I wore black skinny jeans, a one shoulder top and of course had my statement piece: my green faux fur! It's my "winter" staple this season. It's by Belle Vere and I got it at Marshall's! Can you believe it? I have literally been living in it now. I got so many questions about this coat. Needless to say I think it was one of my smartest purchases!
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Whenever I'm hitting up a new brunch spot, I always take the ambiance of the space into consideration when deciding on an outfit. Luckily for me, I found dressing for Estérel quite simple because I knew what I'd be surrounded with: lots of greenery and flowers, shabby chic furniture, and endless vibrant accents and decor. It truly feels like spring time all year round there, especially with all the natural sunlight shining in. I wanted to choose an outfit to compliment just that. Plus, I wanted to channel a bit of my inner Real Housewife of Beverly Hills - the last time all the ladies were there, they donned all white looks. For Estérel, wearing white or any shade of light color will look so fabulous and appropriate.
I wanted to put together a dressy casual look, especially since I knew we would be taking a ton of photos. I knew I definitely wanted to incorporate white so I wore a cute pair of white distressed skinny jeans from Nordstrom. I decided to be a bit risqué and wear a Topshop Floral Appliqué bodysuit. My favorite was throwing over my periwinkle Morning Suede Moto Jacket by BLANK NYC. I tied it all together with a sparkly pewter choker (very Kardashian style) and my nude Steve Madden heels.
What do you think? Is my brunch attire for Estérel #RHOBH approved?
I have always been a huge fan of all things vintage. I love that there is so much significance and character in certain pieces from decades ago. Being able to mix eclectic items can be challenging at times, so whenever I'm feeling a vintage vibe for brunch I always head to the mecca of all things fabulous and vintage: Blossom Atelier in Santa Monica.
I recently made my way to the shop to receive a private styling session by the one and only celeb stylist, Jam Leonard.
Jam, (who's styled A-listers like Sienna Miller and Matt Damon) is co-owner of Blossom Atelier with her friend Gilena Simons. Blossom Atelier is a true gem on Main Street that boasts not only its one of a kind clothing selection, but its impeccably decorated space where vintage meets boho glamour.
From the moment I walked in, I was stunned at the gorgeous twinkling mood lighting which blended so beautifully with the natural sunlight which shone in from big windows. Every inch of the space was decked with all types of cool items - from jewelry, to trinkets to embellished boots. Of course, there were so many vintage clothes all hanging around the store. My eyes lit up! I was so excited already.
I was greeted by Jam, who was incredibly sweet and down to earth. She showed me around the shop - it was awesome to see that a hair styling station is also set up in the back; you know, because Jam not only is a killer fashion stylist, but also slays hair game too. What other vintage shop do you know that offers hairstyling services too? All the more reason to love Blossom Atelier.
She brought me to the dressing room filled with hand picked vintage items she chose for me to try on. This lady knows her stuff - I fell in love with every item on the spot! She had pulled all sorts of items for me - from kimonos, to beaded dresses, to lace leotards and cut-off tees. Some pieces were really edgy and things I wouldn't normally pick up, so I loved that I had the opportunity to try them on and give them a chance. Sometimes, it takes another pair of eyes to find something unique that could potentially look so great on you - and I'm glad I had this styling guru to help me out!
With every item I tried on, Jam provided her genuine thoughts - if an outfit needed a belt or another accessory, if the dress didn't fit just right, or if the whole outfit was just absolutely "the one." I really appreciated that because there wasn't any pressure and I value when stylists give their honest opinion. Their picks for you are in a way a reflection of them, so it was great hearing insight from Jam on how to style each look.
It was hard to pick just a few items to take home because I truly loved them all, but I went home with vintage Levi's, a braided belt, a peach lace leotard, a black bodycon dress with lace detail, a black sequin tank and a bright floral kimono. Each piece was so unique and I loved how even though they were vintage, they could still be styled in such a modern way. I wanted to take a few choices to create separate casual, elevated casual, and dressy looks.
I had such a fabulous experience at Blossom Atelier. It's so refreshing to walk into a place and be surrounded by positive energy, good vibes and of course awesome one of a kind clothes! Blossom Atelier is more than just a store, it's a shop for inspiration glistening with vintage magic. There's nowhere like it!
Thanks for having me in, Blossom Atelier! I had such a fun experience and love rocking my vintage pieces around LA!
I am a firm believer that dressing up for brunch plays a major role in the overall brunching experience. What you're wearing to a specific place ties into brunching lifestyle, because (especially in LA and NYC) it is considered to be more than just a late breakfast.
It's a place to escape with friends, have mimosas and rosé, laugh, eat, take photos... and one of the most fun parts is dressing up for it!
My friend Sophie of SophieMaeStyle.com and I met for brunch at Herringbone down in La Jolla to sip on their endless mimosas and rosé and to discuss just what you should consider when choosing an outfit before you head out.
It's super important of course to stick to your own style, but taking the place you're going to and also your mood for the day are huge contributors for what you're planning on wearing.
Herringbone has the perfect mix of luxe and relaxed, creating that gorgeous "California cool" atmosphere - It's all about "Fresh Meats Field" as the restaurant says, where farm fresh cuisine meets an emphasis on line-caught seafood and meats. The entire space is very open and airy with streams of natural light flowing in. Big trees within the space have every branch lit up to create a magical vibe. Not to mention, the restaurant's chef is Brian Malarkey, former Top Chef Finalist and winning mentor on ABC's The Taste. When dining at Herringbone, you need to step up your brunch attire game.
This is not the kind of place where you can just get up, roll out of bed and sit at the table with a mimosa in hand. Even though you may be in a dress or heels and jeans, it can still be really fun to come up with an outfit that will make you stand out.
The First Look: The Subtle Glam
When you want to go a bit glitzy but do it in a more subtle way, opt for a dress with a lot of sparkle and keep the accessories and shoes simple. I paired this Sparklette Mini Dress from Free People with nude strappy heels and a fabulous crystal choker from Blue Eyed Girl. It's a great look for winter too and could easily be paired with a leather jacket to tone it down. Sophie wore this Gomez Mini Dress by Show Me Your Mumu with a halter top and paired it with little black booties. There's no doubt that if you're wearing something like these two dresses, all eyes will be on you - in a very good way! The looks are super appropriate for brunch at Herringbone.
The Second Look: Black + Gilded Mini Dresses
I'm all for dressing up with sequins and sparkles for brunch. Especially if it's a special occasion like a birthday, a get together or a celebration, why not rock your glitziest look? I donned this Isabelle Embellished Sheath Dress with a geometric motif by Parker and paired it with simple black heels with ankle straps. I absolutely love this dress because it's so me! One thing I love about dressing up for brunch is really not holding back and having that freedom to own your style. Sophie took a more classic take and donned the Glitterati Embellished Silk Shift Dress by Trina Turk which had gleaming floral designs. She paired this shimmery look with black booties to balance out the dressiness with a touch of casual.
The Third Look: Elevated Casual
Some days, you want to keep it casual, but of course still look put together. One of the reasons that I love Herringbone is because you really can go so many different ways with what you want to wear. You can tailor any outfit to make it appropriate! You can rock jeans, a chic velvet shirt and a fab choker like Sophie, or wear a fitted sweater dress like me.
The Fourth Look: All Black Everything
You can never go wrong with an all black outfit. One of the most fun things about dressing in all black is that you can pick really fun textures, patterns and designs on a specific dress, top or romper that steps up the look and adds more interest into the outfit. Both Sophie and I opted for lace, which is always a super flattering option no matter what time of day you're rocking it. I paired with nude heels and Sophie opted for fringe booties to tone down the look.
It was so great to collab with a fellow blogger who happens to be a very talented fashion stylist at one of the best restaurants in San Diego. We had such an amazing time at brunch and it was so fun being able to connect over our love for fashion and boozy brunching! We hope that these looks inspire you to embrace your personal style and to never hold back at your next brunch! Can't wait to head back to Herringbone La Jolla soon!
Photography/Videography by Emma Lynn Cinema