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.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: One | Two | Three | Four

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Eccentric Ones: Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 Couture

The best fashion collections always seem to stem from the simple idea of representing the life of a girl through clothing. I love being able to picture a woman living her life in a fantastic and eccentric wardrobe, as was the case with the Giambattista Valli fall 2014 couture collection.

Models walked the runway with thick white scarves wrapped in whimsical bows around their heads and round sunglasses shielding their eyes. They had a mid-century air to them, as if they were fashionable housewives who had escaped to the Spanish Mediterranean coast for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Giambattista Valli on his fall 2014 couture collection (via source)
Valli dressed his eccentric women in stripes, florals, and every other print in between. These girls don't care if their outfits are bold and loud; to be honest, they prefer it that way. They aren't attention-seekers, they just happen to find the spotlight focused on them. They love to garden and may or may not train parrots to speak passages of Hemingway. They are unique without apology (as it should be) and we love it.

I love that Valli allows his designs to be unabashedly feminine and strong. A full-skirted floral dress is as statement-making as it is girly, and the same woman who has an affinity for old-fashion florals can also rock the room in a killer lavender fur coat with exaggerated shoulders. The Valli girl really doesn't care about normcore or if she's trendy or even if she attracts men with her outfits (I hope Leandra Medine enjoyed this collection as much as I did!) She dresses for herself, celebrates herself with her fashion choices, and if you don't like it you can GTFO.

The quartet of colorful feathered gowns that finished the show were absolute showstoppers. In an increasingly minimalist fashion climate, it's nice to see that a colorful princess skirt can still capture the hearts of so many. These dresses were possibly the looks of couture week. I mean really, who can resist the allure of vibrant ruffle skirts, let alone four of them side-by-side? Even if you don't fall for a full skirt so easily, you can still marvel in the sheer manpower required to create such magnificent ballgowns. 

I don't know who I trust to rock these gowns on the red carpet, but boy I hope someone has the guts to do so. These gowns deserve to be seen and admired by all.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lindsey's Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I live for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, not gonna lie. It's a sale where new items are introduced at a lower price before being raised to their regular retail price, aka the best kind of sale. Sure, you have to be a bit of a planner to be purchasing boots and coats in the hot July heat, but $100 off an Equipment sweater is totally worth having to wait a while to actually wear it.

Here are my favorite pieces from the sale:

Steve Madden Boots // Wildfox Couture Sunglasses // Equipment Sweater // Rebecca Minkoff Tote
The Anniversary Sale doesn't officially start until the 17th of July, but if you're a Nordstrom cardholder early access is available now! So go ahead, treat yourself to something stylish as we gear up for a fall full of fashion successes.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Chambray Shirt

Urban Outfitters black pleated skirt (Similar HERE)
Madewell sandals
Kelsi Dagger Bag
Tory Burch Sunglasses
Urban Outfitters necklace (Similar HERE)

Oh, chambray button-up, how I love you so. You can be worn unbuttoned as a lightweight jacket, or tied over a bikini and work as a beach cover-up, or you can be tucked into an LBS (little black skirt, of course!) and be worn to work!

Seriously, the possibilities are endless.

Wanted to share my work outfit but was too lazy to make my roommate take pictures of me, so here are the items in collage format. It works just as well, right?

Simple but oh-so-chic, just the way I like it!