IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE A THING GO RIGHT

I love shopping.  Duh.  Who doesn’t?  But I really love shopping for people, especially my family and close friends.  I love helping them pick out clothes and try on stuff that they normally wouldn’t have picked out for themselves.  In a way, I’m like their personal shopper, but I often have to pick out an entire outfit for them.

Like most of the people I help shop for, my mother doesn’t have a mental inventory of what she has in her closet.  So when we go shopping I have to pick out a top, a bottom, a bag, a pair of shoes…the whole shebang, (regardless if she already owns something close or similar).  That’s why when an influx of two-piece and matching sets came out this past spring/summer season, I got really excited.  The top and bottom have already been picked out for you!  (No need to call me anymore asking me what top goes with what bottom, #yourewelcomemother).

For Love and Lemons, Faithfull The Brand, and Band of Gypsies all came out amazing prints for their matching sets that I want to wear over and over again.  The best part is that these matching pieces stand out individually, and can be worn separately with other great stuff that you already have.  So, like the lyrics of Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock’s song, “It Takes Two To Make a Thing Go Right”.  Here are some of my favorite matching sets that came out this past summer season:

In between takes, I decided to switch to some daintier earrings.  These Mejuri studs are just the perfect touch of simplicity and elegance.  I am so in love with this jewelry line!

Top: Missguided / Bottom: Missguided / Earrings: Charming Charlie / Necklace: Mejuri / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar look)

Photographed by Stefanie Meier

AESTHETICS

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I’ve had my ups and downs with blogging.  Usually, I’m pretty dedicated.  However, I started dating someone recently and it’s taken me away from the time I had previously spent meticulously planning my outfits, scheduling photoshoots, engaging with my Instagram family, and meeting up with my fashionable friends so that we may take beautifully placed photos of our food and beverages, (rosé of course).  I admit.  I had strayed.

Fortunately, an angel appeared and I received a message from a photographer and fellow Instagramer, Mire Yang of StripesCollide that she would like to grab coffee and even collaborate.  I immediately jumped at the opportunity because I realize we both have the same aesthetics.  I think it’s important as a blogger to find a photographer that’s able to capture your essence.  Keep what makes you YOU, so that you don’t lose your voice and taste amongst all the other fashion/lifestyle bloggers out there.

Mire and I both love contrast, and she understands that my images are outfit based versus lifestyle.  Agreeing upon what your aesthetics are is very important when finding/working with a new photographer.  Take the time to sit down and chat over what you like, and bring images of what you think is achievable, (Mire suggested I download the app ListaPost).

We ended up having a great time chatting over coffee, shooting some really amazing photos, and even had lunch at one of my fav spots (Zinqué) afterwards.  I hope you enjoy the images and the outfit as much as I do!

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Free People recently had a promotion with their app by applying an additional 25% off their sale items.  I found this gorgeous Flynn Skye Cleo Set in Pumpkin Seed on sale and just about died when it came in the mail.  It is puuuuuuurrrfect!  I love crops.  Check.  I love matching sets.  Check.  I love polka dots.  Check.  This outfit can be styled separately (as seen here), and I can wear it into pre-fall because of it’s autumn like color.

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Free People Fever Platform / Coach Rogue 25 Leather Satchel / Illesteva Hamilton Sunglasses

I’ve been swapping different pairs of sunglasses through Ditto for the past three months, and I absolutely love this program.  You can rent sunglasses for as low as $24/month, and if you love it, you can buy it.  Use the code KANGTHRO when you sign up! Xo!

Photographed by Mire Yang of StripesCollide

A TOUCH OF…

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Summer fashion is officially here!  And to me this means showing some skin.  It’s time to bust out those crop tops, short shorts, and/or skirts.  The best is if you could find a two-piece set that combines both a crop top and a skirt.  There are so many cut two-piece sets out there right now and I’m just obsessed with them all!  The best part about them is that you can wear them together as a set or split them up and wear it with other outfits.

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One of my go-to brands for the best two-piece sets is Reformation.  I have on the Reformation Payton Two-Piece.  This is part of their specialized Big Boob Problems line that ran last summer.  I know what you’re thinking.  Umm, Linda, do you actually have big boob problems? (HA!)  Well, my answer to that is…no, I don’t normally have problems finding tops that fit my chest.  I’m just a 32C, which is pretty average.  However, I am also petite, and this problem only happens when I’m purchasing two-piece sets and I need a Small top and an XS bottom.

This set just happen to be available in my size at the recent Reformation LA Sample Sale.  It’s currently sold out and have a waitlist, which you can sign up for, but here are some VERY similar looks that are still available:

Reformation Augie Two-Piece

Reformation Ava Two-Piece
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To top off this super neutral outfit I decided to give it just a touch of color.  I am wearing a Brixton Dalila Hat in Red, and it’s currently on sale!  I have fallen in love with Brixton hats ever since I purchased my first one from Revolve a few months ago (see LA MADE).  The hat comes in different sizes, which gives me the option to order an XS since I also have a small head.  I love the boldness of this color red.  It changes the whole outfit from clean and simple to stylish and saucy.
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Rebecca Minkoff Script “Taurus” Pendant Necklace / Ray-Ban Original Aviator 58mm Sunglasses / Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gazpacho / Zara Flat Platform Lace-up Shoes (sold out | similar look | similar look)

To spice things up, I like to put on bright red lipstick.  What do you like to do when you’re wanting to spruce up your look?

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

SEEING SPOTS

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I attended the Coach 1941 celebration event at Coach Rodeo Drive a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted a super cute outfit to wear, but didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard.  That’s when I stumbled upon this little gem of a fashion truck in The Village at Westfield Topanga.  J.D. Luxe is a local LA brand that runs online, but also has a fashion truck that resides in Woodland Hills.  I would characterize their brand as SoCal boho chic.

This Christina Polka Dot Set was the first outfit I saw on a mannequin placed outside the truck, and I knew I had to try it on.  They only carry sizes S, M, and L which can be troublesome for someone petite like me.  I ended up purchasing a size S in both the top and bottom (sold separately), and had my good girlfriend create a temporary alteration on the waist of the skirt so I could wear it that evening.  I have since taken it in to alterations to have it fitted correctly because I probably needed an XS, which doesn’t exist (whomp whomp).

The fabric is super soft and comfy.  I especially love the back of the top.  The tie in the back gives me the flexibility to wear the top loose or fitted around my frame.  I think this is perfect for girls with more up top but still have a small frame.  I could wear this crop top separately with vintage Levi’s and some Gucci sandals.

J. D. Luxe is not yet available through LikeToKnow.It, but I have linked a SaboSkirt two-piece outfit that is very similar and very cute.

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Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic Sunglasses / Forever 21 Chunky Platform Sandals (sold out | similar look on sale) / Vintage Chanel 2.55 Double Flap Bag in Grey Fabric with Contrasting Coco Print Stamp (hand-me-down from my mother)

There’s been a sudden heat wave passing through Los Angeles and it’s gotten me excited about my upcoming projects that will show some swimwear and summer fashion.  I’m thinking of making a trip to the beach this weekend.  Anyone else excited for summer fashion?

Photographed by Danielle Torriero

RIP WINTER

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So, I was online shopping at Reformation, (what’s new, right?), and I came across their cute advertising slogan, “RIP Winter”.  I’m not one to steal someone else’s brilliant idea, but I REALLY wish I would’ve came up with this myself.  It’s the perfect title for this blog post and for this outfit.  I am currently running my A/C and it’s only the middle of March in Los Angeles, which means we can officially say peace out to winter.

I want to dive right into my crop tops and two-piece outfits.  I also want to wear white because white just screams warm weather.  Farewell shearling jackets and knit scarves.  RIP Winter!
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I got this adorable matching Elevated Basics knit eyelets crop top and skirt (sold separately) from Library‘s new location off 3rd St. in Los Angeles.  It was on sale and the whole outfit cost less than $60!  They have awesome sales all the time, so if you’re in the LA-area, I would stop by either their Larchmont location or their new 3rd St. store.

 I love that you can wear these items together or separately with other favs in your closet.  I’ve already paired my top with my Levi’s Mile High Black Wash Skinny Jeans, and wore it out on a date.  I’d have to say the boy did fancy my outfit, but too bad I didn’t fancy the boy.  I would pair the skirt with a pretty lace crop top, or wear it with a chambray shirt knotted at the waist for a more casual chic look.

For those of you that are not in the LA-area, here are some similar looks:

BCBG Bettie Off-The-Shoulder Two-Piece Dress

Bishop + Young Margaux Eyelet Crop Top (see below for matching bottom)

Bishop + Young Margaux Eyelet Short (see above for matching top)

Cleobella Caroline Romper

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Jeffrey Campbell The Studio Platform Sandals (sold out | similar look) / Vintage Sunglasses (forgot where I purchased them)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Hope you’re wearing green and drinking green beer somewhere! Did anyone fill out their March Madness brackets already?  Who do you think will be the big winner this year?

Photographed by Laurie Douglas

WARM AND FUZZY

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It’s funny how I just blogged about how warm it is in Los Angeles, and the next day it’s windy, rainy and freezing.  I guess I jinxed it.  However, I still had a fabulous holiday dinner to attend this past Friday at Toca Madera in WeHo, and what would be more appropriate to wear to this dinner than something warm and fuzzy…and sexy.  fuzzy_IMG_7217 fuzzy_IMG_7211 fuzzy_IMG_7218 fuzzy_IMG_7215 fuzzy_IMG_7214

This is another of my #BlackFriday purchases from LuLu’s.  This is the Software Update Fuzzy Blush Pink Two-Piece Sweater Dress that I got on sale for $47.  It’s currently sold out, but there is a waitlist that you can get on when the item is restocked.

I purchased an XS and it fits my 5’4″ petite frame well.  I think it’s a bit snug on the top, but as long as I don’t wear a padded bra it fits just fine.  I specifically made sure to take a picture with my arms raised to show the length of this cropped top.  If you’re busty, I think your boobs may pop out underneath, so be careful curvy girls.

Here are similar looks:

LuLu’s Good and Plenty Blush Pink Sweater Dress

MissGuided Fluffy Mini Skirt Pink (on sale)

MissGuided Fluffy Short Sleeve Crop Jumper Pink
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This is a pair of Steven by Steve Madden Rogger Sandals in Blush.  Blush is no longer available but you can still purchase them in Cobalt, Coral or Black.  They’re super easy to walk in can dress up anything you wear.  Here’s a similar lookfuzzy_IMG_7217 fuzzy_IMG_6887

Other than fashion, cocktails can also make you feel warm and fuzzy.  What’s your favorite holiday cocktail?

Rings (my own) / Large Pearl Earrings (custom made)

Photographed by Laurie Douglas