Robes

When I moved to Southern California, I pictured myself tan, waking up early to skateboard down to the coast to surf for an hour before work, and basically just accidentally slipping into a super toned and slender physique a la Kate Bosworth, which seemed pretty easy according to my research of watching Blue Crush over and over.

First of all, I’m of Irish decent.  I’m pretty sure the only step between pale and burnt is blistered, which I really should know by now.  Also, it’s my 5th year in and the only thing I have to show for my skateboarding skills is a permanent scar and to be honest with you, I’ve not come as far as shoulder deep in the Pacific, so surfing isn’t working out so well.  I also moved here just before June, which sent me into a deep depression once I learned of the phrase, “June Gloom”.

Living by the beach… it’s actually cold.  Not in terms of snow or single digit Winter weather, but let’s just say leaving the house without a sweater is 9 times out of 10 a big mistake.  Also, almost like clockwork, when each June rolls around, the sky turns dark and remains overcast for the remainder of the month.  I’m convinced this is karma for all the egos and bad intentions that fill this town (half joking).

I take a personal protest by using the weekends to stay in bed, watch movies and order cheap Chinese food.  My attire?  Can’t live without my comfy robes.  Whether I’m sick, relaxing or even getting ready to go out – it’s my go to.  I also never travel without one.  I’ve managed to acquire quite the collection ranging from my favorite warm and cozy (pictured 1st) to a light, short sleeved printed wrap (pictured 2nd) to use while straightening my hair and doing my makeup.

Robes:

Kashwere Adult Shawl Collared Robe $135

*First heard of this from my friend Courtney (THANK YOU). 

Josie Interrupted Floral Short Robe $52.80

Kiku Cotton Kimono in Kyoto Floral Print $156.56

Lacoste ‘Smash’ Robe $69.99

Topshop Rose Robe $45

Oscar de la Renta Pink Label Heavenly Lace Long Robe $79

Splendid Soft Luxurious Robe $82.60

Hudson Park Boxed Robe $99.99

Marc by Marc Jacobs Serpent Nightwear Robe $81

Victoria’s Secret Long Terry Robe $44.99

In Bloom by Jonquil ‘Blossom Bouquet’ Wrap $68

Gilligan & OMalley Women’s MixMatch Robe $21.99

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sleepwear Stripe Spa Robe $64

Calvin Klein Underwear Essentials Satin Short Robe $56.25

In Bloom by Joquil ‘Animal Patch’ Wrap Robe $58

Natori ‘Sapa’ Robe $170

Gap Stretch Jersey Short Robe $44.50

Anthropologie Blooming Rose Robe $78

Forever 21 French Terry Sleep Robe $15.80

 

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Summer Skirts

I’ve mentioned before that Summer dressing, to me, should be easy and effortless, but still polished.  There’s nothing better than being able to pair a great pair of pants or a bright silk skirt with your favorite tee or tank top.  It’s the perfect balance of appearing casual, yet like you still care about your appearance.

Lately I’ve been stocking up on skirts of different lengths in preparation for warm months.  I’m going for bold colors, interesting prints and fun hemlines to wear with my best simple solid colored tanks, layered with denim shirts or a light sweater.

Summer Skirts That Transition From Spring To Summer:

Monrow Tucked Skirt $98

Lucca Couture Pleated Floral Skirt $64

Helmut Lang Wrap Skirt $185

Motel Ditsy Floral Skater Skirt $60.88

Michelle Jonas Long Hippie Skirt $299

Gypsy Junkie Studio Skirt $43

Rebecca Minkoff Femi Skirt $228

Pim + Larkin Striped Tie Skirt $44

Club Monaco Alice Skirt $149.50

Guess by Marciano Tipton Tribal Maxi Skirt $138

Antipodium Checker Skirt $154.50

Brandy Melville Cameron Hi Low Skirt $57

C & C California Zephyr Tie Dye Tube Skirt/Dress $54.60

Stem ‘Tube’ Midi Pencil Skirt $34.90

Daftbird Angle Maxi Skirt $99

Blu Moon Bias Hi Low Skirt $120

Plastic Island Chiara Skirt $74

Michael Stars Highline Stripe Maxi Skirt $98

Charlotte Russe High Waisted Stripe Skirt $24.99

Trouve Colorblock Skirt $78

Sanctuary St. Lucia Skirt $128

ASOS Collection Skater Skirt in Large Spot $48.71

French Connection Southern Summer Skirt $147.99

ASOS Collection Flippy Skirt in Animal Print $52.19

Patterson J. Kincaid Nixie Long Skirt $74

West Coast Wardrobe Scuba Skirt $36

Something Else by Natalie Wood Metamorphis Maxi Skirt $156

ASOS Collection Cotton Skater Skirt in Paisley Print $66.10

Forever 21 Maxi Length Lace Skirt $29.80

Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Night Bird’ Silk Taffeta Skirt $348

Torn by Ronny Kobo Ronnie Skirt $168

Patterson J. Kincaid Ziggy Skirt $168

Kate Spade New York ‘Melody’ Print Silk Skirt $219.90

Framed

One of my favorite things to buy for myself and to give as gifts is a unique picture frame.  They contribute to the overall aesthetic of your home, while also providing an opportunity for a personal touch as you fill them with pictures that mean enough to display before your guests.

I usually gravitate towards fun shapes and designs, but also appreciate the simplicity of a nice neutral style.

Here Are Some Frames I’d Post Around My Home:

PBteeen Bone Frames $25-29

Urban Outfitters Rose Frame $19

Twos Company Patterned Frames $36 each

Jonathan Adler Charade Studded Frame $78

Anthropologie Round Inset Stripes Frame $28

Urban Outfitters Handpainted Frame $11.99

Kate Spade Sullivan Street Frame $35

Jonathan Adler Enamel Brackets Frame $68

Elizabeth’s Embellishments Gold Print on Bone Square Photo Frames $26.95

Olivia Riegel “Asbury” Frame $75

Anthropologie Repurposed Frame $20

Fringe Cambridge Foil Frame $37.50

Urban Outfitters Four Corners Picture Frame $19

Anthropologie Epicene Frame $24

Twos Company Set of 2 Muntaz Bone Frames $100

Elizabeth’s Embellishments White Ornate Picture Frames $21.95-36.95

Novelty Watches

I’ve gotten used to wearing watches everyday.  I normally stick to a classic over-sized gold Michael Kors style, but think it’s fun to mix it up every once and a while with a fun, bright alternative.

Novelty Watches:

FUNBOY Watches in Red Crush $25

Timex Original Camper Gloss Watch $60

Flex Yellow Watch $30

Anthropologie Viscid Watch in Sky $58

Neff Flava Watch in Cyan $20

Neff Daily Watch in Purple $30

O’Clock Analogue Mirror Silicone Purple Watch $60.88

Timex Multicolor Easy Reader Watch $65

Multi-Color Block Brick Style Wrist Watch $8.39

My Favorite Online Shopping Spots

I do a lot of online shopping.  It’s super convenient and I like to be able to scour different sites to make sure I’m getting the best deals and sort through sales without feeling like I’m digging for gold amongst designer thirsty style enthusiasts in my way.  There are also a lot of free shipping incentives, along with discounted departments every day.  The easiest way to find out about deals and savings?  Sign up for the website’s daily email.  Yes, this can be incredibly annoying and as someone who wakes up each day with a minimum of 50 new emails all saying, “Indulge on _____ today, you deserve it!”, I get it.  That person definitely does not know my life.  If she did, she’d probably say “OK, Taylor, you can probably pass on your fourth pair of strappy sandals, don’t you think?”.  BUT, if you can develop a level of self control, it’s a great way to look out for things you are looking for.

I narrowed down my long list of online shopping sources below to include my very favorites.

Department Stores/Specialty Stores:

Bloomingdales.com

NeimanMarcus.com

Nordstrom.com

Barneys.com

SaksFifthAvenue.com

ShopPlanetBlue.com

Zara.com

Designer Websites:

BCBG.com

DVF.com

MichaelKors.com

AliceandOlivia.com

RebeccaTaylor.com

Online Retailers:

Shopbop.com

RevolveClothing.com

Net-A-Porter.com

ShopTheTrendBoutique.com

Refinery29.com

Asos.com

Topshop.com

IntermixOnline.com

FarFetch.com

Piperlime.com

Couture.Zappos.com

Madewell.com

PinkMascara.com

LesNouvelles.com

Specifically Shoes:

Zappos.com

SteveMadden.com

FryeBoots.com

DolceVita.com

Jewelry:

FavorJewelry.com

RachelRoy.com

Handbags:

ELuxury.lm

Look for Less Spots:

Forever21.com

DorothyPerkins.com

AE.com

FredFlare.com

Sale Sites/Daily Mailers:

Gilt.com (I belong to all of the off price sites, but I find Gilt features the best products for the best prices)

LastCall.com (Neiman Marcus Off Price)

LuckyMag.com (Sign up for their deal of the day)

DailyCandy.com

PopSugar.com

OpenSky.com

LuxeYard.com (You can sign up for their clothing and home goods mailers)

OneKingsLane.com (Home Goods)

Beauty/Hair:

Sephora.com

ElfCosmetics.com (great deals!)

Beauty.com

Drugstore.com

DermStore.com

RickysNYC.com

SkinStore.com
MACCosmetics.com

Home Goods/Office Supplies:

Amazon.com

RussellandHazel.com

KateSpade.com

Williams-Sonoma.com

WestElm.com

CrateandBarrel.com

CB2.com

ZGallerie.com

PotteryBarn.com

RestorationHardware.com

JaysonHome.com

FishsEddy.com

Anthropologie.com

WorldMarket.com

GretelHome.com

GandGWebstore.com (artificial flowers)

LindaandHarriett.com

DesignPublic.com

SeeJaneWork.com

Tech Stuff:

FreshlyPicked.BigCartel.com (love their mouse-pads)

AhaLife.com

AplusRstore.com

ThinkGeek.com

CoolestGadgets.com

What to Wear When Nothing Else is Working

Living in California, I’m lucky to experience great weather throughout the year, but because I live by the beach, the ocean breeze usually causes a bit of a chill.  There have been many mornings where I wake up freezing and find myself elsewhere in Los Angeles, hours later, completely regretting my long sleeved wardrobe choices.  I’m also out for the whole day a lot and when the sun sets, the temperature drops significantly.

My solution to this is very commonly one of my favorite staples in my closet – maxi dresses.  They are pretty effortless when you find the right shapes and easily layered with jewelry, a jean jacket or a sweater.  You can also throw a tunic or crop top over a basic maxi to get a different look.  It’s a great way to look put together while on the go and a safe bet for a variety of occasions due to their combination of style and comfort.  I’m tall, so length is not usually a problem for me, but if you find them too long, know that many knit styles can be cut to your desired length or you can obviously consult with a tailor.

A while ago, I purchased a dress from Michelle Jonas (great travel/beach collection).  Never in my life have I had something that makes me feel good every time I wear it.   The best part about this dress is that it is incredibly flattering to almost anyone’s body.  I’m serious.  I call it the Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress because any of my friends can borrow it and look fantastic.  The straps are adjustable and can be tied tight, making it more supportive than you’d think.  It’s called the Keyhole Dress $235 (I got it in black, but you can get a variety of colors and tie dye options).  You should definitely own this.

  

Other Maxi Dresses I’d love for Spring/Summer:

Monrow T Back Racer Dress from Shopbop $76 photo taken from website

Winter Kate Printed Silk Maxi Dress from Asos $572.64

Volcom Printed Dress from Bloomingdales $59.50 photo taken from website

Sunahara Red Maxi Dress from Planet Blue $150 photo taken from website

Blu Moon Rose Maxi Dress from The Trend Boutique $209 photo taken from website

Pencey Standard Tee Dress from Piperlime $110 photo taken from website

A.L.C. Printed Maxi Dress from Les Nouvelles $795 photo taken from website

C & C California Colorblock Dress from Shopbop $98 photo taken from website

Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Dress from Bloomingdales $348 photo taken from website

Eternal Sunshine Creation Aztec Dress from Planet Blue $264 photo taken from website

Wildfox Indian Brave Dress from The Trend Boutique $149.99 photo taken from website

C&C California Multi-Stripe Dress from Piperlime $98 photo taken from website

Madison Marcus Button Down Dress from Shopbop $258 photo taken from website

Blu Moon U Back Leopard Dress from The Trend Boutique $199 photo taken from website

   

Free People Sweet Caroline Maxi Dress from Piperlime $98 photo taken from website

Diane von Furstenberg Naira Dress from Shopbop $598 photo taken from website

Winter Kate Floral Dress from The Trend Boutique $239 photo taken from website

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Racerback Maxi Dress from Bloomingdales $108 photo taken from website

Sass & Bide Hi-Low Dress from Shopbop $450 photo taken from website

Backstage Short Sleeve Maxi Dress from Planet Blue $132 photo taken from website

Blue Life Hipster Dress from The Trend Boutique $120 photo taken from website

  

For Love & Lemons Bewitched Dress from The Trend Boutique $169 photo taken from website