It’s no secret that I love jewelry, so when Refinery29 invited me to visit the Simon G Jewelry showroom in LA I of course accepted. I stacked on a pile of statement rings (the more the better if you’re just playing dress up, right?) The sapphire opal-shaped ring and aquamarine ring were my favorite.
Simon G is known for luxurious yet accessible jewelry with careful attention to detail, which is easy to spot on in the intricate designs. After trying on in the showroom the team gave me a tour of the “diamond factory.” I didn’t realize how much work goes into making a ring before it gets into your hands. First the hand-made sketch of the ring and setting is created, then a rubber mold is made. Nowadays a computer program helps generate virtual designs. From there, the stones are carefully set and secured. What’s your favorite stone?
I love the subtle polka dots on this silk crepe Equipment blouse and the little something extra they bring to an otherwise staple piece. I’ve been wearing this with belted jeans (it would work well with flares) and cutoffs since it’s still so hot in LA. Paired with this sweet wrap skirt I feel very effortless yet still put together. A light trench thrown over (this ASOS option is the perfect beige shade) is even better once it’s bearable to wear sleeves past 5pm!
I’m been looking for a pair of fall flared jeans this past month and was surprised how hard it’s been to find a match. Anyone feel me? Most pairs I try on are way too long for my 5’6 frame and need some serious hemming. I though I had a winner the other day at Intermix but laughed when I held it up to me – the whole pant came up to my chest! Can anyone under 5’10 wear these off the hanger?! Plus, the size of the flare needs to be just right – wide enough to flounce a little while walking but not big enough to look sloppy.
I decided on these 7FAM dark wash flares that are in between a boot cut and a full flare. The color and fit is flattering since it fits like a skinny jean until the knee and then subtly flares out. I’m still looking for a fuller flare (a real, 70’s bell bottom), so if you have suggestions I’m all years! Until then, I find this pair a LOT easier to wear and style. I paired them with burgundy accessories, which is my favorite fall-winter shade. I feel like burgundy always comes back each autumn (sometimes re-branded as a trendy “oxblood,” “wine,” or “garnet”) but really the same thing, and for good reason – it’s flattering, easier to wear then red and feels luxe for cooler months.
Chantecaille has always caught my eye while wandering around the makeup department in stores. The brand is known for using natural ingredients and always has beautiful packaging, which tends to be my weakness. Each season, a unique philanthropiccollection is released with a design related to the cause pressed into the makeup palettes (my first memory is discovering the butterfly collection years ago.).
I was excited to try out an eye palette and lip products from Chantecaille’s fall makeup collection, which is based on shades of the wilderness at night and inspired by the alluring wolves that inhabit our forests – think rich, deep jewel tones, the black and grays of silhouetted trees in the forest, and lots of moonlit shimmer. After wearing barely-there nude tones all summer, I’m drawn to some richer tones to go alongside my fall wardrobe.
The fall eye palette has two darker shades and one light. I’ve made a commitment to stop carrying around multiple eye shades and use palettes instead, so it’s nice have a day-to-night option for eye color. The lighter champagne tone is a great daytime shade of base color going into evening. I dust on some of the emerald shade in my crease after sundown and finish with lots of mascara. I’ve been wanting to try an emerald shadow since I have green eyes, but after doing a test run on my girlfriends I think it’s a surprisingly flattering color on all eye colors and a nice alternative to brown.
Chantecaille’s palette this season features eye shades embossed with wolves, and the brand is donating a percentage of the sales to Conservation Northwest, an organization that protects wildlife and preserves the environment. The collection also includes a subtle cheek shade and fall lip tones in easy to wear nude-pink shades. Check it out and let me know how you like it! x