Earn Your Stripes

1. Splendid Sweater, 2. MHL by Margaret Howell Pullover, 3. T by Alexander Wang Top

     Who comes to mind when you think of striped tops? Surely Audrey Hepburn, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Pablo Picasso. Maybe even Louis Tomlinson for the boy band fangirling teens (I'm guilty, no doubt). Icons like these are known for regularly wearing the line design and have cemented it as a classic style. Such a wearable pattern is definitely worth buying as an investment piece, and these striped sweaters and tees are sure to last you for years.


Monday Muse: Binki Shapiro

Acne Sweater, Zara Skinny Jeans, Reformation Knuckle Ring and Initial Ring, J.Crew Loafers

     If your name is Binki, the cool factor is already 99% there. However there's so much more to admire about Binki Shapiro, making her the first of my Monday Muse series... The stunning songstress not only creates some of my favorite music but also serves as a wonderful source of fashion inspiration. Binki sings for Little Joy (who's self-titled album includes go-to summer songs) and recently collaborated with Adam Green on an album filled with duets best described as divine. Her style is super simple and effortless; even while performing in a basic white t-shirt she never fails to look chic.


Ballet Beautiful

American Apparel Hair Clip, J.Crew Peplum Top, Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish, Elizabeth Knight Crown Ring, See by ChloƩ Tiered Skirt, Repetto Ballet Flats

     I've always dreamed of being a ballerina. They have such poise, grace, strength, and stunning costumes to boot. The work of the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas has deepened my admiration of ballet attire. Two of my favorite Degas pieces, La Classe De Dance and  La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans feature pastels, ruffly tutus, striking black chokers, and dainty slippers that have me absolutely giddy. I love the idea of interpreting a ballet look into street wear  by swapping a tutu for a peplum, a black choker for a bow tie hair clip, and accessorizing with dainty jewelry and feminine nail polish. The ballet slippers are a must, and Repetto (a genuine ballet slipper vendor) has the best on the market. Let's get twirling! 5, 6, 7, 8…


Channeling Chung

APC Madras Blouse, Reformation Dress, J.Crew Booties

     It's no secret that Alexa Chung is a main source of my style inspiration. Her look is one I've admired for years now, and I constantly find myself putting together outfits with her as a muse. From my new short, wavy haircut to choosing to layer overalls with a billowing blouse, it seems pretty clear that I'm channeling Chung.


The Tortoise Always Wins

1. 525 America, 2. Zara, 3. J.Crew, 4. Madewell

     Today in Los Angeles it may be 79 degrees and sunny, but all I want to do is wear a turtleneck. After recently re-watching Breakfast at Tiffany's, I found myself especially fond of one of Holly Golightly's less infamous outfits featuring a boxy, oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater. Hepburn looked absolutely marvelous in her cozy knit. A modern-day take on the chunky turtleneck look can often be seen on Swedish style star Elin Kling (see above, here, and here), who often pairs the sweater silhouette with a tight, cropped pant and masculine loafers or jet black stilettos. It's a look that I'm itching to don, but unless the weather miraculously drops 30 degrees I'll be stuck with my plain old, thin and neckless sweaters. Who would've thought a girl would ever dream of wearing a turtleneck?!