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

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

Dungaree, Darling

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Yesterday was a relaxing, yet productive day working on all our new, handmade jewelry! Half way through, we realized we were dressed and ready for yet another blog post. We’re obsessing over overalls, and we wouldn’t mind a few more pairs in various washes and colors galore. Wether or not their your cup of tee, you’ll still have to admit that they look pretty great paired alongside our new armlet (arm-bracelet, obviously). This is just one of many of our new pieces for our Fall jewelry collection! Stay tuned for more sneak peaks and the big debut coming soon.

Thanks Mom & Dad

 

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Dear Mom and Dad,

I write to thank you for being my source of inspiration for my latest look. Mom, who knew those high-waisted “mom jeans” you sported in the nineties would be one of my spring/summer obsessions, but alas, I rock this Topshop pair to the best of my ability. Dad, your sport coat inspired blazer, I picked up at a vintage store in Berlin, pairs nicely with the look adding a masculine edge. Paired with a ribbed white crop top and pointed toe Office booties I complete a look my parents would be proud of. Overall I am loving this outfit, and even in this hot hot summer heat, I can remove the blazer for a cooler look.

Thanks for the inspiration!!

XX

P.S This is my last London look

 

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Barcelona Blues

IMG_0917After a two week hiatus, or should I say holiday, Manic is back home in foggy London with many new stories and fashionable looks to share. Our first stop in our three country, two week tour, was the mas bonita Barcelona, Spain. It was warm, colorful, full of flavor and kind people. We visited museums, ate paella, got lost wandering down windy roads and alleys, and found love in vintage stores (outfits soon to come!)

The first thing to catch my eye about this incredible city was the color. Every store front was covered in outrageous colors and graffiti. The contrast between the ancient stone buildings and cathedrals, with the modern graffiti pop art was perfection. Bright Barcelona color inspired my look as a chose a bright cobalt blue swinging dress from ASOS, paired with my leather jacket and glass bug necklace from Topshop, and white high top converse (for style purposes and the miles of walking we did each day). It was bright, fun, and playful just like this incredible city.

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If time and my bank account allowed I would surely make another trip back to Barcelona. Five days was not nearly enough. I mean just look at this view from our room! So romantic and  beautiful.IMG_5827

Barcelona, I’ll  be back for you Baby.

XX

Samantha