It’s a tee party!

THE WHITE TEE
The ever so classic white t-shirt is an indispensable closet must.  You can sport a tee with almost every outfit from casual to dressy and everything in between.  What’s not to love? And in white?  So crisp and fresh!  Please do me a favor; find one that you love and buy lots of them <3
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It's a tee party!

“DIY denim vest”

I know that there are some old items in your closet hanging lonely in the dark, but can be an inspiration for something new.  I had an old denim jacket from high school that I just can’t seem to toss.  I’ve always wanted a denim vest, but can’t seem to find the perfect one yet (picky shopper here) so I thought to myself “hmm, what if I..?” Then, the easiest DIY happened in a matter of minutes and I scored myself a denim vest! Winning!

Who doesn’t love a super easy DIY project?  Easy as in all you need is a pair of scissors to make this happen.  Say what?!  Oh and that old jean jacket of yours collecting dust in your closet.  Don’t own a pair? You can even find one at your local thrift store.  Now that’s a great way of picking one up without shelling out the cash!

Ready for this?  It gets easier.  Start cutting the sleeves off as close to the sleeve seam as possible.  Clean up the edges.  Done.  No hemming or sewing needed.  Oh my goodness, was that easy or what?  Now you’ve got yourself a denim vest!  I love denim vests because you can basically throw them over anything.  It’s my summer staple at the moment!  Here I’m showing a little bit of skin, so I made my crop top daytime appropriate by wearing it with a high-waisted skirt.  I layered it with my denim vest that I made (yay!) to balance it out.  I added printed sandals and a clutch both in neutral colors to keep it simple.  And lastly, sunglasses because you all know this girl and her sunnies are an inseparable bond. <3

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

American Eagle Jean jacket (now a vest!) // Maison Jules denim vest
Feature Midi Skirt // Nicholas window lace a-line skirt
David Lerner triangle bralette // Free People lace bralette
Steve by Steve Madden Catelena sandals // Givenchy Leopard print sandal / DV by Dolce Vita sandal
Louis Vuitton monogram pochette twin pm (from Japan) // Louis Vuitton vintage monogram
Nailed it bangle // Kate Spade gold bangle / Elizabeth and James Margaux bangle
Ray-ban Clubmaster sunglasses // Valley Eyewear DB sunglasses

“How to pull off a leather skirt (without looking like a…)”

A leather skirt by itself is innately sexy.  Don’t get me wrong, looking sexy isn’t a bad thing, but even with the longer hems of that leather skirt, it can be read as “skanky” if you’re not careful!  When wearing such a bold piece, it is crucial for me to balance it out by keeping the top part modest with loose silhouettes, especially if you are going to wear heels. Balance is key, ladies!  If heels aren’t your thing, you can wear it with booties or flats instead and swap out that loose shirt with a fitted top.  Uh, huh.  That’s right.  Balance is key, ladies!!! (three snaps in a “Z” formation!)

I love the contrast of black and white together so I paired this leather peplum skirt with just a plain ‘ol white tee.  I also love a pop of color, so I decided to play it up with a colorful clutch which also happens to match my bold lips!  Winning!  For my signature “sunnies with every outfit” look, I wore oversized frames to keep it classy and finished my ensemble with fun laced up heels – very downtown cool AND modest. <3

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Photos by Gladys Jem

Here’s what I’m wearing // and other options

Feature Peptalk skirt // Rag and Bone leather skirt
Zara white v-neck tee // Madewell v-neck
Dolce Vita Tessa high heels // Dolce Vita Helena sandals
Alexander Wang clutch // Valentino Rockstud clutch
Valley Eyewear Dash sunnies // Fendi Iridia sunnies
8 Other Reasons Undefeated ring // Acne Studios Elisa ring

“Made in L.A.”

Because a woman can’t step out of her home empty-handed.  When I’m on the go, I grab my keys, phone, wallet and lip balm and as soon as you know it, my hands are full and I am not pleased.  I’m not a fan of carrying big purses all the time because I find it difficult to manage all the contents (hundreds of bobby pins, lipstick tubes, Advil, eye drops, vitamins…) running into each other and creating a hot mess. Sometimes, I feel that I overstuff my purse and I just end up looking clumsy carrying it around.  Clutches however, will make you want to get rid of the unnecessary clutter and just keep whatever you need the most!  Smaller but efficient and perfect for that busy girl (that’s me!) that’s always on the go.

Hoping to invest in a staple clutch that you’ll carry through all seasons?  Do you simply want to add another bright bag to your accessories collection?  Looking for that one that screams “carry me!”?  What if I told you that you can customize your own?  Essex Los Angeles has you covered.

These custom-made clutches are made in L.A. designed by YOU.  You choose your size, leather, zipper color, and the lining and voilà!  You’ve got a great clutch with utility value that suits your personality.

I had so much fun shooting with the beautiful Maya from My Life as Maya in downtown Los Angeles showcasing Essex L.A.’s new colors for this season.  From cheetah print to bright, bold colors, these beauties will carry you through summer weddings to evenings out with your girlfriends! <3

 

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Photos by Steven Pearson