Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Buy More, Save More with Shopbop!

Every year it's always the same: I vow not to go out Black Friday shopping and I also vow to not look on the Internet for Cyber Monday. But who am I kidding? The deals are just too good to resist. I'm excited about one sale in particular, which is happening right now: The Shopbop Buy More, Save More Sale. As the name suggests, the more you buy the bigger the discount you get, so it's the perfect place to do a little holiday shopping for loved ones or to pick up something, or a few things, for yourself this holiday season!

Above are some of my picks for the sale. It was hard limiting my selection to just a handful of items, but the great thing about the sale is that it actually pays to buy more. Use the code GOBIG15 at checkout to get the discounts below on your purchases. Some exclusions apply which you can find here. Happy shopping!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stripes, Spots and Taxi Cabs

Stripes and polka dots are probably my two favorite patterns, aesthetically speaking. Somehow, just adding something with bold stripes or playful polka dots instantly makes any outfit playful, fun, quirky, and yet still stylish. It's a win-win situation. With this outfit I decided to add these two elements together into one cohesive ensemble for twice the impact.

As if the outfit wasn't quirky and playful enough, I also opted for one of my favorite pairs of shoes, which are these taxi flats. As you probably already know, I am a big fan of purses and shoes that look like things or animals, so these are right up my alley. I think I would wear them more often, but my students once Googled them and told me how much they cost the day after I wore them years ago, so I've decided to refrain from wearing some of my quirkier pieces to work that can be easily Googled by my nosy students!

Since the outfit is black and white, I thought in addition to the yellow pop of color that my shoes provide, I would also add a pop of pink in the form of my new micro mini bag from Sophie Hulme. At first I was a little bit reluctant about wearing such a small bag, as I wrote about in a previous post, but now I am finding it quite liberating to carry around just the bare necessities.

Below I have put together a few outfits that are reminiscent of the black and white ensemble I am sporing today. As you can see, although the sweater and skirts are all in black and white, the accessories are playful and colorful for an added "wow" factor.

Sweater: Target similar here
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Halogen/Nordstrom's similar here
Shoes: Kate Spade here
Bag: Sophie Hulme here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" Round Sunglasses

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Falling for Fall Floral

When I lived in New York years ago, my wardrobe fell very neatly into distinct seasonal categories. Most pieces within my wardrobe were reserved for either Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter. When one season ended and a new began, the pieces from the previous season were put away and didn't see the light of day for months on end. Now I am much more flexible and adaptive with my wardrobe in so far as I try to find ways to transition pieces from one season to the next. I am not sure if my approach towards seasonal dressing is a result of me now living Los Angeles where the seasons are more or less indistinguishable from one another or if I'm just evolving as a "fashionista" and getting more creative with what I wear, but it is nice to find ways to wear pieces all year round.

The skirt above was perfect for summer with its floral print and bright summery colors, however, the navy background makes it very adaptable for winter. With the addition of some boots, tights, a leather jacket and a light sweater, it's perfect for cool fall mornings and chilly evenings.

The sweater I am wearing on this pleasantly cool afternoon is from Target. In my opinion, Target always seems to be at the top of its game for the holidays by churning out apparel that closely resembles the likes of stores such as J. Crew, especially in the sweater department. Unfortunately, the quality is not always up to par, as one of the "jewels" in this sweater fell out the first time I wore it. I cringe at writing this because my husband told me that the last thing I needed was another bedazzled sweater, so I am going to have to confess that perhaps just this one time, he was right!

Sweater: Target here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory here
Jacket: Micheal Kors
Bag: Clare V. here
Tights: Vera Wang here
Boots: Christian Louboutin similar here
Watch: Robert Lighton

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Perfect Pear

Yes, there is a bad pun in the title of my post today, but everyone love puns, right? (Cue the audible sighs and groans!) Anyhow, the pear in my title is referencing both the pear on my sweater, and also the idea of two things that are a perfect complement to one another. To be more specific, the perfect pairing, in my opinion, are these new windowpane pants from Target and my new suede Dulci pumps from J. Crew.

I'm definitely in love with these two new purchases of mine and it just so happens that they pair perfectly together with the addition of an old favorite: this pear sweater from J. Crew. Actually, this pairing is an example of an outfit that wasn't really planned, but thrown together at 6:00am. Sometimes I think I do my best work in the wee hours of the morning when I don't have time to think things through too much!

Sweater: J. Crew
Pants: Target here
Shoes: J. Crew "Dulci" kitten heels here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in "Menthe"
Sunglasses: Illesteva Leonard II here other Leonard II Styles here

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Broadening My Horizons

Let's face it. In this country, New York is hands down the epicenter of culture and the arts. I might be biased because I grew up in New York, but when it comes to the arts, and especially when it comes to museums, other cities can't compete with what New York has to offer. However, Los Angeles is making a valiant effort to compete thanks to its burgeoning arts scene that now includes the newly opened Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. Last weekend I was able to step inside the museum to take a gander at the many works of contemporary art held inside its walls.

The Broad museum houses the art collection of entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad. In building the museum, Broad is not unlike the pharaohs of ancient Egypt who built the pyramids in order to ensure their immortality. The only difference is that unlike the artifacts stored within the tombs of the Pyramids, which the Pharaohs had hoped to bring with them to the after life, the collection that is stored within the walls of the Broad is intended to be shared with the public. The only caveat is that there is a wait list. A long wait list. Although the museum is free to the public, due to the demand, you can't just waltz in without a reservation. These reservations need to be made months in advance. Luckily, I secured my tickets in September and was finally able to step foot inside of the museum this November.

As you can see from the artists listed on the sign above, Eli Broad's collection features the crème de la crème of artists from the postwar era. The museum, which is only three floors, is largely arranged in chronological order. The docents suggest that patrons start on the third floor in the galleries containing the works by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and then Andy Warhol, which is exactly what my husband and I did. As you move through the rest of the galleries, the next several decades of art unravel before your eyes, offering some delightful surprises as well as favorites that most people, or at least those with some working knowledge of contemporary art, will be familiar with.

Since photography is welcomed in The Broad, I took quite a few pictures. The one thing I will have to say about the museum is that it's turned into sort of a magnet for people taking all sorts of selfies or shots of their friends and family next to the art. It's not that I necessarily mind people taking pictures of themselves (after all, I do it myself all the time!) but it does kind of create an awkward situation with people tripping all over one another trying to get the perfect shot for their Instagram account. Instead of taking pictures of myself, I focused more on some of my favorite pieces in the collection that you see below.


Just a side note: I highlighted this piece of the Takashi Murakami mural because it reminded me of my dog, William. Although the dog is clearly not an English Springer Spaniel, the crazed look in its eyes is totally reminiscent of the breed sometimes!

I hope you enjoyed taking a stroll with me through The Broad Museum. In my opinion, no picture can really do justice to the experience of walking through a museum and seeing things with your own eyes, but for those of you who don't live in the area or who just don't want to wait for tickets, this gives you just a little taste of what there is to see at The Broad. Contemporary Art might not be everyone's cup of tea, but regardless, it's provocative, colorful, fun, and a little thought provoking too, so what's not to love?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mini Me

I tend to be someone who thinks the middle path is the best path to take in life. In other words, nothing should be done in extremes and moderation is best. When it comes to fashion, however, I sometimes have trouble sticking to this maxim. Not too long ago, gigantic handbags were all the rage. I tried to resist this trend as best I could, sticking as I said before, to the middle path and opting for the practicality of medium-sized bags. Also, I'm not exactly a pack mule when it comes to what I carry around with me, so why would I need the space? This year, mini or micro bags are all the rage. I tried to resist this trend, but let's face it, these teeny tiny bags are just too adorable with their diminutive stature! I just couldn't say no.

As I said before, I don't carry all that much around with me when I go out, so a little bag isn't too inconvenient. As long as I have room for my phone, my wallet, and maybe a tube of lipstick, I'm happy. This bag I am wearing today from Sophie Hulme should fit all of the above, as long as your wallet and phone aren't oversized.

One of the things I love most about the adorable mini size of these micro bags is that designers have decided to make them in a delectable array of colors. The Sophie Hulme bag I am wearing is a brilliant fuchsia color, which suits my love of color perfectly. Below I've selected some mini bags in fun colors that are perfect for the Fall/Winter months.

1. Fendi, 2. Chloe, 3. Michael Kors,
4. Prada, 5. Jason Wu, 6. Zac Posen,

Skirt: Tracy Reese/Anthropologie "colorfield" pencil skirt
Sweater: Zara here
Jacket: H&M similar here
Bag: Sophie Hulme here
Shoes: J. Crew Factory version here
Sunglasses: Prada  here

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Writing on the Wall

Yesterday my husband and I went to the newly opened Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.  In the photos below I'm standing in front of the facade of the museum. If you haven't seen an image of The Broad, it's basically this gigantic box draped in concrete that has a net-like appearance, which is really just a shell for the building. Oh, and there's a gigantic oculus in the middle of the building on one side. This week I plan to put together a post on the museum both with a few images of its exterior and the contemporary art that can be found in the museum's interior.

I decided to drape myself in something equally visually stunning for my visit to the museum, which just happened to be this skirt from Banana Republic. The skirt appears to have scribbles on it, or some very wild cursive handwriting. The scribbles are actually X's and O's, hugs and kisses. It actually matched a Cy Twombly painting we saw at the museum just perfectly. So the writing wasn't just on my skirt, but also on the wall!

Skirt: Banana Republic "X/O Full" skirt same style here
Sweater: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma turquoise
Belt: Brooks Brothers here
Necklace: LOFT