Last-Minute Halloween Thrift Store Tips

Happy Humpday. Or as I am calling it omg-it's-three-days-away-from-halloween-day. Yeah. That's a thing that's real. I can't believe how quickly it's upon us. (Seriously, did October pass us by at like, double time this year?) Now, if you're on top of it and know what you're going to be already, good for you. Also, I wanna know. So let me know in the comments below. Promise I won't steal your idea.

But if you don't happen to know yet - Never fear! (Save that for this weekend.) Halloween stores are mobbed in these final days, and often those "costume in a bag" jawns are way too pricey for single-use, in my opinion. So, I turn to the always-reliable thrift store! And I have got you covered with some last minute tips on how to make the most of your shopping experience there. Read on after the jump to catch my 5 tips below!

This photo was taken outside one of my favorite second hand stores in LA - Crossroads. (Not to be confused with the 2002 cinematic masterpiece starring a young Britney Spears.) I really like this nameplate outside the entrance, because it totally echoes the "one man's trash..." philosophy of thrift shopping. Remember, if you have an open mind and trust your creativity to see the potential in things, you can find some real gems while thrifting! My favorite things to look for are:

1. Outerwear - Nothing cooler than a vintage leather jacket, or a denim one covered in old band patches. My favorite military jacket was purchased second hand years ago, and I still wear that thing every summer. Outerwear has history, and often times the best stories to go along with it. Plus, they're made to be durable, and it can be easier to find these pieces still in great shape even though they are used.
2. Flannels - Is there a more perfect season to be shopping for flannels? Today's dime-a-dozen flannels ain't got nothing on the grungy ones of yesteryear. Honestly, I can say with complete confidence that no matter what thrift store you go into they will absolutely have a better/wider/cooler/more unique selection of flannels you would find in any contemporary store today.
3. Boots - These are another item that usually come along with some killer history. Way to take a walk in someone else's shoes - literally. I have this amazing pair of suede boots that I wore to death and even got re-soled because I loved them so much. And I think they cost me $40 total? Similar ones, if I had purchased brand new would easily run $200 or more - and to think! I didn't even have to break mine in!
4. Accessories and Jewelry - Sunnies, pendants, little rings, cufflinks, belt buckles, patches and pins - you name it, I'm sure they've got it. This stuff is all so unique and special, and its always the details that make someone take a second look and beg to know where you got it. Don't worry, it'll be our little secret.
5. Knickknacks - OK, so this isn't necessarily gonna help your halloween costume needs, but just keep it in mind while you're shopping there. Honestly, my favorite home decor pieces are all things I've found second hand. Paperweights, ashtrays, objects d'art, even small furniture items like end tables or a desk lamp. They just don't make 'em like they used to, folks.

So there you have it. Take these ideas with you while last-minute shopping, and you're sure to get inspired with some totally unique costume ideas that nobody else will have! PS, I was totally serious about that comments thing. If you already know what you're gonna be, let me know below! x

Father's Day Gift Guide

TGIF! The weekend is here. I hope you all have plans to spend some time with your old man this weekend. And whether its going for a round of golf, having a cold one, or just doing #DadStuff - you'd better show up with a gift in hand. Still struggling to find something good? Presenting our seriously last-minute gift guide. And get this - each rings in at 30 bucks or less!

1. Gap's Classic Polo - because what is more "Dad" than a polo shirt? Lucky for him, this one from Gap is new & improved, with a trimmer, more modern fit.
2. Wurkin Stiffs Magnetic Collar Stays - for when Dad goes back to work Monday and trades his polo for a suit & tie. These are a great combo of form and function. Besides, dads love gadgets right?
3. Timex Woven Band Watch - another great, inexpensive (and possibly much-needed) style upgrade for dad. Do we see a theme here??
4. Birchbox Men's Box - OK, so this one is technically $60 because you buy a 3-month package to start, but at only 20 bucks a month for deluxe grooming samples delivered right to his door, it takes the guesswork out of skincare for him. 
5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - and classic, all-American craft brew. Perfect for some fun in the sun, or just hangin' out at home. A great all-the-time beer.

So there you have it! Happy Father's Day weekend, all. Get out there and have some fun with dad! X

Shopping Guide: Summer Shorts

Happy Monday, everyone! This week, in honor of Memorial Day Weekend (and the beginning of the summer season) we will be sharing with you our Summer Kickoff Series. Everything is about to get summery up in here.

Starting with a shopping guide to get you into the season in style, I'm sharing with you the best new shorts to beat the heat. I have a personal vendetta against the tight knee-length cuffed denim shorts that everyone and their brother have been wearing the last few years, and I think it's time for a change. The new silhouette is cooler, easier, more relaxed - and frankly, a lot more comfortable in the heat, too. Check out my picks below.

 

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(Clockwise from top left) AcneTopman, Club Monaco, Topman, JCrew, Zara - be sure to click each name for a link to shop!

 

What do you think about these looks? Think you'll give any a try? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you do. It really is time to leave the tight jorts on the shelf at home and give yourself a little (ahem) breathing room.

The New Workout Essentials

Hey Everyone! Did you miss me? I've missed you. Really, I did. After a brief hiatus earlier in the week, I'm happy to be back and sharing with you again. I wanted to give you all a look at my recent workout-related haul in this week's Mogblog V-Log. Take a look below:

Wanna shop my essentials from the video above? Click the names below for a link to shop each item online!

Mizu Water Bottle - proof that good things come in small packages, a chic low profile bottle that holds 20 oz of liquid. 
Club Monaco Joggers - so easy to restyle from the gym to dinner. They'll never know you just worked out. (just use deodorant, please.)
James Perse Tee - Another gym-to-dinner essential. and the cotton/linen blend ain't bad, either.
Fitbit Flex - Track your fitness progress on a fun app accompanying your chic wristband. What's not to love?
Nike Roshe - give your frees a break and save a little dough. equally chic, and half the price, try the new nike roshe.
Happy Buds - despite the name, not a type of weed to order from your local dealer. just cute, modern headphones instead.

Thanks for watching this week's video! I hope you liked what you saw. As always, please leave suggestions, questions or your undying love in the comments below. And, make sure to subscribe to our youtube channel!

The Art of Un-Decorating

Happy Saturday, kids! I hope you're all loving your weekend so far. I'm off to the Grove today for the SimplyStylist conference (more on that later), but I wanted to share with you a little something before I go.

One of my favorite trends in the interior design world right now is something known as "un-decorating". Its hard to put into words, so i'll make a comparison to - what else - the world of fashion. Un-Decorating is kind of like your chill, tomboy jeans-white-tee-and-chucks outfit. Timelessly cool and easy, but undeniably chic.

It can be implemented in tons of ways - a pile of interesting fabrics folded over an old chair in the corner, a polaroid or two taped to the wall with washi tape, or some old knickknacks and family treasures collected on a mirrored tray.

The way I'm un-decorating in my place is with this great old metal frame I picked up at a flea market here in LA. I just leaned it against the wall (hanging it just felt too "done") and used some cool clothespins to stick some of Nick & I's stuff to it.  

I'd love to hear about your adventures in un-decorating. Tell me what you came up with in the comments below - or, send me a link with some pictures of your project! Can't wait to see. x 

What to Wear When It's 90 Degrees in March

So. It's March 26th. And 90 degrees (and climbing).

I dunno about all of you, but I could use at least a couple more weeks of Spring before we dive headfirst into summer. When it's this hot out, I like to keep my outfits really simple. And always carry a water bottle with me. Hello - we live in a desert, you know?

For me, the key to beating the heat is wearing easy, breezy pieces. I love an oversized shirt- like this grey pocket tee from Engineered Garments. It's a little stiff, which is nice, because it hangs away from the body, and lets me breathe a bit underneath. As for the jeans- the more rips and tears the better. This pair from Madewell is cropped, and has holes in the knees. All about airing out those Knees and ankles, amirite? Pair it with a classic sneaker - like mine from NEW BALANCE and you're sure to beat the heat, while still looking chic. (Or at least without looking like a melted popsicle.)

Check out my hot-weather look, with credits and links for purchase below.

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Credits: Shirt by Engineered Garments, Jeans by Madewell, Bracelet by Madewell, Hair Tie by Emi Jay, Water Bottle by Crate and Barrel, Sneakers by New Balance. Sunglasses are Vintage.

Behind the Scenes: Studio Day

Hey Everyone! Busy day here in the #MOGBLOG studio today. I wanted to share with you a behind-the-scenes look at what I've been doing with the materials I shopped last weekI can't show you everything just yet, but what I can show you is this - a lot of sketching, a lot of draping, a lot of thinking. (If you smell burning, that's just my brain...its doing overtime at the moment.)

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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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#MOGBLOG Home: Candles for Every Budget

Happy Friday, readers! I hope you're all excited about heading into the first weekend of Spring! (Even if it doesn't feel very spring-like yet). At this time of year, I'm always tempted to open the windows and let in some fresh air. But, if your weather won't cooperate, I know it can feel a little stale after those long winter months indoors. 

Presenting our first #MOGBLOG HOME post: Candles for every budget. Here to ease you out of winter and into spring with some fragrances that are sure to keep your home smelling fresh and clean...even if you aren't ready to throw open the shutters quite yet. Check below for links to shop - and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to #MOGBLOG for your chance to win our #MOGBLOG GIVEAWAY. 

$ - White Barn Candle Company
Available at your local Bath & BodyWorks, these candles are the best every-day option for when you're on a budget, but are looking for a high quality candle that has a good burning time. At just $22 for a 14.5oz Three Wick Candle, they really are a steal. Some of my favorite scents are: LeavesMahogany Teakwood, and Eucalyptus Mint.

$$ - MALIN + GOETZ
I first fell in love with Malin + Goetz while searching for a new face mask through their skincare line (More on that later). But they also make delicious and uniquely scented candles in two sizes. I had the pleasure of meeting one of their brand representatives here in LA, and he told me that their wax is all soy and vegetable based, which makes the chic glasses safe for drinking after the wax is burned out. (You can see I use my votive size as a mini planter for my succulent). $52 for a 9oz candle. Check out their Vetiver, Cannabis, and Dark Rum.

$$$ - diptyque
Finally, no candle-shopping guide is complete without diptyque. Loved by fashion editors, interior designers and bloggers alike for their sophisticated scents and chic packaging, these candles pack a serious punch - but not without a price. These are what you burn when you have company coming over and you want to impress. In-Laws, anyone? Truly, I haven't smelled a diptyque I didn't like, though my favorites at the moment are Feu de Bois, Vetyver, and Patchouli. Find them at Barney's for $60 for 6.5oz.

Try these out as you ease into spring and let me know if you discover any new favorite scents in the comments below. Enjoy your weekend! x

Shopping Day

Yesterday, a good friend of mine and I had the opportunity to go shopping for an upcoming project we're collaborating on. I can't say too much yet, but when I can - you'll be the first to know! But what I can tell you is, we got some really great finds. It was fun to take him out and explore the local fabric stores together, especially because it was his first time.

I know it can be overwhelming, but sometimes there's nothing better than really digging through the aisles at the fabric store - particularly when you're in need of a little inspiration. There's just so much to choose from, and you might be surprised what will catch your eye.

Check below for my outfit details (and where to shop them!) And don't forget to enter for our #MOGBLOG Giveaway!

OUTFIT DETAILS (Click each for link to shop)
Topman Hat
JCrew Oxford Shirt
BLK DNM Jeans
American Apparel Leather Tote
Nike Free Run Sneakers

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Ides of March Heatwave

I dunno about the rest of the country, but here in LA it has been HOT all weekend. We were above 90 degrees the past couple of days. In march. Like, what? (At the risk of sounding unsympathetic... I realize that it is still quite chilly in many places. I did grew up on the east coast, you know. I get it.)

Here's my #OOTD solution for those in-between days. Easy. Relaxed. Casual. It'll keep you cool. (or warm, if need be.) Check below for links! And don't forget to Subscribe to #MOGBLOG with the link at the bottom of this post! exciting stuff planned this week!