By Marina MonroeHAIRMaximal impact, minimal effort

This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is mostly. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce & Gabbana).

Source: Filigree Clip, $18.00, at Anthropologie. Rose Garland Bun Ring, $8.00, at Topshop. Crochet lace headband, $3.80, at Forever21. Cara Sweet Lady Head Wrap, $28, at Nordstrom.


By Marina MonroeFURCruelty free luxury for less.

Decorating for Fall means finding cuddle worthy pieces worthing of those deliciously decadent nights in. Faux fur triumphs as the most cuddable material around, fantastic for accenting any room with an elegant textural experience. If it’s cuddle-worthy pieces you’re craving this Fall, it’s time to embrace the textural experience of faux fur!The great thing about using something as lush as (faux) fur is that it looks better messy. For example, a faux fur throw looks best tossed casually on a couch or draped on the corner of a plush chair. A lazy girl’s dream, this item looks fabulous without being neatly forded. Many modern faux fur pieces are velvet or ultra suede lined, making them both gorgeous and easy to clean. Cushions, rugs, throw pillows, throws, and ottomans made of faux fur add sumptuous texture and tonal variation to rooms with a neutral color palette.

Source: Upholstered Round Task Chair, at Pottery Barn Kids. Ombre Luxe Faux Fur Pillow, $148, at Anthropologie.


By Marina MonroePUMPKINTis the season for pumpkin picking.

Nothing says “October” like pumpkins, the official plant of Fall Festivities, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and your soon to be seasonal beauty regimen. Pumpkin truly is a miracle material with many miraculous functions. . Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, pumpkin infused beauty products are a great way to give your Fall skin a boost. During the colder months, we need more exfoliation to slough off dead skin cells and help underlying skin absorb our skincare products. Pumpkin’s rich and powerful natural enzymes help reverse and restore skin damage, gently sloughing away dead skin cells to reveal the plump younger layer beneath. So if you’re looking to brighten a dull complexion, look no farther than the incredible edible pumpkin.

Source: ARCONA ‘Pumpkin’ Body Lotion 10%, $35, via Nordstrom. Peter Thomas Roth ‘Clinical Peel & Reveal’ Dermal Resurfacer, $58, at Nordstrom. Kate Somerville
‘ExfoliKate® Gentle’ Exfoliating Treatment, $65, at Nordstrom.


By Marina MonroeTOPSHOPTopshop just dropped a collaboration with Portuguese duo Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida.

Ever since launched their eponymous line in 2011, Marques and Almeida have struck a chord with creatives and consumers. On October 9, Topshop took the line to the next level with a global collaboration that will deck out fashionistas everywhere in the 3 year sensation’s signature threads. Spanning 68 pieces, the line aimed at “quietly defiant women” is heavily influenced by the 1990’s and Marques’s teen sister, Sofia, who “couldn’t care less about fashion but always looked so cool without trying”. Standout pieces include flared trousers, long leather jacket, uber bright cottons, chunky sandals, and even bucket hats! Fans of Marques’Almeida will be ecstatic to note the Topshop collaboration includes plenty of the label’s signature ripped, frayed, and artfully distressed denim.

Source: Frayed Denim Mini Skirt by Marques’Almeida X Topshop, $115, at Topshop. Animal Print Shredded Mac by Marques’ Almeida X Topshop, $150, at Topshop. Silk Taffeta Vest Top by Marques’ Almeida X Topshop, $180, at Topshop.


By Marina MonroeGLADIATORThe strappy shoes are anything but ancient history

Living in LA has countless perks, but the primo perk of October is sashaying down Santa Monica Boulevard in next Season’s trends while remaining weather appropriate. Channel your inner Goddess with leather so exquisitely cut, it could be mistaken for lace. Or summon the strength of ancient soldiers with a chunky heel and masculine metallic accents. Straddling the line between bohemian and boyish, gladiator sandals made a massive impact last month’s Paris Fashion Week. Although shoe structure varied in volume and texture, the lacings of next Season’s gladiator are far more delicate than 2008’s trendy version. Instead of encasing your legs like a cage, these gladiator skim the flash while criss crossing prettily up the shin. Gladiator sandals are ideal for leggy looks, and will look amazing combined with the 60’s inspired pastel minis of Gucci.

Source: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Rita’ Sandal, $525, at Nordstrom. Balenciaga Arena Gladiator Sandal, $995, at Nordstrom. Knee High Gladiator Sandal, 89.90, at Zara.


By Marina MonroeBLANKETWrap up in style and comfort.

Wearing a blanket certainly sounds appealing, but has never been flattering, much less practical. Until now. Blanket coats are the trendiest piece of outerwear for Fall 2014. The trend was seen on many a runway, but none made just a strong impact as the burberry Fall 2014 Collection, where models strut down the catwalk draped in personalized blanket coats complete with a signature tartan and monogramming. Cara Delevingne, Burberry’s latest muse and star of the venerable label’s windswept Fall ad campaign, is photographed in her blanket coat constantly. Don’t be intimidated- styling this abundant item isn’t terribly difficult. Wrapping up in a blanket coat certainly sounds cozy for fall, but for most of us, the trendy outerwear piece isn’t quite as easy as styling a basic peacoat or trench. From solid and structured to billowing and ultra soft, blanket coats will keep you cute and comfy from Fall to Spring.

Source: Zara Coat, $169, at Zara. Burberry Brit Wool Blend Blanket Wrap, $950, at Nordstrom. Topshop Pattern Blanket Coat, $140, at Topshop.



Come and enjoy a sneak peek of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture and Arts and Sciences’ Hollywood Costume exhibit by visiting the Marie Antoinette costume in Pacific Theatres at The Grove. The dress is on display now until October 15.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company Building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Purchase tickets here.


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By Marina MonroeGINGHAMPreppies rejoice!

Fall 2014 may be pushing plaid, but Spring 2015 will shout “tiny check please”! That’s right, gingham is not just for picnics, plucky orphan girls, or cheesy Italian restaurants. The gingham of Spring has a sexy, swingy vibe, sans the faintest trace of that Little House on The Prairie meets Pollyanna pattern you were forced to read in Junior High. Major designers such as Altuzarra and Diane Von Furstenberg exuded swinging 70’s with the cheeky geometric print splayed over dreamy dresses and posh twin sets. Designers at Altuzarra told reporters that they were inspired by cult classics like Rosemary’s Baby to blend the sweetness of gingham with ultra sexy, half unbuttoned ensembles.

Source: Cut-out Gingham Shell Top, $64, at Topshop. Timo Weiland Gingham-Front Crewneck Sweater, $295, at Barneys. Gingham Plaid Skinny Jeans, $24.80, at FOREVER21.


By Marina MonroeBLACKBack to black lips.

Is there any makeup more polarizing than black lipstick? Ok, “polarizing” might not be a term that usually comes to mind when contemplating the latest makeup trends, but even your boyfriend will agree that black lips evoke some pretty strong reactions. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, try surprising him with black lipstick and see what happens. I’d wager that after he’s done spazzing out about your Addams Family makeup, he’ll be kinda into the rocker chick/gothic teen/Halloween queen ebony hue. There’s no better time to try black lipstick than October; you’re already waist deep in rich burgundy or passionate plum lip color, so why not take a risk and go for the midnight black? Worst case scenario, just tell people that you’re really REALLY excited for Halloween.

Source: Napoleon Perdis ‘Pro Lips’ Lipstick in Noir, $20, at Nordstrom. Topshop Lips in Depth, $12, at Topshop. Givenchy Beauty Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in 62, $30, at Barneys. Image from


Simply Stylist Monthly Session: Styling 101 with Lindsay Albanesesimply-stylist-lindsay-albanese-style-expert-fashion-stylist-wardrobe-stylist

Have you ever been shopping and found yourself reaching for an assortment of items on every rack only to discover that when you unload the weight off your arm to secure a dressing room you realize everything you chose is a hodge-podge of different styles? You like (even love) all the items individually but don’t necessarily know how to piece things together?

Well, guess what? It happens more often than you think! There are so many options when shopping for your wardrobe, its hard not to get swept away by the clothes on the perfectly styled manikins or the trendy looks on every other hangar. But what you envision while shopping on the sales floor, doesn’t always translate in the dressing room—that’s where Styling 101 comes into play.

Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist & Style Expert, Lindsay Albanese, believes the key to style is dressing for:

1. Your body
2. Your personality
3. The occasion

Lindsay has been lending her invaluable style advice to TV and print media, as well as to Hollywood’s most recognizable names for the past 10 years. She contributes style tips regularly to Instyle Magazine as well as monthly to US Weekly’s “Fashion Police” columns. She has been involved with styling television shoes such as American Idol, Access Hollywood, The Today Show, Dancing with The Stars, etc. and award shows and premieres like The Golden Globes, Academy Awards, The Grammy’s, Cannes Film Festival, etc. In addition, Lindsay has done a number of photo shoots and advertising campaigns such as Pantene, Covergirl, Mercedes-Benz, The Palms Hotel & Casino, New York and Company and has styled a number of celebrities including Sarah Hyland, Kathy Griffin, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Joe Manganiello, Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera and Heather Morris to name a few.

Simply Stylist is excited to have Lindsay lead a Styling 101 session this Saturday, October 11th from 11am-2pm, at The Grove. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet this style diva and learn more about styling essentials! Buy your ticket HERE today.