As I’ve been skimming through Fall fashion magazines and articles, mixing prints and patterns is a prominent theme, which is absolutely perfect for our personal style! My aesthetic has always been very eclectic, and there is something particularly appealing to me about pairing unexpected pieces together. Fashion becomes exciting when you branch out, do something daring, and then realize that it “works.” I’ve been looking forward to Fall, and am ridiculously happy to break out leather, brocades, and rich florals (even though I know it won’t get below 60 degrees in L.A.)!
For this first outfit, I paired a vintage printed maxi dress with this amazing leopard print belt my mom made. I don’t need an excuse to wear my favorite thrifted cowboy boots, and I felt they were perfect for the look. Side note, I finally broke out my sewing machine and hemmed my first clothing item! This dress was 4 inches too long when I bought it for $5 at a vintage sale, and I’ve been procrastinating learning to mend my own garments. I relied on my mom’s amazing seamstress skills growing up, and haven’t touched the sewing machine she gave me in two years. But its not as difficult as I thought, and makes it so much easier to thrift/vintage shop!
My second look is a floral peplum H&M top from last year (which I actually wore to my wedding rehearsal:), paired with Flying Tomato python cigarette pants and thrifted python pumps.
Tanya is enjoying sporting this adorable leather skirt, and paired it with a leopard print bodysuit and subtle plaid button down. Over the knee suede boots and a patent vintage bag top it off. (Bodysuit- Forever21, skirt- W118 by Walter Baker, flannel- Gap, shoes- Nine West.)
Pink, black and white is a timeless color combination that never fails! Tanya paired a lovely chiffon Rachel Roy floral blouse with a plaid babydoll skirt and suede handbag and shoes.
Be inspired to mix and match and get creative this coming season!
Ch-Ch-Ch-CHIA! Today’s post highlights the tiny but powerful Chia seed, so including the chia pet jingle was necessary;) Add liquid, and you don’t get a furry green pet, but you do get a delightful gluten/dairy free treat! I recently became familiar with the many health benefits of the Chia seed, and have been including them in my morning smoothies, and sprinkling them atop oatmeal and yogurt. They provide fiber, protein, have more omeg-3 fatty acid than salmon, and absorb 30 times their volume in liquid helping you de-bloat. YAY! You can make this pudding the night before, and enjoy the next morning! Today’s recipe and photos are courtesy of this awesome new blog I have been enjoying called, Say Yes. Enjoy her recipe for Chia Pudding!
(fills two small mason jars)
1 (13.5oz) can coconut milk*
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
*You can also substitute it with almond milk and then mix in a little plain yogurt to thicken it
Mix the ingredients together, pour into mason jars or an airtight container, and let chill in the refrigerator overnight. Enjoy it the next day topped with any fruit or nuts preferred. Liz of Say Yes topped hers below with dried coconut, blackberries, and goji berries. I am going to go tropical and try cold, refreshing mango chunks and sliced bananas! Top yours with the fruit or nut combination of your choice and let us know how you like it!
Laurel-Manette and I are always looking for creative ways to re-invent pieces in our wardrobe, and our worn out ballet flats were simply screaming for a make-over! Inspired by a ridiculously expensive pair of designer espadrilles, I came up with this simple DIY for upcycled ballet flats! For less than $10 we created a pair of adorable flats that will instantly add some flair to your outfit. Enjoy our how-to video and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel!
It’s that time again….we are going to BACK TO SCHOOL!…. OK, no we aren’t, but we kinda wish we were, if only for the incentive to put together adorable outfits everyday! Growing up, neither Laurel-Manette or I had the pleasure of creating a closet full of back to school style. LM was homeschooled and I went to a private school where uniforms were mandatory, so we thought it would be fun to put together some outfits we wish we could have rocked in High School! Obviously when you are trying to look fabulous 5 days a week for a whole year, you are gonna have some style repeats. So, we each took a piece from our wardrobe we loved: Laurel-Manette chose a vintage H&M chambray top, and Tanya a pleated pleather skirt, and styled it 3 different ways. Whether you are headed back to school this fall or not, we hope these outfits inspire you to get creative with what’s already in your closet, so you can extend your wardrobe this fall without spending a dime.
Top: Forever 21, Skirt: W118 by Walter Baker, Shoes+Backpack: JustFab