A Morning Spent in Cambria

Spring is a beautiful season. Especially when you're on the central coast of California.

A few weekends ago I spent a beautiful Saturday in Cambria, a little seaside village located on the central coast.

Cambria, Calif.

If you're looking for a lovely little breakfast or brunch spot in Cambria, Calif., stop by Redwood Cafe. It's very home-y and delicious. Whatever you do, get their hash browns.

Redwood Cafe in Cambria, Calif.

By the way, ranunculus are in season! I picked up these beautiful pink flowers from Trader Joe's.


I paired a light cropped knit sweater with jeans for a simple spring look that was perfect for the breezy, sunny morning spent in Cambria.

Not sure how to wear a crop top without showing off too much skin? Yes, it's possible! Pair crop tops with high waisted pants or a high waisted skirt for a nice look that only shows off a sliver of skin. For more ideas, check out Lauren Conrad's tips on how to wear crop tops the right way.

Simple outfit for spring

Chicisms Outfit in Cambria, Calif.

Outfit Details: Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody / Cropped Sweater (similar) / Paige Denim (My favorite pair of jeans!) / Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

Happy spring! 

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Target’s Next Designer Collab Launches Sunday: Peter Pilotto for Target

Jump straight into spring fashion and make a statement with Target's latest designer collaboration: Peter Pilotto for Target.

The men behind the London-based fashion brand are Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. In December 2009, fashion brand Peter Pilotto was awarded the best emerging talent award at the British Fashion Awards.

The Peter Pilotto for Target collection will include 70 pieces, ranging from dresses and skirts, swimwear, and accessories. Most of the pieces will also cost less than $60, making the collection happily affordable.

Bold graphic prints, different silhouettes, and an explosion of complementary and contrasting colors make up the highly anticipated collection. If you ever had trouble with mixing prints, the Peter Pilotto for Target collection has got you covered. It's fun, beautiful, and bold - a perfect combo for spring fashion.

Peter Pilotto for Target will be available in Target stores (in the U.S. and Canada) on Sunday, February 9. You can also shop it online at Target.com and Net-a-Porter.com starting Sunday. Net-a-Porter will carry a curated assortment of the collection.

Peter Pilotto for Target Lookbook

Peter Pilotto for Target Lookbook

Peter Pilotto for Target Lookbook

Peter Pilotto for Target Lookbook


All photos courtesy of Target

Take a look at the full lookbook on Fashionista.com.

What are you planning to get your hands on when the Peter Pilotto for Target collection makes its debut?

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 February 8th, 2014|Categories: Fashion, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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