Sunday, June 23, 2019

Gingham on Gingham

I decided to go a little preppy with today's outfit by combining my new gingham dress with my favorite pair of gingham espadrilles! (Okay, they're my only pair of gingham espadrilles!) I guess you could say it's a gingham on gingham look! One of the things that has been really nice about summer so far is that the temperatures have been cooler than normal. In fact, the day I wore this outfit, I packed a cardigan in my bag and actually needed to wear it after I took these pictures. The other thing that I am really enjoying about summer is the great summer sales, which are already taking place! This dress from the J. Crew Factory was a steal at only around $25! It's nice to stock up on summer staples before the summer has even really started!

In addition to my gingham espadrilles, I also decided to accessorize my new dress with one of my favorite bags, which is this orange tote. I love that it's big enough to carry all of my essentials and then some, plus it adds a fun pop of color to any look! It also ended up being a perfect match with some of the flowers that are in the backdrop, which was actually a happy accident!

Dress: J. Crew Factory here
Shoes: Old Navy similar gingham sandals here
Bag: Prada similar orange tote here
Sunglasses: Celine

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

I Heart this Denim Jacket!

Every once in a while I pop into Forever 21 or peruse their website and I usually find a colorful gem or two that's well worth the time and effort of weeding though their vast stock of clothing and accessories. My latest find is this colorful, embroidered denim jacket!  I will confess to you that I have way too many denim jackets however, I wear them all the time, so that's my justification for adding one more to my collection. Also, this one has colorful embroidery and it was under $40, so those further justify my purchase!

This week has been amazing in terms of weather (and being on summer vacation is pretty nice too!) because of the cooler temperatures and the "June Gloom" that we have in the mornings. Luckily, it was just the right temperature to wear my new find from Forever 21 (at least in the morning) and it wasn't too sunny, which provided the perfect lighting to take these photos by one of my favorite heart walls. I wore my new denim jacket over this yellow eyelet shirt dress, which is now on sale right now for a bargain price at J. Crew Factory. Once the sun came out and the temperatures started to rise, I did take off the jacket but luckily I had this gorgeous dress underneath that was equally stunning!

Jacket: Forever 21 here
Dress: J. Crew Factory here
Shoes: Old Navy here
Sunglasses: Celine

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Whimsical Watermelon Skirt

I've adored the 52 Conversations Collection of clothing from Anthropologie ever since it first came out a year or so ago! For those of you who are not familiar with the line, it's basically Anthropologie's way of bringing back popular and whimsical prints from seasons past and reinventing them. This watermelon print skirt is part of this collection and I love the fun watermelon pattern, which is just perfect for summer! Plus, it's now on sale, which makes it all the more appealing!

I decided to pair this fun skirt with a green and white button down shirt. The green really brings out the rinds in the watermelons and it also dresses up the look a bit. You could, however, go toward a more casual route and pair the skirt with a plain white tee or statement tee for a picnic or casual day out. Either way, this skirt is a winner for summer and, I have a feeling, I will be wearing it all summer long!

Skirt: Anthropologie here
Blouse: Ralph Lauren similar striped blouse here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold sandals here
Bag: Zara

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Another Day, Another Jumpsuit

This is the jumpsuit from Old Navy that I've written about in two previous posts because I purchased it in three different patterns! (Yes, I like this particular jumpsuit quite a bit!) The jumpsuit that started my obsession was a black polka dot pattern and I followed this with a floral pattern one. Now, here's a yellow gingham version as well! Even though the one I am wearing in this post is the same cut and fit as the previous two, the one thing that makes this one different, aside from the pattern, is that that it's made out of a thick, linen-like material. This material may or may not be a selling point depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, it's more substantial and feels more expensive than the other two. On the other hand, it's a heavier fabric and is therefore not as ideal for warmer summer months. Overall, though, I'm quite happy with my purchase...all three of them!

This jumpsuit is definitely a barrel of fun due to the cheery yellow color. I tried to build up the playful aspect of the look by pairing it with some bright and colorful accessories. Also, the barrels in the background, which have been recently painted a fun array of colors. are the perfect complement for all of the colors in the look.

Jumpsuit: Old Navy here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar pom pom sandals
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Earrings: J. Crew similar pink earrings
Sunglasses: Celine

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

What Color Makes You Feel Powerful?

"What color makes you feel powerful?" is the question posed by this gorgeous new mural in Los Angeles. How would I answer this question? I would say all of them make me feel powerful because, as you know, I have a thing for color! To be truthful, though, if I had to pick just one color it would be purple because it's been my favorite color since before I can even remember! Much like this mural, I love it when designers put all the colors together into a rainbow print, which is why I adore this tie-waist shirt in rainbow stripe. If this shirt wasn't amazing enough on its own, the fact that it's now on sale for 50% off makes it all the more appealing!

We went to this wall a couple weeks ago and it was honestly one of those things that I just had to go see when I first saw it online! Sometimes murals in the area go up and then are quickly painted over and I knew I would be forever kicking myself if I didn't do a photoshoot here! I combined going to see this mural with a stroll through the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, located just across the street from it and where celebrities, such as Judy Garland, are buried. Plus, you'll probably run into a gorgeous peacock or two at the cemetery! After, we went to a nearby restaurant that we've been wanting to go to for quite sometime called Petit Trois. The restaurant turned out to be somewhat mediocre, especially given the prices, but at least the shots of the wall turned out to be spectacular!

Shirt: J. Crew here
Jeans: Old Navy similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar purple suede pumps here
Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Two Way Tuesday: J. Crew Wide Leg Pants

To be perfectly honest, I'm surprised that I've been able to keep up with this idea of doing a "Two Way Tuesday" post for the last few weeks! I am, however, starting to play a little fast and loose with the rules I originally established for this series. For example, in this post, I'm not restyling the exact same article of clothing but, rather, a pair of pants that I own in two different fabrics. (Well, rules were meant to be broken, right?) The pants I am featuring in this post are the J. Crew wide-leg crop pant and, as you will see below, I really love them!

I first purchased these pants a couple months ago in this turquoise crepe fabric. One of the things I love most about them is, obviously, the color but also the elastic waist in the back. It makes these pants very easy to wear and super comfortable! (It also means that they run a little big, just for a reference when it comes to sizing.) I wore this particular outfit to brunch and to a matinee movie in Los Feliz, as you can see by the mural below, and it was a fun look for a casual Sunday out, although the shoes make the outfit a little bit more fancy in my opinion.

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For my second look, I'm wearing the same pants, however they are in a cotton Liberty floral pattern. I have this same floral print in a dress but, because I love the fabric so much, I purchased the pant version as soon as they went on sale! I will say that J. Crew has done a stunning job this spring and summer with their patterns, which is not always good for my wallet, although I do try to get things when they go on sale in most instances.

This is a look that I wore just a few days ago to a lovely lunch at a French restaurant. (One of the perks of being on summer vacation is getting to go out for lunch and the treat of having a glass of wine with said lunch!) The elastic waistband  in these pants came in handy with all the bread, butter, crepes, potato leek soup, and souffle that I ate! I guess you can see why I am so fond of this particular cut of pant, as they are not only fashionable but practical as well!

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