Winter Layering

It's chilly - a little too chilly - in California.

Stay warm this winter while still looking ready for work with layers. Layering a button-down underneath your favorite sweater is a casual and chic way to stay warm.

Work Outfit

Work Outfit

Outfit Details:
Halogen Sweater from Nordstrom (Sweaters Under $100)
Chambray Button Down from Forever 21 (similar)
BDG Jeans
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Handbag
Steve Madden Boots (similar)

Need button-down + sweater combinations for inspiration? Check out my favorite combos below:

Sweater & Button-Down Combinations

1. Anchor Print Button-Down + UO Pointelle Sweater

2. Polka Dot Sweater + Light Blue Button-Down

3. Topshop Embellished Sweater + Gap Striped Button-Down

Wishing you all happy holidays!

xx, Leila


By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 December 22nd, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Transition Your Skirts Into Winter

With winter comes cooler weather, but who said you had to tuck your skirts away?

There's no reason your skirts should be hiding in the back of your closet just because the temperature has dropped. Bring your favorite skirts back out and learn how to transition them back into your winter wardrobe with three simple ways!

Outfit Detail

1. Try Knit. Too chilly to show off your legs? Wear knit tights and your favorite pair of boots or booties with your skirt. A pair of knit tights can easily add warmth and style to your outfit.

Go simple with a classic pair of knit tights or add more to your look with patterned knit tights. Then, add a belt over your waist to cinch the outfit together. This is a simple way to cozy up and still wear that skirt you love.

Note: It hasn't exactly reached winter in California which is the reason I went tight-less with this outfit.

2. Sweaters Should Be Your Best Friend: A great skirt paired with a sweater is an incredibly simple outfit to pull together that's both chic and comfortable. Choose to tuck your sweater in (like I did) or leave it out - either way makes for a great outfit. For those extra chilly days, add a great coat to the mix.

3. Play With Textures & Styles: There is no better time to experiment with textures and styles than winter. Not only should you play with different skirt textures (wool, sequined or embroidered, leather/pleather) but try different styles. Midi skirts are a great fall trend, maxi skirts are essentials, and A-line skirts flatter every body type.

But don't limit yourself to just playing with the textures and styles of your skirt. The possibilities of an effortless look are endless. Here are a few ideas: Mix textures by wearing a chunky cable knit sweater with a leather skirt. Wear an embroidered sweater or patterned sweater with a simple midi skirt. Embrace layers on top with an A-line skirt and knit tights.

Outfit Detail


Outfit details: Polka Dot Sweater from H&M  (Similar) / Pleather Skirt from Forever21 / Necklace from Charming Charlie's /              Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 5-Zip Mini MAC / Qupid Wedges (Similar)

Now, bring your favorite skirts out that have been hiding in your closet and embrace them this winter. Play with textures and styles. Have fun with your outfit, as you always should.

What are your favorite looks for winter that incorporate a skirt? 



Photos: David Jang

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 November 17th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Beauty Review: Kiss Nail Dress

If you're looking to dress up your nails in fun prints and patterns, try Kiss Nail Dress nail strips.

Earlier this month, I received a package of leopard-print and rhinestone-sprinkled nail strips complimentary from Influenster in my Varsity VoxBox. Not totally fond of the design, I decided to give them a test-run anyway to see how they really looked on my nails and how they kept up after a week or two.

Read on for my review...

Kiss Nail Dress Strips

In stores and online, you can find Kiss Nail Dress for $6.99. The package includes 28 strips in 14 different sizes, a nail file, and a little booklet to inspire your nail look.

The great thing about these nails strips is how versatile they are. You can choose to use the full look of the nail strips (like I did), or you can use them as accents. Use only one on each hand to have an accent nail (paint your nails your favorite color, then put on a nail strip on your ring finger on each hand) or you can cut the nail strips into fun shapes and accent each of your nails for a fun look.

What I also loved about these nails strips were how easy they were to put on. There are really only two steps:

  1. Stick 'em on! These nail strips are basically stickers for your nails. You simply peel off a nail strip that best fits your nail and stick them on and smooth them out. This can be a little bit tricky because if you're not careful, you can easily get air pockets between your nails and the strips.
  2. File away. Then, to get the nail strips to perfectly fit your nail bed, you fold over the excess part of the strips. Take the file that was included in the package and file away until the excess tears off.

Kiss Nail Dress Strips

At first, I though the rhinestone/leopard print was a little too much to have on each of my fingers, but after having them on for a week, I kind of love them. Plus, they'll go well with a Halloween outfit!

My Bottom Line: I like these nail strips! I have yet to try other brands, but Kiss Nail Dress is proving to be well worth $6.99. I've had these nails strips on for about a week and they are nicely staying put. I've had no tears and no problems with the strips falling off. I'll give an update in a few days to let you know how easy (or difficult) these nail strips are to take off, so check back soon!

Have you tried nail strips, from Kiss or another brand? Let me know what you thought about them in the comments!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Other than the products I received in my Varsity VoxBox, I am not compensated in any way. The opinions in this post are honest and entirely my own.

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 October 30th, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New York Fashion Week: The Top 7 People to Follow on Instagram and Twitter

This Thursday brings in a frenzy of fashion.

On Thursday, New York Fashion Week kicks off  its first round of shows. For those of us who aren't lucky enough to attend the runway shows, we are so grateful for social media and the opportunity it brings us to stay in-the-know from the home.

To make sure you know everything that's going on during NYFW and behind-the-scenes, here's your guide for the top 7 people to follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Watch Live: 

Watch the live stream from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

YouTube has also, once again, partnered with MBFW and will live stream more than 25 shows at  youtube.com/liverunway.

The top 7  people to follow on Instagram for endless double-tapping:

  • @evachen212: Eva Chen is Lucky Magazine's editor-in-chief. But she's also an instagrammer-extraordinaire who is always snapping great photos of fashion, her killer shoes, her insane amount of beauty products, and delicious food. She never disappoints for NYFW and is a must-follow.
  • @eholmeswsjElizabeth Holmes writes for the Wall Street Journal and takes stunning scenic shots. As the style reporter, she knows great fashion and trends when she sees them.
  • @annstreetstudio: Fashion photographer Jamie Beck is behind this Instagram account and you won't regret following her. Her photos are incredibly beautiful and artistic. She provides a different look at NYFW, one that's more refined but so amazing.
  • @bergdorfs: Bergdorf Goodman's social media guru doesn't disappoint on this account. You'll see beautiful shots of the runway, behind-the-scenes, and details.
  • @rebeccaminkoff: Personally, I can't get enough of Rebecca Minkoff. I love the brand, her collections, and her Instagram. Follow for an inside look into the growing brand. (P.S. You can also add Rebecca Minkoff on Snapchat (search rebeccaminkoff) and they'll reveal spring 2014 looks on Friday, before they hit the runway!)
  • @manrepellerGet a blogger's perspective on NYFW from Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller. You'll appreciate her sense of humor and fabulous photos.
  • @intotheglossFor beauty, who better to follow than the ladies from beauty website Into The Gloss?

The 7 best people to follow on Twitter, so you can retweet and favorite all your favorite tweets from NYFW:

  • Eva Chen: She's all over Instagram, but she's also a serious tweeter. If you're not following her already, go.
  • OscarPRGirlShe's Oscar de la Renta's PR girl and tweets all things Oscar. Follow her for her comments and for an inside look into the prestigious fashion house and its serious fashion.
  • Women'sWearDailyFor the last NYFW news and commentary, you'll find it at Women's Wear Daily.
  • MBFashionWeekObviously, you should follow the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Twitter account for the latest and greatest.
  • BryanBoyFor the realest and some of the funniest tweets, follow this fashion blogger.
  • DKNY PR GIRLAliza Licht is priceless. She's DKNY's PR girl (obviously) and tweet commentary and give you a peek into the brand.
  • Karlie KlossGet the latest from the runway from this supermodel.

You can also follow the hashtags #NYFW and #MBFW for everything NYFW.

By | 2018-02-16T20:30:25+00:00 September 3rd, 2013|Categories: Fashion|Tags: |0 Comments