Leather Jackets

I love seasonal and trendy pieces, but staples that supersede a time of year are my guilty pleasure.  Maybe because they make purchasing them seem so much more sensible, but either way, it’s undeniable that a classic leather jacket should be part of every person’s wardrobe.  Fit is so important here, that I think spending a little above what you normally would on outerwear is ok – especially because you can pair this with, seriously, anything.

Leather Jackets:

MUUBAA Athena Biker Jacket $429

Veda Max Leather Jacket $890

Sanctuary Runaways All Vegan Jacket $159

BB Dakota Fernando Faux Leather Jacket w/ Fleece Hood $57

Truth & Pride Perforated Leather Bike Jacket $399.90

MUUBAA Meggie Biker Jacket $649

Bernardo Leather Bomber Jacket with Detachable Hoodie Liner $339.90

Nixon Alexa Motor Jacket $94.99

MICHAEL by Michael Kors Moto Patch Pocket Leather Coat $495

J Brand Coated Sleeve Denim Jacket $259
*had to include this one!!!  a fusion between an amazing jean jacket and leather jacket is soooo lust worthy

Forever 21 Faux Leather Bomber Jacket $34.80

MUUBAA Navarre Sheepskin Jacket $476

Two-Tone Motorcycle Jacket $395

Burberry Brit Lambskin Leather Jacket $1795

*COVETED ITEM

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Weekend Bags

Summer inevitably brings on spontaneous trips that don’t involve a lot of planning.  They’re exciting and a great way to reconnect to that thrilling feeling that came during childhood in between School years.  Whether it’s a night away at a local hotel offering a great deal or an impromptu decision to drive a couple hours along the coast to a great vacation spot, I like to be able to get out of the house within an hour before the idea of actually doing it fades.  Some of my favorite daytime purses are actually larger weekend bags that are perfect for these occasions.  Big enough to fit the essentials for a different climate, but small enough so that it is easy to carry.

Weekend Bags:

West Coast Wardrobe Todos Santos Weekender $46

Urban Outfitters Ecote Bizarre Backpack $59

Rachel Zoe Weekender Belted Satchel $464.90

Gypsy 05 Lohri Gypsy Hobo $265

Rebecca Minkoff Woven Bright East/West Tote $425

Deux Lux Putty Woven Faux Leather Bowery Weekend Duffel $82.99

House of Harlow 1960 Dakota Bag $506

Urban Renewal Baja Weekender Bag $29

Diane von Furstenberg Vintage Collection Duffel Bag $115

Forever 21 Vibrant Print Backpack $34.80

Cleobella Lolita Studded Satchel $473

Topshop Large Washed Clip Backpack $72

JADETRIBE Sammi Stripe Small Beach Bag $86

Wildfox Couture Roadtrip Bag $114

Longchamp Paris Le Pliage Travel Bag $155

Rebecca Minkoff Striped Wheelie Bag $346.50

Madewell The Leather Transport Rucksack $248

Intiq for J. Crew Mochila Bag $295

Summer Dresses Under $100

Everyone knows I love a good deal.  I’m talking any sort of discount whatsoever… $1 off, throw in a free gift, some sort of upgrade… it makes me giddy inside.  There’s a constant battle of splurging vs. saving in my head and I probably think about my purchases (both past and future) every 5 minutes.  I knew I had it bad when I once saw a sign while passing Old Navy at age 13 for .34 cent shirts.  I swear to you I remember nothing – like a total black out.  I came to, hours later, in my closet sifting through about 15 of the same exact shirt in every color they had.  I mean, I cleared out the racks.  Upside?  I still only spent about $6.  Low?  The shirt was horrible… like, really, really ugly.

There’s something about a deal that condones the purchase.  It’s a trap.  But, I’ve realized at the time it was so I’d have something to back up my argument when my Dad would get my Visa Buxx card statement (a pre-set limit debit card made for teenagers to teach them how to manage money which I BEGGED my parents for).  Being able to say, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.  This was a once and a lifetime opportunity!  It would have been stupid NOT to have bought it!!” was just so much easier than flat out breaking the ‘no more clothes’ rule.  It got so bad that I used to buy things, hide the bags at my friends houses and then smuggle them into my house days later when my parents weren’t home… but that’s another story for another day.

In all reality, I’m still using the sale signs as a crutch for my chronic buyer’s remorse and the proof is that I wanted a really expensive pair of jeans last year so I flagged the website to let me know if any discounts/savings were happening.  A week later I got an email from them saying, “Free Shipping Until Midnight”.  Deal was done.  I saved $5.  Problem.

Summer Dresses Under $100 (Better Than The Alternative!):

           

Motel Rosie Dress $63

              

ASOS Midi Slip Dress in Floral Print $40.60

                         

Funktional Tunnel Midi Dress $98

                      

DV by Dolce Vita Cullen Shirt Dress $68

                        

Zara Linear Dress $79.90

                          

Joie A La Plage Mayan Printed Collie Dress $98

                          

Velvet Keenan Dress $68.60

                   

MM Couture by Miss Me Printed Strapless Dress with Tie Waist $94

          

Sam & Lavi Dextra Shift Dress $98

                  

MINKPINK Wishful Thinking Sundress $83

              

Zara Lace Print Dress $89.90

               

ASOS Skater Dress in Heart Print $24.86

              

Backstage Nikki Dress $70

           

Zara Silk Tunic with Lace at the Sides $89.90

            

River Island Chelsea Girl Spot Lace Dress $41.43

          

Indah Yang Cold Shoulder Tunic $54

       

Hive & Honey Floral Blousant Dress $39.99

            

C&C California Smock Tank Dress $98

          

ASOS Animal Print Swing Dress $46.40

       

Forever 21 Sheer Floral Dress $17.80

             

ASOS Bandeau Dress with Strawberry Print $40.60

                  

TopShop Fluro Dip Hem Dress $96

               

Michael Stars Belted V Neck Cami Dress $59.99

           

Forever 21 Vibrant Tribal Dress $19.80

                        

River Island Denim Shirt Dress $49.71

                 

Zara Printed Dress $79.90

                    

Asos Knitted Shift Dress $52.20

                         

TopShop Crochet Shirtdress $80

              

Forever 21 Dotted Peter Pan Dress $19.80

Summer Scarves

There are times when I love trying on what seems like my whole wardrobe, testing combinations to find the perfect outfit for an event, and then there’s my normal reality when I have 15 minutes to pick out what I’m wearing.  For those days, I usually go simple (printed pants or jeans with a solid top).  I always like to top it off with something more noticeable though, like a big statement necklace, an embellished headband or my latest addiction – summer scarves.

There are so many ways to wear them (around neck or head are my favs) and they can instantly amp up what would be a pretty plain look.

Summer Scarves:

Urban Outfitters BDG Pop Stripe Scarf $24

Modcloth Mint To Be Scarf $17.99

Les Nouvelles Askilio Scarf by Malene Birger $150

Zappos Echo Design Polka Dot Wrapping $34.99

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Crosshatch Printed Eternity Scarf $29

J. Crew Lemlem Hilansha Gauze Scarf $125

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacobson Stripe Scarf $178

Etsy ESEHandMade White Shawl Scarf $13.50

Boutique To You Wildfox Starshine Scarf $64

Shopbop Theodora & Playa Scarf $175

Forever 21 Bold Stripe Scarf $9.80

Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Shredded Square Scarf $29

Scarves Dot Net Tess Striped Loop Scarf $12.71

Diesel 2-SLOO Scarf $88

Lori’s Shoes Bohemian Blossom Scarf $22.95

Tee-Zone Plush Love Scarf $86

French Connection Union Scarf $88

Urban Outfitters Studded Scarf $39

Gypsy 05 Joni Scarf $50

Shopbop Brightly Twisted Scarf $98

Madewell Seastripe Sarong $41.60

Forever 21 Geo Rainbow Pom Pom Scarf $10.80

Asos Heart Print Snood $16.57

Madewell Spot Dot Scarf $49.50

 

Denim Vests

I’ve been obsessing over finding a good denim vest for the upcoming Summer months.  It’s the perfect accessory to throw on over a maxi dress, printed skirt or colored denim.  At first, I contemplated shelling out a bit more for a basic medium washed denim vest, but after finding so many fun colors and prints, have decided Old Navy’s version (pictured first below) is perfect and will also allow me to choose one or two fun styles.

Denim Vests:

Old Navy Women’s Raw-Edged Denim Vest $29.94

            

ASOS Insight Denim Vest in Sundown Tie Dye $165.25

    

Forever 21 Cropped Rose Denim Vest $22.90

      

Pacsun Bullhead Black Denim Vest $39.50

             

Delia’s Floral Print Denim Vest $34.50

  

J. Crew Denim Vest in Workwear Wash $98

             

Urban Outiftters BDG Cutoff Denim Trucker Vest $59

         

Urban Outfitters Vintage 90’s Southwestern Print Denim Vest $69

Madewell Longroad Denim Vest in Sawduster Wash $88

         

Go Jane Solid Colored Denim Vest $31.70

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

 

Hair Accessories

Summer promises lots of events to attend.  In preparation, I always keep my eye out for accessories that enhance a basic solid dress or something that allows me to reinvent things I’ve already worn.  There are so many great hair accessories available that scale from subtle to conversational.  A simple beachy wave or an undone high bun and one of these added touches is my favorite way to conquer effortless Summer hair.

Hair Accessories I’m Gushing Over:

Tigerlilly Olive Comb $40

Ban.Do Mini Ban.Do Heart $10

Jennifer Behr Multichain Headwrap $98

TheHoneyComb Cherry Blossom Headband $55

Free People Mixed Thread Hair Wraps $14

Tigerlilly Sinara Comb $60

Deepa Gurnani Crystal & Pearl Headband $44

Tigerlilly Tuesday Headband $120

Ban.Do Chiffon Pom Pom Duet Set $25

Jennifer Behr Rosita Tiny Crystal Scallop Headwrap $168

Free People Flower Braid Halo $58

Tigerlilly Bianca Headband $140

Ban.Do Contrast Headwrap $35

Tigerlilly Delfin Headband $200

Forever 21 Beaded Feather Bobby Pin $4.80

Deepa Gurnani Floral Crystal Embellished Comb $105

GiantDwarf Constellation Crown $98

Forever 21 Two-Tone Braided Headwrap $2.80

Jennifer Behr Fluoro Plastic Orchid Comb $198

Free People Tonal Ribbon Flower Headdress $48

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

Rompers

Let me start off by saying it took me a long time to get on board with this one.  Rompers can look amazing but are also a hot bed for looking like a fool.  There is only one thing you have to be sure of – FIT.  It should not be loose or baggy (especially in the back) and definitely not too tight.  They should be fitted in all areas.  It may even take a visit to the tailor.

Once you have the right proportions, however, they can be amazing.  SO easy to wear and they’re perfect for a weekend getaway like my trip to Santa Barbara these next couple of days.  They’re pretty no fuss and allow you to not have to put a lot of effort into coming up with a great outfit.

Ready To Wear Rompers:

Monrow Shorts Romper $175

Michael Stars Highline Stripe Strapless Smocked Romper $88

Forever 21 Smocked Abstract Print Romper $19.80

Zimmerman Rebel Frill Playsuit $350

Lulu’s Floral Print Romper $60

Robert Rodriguez Colorblock Romper $325

Urban Outfitters Motel Janet Romper $90

6 Shore Road Rum Punch Romper $82.60

Lanston French Terry BF Romper $143

Rory Beca Mar Drawstring Romper $105

Forever 21 Buttoned Floral Romper $12.50

DKNY Cotton Stripe Romper $86.98

Rory Beca Mar Drawstring V Neck Romper $233

Forever 21 Floral Surplice Back Romper $19.80

Urban Outfitters Reformed by The Reformation Lina Romper $69

Victoria’s Secret Slip-On Romper $28.50

High Fashion Interest, Hot Mess Bank Account

I made the mistake of reading an article years ago that interviewed Cameron Diaz where she told a story about being undiscovered and choosing between paying her rent or buying an Alaia dress.  She said she still has the dress and that it remains to be one of her favorite pieces in her wardrobe.

Let’s just say I’ve been living under this mentality for five years and I’m still not a Charlie’s Angel.

Here’s to all the girls who shop online for hours, putting as many items into their “basket” as they want, only to see the final total, cry, close the window and head to H&M.

Cheap Finds (nothing over $50):

Forever 21 Cropped Neon Tee $8.80, Lulu’s Meow and Then Sleeveless Leopard Print Top $35, Etsy Motorhead T-Shirt $15.99

Lulu’s Good Sport Bright Yellow Tank Top $30, Lulu’s The Great Flutter Neon Pink Top $37, Lulu’s Kriss Kross Mint Green Top $36

Ladakh Bohemian Fur Vest $31, Sabine Embellished Bed Jacket $31.97, Aryn K. Plaid Ladylike Jacket $39.97

Forever 21 Polka Dot Blazer $21.80, Forever 21 Lace Inset Denim Vest $19.80, Lulu’s Funky Town Fuchsia Pink Blazer $44

Volcom Lime Green Lace Shorts $49.50, Delia’s Poncho Pocket Short $24.50, Forever 21 Ombre Denim Cutoffs $19.80

Forever 21 Striped Linen Blend Short With Belt $17.80, Delias Fray Hem Short With Feather Belt $24.50, Forever 21 Striped Ponte Knit Shorts $12.80

Forever 21 Ditsy Bird Skirt $19.80, Forever 21 Pleated Slit Maxi Skirt $22.80, Lulu’s Jill Frost Peach Mini Skirt $39

Forever 21 Floral Silhouette Bodycon Skirt $8.80, Lulu’s Parade-y Brunch Hot Pink Lace Mini Skirt $39, Lulu’s High Tea Black Lace Mini Skirt $34

Delia’s Rose Print Skinny Jean $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Delia’s Super-Skinny Color Ankle Crop in Orange Blossom $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Forever 21 Straight Linen Pants $19.80

Delia’s Britt Low-Rise Skinny Jean $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Forever 21 Acid Wash Skinny Jeans With Studded Belt $29.80, Forever 21 Polka Dot Print Pants $19.80

Forever 21 Lace Dress $24.80, Lulu’s Exclusive Re-Pleat After Me Lime Green Dress $45, Delia’s Pleat Front Dress $39.50

Piperlime Ya Los Angeles Ladylike Dot Dress $31.99, Forever 21 Polka Dot Shirtdress With Belt $19.80, Delia’s Neon Stripe Dress $19.50