- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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I had just 24 blissful hours in Ojai last weekend, and still I managed to pack a bag I could barely carry. Why do we do that? The fact of the matter is, we can’t help it, especially when we’re talkin’ vacation and we know the weather will be in your favor. There’s something particularly about the notion of a getaway that makes me want to bust out hats, prints, colors, ruffles – all the wild stuff. It’s gotta be cute, out of my usual norm, but most importantly: easy and affordable. Jumpsuits and dresses pack like dreams, so naturally this is what most of my suitcase consisted of on my Ojai trip.
It’s February! How the f*ck did that happen? And somehow I am STILL behind on life post returning from Europe. I promised a London guide this week and well… it’s taking a bit longer than expected. All good things do – amiright. In the meantime, I want to talk about the best color ever in the history of colors: red. AKA… my spirit color. I’ve been regularly wearing red lipstick since high school – been trying to be Gwen Stefani since I was 12, and red lips seemed like the easiest way to get there outside of bleaching my hair. These days though red is a frequent “accent color” in my everyday wardrobe. Sometimes it’s the whole damn thing, but for the most part I love to use red as my pop of color.
Feathers = extra. It’s kind of just a fact. A jacket like this can’t help itself but scream “HEY HI HELLO HEY HI LOOK AT ME.” I think we all enjoy a certain level of elevated fashion, as well a certain level of attention… but it can be tricky to find the happy medium with those loud pieces you just can’t help but love. You’ve probably got a few of those in your closet don’t you. It’s those ridiculous embellished boots or sandals, it’s that weird printed top you got on sale and thought “I can make this work”, or it’s that feather jacket you saw at a sample sale and bought on principle alone. – guilty.
If there’s one trend certainly brightening up any typical grey winter hues, it’s the abundance of striped rainbow sweaters. I’m seeing them EVERYWHERE right now – from Instagram to stores, right on the streets of Los Angeles. I’m not typically one for bright colors – maybe in moderation – but I am loving this fun “youthful” look.
True Life: I’m addicted to buying faux fur coats. I know. You’re like, “Caroline, you live in Los Angeles. It’s 72 degrees today and it’s January 5th.” Trust me, I have the same internal conversation with myself every time I find a new coat, but I cant help it! A part of me thinks it’s because they’re such a novelty. A part of me also thinks, wow, they’re all so inexplicably affordable. And another part of me is just like DAMN they come in fun colors and they’re so ridiculously fun to constantly pet. It’s only weird if you think it is. Whatever the root of my obsession may be, I have obviously become quite the faux fur collector and connoisseur, so I’m sharing with you my 5 favorite coats out there right now that are, faux, fabulous, fun, and most importantly – way affordable.
JUST THREE MORE SLEEPS ‘TILL CHRISTMAS!!! Yay! And just TWO sleeps until I’m 29. Ugh. Kidding, kind of. I absolutely love the holidays. My house looks like a Christmas explosion (in a good way), I’m guiltlessly eating cookies, putting fuzzy socks and cozy robes on, and I am incessantly rocking my absolute favorite color – red. Red is hands down my “spirit color”, and if there were ever a time to wear an all red ensemble, it’d definitely be during the holidays. I’ve been wearing this suit for a few months in actuality, but it seems so incredibly fitting for this time of year.
I don’t always wear floral prints… but when I do! They look a little somethin’ like this. For me the issue I have with some floral prints is that they start to border on “children’s section” vs “I’m a classy broad and I like flowers.” But when you find the right print, on the right dress, at the right time of year – magic. There’s a few brands out there who are always hitting these prints out of the park no matter what time of year it is, namely Reformation, but right now Zara has been hot on the trend this season as well.
We all have those holiday dresses we’re dying to wear more than once right? Mostly because we spent a small fortune to sparkle, but we don’t want to sparkle for just one night do we? We want to sparkle at LEAST two more times, minimum. Velvet is an absolute favorite fabric of mine for Fall and Winter, and red, despite being my go-to holiday color, is also just simply my favorite color. Red – let alone red velvet – is quite the statement maker, but I’m a firm believer that both aspects are more versatile than they let on.
All I want right now is to wear a sweater or a coat, and I’m finding it a tad difficult with our current weather report. It’s been such a tease seeing girls in NYC bundled up in their fabulous coats and sweaters or watching commercials of people playing in the snow or experiencing Fall. Meanwhile back in LA, we’re all just stuck in a scene straight out of Groundhogs Day with no real hope of cooler weather. I know, poor us, but still! We like seasons too ya know!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been somewhat forcing Fall a bit with my wardrobe. And I’ve found that the easiest way to do that is to find the lightweight versions of all Fall necessities and style them accordingly. I love sweaters with shorts, or dusters with dresses., so on and so forth. But one of my favorite pieces right now is this super lightweight *but looks heavy duty* heather grey coat I got from Soksen Studios. This coat single handedly inspired me to even put a coat on in Los Angeles right now, and it has turned out to be a great wardrobe staple.
If I have one favorite thing in my closet right now it’s this silky soft duster from GM Studio. GM Studio is an LA based brand, they actually make everything in LA, and this duster has been the absolute best outerwear item to throw on while the weather in LA has been gently gliding into true Fall weather. It’s lightweight, the fabric is rich and it’s completely current and on trend. But really though the great thing about a duster like this is that it’s a piece that will never go out of style. I will always have use for a lightweight, comfortable, and neutral trench/duster.