Monday, September 22, 2014

Summer Street

ATM Sweater, Cotton On Shorts, French Connection Heels, Sheer Addiction Necklace, Celine Tote

Ever since I found out that we were making the move to Boston, I've gone on a sweater shopping binge. Ok not a binge exactly, but enough to keep me (and my closet) satisfied when Fall officially arrives (one more day!). Thankfully, I did this shopping a few months ago and I was able to snatch this ATM sweater, amongst other knits, on sale. I paired it here with some shorts for a stroll around our new neighborhood this past weekend. The weather had warmed up a bit so I took the opportunity to let my legs breath. My husband called my outfit: Fall on top, Summer on the bottom. Coincidentally, we snapped these on street called Summer.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Designer Dialogue: Essex Los Angeles

Mario and Glynn, are the rad duo behind Essex -  a made in LA handbag line that, get this, let's you customize your own clutch. Yes, it's true ladies, you can give up that never ending search for the perfect clutch that will fit all your essentials without looking bulky AND also happens to come in your ideal color combination because chances are, it doesn't exist, yet. In addition to customizable clutches, Essex also carries perfect on-the-go totes and special addition pieces like this gorgeous, shagreen number. Design your own clutch here and meet Mario and Glynn below.

What's the story behind Essex? 
My business partner Mario and I were introduced through friends and had talked about a few different projects together when we got roped into helping a friend with a leather jacket company. Neither one of us was particularly passionate about the product but through the process we learned so much about production and the fashion world in LA we decided to work together to make something we did love – starting with the perfect clutch. We’d liked the idea of letting our customers play designer so we decided to make our clutches customizable. Each piece is made to order. 

Favorite item from the current collection? 
Ohhh tough call. Right now we love our ‘spring break’ leather - a cool black and white leather that goes with everything but has a little edge. We’re also obsessed with our mirrored silver leather. It’s amazing. 

Who is the Essex girl? 
She thinks about her look in the morning but she is still practical and not overly trendy. Because our bags our custom there are all kinds of Essex girls. We have hip edgy girls who rock a silver Louie+ for day and preppy girls who design a bright Louie for a summer wedding. Our clutches fit just the essentials so our girls aren’t too fussy. They can streamline. 

What celebrity/model/icon do you see using Essex?  
Essex is perfect for laid back LA girls like Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba. 

Favorite spots in LA? 
 In our neighborhood we love Goldie’s for a fun girls dinner and Zinque for a quick lunch or a post work glass of rosé. When we’re running around downtown picking up orders we sometimes swing through the Arts District for lunch – Zinc and The Daily Dose are faves. Our production space is super close to The Ace Hotel and their pancakes are the best ever. They serve them all day and we are sort of addicted. And of course Bottega Louie – the namesake of our clutch! We post about all our local faves every Tuesday on our blog and Instagram :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Varsity Blues

Madwell Varsity Jacket, Adea Tank, Rag and Bone Shorts, Sam Edelman Booties

The one trend that always comes to mind for me when Fall arrives is varsity jackets. And even though I have no plans on going back to school, I still love to rock one as much as the next student. The good news is that varsity jackets are far more more stylish (and versatile) now than they were back when I was in school. I love this one I'm wearing from Madewell that I bought two Falls ago, it's been keeping me warm and collegiate-chic for the last few days of cold here in Boston.