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

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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

Fur Function

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Sometimes when I wear my fur jackets (yes, plural) in California, I feel a little silly. It’s get mildly cool at night, but nothing so outrageous that fur seems necessary. But I don’t really care for necessity most of the time. That’s why I have a shopping problem probably. I just like the way they look. They’re big and fuzzy and have my eyes popping every time I see one. They make a statement regardless of the rest of your outfit. But here in London they seem oh so necessary. It’s cold and rainy so my favorite furs have moved beyond just looks. They serve purpose and that names them happy. I have to admit this fur isn’t mine. It belongs to Sam. But for the next four months we’re sharing a closet, and our closet has become super human. From fur to fishnets, we can’t wait to see what outfits we’ll create when we have two closets to work from. And you should be excited too.

Stay Manic,

Anna

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The Art of the Legging

Wearing leggings while not attending a yoga class is somewhat of an art. Leggings aren’t pants. Plain and simple. But sometimes we’re deceived by pretty floral and animal prints and we just want to treat out leggings like pants. The key to making leggings work outside of the gym? Longer and looser tops that cover your you know what. Let the pretty prints take you away and pair your leggings with some tops like that seen in these photos or a grandpa sweater or both!

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Manic Must-Haves Monday

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1. Isabel Marant Lace Bra 2. Nasty Gal Booties 3. J. Crew Fedora 4. Les Copains Check Wool Jacket 5. Bauble Bar Mongol Warrior Necklace 6. Topshop Mixed Media Tee  7. Abyss & Habidecor Leopard Bath Mat 8. Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick in Luminous Pink 8. It by Alexa Chung Novel

The Highs and Lows of It

If you’re living in Southern California, or just like to check the weather of places surrounding you, you would know that the weather man has no idea that it is Fall. With temperatures reaching the 80’s during the day and low 50’s at night, some of the items in our closet are feeling abandoned and left out of the fashion fun. And we are having issues stay cool during the day and warm at night while still keeping up with the Fall fashion. We have come up with a few outfits to help you dress for the highs and lows of this seasons crazy-ass weather. Carry a jacket around with you, think layers and boots, and think outside your style box to prepare yourself for this roller coaster of weather.

Stay Manic,

S&A

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Jacket – Traffic LA; Shirt – Topshop; Pants – Raquel Allegra; Beanie – Tilly’s; Shoes – Stella McCartney; Purse – Mulberry

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Sweatshirt – MSGM; Shirt – Marc By Marc Jacobs; Skirt – MSGM; Shoes – Topshop; Clutch – Charlotte Olympia

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 6.31.19 PMJacket – Zara; Sweatshirt – Forever21; Jeans – Current/Elliot; Necklace – All Saints; Shoes – Nike; Clutch – Michael Kors