Free Radical

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For the most part, May in LA is well past sweater weather, but a few overcast windy days still sneak up on us here and there. I don't mind it, especially since it gives me a chance to cozy up with this tribal print knit number - a new addition to my wardrobe that has unexpectedly come in handy lately for early morning dog walks and cold plane rides. The high contrast design gives it a bit of extra oomph and when mixed with fringey cutoffs, it becomes perfectly appropriate for cooler spring days. These biker boots are another winter gone summer staple, which I was actually compelled to buy last fall because of the inspiration to wear them with shorts. They took me through the colder months with skinny jeans but they're ready to take on their originally intended identity. I love spring fashion because it's a chance to  get creative with your clothes and think of your seasonal pieces in a different light, before it's time to pack winter away and fully immerse yourself into summer.

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20130505-IMG_9071-EditEsther cardigan (c/o), Gold Hawk cami, Free People shorts, AllSaints boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Heather Belle clutch (c/o), Nixon watch, Bracelets: Kindred Stones, Forever21, BCBGeneration, H&M, Nordstrom, Nails: OPI You're Such a Budapest
Photography by Ian Sheppard

Texas Life

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130428_TheLifeStyled_ATX_0187Don't you love those days when life slows down and you get a chance to stop to appreciate the finer things? Like time with friends under a picturesque sunset, enjoying good food and wine, and experiencing a new city for the first time. That's what this trip to Austin was for me and I did not want to come back to real life. It's such an awesome city filled with the most amazing music, vintage stores, patios, BBQ, Tex Mex, and more bars per capita than probably any place I've ever been. The best part is the way of life there that's hard to describe except to say that everyone is just loving life - us included. I even had a chance to go out and shoot with my talented friend Heather Gallagher, who as you can see here from the matte black VW bus (what??), really knows how to make magic happen. This outfit is all you really need in Austin - cutoff shorts, loose vintagey tees, beat up boots, pops of contrast, and cheeky accessories. I'll be collecting more of these things in preparation for my next visit, which hopefully will be for much longer.

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130428_TheLifeStyled_ATX_0262BCBG blazer, Vintage Havana tank (c/o), Free People shorts and socks, Steve Madden boots, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff purse, Workhorse Jewelry necklace (c/o), House of Harlow ring, Nixon watch (c/o Watch Co), Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid in Electric Orange
Photography by Heather Gallagher (see more from this shoot on her blog!)

Currently Coveting: Purple Now & Later

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Is it just me, or has purple been having a moment for quite some time? Lavender is the big thing this summer, bringing my latest favorite beauty essentials, Essie Lilacism, MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo, and Revlon Lilac Pastelle lip gloss. I'm even more excited for what purple obsessions are waiting for us in the Fall - specifically the NARS' high voltage Daphne eyeshadow and Chanel Paradoxal nail polish (find it now, or get ready to spend some late nights scouring Ebay). Purple toned makeup looks are my favorite right now, adding a bit of coolness to highlight the bronzed skin of summer - the healthy faux bronze of course...

Purple Pleaser

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Purple is a color of all seasons, and looks great on just about anyone. It's fun to bring out the lilacs and lavenders of summer like this soft, breezy tunic from Calypso, so easily paired with white shorts or ripped jeans and caviar brown sandals.

Summer Purple

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Eggplants and jewel toned royals are always on the horizon for fall. For a twist on a neutral handbag, make a deep purple one your go-to. It'll match all your blacks and browns for the season.

Fall Purple

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