GRANDMA CHIC: pearls and brooches.

sometimes i’ll twist my pearls into a knot or bunch a couple of strings together with a vintage brooch to add a touch of grandma glam to a t-shirt and jeans.

brooches.
left to right and top to bottom: swallow bird brooch (queensbee $795). gold-plated bird brooch (oscar de la renta $162). ombre flower brooch (brooks brothers $99). imperial crystal lace flower pin (alexis bittar $245). vintage swarovski crystal pony brooch (attwood + sawyer $215). vintage brooch (chanel $795). crystal panda brooch (overstock.com $18). star pin (aqua $18). vintage logo bow pin (christian dior $345). rhinestone starburst brooch (catherine stein $25). floral brooch (robert rose $28). bow brooch (miu miu $395).


in defense of backpacks.

along with the necessary comfort of sneakers, another fact of life as a student is the need for a backpack. just opting for a larger handbag doesn’t always cut it. the rucksack-inspired ones just about everywhere these days are my current favorites.

back.
left to right and top to bottom: red plaid canvas backpack (charlotte russe $27).  quilted napa leather backpack (moschino $1,835). washed faux leather backpack (delias $40). brown pebbled backpack (brunelo cucinelli $4,380). floral backpack (aerospostale $20). basic leather city backpack (kipling $295). corduroy backpack (diesel $181). wayward rucksack (volcom $65). bike share backpack (rebecca minkoff $195). black lux leather ps1 backpack (proenza schouler $1,635). padlock stud leather backpack (alexander mcqueen $2,285). backpack to the future (modcloth $80).

 

halloween decor that doesn’t suck.

i so much prefer beautifully dark and moody halloween decor. zara home, for example, is ON IT this season.

zarahomle.
dark glass serving tray ($36). skull candle ($20). set of 2 claws napkin rings ($17). dark glass plate charger ($20). oval resin frame ($30). skull glass tumblers ($7). branches tealight holder ($15).


TREND ALERT: chills and thrills.

on a whim at the salon for my last manicure, i chose essie’s chills and thrills nail lacquer and i’ve gotten so many compliments on the color. is it pastel? is it neon? is it blue? is it purple? it’s gorgeous is what it is. radiant orchid better watch its back.

chills and thrills.

 

1. joanna hope blouse (simply be $40)
2. heritage print silicone iphone 5 case (dvf $48)
3. oo9013 frogskin sunglasses (oakley $140)
4. imperial crystal lace flower pin (alexis bittar $245)
5. metallic faceted iphone 5 case (marc jacobs $42)
6. wallet (miu miu $420)
7. beasts collection necklace (anabela chan $7,039)
8. bonded midi skirt (cynthia rowley $275)
9. 3/4 lenght skirt (marco de vincenzo $1,276)
10. nail lacquer in chills and thrills (essie $7)
11. hanky hem floral print tank (delias $13)
12. selfie phone case (pull + bear $10)
13. stiletto sandals (guiseppe zanotti $750)
14. puff boot (cleo b $345)
15. classic short women’s pull-on boot (ugg $124)
16. veronique short (tory burch $98)

STYLE ICON: buffy the vampire slayer.

buffy.

one of my newest hobbies is binge-watching buffy the vampire slayer on netflix. in season 1 angel gets buffy a silver slayer’s cross, which she wears religiously (pun intended). here’s how to get the look. right in time for halloween too. you’re welcome.

buffy.


1.traditional cross with crowned heart. king baby studio. $615
2. lace cross pendant choker. vanessa mooney. $40
3. small turquoise cross. ceek. $56
4. ruby and sapphire cross necklace. stella flame.
5. pave black diamond cross necklace. david yurman. $895
6. lace cross jewelry. sweet romance. $55
7. tiny 10 karat gold cross necklace. minor obsessions. $335
8. byzantine cross pendant. nayla arida. $620
9. 90s tattoo choker necklace. asos. $8
10. delilah cross with white sapphires. ila&i. $1,650

bring the outdoors in.

i never seem to have enough coasters around the house. these animal-inspired ones are wild but still elegant in neutral and gold tones.

coast.

1. animal print coasters. zara home. $10
2. gold leopard coasters. c wonder. $38
3. peruvian leopard coasters. waylande gregory. $120
4. felt owl coasters. sur la table. $6
5. trees coasters. hanna francis. $48
6. woodland park coaster set. kate spade new york. $40
7. animalia coasters. jonathan adler. $78
8. kivita coasters. anna new york by rablabs. $140
9. animal parade metallic coasters. c wonder. $12

what’s in your makeup bag?

my beauty wish list for the season isn’t as dark and stereotypically autumnal as it usually is. maybe because it has yet to drop below 80 degrees here in los angeles.

makeupbag.
from top to bottom and left to right: super smoothing lip butter (sephora $8). miss dior eau de toilette (dior $120). enamel let your hair down compact (kate spade $30). can’t find my czechbook nail lacquer (opi $8). 5 camouflage cream palette (make up forever $38). chance eau de toilette (chanel $120). amazonian butter lipstick in coral blossom (tarte $16). beige caviar cosmetic pouch (chanel). fragrance booster cream (l’occitane $35).


sneakers.

i couldn’t really fit sneakers into my lawyer wardrobe, but now that i’m a student again and stroll around campus in between classes, i’m trying to embrace them. i can’t say they don’t make me feel weird (and short), but here’s to trying!

sneakers.

disney graphic t-shirt (uniqlo $20). moto destroyed boyfriend jeans (topshop $84). white + blue painted sneakers (converse x maison martin margiela $250). signature crest backpack (juicy couture $275). cueva rosa stud earrings (kate spade new york $48). wide cuff (nordstrom $38).

sneakers.
jami crewneck linen tee (calypso st. barth $39). plaid pleated skirt (mango $48). chuck taylor all-star high tops (converse $127). padlock leather backpack (alexander mcqueen $1,975). charm bracelet (vintage chanel).


delicates.

delicate rings to accompany a super shiny manicure make researching and typing notes all day that much more fun.

delicates.

 

1. bow ring. batya kebudi. $325
2. single beat ring. meghan farrel $150
3. white gold pave diamond cross ring. ef collection. $850
4. bow ring. balenciaga. $265
5. sterling silver love ring. aurelie bidermann. $150
6. cross ring. stella & dot. $39
7. silver boa knot heart ring. oliver bonas. $32
8. diamond and gold thin ring. jennifer meyer. $675
9. diamond and gold chevron ring. zoe chicco. $390
10. marni mid finger ring. gorjana. $25
11. yellow gold knot ring. gabriela artigas. $198
12. rose gold petite white sapphire ring. julia failey. $98
13. minereaux diamond and oxidized platinum band. monique pean. $3,980

bucket bags.

i’m back at school and loving it, although backpacks are now foreign territory to me. i still carry my essentials in a bucket bag. a black leather vintage dooney + burke one to be exact. some more inspiration for you below.

bucket bags.

 

from left to right and top to bottom: city casual croc-embossed bucket bag (halston heritage $450). vintage white bucket bag (chanel $3,850). mini-drawstring crossbody (marc by marc jacobs $198). montana leather braided bucket bag (sole society $90). bright yellow vintage bucket bag (chanel $3,881). red padlock bucket bag (alexander mcqueen $1,565). janet leather crossbody bag (vince camuto $148). julie small drawstring bag (michael kors $795). medium leather bag (proenza schouler $1,605). padlock studded leather bag (alexander mcqueen $1,769). corduroy bucket bag (h&m $24). leon leather bucket bag (status anxiety $198).