Monday, October 27, 2014

Designer Highlight: Chloé


Spring/ Summer 2015
 Fall/ Winter 2010

If there is any brand that I feel inspires my wardrobe on a daily basis, it is ChloéClean, sophisticated, chic and modern is what comes to mind when I think of the aesthetic encapsulated by this French fashion house, and with every collection presented comes a reinvention of these characteristics in new and stylish ways. Regardless of what direction Claire Waight Keller chooses to take on with the looks of each season, the signature polished core is still always prominent.

When I think all the way back to Paris Fashion Week and the shows that truly left an impression on me, the first one that comes to mind is hands down Chloé's Spring/ Summer 2015 collection.  This specific collection, as displayed in the first row of pictures, skillfully balances a combination of breezy boho with chic, clean-cut, and structured details. It's feminine, flirty, and also remarkably wearable - I could relate to every single piece and could especially imagine a great number of them being worn to events such as Coachella or a sunny, oceanside date. What girl wouldn't want to rock these beautiful pieces? Youthful, yet elegantly assembled. Free-spirited, yet polished. This collection truly has it all.

Fall/ Winter 2010 is another collection that I personally admire a lot. In comparison to the looks presented at S/S '15, this one definitely falls more on the professional and sophisticated end of the spectrum. However, it is still certainly done so in a way that is modern and wearable for a younger audience. I absolutely love the rich shades of beige that are presented in these looks - beige itself is an incredibly luxe neutral, and to pair it with its own variations rather than other tones is a surprisingly fabulous combination. The looks are sleek and refined, and I can once again see them being quite wearable. 

Viewing these two collections and their difference in approach goes to show that the versatility of Chloé is vast. Yet as vast as they can be, these collections all relate in the sense that they consist of the beautiful signature touches that make the brand what it is. Whether it be the breezy, free-spirirted vibe that S/S '15 brought us, or the polished and cultivated looks of F/W '10, Chloé knows how to cater to any woman's aesthetic in a way that is universally fabulous.  


All photos courtesy of Style.com.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beverly Hills Breeze


 Rarely is the weather cold here in L.A., so I'll use any slightly breezy day as an excuse to rock some fall fashion. Bundling up in easy layers is one of those Fall traditions I look forward to every year, along with warm coffee drinks, pumpkin flavored treats, and classic, seasonal films. (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) A light sweater, a cozy scarf, some sleek booties, and a flared black skirt are the perfect go-to layering pieces when you feel that slight breeze in the air. They're nothing too heavy, but they're enough to keep you comfortable and also let you have some fun dressing up in those Autumn layers. Pops of faux leather here and there is a detail I love incorporating into my fall ensembles as well. As mentioned before, different textures can be just as eye-catching and stylish as pops of various colors and prints. For this specific outfit, I love the combination of these leather pieces (shoes + bag) with the chunky knit fabric of my scarf. For readers in colder regions, I would recommend throwing in a cozy pair of sweater tights to add even more texture variation. 

xo,
Sydney










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Sweater: Thrifted (Similar)
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just Like Honey



I don't think I've shown a single pair of pants on this blog yet, so I figured the time would be now. I definitely love wearing dresses and skirts but yes, I wear pants too! The Riding pants from American Apparel featured here are one of my favorites, as they fit perfectly with the body and pair with just about anything. They're also high-waisted, which is helpful for any fellow girls with shorter legs. 

The vibe I wanted to go for with this outfit was something along the lines of an edgy, downtown look. A cool leather jacket, heeled black boots, metallics, and some sunglasses certainly helps form that aesthetic, and so does the fact that once again, I've decided to don lots of black. As mentioned earlier, black is one of those colors that will always keep you looking chic. My love for brown leather paired with black is also apparent again here - the jacket allows for some stylish extra detail to be added to the black ensemble without distracting from it too much either. I personally find that the two seem to compliment each other perfectly, as does a multitude of other neutral tones paired with black. The  Fall season is a particularly popular time to rock neutrals, however these versatile hues can really be rocked all year long. I personally love stocking up on neutral-tones items - not only can I easily wear them whenever I please, but neutral items in general are simple, chic, and sophisticated. When something is fuss-free and fabulous, it's certainly something worth having in your wardrobe.

xo,
Sydney














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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Paint It Black


Black is one of those colors that's always going to be in style. I personally love rocking an all-to-mostly black ensemble, and find that it's one of the easiest ways to look effortlessly chic. It's a universally fabulous color and designers and artists throughout history - ranging all the way back from Coco Chanel and Christian Dior to more modern figures such as Alber Elbaz and Yohji Yamamoto - couldn't agree any more. My personal favorite quote about it comes from Neiman Marcus: "Women who wear black lead colorful lives."

You can pair a great amount of colors and prints with a black outfit. In this particular one, I chose to have my statement accessory be my brown leather, zebra print bag from Coach. I love pairing brown leather and black together - it's a combination that definitely adds a bit of extra pop to a black ensemble, however does so in a subtle way that doesn't distract too much from it either.  

I also adore this Lulu crop-top & mini skirt set from American Apparel. As stylish as they look together, they also do really well on their own! Both pieces are incredibly versatile and can pair with a great number of other items in my wardrobe. I think I'm getting a lot more into these kind of "set" outfits, both for their overall look and their individual versatility, and plan on stocking up on more when I can. They're definitely a double-win in my book.

xo,
Sydney















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Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Fresh Start


School has just started for me, and I couldn't be any more excited. This is my first year here at UCLA (my third year in college though, as I am a transfer student) and it's such a thrill being able to call this campus my new school and the city of L.A. my new home. As many of us may know, one of the best things about a new school year is all the fabulous back-to-school fashion we get to show off. It allows us to re-invent ourselves with newly updated and exciting wardrobes, and ultimately enjoy a fresh start with both our academics and our personal style. Fashion, in general, allows us to be whoever it is we wish to be, and a new school year serves as the perfect opportunity for it.

What I like about this outfit is that while it's minimal and comfortable enough to walk around campus in, its also got certain aspects that make it stand out. Its composed of a variety of simple, staple pieces that all come together to create one overall chic ensemble. I always use gold accents to liven up any outfit and this one was certainly no exception. As mentioned in my "Feeling Cozy" post, gold and cream are a fabulously luxe combination that I tend to flaunt often. When I incorporated them into this specific outfit, however, I amped up the combination even more by throwing in some rich shades of tan. Aside from the color of the boots and bag, I also particularly love the leather textures of these items - just as pops of color amplify an outfit, so does the incorporation of different textures. 

Choosing to keep outfits on the simpler side has always been a tactic of mine. Sometimes the most minimalistic of outfits can make the loudest statement, and I strongly believe that with simplicity comes a great deal of sophistication as well. Coco Chanel said it herself - "Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." You don't need to go over-the-top with bright prints and chunky accessories and the sort to make a stylish impression. Instead, clean, polished looks that emphasize certain signature garments and possess hints of chic detail here and there is a look I always aim to embrace, and an aesthetic that I personally believe will always be fashionable. As stated earlier, the start of the new school year is an exciting time to re-invent yourself and make a stylish impression on campus. Don't, however, confuse it with merely trying to be as flashy and bright as you can possibly be. Keep it simple to keep it fabulous. 

xo,
Sydney










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Friday, October 3, 2014

Abbot Kinney Sunset


As mentioned in my previous post, it is still very much summer in some parts of California. It's currently in the 90's here in L.A., so my daily wardrobe right now is still sundresses and light, airy outfits. Can't complain with that too much though, since it allowed me to rock this lovely dress from Lulu's the other day in Abbot Kinney!

This piece is great for a nice, sunset stroll out and about (as featured here), or on a date where you want to look both stylish and flirty. Not only is it made of a delicate material that makes it ethereal and breezy, but it's also decorated with a floral print that, as you can see, is simply gorgeous. Because the dress does so well on its own, I chose to have it be the main focus of my ensemble and go soft and simple with everything else. Nude heels and accessories will literally pair with anything, and are staple items that should be featured in everybody's closets. Additionally, nude heels are perfect for giving the illusion of longer legs (I'm 5'3'', sooo this is a technique I use pretty often) and ultimately polishing off any look. I consider a good pair of nude heels to be a crucial component of my wardrobe, as well as something that will always be in style. 

On a side note - for anybody who hasn't visited Abbot Kinney yet and finds themselves in L.A. at some point, I highly recommend that you go check it out. It's a very cool and urban area full of chic clothing/ lifestyle shops, cafes, art galleries, and much more. I got some gelato at N'ice Cream there and it was probably some of the best gelato I've ever had, so definitely try it out as well if you find yourself in the mood for some. With palm trees lining the road and a location conveniently right near Venice Beach, this place truly encapsulates a cool So-Cal vibe and is overall a lovely place to visit and explore. Hope you can make it over here sometime!

xo,
Sydney















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