By Marina MonroePLAIDGo big or go home

Fall is the time to let your scarves, hats, and tights reemerge from the hidden depths of your wardrobe and add new dimension to your day to day ensembles. One So-Cal friendly piece of outerwear I’m dying to try? An oversized plaid scarf. I got the idea from designers like Ralph Lauren, who incorporated the universally-flattering pattern on larger-than life scarves during Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week. mittens and hats reemerge from the back of your closet and take center stage. Clearly I wasn’t the only one; street style bloggers from London to Manhattan have been posting mad pics in enormous wrap around scarves with a plaid print. When a bandwagon is this comfy, it’s ok to jump on!

Source: Madewell Larking Plaid Scarf, $65, at Madewell. Coach Plaid Horse and Carriage Scarf, $550, at Coach. kate spade new york plaid blanket scarf, $128, at Nordstrom.


By Marina MonroeCAMOFrom the Army to the Streets.

Camouflage was once once reserved for Generals and hunters, but over the last couple years, it’s been making a big comeback in the fashion industry. Like many fashionistas or just normal women, the prospect of decking myself out in a masculine pattern designed to imitate shrubbery is not innately appealing. That’s why camo pants are such a great gateway piece into experimenting with a distinctive new print without being overwhelmed. Plus, camo is surprisingly chic as a neutral; the subtle shades allowed me to mix my camo pants with a variety of colors. Plus, camo’s earth tones are ideal for Fall. Look for a smaller size camo print with crisp neutral tones in a boyfriend or straight legged cut. Pair camo pants with a feminine crop top, sophisticated wedges, and chunky accessories and you’ve got your go-to Fall weekend outfit. To the Pumpkin patch!

Source: James Jeans Slouchy Camouflage Cargo Pants, $194, at Nordstrom. Camouflage Cargo Pants, $24.90, at Forever21. Chop Foster Camo slouchy Skinny Jeans, $378, at Barneys.


By Marina MonroeNECKLACEChests Of Steel

Two seemingly subtle but actually very noticeable aspects distinguish this Fall’s statement necklaces with last Fall’s statement necklaces. First, this Season’s statement necklaces are universally made of metal, giving off a dystopian vibe thats the closest thing I’ll ever get to being Katniss Everdeen. Second, there’s nothing feminine or even pretty about the latest crop of throat clanging attention grabbers. Giambattista Valli, Chanel, and Lanvin paired dramatic metallic breastplate necklaces with their Fall/Winter 2014 looks. If men wore large necklaces (why don’t they?), your boyfriend would totally steal this style and get chic apocalyptic with it. A little bit futuristic, a little bit techie, and a little bit androgynous, these necklaces are not for the meek girl next door types. These are the Angelina Jolie circa Tomb Raider of accessories. Go forth and go hard.

Source: Lanvin ‘Kiss’ Necklace, $1185, at Nordstrom. Pop Rocks Statement Necklace, $79.50, at Banana Republic. Cut-Out Geometric Shape Necklace, $35.00, at Topshop. Tasha Sparkling Web Collar, $58, at Nordstrom.


By Marina MonroeTIGHTSTo opaque and beyond.

I’ve known for 6 months that tights are going to be major in Fall 2014. The tight trend started last Season, when every model in Heidi Slimane’s Saint Laurent Autumn/Winter 2014 looks strutted down the runway in classic black tights. Like every other fashionista who doesn’t adore freezing knees, I was thrilled at the prospect of art accommodating real life. Saint Laurent sent wearable ensemble after wearable ensemble, pairing opaque black tights with mini skirts and knee high boots, or even sandals. If black is a little too basic for you, don’t toss this trend; there are oodles of amazing pieces for any budget and taste. In recent a Women’s Wear Daily article, style oracles predicted that rich colors such as gold, burgundy, and mustard would be the hottest hues for tights in Fall 2014. If you’d prefer a pattern, I suggest crisp florals or houndstooth.

Source: BASIC 120 DEN TIGHTS, $17.90, at Zara. Vinca Tights, $29.50, at Anthropologie. Wolford Matte Opaque Tights, $52, at Barneys.


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.