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We love this look for workwear. Unless you work in a corporate setting where skirt suits and hosiery are still required, most work attire has become far more creative. Many in my industry haven't bought a full matching suit in countless years. Instead, it's the art of mixing separates. This look works multiple ways in your wardrobe and easily transitions from 9-5 to cocktails. The skirt, while fitted, isn't mini so there's no concern you're showing off the goods if you bend down. The blouse is a classic staple for your closet while the blazer will work with a skirt, pants or even jeans on weekends. And what better way to create your own style identity than with accessories. The bib necklace and gold toe cap heels are statement makers. The necklace would help make a simple strapless black dress stand out and the cap toe heel poking out from under long hemmed pants in any color from red, burgundy, teal to hunter.

 

    

                 Blouse, H&M $56                        Crepe Open Front Blazer, New Look $40    

 

Color-Block Pencil Skirt, Shopbop $118      

      

 Jeweled Bib Necklace, Go Jane $29                Toe Cap Pumps, Mango $110

 

Ostrich Embossed Shoulder Bag, Zappos $64

 

 

This Fall look from the Michael Kors' runway show combined edgy and sleek leather with a "New England cabin in the woods" vibe. While Michael's look would cost over $3,000 we created a look for less for under $300. Just add black heels and rock your own runway look.

  

 

     Jett Faux Leather Tank, BCBG $130           Check Swoosh Skirt, Topshop $75

Vintage Style Leather Belt, Mango $50

Fall is making a slow entrance and with that our thoughts turn to dresses, tights and versatile jackets to layer over multiple pieces in our wardrobe. Here's our top bold, whimsical and versatile picks for the week.

Alison's Pick

Veronica Dress, DVF.com $325.50

I envision Twiggy walking across Abbey Road and listening to the Beatles in this dress. The bright orange and blue are a daring statement and guaranteed I'd gleefully dance a bit all day when wearing this jacquard print dress. Count me in for this flirty item!

Lauren's Pick

Little Red Riding Hood Tights, Fredflare.com $30

Perfect to wear on that walk through the woods to grandma's house, or just for an unseasonably nippy autumn evening; either-or. They're made from a warm, cozy knit material and the storybook pattern is too adorable to pass up. Pair them with a skirt or a nice pair of shorts, and you'll be everything a big, bad wolf could want.

Endless Amusment

Christina's Pick

Washed Denim Biker Jacket, Mango $70

Autumn has officially begun! Unfortunately, just not yet for us Angelenos. But soon the weather will start to get chilly and that means it’s the perfect time to start rockin' your jackets! This denim motorcycle jacket has been on my radar since pumpkin spice lattes were being served at Starbucks. I like the denim look instead of the typical black leather jacket. You can pair it with a dress to add the edgy flare or just with a pair of floral jeans and your favorite fall boots. Stay warm in style and rock on!

Street Swag

 

 

 

Work, weekends, and party invites from cocktails to black tie can take a toll on your bank account. Jeans and a t-shirt doesn't work when you want to climb the career ladder nor does it make an impact when you want to look stylish on the weekend. Then come the party invites that sometime require spy technology to decode the dress code. One of our readers, Rolanda, reached out to us in need of styling advice. Her challenge:

*Help her add some flair to her wardrobe

*Suggest pieces that work double duty in her wardrobe

*Choose items all under $100

*She's a curvy girl, so be sure items come in her size

Here's our suggestions to add some sass to her style:

 

Double-Duty Fashion Skirt

Floral Pencil Skirt, Macy's $54

    

Sleeveless blouse, ChicNova $24                     Blazer, H&M $48

Layered Chiffon Top, Forever 21 $25

    

   

             Romelia Pump, Aldo Shoes $80              Strappy Together Wedge, Modcloth $30

Turquoise Beaded Bib Necklace, Max&Chloe $29

    

         Rounded Smooth ring, Mango $15            Opalescent Gold Earrings, Max&Chloe $20

      

 

Buckled Bowler, Forever 21 $33     Imitation Leather Bag, H&M $32

 

 

    

The Webster Dress, Target $15            2 in 1 Dip Hem Dress, TopShop $54

    

Romelia, Aldo Shoes $80           Mease high Heels, Aldo Shoes, $80

    

      Chains Long Earrings, Mango.com $30     Rounded Smooth Ring, Mango.com $15

    

Paduano, Aldo Shoes $35                Twist lock clutch, Forever 21 $17

 

 

 

 

Imagine sipping a glass of wine from Montepulciano, the aroma of fresh cooked pizza, Vespas speeding by almost taking your hat in the wind. Ahhh Italy, but suddenly you open your eyes and find yourself on Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles. Hey a girl can dream can't she?!

Travel to Italy this summer, if only by wardrobe, and live like the Italians. 

Think casual and comfortable yet stylish. Go with a dress fitted at the waist with a great wedge, big bangles and a stylish hat. Another option would be a bandeau top paired with patterened cigarette trousers and a strappy sandal. 

In your outfit, you should be able to hop on a Vespa at a moments notice. Style freely and carpe diem! I'm going to pour myself a second glass of wine and daydream about my pasts visits to Tuscany and Umbria.

 

  Pleated Skirt Dress, Mango.com $50

Floral Wedge, Steve Madden $130

          

Mixed Bangles Set, Nordstrom $20                 Bow Floppy Hat, Forever21 $11

 

Floral Print Cigarette Trouser, TopShop $72

    

        Seamless Bandeau Top, River Island $6         Leather Gladiator Sandals, Mango $25        

Two-Tone Straw Hat, JCrew $38

    

Raffia Carryall Bag, ShopBop.com $105

 

Sale Steals

When it comes to shopping who can’t resist sale items?!

Stores and designers are in full sale swing during peak summer. They are just looking to get rid of clothes at a way more affordable price. Whether shopping online or at the stores here are a few tips to keep with you on your sale search.

                       When shopping on the store sale rack…                        

·      Look for small but fixable defects with an item. For example a missing button or a washable stain. If you point it out to a sale clerk they will most likely give you the additional 10-15% off the already marked down item. But keep in mind it will be final sale.

·      Be practical. Don’t just buy an item because it’s “on sale”. Think how can I wear it? Try to mentally picture it with other items in your closet. If you can use it more than once, buy it!

When shopping online sales…

·      Do an advanced search in your size and price range. In doing so you’re able to get excited over items that fit you and your budget range.  

·      Pay attention to an item description. The type of material is important to know because it will help determine what size you may need to get and how to keep your items looking great past the summer season.   

·      Measurements are key for online shopping. Most stores do have the standard sizes. Unfortunately sizes are not universal and there are some buyers that you need to carefully read the description and match measurements that fit. Knowing those measurements will save you a trip to the post office for an exchange.

One of the easiest things to shop online for are Accessories.

Here are a few sale steals you’ll be able to use all summer long. Time to go shopping without going to the mall.

Mango.com linen colorful scarf

Colorful Cotton Foulard, Mango.com  Original Price: $45 Sale Price: $20

     Calico June Design Earrings

       

Stella Bracelet Set, Alloy.com  Original price: $25 Sale Price: $10

Calico June Designs-Bohemian earrings (A favorite of Eva Longoria & Kathie Lee Gifford), CoutureCandy.com  Original Price: $124 Sale Price: $73

VC Signature Florence Sandal     Pour La Victoire wedge sandal

Go-to everyday sandals that work with dresses, jeans and shorts. THE packable pairs for vacation.

VC Signature Florence Sandals in gold, VinceCamuto.com Original Price: $175 Sale Price: $120

Pour La Victoire "Lulie" chic, minimalist platfrom wedge (multiple color choices), PourLaVictoire.com Original Price: $229 Sale Price: $160

Mango Braided Belt     Mango Leather Obi Belt

 

Swap out your borrowing black or tan belt and choose a bright to give your outfit a jolt of style.

Bright Braided Belt, Mango.com  Original Price: $35 Sale Price: $23

Silver Metallic Lether Obi Belt, Mango.com  Original Price: $50 Sale Price: $25

Cynthia Vincent clutch       Rag & Bone Geo Purse

Cynthia Vincent Studded Pouch, CoutureCandy.com  Original Price: $81 Sale Price: $38.25

Rag & Bone Large Geo Purse, ShopBop.com  Original Price: $220  Sale Price: $154

 

 

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