Holiday Gift Guide – An Evening In

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Struggling with what to get your girlfriend, friends, cousins, aunts, mother this year for Christmas? Don’t worry we have all been there. I’m huge on giving thoughtful gifts that not only come from the heart but show that you’ve listened and most importantly remembered. Those few times you go out shopping with a friend and she exclaims how she adores that one humorous Ryan Gosling book or those pair of socks that look so comfy. Those are the moments when I immediately move to my phone and jot ideas down. You never know when you’ll need some gifting inspiration (even if its only July).

I’ve curated a few special pieces thanks to some of my favorite local brands to give you a gift of a relaxing evening in for that special someone in your life. What I enjoy doing is purchasing one bigger gift and finding little things to support it. Here’s what you’ll find in my gift bag:

- LMN Luxe Me Now Slippers: In this case these LMN Luxe slippers are my new favorites. I’m a fan of mules and smoking slippers so when I came across this brand on Instagram I knew I had to get a pair. They are extremely comfortable (with memory foam soles) and are fashionable enough to wear outside (which I definitely already have done).

- Knotty Jewelry: From there I grabbed a few pieces of fun jewelry and hair pieces from Knotty, a hair jewelry company that specializes in making adorable hairbands that you can actually leave on your wrist and it won’t throw off your entire outfit.

- Francesca’s Collections Mug: Another perfect piece for an evening in is a cute mug, in this case I have one with a Frenchie on it since I am obsessed with my dog, but one with a cute phrase is the perfect packaging for your new jewelry pieces.

- Barbara Eberhart Print: To polish off the gift I threw in a fun print perfect for a little nightstand accent.

Throw in some nail polish and a candle for fun stocking stuffers and your christmas shopping is complete!

I also highly recommend shopping small and local for your Christmas gifts, there’s nothing like spreading Christmas cheer to the little guys in this big retail world.

Asymmetric Hems

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Asymmetric Zip Skirt – H&M | Popcorn Sweater – Cotton On (Similar) | Block Elastic Bootie – Zara | Fur Corduroy Jacket – Forever21 | Gambler Panama Hat – Urban Outfitters

Finally am becoming a “local” in these parts. It has almost been a year since I moved into my apartment and I am finally getting to explore the surrounding area. While I’ve been introduced to a lot of new places there are still so many hidden gems within. The Noguchi Gardens is a quaint area between a sea of office buildings that is the perfect picturesque spot for some shadow play and sharp angle shots. Per usual I kept my tones pretty muted this weekend going a little bit for a female Indiana Jones. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a comfortable sweater that is easy to throw on with just about everything. Especially longline sweaters, they are perfect for paring with asymmetric skirts giving a little sharpness right above the knee. Grabbed this beaut during a recent trip to Cotton On (on sale for a ridiculous amount). Don’t worry, I still purchased some Christmas presents for OTHERS while shopping for myself at the same time. You know what they say, one for you, one for me!

Minimalistic Retailers

Where to Shop

I’ve been on the hunt for some new labels throughout the states that has some great minimalistic pieces to add into my growing collection of staple ‘basics’. My search ended up leading me to a few amazing overseas brands that are not only gorgeous but also decently priced (if you exclude shipping). Here are a few of my favorites that I recommend checking out!

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Charles Keith

If you’re looking for some incredible shoes and handbags Charles Keith is the place to shop. Along with their focus for accessories they also have a growing ready to wear line. I’m a huge fan of the minimalistic designer inspired pieces that are not only crafted beautifully but also only around $100 or less. I am always on the hunt for beautifully crafted designed pieces but still at a reasonable price (I know, I’m a dreamer right?) Be forewarned however that shipping to the U.S. for orders under $150 is about $35 so you might as well throw in a pair of shoes with that handbag.

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House of Sunny

Looking for designer ready-to-wear without the designer price tag? Look no further than the oversized monochromatic pieces from House of Sunny. This UK brand focuses on textures and asymmetric hemlines to bring some unique pieces to a minimalistic wardrobe such as mine.

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Oak + Fort

This Canadian brand pulls together all of the laid back aspects of Brandy Melville and spices it up with a little bit of a more modern flair. From basic tees to tank dresses your sure to find something that fits a simplistic style arrangement. Not to mention they always seem to have great deals going on. If you’d like to shop a little more local (and with a little less postage cost) I would suggest checking them out.

The Gambler

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Love21 Belted Wrap Coat – Forever21 | Raw Hem Denim Black – Urban Outfitters (Similar) | Black Knit Sweater – H&M | Gambler Hat – Urban Outfitters (ON SALE)

I’ve never been much for a hat person until about a year ago, now, I don’t know what I’d do without them. Talk about the perfect solution to a bad (or flat in my case) hair day. After hopelessly searching for a more structured panama hat I came across the Gambler hat I have on but in grey. A few clicks later and I’m the proud owner of this beaut in taupe! With the recent rain and cold front in SoCal (thank you mother nature) I was able to pair my hat with a few simple staple pieces like my wrap coat and raw hem skinnies that, yes I cut myself. There’s just something I really enjoy about letting my ankles breathe.

Hope everyone got some amazing Black Friday sales this past weekend but don’t forget it’s Cyber Monday! There are some great deals going on like:

30% OFF & Free Shipping at MANGO
30% OFF EVERYTHING at ASOS
30% OFF EVERYTHING at MISSGUIDED
30% OFF PURCHASE & FREE SHIPPING at H&M

Longline Tuxedo Vest

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Black Sleeveless Contrast Panel Loneline Vest – SheInside | Striped High Collar Tee – Zara (old) | Ridley Skinny Ankle Grazer Raw Hem Denim – ASOS | Platform Blucher Shoe – Zara | Volant Sunglasses – RAEN Optics | Black Envelope Crossbody – H&M | Statement Bib Necklace – ASOS

There’s something about oversized clothes and longline coats that makes my heart swoon. I really am getting a tad obsessed. I don’t think anything feels or looks more chic and flattering than pairing an oversized top with some skinny bottoms and/or throwing on a longline coat, vest, blazer, etc on top. This is a look that I can transition from day to night which is the greatest for the upcoming Holiday Season. With family get togethers around the corner I want to look put together yet have the ability to have a little fun outdoors as well. Mixing casual pieces like the raw hem denim and long sleeve tee with a structured vest and statement necklace you can see how easy it can be to make your look casual yet sophisticated. Don’t forget to finish the look with some comfy shoes and a lightweight bag since we all know you don’t want to carry around your work bag during a Holiday Party.

Camel Tones

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Camel Knit Sweater – H&M | Camel Cocoon Coat – Zara (Similar) | Captain Lace Up Sneaker – TopShop | Volant Sunglasses – RAEN Optics | Black Clutch/Crossbody – H&M

Camel is officially my new favorite color. There’s just something about it that gets me feeling like it’s finally Fall. It does tend to blend in a little bit with my skin as my fiance has so often reminded me but nonetheless I still think it’s an extremely classic neutral that is a must have for any wardrobe. I mixed some textures and silhouettes with this look with my structured Zara cocoon coat and flowing white culottes. To make the look a little more city chic casual I threw on my TopShop sneakers. I swear I dress more for the east coast than west.

I’ve had a difficult time finding a cute clutch/crossbody combination bag that I can take out to dinner or shopping that isn’t going to weigh me down (considering all of my handbags could second as a small suitcase.) After juggling making the commitment to someone like Rebecca Minkoff, Zara, or Other Stories -OR- finding a cheap alternative I came across this handbag at H&M on sale for $10 and decided well, even if it doesn’t work out I at least didn’t spend too much. Needless to say it has worked out and I won’t feel as guilty having spent money on myself versus Christmas presents for the fam.

Raw Hem

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Ridley Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans in Boston Wash with Raw Hem – ASOS | Chambray Button Up – Similar | Easy Does It Flat (Taupe) – Chinese Laundry ON SALE! | Banks Sunglasses – Warby Parker

Simple look for fall is going all denim. Well, denim and chambray to be precise. I’m a big fan of mixing prints and textures while maintaining the same color palette. I’m also becoming quite obsessed with ankle grazer jeans with raw hems. It’s definitely a trend I would recommend giving a try, your ankles will thank you for it! ASOS never disappoints with their jeans, for some reason they fit my body so well and considering I ordered these online it’s really saying something considering jeans are something you 90% of the time need to try on. There are a few different colors along with some distressed pairs that will fit perfectly with your wardrobe. Select the link above to shop!

Minimalism

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Stripe Oversize Shirt in Longline – Choies | LOVE21 Belted Wrap Coat Taupe – Forever21 | Platform Blucher Shoe – Zara | White Ankle Jean – Hudson (Similar) | Scout Panama Hat – Urban Outfitters

Nothing like a clean (white) slate to make you feel confident in the morning. This wrap coat has been making my outfits as of late. I’m a huge fan of oversized anything and this shirt is no exception. Not only can it second as a dress it’s shape isn’t unflattering when paired with some skinny jeans as many oversized shirts can be. On another note, these platform oxfords are also becoming a staple within my wardrobe. A few things necessary for Fall in my eyes are 1) wrap coat 2) turtleneck sweater 3) platform oxfords 4) panama hats. Forever21 has been stocking some amazing coats and sweaters for fall not to mention there is a 30% off sale going on right now! No better time to stock up for winter :)

Fall Stripes & Wrap Coat

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LOVE21 Belted Wrap Coat Taupe – Forver21 | Striped Tee – Zara | Black Pencil Skirt with Tie – Choies | Platform Blucher Shoe – Zara | Berkeley Bucket Tote Grapefuit – Harveys | Flynn Bracelet – Knotty

Fall weather has officially arrived! If only for a week I’m still happy with it. I picked up this wrap coat from Forever21 that will be a perfect fall staple and as I like to look at it, a glorified bathrobe. I was lucky enough to partner with Choies to showcase this perfect leather mini skirt. If you’re looking for a fall mini I’d recommend grabbing a faux leather piece. This one is extremely easy to wear with an elastic waistband and adds a little something extra with the tie front (I’m a sucker for leather pants with ties so why not a skirt right?). Paired the look with a simple striped tee and some platform oxfords for a bit of a Parisian vibe.

I have also partnered with Harveys to give you a sneak peak of their Winter collection! Fall and Winter aren’t just about muted tones and neutrals, a pop of color can make all of the difference. The Berkeley Bucket Tote is spacious, bright, and has a thick shoulder strap which is a big deal for me, usually because my bag weighs a good 10 pounds. I have difficulty adding in color to my wardrobe at times but accessories make the transition a lot easier. I can definitely see this bag bringing a little brightness to a city of black coats this Winter. Checkout their collection launching November 7, 2014!

Oversized Striped Shirt

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Quick little OOTD for you guys. One can never have too many button up shirts. I am in love with the oversized look of this one, I’ve already worn it as a dress with one of my black lace slips underneath but I decided to pair it with some skinny ankle grazer jeans this time around. I love how sophisticated and clean it looks, probably the 2 words I’d like to describe my style with. You can’t go wrong with oversized clothing for Fall!

Stripe Oversize Shirt in Longline – Choies | White Crop Denim – Hudson Jeans | Toe Strap Sandal – Zara