Sophisticated laze.

There are those days when you just feel like not wearing denim. Today is that day. Throw a sweater on with some classy pants to keep that relaxed but elegant vibe. I love the green heels with the green pants, it keeps it low-key, while the jacket prevents the outfit from being too dressy. The clutch adds some intrigue into the look as well. Enjoy!

Gestuz embellished jacket
$530 – nelly.com

Alexander McQueen slim pants
matchesfashion.com

Givenchy fold over handbag
marissacollections.com

Gucci fragrance
$140 – iciparisxl.nl

Gold home decor
zgallerie.com

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Ms. Fancy Pants

I love this pre-fall, end of summer look! Just when the weather is starting to get crispy (it was a whopping 15F in Alaska this week) and you can start wearing pants again because the sun isn’t making the material stick to your legs causing bodily harm. I’m hearing that the heat in LA is reaching apocalyptic measures. Elsewhere in the world, where the weather is mild and one can enjoy looking good without melting, style moves on, and this weeks look includes wearing sassy pants, flirty shoes and crop tops that have done more than their due this summer.

Why do I love this look? Because it’s chic, simple, easy and totally doable. Take this from a day to night look simply by adding a silky tank or sheer blouse and Bobs your uncle. Whether your strutting around the city, running errands or meeting up with friends, having fun pants ensure you’ll probably have a fun time.

Check it out!

Sassy Pants

 

Click on the Links to find these outfit essentials.

Look One:

PIECES Lea Crop S/S Top  from pieces.com , Balmain Casual Pants from thecorner.com , RayBan Oversized Original Wayfarer from piperlime.gap.com, Zara Bucket Bag with metal detailing from Zara.com  , TOPSHOP Ratchet Block Strappy Heels from topshop.com

Look Two:

Illusion Top from beginningboutique.com , Joules Womens Navy Floral Pattern Cropped Pants from from psyche.co.uk,  Celine CL41043/S New Pretty Metal and Acetate Sunglasses from Forzieri.com , Alexander Wang Stingray Shoulder bag from shopbop.com , Gianvito Rossi Haircalf pumps from mytheresa.com

The Norge Beautiful

Trevor Boyd, our beloved photographer and friend, whose worked with us many times, went on a trip recently to Norway to visit some friends.  There was no surprise at all, Trevor being who he is with his insatiable love for beauty and light,  when he came back from the trip, gushingly sending me pictures of beautiful people he’d stayed with and met at a camping trip.

Everything about Norway seems magical. The impeccable life-style that hearkens to a time when things were simpler, and when life moved at a pace that was steady and straightforward, with true steps, and beauty that was found, admonished and celebrated. Trevor’s snap shots reminded me of Earnest Hemingway’s line in A Moveable Feast where he says “We ate well and cheaply, and drank well and cheaply, and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” Maybe not in true context, but that feeling of living a simple, full, beautiful life. His pictures convey this feeling that every breathe taken, is taken with meaning. That there’s a reason for all this. This is the essence of style. Living beautifully, living well and living with meaning, and you’ll find that those with impeccable style and life-style would be the ones who’ve grasped this.

Here’s to a life lived well and full. Cheers.

The Norge Beautiful Campaign.

Check out Trevor’s work at trevorboydphotography.com

Models dressed by Bolger.no, us.topshop.com and H&M

2013’s Icons, and Why We Love Them. Part 1.

Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have stars and celebrities, fashion icons and debutantes that we secretly admire and look up to. What is it about these people and their lustrous lives that entrances us, makes us believe there’s more to life and has us emulate them down to the shirts they wear on their backs. It’s a known fact of the human race that we look for heroes we can vicariously live through, maybe in an attempt to to make our lives seem better, or in an attempt to have the kind of life they live. For whatever reason, this phenomenon exists. Is it a bad thing? Who knows, but this year is no different. We will pull our style and fashion choices from those who have gone before us, and those amongst us. (Even to a fault at times…. a poor man in NYC started wearing leggings…. let’s hope this trend ends soon, God help us all).

Our icons this year have already been chosen by the people. Their imminent style, easy walk and glimmer in their smile have us wishing that we could, for one day, walk in their shoes. One such beauty is Miranda Kerr. The woman has it all. Not only is she a model for the world’s most well known lingerie company who graces window displays 7 feet tall in every major mall, but who has graced magazines and covers such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmo, Rolling Stone, Glamour…. you name it, all in good grace and in a stride. Married to Orlando Bloom, she gave birth to a beautiful boy and two months later was seen on the catwalk for Balenciaga and shortly after that at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York, showcasing the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra. She was glowing. She has her own skin care line, and her list of charitable work includes working with a wildlife organization to protect koalas.

So why do we love her? What is it about Miranda that has us saying “oh, I can do that!”. Her sense of style, for one, is right on the money. Looking carefully at her public wardrobe you can tell that she wears what she wants, when she wants, and knows that she looks fabulous doing so. Her style is timeless and classy with that edgy sass attached to it. She’s confident and knows what looks amazing on her. It doesn’t seem that she’s afraid to take risks within reason and her stride on the red carpet oozes femininity. She doesn’t sell herself out there but when you see her, it’s always perfect. She’s the girl next door and will always be remembered and known as just that. Her sense of beauty doesn’t just lie in the fact that she’s physically beautiful, but that her true beauty lies within her. She actually believes and knows that she’s beautiful and has a beautiful life. This, ladies, is what makes a great woman, not only great, but added to the ranks of Icon.

Written by Cat Russell at the Luxurie.