Monday, April 22, 2019

California's Gold

There are lots of things that I love about California. First and foremost, the weather is great! There's also so much to do and see, especially if you like art, culture and amazing food! Plus, geographically speaking, it's one of the few states where you can easily have quick access to the ocean, mountains, or desert, depending on what you're in the mood for. Given my love for the state, I felt obligated to get this California print skirt, plus it's pretty cute!

As you can see, this skirt depicts an outline of the state of California along with some of it's famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign. It also showcases the diverse geographical regions of the state with illustrations of palm trees, cactus, flowers and sailboats sailing though the ocean. It definitely needs to be in the wardrobe of anyone who lives here or is truly is head over heels in love with this state or maybe just someone who wants to be considered an honorary Californian!

On a final note, how beautiful are these yellow wildflowers? I've done several posts about the beauty of this year's epic super bloom and I have to say that, of all of the super bloom locations I've visited, this one is probably my favorite. Why? Because there was no one there! Perhaps that highlights one of the main problems I have with California: it's very congested! When you have a state as beautiful as ours, everyone wants to live here and that creates high density living situations and horrendous traffic. Take, for example, the poppy fields I visited a month or so ago. On just one weekend last month, over 50,000 people descended upon a few acres of orange hills! (There were almost more people than poppies!)  As for these yellow wildflowers, it was nice just to have this park almost all to ourselves, proving that California has some hidden treasures if you know where to look!

Skirt: Anthropologie here
Tee: Old Navy similar red and white tee here
Shoes: Old Navy similar here
Bag: Zara similar round straw tote here

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Bunnies and Butterflies

Happy Easter! William and I are celebrating today by dressing up as twin Easter bunnies! We've been busy coloring Easter eggs together and making some dishes for the Easter meal we are having today with family. I thought I would share this short post with you to show off my twist on the traditional Easter dress, which would be this fun butterfly jumpsuit! It's currently on sale for under $30, which makes a steal for spring! This butterfly print also comes in a dress version if that's more your thing!

I always love wearing butterfly prints with William because he loves chasing butterflies around our yard! Now that the flowers are in full bloom, there are more butterflies than ever, so William is in butterfly heaven! Along with eating and receiving love, chasing butterflies is definitely one of his favorite things! He never catches them but it brings him endless amounts of joy, which is really all that matters!

Jumpsuit: Old Navy here
Sunglasses: Gucci here
Bunny Ears: Target
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Bougainvillea Season

Last weekend, we went to the historic Irvine Ranch Historic Park in Orange County where these photos were taken and a couple of things were made clear to me. First, it's the beginning of bougainvillea season! For those of you who don't live in California, bougainvillea are these gorgeous pinkish red flowers that grow in large clusters almost everywhere out here. (I absolutely love how colorful and fragrant they are, but I hate spelling the name of the flower!) Second, it's also the official beginning of shorts weather here in Southern California, as the temperatures are starting to get rather warm here. In fact, last weekend was the first time in a while that I opted for shorts and I chose these cute seersucker ones. I must say that it felt good to get some warm sun!

I decided to pair these seersucker shorts with my new floral blouse from Old Navy. I love anything floral (if you couldn't already tell!), especially this time of year with all of the gorgeous flowers that are everywhere here! This shirt especially caught my eye because, after all, who doesn't love a bright and cheery yellow floral print? Below, I have linked to this shirt, along with some of my other favorite floral shirts from Old Navy, which are all great deals and fabulous additions to anyone's spring and summer wardrobe!

Shirt: Old Navy here
Shorts: J. Crew Factory
Bag: Zara similar round straw bag here
Shoes: Old Navy here
Sunglasses: Gucci
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Perfect Spring Jacket

Springtime is wonderful with its flowers and warmer temps but, let's face it, sometimes the weather can be all over the place or just downright unpredictable. I probably shouldn't talk because no one knows about the unpredictability of weather better than the people living in the Midwest who were hit with a massive snowstorm this week! Luckily, all I have to deal with is the fluctuation in temps ranging from "somewhat cool" to "a little hot". Well, in order to deal with this, I've taken to donning a light jacket in the morning, my favorite being this pale blush moto jacket from Old Navy. I have a ton of denim jackets but the styling of this one and the color makes it a unique addition to my wardrobe.

Not only am I excited about my new spring jacket, I'm also pretty excited that there's a new wall in town. Nothing gets me more excited than a wall that's close by and this one that just recently went up is by one of my favorite bookstores, Vromans in Pasadena. So now I can shop for books, take a blog photo and there's also an incredible wine store right next to the bookstore too, so it's pretty much one stop shopping with all my various interests covered!

Jacket: Old Navy here
Dress: Marimekko/Uniqlo here
Bag: c/o Red Dress Boutique here
Shoes: J. Crew here
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright!

Everyone knows that I prefer skirts to pants but now that silk pajama style pants have become all the rage, I just might have to rethink my preference! These silk tiger print pajama pants are the newest addition to my growing silk pant collection and I am head over heels in love with the tiger print they feature, not to mention the color scheme!

One of the things that makes this particular style of pant so appealing is that they are incredibly comfortable and easy to wear but don't be fooled: they can be dressed up or down for any occasion! I saw so many lovely ladies style these tiger pants on Instagram that I had a ton of ideas to draw from for inspiration. I decided to go the more casual route with just a loose fitting light purple tee and some gold loafers. J. Crew also shows the pants paired with a matching silk blouse in the same print, which might sound like a lot, but looks stunning, although maybe I should say fierce because, after all, it is a tiger print!

Pants: J. Crew here
Tee: Old Navy similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold loafers here
Bag: Louis Vuitton
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Topiary Dress at Greystone Mansion

This spring break we revisited Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills for a tour of the historic 50,000 square foot house. It's definitely a grand estate, with a very sordid past involving the murder of oil tycoon Edward Doheny's son. In addition to the very scandalous back story of the mansion, it's also a popular filming location, which you've probably seen as the backdrop to at least one movie or TV show, my favorite being The Big Lebowski. I thought this topiary shirt dress would be the perfect dress to wear while exploring the house and strolling around its stately grounds!

If you look closely, the print of this dress features the most adorable animal topiaries! From lions to giraffes, these animal topiaries would probably feel right at home in the beautiful gardens that grace Greystone Mansion. I definitely wouldn't mind living at Greystone Mansion either and I suppose if I did, I could have the gardeners create topiaries to match my dress! That would definitely make for an epic blog post! Well, maybe if I start playing the lottery, that dreamscould become a reality but, for now, I'll just have to settle for the dress!

Dress: Kiel James Patrick here
Shoes: Old Navy similar here, here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Celine
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