On the Fringe

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I've been thinking a lot about how I present myself in this day and age of style blogging. Today there are thousands of bloggers. Plenty of us present very similar content, content that is perfected to a T. Let's think about this... a flawless Instagram feed (no one's life is that picture perfect), a flat lay that took 75 takes before getting the Insta-worthy one, heels (you know we don't really wear those things all day), a full face of makeup... the list goes on and on. What I'm getting at is, at what point do we lose our spark and fall into this trap of perfection?

My favorite bloggers are the ones who let their personality fly freely! They share their flaws and silly moments of their day, but still put out great content. We love them because they create a more personal connection with us by being themselves. 

With that, I wanted to share a look that is "me" and something I would wear any day of the week. I like to stick to shorts and T's for everyday wear. I've invested in two pairs of One Teaspoon shorts this summer and I seriously live in them now. They are so comfortable and work great for my body type. secret: I love silly sweatshirt tops like this - I always feel silly spending money on them, but end up wearing them all the time. I like this one because it has the fringe detail, which makes my outfit look more put together. For everyday, I like to dress up these simple looks with easy accessories like this Vans hat (also great for covering greasy hair, haaaah).

More easy, everyday looks like this one are more to come!

Photography by @the.photogrpher | website

Fall Into Floral

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Cue reality! Now that our last holiday weekend of summer has officially wrapped, I've got fall on my mind. I read something on the Salty Blonde's Instagram the other day that was pretty funny, "But how many times are we going to see and hear the word 'transition' over the next month? #transitioningintomotherfuckingfall." You know what, she's right! All us style bloggers are guilty of doing the basic "transition" post.  

This is going to be my first fall in Los Angeles - I keep catching myself asking natives, "does the weather really change for fall?" or "when is it going to start cooling down?". It's weird because all the retail stores are transitioning (there's the word) into fall color schemes. I work at Free People and we are currently carrying all kinds of leather jackets, sweaters and boots. But it is still often in the 90s, and from what I hear the lowest it gets here in the fall and winter months is about 60º. So, my point, are we really going to be wearing all this stuff or is it just a façade?

I'm excited for what's to come of fall, but I want to soak up the final moments of summer with this little number. Guess what? It's only $24.90 from Forever 21I have been loving flirty floral prints, like this one, all summer. Actually, my friend and I realized I wore a similar floral for the first 3 or 4 times we went out here in the city (HA, guess I do really like them). I just might have to "transition" them into the new season. 

What I will miss about summer
1. Beach events like the Vans Surf Open and Long Beach Dew Tour
2. Wearing a swimsuit under my clothes
3. Endless music festivals (even if I don't attend, it's still fun to see photos/video)
4. Everyone's leisurely state of mind
5. Shades of ivory and bright colors in stores
6. Peaches
7. Beach days
8. Pool parties

Why I'm excited for fall
1. To go home and see my family for the holidays!
2. More chilly LA nights
3. Sweater weather
4. TV shows coming back on (hopefully HBO's The Leftovers!!)
5. 
Fashion Week - starting September 8th!
6. Post-Halloween candy sales
7. My boyfriend is visiting in October!!!
8. Wearing accessories like scarves & hats 

Photography by @the.photographr | website

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Silk Slips + White Tees

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Trend alert! White T-shirts under cute, slinky slips. My first thought - NO. I am all for white T-shirts and slips by themselves, but together? I'm just not sure. This is one of those things that I thought would just be a fad (AKA gone by now). But, for whatever reason has become a full on trend.

We've all been raving for the "90s trends": the choker, acid-wash jeans, skinny straps, crop tops, grunge... the list goes on and on. And, let's not forget about this one! Sure, it was cute in Clueless, but let's bring this trend full circle to 2016. 

Every time I see this combination on someone my first thought is, "how cute would that outfit be without the T-shirt?!" Yes, I'm talking to you Kim K - what are you doing with an Adidas jacket under a slip dress? Definitely talking to you T-shirt, dress, jeans and boots girl (see below) - way too much going on in one look!

The key to nailing this trend the right way is to keep it simple. This layering combo is already an unlikely one, adding unnecessary pieces to your look can confuse your entire outfit. 

As much as I am hating, this trend has definitely had some good moments. 
See some of my favorites after the "NO'S!"

And remember. If you're going to do it, do it right. 

Almost there GF, just take the slip off

Almost there GF, just take the slip off

What is happening here

What is happening here

Yikes

Yikes

Very Questionable

Very Questionable

Pick one trend already!

Pick one trend already!

No words

No words

Now, how to do it right!

Very sleek with a monochromatic vibe

Very sleek with a monochromatic vibe

Gorgeous on it's own

Gorgeous on it's own

Super skinny straps with a high-neck

Super skinny straps with a high-neck

What are your thoughts on this trend? Let me know in the comments below!

Another One

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We made it past Monday, guys! Wuzzzzuuuuuuppp! 

I'm starting this Tuesday with a large cup of coffee, like always. I've been so excited to share this look with my people. I got in a serious sandal rut and forgot how much I love boots in the summer. For one, boots make your legs look great. For another one (DJ Khaled voice), you are bound to feel like a bad-ass roughing up that crochet dress with some rocker booties. 

I really wanted to put together a look that made this star-embellished choker pop. The black top I have on is really a tunic by American Colors, but it doubles as a great shirt. The fabric is light and feels amazing, perfect for summer! I liked the monochromatic vibe going on and stuck with it for the shorts. 

One final note, the hype for One Teaspoon jeans is for real. I'm obsessed with mine, seriously obsessed. You will never find a more perfect worn-in short. It's been hot AF in Los Angeles and tight fitting shorts are just not an option. I've been loving the fit on mine because they fit tighter on the waist and hang looser on my thighs (goodbye denim wedgie).

photography by: Jessica Pomerantz