Even though Holiday decorations have been out for weeks we always feel like Black Friday is the first official day we can start to shop for festive Holiday attire. We all have a few parties in the books, whether it’s a casual gift exchange with friends, a family Hannukah dinner or a fancy New Years Eve party! What better way to kick off the shopping extravaganza with some Holiday outfit inspiration.
Velvet is very versatile and pairs well with everything from denim to a cocktail dress, so we can see why everyone is sporting this luxurious fabric. We are seeing it in statement tops, classic blazers, skirts, dresses and even pants. Velvet pants however, can often be difficult to pull off so we like to stick with tops, jackets and shoes which look great on everyone!
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Pleated skirts are everywhere this season, especially in midi length flowy silhouettes. Whether it’s in jewel tones or classic black, we love how they look paired with a statement pump or a high heeled bootie. If you aren’t ready to commit to the full length skirt, this shorter pleated skirt from Banana Republic is a great way to test the waters.
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Longer pleated skirts can create a lot of volume so we like to keep the top simple and fitted. A classic slim-fitting crew neck sweater, a slinky tank, a tailored long sleeve blouse or a slim leather jacket work perfectly.
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Statement tops are a great way to elevate a favorite pair of jeans or ground elegant stovepipe slacks. Depending on what you’re looking for, there is something for everyone! Bell sleeve and full sleeve silhouettes like this One by Stylekeepers can easily go from the office to cocktails. More tailored silhouettes like this off-the-shoulder Petersen blouse always look great on everyone.
Adding a little sparkle is such a fun way to update classic pieces we wear every day. Sequins is a Holiday staple that looks great in small doses and works best when it’s worn on one statement piece such as a jacket, clutch, shoes or tank top. We also love to pair a sequin pencil skirt with our favorite denim!
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One trend we have been loving this fall is embroidered denim. We’re seeing it everywhere, whether it’s an ornate floral design or a simple monogram. Embroidering denim is a simple and colorful way to update an old pair of jeans, a denim shirt or even a favorite jacket! Using a simple chain stitch you can easily personalize a basic wardrobe staple with a few strands of embroidery floss and a needle. Because we love a good monogram, we decided to personalize our own favorite jeans with a set of bright red initials. The best part is, when you’re tired of the stitching you can simply take it out!
Using the fabric marking pencil, start by writing your initials on the denim of your choice. If you’re monogramming a pair of jeans, the upper corner on a back pocket or just above a front pocket are great places. If you’re embroidering a jacket or shirt, placing a monogram just above the front pocket or on the cuff look great as well. Thread the embroidery needle with the embroidery floss and tie a knot at the end of the floss.
Making a chain stitch looks a lot more complicated than it really is. Run the needle through the fabric, from back to front, at the bottom of the first letter. Make your first stitch by placing the needle back down into the denim along the line of the letter. Start making your next stitch by bringing the needle back up through the denim from front to back, just a little bit above the first stitch, making sure that you are following the lines of the letter.
To make the first chain stitch, run the needle through the first stitch from right to left. Then place the needle back down the hole through which you just drew the thread through. Now you’ve made your first chain stitch!
Continue making chain stitches, following the lines of the letters you’ve made with the pencil.
When you finish the first letter, make a knot in the thread at the back of the denim and cut the thread. Then begin again on the next letter.
Our DIY monograms were really simple and took only about 20 minutes to make, but a few major retailers like Madewell and J.Crew offer customized denim monogramming and embroidery services as well. If you’re looking for more embroidery inspiration, we’ve put together a few of our favorites:
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How often do we reach into the bottomless pit of our tote bags, scrambling to find a lip balm, or schlep that same tote bag into a store when we really only needed our wallet and keys? We have recently become completely obsessed with using pouches in every size and color because they are the ultimate multi-tasking accessory.
We use bags like this Legend of Lido pouch for everything, from organizing our kids’ snacks and toys to a night on the town. We especially love how Happily Eva After paired her colorful clutch with jeans and leopard sandals to give her outfit some pop! Because we can’t get enough of these pouches, we’ve put together a collection of our favorites that can seamlessly go from a tote bag accessory to an evening clutch:
1. Mark and Graham Foldover Clutch ($29.99), 2. Legend of Lido Rays of Aloe Pouch ($89), 3. Bungalow LA Kampala Travel Bag ($42), 4. Monserrat De Lucca Leather Pouch ($150), 5. Baggu Leather Clutch ($29), 6. Mark and Graham Leather Pouch ($49.99), 7. Sole Society Faux Leather Clutch ($44.95), 8. Legend of Lido Jaipur Pouch ($72), 9. Herschel Clutch ($44.99), 10. Madewell Small Zip Pouch ($18.50)
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Father’s Day is just around the corner and our kids couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this special day with their dads. Our kids put so much time and love into the special gifts or cards they make each year and they can’t wait to present them on Father’s Day. We take a slightly different approach and head straight to johnnie-O for a few Summer essentials for our husbands. We love johnnie-O because it’s West coast prep style goes seamlessly from the beach to a dinner with friends…and our husbands love it because it’s comfortable and stylish.
Trucker Hat, Men’s Graphic Tee, Johnnie-O Jr. Tee, Men’s SurfSucker Surf Short, Jr. Surf sucker Surf Short, Featherweight FlipFlops
johnnie-O always has a well-curated selection of polos, button downs and beach-worthy T-shirts, which makes stylish dressing a completely effortless task for our husbands. Right now we are especially loving the buttery soft, slightly worn look of the Sunburnt Polo paired with a preppy Surfsucker short, and the Quinn jacket for chilly evenings at the beach.
Mack Button Down, Stackhouse 1/4 Zip Pullover, Baja Shorts, Trucker Hat, Featherweight Flip Flops
We are excited to announce that our favorite men’s brand is partnering with us for a special Father’s Day promo! Do you want to win the ultimate Father’s Day gift: 3 polos a month for 3 months? All you need to do is click on the photo below to enter a chance to win the giveaway by midnight, June 12th. We’ll announce the winner on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) on Monday June 13th, so be on the look out to see if you’re the lucky one!
Happy Father’s Day!
Ashley + Hallman
Last Summer we started seeing a resurgence of the one piece. While it took us a little while to get behind the trend, this Summer we are completely on board! The new one piece is no longer the “mom” bathing suit we remember, it’s equal parts classy, sophisticated and ever so slightly sexy. We are seeing everything from traditional Maillots, to daring prints, interesting cut-outs and plunging necklines. We love the style, quality and fabric of this Marysia one piece. Truth be told…it is a bit pricey, but one thing we’ve learned is that a well made suit is worth the investment. Whatever your preference or price range, we have you covered with our favorite one piece bathing suits for this Summer!
1. Marysia Antibes Maillot, 2. Mara Hoffman Fractals Cut Out One Piece, 3. Zara V-Neck Swimsuit, 4. Old Navy Scallop-Trim Swimsuit, 5. Solid & Striped Anne-Marie, 6. J.Crew Cutout One Piece, 7. Kate Spade Bandeau Maillot, 8. Topshop Maui One Piece
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The weather is warm, the sun is out and it’s almost Easter! We always look forward to this time of year, not only for the warmer days and fun holidays, but also the flirty and feminine Springtime dresses. We are drawn to dresses that can go from day to night because that’s how we live our lives. This black and white striped Madewell dress is our ideal Spring dress…it looks fabulous with a pair of bright flats, sporty tennies or even a great heel. We are so inspired by the perfect wear-anywhere dress that we put together our favorites for this season…a few of which we are sure to add to our wardrobe very soon!
1. Madewell ($155), 2. Banana Republic ($178), 3. J.Crew ($98), 4. Tracy Reese ($148), 5. Kate Spade Stripe Dress ($398), 6. Eliza J ($138), 7. Kate Spade Bow Back Dress ($428), 8. Tory Burch ($495)
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We live in our workout gear! Sometimes, wearing workout gear all day is the only way we can squeeze in a workout. There are days we wear out workout gear because it is comfortable and easy, but as much as we love leggings and a yoga tank, we try hard to look put together and stylish no matter what we are wearing. By throwing on jacket or putting on a fun pair of shoes your workout gear can take you throughout your day whether you break a sweat or not.
Amrita Leggings, Chakra Yoga Tank, J.Crew Denim Jacket, Annabel Ingall Tote Bag
Today, we are sharing a few ways to wear our favorite Sweaty Betty pieces. Sweaty Betty makes it easy to up your workout look because all the pieces are unique, modern and incredibly fashionable. Hallman has been wearing Sweaty Betty since she lived in London and has always loved the style and comfort of their pieces. We especially love their leggings because they are fully opaque, have some fabulous statement prints and are often reversible! Now that Sweaty Betty is stateside and has two new locations in West L.A. (Abbot Kinney and Santa Monica) it is that much easier to look good in your workout gear.
Zero Gravity Run Tights, Niyama Yoga Tank, Indaba Yoga Tee (similar), Chambray Shirt, Perf Leather Slip-On Vans
10K Run Tights (similar), Leopard Slip-on Sneakers, Bag, Jacket
Chandrasana Yoga Leggings, Niyama Yoga Tank, Breeze Merino Run Top
Amrita Yoga Leggings, Anusara Yoga Tank, Barbican Yoga Tee, Metallic Leather Slip-On Vans, Yoga Mat Bag
Spilt 7/8 Run Leggings, Flaunt It Dance Tank, Perf Leather Slip-On Vans, Denim Jacket
Amrita Leggings (in reverse), Field Jacket (similar), Leopard Slip-on Sneakers, Bag
Here’s to looking stylish everyday!
Hallman + Ashley