Thursday, July 31, 2014

Trending: Hand Chain Jewelry

Image Source: Luv AJ
Why purchase a ring and a bracelet when one item can do the trick?

I've been noticing more and more hand chains when I browse online shopping websites, and I must say I do like them. Like the recent resurgence of the anklet, the hand chain harkens back to a bohemian jewelry style that is making a comeback as of late.

Hand chains are edgy and dainty all at the same time. They are delicate in that they are composed of thin metal chains, but the overall look of a hand chain is completely unique.

One could wear a simple LBD and elevate her cool factor by adding a cool hand chain as her key accessory. I wouldn't try to upstage such a unique piece of jewelry with loud prints—that is, if you want your cool new trendy jewelry to be the center of attention.

Personally I feel that hand chains look their best when they are worn alone, rather than mixed with additional pieces of jewelry. If you insist on having a hand/arm party a la The Man Repeller, then I would suggest mixing and matching rings and bracelets on the other arm. Additionally, the hand chain is definitely a piece for a night out, though it would be just as cool to wear it unexpectedly during the day with a casual look. Hold onto a cool clutch or a sleek iPhone case and you'll be sure to draw plenty of attention to your new bling.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Red Carpet Crush: Nicola Peltz

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I am typically drawn to rising actresses who have both fantastic fashion tastes and talent to spare, but every once in a while a new celebrity will stun with her red carpet looks alone that watching her films isn’t necessarily required to love her personality and style.

Such is the case with Nicola Peltz, the star of the latest Transformers film. Needless to say I have little to no interest in watching Transformers (I saw the first one and was lost about 30 minutes in between all the explosions and the talking robots and less-than-stellar plot, so I think I will pass on the latest installment) and though I did see her in the horrendous film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I can't say I blame her for the utter failure of that movie—but I also can't say I was particularly stunned by her performance.

That being said, however, I have been blown away with Peltz’s tremendous red carpet looks. She may be relatively new to the scene but she has already donned some serious designers, including a Giambattista Valli Couture dress at the Shanghai premiere of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, along with a handful of looks from Prada, Stella McCartney, and Dior.

Peltz has been leaning towards white for a lot of her premiere world tour, and tends to let beautiful, solid-colored gowns do the talking, though every once in a while she'll surprise in a just-as-fashionable all-over print, like her Louis Vuitton look. Her gorgeous golden hair is usually straight and her makeup is never overwhelming, but she always looks beautiful and every bit the young Hollywood starlet.

Hopefully Peltz’ successes will continue and I can see her in a film that interests me more, but until then I will simply admire her stunning red carpet style.

What do you think of Nicola Peltz’s red carpet style?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Practical Shoe You Should Be Wearing

Source: Elle
A good pair of flats can change everything. I love my high heels and boots as much as the next fashion-obsessed girl, but size ten feet that have undergone surgery can only stand so much pain, which is why an arsenal of flat shoes is essential to looking stylish and feeling comfortable. 

The espadrille flat is a perfect summer shoe, and a flat one at that! Now I know, summer is slowly winding down and everyone is looking for boots and coats at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but when you live in a region such as Los Angeles where it is only now feeling like summer, climate-wise, and where it will feel like summer through September, you have time left to invest in a few key summer-centric items. 

Besides, I firmly believe that summer will come again (in less than a year!) and so even if your espadrille flats get little use this season I know that you will appreciate your smart purchase come next May.

The flat espadrille slip-on is the quintessential shoe choice for the woman looking to escape to the French Riviera or the woman who wishes to appear as if she is escaping to the French Riviera. It’s like a more stylish version of the currently popular slip-on sneaker. 

Perhaps the most popular espadrille is the Chanel iteration, but for those of us who can’t drop hundreds on a pair of flimsy everyday shoes, fear not! There is an espadrille for every girl, including you!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

How To Dress Like A Modern Lady

Image Source: Lee Oliveira
I've always been fond of the style of the 50s and 60s. The full skirts, the strands of pearls, the glamorous beauty looks—it's all quite feminine and fun. I've come around to the minimalist tendencies of today's fashion but every once in a while it's nice to see that some people still appreciate a good full midi skirt. 

Normcore is great and all, but nothing beats the feminine style of The Modern Lady.

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What are the essential pieces for the modern lady? A pair of chic sunglasses adds an air of mystery to any ensemble, while a structured handbag keeps all her personal things tidy. She prefers her hemlines long and her neck adorned with classic pearls. She is sophisticated and captivating due to her classic style.

Get the look of the modern mid-century marvel for yourself!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How To Look Like A Badass In One Easy Step

Image Source: Stockholm Street Style
The leather jacket is like a girl scout vest for cool kids. You wear a leather jacket and people automatically understand that you are awesome. And who doesn't want to be regarded as awesome by total strangers?

For a while leather jackets had a wrong-side-of-the-tracks connotation, and when I saw one I would think of some greaser rolling up to school on a motorcycle, the kind of cool dude who hates math and wants to fix cars for a living. No thank you.

But nowadays leather jackets are more off-duty French model than 50s bad boy, and I couldn't be happier! The other day I even saw a blog post about how to wear your leather jacket to brunch. And you know how we LA girls love our brunch! So I thought, why not give it a try and embrace a leather jacket?

One thing to remember: a leather jacket is an investment piece. Leather is expensive, so if you aren't making millions off your iPhone app like Kim Kardashian, I would suggest finding a classic leather jacket in either brown or black. If you want a fun, colorful option, vegan leather is obviously cheaper. Plus, it's gotten pretty advanced in terms of texture, making it look just as luxurious as real leather.

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