F-It Fridays: PrettyLittleThing Edition

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done an F-It Friday. But then again, I have a podcast called Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About, so you can clearly understand my priorities here. But hey, it’s the summer, which means most of you are vacationing or staycationing anyway. And if you’ve been trying to figure out what to wear for these events (or even non-events like date night or grabbing drinks your friends), I have an easy solution. The PrettyLittleThing Vacation Shop has lots of adorable options. Also, everything is super affordable, so you can treat yourself sans guilt!

PLT even sent me a few outfits so I could show you how cute everything is. While I did not personally wear any of these pretty little things on vacation (because I did not go on one), I drove twenty minutes to the neighborhood of Silver Lake, Los Angeles to take these pictures. So, close enough. Also, it was literally 1000 degrees out, so it was almost tropical. And by tropical I mean desert-like. You get it…. I’m trying here…

The Bardot Mini Dress is the perfect combo of sexy and casual. You can wear it shopping during the day and then go straight to date night. Your date will swoon over the Bardot. Probably more than once.

The Cecillia Ruffle Blue Embroidered Shift Dress is a trendy take on the classic look and ever so slightly modest.

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These Leaf Print Slinky Wide Leg Trousers are great with a cotton top, paired with a bikini or even over a one-piece swimsuit.

You know those days when it's so hot outside you literally want to walk around naked but you can't because you're afraid to break the law, get arrested and then get stuck in a cell without air conditioning? Those days were made for the Ammie Grey Floral Wrap Dress. It's so light, you'll stay cool and cuff-free.

The Leaf Frill Cold Shoulder Shift Dress is equally cute and comfortable. You can totally wear this to a BBQ, go home and then pass out on your couch-- no changing necessary. 

The Pink Floral Cold Shoulder Chiffon Playsuit is perfect for playing around on warm days. It also comes off really easily, so if you avoid rompers because of the whole peeing thing, know you're good to go in this one. 

Yes, the gold slide sandals are also from PrettyLittleThing.

These Jeanie White Extreme Ripped Mom Denim Shorts would probably give your mom a heart attack. But she would appreciate the fact that they're high waisted. 

 

F-It Fridays (Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy): I Love Rompers, But Not When I Have To Pee Edition

Romping around Larchmont Village in one of my favorite rompers. Sadly, it's sold out. I really wanted to include it here. And yes, having to use the bathroom while wearing it is a complete nightmare.   Photo by Haley Fisk

Romping around Larchmont Village in one of my favorite rompers. Sadly, it's sold out. I really wanted to include it here. And yes, having to use the bathroom while wearing it is a complete nightmare. 

Photo by Haley Fisk

Welcome to F-it Fridays, your weekly(ish) dose of retail therapy, where I recommend things you should buy for yourself. After all, you made it through another five days, so you certainly deserve something. 

This week, we’re romping into spring with (you guessed it) rompers. They’re the perfect combination of stylish and sporty, except for those moments when you really have pee and getting them off can kind of be a close call. Just being honest. Still, the slight inconvenience is totally worth it. Also, not that comfort is ever a real factor for me, but I think rompers are way more comfey than dresses or pants, which is which kind of strange, because they are essentially a combination of both. Here are few of my favorites:

Top Shop: Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuits aren't technically rompers, but they're part of the greater romper metro area. I love the Tie Bandeau Jumpsuit from Top Shop. Maybe it’s because I miss my mom right now (she lives in New York and I live in Los Angeles), but this jumpsuit reminds me of things my mother used to wear when i was a little kid. I really wish should would have kept her vintage ones for me, but Top Shop will have to suffice. Sophisticated and chic, this jumpsuit would look incredibly fabulous with a statement necklace from Sterling Forever.

Revolve: Del Rio Off The Shoulder Romper

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I love this romper from Del Rio. With its bell sleeves and the off the shoulder neckline, it’s extra on trend this season. 

Lilly Pulitzer: Tiki Wrap Romper

It’s not exactly a secret that I adore Lilly Pulitzer, especially this Tiki Wrap Romper. The print reminds me of cocktails, vacations and sunshine. The long sleeves and shorts combo is just right for spring days and breezy summer nights.

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Nordstom: Misguided Ladder Stitch Lace Romper

Misguided’s lace romper is perfect for an evening romp. With a sexy, plunging neckline, it might just become your new little black dress. Don’t be afraid to wear it heels and accessories such as this delicate Cartier inspired bangle from Sterling Forever.

Forever 21 Lemon Print Cover Up Romper           

Seriously, I’m obsessed with this lemon romper from Forever 21. It’s maybe the cutest thing I’ve seen all season and at less than $20, there are no excuses not to buy one. I’m seriously ordering one as soon as I am finished with this post because LEMONS! If this is a little summery for your spring season (it's summer 85% of the year where I live), wear it with a cropped denim jacket

Alice + Olivia Richie Romper Gown

I don’t know if Alice + Olivia’s Richie Romper Gown is a romper, a gown or just a work of fashion magic, but I know I’m completely in love. Wear it and you will stop traffic. You will not be able to get through an event without being completed annoyed by people asking you about your outfit. If this could win an Oscar for Best Romper, it totally would.

Free People Nolita Romper

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This cut out romper from Free People needs to be cut into your wardrobe immediately. The gorgeous plum color and fitted legs really stand out.

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Daylight Saving Time officially starts today, which means at some point this week, you will probably spend at least fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to change the time in your car (how this doesn't get updated automatically in newer models is beyond me) or perhaps on your oven or microwave. If you can actually remember how to do this, use those fifteen minutes to catch up on some of the things I read last week.  

A Sweat Life: Ideas For Moving On After Unlimited Class Memberships Are Cut

This week Class Pass put the kibosh on their unlimited membership plan. If you are wondering what to do now, A Sweat Life offers some good options.

Observer: 10 Tips From Fitness Experts on Working Out in the Morning

Speaking of fitness, morning workouts are far easier said than done. Here are ten great ways to motivate yourself to get your butt out of bed and in a squat position (or whatever position it’s supposed to be in for your chosen workout).

Flight of Spice: Summer Dress For Fall

Despite the falling temperatures, so many of us have summer dresses we just aren’t ready to transition out of our wardrobes just yet. In this post, Flight of Spice shows us we don’t have to, by styling a summer dress for the fall. 

Slate: Dear Prudence

If you didn't know from a previous post, Slate's Dear Prudence is a guilty pleasure of mine. While I don't always side with Mallory Ortberg’s advice, this week was so spot-on. 

Vogue: The Logo Belt Is Back! Here’s How to Wear It Without Feeling Like a Cheeseball

Hope you didn’t let go of your favorite logo belt because it’s back in style again. Vogue makes some suggestions on how to wear it this season.

Fashion Inspired by Slate's Dear Prudence aka Investment(ish) Clothing For Fall

I’m a huge fan of Slate’s Dear Prudence column. While I don’t always agree with Mallory Ortberg's option, I always look forward to reading it. Last week, this question really got me thinking… 

I want to give the letter writer a hug and offer her a cocktail. Not only was her new bag destroyed (seriously the worst), but she also has to be reminded of this awful incident every time she encounters the most inconsiderate coworker in the world.

One argument I noticed came up in the comments was whether $200 was a lot for a handbag. After really thinking about it, I’ve concluded it’s only fair to say that it totally depends on the person and the handbag. $200 might be a steal for some, but a splurge for others.

Sometimes, it’s challenging to write roundups both for this blog and all of the other websites I’ve written for in the past. It’s always been my personal policy to feature products that work for a variety of budgets. There are two reasons for this. The first is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have style. The second reason is that it sucks when nothing is in your reach. I don’t want anyone to read my blog and feel badly about themselves. I’m all about being aspirational, but overly aspirational just isn’t my niche.

However, while fast fashion has it’s place, I am a big proponent of spending a little more to buy quality clothing you’ll want to wear for more than one season aka investment(ish) pieces. Here are some of my favorites for the fall. 

Honkey Tonk Skirt by Draper James

Draper James’ Honky Tonk Striped Skirt is timeless and versatile. Wear it to work with a white button down, a sexy top on date night or with a t-shirt to brunch. At $215, this is one of those bold pieces you can wear just about any place.

I love Draper James. Created by one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, the brand is all about curated southern charm that stands out whether you are in Dallas or Detroit.

Chantal Faux Fur Cropped Vest by N:PHILANTHROPY

N:PHILANTHROPY’S Chantal Faux Fur Cropped Vest puts the “vest” in “investment(ish).” . If you’re not a vest person (no judgments here), but like the look, check out the Georgie Faux Fur Cropped Jacket instead. Both are 100% cruelty and guilt free because N:PHILANTHROPY donates 10% of their net proceeds to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the SPCA of Los Angeles.

Alana Cropped Distressed High-Rise Skinny Jeans by J. Brand

For $240, J Brand’s Alana cropped distressed high-rise skinny jeans are the happy medium of being distressed. Finding distressed jeans has been a challenge for me. Jeans that are not distressed enough look I'm wearing something that needs to be thrown out and overly distressed jeans look like I'm trying too hard. 

Luke Lace-Up Blazer by Intermix

For $425 with unique raw edges, Intermix's Luke Lace-Up Blazer is more badass than business. It’s the perfect blazer to wear with your J Brands or with leggings and boots.

Split-Side Wool and Cashmere-Blend Midi Dress by T by Alexander Wang

If you’re missing your summer maxi-dresses, T By Alexander Wang has your fix for fall. Their wool and cashmere blend midi dress is equally comfortable and stylish. For $345, you’ll be able to wear it through the winter with warm leggings.

Meridian Cashmere Wrap by Lilly Pulitzer

This $198 Lilly Pulitzer cashmere poncho does two things. It keeps you warm without being heavy and it adds a fun pop of color to your ensemble. Seriously, if you are one of those people who wears all-black a lot, you need this poncho like water. 

Trista Dress by Trina Turk

If you like Missoni, but also paying your rent, check out Trina Turk’s Trista dress. It’s a really useful fall piece for those of us who live in warmer climates. It’s currently on sale for $283.50 but normally costs $378. 

Adalyn Long Sleeved Blouse by Equipment

If there is one item I think is absolutely essential to spend more money on, it’s a white button down shirt. French label Equipment has built their popularity this type of shirt. While Equipment’s signature style is somewhat menswear inspired, their the Adalyn Long Sleeved blouse has softer lines and is worth every penny of $218.

Laverne Asymmetrical Dress by Alice + Olivia

You need a black dress for forever and the Laverne Asymmetrical Dress from Alice + Olivia is such a keeper. (I seriously want it for myself.) While the asymmetrical look is super trendy right now, this dress is so something you could wear to every wedding and event you ever attend for the rest of your life. I mean you wouldn’t, but you could… 

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Emmys 2016 Edition

Whether you are going to the Emmy Awards or your friend Emmy’s wedding, we all want to look and feel fabulous when we go to a special event. Awards shows are a great source for style inspiration. While you might not be able to score your own Christian Siriano like Nicey Nash (one of my favorite looks of the evening), you don’t need to wear couture to feel like a Hollywood star. Here are some of the most note-worthy dresses of the 2016 Emmy Awards alongside similar dresses that embrace the same trends. Any one of these choices will get you voted best-dressed, even if it’s just at your cousin’s bar mitzvah. 

One of the biggest surprises this year was how many people wore yellow. It is such a fun and refreshing, but elegant color. Both BCBG's Danielle and Ruffle Gowns are equally sunny and stylish. 

White dresses after Labor Day? Why yes! Nicey Nash's Christian Siriano dress was one of my favorite looks of the evening. This white sweetheart neckline dress by MISHA COLLECTION captures your curves like couture, while the white high neckline of KEEPSAKE'S Clockwork Dress is a more causal take on the awards show favorite.

Cutouts were everywhere on the red carpet. Copy the look with this white one-sleeve dress from MISGUIDED or jaw-dropping black stunner from MICHELLE MASON.

Floral appliques and overlays were very unique to the Emmys this year. It's a beautiful trend that will hopefully continue through awards season. This ALICE + OLIVIA Tamera Tea Length Dress is a great take on the trend you can wear year round.  LUSH'S fit and flare dress is a totally different style and combines several trends we saw at the Emmys, overlays and the colors nude and red.

Is it a coincidence that some of the most glam dresses and carpets are the same color? I don't think so. Red automatically kicks everything up a level. Check out this plunging neckline dress by ABS and the still sexy, but slightly more appropriate keyhole dress by AIDAN MATTOX. 

 

 

All red carpet pictures are courtesy of Getty.

Style Secrets With Celeb Stylist Ali Levine

A lot of Hollywood stylists tell you that you need to follow the trends to dress well, intimidate you to buy things you can’t afford, or say your body needs to fit a certain size to be beautiful. But, not Ali Levine. This celebrity stylist, who you probably recognize from Vanderpump Rules, Star Magazine, Nightline or approximately a billion other places, has worked with everyone from Lisa Vanderpump to Holly Robinson Peete, Chelsea Kane, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Lisa Edelstein and too many other fabulous people to list, is also a jewelry designer, blogger, media personality and inspirational ray of sunshine. All about confidence, she believes inner beauty has a big influence on outer beauty. 

I recently sat down with Ali to discuss how she got started in the industry and expanding her brand. She also divulged some of her favorite style secrets. Read this people! Trust me, this is stuff you need to know!!!!

How did you become a stylist? 

To be honest, it sort of just happened. I was always into fashion. After working in retail for Target as an executive of softlines, designing and working in product development for Coach, Lactose, Fragments and Talbots, I started realizing I wanted something more fast paced, trending, and constantly moving. That was the entertainment industry. I started working as a production assistant to the great Oliver Stone and Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick, assisting on the hot show Newly Weds and much more.

Before I knew it, I was assisting and shopping for major players in the industry and eventually started my own styling business, Ali Levine Design. I've been incredibly blessed to have many celebrities to style for red carpet, television and press events. 

Why do you love what you do? 

I love making people feel good in and out. The right look does that. Myself as a person, and brand, I am about positivity and I love to spread that to my clients.

Why do you think confidence is your best accessory? 

I believe confidence is the most important accessory to your look. When you look at someone, and they are owning what they wear, standing tall, smiling and feeling themselves- that’s their confidence. Someone could be wearing the most gorgeous couture designer, if they don't feel like themselves, than the garment won't hang well on them. Their posture may be off. There are plenty of things that can happen when confidence isn't there.

Whether it’s a red carpet or your best friend’s baby shower, you want to look and feel your best. As a stylist, that is my ultimate goal for my clients. 

What are some trends you are looking forward to for the upcoming season? 

I am really excited for the spring! There are so many great trends coming about from the runways. Some of my favorite are the mirror trends and the bright color and contrasts. I love bright colors and the idea of mixing and matching. I love all of the bright patchwork prints. 

You’ve branched out your brand from styling and blogging to designing a jewelry collection with Sterling Forever. What inspires your designs? 

I love being a part of Sterling forever! They have chic, on trend jewelry that’s affordable! As a stylist, I think its really important to have the red carpet looks I style on A-list celebrities be affordable to the every day fashionista. That’s what my collections are inspired off of. I am always looking at new trends, what people are loving, what’s on the blogs and in magazines, and some of them are just ideas I've had and fallen in love with. Sterling Forever allows me to be creative with designing new ideas for them and myself, as well as my curated collections.

What is your most important style secret? 

FIT is everything! You can wear something from Target or Dolce & Gabbana, if it doesn't fit right, no dice! On that note, the tailor is your best friend. You can take a discounted blazer, tailor it for $20 and make it look brand new and custom-made. It screams quality. Who wouldn’t want that?

Where do you see your career going in the future? 

I think there are endless possibilities with my styling. It has opened me up to many avenues and amazing networks of people. My blog has taken off and I am loving blogging and sharing my every day tips with my fans and followers. From my blog and styling, more and more, I've been asked to be on camera as an expert, which I have really been enjoying! So as my career grows, I would love to further get into hosting. 

I have started hosting on an amazingly fun fashion show this past year locally in Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs called Fashionista Now Boarding on Channel 63. Producer Kathy Marino has really opened my eyes into the hosting world and we been having so much fun with it! I would love to host on E! and talk fashion every day, all day. That would be on the bucket list for sure.

For more info about Ali Levine, visit her website or follow her fabulous adventures on Instragram and Twitter