November Inspiration Board

Wow, I can't believe it's already November! It's definitely sweater weather here in Wisconsin! My November inspiration board is full of warm & fuzzy sweaters, arm parties (stacks of bracelets), thick socks & chic updos.
What's on your November inspiration board?
xoxo, lauren

Creepy Cocktails & Pretty Pumpkins: A Guide to Halloween Weekend

Feel like you're too old to get dressed up and go trick or treating or to a bar? Here are some ways to feel festive this Halloween weekend!
1. Pumpkin turned cooler, perfect for entertaining
2.Creepy cocktails from Martha Stewart
3. Missoni-esque painted pumpkins
4. Candy corn & candles, the perfect Halloween decor
Do you have any exciting halloween weekend plans? I just realized I'll have to buy some Halloween candy because I will probably have some trick or treaters on Monday now that I live in a house! I am going to dress up as a Packers football player, complete with tan leather-y shorts a la Alexander Wang.
If you're looking for some last minute Halloween inspiration check out some of my vintage posts:
How are you spending your Halloween weekend? & If you're dressing up.. what are you going as?

xoxo, lauren

Our Marketing Coordinator's DIY Halloween Costume Accessory

Check out the flapper hair clip that our Marketing Coordinator made for her costume! All of it was bought in the LA Fashion District. "It was so convenient and affordable to make my own accessory in the district!" says Annie Chang. "I was able to personalize it and I only spent a little over $12".

Here's the list of what she bought and where:

Buckram clip frame, Vintage blue feather & elastic band
California Millinery Supply Co
721 S. Spring St.

Peacock inspired feather
Michael Levine
920 Maple Levine

Burgundy feather
Shana Fabric
906 Maple Ave

Also BIG THANKS to Diego, a milliner and staff at California Millinery Supply Co for his expert contribution to making the accessory!

Orange You Glad for Colored Pants?

The colorful pants look has been trending like crazy lately. I've picked myself up a pair of coppery orange pants similar to these and couldn't help but think this could be a mature & stylish nod to Halloween. This look is intimidating, but super wearable. I particularly like the pop of orange, as it's a strong color for Fall 11.
Try this Trend: Orange Pants
Still not convinced you can pull off pumpkin colored pants? Check out these stylish ladies for more inspiration:
Would you rock a pair of colored pants? Especially an orange pair for a bit of chic Halloween flair?
xoxo, lauren

Thanks LA Observed for capturing the bustle of The Santee Alley! Though "The Alley" is crowded during business hours, but it is especially on the weekends. Check out the vast selection of merchandise sold there, from apparel to sunglasses to wigs! "The Alley" is the destination for bargain shopping and an important landmark in Los Angeles. If you haven't been, plan your visit today!

Located at the intersection of E. 12th Street and S. Santee Street in Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Santee Alley is also now on Facebook! "Like" them now & get the latest bargain shopping news!

How to: Wear Turquoise Jewelry in Fall

I recently received a reader request for a how-to on wearing turquoise jewelry through the fall. Turquoise is one of my favorite accessories, and occupies a big part of my jewelry box. The trick to wearing this seemingly summery stone is to pair it with fall shades. I especially love it with a copper, or royal purple.
How to: Wear Turquoise Jewelry in the Fall
As always, Pinterest offers some perfect inspiration! (I'm thoroughly addicted to the site!) Check out my turquoise board for more inspiration.

How do you continue to wear your favorite summer jewelry into the fall?

xoxo, lauren

Designers Keep it Made in the USA at COEUR Tradeshow

The LA Fashion District has got a new tradeshow. COEUR, launched by Co-Founder/Creative Director Henri Myers of eM Productions, held its first show in the district’s Cooper Building this week perfectly coinciding with the Spring 2012 LA Fashion Market. This trade only event gave buyers already attending Market Week in the district a brand new, curated catalog of women’s fashion and gift & home accessories that spotlights jewelry, handbags and footwear. The show boasted exceptional designs from internationally respected designers who have a dedicated vision to personal inspiration and keeping production in the USA.

We were amazed at the designs by Gilda Grey, an accessories line manufactured and produced in Echopark. This collection is known for its art deco inspired pieces that give a nod to the 60’s but is modernized enough for everyday wear. The line is also kind to the environment and animals as it uses faux suede and naturally fallen feathers. Shoppers can purchase Gilda Grey at Anthropologie, Free People and at the end of October, at the brand’s website.

Another jewelry line reminiscent of the past was TomTom Jewelry. Made in Downtown Los Angeles and North Hollywood by formally trained architect Elena Howell, TomTom Jewelry is designed using digital fabrication techniques such as 3D printing and waterjet + laser jet cutting. The line's statement signature piece is the Chevron Aura crystal necklace which is inspired from the 1970’s.

Body jewelry received a spotlight at the COEUR show. Bliss Lau, a previous handbag designer with a degree in apparel design from Parsons School of Design, has her own line of body jewelry under her namesake. All of the jewelry is created and designed three-dimensionally using traditional garment draping techniques. Her jewelry is found at Heist in Venice and Fred Segal in Santa Monica.

Photo via

Innocent Chain + Suspension Brac - photo via

Cage dress + Zelda Bra - photo via

COEUR Tradeshow was truly a one-stop-shop in all matters of accessories because they also included unique decorations for the home. Blithe and Bonny is a family run business based in Santa Cruz, CA that produces hand-crafted goods. Their signature item is the scented soy wax candle which is made from natural soy wax with custom phthalate-free fragrances and lead-free wicks. Not only are they sustainable, but they don’t lose out on the aesthetics either. The 40-hour candle comes in an attractive glass container and in a amazing selection of scents like grapefruit, lavender and jasmine and rose. Our favorite was the honey almond.
Blithe and Bonny scented candles and soap bars
Bio-degradable dish soap packaged in repurposed wine bottles

Sustainability was also an important principle at COEUR tradeshow which proved how unique the craftsmanship and inspiration behind each design was. One example is Directional Motivation, a “rugged meets refined” handbag line made of reclaimed army canvas and deadstock materials. The designer, Naomi Strauss, found the materials from a military surplus store and retained the originality of the materials (the stitching and name tags) used to produce each bag which shows signs of their travels. Strauss also keeps her manufacturing and production in Downtown Los Angeles and the hand-dying done in Los Angeles. Her handbags are sold at each of Gap’s 1969 Stores: 109 S. Roberston Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048 and 513 Broadway New York, NY 10012.

Doby Bucket - photo via

Italian Tote - photo via

Sling - photo via

A beautiful jewelry line truly created out of inspiration and adventure is Flutter. Flutter is a range of hand-made costume jewelry inspired by its designer, Jill Golden’s, travels. Each season, Golden takes inspiration from her far-flung travels, translating her experience from beautiful places such as Paris, Morocco and Barcelona into her signature chain-wrapped and plated jewelry. The jewelry’s style is pretty but still edgy, timely and not trendy as Golden calls the “flutter” vibe. You can get your “flutter” vibe at Flutter’s online website.

For Gabriela Artigas, the world at large is what inspires her creativity and the smallest details of it find their way into her designs. Made in Los Angeles, Gabriela Artigas is a jewelry line that balances between delicateness and edginess. For example, her 14K alloy rings are structured, hard-edged in shape, but delicate in color as they come in bronze and rose gold. Additionally, Artigas’s line is a breath of fresh air as she is constantly reinventing her line. She rarely continues production of a certain piece after its initial run so we’re excited to see what she has in store for the next COEUR tradeshow!  
The 14K alloy ring in rose gold

14K Knot Ring - photo via

14K GF Faceted Square - photo via

CL01 Snake + Black Chain - photo via

COEUR Tradeshow will be back again at the Cooper Building in March 2012 for LA Fashion Market. We will keep you updated on further dates and highlights about the next COEUR show!

Try this Trend: Striped Sweaters & Chunky Knit Scarves

Inspired by the perfectly preppy Sarah Vickers image I posted a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a striped sweater of my own during my fall shopping ventures. I also picked up some chunky knit accessories, this brown scarf is already one of my fall favorites.

I had the chance to visit a pumpkin patch & go on a hay ride the past weekend. It felt perfectly fall! For some reason I've been opposed to large stripes because of the old rule of thumb of making you look bigger, but in these pretty shades I just couldn't say no!
Would you wear striped sweaters?
xoxo, lauren

Peek Inside Designers & Agents Show Spring 2012 in the New Mart Building

Fashionable buyers and industry leaders waiting to enter the elevators inside the New Mart Building
Exhibitors inside the Designers & Agents Show
Reps showing the collection to buyers

A visually interesting merchandised booth

Interesting details of the setup

Fun, quirky decor at the lounge

Designers & Agents Show also showcases men's shoes. These vintage looking ones have such interesting detail!