THE SAVVY SKORT

By Marina MonroeskortThe least 80’s trend that was big in the 80’s.

Skorts get a bad rap, not the least bit because of their goofy name and negative associations with our Catholic school girl days of yore. However, I’m seeing many a chic skort popping up in look books and on some of the most fashionable women I know. Designers may not send the humble skort stalking down the Runway, but then again they don’t have to worry about flashing onlookers while getting out a car or inciting catcalls with the slightest of breeze. Skorts are the one skirt you can ride a bike in. Or horse. Or lay down. Or run.  Or fall down. Or do anything super fun and super mobile without constantly checking to make sure you’re not showing your you know what. The skort of 2014 is ultra posh and composed of luxe fabrics, with a slightly asymmetrical hemline and clever details that signal this is no ordinary mini skirt. It is a skort. And it is awesome.

Source: Zara Skort with front pleats via Zara.com; TOPSHOP Petite Scratch Print Skort via topshop.com; FOREVER 21 Origami Skort via Forever21.com

 

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

By Marina MonroesaleforblogIt’s an Anniversary for everyone!

Nordstrom is known for their impeccable mesh of high-low end pieces suitable for every taste and budget. Now, shopping at Nordstrom is getting a little bit crazier but a lot less expensive with Nordstrom’s spectacular anniversary sale! From now until August 4th, you can scoop up your soon to be favorite Fall staples at a steal of a price point! Most sales will sell you last Season’s duds, but not the Nordstrom anniversary sale. This is the rare time when you can get next Season’s hottest pieces at up to 50% off… And before anyone else! Whether you’re shopping for classic pieces to last a decade or Fall’s top trends, you can find it here. Then show off your haul on instagram with the #NSALE or check out what everyone else is getting before you go!

Source: 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Pashli’ Colorblock Leather Crossbody Satchel Sale: $652.90, After Sale: $975.00. Jean Paul Gaultier Floral Print Turtleneck Tulle Dress. Sale: $429.00. After Sale: $695.00. Missoni ‘Ann’ Triangle Scarf. Sale: $253.90, After Sale: $380.00.

PAPAYA PRETTY

By Marina MonroepapayaDelicious to eat and terrific to treat tired skin.

Californians are the o.g: original gangsters of organic ingredients. We’re known for eschewing man made chemicals and synthetic products for Earth friendly, human friendlier products in every field, including skin care and cosmetology. Enter papaya: a juicy alternative to exfoliating with aggressive synthetic acids and increasingly common ingredient in masks and peels. So how does it work? Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that eats up dead skin cells lumbering around your epidermis, leaving behind skin that is visibly brighter and smoother. Even better, papin’s exfoliating power can reduce the size of your pores and decrease acne. Even if you don’t suffer from breakouts, a weekly papaya face mask or peel will soak your skin in antioxidants via Vitamins A and C. Grab one of these papaya products proven to improve your skin tone and texture without irritating, and go sans makeup with your new natural glow.

Source: Kiehls Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub via Kiehs.com; Elemis Papata Enzyme Peel via Nordstrom.com; Arcona Papaya Enzyme Gel via Nordstrom.com

SHOP THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

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Today marks day one of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at The Grove! Here is just a sneak peek at a few of the new fall items that will be on sale until August 4th.

1. Sam Edelman ‘Zachary’ Cutout Ankle Cuff Suede Pump (Women) Sale: $89.90 After Sale: $139.95
2. Franco Sarto ‘Agenda’ Leather Bootie (Women) Sale: $89.90 After Sale: $129.95
3. Cole Haan ‘Colton’ Wingtip (Men) Sale: $129.90 After Sale: $198.00
4. rag & bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans (Golden) Sale: $139.90 After Sale: $220.00
5. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Medium M.A.B.’ Studded Tote Sale: $196.90 After Sale: $295.00
6. autumn cashmere Zebra Intarsia Cashmere Sweater Sale: $199.00 After Sale: $319.00

With a sale this incredible, it’s hard to say no!

THE TWENTIES ROAR ON

My Marina Monroeroaring20sGatsby was just the beginning.

Leo’s take on the Fitzgerald classic may have come and gone, but inspiration from the flapper era can still be seen on the Fall 2014 Runways. Skip the flapper gear and costumey pearl ropes for a more subtly homage to the glittering era. There’s eternal beauty in the simplicity of a dazzling drop waist dress. Living in Los Angeles, the romanticism of Old Hollywood Glamour is never far from popular thought. We may be Cali casual 98% of the time, but when we go big, we go gold: and that’s where the twenties come in. This is not a daytime trend, it is a nighttime statement, a hint of old world luxury and bygone decadence that will send you straight to Chateau Marmont. This fall, it’s all about contrast between high glamour and low grunge: pairing a stunning style statement with sporty touches or an ominous leather jacket. A feather light flourish is all you need to hint, not scream, and twenties glitz and glam.

Source: Adrianna Papell Drop Waist Beaded Silk Tank Dres via Nordstrom.com; A.L.C. Kearny Drawstring Dress via Barneys.com; BR Monogram Piped Drop-Waist Dress via bananarepublic.gap.com.

ENTERTAINMENT & FASHION PUBLIC RELATIONS – WHAT YOU WON’T LEARN IN SCHOOL

Jack Ketsoyan chats with us about his upcoming event, Simply Stylist’s Fashion and Beauty Workshop: Entertainment and Public Relations, at The Grove on Saturday, July 19 from 11am – 2pm. Jack’s clients include celebrities such as Kristin Cavallari and Carmen Electra.

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We are just a few days away from Simply Stylists Sessions at The Grove, and I am really looking forward to teaching everyone the ins and outs of PR and image consulting.

It’s going to be a fun class, from teaching everyone how to pitch a client, to how to walk a celebrity down a press line. You will also learn how to manage a crisis and how to spin the crisis into positive press for your client.

Jack shares important tips you’ll learn this weekend:

  • A very important part of the job is knowing how to dress while you are traveling with a client or walking them down a press line, and I will show you examples of what to wear and what not to wear.
  • You will be surprised how much of what you have learned in school is completely different from how it actually works in the real world of PR, which is evolving every day.
  • I will also teach you the dos and don’ts of a proper press kit and how it should be presented.
  • Knowing Fashion 101 is also extremely important since some clients you will have don’t always have a stylist and you’ll have to tap into your connections to get them dressed for an event. That’s where image consulting comes in, knowing the appropriate look for certain events, which can be vastly different from client to client. You always want the client to be appropriately dressed for an event while staying true to their own personal image and style.

To purchase your tickets, visit simplystylist.com.

 

SHEER MAXIS

By Marina Monroemaxi
Long, lovely, and light: these dresses are delicious.

Nothing says ‘laid back feminine’ like a flowy maxi dress. For Cali girls who want to look pretty and polished without sacrificing ease of movement, long dresses are a fabulous alternative for every Season. Semi-sheer maxi dresses are super in for Fall 2014, but that shouldn’t stop you from scooping one up today and wearing it all Summer long! Just toss over a light leather jacket at night and you’ll be fit for virtually any occasion. When LA cools down in September, your Maxi dress will just be heating up: Designers adored sleek and sexy incarnations of the long dress. Nina Ricci, Givenchy, and Mary Katrantzou- major Designers not exactly known for embracing the lighter side of fashion- sent models down the Fall 2014 Runway wearing sheer, floor length, figure hugging gowns emblazoned with elaborate prints that left just enough to the imagination. For a less serious, more Cali casual take, pick out a light lace dress that’s delicate but not twee.

Source: Kate Moss for Topshop Crochet Lace Maxi Dress via Topshop.com; Tommy Bahama Lace Cover-Up Maxi Tank Dress via TommyBahama.com; Forever 21 Embroidered Lace Maxi Dress via Forever21.com

CRAZY COLORFUL CROSSBODY

By Marina MonroecrossCrossbody bags are the most fun and functional Summer statement.

What did women do before cross body bags? Obsessively clutch their tiny, precious clutches in perpetual fear of opening their palms and losing their purse after one too many Gin & Tonics? Barely suppress annoyance when that should strap bag slipped off yet again? Thankfully, women of modern day have a practical and fantastically customizable alternative to the obnoxious accessories of yesteryear, and none is more suited to Summer fun than a cross body bag. LA ladies hate being confined during our infamously sensational Summer season, and a bright & whimsical crossbody purse is the perfect way to store your stuff while frolicking down Santa Monica Boulevard or Malibu Beach. There’s no real rules for finding the perfect cross body, other than More is more. Pick a cheeky pattern and outrageous color scheme for an accessory that goes with nothing and therefore goes with everything. The bolder the better!

Source: Hobo ‘Zara’ Print Leather Crossbody Bag via Nordstrom.com; Coach Madison Chain leather crossbody via Coach.com; Rebecca Minkoff Marlow Mini via Nordstrom.com

RUBBER GONE ROGUE

By Marina MonroerubberRubberized heels are all the rage.

Blame the inexplicable resurgence of blocky Birkenstocks and chunky  Designer sandals that seem a dead ringer for your Mom’s Tevas: what was once categorized as the ultimate footwear faux pas is now the epitome of cool. Hipster alt-fashion has made a significant impact on high fashion, and the rad rubber worn by models at some of Fall 2014’s most fabulous shows are just a natural progression. The rubberized heels everyone you want to look like will be wearing next Season are a strangely appealing hybrid between the ‘ugly sandal’ trend and ‘cool kicks’ so popular amongst street style bloggers and the rappers they listen to. Like the sneaker wedge pioneered by Isabel Marant pioneered and subsequently copied by virtually everyone, rubberized shoes are a sportier way to wear heels while still saying “I’m not trying as hard as you”. Thick, sneaker-like soles with a matt, neoprene shellac stomped down the Runways at Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenzo, DKNY, and Coach. Styles at Prada and Tommy Hilfiger paired accentuated rubber bases with chunky straps and dramatic details such as colorblocking and jewels. Move over, sneaker wedge; there’s a new shoe sheriff in town. And it’s made of rubber.

Source: Kenzo Neoprene Wedges via Barneys.com; Prada Asymmetric Cone-Heel Sandals via Barneys.com; Topshop ‘Wallis’ Ankle Strap Platform Sandal via Nordstrom.com