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

CLAY

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When I think Fall, I think of brown, burgandy, rust, …clay.  I found this super comfy and soft Zara Flowing Trousers With Pleat in Clay for under $20.  It is available right now in-store and online, but I promise you at this price it will sell out quickly.  I am wearing an XS.

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No other city has fashionistas that scream for joy when it’s gloomy and chilly outside like we do in Los Angeles.  I am thrilled to be able to throw on my favorite coat, and not sweat my a$$ off because it’s for a photo shoot and 90 degrees outside.  I’m wearing a Vintage Geometric Coat in Light Grey with Geometric Buttons that I got from a small boutique in NYC back in 2008.  I know.  I know.  That’s like seven years ago.  But the reason I’m dating myself is because outerwear lasts FOREVER.  They will come back in style or stay in style year after year.  If you really love a coat, take good care of it, keep it in great condition, and you’ll be able to wear it for as long as you like.  Similar looks:

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This Truly Madly Deeply Mocturnal Cropped Tank Top by Urban Outfitters is on sale and for under $20.  There are four colors, but I love the grey the most.  I am wearing an XS.  I wore the trouser with a mock-neck crop top because I’m not going into an office building to work in this outfit.  I styled it so that it’s more laid back, but still sophisticated and chic.  If you ARE going to work, then I would suggest a top like Silence + Noise Mock Turtleneck Tunic Tank Top in Taupe (on sale at UO).

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Zara Faux Suede d’Orsay Platform Heels (sold out | similar look) / Vintage Gucci Leather Belt (hand-me-down from my mother) / Vintage Gucci Denim Monogram Medium Abbey Tote in Black / American Eagle Bracelets / Henri Bendel Stackable Rings / Free People Ring

Photographed by Felicia Bade

FALL-ING

So, Fall is taking her sweet booty time to get to LA.  She told me she was on her way three days ago, but I think she’s still deciding on what to wear.  I made an executive decision to pregame while I wait for her and dressed warmly in an A|X faux shearling bomber, ZARA striped crop top, rag & bone/JEAN The Legging Jeans, and Forever 21 Red Modernist Platform Booties.  In 90 degrees LA you ask?  Yes.  I was sweating profusely while I shot these photos, but it was well worth it because it got me very excited for Fall’s arrival.

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Similar looks to this faux shearling bomber:

ZARA Sheepskin Jacket

Forever 21 Faux Shearling Bomber Jacket in Taupe

Jou Jou Faux-Leather Bomber Jacket in Brown (on sale at Macy’s)

You must be wondering, does this girl ever wear a normal shirt or does she only own crop tops, right?  I was thinking the same thing when I put this outfit together.  However, because it never gets that cold in LA, a crop top makes this outfit more bearable to wear when inside.  But for everyone else who doesn’t have the need to wear crop tops, here are some alternatives:

Similar Looks (Non-Crop)

Gap Modern Stripe Boatneck Tee in Dark Night (on sale)

T by Alexander Wang Striped Linen Cotton Long Sleeve Tee

Bassike Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt (at Farfetch)

J.Crew Factory Long Sleeve Striped Boatneck Tee in Oat Navy Spring

Similar Looks (Cropped)

ASOS Crop Top In Turtleneck With Stripe and Long Sleeve

Noisy May Stripe Batwing Top With 3/4 Sleeve (at ASOS)

Tobi Merced Crop Top

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These rag & bone /JEAN Legging Jeans were purchased a few years ago from Barneys New York Warehouse.  This is one of my favorite pairs of jeans because they are really stretchy.  They are flattering on both stick and curvy figures.  Even though I’ve worn them a hundred times over the years, they still haven’t lost their stretch.  Quality is quality my friends.  Worth the extra cost.  I am wearing a size 27 in the Legging Jeans.  The particular color I’m wearing is currently unavailable, but rag & bone/JEAN has several other skinny stretch styles that are similar to the ones I am seen wearing:

rag & bone/JEAN Skinny Stretch Jeans – Woodford (at Nordstrom)

rag & bone/JEAN Skinny Stretch Jeans – Kensington (at Nordstrom)

rag & bone/JEAN Skinny Stretch Jeans – Bedford (at Nordstrom)

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rag & bone/JEAN The Legging Jeans in Night (at Shopbop)

The winner of this outfit is clearly the pair of platform booties.  First, they are from Forever 21.  Second, they were less than $30 when I purchased them.  Third, they are super comfortable.  Fourth, they look AMAZEBALLS, (I’m so not on point with the lingo these days).  I have them in both black and burgundy.  Sorry ladies, these were purchased last year, but here are similar looks:

Steve Madden Raspy Platform Boot

Riot Girl Lug Sole Platform Boots in Claret

Forever21 Faux Leather Platform Booties in Chestnut

Forever21 Faux Suede Lace-Up Booties in Tan

Would love to know what your thoughts are on faux shearling, leather and/or suede.  Like them?  Don’t like them?  Let me know!

Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch (worn as a cross-body bag) / Gorjana CZ Helena Stud Earrings (sold out)

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair and Makeup by Felicia Bade

BLAZE AWAY

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I got lucky and found this awesome Zara Straight Cut Blazer on sale early last month for less than $45.  What I love about this blazer is that it has this star printed satin lining on the inside, which stands out when I have my sleeves rolled up.  It’s these minor details that make this jacket oh-so-worthy of it’s purchase.  These Carmar demin shorts are on sale at LFStores until the end of this week.  It’s their final week of sale.  I mentioned in my previous post about their outlet store off Melrose, which may have other Carmar denim shorts for sale.  Go check it out!

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I’m wearing a white Twenty Tees  t-shirt that I purchased last year.  It’s slightly see-through and has a wide open neck for that off-the-shoulder look if you wanted it.  It’s super uber soft and goes with just about anything.  I’m not sure of the name of this tee, but it’s model/style number on the inside reads ML1S-045.    blazeaway_image3

Vintage Chanel Caviar CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag / Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Vintage Gucci Patent Platform Pumps / Sorenity Rocks Hand Chain Bracelet (at Melrose Trading Post)

Photographed by Felicia Bade