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A Quick Guide To Creating Edgy Spring Looks



The Eros Day bag = edgy sophistication for Spring . . .

edgy_spring_palette_ayanna_listenbee It seems Spring is definitely upon us in some parts of the country. This is one of my favorite seasons but the colors that usually represent springtime in fashion are not typically colors that I wear or am drawn to. In other words, pastels just ain’t my thing. However, I find them palatable in small doses, especially when paired with edgier pieces and colors. So for those of you who tend to lean more toward darker color palettes year round,  read on for a few tips . . . 


  1. Choose a lighter tone of a color in your palette to use as an accent. For instance, the green scarf above pulls from the dark green on the shoe.
  2. Keep your accessories edgy: a shoe, a bag, or a hat with studs will give you that downtown look, and can also pack double punch when you reach for these pieces in softer colors.
  3. Black always ads an edge. It also grounds the other colors. So if you start with black as your base, you can add lighter colors in little pops here and there without looking like a sherbet sundae. I chose to add color with the orange on the skirt, the pop of green in the sandal, a coral lip + red framed sunnies.

It’s not a traditional Spring palette, but it’s a great way to add more color to your Spring transitional wardrobe!

Would you wear this look?

Where to Find::  pinstripe kimono top: Free People | Aneta Asymmetrical skirt by Peter Pilotto on sale here | Fantasia Iris pumps here | Rockstud Trilby hat by Valentino Garavani here | Multi Skull scarf by Alexander McQueen | Eros Day Bag by Ayanna Listenbee Collection | Miu Miu cat eye spectacles here  | Nars semi-matte lipstick in Jungle here.

#OOTD Style Inspo:: Pattern Mixing . . .

Mix + Match Pattern Styles for Spring . . .

Consider this:: Mix + Match pattern styles for Spring . . .

So I guess I just need to face the fact that Spring is here. The trees outside my window are finally full again with big, beautiful, fresh green leaves. Birds are chirping, and butterflies are flitting about. Albeit, I never got the winter I so desired (El Nino, anyone?) I am glad to see the flowers and leaves return. In honor of the springtime feeling that is in the air (at least here in Cali) I put together this #ootd style inspo for pattern mixing. There’s nothing that gets me more in the mood for a season than choosing the clothes to wear during it, LOL. Hope this inspires you to take a few chances with patterns in your wardrobe this season!

Would you wear these items together?

OOTD: Floral Feelings . . . Wearing: Asos Floral Bandeau Maxi (thrifted) similar here | BCBG Max Azaria Cropped pleather jacket (thrifted) similar here | Dolce Vita Anica Rope sandals | Signature name necklace BriChicBoutique | Various Rings: Etsy, similar here | Kendra Scott similar here | Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave | Nail Polish: Essie Fiji

A few weeks ago I got together with friend and photographer Erica Hampton. I wanted to do a creative collaboration with her and she suggested we head out to The Old Zoo at Griffith Park. I had never been to the old zoo before, but the thought of an abandoned zoo was totally intriguing so I was immediately game! I love the natural light in these photos. We shot inside some of the actual animal exhibits which was really cool. It’s even possible to climb your way through the back of the exhibits and experience the inner workings of zoo-dom, if you’re so inclined. ☺ Erica is an amazing photographer and a joy to work with, for more of her work visit her site here.

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5 Things I learned from the 30 Day No Repeat Challenge + Outfit Recap You may or may not be aware that last month I participated in a 30 Day No Repeat Challenge on Instagram. It was put on by friend and fellow blogger LaShon over at It was such a great challenge! I had a blast, however, I must tell you, I did not complete the challenge. I officially lasted 3 weeks. I got to day 21. This challenge was great for a lot of reasons. Here are 5 things I learned from the 30 Day No Repeat Challenge:

  1. It made me plan my outfits more thoroughly. There was no relying on feelings as I got dressed each morning. Typically I choose my day’s outfits based on how I am feeling, where I am going to be going that day, and what I will be doing. With this challenge I was forced to keep in mind that if I had events coming up and wanted to wear specific outfits to those events, I would not be able to repeat them. Therefore each day I had to choose wisely.
  2. I have an overabundance of clothes that I DO NOT WEAR. Now this is not news to me. I already knew this. I can barely open my closet doors without something falling out. (Yes, this is due in part to the fact that my closet is an unorganized madhouse) but it is also due to the fact that about 50% of the clothes and shoes in my closet are things I do not wear. I have yet to figure out why it is so hard to let these things go. Some I am holding onto for sentimental reasons, and others I really like, but they just don’t fit well or look good on me. I have vowed to remedy this. I have 2 nieces who have been asking to raid my closet. Though I doubt they will be as excited about this in reality as they are in theory, at least I can start the process of letting go.
  3. This challenge made me pair items I may not have otherwise put together to create outfits. It was fun to see what I could come up with on the day to day. It also made me dig a little further into the black hole that is my closet. I found a few items that I hadn’t been able to put my hands on for a while. :/
  4. I realized that as challenging as this was for me, I doubt I would have even made it to day 21 if I had taken this challenge during the winter months. The reason I didn’t complete the challenge is because I repeated my jeans. I could not NOT repeat my fav jeans. I mean, once you find a pair that fits perfectly and looks great with every top you own, how do you walk away from them for 30 29 days? I happen to be partial to jeans. I own about 30 pair in total. (I know, ridiculous) And yet I wear this one pair religiously. Granted, all the jeans I own are from different stages in life and run the gamut in styles, skinnies, boyfriend, post-pregnancy, pre-pregnancy, cropped, wide leg, colored, textured, holey, you name it. And I am very picky about my washes . . Had this challenge been given during the winter months I, no doubt, would have repeated my jeans, pants and sweaters much sooner. And this tells me that I need to branch out a little! So I am thankful for the opportunity to gain a little clarity on the clothing habits of a “serial repeater” like myself.
  5. Lastly, this challenge made me realize that my perfectionist tendencies are no joke. Having to take a photo of myself everyday doesn’t come easy to me. I am much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. And because I am such a perfectionist, I didn’t just want to snap any old shot and post it on “the gram.” I had to enlist the help of my 9 year old most days to photog my outfits. Upon said request I was often met with whining and complaints of “Not agaaaaaiiinnnn!” Can’t say that I blamed him, I made him take like 40 shots each time until I found one I was relatively pleased with. (I even considered doing a post on the outtakes from this challenge, but I feared they may come back to haunt me in the form of fodder for blackmail . . . ) 

Anyway, I really enjoyed this test of wills, which is basically what it was for me. Have any of you ever participated in a no repeat challenge? Is it something you think would be easy for you?

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Dreaming of Beautiful Things . . .

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1. I swear I am turning into a cat lady slowly but surely. Soon everything in my closet will be leopard! Le Specs Hatter Leopard Print Cat Eye Sunnies . . .here.

2. I love the shape of this mule. Haven’t worn mules since the 90’s but I think I would give these babies chance! Gianvito Rossi leather mules here.

3. Oh to don these fingers with such beauty . . . This ring takes my breath away. Simply Divine!! A sculpturally exquisite work of art to be exact! Christina Ortiz 9kt Rose Gold Diamond Ring here.

From the looks of this list my dreams of late seem mildly materialistic! But a girl can’t help wanting to be surrounded by fabulous clothes and accessories can she?

What beautiful things have you been dreaming of lately?

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Label Love | Aquazzura Elaphe Sandals

AQUAZZURAcollage_thelookbookphilosophy.compng Can I tell you how IN LOVE WITH THESE SANDALS I AM???? I want these on my feet STAT!  Warm yellow color ✔. Snake texture ✔. This sandal would easily compliment numerous outfits in my closet. For fun, I’ve put together 2 style collages, showing simple outfits I would style these sandals with . . .

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For those of you who might be looking to add more color to your wardrobe, think accent colors. You don’t necessarily have to do head to toe color. A simple bright accent or pop of color on your shoes or accessories can go a long way to freshening up the look of an otherwise neutral outfit. Yellow is a great color to play with. A little goes a long way. But don’t get me wrong, I have a few all yellow dresses in my closet that totally brighten my mood whenever I wear them . . . DESTINATION:: Perfect for a working lunch date . . .

Marc by Marc Jacobs embellished crepe top £395 | The Row Ombre Effect Sunglasses (no longer available) | Victoria Beckham Shopper Tote (no longer available) | Aquazzura Saharienne sandals $695

Yellow also plays well with other colors. I love it paired unexpectedly with peach and black. These are 2 colors I might not ordinarily think to combine with yellow, but in a small dose, it definitely adds a little punch . . . DESTINATION:: Summer evening Dinner Date . . .

Proenza Schoueler Dress $2,602 | Chanel Small Boy Bag $3,700 | Coral Crush Nailpolish $3 Forever21 | Aquazzura Saharienne Sandals $695

What would you wear these Aquazzura sandals with?

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McQ Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall ’14 Quick Picks . . .

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I guess it probably seems like I am all over the place seeing as I just posted on Spring ’14 color palettes. But that’s kinda how the fashion industry is. Ahead of the seasons. Anyway, for those of us suffering through the Polar Vortex, here are some of my fav Pre-Fall looks from Alexander McQueen’s sister line, McQ. I admit, these clothes would not stand up to the throes of the polar vortex, but I did say they were Pre Fall. ☺  I’m a sucker for sexy looks with an edge . . . and I’m not mad that tartan is hanging around for a while longer either . . .

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Mood Board Mondays: What I Would be Wearing if it Wasn’t 80° Outside . . .

I’m not going to complain about the weather, because I know there are those of you who would much rather be running around in sundresses and flip flops. But the title of this post pretty much sums up how I’m feeling. This hot January weather is really wrecking my style game!!! ☀

Happy Monday!!

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Valentino Double Breasted wool + silk blend coat $4,350 | Jonathan Simkhai color-block jersey sweater $315 | Felt Outback Hat $42 |  Pieces Eira wool scarf $48 | Givenchy Nightingale large tote $1,967 | Giuseppe Zanotti booties $1,455

Now Trending:: Pants Under Dresses

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Die-Hard tunic lover that I am, I confess I have not worn pants under a dress since I was about 6 years old. (With this confession I exclude leggings, printed tights and jeggings from the umbrella of “pants”). It’s a look I have always loved when done right. Lucille Ball did it phenomenally on I love Lucy… Flash forward to the 21st century and check out Acne Studios Pre-Fall collection. They have knocked this look out of the ballpark. I LOVE the silhouettes they have created with the dress-pant combo. The perfect way to rock this look is with the urban edge they have given it via scrunched bottom form fitting leggings and sexy stiletto sandals. I will definitely be re-interpreting the look this fall.

Would you rock the dress-pant combo?

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