Friday, December 21, 2012

10 looks, 10 pieces, 10 days


I recently updated my status on the She Pristine FB page about packing smart with only 10 pieces of clothing for my trip back home that lead to a request on how to pack "double duty" for those 10 days. As a kid, I remember playing a game on the computer where the objective was to fit all items given into a small briefcase. I can't remember the exact name at the top of my head, but I certainly did have deja vu while figuring this out. For starters, I'm a less is more type... to a certain extent, aaaand I could possibly be do some damage while shopping in San Francisco, duh! In just a moment, I'll guide you on how to pack light by utilizing the same pieces to create different looks in just 3 steps! Now this is MY short version, as I'm sure you can find a ton of results on the search engine on how to 'Pack the Perfect Luggage'. Long story short, the answer to your curious minds is yes, it is possible! I know, because I just did it... and every outfit looks killer. I'm kidding, or not, but check out what items of clothing I packed below and some tips I hope you'll find useful! 

My 10 Items of Clothing: 

- 4 Tops 
- 2 Skirts (in two different lengths)
- 2 Bottoms (Jeans & Trousers)
- 1 Blazer
- 1 Wool Coat

Other items... 

- 2 Pairs of Shoes 
- 2 Headwear Pieces (Beanie & Hat)
- 2 Belts
- Make Up / Hair Products
- Jewelry in a traveling pouch

Step 1: Research the weather to your destination. This might come in handy if you've packed a week worth of sunny 80 degrees weather and arrive to your unexpected drizzling and freezing destination in shorts and flip flops. What a nightmare that would be right? Do your research, quickly navigate to the weather app on your iPhone, and you can now start mapping out your looks! 

Step 2: Pack outfits that are versatile aka "double duty". I could start a whole new post on this, but to make things easier for you, make sure all your clothes can be mixed and matched depending on the situation. This means layering, making sure they work together. Three layers of light clothes can do the same job as a shirt and a heavy jacket (at least in Cali), it also gives you the opportunity to take the top layer off easily when you get indoors. I started off with laying out my first look, my 'Must Have' look. Where in this case, my Christmas outfit! This consisted of a top, a skirt, and a belt... boom, done. After you've completed your 'Must Have' look, move onto those colored skinny jeans you love to wear when shopping or brunching can also work for a nice dinner when paired with a blazer, a dressy blouse, and heels. Those heels you plan on wearing to that fancy dinner can double up for an a night out with the girls or to church on Sunday morning with the family. That leather jacket you love to wear with those coated skinnies when shopping downtown can be used over a casual and dressy top paired with that maxi skirt and diamonds for some Holiday sparkle for a Christmas party. Pack items of clothing, shoes, and accessories that can be worn for multiple occasions to not only keep your bag light, but to save you $$$ on air fare charges for additional luggage, extra space for new purchases/gifts, and just making worth of every piece in your luggage yet still having plenty of options to choose from. 

Step 3: Map out a strategy to maximize your better outfits. Most will spend about an entire day strolling around Union Square or sightseeing the Golden Gate Bridge, and the other half will spend time relaxing in the hotel room. It's always smart to pack a set of clothes for lounging (which shouldn't get dirty too quickly since you're probably sitting around) and looks for going out. If you wear your "going out" looks for 8 hours a day, you can easily get at least two or even a three days wear out of them before you worry they'll start to be a problem for anyone. (I'm talking about that not-so-ladylike-fragrance, mhm). But for the most part, you probably wouldn't do that since you'll be seeing new people while traveling, and no one will have a clue that this is the 3rd time in 10 days you've worn that cardigan. Don't worry, it's our little secret. 

Simple enough right? I did this all under 2 hours! I got distracted with text messages and answering emails, so I rolled into an extra 30 mins. I hope you'll find this useful when packing for your trip back home or wherever you plan on spending your Christmas! Have a wonderful and safe holiday spent with your loved ones in your amazing 10 looks! Happy New Year and God bless!! 

xo, Anne Marie 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

animal style

I recently submitted this look styled by me to win a pair of chic Chloe Sunglasses... what do you think?! I've been eyeing those Rag & Bone ankle boots and Alexander Wang Tote bag for a hot minute now, they're so 'maj'! (In the words of Rachel Zoe). Matter of fact, let's add each and every single piece to my wardrobe while we're at it! Oh Santa... *crosses fingers I win!*

- Maison Martin Margiela Leather T-Shirt
- Haute Hippie Drawstring Zebra Pants 
- Rag & Bone Leather Ankle Boots
- Alexander Wang Prisma Tote 
- Chloe Sunglasses
- TomTom Jewelry Interlock Ring
- Adia Kibur Chiffon Necklace w/ Stones 

xo, Anne Marie 

***UPDATE 1/13: I WON!!! Thanks Lauren for the Chloe Sunnies! They're so chic! Time to put my aviators to rest! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

she loves: agjeans

I'm a denim snob, I admit it. Denim and Jackets are the 2 categories I choose to invest in the most. I have my denim guru to thank for rubbing that denim snobbism effect on me when it comes to eying that perfect wash and fit. They're essential to me and my wardrobe... without them, I'm hopeless. Okay, I'm exaggerating now. So! This week, I purchased a pair of AG Skinny Jeans in the Equinox wash and they are by far the most comfortable pair of skinnies I own aside from my Diesel's, made in the most forgiving fabrics ever made! They're made out of a cotton/poly/pu blend, and hits right below my ankle. I have long legs and stand 5'11, so a 31" inseam is my ideal of a perfect length because I like the option of cuffing the hem, or rouching the bottom to add some flair. I've worn them twice already and think I just may have found my jetsetter buddy. AG is also the founder of Diesel, it's no wonder they're both leaders in premium denim -aha! 

Why are Jeans Staple #1? Simple, they go with almost everything. That's why it's imperative to have every style of denim in your closet accessible to you. I.E. Skinnies, boot cut, flared, and the boyfriend fit. As I mentioned in my 'Closet Audit 101' post, a staple piece is one that never goes out of style and known as your "go-to", which is why I can't stress enough of why fit is everything. Knowing that you'll look great in it without disappointment makes it a staple, are you catching any of this yet? Also, remember to handle with care... they're the foundation to your wardrobe! If necessary, buy a 2nd pair in case the other starts to get worn out... it happens. I know from experience. :) 

A couple of my favorite "go-to" for denim are: DieselAG JeansG-Star RAWJ Brand, and of course, Levi's. (Tip: A majority of the brands I listed offer complimentary alterations if you're a regular... but you didn't hear it from me -wink). 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

deck the halls in mango pt. 2

It's time to Deck the Halls in Mango Pt. 2! In my first post on 'Deck the Halls in Mango Pt. 1', I went 'Chic with a Slight Edge'. This time, I'm going 'Casual Dressed Up'. The Asymmetric Stripe Sweater + Black Sneaker Wedges had Anne Marie written all over it. Easy, comfortable, and fashion forward... I mean c'mon, why not?!

1. Mohair Striped Sweater - $49.99 / How cool is this mohair wool sweater?! Absolutely love! 
2. Golden Dots Shirt - $59.99 / This sheer black top is perfect for layering under sweaters and blazers or worn alone itself. I'm into layering during any season, and popping the collar out of the sweater adds more interest. 
3. Leather Shorts - $109.99 / This straight-cut leather shorts adds sheen and elevates the overall look. Plus two zip front pockets, just perfect. 
4. Suede Wedge Sneakers - $139.99 / Give the stilettos a break and lace it up with these adorable sneaker wedges! 
5. Crystal Chains Choker - $49.99 / Another great layer piece to lay flat over the sweater and under the collar to add some sparkle and shine! 
6. Crystal Embellished Ring- $49.99 / No need to over accessorize since you have long sleeves and a great neck piece, this maxi ring will make up for the arm candy!
7. Glitter Envelope Clutch - $39.99 / Wear this adorable glitter clutch over the shoulder or hand carry, your wish is it's command. Brownie points for the tassle! 

And there you have it... another dose of Mango for your Holiday wardrobe! Be sure to check out their new collection lookbook online and in-store! I just saved my favorite looks on my desktop. Enjoy! Click the image below to view the collection. 

xo, Anne Marie

Monday, December 3, 2012

it's raining sample sale

Happy Monday everyone! What's better than starting off the week with some sample sale knowledge?! Exactly. Any frugal shoppers in the house? Like to splurge on luxe deals for HALF the price?! Well, I've prepared my top 5 Sample Sale lists I plan on hopping in the upcoming weekend right here in LA! Check out the fliers below for more details. Happy shopping! 

Rag & Bone
(Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 - I actually went to this and scored on some amazing steals!)

Rebecca Minkoff 
(Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, Hurry! Last day is tomorrow!)

(Dec. 7, One of my new favorite brands i've got my eyes on!)

(Dec. 7-8, Grab some Hudson denim!)

(Dec. 7, 8, 14, 21. Please pay attention to the location within each date).

xo, Anne Marie