Spring into hot hues

 

 

4:30am on a cold January morning, I loaded up my car with the brightest and most gorgeous spring fashions I could find and headed out to the famed Glamis sand dunes. It was a shoot the dream team I work with at San Diego Magazine had been hoping to do for quite some time. As you can imagine 5 women and racks and racks of clothes looked a bit out of place amongst hard core riders and their sand toys but after a few hiccups, including one very cranky and very tattooed gentleman in the trailer spot next to us, we quickly found our groove. What followed is one of my favorite shoots of all times.

 

The big take away here is that bold colors are big for spring. We shot the rainbow for this spread with a little something for everyone. Topping the color trends this season is lavender, as evidenced by this dreamy Caroline Constas dress. Pastels can sometimes be tricky while jewel tones are typically universally flattering, so deeper tones of pastels work too.
If you’re not yet comfortable rocking bold colors in your clothing, try out the trend with accessories, like sunglasses and belt bags (aka this season’s fresh take on the good ol’ fanny pack:) Celine, Quay and Chloe have some pretty colored peepers while almost everyone on the planet has their version of a belt bag.

While we went for head to toe monochromatic looks, if that is a bit too bold a palette, anchor a colorful piece with a more conservative piece like denim. Wide-leg, maximalist jeans are having a moment and I couldn’t be more thrilled. While dramatic, trust me, they make you look six feet tall and skinny- what’s better than that?!
You can also shoot bold color into other spring trends like suiting, anything tie dyed, crochet and feathers.
I am always big on having fun with your fashion and this spring there are so many ways to do so!

Party Pretty!

It’s that time of year again- holiday parties are lighting up your Google calendar like a Griswald Christmas tree. Everyone from co-workers to  social drinking friends want to party with you so be sure you dress the part. Here are some of my seasonal favorites for all the holiday cheer!

First off, the annual work party. Now since you will have to see these folks again on Monday, it’s best to keep this look classy. This doesn’t mean just throw on that go-to LBD, but by all means, all your bits and pieces should be covered. For many years now, I have sworn by Maje dresses. The styling and cuts of these dresses are impeccable for their price point. This holiday season I am coveting their mesh and gold leather Rezzano dress. It somehow manages to mash up conservative and edgy into one scrumptious frock.

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Whenever I am debuting a new fashion obsession, I test it out first on my friends (hence my knit fringe jacket I wore out with my girlfriends last night, half of which stayed on the chair as I got up). This season I am crazy for the athlesuire trend of leather joggers. I recently styled Arrow and Spartacus star Katrina Law in a killer Viktoria + Woods pair for a holiday editorial. The key here is to make sure the rest of the look is dressed up to avoid looking like you’re heading to the gym. A cool (sequin- why not?!) cropped top and layered necklaces will add insta-glam and offset the casual silhouette of the pant.

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If there is ever a time to just be comfy, I say it is when you’re around family. But read I am saying COMFY, not sloppy. My favorite cool without trying line is Free People. The loose fit of the line allows for a big serving of all your mom’s calorie laden comfort food but the cool cuts keep you on this side of chic. Their tunics are heaven with a flat over the knee boot or layered over dark very skinny denim and booties.

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Now ringing in the new year is when you can really go to town! There are not too many days in the year when getting sloshed while wearing sparkles is deemed appropriate, so take advantage of this one. I am dying over this Parker fringe mini I also put on Katrina Law. If you are an amazing dancer if your head like I am, the movement of this dress will not disappoint ( I cannot stress enough the “in your head” part of that sentence by the way).

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A few of my favorite things…

It’s my favorite time of the year! While I do love fireplaces and cheesy Christmas movies, it’s the holiday shopping I live for. I pride myself on taking the time to really personalize all the gifts I give. It obviously requires much more mall and shopping time to do but thats a sacrifice I am happy to make:) Here’s a little guide to some of my favorite gifts for this holiday season…

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The most incredible scene you have ever smelled. A winner for men and women alike!

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Double Happiness has long been one of my favorite jewelry lines and this season, the Warlock quartz ring is on my Xmas list. It’s the perfect statement making piece for a cocktail dress or super distressed  jeans.

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I like wine, I like wine a lot. While anyone can sip a glass, why not cook with it as well? Dean and Deluca has both red and white wine grilling planks sure to infuse incredible flavor into your favorite meat, poultry, fish and veggies.

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While I am obsessed with all things Dannijo, this year I am crushing on their Dreams Don’t Lie pendant- it’s the fanciest dream catcher you’ve ever seen!

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ABC Carpet & Home’s Wild Unknown tarot cards are not only beautifully designed, it’s a great too cold to go outside, sit by the fireplace kind of game to play with girlfriends.

 

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A favorite go to line for me has recently been For Love and Lemons. Everything form their lingerie to their ready to wear is just so, pretty! I am currently dreaming of the Penelope Mini Dress.

 

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I try to keep my desk as organized as possible which is not always easy to do with two toddlers running around but now at least I can beautify my efforts with Mapleton Drive’s Oco geo paperweight. Both pretty and functional, this is a sure way to add a little chic to your work area.

 

 

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Try as I might to look pulled together when I go to workout, my gear is always all over the place. Enter Herschel Supply Co’s Sutton duffle bag. It’s big enough to fit all your essentials and it’s cool vintage design will give you some street cred style points.

 

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The above gift selection makes it sound like I work out a lot- I don’t, well at least not as much as I’d like to. Which is why my new obsession, Orange Theory Fitness is perfect! It’s the most insane one hour workout you will ever do, I swear.

 

How to wear your flare…

After so many seasons of slinking into skinnies, denim is doing a 180 with the flared leg. Huge for spring and still making a mark this fall, the flare leg is super flattering and versatile.  As women, we are thicker in our thighs than we are from the knee down (try as you may, I fear this is just a function of our female anatomy:), hence flaring the leg out from the knee down balances out the silhouette and makes gams look longer and leaner! Some of my favorites are J Brand’s Lovestory $238, Free People’s Hi Rise 5 Pocket Flare $78 and McGuire’s Harlow Flare Stitch Pocket $227.

Now while the 70’s are a huge trend for fall, you want to be careful to keep the rest of the look modern to avoid looking too costume-y. Try pairing your flares with a white blouse. A tie-front neck with lend itself to the 70’s trend, while a classic white blouse will make the look appear more tailored. I also love these jeans with a plain, semi sheer tank top and a ton of layered necklaces (click here for hints on layering). When the temperate drops, simply throw on fitted jacket /blazer and you’re set!

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Layered Luxe

As a wardrobe stylist one of the most consistent questions I am asked is how to get that perfectly layered necklace look. I like to call it accidentally chic- like you just threw on three random necklaces as you rushed out the door and it all looks so perfect and cool- little does anyone know that each piece has been perfectly coordinated. Here are a few easy rules to follow to avoid looking like Mr. T

1- Keep necklaces to a maximum of three- One should be an almost nothing, simple chain; one should be the stand-out/statement making layer and the third should lie somewhere in between.

2- Pay attention to length- you want all three necklaces to be visible and not compete. Think, short, medium and long.

3- There should be some consistent theme/color/shape that ties all the pieces together. Not to say they should all be perfectly matching strands but they should all compliment each other.

4- When all else fails, look for piece where all the layers are attached as one necklace- all the thinking is done for you!

Some of my favorites are (clockwise from top left) he Native Tiered necklace by Bauble Bar $68, the Semi Precious Circle Multi-Row Necklace by Topshop $18, Alexis Bittar’s Double Fringe Pendant $145 and the Frey necklace by Danijo $245.

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Pretty in Plaid

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Reminiscent of grunge, early Kate Moss and all things 90’s, the plaid shirt is back and better than ever! More tailored and ladylike than its predecessor, this fall must-have is super versatile. Paired with boyfriend jeans and booties it’s casual cool. Worn with a black pencil skirt and heels, it’s edgy chic. Some of my favorites are The Rails’ Hunter Plaid shirt $138, exclusive to Bloomingdale’s; Current Elliot’s The Perfect shirt $352 and J. Crew’s The Boy Shirt $89.50. If the traditional plaid isn’t your bag, Equipment’s Reese plaid silk shirt has same look but the luxe fabric dresses it up a bit and makes it perfect for the office . Ain’t no teen spirit about this grunge gone glam look!

Working the summer to fall fashion transition

Ugh… It’s hot, very hot. It’s hard to imagine Fall and all of its great trends are right around the corner, but we can almost see it with every retailer offering luxurious sweaters, coats, and cold weather ware. September can be kind of a tricky month fashion wise because we while we are so ready to embrace Fall’s hottest looks, it seems mother nature has other plans. So what are some great pieces for the summer to fall transition?! Here are some of my favorite looks you can wear now and later.

Fringe- A huge trend for spring with the revival of all things 70’s, fringe isn’t going anywhere come Fall. Great news for me since I absolutely love the look! For the warmer months, look for a killer suede heel with fringe detail paired with a white boho sundress. Via Spiga’s Eilish t-strap heels in bright plum are my current faves.

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You can also work this trend with spring’s must-have backpack. Rebecca Minkoff’s Julian Fringe backpack is an everyday bag that is actually functional and fabulous!

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Come (real) Fall, look for fringe details on actual clothing pieces. Maje’s black leather fringe skirt looks incredible with everything from a white T-shirt to a yummy off the shoulder cashmere sweater.

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Whether you’re a shoe girl or not it is impossible not to fall head over heels (hehe) for fringe booties. I am coveting of the Giuseppe Zanotti’s Alabama fringe pair- killer with skinny jeans or a midi dress.

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Distressed denim is another big trend that is carrying over from spring. Jeans can be a hard sell sometimes in the warmer months, but I swear to God those holes we pay extra for actually give you some ventilation!

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Wear them now with your favorite lived-in white T-shirt and Birkenstocks. That’s right I said Birkenstocks! As soon as the temperature drops throw on your favorite suede booties and a madras plaid shirt, another Fall favorite!

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Military inspired looks were huge on the fall runways as well. The best way to salute the style right now is with anything in the army green pallet. Ramy Brook makes an incredibly gorgeous army green blouse that would look killer with distressed denim cut offs or white jeans now. Then you can layer underneath a leather or plaid wool jacket and wear this top well into the winter as well.

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As soon as the weather cools enough for coats, the military look is where are going to find your must have topper. In Southern California it will never get cold enough to need a full on utilitarian wool coat (as gorgeous as they are!), but MOTHER offers a super cool cargo jacket that that is a perfect combo of military tough and chic.

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So hang in there ladies- it is almost sweater weather; but in the meantime, let your favorite warm weather staples do double duty!