Everyone should own a set of mixed bangles. You don’t need to spend $200 when there are great options for less. Save it for those Alexander Wang shoes you’ve been eying.  See the Cara Accessories at Nordstrom for only $38. Vuala!


And it all started with a pair of jean shorts. We all know those weekend days that start at brunch, continue with a little afternoon shopping, maybe some relaxing in the park with a good book and your man, then before you know it it’s dinner time and you need to pull it together quick for round two! We’ve all been there and we know it’s always easier with a little planning ahead.

The first outfit, the day look, is summer chic and perfect for day time east or west coast.  It’s on trend, tying in a sheer nude top.  It’s comfortable with a fancier nude flat, not too revealing or tight and versatile for riding bikes, a walk on the beach or appropriate for a day roof party at the Standard. Turn it into a night look with a bright heel, throw on an over-sized t-shirt, add a red lip, your boyfriend’s blazer and through in a night time clutch. While keeping most pieces dark blacks, it dresses up your shorts, and gives you the ability to get creative with color with your shoes and/or accessories! The night look is a mix of edge, class, funk and chic style.

20 minutes of stress free getting ready, you boyfriend and friends are pleasantly surprised of your look and not having to wait to long and your ready for another night of fun!! Don’t you just love weekends?!


1)Name: Cassandra

2) Living in: Los Angeles, Echo Park

3) Hometown: Bend, Oregon

4) What are you wearing now? Vintage Army shirt, Vintage Norma Kamali Bodysuit, Vintage Levis, Dolce Vita Shoes

5) Spring Trend you can’t live without? Nudes and beige colors

6) How do you describe your personal style? I feel like each day of the week, I could have a completely different style, some days I dress really fun, and colorful, other days I like to be dress clean and classic, Depend on where  I think my day is going to take me, and my shoes…

7) Favorite LA stores to shop at? Madison, Confederacy, St. Vincents, American Vintage, Barney’s New York..

8) Style Icon? I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess a mix of Brigitte Bardot, and Erin Wasson, and Kate Moss (duh) ..

9) Favorite designer? Ann Demeulemeester

10) What do you like a about style and fashion? I love the ride it takes us all on, and the fact that we can be someone different, each day.

11) If you didn’t work in fashion you’d be working in…. In Hawaii on an organic farm by the ocean..

12) What do you love most about living in LA? The weather, my neighborhood, the beach & surf, the amazing creative people that surround me..

14) You daily online reads? Wildfox Couture Blog, Bleach Black Blog, KnightCat Blog

15) Longs to own? Coats and Boots from the Fall 2010 Burberry Prorsum Collection


Summer Swim 2010

My picks above are inspired by the colorways I’m falling for lately, hard, and the vintage inspired prints I’m drooling over everywhere I go! There are a lot of amazing designers out there for suimsuits, but Zimmerman and Salt Swimwear take the top of the charts for me.  Both of these companies know how to achieve the “sexy without trying” look with their vintage colorways, embellishment with ruffles and one pieces that are still very sexy.  If there is ever a time to try a once piece, this is the year to do it!

I met Layla Pakzad, the lovely designer of Salt Swimwear, a few months back and she’s everything you’d imagine by looking at her suits – kind spirited, stylish and on top of her game! I stopped in her offices and had a chance to see her work for the first time in person. After seeing them, I was hooked – vintage prints, beautiful colorways and understated sexiness. Layla is from the West Coast but has lived in New York City for a few years, and her designs seem to show the influences  of both – they are cutting edge fashion,  with a laid back feel.  It makes sense when they say the combination of talent and good people go far, and I see this being the case with Salt Swimwear. Read more about her company and see more designs HERE.

Images via -> Top Left to Right -> Harpers Bazaar Mexico June, and Elle via R U GLAMOUR


One of the easiest outfits you can throw together! Not too much matching required, a few accessories and you are out the door – gotta love rompers. The first picture I just about die – she is precious. Most of her clothing in this pictures styled by Forever 21 and H & M, tried and true, you don’t need a huge budget to dress fashionably! All you need is an open mind and a little creativity. The second look is sophisticated enough to be work wear and the boots have a slight heel, but low enough to be comfortable. The last looks i pure summer – sandals, soft colorways and and ice cream in hand (side note it was about 90 degrees that day!)


I used to love Matthew Herbert’s electric mixes back in college. Here’s one of his jazzy tunes. Enjoy. Download HERE.

Bio: In 2001, as part of the score for a French musical ‘Le Defi’, directed by choreographer Blanca Li (pop culture fiends know her for her … (more) work in Daft Punk’s influential ‘Around The World’ video), Matthew Herbert was asked to write three pieces for a Big Band. One of these pieces, ‘Singing In The Rain’ attempted to go a step further by incorporating samples of the band, chopping up the existing recordings, looping, splicing and generally manipulating the raw material to create a new and totally distinct version. When Herbert talked to Gilles Peterson about this at the start of 2002, Peterson offered the yet to be formed ‘Matthew Herbert Big Band’ the chance to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival. There was now an incontrovertible deadline for a project Herbert had previously thought impossible to put together.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2002, the ensuing album, ‘Goodbye Swingtime’ attempted to move away from the modern association of big bands with decadence and opulence and address it as a musical form worthy both of respect and indifference and whose merit should be judged on a piece by piece basis. It also attempted not to distance itself from the political environment in which it was created. Whilst the production of such a large-scale, self-financed album on Herbert’s own independent label, Accidental, was in itself a political statement, he was wary of creating a musical work happy to solely exist in its own universe.


H&M dress, Balenciaga sandals, Noir and Chains of Love jewelry

Love your blog – great style! When did you start Fashion Chalet?

Thank you. I started an account in 2008 (early January) but actively started updating my personal style mid to late 2008.

How would you describe your personal style?

Romantic with a sprinkle of grunge.

What trends are you liking for this season?

Flowy pieces, floral prints and sandals.

Three things you can’t live without this summer?

Skirts, dresses and sheer cotton t-shirts.

Forever 21 shorts and jacket, Obakki scarf, Jeffrey Campbell wedges, YSL ring, vintage top

Without living in a major metropolitan are such as New York or LA, do you find it more difficult to stay up to date with fashion?  Where do you go to stay on trend and inspired?

I check out the latest fashion editorials, magazines, movies, TV and celebrity candids.

Do you blog full time? If not, what are you doing when you are not blogging?

I blog p/t, almost full time. I am thinking about starting Fashion School. I would love an extra degree. I already have Graphic Design and Journalism under my belt from Miami.

What will find you playing on your Ipod while you get ready?

Anya Marina, Kesha, Rihanna, Passion Pit and Uncle Skeleton.

Forever 21 skirt, Threadsence pocket tank, Guess vest, Pierre Hardy x Gap wedges

Tell me about your perfect evening out on the town and what are you wearing?

A long gauzy dress with an empire waist (Roberto Cavalli style) with some pretty tall platforms by Chloe. A glittery clutch and shiny red nails are my go-to evening accessories.

What else should we know about you?

I love to dance!

What are some of your favorite things?

I love to read. Right now I’m really into Laurie Halse Anderson, Roald Dahl and Alex Flinn. I also love to collect nail polish and perfume bottles.

Where do you find your adorable pieces – where are you shopping these days?

Anywhere and everywhere. Online for convenience and then small boutiques or H & M and Forever 21 when I have the extra browsing time.

Thanks for your time and the inspiration! See more of her style here at Fashion Chalet! xx



If you happen to be downtown LA tonight for Art Walk, check out FASHION IS ART.  The event is featuring the work of Adriana Curcio,along with stylist Fashion Stylist David F. Zambrana.  Fashion IS Art’s intentions are to showcase editorial and film arts that specifically use Fashion as a subject, highlight the phototgraphers, stylist, director, and designers message, and bring like-minded individuals together. Check out more below and also see more of Adriana’s beautiful work here.
Art Walk Website:www.downtownartwalk.org

Date: This Thursday! Thursday, June 10, 2010
Time: 7pm-12am
Location 756 So. Broadway @ 8th Street, LA, CA 90014
Demographic: 22-45


Brother Sister Loveliness

The self-proclaimed lovely Dog Lady

Floral blondie..aka Blairzy Cat

While I mentioned in the last NYC Street Style post that there is still a lot of black being worn on the streets, there is most definitely also a lot of color, and of course FLORALS.  Floral scarfs, skirts, rompers or dresses…I pretty much love it all. I’m diggin’ this trend and it’s everywhere, so easy to take part in.

The sister, of the brother sister duo, pairs her dress perfectly with a funky workman boot – mixing a flirty look with masculine elements. The second picture to me is priceless – bold yellow summer skirt, cute glasses and three dogs! I asked her if she’s a dog walker and she said, “nope” she is the “dog lady” – cutest dog lady I’ve ever seen! And lastly, my city chic friend Blaire, who’s hair I would hike a million miles for,  and is always looking fashionably on trend when I see her. I know her best with her Christian Loubiatians, but by day her summer chic wardrobe brings elements from her past West Coast days. She’s rocking the her pastel green nails which compliment her summer look.