SPRING TRENDS 2015: ALL WEATHER LEATHER

As I said before, I do love seeing new trends but I never recommend buying for the sake of being trendy. Buy what speaks to you: your life, your style. Always, always, always stay true to yourself!

My other issue with trends is that you don't want to be looking at the item next year this time and say, "God, what was I thinking?" That's an example of a bad trend and a bad buy. 

Let trends serve as guidelines. This is what is coming or in and just like everything else in life, you can decide what to take into your life (and your closet). 

I'm going to break down one trend a day for the next week!

All Weather Leather

This season, we are embracing leather or "pleather", whatever you choice may be. It comes in all different shapes, styles, and color. Don't think that it's just about black or tan anymore. Think details, accents, and new cuts when buying leather pieces this year. These are pieces you will wear for life.

Lust:

LOEWE via Style.com

LOEWE via Style.com

Versace via Style.com

Versace via Style.com

Jil Sander via Style.com

Jil Sander via Style.com

MUST:

Free People Leather Trousers

Free People Leather Trousers

Life in Noir

If you meet someone who insists on seeing the world in black and white, run the other way. Life isn't black and white. Things get messy and confusing and there is not black and white or a clear yes or no in these situations. If you insist on making life black and white, you will be very unhappy.

But for once, let's pretend that life can be simple. Let's pretend life can just be black and white. 

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Dress: Helmut Lang Shoes: Zara Sunglasses: New York City Vintage Find

LA HIDEAWAY: Greystone Mansion

Los Angeles is a fantastic place. It's vibrant, fun, upbeat, easy going, and so much more but sometimes, it can feel like a really small town. Coming from New York, that isn't a feeling I enjoy. As I've established before, I like to slip away from reality and find a place of fantasy. That is where I am my happiest. 

These are the times when I find a beauty place and make it my own. I strolled along the garden at Greystone Mansion as if it was my garden. As if it was a secret that only I (and the camera) had access to. I walked, skipped, danced, explored like my inner child yearned for. It was so much fun and so beautiful that I could almost forget I was in the middle of the city. It's not until you look out in the distance that you see the L.A. and even from there, you feel safe from the hustle and bustle. Almost like a princess in her castle looking upon her kingdom. 

It was the perfect place for an afternoon hideout. 

Overlooking the city from the safety of my hideaway 

Overlooking the city from the safety of my hideaway 

I start to wander around

I start to wander around

Running down magical staircases before

Running down magical staircases before

Taking shade in enchanting places. 

Taking shade in enchanting places. 

I wander aimlessly through perfectly primped gardens

I wander aimlessly through perfectly primped gardens

appreciating the details and the beauty.

appreciating the details and the beauty.

I leave the world behind to come back to later

I leave the world behind to come back to later

and dance in the moment in front of me. 

and dance in the moment in front of me. 

Back to overlooking the world

Back to overlooking the world

and enjoying every detail

and enjoying every detail

Spring Trend 2015: Military Chic

As I said before, I do love seeing new trends but I never recommend buying for the sake of being trendy. Buy what speaks to you: your life, your style. Always, always, always stay true to yourself!

My other issue with trends is that you don't want to be looking at the item next year this time and say, "God, what was I thinking?" That's an example of a bad trend and a bad buy. 

Let trends serve as guidelines. This is what is coming or in and just like everything else in life, you can decide what to take into your life (and your closet). 

I'm going to break down one trend a day for the next week!

Utilitarian 

Be your own solider with this utility inspired looks. Straight forward, clean, and tough these this trend has been here to stay for a while now. I personally have never been a fan (olive green looks awful on me and I'm too feminine) but I have seen some people look incredible in these pieces.  

Chanel

Chanel

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Sacai

Sacai

H&M

Spring Trends: Gypsy Wander

I do love seeing new trends but I never recommend buying for the sake of being trendy. Buy what speaks to you: your life, your style. Always, always, always stay true to yourself!

My other issue with trends is that you don't want to be looking at the item next year this time and say, "God, what was I thinking?" That's an example of a bad trend and a bad buy. 

Let trends serve as guidelines. This is what is coming or in and just like everything else in life, you can decide what to take into your life (and your closet). 

I'm going to break down one trend a day for the next week!

Gypsy Wanderer

Let your free spirit take over with these gypsy, 70's, traveler looks. Just imagine you are leaving your farm in Topanga to go to the greatest music festival there ever was.  

Lust:

Emilio Pucci via Style.com

Emilio Pucci via Style.com

Tommy Hilfiger via Style.com

Tommy Hilfiger via Style.com

Alberta Ferretti via Style.com

Alberta Ferretti via Style.com

MUST:

Welcome Spring!

I love the idea of roses and vines growing all over me as if I am just a garden. I think it's so beautiful. If I could spend my life in a fashion fairy tale, I would. I think this dress adds to that idea of fantasy that we've been playing on lately. The idea of putting something on and escaping into a different character or to a different place.

Now that Spring is here (I swear it is, East Coast), I think it's time to embrace some florals. I saw this dress Marchesa Notte dress via Rent The Runway and thought it'd be great for a cocktail formal outdoor picnic. It would look amazing with heels but if it's an outdoor event, I like to switch it up with flats. It helps avoid any heel stuck in grass incidents and this gave me an excuse to add a pop of contrasting color. 

I love feeling girly with lots of florals, lace, and embroidery. While I usually try to balance it with edgier pieces, sometimes you have to dive right in. This is an example of just embracing it. 

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Believe in Fairy Tales

When I was a little girl, I loved fairy tales. It wasn't for the girl becoming a princess or even for her finding her prince. It was for the adventure. As adults, we cast them aside as not being real but life can mirror fairy tales in so many ways.

We all start our journey somewhere. 

Dreaming upon the life we hope for ourselves. 

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Until one day, we realize that life doesn't need to be a dream.

We charge forward in hope and wonder through our own mystical forest.

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We clutch on to all that we have in fear that we've lost our way through the woods. 

And possibly, we get ourselves into trouble. 

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But it takes that trouble to show us all that we can be. Before you know it, something you've always had that seemed ordinary becomes extraordinary. 

And you become the person you were always meant to be.

You become a person with the strength and grace to rule your own world with the kindness and gratitude that is written into these stories. 

Click on the picture below for a slideshow of other photos from the shoot!

Valentino Edge

I think as a woman, I enjoy dressing up and feeling like a lady. I enjoy feeling girly. But that doesn't mean there isn't a side to me that isn't a bit rough around the edges. I fell in love with this dress because I think that even though it's leather, it still hold that class and sophisication that a lady would love.  

It holds the same great balance that I believe women carry within themselves. 

Dress: RED Valentino Shoes: Zara Bag: Gigi New York Lipcolor: Dior

Spotlight On Style: Rachelle Tratt

Rachelle Tratt, is a bubble of sunshine that you may find spreading metaphorical glitter and serious dance moves around Venice (or anywhere she goes). I was introduced to her fun loving spirit through word of mouth until one day, she mistakenly thought I as a Hebrew teacher via Facebook chat. We quickly cleared up our confusion.From that hilarious incident on, I could tell Rachelle was fun loving and kind with an infectious spirit.

You may know her from yoga classes or maybe from her company jewelry, The Neshama Project, either way nothing is going to stop this bubble of sunshine from spreading her positive attitude and wisdom where ever she goes. Let's take a second to look at her awesome clothing choices: boho basic mixed with funky vintage wears.

What is your style motto? (or 4 words to describe your style)

Bohemian, flowy, colorful & comfortable, 

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What experiences in your life have impacted your personal style?

I grew up a tom boy, choosing tennis & basketball over dressing up Barbies, so comfort was always important to me and still is today.  At a young age, after my mom passed away, I found myself only wearing her hippie skirts, (matched with this yellow tennis sweatshirt, ha, not the best look, and especially since I used to wear that same outfit like e v e r y day). Now looking back, wearing her skirts, meant the world to me, it stood for something greater than just wearing a skirt, and that is the foundation to my "style".  I love mixing vintage articles, and jewelry bought on a wild adventure, with some every day flowy comfortable pieces.  Feeling comfortable in my skin, and having the clothing and jewelry that I wear somehow match my personality, spirit & what I stand for in life, well that is the thread that weaves my "style" together.

Do you have a style icon or anyone's style you rely admire?

I love my girlfriends style, especially my sisters Mary Beth Larue, Rachel Drucker and Sophie Jaffe.

What piece can you not live without?

My hamsa from my jewelry company, The Neshama Project.

What is a trend you've been excited to wear lately?

Turquoise hair!!!! ( My girl Dani @color_by_danielle is pure magic)

What's a perfect date outfit for you?

Cute short dress. Vintage boots. Vegan leather jacket or kimono. and some big hoop earrings. and a smile.

What is a perfect night out with the girls outfit?

A night IN more like it. 

Every friday night, my ladies and I cook dinner, drink some wine, share highlights from our week, and well, have a dance party at the house. The outfit, well, let's get real, it's usually in sweat pants ;)

Lastly, what are a few brands you really follow or love to wear? 

I could live in a n y t h i n g Free People. 

Brands that I love to follow because of their amazing product, AND for their mission and what they stand for :

Tiny Devotions, The One I love NYC, Lululemon, Onzie, Flynn Skye, TurquoiseandTobacco, Showmeyourmumu, Loveinfinityforall, Bahgsujewels, shopcompliment, latesundayafternoon, bloominglotusjewelry, charmandmagic.

Delicate Fields

Highway signs pass us by,

Constantly asking myself why, 

Things had to be as they were,

Ending in such a blur.

I get myself out of the car,

Glad I let it take me this far, 

Walking through delicate fields, 

Hoping healing is what it yields. 

Center my heart to the ground, 

My feet guide me to what's found, 

A sense of freedom I didn't know, 

Healing this heart very slow.  

 

 

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Let's take a trip in Blue

Joshua Tree adventures continue. I climbed along rocks in the rain to get photos of this delicate blue midi dress swaying in the wind. It was about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, windy, and rainy but it was still so fun. It probably wasn't the brightest idea as I slide along the rocks and every nook or crack you could use to free climb on was slippery but I managed. I absolutely love climbing. It's like solving a puzzle. You have to match your body with every crevice that you could use to pull yourself further. It's all about how you can fit together with the earth. For something that brings you to such great heights, it is quite grounding. 

These photos are kind of a psychedelic journey of Joshua Tree. 

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