How to Look Chic In Sweatpants

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Remember the days when sweatpants/trackspants were solely for working out, or days when being a couch potato was all you could muster? It wasn’t all that long ago when we wore Juicy (even written on are butt) sweatsuits. Yikes! A few seasons ago all that changed when designers made sweat/track pants cool by altering a few key details — a slimmed down leg, affixed a ribbed band at the bottom, lowered the waist and added a pocket or two.

These days sweat/track pants can be part of an urban chic look when worn with sleek knits, button downs, fur vests, waist coasts or wrapped in belted boyfriend blazers (a la Isabel Marant). While pairing with sneakers, especially slip-ons, looks right they also look spot on with oxfords, heels, boots or chunky heeled sandals.

I live in mine. So much so I had to indulge in a few more pairs. I’m even thinking about adding the delicious cashmere pair by J Crew (below). I can’t think of a better way to look modern and fresh while being ultra comfortable.

J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweatpant $298.00Zara Zip Waist Sweatpants $79.90 on sale for $29.99

NSF The Up Striped Jogger Sweatpants $195.00 on sale for $99.00Band Of Outsidrs Knit Sweatpants $355.00 on sale $109.00 for

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jon Wool-Blend Jersey Track Pants $230.00Rag & Bone Owen Sweatpants Trousers $532. on sale for $372

Wear with:

Madewell Texturemix Pullover $69.50 on sale for $59.50 SweaterJ Crew Chambrey Pocket Shirt $78.00

Urban Originals Small Crocodile Print Backpack $69.00Glamorous Hound Out Fayx Fur Sweatshirt $98.00 on sale for $68.60

Steve Madden Eccentric Slip On Sneaker $79.95Via Spiga Fabrizie Sandal $195.00

J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweatpant $298.00 // Zara Zip Waist Sweatpants $79.90 on sale for $29.99 // Band Of Outsiders Knit Sweatpants $355.00 on sale $109.00 for //Rag & Bone Owen Sweatpants Trousers $532. on sale for $372 // Marc by Marc Jacobs Jon Wool-Blend Jersey Track Pants $230.00 //  NSF The Up Striped Jogger Sweatpants $195.00 on sale for $99.00 //

Madewell Texturemix Pullover $69.50 on sale for $59.50 Sweater // J Crew Chambrey Pocket Shirt $78.00 // Glamorous Hound Out Faux Fur Sweatshirt $98.00 on sale for $68.60 // Via Spiga Fabrizie Sandal $195.00 // Steve Madden Eccentric Slip On Sneaker $79.95 // Urban Originals Small Crocodile Print Backpack $69.00

Top photos: Isabel Marant F/W 2015, Band Of Outsiders F/W 2015, Michael Kors F/W 2015

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One Off My Favorite 4 Letter Words

 

Reed Krakoff Ribbed Wool & Silk Blend Sweater $1395.00 on say for $418.50 plus 20%Reece Hudson Phoenix Small Duffel $825.00 on sale for $319.00

Alexander McQueen Perforated Studded Leather Ankle Boots $1280.00 on sale for $640.00 extra 20% off at checkout Rebecca Minkoff Sam Coat $598.00 on sale for$299

DSquared2 Knit Dress $931.64 On sale for $279.49 Extra 20% offHelmet Lang Leather Moto Pants $1295.00 on sale for $519.00 extra 50%

Thakoon Addition Silk Crepe De Chine Jumpsuit $590.00 on sale for $236.00 plus extra 20% offIsabel Marant Carley Printed Silk Georgette Top $1175.00 on sale for $705.00 Ruched Skirt $ 585.00 on sale for $351.00

Iro Shearling Trimmed Cidji Coat $1540 on sale for $919.00 extra 50% offNarciso Rodriguez Carolyn Cutout Ankle Boots $995.00 on sale for $399.00

One of my favorite four letter words…..sale! (I’ll keep the others to myself.) Sales are everywhere now, and with big time savings. Many e-commerce sites are offering extra discounts at check out making for awesome UBER deals!

I’d like to tell you my stellar standouts, but that is all of them!

What are you waiting for? Go shopping!

(Jill, this is for you. xo)

Reed Krakoff Ribbed Wool & Silk Blend Sweater $1395.00 on say for $418.50 plus extra 20% off // Reece Hudson Phoenix Small Duffel $825.00 on sale for $319.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Sam Coat $598.00 on sale for$299 // Helmet Lang Leather Moto Pants $1295.00 on sale for $519.00 extra 50% off at Register  // Isabel Marant Carley Printed Silk Georgette Top $1175.00 on sale for $705.00 Ruched Skirt $ 585.00 on sale for $351.00 // Narciso Rodriguez Carolyn Cutout Ankle Boots $995.00 on sale for $399.00 // Iro Shearling Trimmed Cidji Coat $1540 on sale for $919.00 extra 50% off // Thakoon Addition Silk Crepe De Chine Jumpsuit $590.00 on sale for $236.00 plus extra 20% off // DSquared2 Knit Dress $931.64 On sale for $279.49 Extra 25% off with code Designer25 // Alexander McQueen Perforated Studded Leather Ankle Boots $1280.00 on sale for $640.00 extra 20% off at checkout

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Martin Luther King Day Of Service

MLK Day Of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Day today I like to heed MLK’s legacy and give back to others. I always choose my girlfriend’s non-profit Children’s Lifesaving Foundation – I clean out my closet and donate items to them which they in turn give to a family in need.

Splurge on yourself today – it feels soooo good to give back!!

Here are some other ideas to do today:

Send A Letter Or Care Package To The Military

Writing a letter or sending a package of goodies to a member of the military is a fun and unique way to say thank-you for serving our country.

Visit ourmilitary.mil/care-packages for more details.

Volunteer At Your Local Mission

Your local mission has several ways for you to volunteer. Whether you donate items they need, help sort donations, or feed the hungry — a couple hours of your time can make a big difference. Los Angeles Mission

Donate Books To Your Library

Have a stack of books you’ve already read? Drop them off at any one of  your favorite libraries, so someone else can dive into a literary adventure.

Give Blood

If you’re not already in the habit of giving blood, MLK Day is a great time to start. Contact the American Red Cross and help save a life.

Share Your Dessert

Bring a smile to someone’s face at a senior center, hospital or veteran’s club today by bringing them your favorite sweet and a smile.

Pay It Forward

Helping Orphans Worldwide (HOW) is committed to providing hope, health and education to children and adults living in poverty in deprived countries. The Pay-it-Forward Cow Program provides livestock (cows) to women of impoverished families, to help train these families to become “livestock farmers” and primarily to provide them with the tools they need to have a sustainable means of income.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Campaigns

Ondria Hardin For Jimmy Choo

Ondria Hardin For Jimmy Choo Photographed By Steven Klein

Sasha Pivovarova For Balenciaga

Sasha Pivovarova For Balenciaga Photographed By Steven Klein

Joni Mitchell For Saint Laurent

Joni Mitchell For Saint Laurent Photographed By Hedi Slimane

Spring is here!! Wait, that’s not true. It is not officially spring until March 20th, but you would never know that by looking at a fashion mag (they exist in future tense). Being a fashion and photography enthusiast I always eagerly anticipate the merging of these two creative forces upon arrival of the new season’s campaigns. Here are my favorites (so far) for Spring/Summer 2015!

Ethan Hawke For Prada

Ethan Hawke For Prada Photographed By Craig McDean

Natasha Poly For Isabel Marant

Natasha Poly For Isabel Marant Photographed By Inez Van Lamsweerde And Vinoodh Matadin

Sasha Pivovarova For Frame Denim

Sasha Pivovarova For Frame Denim Photographed By Erik Torstensson

 

 

 

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Lara Stone For Kurt Geiger Photographed By Erik Torstensson

Anna And Pat Cleveland For Lanvin

Anna And Pat Cleveland For Lanvin Photographed By Tim Walker

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Alexa Chung & AG Jeans

Alexa Chung & AG Jeans

Speaking of creative collaborations, Alexa Chung has infused her cool girl style into a collection for AG Jeans that I can’t wait to get my hands on!! The collection will be available at AG (online and in store) beginning January 20. Sign up here for email alerts.

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Styling Tips By Kristin

Street Style

The holidays are past us and the realization that there is plenty of winter weather ahead has hit home, unless you happen to live in southern California where it’s going to be 80 degrees today. But, for those of you living elsewhere you probably have come down with a whopping case of winter wardrobe blues. Ugh!! I have great antidotes to lift your mood – styling tips to add punch and a kick to your winter looks, enabling you to have a bring-it-on-attitude when facing dressing for the cold and chilly days ahead.

Add chunky boots and a simple sweatshirt to tone down this fluttery feather detailed skirt, and see how it lifts your spirits to wear (so called) night wear during the day. Add a light blue oversized coat for a vibrant pop of color, and you’re good to go.

Street Style

Colored fur (faux fur is even better) is a sure-fire way to brighten up your favorite pair of jeans, and keep yourself toasty warm. Adding a printed scarf in the same hue gives the look that extra oomph!

Pernille Teisbaek wears – Roberto Cavalli fur biker jacket, $5,898; farfetch.com; Gucci brown, red, and green silk twill rosette-print scarf, $250; profilefashion.com; Oliver Peoples Brinley 54mm square sunglasses, $335; saksfifthavenue.com; Nudie Jeans gray long john ash jeans, $180; liberty.co.uk; Jimmy Choo Arena black leather ankle boot, $850; savannahs.com; Reiss Rorie hinge detail skinny belt, $115; bloomingdales.com

Sienna Miller Street Style

Sienna Miller knows a dose of red goes a long, long way to combat winter blues, especially when paired with a mismatched beanie cap that 100% works! You gotta take risks to add panache to your everyday looks.

Sienna Miller wears Isabel Marant boots and a Mansur Gavriel bag.

Street Style

Prints and accessories can add as much pizazz to your winter look as color. Update a navy menswear inspired coat with a striped beanie and oversized bright blue mirrored sunglasses. Adding the opposite striped button down (vertical) shirt mixes up the look that much more. A warm and rich pop of camel (via a cozy and warm scarf) elevates this look to uber fantastic!

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Camille Charriere wears a non basic hue of leather pants for a lift to her cooler weather ensemble. Try a rich, warm color such as olive paired with a neutral color sweater. To add the necessary spice add a vintage printed scarf with a bit of color. Want your look to be tres chic? Try a pair of heels (if weather permits) and draping your coat on the shoulders.

Camille Charriere wears – Mango unstructured wool-blend coat, $130; mango.com; Givenchy vintage printed scarf, $267; farfetch.com; Fendi By The Way Bauletto large bag, $1,900; barneys.com; Iro skinny trousers, $1,141; farfetch.com; Kors by Michael Kors Flex pumps, $375; farfetch.com; Enfold long sleeve sweater, $301; thecorner.com

Stret Style

Maxi skirts are perfect for January winter weather. But, who says they have to dark or neutral colored. This tie-dye Rodarte silk skirt, paired with layers of tees, a sweatshirt and leather motor cycle jacket will brighten any dreary day!

Shop the looks.

River Island Faux Fur Collar Oversized Coat$180.00 on sale for $120.00Barney's New York Tie Dye Maxi Skirt $149.00 on sale for $89.00Kate Spade Saturday Red Pipeline Bucket Bag $260.00 on sale for $182.00

Milly Fil Coupe 3:4 Katie skirt $895.00 on sale for $447.99T by Alexander Wang Striped Ribbed-Knit Beanie $164.00 on sale for $49.00Daniele Allessandrini Oblong Scarf $76.00 on sale for $27.00

River Island Faux Fur Collar Oversized Coat$180.00 on sale for $120.00 // Barney’s New York Tie Dye Maxi Skirt $149.00 on sale for $89.00 // Kate Spade Saturday Red Pipeline Bucket Bag $260.00 on sale for $182.00 // Daniele Allessandrini Oblong Scarf $76.00 on sale for $27.00  // T by Alexander Wang Striped Ribbed-Knit Beanie $164.00 on sale for $49.00 // Milly Fil Coupe 3:4 Katie skirt $895.00 on sale for $447.99

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Planning The Old School Way

Julia Kostreva Gold Foil Any Year Daily Planner $32.00Filofax Saffiano Planner $54.00

Erin Condren 2015 Life Planner $75.00Poketo Agenda Planner $36.00

My Agenda Desktop Planner $43.00 on sale for $30.10

Kate Spade 17 Month Large Agenda $36.00Smythson 2015 Soho Colbalt Blue Diary $260.00

I’m a little late, some might say a lot, on choosing my 2015 daily agenda planner. I know it’s old school to keep a hand written planner, as opposed to all the technical options out there, but I much prefer writing out my schedule.

One, it helps me to remember my appointments when I actually hand write it on paper (instead of typing in to a phone, ipad etc.), and two, it is so much easier to flip through the days or weeks to come when it’s in an actual book form.

These days the selection of choices are fun, colorful and beyond limitless! Anywhere from the old-time Filofax system that’s been around forever, to Kate Spade’s 17 month weekly planner, to the My Agenda planner that gives you weekly and monthly calendars, extra spaces per day to keep track of all your commitments, extra pages to store all your important phone numbers & addresses, medical information, birthdays etc., and expense records in one handy place. Another bonus — lots of note pages for jotting down inspirations as they come to you!

I’m leaning towards a simpler agenda this year. I’m thinking the Julia Kostreva daily planner might be the one. Let me know which one you prefer in the comments!

 

Julia Kostreva Gold Foil Any Year Daily Planner $32.00 // Filofax Saffiano Planner $54.00 // Poketo Agenda Planner $36.00 // Smythson 2015 Soho Colbalt Blue Diary $260.00 // Kate Spade 17 Month Green Painterly Cheetah Large Agenda $36.00 //My Agenda Desktop Planner $43.00 on sale for $30.10 // Erin Condren 2015 Life Planner $75.00

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Best Dressed At The Globes

Emma Stone In Lanvin

Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren

Diane Kruger In Emily Wickstead

Amal Clooney In Dior

The Golden Globes, the night where some of the biggest actors from both film and television come together in what feels more like a party than your typical awards show. 1500 champagne splits were served on the red carpet — now that is my kind of start to a party! This year’s nominees and presenters were ready and eager to make a statement on the red carpet last night —and that they did. There were plenty of show stopping looks from bold shades of yellow and red (Taylor Schilling and Naomi Watts) to dazzling metallic sheens (Julianne Moore to Diane Kruger) to stunning classic black gowns (Amal Clooney to Jennifer Aniston).

A fusion of black and glimmering sparkle was one of my favorite looks of the night — Emma Stone in Lanvin. Let me know your favorite looks from the evening in the comment section.

Julianne Moore In GivenchyAmy Adams In Versace

Naomi Watts In GucciJoanne Froggatt In Marchesa

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Emma stone In Lanvin // Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren // Diane Kruger In Emily Wickstead // Amal Clooney In Dior // Julianne Moore In Givenchy // Amy Adams In Versace // Joanne Froggatt In Marchesa // Julia Goldani Telles In Carmen Marc Valvo // Maggie Gyllenhaul  In Miu Miu // Naomi Watts In Gucci

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When Will I Have My Last First?

Shiny PVC Parka Jacket $180.00Paisley Print Utility Tee $68.00

Chelsea Paris Umeki Ankle Boot $645.00 on sale for $259.00J Brand Remy High Rise Jenas $224.00

Alexander Wang Rockie Dumbo Slick Satchel $795.00Marcia Moran Lapis Earrings $138.00

Date night for cold temperatures (I feel for ya east coast and mid-west ) isn’t always the easiest. Start with the shiny PVC parka from Top Shop, the texture makes a warm and toasty coat fun. In these chilly months it’s easy to fall in a rut of wearing dark-colored hues. I’d forgotten how much I love a good paisley print. It’s a great way to add a bit of color (especially the vibrant blue), to a black ensemble.

At first I had chosen the Umeki suede ankle boot in black, but on second thought I felt it was too predictable. Adding the burgundy instead mixed up the look, and made it that much richer!

Swap out the top and pants for Oliver Bonas’s faux leather shift dress (and some tights), the earrings for Chanel’s Red Gripoif Dangles (pre-owned), add the J Crew slope cuff, and you are good to go for date #2. Or, maybe it’s a new date with a whole new gent!

Oliver Bonas Suze Short Dress $93.00 on sale for $68.00Preowned Chanel Drop Earrings $410.00J Crew Slope Cuff Bracelet $68.00

Top Shop Shiny PVC Parka Jacket $180.00 // Top Shop Paisley Print Utility Tee $68.00 // Chelsea Paris //  J Brand Remy High Rise Jenas $224.00 (alternate reality) // Marcia Moran Lapis Earrings $138.00 // Alexander Wang Rockie Dumbo Slick Satchel $795.00 // Umeki Ankle Boot $645.00 on sale for $259.00

Oliver Bonas Suze Short Dress $93.00 on sale for $68.00 // Pre-owned Chanel Drop Earrings $410.00 //J Crew Slope Cuff Bracelet $68.00

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Cushine Et Ochs Pre-Fall 2015

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Cushnie et Ochs Pre Fall 2015Cushnie et Ochs Pre Fall 2015

Cushnie et Ochs Pre Fall 2015Cushnie et Ochs Pre Fall 2015

While looking back at Cushine et Ochs Fall 2014 collection it is evident that their look has matured. The Pre-Fall 2015 vision is more refined, modern coupled with sleek and chic. The two women, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, stay true to their sexy aesthetic, holding to the body con and cut-out silhouettes that brought them into the lime light, yet the new Cushine et Ochs’ woman’s style are polished, dare I say elegant .

Cushnie and Ochs put more emphasis on knits in this collection, and it paid off–they are fantastic! As vogue.com reported, “Pencil skirts and peplum tanks featured a kind of cabling that lowered the volume on their form-fitting shapes.” The astute attention to separates also paid off, creating a collection consisting of  a strong selection of mix and match layering pieces, with lightweight crop tops, and futuristic versions of a peplum top up at the head of the list.

Influenced by their days attending private school where the duo learned to appreciate the efficiency and ease of a required uniform (witness the short flared and pleated skirts) they’ve added the science fiction flair of Luc Besson’s cult film The Fifth Element. “Leeloo has an adventure at boarding school,” said Cushnie by way of explanation.

There were also touches of the trending menswear elements fused into the collection with shirt collars on dresses and cropped tops, wool fabrics ideal for suiting (a standout with slits in the back seen above) and decorative lapels such as the set that appeared on the back of a body-con dress — one of my favorites.

Seems growing older, or at least maturing, comes with benefits of its own.

 

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Then & Now

Abbey Lee Kershaw Hugo S/S 2015

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Abbey Lee Kershaw in Hugo Boss Spring 2015 Campaign

The princesses of the baby doll-like model movement (circa 2004), Abbey Lee Kershaw and Gemma Ward, have staged a comeback after a few years hiatus to concentrate on their acting careers.

Abbey Lee Kershaw stars in the Spring 2015 advertising campaign for Hugo Boss after opening the German’s brand Spring/Summer collection preview in NYC last September.  Photographic duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot the ads for the second season in a row. The fresh and simple campaign adds a modern twist as Abbey sports a blunt blond wig while standing  robot like before a classic studio backdrop. Abbey previously fronted the Hugo Boss Fall campaign back in 2011.

Abbey Lee will be featured in the latest Mad Max installation — Mad Max: Fury Road — along side Charlize Theron and Rosie Huntington-Whitley, and is starring in present and upcoming Saint Laurent and Jill Stuart campaigns.

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Abbey Lee Kershaw Hugo Boss Fall 2011

Abbey Lee Kershaw in Hugo Boss Fall 2011 Campaign

Gemma Ward returned to the runway after a six year hiatus to open Prada’s Spring 2015 collection, striding through the sand-covered dune set in a long black duster. It was no surprise that the Australian model also stars in Muccia’s Prada Spring 2015 campaign. Ms.Ward also starred in the designers Fall 2014 Campaign.

Gemma quit fashion back in 2008 after ruling the roost between 2004 and 2008, earning $25,000 to walk the runway and fronting the first issues of Vogue China and India, to focus on her acting career. Ward appeared in films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Great Gatsby.

Ward also fronts Aussie brand Country Road’s latest Spring 2015 campaign, and stars in a short movie for the brand featuring summer life in Australia with her infant daughter. No doubt there will be plenty more acting and modeling offers in her future!

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Gemma Ward in Prada’s Spring 2015 Campaign.

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Gemma Ward in Prada’s Fall 2014 Campaign.

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