Get the Look: Lauren Conrad’s ugly Christmas sweater

My first reaction when I saw Lauren Conrad wearing this outfit at The Grove in LA?  Holy ugly sweater party…but then it kind of grew on me and I started to think that she actually looks super chic.  I’m loving the look of mixing the ugly sweater with sleek leather pants, pointy pumps and an edgy bag.  And I mean, to top it off, she has her hair styled in a deep side part with cranberry lips, to match the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” lettering.  The only downside?  Her sweater costs $325 and is actually no longer even available.  Really?  I complained about spending $50 on my ugly Christmas sweater from T.J. Maxx about three years ago.  Hmmm. 

I found a few cheaper options, that are just as cute, at Urban Outfitters and ASOS and I’m actually really digging the “Mistletoe” version from ASOS since it’s simple (and also, you might get a make out session out of the whole deal).

House of Harlow 1960 Rachel sunglasses; $100
Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Cranberry Cream; $20
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo; $498
Dex Vegan Leather pants; $59
Nine West Flax black pumps; $75


The Monday Rundown

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick: As you know, I’m a TOTAL sucker for packaging and Tarte always takes the cake, aside from the actual gorgeous color, of course.

Philip Crangi frame: Neiman Marcus for Target collection?  Yes, please.  I’m in LOVE with this frame.

Thale Blanc Pouchette: I’m always looking for the perfect concert purse.  One that will hold the necessities (credit card, cash, cell phone and lip gloss) and this pouchette is perfect for such an event.  I love the cross-body chain strap and it’s just the right size for everything you would need.

Red velvet cupcake in a jar: The whole cupcake in a jar thing has been done but, hey, I’m still not over it.  And red velvet? YES.

LC Lauren Conrad: I’m sold!

I have to admit, it’s slightly hilarious to me that I get TONS of compliments EVERY time that I wear something designed by Ms. Lauren Conrad, specifically this dress from the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s collection. So when I saw this gorgeous image from her new Winter Lookbook (above) I checked out the site and, of course, found another top that I wanted as well.  They just arrived in the mail today and I’m totally obsessed.  The quality of the black and white crochet satin top is amazing and it fits perfectly and, even though I took a chance on the red open-lace chiffon top (since Lauren wasn’t modeling it in the lookbook), I was equally happy when I tried it on.  The lace detailing on the back is GORGEOUS…seriously, click on the link and zoom in.  You can see the full LC Lauren Conrad Collection HERE.

Say what you want about the reality star turned designer and yeah her first high-end collection did suck, but I’m super impressed with her designs, season after season.  You can see the full Holiday Collection lookbook here.


Veuve Clicquot 3rd Annual Polo Classic

It’s my favorite time of year! POLO TIME.  And yes, I’ve attended all three Veuve Clicquot Polo Classics…you might call me slightly obsessed but it’s just SO fun.  Aside from being super chic, a ton of celebs attend the event, including Lauren Conrad, Ashley Green, Rachel Zoe, Mandy Moore and ton more.

Here are some fun party pics from this year’s event and, for even more photos, check out my friend’s blogs:




Our champagne graveyard

Me, Tiffany, Katie

Polo party people

photo credit: Preston

Tuesday Web Candy

The HAIR at Mara Hoffman. NYFW. I love it – Eye4Style

A New York Fashion Week model’s survival kitAllure

40 drugstore beauty classics…and I love them all – Lucky

Rachel Zoe is opening a blow dry bar.  YES. I can’t wait.  – People

Yeah, Lauren Conrad IS pretty awesome. And so is her house/office – TheLuxurySpot

Being a Playboy bunny back in the day was pretty much like taking the S.A.T.’s.  Jesus. – Refinery29

This chick was arrested for pretending to go to Columbia for two weeks.  I kind of think we should be friends – TheFrisky

My friend Bryce’s 5 Rules for Life – BeautyBloggingJunkie

Homemade bagels. I have no words – CupcakesandCashmere

Sunglasses and Why I Used To Be Obsessed with Wearing Glasses

Weird confession: when I was little, I always wished that I wore glasses.  Yes, it’s true.  (Un?)fortunately for me, I was blessed with better than 20/20 vision (thanks, Dad)!  I remember telling my mom a complete lie in the 3rd grade; I told her that I couldn’t read my books (lies) and that I also couldn’t see the blackboard in class (more lies).  So apparently I was near AND far sighted, according to my 3rd grade-self.  I was quite the little liar but since my mother figured WHAT KID IN THE WORLD actually WANTED to wear glasses, she took me to the eye doctor.  Even being the crafty nine year old that I was, I couldn’t fool the opthamologist and he promptly told my mother that I was one, lying and two, clearly needed more attention.

My mom confronted me and asked her little deviant daughter “Jamie Claire, why did you lie and tell mommy that you couldn’t read your books or see the blackboard at school?  The doctor told me that you could read a sign a mile away!”  My answer?  “MOM, I didn’t mean to lie but I REALLY wanted glasses…they look SO CUTE and all of my friends wear them!”  (Blogger’s note: this is just the beginning of my FOMO issues, just sayin’).

I mean.  My mother’s face at this moment…unforgettable.

Even at 29 (and a half!), I still don’t need glasses but I make up for it with my vast sunglasses collection.  While I might be able to read a street sign 3 blocks away (proven: NYC), my baby blue eyes are super sensitive to light and I honestly can’t be outside unless I’m wearing sunnies (and, of course, SPF on my skin, too!).  I digress.

I went to the Two Point Oh LA blogger picnic on Sunday and was introduced to a fab new website called DITTO.  What I love about this site is customers can try on the glasses (and sunglasses) to see if they fit/look good with 180 degree views before they buy them for the site.  They can even ask for friend reccos (via social media!) and ask a DITTO stylist for their advice, based on their face shape- it’s pure genius, really.  The site sells all of the best brands: Chloe (like my sunnies above), Ray Ban, Elizabeth and James, Jason Wu, Theory, Vera Wang, John Varvatos, etc. so you know you’re getting high quality goods…I mean, I always said that if/when I ever do need real glasses, I’d only go designer. Clearly.

Celebs wearing my Chloe Myrte sunnies:

Rachel Zoe, Lauren Conrad, Naomi Campbell