time I've had it.




An additional note about the scarf - unfortunately this particular color combination was tough to find an alternative to (please comment if you were able to find it online but I couldn't!). Obviously this outfit relies on pink accents but you can achieve the same effect with any other color and in that case, there are so many pretty plaid scarves to choose from, like this one which I also love.

I'll be back mid-week with my next post and in the meantime, hope you have a happy and stylish Sunday!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

AN UNDER $100 PARTY LOOK

Hi all, just a quick post today and because this post is mainly about one piece, I wanted to call out that this is not a sponsored post.

This dress caught my eye all the way across 3 aisles at Target. The construction, design, and colors are quite exceptional for the price point (under $30). I styled it here with very simple black accessories because the colors in the dress are so rich, but it's easily winterized and styled as day wear.

With a gentle fit and flare silhouette, the cut of this dress is super flattering to hour-glass and pear shapes. It can be hard to find a fit and flare that doesn't have too much of the flare. Too much flare or too much material can mean an unflattering fit, which we don't want.

I bought the XS and brought the waist in a little (I have a 23" waist for reference) but otherwise I didn't have to make any alterations. I think the first image really captures my mood of satisfied tiredness.

DRESS: TARGET | CLUTCH: CLUB MONACO (similar HERE) | SHOES: J.CREW FACTORY | BRACELET: MADEWELL (similar HERE








#Targetstyle #Fitandflare #Partydress #Under$100Looks



Sunday, January 24, 2016

A CLASSIC WOOL TRENCH AND STRIPES

It was my birthday this weekend and since cake is my favorite food in the whole world, I ate tons of it. This year I was super excited to get a Princess Cake, shipped all the way from my old stomping grounds of West Hollywood, California. If anyone of you are cake lovers, you have to try this bakery, Sweet Lady Jane. All their cakes are amazing but the most unique is the Princess Cake, which is a culinary work of art in my opinion. For the unfamiliar, it's an exquisite yellow cake, layered with a thin smear of strawberry pulpiness and delicious white frosting, and then the whole cake is topped with a thick marzipan coating.

Anyway, the reason I mentioned the cake is that I'm a classic pear shape and all this cake eating doesn't help with my pear-ness at all. That's where clothes come in - trench coat to the rescue! A trench gives you clean slimming lines. It gives you the double pronged benefit of cinching the waist and making it the focal point of your shape, which is key for pear shapes, petite or not. Second, the slight A-line cut skims gracefully over the lower body where all my cake calories sit. So, you can have your cake and eat it too.


TRENCH COAT (old) similar HERE, CLUB MONACO TURTLENECK, MAVI "ALEXA" PETITE STRETCH SKINNY JEANS, MADEWELL NECKLACE, TOM FORD SUNGLASSES (old but I'm eyeing these NEXT), NINE WEST PUMPS similar HERE, ALICE D. WALLET (similar HERE), PEARL EARRINGS (similar HERE), NORDSTROM TOTE (image below), CLUB MONACO BEANIE (image below)