Monday, November 24, 2014

IN THE MOOD TO CELEBRATE...

Good morning, Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Well, it's here! The Holiday Party season has officially began! Kinda sneaks up on you, doesn't it! At least it did for me and Emil when we received our invite to a Holiday bash thrown by one of our best friends this weekend. 


Personally, I love the Winter Holidays! There is something absolutely magical in the air, somehow everyone seems just a little happier, the lights shine brighter, music fills the air and I feel as if I am walking on air most of the time. Oh, and the Holiday parties! Honestly, the parties have got to be the best part of this magical season! I guess I am a big kid at heart, but nothing puts me in the mood to celebrate quite like Christmas trees and music, mistletoes and those striped candy canes:) 










Of course, as I mentioned before, the Holiday Season tends to sneak up on me, party invites arrive last minute, which usually results in sheer panic about what to wear. Usually, but not this year! Kind of proud moment for me:) This year, I decided to stock up on a few Holiday Party must-haves well in advance. 

Speaking of Holiday Party must-haves, if I had to name my top 5, a little black dress would be at the top of this list. Classic and timeless, a little black dress never goes out of style, but rather transforms according to current trends to feel fresh and new again. The sexy midi dress from Express I am wearing in today's post is one of my current favorites. I love the neckline and especially the fact that I can wear it off or on the shoulder. I also really like the midi length, which in my opinion gives this dress a much more sophisticated and polished vibe. Another positive aspect of the midi length is the fact that it makes this dress mush more versatile. I can wear it to a day time event paired with a sleek leather jacket and booties or dress it up with strappy heels and a cute clutch for night. And I don't know about you guys, but I definitely appreciate getting the most out of my Holiday staples:) 

What about you guys, what's on your Holiday must-have list? 

EXPRESS black surplice wrap ruched jersey midi dress | TOPSHOP Ghillie pumps - sold out { similar option here } | Emporio Armani messenger bag { similar here, also love this red option } | Movado Bold crystal accent watch | Coordinates Legend bracelet Vita Fede rings  


Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,
LOVE,
Annabelle 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ASYMMETRY


Good morning, Everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! 

Wanted to share yet another outfit comprised entirely of my current favorites. You've seen most of the items I'm wearing in today's post before, some more than others:) Sorry, I am so obsessed with this bag and boots, I am having a pretty difficult time wearing anything else! But the dress is brand new, yet already well on its way to becoming an all time favorite. 








Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of body-hugging dresses. Fit-and-flare? Definitely! A-line? Count me in! But bodycon dresses seldom make their way into my wardrobe. Yet, thanks to this asymmetric number I've got a new appreciation for this particular shape. Pretty versatile, you can wear them with a leather jacket for an edgier look, or layer with an oversized knit or soft trench and sneakers for a cute day time look, in reality, the possibilities of wearing bodycon dresses are pretty limitless. 

Aside from the fabric and color, what attracted me to the dress I'm wearing in today's post is of course the hemline. I think the over-exaggerated asymmetrical hemline makes this dress a great combination of sexy and edgy and creates a really strong visual impact. 

What about you guys, how do you feel about body con dresses? 


Necessary Clothing Karina asymmetrical dressDawn Levy Kristine leather jacket in Clover |  Isabel Marant Royston leather ankle boots Chanel Boy flap bag Movado Bold crystal accent watch | Wanderlust & Co numeral silver ring 

Thank you for reading 
& Keep On Smiling,
LOVE, 
Annabelle 

Friday, November 21, 2014

BLUE JEAN BABY


Good morning and happy almost weekend, Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful week! 

I just wanted to say a quick hello and share a few images of my new favorite sweater. Aside from the fact that I love a good knit for Fall in general, this one just happens to be one of those perfectly oversized, cozy-as-a blanked perfections of a sweater in the most wonderful shade of soft pink. Since the weather finally cooled down a bit in LA this past week, I've been pretty much wearing it non stop, dressing it up or down depending on occasion. Today's look is super relaxed and casual, but I've worn it with more tailored pieces like slim-cut slacks and midi coats and it worked just as well. In fact, I have a more tailored look ft this sweater coming up soon, so let me know which way of wearing is your favorite!









ASOS cable sweater with turtleneck | EXPRESS mid rise destroyed ankle jean legging Dolce & Gabbana Kate patent leather pumps | Chanel Boy flap bag | DVF Haley studded sunglassesSarina Suriano Sagittarius Astris dark grey pearl cocktail ring, Lustrous Oculous white pearl palm bracelet & Sparkling Caelum white pearl & crystal palm bracelet 

Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,
LOVE, 
Annabelle 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Simple pleasures

xc 6 

 I've been thinking of both lavish and modest things that one can have in a life time. Of course, we all desire to have and to offer more and more and we sometimes feel tiny and useless when we don't accomplish what we wished, but we can also feel gratefeul and happy about the small pleasures than can happen unexpectedly. Like a warm sunset that can create beautiful colors in an Autumn landscape. Or a soft, cashmere cardigan that really keeps you warm during the annoying cold days. Or a piece of a delicious cake, one you never tried before. 
Not that I've become philosphical in the past week, but I had days when I though about my accomplishments and my failures ( I suppose being in your mid twenties gets you to think more and party less) and I also had days when I was simply too busy to think about this blog, but when I finally tried to edit these photos, my PC decided to breakdown (Karma maybe?) 
 Not being very active here doesn't mean I'm not social or ignorant. I read blogs, I look at trends, I analyze things. It's just my priorities have changed a bit. Rather than staying glued to the PC all the time (my job requires me to gaze at the monitor for 8 to 9 hours per day) I prefer to focus on myself when I get the chance. 
Alright, enough rambling, I have a job to attend to.

 Have a positive end of the week and enjoy everything life has to offer you - even if it seems insignificant.

  xc 2xc 3 xc xc 4 xc 5 

 Wearing: Zara cardigan and shirt, New Yorker jeans, H&M hat, New Look bag, Bershka shoes



HOUNDSTOOTH


MONKI coat
ZARA turtleneck knit
BIKBOK jeans
ZARA shoes

Here's a pattern that doesn't get old, at least not for me. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

OXFORD OBSESSED :: BEST STYLES TO WEAR THIS FALL


Monday, November 17, 2014

COAT CRUSH


Good morning, Everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! If I had to name 5 favorite things in my closet, the coat I am wearing in today's post would be right at the top of that list. Aside from the fact that I am really attracted to coats in general, reason why this happens to be a favorite is really a combination of fit, print and color. Perfectly slouchy and cozy, the black and white pairing creates such a bold yet timeless statement. I've had it since last year and wore it religiously, but I feel it is just as current today and will continue to be even years from now. 








I have searched the web trying to find it, but unfortunately it is sold out everywhere! Guess I wasn't the only one who saw the full potential of this coat:) But I managed to find a few similar options you guys might enjoy. 

What about you, what are your favorite items of clothing of all time? 

Ralph Lauren Polo wool-cashmere turtleneck { in other colors here, similar option here } | Level99 stretch leather Janice ultra skinny pants in black | Trina Turk Houndstooth coat { similar options here, here & here } | Jimmy Choo Anouk suede pumps | Movado Bold crystal accent watch | Tiffany & Co Peyton satchel Wanderlust & Co numeral silver ring 

Thank you for reading 
& Keep On Smiling,
LOVE, 
Annabelle 

BLACK & WHITE



photos by Nadi Hammouda

Here are the rest of the portraits that we shot with Nadi Hammouda a couple of weeks ago. I like them a lot!

(I'm wearing Diesel blazer & Zara faux fur)


Sunday, November 16, 2014

ALL ABOUT BUCKLES


Good morning, Everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday! 

So, LA weather has been kinda insane lately! Warm and sunny one day and gloomy and cold the next! A week or so ago, I really felt like coat weather is finally upon us and put away all of my Summer stuff! Well, apparently I was just a bit premature:) I don't know whether the universe is playing a trick on me but as soon as I put my Summer wardrobe away and got my coats and fluffy sweaters out, the heat was back with a vengeance! Not that any sane person should be complaining about warm weather in November, but finding what to wear has been just a bit challenging lately:) 










The temporary solution I've come up so far is jackets/blazers and boots. In order to feel just a tad more fall appropriate I started wearing everything with boots! And I mean everything!!! Denim shorts and dresses included:) I also feel like layering with jackets and blazers gives an outfit a bit more weight, and in my mind, makes it a bit more Fall appropriate. Not that this makes not wearing my new favorite coats and sweaters any more bearable, but it's something!  

Honestly, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am really wishing for some cold weather! Hopefully, this heat will not last long, and I will finally get to take my new fall favorites out for a walk:)! 


The Kooples leather buckle detail crepe skirt & velvet trim top { also love the dress version here } | Isabel Marant Royston leather ankle boots Reese + Riley blazer | Celine medium Trapeze bag in black | Movado Bold crystal accent watch | House of Harlow Chelsea sunglasses |

Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,
LOVE,
Annabelle