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Opening Ceremony meets Pendleton dress, Chloe docs, Nordstrom over-the-knee socks, gifted Coach Classics x Net-a-Porter Stewardess bag (so obsessed)

Despite doing a fair amount of online shopping while I was on bed-rest (in the comfort of my undies), now that I actually have to put on real-people clothes again, I find myself continually reaching for this tent dress. Every girl needs a good tent for when you have to wear fabric, but would really rather be naked. Preferably one with built in style like these excess frills that give the appearance that I put in a modicum of effort. Plus, tents don’t irritate my healing scar like all my tighter options. Definitely a keeper. And the knee-highs? Always a favorite but the real truth is I haven’t waxed my legs since the Dark Ages… hey, you you’d be a bit fuzzy if you’d been cooped up for a month too! The highs and lows of social constructs. The shoes however did take some effort to lace up… baby steps. Next week I think I’ll tackle separates again… and maybe a little body hair removal, too. Maybe.

In other news, I’m moving into a cute new apartment this week (Silverlake – Insert your hipster joke here then meet me at Intelligentsia and say it to my face!) which means eyeing design blogs and forcing myself to get rid of all the clothes/shoes/etc. I’ve been hoarding. Watch this space for a mini virtual yard sale soon!

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On loan from NET-A-PORTER (sponsor): 3.1 Phillip Lim drawstring leather shorts (love), Pamela Love Triple X cuff (both looks) and Aurélie Bidermann gold-dipped lace cuff.

Paired with my own: Freeway Eyewear 405s, AA sleeveless shirt, beauty supply turban, Chloé docs, red Zara tulip dress.

Here’s a twofer (okay, who knew that was in the dictionary? I definitely didn’t until right now when it didn’t come up red in spell-check) because Net-a-Porter (!) kindly sent over some very fun toys to play with (just for play, sadly not for keeps) and then I couldn’t resist slipping on my holiday dress… especially since I teased a bit via twitter.

Now let’s give a proper moment to the glorious Pamela Love and this Triple X cuff… A lot of my cuffs border on Shera/Warrior Princess territory but I’m obsessed with how delicate this one manages to read. If anyone is searching for an extra special gift for pretty much any lady, I’d recommend a Pamela Love piece. Or really, stick anything from Net-a-Porter under the tree and you’d make someone very, very jolly… Despite the luxury we’ve all come to know and love NAP for they have a beautiful stocking stuffer selection too. I’m a fan of all the little Smythson notebooks and of course the best part of online shopping: Sort > Price > Low to high…

As for myself, outside of holiday party dressing, I haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit much and my wishlist is pretty bare this season. All I want is mental clarity and you definitely can’t get that at the mall, so I’m totally cool just focusing on fam and friends. But since family & friends aren’t great at taking “please, don’t get me anything” as an answer… tell me what’s on your holiday list this year so I can get inspired!?

PS – a snap of how I wore the dress to the William Rast Target party below the cut!

and thank you NAP!!

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Diaper denim shorts from Topshop, J. Crew tee, Chloe Docs, F21 + Noir + Ninaki rings, Luxirare cuff, Tom Ford glasses, gifted Illamasqua lipstick in Growl, gifted* Timex Originals watch

Is it incredibly lame to make yourself friendship bracelets? Nah. Well, maybe, but who cares. I don’t believe for a second that all these girls with arms full of them have that many BFFs and I surely don’t (but I couldn’t ask for anything better than the ones I do have!). Anyway, my very best friend for life, my mommy, came over the other day to catch up over old photos I found in my Grandmother’s attic and we ended up sitting and braiding these together – getting great mileage out of my $10 super-sized bag of rainbow embroidery floss. Wore this look out in Santa Monica with Sean, who is a huge fan of the drop-crotch diaper look (not).

While I’m waiting for Fashion Month to be over before I talk about my favorite collections, can we just have a brief BFF love-fest post? Ok, I’ll start. One of my very best friends, Leah (who is no doubt reading this, so hi!) is away in Kenya for a year doing amazing work (it’s so nice to use the word “amazing” in the not-so-hyperbolic sense for a change!) for the Kibera School for Girls and I could not be more proud of her. Luckily we’ve got Skype to make the distance a little less painful and the photos she sends me of the kids are priceless. But I have to make sure she remembers who her first little African baby was! I wish I could go visit her, but I’m super excited to see what textiles and trinkets she brings me back (hint hint, Leah!). Anything in particular I should have her keep an eye out for? Man, I’m selfish.

Your turn.

*You’ve probably noticed those Timex banners on my sidebar? The watch in this post was sponsored by them and I love it! Thank you Timex. FTC compliance here.

ETA: My hair in this post is brought to you by this poodle from a Japanese dog grooming magazine. You just never know where inspiration may strike…

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Topshop striped sweater,  knit shorts from random store on Melrose Ave., Chloe Docs, Luxirare cuff, Dav OTK socks from Gilt

Out of my 6-odd days in NYC, I’d say 4 of them were outfitted from a last minute trip to Goodwill before I left LA. $40 well spent. This, however, isn’t one of those outfits, but there are photos of the aforementioned that I promise to scrounge up later.

I can’t even pretend there was much thought that went into this look, so I won’t expound. However I did successfully pack a single carry-on (a friendly “suck it!” to all those who doubted me) and thus avoided Delta’s $23 bag-check fee (a not-so-friendly “suck it!” to Delta). Subsequently, I tested my restraint and creativity, but luckily I had my new Chloe Docs* that cost a mint (what up, ramen dinner?) but dress up everything. So glad they are finally mine – though as good as they look, the construction is shit. I’ve now had 3 confirmed reports – 1 being my own – of the wedge falling off and needing repair. But I’m really not complaining, I looove them and wore them daily in NYC.

Oh and what, if anything, did you all do for Fashion’s Night Out? Sean and I picked the perfect stoop outside of the Marc store to anti-socially watch the action. Spotted Kanye, Anna & Marc. I personally think FNO should be retired now, since it seems to have lost any of its intent… I could not have been more turned off from shopping than I was that night…

FNO madness aside, I had a fantastic time in NYC! I did close to nothing runway-related, but having a lot of my friends all in one city at the same time was too good to pass up. Though I barely saw everything and everyone I wanted to in such a short stay, so I’ll definitely be back soon!

*obtained through a little serendipity via one of my favorite style bloggers Jayne of Stop it Right Now

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