Thursday, December 31, 2015

Garden on the Wall

Top: J. Crew     Jeans: Rag & Bone    Hat: Eric Javits     Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad    Bag: Kate Spade   
Bracelet: Kristine Lilly      Sunglasses: Polette  (similar)

First things first: I'm missing a few inches of hair!  I got a trim at my favorite spa in Honolulu, and I can definitely feel the difference.  I do miss my long hair a lot, and I cannot wait until it grows back, but until then I'll try and have fun with this shorter style.  

This J. Crew bow back top was an instant yes when I saw it in the J. Crew On The Island store at Ala Moana mall.   It comes in three colors, and I couldn't decide between the black/white and the navy/white.  So... I bought them both.  No shame.

Anyways, Happy New Years Eve, everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely holiday spent with your loved ones.  I've been really enjoying my vacation in Hawaii for the past week and I cannot wait to ring in the New Year tonight.  What are you doing on NYE?

J. Crew Stripe Bow Back Top in Black and White + Rag & Bone Skinny Stretch Jeans in Dark Wash + LC Lauren Conrad Scalloped Flats in Blush + Kate Spade Mini Purple Satchel Crossbody + c/o Kristine Lily Druzy Pop Cuff + c/o Polette Vikki Sunglasses in Tort

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wish You a Merry Christmas

Coat: H&M      Skirt: J. Crew Factory     Bag: Kate Spade     Bracelet: Kate Spade (similar)     

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you all an incredibly blessed and peaceful holiday spent with everyone you love.  Much love to everyone and I wish a magical and merry Christmas for you all. ♥

I'll be spending Christmas and New Years in Hawaii, visiting family.  I love going to visit, and even though I won't be having a "White Christmas" I am highly anticipating sunshine and a relaxing holiday.  Besides, southern California doesn't even get snow in the winter-time, so all I'll be missing is a bit of rain and my DVR.   I'll be flying out tomorrow morning and arriving in the afternoon, just in time to make it to a Christmas Eve party.  Flying on Christmas Eve is always a lot less crowded, and there's not as much jostling through the crowded terminals or waiting in a long line of tired people for Starbucks.

This is the outfit I wore for my last Christmas party in California of the year.  I know I definitely won't be needing the coat in Hawaii, so I'm relishing my last few days of the year spent in Cali to wear my beloved winter items.  This coat has been on repeat the last couple of weeks, as we've had really cold weather in the mornings lately.  (And by really cold, I mean 50 degrees.  Californians...)  Lately, I've actually found it more comfortable to brave the chill in bare legs than bother with putting on itchy tights.  My legs and toes have gone numb at times, but hey, what's winter without a little iciness?

H&M Black Button Up Short Coat with High Collar + J. Crew Factory Pleated Mini Skirt in Plaid (Red White and Green) + Kate Spade Mini Maise Bag in White + Kate Spade Stripe Take a Bow Bracelet + Blue by Betsey Johnson SB Gown D'Orsay Jeweled Satin Bow Heels

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stripe + Ruffle

 Shirt: Maison Jules (similar)    Jeans: Rag & Bone     Shoes: Ferragamo     Bag: Coach (similar)
Bracelets: Hermes, Kristine Lilly      Sunglasses: Polette  (similar)

Maison Jules Ruffle Hem Striped Top + Rag & Bone Jeans (altered) skinny in Dark wash + Ferragamo Blush Pink Bow Flats + Coach Leather Tote + Hermes Clic in Black + c/o Kristine Lilly Druzy Pop Cuff + c/o Polette Vikki in Tortoiseshell

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wishlist・Five Fun Flats

 Kitten Flats    {image via The Cherry Blossom Girl}

I love flats with animal details, but these cat flats in particular are perfectly subtle with just the right touch to make them a conversation piece, yet still chic and wearable.   Bonus- this pick is under $30!

 Pom Poms    {via Coco's Tea Party}

I love pom-pom details on shoes.  The trick to pulling them off is to make sure the rest of the outfit is styled so that they don't look too "Tinker-Bell".  I really like this pair!

The shoe itself is also an important factor- it should be relatively simple with the exception of the pom-pom.  For example, the blush ones above with the coordinating pom-pom are fun yet polished, and the ankle strap adds an elegant touch.  

Lace-Up Flats  {via A Pair and a Spare}

Laced-up ballet flats have been everywhere lately, and I think they are absolutely perfect for an elegant, trendy vibe.  You can DIY a pair using A Pair and a Spare's tutorial, or shop my favorite picks below: prices go low to high from left to right!

Jeweled Toes  {via Anthropologie}

Jeweled flats are the perfect alternative to heels at a holiday party since they bring a glittery wow-factor and keep with the dressed up vibe of your party look.  These ones from Jeffrey Campbell are my latest favorite!  

Shop a few more of my picks here:

 Butterfly Filigree Flats  {via Pinterest}

These make my heart flutter.  No pun intended.  The pointed toe and intricate gold details on these butterfly flats make these classic yet eye-catching and perfect for everyday wear and parties, and they are under $30!  The are a great alternative to the pricier Sophia Webster version.  

Thank you to Shein for partnering on this post.
*UPDATE*   I will no longer be associating with Shein in light of their unprofessionalism and rude treatment of paying customers.  I apologize for featuring this brand on LMHC without doing proper research.  I have found accounts from customers reporting their poor customer service and treating bloggers differently, and unfortunately, I recently experienced their unprofessional manner of communicating with bloggers. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Toss the Confetti

 Top: J. Crew Factory     Skirt: (similar)     Shoes: J. Crew (similar)    Sunglasses: Polette  (similar)

J. Crew Factory Confetti Sequin Tee + Fluted Flare Trumpet Black Skirt + J. Crew Etta Glitter Heel Tweed + c/o Polette Vikki Sunglasses in Tortoiseshell

Sunday, December 6, 2015

'Tis the Season

 Skirt: J. Crew Factory    Shirt: Brooks Brothers   Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad     Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick     Rings: H&M (similar)    Sunglasses: Polette  (similar)

J. Crew Factory Pleated Mini Skirt in Plaid (Red White and Green) + Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Fitted Dress Shirt in White Oxford + Kiel James Patrick Jacqueline Bouvier Atlantic Pearl Bracelet + LC Lauren Conrad Scalloped Flats in Blush Pink + H&M Snowflake Rings + c/o Polette Vikki Sunglasses in Tort

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Authentication Class // Tory Burch Reva Flats

Anyone who owns a pair of Tory Burch Reva flats knows that I'm not exaggerating when I say they are one of the comfiest flats out there that also look super chic!  Revas are one of the most popular pieces from TB, and unfortunately, one of the most counterfeited designer products in the world.

Today I have a little photographic guide using my Tory Burch Revas to walk you through authenticating your pair and spotting a fake.  I realized recently that I hadn't done an Authentication Class post in a while.  Let me know if you like these kinds of posts, since I enjoy doing these guides and they are relatively easy!

How to Authenticate Tory Burch Reva Flats (and spot a fake)

Buckle-  Tory Burch Revas have a monogrammed logo buckle on the toe of the flat.  The logo comes in GOLD and SILVER.  No other colors. Brand new flats do not have plastic on the logo buckle.

The logo is attached to the shoe by a thin piece of leather underneath it, color coordinated to the shoe.  It is never attached directly onto the flat without a piece of leather under it.  If your logo is glued onto the toe of the flat or attached by metal screws or pieces, it is a counterfeit.

Stitching- The stitching on Reva flats is in a V shaped stitch, never a standard horizontal stitch.  The stitching should be uniform and color coordinated to the shoe's body.  

Seams-  The seams on the Reva flat are only in one place- on the back of the shoe in the middle of the heel.  This is the only seam on the exterior of the shoe.  The rest of the flat is smooth leather.  

Label- The Reva flat does not have a fabric tag in it.  The label that says where the shoe is made and the material in inside the flat, tucked in the side of the shoe up by the toe.   I labeled the area with an arrow in the above picture.

Tory Burch Reva flats are made in Brazil.  TB manufactures their shoes in Brazil, and their clothing/accessories in China.  If you have a really old pair, they might be made in the USA.  However, some counterfeits may lie about the country of manufacture, so be sure to check other indicators.

It should read Leather Upper, Leather Lining, Manmade Sole, Made in Brazil, a numerical code, and the size.

Soles-  Reva soles are rubber and can bend.  They have circular logos embossed into the rubber.  The heel part does not have the circular logos on it.  

The sole is also where the size sticker is usually located.  I threw away the size sticker on both my pairs, but it is a circular, transparent sticker that with read the size in gold lettering like this: 6M.  If the size sticker simply says 6 or 7, it is not authentic.  

Interior Sole- The interior is embossed with a Tory Burch logo and label in the heel.  The interior sole is leather as well.

Material- Tory Burch flats are made of Nappa Leather.  They are very soft once broken in, even if they might be a bit less flexible when new.  The leather is not overly shiny, even in the metallic styles, nor is it flat matte.  The leather is also not smooth, and will develop natural creases and wrinkling over time. 

Hope this guide was helpful!

Shop Tory Burch Revas here:

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