Thursday, February 22, 2018

Building an Outfit Around the Shoes

Last weekend, I picked up these Drake for J. Crew shoes for a steal. The shoes were normally priced around $300 but I paid just $45! I was so excited about them that I had to immediately build an outfit around them! I decided to go with some color blocking to make sure that the shoes were the star of the show, so I reached way back in my closet and found this pleated skirt I purchased about six years ago in addition to this bright green sweater. The coat, which I picked up last year from Banana Republic, was an afterthought that just happened to perfectly match what I was planning to wear. Luckily, a cold spell has hit the Los Angeles area so we finally have weather that's cool enough for wearing a coat! Actually, now that I think about it, perhaps the coat is actually stealing the shoes' thunder!

I wore this outfit to go to a fun murder mystery dinner. My husband and I like to go to these because the acting is always campy and over the top and the plot rarely makes sense but it's definitely a good time! My favorite part of the murder mystery dinner is when I get to write down my answer to "who done it" near the end before the detective announces what happened. I always try to come up with a funny, creative answer and I've actually won prizes (usually a bottle of wine) for doing so in the past. Sadly, this time my answer was just not judged to be funny enough and someone else walked off with the prize. I think if there had been a prize for best and certainly most colorful outfit, however, I definitely would have won that!

Coat: Banana Republic similar pink coat here
Skirt: H&M similar pleated skirt
Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Belt: Target similar here
Earrings: Bauble Bar on sale here
Shoes: J. Crew "Lucie" pump here
Bag: J. Crew Factor
Sunglasses: Celine
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Stiff Upper Lip

If you're looking at this post and thinking that you're experiencing outfit deja vu, you're probably not alone. Last week, for Valentine's Day, I wore a very similar outfit that included a lip print blouse. Clearly, I can't get enough of lip prints! While both lip blouses are equally amazing, the price point of this one from SheIn, which is just under $20, makes it really appealing! Plus, the lips are really big and colorful, which makes it all the more fun!

I took these pictures just yesterday and I will have to say that a sudden cold spell has hit the Southern California area. (This was the one day when I could have definitely worn something warmer!)  In addition to the cold, it was also extremely windy and it's always fun taking pictures when it's windy! These photos involved a lot of waiting around for the strong gusts to pass, followed by me screaming "Okay, take it now!" My husband, who was also actually a little bit cold (yes, that's how cold it was!) was not exactly thrilled with the whole experience, but was still able to keep a stiff upper lip in the midst of adversity! I tried my best as well.

Shirt: c/o SheIn allover lip print tie-blouse here
Pants: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Celine
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Safari Ready

This January, I scored so many great deals at J. Crew that I am still posting about them! While I'd love to be the type of blogger who gets items as soon as it comes out and posts it before anyone else, I have to face the fact that I am a sucker for a good deal.  Because of this, I wait until I can buy things at a price that I feel comfortable with before I make a purchase. Luckily, J. Crew offers many similar things from season to season, so I can always share similar items with my readers. Take, for example, this deer print popover blouse: some sizes are still available, but it's mostly sold out. The good news is that  J. Crew just came out with an equally adorable shirt for spring with elephants that has a very similar print and color scheme as this one!

The elephant version of this shirt would also look great with the safari-esque accessories that I am featuring in this look! I felt that this chino skirt, also from J. Crew, would be a perfect pairing. I also have my trusty Clare V. leopard clutch that might be one of the most used bags that I own. For a little bit of glam, I added my gold ball earrings from BaubleBar and my lovely cuff bracelet from Les Georgettes. I featured the bracelet last month on my blog and explained how inside of the metal bracelet is a double-sided, reversible leather liner so you can change the color depending on your outfit. Here I am featuring the blue side, which is a perfect match for this shirt. As you can see, if you are going to go on a safari, you might as well have the right accessories and make it a style safari!

Shirt: Deer print popover blouse here, similar elephant print blouse here
Skirt: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew almost identical red flats here
Earrings: BaubleBar on sale here
Bracelet: c/o Les Georgette here
Bag: Clare V. foldover leopard clutch here
Sunglasses: Prada

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Maxi Flowers

I hope everyone enjoyed Valentine's Day yesterday! I'm not a big fan of getting lots of flowers for the occasion, or at least expensive ones, as it seems foolish to spend a lot of money on something that will die in a week or less. To address this, my husband and I have a ritual where he picks out a modest bouquet for $3.99 at Trader Joe's. Sure, that might seem cheap, but I wouldn't have it any other way! (Besides, he surprised me with a far better gift later in the evening!) Plus, I have been given far more expensive flowers and the $3.99 ones actually last much longer than the expensive ones! One floral thing that I can't say "no" to is a floral skirt, which is why I just had to add this one from Target to my collection!

One of the things I love about this skirt is, obviously, the floral print. I mixed it with a striped tissue turtleneck tee because, to be honest, there's no pattern mixing combination that I love better than stripes paired with florals! Throw in a little leopard, as I did today, and I'm in outfit heaven! I also like the fact that this skirt is maxi length because it makes it different from many of the other skirts I own. My husband swears that I have a skirt that looks just like this somewhere in my closet (and perhaps I do!) but I just can't get enough of floral skirts!

Skirt: Target birdcage tulip print skirt here
Top: J. Crew striped tissue turtleneck here
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bag: Clare V. foldover leopard clutch here
Sunglasses: Prada here
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I Love Heart Walls!

Happy Valentine's Day! It's no secret that I love exploring the colorful walls and murals of Los Angeles, so, in honor of Valentine's Day today, I am featuring my favorite heart and love themed walls (and one staircase)! There's definitely no shortage of these types of walls in Las Angeles, but these are some of my favorites. I know I have been talking for some time about compiling a complete guide to all of my favorite walls in the L.A. area and while that hasn't quite yet manifested (it's coming, I promise!), just consider this a little taste of my soon to be wall guide!

 Black Bleeding Hearts Wall
Location: 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

Heart Mural
Location: Intersection of Los Feliz Blvd & Brunswick Ave., Atwater Village

Micheltorena Stairs
Location: 3324 Sunset Blvd., Silverlake

Love Wall
Location: Smash Box Studios
8549 Higuera St, Culver City

Multi-Color Bleeding Heart Wall
Location: Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pucker Up For Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just a few days away, so that means it's time to break out all of the red, pink and heart themed items from my closet! Certainly, one can wear these types of things all year round, but it's fun to really play them up during the month of February! While I love anything with a cute heart print, I decided to be a little different and wear a lip print in honor of the holiday. This lip print blouse from J. Crew is definitely perfect for Valentine's Day, but it could really work for any day of the year. Plus, I love that the lips aren't just your typical red and pink, but all shades of the rainbow!

I think the first time I remember falling in love with a lip print pattern is when Prada came out with a series of lip and lipstick print skirts and dresses one spring when I was in college. I wanted these skirts or dresses so badly, but Prada couture was just a tad out of the price range of a college student at the time! I did manage to find an "inspired by" version of the aforementioned Prada lip dress at an outlet mall and that was good enough for me. Whenever I see anything with a lip print on it, it definitely takes me back to that period in my life, which isn't a bad thing because I definitely loved college. Plus, it's where I met my husband, so it's very fitting for Valentine's Day!

Shirt: J. Crew ruffle lip-print blouse here
Pants: Old Navy pixie here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold loafers here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Celine
Earrings: Orbit earring  here
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