Today marks one year since I launched my blog! Looking back, I had no idea where to begin (or even what to name my blog) and I didn’t know anything really about blogging and everything it entailed. Here’s the thing – blogging is what you make of it and can be whatever you want to be. It can be a side hobby, passion project, or even a full time job! Although I had some idea of the ins and outs of blogging before I first started, it wasn’t even close to the actual extent of the entire industry behind it. Since last year I’ve learned so much about blogging, working with brands, having my own (very) small business, and myself (cheesy but true). A year ago I couldn’t have imagined any of those things – I’m I decided to just get started and figure things out along the way. For anyone thinking about starting a blog or any new venture, that’s really the biggest piece of advice I have to give. Nike’s really onto something with their motto: just do it. You can overthink things all you want, but you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t get started.

The Luxi Look Turns One!

The Luxi Look Turns One!

The Luxi Look Turns One!

The Luxi Look Turns One!

The Luxi Look Turns One!

It’s not always easy to stay motivated or balance a full time job in addition to blogging, but it’s truly become a part of my daily life. Coming from a more analytical background, I love having the opportunity to express my creativity in my own way and in my own space. I know so many girls are working hard and juggling multiple jobs and commitments, and having the opportunity to connect with so many of them over the past year is a huge part of what keeps me going. It’s hard to make friends once you’re an “adult,” and more than anything blogging has been great in allowing me to meet new people, some of whom have become close friends.

I can’t wait to take on year two and see what the next year brings. Hope everyone is having a wonderful December and ending the year on a high note!

xx, Amy

top: lpa | skirt: grlfrnd | boots: steve madden

sunglasses: chloe | bag: botkier

Embroidered Denim

Embroidered Denim | The Luxi Look

Lately I’ve been on a huge denim kick. Embroidered denim is one of my favorite denim trends this year – it adds a fun detail to any outfit in a subtle (or not so subtle, depending on how you like it) way. If you’re really crafty you could even DIY. I love a good vintage jacket with embroidered detailing and pins, but the options are endless. I love a good oversized denim jacket, and this embroidered piece from Planet Blue adds a kick to a good old denim on denim look. I’ve linked some of my favorite embroidered denim picks below. If you’re brave and ambitious, definitely go the vintage route and scour your local flea market or thrift store.

Embroidered Denim | The Luxi Look

Embroidered Denim | The Luxi Look

Embroidered Denim | The Luxi Look

Embroidered Denim | The Luxi Look

On an unrelated note, I know this time of year is big on gifting and giving. In the spirit of giving, I thought I’d quickly share some ways to give back. This time of year is filled with joy and light, but it’s also a difficult time of year for a lot of families. One of my goals for the new year is to give back to the community more. I know this is important for many people, but it isn’t always obvious how or where to do so.  I spent last Saturday volunteering downtown and it reminded me how important service and volunteerism is to me. If you’re looking for easy ways to give back, consider giving up a little bit of your time, energy, or resources this holiday season. This is a great list of organizations to donate to this December, if you’re interested.

Happy Holidays everyone!

xx, Amy

bodysuit: band of gypsies | jacket: planet blue good fuckin’ vibes

jeans: redone | shoes: steve madden

Hey babes! Happy December! We’re officially in the home stretch of 2016. From now until January there will be countless occasions to dress up from holiday parties to NYE. I figured I’d get a head start on something for once and round up the best holiday party dresses. Now is the time to pull out all the stops and be as glittery and sparkly as your heart desires! If you’re into something a little more subtle, don’t worry – there are countless silk/lace/velvet options out there for you as well. I’m always a fan of the jumpsuit to mix things up as well ; ).

Holiday Party Dresses | The Luxi Look

Holiday Party Dresses | The Luxi Look

Holiday Party Dresses | The Luxi Look

Holiday Party Dresses | The Luxi Look

ALSO – if you haven’t checked out LPA yet, do so now! I can’t get enough of this line. Every single piece in the collection is a complete showstopper. This particular dress caught my eye – I am in love with the color (“toffee”), cutouts, and material (be sure to have a steamer on hand – it wrinkles easily). Perfect for any upcoming holiday party! Hope you find the perfect outfit for your holiday festivities – shop my favorite holiday party dresses (anddd maybe NYE? too soon?) below!

Velvet:

Sequin:

Silk and Slip:

Jumpsuits:

xx, Amy

dress: lpa | shoes: raye

Mesh Turtleneck

Mesh Turtleneck | The Luxi Look

Happy Tuesday! Got back to LA yesterday and got straight back into the swing of things. November was a crazy month and I know December will be too… it’s been a busy couple of months between work and blogging! AND my blog anniversary is coming up – can’t believe it’s been almost a year! In the meantime, I want to re-incorporate more styling tips and outfits – especially work outfits. I’d be dishonest if I pretended I could wear everything I post on my blog to the office – so let’s talk about a versatile layering piece today – the mesh turtleneck!

Mesh Turtleneck | The Luxi Look

Mesh Turtleneck | The Luxi Look

Mesh Turtleneck | The Luxi Look

Mesh Turtleneck | The Luxi Look
This
top from Reformation has been a fall staple – it’s THE perfect layering piece. Or if you’re feeling bold you can wear it on its own with a bralette underneath. Unfortunately, XS, S and XL are all waitlist only currently (tear) – but if you add your email, you’ll get a notification when the top is back in stock. I’ve also linked some similar styles below if you can’t wait.

A few different ways I’ve been wearing this top:

On its own with a black bralette underneath. I like it with high waisted jeans or a denim skirt (or any skirt for that matter).

Underneath a dress. If you’re going for a 90s look, you can wear it under a slip dress. Otherwise really any dress works – I’ve been wearing this top a lot to work actually (yes, it’s appropriate for the office!) under a sleeveless suede dress.

On a similar note, this top is great under a silk or velvet camisole. Really, you can’t go wrong! You’d be surprised how many times I’ve thrown this top on when I’m having one of those “I have nothing to wear” days. It fits nicely under a leather jacket or one of the cozy cardigans I’ve been living in lately as well. Hopefully this inspires you to wear a mesh turtleneck as well – it’s truly a surprisingly versatile piece!

p.s. – There are still a bunch of great sales going on – be sure to check them out here!

Have a great week, everyone!

xx, Amy

top: reformation | jeans: topshop | boots: steve madden

Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather | The Luxi Look

Let’s be real, given the time of year and the beginning of winter / feast season, most of us have been living in sweaters for some time now. It’s funny how people die for sweater weather in SoCal – as someone who grew up in the midwest I can tell you the cold is NOT all it’s cracked up to be. With that being said, I’m all about embracing the season of chunky, oversized knits (I regularly buy my sweaters 2 sizes too big) and am celebrating the advent of sweater weather wholeheartedly.

Sweater Weather | The Luxi Look

Sweater Weather | The Luxi Look

Sweater Weather | The Luxi Look

Sweater Weather | The Luxi Look

This chunky sweater by dRA is my absolute favorite piece in my closet right now. Ask anyone who knows me – I cannot. stop. wearing it! It’s beyond cozy and the slightly oversized, drape-y fit makes it versatile enough to dress up or down! I love wearing it with my Gold Hawk set (pjs or clothes? we’ll never know), skinny jeans, a denim skirt, whatever I feel like that day. Sure, it might get a little dirty because it’s cream, but honestly nothing a little wash cycle or dry cleaning can’t fix.

With proper care, a nice sweater can last you for years – I always make a point to invest in one (or two) nice knits a year. In my opinion, a good slouchy sweater will never be out of style. I tend to stick to neutrals (white, cream, tan, grey, black) and have convinced myself I need every oversized style in every color. Some of my favorite brands for knits and sweaters: Free People, Vince, Aritzia, and Acne. You can find on trend styles at fast fashion sites, but if you’re going to splurge on winter clothing it should be sweaters and coats. Invest in the nicer fabric, it will be worth it when you find yourself living in it for half the year. I’ve linked my favorite sweater picks below : ).

Gold Hawk | The Luxi Look

Gold Hawk | The Luxi Look

Gold Hawk | The Luxi Look

Gold Hawk | The Luxi Look

Back to the topic of Gold Hawk, I have never loved a pajama set more. Their intimates are so luxe and functional (pockets in shorts, check!), I’m not even ashamed to admit I’ve worn this set out and to sleep. Not in the same go though (yet). I think I love and want everything on their site…

Speaking of sweater weather, it’s also the season of Netflix and chill… so what’s everyone watching these days? I’m not normally the biggest fan of TV but Westworld has me HOOKED. Cannot wait for the season finale!

As always, thank you for reading!

xx, Amy

sweater: dra | cami and shorts: gold hawk | boots: stuart weitzman

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