Fall Forward

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IMG_6684I’ve decided to really mix things up this fall + instead of falling back, I’m falling forward.

IMG_0890My hair is blue (please excuse the Nesquik bunny), I have a new job passion project + I have almost completely revamped my wardrobe (thanks to Poshmark).

Last week I walked into my hair salon for a root touchup + walked out with a royal blue weave. At the time I thought this was a genius idea, but shortly after I learned that this was a major CHANGE + that everything from my makeup to my eyebrows needed an update. Thanks to YouTube, Evora + a couple of pep talks from Caity I think I have got this blue weave under control.

Now let’s talk denim. Since 1969 2002 I wore nothing but Gap jeans. Levi’s was a curse word + Always Skinny jeans were essentially my uniform. As a Gap employee I knew that Gap denim needed 30-45 minutes on to stretch + fit. This meant that I had to lay down onto my bed to zip them up + then walk around my apartment while doing lunges to achieve the perfect the fit. So…when East & Lo asked for me to try their new denim collection with Flying Monkey I was game. One of my favorite benefits of the Flying Money denim is the fact that you don’t have to spend years breaking them in. They slipped right on, no lunges needed. Their description was spot on + the skinny leg opening tucked perfectly into my boots.

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IMG_6681What are your plans for fall? Are you falling forward or back?

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What I Wore:

Dress (worn as a tunic): H&M. Shop similar here + here.

Jeans: Flying Monkey for East & Lo (c/o),  Vintage Distressed Skinny

Hat: Goorin Bros., Queen Of Knives

Boots: Les Méchantes, The Ellis Boot

Bag: Clare Vivier, Petit Duffle

Sunglasses: Les Méchantes, The Clear Morgan

Made in California

Rust Eagle Dress by Les Mechantes

First things first, if you follow me on instagram then you know that these pictures are old + I am sporting a new royal blue weave…but we will discuss that tomorrow.

These pictures are from a recent trip to Los Angeles with my family. When I was editing these pictures I started to think about just where this outfit came from + nearly everything I am wearing was made in my home state, California. While styling an outfit with local fashion will cost you more, the positive benefits are endless.

I was born in Santa Barbara and after several moves up + down the cost I have settled in San Francisco. While my love for all things SF Made (insert shameless plug for Les Méchantes) is strong, I am pleased to report that apparel is being manufactured all over the United States, not just in California and these days we can all shop local in some capacity.

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Rust Eagle Dress by Les MechantesDo you shop local?

Rust Eagle Dress by Les Mechantes

What I Wore:

Dress: Les Méchantes, The Eagle Dress

Cape: Les Méchantes, The Heather 3 Cape

Shoes: The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden, TDallas Sandal

Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Betsy

Fake, Faux or Cruelty Free

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I have always been a fan of fake fur + as an avid shopper I am far too familiar with the fake fur terminology the fashion community has coined. From faux fur to vegan fur to cruelty free fur retailers have managed to come up with hundreds of ways to describe one of falls hottest trends. A fake fur piece is not only stylish, but also ethical and cruelty-free

Now I’m a sucker for a statement lining + my fake fur coat does not disappoint. The striped lining is almost like an accessory + the perfect pop to finish off my street style look.

Check out some of my favorite shots below from the a Les Méchantes shoot, featuring this faux fur coat, The Nora.

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Will you be sporting fake fur this fall?

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What I Wore:

Jacket: Les Méchantes, The Nora Coat

Sweatshirt: Kenzo, Sequin-Embellished Sweatshirt (sold out). Shop new here + here.

Jeans: J. Crew, Broken-In Boyfriend Jean

Shoes: Shoe Cult, Highway Pump (still available in black)

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Original Wayfarer Sunglasses

If you decided on fake fur for fall, head on over to Les Méchantes + shop The Nora Coat with an extra special discount. Enter LM20 at checkout for 20% off + free shipping.

The Monday Swap

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My entire life I have managed to surround myself in fashion.  From work to play, I have spent nearly all my time + money on clothes thanks to the fact that it is far to easy to swap out my current look for a refresh . Yesterday was a prime example. I arrived to work in a sweatshirt (not shown) and by the afternoon the sweatshirt was swapped out for a plaid coat, a fur collar + clear sunnies.

While the sweatshirt was my first choice in the morning (hello it was Monday), my afternoon outfit was a major upgrade. This coat is a cross between your favorite flannel, a bathrobe + a coat, thus making it the perfect piece to wear on Monday. The lining is soft + cozy like your favorite sweatshirt and the silhouette is forgiving, also like your favorite sweatshirt. I decided to go all out and pair the plaid coat with a fur collar (for some extra flare + warmth) + clear sunnies to conceal my lack of make up!

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Plaid CoatWhat does your Monday style look like? Do you find your yourself making a mid-day swap like me?

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What I Wore:

Jacket: Les Méchantes, The Brenda Coat

Collar: Les Méchantes, Black Shearling Collar

Tank: Gap, Essential Rib Tank

Jeans: Gap, 1969 Destroyed Always Skinny Jeans

Shoes: Vans, Perforated Leather Slip-On Sneaker

Sunglasses: Les Méchantes, The Clear Morgan

Love this look? Take advantage of our Les Méchantes launch discount + shop the site with a 20% off discount with the code: LM20.

Life After Gap

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July 3, 2014 marked my last day at the Gap + the start of a new chapter in my life. I spent almost 12 years with the Gap and could not be more thankful for the people I worked with and the many life lessons I learned. However, after so many years with the same company I was ready for a fresh start and decided to take the ultimate plunge. I quit my job and decided to start a company.

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Allow me to introduce you to Les Méchantes, A San Francisco Lifestyle Brand.

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So I am sure you are wondering exactly what Les Méchantes is + how we choose the name. It is kind of a long story + it goes a little bit like this:

It’s late, or early, during Paris Fashion Week, and I was fully embracing the Parisian culture with Ash + DLo (my partners)…probably more than actual Parisians by ordering another bottle up to our hotel room. The night manager delivers it, who we recognize as a man of taste when he asks, “Is that Prada?” as he points to my handbag.
Our new knowledgable friend then has a seat as we question him about the best places to shop and his favorite designers, until he presents a pivotal moment in our lives by saying, “You ladies are les méchantes, naughty girls!”
We made him write the words down on hotel stationary, and declared it the moment our business began.
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Life post-Gap has been spent with these two ladies. Most days are spent in our ‘home office’ in the Marina.  I use the term home office lightly due to the fact that our office is located in DLo’s house + most work days are filled with fashion, dogs + wine. I am not sure who is more confused as to what is going on in our ‘home office’ the neighbors or the FedEx delivery man.
Now, let me tell you a little bit about what exactly we are doing! The three of us have spent the past couple months curating a collection of our favorite pieces. We have everything from apparel to accessories to home to pet. The collection consists of our own private label, LMxLes Méchantes and a mix of other merchandise we have sourced from other designers. We have taken the time to ensure that everything we sell comes from an ethical supply chain with a focus on local and domestically made goods.
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Now, let me show you what you should buy some of my favorite pieces. The Gold Cane Scarf is one of my favorite pieces + is one of the first releases from the LMxLes Méchantes collection. Made of 100% unprocessed raw silk + Made in San Francisco this piece provides me with warmth, style + memories from one of my favorite bars on Haight.
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 The Heather 3 Cape is THE perfect piece.

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Another garmet from the LMxLes Mechantes collection, this cape is made of 100% wool + trimmed in silk. The moment I laid my eyes on these bad boys I knew this was going to be a closet staple. We have only had these capes in stock for a week or two and I have managed to wear it nearly everyday…sorry for the overload of pictures!

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Les MechantesSo, let’s cheers to Les Méchantes!

And while you are at it drink an entire bottle of wine, open your laptop, go straight to LesMechantes.com + buy everything! And since you are my friend, I’ve got a 20% off discount just for you! Use the code: LM20 right this minute + you may find a special surprise from your favorite naughty girl in your box!