Sunshine, Dresses and Digital Prints

Dress: Whitney Eve Sunglasses: Chloe Boots: Joie

Dress: Whitney Eve
Sunglasses: Chloe
Boots: Joie

Perhaps it’s because I just started reading Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s #Girl Boss but I am utterly inspired by strong female forces who turn their passion into an empire. Some people contribute in the form of finding fashion for others a la Sophia Amoruso, or some contribute in the form of making fashion a la Whitney Port. Now granted I have some friends that have what I lovingly refer to as a stuffy perception of fashion in that they only believe in labels that invest in the finest materials and perfect each and every cut and stitch and then slap a minimum of a 3 digit price point on it (before it hits the decimals.) I however look at every label equally and take into consideration some key factors before I invest. First and foremost, does it look good on? Second, is it within my price range? Third, how many washes can I get out of it before it falls apart? And finally, is it a name or a company that I can stand behind? Fashion politics, the only politics I can get behind.

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So don't tell my bosses but I've been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let's just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.

So don’t tell my bosses but I’ve been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let’s just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.

One label I can stand behind 110% is Whitney Port. I contemplated saying I support any Hills alum’s fashion adventures but then I remembered Heidi Pratts attempt at designing and whelp, there went that theory. While I could go on for days about how I love Lauren Conrad’s chic and girly collections, I recently become acquainted with her former BFF Whitney Port’s equally feminine and fabulous  yet slightly more sophisticated designs. As a Los Angeles native herself she understand the importance of dressing to impress every day, but what she doesn’t sacrifice in her designs is comfort. Something that some labels egregiously  disregard. Plus, fun fact of the day I feel like every time I look into a collection of hers I learn a new adjective to describe something. For example, I would have originally referred to this dress as pink, and cute and girly. Thanks to watching countless Whitney interviews however, I now know that this is a digital print. Fashion is an art, it’s always subject to interpretation so I suppose there are countless ways to describe this dress. But at the end of the day I know this dress, regardless of how it would be described by the designer herself is cute, comfy, stylish and won’t fall apart after just 1 wash. This label much like the designer is simply just fabulous. Oh, and if you’re thinking to yourself, I love the collection but don’t have the funds to invest in the pieces direct from the high end department stores it’s typically found in, here’s some friendly advice. Follow her on Instagram! She’s always on sale somewhere it seems and isn’t afraid to promote that. For example, this dress only set me back about $50 with shipping on Hautelook. Much better than the original price tag of $200 something it would have cost me when the collection first launched in a store like Bloomingdales.

And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe's. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.

And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe’s. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.

It's one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!

It’s one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!

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Chilly Weather Means Cozy Sweaters

Top: 5/48 Jeans: J Brand Boots: Joie Necklace: House of Harlow

Top: 5/48
Jeans: J Brand
Boots: Joie
Necklace: House of Harlow

Can you believe it was only a week ago that I was frolicking in 80 degree weather on the beach? To those of you whose winters consist of subzero temperatures, you’re probably going to read this and shake your head the whole time at my claim that this temperature is freezing. As a So Cal girl anything below 75 degrees and I begin to complain I’m in danger of dying of hypothermia. Crazy but I live in Southern California for a reason. I enjoy my sunny days.

I’ve been enjoying my lightweight sweaters, but today I had to bust out the heavy knit because it was only about 60 degrees outside. It may have well been below subzero. This is the time of year you see us Cali folks bust out our puffer coats and Uggs. When the sun hides we dig deep for our winter wear. Today I opted for my favorite Fall/ Winter sweater! Tera cotta chunky sweater and brown boots make for a cute and cozy winter ensemble!

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Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Shades

Here Comes The Sun, and Here Comes the Style

My favorite sunglasses, my purple baroque frames by Prada

In case you have not heard, us So. Cal folks have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine these past couple days. Dear Mr. Sun, won’t you stay awhile? We have missed you oh so very much.

While, enjoying the sunshine means a variety of things for fashion, one of my favorite summer essentials are sunglasses. To be truthful, I don’t think I own one pair of actual, traditional black sunglasses. Everything I own is either dramatic frames in the shape of apples, cat eyes, hello kitty cat eyes, or dramatic baroque design a la’ Prada. Even my black Chanel sunglasses had a lace design on the frames.

Last summer I invested in one of the most classic, traditional glasses (by my collection’s standards anyways.) A pair of leather embellished Choloe’ aviators. And much to my surprise I loved them! Almost makes me want to invest in more classic looking glasses…almost. Side note and friendly word of advice for fellow consumers who also may have purchased this style, the screw that connects the leather to the glasses ALWAYS falls out. Working in retail, these are a pair of glasses that always seems to come with issues. Nothing that can’t be solved though. Any sunglass place should sell extra screws to solve this problem, or if you are like me and don’t have the patience to do this yourself, hold on to the card that comes in the sunglass case that shows certification of authenticity, and according to the manufacturer they will fix the problem.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Aviators by Chloe. Note: The screw in the leather portion (right lens) is notorious for falling out.

Every summer, I bedazzle a new pair of sunglasses. I miss my cherry red ones that I gave to one of my besties, but she looks fab in them. Perhaps, I’ll bedazzle my favorite Apple rimmed glasses (literally these are in the shape of bright red apples.)

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

I bedazzled the bow on these heart shaped hello kitty frames.

Other must haves on my sunglass list are a floral pair of Dolce and Gabana’s, some House of Harlow cat eyes, white baroque Paradas, and maybe a black framed Chanel pair. If I’m going to finally do classic, what better way then to go Chanel. Ooo, and for days when I’m feeling a little crazy, Urban Outfitters has some really fun metal laced framed glasses.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

Prada Baroque sunglasses, I want these in white.

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House of Harlow 1960 Sunny Daisies Sunglasses available at Amazon.com

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18

Lace framed sunglasses available at Urbanoutfitters.com for $18