Wild Noir

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20131006-IMG_6611-EditEven though I try really hard to incorporate color into my wardrobe (this isn't New York, after all), I'm most comfortable in black. A lot of it. Whenever I'm making a purchase (especially a splurge), I always push past the other color options and opt for black in pretty much every instance. It's the most flattering, classic, and best for my features. Sure my closet might feel a bit repetitive, but it's important to know what works best for you. Once you've got a vast collection of staple items in your best neutral shade, then it's safe to expand to new territories. But for me, I'm not done buying black for the base of my wardrobe. This outfit is comprised of one investment piece (the hat) and the rest were more wallet friendly options from Zara and Forever21. Even though this dress wasn't super pricey, I know I'll still get a lot of use out of it for a few years to come. This was a more dressed down way to wear it, but come the holidays I'm going to Audrey it up with an updo, sparkly necklace, deep red lip, and ladylike heels, or winterize it with tights and black booties. 20131006-IMG_6728-Edit

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20131006-IMG_6809-EditRag & Bone hat (similar versions here and here), Zara dress and shoes, Forever21 cuff, necklace, and bracelets, Luv AJ bracelet (love the rose gold version with paves)
Photograhy by Ian Sheppard

 

Basics Remix

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20130421-IMG_7715-EditThe weather in LA generally gives us nothing to complain about. While my Dad has been sending me pictures of end-of-April snow in Minnesota, we're already moving on to summer here. I love not having to worry about the weather dictating my day, but I'll admit I do yearn for moody layers when it's way too hot for them. This day was a little overcast, so in the midst of a brightly colored April wardrobe (as witnessed in most of my spring outfits thus far), I welcomed the opportunity to go back to my favorite neutral basics and take a needed break from bright. Sometimes it just takes a cloud or two to make black feel perfectly appropriate. So I threw my old Forever21 asymmetrical blazer (this thing has been worth its weight in gold since I got it three years ago) which is perfectly light for a less cool day over a new nubby knit tank by Margaret O'Leary which is both delightfully cozy and breezy at the same time. Paired with my trusty J Brand zipper skinnies and recently crowned staple Jeffrey Campbell cutout booties, this outfit was my ideal mix of polished and laid back.

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20130421-IMG_7955-EditMargaret O'Leary tank (c/o), Forever21 blazer, J Brand pants, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Valentino bag, Tom Ford sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, HRH Collection ring, Kate Spade earrings
Photography by Ian Sheppard

Sun & Stars

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Equipment blouse, F21 vest, Joe's jeans, Steven by Steve Madden loafers, Alexander Wang Rocco bag, Michael Kors watch, HRH Collection necklace, Bracelets: J.Crew, HRH Collection, Kate Spade, Nadri, On the nails: OPI Red Lights Ahead...Where?

I've recently set a goal to start wearing more sparkles during the day. Even though they are traditionally destined for evening cocktails, it would be such a waste not to enjoy the combo of sequins + sunlight. So to start, I opted for my sequin trimmed vest that I actually purchased for a glam rock themed new years party a few years ago and my new favorite Steven crystal studded loafers. The Equipment starry night blouse and Joe's jeans in the color "sunny" coincidentally kept with the day/night vibe, and of course I couldn't wait to debut my new love - the Rocco bag, which hasn't left my arm since I got it. I love the pretty pale gold rivets - just the right amount of glamour on something that's otherwise so edgy.