Givenchy Spring 2013 is an inspired collection, effortlessly highlighting the feminine form, without being overtly sexual. I don’t know how I missed this collection during FW but I’m so glad I’ve come across it now. Riccardo Tisci’s designs ooze lux sensuality, and remain tastefully covered. It’s a great example of how fabric and fit can completely change the way a turtleneck dress fits into your mindset, and your wardrobe. I am just dying to slip into one of these creations!
I’ve recently had a lot of time on my hands. And beyond vacationing, starting Breaking Bad and becoming a brunette out of sheer boredom, I have found a whole new appreciation for casual and comfortable clothing.
There’s something wonderful about wearing something light and relaxed while still looking presentable. Throwing on a loose knit, leggings and Fry boots, or dark wash jeans and a silk button up with booties, tends to be my go to for the Fall and Winter (when it’s not unbearably hot in LA like it is right now). However there’s always a maxi dress with a leather jacket, or baggy jeans and cashmere sweater. I do have a few simple rules for how to keep this easy.
1. A blazer or a great jacket makes any outfit rock chic, not slovenly.
2. If one item is baggy, the other item should be tight. So if you’re wearing an over sized sweater, don’t wear last season’s harem pants. Trust me, it barely works on size 00 models.
3. Know your audience. Casual can work for most occasions, but if you’re meeting your boyfriend’s parents, leave the ripped t-shirt at home and opt for a loose silk top with your jeans instead.
4. Accessories- if you’re going to spend money on something, make it gorgeous, classic accessories. New trends come and go, but a good bag never ages.
See I’ve realized that I can be comfy without looking like a slob. There’s nothing worse than looking like you’ve tried too hard, or not tried at all. The fine line between the two is something that has come to me through trial, error, and a good hat for lazy hair days. However I’ve found that a few great accessories can take your outfit from too laid back to just right, and I wanted to share some outfits I’ve found that I think truly perfect the technique of taking it easy.
Smoking slippers are the perfect combination of classic work wear and comfort. So it’s easy to see how any woman would want to rock a pair. They’re fun, they’re sassy, they’re just a little bit rebellious. They send the message, “I may be at work but I would rather be sitting at home with a latte scrolling through Milan FW pictures in my pjs,” – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Without allowing your outfit to become totally inappropriate within the corporate world, you can incorporate this fall trend into your every day looks. There’s a variety of takes on this new slipper. Everything from heals, to tweed, to velvet abound, and it’s all a matter of choosing the right look for the occasion.
So here are a few of the slippers that I wish I could afford. It’s velvet, it’s designer, it’s oh so beautiful. Sigh.
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arguing debating with my boyfriend recently about the Presidential Election that is shockingly only 47 days away! How did this sneak up on me so suddenly and why don’t I feel prepared to make an informed decision? I decided to educate myself on both candidates.
A hop skip and a jump later across the vast Internet and I found myself wondering, WWMOD- What Would Michelle Obama Do? How, you might ask, is this going to help Katie decide which candidate to cast her vote for? It’s not, if I’m being quite frank. But it does lead me to thinking about how Michelle has given fashion a First Lady.
As the wife of our nation’s President, Michelle manages to consistently look clean, classic, and contemporary. With an effortless sense of style she conveys power without losing her femininity. I am completely inspired by her wardrobe and as much as I like a good ripped tee under a leather jacket, I also love getting dressed up like it’s high tea.
So just in case Mrs. O happens upon this little blog, here’s my homage to campaign classic style. A little collection of what I think looks patriotic for the office and the election night party. A list of updated outfit ideas in case any of you 20-something politicos out there are getting tired of your same old skirt suit.
I’ve posted the photo credits/ links to all the pieces below the gallery!
Akris; Alberta Ferretti Strapless Beige Dress; Alberta Ferretti Long Sleeve; Alberta Ferretti Blue Suit; Antonio Berardi; Burberry Brit Coat; Dawn Levy Coat; DVF Peplum Hem Dress; Dolce and Gabbana 3/4 Sleeve Dress; Emporio Armani Beige Suit; Gucci Pantsuit; Jason Wu; J Crew Dress; Max Mara Wrap; Max Mara Blue Separates; Michael Kors Black Sheath; Michael Kors Green Dress; Michael Kors Multi Color Sheath; Oscar de la Renta; Reed Krakoff; The Row Crepe Satin Dress; The Row Cotton Dress; Stella McCartney Color Block Dress; Stella McCartney Baroque Pattern Dress; Ted Baker London Coat; Tory Burch Skirt Suit;
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Your mother and grandma may refuse to wear white after Labor Day, but how about being a little rebellious and going for it? In my mind, the right white piece can take your outfit from dollar store to designer.
There is nothing more clean or crisp than white in winter. And while I’m the biggest offender of wearing 90% black every day, I’m waving my white flag and surrendering. Your look will be unexpected and fresh while so many other fashionistas are stuck in a black, grey and beige rut. The Ralph Lauren racer back dress will make you the talk of any Christmas party, and the McQueen studded white leather tote can take you from the office to drinks with your girlfriends at Tower Bar.
I felt compelled to take my online shopping
problem habit and productively narrow it down into a gallery of looks that makes me want to meet a gorgeous ski instructor hit the slopes in Aspen! From accessories to work place appropriate, I’ve covered it all. Enjoy, and tell me what you think about Winter Whites!
P.S. I’m dying for the Proenza Schouler shirt dress! Size 4, in case anyone is feeling exceptionally giving…
I’ve included links to all of the pieces below in alphabetical order:
3.1 Phillip Lim Vest; 3.1 Phillip Lim Dress; Alexander McQueen Triangle-Studded Bag; Alexander Wang Bonded Collar Shirt; Anne Klein Excelsior Faceted Y Necklace; Burberry Check Stamp Round Dial Watch; Burberry London Trench; Carven Rock Print Skirt; Derek Lam Pleated Front Long Sleeve Dress; Dezso by Sara Beltran Cornu Thin Ring; Donna Karen Cashmere Blend Bouche Sweater; Donna Karen Couture Bow Jacket; Herve Leger Wynn Dress; Kenneth Jay Lane White Spike Necklace; Lanvin Cap Toe Ballet Flats, Loro Piana Cherbourg Crinkled Crepe Stole; Oscar de la Renta Crystal Panther Earrings; Proenza Schouler Shirt Dress; Rachel Zoe Petra Faux Fur Coat; Ralph Lauren Black Label Racer Back Dress; Sonia Rykiel Pompom Beret
I admit when it comes to leather, I’m a sucker.
I’ll take my leather in every way shape and form. Whether it’s roughing up a silk shift dress with a bomber, or stepping up a basic pair of Rag & Bone jeans with some laser cut booties, a great leather piece can make any outfit unbearably chic.
Call me biased, hell call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing I love better than putting on one of my old leather jackets for a night out. The lived in comfort, the softened shoulders and elbows, and the glint of rocker in your eyes that only comes with the trusty old motorcycle shell. That jacket is the staple every woman should have in her wardrobe and it’s probably the one item in my closet that I’m willing to dust off the old credit card for. I’m already drooling over this shopping compilation.
This season I’ve seen a lot of amazing new leather come down the 2013 S/S catwalks and in almost every store for fall. Harnesses were a major trend with designers like Jason Wu and Herve Leger including the 50 Shades of Grey inspired pieces in their collections. And while I’m not quite ready to try the S&M trend, I am ready to break out my Vince Camuto’s and strut down Melrose.
Ironically enough early fall is just not the time one can don leather in Los Angeles, and it’s breaking my poor little heart. I can almost hear my cropped jacket with the gold details calling my name from inside my closet every time I walk by. So I’ll have to live vicariously through these inspirational ensembles I found across the web.
I love my leather and if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
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Architectural Digest recently did a small pictorial of celebrity closets that gives a sneak peak to how the other side lives. Equally luxe and fabulous, these boudoirs to the stars are kicking my aspirations up a notch. (I love that Ralph Lauren’s looks just like an uber chic version of his store) Click here to see the rest of the pictures!
I wanted to congratulate Giuliana Rancic, host of E! News, and Fashion Police for being, in my opinion, the most gorgeous non-actor on the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards. Giuliana has been having one hell of a year, and if anyone deserved to look like a goddess it was her. Everything about this Tony Ward dress was spot on. It fit her perfectly from head to toe, the color was beautiful against her skin, her hair was perfect, her makeup was flawless, and that juice cleanse she did werked it out for her body. I thought she looked incredible. Well done Giuliana!
This year’s Grammys brought their fair share of hits and misses. I always enjoy tuning into the Grammys because for some reason musicians seem to think they can get away with dressing in tacky over the top outfits for the biggest award show in all of music. From last year’s egg fiasco (I still don’t get it Gaga) to this year’s exorcism, there’s always someone pushing the envelope…and I love it! So much entertainment over such a short distance of red carpet. Here’s how I felt about this year’s fashion Yays and Nays:
Carrie Underwood in Gomez-Gracia
-Carrie is country perfection. Not only is this long sleeved gown sleek and elegant, but every inch of her is flawless. This is how you make a name for yourself (I’m looking at you Nicki)
Rihanna in Armani
– Rihanna co-designed this dream of a dress with Armani and it is perfection. She’s almost about to pop out of the top and a let the world see her cave of wonders, but yet, she somehow looks classy. Bravo!
Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad
– I didn’t love this dress from the front but the back is exquisite! Taylor finally strayed from her A-line and I am so pleased with the results!
Katy Perry, in every outfit.
– I didn’t bother looking up the designers for any of these looks because they should stand trial for making a newly divorced woman look like this. From the grandma blue frock, to the second look with bozo the clown blue hair and face makeup lighter than that god awful spray tan, to finally resting on a latex gold suit that is just seconds from creating a camel toe moment that could rock the nation, everything Katy did on Grammy night was a miss. This is not how you make your skeezy ex husband regret his decision to divorce you K-Per!
And then there was this:
Nicki Minaj, this was just a hot mess of trying way too hard. Madonna already did the religious shock and awe shtick. Damn it Nicki you’re better than that…
What did you all think about the show’s fashion this year?