Category Archives: Personal Style

4 Steps To Luminous Complexion Perfection

 I love the look of luminous skin in the summer.

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Your complexion doesn’t have to be perfect since the warm California sun is a flattering filter enough, but when the moon grows bright and the lights of the city begin to shine, nothing is more beautiful than luminous skin.  

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Mind you,I said luminous, not shiny. The line between the two isn’t as fine as you’d think. The trick to achieving luminosity is having radiance everywhere on your face except for your T-zone-  your forehead and your nose. Though we aim for the effortless, “this is my skin” look, it does take a few steps. 

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Here’s 4 step cheat sheet for that California chic glow that makes everyone look like the human equivalent of a nightingale!

 

Step 1: Moisturize

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After cleansing (preferably with cleanser and water—not wipes!)  make sure to prep the skin with a luscious application of a moisturizer. For those with normal to dry skin opt for a cream *1. For those with oily or combination skin, go with a hydrating gel*2.

1. Perricone Face Finishing Moisturizer – luxury in a bottle. Features Alpha Lipoic Acid, which is supposed to be the world’s strongest antioxidant. You will also love the natural rose scent it has.s1159771-main-hero-300

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – absorbs to the skin beautifully without feeling like the product is on the surface. Hydrating but not uber-moisturizing- and yes, there is a difference.

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Step 2: Primer

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This often overlooked step could be the nudge that takes you from a housewife to a Real Housewife. A primer, well, primes the skin for foundation and the rest of the face color. Depending on which one you use, a primer could color correct any redness or jaundice (*3), fill in any noticeable pores (*4), or simply just smooth the surface out and mattify (*5)—all while keeping your makeup on longer.

                *3. Smashbox Color Correcting Primers – so much variety! Whether is a dark spot correcting one, an oil free one, a hydrating one or a green one that corrects redness!

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                *4. Benefit Porefessional – Does exactly what it states. Best in the market for softening (partly filling in) the look of pores..

benefit                *5. Lancome La Base – goes on clear and beautifully. A staple in every make-up artist’s kit.

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Step 3: Foundation

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For a summer night out, I love the look of a radiant skin—matte, over-powdered skin, to me, looks corpse-like. Glow, people, glow! This makeup look is the perfectly suited to those with dry skin (*6-7), but those with oily skin could still benefit! (*8-9)

                *6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Light – Medium Coverage) – best for dry to normal skin types.

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                *7. MAC Face and Body Foundation (Light, Buildable Coverage) – Water based, best for dry to normal skin types.

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                *8. Nars Sheer Glow – (Medium Coverage) – Best for Normal to Oily Skin

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                *9. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation (Full coverage) – All skin types

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Step 4: Tinted Moisturizers, BB’s and CC’s

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Though foundations are a staple- there is no better time to bring out Tinted Moisturizers, BB and CC Creams than summer. Tinted moisturizers are exactly what they sound like: Moisturizers with tint or pigments. BB stands for Beauty Balm, which incorporate skincare benefits to tinted moisturizers. CC stands for Color Correction, meaning that CC creams typically are BB creams focused on preventing and correcting dark spots and age spots. TM’s (*), BB’s (*) and CC’s (*) all can be worn without a moisturizer underneath!

                *10. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – provides more coverage than most other tinted moisturizers in the market and is beautifully blendable.

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                *11. Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm – This beautiful balm (luxuriously oil-based, not to be associated with Beauty Balms) is perfect for those with very dry skin. Provides the most beautiful sheen on the face. If you have oily or combo skin, try and avoid!

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                *12. Urban Decay Naked BB Cream – Undetectable on the skin, your skin just looks simply better- this is due to the Optical Blur than it features! 2256112

NYC To LA: A Fashion Translation

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The Greatish Outdoors

From Cali’s Venice or NYC’s infamous Hampton scene, the great outdoors is a time for understated grace and under the radar good taste.

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Burberry Striped Tshirt Dress $117, Scala Fedora Hat $98, Striped Beach Tote $28

A crisp short rimmed hat and big sunglasses will give you the “I might be a celebrity” look you want while keeping the crazy, unwashed masses from approaching you and your blessed Balenciaga.

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Floppy Hat $26, Peach Pu Skater Skirt $32, Armani Tshirt $90

Since the Hamptons are ancestral home to the rich and hoity toity, your laid back outdoor ready ensemble should look put together enough to catch the eye of the next Wall Street tycoon. Floppy hats are a must to keep that skin looking young and rich and pairing it with a flowy skirt and structured tank top pulls everything together beautifully. 

Ready For Romance

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Helmut Lang dress $167, David Yurman Necklace $950, Stella McCartney Heels $695

In LA, it’s all about showing off that body your trainer worked so hard on while making it very clear that he’s just one of many potential suitors.

Start by selecting a flowing, curve brushing garment that hints rather than scream at the glories beneath. Bonus points if it’s just short enough to show off those tanned, toned legs. Pair with your beach bottle sprayed hair and you’re off to a beautiful date night over looking Malibu.

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In New York, black on black is the way to go. Black looks good on anyone and can take away the pooch that you got from eating way too many hot dogs. Wear tighter pieces on the bottom to show off the booty that ass that walks five miles to work everyday. Pairing your outfit with a metallic belt to offset the black is not only a fashion statement but an eye catcher for any guy to busy watching the Knicks game. 

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Current/ Elliott the Boyfriend Jeans $162, Rag & Bone Tank $255, Friendly Hunting Cardigan $698, Mod Cloth Flats $35

LA work life consists of labels, comfort, and heels. Mostly everyone works in the “industry” so we have the opportunity to dress less business like than most. Keep the color palette simple with denim, whites, and blacks. Throwing in a print never hurts either. Boyfriend ripped jeans with a printed cardigan allows you to be super comfy, stylish, but also conservative if you’re in a stuffy office.

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Miss Selfridge Leather Skirt $85, Marru Top $208, Nicoli Bag $143, Michael Antonio Heels $45

In NY, you’re outfit isn’t complete until you step inside the doors of your office. Tennis and flats all the way when you’re catching those hundreds of subways but don’t forget those skyscraper heels to impress your colleagues and to wear after work. Leathers and blouses are the perfect sets to go to because they can easily transform from business beautiful to a night out in Manhattan with the girls.  

Brunch

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Coast Andrica Maxi Dress $114, Michael Kors Bag $358, Tory Burch Sandals $195

In LA, brunch is a time to take a break from the hectic street traffic and parking and sit down with our freshly pressed juices and organic eggs and toast. This is also a time to reconnect with friends to tell them about how crazy our weekend was and which A list celebs we now are best friends with. Maxi dresses with brightly colored patterns are perfect for this occasion. Whether you want to go floral to match the crazy center piece on every table or even lemons like the ones you will have in your water to burn away all the fat that doesn’t exist, maxi dresses are the way to go when it comes to brunching.

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Basic Jersey Crop Top $12, Ted Baker Floral Skirt $248, Gianvito Rossi Pumps $635, Kitty Shades $40

In NY, it is a more formal attire since you will probably be brunching at the Plaza Hotel. Tea length skirts also with fun patterns are a way to brighten up your Sunday mornings but also stay the lady you think you are. The tea length skirt matches perfectly to the old timed style of the Plaza as well. It will go perfectly with your finger sandwiches and tea cakes. 

Clubbing

One things the same on both coasts…black. We all choose this color so that we can easily blend into crowds and not have to live up to the things we’ve done while out clubbing.

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Top Shop Lace Bralette $44, Vero Moda Pu Leather Skirt $37, Diane Von Furstenberg Leather Handbag $265, Christian Louboutin Studded Heels $1975

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J Brand Leather Trousers, ONLY Peplum Top $26, Vintage Chanel Bag, Saint Laurent Heels $795

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Marina Recap: World Cup & Wedding Whirl

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Hopped off the plane from LAX with a dream and a leather jacket… and snatched a couple winks of sleep before waking up at the crack of dawn (9AM) before zooming straight to Stylehaüs! My business is my baby (sorry Ben) so no matter how much fun I’m having on a trip, returning home is a welcome relief. With all the exciting changes and projects looming in the upcoming months, there’s little time to loaf around. And I’m ok with that. Here are some highlights of last week’s whirlwind of friends and family!

Work Hard Play Hard Need Nap

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After landing in NYC late the night before, I worked a full but super productive day at stylehaüs, then made it to xiv for my good friend Dean May’s birthday.

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It was a classic Summer white party and I had an amazing time grooving in the DJ booth with Paul Oakenfold, a great artist and one of Ben’s good friends.

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The spot was packed with gorgeous Hollywood types and everyone got super into sets from Oakenfold and the EC Twins.

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I wore: a Cosabella bra, David Lerner white cotton tank top, white Superfine jeans, and Nike wedges.

I’ve got the blues… The leather jacket blues.

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All #summer really means for us at @stylehausla is lighter colored leather

I wore: Topshop jeans, Rag & Bone booties, and two jackets from stylehaus. The blue and white floral print on the left is VEDA, and blue knitted leather jacket on the right is by Price Upon Request.

Blue Hat At Bar Marmont

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Ben and I grabbed dinner and drinks at the ever-glam Bar Marmont for some much needed mushy couple time.

Hot Dog Before Julio

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Ben and I watched the World Cup in style at our friend’s new place in the Hills. As much as I love tequila, I was loving those hot dogs more.

I wore: Benjamin J beige tank top, Topshop black jeans, and trusty Converse. 

USA USA USA YAY

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Not to be superstitious, but I swear my photos are lucky. The shot was taken literally seconds before USA scored a crucial goal. How cute are Ben and his friend in their matching pink button ups? I was calling them the Pink Gents all day.

View From The Top

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When I say a house is amazing, that house is freakin phenomenal. Here I am accompanied by Sarah making the most of a beautiful view before Sunset. Her white crochet dress is to die for.

PhotoBooth For Life

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Photobooths are like amazing toys for adults. Like grown up legos. If we’re hanging out and I see a photobooth available, you know we’ll be taking some weird and wonderful pictures.

Stanford Stadium

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After a wonderful week, Ben and I took a quick trip to Stanford for his sister’s wedding. In a stroke of brilliance that my bridezilla self may or may not slightly envy, his sister held her rehearsal dinner at Stanford Stadium, where she met her husband. I can’t even compete. But I’ll try.

I wore: Balenciaga suspender harem pants, Christian Dior Jazz shoes, Pierre Hardy purse, and vintage striped top. 

The Family Stone/Kusin

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My future in-laws are a damn good-looking crowd. How dapper is Ben? The only one not thrilled is that baby, who looks ready for a nap .

A Day In The Life Of Marina Monroe

Recently I was featured on Ditlo.com, a phenomenal website that gives readers an intimate look into a day in the life of important people, places, and things from around the world.

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Marina Monroe for Ditlo Photographer: Marco Franchina

Read on for my responses, then pop over to Ditlo.com to check out the full profile!

VITALS

What are you most proud of professionally?

I’m proud of being the boss. Whether I’m styling a client, running my boutique, or launching a line, it’s always me calling the shots. I’ve always had vision, but life has taught me that in order to see any vision become real, you have to take control. Never apologize for knowing what you want and making it happen. I don’t!

What are you most proud of personally?

The relationship between Ben, my fiancé, and I. We’re two of a kind: focused, creative, and always willing to laugh at ourselves or just life. The laughter part comes in really important during planning a New York wedding while living in Los Angeles. Ben challenges and inspires me like no one ever has, and I like to think I do the same for him. We really value each other.

Upcoming Projects: Launching my new clothing line Haus and getting married to Ben during NYC Fashion Week! It’s going to be fantastic. I’m exhausted just thinking about wedding plans.

Charities: Food on Foot – I love this charity because not only do they feed the homeless, but they help people get back into the workforce and regular routine- find them jobs and pay for their apartments after they prove to be responsible working daily for Food on Foot picking up garbage for months (getting paid only in food gift cards) and getting drug tested weekly.

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Marina Monroe for Ditlo Photographer: Marco Franchina

TRIVIALS

If you could wake up in any city in the world, which would it be?

London. London captured my heart from the very first visit and never fully let go. Londoners have a calm, distinct way of going about their lives- with dignity, decorum, and that wonderful and eternal British ‘stiff upper lip’. Unless they’ve had a few too many, but then again even Churchill was known to get a bit wobbly after one too many highballs.

Dogs or cats?

Cats glare at me, then make me sneeze. I think cats can sense my allergy and are intentionally messing with me. Not cool, cats. Not cool. Dogs are smarter and sweeter anyway.

If you could see the DITLO of anyone in the history of the universe, who would it be and why?

Andy Warhol, because he saw the world so differently. Andy Warhol was a man with a vision, and his rare ability to show that vision with the world was a hallmark of brilliance. I think humanity is defined by our capacity for vision. Warhol once said “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” When I’m feeling un-inspired or just plain tired, I remember those words, and keep barrelling forward. We all wish certain things were different, but most things can be different if you can only find the strength to make them so.

How spicy would you like your buffalo wings? (Scale of 1-10)

Don’t judge me but 1. I like to taste my buffalo wings (and ranch – I’m a big fan of ranch) and it’s very hard to taste anything when you’re chugging water and cringing.

Favorite movie when you were a kid? It’s still the same: Clueless.

I can quote that entire movie. Cher is my spirit animal now and forever. When I was a kid, I’d fantasize about having a gigantic closet full of fabulous outfits just like Cher. And now I do! I like to think that if Cher grew up, she’d be a stylist too.

Who are your personal heroes?

My mother. I know that’s so typical, but it’s the unvarnished truth. Strong mothers make strong daughters who grow up to say “My mother is my hero”. She lives in New York and I live in LA, but we still talk every day. A lot of the time I’ll talk to her in English and she’ll respond in Russian, so it’s kind of like having our own private language.

Who are your favorite villains?

Ursula from The Little Mermaid for several reasons. First of all, ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ has got to be one of Disney’s best. Sometimes when I spot someone looking like a total fashion victim, I’ll find myself humming “Poor unfortunate SOULSSSS, in pain, in need…” In particular when I spot someone wearing Crocs.

How did you sleep?

Once I fall asleep, I sleep like a baby. The tricky part is putting my iPhone/laptop/take out down long enough to fall asleep. Every day is filled to the brim with work (and play) so unless I’m utterly exhausted, I tend to stay up late having wild and occasionally fantastic work ideas. Give me Chinese takeout, yoga pants, and a bottle of Pinot Grigio and I can stay up (almost) all night.

Where is your favorite place to sleep/favorite bed ever?

My fiancé and I have the comfiest bed ever and it’s honestly my happy place. My bed is my fort. Now I’m dying to get in bed. Who would you like/hate to share a bed with for a night? I’d like to share a bed with my best girl friends, pre-teen sleepover style! Whose voice do you hear first in the morning? Ben. I’m not a morning person at ALL so Ben is the only one brave enough to pull my cranky butt out of bed. Everyone else: wake me at your own risk. Or maybe just don’t wake me.

Who would you like/hate to share a bed with for a night?

I’d like to share a bed with my best girl friends, pre-teen sleepover style!

Whose voice do you hear first in the morning?

Ben (my fiancé).

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Marina Monroe for Ditlo Photographer: Marco Franchina

Coffee or Tea? What’s your favorite brand? At home or at your favorite spot?

Coffee over tea. When it comes to caffeine, I keep it classic: one large coffee with nonfat milk and one sugar. Good coffee doesn’t need a ton of flavors or sweeteners, and I only drink good coffee. My favorite coffee spot is Urth Cafe, where I treat myself to the Spanish Latte if I’m feeling in a fancy coffee mood.

Tell us about your relationship with bacon.

Bacon and I have an incredibly personal, sensual relationship. Ben often fumes with jealousy over my undying bacon lust. Everyone loves bacon because bacon is delicious and makes everything else more delicious. Like brussel sprouts or peas. Add bacon and BOOM it’s a party. A bacon party. I can get lost in the Reddit pages on bacon, and if you’ve never gotten lost in the Reddit pages on bacon then I feel a little sorry for you.

What do you wear when you work?

Suit, tie? Every day is different! As a stylist, I have a lot of freedom- it’ll range from leather pants and a silk tank to a crazy printed dress and tights. If I had a uniform, it would be leather heavy. Leather jackets, leather purses, leather shorts, leather pants, all of my favorite things are made of leather. Anyways, I try to mix it up at work. Sometimes, like today, I’ll be low key in leather boots (omg more leather), leggings, and a comfy cotton tee. But most days I’m a little more glam in bold colors and stilettos. My secret is always having a back up pair of flats for when I feel a heel-driven tantrum brewing.

How do you hit the road? Car, bike, subway?

Hello, it’s LA! I drive everywhere. Californians are allergic to walking, it’s just fundamentally against our nature. Plus once you get used to the cool comfort of your very own car, it’s impossible to return to cramped, sweaty, sketchy public transport. Or, God forbid, a bicycle.

Who inspires you most from your field/profession?

Diane von Furstenberg. She stayed true to herself when building her brand and defined how women should dress.

Do you prefer knocking off early or burning the midnight oil?

Burning the midnight oil.

What are the perks of your job?

I’m surrounded by clothes every day- it feeds my shopping addiction!

Have you ever killed/grown your own food?

No. Look at my picture. I’m not going to pluck a chicken or grow my own vegetables, that sounds hellish. But infinitely rewarding, I’m sure.

Where you discovered by chance or did you work your way up the ladder? 

Chance?! Please. Aside from child models, no successful member of the fashion industry got here by chance. Fashion might be pretty from the outside, but from the inside it’s brutally competitive and mentally exhausting. I adore it. I’ve been working my way up the ladder for over a decade now and have zero intention of stopping anytime soon.

Tell us about someone you owe your career to?

There’s no one person. No woman is an island (why yes I did nick that from Hugh Grant what of it) and I am no exception. My success would be impossible without the loyal, kind, clever folk who tolerate my presence with such affection. In particular my friends, clients, family, fiancé, and all the wonderful people at The Grove that I work with have been a source of unwavering support and inspiration. I’m a terribly lucky girl.

How many “real” friends do you have on Facebook?

All of my friends on Facebook are real. I don’t add randoms, I’m too legit for that nonsense. I keep it real on every level- even social media (or at least I try my best.)

Are you Mac or PC?

Mac. A Mac will last forever and look good doing it. I’m a loyal person and loyal customer, so when I find something truly superior- like Ben or my Macbook- I stay faithful.

Imagine you are in a rock band, which brands or items would you demand on your backstage tour rider?

Cheetos, Diet Coke, Dry Shampoo, Strawberry Lip Balm, smoky eyeshadow.

If you could put on your own Woodstock, who would be invited to play?

Lykke Li, Aerosmith, Britney Spears (always and forever), Pharrell Williams, The Killers, Jay-Z, Drake, Prince, RL Grime, Flosstradamus- trap is my latest obsession.

Where do you go to waste time on the internet?

Reddit, Fashionista.com, Gofugyourself.com, Style.com, The Sartorialist.com, postsecret.com, netaporter.com. People are always surprised to hear me talk about Reddit, but it’s true! So next time you’re trolling Reddit, remember: that user you’re insulting might be me. So be nice boys.

How much can you bench press?

Nothing, I’ve never tried. I have the upper body strength of a T-Rex.

Can you touch your toes?

Yes, thank you yoga!

When was the last time you picked up a pen?

Today while signing checks and doodling through a phone call to my wedding planners. Doodling is a great stress reliever.

Do you believe in soul mates? Have you found yours?

Yes, my fiancé Ben! We’re wonderfully compatible. It’s such a pleasure to find someone who loves you for exactly who you are, and who you love for exactly who you are. That’s my idea of a soul mate.

How long does it take you to get ready?

Depends on where I’m going, but I can usually be out the door in a half hour if I need to. But if I don’t need to, you might as well get settled in.

What is the name of your favorite watering hole?

The Pikey! The Pikey is a fantastic bar/restaurant tucked off Sunset Boulevard and filled with my friends and neighbors. It’s within walking distance of our apartment, perfect for tottering home after too many Moscow Mules. What is your usual order? Half a dozen oysters on the half shell. They taste like really, really fresh oysters. Their vinegar chicken is also beyond delicious – i heart chicken.

What is your hangover cure?

Sleep, black coffee, Celine shades, reality TV.

Are you at home on the red carpet?

Yes, I am. Over the years I’ve learned to be truly comfortable in my own skin, so I find red carpet attention flattering- not nerve-wracking.

What do you like to read? Books? Magazines? Blogs?

Magazines- Vogue, Nylon, Foam, Love, Paper, Please!, The Cut. Blogs: Longform, Gawker, Style.com, Books: Anything by Chuck Palahniuk or Tom Robbins. I guess you could say that when it comes to literature, I’m a little dark.

Where do you feel most at peace?

Ceaseless scrolling through online shopping retailers until I fall asleep with my cart full, blissfully dreaming of the orders that have yet to arrive.

Do you sleep soundly or toss and turn?

I sleep soundly, especially when there’s a St Laurent handbag or Walter Steiger booties en route to my doorstep.

Do you sleepwalk? Sleeptalk?

Not that I know of, but maybe Ben is keeping my unconscious sleepwalking/talking a secret so he can surreptitiously learn all my secrets.

Do you meditate? Would you like to share your mantra?

Meditation requires slowing down, and I like to go fast. My mantra might be “What’s next?”

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Marina Monroe for Ditlo Photographer: Marco Franchina

THROWBACK THURSDAY: LAUREN HUTTON’S WHITE BLOUSE

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There is literally nothing more classic than a white blouse.  A crisp white button down, a drape-y white silk top, a plain white tee- they go with anything and everything, and look great on anyone of any age.  No one has pushed the power of the white blouse more than ‘70s supermodel Lauren Hutton.

 

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Known for her All-American charm and classic, preppy style, Lauren Hutton made a name for herself in the 70s and hasn’t stopped making headlines since.  She’s one of the world’s most revered style icons, and could give us all a lesson in “less is more.”  Her outfits typically included a white blouse, typically worn in a super-simple way: with a denim skirt, a blazer, or blue jeans.  Classic & chic!

 

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Available at stylehaus!

Our newest white blouse reminds us of Lauren Hutton SO much!  The draped, v-neck fit is all Lauren, giving off a sexy-but-secretarial vibe.  The ¾ length sleeves, perfectly cuffed, absolutely make the shirt.  We’d wear this with everything:  a leather skirt, printed pants, cutoffs, you name it.

If you can’t get over the Lauren Hutton look, either, you can grab this blouse for $174 at stylehaus- just call 323-655-5900 to order!

 

TREND REPORT: SKORTS

Skorts hold a special place in our hearts here at stylehaus.  While we are totally over the now-ubiquitous Zara miniskort (you know the one…the piece that every blogger and her mom wore last season), skorts in and of themselves aren’t off-limits.  We actually LOVE the versastility of the hybrid piece: the femininity of a skirt with a comfort that only comes from knowing we won’t be flashing our undies if a breeze comes along.

 

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In fact, a skort is one must-have piece for the Spring season.  If you want in on the look, stylehaus has got you covered!  Stylist Janelle put together two street-style worthy looks with the “It” piece of the moment, all pieces courtesy of stylehaus.

 

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Our yellow and black marble printed shorts have two free-flowing front panels, creating the illusion of a skirt.  The long length is so on-trend right now; remember our post on the popularity of Bermudas?  Janelle matched these edgy shorts with a distressed-looking sweater in black.  The result is an effortlessly cool outfit that Alexander Wang would be proud of.

 

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Looking for something a little less dramatic?  Our neoprene skort with gold zipper detailing might be the skort for you!  We love the asymmetrical hemline, and the light color goes with absolutely everything.  Janelle opted for a blue suede tee shirt, making this look perfect for a Spring night out on the town.

All items (except for Janelle’s gorgeous boots) are available at stylehaus!  Call 323-655-5900 for pricing and sizing details.

 

TREND REPORT: BAGS OF FALL 2014

Fashion Month is officially over.  After scoping the offerings from New York, London, Milan, and Paris designers, we see a few big bag trends on the horizon for Fall 2014.  The size of your bag (mostly smaller), the shape of your bag (structured) and even the way you hold your bag (forget about the strap!) is about to change!  Here are the biggest bag trends of Fall 2014:

 

Small trunk bags

 

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Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton’s Petit Malle, or small trunk, is perfection.  We love how Nicolas Ghesquiere updated the standby LV logo bags by resizing the most enduring icon of Louis Vuitton’s legacy: the steam trunck.  The result is super cute, ladylike, and modern, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one (in our dreams- can you image the waitlist?).  Dolce & Gabanna showed similarly shaped bags with their collection, including one case embellished with bugs and sparkly flowers.  We’ll take one of each, please.

 

Quirk

 

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Moschino Fall 2014

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Chanel Fall 2014

Quirky, “ironic” bags were big this season, with Moschino and Chanel showing some of the best options.  Jeremy Scott’s inaugural collection for Moschino was polarizing to say the least (did you love it or hate it?), but we’re totally on board.  His “Happy Meal” bag is high on our Fall wishlist, and we can’t get over the “Soda” bag, either.  Karl Lagerfeld took things up a notch at Chanel with his “Chanel Shopping Center” concept.  A classic quilted Chanel 2.55 wrapped up like a slab of ground beef is particularly amusing, but we’re really feel the “Lait de Coco” milk purse- amazing!!

 

Utilitarian

 

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014

Alexader Wang was one of the first shows of Fashion Month, and he really set the bar high.  His utilitarian, multi-purpose purses were perhaps some of the best pieces in the collection, and we can see them being among the next crop of “It” bags.  Carabineers attached water bottles and utility carry-alls to one main shoulder strap- the perfect bag to carry through the Zombie Apocolypse.

 

Scrap the Strap

 

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Celine, Gucci, and Chloe Fall 2014

Designers decided to scrap the straps on their bags this season!  Celine’s version fits nicely on your arm, but requires a firm grip on bottom.  Gucci’s models scooped up tophandle bags and wore them up to the elbow.  Chloe’s extra-large clutch was hoisted up under the models’ armpits, and looks big enough to fit everything you’d ever need.

 

What were your favorite bags of the season?

GET THE LOOK: STREET STYLE FASHION WEEK 2014

We have a little bit of an obsession with scouring street style sites, and during Fashion Month we absolutely overdosed on the good stuff.  Seeing so many images in a short time frame is (of course) inspiring, but also a little confusing: there’s a crazy amount of outfit ideas bouncing around in our heads and it’s hard to decide which inspirations to pull from sometimes!  To help sort out our favorite street style snaps, we’ve dedicated ourselves to pinpointing our favorite pics and nailing the look.  Luckily, with stylehaus’ merch at our disposal, it’s pretty easy!  Exhibit A: Joanna Hillman in a black, blue, and fringed look.

 

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Hillman was the epitome of effortless chic at Paris Fashion Week in a simple mix of black and blue.  Here, it’s the little details that make all the difference: the oversized fit of the blazer, the minimal gold chokers, the fringed purse.  Love!

 

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A look like this is easy to emulate with a few key pieces, like a great pair of black pants and a boyfriend blazer.   We immediately thought of our fave stretch skinny jeans and threw them on with a high-necked black blouse.  On top, we layered our “Ex-Boyfriend” blazer in blue- 50% off!

The finishing touches were our newest gold necklace- we LOVE the minimal shapes- and our trusty fringed bucket bag.  If you want to get this look too, all pieces are available at stylehaus.

 

MARINA MONDAY: OOTD

Tokyo was cold, especially for a girl who’s used to the LA sunshine!  My wardrobe wasn’t exactly appropriate for the weather, so I had to do some spur-of-the-moment shopping (which I totally didn’t mind) while I was away.  This outfit was the result!

 

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In Turkey (where I stayed before Tokyo), I encountered the same problem so I scooped up this cute printed sweater.  I love the random print- cartoon dogs, candies, and flowers- but I knew I needed to toughen it up a bit.  I paired it with a full leather outfit to counteract its “cutesy” vibe.

 

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My leather pants from Helmut Lang were perfect for the weather, since they look sleek but actually pack a lot of warmth.  Over my sweater I layered a jacket from The Eternal, which I love because of its textured panels.  I had to buy a hat on Harajuku Street to combat the cold, so I picked the now-classic “Comme Des F***down” beanie.  My fave Balenciaga boots added some edge!

Have you ever bought spur-of-the-moment to keep warm that you ended up loving?

xxMarina

GET THE LOOK: LACY SUNDAY

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Is there anything better than a lace dress?  Lace is so versatile.  It can be classic (a la Audrey Hepburn), rocker-chic (like Stevie Nicks), bohemian, sexy…the list goes on.  Our favorite lace piece at the moment is our floor-sweeping sheer lace gown.  Completely see-through, the dress features a high neckline and long sleeves for the perfect mix of sexy and sweet.

 

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The best thing about this dress?  You can layer whatever you want underneath!  Stylist Jessica went with a plain black slip, but there are countless ways to mix it up.  For a racy look, layer a nude slip underneath.  Rocker?  Try a black slip with a leather jacket on top.  Boho girls might want to try a tank and cutoffs, and those who want to try out the high-fashion look should reach for black high-waisted booty shorts and a corset-like bra.

 

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We’re picturing this piece at Coachella, layered over a little bikini top and shorts!  Add a cross-body bag over top, and the look is festival ready.

How would you wear this piece?  If you want to grab it for yourself, it’s $510 at stylehaus (323-655-5900 to order).