THE SPRING STYLE GUIDE


When you're so over the cold and the first sign of Springtime comes, it's quite exciting - well at least that's what I used to think when I lived in a place with seasons. But the feeling is still there for me, despite LA's steady temps of 75-ish degrees pretty much all year round. The pastels, the wake up from the post holiday slug, the pretty new blooms (that does actually happen in Los Angeles) all tend to help me feel a little revived and really just more excited for summer. I remember this time well in Chicago growing up, when the pretty white snow turned into not so pretty brown slush and we were all just trying to find a decent shoe to transition into. Hence the very pretty pastel short Hunter boot I am still lusting over in this guide. And the days that tended to start so cold but ultimately had us stuffing our puffy coats into our backpacks by the time school let out. It was an awkward time, the push and pull for a decent change in weather but it was also an opportunity to feel new again. So I guess that is why I take seasons here in Los Angeles that much more seriously than I did back home, because I really miss the inherent anticiaption of something different. And so the easiest way for me to hit the restart button has always started with my wardrobe and for Spring I have always been so hopeful. So I thought I'd compile some of my tips for freshening up my wardrobe after the winter, hope you enjoy.

Style Tip No. 1 Add a chic scarf to every outfit, the easiest way is to tie one to a handbag to add something extra. It's also a nice way to take something old and make it new and fresh. I have about five silk scarves in various color ranges that I swap out with all my purses but I have also worn them as belts and even tied them around my neck to channel Audrey Hepburn! Since I tend to wear lots of neutrals and blues, my scarves with hints of pink and navy tend to be my favorites so I recommend getting one that either matches or compliments your favorite color palettes. 

Style Tip No. 2 Wear a pastel something. Ever since I bought a light pink coat last winter it’s become such a staple in my wardrobe. I was surprised how many things it goes with, especially since I tend to wear it over jeans or navy leather pants. But if you can’t commit to a full on pastel coat I recommend something smaller, like a purse, sunglasses,  or even an iPhone case. 

Style Tip No. 3 Keep it classic with the chic basics like stripes, trench coats, and tassel loafers. As much as I love a trend, off the shoulder forever, every season has its classics and a trench coat is definitely one of them that I’m not willing to ever tire of. And as our toes defrost it’s back to leather loafers, preferably in with a fun twist, like these pebbled silver slides. Stripes need no explanation. 




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{This post in collaboration with Vionic.}

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GRAY MALIN AT THE CORAL CASINO BEACH CLUB


Nobody does beach art quite like Gray Malin, and once again, he has completely knocked it out of the ball park with his very recent collaboration with the Coral Casino Beach Club in Santa Barbara. The series just screams summer and is perhaps another accurate portrayal of California dreaming. I love the coral and pink tones against the very bright blue sky and pool. Like all of Gray's art, taking a look just immediately transports you into somewhere absolutely beautiful, as if you can already feel the warm sunshine and expect a perfectly crafted cocktail to be delivered within moments from a gorgeous waiter. Similar to Slim Aarons' work, Gray tends to capture some of the most elite places around the world, ones that particularly have a reputation of perfecting luxury. And the Coral Casino Beach Club is no different, evoking that 'summer at the club' feel. The Coral Casino is members only but I went while staying at the Four Seasons across the street, which gives hotel guests access during their stay, and I can assure you it does not disappoint! If you ever plan a trip to Santa Barbara I highly recommend considering it just for the perk! Until then, we will just swoon over the very delightful slice of summer Gray serves up in this collection. Enjoy. 



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A DAY WITH ME

6AM I always tend to follow either the sunrise or my 6am alarm clock, whichever happens to come first. I am a morning person and so having a productive morning is always important to me. I either start my day working out, typically with a run in my neighborhood or Soulcycle class. If I don't work out then I just start working. Some of the best days tend to start with me arriving super early to the office when barely anyone's around or at my beautiful desk at home. 8AM I usually get to the office around this time and immediately start answering emails. I love to listen to or watch some type of news or talk radio pretty much all day, but especially in the morning. My go-to's vary from Airtalk with Larry Mantle, The View, StarTalk Radio, The Lady Gang Podcast or Heather Dubrow's World. I'm not much of a breakfast person and so my typical early mornings consist of hot water with lemon and alternating days of tea, an espresso shot or cup of coffee to follow. Every once in a while I'm feeling cozy and crave a vanilla coconut milk latte. 9AM Despite whether I am at home or in the office, I am usually getting the most work done from now before lunch. I love my mornings and consider this time my peak of productivity most days. I tend to schedule meetings with my interns, client sessions, and phone calls and make a thorough list of everything I need to get done before the end of the day. On the weekends this is my sacred time to furiously pin inspirational images on Pinterest and take my coffee and avocado toast in bed. 12PM Typically I take a lunch break and read up on lots more lifestyle-esque news. My go-to websites are Town & Country Mag, GoopElle.com, and a bunch of my favorite blogs like La Dolce Vita, Design Darling, This is Glamorous, and Fashionable Hostess. As much as I try not to I am always eating and consuming online content at the same time. My go-to lunch is usually the five spice and Asian noodle salad from Trader Joe's or whatever yummy and typically healthy leftovers my boyfriend sends me off with. On non-work days I either grab my usual salmon avocado roll at Whole Foods or go to a relatively newer spot that I have become OBSESSED with, KazuNori (I might actually like it more then Sugarfish omg) and I always order the toro and blue crab hand rolls. Life changing. 
1PM This tends to be my last attempt at being highly productive before the second half of the day. I love to get the majority of my to-do list items crossed off and tie up any loose ends, aka returning phone calls, responding to more emails, finishing projects for the majority of the day.  4PM Is when I start to teeter off as I am really a morning person and have a lot of trouble staying productive around this time. Depending on my schedule I will often go for a run at when I can as it really helps break up the day, giving me more energy for whatever's next. If I am working I will often grab a coffee and see a client or schedule some last minute meetings/finally clear my ongoing to-do list. This is also a great time for taking blog pictures, depending on the time of year, but ideally the hour before sunset! 6PM I am either in my car driving home from the office or getting back from a run. If I have an event to go to or evening plans I usually take this time to lie down to rest a second before figuring out parking/outfits and getting ready again. I can't stress how helpful going for a run or working out is when I have to be somewhere on a weeknight because I get so tired! If I am free to be home I love catching up on reality television with my roommate or going for a walk with my boyfriend and his little frenchie Pierre. Depending on the sunset time it's a perfect opportunity to have a glass of rosé before dinner and relax. 7PM Dinner is usually something my boyfriend cooks and tends to be on the healthier side like salmon, veggies, tacos, matzo ball soup, chicken yakatori or sushi. Yes, he makes tuna sashimi, hand rolls me blue crab and makes salmon and yellowtail nigiri all fresh from the Nijiya Market. And yes I know I'm lucky! When I am on my own I buy lots of pre-made-ish food from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, trying so hard not to Postmate too much but when I do it's usually udon soup and crispy rice! If I go out to dinner I tend to have a glass of rosè or just water. Some places I love to go to nearby are Blue Plate Oysterette, Chin Chin'sScopa, Katsuya, Forma, Sugarfish, Tavern, La ScalaMercado, North ... honestly the list goes on because I love trying new restaurants and hate cooking for myself. 9PM I usually try to be in bed to settle in for the night and tie up a bunch of loose ends before going to sleep. This tends to consist of smearing on retinal cream, prepping my Instagram posts for the following day, buying things I don't really need on Amazon Prime, watching an episode of something on my iPad, reading a few chapters of a book (when I'm being good and actually reading), browsing the Poshmark app for cashmere sweaters and lusting over everything on NET-A-PORTER10AM Sleep, or endless google searches for questions like "are Paris and Nicole still friends?" "how to explain bitcoin to a 5 year old" "can you purchase a royal title?" etc, until I either fall asleep with my iPhone in my hands or give up and watch an old episode of The Real Housewives of New York City


Was this at all interesting? Perhaps next time, "A Weekend With Me?" 

-MGN

THE M LIST FEBRUARY


1. Valentine's/Galentine's Day... Some may disagree but I thoroughly enjoy this holiday and always have - boyfriend or no boyfriend. And with the rise in popularity for a Galentine's Day celebration, this card company and florist driven holiday has become more inclusive for anyone who celebrates love. Last year my friends and I had an adorable and delicious Galentine's Day party at home and I must say it wasn't too different from any other girls night in, but oh you know how I love a theme! And like every February, I will be sending my annual valentines and have done a recent post on both digital and good old fashioned paper options to check out in case you missed it. A gift guide of course and oh did I mention again my dream date inspired sunset beach picnic? It's brie-tacular!!!!! 

2. The Royals... I can't say enough good things about the British royal family, especially in recent time, with the addition of Kate Middleton and Megan Markle. I love what Kate and William have done in advocating fully for mental health and taking their support even further by making the issue personal. They have made statements about their own childhoods and went as far to show support for the mental health and well-being of their children, who they said they would support receiving mental health services if need be. This is such a great example of how monarchy can find a new role in this modern world, by representing causes that are important to people! As for Prince Harry, I must say I never thought he was up to much advocacy before I realized he has championed several important causes, but for me the most exciting one being around feminism and fighting for female empowerment. The speech he gave about efforts to reduce child marriages in Nepal and even his confirmation that he is in fact a feminist is life changing considering how the royal family has often steered away from being political or championing their own issues. But the reality is that politics are about people and in my opinion, what is the purpose of having public figures who don't have opinions or missions for the greater good of society? After binge watching the Crown and not surprisingly becoming obsessed, I am very curious about what the evolving role of royals will be. 

3. Book Club... As I have mentioned before, one of my most tangible goals is to attend more nights of the book club I belong to, as every time I leave one I always come out with so much inspiration and pride around the amazing women that make it up. Although I only started attending a few years back, this club has been going on for now 10 years and the organizer has established such a high caliber group of diverse and motivated women. Some of them are published authors, actresses, business owners, mothers, doctors, chefs, movie writers - you name it, the list goes on and on. Not every woman attends every book club but that is part of the beauty of it, making every monthly club night that much more interesting. I love how so many women have welcomed newbie's in and because of that every night turns into such a quality discussion. One that never revolves around the book of the month, of course. 

4. Movies... I just saw Phantom Thread and really loved it. I will admit that it took a while to grow on me but about an hour in I think the whole theater and myself realized there was something really intriguing and deep that made it greater than just the mind blowing aesthetics of 1950's London. Next on my list are so many, some newer/some older but here goes: AnnihilationThoroughbreds, A Kid Like JakeColette, Generation Wealth, and The Happy Prince.

5. Paris Fashion Week... Oh the inspiration! Some of my favorites so far are Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Rodarte, Ellie Saab, and Chanel. I wasn't completely blown away by any one show so far but I am hopeful! Seeing runway fashion always gets me so excited for what is next, I love that designers can continue to keep creating a new storyline every season. Can't wait to see what fashion week in NYC has in store! 


Happy February, 

-MGN