Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts

Monday, September 9, 2013

Oversized overcoat

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I'm writing this as I sit in my office wearing shorts and a tank top, the scent of sunscreen still lingering on my arms. It's 90 degrees in Los Angeles and I'm looking at pictures of coats. Not just lightweight jackets for chilly nights, rather long wool and tweed varieties. It's a little premature, but I'm already planning for my fall wardrobe. This time last year I was still in Ann Arbor, getting ready for a season of crisp days, turning leaves, and layers. It may be a bit of nostalgia, but I think I'm really going to miss the season. I may only be able to wear these a few days out of the year, but a good coat is the accessory of the fall this year and I still plan to participate. Not just with a long one, but something that looks a little oversized, like a blazer with adjusted proportions. A coat has a way of finishing off an outfit because during the colder days it really doesn't matter what you're wearing underneath if no one can see it, so make the top layer count! I am trying to invest in timeless pieces with neutral colors like camel, grey, and black, although it's fun to have something with a bit of pop so you stand this cheetah number. Whether it's a vibrant coral or a heathered grey, an oversized overcoat is a perfectly justifiable fall piece for any location. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Lately I have been paying attention to the vibe my style gives off more and more because I find myself balancing between a polished look and something a bit more disheveled. I've always had a bit of a girl crush on those ladies who can show up with last-night's wavy hair and those perfect cropped pants I can never find...she probably found them in a vintage store on the first try and she looks fabulous. It's something of a layered look where everything appears like it was pulled on halfway, but in the best way possible. Boots that slightly overlap the cuff of a pant, hair that is tucked into the collar of a jacket, or a scarf that wraps both the neck and the bottom lip. Altogether the style embodies effortless dressing which I find to be much more eye-catching because it doesn't follow any rules and is well...effortless. I'm also attributing this search for a new look (or rather honing in on one part of my style) to the fact that I've reached my late twenties (I can feel the eye rolling so hear me out), have nestled into my career, and have been creating a new home ever since returning to LA. It's a little like reconnecting with a style that I'm associated with and letting it grow up. Here are a few looks that have been inspiring me lately and have caused me to include a wide brim hat, minimal leather bags, and tailored coats to my Fall wish list.




Monday, July 29, 2013

Bikini babe

Blue / Orange / Coral / Pink, Green, Yellow all by Blue Glue Bikinis
This past weekend I enjoyed a little getaway with the girls in Palm Springs. The dry heat, pool lounging, and hours of laughing were exactly what I imagined summer would be. Throw in cold coronas and fresh lime margaritas poolside and the afternoon tanning took us all the way to dinner time. The style in Palm Springs always inspires me to wear color and part of the fun of traveling with the girls is that you get to pull out bright bikinis, bold lipsticks, and summer weight dresses. Patterns are always fun and I'm a big advocate for mixing multiple styles at once, but sometimes a solid look is more interesting especially with brights. Green, cobalt, fuchsia, coral, and an array of monochromatic options are a fun switch on the flower-ed polka dot variety bathing suits. I find that they look streamlined and eye-catching, especially when paired with a simple shift or minimal makeup to keep everything looking effortless.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Monochrome: black

Necklace / Sweater / Shorts / Shoes / Bag
The other day I went into my closet to get dressed and didn't feel inspired by any of the patterns or color combinations I saw hanging in front of me. A pop of yellow, grey polka dots, denim blue, and bright red are a few of the options I have when it comes to putting together an outfit, but some days it's only one color that gets me excited about my look. Monochrome dances the line between boring and sleek and has the ability to outshine the brightest or most color coordinated outfits out there. This type of dressing also portrays that subtle chic I find so intriguing. An all white suit that's impeccably tailored is a dream look I'm hoping to invest in one day, but while white may not be plentiful in my closet, I do have a lot of black. The shade always looks interesting and can be dressed up or dressed down with the change of a few accessories, like a bold silver necklace and delicate ankle strap shoes. After playing around with a few of my own black pieces I pulled together an outfit that made me feel polished and stylish without one little pattern or bright hue to outshine the look.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Festival wear uniform

Before heading out to Coachella a few weekends ago I mentally went through my closet only to find that I have pretty good collections of dresses and work wear, but nothing that could really work in a hot desert. Add the need to look stylish and presentable while baking in the sand and sun and my possible clothes dwindled to one lightweight camisole. I used this trip as a little excuse to pick up some summer clothes and to fill in the blanks in my wardrobe and ended up with a look that provided the mix of style, comfort, and versatility I needed. Flat boots, a patterned tunic, and a simple crossover bag made up my festival uniform and created a great uniform to follow in the future. Throw in the necessary pair of sunglasses, a water bottle always in arms reach, and a good sunscreen and the look can transition from the early morning shows to the dance party at night.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Coachella bound

I'm packing up my bags and heading out to Coachella with a wardrobe of flowing tops, summer shorts, a shade bearing hat, and some snacks to stay fueled all day. I'll be tweeting and instagraming while I'm there so make sure to follow along to see the fashion, sites, and other bits of fun throughout the weekend. Hope everyone has a great week and if you'll be in the desert let me know!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Work it this spring

Left outfit: dress / heels  Center outfit: top / pants / heels  Right outfit: top / pants / heels

I enjoy getting dressed up for work, pulling out crisp cropped pants, heels, and some sort of silk blouse each day to create a play on what I think a professional should look like. Luckily I am in an industry that shies away from the boring pantsuit (so sorry if this is your uniform) and welcomes a little spin on the office look. Now that it is spring I'm looking forward to adding more colors and patterns to the rotation. I can easily fall into the trap of splashing in a bit of color each season and leaving it at that, but this time I'm looking to add a bit of depth to my wardrobe by mixing in blushes, soft floral colors, and shockingly bold solids. I figure if you're going to go for something bright, go all the way and if the look is soft and muted let the patterns be delicate as well. All together these pieces rotate easily into work wear while still holding onto a bit of that playful spirit found outside the office walls. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cheetah groupie

Last weekend during a pre-dinner shopping excursion I happened upon this amazing coat packed into a rack at a local vintage store. The moment I put it on I knew I wasn't leaving it behind. Every now and then a thrifted find turns into an incredible closet staple and this cheetah coat had all of the right features to make it a keeper. Oversized buttons and a boxy feel make this coat a perfect layer over tights, a daytime dress, or cropped jeans and ballet flats. I decided to create a slightly seventies groupie feel by pairing my new coat with slim black pants and broken in boots. Throw in a few beams of sunshine on a nature-path stroll and the look builds a story of breaks between sets, backstage evenings at an outdoor concert, and a little fresh air before jumping on the bus.

Does anyone else have an item in their closet that transports them to another era or mood?

Photos by HMN Photography, for more images from this shoot check out Facebook and Pinterest

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A chat with designer Ella Swenson of Ella Sven

I was recently introduced to Ella Swenson, creator of the incredible clothing line, Ella Sven and was completely blown away by her dedication to classically made clothes that she has re-imagines as high fashion pieces of art. Hand stitched beading, delicately painted embellishments, and an eye for tailoring have turned her brand into a quickly growing company that involves clothing, jewelry, perfume, and a newly launched online shop. After visiting her growing studio I had to share the treasures she has collected in order to design a space that completely embodies the Ella Sven woman and the wardrobe that you would find her wearing.

Ella began working in the fashion industry then took some time off to fully search for the direction in which she wanted to go, one that would fulfill her need for art and creativity. As a vintage enthusiast, she began collecting racks and racks of clothing, eventually finding herself with a comprehensive collection with which she could build the foundation of her company. She has always been drawn to a unique beauty that isn't overly girly, but rather has a touch of something disheveled, a hint of darker things, and an underlying love for natural elements. Her photoshoots completely embody this idea as seen in her professionally staged shots around some of Detroit's forgotten, yet beautiful settings.

To Ella, the beauty of clothes is found in old world traditions, hand stitched elements and touches found in the studios of high fashion lines. After working with professional gown makers, Ella has fully transformed her incredible vintage finds into pieces that stand out in wardrobes and provide a look that no one else will be wearing.

In the studio we chatted about her thoughts on fall and where the collection will be going. She noted finding inspiration in the classic colors found during the season, but focused more on the muted and browning shades of the dying leaves and branches, an unconventional beauty that also currently covers the main table of her studio. Fur and leather are big influences this season as seen in a perfectly tailored leather jacket with fur elements that I couldn't help but return to again and again while in her studio. Wandering through the racks of clothes and perusing her recently finished jewelry line (statement making driftwood and gold leaf pendants) I could see her appreciation for art and design grace every tabletop and shelf. One-of-a-kind perfume bottles that will hold the hand crafted perfume she created with Lartigue by Goest, delicate triangle charms to represent her company logo, even a leather satchel she uses to hold the days necessities were a few of the things found tucked away. Together they all create a picture of the woman and the brand behind Ella Sven.

Thanks Ella for letting us wander through your studio and sharing your company with us! Her online shop is up and running so make sure to sop by to see the line at

All photos by HMN Photography

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A darker Fall

Clockwise from upper left: Diane von Furstenberg Delian Dress, Leif Valentine Necklace, A Merry Mishap black gold dipped earrings, DKNY tights, Allsaints Spitalfields Hessian Hair Boot

Summer isn't over yet, but everyone's conversations are turning to Fall and even the weather is starting to show its signs of changing. While I'm sad to say goodbye to the sunny days, I'm looking forward to crisper air, layers, and of course...a but of a wardrobe refresher. I've noticed my clothes tending heavily towards the bright side and while I can't give up a good pop of color, I'm anxious to start mixing in the deep tones that were once my staples. The color everywhere is of course the lovely sounding ox blood, but looking past the name and into the richness of the tone a versatile color appears. Monochromatic outfits along with heavy textured pieces like brocade and embroidery are a few of the pieces I'm hoping to find. Paired with whimsical pieces of jewelry and a touch of floral, a deeply toned outfit seems playful and colorful, while remaining a standout Fall look.

Try some of these pieces to recreate the look:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Styling a ring of reading

Clockwise from top right: Kate Spade posy vases, Jonathan Adler horn sculpture, Jayson Home Fulton table, Living the Modern Way, Californi Design 1930-1965 from the MIT Press, Inspiration Dior form Abrams, French Riviera from Assouline, Mel Bochner Domaine de Kerguehennec

In my fantasy home I have a vision of walking into a large foyer and finding myself greeted by a large table of sculptures surrounded by a beautiful ring of art, architecture, and fashion books. Each pile would be stacked high adding to both the decor and the literary value of the room. Of course, this imaginary home only lives in my head, but that doesn't mean I have to sacrifice the idea of an eye-catching way to display books for my guests. I've started to build my own collection (which has actually grown pretty large and weighty when moving) that I stack in pile around the coffee table and along the console. I mingle fashion books among retrospectives of my favorite artists, then throw in whimsical and luxurious books to spark conversation. To recreate on a larger scale, pick an embellished circular table (I love this rustic wood one), add a few unexpected elements for the center, then stack piles of books in a ring, inviting guests to pick one up and flip through the glossy pages.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Life lately in fashion

Adding to my jewelry box with these classic and colorful sparklers from Anthropologie

I love sharing snapshots of the recent happenings going on in my life and around me, but this time everything seemed to be a little more fashion based. Testing out new outfits, pulling out special accessories, and honing in a much needed new fragrance are a few of the things that have offered some inspiration lately. I've been on a big kick this summer to refine certain things like my wardrobe and beauty routines, but some of the classics, like a favorite pattern, just can't be forgotten. I think as seasons near their end and my tastes begin to change, I always get a little anxious to try new things while feeling a bit of nostalgia for my past styles and signature looks.

Testing out a new pair of floral pants c/o Arden B

My favorite accessories from, J.Crew, and a classic Chanel clutch
Going a little stripe crazy with a go-to summer dress
Sampling new fragrances. I love the scent (and mini bottle and box) of this Oscar de la Renta perfume, Live in Love

Friday, July 6, 2012

The power skirt

Left to right: Miss Selfridge, Herve Leger, LWren Scott, Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile

Bright colors, short skirts, silk shirts, and delicate sandals are needed staples in the summer, but there are those times when the weather cools slightly that an iconic and womanly piece of clothing gets the chance to shine. The sleek black pencil skirt looks unassuming, but its chic simplicity can put any over the top cocktail dress to shame (and they are available in every price range). I've always been drawn to classic pieces that can live in the closet forever, something that can transform with every trend, and offer a bit of mystery to an outfit. Paired with a deep fragrance that can become a signature scent, an understated ponytail, and a pop of red on the nails or lips and the look truly shines.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer wind meets chiffon

Urban Outfitter dress (on sale!), Target sandals, RayBan sunglasses

This holiday weekend wasn't overly packed with trips, traveling, or gatherings, but rather quiet mornings with candles and coffee, afternoons by the pool, and iced coffee outings. Since the weather definitely began to reach the into humid spectrum of temperatures, I decided to throw on a new chiffon maxi dress for a mid morning coffee run. There is something about walking around town while catching the slight breeze with a long skirt that I absolutely love. Since overly done hair and makeup sounds completely miserable to me in the hot months, this weekend's balmy days paired perfectly with a swipe of mascara, bronzer, and freshly washed hair (although it did turn in to a giant top knot piled on my head once the heat became unbearable). I can definitely see myself turning this dress into a summer morning staple, even if it's purely for it's spinning abilities.

Monday, April 30, 2012

A peek into Summer

Bright bougainvillaea blooming over the front door 
After an exciting (yet busy) week putting together the posts for Wedding Week, it was nice to take a little trip with Paul to Los Angeles to unwind. The weekends spent at home always fly by too quickly, but I was able to soak up the sun and enjoy a few special moments, all while celebrating our one year anniversary. This trip, in particular, gave me the perfect opportunity to enjoy the signs of Summer, whether it was the the vibrant flowers growing in the garden, an outdoor party with family and friends, or fresh fruit served during a warm afternoon, everything inspired me to create a Summer that is full of entertaining, friends, and color. The trip was the perfect rest I needed to recharge those creative ambitions and get back to a productive week.

Fresh and colorful fruit accented with antique silverware makes an everyday platter feel more special
Small accents on the patio add to a rustic and inviting setting 
A tile table and selection of drinks invite guests to pour their own drink while mingling outside 
Enjoying a sweet treat (it's the cake from our wedding...and it was still good once defrosted!)
It's also time to announce the winner of the Stella & Dot necklace giveaway! Congratulations to Naomi for winning! (chosen from the random number generator after adding up the entries per person)

I'll have more giveaways coming up, so make sure to check back for another chance to win. Thanks to everyone who entered and followed along during Wedding Week!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The blues

Clockwise from top left: Blumarine silk tunic, Alexander McQueen skull print scarf, Callula Lillibellepolka dot chiffon dress, Reiss Melia printed panel dress, Miss Selfridge skirt, Charlie by Mathew Zink Charlie silk-chiffon maxi dress

I've shared my tangerine, moss, and garden colored Spring picks already, but for as much as I love most vibrant hues, I also appreciate the delicate and watery shades found in the blue color family. As we get closer to Summer, I can feel myself longing for sandy beaches and warm strolls through quaint oceanside towns (probably because this time last year I was getting ready for a trip to mexico!). Since blue is such a rich color on its own, I love how it looks paired with a delicate fabric like chiffon. The combination creates a perfectly airy look that travels well and offers a subtle touch of color that is just as alluring as a pop of orange or coral.Pair it with sleek t-strap sandals, a worn in leather tote, and a post-ocean dip ponytail...or just a post-shower dip.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Seasonal mini

J.Crew dress, Zara coat, Report Signature shoes, Marc Jacobs Stam bag, Wet n' Wild Mega Last Lipcolor 905D

I tried on this dress while shopping a few months ago, but couldn't quite commit to paying full price for a seasonal look jut then. Luckily, the same outfit popped up online for sale and gave me the perfect excuse to pick up that patterned shift. The 3/4 sleeves balance out the short hem and in an outfit made of a structured coat, statement bag, pink lips, and simple heels, the dress transitioned perfectly from a brisk morning breakfast to a sunny and mild afternoon.

...and one more reminder that the end of this month will be Wedding Week on the blog! Make sure to email or tweet me your favorite wedding tips or memories so I can feature them to kick start the series. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tough work

vintage blazer (with added pyramid studs from here), J.Crew blouse, Forever 21 jeans, Zara heels, vintage bracelet, Cartier watch

I'm sure it's pretty apparent that I'm a fan of color and feminine touches, but I have always loved a slightly disheveled or tough look too. Whether it's slept in hair, a leather jacket, or in this case over-sized studs on a blazer. I picked out these pyramid studs a few years ago after falling in love with a 2007 Givenchy coat. I knew that purchase would never happen, so I did the next best thing and DIY'd my own version inspired by the collection. Five years later and the creation is still in my wardrobe, adding a little toughness to my polished blouses and jeans. After a long day at work, a quick change into the blazer and ankle strap heels made a perfect happy hour look that was a nice change from my office wear.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A retro night

vintage dress and capelet, Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps

In college I used to make a few to many trips to the vintage store to hunt for new dresses, blouses, and endless amounts of scarves. I probably should have been saving my money, but now I'm left with a pretty good supply of retro wear. This dress has been one of my favorites for several years now and I know it will be something I hold on to forever. The short lace skirt paired with 3/4 sleeves makes it feel ladylike and fun, while the bright yellow color always stands out among a sea of black dresses. I shared this outfit with the lovely ladies from SisterMag (check out their issue here) and I'm pretty sure I'll be moving this into the Spring rotation next time I want to add a fancy little retro touch to an evening. Throw in my well-worth-the-splurge black heels and a vintage throw and the look was perfect for a flashback evening of records and cocktails.

Also, make sure to stop by Five Kinds of Happy for a little interview I did for the lovely Amy and please look below to enter my Sneak Peeq giveaway for a gift card to the social shopping site. I'll be picking the luck winner on Monday. I'd love to hear what you would purchase with the card!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Candy and mints

Valentino Roma coat (old), J.Crew blouse, Urban Outfitters jeans, Kate Spade Melinda Satchel, Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps, vintage brooch, Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Adorable

I definitely have my fair share of dark clothing, like shoes, dresses, and my favorite black jeans, but I don't shy away from color either. Since this past Sunday was an exceptionally sunny day, I thought the best way to enjoy the shine was to complement it with a mix of Spring color. This candy colored purse and mint coat will definitely be in heavy rotation in the coming months and paired with some sky-high patent heels, the look felt playful and transitioned perfectly into the evening. I've been holding onto this coat for several years now, but I think this Spring it will truly get the wear it deserves.

Also, make sure to follow me on Currently Obsessed to see what items I've been in love with lately.