All three of the pieces that make up this outfit have been staples in my wardrobe for quite some time now. This dress has been to Hawaii, Italy and Greece. These boots have made a countless number of trips to the Bay and back. And this chambray shirt has lived in three different apartments. They are like family! However, today I decided to wear them all together, which was a first. I was having one of those days where I was standing in my overly full closet the day after laundry day, staring at racks and drawers full of clothes and thought to myself, “I have absolutely nothing to wear!” I was reminded of this quote I saw on Pinterest recently that fit me so perfectly, especially in that moment.
When I have episodes of writer’s ”style block” like this, I first try to resist the allure of my most comfortable yoga pants, and then usually end up sticking to my go-to basics. Today I decided to throw them all together, slap on a little sparkle, twist my hair up in a bun and call it a day. I have to say, it was pretty nice having all three of my old pals accompany me all day. Happy Saturday! Boots: Anthropologie, Dress: Nordstrom, Shirt: Thrifted, Necklace: J Crew
It basically rained for two days straight over the weekend, and it’s about time! J got me these Hunter boots for Christmas, and while the amazing weather is the very reason I love living in California, I was begging for a chance to bust these babies out. Oh, and we are in a drought, so we really needed the rain. That’s probably more important and I should have said that first. Oops. Being preoccupied with my outfits has always been a minor vice of mine : ) When I went to shoot my LA rainy day attire photos, I decided to pop up to the roof of our building for a change of scenery. I guess the sun was making up for lost time, because it was back with a vengeance. It was blasting into my eyes and apparently my attempt to keep my poor watering eyeballs open caused me to ignore the expression on my face. I look downright pissed in some of the photos, and you should see the outtakes! I took these photos in about 17 seconds because I was terrified that at any moment, Danny from the leasing office was going to bust through the door on a tour with a potential new resident. I have no shame when it comes to J taking my photo in public, but standing on the roof alone with a tripod taking photos of myself seemed a little harder to justify. But luckily, I am not a model and it’s really about what I’m wearing, so hopefully all is forgiven!
I just need to take a quick sec to brag about my latest thrifting experience. Every 6 months or so I go to Crossroads Trading Co. in Santa Monica with a few bags of clothes that I’m ready to donate. If they like anything and want to sell it in their store then I get to apply 50% of the garments value as store credit, or can get 35% back in cash. It’s a pretty sweet deal when you bring in things you’ve been hanging on to for way too long and don’t even remember when you bought it or how much you spent on it. I took the store credit this time, because while they were looking through my items I shopped around and found some serious steals. I’ve been looking for a pair of medium wash distressed jeans. When I found these J Brand jeans I was so excited, but they weren’t distressed. However, I got them for a whopping $18, took them home and distressed them myself! It’s insane! This top was $10.50 and I immediately fell in love with the color and it’s perfectly loose fit. Although, probably my favorite find was this pair of Steve Madden pumps. When I found them they looked practically brand new, no different than a display shoe in a department store. They hardly had a scuff mark on the bottom, and the inside looked completely unused. The absolute best part was not only were they a great price, but they were also 50% off of the $22 price tag. So, yes, I got these babies for $11. I grabbed my goods and ran out of there as fast as I could for fear that this was some sort of sick joke! The greatest part is that I was able to display all my finds here, in one outfit : )
Fashion week has officially left the igloo currently known as New York City, and moved on to London, so I thought I’d give a quick recap of a few of my favorite looks from the 2014 shows. While I missed out on the opportunity to rub elbows with the likes of Rachel, Michael, Monique, and Vera this year, I know the day will come when I’ll get to see them all in person. For now, I’m happy to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and my laptop and live vicariously : ) I was blown away by so many of the gorgeous creations featured on the runway this year, but I was particularly obsessed with all the couture gowns. Enjoy!
I’ve been all about winter white this year. I practically live in these white jeans, partly because they are perfectly worn in, but also because they freshen up the dark colors and neutrals I’ve been wearing on top. Each year I make my complete disregard for old school fashion rules like “no white after Labor Day” very well known (in fact I basically screamed it from the virtual rooftops here) and this year is no different : ) I love the way white breaks up a pair of dark leather boots and a chunky sweater, especially when combined with a red lip and messy bun. I scored these boots during my holiday visit to the Bay Area this past December- thanks Mom! My older sister, mom and I are all about the same height and size, which has obviously come in handy over the years (especially when we were all living in the same state, let alone under the same roof!) but we always seem to fit in a clothing/shoe swap whenever we get together. I use the term “swap” loosely. Most of the time Mom gives me things she buys that don’t quite fit her right, and Sis puts on her stylist hat and gifts us awesome Anthro finds at a killer price. Everybody wins!
“Since this part of the states has made it quite clear that we are skipping that whole ‘winter’ thing, I’ve decided to embrace the Spring-like temperatures and go full speed ahead as well.” I wrote that and took the photos last week…jokes on me. It rained yesterday and temps are in the 60′s today (aka serious LA winter.) I guess I should change the name from January Jumpsuit since I missed that train too. Anyway, I bought this little denim jumpsuit probably a year or so ago and have never worn it. After I brought it home it suddenly felt like it was trying to be a “sexy garbage man” Halloween costume, and I had a small case of thrifter’s remorse. However, after trying it on, it ended up being a forgotten gem in my closet all this time and it seemed to be the perfect day to bust it out. These wedges are my “little engine that could” of shoes and have made their debut a million times on the blog because they are so darn comfortable. Also, I can use all the extra height I can get! Excuse my indecisive nature and mid-shoot hair style change, they say indecision is a Libra thing. Which clearly means I can’t help it, it’s in my blood!
Jumpsuit: Thrifted, Wedges: Steve Madden, Necklace: Francesca’s, Bag: Giani Bernini.
Look out LBD, this green dress is giving you a run for your money. It is so comfortable and easy to wear, and is appropriate almost anywhere with the right accessories. Aside from wearing pink and the occasional pearl, I don’t have an overly girly style. Between the lace and the silhouette of this dress, it is definitely the most feminine one I own, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy twirling that skirt around a time or two! Not only is the dress itself easy to wear, but buying it was a breeze too. When I brought it up to the register, I was pleasantly surprised that it was on sale. Like, super, mega sale. Which is not only one of the best feelings ever, but knocked the dress up a few pegs in my book. I’m so in love with this California necklace I picked up earlier this week. It’s cute, delicate, and perfectly represents the true California girl in me
I’m not a huge “New Year’s Resolution” person, but I definitely take a little time to reflect each January. Of course, everyone could eat a little healthier, work out a little more, and always recycle. (Ok, maybe the recycling one is a personal thing. Sorry, Sissy!) But my “resolution” this year is almost an anti-resolution: to not be so hard on myself. I need to work on not sweating the small stuff and giving myself a little more leeway in hopes that even if I do eat Mexican food at least twice a week and consider walking the dog my workout most days, I’ll at least be a little happier not harping on myself for it. Who knows, maybe with the pressure off I’ll end up doing all those things I would have set out to do if I were making real resolutions. In the meantime I’m starting with this post, one that may have sat in my “drafts” folder indefinitely because I’m showing some serious leg (an area I am certainly critical of.) I’m putting it out there that not every photo I post will be the most flattering or perfect, but I’m putting fun outfits together and enjoying myself in the process, and that’s the reason I started this blog two years ago! Plus there’s leather involved, and it’s super hard not to feel like a bit of a badass in leather. And badasses don’t care about cellulite
Booties: H&M, Shorts: ANGL, Top: Foreign Exchange, Bag and Bracelet: Tory Burch.
If you are a 90′s child like myself, I hope I don’t need to elaborate further. This outfit screams, “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” to me, and believe me I was humming the tune for the rest of the afternoon after this shoot. I got this coat a few weeks back and have had to come up with reasons not to wear it for the fifth night in a row. It’s light and easy to throw on over almost anything, yet substantial enough for LA “winter” evenings. A bedazzled top and leather pants don’t exactly give off the “I’m a grown up” vibe, so the coat adds a final layer as well as a little sophistication. I’m pretty sure I’ll always find a justification for wearing glitter (I did mention I was a 90′s kid.) Some things never change.
I’m baaack! It feels so good to say goodbye to a challenging semester in school and start the new year back on the blog! At the risk of sounding like the laziest human ever, sometimes it’s so nice not to have to do anything. We had an amazing week in the Bay Area over the holidays taking in the sights of San Francisco and spending time with my family, followed by a relaxing week in Palm Desert with J’s family. I’m finally back home and got the itch to take photos of all the looks I’ve worn lately. This one actually goes all the way back to my birthday in October. I’m always a fan of a monochromatic moment with an unapologetic pop of hot pink. Happy 2014!
Shoes: Nordstrom, Pants: Cotton On, Top: ANGL, Bracelet and Wristlet: Tory Burch, Sunglasses: Ray Ban,