SimplyStylist LA

Sunday Funday is here, and I'm so excited to share with you my experience at the SimplyStylist LA conference yesterday! Having previously attended the International Style Institute last month and having the time of my life - I knew that I had high hopes for this event. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

The day began with a VIP brunch, sponsored by Barney's, and hosted by their fashion director, Tomoko Ogura. Complimentary Barney's giftcards were served with a side of mimosas - so you know I was on board.

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Following brunch, E! News Host Catt Sadler moderated a discussion with keynote speaker (and Victoria's Secret Angel-turned-Designer Alessandra Ambrosio. And yes - she is that beautiful in real life. The day continued on with panels featuring designers (Michael Costello, creator of Beyonce's stunning white Grammys gown), hair and makeup artists (Joey Maalouf of Rachel Zoe fame) and bloggers (Bravo's Stassi Schroeder). It was so inspiring to hear people from all aspects of the industry speak of their success and challenges along the way.

The afternoon session was a brand-immersion experience, giving us the unique opportunity to have one-on-one time with a number of exciting up-and-coming fashion, beauty and technology brands. (I'm particularly proud of the braid I was given by the stylists at ESalon.) 

Finishing the day, we walked away with VIP SWAG BAGS - VALUED AT OVER TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS! I'M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL OF THE GOODIES WE RECEIVED IN THE COMING WEEKS, SO STAY POSTED for more! So happy to have shared this day with fellow bloggers and influencers, and can't wait for the next opportunity to be together again.

SIMPLYSTYLIST OUTFIT CREDITS: BANDED COLLAR SHIRT BY H&M, SHORTS BY TOPMAN, LOAFERS ARE VINTAGE

DIY Sea Salt Spray

So, its Sunday night. Where did the weekend go? Really. I'm starting the petition for a day between Sunday and Monday. Any takers?

But, maybe a fun (and easy!) DIY project is what you need to propel you into the week with a fresh attitude - and really cool hair. Presenting: DIY Sea Salt SprayThe best part is, you totally have all of this stuff at home already.

This stuff is amazing. Not kidding. You may remember Casey Layne's incredible mane from our Venice Beach Shoot? This stuff. For real. Check out the recipe below. 

Step One. Gather your ingredients. Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Leave-In Cream or Conditioner (I love this one from Kiehl's) and Water Soluble Pomade. (A Note about pomade - you may not have this laying around, but being a shorter-haired dude...i did. I love the formula of Layrite pomade, but if you don't have it at home, you could substitute a water soluble gel with some shine in it.)
Step Two. Combine 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, 2 or 3 teaspoons Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Leave-in Cream, a dab of Pomade and 1 cup of HOT water.
Step Three. Mix! Mix! Mix! It helps to stir them with a whisk or a fork, and then put them in a container with a lid and Shake it for a minute or two.
Step Four. Decant into a spray bottle and enjoy your new sea salt spray!

That's all there is to it! Give this a try and watch the compliments roll in. Comment below and let me know how it works for you. And, be sure to Subscribe to #MOGBLOG for daily updates below!

SPRING LOOKBOOK

Hey guys! Thought I'd share with you all a little something my boyfriend Nicholas and I shot last week. I've always wanted to challenge myself to create a number of looks from just a few key pieces, so here it is.

20 Pieces. 10 Looks. 10 different occasions to wear them to.

The key to success here was using clean, simple, classic pieces - what I'm referring to as #thenewclassics - to create some really great looks. I used a mix of high-end and casual brands (and even snuck in a few of my own designs) to create accessible looks for any occasion you may have this spring. 

Let me know how I did in the comments below - and share with me if you've ever done anything similar. I'd love to check it out.

the looks (clockwise from top left)

spring wedding 1, 4, 13, 17
lunch break 5, 13, 18
weekend warrior 7, 9, 16, 19 

day at the park 7, 10, 14, 20
gallery Opening 5, 6, 14, 18

sunday Brunch 5, 15, 20
Headed to yoga 2, 8, 11, 16, 19
Cocktail hour 2, 4, 13, 17
studio workday 6, 12, 16, 20
Laundry day 3, 10, 13, 20


THE PIECES 
john varvatos blazer
Allsaints leather jacket
Erik anderson linen jacket
4 JCrew oxford Shirt (white)
jcrew oxford shirt (blue)
6 gap Chambray shirt
vintage flannel
american apparel zippper hoodie
james perse crew neck sweater
10 erik anderson cut and sew tee
11 Alexander wang muscle tee
12 gap crew neck tee
13 blk denim jeans
14 gap boyfriend jeans
15 H&M Chinos
16 h&M Leather leggings
17 Cole haan monkstrap shoes
18 Cole haan lace up oxford shoes
19 Nike free run sneakers
20 Chuck taylor Converse

**also styled with rayban aviators, rayban wayfarers, and erik anderson leather lunch bag

Move Over, Gwyneth!

There's a new lifestyle blog in town.

Welcome to #MOGBLOG - the lifestyle blog by Erik Anderson. Here, you'll get a glimpse into my life as a stylist and find exclusive content produced, documented and curated by me on topics like style, beauty, home, DIY and more. Stay tuned for updates! Can't wait to share with you. -E