The New Distressed Denim

I’ve had a love hate relationship with distressed denim for a while now. First I’m obsessed, and find a pair that I love and cherish. And then I hate them and throw them away with anger and fury. But then I slowly love them again and so the cycle goes. That being said I’ve managed to find my way through about 3 or 4 solid pairs of distressed denim. Today is the day I’ve decided to love them again and have, thus, acquired a pair, this being with a handy pair of scissors and some south african ingenuity and innovative thinking. I prefer wearing faded black jeans, and I gave them some cigarette legs to try something different.

The way to totally rock distressed denim without looking poor is to pair it with “nicer” things. A loose button down and some kitten heels with some tasteful accessories ought to pull your whole look together. Try a big comfy turtle neck sweater as a replacement if the weather has a chill.

This look surprisingly has maintained a steady following throughout the last few years and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, any time soon. As much as you, me and the girl next door loves runway chic, we also do love the everyday shabby glam look. Invest in a nice handbag and other accessories and your look is a go!

Have fun trying new things!

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Fall Outfit of the Day

What are we loving for Fall? Fur vests layered with our favorite moto leather jackets, skinny jeans and cozy sweaters and of course, ankle booties in all shapes and sizes. Check out this look below that can easily be styled and put together.

Have fun!

White shirt
$24 – chiarafashion.co.uk

Calypso St Barth vest
calypsostbarth.com

MuuBaa leather biker jacket
$815 – nelly.com

J Brand jeans
farfetch.com

Burberry shoulder bag
saksfifthavenue.com

H m ring
$4.78 – hm.com

Check out these looks!

Look of the Day!

This look of the day comprises of a cozy oversized sweater with this chic Balmain skirt.
The sandals make it a relaxed, but glam look. I felt like looking nice today,
(after being on the road for the whole day yesterday) and this was the perfect outfit.
Super cozy, super cute, and even my hubby raised a flirty eyebrow.
Enjoy!
   Look of the Day

J brand top
matchesfashion.com

Balmain mini skirt
leclaireur.com

Topshop doctor bag
topshop.com

My New/Old Love: Skirts

I absolutely cannot wait for cool/cold weather, and wearing skirts and ankle booties with leather jackets and cozy sweaters has me more excited than a kid on christmas morning. I’ve re-inspired myself by getting my fall and winter wardrobe ready, and so far, it’s looking good. Taking cues from fashion week with bold silhouettes, vintage inspired looks, street style and my obsession with leather and black, I’ve created some cute looks and outfit ideas for my two favorite cold weather skirts.

I love this midi 50’s inspired skirt because it just oozes elegance and city chic. Pair it with a rocker esq tee or a cropped sweater with cute shoes and you’ll have an outfit to die for. My other love, the classic leather pencil skirt, is just perfect for an every day glam look. You could wear it with just about anything and easily make it a day to night look with some extra accessories.

Check out these outfits! Have fun and experiment!

Much Love,

Cat.

Get This Fall Cozy Look!

I’m so beyond excited for Fall to come! Cool weather, crisp, sunny days and hot caramel lattes are what I see when I imagine this gorgeous season. Things I’m excited to wear are ankle booties, fur vests and chunky knit sweaters. Not to mention smokey eyes and demure looks.

Check out this look! It’s so cozy and if the day turns out to be a little warmer than expected, throw on a t-shirt or a blouse and this it would still be city chic.

Fall Cozy Look

Get this look!

Saint Laurent Rabbit Felt Fedora from net-a-porter.com, Omso sweater from nelly.de, Calypso St. Barth Mongolian Fur Vest from calypsostbarth.com, slashed acid wash skinny jeans from etsy.com, Silk blend scarf from jades24.com, Kate Spade New York small black stud earrings from piperlime.com, Zara bucket bag from zara.com, Gianvito Rossi Suede Bootie from bergdorfgoodman.com

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.

Wearing Your Fav Tee Successfully

We all have those tee-shirt and jean days, the ones where you’re rocking your fav vintage tee or boyfriend sweater and a pair of smoking hot cigarette leg skinny’s. It’s the day that putting in that extra effort to be runway just seem like a bit much. In past, present and future, the jeans and tee look has survived all the fashion trends, still maintaining ease and every day comfort.

rackkandruin.blogspot.com, love this tee and leather pants look. The heels and clutch complete it.
rackkandruin.blogspot.com, love this tee and leather pants look. The heels and clutch complete it.

Taking that classic look from so-so to sassy is easier than you imagine and as someone who lives in jeans and tee mode more than I’d like to confess, I feel as though I have some insight into “making it work”.

Lets start from the top and work our way down.

Hair
I like to stick to something natural looking. Doing too much work will make you look a little Barbie-ish. It means that you’re trying too hard to pull off a look, rather than owning your sense of ease and style. Whether it’s natural wavy beach hair (salt water spray and dry shampoo at the roots works wonders to achieve this look) or a fun top knot that has some texture, or a messy side braid, you’re bound to look fresh, comfortable and trendy.

Makeup
I like going for something that’s a little more than just natural. A cat eyeliner adds that sass while a subtle smokey eye adds intrigue. Polish off with a nude or fun lip color and your overall appearance can vacillate between classy and sassy.

Accessories
When wearing a tee shirt (or in fact, any simple top), try a sparkly jewelry collection. Whether it’s vintage diamond stud earrings, gold bangles and a solid leather belt or a long necklace, make sure it adds a sense of richness to your outfit. Again, this separates your look from drab, to fab.

If the jewelry option doesn’t appeal to you, try a fun scarf. Whether it’s a chunky knit one, fur or linen, drape it loosely around your neck.

Shoes

At this point anything goes, except sneakers or work-out shoes, those are meant for the gym or long walks. I like a pair of flats, booties, cute kitten heels or even Havianas. Pumps or high heels can work if you’re wanting to step it up a notch, but that case is rare.

Have fun and experiment! Nothing looks better on you than you being you.

Check out the different looks below!

The Season’s Sweater

How to wear this season’s staple without looking like a soccer mom or a carpet bag.

Finding those great knit sweaters to wear when the weather gets chilly can be tricky if you’re not sure what it is that you’re looking for. (If you live within two miles of a Forever 21, however, you have nothing to fear because everything is just so trendy, you could shop with your eyes closed and still manage to look good). When you’ve been  relegated, however, to a few department stores, consignment stores and your brother’s/dad’s/boyfriend’s/husband’s closet, the options for greatness is severely diminished. I do believe in shopping online but sometimes you just need to try stuff on. I love consignment and thrift stores because I always find some great vintage pieces that are to die for.

I love this simple cropped cashmere sweater, such a sweet little thing but paired with the pants and shoes it gives this outfit the perfect balance between edgy and classy.

There’s not really a sweater that’s so hideous that you can’t do anything with it, unless it is covered with anything sewn on, especially  bells, poinsettias, bits of leaf, or weird shapes (bar aztec). Don’t be afraid of anything with a fun pattern though. A bow on the shoulder is a great little added lux.  I always try to get a sweater in the most raw form of its material whether it’s a type of wool or cashmere or a blend of the two. Anything else that’s not natural will make you hot; your body won’t be able to breathe which turns you into a sweaty mess.

I stay away from v-neck sweaters unless it’s a cardigan or a deep-v, I can never seem to find one that sits just right on people unless it’s very chunky. I love a scoop, crew or boat neck. I feel as though those are the most flattering especially since it can be either bulky or light-weight and it always seem to sit just right.

Over-sized loose fitting sweaters are a major trend this season, especially worn with booties and  fun leather jackets, vests or a chunky scarf. When doing an over-sized sweater remember that it is bulky so keep the pants/jeans/skirts etc on the tight fitting side. Also, because it’s such a casual piece of clothing, bring balance to your over-all by wearing a dressier shoe, (not uggs, for instance, unless you are lounging around your house) and crisp, clean makeup and kept hair. You don’t want to completely look like you rolled out of your house without paying any attention to yourself whatsoever.

Below are some fun sweater ideas. Pay attention to the shape, size and the overall look. Whether it’s cropped, 3/4 sleeved, crew neck or boat neck, you could easily find any of the below styles at any store if you search a little more than usual. Remember you can always layer with blouses underneath to create some texture and layering. Don’t feel like you need to be stuck buying something in “your size”. I often will buy sweaters a few sizes bigger or smaller if I want to achieve a certain look.

Check out the looks below!

A Look for Her: Meeks

Here’s an excuse to post more pics from the photo shoot that had gone into hiding, but have been found!

I love Meeks’ look in this because of the textures and color scheme. The reason her outfit works is because the silver heels and gold sparkly shirt are both subtle but provide a fun aspect. The cardigan dresses the whole bit down just enough and gives it that final completeness that it needed; it also tones down the flashy. The red hat gives it that necessary pop of color that brings it to life. Her outfit has just the right amount of movement, balanced with the sleekness of the leggings and the heels. Her loose wavy hair takes it from splashy to cozy and comfortable. Ready for winter! Had she wanted to dress up her outfit, all she would need is a wool pea-coat with a fur collar, but very sleek.

Ladies, don’t be afraid to experiment! If the whole texturing thing seems daunting then try something that’s minimal in color, but has lots of texture. You can add the color aspect later when you’re comfortable with the texturing aspect. An idea for subtle texturing (if you don’t think you can pull off something as bold as Meeks’) is to pair black leggings, a dark colored/no print oversized sweater (roll up the sleeves a little, and tuck in a little piece in the front,) and a fun colored heel or flat. Alternatively, do a black boot then add a colored beanie or fun accessories.

If leggings aren’t your deal, then try for instance a black flowy short skirt with black tights, a colored shoe and a tight fitting black long sleeved shirt tucked in. Or do a black shoe and a fun top. That way your color scheme isn’t too crazy but you have lots of movement with the skirt. Add some spice to that by throwing on a black leather jacket.

Have fun!!

Meeks

Finally! The Pre-Winter Campaign!

A few weeks ago we did a photo shoot that seemed more like family time than an actual photo shoot.

The photographer, Trevor Boyd, had been wanting to do something using only natural lighting while maintaining the flawless look  that a studio would bring. We spent some time looking at different locations that had great lighting and finally settled on his friend’s place who also happened to be one of the models, Caleb. It has massive windows and a perfectly white living room. After settling on a time we decided we would shoot Meeks and Caleb and hopefully find more models along the way. Little did we know that they would come off the street in the shape of friends and friends of friends that  perchance would happen to stop by.

The first unexpected model to arrive on scene was Emily, who grew up in England and was here for school. She had heard through one of Caleb’s room mates that we were doing a shoot and wanted to hang out and be a spectator. At this point we had a few of those as friends would drop in to say hi and watch the process. Trev, Allie and I took one look at her, asked her what her name was and if she was free for the afternoon. With much excited bewilderment, she shakily said yes and  was thrown immediately into position with hair, makeup and a sweater. The rest with her is history. Trev couldn’t stop gaping at her and frankly neither could I. She was flawless and her innocence only added to her beauty. We couldn’t believe our luck, that this absolutely stunning girl just stumbled through the front door, and despite her nervousness, absolutely killed it in front of the camera.

Our next visitor were Trevs’ friends Jason and Lisa who stopped by to say their farewells. The two were headed back to LA after a weekend retreat in town. Once again, gaping ensued. Trev asked Jason if he had 5 minutes, those 5 minutes turned into about 3 hours of more gaping and shooting and exclamations on how amazing he was, and how ridiculous it was that everyone looked so good together. Again, it was perfect. Lisa yelled her two cents with eyes glued to her phone and gave much feedback and ideas. We couldn’t have done it without her. Meanwhile clothes were swapped in and out, closets were raided, clothes were shared and the corner of the living room started looking a little rambunctious.

As models posed and sweated it out in heavy sweaters and makeup, pizza was ordered and soda was drunk, loud music kept our pace going and our gorgeous hair and makeup girl, Mariah, gave haircuts wherever she could find a willing head, and I was willing. The girl knows how to cut hair. The beautiful Allie ran around fetching things and dressing people, steaming clothes and making sure everyone had anything they needed. She was a godsend.

After we wrapped up the day, shooting at the lake with the sun setting, we looked back on it with whimsy. We didn’t want it to end. New friendships were formed and etched forever in our minds, were the warmest and most affectionate memories.

We decided that the only way to do photo shoots, fashion, style, life was being family. And from here on out that’s the way it’ll be.

Enjoy some of the shots taken at Calebs’ house!

(Click on the first image to open the slideshow)