HOLIDAY

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It’s officially holiday season time.  Store fronts are covered with snowflakes, lights and signs for pre-Black-Friday sales.  You just received your N-teenth invitation to another #friendsgiving holiday party.  What the eff do you wear so that you stand out in the crowd but not look like a lit-up Christmas tree?  Your savior is the go-to sweater dress.  It can be short, midi or maxi and you will still fit right into the party setting with a glass of wine in hand.holiday_IMG_6132holiday_IMG_6142holiday_IMG_6147

I’m wearing a Club Monaco Off-The-Shoulder Sweater in Ivory that I purchased two years ago.  Because I’m short, I’m able to wear this long sweater as a short dress.  I love how sexy it is even though I’m still covered up and warm.  This sweater can be worn as off-the-shoulder or as a cowl neck.  This versatility gives me options depending on how conservative I want to dress.  Here are similar looks:

ZAFUL Light Grey Off The Shoulder Sweater Dress

Club Monaco Fannah Sweater Dress

Nasty Gal Sonya Off-the-Shoulder Knit Dress

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This pair of Quay Australia Invader Shades in Irridescent is exclusive to Nasty Gal.  I love how fun it is to wear, especially with this sweater dress outfit.  I needed something to give this classy look an edge and the sunglasses did just that.  Here’s a similar look that’s on sale.
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And finally, the notorious pair of Forever21 Burgundy Modernist Platform Booties that are now sold out…(sigh).  But no worries ladies, here are similar looks:

Steve Madden Amandaa Platform Bootie in Burgundy Leather (on sale at Nordstrom)

Pedro Garcia Red Ankle Boots (on sale at Lyst)

Jessica Simpson Adaway Platform Bootie in Vampire Red Suede (on sale at Nordstrom)
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I hope everyone stays safe this Thanksgiving holiday.  Have fun, be merry, and eat lots of yummy food.  Don’t worry, that sweater dress will do a good job hiding that food-comatose-belly.  Would love to know what you have decided to wear to your Friendsgiving parties!

Large Pearl Earrings (my own | custom-made in Shanghai, China)

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

TWO SHADES OF GREY

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If I had to pick between wearing black or white, I’d pick grey.  I don’t think I can ever have enough grey.  There are so many shades of grey: heather, dark, light, etc..  I think grey gives off the feeling of ease and comfort.  It reminds me of sweats and loungewear, which is why I have put together this outfit.  It’s so easy and comfy to wear, but I don’t feel that it’s underdressed or too casual.  It’s a shopping outfit.  It’s a movie date outfit.  It’s a great outfit.
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I’m wearing a Forever21 Open-Front Duster Coat in Heather Grey.  It’s under $40, and it just about goes with everything you can possibly wear this fall.  It’s in a sweatshirt, heavy knit material so it can transform anything you wear with it to casual wear.  Here’s a similar look.
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This is a LnA Grey Maxi Dress that I got from SHOPBOP like five years ago on super ridiculous sale.  I think it was around $30+.  I have been following this clothing line for a while, and I love how it has stayed true to it’s original core: casual, soft and comfy clothing.  They have branched out to leather and active wear, but they are one of my go-tos when it comes to a perfect cotton tee.  Here are similar looks:

LNA T-Shirt Maxi Dress in Vintage Black (at Planet Blue)

ZARA Long Dress in Grey Marl

Forever21 Contemporary Layered Stretchy Marled Dress

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Grey can be the easiest color to wear, (except when working out).  Casual and ease doesn’t mean lazy though. It means you can be fashionable and comfortable at the same time, so take advantage of that grey!

Like this comfy chic outfit?  Do you have a preference of black or white?  Let me know!  Thanks for reading and happy hump day!

 Ray-Ban RB4147 Sunglasses / Vans Sk8-Hi California Reissue Sneaker

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

LAST CALL

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SO, I’m going to start off by first saying that everything in this outfit is no longer available.  (Silence.  Someone coughs.)  You’re now wondering why in the freaking world would a fashion blogger blog about an outfit that is no longer available AND name her post LAST CALL?!  Before you get your panties all in a wad, let me explain and tell the story of the last call items that you see before you.

What we have here ladies are fashionable items that I purchased on last call clearance because they were already past their season, the last size of that item and/or the very last one of that item.  I’m not sure why it’s such a taboo to wear things from previous seasons when staple items like a LBD, long black coat, and grey platform boots are always on trend fall after fall and winter after winter.  Does this outfit look fabulous? Yes.  Does this outfit fit the season?  Yes.  Did this outfit cost me a mere fraction of what I would have spent if I purchased it as soon as it was released? YES!  So start shopping smart!

I am wearing a J. Crew Long Wool Coat with Nautical Buttons.  I got this coat almost a decade ago, and I still remember buying it for $40.  YUP, four-zero dollars.  If you have EVER shopped at J. Crew, you would know that most of their outerwear start at $150 retail price.

So how in the world did I purchase mine for such a ridiculously low price?  By purchasing it in January and waiting for the sale on sale event, which always happens because they’re trying to offload their winter inventory.  I’m an impulse shopper so I can completely understand and sympathize with the shopaholics that are screaming what if they run out of my size or what if they sell out?!  My response is: it happens.  (Silence.  Someone coughs.)  But is it really the end of the world?  Instead you end up finding other stylish items that you didn’t notice before AND that are on super sale.

Here are some similar looks:

GUESS Funnel-Collar Asymmetrical Coat (on sale at Macy’s)

Vince Camuto A-Line Military Walker Coat (on sale at Macy’s)

Rachel Roy Double-Breasted Military Maxi Coat (on sale at Macy’s)

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This is a Theyskens’ Theory Kumila Dress that I purchased from Barneys New York about three years ago for 1/3 of it’s original price.  Once again, I purchased it around January/February when all the winter items are purged from the stores.  This beautiful silk knit dress can also be worn into spring because it’s light-weight and very breathable.

Here are similar looks:

Theory Karlyn Dress

Tommy Hilfiger Cowl-Neck Cable-Knit Sweater Dress (on sale at Macy’s)

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Metallic Cable Knit Sweater Dress

Versus Long Sleeve Knit Dress

Acne Studios Jamal L Ribbed Sweater Dress

And lastly, these fabulous Dolce Vita Suede Block-Heel Knee-High Boots in Grey that I got from Free People for under $100 a few years ago.  This was the steal of a lifetime.  I’m sure it was probably a return, but it was the last pair they had in stock and it just happen so to be my size.  It was a purchase sent from above.  They are very comfortable to wear, but the zippers in the back can get a bit rusty if not worn or used in a while.  I just recommend wearing them often so you don’t run into this issue.

Here are similar looks:

Autumn Elegant Stage Lace Up Knee High Knight Block Boots

Dune London Skyler Suede High Heel Knee High Boot

Steve Madden Gorgeous Boots in Grey

This whole outfit may have only costed me $250, and that includes wool outerwear, silk knit dress, and a pair of suede platform boots from very reputable and quality brands.  Is this a last call steal or what?  Thank y’all for reading, and as always, please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback!

Ray-Ban Aviator Flip Out Sunglasses

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

IN THE NUDES

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One of the best things in life is playing in the nude.  Remember when you were young and carefree and clothes wasn’t necessary?  Well, as adults, it would be illegal to parade around in the buff, but it doesn’t mean we have to neglect the nudes when it comes to fashion.  inthenudes_IMG_5721inthenudes_bundledup

This knit sweater is one of my prize possessions, and I scored this Stella McCartney Oversized Chunky Knit Zip Cardigan from the bi-annual Barney’s Warehouse Sale that use to occur every year in the LA Convention Center until August 2012 when they decided to move the sale online.  It was indeed a very sad summer.  However, I was elated that I still got my one last victory purchase.

I have a rule, and this fashion rule is unfortunately unbreakable.  If I try on something at a store and two complete strangers walk up to me and compliment me within a 10 minute time frame on that item, then I must purchase the item (regardless of the cost).  My wallet hates this rule, but I stand by it and it has yet to fail me in my fashion quests.  This $600 sweater was purchased because of that rule and I never regretted it because it was originally $2000+.  I don’t expect you to go break your bank on a chunky knit, but a quality one is always worth the investment.  Here are some similar styles:

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Chunky Cardigan (on sale at Barney’s Warehouse)

Rose Gal Stylish Cable-Knit Hooded Cardigan

Michael Kors Button-Front Textured Long Cardigan (on sale at Neiman Marcus)

Stella McCartney Chunky Knit Wool-Blend Cardigan

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Fall fashion can be sexy as well, as long as you know how to bundle up without compromising on your style.  Neutrals and nudes are a great way to pretend like you’re showing skin without having to freeze while showing skin.

Did anyone else ever shop at the Barney’s Warehouse Sale in Los Angeles?  If so, love to hear what you got from there that you still wear to this day.

Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses /  J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale) / Steve Madden Serrpant Platform Pumps in Blush Leather (sold out | similar look on sale)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

DATE NIGHT

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This sexy little number is a Carmella Emeline Silk Dress in Magnolia that I got from a sample sale back in July this year.  I am so in love with this dress.  It does run a bit small on the hips, but I got a size 2 and plan on taking it into alterations to make this baby really rock.  The dress does come with an optional inner camisole, but I prefer to wear it without to show off it’s deep plunging neckline.  The buttons on this dress give it an extra sex-kitten boost.  This dress also comes in the color black and is on sale at Revolve.datenight_IMG_5707datenight_IMG_5708

In order to really show off the sexiness of the dress, I put on a Free People Front Strap Triangle Bra in Black.  The front straps on this bra gives the neckline a distraction from the lacey, racy bra.  It’s very in your face, so you can’t be shy to show off some skin.
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I have always been very bold and audacious with my fashion.  Even though this outfit shows off a lot of neckline and chest, I think the soft femininity of the silk, the buttons and the mid-length of the dress offsets the sexiness.  Don’t you agree?  Love to know what you think of this outfit!

Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses /  J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale) / Brian Atwood Delta Patent Platforms (from Net-A-Porter a SUPER long time ago)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

POPPY

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Last night it actually rained in Los Angeles, which brought in this perfect cold chill that made me smile.  Nothing like a little change in temperature to our unwavering sunny weather, and nothing like a little pop of color to add into our monochrome black and white wardrobe.  poppy_volkswagenI found this bright red Marc by Marc Jacobs Big Button Princess Peacoat a very, very long time ago at Neiman Marcus, and knew that I just had to buy it even if it meant going in debt for six months afterwards.  I have taken really great care of it and it has maintained it’s brilliancy and bold color.  I have a love for outerwear, and my friends are always confused as to why I purchase so many coats and jackets while living in LA.  And my only response is that I can wear it out that one time a year when it gets chilly and look fabulous.  Here are some similar looks:

GUESS Double-Breasted Pleasted Peacoat in Rouge (on sale at Macy’s)

Via Spiga Double-Breasted Flare Peacoat in Red (on sale at Macy’s)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Double-Breasted Peacoat in True Red (on sale at Macy’s)
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I am wearing a French Connection 3/4 Sleeve Striped Dress to offset the prissiness of the peacoat.  This is not a bodycon dress, and that is precisely the reason why I call this my go-to dress.  I purchased this dress one size up so that I can wear it loose and comfy, (FCUK is known to run small, so I would even consider going up two sizes if you’re unsure of the fit).  It still shows off curves where it needs to when you move, but you don’t have to wear a corset to get into this dress.  It’s my kind of sexy, casual-chic.  Here are some similar styles:

French Connection Starzy Stripe Long Sleeve Dress (on sale)

French Connection French Stripe Cotton Dress (on sale)

French Connection French Stripe Dress (on sale)
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And finally, we have the shoes.  These fringe style sandals have been popping up everywhere since the middle of summer and now I finally have a pair.  I threw this pair of heels into the look because it brings trend and sexiness to a very All-American look.  These Steve Madden Fringly Suede High-Heel Sandals in Beige are currently on sale.  I purchased them from Lord & Taylor during their Friends and Family Sale event three weeks ago and got it for $70.  They’re comfy and super cute.  It’s a bit hard to put on at first because the opening at the top is stiff and small, (even with it unzipped), but once your foot slips in it’s super fabulous.  I don’t ever spend too much on fashion items that are too trendy.  The look will go out of style by next season and I’ll have to store them away for a few years before they become vintage or stylish to wear again.  Here are similar styles:

Steve Madden Staarz Ankle Fringe Sandal in Taupe Suede (on sale at Nordstrom Rack)

LuLu’s Any Excursion Tan Suede Fringe Dress Sandals in Tan

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I truly loved my hair and fall makeup.  Please check out Felicia‘s page to get the details!  Are there any special makeup looks that you really want to see?  Let me know and I can put that request in!  Thanks for reading!

J.Crew Earrings (sold out | similar look on sale)

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair and Makeup by Felicia Bade

ETERNAL

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LA fashion is very different from the rest of the country because of our never-ending warm temperature, but occasionally we get those nights where it drops down into the low 60s.  Those are the days that we want transitional pieces that go great with or without a jacket.  I found this Lovers + Friends Eternal Dress in Ivory during the Revolve (i.e. Tularosa, Lovers + Friends, NBD) Sample Sale last month (read SALES).  You’d hate me if I told you how much I actually bought it for, so let’s just say that it’s on sale right now.  The fabric is soft and durable, kind of like a scuba suit fabric, so it should keep me warm when it gets chilly at night.  This dress also comes with a long sleeve look.
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I purchased this Vince Fur Trimmed Hooded Anorak two years ago at Neiman Marcus when they had a special on Vince outerwear.  It was still pricey, but this coat is simple enough that I can wear it year after year.  Definitely an investment piece.  I like that the coat is light with a removable coyote fur-trim and hood.  This way I can wear it all the way into spring season without looking too bundled up.  This coat is no longer available, but here are some similar looks:

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I’m not worried about wearing white after Labor Day, especially this dress.  Remember ladies, it’s okay to be a rebel at times and take risks in fashion.  This outfit is chic but not overly done and can be worn to lunch and/or dinner and a movie.  Thank y’all for reading and let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Free People Hat (sold out | similar look | similar look) / Forever21 Black Modernist Platform Booties (sold out | similar look | similar look) / Vintage Chanel Caviar CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag / Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses / Chan Luu Gold & Swarovski Crystal Hand Chain in Light Silk /  Henri Bendel Chevron Stack Ring Set / Gorjana Interlock Midi Ring / Gemma Crus Rose Gold & Round CZ Drop Earrings

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

EASY

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Happy Friday everyone!  It’s going to be a busy weekend and I need an outfit that will transition well from day to night. Just because I put on a sexy black dress doesn’t mean I also have to put on super high heels.  Ladies, make it EASY on yourself.  Why not dress comfy, sexy and cool at the same time?

I just got this BB Dakota Kiana Dress in XS from Urban Outfitters for under $20.  It’s no longer available on UO, but you can still get it on sale from Revolve.  Here’s a similar look: Zara Strappy Dress, (currently in their Special Prices section).

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I paired my LBD with these Vans Sk8-Hi California Reissue Sneaker that I purchased on sale last week for under $20 from UO, (read my previous post Urbanology about the sale and purchase).  Automatically, my body-contour dress just went from ‘night-club’ wear to ‘let’s just hangout at a bar’ wear.

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Quay Australia Isabelle Cat-Eye Shades (from Nasty Gal) / Vince Asymmetrical Leather Jacket (sold out | similar look) / Chanel Wallet on Chain Black Patent Leather / Henri Bendel Stackable Rings / American Eagle Bracelets / Free People Ring / Gorjana Midi Rings

Photographed by Felicia Bade

EARTH FRIENDLY

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I absolutely love Reformation!  They practice sustainability throughout their manufacturing operation without compromising on the style or fabric.  Their motto is “We make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment.”

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You may have seen Karlie Kloss and the whole Taylor Swift bff clan wear Reformation at one point or another.  Not outrageously expensive, but definitely not Forever21.  I found this great Gwen Two Piece in Flavia XXS for $47 on sale (original price $158).  It’s basic and it’s black, and the two piece: crop top and high waisted skirt, will stay in fashion for at least another season.  I’ll definitely wear this into fall.  I paired it up with an old pair of Zara Leather Platform Ankle Boot that I purchased about 2 years ago.

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Gentle Monster Dreamer 01 Sunglasses / Gorjana Gold Shimmer Triangle Stud Earrings

Reformation is having a great 70% off sale right now, and they ship free worldwide!  They have stores in LA and NYC so you would have to pay tax if shipping to either of the two states.

Photographed by Laurie Douglas