Sunday, October 20, 2019

Simply Sequins, Totally 80s

Sequins are not the most practical thing to wear but somehow I just can't resist them! I own several sequin pencil skirts, which, for the normal person, would probably be more than enough but when I saw this Eva Franco pencil sequin pencil skirt at Anthropologie, I just couldn't say no! One of the things that I really love about the skirt is the 80s vibe that's created through the neon color palette that's featured in the skirt. Even though it makes me feel old because I grew up in the 80s, I love the fact that the decade is making a comeback!

Since this sequin skirt is so vibrant and bold, I decided to style it with just a simple black long sleeved tee to make the skirt the star of the ensemble. That being said, I also added some pops of color with my neon yellow bag and raspberry patent pumps because you can never have too much color! This was definitely a show stopping outfit as I can't even remember how many people stopped me to compliment me about my skirt or ask where I got it. Clearly, I'm not the only one who has a serious sequin obsession!

Skirt: Anthropologie here
Top: H&M similar here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sweater Weather?

Fall is hands down my favorite season, or at least it was when I lived on the East Coast! Here in Los Angeles, it seems like we get a handful of days that might qualify as being fall-like but even that's a stretch. I'm always envious of seeing bloggers in sweaters standing near fall foliage because it reminds me about what I miss most about the season! This Monday, the temperatures here dipped to the 70s, hardly sweater weather, but it was cool in the morning so I decided just to pretend like it was fall and don a cashmere heart sweater. While 70 degrees probably doesn't count as cool weather in most places, when most days are in the 90s, you take what you can get. It's all relative!

I actually purchased this sweater last spring (although it's back for fall) when it went on sale and I've been dying to wear it! At first, I thought it would look good with a blue and white polka dot skirt but at the last minute I chose this more colorful rainbow striped option from the Australian designer Gorman. (On our next "cool" day, I'll have to try out the polka dots!) The skirt makes for some fun and colorful pattern mixing. It was the perfect look to brighten up a cold dreary day, even if it was neither cold nor dreary! I guess I can at least hope for some of these days to come my way in the near future!

Sweater: J. Crew here
Skirt: Gorman: similar here
Shoes: J. Crew:here and similar here
Bag: Clare V. here

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Rainbow Blazer

As you already know, I am one of those people who will buy just about anything that comes in rainbow print! So when I stumbled upon this shawl blazer in rainbow stripe (also available here), it was love at first sight! The fact that the blazer was also over 50% off just made it all the more appealing! While this blazer was originally part of Alice + Olivia's summer collection, the light-weight fabric makes it perfect for fall or spring in California.

I copied the styling of this jacket almost exactly from the website, which consisted of just a simple white tee shirt tucked into light wash skinny jeans. I figured that the experts styling the jacket must know best! Plus, I think that with a jacket that has as much going on as this one does, the simpler the better when it comes to the rest of the outfit. To be honest, as the afternoon wore on and the temperatures here started to rise, I did take off the jacket and so my look just became a plain white tee and jeans, although I think that can be chic in its own right.

Jacket: Alice and Olivia here and also here
Jeans: Old Navy similar here
Bag: Louis Vuitton here
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver pumps here

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Something Extra

I you want a skirt that's a little bit extra and that will turn heads, then this tiered gradient tulle skirt is for you! In fact, wearing it made me feel just like Carrie Bradshaw in the opening credits of Sex in the City! I wore the skirt out to dinner a couple weeks ago and it was a huge hit, gathering compliments wherever I went! One place that we visited before dinner was the LACMA's "Urban Lights" sculpture, which is essentially just a lot of street lamps grouped together to make a visually arresting outdoor sculpture or installation. You've no doubt seen it on other blogs or Instagram accounts because it's probably one of the most famous photo locations in Los Angeles.

One of the things that did not make for an easy photo shoot at this particular location was the large number of people there. Although the museum itself was not very busy at the time, there were throngs of people swarming around the lampposts trying to get that perfect "Insta" shot. In addition to the crowds, there was also quite a bit of wind on this particular day and it was blowing my hair and skirt around to no end! Given these undesirable conditions, however, we still got a handful of pretty good shots (in addition to a lot of duds!) so I can't complain too much. Wearing something that is a little bit extra sometimes also means going that extra mile just for the perfect shot!

Skirt: c/o ChicWish here
Sweater: Target similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Gucci here
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver pumps here

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pink Party Dress and Parrots

Did you stay up until midnight to shop the launch of Target's 20th Anniversary Collection, which launched a few weeks ago? I did because I wanted to make sure that I got all of my coveted pieces! Most of the pieces I wanted were from designer Isaac Mizrahi because the collection was so fun and colorful! Also, I remember buying some of the original pieces from Isaac Mizrahi when he first collaborated with Target. (That seems like a long, long time ago!) One of the pieces that I originally passed over when I placed my initial order from the Anniversary Collection was this pink corduroy dress because I thought I already had too many pink dresses. I didn't know at the time that it was made out of corduroy, however, which changed my mind.

When I saw the dress in person in the store, I fell in love with it! For only $35, the construction was quite nice and it's even lined and has a tulle underskirt to make it more poofy! Also, I love the fact that it's corduroy because it makes the dress a little more casual. I am planning on eventually layering a long sleeve tee underneath it or, perhaps, pairing it with a denim jacket once it gets cooler here!

Last of all, I decided that this dress would be the perfect thing to wear with my new parrot earrings, which I just got from Amazon. They are inspired by a pair that were originally made by Bauble Bar, but my pair is a fraction of the price! With all of the colors and sparkles, I thought they would be the perfect accessory to this pink dress, in addition to my rainbow clutch!

Dress: Target/Isaac Mizrahi here
Shoes: J. Crew Factory similar here
Earrings: Amazon here
Bag: Target similar rainbow bag here

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Leopard and Bunnies

Last week, this leopard shirt dress arrived in the mail. I love the 1950s housewife vibe of the silhouette, albeit mixed with a fun, modern take on leopard print! Since we had a cool and overcast weekend and the colors of this dress are perfect for fall, I wanted to take my dress out for a stroll right away. My only question was what to wear in terms of footwear with my new purchase.  Well, J. Crew's website provided a little inspiration because they styled this dress with a pair of black and white loafers, which seemed like pure styling genius. At first I was dismayed that I didn't have a similar pair of shoes and then I remembered that I did indeed, in the form of these cute bunny loafers!

I don't wear these bunny loafers a lot but when I do, they sure turn heads! Much like the dress, the idea of the shoe is very classic but with a fun and unexpected twist once you realize that the loafers have ears! I was in the supermarket in this outfit and a few people did stop to compliment me on my footwear. So, while this look might have 1950s house wife written all over it due to the shirt dress and round vintage bag, it's definitely the look of a very quirky and stylish housewife who apparently loves animals and animal prints!

Dress: J. Crew here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Loafers: here, J. Crew black and white loafers here
Sunglasses: Alice and Olivia

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rainbow Tunnel...My Second Home?

After reading the title of this post, you might be under the impression that a rainbow tunnel is my second home. Well, while that might not be that far from the truth (I do spend a lot of time either dressed in rainbow prints or standing in front of very colorful murals!), the title actually comes from the name of an art installation called the Second Home Pavilion, which I recently visited this weekend.

Second Home is a series of rainbow tunnels (think of a big colorful tent!) that is located on the grounds of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. It also serves as a space to feature public talks, movie screenings, and other events that are open to the public. I really like the slogan of Second Home, which is "come for the color, stay for the conversation!" I wonder if they would mind if I stole this slogan and used it as my tagline for my blog and Instagram account?

Of course, I had to find a way to perfectly match my wardrobe to the art, which is why I chose to wear my new rainbow pleated skirt from SheIn. The colors of the skirt evoke the exact same colors that are used in this exhibit! I would definitely recommend both this skirt (it's under $20 plus an extra 15% off with code: Q4katiegirl!) and visiting the Second Home art installation, as both are a great deal! The exhibit especially so because it's free! So, if you find yourself near what's known as the "Miracle Mile" or "Museum Row" in Los Angeles sometime before November 24, when the exhibit closes, definitely pop in for a visit and get a great colorful pic for Instagram or start a conversation about this amazing work of art!

Skirt: c/o SheIn here and save 15% with code: Q4katiegirl
Sweater: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver pumps here
Bag: J. Crew similar lavender satchel here