east coast meets west coast : fall style

My friend Nikki and I teamed up again to share our fall styles from the east coast to the west coast. Not going to lie, I’m feeling a little envious she gets to spend this special time of year in New York City. It’s just the best, isn’t it?

I fulfill just about every cliché in my love for this season. But can I just take a moment and take a stand against the use of the word “basic” – both the word itself and its general negative connotation? Since when did enjoying the small pleasures in life and its different seasons become something to frown upon? Why is one person’s joy a target of mocking? I look forward to these months every year – they mark the beginning of the holiday season…a time to celebrate with friends and family and to be grateful. Time seems to slow just a little bit as we live with intention on these shorter days. Let’s allow ourselves and others that happiness. ❤

Now on to the fun stuff!

Samantha, Los Angeles


I’ve shared my autumn bucket list and have been buying all the pumpkins and lighting all the candles and drinking all the coffee. Because LA pretty much has one season, you don’t get to see the typical magic of the season here (think beautiful fall foliage and pumpkins lining Brownstone steps). But as with any big city, it doesn’t mean we don’t try. The city throws haunted nights and hay rides and costume parties. To be honest, our real sign of autumn’s arrival is the release of pumpkin everything at Trader Joe’s and coffee shops’ seasonal beverages (which I pretty much live for).

Regardless of the weather, I will celebrate. I can’t completely avoid the temperatures, so I have to be creative in styling my fall wardrobe in order to avoid a heat stroke. Enter: sleeveless vests and mock turtleneck dresses – an ode to the season while still keeping cool. We shot at Verve Coffee in downtown Los Angeles and loved the beautiful outdoor plant wall and charming interior.

I love the flattering cut of this dress – both slim and breezy. And I’m all about those turtlenecks (faux and real) lately, so this pretty much meets all my criteria. I was also excited to pull out this vest I purchased in Copenhagen at Ganni Postmodern – a shop that sells past seasons’ pieces and sample items. It can obviously be worn on its own fully buttoned, but I prefer the casual/coziness of it paired with something else. Did you know that the Danish have their own word for being cozy – and that they’re in constant pursuit of it? That word is hygge. I mean,  COME ON…can I go back already?!

What else goes with a big mug of hot coffee? A good book – preferably that of the magical variety (because isn’t this time of year just that?!). I’m rereading the first book in the Harry Potter series- because really, that’s where all the magic began. ❤

This large messenger bag with its complementary woven fabric and rich leather accents is ideal for carrying around those loose odds and ends this fall – that book, a scarf, a wrapped cookie – anything to stay busy on the train or warm at the park or full in the belly. It’s a past season bag from Anthropologie (though I have seen some similar pop up for sale on Poshmark) and has a removable strap to carry cross-body if I’d like. Oh, and I can’t forget the booties – because would you wear any other type of shoe this season?

Outfit: dress is from TopShop (similar here), vest from Ganni, booties are Clarks and bag from Anthropologie – both gifted from my mama.

Photos taken by Tony Castillo, edited by me.










Nikki, New York City


“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.” –Nora Ephron, Heartburn

FALL – we’re ready for it all summer and long for it when it’s gone. It seems impossible to find time for every glorious seasonal outing with friends, but you find a way to squeeze everything in because IT IS FALL and MAGIC MUST HAPPEN. October is prime time to get friends together for apple and pumpkin picking upstate (something I never got to do growing up on the Texas border of Mexico). I also love to grab a coffee with a girlfriend on rainy days and visit New York’s art galleries and museums. You can spend hours soaking in the art at the MoMa, the Met, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in Chelsea. If you’re in Chelsea, you’re literally steps away from a sunset walk on the High Line (an elevated park on an old railroad track).

But of course, I can’t write about fall without mentioning Central Park (insert a hundred heart eyed emojis). I don’t live very close to the park, but I will make the trek uptown often to take strolls through the winding trails I grew up watching in films like When Harry Met Sally.

I don’t even need to mention NYFW, right? The streets are alive and filled with top designers’ fall fashions. Bougie on a budget is my life. I try to stick to a classic wardrobe and add little pieces here and there to feel a bit more glamorous. Oh, ‘Sweater Weather’. Cozy sweaters, your favorite jeans, a turtleneck, and a good pair of boots will be your best friends (this Texas girl loves a good pair of boots). This season I treated myself to Stuart Weitzman Grandiose Booties. I’m obsessed with the rich plum color; I’m determined to add a pop of color to the overwhelming amount of neutral tones dominating my closet. And I love pairing a flowy dress with booties and a thrifted hat (that comes in handy when your windswept hair looks like a rat’s nest). Most thrift stores on the Upper West and East Sides are full of cashmere, designer brands, and coats. The best shops are non-profit, and the proceeds go to numerous charities. If you ask me, I can’t think of a better way to shop. xx Nikki

Outfit: thrifted hat, dress from Club Monaco, shoes are Stuart Weitzman, watch is Skagen, silver ring from Ippollita, vintage blue and gold globe ring from my great grandmother.

Photos taken by Scott Draft.







What is your favorite thing to wear this season?

P.S. To see what Nikki is up to, check out her website here.

-wonderland sam


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