October 31, 2013

Color Bomb

dress- Kensie
sweater- O'Neill
scarf- Target
boots- Clarks

As a neutrals girl at heart, vibrant color is not something I experiment with often. I spent half of my school years in uniform, making up for khaki & white with neon shoes and matching everything. I was that girl who had the orange check Nike's with an orange jacket* and an orange ribbon… plus a funky lunch box. Accessories were my only personal style expression, so when I got out of high school I went crazy with color all over. After my first few semesters of college, though, I started getting into neutrals. Everything was cream, grey, black, etc. I went from one extreme to the other. 

My "today self" cringes at fuzzy pink sweaters** most days. However, strange weather patterns that look like fall but feel like spring confuse my brain. The result? This mish-mosh of color in my outfit. Coral, blue, camel, chocolate… somehow they work. I have to admit that I would not have thought of it without the help of this sweater. Black Friday 2012 impulses FTW!

*This was when Limited Too was still cool and my parents were the only ones not willing to pay good money for ripped jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch. Look back, thanks, parents! 

** You had one. Don't even lie.

October 28, 2013

Bellowed & Blared

sweater- J. Crew [same]
jacket- stolen from my brother, American Eagle
loafers- TJ Maxx [similar]
necklace- c/o Piperfield's
ring- eBay

You know those people who are really passionate about something and are convinced that no one, no one, truly understands how awesome that thing is as much as they do? I am one of those people and music is my something. To put it simply, I love it. Lyrically, the composition, chord progressions, emotions, it all connects with me. I am a huge music buff and love going to live shows of artists I am attached to. Discovering new bands and stalking tour dates is fun for me (yes, that is weird...I know)

One of my favorite newcomer bands is The Lone Bellow. Folk mixed with country but with a bluegrass base. I saw them live last weekend in New Orleans and fell in love with their songs all over again. The performance level of these guys was a huge surprise! I mean, I knew they were good, but man, they were goooooooood. Perfect dynamics, lots of energy, and they drew the crowd in emotionally. Plus, my eardrums are in pain today, so it was obviously a great show. Check them out!

Oh... and this is what I wore to the show :) 

October 25, 2013

Bow Head

shirt- Levi's [similar]
leggings- Zara [same]
scarf- vintage
boots- Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx [similar]

As a child of the 90s, I had a crazy collection of bows when I was little. Bigger than my head? No problem. With dooly bobs and whirly gigs hanging off? Accepted. Fuzzy with glitter and sequins? Just a regular bow for playing outside. My older cousins have called me Bow Head since then and, though I revamped my bow obsession in high school, I am back from a hiatus in the form of head scarves! I have worn them countless times in the last few years, but rarely do a tie them in a bow. I usually go with a turban style unless, like on this day, I am feeling particularly sassy. 

A bow on top of my head is way girly for me, so I kept a balance between girly and boyish by wearing a utility shirt, faux leather leggings, and a new pair of Chelsea boots. I love the old school style of wearing a head scarf, but it can feel too feminine for my mood some days. It's a juggle of aesthetics doing this whole tomboy chic thing, but my closet is becoming more geared toward taking it on. Chunky sweaters, men's shirts, skinny pants, and boots are essential. I'm not cool enough to rock a cool hair cut like these ladies (one of my favorite Pinners, btw), but the head scarf adds flair just like a short hair style would. 

What do you think? How do you balance feminine and masculine?

October 23, 2013

Original Prep

dress- Gap [similar]
blazer- vintage Christian Dior, thrifted [similar]
belt & loafers- thrifted [similar]

Down south, we do not have true seasons like the east coast. Our summers are long, winters stale, and our falls & springs? Short-lived and long-loved. My wardrobe is full of layers and versatile pieces that can usually be worn year round. I have a few things that are "winter only" or "August only" but for the most part, everything is interchangeable. Take this dress, for example. For summer I can wear it loose, belted, and with a light sweater for restaurants and the movies. For fall, toss a blazer or chunky sweater with flats or ankle boots. During winter I can add tights and a pullover with a scarf and call it a day. Then, when spring comes, it could be a blend of all three. When I purchased this dress (about 5 years ago) I knew, just knew I would love it forever. The fabric is baby blanket soft and grey is one of those colors that makes me feel elegant. It came with a matching scarf attached, but I always wear it separately. 

All I really mean by all of that nonsense is that if you find a baby blanket soft t-shirt dress in any color, take it home with you. You can thank me later.

October 22, 2013

Leather + Leather + More Leather

tee- TJ Maxx
leggings- Zara [similar]
loafers- TJ Maxx

The weather is finally cooling down, making my leather leggings and big shirts emerge from my closet every. single. day. It is my favorite seasonal uniform! What's your fall uniform?

October 21, 2013

Dark Lady

dress- Urban Outfitters [similar]
boots- Franco Sarto via TJ Maxx [similar]
belt- vintage

If you know me in real life, we have probably had a conversation about how much I love Cher. I dream about her headdresses, am in awe of her weird vibrato, and love that she looks just like my mom (pre-plastic surgery version, of course). Cher's different stages since going solo are crazy to think about-- I don't know another artist who has gone from hippie pop to gypsy to Cherokee pride to disco and been successful. Needless to say, when I saw that she would be on The Voice as a guest mentor to Blake Shelton's team, I made sure that my DVR was working. FYI: I had a major fan girl moment during this last week's episodes every time she came on. I might have a problem.

"Dark Lady" is a song with a quality that always gets me in a gypsy mood. I can't help but want to put bells on my feet, grow my hair to my waist, and dance around a fire in an embroidered skirt with fringe trim. It would be like that scene in Elizabethtown when Orlando Bloom is dancing in the forest, fist pumping in the air without a care in the world. 

PS: Have you seen the Lifetime Channel special Dear Mom, Love Cher? It's amazing.

October 18, 2013

Aveda Fall Trends

When Paris Parker Perkins Rowe contacted me about coming in to try out their Fall Trends for review, I jumped at the chance to try something new! I opted for a facial, as I had never had one before and have always been curious why they are so popular. Before I go any further, go get a facial. You'll thank me. My esthetician, Jessica Landry, welcomed me back to the quiet area and had a complementary foot soak ready for me while I waited and read the latest issue of 225. After walking around campus all morning, it was wonderful. Jessica had a quick consultation with me before we started to discuss problem areas on my skin, what I wanted to work on, etc. She started out with the gel cleanser and toning mist. Then she began with the first mask, Outer Peace, which was great for the redness in my skin as well as any under-the-surface impurities. The Outer Peace cooling mask felt great after a few methods of heat and extraction. The Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque was a quick green mask to boost radiance and balance my skin after so much work.

Overall, I had a great experience and am eager to go back for another soon! My skin is so much easier to work with and smooth as a baby's bottom. 

#nomakeup #nofilter #allnatural #hashtagnoflash

October 17, 2013

The Space Age

turtleneck- Gap [similar]
shorts- c/o Alex Engelhardt
loafers- DV Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [similar]
belt & jewelry- vintage

Do you ever see clothes on the runway and wish you could wear them immediately? Well, these shorts got that reaction from me. I remember seeing them from the Alegría Fashion Show and, after seeing a white version from Alex's portion of the M.A.R.K. show at NOLAFW, he was gracious enough to let me wear them for my last night of shows for NOLAFW! I love the fabric and the print reminds me of a galaxy. The stand-up side panels make them different from any shorts I have seen and give a cool edge that is not my usual aesthetic. I liked going with a more structured look, though, and can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

October 16, 2013

Blue & Burgundy

oxford- thrifted
sandals- TJ Maxx
jewelry- gifted, vintage

I completely ripped off this look from this pin of Caroline Issa. Though I am not walking into a fashion show in London or an editor of a cool magazine, I still loved her color combination and had never thought of it before. That's what I love about blogs and easy access to street fashions these days... so many pictures with so much inspiration out there. It's endless!

October 14, 2013

A Flip & A Flair

dress (worn as skirt)- BCBGeneration
sweater- c/o Merci Beaucoup
necklace- old
clutch- vintage
loafers- DV Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx [similar]

BBQ and champagne would not usually go hand-in-hand in many places around the world, but here in south LA, they go together like biscuits and chocolate gravy. Next Sunday, October 20, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is holding a fundraiser, the Bubble Q, on behalf of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. The afternoon bubbles & BBQ soiree is the perfect time to mix casual and glam pieces in your closet!

We ladies always want an excuse to don a fun party dress, but a daytime event may not be the best choice for an Oscar-worthy gown. I wanted to stay flirty, but still casual enough for day. A cocktail dress is made afternoon (and fall temperature) appropriate by wearing a gold sweater over it. The sweater covers up the dress’s open back and falls close to the skirt’s ruffle, revealing the best back-porch dancing dress there ever was. I chose to go with flats because 1) they have been all over the runways (designers: thank you!!!) and 2) they are less formal than strappy heels. I would not recommend just any flats, however. Loafers tell the crowd you are quirky and glitter loafers… well they just scream sass, right?

Head on over here to purchase your tickets for the Bubble Q! It’s bound to be a good time with food, drink, tunes, & excellent company.

PS: Enter the coupon code “education” for $10 off the ticket price!

October 11, 2013

Saints Style

top- thrifted
skirt- c/o eShakti
shoes- Liz Claiborne
jewelry- vintage

Football is a lifestyle here in south LA. Living in the same area as LSU football and Saints football, social calendars in the fall are centered around game times while purple, gold, and black are everywhere! Bags of chips? Purple and yellow. Wine bottles? Black and gold. 
Today I am part of a fun group of bloggers featuring all things inspired by the New Orleans Saints! Food, interiors, and fashion are the order of the day so head over to see what the ladies have in store-- their links are a the end of the post.

While I would never wear this getup to a Saints game, it is a great party outfit that has just enough inspiration without being in-your-face. I am not usually a fan of sequins or tulle, but some days I just want to wear them both together and shock myself. These are two simple pieces that are perfect when they're put together! 

See how these lovely ladies showed their Saints Style below!
Aimee Broussard of AimeeBroussard.com
Jasmine Holzenthal of Sequin Crush
Leslie Lazard of 10 Thirteen
Kaitlin Fontenot of Secretive Style
Leslie Presnall of Southern Flair Blog
Alaina of Butterfly Parkway