Oh man, do I love fall/winter in LA. It’s when we stop fantasizing about moving to Portland and really fall back in love with LA, mostly because the weather here is pretty darn wonderful. So, last week I made up the excuse to do this post, and went shopping at the Americana for some fall pieces that I love and yesterday I got my model on. And no, nothing is sponsored here and I personally bought everything (except 1 pair of Nisolo shoes which were gifted).
The first outfit is me dipping my toe (or body) in the red trend with that super cozy coat. I can’t tell you how happy I am that red is back. It’s certainly always been part of my wardrobe because it’s a color that I think looks good with fair skin and blonde hair, but for a while I felt that you had to be careful with it feeling kinda cheesy. But no longer – its a HUGE trend this year and I’m super into it.
The coat is super cozy and certainly one that makes a statement instantly. This is one of the few things that I may not keep because living in LA doesn’t really warrant more than 2-3 coats (even that seems too much) and our closet situation is TINY, but then I see what a statement it makes and think about how it can instantly dress up any outfit.
The jeans are new from Madewell and FANTASTIC. All three pairs that I wear in this post are new from Madewell and all three are extremely flattering and slimming if I do say so myself. Plus they are high rise and very comfortable with just enough stretch. I bought these because I needed one pair of jeans that didn’t have distressing.
The top is from And other Stories and is a great easy-to-wear piece that can be dressed up or down (plus it’s good on camera, with a pop of color and pattern, but not too busy).
I got those shoes (similar found here) at The Gift of Garb which is a really great consigment shop in Silverlake near our house. They are last years Stella McCartney and yes, they are rad AF. I had like $1200 of credit there from selling clothes so I got them for $340 but i’m sure originally they were much more.
Also, girlfriend LOVES her bleach blonde hair in that shot (big thank you to Kristin Ess).
The next outfit is one that I wore pretty much all last weekend (like 3 days in a row). The jacket is from Target – their new brand ‘A New Day‘, and it’s super flattering IMHO. I’m wearing a small, by the way.
But the real kicker is these overalls with the perfect stiff cropped hem, as demonstrated above. And that bag is my favorite everyday bag by Parker Clay that fits my laptop but is still small and has both a cross body and shoulder straps.
Welcome to my ‘white bootie’ attempt and I’m VERY into it. I searched for a while to find the perfect pair and the reason that i love these is that they are cream and have a wooden heel thus making them way less ‘bright white moon walker’ and more casual.
The jeans are my favorite Mother pair, the shirt (similar found here) is an easy to wear casual number that is the perfect millennial pink and that jacket adds a nice structure to take it down a notch. Also I wear top knots now. My hair is SO much easier to do!!
Rocking a black (vegan) leather skirt can be tricky so I tried to dress it up a bit and have it be more proper and conservative. Brian was pretty into this look, probably because a black leather mini was involved …
The shirt is from Avion Clothier in Atwater village (similar found here), and the sweater from Treehaus also in Atwater (similar found here). If you live in LA pop over to that neighborhood. There are SO many great shops. But we linked up similar above for you. Also I’m wearing a lot of studs these days. Yesterday, after we shot I got these Ariel Gordon studs in the mail (not shown) as a gift and I think i’m just not going to take them out because they are so beautiful.
Here I went a bit more casual/fall with those shoes being my favorite thing up there – and popped them with a patterned sock. I’ve been wearing them A LOT. The pants are super comfortable/slimming black jeans that will be in heavy rotation this year.
After searching and searching and searching I FINALLY found my over-the-knee boots. The only person happier than I am is Brian. I wore that skirt and boots out last night and I really liked the combo. Here’s why these are so great. 1. They aren’t CRAZY high-heeled, making them more comfortable and easier to wear during the day. When they get to be really high they can also go a bit cheesy so you have to be kinda careful. 2. When wearing socks they stay put. Yes, they slouch a tiny bit but only a tiny bit. and 3. They weren’t $800. When I was in New York desperate to find the perfect OTK boots for an event the only ones that I liked that I could find that day were Stuart Weitzman and they were $800 and almost too ‘classic’. I’ve never spent that kind of money on shoes before but if i’m going to, I personally think they should make more of a statement and feel really fashion forward. These are comfortable, make me feel good/sexy and look casual enough that I can wear them everywhere, not just out to clubs (as if).
The skirt is the same as the black vegan leather one, but denim (and a GREAT fit). It’s my personal opinion that if you are going to rock a mini and OTK boots, then it’s a good idea to pair it with something more conservative (aka not a crazy tight tank top). I kinda think it’s sexier than showing all your goods (but I was raised Mormon so admittedly I tend to veer on the modest side.) The sweater is from Common – another great store in Atwater village and I LOVE its tight sleeves and really balloon-y cut (similar found here).
OOhh, this might be my favorite. I wore that coat last night and am OBSESSED with it (and it’s affordable!). It has SO much structure and instantly dresses up an outfit. I love pairing it with ripped denim to give some edge, and MAN, those jeans are SO GOOD. I remember years ago when Madewell’s denim was AWFUL, and of course I would tell them every time I went in. It literally make you look wider and flattened your bum. They brought in a whole crew of denim experts a couple years ago and I think they are hands down the best denim on the more affordable market.
Next is my new favorite blazer that was a total splurge but I had two events where I was given a wardrobe budget so I had the excuse. If any of you know the brand Smythe then you’ll understand why they are worth it. The cut is PERFECT. I’m super into the tweed trend (always have been) and those of you who have been following for a long time know that I love me some princess sleeves (can you believe they are back already????). I can wear this EVERYWHERE, to ANY occasion and it will elevate every outfit. I like pairing it with distressed jeans for an every day look with a bit more edge, but can obviously work with a more business-y outfit as well.
I love those jeans even though they aren’t as flattering (imho) as the Madewell ones. That slit in the front is pretty cool and I like what it does to your leg. The shoes (similar found here) I returned because they were a fortune and Madewell has much more affordable ones that aren’t as high and therefore much easier to wear. (BTW I don’t get anything free from Madewell nor do I know if they even know I exist). The blouse is a pretty number from Target from their new brand (similar found here). Had I just worn a t-shirt and sneakers it would be such a different look but still look on-trend and pulled together.
The bag is my new favorite from Sezanne. Should i have worn a belt with that? Maybe … are we wearing belts again? Were belts ever out? Did I have too many drinks last night? TGIF folks, let me know if you have any questions on any of the items and which look is your favorite of the fall looks I’m currently sporting? Have a great weekend. xx
***Thanks to Danielle Walsh for getting me all dolled up with Hair and Makeup for the post.