Friday, November 28, 2014

[crave or save] Capes

Trina Turk Wool Blend Cape ($297), from Nordstrom
Double Breasted Camel Cape Coat ($57), from Romwe

Capes are back this winter, and I couldn't be happier! I love this sophisticated vintage silhouette, but so far, I haven't found an actual vintage piece that fits all of my requirements. This Trina Turk cape is made from a luxe bled of lambswool and cashmere. I love the wide collar, simple buttons, and double-stitched seams. The Romwe version is made of polyester, but has more prominent details, like gold buttons, piped edges, pockets, and a faux fur-trimmed hood. While the Trina Turk version is more chic, I have to give the Romwe coat extra points for the pockets and hood.
While I like different things about each of these lovely coats, I think this time I'll have to say neither, and hold out to find the perfect vintage cape instead.

Shop this style (scroll sideways to see more of my favorites!):
How do you feel about this vintage style coming back into fashion? Would you choose one of these capes, or will you be looking for a vintage version, as well? How would you style the perfect cape-worthy outfit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, my little pocket monsters! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with friends, family, food, and feelings of gratitude. I know that the holiday season isn't easy for everyone, and I've been struggling this year as well. One thing I know for sure, is that feeling thankful can help get you through the hardest times in life. I decided to make a video about how to find an attitude of appreciation, even when it isn't easy to do. 

"If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul."
-Harold Kushner

If you need a little bit of inspiration to get in the spirit of the holiday, click through for my video, and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5 Ways to Style Your Game Day Jersey

As the weather cools down, the football rivalries are heating up! Last weekend, the Chargers beat the Raiders (again, ahem), and the bandwagon is getting slowww with the weight of all of these fair-weather fans jumping on board. With everyone getting in the spirit, I thought it was time to come up with a few ways for everyone to style their new jerseys (if you still need one, you can find every team here). And of course, I can't expect all of my readers to be Charger fans, but these styles will work for any team colors. The key is to take down the tacky-potential by keeping everything other than your jersey, including accessories and makeup, in neutral tones.
[San Diego Chargers Nike Women's Jersey, in Navy, from]
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Give your jersey a feminine edge by pairing it with a trendy envelope skirt and a comfy chunky knit open cardigan. Keep it simple with flat over-the-knee riding boots in a neutral tone.

[San Diego Chargers Nike Women's Jersey, in Whitefrom]
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For a classic look, pair a women's fit jersey with ankle-length jeans, a simple blazer, and a fun pair of loafers.  The jeans and flats are comfy and fun, while the blazer adds polish to the sporty pieces.

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Make your boyfriend's oversized jersey look a little girlier by knotting it at the waist over a sexy pencil skirt. Ditching the fussy heels and grab a pair of low-key Converse All-Stars instead.

[San Diego Chargers Nike Platinum Limited Jersey, in White, from]
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For an edgier look, don an oversized jersey as a dress (take it in at the sides to avoid looking like a potato sack), and add a few edgy accessories like over-the knee boots (my current obsession), a boater hat, and an armful of bangles.

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If you prefer a vintage look, cut off your jersey (preferably this vintage-inspired one) into a crop top so that it just skims the top of a pair of high-waisted jeans. Dress it up with a pretty pair of heels, or stay comfy in a pair of flats.

Who do you root for during the NFL season? (Go Bolts!) How does your game day outfit show your team spirit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

[diy inspiration] Splatter-Painted Purses

Kim Kardashian stepped out this week with a brand new Birkin, hand painted by none other than her daughter, North. This is such an adorable idea and a great way to keep a sweet reminder of your little one with you all day long. If you're going to let your budding artist go to town on one of your bags, be sure it's one with simple lines and minimal hardware, paired with basic silhouettes in neutral tones, like Kim does here.
Would you let your kids design a handbag for you? What about a coveted Birkin? You could even splatter paint a bag for yourself if you don't have any kids to do it for you ;) Leave a comment and let me know if you try this DIY!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

[what i wore] Gray Days

Forever 21 Black Skater Dress, T-shirt Brand Cardigan from Anthropologie, Qupid Gray Over-the-Knee Boots 

I wore this outfit out for dinner and a movie last week. I'm obsessed with over-the-knee everything whenever we finally start getting cooler weather in Southern California. Usually I stick to OTK socks, or my flat OTK studded pirate boots, but I finally grabbed up this low-heeled pair in a soft gray fabric. I can't wait to wear them with everything!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

[diy] Logo T-shirt Surgery

Recently I've been on a cleaning and reorganizing kick and trying to get rid of a lot of the extra clutter crowding my very small bedroom. One thing I have wayyy too much of-- T-shirts! I acquire tons of shirts between events, coaching cheer, and the $5 graphic tees in the men's section of Walmart (my weakness). While the guys can get away with it, I have trouble styling boxy crew neck tees for club and nightlife events, like I need to do with my Organized Grime shirts.
After appliquéing the design from my OG Geisha shirt onto this diamond patterned tank top from Charlotte Russe, I was finally wearing it for more exciting events than to bed and the gym. If you have shirts you want to wear to events without sacrificing style for a lame tee, then keep reading!
You will need:
T-shirt with a basic logo
Another shirt (Plain or with similar colors)
Sewing Machine
Thread to match your shirts

Start by laying your shirts out flat (Excuse my wrinkly tees-- be sure to iron yours first!). Cut around your logo, leaving an inch or two of extra fabric around the image. Decide where you want to place your logo and lay it flat on top of your new shirt. Remember, it doesn't have to be centered! Offset graphics (like the way I placed my geisha tee on the tank pictured above) can add a lot of interest to an otherwise boring design. 
I decided to keep this logo centered. Make sure that its in the right place and lined up perfectly. Pin your graphic down, but instead of pinning around, pin on top of the design.
Sew around the logo, just outside the edges of the design. Carefully follow the lines of even the more detailed pieces of the graphic. If your graphic is really large, consider sewing a few lines across the logo to keep the design laying flat on its new shirt and prevent it from bagging after it's been washed.

To complete your project, cut away the excess fabric from the outsides of your appliqué seams. Leave less than a quarter of an inch, keeping your cut lines even. If you need to, use smaller scissors to get into the smaller crevices of the design.

Snip off any extra hanging threads, and your shirt is all ready to wear. You can now head to your event looking stylish and representing your organization with confidence!
Do you have mountains of t-shirts like I do? Do you keep them all on rotation, or do you find other ways to use them? Does this DIY solution work as well for you as it does for me? Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

[diy inspiration] T-shirt Surgery

I somehow seem to acquire so many event t-shirts, cheer practice shirts, and even just plain old regular shirts that get boring after a while. I'm constantly trying to come up with ways to make those boxy boyish event tees more wearable, and jazz up those plain shirts that I'm tired of. Some of these DIY's are really simple, and some require a few more sewing skills, but all of them turn your old shirts into something you might just love all over again.
Lace Insert at Mr. Kate
Lattice Stud Tee at WobiSobi
Croche Trim Seam at Trash to Couture
Slashed Tee at WobiSobi
Lace Sleeves at InterestingFor.Me
Braided Racer-back at WobiSobi
Yoked Tee at CleverGirl
Mesh-back, Bow, and Ruffle Shirt at ShopBop
(This isn't a DIY tutorial, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to figure out!)

Have you tried any of these DIYs? Do you have a mountain of shirts laying around unworn like I do? Leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, November 3, 2014

insta love :: October

Trying not to fall in the XS pool at the Encore in Las Vegas!
Taco Bell real talk.
My favorite new watch from Forever 21.
Got my nails diddddd. Loving this design with clear polish peekaboos.
One of my favorite DIY projects to date: a Chloe-Inspired Chain-Wrist Sweater.
Trying to decide what brand of Reisling is my favorite. This one by Cupcake is definitely in my top three!
Carved my first pumpkin ever! Can you guess which one is mine and which on is Kevin's?
Nighttime necessities. Hydration is key!
I had so much fun making this yummy Halloween bark using this recipe.
Does anyone else change their phone wallpapers with the seasons to keep them feeling festive?
Another Reisling on a fun afternoon at Brothers Provisions
A sweet #tbt of my sister and I from Halloween '96
I couldn't hack my Treasure Troll costume for the whole night of Halloween, so Kev and I dressed up as a Koala and a Tree before we headed out to celebrate the holiday :)
…and my "October Moments" compilation video:

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