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Peek-A-Boo

Kristen Berry

Fashion inspiration can come from some pretty unexpected places. The other night I re-watched “To Catch a Thief,” looking to catch a bit of old Hollywood glamour inspo from Grace Kelly. Yet while Grace was serving glamour in spades, the look that especially struck me was Cary Grant’s, during his first scene in the film.

I fell in love with the pop of color of the foulard neckerchief he wore, peeking from beneath his striped pullover (it’s said that Grant was self-conscious about his muscular neck, and often worked items into his wardrobe to conceal it. Who knew?!).

I decided to adopt this look with a scarf of my own, layering a paisley-print scarf beneath a gray cutaway sweater. I rather liked the way it looked peeking from beneath the hem of my sweater as well. To enhance the fluted appearance of the ends, I actually used small hair rubberbands right at the edge of the sweater’s hem to create a bell-like effect.

Layering is one of the quickest ways to add new life to the existing items in your wardrobe, but it isn’t necessarily the easiest. The best way to find a winning combination is to spend a few minutes playing around in your closet. And maybe watch a classic movie or two.

  • Sweater: Zara. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $125.
  • Scarf: Uniqlo, no longer available.
  • Leggings: Uniqlo. No longer available, but similar color/cut can be found here for $25.
  • Watch: JORD, $275 at WoodWatches.com.

Sundaze

Kristen Berry

Maybe the whole casual L.A. fashion thing is finally wearing off on me. I’ve never really embraced the athleisure trend, but I’ve recently found myself craving a few pieces that could easily go from a Sunday morning Netflix binge to brunch with friends, while still looking somewhat pulled together.

When I saw this off-the-shoulder sweatsuit jumpsuit on ASOS, I knew I had to have it. The cut is actually super flattering – in addition to the neckline, the slim cut pant, three-quarter sleeve and cinchable waist provide a streamlined silhouette.

Rose gold sunnies from Quay Australia, a rose gold Michael by Michael Kors Watch, and a black-and-gold knit beanie turn this single piece into an outfit.

And of course, no Sunday stroll would be complete without my trusty silver Chucks.

  • Sweatsuit Jumpsuit, ASOS. No longer available, in black, though it’s in stock in gray for $53 at ASOS.com. This alternate style in black is also super cute at $53.
  • ALDO Gold Yarn Pom beanie, $19 at ASOS.com.
  • Quay Cherry Bomb Sunglasses, $55 at UrbanOutfitters.com.
  • Watch, Michael by Michael Kors, similar style on sale for $165 at NeimanMarcus.com.
  • Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® 'Ox' Metallic Low Top Sneaker in Gunmetal, here and here for $60.

Get the Velvet Look for Under $100

Kristen Berry

So, I don’t consider myself a slave to trends, but I’m honestly loving the whole velvet moment that’s happening right now. It’s such a luxe, gorgeous material, and it feels so delicous against the skin during these chilly winter months (yes, even in L.A.).

Here are twelve of my favorite velvet pieces available right now, all $100 or less.

Lois Velvet Cami Crop Top in Charcoal (also available in other colors), $38 at Tobi.com.

Lois Velvet Cami Crop Top in Charcoal (also available in other colors), $38 at Tobi.com.

Steve Madden Edit Bootie in Navy (also available in additional colors), $90 at Nordstrom.com.

Steve Madden Edit Bootie in Navy (also available in additional colors), $90 at Nordstrom.com.

ASOS Velvet Metallic Drape Open Back Midi Dress, $83 at ASOS.com.

ASOS Velvet Metallic Drape Open Back Midi Dress, $83 at ASOS.com.

Velvet Crossbody Bag in Grey, $20 at Zara.com.

Velvet Crossbody Bag in Grey, $20 at Zara.com.

Topshop Floral Lace Velvet Bodysuit in blue (also available in black), $50 at Nordstrom.com.

Topshop Floral Lace Velvet Bodysuit in blue (also available in black), $50 at Nordstrom.com.

ASOS SIA Velvet Pointed Heels, $38 at ASOS.com.

ASOS SIA Velvet Pointed Heels, $38 at ASOS.com.

Warehouse Crushed Velvet Sweater, $59 at ASOS.com.

Warehouse Crushed Velvet Sweater, $59 at ASOS.com.

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch in Soft Berry (also available in dark blue), $95 at Nordstrom.com.

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch in Soft Berry (also available in dark blue), $95 at Nordstrom.com.

ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt in Velvet, $57 at ASOS.com.

ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt in Velvet, $57 at ASOS.com.

Textural Velvet Baseball Cap, $38 at Anthropologie.com.

Textural Velvet Baseball Cap, $38 at Anthropologie.com.

Out From Under Velvet Open Back Bodysuit in Pink (also available in dark green), $29 at UrbanOutfitters.com.

Out From Under Velvet Open Back Bodysuit in Pink (also available in dark green), $29 at UrbanOutfitters.com.

Who's the Gloss Wrap Dress, $78 at NastyGal.com.

Who's the Gloss Wrap Dress, $78 at NastyGal.com.

To the Max

Kristen Berry

I purchased this maxi dress at the very end of summer, right before my move to L.A. was confirmed and life got a bit crazy.

The season got away from me, and I never wore my summery dress. I decided to finally change that, and winterized it for a visit to San Diego over the New Year’s Eve holiday.

A pink suede motorcycle jacket keeps things cozy. Black accessories keep the girliness from getting out of control, and help make this warm weather piece feel a bit more wintery.

  • Maxi Dress: H&M. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $40.
  • Jacket: Ride On Faux Suede Moto Jacket in Blush, on sale for only $44 through noon PT on 11/29 at Tobi.com; $112 regular price.
  • Hat: H&M. No longer available, but similar can be found here, here and here for under $30.
  • Shoes: Forever21. No longer available, but similar can be found here and here for under $100.

Photography Credit: @erickamelani

A New Dawn, A New Day

Kristen Berry

A few weeks ago, one of my managers at my new job asked about my near-term career goals – what do I want to achieve next?

It was the first time I’ve ever found myself without an explicit answer to that question.

2016 was largely dedicated to the achievement of one specific goal: moving to Los Angeles. And I’m so happy to have been successful in that endeavor. Of course, reaching that singular goal required the jumping of numerous hurdles – finding an awesome job in L.A. while still living in the San Francisco Bay Area; vacating my Sunnyvale apartment before the expiration of my lease; finding and securing a new home in the competitive L.A. rental market; selling/donating/storing/moving my things down to L.A.

Having just completed this process in late October, I feel like I’m just now coming up for air (and still have a guest room filled with boxes in need of unpacking).

In many ways, 2017 is rolling out before me like an empty page. Being an extremely goal-oriented person, it’s tempting to come up with a few quick goals/resolutions for the new year, just to have them. Of course, there are the ever-present goals of traveling more, saving more, experiencing more and growing the blog. But when it comes to bigger, more complicated goals, I want to take the rare opportunity of this fairly fresh start to simply – yet mindfully – exist in my new reality for a minute, and see what comes up within me. I think there’s danger in constantly steamrolling forward without taking a moment to stop, look around, and re-evaluate the direction you’re heading in.

Without a doubt, come spring I’ll already be deep in my game plan toward my next series of goals. In the meantime, I’m going to vow to live, reflect, and give my inner voice the quiet it requires to be heard.  

What are your goals/dreams/aspirations for the new year?

  • Sweater: Ribbed Turtleneck, H&M, $15 at HM.com.
  • Skirt: Silver Pleated Skirt, H&M, $25 for select sizes at HM.com. Similar styles are available here, here and here for $120 or less.
  • Earrings: H&M. No longer available online, though similar styles can be found here and here for under $60.
  • Boots: Circus by Sam Edelman. No longer available, though similar styles can be found here, here and here for under $100.
  • Location: Miriello Grafico, 1660 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

– Kristen