Ready For Summer?

With summertime comes soaring temperatures, endless pool parties and get-togethers. Sometimes it can be challenging to look pulled together while taking into consideration the sweltering heat.  After all, the traditional beach flip-flop, shorts and a tee just won’t do for the average Stylista.  Natasha shows us how to keep it simple while looking like effort was made…IMG_2828

You can’t go wrong with a fitted little black dress paired with a stacked heel sandal.  Depending upon where you are in Southern California, temperatures inevitably dip at night, so bring along your favourite, worn denim jacket.  A top bun keeps the look clean and fresh while the mirrored aviators add sass.

I like it!

Stylista Muse: Chic & Cozy In The California Chill

How annoying is it to listen to a Southern Californian complain about cold weather?  I’ve made the mistake of commenting a few times, rather innocently about the cold on occasion, and each time I would no longer be among the living if looks could kill.  Of course, it would be in the company of someone from the East Coast or Mid-West.  These days I’m sure not to come across as complaining, however, as one who happily embraces it. Although the weather has been inclement, we handle it with thin layers, keeping it chic and cozy.  We never know if temps will soar by midday, this way we’re able to remove pieces if necessary, while maintaining a relevant, modern look.

Natasha is rocking one of my favourite looks.  There’s no bulk, the lines are clean and black and white are timeless together.  Each of these pieces came from Natasha’s personal wardrobe.  This double breasted 3/4 length thin wool coat over a flecked grey sweater paired with skinny, white denim and the perfect stacked heel sandal, garner little Ms. Natasha, Stylista Muse…the top bun is such the icing on this look.

Stylista Muse, Leila Kashanipour

296401As much as I adore fashion, summertime is not my favourite season for it, most keep it super simple in 100 degree weather.  If you’ve seen one tee with cutoff denim shorts and Frye boots, you’ve seen them all.  A style I have grown a bit attached to is the “boyfriend” jean, in fact, they’ve become a staple for me.  They’re comfortable, stylish and can be dressed up or down.

Because I work in an environment which promotes “fashion freedom,” this look has become my go-to and I prefer to always dress them up, otherwise, they can look a bit tomboyish.  This week’s Stylista Muse, Leila Kashanipour, is on point with her Balmain jacket and Chanel handbag mixed with moderately priced items.  The end result?  Comfort with a reflection of her innate style.

Photo courtesy of Stockholm Streetstyle

Styled By A Stylista

Southern California summer’s usually mean the same tank and shorts you may don for daytime will leave you with a bit of a chill come nightfall, as the temperatures tend to drop substantially.  Of course, our recent heatwave has been the exception to this norm.  Given the average summer day here in Los Angeles, light fabrics that can be layered are ideal.

This Rachel Pally maxi dress is perfect for a hot summer day because of the lightweight choice of fabric.  It hangs and flows beautifully, I usually like to utilize strong accessories with it because of the nude shade and simple cut.  I appreciate Rachel Pally maxi dresses because they are flattering on most figures, however, my dilemma is often finding one that drags the ground, with my 5’8″ stature (6′ with the ideal platform), Ms. Pally delivers.  Although it gets a bit dirty as it goes about the day dragging the ground, I’m able to throw it in the hand wash cycle with Woolite and cold water, and it’s back to new again.

The bodice has a lovely Grecian feel, with an asymmetrical cut, the one sleeved look has become classic. with a tasteful kick of sex appeal

Belt:  Urban Outfitters/Kimchi Blue

Layering with this H&M oversized boyfriend shirt is one of many options.  This transforms the look to the bohemian, and because I enjoy layering so much, I might also add a beanie and summer scarf depending on how cool it gets.  I have a few of these shirts and they are now a staple in my wardrobe, so comfy, I often find myself reaching for it.  Because it can look a tad masculine, I always wear feminine accessories when I choose this style… at $12.95 the quality is outstanding.

I endearingly refer to this piece as my “chandelier” necklace, I’ve had more than a couple of observers share with me how it reminds them of just that.  I totally agree, which is probably the reason it is one of my favourite pieces, I happen to have quite an affinity toward chandeliers.  It is from one of my favourite consignment boutiques in Chicago, Selections, where one of the city’s most talented stylist’s, Konah Hatcher, is available to help enhance your look and personal flair.

These Jean Paul Gaultier leggings have become a staple in my wardrobe, I wear them with so much.  Although the Rachel Pally dress covers them, in certain lighting because of the transparency of the dress, the pattern can be seen.  Sometimes I knot the dress to one side so they are revealed which also changes the look entirely.

What’s a maxi dress without a great platform?  Still a lovely dress… nonetheless, I opt for these great canvas Steve Madden’s.  Owning a pair of Steve Madden shoes is like owning a Japanese car, in my experience, both are made to last a lifetime.  I have yet to wear a pair out, I typically end up giving them away.  I can just see all you shoe snobs now with brows raised as you read this, and yes, I appreciate a great pair of Loub’s or LV’s as much as the next girl, but until I can freely purchase them with cash while living within my means, I know they’re in safe keeping at my local Barney’s, Neiman’s or Saks.

For some reason, whisking about the city in a maxi dress and tote is so idyllic and apropos.  It also gives me plenty of room for my beanie, a lightweight summer scarf and all the other “girly” essentials.  I am a true fan of Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B apparel and accessory line, the pieces are constructed well and super edgy, this tote has been through the gamut, yet when it starts to show, I just toss it in my trusted hand wash cycle with Woolite and cold water… ahhh, back to new again.


Stylista Muse Bonus Edition

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle

This look of the feminine chic meets grunge is one I’ve been loving for some time.  I would rock every piece from head to toe, without any qualms, well maybe one… a few inches added to the dress please.  I’m no “fuddy duddy,” however, the thought of possibly “flashing” someone in the event I should have to bend over for any reason, is not one I relish…

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle

Bonus!  I know this segment is called “Stylista Muse,” and I don’t know many men who would appreciate this moniker, so for our bonus Stylista…I mean Stylisto Muse, Julian gets my vote.  I love everything about this ensemble and if I were a fella, I’d be donning it… actually, since I’m not a fella,  I could probably feminize it with a great Louboutin pump and a few layered girly accessories.  Whatever the case may be, it’s not about me at the moment, Julian makes the debut as my first Stylisto in the history of Musings of a Stylista…I’m inspired, and on the prowl for the next.