Date Night: Color Blocked

If you would have told me just a year ago that going to see a movie on a school night would be the highlight of my week – I would have slapped you silly. Fast forward a year and I am here to tell you that after 10 years of being with my husband and 1 baby down – as cliché as it sounds, movie night is like gold when it comes to date night outings. I don’t know if it’s the perfectly buttered popcorn as it wafts out the theatre doors, or the oh-so-soft-to-the-touch velvety plush chairs that make you forget all about the fact that you just dropped $60 bucks on Milk Duds and a Coke (seriously what happened to the gold ole days?) Not to mention, that could have paid for those slip on sneakers at Nordstrom that I suddenly can’t live without, but I digress.

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Date Night: Leather & Studs

No, I didn’t rip that off of a chapter written by E.L. James…besides I think I’m the one woman on earth who didn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey. Which brings me to my point – Grant and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary this past Friday (oddly enough, we did not gift each other anything of the “wooden” variety – who comes up with these anniversary themes anyway??)

Instead, we set out on the town like a couple of kids with no curfew – which was halfway true, given that my mom took Garrett for the night so that we could have a proper date night. First stop, my favorite Italian restaurant in L.A., Terroni on Beverly Blvd. The homemade pasta literally just melts in your mouth, bringing back memories of when my late dad used to make it at home growing up (one of the many things I miss on a daily basis).

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My Week in Style: Gold Metal Wednesday

Ever since I can remember, whether as a little girl idolizing Mary Lou Retton or sharing in the amazement of Michael Phelps, I have always loved how the Olympics can make a dreamer out of anyone. So in honor of our SoCal beach volleyball Olympic champs, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, I dedicate today’s style to all things gold.

The top I scored a few weeks back from the Zara sale – it was just too hard to pass on those gold rivets and sheer softness of the material. The metallic gold strappy sandals were also a great find at one of Banana Republic’s ridiculous shoe sales…Don’t you just love getting compliments on something you know you only spent 30 bucks on?

I recently saw in the August issue of Glamour where the Editors pitched their best idea for a fashion/beauty-focused Olympic competition, such as “hair straightening” or “nail art”. Well, if bargain shopping ever made the cut, you better believe I’d be a qualifier.

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Shirt: Zara. Jeans: Martin + Osa. Shoes: Banana Republic. Jewelry: Earrings from Aldo, Bracelet from Brandy Melville (also love the Stella & Dot Pyramid Double Wrap Bracelet), and Ring was a birthday gift a friend bought for me at last years Thread Show in Downtown LA. 

My Week in Style: Safari Tuesday

Today I chose to pick a trend and commit to it from head to toe. I find it helps turn what could be a 15 min. outfit selection into a swift 5 min. – try it next time you find yourself staring into the oblivion of your closet.

When I first spotted the safari style a couple years back, I knew the key piece worth investing in would be a pair of fitted cargo pants. Around that same time Martin + Osa (the former American Eagle designer boutique) was going out of business, and there just happened to be one right around the corner from my office. With everything 70% off, I felt even more safe in my decision to try out the safari trend, and nabbed a pair of deep army green cargo pants.

I’ve since then added some key accessories, like a pair of rustic ankle boots from All Saints that I’ve literally been living in ever since I bought the last pair from Bloomingdales – god bless that sales person who hunted them down for me, no pun intended…

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Striped Tank & Cargo Pants: Martin + Osa (splurge vs. steal). Blazer: Urban Outfitters (similar here and here). Boots: All Saints. Jewelry: cuff was a gift from my grandma, and turqouise ring was handed down by my mom, circa 1970. Sunglasses: random boutique buy from The Grove (cool acetate pair here).

Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to be invited behind the scenes of a fashion shoot, by our lovely and talented (and very french, oh-la-la) neighbor Frederic of Frederic Photography.

Frederic shot several dramatic looks of actress Charity Shea, who plays “April” in the hit VH1 TV series “Single Ladies”, for FCM Magazine. I entered at the tail end of the shoot, just as they were wrapping up some vintage-style photos with our very own Cobra (see earlier post “Racing Stripes“).

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I was able to catch up with the wardrobe stylist for the shoot, Reginald Michael, and got to pick his brain on what it’s like being a stylist. Ironically, he wanted to pursue design, but his teachers/colleagues at FIDM suggested he going into styling – he’s been at it for 2 years now and loving it.

Reginald was gracious enough to humor me, like a big brother does a little sister (I should know, I am one), and shared some valuable advice “I have friends in fashion or styling, some are just personal shoppers, they don’t actually do this. There are little areas you can really specialize in, so there’s a lot you can discover”…well, consider me inspired.       

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6 looks for a 1 day shoot (12-6pm). Evening Dress Designer: Dina Bar-El. Jewelry provided by Aneela Manori of London Manori. Shoes (unknown, but killer).