Holiday Wish List

Dear Santa Wish List

I know it’s Halloween, but it’s right around this time of year where I start creating my holiday wish list. I’d love to pretend it’s filled with practical things, like books or appliances, but truth be told, the majority of it is usually comprised of clothing. Because my wish lists tend to get lengthy, I’m making a conscious effort to take prices into consideration when sharing them with friends and family. I look for retailers who carry the styles I’m looking for, without breaking the bank. Sheinside is one in particular who recently won me over after I got my hands on this dress. The price tag seemed too good to be true, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that affordable didn’t mean a sacrifice in quality. Since their prices can’t be beat, I made them my first stop in my search to find some of the items on my list. And even though these picks aren’t exactly “necessities,” I like to think they’re still practical for the upcoming season. Added bonus: They’re all on sale!

Sheinside Black Bodycon Split Leather Skirt

Black Leather Skirt - I own a few black leather mini skirts that I love, and I’m looking to expand my collection by adding one with some more length. A black pencil skirt will always be a classic, but the leather-like material gives it an edgy, modern touch. This one is exactly what I’m looking for.

Sheinside Blue Deep V Neck Short Sleeve Lace Dress

Holiday Dress – There’s no shortage of holiday parties and events this time of year, so having a great dress on hand is key. I generally opt for darker hues during the winter, but I love the idea of some unexpected color, like the royal blue shade on this lace dress. Plus, while metallic and sequined materials can be festive for New Years, there’s something about lace that feels a bit more sophisticated, while still adding that extra level of glam.

Sheinside Light Grey Long Sleeve Tribal Print Knit Cardigan

Tribal Print Cardigans - I’ve always had a thing for tribal print cardigans. Something about them just exudes cozy to me. The prints can be a bit loud, though, so I was glad to find this one that’s more muted. It cute enough for outside wear, but would be perfect for lounging around the house in.

Sheinside Sleeveless Faux Fur Vest

Fur Vest - I used to think fur vests were a bit over the top, but they won me over after I saw how great they could look when styled well. Plus, not only are they cute, but they’re ideal for adding an extra layer of warmth during fall and winter. I may have to go with both colors for this one.

Sheinside Beige Long Sleeve Pockets Loose Trench Coat

Loose Trench Coat - Since LA’s winters rarely require heavy coats, I love the idea of a lighter alternative, like these loose trench coats. They add a thin layer of coverage without feeling bulky, and look great over everything from jeans and leggings to dresses and skirts. This beige coat would be extremely versatile, but I also love these more colorful options.

Sheinside Black White Notch Stand Collar Long Sleeve Oversize Houndstooth Coat

Tweed Coat – While I don’t have much use for heavy coats in LA, I do have some upcoming trips planned that will require some. Most of my current coats are solid colors, like black, white and tan, but I love the way this tweed pattern mixes neutrals to create something even more dimensional.

 

 *first image via www.magic4walls.com

Simmering Fall Potpourri

Make your home smell like fall with this simmering fall potpourri recipe

I have few complaints when it comes to living in Southern California, with our beautiful beaches and great weather year-round. But one thing that we do miss out on is seasons. It’s this time of year where I find myself longing to live somewhere on the east coast – you know, somewhere where fall actually feels like fall. As much as I enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte (thank you, Starbucks), we lack those obvious signs that fall has arrived, like the colorful foliage and plunging temperatures. I can’t control the weather or the changing of the leaves, so I did my best to capture the smell of it. Buying scented candles is always an option, but their artificial nature usually disappoints. Baking fall recipes is another promising method for achieving that fall aroma, but that can require lots of hours in the kitchen. An easier alternative, and possibly my favorite, is to brew up some homemade stovetop potpourri. It gives the illusion that your kitchen is filled with delicious baked goods, leaving a cozy scent behind that carries on for hours. I made a holiday stovetop potpourri last December that I loved, so adapting one for fall was a no brainer.

Ingredients 

1 orange, sliced
2 cups apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp Cloves
2 Tbsp Allspice
1 apple, sliced (optional)

Instructions

Slice the orange and place in pot with all other ingredients. Add apple cider and simmer over low heat. Add more liquid as needed.

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Fitting For Fall

Black Leather Mini Skirt  I Adorned With Love

Sweater: Express, Bralet: EberjeySkirt: H&M (similar herehere  and here), Boots: Express (similar here), Purse: Old Navy, Bracelets: Madewell, Nail Polish: Essie in “Mink Muffs”

You might associate a black mini skirt with something to be worn during warmer months, but I’m using mine even though the days have started to cool down. The leather-like material helps make this one perfect for fall, and it would work just as well in the winter simply by adding a pair of tights. I used to worry that black leather would come off too edgy for day wear, but a neutral sweater instantly softens the look. Top it off with ankle boots, and you’ve got a look that’s a good fit for the season.

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A New Take On An Old Favorite

Soft Trench Coat I Adorned With Love

Trench Coat: ASOS, Tank: BLK DNM , Bralet: Eberjey, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Boots: Express (similar here), Purse: Old Navy, Nail Polish: Essie in “Mink Muffs”

A trench coat is one of those wardrobe staples that every girl should invest in. I used to believe that wasn’t true for those of us who live in warmer climates, but I’m now realizing how very wrong I was. After seeing the variety of ways these coats can be styled, I’ve changed my mind. They look just as good paired with a skirt or dress for lighter use as they do layered over jeans for cooler days. They’re popping up everywhere this season, and I’m a huge fan of the slouchy, draped styles (like this one) that feel like a mix between a robe and a coat. I’d love to add a few different styles and colors to my wardrobe this season and thought this one from Asos was the perfect place to start. It’s slightly different from the traditional tan trench coat you might wear in the rain, and it’s also much softer. I’m still on the hunt for one more suited for rainy weather, but this one was the perfect shield against the chilly air during my visit to San Francisco last week.

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Falling For Fall

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Sweater: Old Navy (25% off with code: TREAT), Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Socks: Similar here, Booties: Steve Madden, Purse: Old Navy (25% off with code: TREAT) Nail Polish: Essie in “Mink Muffs”

As someone who prefers summer to any other season, I’m shocked to admit that I’m actually excited for fall – really excited, in fact. Exchanging long, warm days for shorter, cooler ones is not something I usually welcome with open arms, but for some reason I feel differently this time around. Maybe it’s due to the fact that California’s summer was exceptionally long this year, extending well into October, but in between the warm temperatures, autumn is slowly but surely creeping in. The leaves are beginning to fall, pumpkin patches are sprouting up everywhere, and the air just feels crisper. I’m spending the week up in San Francisco where the climate is generally cooler than it is in LA, so I’ve welcomed the change in season by loading my suitcase with boots and sweaters. As much as I love an easy summer dress, there’s something nice about retiring those lighter pieces for cozier options like this.

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Then & Now

Slouchy pants | Adorned With Love

Blazer: H&M, Top: Enza Costa, Pants: Bella Luxx c/o, Shoes: Express, Clutch: Similar here and here

My friends and I recently dug up some old photo albums and couldn’t help but laugh over the outfit choices we made back in high school. Not only were we wearing things that were just flat out unflattering, but our desperate attempts to follow whatever was trending at the time had us looking awkward and uncomfortable. I may look back years from now and cringe over some of the things I’m currently wearing, but I like to think I’m past the point of any major fashion faux pas. Part of that is due to picking pieces that not only look comfortable but feel comfortable, which in turn result in a more relaxed outcome. These slouchy pants are a favorite for this very reason. Their loose fit makes them extra forgiving, and they’re as soft as a favorite pair of pajamas, so I love that you can get away with wearing them in public. I added a pair of heels with these for a dressier dinner, but I’ll definitely be wearing them with cozy sweaters for a more casual look as soon as things start to cool down.

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The Classics

Black and white striped t-shirt dress

Dress: SheInside c/o, Military Jacket: similar here and here, Purse: similar here, Sneakers: Keds Sunglasses: CRAP, Bracelet: Gorjana c/o, Nail Polish: OPI in “Got the Blues for Red”

I’m all for following trends when they happen to mesh with my personal style, but since many of them come and go so quickly, I generally gravitate towards classic pieces that I know I’ll wear time and time again. This t-shirt dress is just that. Black and white stripes never go out of style, so when mixed together with a classic pair of Keds, you’ve got a look you can wear for years to come. And the best part? This one’s under $20.

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Bella Luxx Giveaway

Bella Luxx I Adorned With Love

Jacket: Trouve (similar here and here), Top: Bella Luxx c/o, Skirt: Bella Luxx c/o, Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, Purse: similar here, Necklace: Gorjana, Bracelets: Madewell and Gorjana

I’ve professed my love for Bella Luxx before, and after getting my hands on some more of their pieces, I can only say that I’ve fallen in love all over again. I’m thoroughly convinced they can do no wrong in delivering basics that are both comfortable and fashionable. To give you a chance to see for yourself, I’ve teamed up with the lovely Chelsea of Zipped, to offer TWO lucky readers the chance to win any Bella Luxx piece of their choice! To enter, you must leave a comment on both of our blogs with the piece you’d like to win (browse here), along with a way for us to contact you.

Additional entries (make sure to note in your comment):

Two winners will be selected at random and will be contacted on Wednesday, 10/1/14. Good luck!

P.S. – In addition to the giveaway, you can receive 20% off your order with the code: ADORNED (valid through 09/28/14)

Bella Luxx I Adorned With Love
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Falling for Jewel Tones

Transition To Fall - Jewel Toned Shorts + Leather Mules

Cami: Madewell (similar here), Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, Purse: Brandy Melville (similar here), Bangles: Madewell Tracecraft Bangles

Fall in Southern California can be a tricky one. Come September it feels like we should be dressing the part for the change in season, but LA’s warm temperatures don’t usually permit for that. In fact, September is often the hottest month of the year. Since it can be a challenge to find the middle-ground, I try to opt for colors and textures that look more like fall, but still feel practical. These jewel-toned shorts are a perfect example. The darker colors elicit a feeling of fall, and pairing them with leather mules instead of sandals offers a bit more coverage. To complete the jewel-toned look, I added these Madewell bangles for a delicate pop of gold.

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Muscle Tee Dress

Bella Luxx Muscle Tee Dress

Bella Luxx Muscle Tee Dress c/o, Seychelles Sandals, Brandy Melville Crossbody Bag (similar here), CRAP SunglassesGorjana Cuff c/o

One of my favorite pieces of clothing back in college was a purple muscle tee dress. It was so soft and comfy, and always looked great, even if the rest of me wasn’t so polished (which lets be honest, is quite often the reality for college students). It was the thing I’d reach for again and again, because it was also so versatile. It could be worn with flat sandals or tennis shoes in the daytime, but could easily transition to night by adding a pair of wedges or heeled sandals. I lost track of the dress somewhere along the way and have always been on the lookout for one that was similar, so I was excited to discover this one by Bella Luxx. I actually like this version even more, and, apart from loving the style and fit, it could not be softer. I packed it along for my trip to Hawaii, and found it to be just as versatile as I did back in college. Even though I’m back from sunny Hawaii, our indian summer is in full effect here in LA, so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to wear this cute and comfy dress before things start to cool down.

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