Holiday Look: Black Sheer Pants

Holiday Look: Black Sheer Pants

The holidays come once a year, use it as a time to go outside the box (in terms of your closet). I was hesitant when I picked out these pants due to the sheer look of them. But, as I showed them to my roommate, she said “YES” you must wear these. If the sheer isn’t your look, I went ahead and linked many other beautiful similar styled pants below.

One benefit to these “sheer” pants is that they are not completely sheer depending on the angle that you look at them. You’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty fun and different holiday look. Besides being able to wear it as a holiday look, it is also so versatile. You can swap out the long sleeve ruffled sweater for a bodysuit or a cute crop top. You can also swap out the open toe for a cute pair of pointed toe shoes. If you’re going for a more elegant look, add a light weight fur jacket and a little bit of jewelry and voila! You are ready!  Oh, and be sure to add a bold lip!

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

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Fall Girl’s Trip Pt. 1

Fall Girl’s Trip Pt. 1

As you know I flew into one of my favorites places for a little girl’s getaway weekend in Colorado. Ali and I are both from California, but we both went to school in Colorado (at different times) and actually met each other in Los Angeles a couple years ago through a mutual friend. We’re a couple years apart which is why we hadn’t met in college but after meeting her at a 4th of July party, we immediately hit it off. We often get asked if we’ve known each other for years, but really it’s been just a little over two years.

We came right around the perfect time of the year. It was right before autumn completely left us but also just in time to pull out our winter clothes.Upon leaving for our trip, the weather in Los Angeles had been very warm and by warm I mean 110 degrees. Heading out to Denver was the perfect escape. I don’t think most people would wish for the snow, or at least not people in LA. As we headed out the day after our arrival we could smell that manure smell from Greeley, which meant it would snow! The light in our eyes brightened and though it didn’t snow for our shoot, the snow came falling down later that day. It was the perfect welcoming gift.

Upon our arrival at The Ritz-Carlton Denver, we were greeted by warm chocolate chips cookies in our living room.  One of the best perks of the The Ritz-Carlton Denver is their club level access, which includes about 4-5 food settings daily and an array of top shelf liquor (from hard alcohol to the best wines). Not only does the club level serve delicious bites and cocktails, but it is located on the 12th floor of the hotel where the views of downtown and beyond are stunning. It’s the perfect place to head for a sunset drink and appetizer before heading out to dinner. That’s exactly what we did. We had a few of snacks, specifically the bacon wrapped dates with chorizo, and a few glasses of wine, to hold us over until we had dinner reservations at The Source (Acorn). Here are a few of my favorite dishes: kale & apple salad, hamachi, gnocchi, wagyu beef tartare toast, and the meatballs. All of the dishes are meant to be shared so be sure to try a few dishes!

We spent the night out bar hopping, but you can only imagine there are only so many bars open on an off night but when you enjoy someone’s company, you don’t really care if a bar is super busy. It gave us the opportunity to talk, catch up and Ali’s friend had met us out. We went back to the The Ritz-Carlton Denver and ordered room service, because you just have to! We got the steak quesadillas and I love a good chicken tender dish late at night!

The next morning was spent eating breakfast at the club level enjoying the morning sunrise, sipping almond milk lattes and catching up on some work emails. We decided it was appropriate to kick start our morning with a bottle of champagne and some mimosas. This time, we chose to stay local and walked around Larimer Square and Union Station. Both are places that I recommend if you are looking to do something local and looking to grab a bite to eat. We had lunch at “The Kitchen” and I suggest the pasta bolognese and a glass of white wine. They pair very well together for a cool day.  If you are looking to get out of Denver, I recommend going to Boulder and staying at the St. Julien or renting a car and visiting the mountains. If you need recommendations on which mountain to travel to, please email me and I would be thrilled to share!

If you’re looking to plan a girl’s getaway or a getaway with your significant other, I highly recommend coming to the The Ritz Carlton Denver. Currently, they are offering several different overnight and daytime packages. You can find them here. We loved how central the hotel was to downtown and the highlands. Depending on where you visit when you leave the hotel, they have a courtesy shuttle service which was easy for us to get around as well as our pick-up from union station. I was able to call the hotel right before I got off the light rail, and the courtesy shuttle was there upon my arrival. There’s no better way to be greeted to a hotel than with the club level views of the most beautiful sunset and a glass of champagne. For more information on club level access and accommodations, you can reach the hotel at 303-312-3800.

Photography: Noah Berg Photography 

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Red Velvet Jumpsuit

Red Velvet Jumpsuit

What I love the most about the holidays is gathering with friends over drinks and the opportunity to get dressed up. I recently found this red velvet jumpsuit, which I found to be perfect to wear at one of the many dinner parties we have planned over the next few weeks.

Velvet Jumpsuit | Velvet Heels | Clutch

The red velvet jumpsuit is perfect to wear to a dinner party, night out with the girls and to holiday parties because we all know we will be attending so many of these events. I recommend sizing down, I usually wear a size small but would go down in an XS for this jumpsuit. I also loved that the jumpsuit has pockets, if you choose to leave the clutch at home and keep your bare minimum essentials in your pockets.

I paired the velvet jumpsuit with  some velvet heels and a black clutch. I also love this pair of velvet heels (less expensive), and this pair.  I also love this black striped jumpsuit, this pink jumpsuit with a tie belt, and this pleated pearl jumpsuit. The last three jumpsuits are all under $100. See more of my favorites linked below.

Photography: Christy Kendall 

 

Cable Knit Sweater

Cable Knit Sweater

I have been craving sweater weather. And, pretending it is sweater weather has been rather difficult with temperatures soaring near 110 these last few days. At first, I thought I could swing a sweater and some boots during some cooler weather, but as the heat wave came back, the wardrobe switched quite quickly back to summer dresses and flowy dresses.

Sweater (less expensive here) | Frame Denim | Chanel Boots | YSL Bag (less expensive here

I am one of those people that finds a good sweater and will wear that sweater over and over because of its comfort. Not only did I find this sweater recently, but I love just how cute and easy it is to pair. Here, you can see me wearing the sweater with a pair of black denim and some booties but I am so looking forward to wearing this sweater with some leggings and OTK boots during my Colorado trip.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall 

Mixing Textures

Mixing Textures

 

Happy Monday! I know most of us dread the idea of Monday coming around, but as of late I find that I have been waking up to Mondays prepared to tackle them. Partially, because I have decided to spend more time outdoors and moving rather than going out late and then feeling awful the next day. I know you know what I’m talking about!

I am so wishing it felt more like fall around Los Angeles, but with record high temperatures it’s hard to even pretend that it’s fall or consider the idea of wearing boots or a knit sweater. Luckily, I am traveling to Colorado in the next few days and I am very hopeful that the crisp cool air will allow me to wear my new favorite OTK boots (c/o) with a few of the outfits I plan to bring. These boots have become one of my favorites with the perfect heel height making it comfortable to walk around long periods of time, wearing out to dinner and the sole being cushioned adds some added comfort to the overall boot.

 

Photography: Christy Kendall