Having a Moment: Mock Neck Collars

Happy hump day, all! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and - wait, wasn't it just yesterday that I was trapped indoors watching the rain? That's spring for you. And since I've been having a moment with spring style lately, I wanted to share with you one of the spring trends I'm loving: the Mock Neck Collar.

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The style I'm wearing here is from H&M (and we all know how I feel about their Modern Essentials) and is similar to a polo shirt in style. With a button placket and piqué textile, it feels classic prep, but with modern details - ie, the mock neck collar.

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Of course, the mock neck isn't limited to polos alone, they are also all over sweaters at the moment, too. Just picture if you will, a lightweight sweater with little barely-there mock collar. Love. You could even style it the same way I did, with these joggers that I can't seem to get enough of. Love the joggers, but maybe mock necks aren't your thing? Try a more casual spring style instead.

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I'm already dreaming of the weekend- and with the warmer weather (finally) coming our way, I can't wait to bust out some more looks. What are you looking forward to this weekend? I wanna know! Invite me along, I'm a good date. Promise. x

Having a Moment: Satin Bomber Jackets

TGIF. The weekend is here again. Is it just me or has this week seemed to drag on for ages? Maybe it's all the back and forth weather we've been having. Yeah, let's blame it on that. Since April has been unusually cruel, I'm choosing to look on the bright side, and see it as another opportunity to wear some of my favorite outerwear, the Satin Bomber Jacket.

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I've written about my love affair with the bomber before and yet, it bears repeating. This satiny finish bomber has become an absolute essential of mine. No surprise of course, seeing as it came from H&M and we all know how I feel about their Modern Essentials.

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This piece has truly become a go-to in my wardrobe. Easy and effortless, but still clean and sharp. Especially since my default errand-running outfit is usually some kind of jogger and sneakers. It really ties the whole athleisure trend together in a v chic way.

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It seems silly to even say I styled this look, since, let's be honest - it couldn't be more of a no-brainer. I'm all about low-effort-high-payoff this week, can't you tell? But the good thing about wearing a great jacket like this is that you can wear it with pretty much anything, say, a tee shirt and joggers, and still look pulled together.

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In fact, I'll be bringing it along with me on my travels this weekend. Where am I going? On a little spring break adventure down south. That's right. Want to follow along on all the fun? Then make sure you add me on Snapchat @Mogblog to keep up! I'll see you there. Gonna grab my jacket and bounce! Happy Weekend! x

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Modern Essentials Part II: Nautical Stripes

TGIF. Amirite? For some reason, March has seemed to drag on for at least 3x longer than it should have. I, for one, am pleased that the weekend brings April along with it. And, what better way to the start off the weekend but with another great piece from the H&M Modern Essentials collection.

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Now, you may recall that I've shared one of my picks from the Modern Essentials collection previously (which you can and should revisit here) but this Nautical Striped Sweater by David Beckham has become a new favorite of mine. While it may officially be April on the calendar, the temperatures haven't quite caught up yet, and this lightweight sweater is just the thing to wear until they get the memo.

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As is the case with this collection, the beauty in this sweater lies in the details. It features a boat neck collar, and a unique ribbed texture, all the while being lightweight enough to wear on it's own or layer with a light jacket. PS, more more tips on layering for spring, be sure to check my previous post here.

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Like I've said time and time and time again, I'm not sure what it is about the spring that brings out my inner prep-style, but this sweater falls right in line with that vibe. Dig the prep look but still dipping your toe in the water with it? I feel you. Maybe something like this is more your speed. Hey, I'm just trying to help.

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Of course, I styled them with my favorite trusty, rusty Clarks. Which I have been absolutely living in lately. Enjoy them while they still look cute, surely by summer they will be completely worn in. (Let's be honest, I'll still be wearing them anyway.)

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What's everyone doing this weekend? I want to know! Be sure to follow my nosey self on Snapchat @mogblog so I can follow you back and we can creep on each other all weekend. K? Sounds good. Happy Friday!

Modern Essentials by H&M

Happy weekend, friends! Spring is finally here and it's got me feeling like:

...Whatever that means. (I don't really know how to smile for the camera. Don't judge.) Anyway. Since the weather has been nothing short of beautiful these last few days, I took to the park in one of my favorite new spring looks - head to toe David Beckham for H&M.

David Beckham has been collaborating with H&M for a few seasons now to release a collection of hand-selected "Modern Essentials" and I must say the spring pieces are a hit with me. And not just because DB was my first crush. (It's true, I still have a poster of him hanging in my childhood bedroom. Yep.)

Both this tailored polo with collar detail and slim cut chinos are from the collection, and together, came in just under $40! Can't beat the price point for style this good.

To style this look, I chose to go modern prep, and pair it with my classic Ray Ban wayfarers, Stan Smith Adidas sneakers, and this old Coach weekender that I've had for nearly a hundred years. Typically, I don't advocate for such a trim fitting top, but something about a polo shirt demands it - otherwise, risk looking like someone's dad. Because the top is so fitted, I went with the slightly more relaxed chinos, and rolled the cuffs for a casual vibe.

And these aren't the only winners in the collection! Want to check out the rest of the looks for yourself? Get thee to an H&M or head over to their website here to see all the other great pieces David has to offer. Who knows, you might just see them make another appearance here before you know it. Enjoy your weekend, all. Cheers! x

How to Wear Pink Without Looking Like a Ken Doll

Today, I wanted to share with you my next pink pick from this week's La Vie En Rose theme. Enter, these gorgeous dusty rose trousers from H&M. A great fit, and of course an unbeatable price make them a perfect contender for those who want to dip a toe in the water without diving in head first.

To style them, I kept everything else super cool and minimal, to keep from feeling like I should be hanging out with Barbie and friends. That means keeping it grounded with these chic sandals (also H&M), a simple, crisp white JCrew button down shirt, and a sporty black baseball cap. I accessorized with a minimal cuff and some super reflective shades for a little edge, and I think the result is something quite chic.

Once I had the look decided, we packed up the equipment and headed to my favorite outdoor installation - LACMA's "Levitated Mass" and shot it in action. I hope you like what you see.

So fellas, give pink a try. It can be done. I mean, if I can do it, so can you! Let me know if you have another favorite pink clothing item, or a unique way to style it - I'd love to see it! That's all for now - check back tomorrow for my favorite Rosé picks for our Thirsty Thursday edition of La Vie En Rose. And don't forget to enter our Giveaway by subscribing to our Youtube channel here

New Week, New Look

So to start this week off, I thought I'd share my #OOTD.

Loosely inspired by our Menswear Test Shoot from this weekend, I went with something a bit sporty today. My take on a baseball uniform. And, honestly, the way I feel wearing this - its on the fast track to becoming my own daily uniform. A polished shirt, easy-to-wear leather leggings, and a great pair of sneakers - what's not to love?

Shout out to my mom for gifting me this shirt. (And adding J.Crew oxford number 432908432 to my closet...) Outfit credits and links to shop: Hat by TopmanShirt by J.CrewLeggings by H&MSneakers by Nike.

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Menswear Test Shoot

Earlier this week, Nicholas and I got together with Oscar - a friend of mine from my drama school days - for a menswear test shoot. When we were planning this shoot, we knew we wanted to do something bold and graphic, with strong shapes and angles, so we decided the Walt Disney Concert Hall was the perfect location. 

For those not familiar with the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it was designed by architect Frank Gehry to resemble a ship with its sails at full mast. Its stainless steel panels reflect the California sun, and are one of the most recognizable landmarks in the heart of downtown LA.

We really enjoyed shooting this one - and as luck would have it, supermodel Jourdan Dunn was doing a shoot there at the same time. Great minds, huh? Check out our photos below. (Fashion credits at the end of photoset.)

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Fashion Credits
Look One - Baseball hat by TOPMAN, Kimono by American Apparel, Leather Leggings by H&M
Look Two - Hat is Vintage, Kimono by American Apparel, Shirt by TOPMAN, Harem Pants by Forever21, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Three - Blazer by John Varvatos, Oxford Shirt by Band of Outsiders, Flannel is Vintage (worn at waist), Kilt by Gap, Monkstrap Loafers by Cole Haan
Look Four - Polo Shirt by Uniqlo, Bracelet by Mateo New York

Photography by Nicholas Galli. Makeup and Styling by Erik Anderson.

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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