A Love Cult

Fashionlaine is all about finding amazing clothes for amazing prices-- my belief is that you don't have to spend a million bucks to look like it. I went to the Beverly Center a few weeks back on the hunt for the perfect outfit for an event I was going to that evening. With probably only a hour and a half to spare, I zoomed in and out of literally every store there, but yet, nothing was really resonating or speaking to me. When I finally went into Love Culture, at this point pretty much out of luck and hope that I would find that "IT" piece I was looking for, I went through most of the store seeing things that were cute but not what I needed. About to walk out the door and starting to go through in my mind what I could whip together quickly from my closet, I came across this orange romper. And within seconds, I was confident that this was the IT. For those who are unfamiliar with Love Culture, it's a Forever 21-esque kind of store, with reasonable prices and cute and trendy clothes. So you can imagine my excitement that I not only found the piece I was looking for, but that from all of the stores in the Beverly Center, it came from Love Culture.

Fast forward now to the event I went to where I ended up receiving so many compliments on the romper. And naturally, when everyone asked me where it was from, I without a flinch said Love Culture, to which I got surprised looks and reactions from people. This is just yet another example of how it really doesn't matter where you buy your clothes from. Sure the fancy names and the expensive items are nice to have, but at the end of the day, people gather their opinion about an outfit or article of clothing as a whole before they gather their opinion about it based on the brand and price tag. So as I always like to preach, don't stray away from the obvious (and less expensive choices) because at the end of the day, it's all about you loving the pieces that makes your outfits worthwhile, not the dollar sign or name attached to it.

Photo Credit: Sara Djavaheri

Romper: Love Culture // Shoes: Steve Madden // Socks: H&M // Necklace: House of Harlow // Bracelets: BCBG Generation // Sunglasses: Fairfax Flea Market

The Art Of Rompers

I think it was probably around 2007 when I first locked my eyes on rompers. I saw a picture of Nicole Richie (obviously) wearing this navy blue cotton short one that was spaghetti strap and had white lace trim around the top and I pretty much automatically fell in love--needing to get in on this romper fiasco ASAP. What was then such a simple, plain romper and look that could have almost borderline dueled as pajamas, turned into a trend and frenzy that has created some of the best ensembles I have ever seen. Back then when I first started telling my friends about my new romper obsession, they didn't really get it, thinking this fad would go out of style by the end of that summer. But as we have all come to see, this was never just a fad, but has actually become a very vital and staple piece of people's wardrobes, collections, and ensembles. Other than being known for my headband obsession ways, I have very well established myself along with the ways of the rompers. And even with a look like today's where I'm wearing a long pant version with a crazy floral pattern that many would probably not be caught wearing, I've learned how to work the romper look into my persona and attires, mastering making them look less like pajamas and more like a necessity in your wardrobe.

Jacket: H&M // Romper: H&M // Shoes: Wet Seal

The Motivationalist

There are some people that inspire me with their clothes, some that inspire me with their charm, and others that inspire me with their words; then there are those that do all of the above. What I love most about my "inspirations" and why I love having a section devoted to them is that I get excited to highlight and introduce the world to all different kinds of amazing people that I come across. And that's what you get with my inspiration today, Alex. This mint green jacket is not only the ultimate color to bring out the light and infectious excitement for the spring, but the jacket perfectly symbolizes Alex's light and infectious personality. With his friendly and easy-going persona, this photo shoot became more of a talking shoot than one of taking pictures. So entranced with what Alex had to say, one can't help but fall into the excited and joyous mentality that Alex exudes. Alex lives his life always looking at the glass half full, being grateful for what he has, and focusing on the little great wins in life instead of focusing on the big things that may be difficult to overcome. But what's different about Alex and his way of life and thinking is that he doesn't want to just keep it to himself,  he wants to share it with others, really making it a point to add value to other people's lives. An avid traveler and loving to always meet new people, Alex wears a watch with a map on his hand to remind himself that there's a bigger world out there and more to life than just the one we're living in. Expecting to focus a conversation around clothes and style and what's hot or not for this season, I instead left feeling like I was inspired and learned something new about enriching my own life. With Alex, he reminded me that it's not only one's clothes that makes someone stylish or fashionable, but it's also very much about one's personality-- and that's an accessory that money can't buy.

Jacket: Zara // Shirt: GAP // Pants: GAP // Shoes: Keds (similar here) // Belt: GAP // Watch: Store in LA