Statement Accessories: Make Any Outfit Elegant

I am a lover of anything with a bold statement. That said, there’s an art form to styling a statement piece if you want it to really pop and work for you and your style. This week, I am showcasing one of my favorite statement accessories to date: the feather collar. I found this lovely gem at a local boutique, Thread Lounge, located in the Mission District of San Francisco. San Francisco is usually never synonymous with editorial fashion trends, so it came as a wonderful surprise to find this unique piece in the mix! It’s an easy piece to add to an otherwise elegant outfit, however, its a completely different feel to blend it with more casual designs.

This week, I want to talk about how to take your favorite loud statement piece and make it your own with a casual outfit of your choosing. I know my fashion looks are often rebellious and may not speak for everyone, however, that’s not my point when styling looks. What is? Teaching you to think outside the box in your own wardrobe, taking risks where you feel comfortable doing so.

Choosing The Statement Piece

The starting point to mastering this trend is to pick ONE piece that speaks to your inner self. I have always loved feather trends, from those silly yet fun feather extensions to earrings, which was an inspiration I took from Kesha back in her earlier days. I’m a free spirit at heart, and it brings my looks full circle, blending my elegance and renegade attributes to the forefront together. If feathers are your jam, try this option, and if you’re hesitant, opt for a monochrome paring like I did, black on black, letting the details shine, not just the overall piece. What’s next? Always start small: one of the biggest trends having a comeback right now are statement earrings, I’ve linked a few of my faves here, here, and here.

I started with an otherwise casual outfit, blending silk trousers with one of my favorite sporty crop tops that legit goes with everything:

Pair Your Outfit

Next, take your statement piece and add it in. Let the piece speak for itself: what I mean is to downplay your other pieces either through solids or simple designs. The solids in this outfit compliment the tones in the feather collar perfectly, bringing the whole look full circle. Still have questions? Shoot me an email, I’d love to help you strategize your statement look!

Outfit Details

Feather Collar: Thread Lounge (similar here)

Cropped Sweatshirt: Dry Versa Training Crop, Nike

Pants: New Wave Wide-Leg Pants, Nasty Gal

Shoes: Superstar, Adidas in Rose Gold

Sunglasses: Livin’ Large Mirrored Aviators, Quay Australia

Makeup Details

Primer: Ren Skin Finishing Serum, c/o Ren Skincare

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Hair Tools Used: BaByliss Crimper / Sultra Bombshell Wand 1 1/2 inch

Nail Art: Elegant Nails Salon, San Francisco

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative
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Parisian Urban Gothic: My Inner Lagerfeld

When it comes to my fashion loves, first, there are my favorite designers, and then there’s some that simply connect with my soul. My first experience with Karl Lagerfeld was in my early childhood, playing around in my parent’s bathroom, sampling their perfume and cologne. As long as I can remember, my dad wore Lagerfeld. Now, looking back, it’s apparent that my dad and I have more in common when it comes to fashion and what inspires us. It’s often stated that our sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses, and I believe it. The original cologne by Lagerfeld will always bring back memories of special events and the holidays spent with family, and my early obsession with all things editorial. It’s a scent that was revolutionary for its time, having a very distinct edgy take on elegance.

I remember looking up his name as a kid and instantly falling in love with his style and his view on fashion. He’s an icon of Parisian fashion and style, but not a native Parisian, or even French. Crazy right? Paris is renowned for being one of the most snooty cities in the world, especially when it comes to fashion. How’d he do it? A little history lesson for you: originally from Germany, his career in French fashion began while working for Balmain. After settling into his own with his first official compilation with Jean Patou, he didn’t exactly start off on the right foot and actually got booed by the press. Did that stop him? Fuck no.

I’m a firm believer in the sentiment that well-behaved women rarely make history, and it’s true of men too, including Lagerfeld. His urban gothic approach to couture brings new life to Parisian style, and I have never been happier that he’s the creative director of Chanel these days. He’s now one of the most respected designers in French fashion, with the city of Paris standing with him season after season, and some my favorite style muses, Cara Delavigne.  Without the ability to question popular trends, we cannot evolve. The rule breakers pave the way to the future, and it’s what I love most about his essence. This past season’s Chanel show was soul captivating, bringing so much urban edge to a very soft and feminine season, Spring/Summer 2018. One of my fashion muses, Courtney of Always Judging, SLAYED this take on Chanel vibe perfectly.

Urban Gothic Pairings

Fall is my favorite season to style, as you can become more creative through transitional layers that incorporate the best of every other season (hello layering statement blouses under dresses!). I am obsessing over the entire Moto Collection by Carbon38, and was pumped to sample some of the best selling pieces this past September! I also found this amazing yet simple hat at Target and knew it would be the perfect combo to soften my usually edgy approach to styling. It plays so well with my current wardrobe, and can’t wait to add it to my outfits later this season.

Urban Gothic Accessory Pairings

Furthermore: if you’ve been on the edge about buying an Apple Watch thinking that its ROI is low due to the fact that it’s super sporty, think again. You can make technology and sportier styles both feminine and elegant, especially in today’s world of athleisure and the creation of technical fabric. I cannot get enough of my new watch bands from Bezels & Bytes. The rose gold studs instantly grabbed me and reminded me so much of Karl Lagerfeld’s take on Chanel.

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Olympic Sweatshirt, c/o Carbon38

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Leggings: Abbot Kinney Legging, c/o Carbon38

Sunglasses: Chloe Sunglasses, TopFoxx

Watch: Apple Watch 2 in Rose Gold, Studded Band by Bezels & Bytes

Hat: Cloche Hat with Fur Pom A New Day, Target

Shoes: Star Platform Wedge, MakeMeChic

Bag: Classic Small Caviar Flap Bag, Chanel

Makeup Details

Primer: Perfect Canvas Serum, Ren Skincare

Foundation: Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Fenty Beauty in 210

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty in Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal

Contour: Match Stix Matte Skin Stick, Fenty Beauty in Mocha and Rum

Eyes: Lila Eyeshadow Palette, Natasha Denona

Lips: Lip Color, Tom Ford in Bare Peach

Photos by Shannon Righetti of Shandru Photography

Makeup by Caitlin of Sephora Union Street

Why Fenty x Puma Speaks To My Soul

It comes as a great honor to showcase one of my favorite new icons to the fashion world, Rihanna’s Fenty collaboration with Puma. One of the things I admire most about Rihanna is her “give no fucks” attitude about everything, from her music to her view on fashion. She’s a down ass bitch who’s unafraid of speculation and does things from the heart. I roll to a similar vibe.

Urban gothic streetwear inspires me to be creative in an understated way: finding the beauty in the details of things. The vast majority of my wardrobe is monochrome and unpatterned, always for a reason: there’s always room for details. I live for statement jewelry and bold makeup statements, and for this week’s post, in head to toe Fenty. From the designs of the pieces to the carefully selected features of the beauty products, it’s all understated, leaving room for you to make it your own.

The details I chose for this outfit included this KILLER feather collar found at a local San Francisco boutique on Valencia, Thread Lounge. If you’ve never stepped foot in here, holy OMG! There’s everything from cute accessories for your home like rugs, statement pillows, and lots of boho-chic clothing. It paired SO well with my Fenty dress, and I can’t wait to throw it into the mix for my upcoming evening events for the holidays. Since the dress is a little baggy, I opted to wear my favorite swimsuit of all time, the Agent Provocateur Mazzy one piece. It gave it a nice pop of neon color to an otherwise monochrome look, tying in my statement shoes perfectly!


The soft details of the lace adorned ends were my favorite detail of all. The lace is made of technical material, which makes it an absolute dream to wear. Not only was I comfortable as hell during New York Fashion Week this year, I felt more than ever, myself. I let my details run wild, and it was liberating.

If you try nothing at all from her line, look no further than last season’s kimono dress. It’s simple enough for daily wear, but totally worthy of a round out at Fashion Week, from the shows to cocktail hour. The upcoming season is finally available to shop, check the whole collection here!

Outfit Details

Dress: Fenty x puma dress, Puma

Suit: Mazzy Swim Suit in Blue/Pink (SOLD OUT), Agent Provocateur (different color here)

Shoes: Wedge Star Platform, SheIn

Bag: Caviar Classic Flap Bag, Chanel

Feathered Collar: unknown, Thread Lounge Boutique similar here

Makeup Details

Primer: Ren Skin Finishing Serum, c/o Ren Skincare

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Hair Tools Used: BaByliss Crimper / Sultra Bombshell Wand 1 1/2 inch

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative

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Carbon38: The Moto Collection

It’s no secret that I lover grunge rocker style, so it came with great excitement to know that the next capsule for Carbon38 was Moto. As a very monochrome and solids focused blogger, I love being able to accentuate texture and play with lighting when it comes to selecting my wardrobe choices. This collection has all the bells and whistles: glossy fabric, hardware details, and multiple fabrics per piece. Of course, I also love that it’s black on black, on more black!

This collection is a bit smaller than some of the others, however, each piece is a transitional staple you can incorporate into any season of wear. I plan to take advantage of the fall season by layering these elegant black pieces with more textured layers underneath.  Think outside the box to your work clothes, adding in a long tunic or collared button down underneath the sweatshirt for a more office-ready look. This sweatshirt will also slay the game when paired with your favorite pair of skinny jeans.

Not only is Carbon38’s Moto Collection beautiful with a touch of renegade energy, it’s insanely comfortable. The leggings are truly some of the best fitting ones I own. The ultra-high waistband makes it perfect for layering and easy to style. I can’t wait to try them out in the gym too. The fabric details on the boat neck sweatshirt make it an easy piece to throw into your everyday style from the office to your evening plans. I am looking forward to styling these pieces separately later next month. Until then… Black on black for life! I’ll be taking you through a close-up details session later tonight on my Instagram stories as I style them for a Hip Hop Dance class at Uforia Studios with the Bare Snacks team, so make sure you’re following along here.


I am literally obsessed with everything from the collection, so it made it hard to choose favorites for you. Depending on the type of staples you need, they’ve got you covered: a killer moto jacket, multiple color options for leggings, and perfect tees that go with anything! View the entire collection for yourself here!

Thank you to Carbon38 for sponsoring this post. 

Outfit Details

Sweatshirt: Grand Sweatshirt, c/o Carbon38

Leggings: Melrose Legging, c/o Carbon38

Shoes: Lunarepic Low Flyknit 2 X-Plore, Nike

Sunglasses: Unknown (Canal Street), similar here

Makeup Details

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Balm Dot Com in Cherry, Glossier

Brows: Boy Brow, Glossier

Hair: AIR DRY IT Undone Styling Creme, c/o L’Oreal

Photos by Dita of SF Stockholm

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NYFW Recap: Kimonos & Vintage Tees

I’ve had so much fun rocking two of the biggest trends this year, kimonos and a good statement graphic tee. For New York Fashion Week, I rocked them both, sometimes at the same time. One of the things I love most about Fashion Week is the ability to get creative and disrupt modern trends and bring my own style to the street. This outfit, in particular, was one of my absolute favorites of the week. Sporty graphic tees are everywhere these days, from our favorite sporting brands, all the way to the runway. I wanted my sporty side to show, but also blend seamlessly with several of my favorite types of details: lace and killer shoes.

Vintage Inspired Nike T-Shirt Dress

While searching Etsy, I came across the most amazing store, URBNVTG. I was obsessed with all the amazing custom pieces, and this Nike t-shirt dress in particular. I knew I had to incorporate it into my Fashion Week outfits. I have another amazing piece too that’s coming up in a couple weeks! This Nike dress was not only insanely comfortable (think boyfriend pajama tee) but totally eye-catching. I paired it with the kimono for my third day at Fashion Week for the Lulu’s Influencer Party with a few of my fellow blogger babes!

Jaded London Oversized Festival Kimono

This killer kimono was an instant love too. I love to incorporate bright statement pieces from ASOS, as they’re always on trend regardless of what style you’re into. I adore neon anything, and this kimono definitely had to become a part of my wardrobe. From the soft velvet to the long length, it was not only comfortable but beautiful! The movement of the material made it so much fun to get photographed.

Gigi Bootie

One of my favorite pairs of shoes, the Gigi Bootie by Stuart Weitzman, were a repeat wear of the week. They go with everything, from a fancy cocktail dress all the way to this leisurely t-shirt dress look. They’re sadly sold out, but I’ve linked a few here, here, and here that will give you a similar look for you to style into your own wardrobe!

Outfit Details

Kimono: Festival Oversized Kimono, Jaded London (via ASOS)

T-Shirt Dress: Vintage Inspired Nike Tee, URBNVTG (via Etsy)

Shoes: Gigi Bootie, Stuart Weitzman (SOLD OUT) similar here

Sunglasses: Living Large Aviators, Quay Australia, Black Aviator, Ray-Ban

Water Bottle: Spiked Silicone Waterbottle, Bkr

Makeup Details

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Wowder: Tips From A Glossier Insider

So… I know I’ve been MIA on the beauty tips this past season, but for good reason (and the fact that I’ve been living out of a suitcase all month). I’ve been waiting a bit to post a review of Glossier’s new product with split opinions, Wowder, and I’m finally ready to tell my story: the “not sponsored” one. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad one; in fact, I’ll save you the suspense and tell you flat out, I f*&king love it.

However, there are some tricks of the beauty trade that make it even better. That’s what all this time was for. I was doing my blogger homework to make sure I gave you all the tips and tricks you need to know to get the WOW out of Wowder. Why? That’s the thing with the beauty industry. It’s much like anything else in this world that’s a solution for something: it takes a learning curve, and I’m here to be your mentor.

Step One: Targeted Application

It’s okay if you aren’t a beauty blogger or makeup guru, that’s why I’m here to help you. If you’ve ever heard of the makeup term “baking” and was like, “what the hell is that…that’s an Instagram makeup tutorial scam,” hear me out. If you’re simply smearing the brush around on your face, you’ll get an “ok” outcome, but not a perfect one. Before you quit reading and give up, it’s not rocket science, and I’m here to show you why.

Blotting paper: do we wipe our faces with it? No. So why should you wipe your face with blotting powder? There you have it. Baking simply means you are blotting your face with powder, letting it actually target the oil on your skin. Take a thick brush full of fine brush hairs (Glossier even includes the perfect kind) and lightly press and roll the brush over your skin like a paint roller.

I am obsessed with the glowy skin look right now, so I only apply it under my eyes and in the T-zone. Same technique goes for that too. I’ve found that this technique under your eyes works wonders and eliminates that raccoon look you sometimes get if your concealer is a super wet or waterproof one. If that’s a mega issue for you with concealers, welcome to your cure.

Step Two: Priming /Setting Spray (aka my #notsponsored hack)

All my years of being an editorial makeup fanatic have taught me 2 skills: PRIME. SET. Over the past 10 years of trial and error when it comes to doing my own crazy faces, I’ve taken these tips from the Sephora and MAC pros. If you aren’t priming your skin before makeup, no makeup in the world will sit the way you want it to.

I get so much whining about how it’s not fair that I look put together after workouts, and I’m TELLING you. THIS.IS.THE.HACK. I’m not some freak of nature test tube human with perfect skin. It’s totally doable for everyone. It’s just a hunt to find the product that works for YOUR skin when it comes to primers and setting sprays. As a hardcore combo face myself, I need moisture and oil control, so my picks for me are Hourglass primers and Urban Decay setting sprays. It makes my Glossier dewy looks look bomb AF.

You all know I am not one to sugar coat or peddle crap with BS reviews to make a buck, and it’s exactly why I partner with Glossier on their products because they work. If you didn’t already know, I am a rep for Glossier, meaning you can get a little confidence boost when buying Glossier, as I get a first look at the new product and get to tell you like it is. For those of you on the fence because of ROI (return on investment) woes, I’ve got you too: 20% off to be exact. If you’re new to their products, you can get 20% off your first order, and free shipping on orders over $30. Simply shop via my link here, or on the landing page of my blog.

My Glossier Showroom Haul

Wowder in Light/Medium

Boy Brow in Brown

Balm Dot Com in Rose

Balm Dot Com in Cherry

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I Wore Activewear At NYFW & Here’s What Happened

Alright, guys. I’ve got a confession to make.

It’s obvious I love my activewear and sportier trends, however, this may come as a shock: I wore activewear in EVERY outfit every day during my time at New York Fashion Week. Yep: EVERY outfit, every show, every event. I’m sure some of you are wondering how on earth you can get away with blending in your favorite stretchy activewear into fashion show appropriate attire, and I’m here to tell you: ANYTHING is possible if you believe in yourself. This season, I was super excited to see even more athletic-inspired trends on the runway (Chromat, Public School, Fenty x Puma), so I felt even more comfortable this season getting a little more audacious in my stylings.

The key to bridging the gap between gym attire and street style lies in layers. It’s about incorporating a specific note of the active piece you are adding in with a similar style in your street appropriate pieces. Blending two codes of dress is tricky: you never want to add in more than two pieces. At that point, it begins to look more like post gym athleisure. Since mesh and fishnets are making a huge splash for fall, I grabbed my go-to Michi Bras and used two different colors and styles for the entire trip (when I wasn’t adding Agent Provocateur sets underneath) underneath low plunging gowns and sheer tops. They added the glamorous grunge look I was going for this season, and actually made the softer notes of my dresses pop!

Activewear at NYFW: The Consensus

So…how did it go over, you ask? Pretty freaking stellar. On my first day for Chromat’s show, I chose a blue power pantsuit (on sale!!) to channel my inner boss girl vibes, with only the Michi Bionic bra underneath, and a killer statement necklace from BaubleBar and Fenty cap. I got tons of attention from street style photographers, and even got pulled in for a quick photo shoot for IMG x Lexus in front of the entrance to the shows! Stay tuned for these pictures later. The most common comment I got was how original edgy it was, and it was the outfit I got stopped the most for to pose for street style photos and to spill the details for reporters.

This dress was one of my favorites of the week. Kimonos are my jam these days, I love a staple elegant dress with Japanese style details. As you know, I live in a pretty black and white world, and usually only incorporate cooler toned colors into my outfit mixes. Red was a fun way to break out of my comfort zone this season! I am all about changing the stigma of fashion, that you can feel comfortable AND glamorous in your outfits, regardless of the code of dress. This dress was light and full of movement, and the asymmetrical hemline made it so easy to relax and actually take in the wonders of Fashion Week. I was able to live in the moment, not uncomfortable and in my head. ASOS slays the dress game, and mini spoiler alert: I will be adding in pieces from their site for my upcoming street fashion series, so stay tuned!

Outfit Details

Dress: Kimono Twist Front Maxi Dress, ASOS

Bra: Bionic Bra in Blue (SOLD OUT, black linked), Carbon38

Shoes: Rose Gold Superstar, Adidas

Sunglasses, Living Large Aviators, Quay Australia

Makeup Details

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative

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