Truth be told this blog post is not actually about my leather tennies that I have blogged about before, or the lovely (in an extremely sarcastic tone) shades of purple, green, black & black my body sustained from the accident; despite what the title implies, this post is actually about the sweatshirt dress. I was never really one to wear my sweatpants out to class in my teens or twenties. Even in my thirties I have tried to avoid making appearances to the grocery store or out running any errand in them. However, thanks to the athleisure trend I have so happily embraced, the sweatshirt dress is another shape I was very excited to add to my weekend wardrobe. And like any piece of clothing, you can find this shape at any price point, the difference will usually be in the feel of the fabric and the fit; That being said, never be afraid to embrace less expensive brands, ever! I opted for an edgier sweatshirt dress with perfectly placed cut outs at the shoulders and a fit that is not too tight and not too loose from Forever21. I also tend to lean towards neutrals when picking out my leisure wear as it gives a bit more options, I feel, to be playful with your accessories and look depending on your mood. As summer is here and many of your are looking for last minute pieces to travel in or pack up in your suitcases, I think the sweatshirt dress is a must have for your wardrobe. Even just paired with espadrilles over your swimwear… I literally can’t stop thinking of the options!
Dress: Forever21 | Sneakers: Belle by Sigerson Morrison | Beaded Necklace: Pacific Gypsea | Silver Necklace: from a trip to Norway | Cuff: Forever21 | Hat: Eugenia Kim
Okay so this post is not as randy as the title makes it sound; with “adult” life taking over sometimes we forget to enjoy nature and our surroundings. My whole family pretty much inherited the green thumb and moving to the Central Coast of California has introduced me to the succulent. A plant that comes in many different varieties and requires very little maintenance; pretty much perfect plant for beach living. There is nothing I enjoy more after being at the doctors, or meetings, or shooting than sitting on my stoop, feeling the sea breeze and caring for my succulents. Truth be told this is not my private stoop, but my neighbor Nick is sweet enough to let me believe it is my private veranda. As we take our lives way to seriously, most of the time, our dressing can sometimes reflect that and that of our mood. To break any rut or cycle you may be going through, becoming more playful with your wardrobe can do more than one might think for the psyche. When we are in a transitional season where it may be too warm for pants but too cold for shorts, I highly suggest a fun pair of tights to up your look. They do not have to be as racy as a pair of nude fishnets, but even e simple, black, argyle pattern paired with shorts will add playfulness to any look. So tomorrow, rather than doing your normal lunch break thing, take yourself to the nearest department store and treat yourself to a fun pair of tights! This is retail therapy that won’t give you remorse after either, budget wise.
Coat: Vintage Escada | Sweater: Forever21 | Shorts: Desiderata | Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea | Short Necklace: from India | Tights: Oroblue | Boots: Christian Dior
Choosing a leather jacket is a purchase that should take a lot of thought. After all, it is only a lucky few that can have multiple options of shapes of leather coats. First question to ask yourself is, what is it that you like to wear the most? Sweaters, maxi dresses, jeans… this will help narrow down what you will probably get the most use out of style wise. And let’s face it, most leather jackets are not on the inexpensive side; unless you enjoy the thrill of a fashion treasure hunt like myself. A cropped leather jacket is perfect over any long dress, no matter what the occasion and pairs great with a jumpsuit, but under a chunky knit- not so much. If you are more of a denim girl, a modernized take on a biker jacket would probably suit your closet and looks you tend to lean towards better than a leather blazer per say.
Second thing to take into consideration is your climate. If you live in New York, invest in a leather jacket lined with shearling. This will offer you use during the cold winter months and a sexy cover up over a dress on spring evenings. If you live in LA, the last thing you want is to purchase a leather jacket you will sweat in, and possibly get stuck in.
This leads into the third most important factor when living in leather. Never buy anything leather too small, not only is the pulling on the back of a jacket am awful look, but you should be able to move freely and without making an awkward noise every time you attempt to lift your arm to hail a cab. Once you do find your perfect fitting leather dream jacket you will find yourself wanting to live in it and in my opinion a woman in leather is sexy, confident, and strong. Sorry PETA.
Leather Jacket: Hanni Y | Jumpsuit: Young Fabulous & Broke | Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea | Belt: Oscar De La Renta | Flats: Sam Edelman
When I was little, Sundays were spent playing outside; swinging on the swings as a bird flying free, making mud pies in my Persian cafe, basically playing pretend and dreaming of all the things I would be when I grew up.
Life was not as free as the fantasies I had as a child. Teenage heartbreaks, working my ass off whether it was steaming outfits backstage or hanging off ladders to create visual displays, the loss of my Mom, you know, grown up life…
However, I was always blessed with this drive and love for fashion, design and branding; so no matter how many times I’ve fallen or life has pushed me, I’ve always managed to come back to my passions to keep me going.
This post was intended on focusing on the mix and match of textures but as I write I realize that playing with my clothes is one of the many things that brings out that free spirited child in me. Peering out the window in the mornings, trying to figure out what ensemble the weather will permit. Running my fingers through my closet and deciding who I want to be today; Dark and mysterious, flirty and feminine, or today’s outfit, cozy and unexpected. We all need the child in us to stay alive, go through your closets today and play. After all, we make the rules as to who we want to be!
Jacket: L’Agence | Top: Tracy Reece | Necklace with tassel: Pacific Gypsea | Belt: Michael Kors | Leggings: American Apparel | Boots: Arandu Argentina | Purse: Louis Vuitton | Pacific Gypsea Ses Illetes Bracelet worn as a bag charm.
A very basic staple and as transitional now in ones wardrobe as a pair of jeans the Basic Tee has been making its rounds on the street style / Instagram scene. One of the best advantages of this wardrobe staple is that you can find it any price point and from Alexander Wang to Zara just about everyone has their own version of the Basic Tee. I personally “take” mine from my brothers closet, big enough to knot and roll and already worn in- I am hoping he is too busy being a doctor to read this. But, the purpose of this post is not to point out the pretty obvious advantages of a T-Shirt but that I am highly recommending not just limiting your T-Shirt to sleeping or athletic wear but pairing with a sequin skirt and Sophia Webster shoes for cocktails or with the perfect summer skirt for an effortless resort look. The style icons have accepted the T-Shirt as not so basic and I highly recommend trying out one of these looks.
It has been a month now that I’ve moved back to the California coast and have already planned one event, in plans for a rather large opening and website launch, and the piéce de résistance in August. Needless to say between decorating the beach bungalow and my contract jobs I have managed to semi stalk Lolo at her beautiful flower studio, Burst + Bloom, in Carmel. The scent of Aspen Bay candles wafts through the open Dutch door, flowers sit in perfectly unmatched groupings of glass vases; Her style is apparent in each corner of the shop and watching her while she works and talk about her businesses is quite captivating.
Being in Carmel, I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by successful women who are going after their dream. Lolo and her husband Christian also own Good To Go just across the shopping village. They filled a void in the Carmel food scene with their locally sourced, organic ingredients made into perfect lunch options. Hearing Lolo talk about how she took her talent of style to start her dream business of healthy eating inspires me to start working on the mini empire Mr Maharaja and I discuss at length. Burst + Bloom – 238 Crossroads Boulevard – Carmel, CA