East Vs. West: Holiday Hostess

December 16, 2014

Being a hostess during the holiday season can be stressful. Baking yummy treats, mixing up the perfect cocktails and wow-ing with festive decor is a tall order! Add in the stress factor of what to wear and hosting could send anyone over the edge! Thank goodness for me, this year I get to play party attendee more than I play host. Regardless, this festive look is the perfect look for a holiday soiree.

I love wearing red and green during the holidays (but preferably one of the colors at a time). This dark green Oasis top is soft, silky and classy. I tucked it into a knee-length lace skirt and added sparkle with my Duo black glitter pumps. Lucky for us on the West Coast, it is still just warm enough to go bare-legs! I did layer the look with one of my favorite leather jackets.

Have you had to play Holiday Hostess this year? Any dressing tips you have for what to wear? I would love to hear from you in the comments! Also, get more inspiration from all the amazing ladies in the East vs. West collaboration:

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East Vs. West: Holiday Shopping

December 9, 2014

Black and Tan Plaid Coat via LuLu*s c/o | Black Top old | Paige Denim Verdugo Jeans | Just Fab Black Booties c/o | Lany Black Tote with gold detail c/o | Gold and Black Pendant necklace via Sugar Pair c/o

If I have to subject myself to holiday shopping out and about (I'd much rather complete it online), it is all about keeping it simple and comfortable. I always bring a large tote so I can bring a backup pair of flats, and also carry goodies I buy. Here in LA, you have to buy your shopping bags which only come in the paper variety - so a tote bag is a must-have!

Wrapping up in a warm coat like this plaid one is also a must. I love the collarless style and the color combination, which goes well with black. The large plaid pattern is classic and festive for the season. See below for a few other plaid coats I love!

Also, make sure to check out the other East vs. West ladies showcasing their holiday shopping style: 

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Zappos Holiday Style

December 8, 2014

Paige Verdugo Ankle Denim in Nottingham via Zappos  

Freebird Bolo Boots in Black via Zappos

In partnership with Zappos, I styled my new Paige jeans and Freebird boots for the holiday season. I've been all about layering with festive colors like my pop of red plaid and warm, functional pieces like my favorite cape. I paired these layers with my go-to Paige Denim skinny jeans, the Verdugo Ankle Denim in Nottingham, from Zappos. These jeans fit great, are comfortable, and don't stretch out throughout the day. I love the soft feel of the denim and the fit of the Verdugo style was made for my shorter 5'3 frame. I think I mentioned before that Paige Denim is based in Los Angeles, and I love supporting brands that are local. Every single pair of Paige Denim is wear-tested and tested again. Whenever I get a new pair of Paige jeans, I know I will have them for a long time. This pair also tucks perfectly into my Freebird Bolo booties.

When we moved to LA from the Midwest, I learned quickly that booties are appropriate for every single occasion out here on the West coast. I am obsessed with the effortless cool that these Freebird booties give off. The combination of the buckles and zippers add a lot of visible interest and the black and brown color combination helps them to match just about anything I wear. They are made of rich-looking, luxe leather and are handcrafted using a 6-step process to ensure each pair is one of a kind. I love that I can get this kind of quality footwear on Zappos.com!

If you are still looking for some Holiday gifting ideas, make sure you check out the Zappos Holiday Gift Guide! Zappos has an insanely large assortment of clothing, shoes and accessories. They offer fast an free shipping, and even have a 365 day return policy. Follow these links for more details about my Paige denim and Freebird by Steven Bolo booties.  You can also check out all the goodness Zappos has online right here!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and, as always, opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Maggy London Holiday Dress

December 4, 2014

Maggy London Lace & Floral Print Dress c/o | GiGi New York Clutch | Black Strappy Heels | Max and Chloe Starburst Bangle | T+J Designs Black and Ruby Drop Earrings c/o

I would have never pictured myself in this curve-hugging midi-length dress... but I guess never say never! The gorgeous black lace paired with the watercolor floral print had me at hello. This dress is sleek, chic and classy - three things I like to look during the holidays, specifically at parties that require dressing up!

Since the dress does all the talking, I paired it with simple black strappy heels and my black personalized GiGi New York clutch. My T+J Designs earrings added instant black and red glam and tied the look together.

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