Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mustard Musings

It appears that mustard is having a moment this fall. I am fine with this because it's one of my favorite colors and it's also one of my favorite condiments! As you know, I'm really big on colors, but what you may not know is that I'm not a big fan of condiments. Truth be told, mustard is probably the only condiment I can stand. For example, I absolutely hate mayonnaise and I don't really like ketchup, but a little mustard on a sandwich or better yet a corn dog is just fine. Clearly, this skirt I have on today is a lovely mustard color.  I would say that this particular skirt is more of yellow, French's mustard shade as opposed to a Dijon!

Speaking of things that are having a moment, why is it that Target is so on point right now with their new lines of clothing? I think everyone likes shopping for fashion items at Target, but their new "A New Day" line is particularly awesome. I have already purchased several items from the line, including this mustard skirt. I paired it here with a pretty floral top that was a steal for only $9.99 from H&M, another brand that's been really hitting it out of the park lately with affordable fall looks. So this look from head to toe, much like a bottle of mustard, is very affordable and very on trend for fall!

Top: H&M here
Skirt: Target here, similar here
Necklace: J. Crew
Clutch: Clare V. leopard clutch here
Belt: J. Crew Factory

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Floral Done Two Ways

I am really in love with all of the folklore inspired floral prints for fall! First of all, they are gorgeous. Second of all, the myriad of colors they feature makes them incredibly versatile. Take, for example, this floral shell from LOFT. It goes with just about everything in my closet so the possibilities for styling it are endless! Case in point, I am styling this top in two different ways to demonstrate its immense versatility!

In this first look, I decided to go for a causal look by wearing the top with jeans. Although I love the top, I actually think my favorite part of this look are the velvet shoes! These velvet loafers from Forever 21 were only $19 with a coupon a few weeks ago! The icing on the cake is that they are also super comfy. I am absolutely obsessed with velvet shoes as of late; I think I have probably purchased five pairs in the last few weeks! Luckily, they have all been under $50, so my wallet hasn't taken too much of a hit from my latest obsession!

Top: LOFT Bouquet ruffle neck shell
Sweater: H&M similar here
Jeans: J. Crew similar distressed jeans here
Shoes: Forever 21 here, similar here
Clutch: Clare V. here
Sunglasses: Prada

The second iteration of this look is also pretty casual but I decided to amp up the color with the addition of a few bright accessories. The pop of color from these jeans really plays up all of the lovely colors in the top. Even my husband's grandmother was a big fan of my top and commented on how many colors it could be worn with!

As the weather gets cooler (hopefully that happens sooner than later!), I hope to layer it or fall and winter. I would also love to style it with a velvet or a corduroy skirt, so stay tuned for it to pop up again at a later date on my blog! For now, though, enjoy these two transitional fall looks!

Shirt: LOFT bouquet ruffle shell
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar in teal here
Bag: Louis Vuitton budget version here
Earrings: Charming Charlie "Austin" here
Shoes: J. Crew similar leopard pumps here
Sunglasses: Prada

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sickeningly Sweet: The Museum of Ice Cream

I'm sure that by now some of you might be sick of seeing pictures of the Museum of Ice Creamthe images of bloggers standing next to giant popsicles or a sea of bananas have been omnipresent on Instagram latelybut if not, here are some more! I must admit that I had mixed feelings about the Museum of Ice Cream. On the one hand, I wanted to scoff at something that is not really a museum but, rather, simply a maze of rooms designed for cool pictures for one's Instagram feed. On the other hand, it is super colorful, there's ice cream, and did I mention that you can get some really cool pictures to fill your Instagram feed for months? As you can see, I definitely have two warring sides of my personality and, in this case, the latter won out. So allow me be your Virgil and guide you through the odyssey that is the Museum of Ice Cream!

Your ice cream journey will begin outside with you taking the oath of ice cream. Yes, you take an oath of ice cream! Mostly the oath consists of you vowing not to touch the popsicles and bananas. (Come to think of it, that sounds pretty phallic!) You are then ushered into a pink antechamber filled with pink phones where you wait for them to let you out into the museum proper. The nice thing about the museum (and how I got my husband to sign on for the adventure!) is that they give you plenty of sweets along your journey! The sweet treats commence with a small taste of Dove chocolate to give you the much needed sugar rush to propel you through the rest of the museum. The sugar high continues throughout the museum as you sample ice cream (of course!), mint mochi, gummy bears, licorice, malt balls, and candied fruit. And the experience concludes with...more ice cream, of course!

After you get into the museum, there are about ten or so crazy and strange rooms that each have a specific theme. The room featured above with head the Apollo Belvedere taking an ice cream cone to the eyeball was designed by an actual artist, although I'm not sure of his or her name. While the room is interesting, I'm not sure what the point is other than to have something that's visually shocking and strange.

One of the most difficult things about the Museum of Ice Cream was coming up with different ways to pose and interact with the environment if you want to get really artsy about it. Ironically, my husband of all people encouraged me to amp up the "cheese" factor. By the end of museum, I kind of ran out of fun faces and poses to make! You are also competing with a lot of other people, all trying to get a clean shot of themselves, so it becomes kind of cut throat! If I was a celebrity like Gwen Steffani, I would probably just rent out the space for an hour to take pictures! Gwen really should check out the banana room too, because of the chorus in her song "Hollaback Girl"!

In the above gummy bear room they hand out gummy bears but there's a catch: you have to do the gummy bear jiggle in order to get the candy and they insist on recording you doing it! My husband, who really, really wanted gummy bears went along with it, which is a testament to the lengths he will go to for gummy bears! Suffice it to say, the video of us doing the gummy bear jiggle will never see the light of day due to the fact the my husband is vehemently opposed to appearing on or engaging with social media in any form! I did get a bit of his shoe in one of my pics for my Instagram Story, so that's the most you'll ever see of him!

Last, but not least, is the infamous sprinkle pool! I'm sorry to say that I don't have any pictures of this because in order to go in you have to take off your shoes, which is completely understandable, but I just didn't feel like being in a pool of sprinkles that a million other people had been in. Plus, the sprinkles were stuck everywhere on people and I didn't want to dirty my outfit! I'm pretty sure that if I went in I would have gotten sprinkles in places where there should not be sprinkles! Besides, it was just as much fun hanging out on the outskirts of the pool watching the "swimmers"! You can shop my sprinkle free ensemble below:

So, in conclusion, as much as I might have mocked the experience of visiting the Museum of Ice Cream, it was actually a lot of fun. Truth be told, I think my husband secretly enjoyed it too. If you want to go to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles, they are releasing more tickets that go on sale on Wednesday, October 18th. They claim this is their final extension, but much like the Rolling Stones that keep saying it's their farewell tour or final album, they'll probably be back for more! Also, if you are near San Fransisco, there is a Museum of Ice Cream currently open there too! Perhaps my husband and I should make a pilgrimage there and continue our ice cream odyssey?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cat Calls

I'm calling this particular post "Cat Calls" for two reasons. The first reason is because while taking these pictures in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles, a group of young men walking on the other side of the street yelled out some comments at me. It was a little strange and, to be honest, a little scary. The second more obvious reason is because of the fierce tigers on my T-shirt from J. Crew! Yes, I know, more tigers, but I just can't seem to get enough of them! I guess one of the draws of these big, mighty cats is that they make you feel embowered, even when dealing with a group of hecklers!

So while I might have pink and orange tigers on my shirt, I have a great new pair of pink mules on my feet. I was so excited when I spied these pink bow mules at Target! I immediately tried them on and then threw them in the cart along with a bunch of more practical items like paper towels and food for the week! My husband's reaction to the shoes was decidedly less enthusiastic. When he saw them he stated, "those look like pink witch shoes!" Well, I love them anyway. In fact, I love them so much that I'm featuring some of my favorite pink mules for fall that are just like the pair here. Also, this story just goes to show that hecklers can come in all forms, be it a group of guys roaming the streets of Los Angeles or even your own husband! I guess the point is to not let crazy men stop you from being you; be fierce like the tiger!

Tee: J. Crew here
Jeans: Old Navy Boyfriend jeans similar here, here
Shoes: Target here
Bag: Clare V. here, bargain version here
Sunglasses: Celine same style here

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pretty in Pink

I have been waiting for so long to wear this obmre printed pink skirt! Given that I was going to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles, it only made sense that I debut this skirt at that time, given its sorbet array of colors! Have no fear, though: I will have many more pictures chronicling my ice cream odyssey at the museum in a later post on this blog, but for now I just want to give this skirt the spotlight!

In order to really let this skirt shine, I decided to pair it with a simple, classic white shirt. It would also look great with a myriad of other colors from yellow to khaki, the latter being how it is styled on the J. Crew website. I also opted for these light pink loafers. I'm going to confess that I have developed a little bit of loafer fever as of late! From velvet to suede, I want them all! I'm grateful to Gucci for bringing back the loafer, as clearly the shoes I have on, which are actually from ASOS, are a fantastic dupe for the Gucci ones!

Last of all, how perfect is this pink wall? It gives that infamous pink Paul Smith wall a run for its money! Unfortunately, this wall is largely covered with graffiti now, so it was difficult to find some parts that were purely pink. I know what you might be thinking: maybe the graffiti could have given some street cred to my ensemble? Well, perhaps that's true, but I wanted to go for the pure, unadulterated pink that's as pretty as strawberry ice cream, so I did! Speaking of which, stay tuned next week for my epic photo odyssey of The Museum of Ice Cream!

Skirt: J. Crew pleated ombre skirt here
Tee: Target here
Shoes: ASOS similar pink loafers here
Bag: Louis Vuitton similar budget version here
Earrings: Charming Charlies "Austin"  here
Sunglasses: Celine here

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oops, I Did it Again!

Yes, I have this check dress in two colors! It's just that good! (To be honest, if they had it in a third color, I'd probably get that one too!) About a month or so ago, I posted this same dress in green and white and today I'm featuring the black and white version. I feel as if the black and white version works a little bit better for fall. Of course in some parts of the country right now it might be too cool for a short sleeve shirtdress, but here in Los Angeles it's just right!

As I mentioned before, I find black and white check or gingham to be a pretty versatile pattern. It can be worn with a variety of accessories and it transitions well from season to season. Below are a few of my other favorite black and white check items for fall from SheIn, all of which will give you a great bang for your buck due to the fact that they are all under $20!


Last of all, speaking of accessorizing with gingham, how awesome is this pom pom clutch? Again, it's something that has sort of a summer feel due to the straw fabric and bright, colorful pom poms but because I got it in black, I think it can work for fall too. As you can see, I'm really trying to find ways to transition my wardrobe into fall, which can be tricky when you are seeing others on social media and on blogs in plaid scarves and sweaters already, but I'm still dealing with temperatures in the 90s!

Dress: J. Crew Factory here
Shoes: J. Crew "Gemma" similar yellow sude flats here
Bag: here
Sunglasses: Celine here