Wear It 2 Ways – Wear In LA + The Skinny Blonde Girl

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What I’m Wearing: TOP: c/o Marshalls #fabfound $7 vs $30 // CAMI: Forever 21 $2 // JEANS: Ralph Lauren c/o Marshalls #fabfound $40 vs $100 // FLATS: via Poshmark // SUNGLASSES: via The Grove Vintage in Claremont, CA // TASSEL EARRINGS: available for purchase in my Poshmark closet // WATCH: Michael Kors


 

Thanks to Marshall’s Project Fab, I’ve been able to meet and work with some incredible fashion bloggers. While sharing our love for Marshall’s amazing designer deals is like second nature for all of us, one blogger and I even share the same name! Katelyn of The Skinny Blonde Girl was gracious enough to collaborate with me on a fun pastel tribal print shoot. We styled this top (courtesy of Marshall’s of course!) two ways to show just how versatile pastels can be for spring.

 

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Feeling quite colorful, I decided to pair my pastels with a punch of radiant orchid and neon yellow along with some statement sunnies I picked up on a recent shopping trip in downtown Claremont. – I love how Katelyn went for a double tribal print in a neutral palette, it looks so effortless but so polished! Don’t forget to see her full post here! Thanks again girl for doing a two way post with me!

xo, Kate


 

* Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by Marshalls via gifted product. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information about sponsorships, holding a giveaway, or collaborations, please see my policies page. Thank you! *

Weekend Mani: essie’s “e-nuf is e-nuf”

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Coral is the kind of color that ignites my soul! It shouts out ‘Heyyyy! Who’s ready to party!?’ any hour of the day, dresses up cool neutral garments in a flash, and plays perfectly to the sunlight morphing from tangerine to blood orange as it jumps from the shadows to daylight.

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I’m lucky to have a little brother who realizes the perfect gift for me will always be something colorful, shiny, and totally on trend! Yep, my little (okay well he’s practically 6 ft tall…) so my little-big brother gave this gorgeous coral colored polish to me in my stocking for Christmas last year + he’s amazing!

I only use essie nail polish because they last the longest, chip the least, and have the prettiest shades and names!

BUY THE POLISH BUY IT:  essie first base – base coat // essie: e-nuf is e-nuf // essie good to go – top coat

xo, Kate

OOTD: Salt + Pepper Dress c/o Grayson Shop

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Recently, I attended a fabulous event at Vive Beauty Lounge in Upland, CA sponsored by ELLE Magazine and Wella Hair USA. I couldn’t think of a better time to debut my newest Grayson Shop find : a salt + pepper speckled skater dress in a comfy jersey fabric.

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What I Wore: DRESS: c/o Grayson Shop // HEELS: BCBG c/o Marshalls #fabfound $16 vs $60 // NECKLACE: available for purchase in my Poshmark closet // BRACELET: c/o hanjiun designs // WATCH: Michael Kors

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I loved mixing in a pop of color with my heels from Marshalls and coordinating it with a statement necklace. Throwing in color with a neutral garment is such an easy way to breathe life into an outfit without adding too many accessories. Thanks again Grayson Shop for this amazing salt + pepper dress!

Big thank you to Grayson Shop for the adorable dress, ELLE Magazine, Vive Beauty Lounge, + Wella Hair for making this night possible! Also hugs and kisses to my honey for partying it up with me and being my personal photographer!

Be sure to watch for my full coverage of this amazing event coming to the blog soon!

xo, Kate

credit for top photo: ©Enchanted Bliss

* This post has been sponsored by Grayson Shop + Marshalls via gifted items. For more information on sponsorship, giveaways, and gifting please see my policies page. Thank you! *

Live PoshParty in Beverly Hills

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Let me set the scene of what a LIVE: PoshParty in LA looks like – totally trendy Beverly Hills hotel lounge with the lights turned low, live DJ laying down some posh beats, fabulously dressed girls from wall to wall, drinks in hand, the inevitable glow of PoshClosets filled with pretty garments ready to buy,  and of course per Los Angeles party standards, a celebrity guest appearance! Poshmark knows how to throw a party alright! With a  most stylish appearance made by Rachael Zoe, one of the company’s celebrity-investors, a luxe Beverly Hills lounge venue at the Sofitel Hotel, and gorgeous blogger hosts, the party was a massive hit! On record, one of the most attended LIVE PoshParties to date! If you were there, you know exactly why!

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Christina, of Profreshstyle.com, Kate of Wearinla.com, Alicia, & Elissa of Sparklesandprays.com

Christina, of Profreshstyle.com, Kate of Wearinla.com, Alicia, & Elissa of Sparklesandprays.com

A little note on what I wore to this fabulous event, if you were wondering. I went with an all black look with bits of sparkling gold in my tribal print pencil skirt. Ended up my BFF, Elissa of SparklesAndPrays.com also wore tribal print (btw, you can totally score a pair of her printed pants for yourself in her Poshmark closet HERE)  - something about being Tribal Twinsie Sisters came up in the evening and we all had a good laugh! Also see Alicia & Christina’s fab closets: @aalons1 @profreshstyle

What I Wore: TOP: Michael Kors  & SKIRT: & HEELS: Dolce Vita  all items c/o Nordstrom Rack at the Ontario Mills // NECKLACE: c/o Lucy Mint Boutique // EARRINGS: DIY Tassel Statement Earrings (available in my Poshmark Closet HERE in a variety of colors)

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Big thanks to all the lovely ladies at Poshmark for making this event such a beautiful place to be! You continue to amaze me every time and I have nothing but the utmost respect and love for each and every one of you!

If you’re not already on Poshmark, get on it girl! It’s the easiest and fastest way to start making money from clothing you already have! And you can find incredible designer fashion for way less than retail! Sign up with my code “HGVVU” for a FREE $5 Shopping Credit! & Be sure to follow me!@wearinla on Poshmark.

xo, Kate

Photo Credit: Sabrina Hill (www.thesabrina.com)

Playing With Colors in Your Work Wardrobe

Corporate America has seen all the boring black, grey, beige and navy suits it can handle. Let’s be honest, wearing a suit to work can make you look drab and it might just make you forget that the world of color even existed. It’s time to learn how to implement pops of color seamlessly into your work attire; making you feel more uplifted and excited about your day.

Red is the color of power and strength; it shows that you’re unafraid to stand out and receive attention. This color can be very helpful if incorporated correctly. Try wearing a red blouse with a simple pencil skirt, a pair of red heels, or maybe a bold red lip. But be careful not to wear too much of this color or worse yet wear it in a ‘sexy’ way so as to distract from reasons you are at work. Avoid tight dresses, skirts, and tops in this color as they may be taken in the wrong way. Instead stick to accessories or flowy tops when choosing red.

Navy blue, sky blue and ‘true blue’ send the message of confidence to the world. Blue is the absolute best color to wear on a job interview in a form of a skirt or pants suit. When headed to your next potential employer’s office, opt for a dark navy suit or blouse, to stand out as the cool, collected and confident candidate for the job. You’ll get more jobs wearing this hue than any other. It’s also a great idea to try this color if you’re asking for a promotion. But don’t limit yourself to suits only, do try that electric blue skirt you’ve been eyeing and pair it with some beautiful blue accessories.

Ivory and white are far superior to their bland beige cousin. Yes, it’s okay to want to blend in but wearing too many neutrals can often leave you ignored or overlooked. A rule of thumb is that the darker the color you wear, the more power you exude.  On the other hand, do not wear all white – you’re leaving yourself open to unexpected stains or giving off a sterile feel of a clinical uniform. Therefore, it’s best to alternate colors.

Jewel tones, especially emerald green can be quite regal. They exude both strength and conservatism. Emerald being named the ‘color of the year’ in 2013 is the perfect choice for a work outfit. Try wearing an emerald dress teamed with a thin leopard belt and black heels for a perfect balance of color and print.

Pink is by far the girliest of colors. If you want to infuse your work wardrobe with a feminine touch, you should own at least three staple items in this hue: heels, overcoat and a top. Of course you can never have too many pink pieces. Throw them into the mix of an average work week paired with some neutrals or even muted greens and you will outshine everyone in the office. It is also the perfect accent color to a black suit. I must advise, avoid wearing too much fuchsia, as it can a be overwhelming and distracting.

Orange is a ‘tricky’ color to play with. Make sure that it doesn’t wash you out by picking items that are more pink and closer to coral in hue. The more pumpkin-esque pieces should not be worn with black to avoid looking Halloween themed. Instead, stick to basics and use orange to compliment more subtle colors like taupe and always use in moderation.

Yellow can be a cheery bright infusion into any boring day. Whether you pair a crisp white top with a bright pencil skirt or just add a touch of yellow in a form of shoes, this color is a great example of less is more. Try pairing mustard yellow with deep maroons for a gorgeous dark gem-toned ensemble.

Color is a powerful thing. It can affect your mood and the mood of others. So use it to your advantage and reap the benefits of knowing what tone you are setting. Using this knowledge, what colors will you be wearing tomorrow?

xo, Kate