fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am 26 years old, born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I grew up with a strong sense of my own style and never liked to follow the style “rules.” If my mom said, wear pink and a dress, I wanted to wear jean shorts and a t-shirt and make my own clothes. I was lucky enough to travel a good amount growing up and always brought back inspiration from wherever I went. From there, I lived my life like any Southern California girl – going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Fashion just felt like the next natural step for me as a career when I grew up. With a marketing and styling background, Style by the People was my creative outlet and personal way to merge my two careers and start a passion project, which I’ve been lucky to turn into a career.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Olivia Palermo, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s closet. Oops…that’s three

What style rule do you always follow?
For me, there are no rules which is why style is endless and hard to define. I guess my rule is to be you no matter what trend you’re wearing.

What is your favorite quote?
“Just Do It” — Nike

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What inspired your blog?
I had always thought about starting a blog since I was 17 and was told I should because people always loved my personal style and wanted to see what I was wearing growing up, but I was nervous to put myself out there and do it. Years later, I was bored at work and wasn’t feeling inspired and wanted to merge what I loved, which is style, traveling, and lifestyle, with my experience, which was marketing and styling. I decided I had nothing to lose and just put myself out there.

Three things that are always in your purse?
Chapstick (at least one), Clean & Clear Oil Blotters (no one likes a shiny face), and a hairband.

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
Everywhere. There isn’t one place. Sometimes it’s from being in a store, sometimes it’s on a walk, other times it’s from seeing someone else online.

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Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
Push the limits.

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is more about the why. Yes, it is superficial as to what you are putting on your body, but it is a way of expressing yourself and why you chose that design.

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Authenticity. It’s easy to let money, politics, and numbers get in the way of staying true to why we all started a blog – which is that we love fashion and getting to share it with each other.

 

The Trend that Everyone is Rocking

Trends come and go but, thankfully, it seems that concert t-shirts are here to stay. You can dress them up for a night out with friends, or dress them down for a lazy, grunge look, but either way, they are easy and they are chic.

Do people actually care who the band is on your shirt? No, not really. As long as the shirt is a neutral color like gray, black, or white, you’re set. The more vintage and distressed the shirt is, the better. Mark our words; this trend is not going anywhere.

We’ve complied a list of ways to style your band t-shirt for any occasion, as inspired by your favorite celebs:

A nice brunch with the family:

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Running errands with friends:

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Hiking by the beach:

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Spring Style: For the Days You’re Just Not Feeling It

We hear you, girls. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to wear your fabulous lace top, and new shoes that, albeit, are the hottest trend, but take about 15 minutes just to lace up. Honestly, even Kim Kardashian needs a day off from all of that leather.

No need to worry, our fellow fashion gurus! After thorough research and many overslept days, we have compiled a list of lazy-day essentials that will hide those tired eyes, and still make for a great Insta-worthy outfit.

Flannels – Tying a flannel around your waist automatically says “LA chic”. Add on any pair of sweatpants and crop top and your grunge look is top notch.

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Denim Jackets – Adding an oversized denim jacket to any outfit automatically gives it the extra flare. Take it from Kourtney K, the coziest pair of leggings with a denim jacket will look like you’ve planned this outfit for weeks.

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Oversized Sunglasses – Go big or go home, as they say. What better way to look alive than by concealing tired eyes? Oversized, unique shades are in and colored lenses look extra stylish on the laziest of Sundays.

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fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
My name is Sharon Wu and I am half Singaporean, half Chinese. I graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and moved to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue modeling for two years after being offered an agency contract. From there, I discovered my love for fashion and decided to share my style with the world through my blog, Style Lullaby! Outside of blogging, you can find me as the style editor for the growing MITH Magazine.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
This one’s tough because I love all sorts of different styles but if I had to pick one at the moment it’d be Jessica Ricks of Hapa Time’s closet! I love how she styles affordable clothing and makes everything look so amazing. I was never a fan of Charlotte Russe until I saw how beautifully she styled their pieces! I feel like I can relate to her as a blogger more so than the other bloggers I follow because I also am a fan of great style on a budget!

What style rule do you always follow?
Coco Chanel’s rule: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

I am a strong advocate of minimalism but also love accessorizing because it can really add to an outfit. However, sometimes it can get too distracting to have so many things going on, so I like to stand by this rule to keep my looks balanced.

What is your favorite quote?
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

This one is so relatable to most creative individuals, including myself! I am a huge dreamer and believe that with time, hard work, and determination, anyone can make their dreams come true – whether it be big or small. The only thing holding people back from achieving them sometimes is fear or giving up too soon. Like anyone else out there, I have my own life doubts occasionally but that’s part of the ride! So always dream big J

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What inspired your blog?
My brother actually encouraged me to start my blog after I started modelling to share and document my style. He thought it’d be a brilliant idea because I also love to write and my boyfriend is a photographer (Instagram husband role immediately filled!). It started out as a fun hobby, but over time, it has grown to also include topics such as beauty tips, lifestyle, and even a bit of personal stuff!

Three things that are always in your purse?
Wallet, lip gloss, and gum or mints.

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I get some inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers on Instagram, but more importantly, I go with my gut feeling on what styles look best on me and what flatters my body type! Another great source of inspiration is lookbooks for brands I love such as Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. If I had to describe my style in 1-2 words, it’d be boho-chic.

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Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
Just be yourself! Trends will always be in and out, and ultimately, you should wear what makes you feel most comfortable and confident, even if it means going against or not following a current trend.

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is everywhere and is more definitive, while style is more personal and unique to each person.

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Consistency, consistency, consistency! Great photos and a nice personality help too J

Met Gala ’16 Looks We Loved

Finally, May has arrived! Yes, we love the blooming flowers and unwavering sunshine, but most importantly it means it’s time for the Costume Institute Gala. Every fashion guru knows that the biggest event of the year occurs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and hosts only the most worthy celebs. The Costume Institute Gala, better known as the Met Gala, sets the stage for pushing the limits in fashion.

This year’s theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology, meant two things: tamagotchis and robotic arms. While many outfits stayed true to the theme this year, we’ve chosen a few that were, well, out of this world.

Kendall Jenner – First off, we already know that Kendall Jenner can pull off anything, but this Versace gown is next level.  The blue and white cage cutouts show skin at every angle, yet we’re still focused on how exquisite that design is.

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Brie Larson – Who knew sequin could look so beautiful? Or, maybe that’s just Brie Larson. She nailed this year’s theme with her Proenza Schouler dress and velvet bow. Brie looks elegant and chic in this futuristic look.

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Bella Hadid – So maybe Bella Hadid doesn’t look SUPER new-age technology, but she still looks absolutely amazing! Bella looks sophisticated and chic in this Givenchy gown and, while she is relatively scarce on jewelry, she has the best piece of arm candy by her side. Great job Bella, you look like a rock star!

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5 Tips on Spring Cleaning Your Closet

A girl’s closet space should never be limited. It should be illegal to confine our fabulous fashion finds to one area. Unfortunately, most people don’t have a Carrie Bradshaw sized closet and we must make our small spaces work. Spring is the perfect time to get organized and Spring clean your closet to maximize closet space. From one fashionista to another, we have the perfect tips to pass along to make your cleaning voyage as simple as possible.

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Let it Go – Goodbyes are never easy, but sometimes they are necessary. Think of it as a cleanse, it might be uncomfortable but it it will be worth it in the end. You should start by making a keep and toss pile and be honest about your decisions. You will probably be faced with lots of self-reflection and begin to ask yourself, “why don’t I wear this?” or “What was I thinking?!” but the most important HONEST question to ask yourself before tossing or keeping an item is “Will I ever wear this again?”. Once you’ve made your decision, you can give it a proper goodbye and get excited for the new items that you’re making space for.

Make a Playlist – Organizing/cleaning isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a fun afternoon! The best way to enjoy this cleaning sesh is to make a playlist that will have you jamming and organizing.

Follow the “One Year Rule” – The One Year Rule is the golden rule of cleaning out a closet, it is when you must toss an item that you haven’t worn in a year. Chances are, if you haven’t worn an item in a year, you probably won’t wear it this upcoming year.

Invest in Organization – Oh yes, we’re talking about Bed Bath & Beyond and Ikea. The holy grails of organization. They will save you from so much stress and make you see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is a great option for those closets who are busting at the seams. Being organized will also allow you to keep more items or purchase more items because of the extra space you will have.

Hijack a Friend – Grab a friend whose opinion you trust and kidnap them for the day. They will be the voice of reason for those items you can’t let go of. Not to mention, you will get the job done twice as fast! It’s a win/win situation.

5 Spring Essentials Everyone Should Own

Spring has officially begun, which means that we’ve been eyeing a whole new cast of dresses, tops and shoes. However, before you know it, Summer will be here and you will be eyeing a different set of dresses, shoes and tops. To make your life a little easier and your wallet a lot happier, we have narrowed down your must-have Spring items to only 5 things. There’s no need to go retail crazy, you can survive Spring fashion with these essential items.

Statement Earrings

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Little White Dress

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Frayed Edge Jeans

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Lace Up Sandals

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Maxi Dress

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Festival Outfit Ideas

It’s officially festival season and we have gathered the perfect outfit styles to be a show stopper throughout the festival. Music festivals, especially Coachella, is known for the fabulous outfits and bohemian vibes that radiate the event. The fashion-forward concert-goers count down the days until festival season. Now that it is here, we have you covered with the best styling tips to rock the festival runway!

Hats and fringe. Need we say more? A small floppy hat will save you from the desert sun while pulling your entire look together! Fringe is also a popular detail that will be spotted throughout the festival grounds.

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Go Chic! Nothing says chic like all black attire. Rock a strappy crop top with black high-waisted shorts and throw on some cool shades with a black cap to be the coolest chick in the festival! Fashion tip: edge it up with a dark lip color

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Suns out Buns out! Don’t be afraid to have fun with your outfit! Throw on a metallic fanny pack and some Miley inspired buns and go out and enjoy yourself!

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Bohemian vibes will be felt throughout the entire festival! Go boho with your outfit by adding crochet and temporary metallic tattoos and lots of jewelry to your outfit. We are loving this crochet top with a maxi dress!

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fashion spotlight

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am a 27-year-old teacher living in Orange County, California. I moved out to Huntington Beach from Virginia Beach about 3 years ago and love sharing my life here in OC with my readers! During the day I am teaching little ones at a gifted private school in my elementary classroom and on weekends I am jogging to the pier from my little beach apartment, munching on donuts and dressing up to find the best place to grab a cocktail.

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If you could sneak into anyone’s closet whose would you peek at?
Definitely Megan Mitchell of Style’d Avenue. She has such an effortless boho chic style and looks amazing whether it is in sweats and sneaks or dressed up for a night out. I secretly wish every time I ‘like’ one of her Instagram photos her outfit will appear in my closet. Still waiting for that to become a reality but until then I will continue to wish I had her entire closet.

What style rule do you always follow?
Never underestimate the power of a perfectly tailored outfit. I am 5’3, have a tiny waist and a larger bottom, it takes some serious hunting to find a pair of jeans to fit perfect or a maxi that doesn’t drag the ground. I have recently fallen in love with getting my clothing tailored to fit me the way the designers instead them to. If your jeans are too long or dress is too baggy you are not getting the most out of your outfits. Once you step into the perfectly fitting pair of jeans you will never look back. Plus, it means you can totally snag that sale item that is only available 2 sizes too big!

What is your favorite quote?
“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” —Kate Spade. Because, well I mean, do we ever get over playing dress-up?

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What inspired your blog?
I started my blog a few years ago during my first year of teaching. There is no secret that Teachers aren’t exactly known for being fashionistas. We tend to fall into our own category. Business professional is not realistic for our needs and casual work attire is not professional enough. I started my blog as a way to mix the two. I was commonly asked while teaching, by both colleagues and students parents, where I bought my clothes and one day a friend said “You really need your own website where we can all go to see where you purchase your outfits” I am pretty sure it was that exact day I jumped on my computer and that was it! It has been so fun to see how my blog has changed and be able to look back and see my style evolve each year as I navigate my way through my twenties.

Three things that are always in your purse?
Oh this is easy, and they are all the same thing. A nude gloss, a bright lip color (a dark maroon in the fall/winter and a hot pinks in the spring/summer), and a chap stick!

Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
I find my inspiration from the people I have met in this industry. Whether it is the readers, the contacts made, or the blog friends turned real life friends, they really keep me wanting to stay connected in the blogosphere. Some of my closest friends I have here in OC are other bloggers I have met at events. These girls will, without a doubt, be dancing along side me at my wedding one day! And I find it amazing that our style blogs brought us all together.

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Best style advice you’ve ever given or received?
My best style advice was to not listen to style ‘rules’! As I mentioned, I live in California now — I have lived in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and California 3 different times thanks to my fathers military career. And living in California, in particular, totally allows you to break all fashion rules. Having such ideal weather that does not match the seasons and being surrounded by so many fashion forward people really inspires you. My favorite rule to break? White after labor day.

What’s the one thing in your closet that you couldn’t live without?
A white button-up shirtdress, it is indisputably my most worn item! It can be worn with a cute ball cap and chucks, with a chunky wedge or sleek pump or even half tucked into a pair of jeans. I think I buy another each time I see one!

In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Without a doubt, authenticity. It is so easy to buy into the “my life is perfect” image many people in this industry portray. I am not a vegan, Chanel toting, green smoothie drinker and that’s totally okay! I post about what I actually wear and things I actually use and do. I love to go on runs and showcase by workout gear but I also totally enjoy a big bowl of ice cream while watching the Real Housewives and I share that will my followers. Sharing who you are behind the perfectly staged outfit photos and documenting those super real funny moments gains many more genuine followers, because lets be real, we can’t all afford the cute Chloe bag. And that’s what makes bloggers more relatable than movie stars, right?

A Fashion Bloggers Favorite Insta-worthy Walls in LA

If your goal is to up your Instagram likes and followers than you must adhere to the saying: “picture or it didn’t happen”. A simple #ootd photo is everything but simple nowadays. For most fashion bloggers, the photo has to be as carefully curated as the outfit itself. Luckily for all fashion bloggers in the Los Angeles area, LA has some of the most popular street art used as backdrops for the photos posted by our favorite bloggers. You’ve seen and admired them all over Instagram and we have tracked them down for your next #ootd post!

Paul Smith Wall also known as the “Pink Wall”

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Where to find it: 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

Photo: @alexasuter

Made in LA Wall

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Where to find: Cisco Home, 8025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Photo:@peaceloveshea

Mural by Retna

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Where to find: Craig’s, 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

Photo: @sincerelyjules

Angel Wing Mural

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Where to find: St. Regis Wine & Liquor, 8401 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Photo: @chiaraferragni