Saturday, January 31, 2015

Setting Sun

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LOFT Sweater [Similar 1, 2], Sheinside Shorts, Similar Booties: 1, 2, Melie Bianco Bag (Similar), Rayban Sunnies, Daniel Wellington Watch

It was warm and sunny all day except about halfway through our shoot and I was seriously wishing I had worn those tights after all! This is just a fun weekend look, perhaps a little bit cabin in the woods-ish? (And I'm not referring to that awful horror movie) I really need a new hobo bag since this one from Melie Bianco has been my go-to for the last year!!

I am not sure if you can tell, but these shorts are a little too tight. I got a small so if you are thinking of getting them and you are about my size, perhaps go for a medium :) And the belt does come with it!

Have a great weekend ladies!
xoxo

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

How to: Look Cute and Stay Warm in the Cold

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After freezing my butt off in Italy and New York last year, I wanted to be ready for Alaska! So I did a lot of research!! This is a compilation of all of the most useful stuff I found (tried and true). Enjoy!

THE FIVE BEST TRICKS TO STAYING WARM IN THE COLD
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1. Thermals. Base Layers. Long Underwear.

Let's stick to calling them thermals. Thermals are great because you wear them under your clothes. They are pretty much invisible if you're careful to get clothing that covers it properly. There are a bunch of different materials and colors used for thermals. Silk, fleece, wool, etc. There are levels such as lightweight, mid-weight and heavyweight. There are also types of thermals for different activities. Don't get thermals made of cotton if you plan on doing anything active. When you sweat, cotton absorbs it but also stays wet and when it is freezing cold, you DO NOT WANT TO BE WET! You will lose body heat extremely fast. Cotton thermals are okay if you are lounging about the house or wearing them to bed. In prep for Alaska, I decided to get fleece thermals from CuddlDuds: Top, Bottom in Small though in retrospect I could have gotten XS. They have a really huge selection though I wish their tops had bigger necklines, like scoop neck.

You can find TONS more info about thermals here.

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2. Layers.

Layers are one of the greatest things to ever happen. Just think about it. Delicious: triple layered cakes. Stylish: layering a pea coat over a sweater over a denim shirt. Volumizing: layered haircuts. Beauty: layered foundation for better coverage. Or layered eyeshadows for a multi-dimensional effect. Like wow.

I always knew it was good to wear layers, but I didn't know why. I honestly didn't even think it made much sense. Why don't I just wear one heavy coat or sweater? Multiple layers are better than one big jacket because they trap heat in between each layer. I found a video about a guy in Siberia and he said he had to wear 4 heavy layers on his legs, torso, feet and head because it was negative 50 degrees Farenheit! So common sense = the colder it is, the more layers you should wear. Fleece is also the best layering material. Even though it's sporty so it will probably not go with much. Again, in prep for Alaska I bought a fleece jacket and vest from The North Face. Merino wool (merino wool is softer than regular wool) and cashmere are also very good. 

Here are some other great choices:


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3. Hand Warmers. Toe Warmers. Heated Insoles.

Goodies!!! These things are relatively cheap (but amazing). Instead of running to buy a hot coffee or tea just to keep your hands warm (which also cools down considerably quickly) just think ahead and buy some hand warmers. Good hand warmers stay warm for about 5 to 8 hours. They are disposable so if you are worried about the environment, I'd suggest buying these only if you are really going to need them! Toe warmers and heated insoles are very good too because you can sneak them in your shoes as long as you are wearing closed toe shoes and if it is freezing why wouldn't you?

Some of the ones I've tried personally (and loved) are:


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4. Shell

The "shell" is just your outermost layer. Ideally your shell layer has another type of insulation, like 500+ goose down or polyester/polyfill. Even better if it is wind resistant and waterproof. But then we are getting into the sportier, puffy style jackets. So I say if you are just trying to look snazzy in a frigid city, make sure you are wearing your thermals, and other great layers + hand warmers and such. Then wear a nice big wool coat on top. Go for a fun color or print to give your look more pop. If you are on the slopes though, some great styles include:


Tons more info on layers and insulation here.
Great wool coats (most coats are on sale right now):


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5. Accessories

Do not undermine the power of accessories! Our hands, feet and especially our head very easily affect our body temperatures! Wear a hat made of knit materials, one of the most popular winter hats are beanies of course! And don't forget gloves, you can stick hand warmers in your gloves! Did you know they even have battery operated socks? Of course you can find battery operated pants, vests, jackets, but then you are getting into tricky stuff with wires and everything. The only thing about battery operated socks is I think they have a high likelihood of not working right or breaking and it doesn't seem like a lot of reliable sellers have them. Also the battery sticks out quite obviously unless you have thick high boots to cover it. As for regular winter socks, you will want to get the thickest kind you can fit in your shoes, merino wool preferably but understandably most booties and heels won't fit thick socks so just do what you can.

Great accessories:


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I'm going to be honest: it wasn't that easy to find winter streetstyle outfits I liked. Or outfits that looked truly warm. Now these ladies all look amazing, but what the question is - are they really as warm as they look? Using the tricks I have suggested above, you can make any of these looks work and be super cozy in a straight up BLIZZARD! So good luck and let me know if you liked this article!

XOXO

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Textures

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This is a great look for a nice dinner or a meeting.
I love the textures on this coat even though it is kind of top heavy. So I offset that with my bright suede heels! Suede is one of my favorite materials for high heels during the wintry months. Even though when I say wintry I mean anything less than 68 degrees!!! I think if I actually decided to wear the coat correctly, I'd want my hair in pony or bun.

For all those experiencing the current east coast blizzard, stay safe please!!!
Have a fab day all.
xoxo  

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Call Me Maybe

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This adorable and super soft cashmere sweater is surprisingly my first cashmere piece! And of course it is just as soft as I always dreamed! Did you know that cashmere actually comes from the undercoat of a goat? Versus wool, which comes from sheep. Goats naturally shed their winter coat and from that it is separated from the coarser outer coat to the finer undercoat which is used to create cashmere, once known as Kashmir. 

This look works well for the mid to upper 60's. I wore it for a quick meal out and swiftly changed back into some jammies so I could get some work done in comfort :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
xoxo

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Head to Toe DailyLook

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A couple weeks ago I went to LA for a quick one and a half day trip. I got to visit DailyLook headquarters/store room and style seven outfits (of which I modeled four that you see above). It was super fun and everyone I met was awesome. I was a big fan of the studio lighting even though it took some getting used to and I was seriously so excited/overwhelmed having to choose my favorite items to style. I ADORE the DailyLook collection (in case you haven't noticed I am always wearing their stuff)! What really makes them unique too is that you can buy anything you see on their models, head to toe! (Thanks to DailyLook, Schutz is now one of my favorite shoe brands!)

I would love to know which look (out of the seven I styled that you can see here) is your favorite!! 
xoxo

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Night's Watch

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Coat [Pink version], TopShop Denim, Sweater [similar], Necklace, Booties

I am a big Game of the Thrones fan and could not resist the opportunity to shoot my Thrones inspired look at the top of the Alaskan mountains :) But as you can probably guess, this outfit will not keep you very warm in the snow. And heels are never practical either, much less when the ground is icy!

In prep for my trip to Alaska, I did hours and hours of research and shopping for all of the warmest clothing, information, tools, layers, etc. How many of you would be interested in a post about that? I will also be posting more information on my winter looks you may have seen on Instagram. So stay tuned! 

Happy Wednesday!
xoxo

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Up the Amp

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Nasty Gal Ellis Sweatshirt, Similar Denim, Jeffrey Campbell Booties [Similar $80 - Similar $188Similar $297Similar - $318], Swatch Watch [Similar], Rebecca Minkoff Bag, MAC Up the Amp Lipstick

I am having the most incredible time in Alaska! Pictures are coming soon! We haven't been able to go snowmobiling as planned due to all the rain but we had a little day trip way up north so we could go dog sledding. It was one of the most awesome days of my life. Sound a little dramatic? Try it and tell me you aren't in love!

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot with Christine Wilcox of CYW Photography before my trip! She is actually a talented and creative senior portrait photographer. So if you are in the south bay area and you are about to graduate, you should seriously consider contacting her for your senior portraits! She is also offering the opportunity in which you - yes you beautiful readers - can model some really great brands like Gap, Francescas, Kitsch Couture and more! She's holding an information night January 26th 6 to 8 PM at Main Street Burger in downtown Los Gatos. You can RSVP here :)

Happy Monday!
xoxo 

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