Tag Archives: leather

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Mesh Crop Top-Varley | Printed Jersey Bra-The Upside | Leopard Dri-FIT Bra-Nike | Cutout Leggings-Varley | Agave Lip Mask-Bite Beauty | Media Player Armband-Adidas by Stella McCartney | Divine Lines Water Bottle-Zazzle | Oil Slick Headphones-Frends | Quilted Patent Tote-MZ Wallace | Free 5.0 Mesh Sneakers-Nike | Quilted Microfiber Yoga Mat-No Ka’oi

Ever notice that when you look good you feel good? Conversely, The same is true. When you feel good, you look good. It’s a healthy cycle that feels amazing when you’re in a good rhythm, but that’s easier said than done.  I’m always more motivated to get in the gym/run outside/do yoga (and such public exercises) when I’ve got gear that fits well, and looks cool. Naturally, I choose mostly black, because when investing in more expensive workout clothes, I like to think that the more basic, the more versatile they will be. Black leggings will go with everything, and are obviously more flattering. A neutral bra with a cute print is the same. I’m averse to the neon/reflective and totally nauseating workout clothes making a comeback, because the last thing I want to do is stick out like a traffic sign in the middle of the gym. If you’ve ever made the long walk from the cardio room through the weights to the locker room, you know your tight-ass pants can leave you feeling like, for lack of a better term, a piece of meat. I’m not trying to call attention to myself at the gym in LA, where that walk feels more like the last judgement…I’m keeping things on the DL. My last tip is that it’s important to purchase pieces that that translate from gym to everyday outings, and ones that can be used for other activities besides sports. In So-Cal, its completely appropriate to wear a cute pair of cut out leggings (shown above), with a nicer comfy tee and cute bralette, outside of the gym. Add an oversized tote that doubles as a grocery bag and you’re set. It’s comfy-chic, and looks effortless…because it was. 

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Festival Ready

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Velvet Bells-Gypsy Stardust // Nirvana Tank-Chaser // Roger’s Cuff-The 2 Bandits // Horchata Lipspread-Sin-Min // Cipperton Fedora-Free People // Lace Crop Top-Free People // Madeline Denim Shorts-Siwy // Cuff-Lili Claspe

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Coachella, anyone? Outfit guides for any festival or concert of the season… my favorite season. In my experience, whether is mud-chella, rain-chella, or 101 degree-chella (two years ago) comfort is key ladies. You can’t go wrong with a pair of cutoff shorts, broken in ankle booties and a lacey crop. Or, for a chillier day, some awesome crushed-velvet bell bottoms paired with a distressed tank. Oversized sunglasses are a must, and really you cant go wrong with anything from Free People. Wanna get more creative? Try my Besti Festi Vestie D.I.Y. from last summer. What are you waiting for??? Get out there and dance your ass off!

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Luxe or Less:The Black Bag

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Faux Leather Envelope Clutch-Danielle // Antigonia Envelope Clutch-Givenchy // Vintage Leather bucket Bag-Motel // Diego Bucket Bag-Alexander Wang // Boho Fringed Shoulder Bag-LP Blue // Daisy Leather Fringe Crossbody-Linea Pelle

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Ultimate must-have accessory…the black bag. Every woman needs one, or two.  From nights out, to everyday errands, to the occasional music festival, an envelope/bucket/ crossbody, will more than cover all of the bases. Above I’ve listed a few of my favorite picks. Usually on Luxe vs. Less, you are paying the price difference for two main things-quality and material. In this case, you don’t have to compromise everything. Both bucket bags listed are made from real leather, and even though I’ve been lusting for the Diego bag (you are paying for detail and designer name), will save $775 by going with the Motel option. Both fringe bags are actually made by the same designer, Linea Pelle. She has created a lower price point line for Nordstrom (LP Blue) so you know that even though it may not be leather, the craftsmanship and quality are awesome. I can’t tell the difference…can you?

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Gift Guide: Guys

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We love our guys don’t we, but why is it always so hard shopping for them??? I try to think functional, essential items, that they may not buy for themselves. Above are a few tried and true gifts for your man, for instance, every guy needs a dopp kit. Travel, sleepovers, weekends away, this is the perfect small storage bag for all of his toiletries. Hats are great gifts (as are scarves), they keep you warm, and your guy will think of you every time he puts it on. As far as more personalized gifts, think of what his interests are (musician, snowboarder, cook?) and tailor your gifts toward those.

-Herbivore Botanicals: 15% off entire store w/ code MONDAY15
-Wyoming Creative: 10% off the entire store w/ code CYBMONDAY
-Poler Stuff: 25% off everything in the store (excluding collaborations), no code needed
-Malin and Goetz: 3 samples and free shipping over $75
-Wireless Catalog: free shipping on orders of 60+, use code CYBERSHIP

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Whats Your Angle?

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Meets Patternity Sweater-Chinti and Parker, Triangle Sweater & Pants-Chinti and Parker, Mountain Post Earrings-The Angry Weather, Leather Clutch-Coriumi, Triangle Clutch-Givenchy, Pyramid Bag-Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Triangle Bra-T by Alexander Wang

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If you couldnt already tell, I tend to lean toward geometric patterns, triangles in particular, and monochromatic tones. A few warm items from Chinti and Parker, and some fun Etsy finds that are on my Christmas list. My favorite is the handmade clutch from Coriumi, neutral but eye catching, with a hint of metallic leather.

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Moto Chic

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Donegal Beanie-Alexander Wang, Peakin Cuff-The 2 Bandits, Soft Touch Eyeliner-Nars, Mirrored Aviators-Ray Ban, Bobby Dazzler Polish-Butter London, Pitch Leather Biker Jacket-All Saints, Hudson Moto Crossbody-Rebecca Minkoff, Ankle Boot-Anine Bing, Spiked Iphone Case-Felony Case, The Moto Skinny Jeans-Current Elliot
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Strap on your boots ladies its that time of year, leather weather is upon us. Ive already swapped my shorts and tanks for skinny jeans, scarves, sweaters, and, LEATHER. I dont know what it is about the material, but putting on a leather jacket makes me feel like an automatic badass. Add some quilting and its even cooler. The thing about anything black and leather, is its versatility. It will never go out of style. Ever. Mix in some grays like this awesome Alexander Wang cashmere beanie (also a classic), a pair of moto skinnys, and youre ready to hit the town…or the road.

***Some pics of my amiga Ash on her road excursions…the embodiment of moto chic.

Listen: Reflektor-Arcade Fire

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Color Study-Bottle Green

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1)Billionaire Nail Polish-Deborah Lippmann 2)Skull Print Silk Scarf-Alexander McQueen 3)Fold Over Python Clutch-Primary   4)On the Green Motorcycle Jacket-Muubaa 5)Aleka Skinny Jean-Iro

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Kermit the frog once said, “Its not that easy being green,”  and even though I love that little tune, I have to kindly disagree.   There are so many facets of the color, teal, sea, kelly, forest, army, emerald, celedon, olive etc.  Green is such a natural earthy hue that its hard not to recognize it in the fields, foliage, signs of growth, and call it divine. If I had to choose, green would be my answer to the age old favorite color question. Military green seemed to be last falls “it” color, but this season were seeing more and more of this beautiful bottle green. Bottle green is that in between of forest and emerald green, likened to its vintage green bottle counterparts. Im loving colored leather, and this Muubaa “bottle green” colored jacket is such a beautiful shade, it has inspired me to search for other similarly colored pieces. This shade adds interest to any outfit, but it would’t be a stretch to say a jacket, or clutch, this color would be a forever classic piece.

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Fall Booties

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Clockwise from top: Claw Boot-Friend of Mine, Cutout Heel Bootie-Alexander Wang , Aubrey Ankle Bootie-Messeca, Lucite Heel Booties-Vic Matie, Workin Q Boot-Jeffrey Campbell
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I’d like to say that I wasn’t jumping on the Fall bandwagon (pumpkin lattes, fall fashion wish lists on every blog around, and dont get me started on Christmas decorations at Costo), but it’s hard to ignore the signs of the changing seasons. Last night, on our way to Aceq for dinner, I actually had to go back in the house and change my shoes. I had ran out the door wearing skinny jeans and gladiator sandals, in hurried anticipation of a delicious meal, only to find drizzle and under 60 degree temperatures. I said to myself, “your toes are gonna freeze in these things,” so back in I went to throw on my new fave Messeca booties for an easy yet dinner worthy outfit. Above are some of my favorite fall booties, and a couple of coveted ones. A simple black boot goes with eveything you can think of; skinny jeans, dresses, tights and skirts. They are the new black leather jacket in my book (or lbd), and are elegant enough to wear to a nice dinner, and rad enough to wear to that concert afterward.

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The Perfect Leather Jacket

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It’s soft, it’s buttery, it’s everything you ever dreamed and more. It will keep you warm when you’re boyfriends away. It acts as a windbreaker on those long chopper rides. Its got amazing zipper details, and will make any outfit instantly cooler. The search starts NOW, here are a few contenders:

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