Carolee Lux

A Knitted Story

I have been a bit obsessed with shoes lately. I mean, I have always love shoes but lately it just gotten really troublesome. Perhaps it’s a new season with all the new inventories tempting me everywhere I turn  or the additional shoe space tempting me to add more. Whatever it is, these Ivanka babes with its velvety soft suede, metallic shine and adjustable front crisscross straps was a pair I know will get a ton of love.

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Top: Bar III knitted asymmetrical sweater (similar here) | Bottom: TopShop gold knit skirt | Shoes: Ivanka Trump strappy pumps | Glasses: Giorgio Armani | Necklace: F21 | Bracelets: Michael Kors and Carolee Lux

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I live in the San Francisco bay area and if you ever visit this place you’d know the weather is a bit bi-polar. It can be hot one day in one city and cold in another. Therefore, I have learned to adapt to the unpredictable weather with the use of my trusted cozy knitted friend. The sweater. Whether it is over-sized, tight, long or cropped, it keeps me cozy enough for the cooler nights yet isn’t too thick for the warmer days. Of course, I also love a good sweater that I can throw on over anything.

Speaking of weather,  my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. I cannot imagine how terrifying everything  must be and I just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

While the storm has passed, there are still millions without electricity, food, water and shelter. Please watch out for our neighbors as well as older people and single parents with young children who might need help and please, please don’t abandon your pets.

The Pinkest Pink

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Top: Bar iii white lace top (similar here) | Bottom: KTRcollection | Shoes: Valentino Rockmance leather pumps | Necklace: Forever 21 pearl necklace | Bracelets: Kate Spade, Carolee Lux

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As you can probably guess, I’m a huge fan of all things girly… Pink, check. Pearls, check. Bows, check. Lace, check. Fun, feminine skirts, double checks! I made a similar skirt in green about a month ago, and as if it’s not girly enough, I’ve added more pleats and doubled up the bow. It seems like this love affair is not going to fade anytime soon.

Gosh is it Friday yet? The long awaited 3-day weekend is finally near. Do you have any fun plans? Also I know NYFW is right around the corner and I’m excited to go back to NY. I’ll be there for part of fashion week and to celebrate my girl’s last days as a single lady and where else is best to do that than in NY. The things to do are endless, the people are beautiful, the diversity in cuisine is amazing, and of course we can’t leave out the shopping. If you have the sudden urge to shuffle through clothes at the wee hours in the morning, Forever 21 closes at 2AM. :)

Something Better Left behind


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Top: H&M white peplum top (similar here) | Bottom: Lush Clothing neon crochet shorts (also here) Purse: Steven by Steve Madden crossbody bag | Shoes: Sam Edelman Tacoma pumps | Sunglasses: Lumete | Necklace: F21 | Bracelets: Kate Spade, Carolee Lux (similar here and here)

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I’ve been meaning to wear these perfectly crochet neon shorts all summer and finally decided to take it out to play before the weather gets cold. Speaking of cold, I feel the air getting a little more crisp and the wind a bit more chilly in the evenings. I don’t know about you but I’ll be in some deep pooh when the weather gets cold. Everything I have seems to be shorts, skirts and more shorts. I guess it’s time to figure out what items I need to invest in for fall… Can’t summer just last forever?

Well at least it’s Friday! Don’t work too hard! :) xo

In Between Moods

Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t decide if you want to dress up or dress down?

I love to dress up but sometimes all the “dolling-up” can become exhausting especially if you’re going to bed at 1am almost every night. One of my favorite in-between-moods outfit are with these black high waist trousers. Semi-dressy if I want it to be, yet it can be paired with a tee, tank or crop denim jacket for a casual playful look.

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Top: TopShop basic crop top, TopShop MOTO Sparkle Sleeveless Jacket | Bottom: H&M high waist trousers (similar here) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin Filo leopard print heels | Glasses: Dior cat eye | Necklace: Dogeared heart pendant | Bracelets: Kate Spade mini bow bangle, Kate Spade stone bangle, Carolee Lux (similar here)

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When we booked our girls’ trip to Vegas, I was super excited to spend some quality time with my girls, and of course I was also excited to finally check out one of my favorite online store TopShop at the Fashion Show Mall.

When I first walked in, I was like a kid in a candy store, overwhelmed…So many things to try on and so little time. I quickly scanned the entire store in less 15 minutes, twice! To my surprise I didn’t try on the whole store, but only a few and left with just a couple items. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Not to be Sour Sally but some of the dresses and tops were made with typical designs and ran twice the price as similar quality items in other stores. I didn’t really drool over anything like I anticipated and the only thing I was kind of in awe over a sheer lace bustier dress, too bad it was $800. I did found a cute little denim vest with some sparkles and a crop tank that I kind of forced myself to buy because I didn’t want to leave empty handed….

To be fair, maybe my expectations were too high and my excitement too over the top. TopShop in Las Vegas is still a cute store with cute little items (they also have a petite section), and I’ll still go back whenever I’m in town!

Ladies, what are your thoughts with TopShop?


Shades of Pastel

High-waisted distressed shorts has flooded fashion magazines, websites and streetstyle this summer. My poor little overstuffed denim drawers has also took a big hit. Distressed cut off denims are really easy to DIY, but these particular pastel tie dye babies were too good to pass up when I came across them in LA.

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Top: Forever 21 white crop tank | Bottom: Vintage Levi’s distressed pastel tie dye shorts with diy studs (similar here, here and here) | Shoes: Classiques Entier riley pumps | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff swing black shoulder bag | Necklace: Initial pendant necklace (similar here) | Bracelets: Michael Kors Rhinestone Embellished Ridged, Carolee Lux (similar here), Ali Khan beaded cord.

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Whew! T.G.I.F! This week felt like the longest week ever. Today is Friday the 13th and as much as I’ve “tried” not to be superstitious, I’m always paranoid of the little things on this day like being attacked by a black cat (yes this had happened to me), randomly walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror or just anything and everything. I cannot afford 7 years of bad luck. Are you superstitious?

Happy Friday loves, despite my superstitious mumble jumble, I hope the eve of your weekend is off to a great start! xo

P.S. If you’re in the LA area, go check out Motel on Melrose Ave. There were so many vintage cut off denims available in every size you can imagine and I mean every size ranging from $40-$70 (sorry I can’t locate the address for the life of me right now).

Below are some shots via my Instagram.

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