Starlet Sophistication: Silk gold top & scarf styling

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This look is a throw-back, but it’s so gorgeous, I figured ‘better late than never’. Fortuitously, it’s a suiting color palette for the late summer-early fall season.

I attended a fashion conference in LA late last year. The highlight was hearing Lyn Paolo, the costume designer of Scandal, speak. “Notice any trends in Olivia Pope’s wardrobe?”, she asked us. “When Olivia is a strong, confident champion (‘gladiator’, to use the tv series’ terminology), she stands out in all white. When she’s conflicted and confused, I put her in greys and muted colors.” Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for the subtle visual cues tying style to emotion in film. (On a related note, I’m looking forward to the Scandal-inspired collection to be launched by The Limited in late September.)

How do you select your outfit’s colors and textures? Do they reflect your mood?

Now that I look back at what I chose to wear that day, I recognize that I selected pieces to make a sophisticated, self-assured first impression.


Not surprisingly, I went with my much-loved Pedro Garcia booties. They’re comfortable, yet attention-getters. For a modern look, I prefer these robust-but-sleek booties over feminine pumps. Glossy black nail polish on my toes and fingertips top it off.

The Club Monaco silk top is mature and classy, but distinct – the light-toned metallic top stands out among matte colors. For daytime, I go for lustrous subtlety, saving glittery, shiny metallics for nighttime.




A finely-woven and dyed silk scarf is a timeless accessory. The fluid, abstract pattern of this one reflects my artistic side. With it, I channel blasé grace.


The hot pants component was a bit riskier, but one that felt ‘right’ for a LA fashion event. The minimal silhouette balances the volume above.


Lastly, the poise to pull it off… I take on slightly-different personas, based on what I’m wearing. That day, I was channeling urban sophisticate, aka Hollywood-hopeful model/starlet. :)




Top: Club Monaco gold silk top (similar lurex option by Vita Gottleib)
Bottom: Max Studio hot pants
Shoes: Pedro Garcia booties (similar Pedro Garcia options: Sofia perforated bootie, Simona perforated bootie)


I was so, so in love with this plush, intensely-red carpet. Truly befitting of Hollywood!

I had a blast shooting here, and a small part of me wishes that San Francisco had ostentatiously glamorous places like this. It was fun to live a day of the LA lifestyle, though!

So, does your daily fashion reflect how you’re feeling? Do you think that your style helps set your mood for the day?







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  • Linda Cubana

    I just found your blog and I can predict that my obsession with your writing/blogging style will only grow stronger with every post. You are very talented and have a great future ahead of you. Did I mention I’m a perfectionist? ÷)

    • lauriel

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you so much for coming by and enjoying my blog!! <3 I was so thrilled and touched to receive your warm comments (it's the nicest that I've received!), and am deeply gratified that you enjoy reading my posts.

      I don't know what my future will quite look like (this is currently a side/personal interest that I hope will grow in lovely, unexpected ways), but I'm excited to actively progress along my path.

      Wonderful to meet a fellow perfectionist; how does it manifest in your life? :) Lastly, thank you so much for connecting, and I hope we can be in touch; I sense a kindred spirit in your words. <3


  • Jemma Andrew

    Such an adorable outfit, love it!

  • Sarah

    Your pictures are amazing, I’m sure I do dress differently depending on my mood :-)

  • Karissa Ancell

    You look great in this. I could never pull off Hot pants but you can.

  • emile

    Great Pedro Carcia shoes. The last picture with the shoes is amazing!

  • emile

    Great pictures and outfits. You look beautiful and great style

  • Temi Truly

    Love your gold silk top!

    ❤ Temi Truly

  • Brooke @ You’re In Brookelynn

    I absolutely love this! I love the way you let the scarf be the focal point over a neutral outfit. It looks great on you!

  • Felt With Love Designs

    You look so beautiful!! Love the shoes! I normally don’t like gold but you really make it work with this outfit!

  • Joanna Sormunen

    Great outfit! I love the booties, and the color choices, the gold goes so well with brown, they both look rich and full.

  • Raewyn Smith

    I love the gold and the scarf! I am very into gold lately!

  • Sarah

    The outfit is great. Not my style at all, but it looks nice on you.

  • Mia Myrabev

    You look amazing, love the shoes and the scarf. Lately I don’t think I wear how I am feeling I just throw it on.

  • songbirdsandbuttons

    Love that outfit! Gorgeous scarf!

  • Neely

    That scarf is everything!

  • Kristine Foley

    Beautiful! Seriously need those shoes!

  • Carly Anderson

    I love that scarf! And those shoes??? Stunning!

  • esther julee

    I really love that scarf and your whole look! I can’t wait for scandal to come back. :) that’s so interesting how they change her wardrobe depending on how confident she is.. i’ll have to look out for that!!

  • Amanda Love

    I’m just loving your style and the photos are amazing!

  • daisy

    You look gorgeous! I love your trendy style.

  • Amanda W

    I love those booties, I need to get some for the fall! You look stunning.

  • loveforlacquer

    You look stunning!

  • Avie T

    Love your top! I am in love with the flowing type tops! Great combo too!

    • lauriel

      Thanks Avie! What I love about flowing tops is that they’re so comfy and forgiving, as well as looking great. :D