What’s Black, White and Red All Over? Me.

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I was having a bit of a 1920’s-I-don’t-feel-like-wearing-make-up-but-wearing-something-red moment the other day. Enter, today’s outfit…

Dress: ASOS (Similar) / Necklace: CHANEL

Bag: Carshoe (Suggested) / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

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Cozy.

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Dress: Gap / Boots: Sam Edelman (on sale!) / Scarf: J.Crew / Bag: Suggested

I may be from the desert, but I love the cold weather. Everything about it is wonderful to me. The warm fires on rainy days, scarves that wrap all the way up to your nose, watching the trees shed all of their leaves, a closet full of boots and thick fabric’d dresses, and the house is always smelling of comforting warm food and cookies.

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LBS

Left to Right: Beth Richards One Piece / Zimmermann Bandeau

Lolli Bikini / Luli Fama Bikini

 Veronica Brett One Piece

When it comes to swimsuit season, my swimwear drawer is almost entirely stocked with black swimsuits, with the exception of a solid white one here and there. There are a few reasons why I have opted to invest in only black swimwear. (1) You do not always have to buy the top and bottom. Black mix and matches very well. (2) There is nothing more classic, subtle, and sexy than a little black bikini (LBB). Insert imagine of Demi Moore walking out of the ocean in Charlie’s Angles 2. (3) I like to think it makes me look tanner (is that not reason enough). (4) It goes with any cover up, cut-off short, or panama hat you wish to wear.

Default.

It seems like my go to, default, on repeat look these days is a red lip, a huge pair of earrings, and layering different textures of the same hue. There is just something about a red lip that just makes everything better.

Earrings: Oscar de la Renta / Jacket: Zara (Suggested)

Shirt: Suggested / Skirt: Rebecca Taylor (Suggested)

Shoes: Steve Madden / Clutch: ASOS

Black Out.

1. Club Monaco Dress ; 2. Kenneth Lane Necklace ; 3. NARS Felt Liner

4. Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses ; 5. Alexander Wang Booties

6. Rebecca Taylor Skirt ; 7. Zoe Karssen T Shirt ; 8. Topshop Skull Bracelet 

9. Kissing Fox Belt ; 10. Karl Stud Collar ; 11. Mother Velvet Jeans

12. Monserat De Lucca Tote ; 13. Moto Gloves

Black Out.

Dress: American Apparel  ; Jacket: Zara (ThisThis, or That)

Bag: Car Shoe ($ or $$) ; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (Suggested)

Some may lay claim to black on black being boring and basic. I, in fact, see it as an extremely creative outlet.

Tip 1: Picking a single color palette allows you to experiment with textures.

Tip 2: Black is one of those colors that you can buy very frugally without it looking cheap (tan- not so much.)

Tip 3: You can choose any pop of color that tickles your fancy.

Tip 4: Black = classy, so it is okay to show a little more skin

Tip 5: DO NOT mix your shades of black if one or more is faded

Photographed by Karen Nickel