Living in Los Angeles is a dream come true. There is the beach, mountains, fabulous weather…what more can you ask for. The two things I miss most about my home in Toronto is my Family and fall. I love that time of year when the leaves are changing and the air is crisp. We don’t really get this in Los Angeles. I went home this past weekend to visit with my family. It was a quick trip for my cousins wedding. I was looking forward to sweater weather, since we have been having a heat wave in LA. It was pretty hot in Toronto but thankfully the leaves were already starting to change color. My family and I went for a night out on Main Street in Unionville. Such a cute place to visit, especially this time of year.
I kept my look simple with a graphic tee and jeans, but added some layers with a scarf and jacket.
Over the past year of Instagramming, I have observed that most of my Insta Fashionistas LOVE J Crew and Madewell but there is little love for Banana Republic. With all the 30% and 40% off sales why isn’t it more popular? I have always loved the classic mens V-neck sweater and have had this as a staple in my wardrobe for years. Other than that, over the past couple of years I noticed that I as well have not been shopping at Banana Republic much either.
The past few times that I have gone into the store I fell in love with multiple pieces. I was so excited because I realized this is #thenewBR. I knew about the Marissa Webb takeover as creative director, and was excited to see what she was going to do.
Marissa Webb served as J Crew’s head designer for longer than a decade. She decided to start her own line in Spring 2013 and it has been growing ever since. She is still working on her own line and April 28th of this year she started working hard to help transform Banana Republics image. Its only been a few months and I can already see the change.
Note: This sweater was purchased in store last weekend but I can’t find the link online. It should still be at stores near you
Shirt & Tee : Banana Republic Jeans: Express (no longer available) Purse:See by Chloe
Note: The denim shirt and tee were purchased in store last weekend but I can’t find the link online. It should still be at stores near you. I don’t understand why they only put half of their merchandise online, and it seems like all my picks are only available in stores.
I know much of the fall and winter line has still to come out, but here are a few pieces that stood out to me while I was in there this past weekend. I suggest you stop over to your nearest Banana and take a look for yourself!!
I’m a firm believer and patron of the simple look. Of course I love a good statement necklace, or extravagant pattern mixing but I must say my go-to look is always simple yet chic. (At least I like to think so!!) Today in LA we were back to summer weather, so I had to keep cool whilst adding some Fall accessories. I opted for the perfect little bootie and hat to add a little autumn into my summer vibe. The ankle boot was a staple last year and will also be this year so if you don’t already own a pair I suggest you give them a try. These Anine Bing boots have been my favorites all last season. They are pricey but were my investment piece last season, and I’m so happy I took the plunge. You can find many affordable ankle boots that look just as stylish as these in every price range.
Distressed denim and stripes are the perfect combo. I feel the boyfriend jean shorts give a little edge to the look, while the stripes add some flare to a simple jersey shirt.
I just bought this Banana Republic shirt and its perfect. Has anyone else noticed the change in Banana? I’m so happy with the addition of Marissa Webb as Creative Director. She has kept their sophisticated business look but has incorporated a younger hip vibe. My next blog post will be about the New Banana Republic so be sure to check it out. I opted for a Large size as I wanted something loose and flowing. The link I posted is for a similar stripped shirt as I don’t see this exact shirt online. It most likely is still in stores as I had just purchased it this past weekend.
There are only a couple days left until its officially fall and I can’t wait. As I had mentioned in my previous post Fall is my favorite season. I get excited when its time to wear layers, boots, sweaters, plaid and scarfs. The fashion isn’t the only part of Fall I love. I love the fresh crisp air, the cool breeze, the leaves changing color, the scents of apple and pumpkin looming everywhere, and best of all Thanksgiving. This morning in LA fall was in the air and I was so excited to pull out some of my Fall favorites for this season. Next week we are expecting another heat wave so I had one day to take full advantage.
All items are last season but since they are all classic pieces they have similar items this season. I have linked up a few of the items for you.
Equiptment Fr is my favorite brand for silk shirts. You will notice in future blog posts that I wear them a lot. I have noticed that the older I get the more classic my wardrobe has become. I seem to flock to less trendy pieces and instead look for more timeless numbers. Equipment shirts do have many patterns that are very cool and keep them modern at the same time.
Rag & Bone Newbury boot is a staple of theirs. I had been eyeing this boot for a while but I had already bought new expensive boots last season and couldn’t justify another pair. When they had their end of the season sale and the boots were 50% off I couldn’t resist. (I love a good deal, especially with something I’ve had my eye on.) I will link this seasons colors and they have the canvas in camel from pre fall which is on sale at the moment. The traditional colors of black and dark brown are not colors that go on sale (in case you were wondering). I was told this when I bought mine in the spring.
Shirt: Aritzia Pants: Zara Flats: Jimmy Choo Necklace: Emerald Bling Purse: Target
It’s the middle of September and it feels like we are in full blown summer here in LA. I am such a fan of fall fashion and am so excited to start wearing my layers. Unfortunately this heat wave is just not conducive to that. I decided to dress for the weather and stuck with summer bright colors for todays post.
I think its important to wear colors that match your skin tone and your comfort level. As you will soon see I seem to wear a lot of neutral colors: black, white and grays are my top 3. I have stepped out of my comfort zone today for my colorful color blocking ensemble. I’m so pale and have blue/green eyes so I feel that blue hues and pink/red hues match my complexion best. Today I am wearing cobalt blue and light pink, I think the blue adds such a pop while the pink has a more subtle roll.
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