La Stylish

Style with a dash of humor.

Casual Comfort

Casual Comfort

Inspired By…

Michael (Wilson) and I had another fabulous hair play-date  This time we ventured into the world of extensions. Talk about a total transformation from everyday to WOW! Thanks again to Michael for his genius ideas and making me feel like Kim Kardashian, Vernoica Lake, Kate Middleton, and a rockn’ runway model.  Xoxo, LA

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And after…

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Polyvore Brilliant Blogger!

I am beyond excited to share with you that one of my Polyvore sets (Baby, It’s Cold Outside!) was featured on their Brilliant Blogger Sets page! Polyvore is an incredible tool for someone like me who is sharing my perspective with the world, and gives me a wonderful opportunity to create looks that reflect my style. Below is the link to the page. Enjoy!

Xoxo,
LA

http://www.polyvore.com/this_weeks_brilliant_blogger_sets/collection?id=2312999

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Depending on where you live you’re probably experiencing a batch of rather cold weather (as I write this it’s a blustery 12 degrees outside).  The cold weather always adds a layer of complexity to our outfit choices in the morning. How do I look stylish and stay warm? Most cold weather clothing is not designed for form, it’s designed to keep you warm, which wherein lies the problem. Bulky sweaters, down jackets, thick gloves and scarves aren’t necessarily thought of as flattering. But I come from the mindset that you can look stylish in anything! Every season brings a new opportunity to express your personal style. I put together three different outfit ideas; one for a walk with the dog (or friend), one for casual days or lunch with friends, and the other for a more formal occasion like work or dinner with someone special. All three to keep you warm and looking your stylish self. Enjoy!

Xoxo,
LA 

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Apologies

Good morning stylistas! I want to apologize for the little breakdown in my blog last evening. While I’m sure you enjoyed my ‘Inauguration Celebration’ post, you probably didn’t need to see it nine times! Polyvore and I are still newly dating and sometimes you have a little snafu early on in the relationship. My deepest apologies.

Xoxo,
LA

Casual Comfort

Casual Comfort

Inauguration Celebration

With the second inauguration of President Barack Obama upon us I have been thinking about all the wonderful possibilities for the next four years and inaugural style, of course. I put together four options for the special occasion that keeps in line with my classic polished style with a little sparkle for this celebratory moment in history. Enjoy!

Xoxo,
LA

Inauguration Celebration

A date with Michael

Previously I introduced you to my dear friend and hair genius Michael. I am lucky enough to be his hair model (mo-del, that is) from time to time. Is it not every girl’s fantasy to have perfectly coiffed hair that channels Betty Draper or Gwen Stefani?! I added some picks from our latest date. I’d love to hear what style you guys like the most. I love them all, but what do you think?

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The Psychology of Color

Many of us stand in front of our closet each day putting together outfits that are well thought out, color-coordinated, and represent our individual style. What probably doesn’t come to mind each time a choice is made is what this color says about you to the world? Color, or lack there of, is a powerful tool in shaping our image. So, what does each color say about us? What message are we sending to those around us simply by the color of our outfit? Below are examples of emotions specific colors evoke. Obviously there are hundreds of colors in the rainbow, but this list should get you started.

Black
Black is the color of authority, power, stability, and strength. It is also the color associated with intelligence (doctorate black robes; black horn rimmed glasses). We also think of black clothes as having a thinning effect. Black is a serious color that evokes strong emotions; it is easy to overwhelm people with too much black, but worn in different textures it can make a striking, polished, classic statement.

White
For most of the world this is the color associated with purity and cleanliness. While we may think of white as the absence of color, it is actually a compression of all the colors in the color spectrum. White is a color most of us think of as associated with summer, but we are now welcoming it into our wardrobes in cooler months in the form of winter whites, creams, and heavier fabrics. 

Gray
Gray is most associated with the practical, timeless, and solid things in life. Too much gray can give the impression of playing it safe or middle-of-the-road stylistically. As with all the colors on the spectrum, there are many shades of grey (did you like that little pun?). I find that it is a flattering color on everyone so long as you find a hue that works with your skin tone and not against it. It can also be very chic when worn monochromatically.

Red
If you want to draw attention, use red! Red is the color of energy. It’s associated with movement and excitement. People surrounded by red find their heart beating a little faster and often report feeling a bit out of breath. Red is a wonderful accent color. Think of a red tie with a dark suit and white shirt, aka the power suit. It adds the perfect amount of energy to draw the eye. Red is the symbol of life and, for this reason, it’s the color worn by brides in China. Red, and its shades, are used to signify love. We think of the colors of love as red and pink. Pink is the most calming of all colors. Think of pink as the color of romance, love, and gentle feelings.

Blue
Ask people their favorite color and a clear majority will say blue.  Seeing the color blue actually causes the body to produce chemicals that are calming; but that isn’t true of all shades of blue. Some shades (or too much blue) can send a cold and uncaring message. Over the ages blue has become associated with steadfastness, dependability, wisdom and loyalty (note how many uniforms are blue).

Green
The color of growth, nature, and money; green is a calming color that’s also very pleasing to the senses. Dark forest green is associated with terms like conservative, masculine, and wealth. It is also the color associated with envy, good luck, generosity, and fertility. It is the traditional color of peace, harmony, comfortable nurturing, support and well paced energy.

Yellow
Yellow is associated with laughter, happiness, and good times. A person surrounded by yellow feels optimistic because the brain actually releases more serotonin when this color is present. It has the power to speed up our metabolism and bring out some creative thoughts. Yellow can be quickly overpowering if over-used so be thoughtful when wearing it.

Orange
The most flamboyant color on the planet; it’s the color tied most with fun times, happy and energetic days, warmth, and  ambition. Orange is a great way to add a punch of color to any ensemble no matter what season.

Purple
What color were the robes of kings and queens? Yes, they were purple, our most royal color that is associated with wealth, prosperity, and rich sophistication. This color stimulates the brain activity used in problem solving. Use purple most carefully to lend an air of mystery, wisdom, and respect.

Brown
This color is most associated with reliability, stability, and friendship. It’s the color of the earth and stability. It is also associated with things being natural or organic.

You may be asking yourself, “now that I know what emotions colors illicit, how do I mix and match and get the most from my wardrobe?”
Let our friendly color wheel show you the way. A color wheel is a great guide to help you not only get the most out of the colors you already feel comfortable wearing, but it just may inspire you to try some new combinations.

Here’s some basic tips for how to use the wheel:

  • Analogous Scheme: These are the colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. The analogous color scheme is the most pleasing to the eye and will always give your ensemble a harmonious look. When combining these colors it’s important to use one as the dominant color and the other as an accent.
  • Complimentary Scheme: These are colors that are opposite of each other on the wheel. This is a great technique if you want to explore color blocking as the combinations are vibrant and high-contrast.
  • Monochromatic Scheme: Pairing different shades and tints of the a single color. If you’re using this scheme, try adding in some black or white to break-up the look so the color doesn’t become to overwhelming.

Xoxo,
LA

Describe Your Style.

I am often asked, “what are some of your favorite outfits” and “how would you define your style?”  I thought I’d put my mad Polyvore skills to the test and put together some outfits that best define me, and that may also appeal to others who have a classic, tailored, feminine style. Enjoy!

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