Butter

Free People lace top and crop top, Blank Denim jeans, Karen Walker sunglasses, Earring from Hunt & Gather (San Diego)

Dolls, how impossible is it to find the perfect pair of jeans? And I’ve never found a pair of jeans I didn’t love. Of course, finding a pair of jeans that actually loves me in return, now that’s another story. At 6 feet in heels, length is usually my biggest obstacle. Which reminds me, I have something to say to all you wonderful short girls. Do NOT complain about jeans being too long. I can’t hear it. There is a very simple solution for you. It’s called tailoring. Most stores hem in house and for free, which means you aren’t even inconvenienced.  Too short jeans, on the other hand, that is a major problem. You can’t take the jeans to the tailor to make them a few inches longer. And so we poor tall girls suffer endlessly in search of the perfect pair of long enough jeans. Not to mention all the other challenges that come with finding the perfect pair. But I digress.

These jeans I found at CUSP. They are kind of like jeggings, i.e., butter on my legs, but better because they are flared. I’ve practically lived in these things since I bought them, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get when I wear them. Best part: they were under $100, which is at least $100 less than I’ve spent on all the other pairs that I barely wear. Loves it!

photographs by Manuel Vinicio  http://www.manuelvinicio.com/

 

 

 

 

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Oh yes, she did....

Wildfox tank, Mara Hoffman bikini, Free People cutoffs, Madewell bag, Sam Edelman shoes, Super sunglasses

For some folks, like me, life is a fashion show and the outside world a stage. So when I decided to take a trip to the beach in Malibu this weekend, you can bet I didn’t miss the opportunity to put together my perfect beach ensemble, four-inch platform wedges included. Now for those of you who would never wear heels to the beach, and would scoff at the person who does, to each her own. But when I’m preparing for the walk on the catwalk, I take a good long look in the mirror, put on my best pout, strike a pose, and ask myself, “What would Victoria do?” And more often than not, I make my stage debut in heels, feeling brazenly confident that Victoria would do the same.

 

 

 

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The One

Free People tank and rings, Bailey 44 skirt, Super sunglasses

I’m probably not alone when I say that every season brings a new “constantly worn wardrobe staple.” It’s usually one of those purchases you don’t think much of when it is made, and maybe not even the one you are the most enthusiastic about buying. It’s probably not the most expensive thing you purchased this season and likely not the most exciting either. But for some reason, it’s THE ONE. For me, this summer, there are two. My first is this black maxi skirt I found at Nordstrom. It is amazingly soft, just the right length, and so comfortable I could sleep in it. In fact, every time I open my closet, I have to exercise restraint not to grab it and put it on. It can be worn with just about everything. A crop top lends it a sexy look while a fitted tank and jean jacket create a more casual vibe. I’ve worn mine for something as low-key as a pedicure at the corner nail salon and to look uber sexy at a pool party where I forewent the bikini bottoms (beware of panty lines ladies) and just wore a bikini top and sandals.

My second is the crop top. I have about three versions of this top. It looks amazing with jeans for a casual look; with a short fitted skirt (Pleasure Doing Business, for instance) for a night on the town; with cut-off shorts for a beach day; or like here, with a maxi, for a day of shopping.

 

photographs by Manuel Vinicio  http://www.manuelvinicio.com/

 

 

 

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Twinkies

From InStyle Magazine.

I love these girls. I love their style. I love their clothing lines. I love this look. They make cut-offs look so glam. Oh, and apparently, they have a new t-shirt line.

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Ode to Summer

H&M dress, J Crew belt, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent shoes, Jack Rabbit bag, Gucci sunglasses

Just when the sun is finally warm enough for us to entertain the idea of going out in a little sundress, and the marine layer that has given June it’s gloom moniker starts to fade, and the excitement of the outdoor fourth of July festivities leaves us with the sensation that summer has finally arrived, something devastating happens. For us magazine junkies, we may first take note of this tragedy when we catch a glimpse of those words, “fall preview,” on the covers of the issues that have  just arrived, in the heart of summer, mind you. For others, avid shoppers perhaps, we arrive at our favorite shopping destinations where we are greeted, not only with summer sales, but also (gasp!) fall clothes! Just last weekend, I saw sweaters and fur on display at Bloomies! Now for this summer baby, and all of us who may not have summer breaks but still longingly hold onto the memories of yesteryear and the childhood excitement that came with everything summer, beginning with the last day of school for the year (best day ever, remember?), fall’s arrival and everything that comes with it  can wait until September. Indeed, it’s not actually proper autumn until at least mid-October in sunny So-Cal, so putting off fall shopping until after Labor Day is not only perfectly appropriate, but sensible. Please fall, let us enjoy these precious days of summer without reminding us of the cold, dark months that lie ahead. In essence, come back later, you are not yet welcome here.

photographs by Manuel Vinicio  http://www.manuelvinicio.com/

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