April 22, 2014

Marina Monroe’s Coachella 2014 Style: Day 2 & 3

Marina Monroe at Soho House Pop Up on The Merv Griffin Estate

Soho House Pop Up on The Merv Griffin Estate

On Days 2 and 3 of Coachella I was too occupied by revelry to take many outfit snapshots, so I combined two outfits into one post. Saturday, or Day 2, is by far the longest day of Coachella so I went super sporty. It was a solid choice, and I felt wonderfully superior skipping past dejected heel-clad girls in my super comfy neon kicks.
On Day 2 of Coachella 2014 I wore:
  • Nike tank
  • Ksubi denim shorts
  • Boy by Band of Outsiders flannel shirt
  • Olaya Beach bikini top
  • Celine ZZ Top Sunglasses
  • Nike Sneakers
  • Swoon Luxe ‘Riley’ Ostrich Backpack
On Saturday before heading to Coachella, I stopped by The Merv Griffin Estate for Soho House’s pop up party.
Marina Monroe at Soho House Pop Up on The Merv Griffin Estate

Soho House Pop Up on The Merv Griffin Estate

Soho House Pop Up on The Merv Griffin Estate

Soho House Pop Up on The Merv Griffin Estate

By the time we made our final stop at Neon Carnival at about midnight, I knew my outfit choices were spot on. The Ksubi denim shorts have amazing, huge pockets that wrap around my hips like a very stylish utility belt. Swoon Luxe’s Ostrich backpack remained comfortable, practical, and stylish. The Olaya beach bikini top peeked prettily through my Nike tank’s open back (which obviously I forgot to photograph) and ensured I didn’t look lost en route to the gym.
Coachella 2014

Coachella 2014

I’ve been craving Celine’s bold ZZ Top shades for months and scooped a pair at Nordstrom right before heading to Coachella. Sort of like a pre-Coachella present to myself. Because I’m worth it. It’s a tough call, but Empire of The Sun stands out as my favorite show of Coachella Day 2. Although watching my semi-coherent peers freak out when Coachella lost power for 10 minutes was a pretty great show too.
On Day 3 Of Coachella I Wore: 
  • Vitamin A striped crop top
  • Ksubi high waisted black shorts
  • Vintage Armani Sunglasses
  • Loeffler Randall Matilde Boots
  • Swoon Luxe ‘Riley’ Ostrich Backpack

Day 3 of Coachella 2014 continued my long sleeve crop top obsession.

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The Vitamin A striped crop top was made of bathing suit material and ideal for temperature fluctuations. My high waisted Ksubi black shorts held up famously, as did my ever-useful Swoon Luxe backpack. The vintage Armani sunglasses are a little kooky for my LA look, but ideal for Coachella’s boho fashion free for all.

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Every year I intend to wear beat up boots, and every year I end up buying a new pair of Loeffler Randall Matilde boots because they’re just too good to pass up. Tip: buy boots a half size up so you can wear padded gym socks. Your feet will thank you.

Coachella 2014

Coachella 2014

April 21, 2014

Marina Monroe’s Coachella 2014 Style: Day 1

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Marina Monroe at Coachella 2014: Day 1

Coachella 2014 was a glorious blend of my favorite friends, artists, and celebs. I loved every moment and am returning home inspired, elated, and exhausted. Here are my favorite pics from Coachella 2014: Day 1.

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On the first day of Coachella 2014 I wore:

  • Vitamin A cropped crochet top,
  • One Teaspoon high-waisted denim shorts,
  • N.D.C Made By Hand booties,
  • Swoon Luxe Ostrich ‘Riley’ backpack,
  • Coast Wide Infinite Spirit Denim Shirt
  • a $30 straw fedora from one of The Grove’s shopping carts.

Wearing an expensive hat from Rag & Bone or Eugenia Kim to Coachella might be tempting, but you’ll regret it when a sandstorm blows that beauty away and you’re left chasing the wind.  Trust me. I know from experience.

Marina Monroe at Coachella 2014

Coachella 2014

My Swoon Luxe backpack was a total lifesaver, and I ended up wearing the Ostrich ‘Riley’ backpack all weekend. Bringing a backpack to Coachella will be the smartest choice you make all weekend. The Coast Wide embroidered denim button up was a super useful: I sat on it, I covered my head with it, I did everything with it. When a sandstorm hits, you want a shirt like that to protect your face. You’ll notice from some other Coachella pictures that I love, love, love long-sleeved crop tops. They show just the right amount of skin without looking tacky. Plus, a long-sleeved crop top will keep you cool during the day and warm at night.

Marina Monroe at Coachella 2014

Coachella 2014

Girl Talk killed and was my favorite show of day one. You may not have heard of Carnage, but Trap music is my latest obsession so I was blown away by the Carnage performance.

Stay tuned for my Coachella 2014 Day 2 & 3 Style Recap! 

April 18, 2014

From The Office To The Club: The Sleeveless Oxford

After laying in wait all winter for the skin-bearing seasons to commence, I’m annually bemused to remember that conservative workwear isn’t seasonal. My side-boob baring tanks and snarky crops have no place among white-collar office workers, who are still tied down by puritanical values and pleated khakis. At heart, I’m a jeans and a tank top sort of girl. So what top type translates (SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST) from lunch with the boss to drinks with the girls? You guessed it: a sleeveless oxford. The sleeveless oxford’s defining element is structure, which represents something much different than your standard tank or tee.  It’s the ideal combination of casual and formal, suited to a vast array of social and work occasions. Simply switch your work blazer for a leather jacket and you’re ready to hit even the most hipster-plagued social scene.

Here are 7 handpicked options for the stylish and versatile sleeveless oxford.

1. Alexander Wang 

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2. 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

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3. Catherine Malandrino

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4. Designers Remix Aless

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5. Acne Studios

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6. Opening Ceremony

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7. Free People

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April 16, 2014

All About Marina: Kimonos & Bed Jackets

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I’m an over-scheduled, under-sleeping multi-tasker in 24/7 smoky eye, so when I get home you know I’m not just going to throw on a stained sweat suit. Some women might find baggy, unflattering clothing helpful while working from home, but frankly I find it depressing. How could I instruct clients on living the glam life while dressing like a depressed farmhand? Even in private, your personal style should- and easily can- remain true. Loungewear should not be boring. Comfort should not be bland. Sweat suits should not be worn.

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Silver screen sirens such as Bette Davis in All About Eve or Faye Dunaway in Mommy Dearest are the icons when it comes to glorious loungewear. They may not have been good, but they were something far more interesting: glamorous.

My at home uniform consists of leggings, an ultra soft T, and the defining piece: a kimono or bed jacket. Toss on a shiny silk kimono or rich velvet bed jacket and my bedroom becomes a boudoir. I instantly feel sophisticated and prepared to face an overflowing inbox with grace- not guilt. Even if reality television remains playing ever so softly in the background.

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Kimonos also made an appearance on the Spring/Summer 2014 Runways, signaling an incoming trend. Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, L’Wren Scott, and Emilio Pucci all used kimonos in their Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

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via sydnestyle.com

Best of all, kimonos and bed jackets are available in every price range. No matter who you are, you have no excuse to wear some terry cloth monstrosity while working from home or just vegging out in front of the TV. Kimonos and bed jackets will save you from a home life of fashion frump.

April 16, 2014

Spring 2014 Hat Guide: 5 Trendiest Types

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Hats often intimidate girls because it’s very easy to look like an asshole in a hat: one false selection, and you’re that girl at the party who tried way too hard and wore a tacky ass hat. I’m not here to tell you that anyone can wear any hat and, with a little confidence, look amazing. That is patently untrue. I’m here to tell you that with a little information and a lot of restraint, you can select a fashionable and affordable hat that even your haters will covet. Whatever style you select, remember the one golden rule of modern hat wear: don’t get crazy. An accessory that sits atop your face is not an opportunity for unbridled creativity. 

Panama

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via flip n style

The Panama hat has been a staple of summering elites for over a century now, but in Spring 2014 the style is gaining favor among the young and fabulous.  Panama hats are brilliant in their simplicity: woven straw, medium brim, and understated ribbon streak. Since the Panama hat exudes Gatsby era vintage charm, it’s best paired with classic or minimalist pieces for understated elegance. Beware of pairing the Panama hat with loud patterns or anything 80′s/90′s neon.

Baseball

via Rodarte

via Rodarte

There’s nothing more American than a baseball cap, and designers put their spin on the sporty staple all over Spring/Summer 2014 Runways. Tibi showed Italian-made wooden baseball caps, Lacoste color-matched hats with outerwear, Rodarte channeled street style with backwards baseball caps, and DKNY accessorized the accessory with printed bandanas. Under no circumstances wear a baseball cap emblazoned with an actual baseball team. Backwards baseball caps pair well with a 90′s look. If you’re going for a hip hop/urban look, wear the peak folded or curved.

Porkpie

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via Keikolynn

Unfortunate name aside, Porkpie hats are the new hipster fedora. Just last week I was rifling through Barneys in a last minute Coachella shopping frenzy and spotted some ubercool porkpies with a subtle black sheen. Porkpie hats are not for the faint of heart or prepster girly girl. A porkpie says: I’m here and I’m cooler than you. Since the very shape makes a strong statement, choose a dark, unpatterned, unembellished porkpie. Think glunge: glam meets grunge. Combine a porkpie, leather jacket, and combat boots for a badasss moment.

Floppy

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via luxuryqueen

Oversized floppy hats remain a fashionista must, especially in California. There’s something sexy and 70′s about a wide-brimmed hat carelessly folding over a youthful face. Of course, wearing a wide object that bends over your eyes provides some strategic difficulties. Situations with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds should not be attended in the floppy hat, as there is no room. Driving in a floppy hat sounds like a very poor idea indeed. If you wear a floppy hat to the office, you will look weird. My point is that while floppy hats look fabulous, they should really only be worn outdoors. Floppy hats are best in a neutral shade (beige, brown, black) and look gorgeous with a maxi dress.

Fedora

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via madamelulu

Much ado has been mad about the humble fedora, yet the omnipresent style is still popular among fashionable women around the world. Men, on the other hand, should probably stop wearing fedoras; the ‘douchebag dude in fedora’ meme is too powerful. While I still personally believe that classic straw is the best fedora material, fabric is more than acceptable. Patterned fedoras are a style don’t, and for the love of God do not stick a feather in it. You aren’t Robin Hood.

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