5 Trends to Invest in This Fall

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From classic gold accessories and opulent fabrics to deep shades of wine, fall fashion is looking bold and beautiful.

Whatever your style plans are this season, consider these five trends to revamp your look and add a little luxe to your life.

HOOP DREAMS
Gold hoops are a timeless accessory that always comes back around. This season, hoops of all shapes and sizes are adding cool punctuation to any ensemble, be it casual or formal.

IT’S PERSONAL
Celebrities and fashion girls are all sporting personalized pieces. The denim jacket is an ideal closet workhorse that you can customize with your name or initials. Get crafty and add vintage pins and patches to really make it your own.

TRUE ROMANCE
Brocade, metallic and velvet are all major trends that give even a simple look a luxe, romantic touch. We’re seeing these fabrics worn both on and off the runway, from bed-coat jackets and slip dresses, to stack-heel boots and ballerina flats.

MAKE IT MERLOT
Rich, dark shades are the color palette for fall, and this deep-wine hue is showing up in sweaters, denim, shoes and coats.

SHEAR GENIUS
Cozy feeling and edgy-cool looking, shearling is a classic style that will be lining plenty of denim and leather jackets now through winter.

DIY Denim: The Fall Trend That’s Already Sitting in Your Closet

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From celebrity street style to designer runways, personalized denim jackets are fall’s most ubiquitous yet individualized trend.

Madewell recently emblazoned its classic denim jacket with actresses’ initials, while Gucci created embroidered toppers with floral motifs and entire names and phrases written out for the likes of Rihanna and Dakota Johnson.

But you don’t have to be famous to get your hands on one of your own. Just dig out that old denim jacket (the more vintage, the better) and bring it to a tailor or specialty embroidery shop to personalize with your initials or nickname à la the Pink Ladies from Grease.

Patches and pins placed on the front also make for chic customization. If you want to get really intricate, take a page out of Gucci’s playbook and sew floral appliqué along the back, sleeve and shoulder areas.

It’s an easy DIY denim project with items that are most likely already lying around your house. Plus, sifting through those old concert pins or vintage patches also promises a sentimental walk down memory lane while you’re crafting something fresh and modern.

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5 Ways to Edit Your Closet for Fall

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In Southern California, where the weather can remain scorching well into September, it may be hard to get excited about cooler weather and the chic wardrobe that comes along with it.

But, rest assured, jacket weather will be here before we know it. Soon, knit sweaters will move to the front of the wardrobe rotation and ankle boots will begin replacing the tasseled sandals that saw us through summer.

To prep and edit your closet effectively, consider these five tips and tricks for creating an efficient working wardrobe this fall.

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A daily uniform is not as monotonous as it sounds. It simply means recognizing your go-to styles for work, weekends and going out. Once those basic silhouettes and pieces are identified, you will have an easier time getting dressed day to day, especially during a harried morning.

Whether it’s a suit, jeans and a nice blouse, or a more fashion-forward ensemble, establish what is going to be appropriate for your daily environment throughout the changing season. Make tops such as long-sleeved button-downs, lightweight sweaters and wool suiting the focus of your closet so that such essentials are visible and easily accessible.

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Many of the heavier items you rely on for fall and winter may have gotten a bit musty over the last few months. Whether they have pilled fabric or a distinguishable mothball scent, heavy sweaters, coats, scarves and hats may need to take a trip to the dry cleaner. That way, they’ll be ready to go as soon as the temperatures start to dip.

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Identify the pieces that make sense splurging on this season. If you rely on a functional yet chic workbag to tote around daily, consider making this an investment piece. The same goes for your clothing. Make the timeless pieces teeter toward the higher end, while purchasing trendy items (namely a bomber jacket, a cape jacket, body suits or metallic items) at favorite street-style stops like TOPSHOP TOPMAN and XXI Forever, where trends are rampant and the quality still holds up.

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Making room for heavier pieces may require boxing and shelving those lightweight rompers, denim shorts, off-the-shoulder blouses and mini dresses. Consider buying a few airtight containers to store hot-weather gear. Just be sure to label the boxes’ contents so that if you travel somewhere warm or L.A. has an all-too-common heat wave, you can easily grab those sandals and dresses.

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Ankle boots (both heeled and flat) are the perfect transitional footwear. Wear them with kicky dresses while the weather is still warm; then, throw them on with jeans, a sweater and coat once fall really settles in. Stack heels are still really on trend with all footwear, but particularly with boots. Lace-up boots also feel very current and add a slightly casual touch to your look, making them more versatile for work and play.​

How to Celebrate Labor Day With a Stylish and Laid-Back BBQ

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Once Labor Day rolls around, there’s an overwhelming sense that the long weekend is summer’s last hoorah. And while that’s really only true as far as the calendar is concerned, it’s still an ideal time to celebrate the changing of the seasons in style.

A classic backyard BBQ is the perfect get-together for friends and neighbors. When planning, consider rustic details, a neutral color palette and playful ideas for kids. And don’t forget, of course, aseenty of cocktails for the adults.

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As we move away from the height of summer, think about colors and serving pieces that feel more transitional, just as you would with your wardrobe. Say so long to bright plates or gingham tablecloths, and try a simple piece of burlap as a table runner or an ivory cotton tablecloth punctuated by Mediterranean-blue plates or placemats.

Gather baskets in varying sizes and line them with a simple white linen napkin. Place pita chips, nuts and finger foods along the table for guests to nosh on before dinner is served. For a little table foliage, get green stems (the ones usually reserved for filler in a floral bouquet) and build small bunches of monochromatic arrangements through the center. Any old jars (labels removed) or mismatched vases will look elegantly undone.

Choose a signature cocktail to serve in addition to the several bottles of wine lining the table. An Aperol Spritz is a favorite warm-weather drink and is easy to make.

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Serves 1
Sparkling wine (such as prosecco or cava)
1 shot Aperol
1 shot club soda
1 slice orange

Fill a tumbler or large wine glass with ice. Fill the glass 2/3 full with sparkling wine. Add the shot of Aperol. Top with club soda. Stir well. Then add the orange slice.

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Projecting a movie that everyone can watch once dinner is done and the sun is setting is always a crowd pleaser. If you own or can borrow a projector, simply set it up and project a film onto a stretched white sheet.

Some chocolate-covered popcorn (or any variation thereof) serves as a welcome dessert during the film.

Chocolate Popcorn
2 quarts popped popcorn
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup peanuts

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Oil a 10×15-inch baking pan, including sides.

Place popcorn and peanuts into a large metal bowl and set aside. Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla; then pour over the popcorn. Stir until the popcorn is well coated.

Spread the popcorn in the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring several times.

Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Break into small clumps and serve. Keep napkins nearby!

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Since it’s a casual affair, keep the attire cool and classic. A breezy peasant-style dress with a pair of gladiator sandals and some gorgeous gold bangles is a winning look. Top it off with a denim jacket as the sun goes down. And don’t forget to place some throw blankets around the backyard for guests to use to warm up should the temperatures dip.

Nordstrom at The Grove Debuts SPACE, Featuring Over 30 Fashion, Accessory and Beauty Brands

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Nordstrom continues to redefine the look and feel of a traditional department store by collaborating with cutting-edge and under-the-radar brands, bringing an even more dynamic and modern shopping experience to customers.

Launching galaxy s8 today at The Grove, SPACE is a boutique for emerging and advanced designers, all curated by the department store’s Vice President of Special Projects, Olivia Kim.

A creative mastermind in the fashion/retail industry, Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy. Pops of color distinguish the shop from the rest of the retail floor (think pink mannequins, mixed materials and eclectic objets d’art). SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will also house art and décor from George J. Sowden, Masanori Umeda, Javier Mariscal and Ettore Sottsass.

“We want SPACE to serve as a platform to introduce our customers to the incredible brands that have been established for some time but can be found only in a few places in the world in boutique businesses,” says Kim, who selected over 30 brands from the fashion, accessory and fragrance categories to showcase.

“I’m so excited that we will be offering a handful of amazing brands that will be new to the L.A. market,” adds Kim, highlighting names such as Colovos, Koché, Paskal, and Sarah & Sebastian as a few of the labels heading our way.

With so much new and exciting product, Kim can’t pick just one piece she’s ready to start wearing for fall, but a few items definitely come to mind. “There is a leather wrap dress from Colovos that I’m dying for!” she says. “I also love Comme des Garçons, Ellery (which launches its denim collection this season) and Undercover. I can’t wait to see how our customers will mix these brands into their own style.”

SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will feature the following designers:

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ACNE STUDIOS
ANTHONY VACCARELLO
ASHLEY WILLIAMS
COLOVOS
ELLERY
ETIENNE DEROEUX
FAUSTINE STEINMETZ
JULIEN DAVID
KOCHÉ
LEA PECKRE
MARQUES’ALMEIDA
MIRA MIKATI
PASKAL
ROKSANDA
SHRIMPS
SIMON MILLER
SOFIE D’HOORE
TU ES MON TRESOR
TOGA
UNDERCOVER

Jewelry
CHARLOTTE CHESNAIS
LARA MELCHIOR
MOCIUN
PIECE A CONVICTION
PIPPA SMALL
WWAKE

Bags
KARA HANDBAGS
CREATURES OF COMFORT

Accessories and Shoes
BROTHER VELLIES
MAISON MICHEL
MARIA LA ROSA

Fragrances and Candles
COMME DES GARÇONS

How to Savor the Last Days of a Southern California Summer

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SoCal weather may be temperate year-round, but there is still something particularly pleasant about the summer months. For starters, school’s out, the sun stays out longer and skin glows with a special sun-kissed radiance (no bronzer required).

So, in order to relish these last few days of coveted sunshine, we recommend spending them outdoors in some of the most idyllic locations in and around Los Angeles.

From a weekend jaunt by the ocean to an outdoor picnic under the stars, consider these spots for spending some quality time during this late-summer season.

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Enjoy the pool, game room and various cultural events at the Annenberg Community Beach House along the beautiful coast of Santa Monica. There is no admission fee, but you should make a reservation ahead of time because seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. But, ask anyone who frequents the House and he or she will tell you that a short wait and a little advance planning are well worth it.

The pool is open only until the second week of September, so head there some time in the next couple of weeks to enjoy the very best of the L.A. lifestyle.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, 90402
310.458.4904

RunyonCanyon

Newly reopened after months of repair, L.A.’s famed Runyon Canyon is a regular spot for Hollywood’s hikers, yogis and celebrities.

Pack in a serious workout by climbing a steep, winding trail or bring the family (and fur babies) for a stroll up a more gradual, paved incline.

There are plenty of exercise options at Runyon Canyon for hikers of all levels and spectacular views of the entire city (and the Hollywood sign) that are second to none.

Runyon Canyon Park Entrance
2001 North Fuller Avenue
Los Angeles, 90046

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Before the air turns cool, take the beautiful drive down to Laguna Beach for some real R&R. The Surf and Sand Resort is a great escape but still lies right in Los Angeles’ “backyard.” As a pristine beachfront property with a luxurious yet laid-back vibe, it’s a late-summer getaway that will allow everyone to recharge before heading into fall.

Surf and Sand Laguna Beach Luxury Resort
1555 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, 92651
877.741.5908

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Listen to jazz, dine and hang with friends and family under the setting sun over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These free jazz concerts attract families from the surrounding area, so it’s a great chance to mingle with new people, hear live music and bask in the glow of a late-summer sun.

This family-friendly event technically happens now through November, but realistically, once school and after-school activities kick into full gear, it will be harder to get the whole gang over there.

Admission to the jazz concert is free. Don’t forget to bring blankets and a delicious picnic to enjoy as the sun goes down.

LACMA
5900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90036

White-Hot Fashion to Rock Before (and After) Labor Day

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Traditional sartorial rules state that it’s a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. Thankfully, fashion has evolved, and white is not only welcomed after Labor Day, it’s expected. After all, what would December be without a luxe winter-white après-ski look?

Indeed, white is a timeless alternative to black and denim, and has joined the two as a neutral mainstay in any well-edited wardrobe.

No matter which season it is, a pair of cropped white jeans will always look fresh. Pair them with a denim shirt or white top, as well as brown leather gladiator sandals for these last weeks of hot summer weather. Then, transition them into fall by pairing with a black-and-white striped T-shirt, black ankle boots, and either a black leather moto jacket or a classic denim topper.

And those gauzy, peasant-style white tops that were a summer staple? They’re still perfectly suitable for fall when tucked into a pair of high-waisted jeans and worn with some large gold hoop earrings from snapchat for pc

A transitional jacket, such as a beige trench coat or green military-inspired jacket, always pops against white and adds that necessary extra layer for when the weather finally starts to cool. Conversely, a sharply tailored white coat looks stunning against bold separates, including cropped black trousers and a brightly colored blouse.

Also, there’s no denying the enduring power of the white sneaker. Whether an Adidas Stan Smith or a canvas Superga, white sneakers have become a versatile staple for more than just the athleisure look. Wear them with long dresses, wide-leg culottes or leather shorts for a fresh, unexpected contrast between chic and casual.

So, spend Labor Day in breezy white pieces, while savoring the last long weekend of the season. Just be sure to get those whites dry cleaned because you’ll be needing them in the months ahead.

Win Tickets To A Private Screening Of Hands Of Stone!

hands-of-stone-posterWe’re giving five (5) lucky fans the chance to win two (2) tickets to a private screening of Hands of Stone on August 15, 2016. Enter to win by following @thegrovela on Twitter and tagging your name on our Twitter post.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins August 11, 2016 at 3pm and closes August 12, 2016 at 5pm. Five winners will be selected from eligible entries daily during the period of the contest. Winners will be notified via Twitter on August 12, 2016 at 6pm. Winner must be able to claim prize in person at The Grove (189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036) by August 14, 2016. If an entrant is found to be ineligible or cannot claim prize in person by set claim date and time, alternate winners may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Subject to change without notice.

 

Fashion Advice From Melissa Magsaysay, Lesson 3

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It’s always tempting to move kids into mini-me mode, especially while back-to-school wardrobe shopping. This fall, the runway-to-recess vibe is easier than ever as several of the biggest trends for fall easily can be duplicated in littler sizes.

But it’s not all fashion for fashion’s sake. These particular trends are also practical for the little ones.

Consider the following fall 2016 looks for creating stand-out style that’s appropriate for school while still letting your kid’s personality shine.

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PufferCoatsTory Burch channeled a sporty, ’70s equestrian look throughout its fall collection, and this cool puffer coat in a vibrant shade of cobalt is a perfect example of how form and function can comingle effortlessly.

Try a bold-colored topper to throw over any outfit. The color helps a child stand out (especially on a crowded school yard), brings a cheery feel to his or her overall ensemble, and provides some much-needed warmth when the temperatures start to dip. Plus, the gorgeous cobalt blue is a timeless, gender-neutral option so siblings can share and pass it down.

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ShinyAccentsPlaying up a sporty ’70s aesthetic, Lacoste incorporated plenty of dramatic materials into its fall collection, including chic and shiny ponchos, skirts and tops.

After all, what kid doesn’t love something a bit shiny? Whether it’s an embellished detail on a shirt or an entire jacket made from a slick material, replicate this statement-making style with something that helps your child shine even more than he or she already does.

 

 

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FlowerPowerThe cool, quirky look of Gucci is bound to influence just about every fashion-filled closet this fall. With metallic, floral and fringy motifs, it’s anything goes in the best way possible.

The eclectic nature of Gucci at the moment naturally lends to the fun and funky way kids love to dress. Go with an exaggerated floral theme on a dress, sweatshirt or just about anything to show that even the most standard themes can feel exciting again.

 

 

 

 

On the hunt for catwalk-to-classroom looks? Swing by The Grove on Sunday, August 14 for the Fashion Mamas LA Kids Fashion Fair! Enjoy a stylish kids fashion show in The Park and shop back-to-school looks from Gap, Pottery Barn Kids, Splendid and more!

Plus, study our cheat sheet for all the back-to-school events, tenant offers and styling tips you need to ensure your child makes the fashion honor roll this school year.

Fashion Advice From Melissa Magsaysay: School of Style, Lesson 2

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Considering that getting back into the rhythm of school after a long, carefree summer can be tough to say the least, the temptation to wear tried-and-true, comfy sweats, or pajama pants and a lived-in tee is understandable.

But that doesn’t mean it’s ideal.

With incredibly stylish alternatives available at The Grove, those frumpy, oversized sweats have no place in a back-to-school routine. Whether testing out the athleisure look, getting playful with your denim or rocking a silk bomber jacket, there are myriad ways to ensure comfy still means chic.

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Truth be told, the pajama-set look is a major trend, so you can successfully wear sleepwear-inspired pieces and still stay at the head of the class, style wise.

Nothing is more comfortable or forgiving than an elastic tubemate waist. Pair these with a slightly cropped, boxy T-shirt, simple slides and a denim jacket for a casual, off-duty look.

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A sweet and simple dress is actually the easiest look to throw on each morning (even after a late-night study session). Just pair with some high-top sneakers and mirrored sunglasses, then dash to class.

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The bomber jacket is the smartest sartorial hack of the season because it adds instant cuteness to pretty much anything happening underneath.

TOPSHOP TOPMAN has a reversible version that is especially great because you get extra mileage out of just one piece. Pair it with cropped black jeans and a cool white T-shirt, and you’re sure to stand out as the style star on campus.

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Let a pair of embellished or embroidered jeans do all of the work for you. Each is like a jolt of instant style and can be worn with super simple pieces like a plain T-shirt or a half-tucked button-down.

Study our cheat sheet for all the back-to-school events, tenant offers and styling tips you need to make the fashion honor roll this school year. Click here.