Friday, December 30, 2016

Farewell 2016

Sequins for New Year's Eve is not that groundbreaking. But for a girl that tends to steer away from sparkle, it is quite fun to wear this feminine detail. When styling for NYE, remember it is a LONG night. Wear shoes you can dance in, layers for the cold, and makeup that doesn't require much touch up. I love combining a luxe skirt, with a easy cozy sweater. I found inspiration from champagne colors for obvious reasons. This mint purse by Rebecca Minkoff is the perfect dose of color for a more neutral palette. Add a swoop of liner for a bold cat eye, and a matte pink lip for a vintage inspired look. My rose gold jewelry is from San Francisco brand Azil Boutique. My favorite piece is the rose gold ring with morganite stone. Rose gold is my go-to metal, for its dreamy and romantic color. 
So this NYE, I am not putting too much pressure on one night. It is lovely to dress up, but I am not gonna let the evening be to precious or stressful. Find a look that makes you feel 100, and don't worry about having a PERFECT NIGHT. Whether your with your family, girl gang or love- just go with the flow, and see where the night takes you. 
 C U LATER 2016. I think almost everyone is ready for a fresh start this year. Yes, this year I am enjoying a casual New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean I'm not setting some killer goals for 2017. I am excited to make some BIG changes to East West Edge. Including more consistent content, more travel posts, and a website redesign. I created this blog to share my fashion musings and adventures inspired by my time on the East + West coast. Thank you for following along! All I hope is to inspire others, to pursue their dreams full heartedly (no matter how wild or crazy or difficult). Cheers to giving to others. Cheers to being kind to yourself. Cheers to getting drunk off sparkling rose. All of the above. So here is some last minute inspo to start the year on a positive and brave note. 

 "Stay Weird- Everybody in your life should be there because they fell in love with your weirdness" - Cleo Wade
"You have the power to inspire, empower, and to show people how to embrace their flaws and the true beauty that's inside all of us" - Beyonce
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"- Anais Nin
 "A woman is like a tea bag- you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."- Eleanor Roosevelt. 
"You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings"- Elizabeth Gilbert

"Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is form of planning"- Gloria Steinem
"Do not allow anyone to dictate how you feel about anything. Own your feelings about life, about work, about people."- Katharine Hepburn
"The really fantastic thing about kindness is that it's free"- Lady Gaga. 
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow."- Carrie Fisher. 
Misguided Skirt, Brandy Melville Sweater, Nine West Heels, Vera Wang Sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff Purse, Azil Boutique Jewelry.
Photos by Nicole Balsamo @nicolebalsamophoto


Friday, December 23, 2016

The Architecture of Layering

 California girls struggle with cold weather.  Los Angeles is 70's degrees almost year round, so  dressing for cooler wind chills and rain down pours can be a challenge. Winter tends to be the season that pushes my style out of its comfort zone. Even after five years on the East coast, I still am learning how to master layering and bulky fabrics. A statement coat seems like the solution to feel ultra chic AND warm. I love this convertible jacket by local brand Aella Collection. The cinched sash accentuates my waist, even with layers of thick textiles. I would pair this coat with tailored cropped tuxedo pants or a long elegant dress. Minimalist style does not have to be boring boring. Finding playful twist to basic designs keep the garment interesting. A block heel boot is my go-to shoes to elevate my height, and create a strong look. I love that I can be covered but still feel sexy and confident. 
This shoot we explored Los Angeles' City Hall Building. Built in 1928, it was the tallest structure in the city until the mid-sixites when sky scrappers started being developed. I have an infatuation with the architecture of this city. It is an example of architectural preservation at its best. The style of the building is "Modern American" pulling inspiration from many influences to create a unique hybrid of design. The building includes elements of Art Deco, Grecian details, granite steps, Romanesque style. Many residents of LA haven't been to city hall, but I say add it to your to-do list.  

Aella Collection Coat, Shop Clayton Dress, Who What Wear Boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs Purse, 
Urban Outfitters Sunglasses, Azil Boutique Necklace
Photos by @xjenn3 


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Blue Jean Baby

Alright, it can be a QUEST to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans. From fit, to wash, to brand- LA ladies are the masters of scouting for denim. Thankfully, denim is a fabric that gets better with age. That means once that miraculous pair is found, you'll be wearing those bad boys for a few decades. Fashion that is also an investment- I love it.
Lucky for me, my dear friends at Shop Future made my hunt much easier. 
Here are some tips to help find your KNOCK-OUT pair :
1) Know how you want the pants to fit you. Are you looking for a boyfriend skinny or straight fit? Factor in your general waist size when trying on items. I wanted my pants to be high waisted, so I chose a pair true to my size. I chose the 501 fit for button fly and classic fit. 
 2) Denim stretches over time, so its ok if they are tight at first. They fit looser each time worn. If you don't want them to fade or prevent holes from tearing, avoid from washing too often. If you want them to look more vintage, feel free to machine dry them. 
3) Remember, your denim can always be tailored. The pair I chose hit my ankles in a dorky 80's hem. With some scissors and a sewing machine, we we're able to cut my babies to a sharp crop at the shin. Hope this was helpful babes, and good luck on your hunt. Check out Shop Future to find the 'cool girl jeans' of your dreams. 
The most popular shoe of the moment- the loafer. Forget the heels, it's all about flats. So from Gucci to street style, this on-the-go trend has some staying power. These Topshop loafers polish any look. It adds a more refined touch- especially when mixing vintage + ultra trendy pieces. I'm a fan, seriously consider including a pair in your fall fashion choices. 

Shop Future Vintage Levi's, Topshop Loafers, Nasty Gal Bag, Brandy Melville Turtleneck, Ray Ban Sunglasses. 
Hannah Caprara Los Angeles photographer @hannahcaprara


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Downtown Los Angeles Guide

A perk of living on the East side? Downtown Los Angeles. It is unlike any other place in this sprawling city. DTLA mixes the old with the new- with its historical architetucre, vibrant restaurant + bar scene, and constantly growing skyline. When I moved back to California, I knew I would miss the walkability of urban East Coast cities. Thankfully DTLA gives me a punch of inspiration whenever I am craving the busy city life. Below is a list of my all-time favorite things to see + do. (Ok not all of them, but that list would be too long). 

Upstairs Bar @ The Ace Hotel - I have celebrated many occasions at this urban rooftop oasis. This bar has sweeping skyline views, Moroccans inspired interiors, and hip-pool side service. Food curated from the brilliant chef's of LA Chapter. Whenever someone visits me from out of town, this is the bar I take them for a drink. 

Ledlow- Little sister to the classic Baco Mercat (Owned by Josef Centeno), it continues to be a perfect brunch spot. The white + black interiors are effortlessly chic. I love their avocado toast, mimosa service, and croissan'wich. When I want to feel a little more upscale without killing my budget, I head here. 

Last Book Store- The largest used and new book in California. The name is meant to be ironic, as book stores continue to die out in this digital world. Located on the historical Spring Street, this spot has helped revitalize DTLA. Whenever I want a hardcopy book, I will make the trek vs ordering online. Shop Small people- especially as the holidays near. 

The Original Los Angeles Flower Market - When I want to make a floral arrangement for my house, I always go to this market. A staple for the best vendors with local seasonal flowers. Make sure to wake up early- the all-stars and professionals get there right at 8am opening. 

BS Taqueria - Margaritas and tacos that are perfect before a night out. I love the colorful interiors which match the boldness of flavor found in each plate. Owner and Chef, Ray Garcia is born and raised in LA- the city's rich culture and tradition definitely influenced the crafting of this restaurant. 

Bottega Louie- Ok, I have a major sweet tooth. Combine my love for dessert with gorgeous marble counter tops and pastel colored macarons- how can I stay away? Everyone loves Bottega Louie- and we can thank it for the revitalization of the restaurant district in DTLA. 

Cole's + Philippe's- So if you want to know about LA history, you must know about the French Dip debate. Philippe's and Cole's both say that they were the first to create this sandwich in the early 1900's. My stance- If you want the authentic thing go to Philippe's. If you want a cool dinner out go to Cole's. Cole's speak easy bar Varnish has the best pickle back shots in the city (That's whiskey and pickle juice. Delicious I promise). 

Virgo Downtown- Personally, I think LA has some of the best vintage shopping in the country. Cool girls in town search for worn in denim and vintage tees. Add Virgo to your list when scouting for unique pieces. (Also might be biased because virgo is my sign..)

I am currently obsessed with my Lack of Colour hat from Shop Resurrection. This hat has become a Fall staple in my wardrobe. I love the keyhole neckline trend (I styled it here as well). The sleeves are cool with the longer hem, that adds a vintage touch. The Jeffrey Campbell booties elevate the look, making me feel taller and confident. (Also really digging suede even if they are pain to maintain). 
H&M Blouse, Topshop Denim, Jeffrey Campbell Boots, Lack of Colour Hat from Shop Resurrection
Elle Jay Backpack, 'We the Female' Opi Nail 
Myy Jeraffi Los Angeles photographer @myyjeraffi

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