I can't believe it's almost the new year already! So much has happened in my life in the past 12 months; I've graduated from college, settled into life in Wisconsin, and got my dream job in the fashion industry. I have so much to celebrate in life.. I can hardly wait to see where 2012 takes me! So here's a toast to the New Year!
I am sadly still on the hunt for the perfect New Year's Eve dress to wear out this weekend. I'm thinking either something sparkly or basic with dressed up statement heels and jewels (I need an excuse to buy leopard wedges!). I'll be sure to let you know what I end up with!
What will you be doing to ring in the new year? And more importantly.. what will you be wearing?
I hope everyone had an amazing holiday. I'm enjoying my time home in sunny Florida! Today, I went house hunting with my parents. As a kid, I always loved going into model homes and admiring the interior decor, I feel no less inspired as a 20-something.
I snapped tons of pictures of chic decor in all the homes we saw. I have always loved the look of coastal interiors, it's such a light & airy, but polished look. These were some of my favorite styles.
One of the things I responded to most were the printed wallpapers, curtains, and chairs. It's an easy way to modernize any home and step up the style quotient.
The LA Fashion District is one of the best sources for buyers to find amazing merchandise to stock in their brick and mortar stores. Additionally, this 115-block neighborhood of wholesale stores including designer showrooms is also becoming a top choice for online retailers! Trend Essentials is one of the many online shopping sites priding themselves on doing businesses in Downtown Los Angeles’ fashion district. And their merchandise shows! The Ontario, CA based company is solely focused on handbags and accessories of all kinds (earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) and are always on the frontline of what’s trending. They are always on the hunt for new products so they can provide new and fresh arrivals to their shoppers. Some of the brands that they work with are found in the California Market Center such as Melie Bianco, Charlene K, Danielle Nicole, Imoshion and High Fashion Handbags.
Check out what we're coveting!
1. TE Lights Camera Action Ring $9.99 2. TE Christmas Reindeer Scarf $12.99 3. Charlene K Mini Pendant Clover Necklace - 14 K Gold Vermeil $49.99 4. Melie Bianco Brown Madeline Blocked Convertible Chain Bag $59.99 5. Dogeared Friends Dragonfly Necklace in Gold 16" $52.99 6. TE Obsidian Stud Earrings $9.99
As their holiday present to you, Trend Essentials is offering LA Fashion District readers a 20% OFF and FREE SHIPPING promotion! Just type in "LAFASHION20" at the checkout.
Curbed LA reported on December 21, 2011 that an Ace Hotel will open in Broadway’s old United Artists Theatre in the LA Fashion District which was recently purchased by Connecticut-based Greenfield Partners. We originally reported this story in our October 18, 2011 issue of “What’s New”.
This will be LA’s first Ace, a trendy boutique chain that first opened in Seattle in 1999 and now has hip hotels in Portland, Manhattan and Palm Springs.
For me, growing up in Florida has meant white Christmases in terms of sandy beaches, decorated palm trees instead of pine, and weather warm enough to spend in a bathing suit. While this seems like Christmas sacrilege to many of my Wisconsin friends, it's the only thing I've ever known!
I'm looking forward to spending a week at home enjoying the nice warm weather, seeing my friends and family, and scooping up some Florida souvenirs to bring back with me.
This year I've decided to send my holiday cards out via Paperless Post for a stylish, eco-friendly (& affordable!) option. We were lucky enough to get a dusting of snow the other night for me to take a festive picture (my holiday sweater is a vintage pearl encrusted number from the fifties).
I can't believe it's almost Christmas! It seems like yesterday that I got my tree up and decorated the house. I'm excited to go home to Florida to see friends and family (and hopefully regain my tan). It was so fun having Christmas decorations this year that are sparkly, colorful and completely my style!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures of the holiday season so far:
I don't know if it's because I'm missing the South, my dear friend "RAA", or every fashion blogger's latest bespoke necklaces, but I've been absolutely adoring all things monogrammed lately. I've got my cardigans & tervis tumbler, and I have a certain Moon and Lola necklace on my Christmas list this year.
I love a classic monogram backed with a super modern trellis or chevron pattern for pillows, platters & cosmetics cases. Blogger Blair Eadie can rock them like no one's business. The personalized touch is a nod to classic Americana (think 1950's monogrammed cashmere sweaters) and a modern day preppy look.
I love that they're actually starting to trend lately, think of it as a new take on Carrie Bradshaw's nameplate necklace. Would you sport your monogram?
Ever since I saw the J. Crew image below of mixing cozy pajamas & pearls, I've been thrilled with the idea of upping the ante on my Christmas pjs this year. Our family tradition is to spend Christmas day in our pajamas opening presents, drinking mimosas, and visiting with the family. It's definitely one of my favorite days of the year!
These are some of my favorite ways to dress up your comfy laid back looks. Whether you dress up your sweats with a fairisle sweater or flannel bottoms with a chambray shirt, mixing and matching gives cozy clothes a stylish twist.
What do you wear when you just want to feel cozy and cute?
One of the things I've found to be hardest about living somewhere cold is that all winter long you have to wear coats to cover up your cute outfits! This is why I've been on the hunt for the cutest coats & coordinating accessories, so my outer layer is just as chic as the clothes underneath!
Look for wool and down with faux fur linings, insulation & hoods for added warmth. Pretty colors, feminine details, and stylish cold weather accessories make all the difference in adding some style when you're feeling winter drab.
Before moving to Wisconsin, I had little need for coats, long underwear, snow boots, and all of the accompanying accessories. Honestly, I've always thought down vests we're sort of dorky. It wasn't until recently that I've realized how warm they are & can also be a cute layering piece! I'm also loving my rust colored striped thermal; it looks perfect paired w/ my turquoise accessories.
These are some stylish bloggers and brands that have inspired my layered look:
As I've said before, sometimes the present's packaging is as important as the gift itself. I'm all about presentation & special touches. It doesn't even matter if it's a fancy present or home baked cookies, the way you wrap it makes all the difference! These are some of my favorite DIY gift wrap ideas:
I love the look of brown craft paper all tied up w/ colorful string, patterned grosgrain ribbon or lace to add a little something extra. How about the confetti dipped double sided tape and stylish tags (how cute are the covered button christmas trees & incredibly chic chevron)? I can't wait to try these out on my own gifts to give each it's own unique look!
I've also found a great set of stylish printable tags that you can print & use on your own gifts!
If you don't want to go to the DIY route, check out these already made stylish gift tags, bags, and wrapping paper. I love the use of colorful baker's twine, colorful confetti & putting a hairbow on a gift that can be worn as an accessory later!