Monday, October 11, 2010

colors and shapes

Georgia O'Keefe said it best, "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

easy like a sunday morning

Blouses that act like dresses are the ultimate bang for your buck. When on a cooler day, I might have worn this with skinny jeans and heals, here I am passing it off like a summer frock in 112 degree weather.

The teal embroidered pattern on the kimono style makes this blouse/dress hybrid an obvious wardrobe favorite. The embellished trim and tie waist are adorable bonuses.

The combination of teal and yellow is a color formula I go back to time and time again. Notice how they play off of each other in this number? They were meant to go together!

Friday, August 13, 2010

union station

Right across from Olvera Street is an equally historic part of Downtown LA - Union Station. The architecture is one of its most noteworthy characteristics, but the view inside and the gorgeous details in the travertine tiles, the decorative ceiling, and the balanced sight lines will keep any art/architecture enthusiast drooling.

These particular travertine tiles are like candy for my aesthetic and drive me crazy, they're so pretty!

Union Station seemed the obvious backdrop for a look that is downright retro and feminine. In the archives of Hollywood, Union Station finds itself in the original "Italian Job" and my favorite cult classic, "Blade Runner."

Image from Blade Runner Movie

Versatility is this blazer's middle name and is undeniably a universal wardrobe staple that I wear across the seasons. The camel color and puffy sleeves are to die for.

In this look, the blazer blends effortlessly with the white dress and an extra-wide caramel colored belt, a palette that is increasingly a go-to color combination for the summer. A saffron yellow petticoat peeks from underneath and gives the effect of a voluminous skirt. Subtle, but visually interesting.

The belt's details are satisfyingly edgy and understated.

Monday, July 12, 2010

olvera street

It's hard to imagine LA without the unforgiving traffic, its many disparate neighborhoods, and the millions of Los Angelenos who call it home. But every city has its humble beginnings and LA has it in Olvera Street. On a southeast corner in the heart of downtown is a relic of the city's colonial past and today's gateway to authentic Mexican eateries, shops replete with surprises, and a Dia de los Muertos event that will bring the dead to life!

My buddy, Jennifer, and I spent a warm Saturday afternoon in Olvera Street talking up a storm per our usual, eating churros like there was no tomorrow, and buying puebla dresses (my version of styling it to come!).

Shopping tip #1: While Olvera Street will keep you buying one serendipitous discovery after another, the merchants generally accept cash only. Buyers beware as you'll want to avoid the frustration that comes with scavenging for an ATM.

This vintage dress has the perfect ladylike shape for Jennifer and the muted yellow color is just as nostalgic. I see this dress and I think lemonade stands staffed by little ones selling drinks for $.25.

The eyelit details along the neckline and waist are both playful and utterly timeless.

Jennifer's wedges are possibly the most ideal sandal for summer: comfortable for strolling but noticeably original with a textured woven fabric lining the sides of the heel. Que cute!

Shopping tip #2: The merchants at Olvera Street tend to have many of the same things. It's worth walking through the entire strip, which is barely the length of a street block, to reconnoiter the stalls and identify items you may be inclined to buy. There's the potential of scoring a great deal or two here, so patience is key.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

discovering the unexpected

The eye catching color and feminine shape in this dress capture the combination I'm craving for right now. The unexpected bold pattern is spontaneous and punchy. That this would remind me of Psychology 101 and a lesson on rorschach inkblots is an extra bonus. I see glaciers in the skirt of my dress. What do you see? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Rule of Thumb #6: Think outside the box. Limiting your scope can otherwise stifle your fashion potential. Case in point: this so-called dress is actually a nightgown!

A classic white button down is a standard for anyone's wardrobe. Combined with this dress, an otherwise preppy staple is fancied-up and unabashedly fun, playing off of the pattern and color contrasts in the overall look. Tied around the waist is the ideal final touch.

Monday, June 21, 2010

baxter street

San Francisco isn't the the only city in California with the steepest streets. Located east of the Silverlake reservoir in one of the older subdivisions of the neighborhood, Baxter Street climbs a 32% grade and has so since 1884. It privileges one of the best sight lines of the water. I used to live a block away and still miss watching the sunset from this street. For more on Baxter and other steep streets in LA, read this LA Times article.

Cropped blazers continue to be the "it" jacket for my wardrobe. Paired with long or longish dresses, they elongate an otherwise short frame. I'm 5' tall, so I need all the help I can get!

Opposites attract in this ensemble that mixes a gypsy dress with a military inspired blazer. The delicate and flowy fabric act as a counterpoint to the jacket's tailored structure.

Rule of thumb #4: Experiment with hard and soft pieces to create a look that is balanced by unpredictable pairings.

The folded detailing and buttons in this version of a shrunken blazer are adapted from 18th century military uniforms and make for a cohesive look when highlighted by a long necklace. The secret is mirroring the lines in the jacket with those of the necklace.

Rule of thumb #5: Styling is seeing. Creating a subtle pattern of lines can harmonize a look of disparate pieces. If you identify the direction and orientation of lines in your look, you can determine the effect they would have in leading a viewer's eyes.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dress to Inspire

Did I mention what a nerd I am about fashion? Join me on Sunday, June 20th from 2-4 p.m. at the Getty Villa for my gallery course on ancient jewelry, Dress to Inspire.

the music box steps

LA is full of old Hollywood allusions. The Music Box Steps in Silverlake was once the background of a scene in Laurel and Hardy's "The Big Parade." I've always thought how awesome it would be to live along the steps, but reality sets in when I imagine schlepping groceries up the stairs.

*picture from

I'm huge on graphic patterns and this skirt within a skirt is such an inventive play of vibrant colors. A black belt and wedges anchor this easy summer look with a little bit of whimsy in a canary yellow necklace.


Silverlake is easily one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA. This area of Sunset Blvd used to be a sketchy part of town, but today boasts trendy boutiques, a range of food offerings, a Farmer's Market on Saturdays, and an annual music festival in the summer.

I'm a consummate fashion geek and I live by style formulas. Rule of thumb #1: A pulled together look can come from the simplest combination. Never underestimate the color pairing of shoes and a blazer.

Ryan - husband and photographer - and I have been jonesing for Pazzo Gelato (corner of Sunset and Hyperion) for some time now. We still haven't found an even decent substitute in Santa Monica. Can you tell how much I'm loving my fig almond gelato?

Rule of thumb #2: When buying jewelry, duality is key. Pick pieces that can both stand alone and harmonize an outfit.

This necklace caught my eye because the double knotted motif is a throw back from ancient Mediterranean times. Jewelry had amuletic properties and the double knot, known as a Hercules knot, was believed to dispel evil and harm from the wearer.

Rule of thumb #3: Play with unexpected color combinations.

This grape purse pops against a predominantly neutral outfit as I get crazy riding a motorcycle side saddle for $.25. Vroooom vrooooomm.....

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Welcome to "My Style Magician", a blog by Eidelriz. I'm excited to have you! Take a seat, enjoy an adult beverage, and hang out as we explore the intersections of style and the LA experience. Woopee!!