All Things Vintage and Faux Fur

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The Beverly Hills hotel is an iconic mecca for anyone who is in love with the glitz and glamour of the ‘50s, or just has an affinity for pink and French toast. The second you pull up to the hotel, you are treated like a celebrity from a bygone era since the entrance is literally a red carpet one, contrasted by the gorgeous pink shade of the hotel and the black stripes on the entrance ceiling. This treatment translates well from the entrance to the dining. Let me tell you, Brunch at the Polo Lounge was a spiritual experience.

The jazzy sways of the lounge’s live piano music were like a time travel machine. Combined with the dark green walls contrasted by the cherry wood bar and art deco mirrors throughout the restaurant, I was on cloud nine. The Polo Lounge’s Brioche French Toast with black berries, spiced chocolate and dulce de leche were also absolutely to die for and complemented my cappuccino and ambience.

At Brunch, I decided to try out the hottest trend in fashion at the moment: the faux fur coat. This closet staple has been seen on both the runway and street catwalks, showcased anywhere from the Fall/Winter collections of Gucci and Fendi to the wardrobes of Alexa Chung and Jenny Cipoletti (Margo and Me). The fur coat in my mind communicates luxury, but I wanted to make it more wearable. This embroidered navy one from Zara (one of my favorite stores of all time) combines both the fur and the floral trends of the season, making this outerwear a great transitional piece from winter to spring.

Since southern California is always in between seasons, I this darker coat with an all white ensemble under it: a white turtleneck and white linen pencil skirt. For footwear, I’m wearing my all time favorite Gucci loafers with pearl detailing. The red stripe in in the shoes tie well with the flowers sewn into the coat. The pearls on the shoes also pick up on the white skirt and top. For those final touches, I’m wearing my grandma’s vintage gold hoops that match the gold Gucci label on my shoes. When it comes to really bringing a look together, it’s all in the little details.

Needless to say, my dining experience indulged my passion for fine dining, good company (it was a mother-daughter brunch), and retro design. Subscribe to the blog for more of my “I was born in the wrong era” adventures.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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