Style Settlement

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It’s September, so it’s perfect that temperatures this week are reach the hundreds here in Southern California. Ok, not really. I’m still dreaming of buttery, leather pants, cozy knit sweaters and a stupidly awesome amount of layers. I’m thinking Free People Fall Lookbook while the weather is just tempting me to quit my job and become a mermaid. I’m trying to find a compromise because I just don’t think the whole mermaid gig is really going to work out. This look is just that — a fashion compromise. A flowy maxi with some sliders is perfect for every day of summer while a wool, wide-brim hat and all black is just so appropriate for the cooler months. If this is the outcome, we’re ok with compromising. For now at least.

What I’m Wearing

Dress: Nasty Gal

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Hat: Nasty Gal

Sunglasses: Coach

White Tee. Patch Jeans.

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It’s the weekend, and I’m topping it off with the perfect white tee and jeans. It’s basic and carefree with just enough added personality to avoid being overly basic. This outfit is ready for anything that comes my way be it sushi with my main gals or a night at #paulsforever. I’m set for a carefree, California weekend.

What I’m Wearing

Shirt: Trouve

Jeans: Forever 21

Shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman

Sunglasses: Rayban

Summer Meets Fall

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I love this outfit; the boho, crocheted duster screams summer and is perfectly juxtaposed by the all black that screams fall. It’s the perfect outfit for this transitory period from summer to fall fashion. It can be hard to find that balance, and I think this outfit does just that.

Top: ASOS

Vest: Brass Plum

Jeans: Paige

Shoes: Forever 21

Lusting for Leather

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I love leather. It’s got to be one of my favorite materials. It can take something simple and turn it into something magical. It’s that stand out fabric that doesn’t have to try that hard. It takes little accessorizing or thinking about what to wear with it because leather and a simple tee is all you need to be a model off duty. And boy do I miss it. It’s hot hot hot here in California, but I’m dreaming of cozying up to my leather pieces. So I decided to bust them out before the weather has cool and give them a spin that’ll work with the heat. Pairing a boho-feeling, white blouse with my leather mini and some slip-ons creates a perfect ensemble for this time of fashion transition. 

What I’m Wearing

Blouse: Monteau

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: ASOS

Sunnies: Ray-Ban

One for the Money

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There’s nothing better than that throw-it-on-and-go piece; it’s effortless, minimal and requires little thinking, which is great for those late nights that meet early mornings. Sometimes that minimal vibe is exactly what I need. But most of the time, I’m looking for a little something more. That’s the best part about that perfect jumpsuit – it can be just what you want it to. Keep it simple or add layers and accessories to get that stand-out style. Nothing beats versatility when you’re a fashion addict.

What I’m Wearing

Jumpsuit – Forever 21 // Shoes – Sam Edelman // Sunnies – Ray-Ban //Watch – Michael Kors// Bracelets – Alex and Ani // Rings – Forever 21

Chic, Casual Saturday

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Yesterday, I had an entire day off; a rare occurrence for me recently. And I enjoyed every second of it with some lazy-meets-chic street style, errands, and fun with friends. I think I picked out the three comfiest pieces in my closet, paired them together, and was beyond fashion satisfied: sweaterish crop top, silky, peg pants, and the ever-popular Birkenstock. Top it all off with my go-to denim jacket, a statement-making arm cuff, and pretty rings and things. I was beyond ready for a night of walking through the Orange International Street Fair beer in hand and birks on feet.

What I’m Wearing

Top: Leith

Pants: Wayf

Jacket: Diesel

Shoes: Birkenstocks

Cuff: Luv AJ

Rings: Vintage/Forever 21

Ankle-grazing Glory

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These pants though; what a seriously good Forever 21 find. Soft, silky material, comfy fit, and an up-and-coming pant trend, these babies have everything I could ask for and more in something that covers my gams. I’m obsessed and hopefully you are too; this is the first feature of these pants and Manic and definitely not the last. Don’t worry – variations and creativity to come.

Shirt: Joie

Pants: Forever 21

Shoes: Superga X The Man Repeller

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Changing Wardrobes

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I’m secretly excited for fall to start; although I’m always cold, I’m more than ready to bust out the cozy clothes buried in the back of my closet. I miss my leather pants and the ability to layer an outfit to sheer perfection. After a quintessential trip to Forever 21, I found myself yearning to wear my newest addition to my closet: a quilted, oversized menswear-inspired blazer. Like many of my other love affairs with my attire, it was love at first site; I just had to have it. It’s a piece I’d been looking for for quite some time and at such a perfect price point how could I not. I brought it home, hung it up, and started to realized that it was hot, hot, hot. So I challenged myself and styled this coat for a look I would say is summer approved. Paired with an essential white tee and my thrifted shorts, it was the perfect balance and will transition very nicely into the cooler months.

What I’m Wearing

Jacket: Forever 21

Shorts: Vintage Levi’s

Shirt: ASOS

Shoes: ASOS

Sunnies: Nordstrom Bp

Watch: Michael Kors

Necklaces: Manic/Bauble Bar/Forever 21

Rings: Forever 21/Thanks, Mom!/Vintage

Panama and Prints in Palm Springs

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A wide-brim, panama hat and silky, Hawaiian printed dress seemed like the perfect combination for a little getaway to Palm Springs. And functional, surprisingly. The brim of the hat shades my face from the suns harsh rays while the dresses thin material is cool enough for the scorching, desert heat. Paired with my new Forever 21 booties (yes, Forever. They just look so much more designer than that), it’s the perfect outfit for a night under the stars and California palm trees.

Bermudas: not just for your mom

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I’ll never forget shopping, at age 12, with my mom; the struggle was real. It was a constant battle between her trying to dress me up like I was a 40-year-old teacher at stores like J Jill and Ann Taylor (which I would gladly shop at today) and me wanting to just look like all my friends and dress like I belonged in a Limited Too catalogue (judge me). Needless to say, she had the money, and I always ended up looking like I belong at the front of the classroom. Fast forward 12 years and irony ensues; I wear my mom jeans with pride and find myself loving the things I once cried to get away from. Something else my mom was always putting me in that I hated – bermudas. She was looking for something a bit more conservative than cut-offs and hey, today I get it. My awkward 12-year-old self, on the other hand, never will. Today, I’m embracing them. Yes, they can be as awkward as a quiet elevator ride to the 29th floor but dress them just right and it’s more like an elevator filled with your friends in a night out in Vegas. Awesome. Get funky in some long shorts with a cool crop top, booties, and fresh jewelry to match.

What I’m Wearing

Top: H&M

Short: Trouve

Shoes: ASOS

Necklace: Brass Plum

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelets: Alex and Ani