Hot Spot

August 20, 2013

Nothing is so classically sexy as the ferociously-feline leopard print. The spotted print made a big appearance on fall runways, so it's a good time to grab your leopard dresses and accessories and get catty (in a good way)!

The great thing about leopard print is that it lends itself to a variety of options of clothing and accessory pieces. If you want to just add a pop of puurfection, printed shoes or a bag will instantly glam up an otherwise plain outfit. Or opt for an all-over print and be the star of the party! It's totally up to you.

No Sleep til Brooklyn

August 16, 2013

From Left: Louis Vuitton; Marc Jacobs; Dries Van Noten; Louis Vuitton

Who said sleepwear is just for the sleeping? Certainly we do not hold it as a steadfast rule of style (especially since so many seem to be perfectly content wearing sweatpants and other loungewear items long into the waking hours). 

For those of you who still prefer matching silk pajama sets and nightgowns than T-shirts and sweatpants, you too don't have to retire your nighttime getup when the sun comes up. 

Marc Jacobs especially has advocated for comfortable daywear that emulates sleepwear but looks just as killer as a leather jacket. 

So how does one translate sleepwear into daywear? It's quite simple and you are gonna love it.

For daytime, pair a smart piped button-down and elegant smoking slippers (the stylish lady's alternative to Ugg slippers and boots) with tailored denim shorts or skinny slacks. 

For nighttime, pull a Courtney Love or Carrie Bradshaw-in-a-hurry and hang a heavy coat over a tissue-thin lace-trimmed silk nightgown. Top off with dainty floral-print pumps, a bright lip, and carefully tousled beadhead for maximum impact.

The key to the sleepwear-for-daytime look is balancing proportions and tailoring. Because sleepwear is often looser and more relaxed in terms of fitting, you want to pair your sleep-inspired items with tailored, fitted pieces that will balance proportions well.

So what do you think? Will you be trying this trend for fall? Or at least ditch the schlubby sweatpants in exchange for more stylish pajamas?

Teen Choice Awards 2013 Style

August 12, 2013

I didn't tune in to last night's Teen Choice Awards but I always love seeing what Hollywood's freshest talents wear to the event. Here's my thoughts on the looks that graced the blue carpet.

Chloe Moretz is one of my favorite young Hollywood stars. She always wears fun, age-appropriate fashions that always flatter her and reflect her fun personality. Here she wears a Christopher Kane dress with primary-colored accents. I love the off-the-shoulder silhouette and the bright colors.

Bella Thorne (left) and Lily Collins both wore designs from Fausto Puglisi's Resort 2014 collection. The palm tree print is festive and fun for the teen summer bash, but I prefer Bella's look to Lily's. I rarely dislike Lily's outfits, but I'm not a big fan of her top or hair on this occasion.

I absolutely love Bridget Mendler's fun printed mini by Kelly Wearstler. It is totally fun and youthful without trying too hard to be sexy, which is a problem many teen actresses face with their clothing decisions. And I love her beachy curls; basically, this whole look is a win.

Pretty Little Liars stars Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale both went for midriff-baring looks; Benson's by Armani and Hale's by Houghton. I think Lucy looks absolutely lovely (as usual) and everything about this look is perfect for the event and for summer. Ashley's look, eh, not my favorite, but certainly better than last year's. I like all the components on their own, just not as an outfit.

I immediately fell in love with this dress from Stella McCartney's Resort 2014 collection and love how Kerry Washington wore it. The dress is fun and playful and perfect for the event, and I love her side-swept bangs and her red lips that play off of the red lips on her dress. Perfection!

The stars of Teen Wolf were as fashion-forward as ever. Crystal Reed wore a black and white print peplum top and tailored pants by CH Carolina Herrera that was sleek and stylish. Her costar Holland Roden, whose style I always adore, wore a sunny yellow lace dress by Notte by Marchesa. Both girls rocked red lips and fabulous hairdos, and both look absolutely rockin'.

What looks did you love the most and which ones would you have changed?

Road Trip to Santa Barbara!

To celebrate the last few days of my summer (umm, I go back to school on Wednesday to prepare for sorority recruitment and am so not ready for endless days of tanning and swimming to come to an end), my mom and I headed up the 101 to Santa Barbara for some of our favorites - shopping, eating great food, and visiting absolutely charming areas along the central coast.

We stayed at the Bacara Hotel just past UCSB, an Italian-style series of villas that lived up to my expectations in every way.

 Downtown Santa Barbara was as quaint and lovely as I had imagined from watching movies like It's Complicated, with strict building regulations keeping the classic Spanish-style buildings as the norm and ugly modern towers out.

And as a history buff, I always love a good Mission Trip! If you don't know about the California Missions or haven't visited any of them, you are totally missing out. They are probably my favorite historical places to visit in the Golden State.

On Friday we drove inland to Los Olivos, which is tiny but extremely quaint and has an almost midwestern sensibility to it (I told my mom that this little gas station - turned - cafe reminded me of the movie Cars) except there are wine tasting stands everywhere now that the Central Coast Valley has turned into another Napa.

Also we went to this place called Sides Hardware & Shoes; a Brothers Restaurant and I had the most amazing, artery-clogging burger of my LIFE and it was totally heaven - also, the restaurant is a converted hardware store so it's just really cute.

Basically, I had a lovely time. It was the perfect way to relax and enjoy summer before heading out to school again.

Carry On

August 9, 2013

Clockwise, From Top Left:
Steven by Steve Madden Canvas Backpack x / Nice Things 'Troop Beverly Thrills' Backpack x
Tory Burch 'Amanda' Mini-Backpack x / Cesca 'Study Buddy' Studded Faux Leather Backpack x
Modcloth 'Backpack to the Future' Backpack x / Christopher Kane Embroidered Leather Backpack x

Back in the days of nap time and recess, backpacks were a big deal. Usually I purchased one with a Disney princess or Barbie on it - and bonus points if I could find a matching lunchbox. Sometime during middle school I decided to discard my two-shoulder book bag for a cooler, more sophisticated tote bag. Back in my day, there were only two options for backpacks: overly-childish cartoon-themed bags or painstakingly-plain Jansport sacs. 

If I had been offered the cool vintage-inspired and luxe leather backpacks as an adolescent, I don't think I would have ever ditched them. Backpacks are suddenly cool again, and thank goodness, because they are great for your shoulders!

Steve Madden, Tory Burch, and Christopher Kane have all hopped on the backpack trend, ensuring that there is a bag for every style of girl. 

Of course, I just found a great black leather tote bag by Kelsi Dagger at Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale, so I'll be sticking to my purses for a little longer, but I do love the resurgence of backpacks lately.

Lindsey Loves : Kate Spade NY x Darcel

August 7, 2013

It's a known fact that I am forever obsessed with Kate Spade. Classic clothes with quirky twists are totally my thing, so Kate Spade and their cutesy creations always have me swooning. The brand's Fall 2013 collection, featuring the adorable cyclops creations from Darcel artist Craig Redman, is no exception.

The collection is based on the brand's hometown, New York City, with taxis, hot dog stands, and downtown cool serve as the main motifs throughout the collaboration.

You can see the whole collaboration collection here.

Color Theory: Black and Blue Ombre

August 5, 2013

Ombre is still going strong as a fashion trend, and this fall will see the dip-dyed style get a little cooler. 

Jonathan Saunders and Proenza Schouler featured pieces in their Fall 2013 presentations that transformed from the lightest of blues to the darkest of noirs (and sometimes back again). 

Whoever said that black and blue didn't go together clearly hasn't been paying attention to runway shows as of late, because the two colors together couldn't look better.

Go black & blue from head-to-two with a lovely dyed dress, or use the trend as an accent with a fun ombre manicure! Go as big or little as you want, but definitely check out this trend.

The Spirit of Adventure

August 2, 2013

Miu Miu Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

Loving Miu Miu's fall 2013 ad campaign. Captures the retro-glam, sultry side of the collection as well as the adventurous practicality of the clothes. Who says you can't go exploring in a mermaid dress, neck scarf, and five-inch mary janes?

photos by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Miu Miu

Hidden Treasures: The Ruby LA

In case you were wondering how I spent my summer, I interned here at The Ruby, which is basically the world's coolest fashion closet, with everything available for rental for stylists to use! It was an absolutely fabulous way for me to learn about the Los Angeles fashion scene and meet plenty of cool people, and I even got to accompany stylist and co-owner of The Ruby Maya Krispin on a few styling jobs! just did a post about The Ruby on their new Style Map feature, which you can read about here.

Baby I'll Rule

August 1, 2013

It's quite clear that we are suffering from a case of royal fever at the moment. Between the royal baby, the new song by Lorde, and all the ermine trims popping up all over fall runways, we've got a real obsession with being blue-blooded right now.

Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander McQueen led the royal movement with their gilded runway shows, but quite a few designers showcased medieval-influenced designs and accessories. Lanvin took a more modern approach, but their full skirts and pretty tiaras screamed Disney princess all grown up.

Alexander McQueen, Marios Schwab, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin

The key to this look: gold, brocade, and wonderfully tailored bodices. Think details, jewelry, and rich dyes. It's all about looking regal and, well, royal.