eat (popcorn) and be merry

I’m gonna be straight with you. I spent an undisclosed amount of time trying to think of a pun about being married to tie in with being merry-d and I just couldn’t quite get there. But who can focus on puns when there is popcorn?!

Now. If there is one thing that is a True Heather Fact it’s that I LOVE popcorn. I eat popcorn for dinner at least once a week (sorry, mom) and have not one but two popcorn machines in my home at all times. But as much as I love my trusty popcorn machines when I need an immediate popcorn fix there are just some things and some flavors it simply cannot do which is why I am so happy to be merry-d (nailed it) to Popcornopolis.

Popcorn PJS: ASOS Foxy socks: Woven Pear Popcorn: Popcornopolis

Popcorn PJS: ASOS
Foxy socks: Woven Pear
Popcorn: Popcornopolis

Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah and eight nights of presents = eight potential gifts of popcorn. If you missed out on the Festival of Lights this year don’t worry – there is still time to make someone’s Christmas and even New Year’s Eve (or if you’re me, it’s a great gift 365 days a year).

Popcorn Ornament: A birthday gift I keep out year round.

Popcorn Ornament: A birthday gift I keep out year round.

Popcornopolis 2 Gallon Tin

Popcornopolis 2 Gallon Tin

Now I know I am usually the one to be really wild with my style and take some risks but in the spirit of a classic holiday vibe, I went with classic flavors in my tin (Cheddar, Caramel, and Kettle) and you can get this exact Red Snowflake Tin here or take a look at the tons of other yummy stuff available if you are feeling more adventurous. I also really love the choose your own cones because they’re a perfect way to try each of their 23 flavors (if you haven’t tried the Zebra popcorn what are you even doing?).

Have you tried Popcornopolis yet? What are your favorite flavors? Let me know in the comments!

XO,

H

outfit of the day: parks and recreation.

Though it is a well-known fact that I love summer and being outside and sunsets and taking pictures of the sky, etc. I am not what one might consider an ‘outdoor enthusiast’. I used to be. I used to be outside constantly and would play in the sprinklers and run around in the grass and even used to enjoy camping. I know, I know – it’s hard to believe. But some of my favorite memories as a kid include going to the park, playing on a baseball team (for one (1) season including a memorable game in which I attempted to steal 2nd base and while running I tripped and fell and just as I stood up ready to cry my eyes out everyone cheered because they thought I slid to the base on purpose in a power move so I bit back the tears and took the praise), and yes, even sleeping on the ground in a tent.

August to me has always felt like the Sunday of months. It’s still nice and there’s still a little time left for fun but you know that time is running out and it feels a bit melancholy. As August slowly slips in and we start to wind down on another summer, I got to reminiscing and I decided I wanted to somehow blend the summer girl I used to be with the woman I am now. I am happy to report that today’s outfit of the day: parks and recreation finds a way to celebrate both.

Dress: ASOS Shoes: Missguided

Dress: ASOS
Shoes: Missguided

Hair tie + bathing suit match up on point.

Hair tie + bathing suit match up on point.

I love adding a bold element to my outfits year round but throwing an unexpected bright color in the mix whether it’s a hot pink bathing suit, lime green nails, bright yellow shoes, etc. is the perfect way to take your look straight to summer break. Yellow was my favorite color when I was a little girl (and actually still is to this day) so for me it was an easy decision to make this look pop with these Missguided bright yellow heels.

 

Happiest girl alive with her coloring books.

Happiest girl alive with her coloring books.

Lip: Crayola Beauty Lip and Cheek Crayon in Rose Ring: Alexis Bittar

Lip: Crayola Beauty Lip and Cheek Crayon in Rose
Ring: Alexis Bittar

Another thing that hasn’t really changed is my love of coloring. Sure, back then the subject matter was My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake and now it’s Prince or the Golden Girls or really intricate floral patterns as a way to relieve stress but the thing that still remains the same is I have stacks of coloring books. When I saw that Crayola had created a beauty line I obviously had to purchase a lip crayon immediately. This bright pink adds another fun pop of color to the overall look.

 

Future fashion blogger.

Future fashion blogger.

Shoes: Forever 21

Shoes: Forever 21

Probably the most consistent thing that has stayed with me over the years is my love of dressing up. My aunt used to send me and my sister beautiful handmade dresses that were definitely too much everything but I absolutely loved them and would often ask to ‘put on a party dress’ even if I was just sitting outside in the yard. This ASOS dress is already on the cusp of official Party Dress territory with the full tulle skirt but the big bow on the back takes it straight to my favorite place – over the top.

 

Top: Missguided Bottom: Forever 21

Top: Missguided
Bottom: Forever 21

You may have noticed in that last picture that I had a quick shoe change. This is to A. ensure I didn’t fall off that bench I was standing on and break my ankle in 4″ heels but more importantly B. to show you that there are ways to change a few details to accommodate for your comfort level without sacrificing the feel of the look you want to create. These Forever 21 mules are a much lower heel at 2″ but the color is still bright and fun and the open toe makes it even more summer ready.

Things have certainly changed over the years and yes, I now refer to summer as ‘working during hot months’ instead of the blissful three month long break it used to signify. But no matter how much time passes or what differences there are in what an ‘outdoor activity’ looks like for me now versus back then I know one thing that will never change – I will always be a summer girl.

Summer sailing.

Summer sailing.

Perfectly straight line of light in this shot: The sun

Perfectly straight line of light in this shot: The sun

What are some of your favorite summer memories? Do you have any summer traditions you still keep up? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

XOXO,

H

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Dress: Nicholas Neck tie: ASOS Mimosa: Sunset Marquis

Dress: Nicholas
Necktie: ASOS
Mimosa: Sunset Marquis

Dress: Free People Sunnies: Quay Rainbow stairs: Silverlake, CA

Dress: Free People
Sunnies: Quay
Rainbow stairs: Silverlake, CA

Dress: Christian Siriano Shoes: BCBG Lip: NYX

Dress: Christian Siriano
Shoes: BCBG
Lip: NYX

Top: WILDFOX Skirt: Zara Shoes: ASOS Sunnies: Quay

Top: WILDFOX
Skirt: Zara
Shoes: ASOS
Sunnies: Quay

Top: Lazy Oaf x Disney Jeans: ASOS Lip: Kylie Lip Kit

Top: Lazy Oaf x Disney
Jeans: ASOS
Lip: Kylie Lip Kit

Dress: For Love & Lemons

Dress: For Love & Lemons

 

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Bodysuit: Marvel Blazer: Nordstrom Pants: H&M Booties: Dolce Vita Purse: Forever 21

Bodysuit: Marvel
Blazer: Nordstrom
Pants: H&M
Booties: Dolce Vita
Purse: Forever 21

Denim: Topshop Polka Dot Bodysuit: Motel Suspenders: Chanel Booties: ASOS Necklace: Boutique Bracelets: Vintage BFF: Sabrina

Denim: Topshop
Polka Dot Bodysuit: Motel
Suspenders: Chanel
Booties: ASOS
Necklace: Boutique
Bracelets: Vintage
BFF: Sabrina

Crop fuzzy sweater: Boutique Sheer ruffle trousers: ASOS Booties: Matisse

Crop fuzzy sweater: Boutique
Sheer ruffle trousers: ASOS
Booties: Matisse

Ruffle sleeve tee: ASOS Denim: Topshop Booties: Boutique Sunnies: Quay Australia

Ruffle sleeve tee: ASOS
Denim: Topshop
Booties: Boutique
Sunnies: Quay Australia

Hat: Vintage Brandon Walsh: My First Crush

Hat: Vintage
Brandon Walsh: My First Crush

Top: Urban Outfitters Floral jumpsuit: Free People Booties: NastyGal BFF: LeighAnn

Top: Urban Outfitters
Floral jumpsuit: Free People
Booties: NastyGal
BFF: LeighAnn

Compliment socks: Yeah Bunny Hot pink loafers: Gucci

Compliment socks: Yeah Bunny
Hot pink loafers: Gucci

 

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Lip: Bite Beauty in Rhubarb

Lip: Bite Beauty in Rhubarb

Headband: ASOS

Headband: ASOS

Romper: Forever 21 Lips: Kylie Lip Kit in Spice

Romper: Forever 21
Lips: Kylie Lip Kit in Spice

Top: Blazin Glam Boutique (insta: @blazinglamboutique) Sunnies: Zero UV

Top: Blazin Glam Boutique (insta: @blazinglamboutique)
Sunnies: Zero UV

Tee: American Apparel  Cashmere joggers: Victoria's Secret

Tee: American Apparel
Cashmere joggers: Victoria’s Secret

Top: Boohoo Sunnies: Vintage

Top: Boohoo
Sunnies: Vintage

 

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outfit of the day: let it snow…elsewhere

We’re officially three days away from Santa’s big night so let’s all get into the spirit and start this post off by singing a carol together. Ready? I’ll start. I’m……dreaming…..of an 82 degree…..Christ-massss…..

…What? Were you singing it differently? ’82 degree Christmas’ might not have quite the same ring to it as the original…but it sure feels amazing!

I know for some, the only way it truly feels like the holiday season is with a blanket of snow on the ground. So let’s compromise. Today’s outfit of the day features some endless summer looks plus a few tips on transitioning your summer essentials into colder weather climates all while encompassing my permanent mood: ‘let it snow…elsewhere’.

'I don't do winter' Thermal Tee: Wildfox Polka Dot High Waist Bikini Bottoms: Victorias Secret  Sheer Wrap Skirt:  NastyGal

‘I don’t do winter’ Thermal Tee: Wildfox
Polka Dot High Waist Bikini Bottoms: Victoria’s Secret
Sheer Wrap Skirt: Nasty Gal

Let me tell you a little story about my first experience with falling snow. Keep in mind – as a kid, I have been to the snow and in the snow but we’re talking snow in California ie: it’s either fake snow or if it isn’t, the snow is already on the ground when you get up a mountain to play in it. The first time I was actually in actively falling snow was last December in Norwalk, CT. I had just bought a darling new coat and had about a 5-minute walk from my office to my hotel so I thought ‘it’s a short walk and I have this great coat, this will be fun to walk in.’ Spoiler alert – it was not fun. It was not fun at all. This California girl did not realize that the snow would be wet while it was falling and is essentially a colder and more painful rain and about 10 steps across the parking lot I had realized my coat was definitely more fashionable than functional. I was soaked, freezing, and regretting all of my life choices. Some kind woman that worked in the building took pity on me and offered me a ride across the street where I then dramatically turned up the heat all the way, took the hottest shower I could physically stand, and longingly looked at pictures of the Los Angeles sunshine for the rest of the night.

Needless to say, when I first saw this top by Wildfox I knew it was made for me.

I paired the top with high-waisted, black and white polka dot bikini bottoms from Victoria’s Secret and layered with this sheer Nasty Gal skirt because I liked how the rich burgundy color helped give the overall look a winter tone. For colder climates, you can still get away with a sheer element in your outfit but try layering it over either jeans for a fun, trendy look or a classic dress with tights combo for a more dressed up style. 

Sunnies: Vintage Lip: Bite Beauty Hair: Endless Salon

Sunnies: Vintage
Lip: Bite Beauty
Hair: Endless Salon

To bring in more of that jewel tone from the skirt, I accessorized with big vintage sunnies and some color on my lips. I love this creamy, soft lipstick by Bite Beauty because even though it has a rich color (this shade, Rhubarb, has a purple/mauve tone to it) it isn’t overwhelming and it wears like a neutral.

And of course…the shoes.

Shoes: Zara

Shoes: Zara

These shoes may have won the record for the fastest thing I’ve ever added to a cart. I can honestly say I remember getting slightly choked up when I passed them one night scrolling the Zara app and they’ve taken my breath away ever since.

From simple styles to over the top glam like the ones above, mules were huge this summer and are staying in the spotlight this fall and winter too. Try them with a pair of tights or fun socks in a bright color or different texture to transition your style into the colder months.

Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland.

I can anticipate some of your concerns re: skipping winter. An endless summer would pretty much eliminate the opportunity for playing in the snow, for example. Well…problem solved, friends! Just grab a little pool, fill it up with water and enjoy the great outdoors. Oh, you think it’s odd to fill a pool with water and sit in a field eating a candy cane? Well, no offense, but what do you think sledding is? It’s pretty much the same concept except the field is covered in frozen water instead.

If a little mid-December dip outside isn’t really your idea of fun, there is always the alternative of simply being outside to enjoy the sunshine.

Tee: Wildfox Shorts: Forever 21 Diet Coke: Heaven Sent

Tee: Wildfox
Shorts: Forever 21
Diet Coke: Heaven Sent

For this look, I stayed consistent with the same Wildfox top but changed the vibe up to something a little more fun and vintage plus included two of my favorite things: leopard print and Diet Coke.

Sunnies: Zero UV Shoes: Nordstrom

Sunnies: Zero UV
Shoes: Nordstrom

If it’s too cold for a t-shirt and shorts where you are there are other ways to bring a little endless summer into your winter wardrobe. Try a bold pair of sunnies (I am obsessed with these pearl frames from Zero UV) or a bright pair of shoes. These hot pink heels from Nordstrom are in what people typically consider a ‘summer’ color so even if you’re in a colder climate you can still bring in some summer spirit.

So. Are we on board for year-round sunshine or are you still dreaming of that White Christmas? Whatever weather you’re dreaming of and whether you’ve already lit your menorah, are counting down to Christmas, or are looking forward to any other holiday this season – at FCXO we’re wishing you a wonderful celebration full of magic, joy, and plenty of warmth where it matters most: in your heart.

XO,
H

 

outfit of the day: on the dot + DRESS GIVEAWAY

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you know what that means? Besides people eating a lot and watching sports and (hopefully) recognizing the things they are most grateful for it also means that the most wonderful time of the year is right behind it – that’s right PARTY DRESS SEASON!

Okay, okay. I know for me every season is party dress season but this is when it becomes official! There are special sections within online stores just for the occasion and so many choices and so many sales I’m getting heart palpitations just thinking about it. It’s truly the greatest time of the year for a dress connoisseur like me so what better way to kick off my favorite time than with an extra special something.

Twirl through ‘outfit of the day: on the dot’ with me and stick around until the end for details on a very special giveaway to kick off our favorite time of year.

Dress: Boutique Branded Shop via Forever 21

Dress: Boutique Branded Shop via Forever 21

There is just something so glamorous about black, white, and red together so I went for classic accents for my look here.

Feeling like a mermaid

Feeling like a mermaid

Shoes: DSW

Shoes: DSW

Lip: BITE Beauty in Sour Cherry and MAC Brick lip liner Hair: Loose waves via DryBar 'The Wrap Party' Color: Endless Salon

Lip: BITE Beauty in Sour Cherry and MAC Brick lip liner
Hair: Loose waves via DryBar ‘The Wrap Party’
Color: Endless Salon

The silhouette of the dress and the polka dot print gave it another push in the vintage direction for me but you could easily add different details for a totally different vibe. To make it a more fun versus classic type look, I’d recommend trying a bright pink lip instead of red with a mixed print heel (leopard or even floral maybe). If something more modern and smoldering is your aesthetic try a neutral lip with dramatic eyes and a nude shoe.

This dress has so many of my favorite things – big over the top details, a fitted material but one that has movement, and the perfect midi length.

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All smiles thinking about our GIVEAWAY!

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As I mentioned earlier in this post tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in America and in the spirit of giving I am excited to announce our next giveaway at FCXO headquarters. We could not think of a more appropriate giveaway during the season of celebrations than a party dress and for this one I am LITERALLY giving you the shirt…er, dress off my back. That’s right – I hope in reading this post you have fallen as in love with this dress as I did and now I’m going to pay it forward and gift it to one of you!

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Share this post via either Twitter with a retweet of this tweet or Instagram by sharing this post on your Insta with the hashtag #FXCOThankfulForDresses (don’t forget to tag me @ foxychap)

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Let me know where and/or how you plan to wear this beautiful dress. A wedding? A holiday party? How would you make it your own? You can send pictures of the accessories you’d choose, outerwear, the location, or even just a from the heart reason on why you’d love to have it. I encourage you to be creative in your entries but if you’re thinking of not entering the giveaway because you’re ‘not good’ with accessorizing, etc. – don’t let that deter you! Creativity is awesome but not the only element I’ll be looking at in choosing the winner.

Note: In order for your entry to be complete your e-mail must also have a link to your social media page that you shared this post on.

And that’s it! I can provide measurements upon request and you can also let me know your usual dress size and/or measurements (only if you’re comfortable doing so!) as this particular dress can fit I’d say a size 10 – 14 depending on your body type. Again, don’t necessarily let this deter you as I may have a few other surprises in store (along with many other sizes in dresses)!

Some misc. giveaway details: Dress was only worn once for a couple of hours and is in perfect condition. This giveaway is open to US residents only (but don’t worry international honeys, we are working on something else for you very soon!) and all submissions must be shared and received by 11:59pm PT on November 30th. Winner will be chosen December 1st and the dress will be shipped out that same day.

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving – I’m grateful for all of you today and every day!

xo,

H

ootd lite: knits out.

This weekend it hit 102 degrees in OC.

Again.

In October.

And listen. I love the sunshine. My issue with this is that its fall. Fall is the time of year that we should be cozy and drinking pumpkin flavored things and wearing knitted sweaters and scarves. Not sitting in the sun melting because it is ONE HUNDRED AND TWO DEGREES. But. This just means it’s time to get creative. Its fall and I want to wear something knit and I won’t let a little thing like global warming get me down so with the help of my friends over at Killer Queen Knits we improvise to bring you today’s ootd lite: knits out.

 

Knit bralette: Killer Queen Knits Suspender Trousers: Free People Lip: Smashbox

Knit bralette: Killer Queen Knits
Suspender Trousers: Free People
Lip: Smashbox

One way to still wear your fave knitted pieces no matter the weather? A custom-made knit bralette, of course! This beautiful piece was handmade by my friend Tara and I absolutely love everything about it from the pink flower to the corset style lace up back.

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Such lovely detail on the back!

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

I paired this sweet little top with some jelly hot pink Jeffrey Campbell mules and these amazing suspender polka dot wide leg trousers by Free People to bring a bit of fall back into the look.

It feels like things may be cooling down a bit (see: 82 degrees instead of 102) so maybe soon I’ll be able to break out the sweaters. In the meantime, I’m happy I have a way to wear my knits out anyway. 😉

XO,

H

text(ure) me: how to’s of wearing and combining texture

Velvet, metallic, satin, tweed, denim, lace, silk, wool – there are so many rich fabrics and fun textures to choose from every day that it is nearly impossible to pick just one to wear at a time. So…don’t. Don’t choose just one. By taking these individually strong materials and mixing them all together you will create a dazzling and unique look all your own. And bonus – we are in the perfect time of year to experiment since fall and winter bring about even more unique textures and thicker fabrics to add into the mix.

I know what you’re thinking. Okay, Heather, sounds great, but how. How do you pair up velvet and denim and lace and brocade and not end up with something that looks like you got dressed in the dark? With

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of course! Before we get started I want to give a quick thank you to everyone who voted on my Instagram poll this week. I was planning on doing an outfit of the day post featuring a walk around the Museum of Ice Cream (and of course my rainbow sherbet inspired tie-dye shorts) and fully expected that to win the poll but was very pleasantly surprised that the How To’s of Texture won with 58% of the vote. For those of you that did vote for the Museum of Ice Cream post don’t worry – enough of you voted that you’d like to see it that I will be posting that one up next. 🙂 If you missed the last poll but want to make your vote heard on upcoming content make sure you are following our instagram here.

Now then – let’s talk texture.

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The first thing to remember is that there is no set way to do this. Mixing textures isn’t all or nothing and doesn’t necessarily have to be your entire outfit. An easy way to start getting comfortable experimenting is with accessories and shoes.

Let’s start with jewelry:

Necklace: Boutique

Necklace: Boutique

This necklace is gorgeous and honestly an outfit in itself. It has so many rows and layers of pearls in all different lengths but it also has the actual pearls in different sizes too. This adds so much texture with just one piece and is a definite head turner.

Stone ring: Venice Beach  Bracelet: Alex & Ani

Stone ring: Venice Beach
Bracelet: Alex & Ani

Ring: Yves Saint Laurent

Ring: Yves Saint Laurent

Ring: YSL Smaller rings: Nordstrom

Ring: YSL
Smaller rings: Nordstrom

What I love about rings and bracelets is that they add a texture on their own but they are also buildable. The YSL ring (above) by itself is a statement and definitely a standalone piece but by adding the two thinner rings (one with a word and one with a different shape) it takes the texture to another level.

Below we see the same buildable effect with bracelets. Alex and Ani is a really fun way to start your buildable bracelet collection while also promoting positivity and helping some pretty awesome causes along the way too.

Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Boutique, Cotton On

Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Boutique, Cotton On

Bag: Free People Sunnies: Gentle Monster

Bag: Free People
Sunnies: Gentle Monster

Technically I’m squeezing in a bag with the jewelry here but with a bag like that can you blame me? This one-of-a-kind Free People evening bag is part jewelry, part handbag, and all texture.

Once your jewels are sorted it’s time to build on your skills by adding in handbags and shoes.

Booties: Nine West Denim Shorts: Custom Levi's Top: Nordstrom Sunnies: Nordstrom Bag: Forever 21

Booties: Nine West
Denim Shorts: Custom Levi’s
Top: Nordstrom
Sunnies: Nordstrom
Bag: Forever 21

The outfit above is a perfect way to introduce a textured piece into a normal, casual look. I paired some custom distressed Levis denim cutoff shorts with a pineapple button up from Nordstrom with these Nine West gold suede booties. The look is still casual but with the color and also the suede composition of the booties it gives it a little something unexpected.

Dress: Zara Denim Booties: ASOS

Dress: Zara
Denim Booties: ASOS

Here we are taking two textures with the cotton in the dress and the denim booties and you can see that the red in the patches on the booties help tie it back to the red striped design on the dress. The color rule is actually rule number two so we’ll get more in-depth in that in just a minute.

Shoes: Forever 21

Suede Mules: Forever 21

Pink loafers: Gucci Socks: New Look

Pink loafers: Gucci
Striped Socks: New Look

Another great way to build on texture is with socks. The structured, masculine look of the Gucci loafers contradict with the sheer, slightly shimmery, feminine look of these New Look socks for a fun and different style.

If socks aren’t your thing you can also do this same type of thing with your purse and your shoes instead.

Booties: ASOS Bag: Badgley Mischka

Booties: ASOS
Bag: Badgley Mischka

Booties: ASOS Clutch: Nordstrom

Booties: ASOS
Clutch: Nordstrom

Again, I really love mixing more structured pieces with over the top feminine details so when choosing shoes to wear with the tribal clutch above I went with these black sparkly glitter booties from ASOS.

 

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So. Now you’re ready to move on from accessories to mixing textures in your outfit but you don’t know where to start. The secret to keeping your look streamlined while going wild with texture is to select pieces in the same color family.

Skirt: Etsy Booties: Zara Sunnies: Tom Ford

Skirt: Etsy
Booties: Zara
Sunnies: Tom Ford

This outfit above has a lot of different kinds of materials going on – cotton, tulle, glitter, and leather. But it works because of the symmetry of black and grey in each piece and throughout the look as a whole.

Here’s another example of each piece having a different texture but the color tying it all together. It’s a little tough to see in this picture but the flower choker is black as well though the flower itself is a dusty blue to give an added pop of color.

Bodysuit: Boutique Pants: Boutique  Shoes: Zappos

Bodysuit: Boutique
Pants: Boutique
Shoes: Zappos

The hot pink dress here also uses color but instead of having the actual clothing pieces be the various textures, I have the accessories instead. These all tie together as they are all gold tone with a black element to them even though each piece is made of a different metal.

Sunnies: Chanel Dress: ASOS Necklace: Stella & Dot Shoes: Zara

Sunnies: Chanel
Dress: ASOS
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Shoes: Zara

By now I know you all know I don’t wear a ton of black so let’s get to a little more advanced stage of texture mixing and add in some bold colors and some mixing prints at the same time. I won’t focus too heavily on the mixing prints aspect in this particular post as I have had some requests for that very subject and will be doing a future post entirely on that but one thing to note is when you are mixing prints and textures, the safest thing to do is stick to the color rule throughout.

Let’s look at the picture below:

Pants: ASOS Socks: Kate Spade Sunnies: Forever 21

Pants: ASOS
Socks: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Forever 21

To answer your first question, yes that is the middle of the street and yes I am having a quick zen moment. Now at second glance, you can see the following pieces: Rainbow sunnies, a Spice Girls graphic tee, jersey tapered pants, rainbow striped socks, and gold booties. Writing it down like that it seems like this shouldn’t work and the combination sounds kinda out there. But the reason it does work is because of the color rule. The rainbow sunnies tie into the rainbow stripes of the socks and in the rainbow stripes we have some red. The red stripes flow with the red of the pants which then lead into the top where – you guessed it – we have lots of red but also lots of other colors which takes us back to the rainbow detail.

This same logic applies with the 4th of July look here (which you may remember from this post) where red is again our anchor color but the bathing suit and sunnies also have a red, white, and blue combined aspect to them too. To take it a step further (and to break up the red) I went for an unexpected dark blue TooFaced matte lip.

Bathing suit: Forever 21 Sunnies: H&M Headband: Boutique Skirt: Zara

Bathing suit: Forever 21
Sunnies: H&M
Headband: Boutique
Skirt: Zara

The next step in our texture lesson would be to take your mixed textures and get a little bolder by expanding on the color rule a little bit. In the previous outfits we’ve had one specific color as our anchor but now let’s see what happens when you bring in other tones in the same color family too.

Sunnies: Gentle Monster Top: Lazy Oaf x Disney Jeans: ASOS

Sunnies: Gentle Monster
Top: Lazy Oaf x Disney
Jeans: ASOS

Museum of Ice Cream Sprinkle Pool

Museum of Ice Cream Sprinkle Pool

We’ve got denim, velvet, cotton, lace, and leather for fabrics plus ruffles plus embroidery plus bows (and that’s not even including those sunnies). Whew that is quite the mouthful! So why does it work? The denim serves as a neutral base in this case and the red velvet texture of the bows give the jeans a romantic feel. We are keeping with the romantic theme with the ruffle detail and with the lace of the top and also introducing another hue of the red color spectrum with the pink tone and the red lipstick brings back the red of the velvet bows.

The below is another take on this idea with the same pants but different shoes, accessories, and a different top though still sticking to pink to keep it in that same tone. I also added in a bit of green and also lavender with the purse thus breaking the rule I just explained entirely but that is because when I am told I can’t have something or not to do something I, of course, immediately have to have it and/or do it. But that, my friends,  is a story for another day.

Sweater: WILDFOX Jeans: ASOS Shoes: Urban Outfitters Clutch: Valentino Sunnies: Boutique

Sweater: WILDFOX
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Clutch: Valentino
Sunnies: Boutique

 

RULETHREE

So. You’ve mastered accessories. You’re confident with color. Now it’s time to further define your texture technique and learn how to combine different categories of textures to change the tone of your outfit. Let’s break it down with a few equations: 

Equations

The first equation is pretty simple and something you’ve probably already mastered in your day to day without even realizing it’s a form of combining textures. Casual + Casual = Casual. Below are a few examples of different textures including denim, cotton, knits, etc. to create laid-back looks. You’ll see a lot of rule one applied here with a focus on the shoes especially.

Keeping it casual all around

Keeping it casual all around

DeLuxe

The second part of the equation might seem a little trickier but the key to wearing a rich texture and still maintaining a casual look is by mixing a very casual piece with a very opulent piece.

Below is something I wore on a flight and two of the three pieces are literally a t-shirt and sweats. Pretty much as casual as you can get. But by simply throwing on a faux fur coat in a deep green (which was also a way to save suitcase space) it instantly took the look from ‘I just woke up from a nap” to “Heather goes Hollywood”.

Faux Fur Coat: New Look T-Shirt: One Direction Joggers: H&M Booties: Forever 21 Sunnies: Quay x Desi

Faux Fur Coat: New Look
T-Shirt: One Direction
Joggers: H&M
Booties: Forever 21
Sunnies: Quay x Desi

The same idea applies to this look. A regular pair of denim shorts got a Casual (de)Luxe upgrade by pairing them with sheer knee-high tights and a cashmere sweater.

Sweater: Nordstrom Denim shorts: ASOS Tights: Wolford Purse: Marc Jacobs Sunnies: Boutique  Necklace: Chanel

Sweater: Nordstrom
Denim shorts: ASOS
Tights: Wolford
Purse: Topshop
Sunnies: Boutique
Necklace: Chanel

Here are just a few more ways to achieve the Casual (de)Luxe style:

C + L = C (d)L

C + L = C (d)L

Luxe

This leads us to our last equation and the formula here basically takes it up to full scale glamour. To acheive this look (which is great for holiday parties this season by the way!) stick to combining luxe fabrics entirely such as leather, velvet, fur, silk and metallics.

In the below look I followed this formula almost exactly and mixed velvet, leather, and metallic sequins and then added in an overlayer with the green faux fur coat again to really take the opulence over the top.

Bodysuit: Nordstrom Pants: Free People

Bodysuit: Nordstrom
Pants: Free People

Faux Fur Coat: New Look

Faux Fur Coat: New Look

This American Music Awards outfit was one that used both the luxe + luxe equation as well as applied principles of the color rule with the gold and black metallic accessories and sequin dress.

Dress: River Island Belt: Patricia Field Booties: ASOS

Dress: River Island
Belt: Patricia Field
Booties: ASOS

Earrings: Boutique

Earrings: Boutique

You can also keep these luxe looks ‘simple’ by keeping the accessories to a minimum and just sticking with pairing two luxe textures. Adding in an element of fur makes this one really easy as it often serves as an actual piece of your outfit and an accessory all in one.

Faux Fur Coat: ASOS Gold Jumpsuit: ASTR Shoes: Zappos

Faux Fur Coat: ASOS
Gold Jumpsuit: ASTR
Shoes: Zappos

Gown: ASOS Fur Stole: Nordstrom  Shoes: River Island  Purse: Free People

Gown: ASOS
Fur Stole: Nordstrom
Shoes: River Island
Purse: Free People

And sometimes you luck out and designers make this a total no-brainer altogether by offering up pieces that come pre texture mixed such as the dress below. The neckline was made up of a beautiful and elaborate design while the body of the dress was a printed bodycon silhouette in a totally different structure. With pieces like this you really don’t need jewelry either so this was pretty much zip up the dress, throw on some nude heels, and voila you’re done.

Dress: Dorothy Perkins

Dress: Dorothy Perkins

 

RULEFOUR

I know, I know. You’ve just read through this entire post of pictures and rules and here you are feeling like you’re ready to go out and master the how to’s of texture and then here I am to throw this curveball.

giphy-downsized

But! And this is a big but (heh) – this rule is just as important as the others above. It may even be THE most important. I love to give tips and tricks on current trends or taking risks because I want you guys to feel as confident as I do with the things you want to wear. Honestly the biggest key to pulling off some of the more daring (or what I’m sure others may call ridiculous) styles I have tried is simply having the confidence to wear it and wear it proudly. But it’s really important to keep in mind that your fashion choices are all about you, your comfort level, and what you are feeling or not feeling. If you have an idea on mixing some textures that you just aren’t sure about and it doesn’t fit into the rules above but YOU feel like it might work? Go for it anyway. Take the risk and trust yourself that you can and are pulling it off. If you decide it wasn’t your favorite? That’s okay. You don’t have to wear it ever again. But some days you need to just do whatever you want and wear what YOU decide is going to make you feel like your best self.

When I was about 11 or 12 I had just gotten ready to run some errands with my mom. I was wearing a ribbed knit navy blue t-shirt with stripes, a jersey maxi skirt in cobalt blue, a dark blue suede jacket that was actually hers that hit mid-thigh on me at the time, and sneakers in yet another blue tone. I had so much texture going on, every shade of blue in the spectrum, and with no rhyme or reason but young me was feeling it. I remember my mom looked at me, did a double take, and I held my breath because I was so proud of my outfit but I knew whatever her opinion was would make or break how I felt in the end. She must have seen that in my face because she just smiled and asked ‘Are you ready to go?’. She didn’t laugh at me, she didn’t say that my outfit was ridiculous (which looking back I can admit it probably was), she didn’t demand I change or even ask why I was wearing her jacket. She just asked if I was ready to go. And I can remember all of these details so vividly because it was a turning point for me – her allowing me the decision to wear what I wanted and going out in public with me while holding back any negative commentary made me feel a confidence that I hadn’t known before and I remember walking around Target with her feeling like I just won the lottery in my ridiculous little blue outfit.

Basically just remember this: Keep the FCXO Four Fabric Fundamentals in mind when you are experimenting and trying out your new ideas but also give yourself a chance to have your blue outfit moment. I promise you won’t regret it.

XO,

H

weather or not (or: tips and tricks on this seasons’ outerwear trends)

Breaking news – Fall has officially begun. Allegedly. I say allegedly because here in Los Angeles it is 80 degrees as per and the dress code is the same as it was in summer BUT. According to the calendar or scientists or Oprah or whoever determined what period of time seasons are – Fall is here. The good news is there are lots of ways to take your closet from summer to fall with an array of options for outerwear this season all the way from ‘ac is still cranked get the hell away from me with a layer’ to ‘leaves actually change colors a couple months a year here’ to ‘are we actually that hungry do we need to leave the house and freeze to death’ and all the in-betweens. The best news? I’m here to help you navigate through all of them.

hit the neck

Let’s start off simple and with our lightest layer of all – the scarf. You can do something simple like a neck accessory, a little more substantial like a full scarf, or go full glam with a fur stole but either way, all we’re doing here is adding a little fall essence with not a whole lot of the warmth.

A garden party on your neck

A garden party on your neck

Sunnies: Gentle Monster Scarf: H&M T-Shirt: Calvin Klein Jeans: ASOS Belt: Betsey Johnson Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Sunnies: Gentle Monster
Scarf: H&M
T-Shirt: Calvin Klein
Jeans: ASOS
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

One of my favorite things about a small little necktie like this is that most I have seen are in fun prints or vibrant colors which makes it a great way to ease into trying mixed prints if you are a little nervous to jump right in. Fabrics range from cotton to silk and are pretty inexpensive overall but add a big punch of style for such a small accessory.

Scarf: Custom

Scarf: Custom

It’s pretty impossible to picture fall and not picture a scarf somewhere in the mix and, like above, they come in a huge range of fabrics, weights, prints, etc. so you can really make these stand out as much or as little as you want. If you are in a warmer climate or one with humidity, go for the lightweight styles in silk (above) or cotton and for the colder areas wool and warmer materials will be your best fashion friend.

For even more coverage of your neck and shoulders, try going bold with a stole. This look is so vintage and you can make it full on glamour or go more of a 70’s street style depending on how you pair the rest of your look with it.

Scarf in hair: H&M Ring: Boutique Sweater & Pants: WILDFOX Sunnies: Gentle Monster

Scarf in hair: H&M
Ring: Boutique
Sweater & Pants: WILDFOX
Sunnies: Gentle Monster

Stole: Vintage Dress: ASOS Clutch: Free People Lip: Kylie Lip Kit in MARY JO K

Stole: Vintage
Dress: ASOS
Clutch: Free People

Hair: Nentini's Haus of Beauty  Find her at

Hair: Style by Nentini’s Haus of Beauty (ig: nentini_)

 

vest

Up next we’re moving into something we actually put our arms into but staying sleeveless (wow that was quite the mouthful to say vest, wasn’t it?). Let’s take a closer look at three different styles and lengths of what I mean with the end result all being similar to before – a touch of fall style without the added layer of warmth. Wear your vest with a short sleeve top underneath or no top underneath if you’re feeling adventurous for the warmer climates or if temperatures are already dropping where you are, use it as a layer over a long sleeve sweater or dress with tights/leggings.

Sunnies: Gentle Monster Scarf: H&M T-Shirt: Calvin Klein Jeans: ASOS Belt: Betsey Johnson Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Sunnies: Gentle Monster
Scarf: H&M
T-Shirt: Calvin Klein
Jeans: ASOS
Belt: Betsey Johnson
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Dress: Nordstrom Coat: Fendi Shoes: Mattise Bracelets: Alex & Ani Clutch: ASOS

Dress: Nordstrom
Coat: Fendi
Shoes: Matisse Footwear x Free People
Clutch: ASOS

This Fendi piece was a diamond find on my last visit to NYC and I absolutely love it now just as much as I did at first sight. It’s actually technically billed as a sleeveless coat minus the little puffs of fur on the shoulders but for our purposes here today we are grouping it in with the vests since it is that same feel. As you can see though – from Target to Fendi there are so many different styles of these longer versions and ways to wear it from casual to formal so find your comfort level and run with it.

Sunnies: Quay T-Shirt: Zara Skirt: New Look Shoes: Steve Madden Vest: Vintage

Sunnies: Quay
T-Shirt: Zara
Skirt: New Look
Shoes: Steve Madden
Vest: Vintage

You can also go traditional with a menswear-inspired vest. I found this bingo print one at a thrift shop and had to get it since it reminded me so much of growing up with my Grandma Madeleine and playing countless games with her and her friends at the senior club. There are millions of fun prints of vests everywhere or there are lots of subtle and solid designs too so again, make this look your own and go with what feels good.

 

bomber

Moving right along, let’s throw some sleeves on now and start with one of my favorite styles – the bomber jacket. These were huge last year and have made a triumphant return this fall as well and there are styles in leather, suede, nylon, you name it from the classic Members Only style to full on embroidered sleeves.

Wear your heart on your sleeve...or something

Wear your heart on your sleeve…or something

What I really like about them is that they bring a little bit of casual edge to your look. Take for example the outfit below. It was taken on my birthday last year so naturally I went with a full gold satin dress by Topshop with Betsey Johnson red tulle heels. This look is clearly on the more dressed up side of things but by just adding this custom FXCO bomber jacket (thank you LA loves London) it dressed it down a bit but in a way that still worked for a fun night out.

Jacket: Custom Dress: Topshop Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Jacket: Custom
Dress: Topshop
Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Here’s another way that a bomber jacket helped bring a superhero style back down to earth a bit. By throwing it on over these amazing gold H&M pants I gave my main man Tony Stark a FCXO makeover at a superhero-themed client dress up party. And before you ask, yes I did have these pants prior to the party and no, I did not purchase them as a costume piece. Pro tip: When you see a perfect cut of gold pants in your exact size you do not hesitate.

Jacket: Marvel Pants: H&M Shoes: Zara

Jacket: Marvel
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Zara

There are also versions of the bomber style that help dress up a look if that’s what you’re trying for such as this satin embroidered “Mermaid” version by Valfre. It took an otherwise super casual look of ripped up denim shorts and a t-shirt to another level with just adding one layer.

Jacket: Valfre Shorts: Custom Boots: Forever 21

Jacket: Valfre
Shorts: Custom
Boots: Forever 21

There are so many styles it can be overwhelming to know where to start sometimes. Here’s what I recommend – Take a look at your staple pieces for the season and think to yourself do you find yourself wanting to dress up or dress down your looks? Are you wanting to take your style to another level or take it down to a more casual look? From there you’ll know where to start at least with the material to start keeping an eye out for and keep in mind the more detail on the jacket the more attention it will (rightfully) draw to you.

 

LIGHT LAYER

We’re moving into colder weather outfits now and the next level is a light layer. A few of my favorite ways to achieve this beyond the typical cardigan or blazer are a blanket sweater, a textured cardigan, or a denim jacket.

Sweater: ASOS T-Shirt: Vintage Sunnies: Tom Ford

Sweater: ASOS
T-Shirt: Vintage
Sunnies: Tom Ford

Nothing is cozier than a blanket sweater and they’re usually in fun prints and colors so they add a fun vibe to your look right away. One thing to note is there isn’t really a way to dress these up too much so it’s best to stick to casual days when wearing these pieces.

Fringe sweater: Forever 21 Bodysuit: Luna Boutique Bralette: Free People Jeans: ASOS Booties: Forever 21 Necklace: Free People Sunnies: Quay

Fringe sweater: Forever 21
Bodysuit: Luna Boutique
Bralette: Free People
Jeans: ASOS
Booties: Forever 21
Necklace: Free People
Sunnies: Quay

One fun spin on a cardigan is something like this fringe number. It adds texture and takes your outfit over the top right away and is another type of style you can dress up or down depending on how you wear it. In the outfit above, I wanted the look to be a little edgier which can be tough since this piece adds an automatic romantic element so I paired it with a layered necklace, a very deep v-neck bodysuit, an eye-catching bralette, and ripped jeans to achieve that vibe.

The look below I let my hair air dry for natural curls and went with a more understated look with soft tones for makeup to play up the romantic side of it. The great thing about most outerlayer pieces is that you have the flexibility to really make them fit with your own tone and style and simple changes like this make a dramatic impact overall.

Lips: Marc Jacobs

Lips: Marc Jacobs

You may recognize this amazing Laser Kitten patch from this post and for good reason. Customized denim is one of my favorite looks for this season and one of the easiest ways to show your personality with little effort. Denim is so easy to apply patches to and if you can’t find a patch that you like or that suits you you can still show who you are with pins. There are thousands and thousands of styles of pins available all over the place (Etsy has really great obscure ones!) and with just one or two you can make a statement on who you are while also keeping warm and staying on trend.

Jacket: Pull & Bear Patch: Laser Kitten

Jacket: Pull & Bear
Patch: Laser Kitten

Iron Man: Disney Love: Urban Outfitters Mercury Retrograde: Gift Harry Styles: MillyPins Peach: Etsy

Iron Man: Disney
Love: Urban Outfitters
Mercury Retrograde: Gift
Harry Styles: MillyPins
Peach: Etsy

 

LAYER

We’re nearing the end of our trip through outerwear and getting into the more substantial type of coats now. A classic style is of course the trench coat and now more than ever there are so many different styles and even levels of warmth for these.

This one was a bit thicker and was perfect for a trip to NYC in December (by perfect I mean I was only shivering a little bit wearing a t-shirt underneath):

Coat: Zara Sunnies: Gentle Monster

Coat: Zara
Sunnies: Gentle Monster

While this one by Topshop is really light and thin and perfect for the breeze in LA.

Coat: Topshop T-shirt: Zara Jeans: ASOS Mules: ASOS Necklace: Chanel Sunnies: Quay

Coat: Topshop
T-shirt: Zara
Jeans: ASOS
Mules: ASOS
Necklace: Chanel
Sunnies: Quay

If a trench style isn’t your thing, there is always my favorite option – a (faux) fur really over the top style that is as warm as it is fashionable.

Coat: New Look Bodysuit: Nordstrom Pants: Free People Ring: Vintage

Coat: New Look
Bodysuit: Nordstrom
Pants: Free People
Ring: Vintage

Some may think that when wearing an emerald green fur coat you should maybe keep the rest of your look on the subtle side but some people would not be me. I went the complete opposite to that line of thinking with sequin rose gold pants from Free People and a velvet bodysuit. FCXO will be focusing on textures and how to combine them especially this season in a coming very soon future post so we will save that discussion for later but the moral of the story here is don’t be afraid to do something unexpected and different. You can definitely have more than one bold element at a time for your look and when in doubt, just remember there’s a good chance no matter how extra you think your outfit is, mine is even more over the top.

Aside from the green fur coat above, I have of course my ‘regular’ faux fur coat as well that I try to incorporate in as many outfits as physically possible when it is cold enough to wear it. Below are just a couple ways I’ve taken her out on the town.

Lip: MAC

Lip: St. Germaine/MAC

Faux Fur Coat: ASOS T-Shirt: Kitson Shorts: H&M Garter Leggings: Etsy Booties: TBD

Faux Fur Coat: ASOS
T-Shirt: Kitson
Shorts: H&M
Garter Leggings: Etsy
Booties: TBD

Then, of course, we have true ‘oh wow it’s really cold and wtf is that snow?!’ type of weather that I found myself in last year in Norwalk, CT. I made this purchase at Target almost immediately following the trip before this one when the LA girl thought to herself ‘it’s just snowing a little bit, I can walk that 5 minutes to the hotel no problem’ not quite realizing that snow is, in fact, wet when it hits a subject. The subject being me. I made it halfway through the parking lot before I was soaking wet and shivering in my flimsy little blazer, regretting my life choices, and adding a weather resistant warm coat to my shopping list.

Coat: Target Dress: Zara Booties: Forever 21

Coat: Target
Dress: Zara
Booties: Forever 21

And imagine my (pleasant) surprise to see that even when dressing appropriately for the weather I was still able to have a little faux fur in the mix. 🙂

It’s a bit silly how one of the last posts I made here was about transitioning seasons from winter to spring and now here we are transitioning from summer into fall. On a personal note, here’s whats been going on the last 6 months: Trips to Arizona, New York, Denver, LA x 38401850235 times, lots of health issues and figuring out how to move forward with an incurable illness I’ll unfortunately have to deal with the rest of my life that is made worse with stress, a horrific allergic reaction to medication that was supposed to help make said illness a little manageable, my current company merged with our sister company and I’m essentially at a brand new company (again) so there’s been a bit of a learning curve there plus I started a second job in August as an official stylist! Needless to say 2017 has been a busy year for me. But just like trees lose their leaves this time of year and make way for new growth I’m moving into a new season of my own and making some decisions to put myself first in a way that I have never done before. I’m going to learn to say ‘no’ more, I’m going to put my health plus eating and sleeping regularly at the top of my priority list, and I’m going to (sadly) have to let the stylist job go for now.

One thing I let fall away (again) was updating this blog regularly and in making some of the other changes I am really hopeful that this space is one that will experience lots of new growth. As many of you who have been around since the beginning of FCXO know, I originally started this blog as a way to do something that made me feel good again after losing both my mom and grandma so close to each other and it turned into a way to make me feel close to them somewhere along the line. So Mitch and GT, once my cheerleaders and now my angels, this post (like every post before it) is for you.

XO,

H

ootd lite: head in the clouds.

The definition of having your head in the clouds is to be impractical, to be fanciful and unreal. There is a negative connotation to that but I think sometimes it’s those of us who don’t mind being a little fanciful and impractical ‘in the clouds’ that come up with ideas and do things that no one else thinks of back down on the ground.

Today’s OOTD Lite is in honor of my fellow cloud dwellers. Cheers to making those imaginative and ‘unrealistic’ dreams a reality!

Bomber jacket: Custom from LA Loves London Top: Reclaimed Vintage Dress: H&M Booties: ASOS

Bomber jacket: Custom from LA Loves London
Top: Reclaimed Vintage
Dress: H&M
Booties: ASOS

Booties: ASOS Clutch: Nordstrom

Booties: ASOS
Clutch: Nordstrom

What better way to land back down to earth than with a pair of glittery star booties – the perfect accessory for this all black ensemble.

xoxo,

H

 

 

ootd lite: between seasons.

Here in Los Angeles we are in a weird between seasons limbo. It’s 85 degrees one day but with winds strong enough to put a damper on spring and summer style or it’s 55 degrees with a little chill in the air but super sunny and gorgeous. These in between season days are tough to dress for and today’s ootd: lite post is all about finding the balance.

Between seasons.

Dress: ASOS
Socks: adidas
Booties: Forever 21
Purse: Vintage Gucci
Necklace: Free People
Sunnies: miu miu

The look here is the best of both worlds – the ASOS dress is long sleeved sweatshirt material and the high cut of the adidas socks help keep your tootsies warm but a little bare leg and a loose fit to the dress keep the overall look from being too wintery and warm. I went with some half lens miu miu sunnies, a multi-chain necklace by Free People and a neutral vintage Gucci clutch to keep the accessories neutral in tone and nice and light to inspire some ‘spring is coming (but she’s not quite here yet)’ vibes.

xoxo,

H