Thursday, May 25, 2017

Embroidered Tops for Summer

Summer is officially here in terms of weather and, for me, summer vacation is almost within reach too! Therefore, it's time for me to break out the shorts and other apparel items that are best suited for warm weather and days off in the sun! One trend that I am especially loving right now is that of colorful embroidered tops with a colorful twist. Even though the one I am wearing today is from Zara, Zaful also has quite a few at reasonable prices that are fantastic for those warm summer days.

I paired my embroidered top with yellow striped shorts for a little pattern mixing. For a pop of color, I also added some pink tassel earrings and my purplish pink LV speedy bag. The combination proved to be perfect for strolling around town on a hot day! For more ideas on the perfect embroidered tops for summer, check out my links below in the details about today's outfit!

Blouse: Zara similar embroidered style here, here, and here
Shorts: LOFT similar here
Sandals: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Louis Vuitton similar here
Sunglasses: Celine
Bracelets: J. Crew Factory similar here
Earrings: Sugarfix by Bauble Bar here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Magnum P.I. Pants

I was instantly smitten with these very loud, tropical pants the moment I saw them on the Old Navy website. Oddly, it was a comment my husband made about the pants after I purchased them that made me love them even more. The pants were laid out on the bed and as my husband passed by he commented on the similarity between the print of my pants and Tom Selleck's iconic Hawaiian shirt that he wore on the classic 80s show Magnum P.I. Being a child of the 80s, I have fond memories of the show and of Tom Selleck. (I mean that mustache, come on!) So I took the off-handed comment from my husband as a compliment, rather than a dig. Now I just need a cool Ferrari and my look would officially be complete!

If you took just a quick glance at these photos, you might think that they were taken at the Paul Smith Wall on Melrose, which is another icon, at least for people like me who are obsessed with taking Instagram photos by colorful walls. A closer inspection, however, will reveal that this wall is actually not the signature shade of pink of the Paul Smith wall, but it's still pretty and pink. It is also located much closer to me in comparison to the Melrose wall and there was no one there, which is in stark contrast to the crowds of people that flock to the Paul Smith wall every day. Given this, I am just going to keep this wall's location my little secret!

Pants: Old Navy pixie pants here
Shirt: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Coach similar here and here
Sunglasses: Celine similar here
Earrings: Bauble Bar "Crispin" here

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Cartoon Me

I always seem to have the most interesting conversations with Target checkers. Last weekend when I wore the outfit featured below to my local Target, the checker engaged me in a brief conversation about my Celine sunglasses. He commented that they were cool and looked like they were for a cartoon character, which I guess I could see. Actually, come to think about it, many aspects of my wardrobe tend to make for conversation pieces with strangers on a regular basis. For example, today I was seated near a window at a restaurant with the very same Celine sunglasses on the table. I noticed a woman standing outside staring at what I thought to be my food, but then she came in specifically to ask me where I bought the sunglasses.

Getting back to the cartoonish aspects of my outfit, this navy cartoon skirt from SheIn really fits with the cartoon theme, much like my sunglasses. I really liked this skirt because of all of the colorful embroidery and the cartoon dog on the front. It does run a little bit small, though. For reference, this is a size large and my normal J. Crew size in skirts is a 4. If cartoon characters aren't your thing, I have linked to some other great embroidered mini skirts below that would be perfect for summer.

Tee: Old Navy ballet back tee here
Bag: Gucci here
Sneakers: Target here
Sunglasses: Celine

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun in the Sun

I think when you live in California, especially L.A., it's mandatory that you own at least a few things that feature palm trees. Since palm trees are so iconic in the state in which I live, I naturally gravitated to this fun J. Crew Tippi sweater with its cheerful sun and palm tree illustration. One thing that many of the people who reviewed this item online noted, and to which I can attest as well, is that it appears in person to be much brighter than in pictures. In fact, my husband asked if I was going hunting in this, since its neon orange color does evoke the image of some hunting gear that you might find in your local sporting goods store!

The weather here in Los Angeles has been all over the place as of late. Some days are overcast and cool while others, like the day these pictures were taken, foreshadow the hot, bright summer months ahead where there's not a cloud to be found in the sky. To go along with the bright, sunny day, I paired my outfit with some equally bright accessories, such as my new yellow suede pom pom shoes, turquoise sunglasses, and colorful tassel bag. So while I may not be on a hunting expedition, as you can see, I am constantly on the hunt for bright, colorful accessories!

Sweater: J. Crew Tippi in embroidered palm trees here
Pants: Old Navy linen blend pixie pants here
Shoes: J. Crew Gemma suede flats with pom poms here
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff same style in white, black
Earrings: Bauble Bar here, similar here
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney here

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Moving Mountains

When it comes to finding a new wall, there ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough, to keep me from getting to it! So imagine my delight to find out that a new wall was going up and I just happened to be near the neighborhood. The problem was that this wall was so new that they still had some of the machinery and supplies used to paint it lingering about in the area. Plus, the sprinklers were going off by the wall at the time I arrived, which is a mystery to me because there are still no plants! This all made for a somewhat difficult photo shoot!

Regardless of these obstacles that I am probably turning into a bigger drama than need be, I persevered because, again, I would attempt to move mountains to get to a great wall! I decided to wear my "Heels on Fire" tee, which is currently sold out, but occasionally pops back on the J. Crew website. Fortunately for me, if my heels were literally on fire, they would have quickly been extinguished by the massive amount of water coming out of the sprinklers that were watering the wall!

I paired my "Heels on Fire" tee with a new tropical floral skirt from Zara. I thought the red in the font on my shirt really picked up the red in the skirt to make it pop. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, Zara has become one of my new favorite places to shop for summer clothing. While you can find my skirt in stores at Zara, you can also find a similar, bargain version of the skirt here. Luckily, the skirt is cotton, so it withstood the blasts of water from the aforementioned sprinklers, because my skirt was pretty much the only natural thing getting watered!

Tee: J. Crew here, similar version here
Skirt: Zara almost exact version here
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver pumps here and here
Bag: Gucci here
Sunglasses: Celine

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wedge of Watermelon

It's no secret that I love statement purses. You know, the kind that have become synonymous with brands like Kate Spade. Unfortunately, most of Kate Spade's statement type bags that take the form of camels, cameras or oranges are hundreds of dollars, which is a lot for just a "fun" bag made of straw. So imagine my delight when I came across this whimsical watermelon bag from SheIn for only $16! In addition to watermelons, they also have a veritable fruit salad of other bags including a pineapple bag, an orange bag and a banana bag!

I wore this bag to an eye appointment and it was a huge hit with both the doctor and the staff there. I took these photos after my appointment and I think I can just make out a trace of a line going across my forehead that was caused from inserting my face into that machine that holds the lenses that you look through at the optometrist's office. It felt like I was there for hours looking at the letters that they project up on the wall! Luckily, everything checked out with my eyes so I am able to gaze upon the cuteness of my watermelon purse with complete clarity!

Shirt: J. Crew pleated ruffle top in windowpane here
Pants: J. Crew toothpick jeans here
Bag: c/o SheIn here and other watermelon bags here and here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Earrings: Anthropologie similar here
Sunglasses: Prada

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Weekend Wanderings: Little Corona Beach

I've always been fascinated by marine life. I even went to a marine biology summer camp in Maine my freshman year of high school. (I know, very dorky!) Well, given my love of the sea and sea creatures, it's no surprise that one of the things on my "to do list" was to visit one of the many beaches here in Southern California that feature tide pools. I read an article this winter about various tide pools to visit in the area and with so many to choose from I didn't know where to start!

After seeing some pictures of the Corona del Mar Beach tide pools, I was intrigued by their other worldly beauty that's caused by the unusual rock formations. So during low tide, I decided to check them out. Technically, this is part of Corona del Mar Beach is known as Little Corona Beach, as there is a bigger beach nearby for surfing. Below you will see some of the photos from my adventures to this beautiful beach.

The weather last Saturday was rainy and overcast, which made for some very atmospheric photographs of the beach and tide pools. There was not a plethora of the marine life to be seen in the area, but I did see numerous sea anemones, crabs, small fish and sea hares, which are basically big sea slugs. I was disappointed that I didn't see any starfish or sea urchins, but maybe next time I will. Apparently winter is the best time to visit the tide pools, so I'll have to visit next year to see if I can find more interesting sea creatures in the tide pools.

In the middle of the above photo is one of the aforementioned sea hares. There was one tidal pool where they all seemed to be congregating. One kid was picking them up, which, as you can see from the sign I posted above, is a big no no!


I hope you enjoyed my photos depicting the beauty of Little Corona Beach. It's a wonderful experience and a great hidden gem of California to explore. I am also interested in checking out some of the other beaches that are home to tide pools here in Southern California. A great article about the best tide pools that this part of the state has to offer can be found here. Once you visit one tide pool, it becomes pretty addicting!