Staying Warm and Stylish on A Blustery Day

Top:  A.P.C  Jeans: J Brand Scarf: Alexander McQueen Shoes: B Brian Atwood

Top: A.P.C
Jeans: J Brand
Scarf: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: B Brian Atwood

It’s officially getting colder which means I can officially¬†start layering up. And Halloween is just days away! My favorite holiday! So it’s time to start unleashing my favorite spooktastic wardrobe pieces. Normally I’m not a skull person. For years I affiliated skulls with gothic individuals and the original Hot Topic crowd (you know before Hot Topic started selling Hello Kitty and Justin Bieber attire, a vast improvement in my opinion but that’s neither here nor there.)

Long Live McQueen!

Long Live McQueen!

However, since I’ve fallen in love with the late Alexander McQueen and his signature skull design, I’ve learned to appreciate the once gothic symbol. I have since been told that the skull is actually symbolic of being a free spirit. I’ll go with that! One of my favorite accessories is my McQueen scarf that I bought years ago when I had to work on Halloween. It was my way of “dressing up.” A nice substitute for a Halloween costume that I figured I could wear all year round. One of my favorite things about wearing that scarf is that for whatever reason it compels other McQueen fans to tell me how they began their love affair with the legend and mastermind. By far my favorite story is that of a woman who said she actually met McQueen in an airport once. After he passed away she went on a mission to find a Union Jack flag with the McQueen signature skull and the phrase “Long Live McQueen.” She succeeded and that’s her favorite accessory. I’ve always loved that scarf but since my story is not nearly as fascinating as my fellow fashionista I have not felt worthiness enough of that particular design. Maybe one day.

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Not only does my investment work as a conversation starter between myself and fellow McQueen enthusiasts but it also serves to keep me warm on a blustery California afternoon.

I also have a soft spot for pink skulls a la Tarina Tarantino.

I also have a soft spot for pink skulls a la Tarina Tarantino.

It was even cold enough today to debut my Akris Punto Coat!

It was even cold enough today to debut my Akris Punto Coat!

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Made in the U.S.A

Top: Milly Shorts: 7 For All Mankind...both proudly made in the U.S.A

Top: Milly Shorts: 7 For All Mankind…both proudly made in the U.S.A

Made in the U.S.A

Still holding strong to my “Made In the U.S.A” mission, my OTD was influenced by more then just a Demi Lovato song. Or the good ol’ red white and blue I suppose.

More and more my selections at a store are becoming influenced by where a garment was manufactured from. A mission that can prove to be difficult when I love shopping at Forever 21.

Alas, not only can I have somewhat of a piece of mind that an innocent dog was not sacrificed maliciously in the name of fashion (an image that started my whole ban against clothing made in China courtesy of a PETA video and is applicable I suppose only to fur pieces.) But I can also rest somewhat easy knowing that the garments were not made whilst sacrificing the safety and well being of the person assembling the piece. At least I would hope.

Thus my entire outfit (with the exclusion of my Chloe sunglasses) was proudly made in the USA. There’s nothing better then looking cute while supporting the economy of the good ol’ red white and blue.

And who could forget my favorite LA based designer Tarina Tarantino. My favorite "Pink Head" piece.

And who could forget my favorite LA based designer Tarina Tarantino. My favorite “Pink Head” piece.

Feeling Girly With Pink and Barbie

 

Pink dress: Free People Jewelry by Tarina Tarantino

Pink dress: Free People Jewelry by Tarina Tarantino

Somedays ya just wake up feeling in a mood for pink. I think I was born with this mood. Today, I was feeling extra pink and ta da, a rummage through my closet and a few minutes digging through my jewelry box I put together this ensemble. Now, I’ve tried to tone my need to look like a Barbie doll down. And I think I’ve come a long way. I went through a phase in high school where every single day I wore pink. We’re talking head to toe pink. Pink top, pink bottoms, pink back pack, pink folders, pink pink pink. I did go through a phase briefly in 7th grade when I declared my favorite color to be pastel green, because that was Nick Carter’s favorite color, but that hardly lasted a year. Like I said, my love for pink has existed pretty much since the day I was born.

Perhaps it’s because due to my dress code at work, my wardrobe has been taken over by the color black that on my days off I feel it absolutely necessary to branch out beyond the color wheel’s most mundane colors. Regardless of the reason, or the season I suppose every time is a good time to wear pink.

Today I went to run an errand, and the cashier told me her daughter would have loved my jewelry. I usually get that a lot when wearing my hello kitty/ Barbie pieces. To be expected. She said she was going to go home and say “Barbie was in my store today.” Talk about a way to make a persons day!

They don’t say she’s “pretty in pink” for nothing.

Tarina Tarantino heart bracelet. If it's anyone who can appreciate the color pink as much as I do, it's the woman with pink hair.

Tarina Tarantino heart bracelet. If it’s anyone who can appreciate the color pink as much as I do, it’s the woman with pink hair.

The piece that started off my whole Tarina Tarantino collection. Still my favorite.

The piece that started off my whole Tarina Tarantino collection. Still my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rumors Are True: Linen During the Summer is the Greatest Idea. EVER!

The Rumors Are True: Linen During the Summer is the Greatest Idea. EVER!

Top: Helmut Lang Shorts: Joie Heels: Prada Necklace: Tarina Tarantino

Working in retail for too many years, I have helped many a customer who have told me, “linen is the way to go when the weather gets too hot.” Well, the time has come. I finally introduced some linen into my wardrobe. And considering the weather has consistently been in the triple digits, I’d say this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I really have had no reason for previously excluding this fabric from my wardrobe, other then I have never found anything that really jumped out at me as “omg, must have!”

And leave it to me to figure out how to dress something so casual up. Casual is not really in my vocabulary. One of my friends yesterday scolded me for investing in a pair of Prada heels that he said he never see’s me wear. Thus I had to prove him wrong today and incorporate my pretty little Prada’s in to my outfit.

Who said linen had to be casual?

Sunnies: Dolce and Gabana

Sunnies: Dolce and Gabana

Prada. No further description neccessary.

Prada. No further description neccessary.

 

Tarina Tarantino. The answer to every accessory need.

Tarina Tarantino. The answer to every accessory need.

Tis the season for bows, bows and more bows!

Bow top by Free Generation and patent leather bow flats by Miu Miu

We are officially less then a month away from Christmas and what better way to celebrate the holidays then by decorating yourself with bows! Truth be told, I’d love to give credit for this obsession entirely to the holidays but if you know me, you know that I live up to my self proclaimed title of an all around girly girl. Thus you can pretty much find me wearing bows any time of the year. It just so happens that this time of year I wear these closet favorites just a little more often then other signature pieces of mine.

I’m hoping that my Miu Miu flats were made of magic leather and will last forever. And my Free Generation black satin bow top has been a holiday attire favorite for the past 2 years. What does that tell me? Bows are classic! These days you can find them perfectly and eloquently placed on everything from tights, bags, blouses, dresses, shoes, hair accessories, cell phones…well pretty much everything!

Tarina Tarantino grosgrain ribbon bow available at Tarina Tarantino

My biggest weakness seems to be bows in the form of sparkly jewelry. You know you have a problem when you walk into a Tarina Tarantino boutique and the whole team knows your name. Or even worst when your favorite boutique hunts you down to let you know that they got a new shipment of pieces you don’t have! Needless to say Tarina and Betsey Johnson are my go to gals when looking to get a fix of sparkle and all around fabulousness, and this season they have to die for designs that are influenced by, you guessed it BOWS!

Betsey Johnson filigre multi row stretch bracelet $85 at Macys.com

Looks like this fashionista will be going shopping soon. My bow collection is always ready to welcome new friends.

Betsey Johnson bow ring $45 at macys.com