Purple Leather.

Purple Leather.

I love the idea of long shirts over knee length skirts!  I think it adds something new and refreshing to a button up and pencil skirt.  Speaking of the skirt, how awesome is this vintage purple leather skirt?  I found it at a thrift store and it came with an equally as purple, but not equally as awesome, puffy sleeved bolero jacket.  I had to buy them both in order to bring home the skirt, but it was well worth it!   As for the shoes, well that’s a whole thing in and of itself!  I always talk about this piece pulling this other piece into the outfit through the color, but the black of the shoes and socks was nowhere to be found in the rest of the outfit!  I thought I was going to wear a black purse with this, but when I put it all together it was just too heavy and overwhelming to have something black in my hand.  I decided to go with this purple and red clutch from Anthropologie (check out the little fruit man, it’s awesome), to add a little interest to a color blocked outfit.  But alas, there still was no black to be found and that’s when I realized I didn’t have sunglasses!   As everyone knows, LA is sunny.  It’s almost ALWAYS sunny!  I love it, don’t get me wrong, but if you want the kind of light I like in my shoots, you are definitely going to have to wear sunglasses.  What a perfect way to bring in the black than with some black rimmed sunglasses?  Don’t forget...
Leather Shorts + Long Legs

Leather Shorts + Long Legs

Back at the leather shorts game over here, despite feeling a bit sketched out about them in general.  How perfect are they with nude sandals though?  This outfit all started with wanting to wear this white collared top again, but this time tied up!  I knew high waisted shorts would be perfect, but denim would be too predictable.  So out came these suede babies!  Besides, I need to get some wear in with them before the actual heat starts, as leather shorts on a hot day are NOT ideal.   After loving the shorts and top together, I wanted something to really lengthen my legs.  Nude is the best way to do just that!  These sandals wouldn’t have worked with this outfit if they weren’t nude, because platforms in general don’t elongate the leg.  Throw in the nude straps though and there you have it.  Legs for days!  Well maybe that isn’t true, but they still look longer than normal.  Pop on a cute little bag, I prefer one that spices the outfit up a bit (as always).  Colored tassels?  DUH. Top: Alli K  // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Kenneth Cole // Bag: Indian Summer Collection (email for more info) // Sunglasses: Chilli Beans Photography by Rebecca...
To make you move and shake.

To make you move and shake.

I can’t express to you how in love with these pictures I am!  With the sheer stripes on the skirt and the sparkle of the shoes in the sun… Sheesh, these ones make me so happy!  And speaking of the sheer stripes in the skirt (and making me happy), how freaking adorable is this skirt by Alli K!?!  I have so many plans for it and I kind of want to wear it every day, even if it’s only around the house, just to feel pretty.  When I was little and took ballet, I had a sheer wrap around skirt that my mom made for me to wear over my leotard and tights, it had about the same coloring as this very skirt.  Wearing it stirs up so many fun memories for me.  It’s like a grown up version of a pretty little ballet piece, now you go ahead and tell me one person who wouldn’t be in to that!  You can’t, I already know.   So much detail is put into Alli K clothing, with the perfect pleats in the skirt and the elastic side band on the button up top…  And did you see the button detailing on the back at the neck? Swoon worthy details, I’m tellin’ you!  They haven so many skirts and dresses, all with lovely little details, to twirl and shake in. Clothing that makes you want to move, just to see how it moves, is clothing worth wearing if you ask me!  I’ve got my eye on a few more dance worthy pieces, like this striped pleated skirt and this petal adorned dress....
The long and short of it.

The long and short of it.

For most of the country I think shorts aren’t in your thought process in February, but you can definitely make them work!  I mean, try shorts that are longer, don’t freeze your cute buns off! Try some that go at least to your knees, and pile on a massive, oversized, you-look-like-a-marshmallow sweater.  Pair it all with a killer pair of boots and there you have it!  Shorts can be a good way to break up your wardrobe during the winter, as long as they aren’t shorts of the bootie variety.  These shorts are the perfect length to let some air in, but still cover some skin. Another reason to love these shorts?  The patches.  Easily done yourself I think!  Try cutting off a pair of boyfriend fit jeans or go with the camo print like these, and sew on some random fabric.  It doesn’t even have to be straight, done and done!  Luckily, wearing shorts just really isn’t an issue here, so… I’m pairing them with some short booties and an airy button up.  Kinda makes you want to visit Los Angeles right about now, doesn’t it?  You can, I’ll let you. P.S. Totally loving this round Valas bag, this shape is to die for!  A good way to switch it up a bit! Shirt: Avelon Drooping Shirt via The Dreslyn // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Vintage // Bag: Valas Los Angeles (one of similar shape here) // Sunglasses: Chilli Beans Photography by Randy...