Breaking Black

breaking black2 breaking black1 breaking blackBreaking up my usual all black with some purple. I’ve noticed that leather leggings are a great alternative for tights during the cold winter so these are practically a necessity to me right now. I find myself reaching for them often and now that I started layering them with slips and dresses, we’re practically inseparable. Best investment ever I think.

(Topshop sweater, Free People slip, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Jaine K. Designs ring)

a thanksgiving day

thanksgiving thanksgiving1 thanksgiving2 thanksgiving4 thanksgiving11 thanksgiving12 thanksgiving13Enjoyed a great Thanksgiving day with a major dose of house envy. All pictures shot inside and out in the backyard of the gorgeous house. And of course I had to pose for one inside the mini wine cellar. Totally dreamy place.

Also, leather leggings are THE perfect thing to wear when you’re going to stuff yourself into a food coma all day.

(Gap shirt, Johnny Was scarf, Schutz shoes)

Tahoe!

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All snow at the balcony!

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Me and Howl.

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Ok, I really should stop posting pictures of me and Howl.

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Yo!

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Resting and throwing up peace signs.

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Awesome pulled pork sandwiches with even more awesome coleslaw. Courtesy of birthday boy!

I had such a blast in Tahoe!  I went for a friend’s birthday and had a great time with friends I haven’t been able to hang out with for a while.  I had not snowboarded for two years and surprisingly I managed to make it down the slopes. FOUR times! 🙂

I initially packed a bunch of clothes to prepare for all the outings I imagined would happen.  Casino, dinners, lounges, and exploring the village.  We were all so tired that we managed to make it out of the cabin only to snowboard and explore the village due to desperate hunger.  Thus, the one outfit.

If you guys all read my saturday inspiration post last week, you must know that I wanted to do all winter white outfits.  I ended up sticking to trusty old back.  However, I didn’t want to make it too boring, and out necessity, I topped it with a hat and added some grunge to it by tying Ed’s flannel shirt around the waist.  I just love those looks lately!  Now if only I can manage to pick out some awesome caps to add to my small, but growing, collection of hats.  Preferably in leather.  😀

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Howl loves snow!

(hat from Cusp, Splendid turtleneck, Archive leather leggings, Tory Burch boots, Ben Sherman flannel, Juicy Couture puffer coat)

Morning Cool

morning cool morningcool1It was a sunny morning and I woke up deciding that I needed to insert some badass-ness into my attire.  That led to layering up a bunch with my trusty leather jacket and moto boots.  I ended up taking off all the layers during work and was left with the pants and sweater.  I guess layering really does help retain some warmth.  I think I will need to practice this concept more often.

(BB Dakota fur vest, Christopher Kain sweater, Doma jacket, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Archive leather leggings)

Casual Scarf

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I am definitely going through a Downton Abbey craze and so excited for the third season to begin!  It keeps inspiring me to try more vintage looks with a modern twist.  For this look I paired my favorite scarf with a cameo brooch for vintage inspiration and paired it with leather leggings and oxfords to keep it more modern.

On another note.. does it not look a bit menswear inspired?  I’m thinking I need a fencing sword and, voila, Count of Monte Cristo?!

(Alice and Olivia blouse, American Apparel scarf, vintage brooch, Archive leather leggings, Jaine K. oxfords)

Jewel Tones

A few shots I took before heading out for my birthday party.  I usually don’t mix too much color but after I got this purple Botkier bag for my birthday, I couldn’t resist pairing it with this green dress.  Love how purple and green can go so well together, especially when the colors are both so rich.  It wasn’t too cold this night but it’s always smart to prepare for the worst when hanging out in San Francisco so I pulled out an old tweed jacket to top off the outfit.  The leather leggings also helped to keep me warm that night…too bad it was hot and humid at the lounge I was at!  I’m thankful that the green dress I wore was flimsy and loose.

Another reason to love this dress – its super versatile!  When its not cinched everywhere it actually looks like a huge sack with arm holes. LOL but so much possibilities!  For this look I cinched it around the waist with a vintage snakeskin belt and used some leather bracelets to gather up the middle back.

happy birthday to me! 😀

Max&Co. tweed jacket

Green dress from some random boutique in Beverly Hills

Archive leather leggings

Zara heels

Botkier bag

Jaine K. jewelry