east coast basics

[ :: H&M top :: See Thru Soul skinnies :: Gap leather jacket :: Winter Market & H&M bracelets :: ]
[ :: Kenneth Cole clutch :: Matt Bernson wedges via Solestruck:: ]

As much of a California girl as I am, there are a few "east coast" things I will never get rid of: 
(1)Black boots cool enough to make a statement, but comfortable enough to last a day of walking
(2)Black leather jacket to give any outfit just a little edge
(3) All things studded

People around me are perpetually in surf brands, flip flops, and shorts, so obviously, black leather and studs can feel a little out of place. I grew up with and love the beach-y, casual, boho look, but the above things are just a few trends that'll never get old to me. 

Are there things that you'll never let go of, no matter where you are? Or am I just kinda crazy? lol!

Yours, Etc.

P.S. Self mandated shopping ban in the works. No shopping until the end of April! Thaaaat's.....40 days. I can totally do this......right? =/


  1. Black and white! Very classy madam!

  2. Very tough girl chic.
    Omg. I don't think I can survive a shopping ban. Eeee. Anyway. Lovely outfit as usual, Allison!


  3. This is the perfect combination of chic and bad girl. It's cute-meets-tough in a very stylish way. Allison, you deliver again with another exceptional look.


  4. We are loving the rock and electric feel in this outfit.

    Cheers, B & Liv
    B L I V B O O K: darling&diva ♥

  5. So pretty! that outfit is so rock n roll chic. love.

  6. You rock this outfit! Love the top and jacket combo can easily be brought into an evening look for a night out! Shopping ban... Are you sure you wanna do that with so many beautiful things coming out..?

  7. I could never give up my shoes and leopard print. Love this look! And you can totally do the shopping ban!!!

  8. You are one bad bish Allison! I love this look and those booties are AMAZING! You look great! Here things are a bit more organic hippie dippy looking or super casual and i'm always way overdressed and don't plan on holding back anytime soon! Guess thats what I get for living in a state that doesnt exisit lol!

  9. You always looked so pulled together. No matter how hard I try I always look kinda 'off' and dishevelled lol.

  10. I am lovin this outfit...I just have no words (fabulous)!

  11. too many black on black might be 2 dark for some, but I'm loving how you pieced it all together.

  12. Where have you been all of my life! I love everything about this outfit, especially the shoes! Super cute and stylish. I'd pair it with some bright red lips, but thats only because I'm going through a red lip phase right now. Very lovely indeed :)

  13. I could never give up black! Or flat shoes, because I tend to wobble on heels. And seriously, your hair is so gorgeous I'm surprised you don't feel my envy from across the US.

  14. OMG I love this outfit! So well-coordinated! Everything is working together really well. And you know what? You are awesome at posing! So photogenic. I have my own curvy blog, and I definitely need to work on that. I still feel a little uncomfortable in front of the camera :S

    I would love for you to check out my blog! I've been working hard at it for the past couple of months. I added you to my blog roll because you're awesome.


  15. hello! just found your blog via galmour.com. i loooove your outfits! you are seriously the cutest thing ever!

    love the jacket and the CLUTCH!


  16. First of all, you look great! I love your outfit. It's def something I'd wear and I'm from BK, NY. As I was looking at the pics, I thought it was interesting to see so much black against such a nice green garden. But I see you like the "east coast" look. It looks great and it never hurts to be different.

  17. I LOVE this look. Everything about it screams that chic - ya know the one that walks into a room and doesn't have to say a word. U have inspired me to get me a rocker chic look going. I want the speechless effect on a hot girls night.

  18. Love this look between romance and hard edge!


  19. Girl, this outfit is perfect!Love the boots!

  20. You're so sexy in that outfit ! love the top !

    xx, Leah.


  21. GIRL!!!! you workin this outfit. I love it. the combination is amazing.


  22. Ooh! These shoes made my heart skip a beat!

  23. Gah, I have to make a trip to ATL so I can shop H&M - such a CUTE top!!!

  24. So, frustration is taking over. I saw your blog for the first time about an hour ago, and I can't seem to leave. And I'm okay with that. But, the fact that I can't find a decent plus size leather jacket ANYWHERE, and I keep seeing yours EVERYWHERE is totally driving me crazy. Gahhhh.