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


COACHELLA Essentials

So I’ll be attending my very first COACHELLA this weekend and I’m simply so excited I can barely think about anything else.  One, I’ve never been to Palm Springs and two, my friends and I rented an amazing mansion and I’m looking forward to a long weekend of relaxing by the pool, parties and, of course, plenty of sun.  I’ve been asking around what I should be packing for my little trip to the desert  and everyone’s been telling me that for one, it’s H-O-T hot and also kind of hippyish.  Here’s what I’m thinking:


Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock Spray SPF 70 – No explanation really necessary.  The desert sun is super strong and what I love about this sunblock is that the spray actually cools you off, making the re-application process even more enticing.

Epicuren Aloe Vera Gel – No matter how many times I apply and re-apply sunblock, I always seem to miss at least a little spot of skin that results in a burn.  This luxurious aloe vera gel soothes the skin and promotes faster healing.

Green Ruffled Forever21 Romper – A birthday gift from my friends Kelley and Gil.  It’s really perfect and very me.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier bag – I just purchased this bag from my beloved Shopbop.com and its already sold out in black on the site!  It’s a perfect Coachella bag because of the great strap that can also make it a messenger bag.

A87 solid fedora – LOVE this hat and it’s super cheap.  It’s important to protect my scalp and hair color (it fades in the sun!) from the sun’s harmful rays.  Plus, I like how I look in hats.

Seychelles Layover gladiator sandals – I bought these gladiators a few months ago and I wear them at least 4 times a week.  They’re super comfortable and I love their slightly edgy look.