Be Daft

be-daftDaft: adj. silly or foolish.

I am officially on a staycation at the in laws’ place in the Hills and cannot be more thrilled. While my home office now has the best view of the city, it is making it a bit distracting to actually get anything done. The only way to ensure I stay focused is by balancing work and play; 2 hours of work and a 45 minute hike, followed by another 3 hours of work, and a quick coffee break, and so on. While on the subject of being silly/foolish, this Be Daft tee by Daftbird makes for the perfect throw-on-and-go top since it can be worn as shown in my normal everyday attire or possibly even more dressed up with leather. You might also catch me at Runyon sporting this tee since the open back allows for some good ventilation.

graphic-tshirt daftbird-tee open-back-shirtI’m wearing: BLANKNYC ripped jeans // Daftbird tee // Rag & Bone booties // Zara jacket // Rebecca Minkoff bag

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Holiday Gift Guide

gift guideWe all have to do it, so why not make the best of it, right? Each year I try to mix up the gift guide to give you a variety of options for not just the regular ole best friend gift, but for the downright impossible people to shop for (ie: the girl who travels nonstop? the girl who has everything?!). If you need more ideas, feel free to peruse last year’s guide as well. And if I have not provided you with any helpful gifting ideas, feel free to leave me a comment below with whom you are shopping for and I will do my best to cover it for ya! Happy Shopping!

eclecticEclectic Girl: 1. Cowhide rug // 2. DIY Address plaque // 3. DIY chalkboard wood block // 4. iPhone case // 5. Pattern Box // 6. Gold flatware // 7. Polkadot box // 8. Chandelier // 9. Hustle sign // 10. Corkscrews

girl girlGirly Girl: 1. Love Shoes book // 2. Leopard stationary // 3. Drybar blow dryer // 4. Cheers tumbler // 5. Diptyque candle set // 6. Rodin perfume // 7. Gold stripe notebook // 8. Necklace // 9. Cake mug // 10. Sunglasses // 11. Clutch // 12. Bathina Body Oil

travelerWorld Traveler: 1. New York print // 2. World Map corkboard // 3. Escape notebook // 4. Michael Kors watch // 5. Limoncello lip butter // 6. French Market cookbook // 7. Phillip Lim luggage // 8. Portable charger // 9. Narciso Rodriguez hair mist // 10. Palm crossbody bag // 11. Phone pouch // 12. Chunky boots

girlfriendGirlfriend: 1. Totes Ridictionary // 2. Bra + Panties // 3. Chanel perfume purse // 4. Givenchy perfume // 5. Prada print // 6. Lipstick mug // 7. Heels // 8. Phillip Lim purse // 9. Charme Silkiner trifecta ring // 10. Au Lait body milk // 11. Polaroid camera


Boyfriend: 1. Plaid shirt // 2. Beard shampoo // 3. Eat Like A Man cookbook // 4. Hat // 5. Wool tie // 6. Pill carafe // 7. Holiday card // 8. Cocktail Collection books // 9. Argyle socks // 10. Flasks // 11. Cuff links // 12. Stone ice cubes // 13. Watch // 14. Tom Ford perfume // 15. Marmot 4-person tent

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Bittersweet Holiday

banana-republicThe holidays can be such a bittersweet time of the year. For me, I am used to an overflowing amount of family to visit with and gifts to shop for. It seems as though each year there are less people to celebrate with and more distance (literally) standing in the way of enjoying the holidays the way we used to. With half my family across the country I have had to find new ways to celebrate and new traditions to start. This year I kicked off my holiday spirit by teaming up with Banana Republic to share the joy of dressing. Because after all, what girl doesn’t secretly (or not so secretly) LOVE a festive dress?

In honor of those who love a good holiday dress, head over to Banana Republic and receive 50% off your dress of choice. Valid 12/2/13 through 12/12/13

Happy Holidays from Banana Republic + Sivan Ayla

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Shop + Sip

trunk showCalling all my Valley girls! I’m hosting a jewelry trunk show with designer Charme Silkiner this weekend and would LOVE to see your pretty faces there. Her latest collection can be shopped at a discount and we will have some fun cocktails to sip while you’re at it. With the holidays approaching you will want to make it out to this relaxed and fun shopping environment instead of the mania at the mall. If you would like to attend, please comment or email me for all the details!

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Black + Blue

oversized-hatThere comes a time (or an age) where black and blue becomes acceptable. Growing up I knew black and blue were a faux pas and struggled finding the perfect color denim so I could finally wear a black shirt without feeling like a sinner. Now, what feels like 100 year later, I am avidly wearing the duo without any shame. There is something sleek and chic about pairing the two together, especially navy. This hat has been sitting on my dresser for weeks and weeks and I just had to take the plunge and give it its only chance of survival in my closet. Meaning: wearing it with all black. In honor of Black Friday, I give you my version of the perfect outfit.

skinny-black-leather-pants big-hat leather-pants cross-body-bagI’m wearing: BLANK NYC vegan leather pants // Zara top // Rag + Bone booties // Anthropologie hat // Rebecca Minkoff bag 

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Mississippi Mud Thanksgiving

tablescapeHappy Thanksgiving ya’ll! This year I opted for a different look than my usual classic-chic meets modern tablescape. With a few simple additions to my collection (dessert plates, scotch glasses turned water glasses, and a basic runner), I am ready to try something new yet comfortable. Since my condo doesn’t have a proper dining room I need to supplement my lack of space with lots to look at. Rather than savor any space I do have, I have chosen to scatter my succulents, interesting alcohol bottles, and a bevy of glassware to create a cozy environment that welcomes drinking your drink of choice and not fretting over keeping my table “perfect.”

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday with their loved ones. However you celebrate, just remember to always be thankful for every last person in your life. And of course, I am always thankful to those who continue to read my blog and support my passion. I am eternally grateful.

holiday-table beer mississippi-mud

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black-jumpsuitThis past weekend I attended the American Music Awards, which was more of a family outing than a glamorous walk down the red carpet, but had to prepare a fabulous outfit (of course). After a tragic event took place in my family I was left with no time to really shop or style anything extravagant so I re-purposed something I already owned. This Cynthia Vincent romper has obviously already made its debut on the blog but I couldn’t see a more perfect fit for the show. It’s edgy, without being too obnoxious; warm for the chilly weather; and with a few new additions/accessories (studded belt & fur vest) I was sporting an entirely new look than the first time I wore the jumpsuit. What do you think? Was my look a hit or miss for the AMAs? Discuss.

ama-outfit cynthia-vincent fur-vestI’m wearing: Cynthia Vincent romper // Cynthia Vincent fur vest  // Studded belt (borrowed) // Zara heels // Charme Silkiner jewelry

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How To: Pose Properly

how to poseThese days I am spending a lot of time in front of the camera. I wasn’t born camera-ready, but with enough experience, I have become comfortable with the camera, which is key to successful picture taking. The tips above are pretty self explanatory and always work for me. While I could go one for days about all the issues I find in pictures as I scroll through Instagram daily, I’ll stick to the postives…the DO’s.

DO smile.

DO get creative.

DO pose with your eyes (even when covered by shades).

DO know your flattering angle(s).

DO fake it. Heels work wonders for us shrimps.

DO stand up straight.

DO have fun. It shows.

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Modern Xmas Checklist

modern xmasLast year I ranted and cried about not putting up a Christmas tree and this year I am preparing myself for again not having one. It really comes down to not having space and not particularly wanting to stock up on a bunch of ornaments when I’m sure my motif will change once we move into a house. Instead, I can provide some inspiration for those of you who are decorating their home this year and would like to mix it up. It’s a rather minimalistic style for the holidays but I really love the clean, white feel to everything. Another perk? A lot of my (and maybe your) everyday decor can be used to achieve this look, making it all that much more appealing to me (less work).

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brown-short-suitI originally had this short suit in mind with tights and a pair of booties for Paris, but with the random 90-degree weather we have had here in Hollywood I thought, why not? Sans tights and in sandals, I trotted around town in this little number while hosting a trunk show at Bloomingdales last week with jewelry designer Charme Silkiner. The snake ring (pictured below) is her design and also available on her site now (!!!). And in case you were wondering, my beautiful necklace is handmade by my good friend Kelly who will be selling them very soon. Stay tuned on that plus much more this week (including the holiday gift guide). Happy Monday all!

short-suit snake-ring crossbody-bagI’m wearing: Cynthia Vincent short suit // Zara sandals // Rebecca Minkoff purse // Charme Silkiner snake rings

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