Thursday, April 27, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons...

I came across an amusing joke on the Instagram account of Carson Kressley (of former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame and most recently a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice) recently about lemons. He transformed the old adage "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" into "when life gives you lemons, get vodka". After a long week, that doesn't sound like a bad idea!

Lemons are always a staple for summer dressing. Most recently, I picked up this lemon T-shirt from J. Crew for about $15 and it still pops up occasionally online. (They did, however, have an entire stack of them last week in store!) Since then, J. Crew, in addition to other retailers, have all come out with a number of items featuring lemons, all of which I would like to add to my growing collection of lemon themed apparel!

The one thing I don't have in my collection is a lemon bag. (It's next on my list!) The good news is that designers have that area covered too! Below are some of my favorite lemon bags for summer. My favorite being the one that looks like an actual lemon from C. Wonder. I love bags that look like other things, so it's right up my alley!

I decided to pair white jeans with my navy lemon tee, both of which are staples of summer, even thought it's not summer quite yet. These jeans were another amazing deal that I picked up at the J. Crew Factory for only $12! I think they were actually from the regular J. Crew, but somehow made it to the outlet. To add an additional pop of color to my ensemble, I garnished it with these fun tassel earrings from Bauble Bar. I had been looking for an excuse to wear them, much like I am now looking for an excuse to drink some lemonade with a splash of Vodka!

Tee: J. Crew here
Jeans: J. Crew "toothpick" here and sale version here
Bag: Louis Vuitton similar here and here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Earrings: Bauble Bar "Catalina" here
Sunglasses: Celine

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mod Floral

A couple of weeks ago I hit the "mother load" at the J. Crew Factory store! I think I bought about six pieces, including this dress, all for around $100. Currently, this shift dress is on sale online and there is also a skirt version in the same print on clearance here for a steal. I am always a fan of anything in a fun, floral print for spring. Actually, I wore the dress for the day before Easter. I guess I was getting somewhat of a jump start on the holiday.

As of late, the bougainvillea has been out in full force in Los Angeles. I've been on the look out for it in our neighborhood and nearby areas for the perfect blog photos. Unfortunately, on the day that I took these photos, it was noon and rather sunny, so the lighting in this particular location was less than ideal. A few of the pictures, however, were salvageable, and made it into this post.

Regarding the styling of this dress, I decided to go for a sort of "mod squad" look by layering a striped black and white long sleeve tee underneath. In the future, I would definitely consider wearing it by itself or with a denim jacket. Like the bougainvillea this time of year in Los Angeles, which seems to be everywhere, the possibilities for the dress are also endless!

Dress: J. Crew printed pleated shift dress here
Tee: Target similar here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar here
Bag: Coach similar here
Sunglasses: Celine

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Catching a Wave in Venice Beach

Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach is a paradise for a wall lover such as myself. There's pretty much a fun and colorful mural around every block. I've actually never fully explored this part of Los Angeles before and I would be lying if I said that I didn't go mostly to check out the walls! One of my favorites was this colorful mosaic wall that features a rolling wave.

I was lucky that I was able to visit Abbot Kinney on a weekday during spring break. It wasn't exactly deserted, but it also wasn't packed with people either. I can imagine that it gets pretty swamped with people on the weekends. Also, all of the walls that I wanted to visit were free of people, which I wasn't expecting. A colorful wall all to myself? Now that's what I call paradise! Plus, we were able to find free safe street parking, which is my husband's idea of paradise. To each her or his own!

I wish I had brought about 50 outfits to change into so that I could have maximized the wall potential in this area to the fullest extent but, alas, I only brought two. This striped dress from Old Navy was obviously one of the two. It's the perfect thing to wear while strolling along Abbot Kinney Boulevard or the beach for that matter. While we didn't actually make it to the beach part of Venice Beach, this wall with its wave made me feel like I was there!

Dress: Old Navy fitted crew-neck tee dress here
Shoes: Old Navy canvas sneakers here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in Citron similar here
Sunglasses:Celine similar here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jurassic Winds

I visited the famous and kitschy Dinosaurs of Cabazon last month...twice! These dinosaurs are a fun stop on the way to Palm Springs or Joshua Tree and provide a perfect photo opportunity for families and hipsters alike. The one thing that stood out about both of my visits to this roadside attraction was actually not the towering prehistoric beasts but, rather, the epic wind gusts that seriously made me feel like I was in the midst of a hurricane!

I've seen quite a few bloggers and Instagramers take fun and fabulous photos at this location, so I thought I would give it a try. After my first visit, I thought that perhaps the wind was just an anomaly, but my second visit proved that to be wrong. The winds were just as strong on the second visit and the proof of this is in the picture above (actually, all the pictures!), which features some seriously bad hair! How the other bloggers got such fantastic pictures, I'll never know but I think mine, at least, have a lot of personality!

Speaking of personality, I decided to edit these pictures using a vintage filter for some nostalgic flair.  The filter and subject matter make the photos look they came straight out of someones photo album from the 1960s. My campy western shirt from Zara also adds to the vintage vibe. All of this 60s nostalgia is quite fitting because the Dinosaurs of Cabazon actually started in the 1960s with the creation of Dinny the Dinosaur (he's the brontosaurus) who was then followed by the T-Rex, who they call "Mr. Rex", in the 1980s. Since then, these dinos have become quite famous, appearing in movies like Pee Wee's Big Adventure and various music videos.

Shirt: Zara similar here
Pants: Old Navy linen "pixie" pants here
Belt: Target here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Sunglasses: Celine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I'm a Sucker for Seersucker and Flamingos

First of all, I am very excited to announce that last week I finally gave my blog a much needed makeover. Since spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, it felt like the perfect time to update up the look of my blog. There are still some things I would like to tweak and change about the design, such as creating a menu bar, but overall I couldn't be happier! In case you're wondering, I used Designer Blogs to help me with my new look and they made the process super simple and were very prompt with everything. I also bought my blog's domain, which is apparently a big deal. Given these two things, I feel a step closer to being a more "professional" blogger, as opposed to someone who just blogs as a hobby.

Speaking of things that are fresh and clean, I think my outfit for today just screams spring! As you might already know, I am a sucker for anything that features flamingos, especially flamingos that are made out of rectangular sequins. Flamingos actually remind me of the movie Scarface, because, in one of my favorite scenes, the titular protagonist Tony Montana is watching pink flamingos strut across his new TV while sitting in his new below-ground bathroom hot tub and he starts demanding, "Pelican, fly! Come on, pelican!" as he's engrossed in the flamingos, much to the dismay of Michelle Pfeiffer's character who is in the midst of "powdering" her nose. (If you haven't seen Scarface, you really should!) Anyway, here are some tees featuring Flamingos, or, if you're Scarface, pelicans!

Last of all, I am also a fan of anything seersucker. I have a lot of seersucker bottoms, but this midi skirt from H&M was a little different than some of the other pieces I already own. I actually bought the skirt on the same day as the flamingo tee with the intent of wearing them together.  Some things were just made to go with one another, like pink flamingos and crisp seersucker or Tony Montana and mountains of cocaine!

Tee: J. Crew Factory sequin flamingo collector tee here
Skirt: H&M similar here and here
Clutch: J. Crew Factory similar and great deal here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Sunglasses: Celine

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain, which is about an hour and a half drive from Palm Springs, has been on my "Things to Do/See" list for quite some time now. I was finally able to cross it off my list when my husband and I traveled to this colorful and crazy location several weeks ago. I thought today would be an appropriate time to post these pictures for two reasons. First, it is Easter and Salvation Mountain features not only vivid colors but also Biblical verses scrawled in paint just about everywhere. Second, this is the first weekend of the Coachella Music festival and many people in attendance will probably be visiting this site since the location of Salvation Mountain is just a short drive from the Coachella Valley. Regardless of whether your reason(s) for visiting Salvation Mountain are religious or secular, it definitely has something for everyone, which I hope you'll discover in my photos below!

Yes, Salvation Mountain is a lot of eye candy to take in, but once you get past all the vivid colors, one is left wondering just how this unique mountain that serves as monument to God ended up in the middle of the desert! Simply, it's the creation of a man named Leonard Knight. He started building the mountain in 1984 out of adobe clay, hay, tires, tree branches and, of course, gallons and gallons of paint! The amazing thing is that he continued to build it and expand it for decades, pretty much up until his death in 2014. Now that's what I call a labor of love!

Above, you can see some of the trees that have been vividly painted and form sort of an underground bunker in the newer section of the mountain. Below, you can see all of the paint cans and one of the many messages written in numerous locations throughout the mountain. That "God Is Love" appears to be Knight's inspiration for creating the mountain in the first place.

More love and more paint! Salvation Mountain, which is described as a work in progress, is always looking for more paint, so if you decide to visit and have extra paint, they would be more than happy to accept the donation. I do have some unused paint in our garage, but it's just a boring neutral color, so I'm not sure it would quite fit with the color scheme of the mountain!

As you can see, Salvation Mountain offers something for everyone. You can reflect on its messages, admire it as a piece of folk art, or just enjoy it for being something unique, strange, wonderful and colorful in the middle of the desert. I think all of these were the intent of its creator because after we visited Salvation Mountain, I viewed an old interview with Leonard Knight and the one thing that he wanted more than anything was to just have people come and be happy looking at his creation. I think he definitely achieved this and more!