Tuesday, February 19, 2019

All the Shapes

I love all sorts of patterns but one of my favorite patterns is definitely polka dots! Polka dots are fun and whimsical, yet simultaneously classic and seem to go with just about everything. Due to my immense love of the polka dot print, I was instantly drawn to this polka dot midi length skirt from ChicWish. Obviously, I love its classic polka dot print but I also adore the fabric, as it's a nice, thick, felt-like material that makes the skirt perfect for the cool winter days we have been having here lately!

I thought the perfect backdrop for my polka dot skirt was this colorful shape wall! I like the interplay between the polka dots on the skirt and the more geometric shapes featured on the wall. Believe it or not, these pictures were taken about two minutes before sunset and it was really dark! We went to a play before going to dinner and the play ended a bit later than I had anticipated. I didn't think we would make it in time to this location for the photos but it worked out just perfectly! I guess some things are just meant to be!

Skirt: c/o Chic Wish here
Sweater: J. Crew similar yellow cashmere sweater here
Shoes: J. Crew similar red pumps here
Bag: Chanel
Sunglasses: Prada
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

My New Rainbow Kicks

Sometimes it just feels like a pair of shoes was made for you and that's what I thought the minute I saw these adorable rainbow flats! It's like the essence of Hello Katie Girl, distilled into a pair of shoes! I ordered these shoes a few weeks ago and I have been anxiously waiting for a sunny day to take them out for a stroll, as it's practically been raining non-stop here in Los Angeles for over a month! Luckily, yesterday proved to be a sunny, albeit a cool day, so it was the perfect occasion to debut my new kicks!

I had to find just the right thing to wear with these colorful flats! Obviously, they go with just about anything but, at the same time, they are quite bold and, therefore, beg to be the star of the outfit. This Kate Spade pom pom sweater with a pink blazer turned out to be just the thing to wear with my new shoes! In fact, the outfit was such a hit that, as these photos were being taken, a woman in a passing car yelled a compliment at me!

Shoes: Feragamo here, here
Sweater: Kate Spade similar here
Jacket: J. Crew similar pink blazer here
Jeans: Old Navy
Bag: J. Crew similar here
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I am wearing everything I can that relates to it! First and foremost is my heart skirt. Originally, I was tempted to buy this almost identical J. Crew heart skirt but I realized that I already had a similar one hanging up in my closet! Second is this adorable button down that spells out "Love" because hearts and love, obviously, go hand in hand! Last, but not least, are my cute heart shaped sunglasses. This pair was under $10 and are quite reminiscent of a more expensive version that you may have seen on some blogs. Normally, I'm not opposed to spending money on sunglasses (I wear them a lot!) but for trendy ones like these, I'm fine with opting for the knock off version.

So while I'm going all out with this Valentine's Day look, one thing is for sure: my husband and I won't be going out for Valentine's Day Evening! This is perfectly fine with me because I would rather stay in than go out for dinner and deal with crowds! In fact, there's nothing better than a romantic home cooked meal on Valentine's Day, even if I'm the one cooking. Last year, we tried to order takeout and that proved to be a disaster that involved both my husband and me standing in line and waiting for our food with a bunch of other angry, disgruntled customers for over an hour. This experience only confirmed my instinct that it's best to stay in on holidays! So, no matter what you're doing on Valentine's Day, even if you're spending it alone, I hope you enjoy it and have a delicious dinner, be it dinning in, taking out, or eating at a fancy restaurant.

Shirt: Banana Republic here
Skirt: J. Crew similar heart skirt
Bag: Gucci similar red gucci bag
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses: Amazon here
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Hearts and Flowers

Valentine's Day is right around the corner so, of course, I am trying to wear as much red, pink, and heart print as I possibly can! Actually, I like wearing those things all year round but it's fun to celebrate Valentine's Day in your wardrobe for at least a week before the actual holiday! Unfortunately, last week I was sick and it's also been raining cats and dogs here nonstop, which means I haven't exactly been wearing a lot other than sweatpants and rain gear! Luckily, however, this casual heart tee is comfy and casual and the rain thankfully let up just enough to snap these pictures, so it all worked out!  I should also mention that this tee is a steal at only $10! Plus, you can save an extra 15% off with code SH4068 from now until March 31 on this tee or anything else you like at SheIn!

The one good thing about the rain is that the flowers are already starting to bloom here in Los Angeles and it's going to be a beautiful spring! I'm not big into getting a bunch of expensive flowers for Valentine's Day, so my husband usually just buys me a modest bouquet at Trader Joe's, which is fine because they are just as beautiful as a bouquet that costs ten times as much. Also, I would rather save the money and put it toward accessories, although, like flowers, you can also find accessories that are a great price but still look impressive, just like this heart bag, which is only around $30! It's going to be a Valentine's Day favorite for me for years to come! Below are some other cool heart bags that are perfect for the holiday!

In the future, I think I might dress this heart tee up with a skirt. In fact, I have the perfect Kate Spade skirt in mind already! I might even try wearing this tee and that skirt on Valentine's Day, although I have so many heart options that I may go with something else! (Stay tuned on Instagram to see what I wear on the day!) Regardless, it's nice to have different clothing options on Valentine's Day, especially affordable one's like this tee and my new favorite heart bag!

Tee: c/o Shein here save 15% with code: SH4068
Sweater: Boden similar here, here
Jeans: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew
Bag: Target here
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Colorful Stars and Stripes

This very colorful look was inspired by an outfit that I found on Oh Joy's blog. In fact, I purchased this skirt from Australian designer Gorman solely because I absolutely fell in love with it after seeing it on the aforementioned blog! Since I loved the skirt paired with a colorful star sweater, just like what I saw on Joy's blog, I had to track one down! Luckily for me, stars seemed to be everywhere this winter as a trend. This cashmere star sweater was my favorite of all of the options but it was definitely a hard choice. Below, I have linked to some of my favorite star sweaters that are also very tempting!

A colorful look like this one really needs equally colorful accessories, thus I've utilized the pink suede shoes and the neon yellow/green bag. The look also calls for a colorful background like this turquoise wall that can be found at The Lab "Anti-Mall" in Costa Mesa. Every time I visit this location, I'm always perplexed by the name that suggests it's an "Anti-Mall"because, like every other mall, it has stores and restaurants that will take your money in exchange for goods, food and services. Regardless, it's a blogger's paradise with lots of quirky, colorful backdrops for photos like these, so I really can't complain!

Sweater: J. Crew similar here, here, and here
Skirt: Gorman similar colorful striped skirt here
Shoes: J. Crew similar pink suede pumps here
Bag: Louis Vuitton similar here
Sunglasses: Prada
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Velvet and Stripes

It's been raining here in L.A. for about four days straight and, unfortunately, that has put a damper on my ability to take some new photos for my blog. This look is one that I was able to photograph the day before all of the storms hit our area. I found this striped top a couple weeks ago at my brick and mortar J. Crew store and, because it was such a great deal, I had to add it to my stripe tee collection. (I actually have an entire dresser drawer filled with striped tees of both the short and long sleeve variety!) This one caught my fancy because I liked how it mixed pink and red together, which is an unexpected but perfect color combo, in my opinion, especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner!

This velvet skirt happened to be a great match for my striped tee! I love the rich golden color and the easy relaxed fit. Plus, who doesn't like velvet? Truth be told, I sometimes find myself just running my hand over the fabric during the day because it's so soft and comforting!  In fact, I liked this skirt and the velvet fabric so much that I also bought a star version of the skirt this year right before the holidays! I'm a big fan of anything that looks elegant but that can just be thrown on in a pinch. To tie the look together, I opted for this leopard belt for just a little added pattern.

Shirt: J. Crew here
Skirt: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Belt: Target here
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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Playing Telephone in the Rain

In Southern California, we are bracing ourselves for yet another set of rainstorms this week! To be honest, I can't complain about the rain because, other than having to deal with L. A. drivers that can't handle driving when the roads are wet, it pales in comparison to the frigid temperatures happening in some states in the East this week! Anyway, the inundation of rain means that I will be wearing my rain boots non-stop and, luckily, I have some cute rain boots to make slogging through the rain a little bit more fun, not to mention more fashionable!

This winter, I purchased these fun telephone boots, which are a part of Anthropologie's 52 Conversations series, a series where they re-release prints from the past and find new ways to reinvent them. I previously purchased the blouse version of this whimsical telephone print, so it only made sense to get the boots too! I also found this telephone pin, featured above, that was a perfect match for my boots! As you can see, I really love to develop a theme!

Coat: LOFT similar here
Sweater: J. Crew
Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Antropologie here
Pin: Banana Republic here
Bag: Clare V.  here