This next look is not exactly a dress – it’s more like a maxi skirt with a crop top. However, when the top and bottom match (or complement one another), it’s often referred to as a two-piece dress. This outfit didn’t come as a set, but I knew the items would pair well. Dusty blue with white is a classic color combo, and I love the contrasting textures. I wanted to showcase this variation on a traditional maxi dress because the “two-piece dress” is very in right now. It’s a great option for a vacation getaway, or in my case, something as simple as brunch with friends. I love that dressing up is part of my job – and there’s nothing wrong with dressing up for everyday events no matter who you are and what you do!
Culottes were a fun spring trend that I didn’t immediately jump on board with. I dig the style, but I am only five feet tall, and they tend to be most flattering on women of an average height – not too short and not too tall either. However, as a bite-sized fashionista, I like to defy stereotypes, rocking midi-skirts and maxi dresses with ease. So when I spotted these adorable mint-colored culottes on clearance at T.J. Maxx (for $7!!), I knew I had to try them on. Turns out the length was fine (not to mention heels can work wonders for a short gal)! And although I realize it’s October, we’re experiencing record-breaking 90 degree heat right now in So Cal, so my bright spring culottes made an appearance for Sunday brunch. I tried to incorporate a hint of fall with the rest of this color palette, because although it’s hot, I’d like to think summer is nearing an end. Apologies for the extra-long hiatus btw!!! I’ll get around to blogging about my crazy intense remodel experience sometime soon…maybe once the house is done. In the meantime, I hope to bring you some proper fall looks sometime very soon. Xxo Luisa
SHOP THE LOOK
Printed Blouse: River Island (similar here & here) / Mint Culottes: Spacegirlz (similar here & here) / Black Pumps: Boutique 9 (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear (here) / Statement Earrings: Jewelmint (similar here & here) / Cuff Bracelet: BaubleBar (similar here & here) / Striped Bag: Henri Bendel (similar here & here)
Photography by Jessica Kircher
This past week was Hell. My styling site (www.urbandarling.com) got a makeover, but unfortunately the transition did not go smoothly. It looks great now, but initially crashed and was down for several days, which was incredibly frustrating. In addition to that, I had a major health scare and was stressed out of my mind awaiting catscan results, which thankfully confirmed that I’m a-okay. In the midst of it all I was having a bit of breakdown and finally decided to chop my hair. It’s been longish forever, and I’d been debating on going shorter and blonder. I loved my long hair, but was honestly tired of seeing the exact same hair day in and day out for nearly a decade! Since summer is coming, I figured now is the time. I loooove the cut, but I’m having second thoughts about the color. Of course that can always be changed, and that’s the fun thing about hair – it’s easy to tweak as desired. What do you think? Love it or hate it? I debuted the new look last night at a Marciano event at The Americana in Glendale. I love that mall, but since it’s outdoors, the whole experience would have been soooo much nicer in warm weather! Instead it was cold and rainy, which is very unusual for this time of year in So Cal. Anyway, I love Guess and I love Marciano, and the beautiful Marianna Hewitt of La La Mer was hosting. My darling assistant Purely Jessica came along, and we sipped champagne and got our hair done, so all in all it was a fun night out. Just hope next week is a bit more low-key and relaxing!
Get The Look
Check my breakdown of this lovely spring color trend today on the Urban Darling blog!