Five Winter Must Haves

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A lot of people forget that even in sunny Los Angeles, winter exists. Sure, I wear shorts or a romper during the day, but at night, summer clothes are a no. Coming from New York, I’ve always had mixed feelings about the cold. On one hand, I hate actually being cold. On the other hand, I really like winter fashion. I love layering and dark colors. It’s a nice change of pace. Even when it dips below 60 here, it’s fun to wear some the same things I used to wear in frosty Manhattan. In fact, even after living here as long as I have, I can’t get rid of my old winter clothes. Winter fashion—I just can’t quit you. Here are five of my favorite essential winter fashion items. And trust me, even if you live on a tropical island, you still need a few of these.

Krankz Audio Wireless Headphones

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Okay, so not fashion but Krankz Audio Wireless Headphones made my winter essentials list because when layers + wires = nightmare. Let’s say you have your phone in your pocket, but you are wearing a coat, sweater and a scarf over it. Where are the wires supposed to go? Layers of clothing should not mean layers of confusion.

One thing I love about Krankz is that they are super easy to pair with your device. It takes seconds and you don’t even have to google or read the instructions. They are also super chic and available in black, white and red. Plus, wireless headphones are the easiest way to listen to my podcast. Just saying….

They also make a great gift. I know this because my husband stole my pair and won't give them back to me.

Vint & York Sunglasses

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It’s winter, but the sun hasn’t gone away, so you still need to protect your eyes. I just got a pair of Fitzgerald sunglasses from Vint & York and I’m obsessed. I have a small face and they are comfortable AF. Even if you don’t have a small face, Vint & York has lots of vintage-style options (hence the Vint). My personal faves are the Fairbanks, Zelda and Copa. I’m also very impressed with the sturdy quality of the frames. I don’t want to accidentally drop them, but I could….

Cashmere

As I always say, friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. I heart cashmere. Also, wool is itchy. Who wants to itch? Life is difficult enough. And contrary to popular belief, cashmere doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some ideas.

Boots

It’s too hot to wear them the rest of the year, so I like to wear boots as much as I can when the temperature drops. That way, I’m completely over them by spring.

Leopard Print

I always associate animal prints with winter. They’re also a great way to not look boring and to add of touch of “I actually thought about this,” to any outfit. Leopard print works with both black and brown everything. Purr!

 

 

 

 

 

 

F-it Fridays (Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy): Six Pieces You Need For Spring Right Now

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Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup courtesy of  Kinx .

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup courtesy of Kinx.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but in Los Angeles, the winter is finally over. This has been the longest two months of my life since I moved here eight years ago. It's been non-stop cold and raining since the beginning of the year. I actually cried when I had to buy rain boots at Havaianas, which is a store where I normally buy flip-flops. 

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Yes, these look like unicorn hooves.

Now that the rain has stopped and I’m finally able to quit dressing in layers, I’m more excited than ever about spring fashion. Remember, it's never too early to start shopping for next season. And it's always an appropriate time to treat yourself, because f-it, it's Friday! Here are six must-have Spring pieces you need right now! ASAP! Seriously, not kidding!

Selfie Leslie Maxi Skort Romper

I have a floral skort romper from Forever 21 (shown in the picture above) that I bought two weeks ago, but it's already sold out. (I know, that sucks I can't wear it without stopped in the street.) So this one from Selfie Leslie at Forever 21 is the next best thing. Florals are everywhere this season and it's my personal belief that you can never have too many rompers. I like that this one has long sleeves, so it's perfect for slightly chilly nights, perhaps with a denim jacket

Miss Selfridge Red Choker Neck One Shoulder Top

Super trendy, Miss Selfridge's choker neck one shoulder top is one of my faves. Miss Selfridge is a UK high street retailer that has just recently become available in the US. Wear this piece now with a motorcycle jacket over your shoulders. 

Top Shop Zig Zag Pattern Dress

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Featuring a fun, bold stripe pattern, this Top Shop dress makes the top of my list. It will look perfectly appropriate without outerwear until it's warm enough to be worn on its own.  

J. Crew Tulle Ball Skirt

When I first saw J. Crew's Tulle Ball Skirt, I actually swooned. Incredibly versatile, it can be worn with a t-shirt, button down, or with something more formal for a big event. It's available in navy as well as a bright mint color. Maybe buy all three.

Sea Linen Tie Tank

Sea's yellow Linen Tie Tank is the color of the season. Beautiful and unique, this is a good investment top that will part of your regular wardrobe rotation for the summer.

Reebok Cardio Crop Top

 

If there's one trend I'm sure of this season, it's all things sheer. Reebok's crop top might be athleisure, but it's sexy and stylish enough to wear outside of the gym. 

Ladies, Get It Together For Valentine's Day

Happy Tuesday! Did you realize while you were eating wings or cake during the Super Bowl on Sunday night that Valentine’s Day is a week away? Probably not. Have you bought your significant other a gift yet? Same answer as the first question. So, it’s time to get yourself together and start shopping. Valentine’s Day is not a good time to screw up this gift thing. But, don't worry about looking for the perfect gift because I over thought everything for you.

Also, let’s address the elephant in the room. You might be reading this because perhaps you are in a new relationship and you’re wondering if you should even buy him something. Of course you should. Think of Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show you're into him, but not that you want him to propose to you yesterday. Get him something that shows you get him.

Here are some of my favorite Valentine's Day gifts for men. 

Harry’s Truman Set

All men shave. Even the one’s with Zach Galifianakbeards. One of my favorite things about Harry’s is that everything looks more expensive than it is, especially The Truman Set. It comes with a razor in the color of your choice (navy, orange or olive), shave gel or foam (you pick), three blades and a travel cover (because not having one can lead to scary accidents). I LOVE the shave gel. Seriously, most shaving products at this price point smell like desperation, but Harry’s Shave Gel smells like a fresh forest. Between us, it’s very likely you are going to steal this product from him. If you want to upgrade, add a razor stand, which is you can have engraved. Fancy, I know!

Spank The Yeti

In December, I included Spank The Yeti in my Special Snowflake Gift Guide and now I’m bringing it back. It's an inappropriate game that is appropriate for most occasions (not including Arbor Day). Spank The Yeti is kind of like F-, Marry, Kill on crack. It’s a must have for game lovers or people who like to have fun in general. After all, why would you ever date someone who doesn’t like to have fun? If you are, you might want to re-evaluate that relationship. This gift is especially good for new couples because it helps you learn more about each other in a non-threatening, completely un-therapeutic kind of way. 

J. Crew Harwick Weekender Bag

J. Crew’s Harwick Weekender Bag is the one gift on this list that cannot possibly fail. Who doesn’t need a new weekender? It’s durable and rugged, yet sophisticated. 

Hugo Boss Marros Scarf & Beanie Set

Nothing says “I care” more than helping him not freeze this winter. Hugo Boss’ Marros Scarf & Beanie Set is simple, yet stylish and will make him feel warm, but look cool. 

Wüsthof 4-Piece Steak Knife Set with Plum Wood Handles

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Nothing says you're taking a stab at love quite like knives. If your significant other likes to cook, they will really appreciate the quality and aesthetic of this set from Wüsthof. Although these knives were designed for (you guessed it) steak, they're also useful for cutting other things.

Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Homebrewing Craft Beer Making Kit

If your man is super picky about beer, tell him it’s time to him to stop complaining and start brewing his own. A fun project and a thoughtful gift, Mr. Beer’s Homebrewing Kit is perfect for beginners. If anything, it will give him something to do when you want to have a girls night and leave him at home.

B&O H2 Leather Headphones

B&O’s H2 Leather Headphones are so stylish might want to steal them. And by might, I mean you probably will. And yes, they sound as super sweet as they look. 

Gaiam Athletic Dynamat

For the man who’s into yoga, Gaiam’s Athletic Dynamat will be received with much gratitude. It’s designed to be longer and wider than most standard yoga mats, so he can spread out completely in pigeon pose. Add a gift card to his favorite local studio and he’ll want to namaste with you forever.

Prada Saffiano Leather Card Holder

Nothing says you spent a lot of money on him quite like Prada. The Saffiano Leather Card Holder is super sophisticated and luxurious. It's an accessory any card-carrying man can appreciate. 

Tsovet Stainless Steel and Leather Watch

Before cell phones, people used to wear these things called watches to check the time. While it’s an old school kind of gift, Tvoset’s Stainless Steel and Leather Watch has a simple but modern design. 

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy (Winter Beauty Edition)

Living in Los Angeles, I’m usually exempt from winter skin and hair dryness (in all fairness, my hair tends to be dry all year round). But, this year the temperature has been at an all time-low and my body has been at an all-time dry. When I moved here from New York eight years ago, cold winters were not part of the contract I signed. So, I’ve had to do a major product switch up. If the weather is having a negative affect on your hair and skin, you probably have to do the same. Here are my favorite winter dryness solutions because F-It, it’s Friday, treat yourself.

White Sands ER Fusion

White Sands ER Fusion is a game-changing product that makes hair both softer and stronger. No, it’s not another oil or conditioner, but a unique treatment that creates a micro-shield for 30 days. After washing and towel-drying your hair, you apply the product and help it penetrate using a heat cap or hairdryer for 20 minutes, then rinse it out. 20 minutes of effort for 30 days of good hair, I'll take it! 

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is magical. I was in a business meeting with Anthony Pazos (of LA Hair fame) when he accidentally touched my leg (I was wearing a short skirt) and interrupted the entire conversation to discuss how soft my skin was. True story! Remember, it’s called Wet Skin Moisturizer for a reason, so apply it immediately after showering, before toweling off. I actually keep my bottle in the shower, so I don't forget. 

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Dove is my favorite bar soap, but when the temperature drops, I need some extra help, so I use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash instead. Formulated to cleanse in the gentlest way possible, it’s been great to counterbalance the hot showers I’ve been taking to warm up. (Yeah, I know that’s bad for dry skin, but don’t judge me.) Dove’s creamy texture makes my skin feel soft and clean. It also smells super fresh.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

What can’t Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil do? My favorite multi-tasker, I put it on the ends of my hair every night as well as on my lips. It also works as a gentle eye makeup remover and super duper moisturizer for extra-dry skin. Pro tip: a little goes a very long way. 

Bodyography Hydrating Mask

Adding Bodyography’s Hydrating Mask to your routine helps restore moisture to your face and treats fine lines. Gentle enough to use every day, it's formulated with anti-oxidant ingredients including watermelon, green tea, and apple fruit extract. Anyone else craving a smoothie right now? Bonus karma points come free with every purchase becuase it’s vegan, paraben and cruelty-free. 

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

Happy Sunday! I feel like I'm finally over the holiday season and getting back into my regularly scheduled life. This week, I spent a lot of time trying to organize my closet. Take that as a hint for an upcoming post. Or perhaps I just mentioned this on my blog for the sake of accountability...

I also finally caught up on what’s going on in the world of fashion and beauty. Here are five posts I read that are totally worth your time. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Stylish Non-Leather Bags

Miriam Porter is an expert in cruelty-free chic. Her picks for non-leather aka vegan leather handbags are stylish and affordable. Don’t forget, for every bag you buy, you get free bonus karma points.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Whether you are a woman or not, self-doubt happens to the best of us, even very accomplished people. This article will make you laugh, take a deep breath and realize, you aren’t the only one.

WWD: DVF Re-brands Under Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders

WWD has everything you need to know about the re-branding of a fav label of mine, Diane Von Furstenberg.

Blush & Pearls: Shade Adjusting Drops By The Body Shop

Whether you accidentally bought the wrong color or you got tan on vacay, Blush & Pearls has found a solution for many of our foundation woes.  

Quartz and Leisure: Snowstorm Chic

Being that I live in Los Angeles, I feel It’s Amanda Lauren is not your destination for staying warm and stylish at the same tine. But Quartz & Leisure just might be. 

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

Happy Holidays! My gift to you is bringing back So Last Week (I know… You were hoping you’d get a handbag, me too). From self-love and body acceptance to turtlenecks, here are some of the best posts I read last week.

Did you read or write something that needs to make So Last Week next week? Please email AmandaLauren212@gmail.com

The Cut: Why I'm Proud To Be A Size 10

I love this essay from The Cut by Nadia Aboulhosn. It’s about loving your body and not letting other people’s standards influence your life decisions. As someone who is short, has an hourglass figure and fits into clothing ranging from size XXS to size 10 (not kidding and yes, I totally should write a post about this), I have a deep appreciation for what she has to say.

Man Repeller: Monocycle Podcast Episode 44, Hi Again

In this episode of Monocycle, Leandra Medine talks about having a miscarriage and learning to have more compassion for herself. Warning: listening to this podcast will make you laugh, cry and give yourself a big hug.

A Sweat Life: A Yoga Workout To Calm Your Mind

Want to namaste sane when you visit your family? Try this workout.

Cupcakes and Cashmere: Spotlight On Statement Tights

Living in Los Angeles, I totally forgot statement tights existed, but after reading this post, I literally want to buy every pair.

Le Fashion: How To Toughen Up A Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

Turtlenecks are everywhere this season. Le Fashion shows you how to make them chic in a way you probably didn’t even think you could. 

F-IT Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Detail Therapy (Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Those 3 Days When Basically Everything Is On Sale Edition)

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and you're having an even happier Black Friday. I rarely shop at brick and mortar stores on Black Friday because I don't want to wake up early and save money on something I didn't want in the first place. I'm also short and fear I'll be killed in a trampling incident. I'd rather shop online and save my sanity. So, whether you are about to kick off your holiday gift shopping or just buy yourself a treat, here are some of my favorite items on sale this weekend, as well as deals I've found at some of my (and probably your) favorite stores.

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection Classic Long-Sleeve Cashmere Turtleneck

I love cashmere. It’s so luxurious and when it’s on sale, affordable. Turtlenecks are on every must-have list this season, so check out this fabulous sweater from Neiman Marcus. It is available in several colors as well as a plus size version. 

Bloomingdales C By Angelina Solid Cashmere Scarf

No, you cannot have too much cashmere. This C By Angelina Solid Cashmere Scarf is classic so it will compliment any style outwear. 

J. Crew Campbell Blazer in Crimson Plaid

J. Crew’s Campbell Blazer in Crimson Plaid is winter wonderfab. Wear it to dress up jeans on the weekend or to the office. Be prepared to have everyone annoy you with compliments. Oh, and everything is 40% off at J. Crew this weekend with the code HOLIDAY.

Alice and Olivia Mae Wide-Leg Pants

These Alice and Olivia wide-leg pants are a bold choice that is appropriate for many occasions from a holiday party to your office the next day (but hopefully not to both.) They're on major sale this weekend, as is nearly everything else, at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Splits59 Portia Leggings

If you didn't think activewear could be any sexier (and seriously, we all know it is), just add mesh panels. They're the cherry on top. This weekend, Splits59's Portia Leggings are 25% off (as is everything from Bandier) when you use code BF25.

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

Happy Sunday! I felt like the Internet was filled so much post-election hate last week. I desperately needed to get my mind off the negativity. And trust me, it was a challenge. Here are some posts I found that had nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the superficial. Sometimes, we all need a break. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Super Warm and Stylish Cruelty Free Parkas

Because good karma never goes out of style, Vegan fashionista Miriam Porter shows you how to stay warm, stylish and cruelty-free this winter. 

Refinery29: So You Want To Shave Your Vagina

A guide for those times you can't wax and don't want to risk injuring yourself.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women On What Makes Them Feel Pretty

This collection of quotes from The Cut is a thought-provoking read.

Apartment Therapy: 19 Super Sources for Knobs & Pulls

New knobs and pulls can completely change the look of a room. Even if you are a renter, it might be worth the investment to change out some of the hardware in your space. Apartment Therapy lists the best sources for a variety of budgets. 

Amelia Liana: Chanel Collection Libre Review

Amelia Liana reviews the new Chanel Libre cosmetics collection with an honest evaluation and absolutely stunning photography.