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February 27, 2013

Spring Forward

The weather was quite beautiful a couple weekends ago and I felt like bringing out this easy breezy dress...

{ LAmade dress c/o // gap hat - similar style // madewell bow ring // gorjana alphabet ring // j. crew clutch - another polka dot bag I <3 // pour la victoire wedges - similar style}

How cutesy is the peek-a-boo back? It's also beyond soft and super comfy - definitely a Spring break cruise essential!

Guess what? LAmade is offering Pursuit readers 20% off their goodies with code PURSUIT20. I'm obsessing over the lace inset shirts and dresses + the bright yellow blazer. Eek!

Can you tell I'm totally ready for Spring?!

February 26, 2013

{Video} February Shoe Haul

I promised myself I wouldn't buy too many pairs of shoes this month. Yeah, it didn't work out too well! The upside is that I bought enough to create a fun Spring Shoe Haul video for you:

zara sandals //  sam edelman 'gigi' // missoni - similar style //  prabal for target sandals // sole society 'addy'}

Are there any other videos you'd like to see from Pursuit? Tell me!

February 25, 2013

A Spring in My Step

Can you feel it? Spring is upon us! The weather is slowly warming up and I'm beyond ready for some new shoes. In anticipation for Spring dressing, I scooped up these Zara beauties...

It's safe to say that Zara is taking over my wardrobe from head to toe. When I saw these sandals I knew they had to be mine and they will certainly be in heavy rotation come warmer temps.

Stay tuned for a fun video later this week. I'll be sharing my February shoe buys that are all perf for Spring! 

February 20, 2013

Peplum + Lace

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day! My friend Shauna Miller of Penny Chic launched her LBD collection for Walmart and Glamour featured the 5 amazing dresses, including 'The Skater' which is modeled by yours truly. It's such a cutesy dress and, of course, I love the neon pink heels we paired with it. Make sure to check out the other styles! 

Other fun news to report: next week (2.27) I'll be joining He from Fashion by He, Allie from Allie Wears, and Katy from SugarLaws for our first Fashion Blogger Google+ Hangout! We're going to chat all things fashion and blogging + answering any questions you have for us. Submit them in the comments section below or to He!

Now back to our regular scheduled programming! Peplum skirts are kind of magical; they are a great way to add faux curves for us petite girls but also accentuate the sexy shape of those who are more bootylicious.  

{zara lace top - similar here & here // zara peplum skirt - similar here & here // gap cheetah print belt // c. wonder tassel clutch // mnologie personalized cuff c/o // zara basic sandals - similar here}

My fave combo: black & white with a pop of color and a touch of animal print. I honestly could wear it everyday, all day... maybe swap in a chambray shirt every once in awhile! 

February 11, 2013

Get Your Glamour On: Wearable Red Carpet Styles

Award season is in full swing and what's better than scouting out all the red carpet styles? Honestly, I feel like half the time I just watch the red carpet portions of the show to see what everyone is wearing and don't tune in for the actual award show! 

Mazda has asked me to share a few of my favorite red carpet styles that are totally wearable off the red carpet. Like Mazda's new CX-9, these lovelies are artfully crafted yet utilitarian. In other words, designed to be practical but still so pretty! 

Jessica Alba's dress was all about the color! It's so easy to translate this look into real life just by scooping up a great coral hued number. Whether you go mod or super sexy, the color itself is so wearable and compliments most skin tons. It's a practical color for everyone just like Mazda's new CX-9 body is a artfully crafted, yet practical car for everyone!

You can't miss the plunging neckline on Taylor's swift white stunner! We can't all walk around exposing our chests in a floor length gown, but you can capture the essence of the look with a great low cut piece. I'm actually loving the bottom white bodysuit options because, like the Mazda CX-9, they are versatile and practical. Think of all the ways you can style them: peplum skirts, pencil skirts, denim, trousers - the list goes on.

For the SAG awards, Jennifer Lawrence rocked a classic navy number with a layering twist. This is such an easy look to take off the red carpet and bring into your daily style. I love the idea of grabbing a navy strapless cocktail dress with peplum or lace details. It's such a sophisticated, yet fun style similar to the newly engineered Mazda CX-9! This dress style definitely calls for fab accessories and some amazing shoes. When doesn't an outfit call for amazing shoes!? 

What are some of your fave red carpet looks so far? Can't wait to see what the stars break out for the Oscars! 

Find out more about the new Mazda CX-9:
For an incredible world, you need an improbable vehicle. So we engineered the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 to surpass your expectations with sophisticated styling and an equally refined, well-appointed seven-passenger interior. Yet it doesn’t compromise on the versatility you need, with ample cargo room and advanced technology like standard Bluetooth phone and audio capability. Explore possibility beyond probability with the Mazda CX-9.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mazda via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mazda.

February 7, 2013

LBD Style: Vegas Baby

Today's the last day of the LBD x The Stylist LA looks so why not go out with a bang... or rather a LITTLE black dress!

 I usually hit Vegas a few times a year and always want a hot dress or two to wear out. It's one of those places where it's okay to step out of your comfort zone and let loose a bit... it's Vegas baby! Let's call a spade a spade- you probably won't wear your "Vegas dress" ever again so why not just borrow it? This Naven dress does not disappoint: 

{naven vixen dress w/ circle skirt  - borrow for $60 // c. wonder tassel clutch // victoria's secret heels}

The name of this dress pretty much sums it up: vixen! I mean the cutouts, plunging neckline, and circle skirt are just hot, hot, hot. I went very minimal with jewelry and added a bold clutch to give it a pop of color. I think the closed-toed heel with the mesh detail reveals just enough to bring this look together. A single sole pump is the way to go with this dress or else you'll start looking like a lady of the night! Spending over $280 for this baby? Ya, not happening. $60 to borrow for one wild night in Vegas? Done & done.

Make sure to check out the first three looks in the LBD x The Stylist LA series: Birthday Girl, Valentine's Day and Guest Of! You can borrow all four dresses for less than buying one... yes, please!!

February 6, 2013

LBD Style: Guest Of...

The LBD x The Stylist LA looks continue and this is the girliest dress yet! Wedding season is just around the corner and if you're like me, you'll want a new dress for the 5 millions weddings you have to attend. Sadly, a calendar full of weddings calls for tons of weddings gifts and other expenses which leaves little for a handful of new dresses. Why buy when you can borrow this Paper Crown beauty?

{paper crown jasper dress - borrow for $60 // t+j designs chain bracelet and necklace // f21 rhinestone bracelet // kate spade bow ring - similar here // zara basic sandals - similar here, here, & here}

It feels very Carrie SATC, right? You can't go wrong with a black cocktail dress for most weddings and this one is the perfect mix of cute & glam. I'm such a big fan but it's definitely a memorable dress, especially with all those weddings pics, that spending $341 to buy it seems a bit out of the question. Borrow for $60? Yes, please! I added a gold belt to really accentuate the waist and some of my signature gold jewels.  Zara's basic sandals were seriously one of my best shoe purchases and they are my go-to wedding shoe because I can dance in them for hours! 

Stay tuned for the last look of the LBD x The Stylist LA series coming tomorrow. It's kind of sizzling... 

February 5, 2013

LBD Style: Valentine's Day

Today's LBD x The Stylist LA look is all about love, Valentine's Day to be exact! Whether you're celebrating with a special someone or making it a girls night, you can't go wrong in a peak-a-boo LBD and red heels:

{nightcap spanish flutter dress - borrow for $60 // sole society 'belinda' - similar here & here // mnologie perspex clutch}

This crocheted lace creation gives just enough "ooh la la" that will have anyone drooling!  To top off the look I paired it with some red hot platforms, a clear perspex clutch, and a red lip. Did someoone say Valentine's Day? The dress retails for $330, but you can borrow it for $60You know my motto: with The Stylist LA, spend a fraction of the retail price for a fabulous dress then accessories with all the glam shoes and jewels from your closet! 

February 4, 2013

LBD Style: Birthday Girl

I celebrated my birthday over the weekend and while I was trying to plan birthday activities and outfits, I thought to myself: "I see a cutesy LBD in my future." That turned into "oh I also need one for Valentine's Day & a girl's Vegas trip" and then the dollar signs started racking up. Obviously I instantly thought about The Stylist LA and how this could be a great new LBD series!

The Stylist LA is a high-end dress borrowing service that allows you to spend a fraction of the retail price for a fabulous dresses then accessories with all the glam shoes and jewels from your closet! If you're in LA, you can also make an appointment to try the dresses or have them come to you.

If you remember the Holiday Style looks I did with The Stylist LA then you'll love the next four days of LBD looks: 

{parker architect beaded dress - borrow for $75 // manolo blahnik bb pump // inpink bracelets}

The art deco beading on this dress is INCREDIBLE and the fit is super fun and comfy. Honestly, what birthday girl doesn't want to shine on her special day? I'm all about a birthday splurge, but $375 to buy vs. $75 to borrow seems like a pretty easy decision to me.  It was tough picking the right shoes, especially after all your lovely comments on instagram! A pop of color is definitely needed for this dress, but I think a single sole heel is the way to go since there is already so much going on with the dress itself. Another option: pair with black pumps and grab a bright clutch to finish it off!

This is what I actually ended up wearing for my birthday dinner as we didn't go all out as I had once planned + I was feeling a bit under the weather.

Stay tuned for another LBD Style X The Stylist LA look tomorrow. It's a look you'll love... hint hint!