• 5th September
    2014
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Victor, Victoria.

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Feminism: fem¦in|ism

  • Pronunciation: /ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m
  • NOUN [MASS NOUN]
  • The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

Feminist: fem¦in|ist

  • Pronunciation: /ˈfɛmənɪst
  • NOUN
  • A person who supports feminism.

On this basis, who would not consider himself or herself a feminist? And yet, appallingly, the salary pay gap between men and women is still astronomical, politicians carelessly throw around words such as “legitimate rape,” imply that women should not put themselves in a position to be raped, feel entitled to make decisions on behalf of women about women’s bodies and groups such as Women Against Feminism have found root in our modern society. It seems for every step we take forward, we take another two back. And yet, I have never ever, even for a moment, wanted to be male. I love being a woman. However, I have so often longed for the privileges afforded to men. 

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How I portray myself to the world outwardly has a huge bearing on how I feel mentally and vice versa. They are irrevocably intertwined.  I think my personal style is best defined by my love for minimalism and the playfulness of contrasting femininity and masculinity. Notwithstanding that it was a birthday gift from one of my sisters, I think that that’s why I love this jumpsuit so much. I also love versatility and this particular look translates seamlessly from day to night, work to cocktails. It also has a bit of a YSL or Jean Paul Gaultier feel. I feel empowered when I wear red lipstick especially the one above, Crimson Noir by TOM FORD, but shockingly, it was once suggested that I looked “slutty” by none other than a boyfriend for wearing red lipstick. Oh, the irony. The words “slut,”  “slag” and “whore” should have no place in the 21st century. They carry as much of a long violent history as the word “nigger,”  “fag” or “queer” and are also used to demean and control a percentage of the population. This implied insult did not stop me wearing red lipstick. In fact, I probably wear it more frequently than I ever did in my late teens and early twenties and that boyfriend and I have broken up since; however, I regret that I didn’t take the time to explain to him the implications and impact of his words.

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Similarly, I remember once posting a status about the predictability of catcalling by construction workers. A male friend suggested that I ought to be more worried if they hadn’t but since I have reflected on his comments and found that I disagree, it would not have been worse because a woman’s self-esteem should not tied up in the attentions of men. As women, we have a responsibility to teach children, grandchildren and to educate our peers that while it can be flattering, it can also be damaging. It is damaging because it implies that we are seeking and or needing men’s approval and why should we? So rarely do men act or dress seeking a woman’s approval but unfortunately, this inequality is so ingrained that even for a woman who considers herself inarguably a feminist, my initial reaction was to agree. This is not to say that a woman cannot dress for her man. In a happy, healthy and loving relationship, what woman does not want to dress at least in part for the pleasure of her significant other? However, the difference is that is not born out of obligation or convention but love.

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We must also acknowledge the role that the media inevitably plays in the portrayal of women. If my humble blog makes any difference, I want to ensure that I represent women as we are: intelligent, strong and beautiful. Regrettably, I have not yet been able to watch the documentary “Miss Representation” suggested to me by a very dear friend but in the few minutes of watching the trailer, I was literally gobsmacked by the bombardment of flesh and female stereotypes and how much of it we simply ignore because we have grown accustomed to it.

I admire women that behave, dress and speak with purpose but I found it disheartening to see Nicki Minaj in her latest music video “Anaconda" singing about a guy from Detroit buying her Alexander McQueen and keeping her stylish, wearing next to nothing on, dancing provocatively surrounded by more women dancing around provocatively; specifically for the viewing pleasure of men as suggested by her lap dance for Drake. It is possible that I am not explaining myself articulately enough but the difference feels palpable. I do not mean this as a criticism so much as an expression of my disappointment. Men have objectified women for centuries. Why perpetuate it?

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I love all the superficialities of being a woman from the autonomy of wearing my hair short or long in different styles, painting my nails, reading VOGUE or gushing over love interests. I also love, in equal measure, women’s ability to mentor, support and nurture the people that surround them. Women have the ability to occupy any position they work for. We are writers, accountants, engineers, designers, filmmakers, chefs, politicians, directors, etc. The fact that we also have the ability to grow and carry children is nothing short of a miracle and the fierceness with which women love, especially mothers, is unrivalled. There is nothing as fearsome as a woman that knows her mind and heart.

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In June, Grazia published that the income disparity between men and women in their twenties had doubled in the past three years and that women in the UK are currently earning 80p for every £1 that men earn. The difference is staggering and it is high time we established equality between the sexes. When I recently travelled to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Barbican Centre in London, on the information board in the introduction it read, “Gaultier does not subscribe to the myth of the weaker sex,” neither do I, and neither should you and that is what inspired this look.

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Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Earrings: Orelia available at TOPSHOP, Blazer: H&M, Jumpsuit: TOPSHOP, Temporary Tattoo: Orelia available at TOPSHOP, Bracelets: Michael Kors and Brady Melville, Rings: Vintage, Clutch: Villanueva Carey and Shoes: Stella McCartney.

Photography by Christine Cherry, Cherish Hope Photography.

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  • 22nd August
    2014
  • 22
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Down The Rabbit Hole Into Wonderland…

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

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Earrings: Tiffany & Co.Leather Jacket: ZARA, Dress: Ever Pretty, Ring: Tiffany & Co., and ShoesChristian Dior.

Makeup: Tarina Tarantino; The Aurora Violet Storm Eyeshadow PaletteThe Fleur de Lash Mascara and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust.

While roses are red and violets are blue, like Alice, I am no shrinking violet and I felt that it was important that this look reflect that. It’s pretty tough.

I instantly fell in love with this dress when I saw it on Ever Pretty. It’s suitable for any occasion whether it’s prom, dinner at Beach Blanket Babylon or a summer wedding.

I have a large cup size but quite a small frame, which makes guessing my size without trying something on a seemingly impossible task. However, Ever Pretty make things ridiculously simple by providing an international size chart and breaking down sizes by your measurements. Again, because of my bra size there is no question of me going without but for someone of a smaller size, it is in fact a possibility.

I’m so pleased that we were able to photograph this dress in London at the Rose Garden, Hyde Park. It feels as though we were honouring both the dress and the story’s birthplace by having photographed it there. 

But forget the roses, you could paint the town red with this look.

Xxx G

Photography by Christine Cherry, Cherish Hope Photography.

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  • 11th June
    2014
  • 11
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This Devil Went to Pradasphere…

I’d like to begin this post by clarifying that my sullen expression in these photographs is due to jet lag. I seem to be brooding in a very 90’s Calvin Klein grunge fashion and though Babe Walker might say, “chic,” I think my scowl betrays a deeper sadness. I unfortunately missed Diane Von Fürstenberg’s Journey Of A Dress exhibit in Los Angeles by only a few days! But lesson learned, and I therefore made going to Pradasphere at Harrods an absolute priority when coming to London.

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This free exhibit was open to the public between the 2nd and the 29th of May. For those of you that didn’t make it, the pieces on exhibit were sensational, spectacular, weird, superb and absurd. The ready-to-wear was divided into six typologies: Modernity, Figuration, Continentalism, Excessivity, Animality, and Femamasculinity. I am aware, as both Prada and Harrods are I’m sure, that those are in fact not real words. However, that’s just the sort of thing you can do in fashion. Invention and creation isn’t limited to ready-to-wear, accessories and beauty products. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” The culmination of ideas in the collection created an eerie but fantastical atmosphere; like the Jabberwocky, a creature born out of the mind of Lewis Carrol, it was quite the beast to behold. It was both grotesque and beautiful and I certainly felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole.

I spent so much time lost in Prada’s centennial history and the exquisite and unique craftsmanship of their designs, I unfortunately did not make it to the adjoining first ever PRADASPHERE Café. I did however manage to get a photograph of it. Speaking of which, all photographs were taken by yours truly.

This was certainly an afternoon well spent. Xxx G

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  • 6th June
    2014
  • 06
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Good Vibes Only…

Not only is this outfit so Southern Californian but it is also so luxe. I suppose everyone feels happiest in their element and this is me in mine.

I love casual luxury and I grabbed some of my favourite pieces and topped the look off with a hat I bought at Club Monaco within 24 hours of being home. If home is where the heart is then Santa Monica, Venice- the Westside is my home and this look is all about those good vibes.

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Hat: Hat Attack available at Club Monaco, Cardigan: Massimo Dutti, Tank Top: James Perse, Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch, Watch: Cartier, Bangles: Forever21, Handbag: CHANEL and Shoes: the Samarkand in Marine Blue by Lalla Alia.

I think that the photographer has a lot to do with why I love this look and these photographs so much. Mansour and I never fail to have a laugh and he never fails to bring out the best in me.

I also love this look because it’s really versatile. I could be going on a shopping spree on Main Street or Abbot Kinney, grabbing mimosas and brunch at Firehouse, or rocking out at an outdoor Twilight concert on the Pier. However, I must admit that as much as I love my Lalla Alia Samarkand’s, I would have to consider switching my heels for flats for an outdoor concert. 

In any case, this is definitely one of my favourite looks. Tell me what you think in the comment section below! Xxx

Photography by Mansour Mozafari. Follow him on Instagram @mansourmozafari.

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  • 2nd June
    2014
  • 02
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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Lunch On 3rd and Shop On Melrose.

As Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Shopping is my cardio.” I would add that it is also my passion, my prayer and my therapy. It’s the new “American” pastime. However, I would argue that Americans certainly do not have the monopoly on materialism.

Part of the fun of shopping in Los Angeles is the cruise to the boutiques. My friend and I detoured slightly to get a glimpse of one of my favourite LA landmarks, the Urban Lights at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA). While it’s still a beautiful sight during the day, its full magical effect cannot be experienced until nightfall. But nightfall be damned, this girl was ready to shop.

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It’s definitely no secret that I love good food and to shop, especially in combination. Now, it will no longer be a secret that I think the best place to do both is West Hollywood. I know it’s trendy and everyone raves about Toast but personally I prefer the far more indulgent DOUGHBOYS. Seriously, it’s not for the faint of heart! Neither is MILK on Beverly Boulevard, if you just fancy something sweet. Joan’s on Third also happens to be one of my, but also everyone else’s, favourite places in all of Los Angeles. 

I love Melrose because I think Melrose perfectly encapsulates L.A. fashion. But when I talk about Melrose, I’m not talking about Fred Segal. While I do love Fred Segal, I’m spoilt and can shop in my very own backyard of Santa Monica at Fred Segal. When I refer to Melrose, I’m referring to east of Fairfax. I am not referring to several of the larger stores. Yes, I do sometimes shop at American Apparel or Urban Outfitters; and although I very much appreciate the strategically placed Starbucks (coffee!), what I love about Melrose is its treasures hidden in plain sight. 

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Joyrich might be one of my favourite stops on Melrose. It’s unique flavour combines the highlights of The Prince of Bel-Air era with today’s more modern sportswear look. Bad girl Riri is a huge fan as well as Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, and triple threat actress, singer and dancer Kat Graham. I had the privilege of briefly meeting designer and creative director David Melgar at Dripped a few seasons ago. He was incredibly cool and down-to-earth much like the brand itself. On this particular trip to the store, I found myself obsessed with the Cuddle Currency pochette that I had no use for but absolutely needed.

From Joyrich, the next stop we made was Luxury Jones where my friend purchased a very jazzy sparkly fringe bra and I debated over a pair of high-waisted, studded, L.A. and rose emblazoned denim shorts. I didn’t purchase the shorts in the end but wish I had. Alas, c’est la vie. It’s likely that they are no longer available because what makes everything at Luxury Jones so special is that each item is unique. Each piece is made from 100% recyclable materials and is handsewn right there in the back of the store. L.A. made baby and I love it. I also loved the “Girls will be girls” sign that they proudly display in store, pictured above.

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One of the latest additions to Melrose is FERRARA, an occasionally tacky but also ridiculously rad store where I found the social media bracelet pictured above. In the end, it was bit too bulky for my taste but I loved that it included all of my addictions like Instagram and Twitter.

Another one of my favourite stops is Slow. It’s brimming with brand new and vintage items. I have to tell you that it has one of the best selections of vintage accessories as well. Despite that the fact that it was not my style, I had to appreciate that the store carried a leather satchel with hand-painted African safari animals in absolutely mint condition. It must be a costume designer’s heaven.

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So lunch on 3rd and head to Melrose at the first opportunity! There’s always a cool piece to be found and an awesome day to be had. Xxx

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  • 21st May
    2014
  • 21
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With You On Ocean Avenue.

When I’m away from home one of the things I long for most is the sight of the rows upon rows of palm trees along Ocean Avenue. One quick listen to the song Ocean Avenue by Yellow Card will bring back a flood of high school and early college memories cruising around in my best friend’s father’s Toyota Camry, music blasting, windows down, sunglasses on and wind in our hair.

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Snapback: Eden Sky, Sunglasses: Juicy Couture, Top: See You Monday, Earrings: OreliaShorts: TOPSHOP, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Michael Kors - Brandy Melville - Kate Spade, Ring: FERRARA on Melrose, Handbag: ZARA and Shoes: Michael Kors.

We were young, not to say that we’re not still young, but we were absolutely carefree. The possibilities felt limitless. Even though now we’re a bit older with much more responsibility, just a moment spent on Ocean Avenue; even a drive by, will transport me to that perfect place in time.

This look is all about strolling on Ocean Avenue, shopping on 3rd Street; watching the game, sipping on frozen strawberry margaritas at Lula’s on Main and ice cream in the Palisades. It’s easy, breezy, Southern California bliss with your blonde best friend.

Photography by Mansour Mozafari. Follow him on Instagram @mansourmozafari.

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  • 16th May
    2014
  • 16
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The L.A. Fashion Blog is hosting a Tarina Tarantino Giveaway!

Tarina Tarantino will once again be featured on Haute Look this weekend and in honour of this wonderful limited-time sale event The L.A. Fashion Blog is hosting a Tarina Tarantino product giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will be gifted with:

The Aurora Violet Storm Eyeshadow Palette, an intense colour combination eyeshadow palette with ultra-high intensity pigments that simulate the charged particles of Aurora Borealis. It can be applied wet or dry depending on the desired level of intensity.

The Eye Dream Hyperliner Eyeliner in Glamorous Thief, which on application, releases tiny spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E to moisturise your skin. It is also water resistant!

The Fleur de Lash Mascara, formulated to thicken and lengthen your lashes without clumping, giving you soft, fluttering and flirtatious lashes!

The Eyedream Hyperlight Concealer, designed to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles and give you a happy, healthy and youthful glow.

However, their best feature is that all of these products are paraben and cruelty-free!

The terms of the giveaway are simple; follow both Tarina Tarantino’s Instagram accounts, @tarinabeauty and @tarinatarantino, as well as The L.A. Fashion Blog @ggforlafashion. Then comment on this blog post below and tell us about your favourite Tarina Tarantino product and why you love it so much! Be sure to also provide us with your Instagram handle!

The giveaway begins today May, 16th and closes Monday, May 19th.

You must be a U.S. resident to participate.

Good luck! Xoxo G

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  • 12th May
    2014
  • 12
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Style 2020’s How Do You Define Style Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty Forum and Champagne Luncheon.

Wonderful events like these make me wonder where to begin.

Let’s start with the heat. I had arrived from London on Wednesday, April 30th, just in time for a massive heat wave. Thank God! However, very little time was spent catching rays and much more time was dedicated to the beautification process. First world problems, I know; but with guest speakers such as Cindy Carrandi, Senior Executive Director of Art Production, Creative and Marketing for Sephora, and Nicole Simpson, Director of Global Education for SkinCeuticals, I had to be on my game. So the ladies at Bronzed Santa Monica gave this California girl’s tan (or lack thereof) an added glow.

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While most Californians show utter disdain for heat waves, I welcomed the warmth on my skin, the beautiful sight of rows of bright green palm trees and endless blue skies that I had longed for in London.

Style 2020, the host of the event, is a styling company that was launched in 2009 by president Kathryn Moore. The lifestyle, fashion and beauty forum was held at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Once I arrived at the gorgeous venue, the VP of the company, Lisa Marmorino, instantly greeted me with enthusiasm and appreciation for The LA Fashion Blog. Check-in was efficiently organised and I was swiftly processed and sent to enjoy champagne on the terrace by the Cabana Room.

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Industry insiders gathered in the palm tree shaded courtyard. Champagne trays floated through the air and conversation rolled like the California waves on the beach less than a mile away. A few of the event’s sponsors proudly displayed their product on white table cloth draped tables or in beautiful glass cases. Two of my favorite sponsors were Gloss Moderne and Black, Starr & Frost.

Gloss Moderne is a luxurious hair product company which was recently featured in Rachel Zoe’s new book Living In Style. The company was kind enough to gift the forum’s attendees with samples of their High-Gloss, Coco de Soleil Masque that is to die for! “Literally, I die.” Not only is its fragrance divine, but the masque is also sulfate, sodium-chloride and paraben free, and has absolutely added shine and softness to my hair.

As for Black, Starr & Frost; well, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, aren’t they? Speaking of which, Black, Starr & Frost, being one of the first jewelers founded in 1810 in the United States is actually featured in the song sung by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The company’s president, Nelson Holdo, was part of the event’s expert panel and I can’t stress enough how lovely he was; incredibly down to earth, radiating positive energy and super articulate. He answered all of speaker, stylist Ray Marsh's questions intelligently and with zeal.

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I had the most wonderful opportunity to chat with several bloggers and designers. Among them was Lorry Plaster, the designer behind STIKELEATHER, whom I absolutely adored and who, I was thrilled to see, boldly chose to wear a backless dress. Her label STIKELEATHER is a menswear line that produces pieces with a magnetic closure which provides the clothing with a sleek, smooth and effortlessly cool finish.

Inside the Cabana room, I was delighted to be seated next to the gorgeous and stylish Annette Tang of The Versastyle. While we sipped on some bubbles and munched on poulet rôti, we also chatted with the expert panelists Cindy Carrandi and Nicole Simpson, who were such dolls! I was so pleased to discuss the artistry in fashion in Los Angeles with Cindy and discover that Nicole and I held very similar beliefs as to what constitutes beauty in this modern age. Like MrNelson Holdo, it was obvious to me that these beautiful women were not only talented leaders in their respective fields but completely genuine, smart and caring individuals.

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I’d like to applaud and thank the Style 2020 team for all their efforts and the panel for sharing their knowledge. I have to say that the forum was without a doubt one of the most insightful and enjoyable events I have ever attended and I’m also thrilled to inform you that all proceeds from the event will benefit the Haiti Youth Relief Fund.

I certainly hope that this forum becomes an annual event! Stay tuned for more posts from California! Xoxo G 

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  • 9th May
    2014
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New blog posts coming soon from California! Here’s a sneak peek of Style 2020's How Do You Define Style lifestyle, fashion and beauty forum! It was such a wonderful experience. I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Stay tuned!

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  • 25th April
    2014
  • 25
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Blue Jeans and The Weekenders.

Blue jeans tend to invoke the rebel cool of James Dean and the Valley of the Dolls lustre of Lana Del Rey but blue jeans, for many of us, also embody the transition from work week to weekend.

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Sunglasses: Michael Kors. Earrings: Laura Ashley. T- Shirt: Brandy Melville. Cardigan: Banana RepublicCircle Scarf: Brandy Melville. Handbag: Louis Vuitton. Watch: Michael Kors. Bracelets: J. Crew, Kate Spade & Brandy Melville. Ring: Vintage. Denim Jeans: Mint Velvet. Shoes: Converse.

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Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana. EarringsXIV Karats. Coat: Hugo Boss. Shirt: ZARA. Handbag: Christian Dior. Watch: Cartier. Ring: Tiffany & Co. Denim Jeans: Adriano Goldschmeid (AG Jeans). Shoes: Blue Velvet

The weekenders are the lucky among us to have a set work week. Saturdays, for most, are errand days. If we’ve organised ourselves well enough, Saturdays can also be a day of indulgence. Lunch with friends, shopping and nights spent out on the town.

Sundays, on the other hand, are most likely our one day of complete rest.  It is the day we allocate for relaxation, sometimes recovery and occasionally a bit of fun hence the term “Sunday Funday”.

Personally, there isn’t a day of the week that I love much more than Sunday. There is something to be said about slow Sunday mornings, lying in bed listening to Ella Fitzgerald, with the curtains drawn back and the sun streaming in. Nothing can really beat a promenade through quiet city streets and London is quite perfect for a Sunday stroll. Hot cup of coffee in hand along the Thames, Kings Road, Motcomb Street and or Hyde Park, it is just so incredibly peaceful.

Both of these looks above fall into step with the weekend and while they’re both casual, I think it is quite clear which look reflects which weekend day. I will certainly be looking forward to this weekend as I will be packing to return home to Los Angeles for a few weeks.

While I’m back in California, I will be attending Style 2020’s lifestyle and beauty forum at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach on May 2nd. Register and join us to discuss all things style-related over a champagne lunch! Click here for more details.

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  • 15th April
    2014
  • 15
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Calling all style and beauty lovers!

Style 2020 is hosting a private lifestyle and beauty forum on May 2nd at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach from 12 to 5 p.m. It will feature guest speakers from Sephora, L’Oreal, LVMH, Thomas Pink and influential international style and beauty bloggers.

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be one of bloggers participating! I sincerely hope you decide to join us for lunch and a champagne open bar! I look forward seeing all of your beautiful faces and discussing our mutual obsessions, style, beauty and fashion!

Capacity is limited so please click here to REGISTER!

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  • 10th April
    2014
  • 10
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The Long and Short of It.

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Hat: TOPSHOP. Earrings: Tiffany & Co. Sunglasses: Michael Kors. Coat: ZARA. Fingerless Gloves: Club Monaco. Cardigan: Massimo Dutti. Crop Top: Brandy Melville. Handbag: Lady Dior by Christian Dior. Shorts: TOPSHOP. Shoes: CHANEL. Watch: Michael Kors. Bracelet: Kate Spade. Temporary Tattoo: Soraya Bakhtiar x Skin Feelings.

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Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana. Earrings: Laura Ashley. Blazer: H&M. Shirt: Michael Kors. Watch: Rolex. Bracelet: Michael Kors. Shorts: TOPSHOP. Clutch: Vintage. Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana.

If you didn’t already spot the black cab in the background, I’m currently in The City, the financial capital of the world, where Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II resides, London. Despite my accent, the fact that London is my city of birth, and my visits over the years, I found that I could be as much a fish out of water as any foreigner, that is, until now.

London today is far more international then you would have ever believed. When I first landed, I momentarily thought I had mistakenly boarded the wrong plane and had arrived in Paris for all the French I heard. Somehow I find myself continuously walking in circles or constantly forgetting that your safest bet is always to carry an umbrella. Oh and dear God, the things the humidity has done to my hair! However, London grabs you and faced with the city you become filled with a sense of adventure. The architecture of this city is breathtaking. Even Tudor style homes, which I ordinarily loathe, have become quite charming. Well, occasionally anyway.

In England, you keenly feel all four seasons and London finds itself on the cusp of spring. Showers are abating, flowers are beginning to bloom and, gasp, the sun is peaking out! Whether or not you live in London, as spring approaches, no doubt, you’ll be making some travel arrangements. Whether it’s for a quick weekend getaway or a much-deserved lie in the sun, packing is never a simple task.

The short of it is that when it comes to packing, I generally want to bring my entire wardrobe along with me. Alas, we do not live in the Victorian era, when a woman could justify several stylish Louis Vuitton trunks of clothing. So in the spirit of packing economically, above you will find two looks, one for day, the other for night, centered around one pair of fab faux leather shorts.

Photographs by Christine Cherry, Cherish Hope Photography.

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