Archive for April 2012 – Page 2

Nautical

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Every year around this time, nautical-inspired fashion comes back into the mix. I love how navy and white stripes look against cherry red. It is such a fun and classic combination. I wore a striped tank with red slacks and accessorized with a multi-strand red bead necklace and a great tote from J.Crew. This is also the perfect look to go with some bright red lips! Do you love nautical-inspired looks?

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Tank: Forever 21/ Blazer: Zara/ Pants: Gap/ Tote: J.Crew (sold out online)/ Beads: Saks/ Cuffs: Hermes/ Sunglasses:Dior/ Lipstick: Nars Rouge Basque

I hope you all have a great week and if you have any great fashion finds, let me know in the comments section!

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Mint all over

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Mint has probably been THE color of the season, and I personally am still obsessed with it. This look is my homage to mint. The beauty of this color is that it is so soft and dainty, that you can cover yourself in mint, and still not look offensive. I wore a mint blouse under a boxy mint blazer with a mint flower pin, and mint strappy sandals. I broke up some of the color with a brown leather satchel.

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My husband and I went to the lake to enjoy the sunset, and we found these amazing Zodiac heads representing the 12 Chinese astrological signs. I was born in the year of the pig (I know, so glamourous). How cool are these sculptures?!

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Outfit: Head to toe ZARA/ Bracelet: J.Crew

Do you love the color mint? If you like this post, you can share it with your friends by clicking the Facebook, Twitter, Google +, or email icons at the bottom of the post.

Have a great weekend!

xo

Layla

Preppy

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When I see a short pleated skirt, all I can think of is preppy! I love the colors in this pleated skirt, because they all remind me of Spring. I wore different patterns (stripes, smaller stripes, and polka dots) but stayed in the same color palette.

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It’s all about the details, like the polka dots on the cuffs of this blazer.

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Skirt: Forever 21/ Blouse: Zara/ Blazer: Zara (also seen here)/ Satchel: Nordstrom/ Hat: Nordstrom/ Pumps: Ninewest/ Watch: Michael Kors

I hope you like the look!

On another note, my husband {slash} photographer suggested that I put the photos that I don’t use on the blog on my Facebook page, because it seems like such a waste of great photos to not use them at all. So, I will now have a Facebook album full of photo extras. Click here to join my Facebook page.

xo

Layla

Neon and Acid

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As you may know, I love murals, graffiti, and wall art of any kind, and today we stumbled upon some amazing artwork all within the same two blocks of the city. It made for a great backdrop for this particular look, which is chic meets grungy. I wore a bright green neon top with white skinny jeans and an acid-washed denim jacket (which I am obsessed with right now). I love how the bleached denim looks against the neon. What do you think?

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I accessorized with a neon pink chain necklace, gold Michael Kors watch, and silver sandals.

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Jacket: Zara/ Top: Zara/ Jeans: Joe’s Jeans/ Sandals: Mango/ Necklace: Gap/ Watch: Michael Kors/ Sunglasses: Dior

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you hubby for the amazing photography!

xo

Layla

Mirror Mirror

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Floral is still holding strong as one of the hottest trends for this season, but another huge trend on the runways is mirrored prints (where the print is symmetrical on both sides). I love this dress from Zara because it combines a floral print with a mirrored print, and it reminds me of a much more expensive number from Peter Pilotto’s S/S 2012 collection.

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I kept my accessories simple with a black Hermes cuff and a dark green YSL patent clutch.

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Dress: Zara/ Shoes: Zara/ Clutch: YSL/ Cuff: Hermes/ Nails: OPI “Don’t Mess with OPI”

Here is another great mirrored print piece from Zara. And I have added a “Pin It” button to some of my pictures to make it easier to pin them onto your Pinterest boards, so happy pinning!

Have a great holiday weekend!

xo

Layla

 

 

White bean and Edamame Hummus w/ Taro Chips

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If you are a hummus lover like me, but you are tired of the same chickpea hummus with pita chips, then this is a great recipe to try. White bean and edamame hummus is colorful, delicious, and different. On the side, I made home-made taro chips, which are worth every bit of the effort! This is what taro root looks like.

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It almost looks like a small coconut. It is a very starchy root, which is why it makes super crispy chips. Also, if you are on a gluten-free diet, this is a great way to enjoy chips. Here is how you make the taro chips.

Ingredients:

4 medium sized taro bulbs

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Paprika, salt, and pepper to taste

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Then, carefully peel the outer skin of the taro root, exposing the white flesh. Rinse them and pat dry. Slice into very thin slices (as thin as you can get them). I used a mandolin to get even thin slices. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, and arrange your slices so that they are not overlapping. Brush the tops of each slice with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.

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Bake at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes or until the edges curl slightly and turn golden brown. You may need to turn the baking sheet during the cooking process so that all the chips cook evenly. When you remove them from the oven, immediately sprinkle with salt. Now for the hummus!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Frozen shelled edamame

1 Can Cannelini beans

2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

1 lemon (juiced)

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil

1/4 cup watter

Salt, Pepper to taste

In a food processor, combine all ingredients and blend to the consistency you like. I like to make my hummus slightly chunky, but you can certainly blend until completely smooth.

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Serve w/ your beautiful taro chips and a few lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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P.S. You can pin this recipe to your Pinterest board by clicking the “Pin It” button at the bottom of the picture.

xo

Layla

 

Cobalt blue

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If you have been following my blog for a while now, you know that I love to color-block. Lucky for me, color-blocking is here to stay. One of my favorite colors right now is deep cobalt blue. It is such vibrant, rich color, and it’s a nice way to wear color this season if you don’t like the neon or pastel trends. I decided to pair it with an aqua green blouse and color-blocked sandals to match. I normally don’t go for a super-matchy outfit, but I just couldn’t resist this time!

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I love the way this skirt moves with you, and flows so easily with the wind. I had to capture it in these photos.

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I accessorized with my blue YSL Arty ring, a chunky gold chain necklace, and electric blue nails.

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Skirt: Zara/ Blouse: Nordstrom/ Shoes: Zara/ Ring: YSL/ Sunglasses: Dior/ Watch: Michael Kors

I added a new “Pin it” button to some of my pictures so you can easily pin them to your Pinterest to share with others. Did I mention I love Pinterest!?

Also, today is the 3 month Anniversary of my blog. My blog has gone above and beyond anything I ever expected, and I owe it all to you who have supported me! Thank you so much!

xo

Layla