From left to right: MAC Lady Danger, Diva and Ruby Wood, NYX Cherry Pie, NARS Cruella and Glossier Balm Dotcom in Cherry

Head-to-toe red has been such a hot look for a few months now, and I have been all about it.

Whether it’s an all-red outfit, or red paired with pink (à la a bottle of Glossier You) or neutrals, I cannot get enough of this classic color.

For this editorial-style look, I paired a mesh bodysuit with vegan leather lace-up pants–both in a bright, classic red.

The bodysuit has a high mock neck and extra long sleeves, while the pants are adorned with a zipper at each hip, featuring silver hardware. I added a black lace bra underneath for some coverage and contrast.

I am super into plaid miniskirts and other uniform- or office-inspired pieces this season. I’ve always loved the tailored look, and now that style back in full-force for 2018 after a few years of relaxed “athleisure” looks being the norm.

So, I also styled the bodysuit with a plaid mini I thrifted earlier this month. Ever since Reformation debuted a gorgeous range of school girl-inspired plaid miniskirts a while back, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one for my petite frame at a more affordable price.

Though I love wearing heels, without them I’m 5’3″ and about 110 pounds, so miniskirts tend to be both too long on me and too baggy at the waist (even with shoes). So, shopping for them is extremely hit-or-miss. Not to mention, there are so many plaids out there, finding the right color combo in my size is tough.

I finally found this one, and it fit like I glove! The muted brown tones were just what I was looking for in terms of color, and the thin, brick red stripes accent it perfectly; I can’t get enough!

It is still freezing where I like in northern New Jersey, so I paired the bodysuit and miniskirt with an oversized vegan leather jacket and thick brown stockings for a streamlined look. I also added my go-to black booties for a little height, which tied in with the black lace bra and vegan leather jacket perfectly.

Going along with the tailored theme, I decided to bring my absolute favorite shorts into the mix. I bought this pair about six or seven (maybe eight?) years ago from American Apparel’s California Select line, and have been so in love ever since. There are endless ways to style them, and they’re just such a classic. The color, the cut, everything about them is fabulous.

To make them look a little more laid-back, I paired them with a floral cropped top from Rat & Boa. This boho-inspired piece is absolutely gorgeous; the color palette couldn’t be better, the material is amazing, aaand it even has ultra-femme bell sleeves (which I love). Plus, the tie front makes it ideal for showing off all my fav bralettes.

I completed the look with a pair of lace stockings and, once again, my black booties and black bra from the previous two looks–and I am so happy with how it turned out. Mixing prints and textures is the best way to spice up old and tired pieces, and it’s a great way to bringing boho looks into the colder months.

Shop my look:

Bodysuit, Danielle Guizio NY

Pants, I.Am.Gia, no longer available

Lace bra, Free People

Plaid skirt, thrifted

Leather jacket, thrifted

Floral blouse, Rat & Boa, no longer available (but the coordinating Cerretti dress is)

Shorts, California Select by American Apparel, one-of-a-kind

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A cropped halter isn’t typically winter-wear, but since when have I cared about playing by fashion’s rules?

Although it is summer in Australia and winter here in the U.S., that definitely is not stopping me from wearing Aussie cult label I.Am.Gia’s warm weather pieces here in the Northern Hemisphere–including the new pink polaris set.

On this snowy day, I paired the Clueless-inspired top-and-pants combo with my very worn-in Doc Martens.

I’m typically the girl in a pullover sweater and athletic pants as soon as temperatures drop below freezing, so this look was slightly out of my comfort zone. But, I’ve been dying to wear this set ever since it came out, and I am *not* about to let it collect dust in my closet until the weather decides to warm up. It’s just too cute.

I.Am.Gia first made waves with polaris when mega-babe Emily Ratajkowski–aka Em Rata–sported the original orange set in September. (Is there anything she can’t pull off?!)

It was an instant hit for me. And a lot of others, too, apparently, because it sold out so quickly. But, the planets aligned: the day the pink polaris set made its debut I had store credit, so I scooped it up ASAP. (There is also a lime green set that’s giving me major heart eyes…)

Polaris is just as gorgeous IRL as it is online, although, I am no Em Rata in it. I am really impressed with the fabric; it’s thick, stretchy and comfortable. The colors are stunning, too. I love the Glossier pink base, and the soft gray plaid pattern is far from harsh or masculine. It’s Cher Horowitz for the new millennium–without looking like you tried too hard to be a Clueless clone (we’ve seen that too many times).

This set is smooth- and seamless-looking (though it isn’t technically seamless), but it does have a few little details; the most obvious being the zipper detail front and center on the pants. The top also has two ties for closure, one at the neck and another at the lower back.

I didn’t feel the need to accessorize at all because this set is statement-making enough on its own–it’s an instant outfit! Just add a coat and shoes, and you’re good to go.

Now that I’ve gotten my polaris fix for the winter, I’ll most likely be putting this set away until temps warm up and I can wear it without layering a coat on top and heavy boots underneath. Though if I swapped the Doc Martens for a pair of heeled booties and added a faux fur coat, I could definitely see this look working for a night out. Drinks, anyone?

Shop my look:

Top, I.Am.Gia

Pants, I.Am.Gia

Boots, Doc Martens, similar here

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I really cannot get enough of Aussie cult label I.Am.Gia! Thankfully I had a store credit when they launched a new collection a few weeks back.

The Cobain overalls are so on-trend right now; checks are popping up everywhere, and so is this relaxed silhouette. Still, the color palette is neutral enough that this piece doesn’t come off as over-the-top trendy or tacky. (At least not in my opinion!)

Flow-y legs are a nice change of pace from typical tapered overalls; they really help the look appear effortless. And the slate gray base really makes the black and white pattern pop.

For this casual look I paired them with a sporty cropped sweatshirt in a similar gray color. I’ve been loving cropped sweatshirts lately, and I’ve been seeing them a ton, too! Despite “athleisure” styles slowly fading out in 2018, I think pieces like this one are going to be really popular this year.

And to play up the grunge vibes the overalls give off, I added my worn-in Doc Martens.

Speaking of grunge, I wanted to quickly touch on a couple trends for the upcoming season. My forecast for 2018 includes grunge-luxe by day (think: faded, relaxed denim with minimal tears, plain white t’s, satin camisoles, lacy lingerie, plaid miniskirts, slinky maxi dresses and mixed metals) and a modern take on classic tailored pieces by night (think: fun separates, sexy blazer dresses, pinstripes, bold color combos like red/pink or black/denim, oxblood, shiny fabrics such as vinyl, PVC and satin, platform sneakers and glossy makeup).

These overalls definitely don’t skimp on details, so I kept accessories to the bare minimum. I love the bold buckle details on the back of the straps, as well as the oversized grommet-clasp combo that makes up the closure on the front.

Much like the label’s bestselling Cobain pants, the new Cobain overalls have an edgy chain detail on the hip. They also have three front pockets (including one with an exposed zipper), additional black straps at the waist for a customized fit and an open back for a sexy, feminine touch.

The only finishing touch I added were my everyday hoop earrings to avoid looking too busy.

Enjoy the two mood boards I created for 2018 via Polyvore below, and be sure to let me know what trends you’re looking forward to rocking this year! And for those of you who want to shop this look, scroll all the way down.

Daytime [source: Polyvore]

Evening [source: Polyvore]

What I’m wearing:

Sweatshirt, Free People (gray is no longer available, but black is still in stock–and on sale!)

Overalls, I.Am.Gia

Shoes, Doc Martens (not pictured), similar here

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This year I celebrated New Year’s Eve in LA at Unici Casa. I attended a Day Of The Dead event at this venue in November, and was so happy to be invited back by the EC twins, two of my favorite DJs.

I’ve never done anything besides lie on my couch for NYE–after all, the East Coast is freezing this time of year, so I’m never really in the mood to go out. After an invite from the EC twins, I decided to book a flight to LA for a few days; I couldn’t resist getting out of the cold.

Unici Casa is a super glam spot, and it has a fun red carpet entrance, so I love playing up whatever theme the hosts pick.

Sunday night’s theme was Casino Royale (i.e., black ties and Bond girls). Like I said, I’ve never gone full-glam for NYE before, so I went all-out in a hot pink mini dress with sequins and a bronze smoky eye.

I accessorized with a faux fur coat, sheer black stockings and velvety black heels. My favorite thing about fall/winter dressing is getting to mix different prints and textures, and the sequin-faux fur combo felt extra luxe. For a little more sparkle, I wore my nameplate earrings from The M.

Because I can’t get enough of this hot pink glitter lipstick from MAC Cosmetics, I went for neutral eyeshadow. The bronze smoky look I created gave my eyes just the right amount of drama to balance the bold lip, and I’m so happy with how it came out.

What I wore:

Coat, Free People, similar here

Dress, Free People

Shoes, by the way., purchased from Revolve

Bag, Pop & Suki

Earrings, The M Jewelers

Of course I also had to do some exploring while in town. Thanks to a two-week free trial from Class Pass, I got to visit a few exercise studios in the LA area. My fav was a cycling class at FlyWheel’s Santa Monica location, but I also tried barre and pilates, which were great, too.

It’s not a trip to LaLa land without a hike! LA is home to some of the best hiking in the world, so I always try to squeeze one (or two!) in while I’m here. Thanks to the holiday, I had a little extra time, so I met up with a friend and we decided to take a trip to Malibu’s Point Dume for a sunset hike.

Because you access the trails directly from the beach, this spot combines the best of both worlds: bluffs with gorgeous views that are perfect for hiking, as well as miles of Malibu’s famous shoreline. The pictures hardly do Point Dume any justice; I can’t wait to visit during the spring and summer when it’s beach weather.

Before heading home, I hit up some new and old favs on Melrose. I stopped at Wasteland, one of LA’s best vintage retailers, for the first time, as well as Reformation Vintage and House Of Intuition.

And I had to stop by Little Tokyo in DTLA to stock up on some of my must-have beauty essentials at Make Asobi. I discovered this gem filled with sheet masks and other unique skincare items while visiting LA in June, so I always make it a priority to stop by and pick up some things not easily available on the East Coast. I leave plenty of extra room in my suitcase 😉

I hope 2018 is treating everyone well so far! I cannot thank my readers enough for your support throughout 2017 and into this new year. Although party season may be over, I very much look forward to continuing to create a ton of quality content for you guys in 2018. I also hope to interact with everyone more, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below, or get in touch with me on any of my social media platforms (links to the right if you’re on a desktop, or down below if you’re on a mobile device).

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Merry (belated) Christmas! I am slightly obsessed with the Christmas season, so I really hope everyone is enjoying all the holiday-related content on my social media and here on Haute Mess.

Because I’ve really been loving bold, sparkly makeup looks lately, I kept my outfit on the casual side. Still, I wanted to put a somewhat stylish look together, so I started with an edgy pair of jeans, then added a cozy chenille sweater. For a little height I picked a pair of fun floral booties–definitely party shoes!

Who else watches LOVE’s advent calendar semi-religiously this time of year? I’m still drooling over Romee Strijd’s clip (Day 23), so I decided to create my own version the sexy, smoky old-school glam look from the shoot.

I went with a grungy makeup look similar to the one I sported at a holiday party earlier this month–only I amped it up a notch. For the eyes, I combined ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Bouncy and Pressed Powder Shadow in Tea Garden with a couple neutral matte shadows.

Tea Garden is one of the most unique eyeshadows I own. It’s a gold-ish green with a red duochrome flip–perfect for Christmas! I darkened it up by putting a deep chocolatey brown underneath and Bouncy, a cool-tone bronze with gold and violet duochrome in the crease.

On the cheeks I paired Benefit’s Rockateur blush (which has been my ride or die for years) with NARS Hot Sand Highlighting Blush, then polished everything off with Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in Bunny (part of the In Love With The Koko set).

What I’m wearing:

Chenille sweater, thrifted, similar here

Zipper Jeans, Reformation

Booties, brand unknown, similar here

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