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KAR CARTEL x CHLOE + ISABEL

4.14.2014


My friend Sara invited me to curate a mini pop-up collection of my faves on her Chloe + Isabel shop and I couldn't be more happy to help! Chloe + Isabel is like a Stella & Dot site but more exclusive. To sell Chloe + Isabel, a potential merchandiser must apply and go through an interview process to be considered. I can definitely see why the selection process is so detailed, the pieces are gorgeous!

Sara gave me creative freedom to pick my favorite pieces and create a mini shop for you guys to shop this week. Stock up on Easter gifts or simply amp up your wardrobe with a gorgeous statement piece. Click on the image above and head on over to my curated "Kar Cartel Collection", hope you enjoy and shop!

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WITH A K

4.03.2014


Karl Lagerfeld - Sneakers / Kenzo - Cap / Reed Krakoff - Boxer Mini / Nicholas Kirkwood - d'Orsay Pumps / Kate Spade - Pretty & Witty Candle

Growing up I always felt jipped when playing word association games that required matching a word to that of my first name's initial, K. Till this day, trying to make an alliteration that actually makes sense is still quite challenging! Kaleidoscope Karla? I think not. Oddly enough, I've always loved my anchor initial despite the trickiness. While in college I made it a point to introduce myself as "Karla with a K" because for one reason or another I felt the need to share my name's spelling wasn't "with a C" and eventually it just stuck. (Till people started calling me "Kar Gar".)

I confess I have many quirky moments and my ode to the "with a K" is definitely testament to that. I really love my initials written out and I find a quirky/powerful mix in monograms with a K. Typography has a way of saying so much by doing so little and is truly indicative of ones' style, and I happen to think K suits me just right. Coincidentally, some of my favorite designers have a "K" name and I just so happen to be crushing on all these K designer items, especially the Lagerfeld sneakers that resemble my New Balance 410's. How amazing are sneakers with a K?! Must have.

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MONOCHROMATIC GRADIENT

4.02.2014


*Photos by Idalia - Vicarious LA
Vest: Mink Pink, Tank top: Zara (old), Skirt: Zara, Shoes: Zara, Sunglasses: F21

I'm very into monochromatic looks as of late. What I once thought of as too "matchy matchy", I now find myself leaning towards subconsciously. I didn't intend on this when shooting these photos but I like to think my outfit has a gradient transition, with the colors shifting progressively from the shoes and skirt in pink into a cream and soft gray. (Pink gradient editing in photos included for effect.)

My usual aesthetic is less fitted but I've been exploring some pieces that are a bit out of my comfort zone. I pride myself on dressing appropriately for my body and I get a little nervous when things go too tight around the bum area (I have a little Kardashian in me). Which is why I'm not such a fan of pencil skirts but when you really like one, you make it work and I really loved this one. Maybe it was the color! Adding the vest was definitely a great way to keep true to my style by feeling comfortable within my personal style.

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WORK FLOW

3.27.2014

Jacket: Target, Top, Shoes, Necklace: Zara, Pants: Macy's, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sunglasses: F21

Bridging the gap between business casual and personal style is often a difficult task, but if you ask me, personal style should shine through on any kind of look no matter what the occasion is. Personally, I find it easiest to achieve this by purchasing items that can be worn within multiple looks or settings. The key to making your wardrobe feel larger is definitely by finding versatility in piece wearability (which is usually what I use to justify spending a little more by factoring cost per wear, if I will wear it enough it's definitely worth it).

Here's a glimpse at what I wore to work on Wednesday. I think it makes my style shine through - I wear & mix prints, I add a hint of egde with the jacket and necklace, and I love a mix of colorful and black & white.
 

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