As you might’ve seen in my behind the scenes holiday post, I love to get in the Christmas spirit. If it’s glittery and festive, I’m either wearing or decorating with it! Lol. But seriously, it’s hard to pull off gold and sparkles in a casual setting like a relaxed get together, so I thought the outfit from my house tour could inspire your next festive look:
We all know to bring on the sparkle at a NYE party, but what about at brunch with friends or a laidback holiday happy hour? There are a surprising amount of reasons to wear a hint of sparkle this time of year.
Enter the sequin top and jeans combo! With a fun open blouse or kimono, you’re channeling a celebratory look without screaming holiday party, or worse, looking like the Christmas tree itself. These sparkly Chan Luu tops are sold out, but there are a ton of ways to channel this look with other designers.
A fun heel is a perfect match for ankle jeans and ups the chic factor a bit. Make sure they’re already broken in and cozy – save the super high heel for New Years. These are surprisingly comfortable – gotta love a sneaky shoe.
Don’t forget to pair the look with some simple, elegant jewelry like a delicate necklace, layered rings and a gold watch. It’s the little things!
It’s officially October, and now that we’re out of that crazy heat wave, we can finally prepare for fall. As tempting as investing in a whole new wardrobe this time of year can be, there’s actually so many ways you can mix and match outfits for fall—as long as you have a few staples. Be sure to pin my chart below so you have it handy when shopping this season…
Shirt dress. Tunics and dresses are great for fall layering and a shirt dress is the best of bold worlds. If the right length, you can wear it as a dress with booties or knee-highs on warm early fall days (a must in California) and pair with the leggings or dark jeans above when the temps drop.
Basic sweater. It’s not autumn without a cozy fall sweaters. If it’s chilly where you live, you probably have a variety to choose from, but it’s nice to have a super simple sweater that goes with anything. Sweaters like the above can be worn year-round too, so they’re always a good investment.
Vest. Winter may call for heavy coats but fall is notorious for unpredictability. A nice vest will keep you from going too overboard on chilly mornings and once again – perfect for layering.
Rain coat. Fall weather may not have completely hit yet but it’s always good to be prepared (especially when running around with little ones at your side). Get a rain coat that’s actually comfortable and appropriate for an average day in your city (not too thick or thin etc.).
Poncho or shawl. I love ponchos because they’re the chicest way to wear your comfiest, most casual clothes out on the town! If it doesn’t feel dressy enough for your event, pair yours with heeled boots and chunky jewelry.
Button up. A simple button up shirt or blouse is a must for proper layering. You’ll be able to sport it under a vest, poncho, jacket, or even just tuck it into a cute fall skirt when it’s not too cold. Go for a neutral so it doesn’t compete with your statement pieces and you’re good to go!
Tote bag. I know we’ve covered the best fall bags in my other post, but a versatile tote (in a romantic color like marsala preferably!) isn’t just practical, which I’m all about, it gives any outfit a bit of elegance.
Circle scarves. All you fall fashionistas know you’ve gotta have that circle scarf for easy layering.
Dark denim.Dark denim and skinny jeans are another staple. Fall and winter are when you pay more attention to footwear so get a pair that goes with your fave boots.
Leggings. Anyone else out there put comfort first? With the appropriate top and shoes (the vest and shirt dress above will do the trick), you can get away with leggings this time of year. Just make sure they’re thick and durable – trust me, it’s worth the extra few dollars.
Booties. Need I say more? This might be your best investment for fall, and if you’re walking around in the elements frequently, investing in a pair of booties that will last all season (or hopefully much longer) should be high on the priority list.
Once you have these staples, you only need a couple other pieces – a felt hat, a little bling, and another sweater or two comes to mind – to round out your closet all season long.
Hey guys! I’m so excited to start breaking out the summer dresses, especially this white lace ensemble. I wore this dress to the Yummy Spoonfuls launch of organic baby food at Target (so proud of Agatha, who you all know from her amazing recipes on my blog over the years!) and love how versatile it is. I posted about it on Instagram and got so many questions, I wanted to share a bit more about how to wear your fave little white dress.
The trick to wearing little white dresses? It’s all in the beauty look! Although I loved wearing a curly updo when out on a sunny afternoon, I also love this dress paired with those tousled waves (aren’t there SO many ways to do beach waves these days?) and a bold eye. It really dresses up an otherwise casual outfit – so if you have a sundress like this but want to take it from day tonight, go a little bolder with the makeup.
And you can’t forget the shoes. I love these open-back booties because they are still practical for warm days, but when the temps get hot this dress will go well with a cute pair of strappy sandals too.
Stay tuned for more style posts – can’t wait to share!
Some of my favorite looks so far this month have been when I wear something that screams fall – cozy sweaters, dresses in darker hues, anything that sends off autumn vibes and not the exhausted momma vibe! Lol. But really, fall is full of textures to indulge in, so don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting yourself.
There’s no use in snagging all the latest fall fashion must-haves if you’re not sure how to wear them. Here are a few tips for correctly pairing these fall materials:
1. Contrasting fabrics. As much as I like to make a bold statement in my fashion choices, I don’t want to go overboard. Those cozy, fuzzy materials like faux fur can easily get out of hand so I prefer lined jackets and simple accessories. But how to get away with a statement piece? Pair cozy with sleek, and intensely patterned with neutral.
2. Layer wisely. We’ve all been there – check the weather report and run out of the house in way too many layers. By time we get where we’re going we’re SWEATING! If you’ve got a great warm coat like this wool wrap jacket or the faux fur moto jacket, keep it simple underneath. If you need a little more warm try a cowl, but don’t do anything too complicated (getting caught in an infinity scarf while already flustered… Not fun). Knit skirts and light sweaters can offset those heavier fabrics.
3. Prepare for warm fall weather. Some of you may not have this issue, but a lot of us are experiencing days where it’s sunny and 70 and not exactly the kind of weather you want to flaunt 100% wool – just yet, anyway. In this case, instead of loading up on those jackets I mentioned above, try wool blends and lighter knit fabrics, like a cotton sweater. You can also incorporate wool into accessories rather than the clothing if you’re dying to embrace autumn on sunny days!
4. Don’t forget about other textures. Tweed, leather (or faux leather), suede, bouclé – what fall and winter lack in color, they make up with texture, print and pattern. Follow the rules above and you can mix ‘n match any of these to create your ideal ensemble to wear for any occasion this season.
There may still be a heat wave in Los Angeles, but I’m gearing up for fall anyway. I know it’s coming (not to mention the fall travel I have planned) so it’s best to be prepared. Because fall isn’t as predictable as summer and winter, I like to keep a few transitional staples in my closet all the time. It may seem a little strange to tote a Pumpkin Spice Latte while wearing your sunglasses, but it is necessary at times. Here are my top transitional style staples to carry with me into fall:
A thick, slouchy cardigan – This way, you can curl up inside it on cool mornings or leave it open and pair with a t-shirt on unseasonably warm days.
Tip: Opt for one you’ll want to have by your side over the next month or so, whether tucked into your bag or in your car. Make sure you love the print and color!
Ankle boots – Despite how loudly those riding boots in the back of my closet are calling, I save them for colder weather. Ankle boots are chic, casual and the most appropriate for this in-between seasons time of year.
Tip: Keep your fave pair of jeans in mind when choosing a pair of boots, it’s likely that they’ll be worn together more than anything else in your closet!
Skinny denim – Speaking of your favorite pair of jeans, make your go-tos this season a pair of skinnies in a dark hue like black, burgundy, or forest green, and you’ll be able to give any outfit in your closet a fall vibe.
Tip: If you love color, this is the perfect time to try a bold colored pant. But if you want to keep an outfit classic, a well-fitting pair of blue jeans would look fabulous here too.
A few bold jewels – Rather than going all-out with jackets and scarves, layer up with jewelry in rustic fall colors, berry hues and jewel tones.
Tip: Use jewelry and accessories to add contrast to your look – either by going lighter or darker, depending on your clothing.
A big bag – Carrying a tote or shopper bag for days you’re on the go will allow you to keep an array of summer-to-fall accessories like your sweater, sunnies, and beauty products. Again, I’d go with a light color that contrasts the dark pants and top.
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