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
Skirt: Forever 21
From Barcelona, we were off to our second trip – Paris! Over packed and overly excited wearing my new vintage sweater purchased in Barcelona, Sam and I boarded the Euro Star ready for a trip filled with Chanel, escargot, and Macaroons. Day one in Paris we found our selves taking a boat tour up and down the Seine river. It was cloudy and chilly, but the Eiffel Tower looked dark, yet beautiful behind a thick, milky layer of clouds and fog. Every turn of our head left us looking at something new and unexpected. The architecture, nature, and general scenery were breath taking. It only seemed fitting to shoot our first round of style photos in Paris while floating atop the river. At the end of the day we were brought to Make Up Forever’s flagship store with the generous gift of 40% off everything. I we’re elated to say the least. Alongside my shopping habit is a makeup habit; I was in beauty bliss. The rest of the night was left for us to wander Paris and discover the city on our own. We found little back alleys, zipping motorcycles, and a salad topped with egg and anchovies. It was marvelous. With 4 more days left, I found myself missing London already but wondering what was in store for the rest of our time in France.
Barcelona left me missing the sunshine and days where layers upon layers weren’t necessary. But I didn’t have to leave everything behind. When strolling the streets with no particular destination in mind, Sam and I stumbled upon a small store with gorgeous, handmade vintage jewelry. The designer, Ena Macena, takes pieces of old or broken jewelry, metal scraps, and whatever else she can find and creates new, one-of-a-kind pieces. And they are beyond beautiful. Sam and I must have spent an hour picking up pieces, trying them on, and making an effort (a sad one at that) to decide which pieces would become ours. But once I saw this piece, it was love at first sight. Comprised of two different chains assembled together with a black butterfly dangling off the golden beauty, I was sold. There was something just so perfect about it. So me. And with that, I brought back a beautiful butterfly necklace that will always remind me of that trip. And the butterfly so beautiful, yet painted black is perfect to also help remind me of London and it’s constant way of bringing together the beautiful and the ugly, with the ability of making them work so well together.
While online shopping at Nasty Gal, these high-shine leggings caught my eye right away. I was swooning. They were fitted but not overly tight like your standard leggings. High rise. HIgh shine. Low price. They had it all. Add to bag and purchased. 3 to 5 business days later they arrived on the mosaic table outside my front door. I ran to my room, opened them, and threw them right one. I was in pleather heaven. I have two pairs of leather-like pants, but neither of them have this much shine. Patent pants were a great addition to my closet. And then I started dreaming of how to wear them, and I ran into a wall. A wall that screamed kinda slutty; these pants could easily take that turn from High-Fashionville to Hookertown. I squashed these thoughts faster than they could come oozing out of my head by running to my closet and putting together a few outfits that would be banned from Hookerville. I needed to mix these leggings with something completely opposite of them. So I did. The outfits were lady-like and classic, yet had some personality and funk. These pants gave my simple, longer blouse an edge that it needed. They took my sweaters that I thought were kinda boring and gave them life. And then I came across my cream blouse from Banana Republic and it was so bohemian and pretty. I thought, what a incredible contrast that style blouse would create when paired with not-so-boho leggings. So I added some fringe and turquoise, topped it all off with a floppy hat, and that was that – the perfect mix of boho and edgy. \]
I scored this awesome leather-like midi at Forever for $12. I put it on in the dressing room, and it was love. Perfection. The endless outfit possibilities created around this skirt started to fill my fashion-obsessed brain. With flats and a sweater. With more leather. With fur and some booties. So today when I was getting dressed, my New Bs caught my eye, and the rest is history.
I’m not really big on sweat pants, especially when in public. If you’re hitting up the gym or going for a walk, then I get it. I get you wearing them to class because you’re going to the gym or just came from the gym. And since I really, really dislike the gym, I own like zero pairs of sweatpants. But I totally get comfort. It’s important. Sometimes you just want a lazy Saturday afternoon outfit. So when I saw these plaid pants on Nasty Gal, I had to get them! They encompass the best if two worlds: fashion and comfort. The print is in trend, the leather waistband is awesome, and the knit feel of the fabric might be the softest thing ever. I’m obsessed.