Not Your Typical LBD

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Dress: Lush Hat: Saks Bag: Coach: Gladiators: Steve Madden Sunnies: Miu Miu

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For nearly 10 years, I’ve been subjected to a career dominated by rules that restrict my wardrobe to the color black 5 days out of the week. Which isn’t bad. I mean I suppose I could be forced to where an unflattering uniform, but that’s never been my style. In fact I am eternally grateful to my mom for recognizing this even in my middle school days. True story, in 6th grade my school thought it would be brilliant to level the fashion playing field and make everyone wear those dreadful navy and white uniforms. Which, don’t get me wrong, navy and white works for some people. I just prefer options is all. How is one supposed to use fashion as an art form if you limit their palette to only 2 colors? I got out of that predicament before I was even put into it by my mom telling my school a dress code was against our religion.

Back to present day. Alas, on my days off I put in a diligent effort to infuse my wardrobe with as much color as possible. But, I can’t help but have my days where I too want to indulge in one of the fashion world’s chicest ensembles, aka the little black dress. Traditionally believed to be reserved for those fancy nights out on the town, or funerals the fashion world has seized this iconic wardrobe staple and made it appropriate for even the most casual days. And the best part? It’s literally like a blank slate! You can infuse whatever colorful accessories or shoes you choose. So for color enthusiasts such as myself it’s still a viable option. Today I opted to pair my newest LBD addition with my favorite Steve Madden gladiator sandals. It also made the perfect backdrop to debut my new Coach Tea Rose Appliqué Dinky bag. I know, I know, florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

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Olivia had to join me for today’s fashion adventure.

It’s Fall And I’m Still Hot in Haute Hippie

Top: Haute Hippie Shorts: 7 For All Mankind Sunnies: Stella Mcartney Boots: Joie Dalton Bootie Necklace: Saks

Top: Haute Hippie Shorts: 7 For All Mankind Sunnies: Stella Mcartney Boots: Joie Dalton Bootie Necklace: Saks

Fall is here but you wouldn’t know it as the temperatures here in So Cal are about the same as they were in July. The only difference is at night there is a really nice breeze so you don’t feel the need to sleep in the freezer. Alas, while I’m super jealous that my East Coast and Mid West fashionistas get to start their layers for the season, the only seasonal appropriate staple I get to indulge in sadly are boots. Whether they are combat boots with a heel, combat boots without a heel, knee high boots, thigh high boots, or chic Celine boots, I’m good for Fall and Winter, I just need some decent weather to appropriately debut them.

Meanwhile, my Joie Dalton Booties match perfect with my So. Cal transition from Summer to Fall attire. Although I could sit here and complain about my inability to sport my cute coats for the season (I will never complain of such friveoliy because truthfully I hate being cold) I’d rather sit here and brag about how cute my favorite denim shorts pair with my Haute Hippie top. I never thought I’d be a fan of fringe but then I stumbled upon this gem and got this normally $200 top for $50. Couture on sale? Loves it! Alas, the fringe detail accenting this dream catcher like bottom was too good for this hippie at heart to pass up. Plus, I have a stronger addiction to Haute Hippie than I do Pumpkin Spice Latte’s. Slap a sale tag on my beloved label and it’s a done deal! If I can’t have my layers, I can at least still hold on to my favorite boho/ hippie trends.

Sadly, the fringe falls off with nearly every step I take. However, that actually turned out to be a hidden benefit of the top when I ventured out on today’s photo shoot. I didn’t realize I had forgotten my phone in my car until I was already half way down this desolate trail. I had initially felt like a boss, tackling a trail that has been declared “moderate” by some hiking society I’ve never heard of, until I found my foot stuck in a hole. No worries, though. I survived. The power of the Dalton bootie I suppose.

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