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The Closet: August 2014

Everlane – Twill Snap Backpack – $65

We didn’t have a July 2014 closet post so we’re making it up with this by ensuring that it is extra bulky!

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The One Rule You Can’t Break at Weddings

I don’t know how many times I have to say this. You have one job and your job is to not wear white to a wedding. Why is it so hard for people to get this right? Don’t wear white. The bride wears white. You do not wear white. And while you’re at it, don’t wear cream or beige or off-white. Even if you accessorize with colorful pieces – a cardigan or a belt, you are still not allowed to wear white. We utilize every other color in the color scheme on this bride’s special day because we do not want to upstage the bride. I’m not saying you can’t stand out in your own way at all though and here’s how we can help you still do that without making this dreaded mistake that seems to happen every wedding I go to. A part of me wants to walk up to the person and just ask, “So… you wore white.” My bff Ashley on the other hand says that if anyone wears white to her wedding, they are immediately out. Good rule, Ash. We’re behind you on this one.

1. Have an amazing clutch to go with your dress. I love this one from Zara that’s only $79.90.

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Proud Owner:

I feel like I’ve said this before, but the best part about not being in school is being able to purchase new pieces for fall and being able to wear them right away!  When I was growing up, my mom and I would always set aside time for school shopping (obviously, my favorite time of the year) and as soon as I came home with the bags, she would say to me, “Okay, now no wearing these until school start!” At the time, I hated being patient and waiting, but knowing myself and how clumsy I was back then I’m almost sure that I would’ve ruined something before school started. It was great for her to let me build up this anticipation over my clothes. Even though I don’t do this anymore, I still remember it fondly and understand why it was the way it was :)

So today I made some purchases.

I’ve been wanting a vest for awhie now! I used to wear vests similar to this one from Old Navy when I was in elementary school and now I feel like I’m coming around full circle with this vest that is much more sophisticated and from Uniqlo.

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Since relocating to California, I’ve been getting a little bit lazy with my outfits and resorting to a much more relaxed look. There’s nothing wrong with that, but jeans and a t-shirt can get a little stale after some time. This fall, I vow to be my old self from college and am hoping to dive back into some of those looks that I loved taking a risk on. I saw this skirt in the display as I was walking by H&M today and I knew that once I got into the store that I had to hunt it down. The high waist, the zipper in the back, the textured pattern – all things that I love.

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Paper Crown Bridesmaids

It was just a couple of weekends ago that Lauren Conrad and the entire Laguna Beach crew reunited for the wedding of their longtime friend Maura McManus. Their Instagrams from the big event were everywhere and as expected Lauren Conrad and her bbf Lo Bosworth as bridesmaids looked amazing. Shortly after the wedding, Lauren announced that Paper Crown – the line that both her and Maura co-founded would be unveiling a bridesmaid line. It was the same line that was used in Maura’s wedding and it was stunning. The collection is now up on their website and we’re huge fans. Not only are the silhouettes of the gowns gorgeous and modern, but will work so well for bridesmaids that wish to mix and match within color schemes or even not at all.

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Vanessa Hudgens x Flaunt

She kind of looks unrecognizable in this spread. I can’t put my finger on it.

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2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

Kerry Washington in Prada

I may have missed the entire show from being at work and out to dinner, but we’d never miss a chance of covering the red carpet.

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards [Arrivals]

Ariana Grande in Moschino top and skirt. This is kind of a hard look for Ariana who is known for her sweet strapless dresses, but this IS her night after all – opening the VMA’s, debuting the music video for “Bang Bang” and releasing her latest album “My Everything” tonight!

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Aritzia Fall 2014 Lookbook

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I was having dinner with my dad earlier this week on the outdoor patio of Cascal when I noticed two things – the winds were picking up and the outdoor overhead heaters were turned on. Surely, that’s a sign that fall is on its way and we no longer will be in the sweltering heat. As much as I love the summer, I am very excited for fall. the cozy knit oversized sweaters, dresses with tights, and of course the pumpkin spice lattes that debut this coming Monday. Aritzia is one of my favorite retailers and I constantly live in their pieces no matter what season it is. Here is just a taste of what they are offering for the fall and we can’t wait.

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Emma Roberts for Elkin

It was only recently that I learned about Elkin and it was through Emma Roberts’ Instagram that I started to become more and more intrigued with the line. The minimalistic pieces all in neutral hues – it is my dream closet. So it’s really no surprise that Elkin released their latest campaign featuring the young actress and of course, we love it and want everything!

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Eva Chen’s Baby Announcement

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In true fashion form, Lucky editor-in-chief Eva Chen shared with us some exciting news this morning that she is expecting! This is, by far, my most favorite baby announcement that I’ve ever seen. Congrats to the editor! Next to Alexander Wang’s niece, this little one is  sure to make the best dressed list. Also, how adorable are those mini matching accessories?! I am swooning.

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Five Favorite Pins: Closet Organization

When it was summer and nearing fall, I always remembered cleaning out my closet and getting ready to insert in a new fall wardrobe. However, that just couldn’t be done without getting rid of the old. It’s amazing how much I’ve acquired over the years and how hard it is for me to let go of pieces even without even wearing them for an entire year. Why do I do this to myself you might ask? Because I’m a hoarder. No, because I’ve pretty much convinced myself that while I may not have a use for it now – some day I will look at that piece and incorporate it with something that I’ve recently bought. Trust. This never works. It never happens. You just end up taking up lots of space and running out of hangers. I have a bag in my room that I’ve gradually added pieces to that I am hoping to donate and it is an ongoing project. Well, I’m not in school anymore, but I still believe that fall is the perfect time to give your closet a refresher and here are just a few of my favorite pins that I hope will inspire me to take the next step in re-organizing my own closet.

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One of the very first purchases I made when I moved into my new place this year was a clothing rack. It not only helps to fill out my room a little bit more, but it makes for a really simple and great display. You can use it in a variety of ways, but I’ve mostly used it to hang my newest pieces so that I can separate it from my older ones and remember to wear these ones (my newest and favorites) often! You can buy one anywhere, but yes, I went cheapo and purchased mine from IKEA where they have several at different price levels.

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A Cheeky Advertisement from Victoria’s Secret

Did you ever think it was possible for Victoria’s Secret to release in advertisement that wasn’t full of lingerie, sultry music, and smoldering gazes? Well, the impossible happened. The other day, they released a short featuring one of their most playful angels – Lily Aldridge! She is, as some of you may know, my favorite angel! In this video, we watch Lily prepare for her dinner party that she is hosting and shows us how not-so-perfect she really is. Not only is it pretty cheeky in itself, but it is relatable. I know every time I used to cook for my friends, I would always be a little bit flustered and running around like a chicken with its neck cut off.

In the short, Lily goes through several outfit changes because of her mishaps and the change is so subtle that it doesn’t even feel like a Victoria’s Secret advertisement. 

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In Fashion Start-Up News

I may be working at a tech start-up, but that makes me even more fascinated with start-ups that are directly related to my interests. Last week, two very big things happened. One fashion start-up got acquired while another with so much potential (so we thought) shuttered. So how does that happen? Competition? Because that’s just the nature of the game? I’ve been wondering about this for awhile and I don’t really have the research or the data to back it up, but I find it to be very very interesting.

Prior to Trunk Club getting acquired by Nordstrom officially, I had been reading about the rumors of this weeks before. Trunk Club is a shopping service for men who don’t like to bring themselves to shop at retailers or the mall. The Trunk Club man works closely with a stylist to share what his interests are and what he is most comfortable in and the stylist puts together a “trunk” – some of which you would find above and sends it straight to your doorstep. The items you like, you get to purchase while the ones you don’t can be returned back. I thought it was an incredible service. I witnessed someone receiving a trunk once and I wrote about it on Quora. There hasn’t been a really great equivalent for it for women other than Stitchfix, which I heard was a hit or miss sometimes. What I’m still trying to figure out is what being acquired really means. What will the Seattle retailer do with the Chicago start-up? How will Trunk Club change itself? How will Nordstrom incorporate themselves into Trunk Club? I have so many questions.

The second big piece of news is that Hukkster shut down last Friday. They had a pretty awful name, but a great idea and supportive backing. The star-up raised $4.5 million dollars in venture capital over the last two years. The start-up which allows users to save items they like on the websites of their favorite retailers and receive notification of when the price has dropped was founded by two former J. Crew employees. Additionally, it was backed by the Winklevoss twins. For an idea that would have gained so much popularity among people – women especially – I am surprised that it only lasted two years.

It’s not a bold statement by any means, but I think it’s clear that anything can happen in the start-up world. One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. It’s amazing to be in this industry and I’m learning so much, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next in the years to come.

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A Wedding With the Olsen Touch

When I first laid eyes on this wedding, I couldn’t turn away. I scrolled through the number of pictures that there were and when I was done, I thought there would be more. It was a gorgeous wedding with a beautiful bride and groom and oh ya – Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen designed the bride’s dress!

If you were wondering whether or not the designer twins were making house calls on customized gowns, think again. The bride – Molly – is a longtime friend of theirs so when she became engaged, they were more than a little excited to be creating her dream wedding dress.

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Joan Smalls x Free People

I always thought that to wear Free People you had to be a certain type of girl. The girl that shops at Free People is a free spirit, a flower child, and pretty easygoing. She wears light-weight fabric, fringe, and bell-sleeves for long sleeves. As much as I loved the brand, I frequently felt out of place when trying on their clothes. I felt like I was trying to be a girl that I just wasn’t, but so desperately wanted to be because who wouldn’t want to be the girl who wore Free People, right?! She was just too effortlessly cool. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels that way and maybe the brand recognized this. So what did they do? They picked a girl who wasn’t your typical Free People girl and made her into one and it worked! When I think of Joan Smalls, I think of edgy, a little dark, dangerous, and risky. She is someone who resembles more Erin Wasson than hippie child, but yet she made it work. Here are a few of her latest shots from the brand that make me want to run out and buy these exact outfits.

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