By Marina Monroe


Chokers fit for the fliest throats.

Whether your accessories philosophy is minimalist or more is more, chic chokers are a style to try. The latest type of trendy choker has clever embellishments or ideally an open front, cuff-like center focus that makes this classic necklace very now. On the Fall 2014 Runways, Altuzarra sent out models wearing chokers made up of winding gold spirals. Chanel did Chanel on that choker with oversized ivory pearls that met in the middle of the tight-fitting necklace. Open front anything is massive right now, and you can find an affordable version of the Runway trend at many Grove stores!

Source: FOREVER 21 Faux Pearl Statement Choker via; Leith ‘Arrow’ Open Choker via; Pamela Love Silver & Gold Open Empire Reflection Choker via


By Marina Monroepink-punchMatte pink lips are pretty, not prim.

The easiest way to make a fresh statement with minimal effort is by slapping on a strong coat of bright pink lipstick. Designers like Carolina Herrera, Jeremy Scott, and Prabal Gurung used pink lipstick on their models during the Spring 2014 shows. Like always, when doing a strong lip, the rest of your face should provide a pretty background- not compete for attention with heavy eye and cheeks. The aforementioned Designers paired pink lips with neutral makeup, heavy & meticulously groomed eyebrows, and just a hint of natural eyemakeup. Avoid frosty or shimmery concoctions to avoid looking like you just stepped out of Junior High. A clean matte finish and carefully defined lip line in a slightly deeper shade of pink are vital to making this makeup modern.

Source: Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Hot via; Candy Yum Yum MAC Matte Lipstick via MAC; CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE VELVET (Matte Lip) for Spring 2014 Collection, Limited Edition, via


By Marina MonroepatchworkPatch on, Show Off.

Embrace denim emblazoned with quilted or iron-on squares (or circles or triangles) for sweet street style inspired ensemble. Think Girl Scout Camp meets Paris Fashion Week, which incidentally was where patchwork details made a massive point. Model/it girls like Taylor Tomasi-Hill and Cara Delevingne have been recently spotted sporting a patchy pair. Phillip Lim and Isabel Marant recently debuted very different but terribly fabulous patchwork jeans, and fashion world darlings Junya Watanabe and Dries Van Noten followed suit with bold embroidery. When shopping, avoid printed denim plus patchwork- it will look too busy and make you seem like you’re trying way too hard. Instead, select a solid blue denim and patch on!

Source: Multi Patch Distressed Jeans Junya Watanabe via Barneys; Patchwork Edition Boyfriend Jean via


By Marina MonroemulesMeet your new go to going out shoe.

Mules are joining the ranks of crop tops, cut offs, overalls, and high tops as a 90’s trend turned 2014 triumph. The backless clog/pump hybrid is back and bigger than ever, with a few choice changes distinguishing this Season’s Mule- Mule 2.0 if you will- from Carrie Fever era kicks. The classic shape remains: open toe, open back, solid heel. What differs is the very modern details designers are adding to the new and improved mule, most notably elevated platforms, breezy cut out, and stylish straps around the ankle to add texture and stability. However, since the mule is such a strong shape, women should select a style with caution. If you have muscular legs or a petite frame, mules can add bulk and visually cut off your feet. Since the rounded toe of a traditional mule can appear masculine, balance the effect with a feminine and figure hugging dress or skirt and delicate accessories.

Source: Rebecca Minkoff Skyler Mules via; Vince Armon Ankle Strap Mules via;
Topshop Waltz Perforated Mule Shoes via


By Marina MonroezipperZipped bits add edge to the classic pencil skirt.

Fall 2014’s major mod trend is filled with delightful details, none more flexible and wearable than zippers. Phillip Lim, Etro, Band Of Outsiders sent models down the runway wearing skirts with zippers that ranged from subtle to sexy. Just last week, Jamie King wore a red hot rouge set that left our mouths watering while only showing a hint of skin. If you’re bold, try wearing the zipper partially unzipped for an editorial effect that will catch every eye. For the more modest, don’t despair, zipper pencil skirts can be toned down to the point of being workplace appropriate. Just choose a neutral shade and pair with a breezy boxtop that balances the ensemble.

Source: FLOUNCED SKIRT WITH ZIPS via; TOPSHOP MOTO Denim Zip Wrap Skirt via


We had so much fun last week with American Girl at their screening of the 2014 Girl of the Year movie, Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight. Girls enjoyed pre-movie crafting and fun with Radio Disney in The Park.

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Watch the trailer here:

For more information about American Girl Place events, visit

Join the conversation! Tag your event photos #isabellemovie.


Rebel Yell is now open at The Grove. Inspired by late 70′s and early 80′s athletics and by Southern California’s sun and surf lifestyle, Rebel Yell is a collection of vintage, worn-to-perfection clothes proudly made in Los Angeles.

Their baseball stitched seams, custom developed wash techniques, worn-to-holes cotton and distressed handcrafted printing make each garment one of a kind. Every silhouette is a custom designed and tailored version of a classic. The result is the perfect union of laid back California style, and the craftsmanship and details of the most kick-ass era in history.

Visit the store located next to Pacific Theatres.

Here’s our sneak peek.




By Marina MonroeJeanRe-inventing the denim shirt.

Beaded, shredded, baggy, patchworked, or distressed: your favorite button casual button down just got a shiny new sheen. At Donna Karan Spring 2014, oversized chambray shirts were tucked into exotically printed skirts. From the ashes of the colored denim trend rose an understated chambray, rich with possibility and potential for mixing and maxing the informal weathered denim with more polished pieces. Stella McCartney’s boxy in cut (an echo of the boxy top trend) and patched over with squares of a darker, but no less organic, indigo wash. Isabel Marant’s version boasts shoulder epaulets and military style pocket detailing cut to crisp precision. Coast-Wide’s chambray shirt distinguishes itself with delicate, yet colorful beading on the front placket and chest that lends the garment a folksy, homespun appeal. However you go, remember that the chicest chambray is filled with unique details to set your new staple apart from the pack.

Source: Madewell Short Sleeve Chambray Shirt via; Vince Placket-Front Chambray Shirt via; Coast-Wide Chambray Sky High Shirt via


Citi presents Summer Stage at The Grove. Photos from last night’s performance by Cassadee Pope and Kelleigh Bannen.

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Don’t miss next week’s concert:

Andy Grammer with Tyrone Wells. We’ll be streaming it live, watch here.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Photos: Tiffany Rose Photography.