This one time at fashion camp…

This one time at fashion camp…

I actually brought this band jacket home with me from Utah in December, but with LA being so LA, and the jacket being so very wool-y, I couldn’t break it out until the freezing temps of NY.  My mom was out vintage hunting one day and sent me a picture of it with a big (???).  I was like (!!!).  And here we are, months later with patches/pins a blazin’.   I felt like these over-the-knee boots from Valas Los Angeles were a shoo-in with the jacket, something about the military inspired look of the band jacket and the laces of the boots just screamed “PUT ME TOGETHER!”  So I did, and it works!   The shorts on the other hand, were more of a mistake than anything else.  I was like, I need shorts with these boots! So I went to find shorts in the mess of an apartment that was my life post-move/pre-New York, and these were all that I could dig up.  In order to find out if shorts were going to work with the outfit, I tried them on before searching longer and harder for more shorts.  Et voilá!  Not only would shorts be G-R-E-A-T, this very pair was just right!   Kind of silly in the cold, I know, but don’t worry!  I had thermals on under all of my clothing, and big snuggy socks under my boots!  I was still freezing, I’m not going to lie to you, it was COLD.  Oh the things we do in the name of fashion… Band Jacket: Vintage // Shorts: Vintage // Boots: Valas Los Angeles Stevie...
All of the pretty things.

All of the pretty things.

Generally I am not a fan of the yellowy, sun going down, perma-70s picture, or as so many people more eloquantly put it, the “golden hour” light, but here with this outfit, it feels so right!  Maybe it’s the leather jacket or something, I’m not sure, but I’m into it. This outfit is really one of the easiest things to wear and it all starts with the shirt dress from Loup!  A white button up shirt dress is always good to have on hand, not to mention one with all of the pretty things a girl needs in life i.e. red lips, flowers, wine, cute panties, etc. printed on it.  It’s entirely too easy to make pieces like this fit into so many different seasons and situations.  Luckily for me, I live in LA and the season and situation here for about 358 days of year is 70 degrees and chill.  For those of you out there who are actually experiencing winter, you can always layer with a pair of heavy jeans, boots, and the biggest blanket coat you own! The day I shot this, it just so happened to be on the cooler side of LA weather so I went with a leather jacket (yes, it’s the most perfect brown vintage leather jacket that there has ever been or will ever be, I know), and some knee highs.  From there, it’s all about the little details you add!  A bandana tied around my neck and killer platform lace up shoes from Valas Los Angeles did it for me.  I mean, come on with these shoes and their buttery tan suede! ...
When you get it, you got it.

When you get it, you got it.

There is just something about this oversized white button up.  It gets me, you know?  It’s like “Hey, I’m here.  I’ll give you so much room to play.”  While also being like, “You can do this!  You can be an adult that can wear a white shirt all day and not spill anything!  Get it girl.”   And I look in the mirror and I’m just like, “Cool.” The pants have a little of the same magic, don’t you think?  Baggy, but not too baggy.  Cropped, but not capris.  Also, they have a drawstring waistband…. I hope to grow up to have the gumption of this outfit one day.   Shirt: Millimétré // Jeans: Vintage // Boots: Helmut Lang // Bag: Hare & Hart // Hat:...
Surf in Paris with Layers.

Surf in Paris with Layers.

Just when I thought winter would never come… It’s frigid!  No, that’s totally an exaggeration.  My fingers are frigid, but it’s almost 60 degrees outside.  I know I shouldn’t be complaining because I know some of the country is ACTUALLY frigid right now, but I’m cold!  The only way to beat the weather in LA when it dips below the average temperature of 71 degrees?  Layers!  Layers are such an awesome way to experiment with shapes and patterns, which is absolutely my favorite thing in the world. Obviously. It’s actually kind of funny how this outfit came to be.  It started with the Surf in Paris t-shirt from Millimétré (see my other killer scores from them in this post), but I was a little cold and I wanted to put something under it to keep me warm, so on went a turtleneck dress. The dress was shorter and I knew I would want more coverage, so I put on the boots.  I was STILL cold, so I put this wool skirt on under the dress, and it kind of peeked out the bottom, which was cute, but I needed more!  So then I decided enough was enough, and I got back in bed. After warming up under a mound of blankets, I decided to give life a try again.  I definitely liked the skirt and the tee together, but this time I reached for a top that buttoned all the way up to cover my neck, plus added a little pattern.  On went the boots again, because of course, how could I not?  BUT I WAS STILL COLD.  Idea!  My...
Structures.

Structures.

We had our five minutes of winter here in Los Angeles, and I must say, it was nice.  I like sweaters every once in a while, but sweater weather is about as cold as I can stand which is why I live where I live!  Now it’s back into the 70s, which is just the way I like it.  For the rest of the country, here’s a little chilly weather outfit inspiration! Big sweaters over dresses with different shapes or textures are definitely a cold weather staple for me.  This Echo + Air dress was more than perfect for this because the skirt on it has such an eye grabbing shape.  This combo is perfect for Southern California dwelling me for when the sun decides to come out and I need to take the sweater off.  Versatility is key here people! Plus, wearing a dress under adds a layer underneath if you need to safeguard your skin from the itchiness of your sweater. Doesn’t it seem all the best ones itch?  Yes, they do, but you must do it anyway! To dress up the look a bit, I added in the structured Mox by Vere Verto (which you saw in Let Me Count the Ways as a hip pack), and these very structured oxfords.  I love adding in contrasting accessories to take the outfit to a different level, here it’s the draping of the dress and the oversize fit of the sweater against the clean cut lines of the bag and shoes.  Do you notice this kind of thing in your outfits too?  Am I maybe just crazy?  Hmmm….. Either...