ALL MIXED UP

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Ever run out of food so you just throw together whatever you have left in your pantry and fridge and it turns out to be the best freaking dish you ever made?  That rule also applies to fashion.  I hate it when things are too matchy-matchy or coordinated.  My mother has a tendency to be matchy-matchy, and I’m always correcting her in her styling because a look can become “too much”.  Just because you wear a Chanel coat doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit has to be head-to-toe Chanel.  You’ll end up loosing that debonair, classy look you were going for and just become pretentious.

It is based on this fashion guideline that I put together this outfit.  I have a mixture of classic, stripe tee with fitted, high-waist skirt with chunky, knit scarf.  It’s a mishmash of things thrown together, but creates a look that’s slightly conservative but bold at the same time.

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I am wearing an American Eagle Outfitters Aerie Long Sleeve Best T in Navy.  It’s currently on super sale (less than $12), and I got a size XS so I can wear it fitted.  I love that it’s long in the torso so I can still tuck it into mid-waist or low-rise jeans.  This shirt is also very comfortable and easy to wear with a faux-leather pencil skirt or ripped jeans.
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This is a H&M High-Waist Satin Pencil Midi-Skirt from their Trend Collection that I purchased earlier this summer for less than $50.  This skirt is very body contouring, but has a lot of stretch and pull to suck you in in all the right places.  It has a long zipper in the back that allows you to adjust how much movement you want in the legs.  I prefer keeping the zipper low to give that vintage 1950s vibe.  Unfortunately, this skirt is no longer available.

Here are similar looks:

ModCloth I’ll Have The Usual Skirt in Pine

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Bodycon Midi Skirt (on sale)

ASOS Pencil Skirt in Cable Knit Texture

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I am wearing an Abercrombie & Fitch Extra-Long Knit Scarf in Yellow that I purchased about six years ago.  I specifically chose yellow at the time because of my Alma Mater (Georgia Tech), but it’s also my favorite color because it adds happiness to every outfit.

Everyone needs that one extra-long chunky scarf that they can wrap around and around their neck to stay extra warm and look extra fabulous.  Here are some similar looks:

ZARA Knit Scarf in Mustard

ASOS Oversized Extra Long Rib Knit Scarf

Urban Outfitters Sherpa Eternity Scarf in Beige

Urban Outfitters Icelandic Rib Scarf

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The mixture of texture, color and styles adds uniqueness to this look.  I recommend that you dig through your closet and just play.  Don’t worry about whether or not you think something will match.  Just try it on and feel it out.  As I’ve mentioned before in my previous post, (Made In LA), my ratio for dressing is 1:1.  For every one fancy/trendy item, I pair it with one casual/classic item.

How did y’all like the array of colors?  Let me know!

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / BCBG leather sandals (super old | similar look) / Rings (my own)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

ARABIAN NIGHTS

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Ever seen the movie ‘Arabian Nights‘?  Right.  Neither have I.  However, I know it’s one of those movies that I should watch on a chilly, fall night snuggled up in my bed.  It’s actually gotten a bit cold at night here in Los Angeles, and it inspired me to throw on this great hooded scarf that I found during my trip to Shanghai, China earlier this year.  It’s like a scarf but has a cap/pouch on the top for you to wear it like a hat/beanie.  It kept me very warm during Shanghai’s winter weather, but can be worn over light cotton wardrobe (as I’ve done here) because LA never gets THAT cold.

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The hooded scarf is part of a matching knit cardigan set from a local Korean brand Page.  I have not been successful in finding this brand’s online website in order to locate it’s origin, but will keep everyone updated when I do since it’s such a fantastic piece to have before winter.  Here are some similar looks:

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My top is from a James Perse sample sale two years ago.  I love this brand.  I know it can be expensive at times, but the quality of the cotton is so well worth the extra dollar.  They have a sample sale every year around this time in Los Angeles.  Sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the page and you can be updated when they have the sale again.  In case you don’t have the patience to wait for the sample sale, you can purchase the James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt in Black, which is available right now.  It’s essentially the same shirt, but has a slight collar.

arabiannights_IMG_4953The skirt I’m wearing was an exclusive Helmut Lang had with Intermix, and was on sale this summer for less than $80.  It’s now sold out, but the Helmut Lang Entity Tencel Jersey Skirt looks exactly the same as the one I’m wearing.
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I’m so excited about this weather!  I’m traveling to Atlanta this weekend to watch my homecoming game and will most definitely bring my hooded scarf.  Anyone else watching college football?  What do you like to wear to the games?

Vans Sk8-Hi California Reissue SneakerRay-Ban Aviator Classic 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

Gilt-y As Charged

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big jewelry person.  (GASP!  What?!)  Seriously, I don’t really like wearing jewelry all that much.  I’m a very active person and sometimes jewelry can get in the way of things, and I feel like it cuts off my blood circulation.  HOWEVER, I am still a girl and a fashionista, so when I DO purchase jewelry, I like to make sure it’s dainty, easy to wear, and looks freaking damn good.

That’s when I discovered my go-to online store for jewelry: Gilt.  This online store has never done me wrong when it comes to jewelry.  I’ve done my prior research on the jewelry brands they carry, and my favorite lines are: Gorjana, Gemma Crus, House of Harlow 1960, Kevia and Chan Luu.  My most recent purchase was just delivered on Tuesday night, so I had to make sure this was blogged about immediately.

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Gilt recently had a promotional offer that took 30% off your entire order of up to $75, so all that you see pictured WITH shipping…was $80.  I know.  You’re probably exiting my page and typing in Gilt.com on the web browser screen right now or have already clicked the link and said bye bye.  But before you leave know what I purchased and my review on the items.

Chan Luu Gold & Swarovski Crystal Hand Chain in Light Silk

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This is my very first time to purchase jewelry from Chan Luu, and it did not disappoint me at all.  I got the hand chain in light silk, and it is the prettiest, lightest little thing.  It looks exactly as pictured on the model, and for less than $30, it is so worth the price.  I have very small, thin wrists and this hand chain does not swim on my hand.  It has three chain links for size adjustments on the wrist.

House of Harlow 1960 Aztec Stacking Ring Set

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I thought this was going to make my fingers look even shorter, but it didn’t.  I bought a size 5 so that they fit on my ring finger.  I don’t wear all three on the same finger and wear the bigger middle ring on my middle finger to spead out the love.  I have previously purchased another House of Harlow 1960 Crystal Tribal Tooth Cocktail Ring and loved it, and this one is just as hip and trendy as the cocktail ring.

Gorjana Interlock Midi Ring

This is probably the sixth or seventh midi ring I have purchased from Gorjana on Gilt.  I’ve lost a few in the past when the night got a bit crazy, (if you know what I mean), but I just keep replacing them.  I always get a size 3 and will attempt to get a size 4 to see if it goes lower on my hand.  The size 3 can also be worn as a pinky ring for me.

Gorjana Shimmer Bar Midi Ring (sold out)

This has got to be one of my new favorite rings to wear.  It’s so small and dainty and lovable!  Unfortunately, this ring is now sold out.  Rose gold is such a popular color, and this ring was only $19 plus another 30% off.  Here’s a similar look: Tai Jewelry Infinity Station Ring.

Gemma Crus Rose Gold & Round CZ Drop Earrings

This is also my first time to purchase something from the Gemma Crus line, and I am so glad I got these earrings.  They are not overwhelming or too glamorous to wear with t-shirt and jeans.  I think they can be worn as an everyday earring because they are small and they do not hang low like most drop earrings.  I highly recommend them for a pretty and sophisticated look.

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I hope my reviews have helped and be sure to check out my SALES page for up-to-date info on another one of these flash sales.  You can also subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of the page so you’ll always be in-the-know with the latest blog posts.  Thanks for reading!

HAT ATTACK

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Happy Hump Day everyone!  You may have already seen glimpses of this outfit on my Instagram (@kanthropologie), but now I’m actually going to blog about it because I love this rocker-chic look so much.  I feel like a hat can change the look of an outfit instantly, and for this outfit I think it made the look more cool and laid-back.

I got this Lovely Bird San Miguel Gold Concho Hat on final sale for $37 (orig. $129) at Revolve.  I absolutely love this hat because I have a small head and most hats swim on my head, but this one fits perfectly.  I can wear it tilted back (as pictured and styled) or lower on my head to give it a more western look.  I also like the gold concho detail on the hat, which gives it a unique flair without being ostentatious.  I also really like the Lovely Bird San Miguel Black Braided Concho Trim Hat in Smoke, which is also on sale at Revolve.

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I am wearing Zara High-Waist Jeans in Black.  These jeans are very stretchy and very comfortable to wear.  I am wearing a size 2, and I like that they’re high-waisted because it elongates my legs and it holds in my belly when I choose to wear cropped shirts.  I love Zara denim because they are always high-quality and comfortable, but they charge only a fraction of the cost of other designer jeans.  Here are some other Zara denim that I like:

This ‘The Kills’ graphic tee that I’m wearing is from Uniqlo.  I bought it almost ten years ago from their store in Shanghai, China.  It was a regular t-shirt, but I decided to recycle the tee and make it sexier by  using a pair of scissors and cutting out the neck.  It now has an off-the-should look with a wide neck.  I then cut off the bottom to make it at waist length.  I’m sure you have several cool t-shirt that’s been sitting in your closet for years and haven’t been touched.  Pull them out, cut them up, and recycle them.  It’ll save you money on buying another t-shirt that will eventually end up sitting in your closet.hatattack_details

Wearing leopard print can be tricky if you over do it.  They’re a super fun print to wear, but can look trashy really quick.  If you decide to go with a bold print like the leopard print, keep everything else muted.  Too many loud prints and patterns can overwhelm the outfit.  Not saying don’t ever mix print and pattern, but there’s a time and place for everything.  For basic streetwear, I would stick to the golden rule of only one loud print item per outfit.  I am wearing a pair of Barneys New York leopard print pony-hair ankle boots that I got from Barneys Warehouse.  These are now sold out, but here are similar looks:

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Did y’all like this rocker-chic look?  Love to get some feedback!  Thanks!

Quay Invader Shades – Irridescent (exclusive to Nasty Gal) / Vintage Chanel 2.55 Double Flap Bag in Grey Fabric with Contrasting Coco Print Stamp (hand-me-down from my mother) / Free People Statement Ring / American Eagle Bracelets / David Yurman ‘Albion’ Petite Pendant with Semiprecious Stone & Diamonds on Chain Necklace in Citrine / Henri Bendel Chevron Stack Ring Set / Gorjana Interlock Midi Ring

Photographed by Felicia Bade