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

Frozen

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In the lead-up to December, I could not wait to get to Minnesota for the holidays. Aside from the giddy excitement I felt about spending Christmas relaxing and celebrating with my loved ones, I was craving snow and winter activities more than ever. Nothing is better than the feeling of frolicking out in the cold and then coming home to my mom's afternoon tea to warm me. It's a feeling I look forward to all year. Minnesota gets a bad rap for being bone chillingly cold (not that that's a lie) but it really is the most gorgeous winter wonderland and there's no place I'd rather be at Christmas. We were so lucky to have such dreamy weather during our stay and we made sure to soak it up. We went on brisk winter walks, we did some night skating, and on this particular afternoon we drove out into the country and frolicked in the snowy fields.

Margaret O'Leary cape (c/o), T by Alexander Wang tee, GAP jeans, Moschino belt, Rachel Roy boots, Forever21 hat (similar), H&M gloves, Lips: MAC Russian Red
Photos by Ian Sheppard - Check out his new website!