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cabo complete

Earlier this week my husband and I escaped to Cabo San Lucas for just 52 hours. Despite being short on time, I managed to cram in loads of dress-wearing including the Cult Gaia, above, along with whale watching, taco eating, beach-running, and bikini-ing! It was also glorious to indulge in one-on-one time with my hubby and soak in some (LA-elusive) sunshine. Here are my express style highlights!

My first ocean dip of the trip involved this cute new fringed bikini! As I am wont to do, I wore the top backwards! Even better than its versatility, however, is its $14 price tag. Yup, that's right!

This one-shoulder eyelet from Lisa Marie Fernandez reaped compliments left and right. It's major drama in a dress!

My husband wasn't a huge fan of this high-waisted bandeau bikini--but that didn't stop me from wearing it! ;) I adore its batik print, and layered under my (on sale!) Zimmermann lace blouse, it's lunchtime-perfect.

The embroidery on this Innika Choo is so exquisitely pretty, and I love that it goes from beach to (taco) bar!

Another inexpensive (H&M) bikini, another beach day success!

chasseresse chic

marlien rentmeester beach style

A few years ago, at the end of a Malibu afternoon on the beach, I began the motherly duty of packing up and schlepping the day's equipment. Lugging the towels, picnic basket, flip flops, boogie boards, etc, (while my boys carried the surfboards and wetsuits, thank goodness!), I headed down the beach, feeling very sherpa-mom-lame-o--i.e. not sexy. Suddenly, I saw a pair of bare feet in front of me and heard a perky voice say, "Hi!" I looked up and beheld the opposite of how I felt at that moment, maybe the most drop-dead pretty girl you could have found on the beach in Malibu that day (and there are a lot of pretty girls on the beach in Malibu). At first, I thought she had mistaken me for someone else, but no, she assured me. Raychel Roberts, she re-introduced herself to me, a model I had met while working at Lucky some years before. She seriously is mermaid-like pretty and her style is California-bohemian perfection. Since that day, we have spent many sunny afternoons on the beach together, talking fashion (she's obsessed with vintage!), watching our hubbies and my boys surf and talking more fashion. Now, you all can get on this girl's style secrets, too, and benefit from her masterful vintage sourcing, as she recently launched a curated shopping site The Chasseresse, featuring the most gorgeous, feminine-leaning finds like the slinky slip dress I am wearing, above in Mexico yesterday. You can read more about her and see just how insanely pretty she is here in Vogue!

hot hair

My boring, always pulled-back hair could use (at the very least) a statement barrette! With these hair accessories currently all the rage, there's lots of options to choose from, including the (backordered!) Gucci, above, this rhinestone Pixie Market, below, (also cute is this set), this bobby pin-inspired Marc Jacobs and this sculptural Something Navy.

cold cures

France's pharmacies are famous for their miracle-working beauty products, but did you know Italy offers the coolest cold remedies? I'm talking specifically about the Milanese and their strategies for looking chic in the face of winter's chill! Right now, during men's fashion week in Milan, women are busting out the most stylish winter-proof accessories, from eye-popping jackets (the Prada, above, is on sale here!) to fur-trimmed, outfit-punctuating leather gloves to high-octane scarves and stoles. I'd like to follow suit in these amazing, over-the-top extras from Gucci, Kule, Ugg, Heurueh, and Asos (similar to below).

rain, rain

$168, madewell

Heading into LA's week-long rainstorm like. . . (P.S. Click through the link to see this jacket's true cuteness!)

1. Acne oversize striped sweater, $470, netaporter.com
2. Madewell sherpa-lined jacket, $168, madewell.com
3. Re/Done jeans, $225, netaporter.com
4. Chloe leather tote bag, $1190, nordstrom.com
5. Adina Reyter diamond pin post earrings, $298, shopbop.com
6. Veja sneakers, $140, shopbop.com

for a friend

One of my best friends, who is heading to Mexico in a few weeks, asked me if I could help her source some standout dresses to take on the trip. My (vicarious) pleasure, I responded! I started my search this morning, but got stopped in my tracks almost immediately when I came across all the gorgeous options from Innika Choo. The designer's signature feminine silhouettes feature intricate details and embroidery. And, major bonus, plenty of the prettiest are now on sale here. (Of course, I even bought one for myself!). My favorites include this smock top, this linen dress, and this floral blouse. Check them all out here!

a twinkle in time

$125, nordstrom

The holidays are over but I'm still into twinkling the time away! (P.S. I love the idea of wearing this skirt casually, too, with a fitted t-shirt, button-down shirt, or even a sweatshirt and Vans sneakers! Plus, summer-worthy with a tank and barely-there sandals. Yup!)

1. Prada sweater, $1120, netaporter.com
2. Shashi pearl huggie earrings, $63, shopbop.com
3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur in Rouge Extravagant, $39, nordstrom.com
4. Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, $495, neimanmarcus.com
5. Gianvito Rossi stretch ankle boots, $597, netaporter.com
6. Something Navy sequin skirt, $125, nordstrom.com

on call

Okay, so I have more cool phone cases than working phones, but that isn't stopping me from adding another and another to my already colorful collection, which includes this monogrammed Minnie and Emma and this leather CHAOS! As I'm planning to work MORE this coming year (expect amazing collabs, new shopping-oriented projects, etc!), I'll be on my phone and then some, so I purchased the red/pink Bauble Bar case, above, with my whole name spelled out, and the hand-painted initial Leatherology below. Done and done!

hibernation style

Dry January, back-to-school denial and below-average temps have me in serious hibernation mode--and reaching for only the coziest, warmest knits I own. And my mode has just been facilitated/enhanced thanks to Shopbop's latest ridiculously good sale, which has, among other excellent finds, the highly-coveted, super chunky, seriously statement-y sweaters by I Love Mr Mittens, including the diamond-sleeve, high-neck jumper, (more than 50% off!), above, and the yummy marled sweater, below. (I bought this classic oversized cable knit.) Also desirable right this deep-winter minute: these truly perfect Vince suede knee-high boots, this standout One by The Very Warm plaid lined puffer coat, this stunning leather and shearling Frame jacket, these snow-ready See by Chloe boots, and these cute, Sunday-all day LNA brushed knit sweatpants. Shop the whole sale here.

Photos: Emma Leger, Lindsi Lane Watts

spots and stripes

$79, mango

This sweater seamlessly transitioned from Aspen's snowy slopes to LA's rain-slicked streets!

1. Mango leopard print sweater, $79, mango.com
2. Tibi reversible hooded jacket, $650, netaporter.com
3. 3x1 cropped jeans, $235, netaporter.com
4. Clare V snake print belt bag, $275, shopbop.com
5. Guiseppe Zanotti faux fur-lined high-tops, $450, shopbop.com
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