Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Sleeveless Coat

Do we call it a sleeveless coat or a really long vest?
It's definitely menswear inspired and instantly adds a layer of polish to your ensemble.
Do we love it? I vote for a big yes!
It's an outerwear piece that it's easy to layer and makes any outfit chic and sophisticated.

To make this look work, select a monochromatic scheme of whites, blacks, and greys - and be bold! 
This look is timeless but you can definitely have fun with it.
I kept it classic in black and white and kept the accessories as my daring pieces.

With the new year, there are a lot of special collaborations and projects that I can't wait to share with you! Starting off with a $300 VISA gift card giveaway on Thursday!
Stay tuned and make sure to follow me on Instagram (@studsandsapphires) to enter!
I will also dropping a few hints within the next few weeks so make sure to tag along to see what's to come!

Xo,
Lillian

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Vest: Topshop / Shirt: Topshop / Shoes: c/o Sole Society / Necklace: c/o 21 HM Boutique
Jeans: J Brand / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tuxedo Blazer

Living in LA presents a small challenge when it comes to winter dressing. I envy all of my friends and family that post pictures all wrapped up on social media. Being a California girl, a pair of over the knee boots and a skirt can take you a long way during winter time. 

I have been looking for the perfect over the knee boots for a long time! Although splurging on the infamous Stuart Weitzman was ideal, I was able to find these amazing Zara pair on sale for $99! 
I love an amazing sale, especially when they are an amazing pair of shoes! On my last post, I chose to pair it over denim for a more wrapped up look whereas in this look, it's more true to my every day style.

I love how boots look on bare legs paired with a more covered top half. Since the boots are suede, I wasn't afraid to fabric mix and incorporated satin and leather into my whole look.
We all know all black is super chic, but keeping the legs bare also gives it a subtle sexy look that can transform any outfit from day to night.

Xo,
Lillian

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Coat: Zara / Sweater: c/o Michael Stars / Skirt: Forever 21 
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Boots: Zara

Monday, January 12, 2015

Denim & Suede

Denim on denim.
You either love chambray or you hate it! If you take a wild guess, you can conclude that I love anything and everything denim. Our weather consisted of rain this whole weekend, which resulted in me cleaning and organizing my closet and catching up on movies.

As for my look for the day, I kept it very classic in denim everything. Over the knee boots add a certain glam touch to any outfit and I paired it with a black long coat.

I kept the rest of the outfit very minimal and just added a bold red lip.
A touch of red lipstick can transform any gloomy day into fabulous and fun!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend.
Stay tuned for some amazing giveaways coming this month!

Xo,
Lillian

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Coat: Tahari / Shirt: Guess (old) / Jeans: Joe's Jeans /
Boots: Zara / Bag: c/o Sole Society


Friday, January 9, 2015

Trench Coat Staple

Let's talk about closet staples.

A classic white button up, the perfect black blazer, a chambray shirt. There are so many more and the trench coat falls in the same category. It's perfect for day and night and not only for the weather

Xo,
Lillian

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Coat: c/o LookBook Store / Dress: Topshop / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: c/o DSW (BCBGeneration)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Boo Hoo City Guide

One of my resolutions for 2015 is to travel.
Whether it's an hour away from L.A exploring the beach or somewhere tropical, I am definitely going to strive to make traveling a big goal this year (and of course, take you along with me on the journey)!
With that being said, New York City is definitely on my mind and it's been two years too many that I haven't been back.

Shopping in Soho, drinking coffee and eating pizza for lunch, walking and enjoying beautiful Central Park, need I say more? While I daydream, BooHoo has created a New York City Guide for all us, which includes a virtual map that takes you from one destination to another.

I plan to use the City Guide next time I visit the East Coast, and also dress to the occasion. Granted it's very cold in Manhattan, I chose this outfit for a day out shopping at Henri Bendel, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art while grabbing coffee at Culture Espresso.

A black coat is nothing but a must have staple for cold weather. This one from BooHoo is actually perfect for our L.A winter days. It has a zipper that can take your coat from duster length to short for a night out. I paired it with slit skinny jeans and a white button up completing the look with chain detailed pumps and an infinity scarf.

If you're planning your next trip out to New York City or just daydreaming about it like me, try out the challenge and let me know what you think!
Xo,
Lillian

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Coat: c/o BooHoo / Jeans: c/o BooHoo / Top: Topshop / Scarf: Nordstrom
Shoes: c/o Sole Society

Monday, January 5, 2015

Varsity Sweater

Happy 2015!
I hope each and every one of you had an amazing New Years Eve!
I am excited to ring in the new year with all of you and this blog post will actually mark a big resolution I am setting for myself.

In 2015, I plan to not only focus on myself but also bring you more of me and my point of view.
I plan to write more in depth about each blog post in addition to just posting photos.
Although they say "a picture is worth a thousand words", I truly believe in writing about topics I am passionate about. I will be exploring beauty more and also have an exciting segment I can not wait to announce (coming soon)!

As soon as the Rag & Bone V-Neck sweater hit the runway, I knew I had to have it. The black and white neck detail gives the athleisure look a chic twist. I wanted to keep it simple and classic so I paired it with none other than my favorite destroyed jeans and a pair of black pumps.

It's an exciting first week of 2015! Let's make it a great one.
Making new year's resolutions is one thing I always look forward to because not only are you starting off with a clean slate but setting yourself on the right track with your personal and professional goals and dreams. Dream big!

Xo,
Lillian

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Sweater: c/o LookBook Store / Jeans: Zara / Shoes: c/o DSW (BCBGeneration)
Bag: c/o Succarra Showroom (Dolce Vita Bags)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Farewell 2014



It's the day before New Year's Eve and that time of the year where I like to take a minute and reflect back on the past 365 days.
2014 has been nothing short of an adventure but I am ready to see what 2015 has in store for me! From Coachella to multiple events and day trips, from learning everything about shooting with a DSLR, to learning how to expand a blog into a brand, it has been nothing but a thankful and exciting journey!

For my reflection, I want to focus on Studs and Sapphires and myself personally.
I started this blog two years ago as a hobby and little did I know that it would grow to become my full-time passion. Using Studs and Sapphires as a creative outlet for my style evolution, I have not only seen myself grow but can not thank those of you who have been supporting me from the beginning enough. I hope to continue to inspire you all and to also encourage those of you who are new to stay and see what is in store for 2015.

Stepping into 2015, I plan to take Studs and Sapphires past our traditional outfit posts.
I plan to showcase more of my personality and have you all see a side of me past the images and writing.
Social and outgoing are two of my strongest characteristics, which I think will be a strong element to add in the new year (hint hint, something special coming soon!)

With all that being said, I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's time to enjoy your time with family, friends, and loved ones.
I wish you all a great day and night and we shall reconnect in the NEW YEAR!

CHEERS!

Xo,
Lillian