DIRTY SOUTH PT. TWO

LAGRANGE, GA

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People call the south, the dirty south.  However, LaGrange, GA, a small town about an hour outside of Atlanta, is anything but dirty.  People move out here to this country side town and commute into the city so they can have a certain lifestyle: clean air, zero traffic, and southern charm.  I saw colored leaves falling and blowing into the wind, and smelled the rain as it brought in a very brisk chill of fall.  I have been anticipating this since I left Los Angeles, and it’s such a refreshing feeling. 

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I wasn’t able to sign up for classes using my Classpass due to a very tight schedule in Atlanta, so I wanted to make sure I got in a workout or two during these three full days in Georgia.

I’m wearing Nike Shorty Women’s Tank Top in Black.  This style is currently sold out, but here’s a similar look that’s currently on sale at Nike.  My shoes are Nike Airmax Tailwind 6 in White/Pink/Citrus.

My 3/4 yoga pant is from H&M.  I bought mine for less than $20 about two years ago, and they’re still holding up very well.  Though the color black is currently sold out, the dark grey is still available for under $25.  I highly recommend these tights.

I’m also wearing Without Walls T-Back Bra in Maroon from Urban Outfitters.  This super cute and sexy sports bra is currently on sale for less than $20 online.  I got a small and it fits true to size.

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I wanted to explore the town more, but due to the rain we had to cut our exploration short.  We decided to move our workout indoors and into Body Control Pilates Studio‘s brand new studio and location at 220 Main St. in LaGrange, GA.  The studio is sleek, modern, clean, and very zen.  All the equipment are brand spanking new, and for the duration of your class you feel like you’re in a WeHo trendy workout facility.  They offer many specials, so if you live in the surrounding area please checkout their website and Facebook page for more info.

My friend, Lindsay Cagle, is an instructor at the studio and was teaching two classes back to back, so I decided to take BOTH of her afternoon classes: Pilates Meets Barre and Pilates Sculpt.  I’ve been blogging about working out hardcore since April, but taking these two classes whooped my butt. I knew Lindsay’s chiseled arms didn’t come from holding her two precious kids, and I have so much more love and admiration for her spirit and athleticism after taking her classes.

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My trip to LaGrange was even shorter than the one in Atlanta.  I am so blessed I got to dine with old friends, take pictures of colored leaves, and workout with one of my best friends in the whole world on this trip.  Big thanks to Lindsay and her beautiful family for being so hospitable during my short stay, and thank y’all for reading my little fashion blog!  Go Jackets!

Some photos taken by Lindsay Cagle.

BEST COMBO

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Like peas and carrots, plaid shirts and denim make the best combo.  It’s the All-American classic look.  It’s fall season so it’s time to bring out those long sleeve plaid shirts that we’ve been storing in our closet for the past six months, or been wearing it wrapped around our waist for the past six months.  Rails is my favorite plaid shirt brand.  They’re the most comfortable SoCal-fashion shirts to wear.  Their shirts are pretty stiff at original price, (still worth the cost), but they go on sale often and they’ll never go out of style.

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I got this Rails Kendra Cuff Contrast Plaid Shirt in Green last year around Christmas from Saks Off 5th for less than $60 with tax.  This style is sold out, but here is a very similar look that’s also less than $60 right now.  This is my go-to online store for all Rails shirts because the price is always half of it’s original price.  I wear an XS in their shirts and it fits true-to-size.
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These jeans are Current Elliott The Low Bell in Gibson.  This pair is super low rise with a natural 34″ inseam so I had to alter the hem and it still can be a bit long with platform boots.  The legs are slim and there is not much give/stretch in the fabric.  The good thing is that Current Elliott runs a size bigger than most designer jeans, so if you have a curvier figure I would suggest ordering your regular size and it will fit just right.  Here’s a similar look that’s less expensive.
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You can’t go wrong with this wardrobe combination.  I would stock up on Rails around the holiday time when stores are offering extra discounts on top of their regular sales.

Love to hear from y’all.  Feel free to leave a comment or send an email and I’ll be sure to respond.  Thanks for reading!

Vintage Brian Atwood Soft Leather Platform Ankle Boots (similar look) / Quay Australia Isabelle Cat-Eye Shades / 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 / Fedora (my own and no clue where I purchased it from)

Photographed by Kelsey Morris

HEY MICKEY

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I just got back from visiting Atlanta, and the first thing I could think of when flying back to Los Angeles was Disneyland.  Not so much that it’s the happiest place on Earth or that it’s a huge landmark that represents SoCal, but the fact that I have lived in LA for six years and have NEVER been to Disneyland.  That’s almost as shocking as me saying I’ve never been to Coachella either.  You’re probably thinking that I should stop blogging right now and start living life, which I completely agree, but then who would be here to tell you about the fabulous sales and where to shop?  Let’s all just take a step back and look at how cute and appropriate this outfit is for SoCal weather right now. heymickey_IMG_5288heymickey_IMG_5296

These OneTeaspoon Ivory Bonitas Denim Shorts were only $52 when I purchased them during the Northern Hemisphere Sale last month, which took 50% off everything site wide.  I got a size 24 and they fit very loosely around my hips, but they are suppose to be low-waist relaxed fit.  What I love about this brand is that most of their denim shorts are all cut to where the fabric in the back is much longer than the fabric in the front, so my booty gets coverage.  They still are cut high in the front so don’t worry about not being able to show off your legs.

I got this Mickey Mouse sweatshirt from a small boutique in Shanghai, China.  I love the whole Disney-themed sweatshirts that are trending at Forever21 right now.  Here are some of my favorites that have a similar look:

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In order to elongate the look of my legs, I paired this outfit with a pair of Steve Madden Serrpant Platform Pumps in Blush Leather.  This style is currently sold out, but here is a similar look.  It’s better if you stay away from patent leather for this outfit because you don’t want to draw attention to your feet with shiny leather.  I would opt for nude/tan matte or suede leather.  You want to look long and tall, but discreetly by camouflaging your heels with your legs.

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Glad it’s finally cooled down a bit in LA, and I can’t wait to start blogging about my great fall coats.  Anyone else still wearing shorts and rompers during the day?

Ray-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

DIRTY SOUTH PT. ONE

ATLANTA

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This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Atlanta, GA to watch the Georgia Tech vs Florida State Homecoming Football Game at Bobby Dodd Stadium.  I haven’t been inside the stadium in almost a decade, and it felt really good to be home at a college football game.  We ended up winning the game at the very end in the most epic fashion, (no pun intended), which just made the weekend that much more memorable.    
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Living in LA has it’s perks: sunny, clear skies, and 80 degree temperature year round.  What I miss though from the east coast is the foliage, the feel of fall air, and the southern hospitality.  I found red and purple maple leaves on the ground and it just brought back nostalgic memories of college and camping with my friends in the Blue Ridge Mountains.dirtysouth_barcelona_brunchdirtysouth_atlanta_barcelona_food

I stayed with a friend who lives in Inman Park, and I absolutely fell in love with this part of town.  From the trendy restaurants to the graffiti and sculptures that line The Beltline, everything about this area was unique, artistic, and hip.  Still, it had a quaint, neighborhood vibe that attracts the young families with small children.

We had brunch at a Spanish tapas restaurant, Barcelona Wine Bar.  The decor inside was dark, industrial and sexy.  They offer a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, which is what I got, and their brunch menu contained a very delicious, vegetarian-friendly dish, Coca del Dia.  I was a bit worried that the south wouldn’t be as kind to my California-spoiled diet, but I didn’t have any problems anywhere finding yummy dishes that fit my dietary restrictions.

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After the football game we came back to Inman Park and had dinner and a night cap at Bartaco.  Talk about a cool, fun restaurant.  The vibe here was young, diverse and lively.  I got the Portobello Rice Bowl, which was just perfect with a little of their house Jalapeño hot sauce.
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Now for the good stuff that I normally blog about: my outfit.  I chose a very comfortable and easy outfit for the football game because, well, it’s a football game.  Then again, I also wasn’t given many options.  I didn’t do my homework and check to see if there was a theme for Homecoming, and it turns out it was a “White Out”.  I brought only ONE white item, my UO Out From Under Woven Placket Henley Top.  I paired that with my black Zara High Waist Jeans and my old black Zara Leather Platform Ankle Boot.  

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I saw all kinds of interesting art along The Beltline.  I was at awe at some of the graffiti and sculptures made out of recycled trash.  Once complete, the Beltline is suppose to be a grand twenty-eight mile loop.  I didn’t get to see much of the loop since we were short on time, (and the fact that I was wearing 5-inch platform boots), so I’m going to make sure to come back and visit wearing appropriate footwear.dirtysouth_IMG_5147dirtysouth_IMG_5148dirtysouth_IMG_5143

Sunday I had brunch plans at The Haven Restaurant and Bar in Brookhaven with my best friends and sorority sisters from college.  We are the L’s.  I have known these girls for almost half our lifetime.  I am proud that these great wives and mothers are my closest friends, and that we are able to pick back up exactly where we left things each time we meet up.  They are my true inspirations in life.

I packed very light for my three day trip and kept my weekend wardrobe casual.  For brunch I wore J.Crew Petite Keep Chambray Shirt (sold out, similar look), Zara High Waist Jeans and my black Zara Leather Platform Ankle Boot.

This is the first time I took photos and blogged about food.  I apologize for the pictures, but I promise you the food was amazing.  I had another Bloody Mary, (extra spicy), and it was PERFECT.  I also ordered Shrimp and Grits (with no sausage), and devoured my whole plate.  We sat outside on the back patio and it was just the perfect setting for our reunion.
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My stay in Atlanta was short and sweet.  Special thanks to Chris for being such a wonderful Atlanta host!  Now it’s time to head to LaGrange, GA to see the countryside and smell some real fresh air!

Vintage Chanel Caviar CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag / Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Coach Black Skinny Belt with Brass Buckle

ESSENCE

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I’ll be honest, when I started KANGTHROPOLOGIE about six weeks ago I didn’t really know what I was doing, and probably still don’t.  Haha!  I know I love fashion.  I know I love to shop.  I’m pretty good at styling myself, friends and family members.  I’m a great savvy shopper, and I know how to find awesome deals on fashion pieces that are trending in the moment.  However, I wasn’t sure I had a distinct voice.  What was my style?  How would I describe my fashion?

I’m an actress and my wardrobe is quite eclectic.  I sometimes dress boho, and other times I dress minimalistic in black, white or grey.  But as I started styling myself for the blog, I realized that a pattern was recurring over and over.  My choices are always classy and feminine, but with a little bit of edge.  It will be pants, but with a crop top (i.e. CROPPED, CLAY).  Or it’s a one-piece swimsuit, but crochet and revealing (i.e. SAMPLING).

This outfit is just the right amount of juxtaposition between classy and edgey.  It’s feminine, but not.  It’s casual, but not.  In an essence, it’s very me.  It’s very KANGTHROPOLOGIE.
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The skirt I’m wearing is the Unfettered Maxi Skirt in Grey by Moulinette Soeurs from Anthropologie.  I got this skirt about three years ago for less than $10.  It was such an amazing buy and the flowing, silk maxi skirt is making a comeback this fall.  You’ve seen it on fashion blogger Christie Ferrari and Kayla Seah of NotYourStandard.  Here are some similar looks:

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Hope y’all are enjoying the sales, styles and outfits of Kangthropologie!  Let me know if there’s any particular fashion you would like to see more!  Thanks!

Converse All-Star Low Sneaker / 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 / Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Fedora (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.

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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

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

BANDITS

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If you live in Los Angeles, it’s more acceptable to get away with casual fashion choices than say New York, London, Paris or any other fashion capitals of the world.  We’re a bit more rebellious because of our year-round summer weather.  Sure we may get 20 days or so of “bad” weather, but the clear blue skies and 80 degree temperature always come back.

With that said, denim shorts are a staple in my wardrobe.  I have about 30+ pairs in varying styles, colors and lengths.  My current fav is the Harley Bandits by One Teaspoon.  I got them during One Teaspoon‘s Northern Hemisphere Sale last month (read SALES) for under $50.  They run a little big on me and I got a size 24, but they’re meant to be worn slouchy and off-the-hips.
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I’m wearing my denim shorts with a silk tie-front blouse that I had custom-made while visiting Shanghai, China in January this year.  I love the juxtaposition of sophisticated and casual.  You’ll see this often in my fashion choices and outfits that I post.  Here are some blouses similar to the one I’m wearing:

Another detail that separates a ‘classy fashionista wearing denim shorts and heels’ from Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman: don’t let your butt cheeks hangout.  We’re not all video vixens dancing in a hip-hop music video, and in order to make this outfit streetwear appropriate, keep your apple bottoms covered.  I love that these Bandits are not cheeky.  They are short in the front, but have moderate coverage in the booty.

Do you have a favorite pair of One Teaspoon Bandits?  Email me or leave a comment. I always respond back! Have a great weekend!
bandits_IMG_4565Quay 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 Ring / David Yurman ‘Albion’ Petite Pendant with Semiprecious Stone & Diamonds on Chain Necklace in Citrine

Photographed by Felicia Bade

Hair by Felicia Bade