Mellow Yellow Casual Maxi

Truth: I absolutely loooove this casual maxi dress.  It’s lightweight and perfect for everyday wear.  The silhouette is super simple and the length easily allows for flats, which means it’s a frequent “go to” on my off days.  Plus the price can’t be beat – it was a lucky Target find courtesy of Who What Wear.  Honestly, I have to run past the WWW section at Target whenever I go shop for diapers and baby food.  Otherwise I’d be buying stuff every time because the clothes are so cute and affordable.  This dress is an older purchase, but I linked up some current Who What Wear finds below!

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Casual Cool | Weekend Vibes

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Let’s face it – life is busy in the world today.  Monday is manic and Friday is Fri-Yay.  We’re all on overdrive, and come the weekend, I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to lounge in your PJ’s all day, or run errands in your gym clothes.  On particularly packed-out days, even I’m guilty of workout wear errand running.  BUT I don’t usually feel good about it.  There’s something to be said for looking nice, even when engaging in commonplace activities like grocery shopping.  For a night out, I’m all about getting glammed up.  But a simple Saturday calls for a dose of comfy and cool.  All sumer long this would’ve looked like a breezy sundress, but now that Fall is (sloooooowly) trickling in, I’ve resurrected everyone’s favorite wardrobe staple – the black legging.

And since I’ve mentioned it, for the record, I’d like to settle the “Are leggings pants?” debate once and for all.  As a professional stylist, I feel I have the authority to weigh in on this issue, (and it’s a question I answer for clients all the time).  Whether you can wear your leggings as pants depends on two basic factors – fabric and fit.  1. Fabric: How thick is the fabric?  How sturdy is it?  If it’s in the least bit sheer, then NO your leggings are not pants.  If it’s so thin that we can see every detail of every lump and bump, then NO your leggings are not pants.  2. Fit: Are your leggings practically painted on?  If they suction to your skin like tights and we can see the outline of your thong, then NO your leggings are not pants.  I’m saying this because I’ve seen women out in public, in broad daylight, walking around in see-through leggings, and leggings where yes I can see the outline of their dental floss undies.  But let me be clear – when I see this, I am NOT judging the individual.  I don’t know anything about the stranger in her see-through leggings, and I really don’t care what she’s up to because it has nothing to do with me.  She can wear whatever she wants.  I’m simply stating that I don’t consider her leggings to qualify as pants.  To be pants, they need to provide appropriate coverage.

Sooooo, for this particular look, the leggings I’m wearing are a thicker ponte fabric with a tiny flare at the bottom.  I bought them more for layering with sweaters and booties, but it’s not that cold yet in So Cal.  Instead, last weekend I wore them with a pretty blue ikat print blouse by Rachel Roy.  I love the way this blouse splits open on the sides, and it’s slightly longer in the back.  Interesting silhouettes always attract my eye.  I layered the blouse with one of my favorite long statement necklaces, and added a fun mixed-metal cuff to the mix.  The color-block structured handbag is also Rachel Roy, and the black gladiators, by Report, are my hands-down favorite summer sandals.  This look is way easy to throw together, and yet looks pulled-together.  I’d love to know how all of you dress up your leggings for a cute weekend look – so share with me in the comments!!

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Blouse: Rachel Roy (similar here & here) / Leggings: H&M (here) / Sandals: Report Signature (similar here & here) / Necklace: Macy’s (similar here & here) / Cuff: Macy’s (similar here & here) / Handbag: Rachel Roy (similar here & here)

Photography by Jessica Kircher

Summer Style, Fall Colors

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So far the heat has not let up.  I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed, because October feels very “fall” to me.  As soon as pumpkins start popping up in stores, (and with Halloween around the corner) it seems a given that the weather should turn cool.  I yearn to bust out my ankle boots and lightweight coats, but we’re not even close right now.  I can barely think about boot shopping, and that’s NOT normal.  I’m kinda over the bright colors and airy florals that define the spring/summer season, but I still need to dress comfortably for the heat.  Enter this slouchy shirtdress from H&M.  It’s super lightweight and breezy, but the olive color is very fall-propriate!  I chose to accent the dress with hints of gold and amber in my accessories, further emphasizing the autumn palette.  It might not be the cozy sweaterdress I wish I was wearing, but it’s a step in the right direction.  Out of curiosity, what kind of weather are you experiencing in other parts right now?!  Xxo Luisa

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Shirtdress: H&M (here) / Gladiator Sandals: ShoeMint (similar here & here) / Earrings: A/X (similar here & here) / Necklace: vintage (similar here & here) / Handbag: Juicy Couture (similar here & here)

Photography by Jessica Kircher

Winter To Spring Transitional Style

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The weather in So Cal has been kind of crazy lately.  Just two weeks ago it was cold and rainy and even snowing in some parts.  Now our high is peaking close to 90!!  Overall though, spring is easily So Cal’s most beautiful season.  Once the weather levels off, temperatures tend towards ideal (70-ish) with a warm spring breeze, and of course flowers are blooming everywhere.  The foliage here is not to be beat…even the weeds are pretty, lol.  During this season it’s not quite warm enough for summer clothes, but a lightweight knit would do perfectly.  I spotted this slightly cropped, oversized sweater at H&M a few weeks ago and knew I had to have it…I love the silhouette and the embellished neckline! Here I paired it with a (super old) printed maxi and some wedge gladiator sandals that I’ve had for years and absolutely love.  The jewelry is by JewelMint (i.e. cute and affordable).  This look was shot strolling around my local neighborhood at the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains…

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Photography by Jessica Kircher