October 24, 2014

#TargetStyle: Real Talk Test Drive

Remember when you guys voted for me to style this piece? Well... besides a good black or white blazer, I’ve been out of the blazer game since I left the “corporate” world in 2009. Maybe you wear a blazer every day?! Well either way, today’s post with Target is all about taking a not-so-basic piece and test driving it for a day. Enter this plaid blazer: 

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target blazer, fall fashion, how to wear plaid, distressed denim
target blazer, fall fashion, how to wear plaid, distressed denim
target blazer, fall fashion, how to wear plaid, distressed denim
target blazer, fall fashion, how to wear plaid, distressed denim
target blazer, fall fashion, how to wear plaid, distressed denim
target blazer, fall fashion, how to wear plaid, distressed denim
{merona blazer // j brand jeans // sole society bag & shoes}

Looking back, one of my least favorite things about working in the corporate world was the two different wardrobes: work and play. Back in the day I always tried to challenge myself to style a pencil skirt or button-up outside of work in order to get the most of out of the thousands I spent on suits and such. Now that I’ve taken this plaid blazer for a test drive, I love that it can easily go from work to happy hour with a change of pants! Or for myself, this can just be an everyday work outfit like it was yesterday. Are you into plaid as much as I am right now? 

{pursuing casual Friday}




Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

October 22, 2014

Perfect Fall Hats Under $60

Whether you're a hat person or not, we can all agree that hats are having a moment.  If one were to peruse the archives of Pursuit of Shoes there may or not be commentary on how "I just don't do hats, they're not my thing." Never say never! The best way to ease into the trend is buying a hat that won't break the bank a la these: 



And if for some reason you need a little hat outfit inspo there's always Pinterest or Pursuit of Shoes



October 21, 2014

East vs. West Style: Fall Boots

My favorite part about our East vs. West fall series is watching the the outfit progressions; we all start out super summery and as the weeks go on it turns into fur, coats and booties... 
{district sparkle // living after midnite // the right shoes // envision pretty // pursuit of shoes // oopmh.}

Of course, this week is my favorite because we're focusing on boots! These have been in heavy rotation this fall (as seen here and here) and this time around I paired them with a flirty skater dress and plaid coat for Sunday date night:
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fall date night outfit, how to wear plaid coat, black booties, sole society, layering for fall, lulus fashion
fall date night outfit, how to wear plaid coat, black booties, sole society, layering for fall, lulus fashion

Truth be told I enjoy a good coat every once in awhile (keywords: once in awhile) and this plaid lovely is a keeper. I'm imagining a very monochromatic look with a pop of plaid in the future! Another keeper is the livefashionABLE clutch which helps create sustainable business in Africa. It's great when fashion meets a good cause, especially when the product looks and feels as incredible as the Tigist clutch.

Cheers to Tuesday, shoe lovers! 

October 20, 2014

A Very Venice Fall

Today is all about casual weekend vibes... really "Venice-y" ones:
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fall, outfit, how-to, piperlime, booties, hats, denim guide
fall, outfit, how-to, piperlime, booties, hats, denim guide
{rag & bone jeans & steve madden booties c/o piperlime // sole society hat c/o // j. crew silk cami // banana republic cardi - similar here}

Remember the Hot Cheetos and Takis song? I currently have the same enthusiasm for hats and booties - hmm, I see a fashion blogger music video in the future. Anyway, I digress. Based on a few recent posts  (a la here)  it's safe to say that fall isn't complete without some type of hat x bootie combo. Piperlime  sent over these booties last week and at first I was a little nervous but quickly realized how different and awesome they are from the typical culprits; sometimes black and cognac booties won't do the trick when you're feeling sassy!

{pursuing a very Venice fall}


October 17, 2014

Fun in the Sun with Olay Fresh Effects Sunscreen

Lately, I’ve been on the go-go-go... even more than normal. On top of that a few trips to New York have turned my sleep schedule upside down (as proven by my 4:30am tweets). Over the weekend I spent some time with my sisters in LA and San Diego and decided to test out Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Moisturizing Sunscreen. My skin has taken a toll from the recent lack of sleep and I knew a weekend of playing mom and big sis was only going to make it that much better worse. Here’s a little recap of our weekend and my thoughts on Olay’s new Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen:


Saturday It’s going to be a busy day and it was somewhat of a late night last night. Aka, I look like a hot mess. I put on Olay Fresh Effects {Soak Up the Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen under my makeup and head out to pick up sister number 1.


12:00pm Baby sister in tow (she’s actually 12) and we’re off to AYSO soccer. Yay, for playing soccer mom! A quick check in the review mirror and my face looks surprisingly refreshed. #thankgoodness
olay fresh effects sunscreen, beach time

2:00pm Soccer game underway, sitting in direct LA sunlight (it’s 80+ degrees, btw), and grateful that I have sunscreen in my moisturizer. Feeling like a proud sister when my little sister scores a goal! 

4:00pm Off to San Diego to visit our other sister who’s a college student at USD! 3 hour drive here we come. 

7:00pm Starving college student sister is dying for In-n-out and I’m dying to take a nap. Little sisters always win! Skin still looks surprisingly awake... 

9:00pm Sleepover musts: at-home manis, popcorn and a movie. I’m forcing them to watch Now and Then – it’s a CLASSIC! 

Sunday planning to have a beach day with the girls then back to Los Angeles 
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8:00am wake up and get the girls up! We’ve got things to do, there is no time for sleeping in. Going with a no-make face today, just Olay’s Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Moisturizing Sunscreen. Literally this stuff is magical – it’s like instant beauty sleep! 

10:00am Acaia bowls on the beach is pretty much the best breakfast situation ever! 
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11:00am early beach excursions are the best and feeling protected and beautiful with my sunscreen... #sisterselfie
olay fresh effects sunscreen, beach time

1:00pm next stop: shooting for the blog. College sis is my photog most of the time and I’m definitely taking advantage now that we’re in beautiful SD. I re-apply Olay’s moisturizing sunscreen and put on some makeup to shoot 3-4 looks like this one and this one

5:00pm now back to LA and so grateful for a fun 24 hours with the girls. Tired is an understatement but surprisingly my skin would tell you differently. 

If you’re a sleep-deprived busy bee like myself (aren’t we all?) I definitely suggest trying out Olay’s new Fresh Effects {Soak Up The Sun Protection!} Lightweight Moisturizing Sunscreen; definietely keeping it in my purse for any fun-in-the-sun occasion,  especially with LA's Endless Summer



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

October 16, 2014

Styling Flannel x Denim

Currently, all things plaid and gingham are A- OK in my life. 
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how to style flannel shirt, jimmy choo shoes, denim skirt, fall style, what is fashion
how to style flannel shirt, jimmy choo shoes, denim skirt, fall style, what is fashion
how to style flannel shirt, jimmy choo shoes, denim skirt, fall style, what is fashion
how to style flannel shirt, jimmy choo shoes, denim skirt, fall style, what is fashion
how to style flannel shirt, jimmy choo shoes, denim skirt, fall style, what is fashion
how to style flannel shirt, jimmy choo shoes, denim skirt, fall style, what is fashion
{obey flannel shirt c/o lulus // lovers + friends denim skirt - in darker wash // jimmy choo heels}

The trouble with flannel is that it has the tendency to look dowdy unless styled correctly. To give it a little sass I paired it with my fave L+F denim skirt; definitely flirtier than your basic jeans. I wore this to dinner the other night with a few blogger friends and, of course, the outfit question of the night was "are those heels comfy?" My answer: pain is beauty (sometimes). While gorgeous, these Jimmy Choos are not for those who a) have trouble walking in heels or b) have sensitive feet. Aka they hurt a bit. #shoetruth 

{pursuing flannel x denim}






October 14, 2014

East vs. West Style: Oversized Knits

While I'm living in endless summer over here, I know that the rest of you are starting to snuggle up for fall which means lots of scarves and chunky sweaters. Yay layers! The girls and I are back with our 3rd week of East vs. West and we're sharing ways to style oversized knits:
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{district sparkle // living after midnite // the right shoes // envision pretty // pursuit of shoes // oomph.}

Ooh this could be a leather pants post as well! 
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fall layers, lulus sweaters, how to wear oversized knits, fall style
fall layers, lulus sweaters, how to wear oversized knits, fall style
fall layers, lulus sweaters, how to wear oversized knits, fall style
{jack by bb dakota cardigan // t by alexander wang tee //  blank nyc vegan leather pants // lulus purse // sole society ring // sam edelman heels}

As you know, I love a good black & white ensemble no matter what the season. Are you busting out the big cardis and sweaters yet? I have to say that a grey waterfall cardi will stand the test of "trendy" fashion times; this is one of many in my closet. 

{pursuing oversized knit looks}