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California Dreaming: Meet Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon

It’s exactly this time of year when California-itis—that is, the all-too-common affliction of lusting painfully after the Golden State—hits New Yorkers hardest. The only known cure is cross-country travel, but the next best therapy is a visit to Late Afternoon, the style blog penned by L.A. lady Liz Cherkasova.

Her style is upbeat, but not without a bit of a rocker’s edge. So don’t act surprised when you find sequins and leather or pink and python side by side. But you won’t ever find this girl in frayed jorts (more on that below).

Read on to get the full story of Liz’s Late Afternoon style.

What inspired you to start the blog?
I started out when I was still in college working on my degree in social psychology. I was drowning in lab work and needed a creative outlet.

How would you describe your style? Do you think of it as being very L.A.?

Modern-feminine meets eclectic urbanite. I don’t necessarily think of it as being very L.A. I relate to the effortless chic sensibility of L.A., but I’ve never owned a pair of ripped up denim shorts, and plan on keeping it that way.

What is the best fashion advice you have ever received?
Someone once told me that fashion is supposed to be fun. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was, but the statement has stuck with me through the years.

What’s your favorite piece in your closet?
My vintage YSL skirt. Whenever I’m having a particularly uninspiring moment with my closet, it’s the piece that offers me salvation.

Spring wardrobe essentials?
Silk trousers from 3.1 Phillip Lim, a white motorcycle jacket, a drop waist dress and leather track pants.

We’ve noticed that you have a knack for floral arrangements. What’s your favorite flower? Favorite flower combination?
I love peonies, hydrangea, dahlias, mums, gladiolas… I don’t think I’ve ever met a flower I didn’t like. I approach arrangements the same way I approach dressing myself. I like to mix colors, textures, and shapes to create unexpected combinations.

If you were “accidentally” locked in Barneys overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?
You would find me clutching a Proenza Schouler P1 in python. I would be wearing the Alexander Wang track pant with a Leroy & Perry knit sweater layered under a Helmut Lang blazer and Altuzarra double-breasted trench coat. The Manolo Blahnki Audi pump would be on my feet and the Karen Walker Anytime shades on my nose. I would be wearing a cluster of Stone rings like the diamond Voodoo ring and the Bottega Veneta antique silver cabochon collar wrapped firmly around my neck.

Main image courtesy of Late Afternoon

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