[Thursday Trend] Lusting for Leggings

17 Fall Activities All Basic Girls LoveFall in Los Angeles; it’s when scarves, boots and a sweater goes flawlessly together, PSL’s head back to the menu, the tree’s have embarked on their seasonal metamorphosis and the roads are clogged with kids heading back to school.  I’ve never considered myself much of a fashion aficionado but over the last six years in this city, I’ve really honed in on my personal style. And much to my surprise, as of late – that’s included leggings.  Now, until a few years ago – I considered leggings a passe idea reserved for ballerinas, yoga devotees and all you can eat buffets; but thanks to an impromptu dressing room encounter, they’ve gone from a wardrobe-won’t to absolutely necessary item in my closet.  Every color, design, fabric, texture…with pockets, studs, zippers, the works; you could basically say that I’m in lust with my leggings, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Here are a few of my favorites as of late – including a few I’ve bought for myself and my favorite suppliers.  Fall into a pair!

Nasty Gal

Little bit of glitz, little bit of glam – and a whole lot of sex appeal.  I have a healthy love of all things Nasty Gal – and that includes their plethora of leggings. I don’t have a whole lot of their clothing in my closet, because let’s be honest…I’m a baller on a budget and there are other priorities than loading my closet with the latest and greatest fashion (that’s what my Pinterest board is for).  Then I go back and buy it months later if I still love it =D

Nightwalker Tie Me Up Faux Leather Pant - Halloweird

 

 

 

Blackmilk

Sleek, sexy, shimmery patterns and form fitting cuts – I’ve been obsessing over Blackmilk for years now and one of these days, I have my own pair….promise!  Until then, these can satiate my taste…

Aurora Skye Neon Purple Leggings - glows under blacklight!

 

Barbie Spewed On Me Leggings - LIMITED

Target

For a super inexpensive alternative to splurging, head over to Target! These are quite literally the cat’s pajama’s, less than $20 and I cannot wait to wear them out!

 

 Urban Outfitters

They’ve been a favorite store since High School and I simply can’t see them going out of style; well, my sort of style at least.  I can’t wait to get a hold of these guys…

Kimchi Blue Ballerina Legging - Urban Outfitters

 

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Thursday Trend: All That Sparkles

Trust me when I say this: I have no clue how to be trendy.  If you don’t want to take my word for it, you should talk to my best friend.  We met the first day of Freshman year and have been relatively attached to each other ever since.  It wasn’t one of those “We hung out off and on and then slowly our friendship developed things” – it’s the platonic equivalent of love at first sight. We used to compare notes on poetry and boys; but when it came to fashion, I definitely took a back seat.  Eventually, and somewhat jokingly, she told me “Amanda, if you don’t match…we can’t sit together at lunch.”  She may as well have said “…and on Wednesdays, we wear pink.” but last time I checked I didn’t live in a movie.

Joke or not, what she said definitely nestled itself somewhere deep in my brain because now that I’m older (and somewhat wiser) from my nail polish to the trim on my boots, I match all the damn time.  The downside of trying to fit the trends and be relatively on top of being a 21st century chic chick is in my early 20s, I spent a rather ridiculous amount of time, money and or energy trying to fit the latest “trends”;  trends from the magazines, movies and runway that honestly have little to no place in my closet.

So I took a step back to re-evaluate who wanted to be, and the type of young lady I’d like to evolve into.  Sounds silly, but (a) there’s absolutely nothing wrong with dressing for success – be it career-wise or personal; and (b) it becomes a positive feedback loop!  A while back, I wanted to streamline my growth – I wanted to feel sexier, more mature, more sophisticated – so that’s how I started dressing.   Low and behold, the fashion must have seeped into my pores and into my veins, because while I looked the part I acted the part!  It’s a glorious cycle that I’m glad I discovered.

I think what strikes me is the originality of the items that I love – if I’ve seen it duplicated, I’m already over it before it hits my closet.  But every now and again, I seem to get these genius – and very specific – cravings for fashion and as of late, jewlery.  Sometimes, its for a delicate necklace in a specific metallic shade – and other times I get my mind set on clothing in daring, yet possible, colors.  I used to go shopping often – maybe a little too often – and what I’ve found, especially on Melrose, is that most shops are carbon copies of the others.  But a few, like Essex, have a great turnover for new threads and necklaces.  One of my favorite finds that I mentioned briefly yesterday is the Melrose Trading Post; it’s a great (and incredibly inexpensive) place to check out handcrafted jewelry and vintage duds.  Last, but definitely not least, don’t forget about my favorite treasure chest – your local discount stores!  What’s being another season behind the trends if you don’t even follow them, right?!  So, let’s get down to it – these are a few of my favorite blings.

Faux Sapphire Ring from Shanghai
Leather Wrist Wrap from Melrose Trading Post

ChiChiMe has the best Bangle Sets!

Amethyst Gradient Fox from Shanghai

Eggplant Corduroy Pants from J Brand (on sale at Nordstrom Rack!)

Riding Boots from Target
In love with the metal zipper embellishment; I will wear these to the ground!

Flower Bullet Necklace from Melrose Trading Post

Snaking around my fingers; found at the Melrose Trading Post

Thursday Trend: Pastels, Floral Patterns and Prints that Pop

All around the country, people are getting excited that Spring has sprung and in just a few week’s they’ll happily be transitioning into Summer with their floppy hats, skimpy swimsuits and color pop pieces; conversely, in Los Angeles, it’s just another Thursday. The great thing about living in a city that essentially says “fuck it all” to keeping seasons is now I have a “fuck it all” feeling about the seasonality of clothing.  Buying coats in the Summer and bikinis in the Winter? Drooling over pastels in the fall and enjoying rustic wine colors in the Spring? Judge Me!  Stores like Marshalls, Ross, and outlet stores like Nordstrom Rack and Sak’s: Off 5th are perfect if you enjoying ballin’ on a budget as much as I do. My new bottom line: if I like it, I buy it.  If you don’t like my wardrobe, you can go ahead any buy me a new one 😉

The thing was – for the last two and a half years that’s almost exactly what I’ve had: the same damn clothing assortment.  It’s enough to drive a chameleon crazy – and truth be told it had!  So over the course of the last year and with the assistance of some continually cathartic closet cleaning, I’ve forced myself to go through my finest and most favorite things and then bid them adieu by taking them to the local Goodwill – this has left a considerable amount of space in my closet!  Thanks to my love of things that bling, colors that dazzle and cuts that compliment – my wardrobe is looking fierce and I’m ready for all the pool parties, picnics and play dates that Summer has in store!

Things I’m a huge fan of right now, in now particular order:

High Low Skirts 

I don’t know why this trend has taken me so stinkin’ long to get on – something about having legs, and the words “high low” scared me off the bat and now I very much wish it hadn’t!  These skits are all kinds of adorable and can take you from work to engagement party to playdate in the quick switch of a shirt!  My favorite thing right now is wearing a bold print with a solid color tank; so cute, right?!

Floral Print High/Low Skirt by Three Ena
Color Pop Tank by Love On A Hanger

Floral Print

Every which where in Los Angeles there are flowers blossoming, blooming and scenting the city with their succulent aroma.  One of the interesting things about LA from a botanical point of view is most of our plants, flowers and trees are imported – what this means for us is year round blossoms, vibrant colors…and allergies.  But, I digress! I went for a walk the other day and was enamored with the amount of pastel petals on the ground – and had an epiphany: if the flowers looked great as on the sidewalk, they’d surely look just as good on my body!  The skirt above and this shirt below are two of my favorite finds…even some of the crop tops I’m loving have some floral patterns!

I’ve also realized that with the cut and shape of tops lately – there’s one rule to abide by in stores: TRY IT ON!  A lot of things look better on (though, I’m sure our male friends would agree to disagree with that) than they do on the hanger, so make sure you respect the garb and show it what you’re working with.

Crop Tops

These little tops are perfect for adding a pop of color or a little bit of extra coverage; perfect  if you have an oversized or sheer top that flows, or even to wear by itself with a high low skirt or even (gasp) a pair of high waisted shorts at a pool party.  These are the Layering Queen’s wet dream – the possibilities are endless!

Crop Tops (bottom left, clockwise) – Love on a Hanger, H I P, Victoria’s Secret

White, Cuffed Denim Shorts

White – it’s like, the official color of Summer, right? Perfect for between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends but for me, it’s about to become an essential part of my denim rotation.  White shorts are white hot, and the cuffs add a bit of Nautical / East Coast swagger to the closet.  Bottom line, these shorts can brighten up any outfit; besides, you weren’t planning on wearing those rugged jean shorts again this summer, were you?

True Religion on a discount; thank you Nordstom Rack!

Sunglasses…In Living Color

Every girl should have to pairs of sunglasses – a classic black that can go with every outfit and scenario, and a fun pop of color that can liven my favorite basic Friday happy hour uniform – a blank tank top and jeans!  Dress ’em up with a dress or dress them down with flip-flops and some cutoffs – colored sunglasses are in for the win.

Cole Haan Shades