The Non-Functional Scarf Accessory

Like many style bloggers, I'm a huge fan of scarves because they can be such a powerful, outfit-making accessory. Unfortunately, scarf season is nearly non-existent in LA--seriously, blink and you'll miss it! So today I am introducing the non-functional scarf accessory. This skinny lace scarf is simply too dinky to provide any warmth; it's purpose is purely decorational. Neck-tie details have been trending the past few seasons, especially when paired with blouses. I see myself wearing this simple one (i.e. instant classic) I got from Forever 21 a lot as it makes a perfect blank canvas to build upon.

As for the moto jacket, I'm sure you've seen it before. I first noticed it at Nordstrom last spring but they had trouble keeping it in stock before I could bite the bullet. It's a real suede jacket for less than $200! Now it's back for fall in plenty of colors and I've noticed a lot of other retailers are carrying it too. I ended up getting mine at Bloomingdale's recently when they were having their "private sale" and I'm quite happy with the fit and feel of it. It's seriously a fall must-have, and I'm still considering picking up another color! I'm wearing an XS and it fits perfectly.

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Autumnal Tones

When I was a kid, I remember it being pretty chilly by the time Halloween rolled around. My mom always made me wear a long-sleeved shirt and tights under my Halloween costumes while I went trick-or-treating, much to my dismay! The past few years however, have been a different story. Whenever I've taken my nephews and niece trick-or-treating, I distinctly recall being bare-legged and yet still working up a sweat. If that's not evidence of climate change, I don't know what is. Currently, LA is experiencing yet another heat wave. They are simply a way of life here, so as a style blogger I have to figure out other ways to give a nod to "fall." Dressing in various warm brown tones is a surefire way to get the job done. Almost everything here is from Free People.

Lace-up denim skirt, Free People (currently on sale with all sizes in stock!) Long-sleeved cami, Free People (similar here. Fringed slides, Sol Sana via Free People (sold out). Suede bucket bag, Violeta by Mango (sold out).

The Wear-Anywhere Dress

I justified the purchase of this dress by telling myself it had true versatility as well as timelessness. It's something I would probably pack for traveling since it would look great with both sneakers or heels and work for a variety of different events and occasions. Reformation does these classic yet fresh dresses very well. I fell hard for the A-line silhouette, the skirt with just the right amount of flounce, and the cheeky yet subtle cutouts at the shoulders.

Speaking of things I've fallen hard for, if you caught my recent posts or follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I have been all about my Céline mini belt bag recently! After initially feeling a bit guilty about the purchase (it being the most expensive bag I have ever purchased for myself, I couldn't help but think about how the money is probably more than three months worth of food!) However, I find myself reaching for it constantly; it seems to complement almost all of my outfits, and unlike some of my other purses, the size actually suits my needs! I also don't have to baby it since the drummed calfskin is not so delicate. I'm not the greatest at taking care of my things, so I absolutely hate it when expensive leathers get scratched easily. All in all, I'm already thinking this bag is becoming quite affordable in terms of cost per wear.

Floral-print dress, Reformation. Block-heeled mules, Missguided. Mini belt bag, Céline.

Heatwave Wear

Even though we're into well October now, LA is still experiencing the occasional heatwave. I talk about this often, but global warming is very real, despite what certain politicians may say (Donald Trump may or may not believe that it's a hoax invented by the Chinese). Hot days are the worst time to be a style blogger, because I'd much rather be sitting comfortably in an air-conditioned room than taking pictures outside in the sweltering heat (and I'm sure my beau-tographer really dreads it too although he's too supportive to ever say anything!) I'd love to be shooting fall outfits featuring boots and layers right now but unfortunately it's not always very realistic. When temperatures hit a certain threshold, I really don't want to put much thought into my outfit, hence the simple t-shirt and denim skirt combo for today's look. It was too hot to even deal with my hair and I went extra comfy with my choice of footwear, with my trusty Nike Air Max Thea. I do own quite a few pairs of Nikes but these are my most comfortable and therefore favorite. Comfy feet are happy feet and athleisure is still pretty cool in my book.

Linen tee, H&M. Denim mini skirt, Topshop. Air Max Thea, Nike. Mini belt bag, Céline.

The Tie-Neck Blouse

It's all about the neck this season (think choker tops, choker necklaces, thin scarves, etc.) and one of my favorite neck trends is the tie-neck blouse. It's such a feminine and chic take on a staple that is often decidedly menswearish and although the style is currently trending, it's also a very timeless and classic style. It's definitely not the last one you'll be seeing me wear here on the blog. I love the dot-print on this one, which is fun yet subdued enough to be appropriate for workwear. I paired the top with some mom jeans, but went kind of fancy on the shoes--I rarely ever wear pumps, especially if they don't have some sort of ankle-strap, because I feel like they are either pinching my toes or sliding off my heels. Enter: the "12-hour pump" from Banana. With such a lofty name like that, I had to give them a go! They may very well be the most comfortable pair of pumps I own yet. At any rate, plum is always such a beautiful color for Fall/Winter. Also, this bag which I purchased from Banana Republic in the spring remains one of my favorites and is transitioning seamlessly into fall.

Dot-print tie-neck blouse, c/o Banana Republic. Mom jeans, Urban Outfitters. Plum-colored pumps, c/o Banana Republic. Italian suede accordion crossbody bag, Banana Republic.

Fall For Crop Kick

We're just two days out from the autumn equinox, which means that boot-wearing season is officially upon us. The weather is still pretty warm here in LA, but we have been seeing some overcast skies here and there, which I'm taking as a cue to break out some ankle boots. I just got this pair from Banana Republic, and I'm totally loving the sleek angles. They're filling a hole in my wardrobe that I didn't even know existed--quite a bit more polished than what I am used to. I definitely anticipate that I'll be reaching for these a ton this season. I've been eager to try out the combination of ankle boots with a pair of crop kick jeans, as it's been mostly too warm to do so all summer. Tuck a shirt (a modal tee like this one always feels luxurious, and I am a sucker for a little ruffle action) into the jeans and I am totally feeling this easy outfit formula for fall!

Tiered ruffle top, c/o Banana Republic. Crop kick jeans, Topshop. Pointy leather ankle boots, c/o Banana Republic. Mini belt bag, Céline.