Friday, July 15, 2016

AthleisureWell, hello there. I’ve been busy and apparently missed a few months of blogging. Yikes.

I’m back to say that if I wasn’t currently looking for work, I would buy everything in the Ivy Park collection by Beyoncé. EVERYTHING. I would begin by acquiring these items first.

Would it be too much to be fully clad in Ivy Park for the Formation Tour at Dodger Stadium in September…? (p.s. I’m soooooo excited!)

1. Hoodie

2. Parka

3. Beanie

4. Body

5. Sliders

6. Tank

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image source: Nordic Days

While we’re used to hiding away our laundry, nowadays there’s so many stylish ways to openly store and display our wardrobes, both in the bedroom and elsewhere.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: ArchiloversMy Scandinavian Home, Fashionismo 

And since I strongly believe that all design is related, the style of your wardrobe should aesthetically relate to your home design. Therefore, hanging a few of our favorites out in the open with clothing racks (including our favorite editorials!), actually transforms it into decor.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: Trendenser, The Style Files

And if you love fashion as much as home design, this is the most fun decor you could possibly add to your home.

Your home tells the story of who you are, and so does your wardrobe, so why not display it?!

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: Decor8, My Domaine, Apartment Therapy

Not just for decor of course, clothing racks are also a great way to add more space to the tiny closet systems many apartments come with. So, whether there’s a lack of space in the existing closets or there’s no closet at all (which I hear happens in NY a lot)… These open closets are ideal and actually look great.

Clothes Rack Ideas

Clothes Rack Ideas

Image sources: We Heart It, La Maison de Anna G






Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I’m back, baby! I strongly believe the gorgeous rainy weather in LA today has woken me up and cured my horrible cold. Ok, I should have been wishing you happy new year yesterday (the first Monday of 2016), but I was one of the lucky ones who literally woke up on January 1st sick. I’m finally feeling (almost) back to normal today, the 5th *chin drop in failure*.

Rainy Day Style / Pretty Haute Mess

El Nino has arrived in Los Angeles, I want this hat and sweater from Bolina ASAP.

I had a great BIG plan to organize my blog calendar for 2016 and blog every day. Cut to today, the second work day of the new year, and I’m ramble blogging with no plan. That’s me guys. I have made no goals to change who I am. Period. Done.

All that being said, I do want to blog lots, but I just don’t think I’ll ever be the type to really plan out every day for each quarter of the year. However, the struggle I always have with blogging as much as I want to is how to make the blog personal, yet relatable and relatable without being generic. I guess this is my preemptive apology for any blog posts that seem super predictable or super ramble’ly and personal… like this one.

As my first post for 2016, I think I should at least address some of my goals for the year. These are not promises or binding contracts, just things I want to work on. I’m going to try to hold myself accountable as best I can.

  • Be more responsible with my health. Eat healthy, take vitamins and exercise CONSISTENTLY. Consistency is the key here, because in the past I’ve been super healthy for 4 months and then completely horrible for 6+ months.
  • Make decision based on strength, not weakness. Whether I’m deciding what to eat for lunch or how to approach a work crisis, I don’t want to make decisions out of weakness (aka: the emotionally easy way out).
  • Travel more. Even if it’s just up North a few hours to San Francisco. This also means going more places at home in Los Angeles. For example, I still haven’t been to The Broad museum and I’m nobody on Instagram until I do.
  • Do more work. Paid or not, I want to work more. I have not added any personal projects to my portfolio for more than 1 year!

Let’s do this guys! Happy fucking new year!!

xo






Friday, November 27, 2015

I am not moving today, the day after food day (aka Thanksgiving). I refuse to suffer in crowds today, even though some of the deals are pretty great. I just can’t do it this year, don’t want to. But also, there are so many small online shops with great deals and even better products than you’ll find in the malls. Here’s my shopping list in case you’re interested in being lazy, yet efficient, like me….

Black Friday Shopping

BYRDIE BEAUTY: Your one-stop-shop for all things beauty. Because Sephora will be hell.

BITTE: Don’t you want your kid, and your friend’s kids, to look way cooler than the Gap Kids?

SOCIETY 6: The list of types of gifts you can get from Society 6 is endless, and way cool.

THESE ARE THINGS: Looking for small gifts with big impact, this is the online shop for you.

COTTON & FLAX: Get your home ready for the holidays with some stylish textiles.

BODIE & FOU: Great gifts for you and your friends, if you love modern home decor.

EVEN ODD: Shop cool and sustainable, this shop has awesome backpacks and key chains.

TIRO TIRO: Really pretty jewelry and a big selection for being a small, indie shop.

HEDLEY & BENNETT: Get your cooking gear ready and on-point, there’s lots more cooking ahead.

CLAUDIA PEARSON: Great indie shop if you’re looking for fun patterns.






Thursday, November 19, 2015

It’s probably not so much a tom-boy thing as it is a lazy thing…. But I love outfits I can just throw on and feel comfortable in. For me, comfort is key to feeling confident and as we all know, confidence is sexy.

Cozy Sexy Style

Inspiration image source: Camilla Pihl

Turtleneck Sweater / J.Crew

Striped Boyfriend Shirt / Banana Republic

Leather Leggings / Gap

Hoop Earrings / Adorn Milk

Backpack / Eileen Fischer

Socks / Mod Cloth

Booties / Eileen Fischer






Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sight Unseen Shop

Once you start shopping on-line, you never go back. At least that’s what happened for me.

The internet opened so many doors for me and has introduced me to so many people. But maybe one of my favorite parts about internetting is all of the design resources, from all around the world.

Like the Sight Unseen Shop… This online magazine also has a shop. And while they’re present at many design events and provide frequent pop-up shops, it’s awesome that I can shop from this perfectly curated collection based in NYC.






Friday, February 27, 2015

When I cut my hair a couple years ago, I loved it… and still do. I’ll probably never have long hair again. I loved the cut even more after it grew out a little. Then, like I do, I had to go fuck it up. I even tried coloring the front blonde. Yup.

So, the last several months have been rough, but I’m finally in recovery. I got a simple cut again and I’m just growing it out now.

Here’s what I’ve learned…

Short Haircut / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Hj i

Cool cuts like this one above is super hard to maintain actually. And it must be styled, you can’t just rock bead head, which is my M.O.

The key is finding a cool cut that’s versatile in both style and length. So, no matter how much effort you feel like putting in your hair on any given day, it will look ok. And also, if it grows out a little, it’s not a total mess, but rather just a longer version of what it was before.

Here are some cuts I like (the top right is what I just took to my stylist last weekend).

Short Haircuts / Pretty Haute Mess

Images from Hair RomancePinkula, Adi Barsan, Vogue UK

And for the record, this is who I want to be when I grow up…. Kate Lanphear.

 KATE LANPHEAR / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Stockholm Street Style