Monday, June 26, 2017

Short and Sweet

I have a pretty big sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate. Despite my love of sweets, I'm actually not that fond of cupcakes, however, I do like to look at them because they're so cute! That's why this cupcake shaped bag from SheIn suits me perfectly. As you know, I love bags that are quirky and look like other things, so why not a bag that looks like dessert? Plus, at a price point of under $25 you can't go wrong ordering this adorable bag off the menu!

I paired my sweet cupcake bag with my ruffled pink skirt from J. Crew. It's a little shorter than some of my other skirts, but it looks adorable when paired with sneakers for a more casual look. Plus, it has ruffles, so that's just icing on the cake, or shall I say cupcake! 

Last of all, I am excited to be back at one of my favorite colorful walls! I've been trying to get out and check off some of the L.A. street art/murals that I haven't yet seen, but I keep coming back to this one. This wall offers plenty of colors and shapes, plus you don't really see it on any other blogs or Instagram accounts so it's sort of my little secret. Just like my cupcake bag it's colorful, sweet and definitely unique!

Skirt: J. Crew tiered ruffle skirt
Shirt: J. Crew here
Bag: c/o SheIn here
Sneakers: Target here
Earrings: Sugarfix here
Sunglasses: Celine

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Strictly for the Birds

It's been a busy week for me, but I still found a little time to have a leisurely lunch out. Due to the heat and doing a ton of things around the house, I've been wearing pretty casual clothes lately like shorts, tees and sneakers, but I decided to dress up a bit for my lunch date. This included debuting my amazing black and white floral skirt from SheIn, which made me feel like my glamorous self once again!

I love anything that has black and white stripes; there is something so classic and chic about the look! Because of my love for black and white stripes, I have accumulated a substantial collection of striped tees, skirts and dresses. Even though I have a million black and white articles of clothing, I loved the greenery and birds that are featured on this midi-length skirt. You might think this attention to detail is strictly for the birds but, as you know, I am all about quirky details!

Skirt: c/o Shein here
Blouse: J. Crew here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" here
Earrings: Baublebar "Crispin" similar here, here, and here

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy, Effortless Embroidery

We are in the middle of a major heat wave here in Southern California. It's enough to make a girl not want to go outside, but if you absolutely must, then you better have something cool on! This embroidered dress from J. Crew Factory definitely fits the bill. It's sleeveless, lightweight and has just the perfect amount of color in the embroidered details on the neckline.

I've noticed that lately I've been doing a lot of shopping online, which is convenient given that you don't have to go out in the heat to go shopping! The drawback to this is nailing the fit of certain pieces. You would think that given the amount of shopping I do at J. Crew and their factory outlet I would know my sizes, but there's definitely some fluctuation among the actual sizing among different pieces. For example, the reviews online said that this dress ran really big. I'm usually a little hesitant about just blindly following the online reviews because sometimes they seem off, but this time the suggestions regarding sizing were spot on. Usually I am a size 4 in J. Crew Factory stuff and sometimes a 6 in their dresses, but I took a 2 in this. The advice turned out to be perfect, just like the dress!

Dress: J. Crew Factory embroidered dress here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold sandals here
Bag: Louis Vuitton  similar here
Sunglasses: Prada
Earrings: Sugarfix/Target here

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tropical Rainbows

I thought that after one visit to the famous pink Paul Smith wall I would never have to return but they gave it a rainbow makeover for the month of June, so naturally I had to go back to check it out. If you read my post last year entitled Tickled Pink, you will know that I have a love/hate relationship with this particular wall. I'll discuss more on that later, but first I want to talk about this amazing bell sleeve tropical print dress from SheIn. Simply put, I love this dress! The fit is amazing and the print is perfect for summer or for feeling glamorous while standing in front of a rainbow wall!

I definitely thought that such a special dress deserved a special wall! As I stated above, I went to this Paul Smith wall last year so that I could check it off my Los Angeles "things to do and see" list. When we went last year, we discovered that not only is the wall mobbed with people looking for the perfect Instagram shot, but also that the wall literally has a list of rules that are posted outside for all bloggers, Instagrammers and other social media types to follow.

Well, this year, presumably because of the rainbow paint job, they upped the ante in terms of wall etiquette, usage, and security. We arrived early to the wall's location in West Hollywood, before the store even opened, and we were greeted by not one but two security guards, you guessed it, guarding the wall! The security guards would not let us use a DSLR camera (Miss, don't heckle the wall with your fancy photo gear, please!), so these photos were all taken on an iPhone. This is my first time using iPhone photos on my blog and I will have to say they're not too bad. Unfortunately, now my husband thinks I should just take all my photos with my phone!

If you want to have your own adventure in West Hollywood checking out the rainbow splendor of this wall, you'd better go soon, as I think this paint job will only be up for a couple more weeks! It's definitely a great spot to snag that perfect photo! Speaking of which, SheIn is having a summer photo contest! The theme of the contest is fruit v. tropical prints. Basically, you decide what team you're on, follow a few simple rules that can be found here, and then share your photos on social media. Obviously, I am on team tropical print (hence the palm fronds on my dress) and hopefully my trek to this colorful wall will snag me one of the prizes!

Dress: c/o Shein here
Bag: Gucci similar style here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here, here
Sunglasses: Celine here
Earrings: Sugarfix/Target here

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Lust for Lemons

I love lemons, be it lemon tarts, lemonade, or clothing featuring this summery fruit! In fact, I feel like I do at least two post featuring some article of clothing with a lemon print every summer. As you can see, I have a passion for lemons, whether it's consuming them or wearing them. Clearly I don't need any more lemon print items in my wardrobe, but I thought this lemonade halter dress from LOFT was exquisite. Naturally, I couldn't pass it up!

I instantly fell in love with this dress as soon as I put it on in the fitting room. It fit like a glove and it  was also so light and comfortable, which is perfect for the heat wave that is summer in Los Angeles. The contrasting yellow and blue lemon print is, however, what sold me on it. When my husband first saw me in this dress, he exclaimed, "you look like summer!" He wasn't alone in having that thought, as I received similar comments the first time I wore this dress out. Truly, this dress does scream "summer!", which was exactly what I was going for!

Dress: LOFT lemonade halter dress
Shoes: J. Crew similar red sandals here
Bag: H&M similar straw bag here
Earrings: Bauble Bar yellow "Crispin" earrings
Sunglasses: Celine here

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pom Poms and Tassels? Check!

I had my eye on this Kate Spade pom pom sweater for months, but I never pay retail for anything Kate Spade because their prices are a bit steep. Plus, everything inevitably goes on sale, so I had to wait a little while to get it. The waiting payed off because I was lucky enough to get this sweater not only on sale but also with an extra 25% off, which, according to my husband, was still too much to pay. Regardless of his opinion about the price, this is a piece that I felt I would get a lot of use out of, so I reasoned that my purchase was totally justified!

I actually wasn't sure if I'd be able to wear this these colorful pom poms until the fall, as it's technically a sweater, albeit a light one. Luckily for me, we have a thing here in Los Angeles called "June Gloom" and last weekend provided some overcast weather and cooler temperatures that were just perfect for a light sweater. I paired my multi-colored pom poms with an equally colorful tassel bag and my new check mini skirt that was a steal from the J. Crew Factory. The under $20 price tag of the skirt, which is what it ended up being when I purchased it in store, helped to make up for the steep price of the sweater. Considering that, the cost of everything seemed to have balanced out, or shall I say "checked" out, in the end!

Sweater: Kate Spade pom pom sweater here, here, and here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory printed linen-cotton sidewalk mini here
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff here, here, budget friendly version here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold sandals here
Necklace: Kate Spade similar cupcake necklace here
Sunglasses: Celine here