What I’m Lovin’ Right Now

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You wouldn’t know it by looking out the window at our trademark California sunshine as I write this, but a storm is vastly approaching the City of Angels. By the time you read this, we’ll be in the mist of an actual (and very much-needed) rain storm for the next 5 straight days. In “LA speak” this means alternating between downpour then drizzling, on and off, just before the next random heat wave. Not usually one to get too excited at the prospect of rain (especially when I prefer to be wrapped up in a soft blanket at home watching movies all day and not sitting in traffic heading to work) I know that this particular storm is a godsend to our ongoing drought emergency. Looking ahead to an upcoming long weekend on my end, it looks like I’ll be spending the last days of February primarily indoors. It’s prompted me to think about small pleasures on a rainy day: a good book, a warm beverage, things to do to pass the time, and a fun umbrella to have handy when you do brave the outdoors.

Here are a few things I’m lovin’ right now to guide us through the rain and to the rainbow, until our trademark sunshine joins us again. xx


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 rainy day footwear – Knee Length Cozy Socks

rainy day mani inspiration – Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs by OPI | Amazon

rainy day protection – Bumble Umbrella | Target

rainy day neck wear – The Nellie Knit Scarf | Grace & Lace

rainy day chocolate fix – Homemade Hot Chocolate |  heart.love.weddings.

rainy day self-care – Why and How to Take a Detox Bath | Healthy Living How To

rainy day read Think on These Things by Jiddu Krishnamurti | Amazon

rainy day organization inspiration – 52 Meticulous Organizing Tips for the OCD Person in You | Buzzfeed


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What I’m Lovin’ Right Now

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This time of year always brings about reflection, resolutions, and wanting to try something new. The first post of my WILRN series of 2014, centers around things that will make you and the everyday a little more glamorous. When curating this list, I thought about areas of my life personally that I wanted to add a touch of something new, beautiful, and different to – be it in my beauty or workout routines, how to improve my diet, what accessory I could add that would brighten my day every time I looked at it, or how to incorporate something into my home that would evoke a fresh new feel, for a fresh new year. Of course, when starting anew the goal should not always be about “things” but also our perspective and paying attention to our minds as much as we might those external aspects. I adored #8 below when thinking about new beginnings. Here’s to a glamorous 2014, full of trying new things. I found 11 ways to get us started. I’m happy to report that a few have been checked off my list, making 2014 already something special.

What I’m Lovin’ Right Now



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      1. The best new beauty statement | My Private Jet by OPI.
      2. The best new way to start the day | Overnight Oatmeal.
      3. The best new signature scent | Hello by Harvey Prince.
      4. The best new hair inspiration | Jessica Alba’s blunt waves.
      5. The best new way to indulge your sweet tooth | Oreo Truffles.
      6. The best new way to keep sophisticatedly organized | Tilly Maison Lucite Tray (similar here).
      7. The best new fitness/health motivation |  7 Days to Skinny Jeans.
      8. The best new piece of advice you could ever need | Lessons of Life.
      9. The best new way to walk through life in style | Harvest Belted Booties.
      10. The best new way to keep track of time | 2014 Paper Source Foil Desk Calendar.
      11. The best new everyday accessory |  Gosia Meyer’s Gold Initial Necklace.

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Best Dressed: The Top 5 Fashion Hits of the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

From the comfort of my couch and in my pajamas over pizza, last night was the perfect way to wind down a productive, yet relaxing weekend. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards did a notable job of keeping a 3-hour presentation moving along; and though I always love Amy Poehler and Tina Fey on the mic, I recall last year being bit better executed on the comedic front. I was surprised to see some much deserved, but unexpected, wins of the night. (Robin Wright, I’m looking at you!) Of course, aside from who takes home the statue – this is the night to star-gaze at all things fashion. When thinking about my favorites of the night – I went for total package glamour. This meant not only a show-stopping gown, but impeccable hair, make-up, and accessories. There’s nothing worse than a gorgeous dress with terrible styling. These ladies nailed it. Here are my top 5 picks of the night:

5. | Reese Witherspoon in CALVIN KLEIN

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 4. | Taylor Swift in CAROLINA HERRERA

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3. | Jenna Dewan-Tatum in ROBERTO CAVALLI

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 2. | Cate Blanchett in ARMANI PRIVE

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1. | Kate Beckinsale in ZUHAIR MURAD

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**Disclaimer: Since it’s obvious I wasn’t at this year’s ceremonies snapping high res photos, all photo sources are noted below:

Reese Witherspoon

Taylor Swift

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

Cate Blanchett 

Kate Beckinsale

 

Anatomy of a Do: New Year’s Eve Sparkle

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With Christmas behind us, it’s time to look forward to the all important task of how to ring in the New Year! Whether you’re going all out at a big NYE bash or sitting across from someone special at a quiet dinner for two, this ensemble has you covered from head-to-toe with fashionably flawless inspiration.

What makes this look pure perfection is that your eye is always drawn to the main focal piece, this stunning gold sequined mini. If there’s ever a night where bling is a-okay, it’s on this celebratory occasion.

However, it’s in the details that elegantly add to, rather than distract from, the dress. The dramatic eye make-up paired with subtle lips keeps attention on the “windows to the soul” when chatting with others throughout the night. The red mani gives a slight pop of festive color to an otherwise two-toned ensemble augmenting a little playfulness as you hold your champagne flute. The small box style clutch is the perfect accessory to carry the night’s essentials without competing with the dress (and who in their right mind would want to lug a tote around all night anyway?). And speaking of accessorizing, this is not the time to go overboard on the jewelry – I love that our model kept things completely clean. Finally, the opaque tights that lead to black statement high heels work two-fold, by keeping her warm during one of the chilliest nights of the year, while yet again, highlighting the glam of this amazing mini dress.

This is the Anatomy of a New Year’s Eve Do. It’s the definitive way to end one year on the right note, while appropriately stepping into another with just the right amount of sparkle.

Happy New Year to you! May you bring in 2014 in style!

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Anatomy of a Do: Carla’s Denim on Denim

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I’m not usually a fan of denim on denim (and in the same shade, no less) but this recent find I came across was done to perfection! My distaste for denim fabrics on both the top and bottom of an ensemble stems from a very unappealing visual that comes to mind when that whole full denim/jumpsuit look was hot at the turn of the 21st century. This image here encapsulates that terrifying visual all to well (R.I.P. Brit and JT).

What Carla over at Fashion Though My Eyes did well was pair denim on denim with strong focal pieces that cleverly both highlight and disguise the denim in a unique and ultra chic way. The plaid crisp blazer over the chambray along with the wide brimmed hat, that screams nothing but statement, instantly polishes a casual outfit without losing that relaxed feel. A minimalist approach on the jewelry is always a good idea given the strong use of accessories in this look with the chain embellished cross-body bag, leopard print skinny belt and floppy hat.

(A note: this belt might not actually be leopard, but that’s the first print that came to mind when I saw it.)

So what did I learn from Carla’s denim on denim look?

  1. Denim on denim, specifically lighter shades of denim, can actually work when adding stronger focal pieces that break up the monotony.
  2. Who knew you could pair plaid with leopard print in the same outfit and it not completely clash?
  3. Wide brimmed statement hats paired with jeans polish, yet maintain casualness.

And in case you’re wondering since the shot above doesn’t catch her shoes (but had to use it because I loved the pose so much):

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I L.O.V.E. that she went with nude and basic oxford flats – making the outfit accessible and practical. Not everyone wants to roll around in 5-inch heels when out and about on a Saturday afternoon.

This is the anatomy of a Do and it’s denim on denim, who would have thought?

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What I’m Lovin’ Right Now

A few random things bringing a smile to my face at this particular moment and interestingly, that thing we call “love” open and closes my short list today. When I saw Frida Kahlo’s quote on an otherwise blah day, she kinda blew my mind with these 12 words.

And speaking of love – if you’re looking for a good Thanksgiving weekend read to lose yourself in something else besides turkey and pie, check out Falling into You, then the sequel, Falling into Us by Jasinda Wilder. I can’t recall know how I stumbled upon these books and I don’t really read much of this genre (other than 50 Shades, because hey, who hasn’t at this point?), but I couldn’t put either book down. Jasinda Wilder has a way with stories. I read Falling into You this summer (insert a handful of other books in between) and I’m just now finishing up the second. Wow! Alert: they’re “steamy!” though not pushing 50 Shades territory…and much better written.

Insert my “Carrie Bradshaw-esque” voice here: “I couldn’t help but wonder…do people actually have relationships like Colt and Nell; Jason and Becca?”

A girl can dream.

Here’s what i’m lovin’ right now…

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Frida Kahlo kinda just blew my mind | ellafrancessanders.com

Blueberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake with Buttery Vanilla Glaze | averiecooks.com

Black Rutilated Quartz Gold Necklace | Friedasophie on etsy.com

Studio M Moto Jacket | macys.com

Falling into Us | amazon.com

Anatomy of a Do: Wendy’s Color Love

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When it comes to fashion bloggers, Wendy Nguyen is in a league of her own. I can’t say I’ve ever seen an awful outfit posted on her wildly popular site, Wendy’s Lookbook, and this fashion forward look from a recent weekend post epitomizes her fresh style. If someone approached me empathetic that an outfit with bright yellow, green, and red as combined solid primary colors worked without seeing this picture first, I’d likely beg to differ. Here, Ms. Nguyen proved me wrong.

Playing against a typically more dark aesthetic found in fall styling, this ensemble cheerfully covers up for the chillier change in temperature, without losing the lingering spirit of summer. I love the bright structured yellow blazer (that one would expect to see in black for this time of year) over the flow-y bright green silk peplum blouse. She completes the look with dark skinny jeans, bright red pumps, the perfect tote to have while out and about, and those oh-so-perfect over-sized angled print sunnies – keeping the look polished, yet weekend casual. My absolute favorite part of her look is the very unassuming but unavoidable statement necklace tucked gently underneath the collar of her button-down. At first glance, I thought this was a brooch.

So what did I learn from Wendy’s weekend casual look?

  1. Don’t be afraid to mix eclectic and varying bright colors for fall – though sticking to solids in each piece is best.
  2. You can pull off a bold statement necklace with a collard blouse, channeling the likes of a “vintage-esque” pin.
  3. We all know I’m a sucker for a good blazer, but I’m inspired to grab one in the most off the wall color I can find.
  4. Red shoes (pumps or flats) are always a good idea with dark jeans.
  5. I haven’t personally jumped on the “peplum” trend, but pairing it with a fitted blazer or jacket is a great way to keep it stylish (and not preggers!).

She nails this look. This is the anatomy of a DO and it’s filled, as she so rightly dubbed in her recent post, with Color Love.

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