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Style L.A.: What are you wearing? Reader photo of the week, spring is here

UgcSpring has arrived with this week's reader photo of the week, uploaded by Rei Fernandez from the fashion blog The Common Grounds.

Fernandez is ready for the unpredictable weather spring brings with plenty of layers in a light denim jacket from the Gap, varsity cardigan by BDG, white button-down by the Gap and slim fit khakis by Old Navy. His "Lumber Up" boots by Eastland are perfect for splashing through April showers or strolling on a sunny day.

"This photo was taken from a small photo shoot I had recently for my blog post where I discussed the transition from winter into spring," wrote Fernandez. "We're all excited for the warmer weather that spring brings, but might not come right away."

Every week we'll choose a new reader photo from our Style L.A.: What are you wearing? gallery to feature on our blog. Upload your pictures here. We can't wait to see what you put together.

Photo credit: Ken Soleta

Frugal Fashion: Emma Roberts goes girly at an Oscar soiree

EmmaIf British fashion goddess Alexa Chung and American golden girl Michelle Williams had a style-child, it would be Emma Roberts. This DNA wonder mash-up is the result of Roberts' slightly indie wild-child style artfully whirled around her super girly outfits. And let's not forget who her aunt is - pretty woman Julia Roberts, who comes from the same favorable real gene pool.

The 20-year-old actress, singer and songwriter, who has already mastered the art of captivating the tween movie audience, is moving on to become a well-dressed style leader for the rest of us with fashion choices that would rival the likes of Serena Van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. Frequently featured on InStyle magazine's Look of the Day feature, Roberts can always be found looking fab in the latest designer wear on a red carpet somewhere.

She looked ultra girly at the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-Oscar dinner party celebrating fashion and film at Madeo restaurant in Los Angeles. The young starlet wore a cream-colored bow-tie blouse, black shorts, a dainty cardigan, weather-appropriate tights and black satin pumps. The bows on her blouse and shorts are ultra feminine and chic, the look is age appropriate and the tousled hair and red lipstick are a double win.

Roberts' outfit would be perfect for any spring fling and according to our own very stylish Melissa Magsaysay, shorts are definitely in for spring. Roberts chose a simple black pair with a bow, a great addition to any wardrobe. The Limited makes a similar pair, also with a bow, called the Cassidy elastic waistband short for $39.90. If a bow doesn't suit your taste, maybe some lace will? Urban Outfitters carries the Nom De Plume Kit short with pretty lace trim for $19.99.


Roberts' blouse evoked a feminine feel without resembling the outfits of your childhood dolls. For an equally flirty blouse with a bow, try the Asos short sleeve chiffon mix pussy bow blouse for $35.86, Cooperative Peter Pan bow blouse from Urban Outfitters for $44.99, or the Asos pussy bow blouse for $53.79. These blouses will add character to any outfit without going overboard with the bow detail.


A simple black cardigan is a great piece to have on hand for any occasion. To wear with a dressier top and shorts a shorter cardigan will work nicely. Old Navy makes a satin-trim rib-knit cardigan for just $10.50, Ann Taylor Loft has a long-sleeve crew neck cardigan for $39.50 and J.Jill makes the essential cardigan for $29.99. A small price to pay for a piece that will complement 90% of your existing closet.


Put on your new frugal finds with some basic black tights and heels you already own, and you're ready for a soiree of your own.

Happy shopping!

Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris


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Photos from top: Actress Emma Roberts arrives at the Chanel & Charles Finch pre-Oscar Dinner Celebrating Fashion & Film at Madeo Restaurant. Credit: Scott Kirkland /Getty Images.

Cassidy elastic band short from the Limited. Credit:; Nom De Plume Kit short from Urban Outfitters. Credit:

Asos short sleeve chiffon mix pussy bow blouse. Credit:; Cooperative Peter Pan bow blouse. Credit:; Asos pussy bow blouse. Credit:

Satin-trim rib-knit cardigan from Old Navy. Credit:; Long sleeve crew neck cardigan from Ann Taylor Loft. Credit:; Essential cardigan by J.Jill. Credit:

Old Navy's Awkward Holiday Photo Mobile headed for Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade


Break out that ugly Christmas sweater, sweep your hair back into the mullet of yore and shake an acid-washed leg down to Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade on Saturday.

That's where the Old Navy Awkward Holiday Photo Mobile will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help you create (or perhaps re-create) those awkward family photos of seasons past -- like the one above in which Mom, Dad and the kids are captured grinning from ear to ear while dressed as Christmas presents.

The photo is from, and Old Navy has tapped Mike Bender and Doug Chernack -- the guys behind that website (and the book "Awkward Family Photos") -- to rove around this holiday season in a vehicle full of awkward-making props to help you and yours generate an appropriately uncomfortable yuletide digital photo. 

Participation is technically free, but any "donations for admission" will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital -- and Old Navy is throwing some holiday discounts into the mix as well.

Although it might seem odd for Old Navy's marketing efforts to include this foray into a world full of regrettable fashion, I think it strikes the perfectly kitschy tone for the brand. After all, who doesn't remember those commercials with Morgan Fairchild and Jon Lovitz?

Now if only Old Navy could get them to pose in an awkward holiday photo (I'm envisioning something like matching sweaters and reindeer antlers), I could cross that Christmas wish off my list.

Old Navy Awkward Holiday Photo Mobile, Third Street Promenade (between Wilshire and Arizona), Santa Monica, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: An example of a particularly awkward family holiday photo. Credit:

Statuesque: Where to shop when you're super-tall

Long,tall sally Plus-size and petite clothing is fairly easy to find these days -- particularly "basics." But there's a third body type that's also difficult to shop for -- and is under-represented in the marketplace: extra-tall, thin women.

It may sound silly. After all, models are string beans, and everyone talks about how clothes are made exclusively for them. But really, once clothes go into production, hem-lengths are often shortened, and proportions rejiggered for average-limbed ladies -- especially in the mass market tiers.

I remember a 6'1" friend in college who always looked like she was waiting for a flood, her pant legs were so short. When she complained about ill-fitting clothes, we all rolled our eyes at what seemed like a narcissistic complaint: Woe is me, I'm too tall and thin. 

But years later, I understand how frustrating it can be not to be able to find stylish duds that fit -- ones that are also affordable. So after a little digging around, we unearthed a few online-based resources that might make getting dressed a little easier for our statuesque sisters.

* Long Tall Sally

Online British retailer Long Tall Sally has been making clothes for women 5'8" and taller since 1976. Though not terribly fashion-forward, this is a good shop for workwear and to scout for that beachy dress you can wear to parties all summer long. Sizes range from 4 to 18 and prices start at about $22 for a simple white camisole (with an extra-long torso!), topping out at about $299 for a turquoise leather biker jacket.

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Old Navy teams up with Popular Mechanics for line of kids T-shirts

Old navy. pop mechanics File this one under Unlikely Fashion Collaborations. Mass retailer Old Navy is teaming up with Popular Mechanics, the 108-year-old science and technology magazine, for a collection of T-shirts for infants, toddlers and kids.

The shirts, which debuted this week in stores and on, feature four different designs, all inspired by vintage, transportation-themed Popular Mechanics cover art. Priced from $10.50 to $12.50, these high-octane designs are priced to move.

The two companies are also hosting a design contest, Kids Can Do Great Things, that invites kiddos over the age of 12 to create an original design for a Popular Mechanics cover that depicts their personal vision of "the future of transportation."

The winner will receive a $500 shopping spree at Old Navy and have his or her design featured in an upcoming issue of Popular Mechanics. Entry forms will be available in stores nationwide starting Feb. 5. For design inspiration, check out a gallery of the magazine's covers from the last 100 years. 

--Emili Vesilind


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Photo: One of the T-shirt designs from the Old Navy-Popular Mechanics collaboration. Credit: Old Navy



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