10 Dresses to Shine Bright in for New Year’s Eve

With all the craziness of the holidays and time (not to mention money) spent shopping for other people—did you forget to buy yourself something shiny? Maybe something perfect for New Year’s Eve? Fear not—FMLA is here with a dress for everyone. For buying info, visit my page on Polyvore.

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7 Worst Fashion Mistakes of 2013

There were a lot of fashion highlights in 2013 (Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, Kerry Washington in anything…) and we’ve already done a roundup of our top posts of 2013, but let’s be honest: It’s way more fun to look back on the worst fashion mistakes made this year. So, in the spirit of the new year and hopefully in the spirit of not making the same mistakes again (though, give it 10 years. If the 90s made a comeback (eesh), then so will peplum), here are the seven worst fashion mishaps of the year.

7. Rihanna for River Island

The pop singer debuted her second collection for River Island this year, and it was hideous. She may be quite beautiful, but her “designs” were more of the “Just put some leather or camo on it and call it a day” kind of effort.

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6. Denim…EVERYWHERE

Sleeveless denim jackets to denim headbands to denim purses—all places where denim should never, ever go. Or visit again.

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5. Flatforms

They’re platforms…that are flat. Say that out loud and decide if it sounds as dumb as it looks.

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4. Peplum

Peplum, you tricky minx. I started 2013 absolutely loving peplum, and my closet shows it. I have a peplum dress and at least two peplum tops. The problem is that everytime I put them on, suddenly I’ve gained 10 pounds and lost my sanity. Seriously, it throws me for a loop at how bad peplum looks and how it manages to cut you off in the worst spot possible. In conclusion, peplum on models and super skinny celebs=yes. Peplum on everyone else=no.

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3. Sheer Panels

Blurg, I’m bored just looking at this. Next.

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2. “Designer” T-Shirts

Oh, you changed Hermés to Homiés? Céline to Féline? And then you charged a buttload for it on a t-shirt? How inspired.

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1. Lady Gaga

I go back and forth about all this Lady Gaga business. On the one hand, she’s extremely talented. And she certainly isn’t afraid to take fashion risks. But at a certain point, Lady G is just dressing weird for the sake of dressing weird. It’s no longer fresh and cool; it’s reaching. You know what Gaga could do to be shocking? Sweatpants and a ponytail. And Birkenstocks. (Oh, holy goodness, I’d flippin’ love to see Gaga in some hip 90s sandals.)

Because, eh. Enough already. I think her whole out-there image thing was less grating when she was making decent music. But Artpop? Techno throwaway junk. Which is a shame, because she can play the piano like a monster. Can we rally for a Gaga acoustic show? Sweatpants mandatory.

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Celebrate the Season in Silver & Gold

Christmas parties! New Year’s parties! And a few birthdays! Don’t you love this time of year? Not just because you get to snuggle in with your friends and family for holiday cheer and yummy eggnog (well, some of us love it), but also because that means shopping. Yes, shopping for your loved ones—but it doesn’t hurt to snag yourself a new dress for the new year, now does it? For details on the items below, visit Polyvore.

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Bringing Back the Brooch

This hadn’t occurred to me until I did my daily rounds of my favorite fashion blogs, and Wendy (of Wendy’s Lookbook) popped up in this gorgeous outfit, complete with a stunning brooch. And when I say complete, I mean, it was a fine outfit before the brooch, but the addition of a small tiger accessory made it unique and powerful. Seriously, it’s gorgeous.

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{Photo courtesy of Wendy’s Lookbook}

Which makes me think—what about brooches for fall? If they’re this fabulous on a simple knit sweater, think how stunning they’ll be everywhere else! I included a few faves below, but next time you hit the flea market, keep an eye out for these gems! To purchase any of these gorgeous brooches, visit polyvore.com.

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Wrap Up in Winter Coats

It has finally grown a bit chilly in Los Angeles. Since we never seem to fully dive into winter weather here, a heavy winter coat isn’t always necessary. But who can resist—especially with these cuties that I found on Polyvore.

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How to Wear Fall 2013 Trends

Here’s the good news: You’ve got a lot (a lot) of options for choosing what trends to incorporate into your wardrobe this fall. Possibly too many? Eh, no matter. This season’s looks are so varied that you can wear multiple trends with one piece of clothing. But don’t go overboard—as fun as it is to be on trend, it’s even better to take just a little bit of trendy and then blow it up with your own style. My favorite thing to do is start small and then grow from there.

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Pictured, clockwise from left: IRO Chunky Sweater; N°21 Tartan Mini Skirt; Emilio Pucci Over-The-Knee Boots; H&M (Fake) Fur Necklace; Cambridge Classic Satchel

Fall Trend: Thigh-High Boots

After a few winters full of ankle boots, we finally get to add some drama to our wardrobe with the simple move of slipping into thigh-high boots. Be careful here: If you combine thigh high’s with a mini and a crop top, then you’ll look more go-go dancer than a chic woman of style. Pair the boots with tights, then a mini and a floppy, wide-brim hat to find a happy medium between the two. Don’t forget to include a top that fully covers your torso.
Double-Duty Trend: Leather Thigh-High Boots

Fall Trend: The Satchel

And to be more exact, Cambridge satchels. They are classic and worth the investment. Choose any color, and you’ll love it forever because though the trend may be a satchel style, a Cambridge satchel is more than a trend—it’s timeless.*
Double-Duty Trend: Emerald Green Cambridge Satchel
*No one paid me to write that. I swear, they’re just that amazing.

Fall Trend: Tartan Punk

We saw tartan become popular a few seasons ago, but this time it’s more associated with a punk trend than grunge. And you don’t need to go full-on punk—just a little bit’s enough to get the message across.
Double-Duty Trend: Tartan Punk Mini Skirt

Fall Trend: Statement Necklace

I know, I know, we’ve been wearing statement necklaces, for, like, everrr. But there’s a good reason: They look amazing! Really, I can’t stress this enough because it’s my favorite thing, to stand out with a statement necklace.
Double-Duty Trend: Fur-Covered Statement Necklace

Fall Trend: Chunky-Knit Sweater

OK, I admit that I’m throwing this in the mix because chunky knits were all over the runway for Spring/Summer 2014, but it’s winter, guys. Of course, we can wear our chunky knits a bit early.
Double-Duty Trend: Winter White Chunky-Knit Sweater

 

Creating A Unique Style with A Little Surprise

I'd love to show you a picture of my own pair, but they're fairly worn, so I think this is more helpful to show you just how gorgeous they are. Cobalt, guys!
I’d love to show you a picture of my own pair, but they’re fairly worn, so I think this is more helpful to show you just how gorgeous they are. Cobalt, guys!

I have exactly one item in my closet that I can’t live without, a pair of heels that I wear every chance I get (which is perfect because that chance doesn’t happen too often, severely limiting how quickly I can f-up these shoes): my favorite, amazing, dazzling cobalt blue-suede pumps.

I kid you not: They go with EVERYTHING. I’ve seen people give me the eyebrow when it comes to pairing these shoes with certain outfits, but once they see the result, the response is usually:

“HOLYGODTHATLOOKSAMAZEBALLSWOW.”

Well, I might be reaching with those exact words, but you get the idea.

Besides, it’s so important to have an element of surprise in whatever look you bring to the table, whether it’s an unexpected snap of color, a bright, chunky necklace (which I also love) or a wild print that no one expects—it’s what makes your style unique.

I don’t know that Dolce Vita makes this exact shoe anymore (and trust me, I’m extra careful with mine because they can’t be replaced), but you can find similar looks here and here.

Wearing White After (Before and During) Labor Day

White After (Before and During) Labor Day

Wildfox Couture White Crew Neck T-shirt $165
Sass & Bide Long-Sleeve T-shirt $220
French Connection Skirt $108
Rag & Bone White Jeans $187
Sam&Lavi Short Shorts $105
L.A.M.B. White Shoes $228
Zara Minaudiere $100
Star Jewelry Ring Set $170