Friday’s Featured Favorites 10.26

As a tribute to Halloween, which happens to be both Morgan and Charlotte’s least favorite holiday, we have everything orange for you on today’s Friday’s Featured Favorites. Whether it is inspiring photos, decor, or apparel products, here’s what we are loving for the week.

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Interior Decor Design Styles

Morgan and I just signed a lease on a new apartment! We could not be more excited about the place and are getting an incredible value for our money. There is more than enough space for the two of us, and many charming features such as an angular living room, a fire place, and a walk in closet!

However, the apartment is currently all one color – carpet and walls and all. If you have been following along with us you no doubt realize that we both love loud patterns and prints and bold colors! So, we have started thinking about how to decorate and furnish our place. While we browse around in stores and on Pinterest for ideas and are always finding things we like, it takes a little bit of work to make it all cohesive. With decor, there are so many different directions to go with! It sort of feels necessary to pick a direction or a theme, but we just can’t decide which way to go. We were jokingly wishing we had a mansion so we could dedicate each room to a different style! While we are dreaming here, below are some images of different themes or aesthetics that we are inspired by.

Cozy Warmth: The above look is a very cozy, warm feeling room. Yellow obviously is as warm as you can go in terms of a color palate. Chunky knit throws are physically warm and add instant coziness to a bed or couch. The plants and mix of patterns also create a homey, warm feel to it. A touch of whimsy with the wall hangings finishes it off beautifully.

Minimalistic Monochrome: Minimalism has been a buzz word in creative industries for quite a while now. This aesthetic definitely has its advantages. When working without color, you don’t have to worry much about all your different pieces flowing together and matching. Obviously minimalism can be a very budget oriented way to go. It makes a room feel pure and clean, like a sanctuary.

Rustic Refurbishment: Like minimalism, a rustic, refurbished vibe can also be cost effective. If you have a good flair for garage sale furniture and DIY projects, you can easily make very little into unique statement pieces. Think straight off the floor set at Anthropologie.

Retro: Between the color palate, the large graphic nature of the prints, walls, and textiles, as well as the silhouettes of the furniture, everything about this room just screams retro. This one is probably the most difficult to pull off without feeling too forced or as if it has gone overboard. An entire retro-themed household would be too much. However, when done right and in small amounts it creates a definite wow-factor for a room.

Modern: The opposite of Retro would of course be Modern! Uptown luxe and sophistication prevail in this living area set. It is the geometry, the lack of height, and the abundance of glass that help get the look in this case.

What is your design aesthetic? Which of the photos do you feel like fits you best and why?

Piperlime Fall Sale Round-up: Charlotte’s Wishlist

After Morgan’s post yesterday about her Piperlime Fall Sale Round-up Wishlist I of course had to check out the sale myself and designate some top picks of my own! Piperlime is an online retail favorite of mine as well, closely related to HauteLook and ModCloth, and, when I’m pretending I have an unlimited budget, Net-A-Porter. The pieces below really sum up my signature style – cozy sweaters for fall, exciting prints, flowing blouses, minimalistic statement jewelry pieces, and flats that are comfy for being on my feet all day in!

Dex Jacquard Open Front Sweater – Sale Price  $70.50   Hive and Honey Layered Wire Cuff – Sale Price $14.99   Tina Turk Jacquard Slim Leg Monie Pant – Sale Price $221.50   Theory Chablis Skirt – Sale Price $151.50   Flight of Fancy Blouse – Sale Price $46.50   See by Chloe East Village Flat – Sale Price $169.99

Free People October

Each month the release of the Free People catalog is something to look forward to as we covet the entire merchandise selection and feel inspired and uplifted by their fun videos and the reasons behind their looks.This month, Free People pulled inspiration from French femmes Lou Dillon, Garance Dore, as well as Dree Hemmingway. These iconic women are favorites of ours as well, so we wanted to share some of the gorgeous shots with you!

Pumped Up Kicks: The Wedge Sneaker Trend

While we were in Paris last summer, one trend we saw just beginning to take off in Europe was what we are calling “pumped up kicks.” High tops and high fashion combine as designers and retailers develop a variety of stylish sneakers with wedge heels. Of course, the sneaks are on the streets here in the United States now, coming around in the year-later time frame that Europe to America styles so often do. Street Style Spotting: Fit fashionistas sporting sneakers (puns intended). Photo Source.

Why sneakers as a trend? For starters, one of the clearest trends on last spring’s runways was athletic inspired outfits. The time is right now for it to have trickled from runway to ready to wear and down to mass fashion. The recent Summer Olympics definitely helped inspire a worldwide adoption of this hot look. Not to mention these pumped up kicks are incredibly comfortable – a nice break from stilettos or flats with far less support. Below are some of our favorite looks for a retail roundup.

Left to right; top to bottom: 1. Y-3 Multi Aria Lace Up Trainers – $146   2. Isabel Marant Betty Leather and Suede Wedge Sneakers – $665   3. Ash Cool Cobalt Sneaker Wedges – $260   4. N.Y.L.A. Women’s Penthea Fashion Sneaker – $70   5. GREEN Bare Feet Shoes Nature Breeze CHATILLY Two-Tone Sneaker Wedge Booties – $35   6. ASOS DENY Wedge High Top Sneakers – $63   7. Steve Madden Women’s Hilight Fashion Sneaker – $150   8. ASOS DENY Wedge High Top Sneakers – $63

Got any styling suggestions for us on how to wear wedge sneakers? We would love to know!

Friday’s Featured Favorites 9.28.12

1. Flamingo matches? Why not? Charlotte has a fixation with the animal and when she saw these she loved them.

2. Thursday morning both of us were just dragging and having so much trouble waking up and getting to work. Our wish was that somehow this joke would actually come true, but unfortunately it did not.

3. Some conversations in the last week have led us to remembering that so much of life is about becoming a better person and figuring out what good you can do in the world each day.

4. What could be better than Ellen tweeting textile jokes?

5. Ziggy Marley’s “Love Is My Religion”  has sort of become a theme song for all of our friends! It seems like everywhere we go we are singing it, even though a few months ago Morgan had never even heard of Ziggy! Charlotte had to introduce her to this song.

6. These matching sailor stripe outfits remind us of earlier this week. We were headed out, and met up in the living room accidentally wearing pretty much the exact same outfit. Even though Morgan decided to change her look, this photo shows that being twins can be chic and fun!

Street Style Inspiration: Knitwear

Earlier this week we blogged about one of our favorite seasonal styles: knitwear. If you missed “Sweater Weather” be sure to check it out! As a follow-up today, let yourself be inspired by some of these fabulous street style shots focused on sweaters of all kinds.

Print blocking: fair isle and cheshire cat stripes with this Hugo Boss sweater paired with Valentino heels. Photo source.

Layering two knits together and accessorizing with socks and sandals and a great hat provides a hobo-chic look. Photo source.

Fur, fringe, and fine gauge: loving the texture juxtaposition here, with just a pop of color in last fall’s popular Celine clutch. Photo source.

Knits are not always the first thing you think to belt in an outfit, but with the skinny leg silhouette and short skirt this ensemble definitely works. Photo source.

Which look is your favorite? How are you wearing knitwear this season?

Wednesday Wisdom 9.26.12

It’s another hump day & we’re hoping it goes by quickly so we’re one day closer to the weekend! I mean, how is it ONLY Wednesday?! Enjoy the below tidbits of knowledge we have to share with you today for this week’s Wednesday Wisdom!

√ DO purchase a pair of killer Dylan George black leggings with leather down the inner seam while shopping La Brea Avenue on Sunday afternoon. X DO NOT try to show off how bad ass you are to your father unless you want to hear “you look like you should ride a horse… I mean, you look so equestrian. I guess you better add one of those horse riding helmets to your outfit.” Thanks dad, I was feeling so cool until you mentioned that helmet.

Excuse me sir at Starbucks, X DO NOT wear a purple shirt, a pair of purple ombre pants, and purple shoes. One, of all colors, did it have to be purple? And two, it’s just TOO much. √ DO play with mixing color. Have fun mixing prints and colors to create eye catching ensembles. Try mixing and matching some pieces in your wardrobe you wouldn’t normally wear together & see what you come up with!

√ DO both take the time to have great conversations with your brothers this week (coincidentally both named Connor). With one being in Oregon and the other in Buenos Aires, it’s nice for us big sisters to talk with our younger brothers and catch up on life!

Have you seen any X DO NOT moments out and about that we need to know of? What √DO examples have inspired you lately?

Sweater Weather

Over the weekend, Morgan and I were out doing a little vintage exploring and thrifting (stay tuned for a full post about our adventures coming soon!) As we were walking around in LA’s 90+ degree heat on what was technically the first day of autumn, I found myself a little sad. In my mind, the first day of fall is supposed to include hot coffee, slouchy sweaters, tall boots, and fireside snuggles. However, I could hardly bear the heat in my sleeveless maxi dress, let alone even think about wearing a sweater. Knitwear is my favorite garment group and I used to and I love nothing more than Seattle winters where I could layer up in knit vests, cardigans, chunky-knit sweaters, sweater dresses, etc. But my Seattle sweaters have been stored away in a back shelf in favor of more weather-appropriate outfits now that I am a SoCal girl. I am also attempting to refrain from purchasing all the lovely knits I see in stores, so instead I have just rounded up some of my favorites across all different categories to blog about. Enjoy!

1. Mango Cashmere and Silk Cardigan – $80   2. Tory Burch Brady Cardigan – $250   3. Crumpet Colour Block Cardi in Black/Cartoon – $230

A button-up cardigan is an essential basic for any wardrobe. Having a few in classic colors are incredibly versatile, ensuring that you always have a layering piece for any outfit you put on. Cardigans in brighter, fashion colors are a great way to dress up your basic t-shirts and tank tops. An item like this is worn so often in so many ways that it is definitely worth its cost per wear.

1. Michael Kors Open Front Cardigan – $121   2. Merona Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Open Cardigan Sweater – $25   3. Honey/Emerald Contrast Knit Cape by MISSONI – $740

Draped open sweaters work well thrown over just about anything, whether it is a dress, leggings, or skinny jeans. When styled well with a good pair of boots they can add instant glamour but in an absolutely easy way. Not to mention they are comfortable and quick on those days where you just do not feel like putting any effort into your outfit.

1. Calypso St. Barth Gloria Pullover Sweater – $179   2. Alexander Wang Merino Cropped Pullover – $450   3. Cotton Blend Sweater with Pocket – $29

Flirty and feminine, a cozy pullover is a great way to carryover your maxi dresses into fall. Layer on top of dresses and skirts, or wear with jeans and heels. Again, knitwear is a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe this fall, and pullovers are no different than cardigans!

What are your thoughts on sweaters and how to wear them? Got any fall favorites in the knitwear category? Please share!

Loud From London

London Fashion Week roars to a start with a handful of shows all boldly bringing their spring season’s best. It’s as if everyone decided to go a la Betsey Johnson this season. Bright colors clash together and meet larger than life prints for head-to-toe looks that scream personality. Though considering both fashion and history repeat themselves, we should not expect anything less from Moschino or Issa. More aspirational than approachable, we are not quite sure who will be rocking these looks come spring. All in all, it is safe to say that across the pond, minimalism is definitely not the new black.

Flora and fauna; tropicalia at Issa.

 Mixed media; prints and pineapples at Moschino Cheap and Chic.

Graphics prints from small to large at House of Holland.