Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Polka Dot Ballerina



Whenever I wear this teal tulle skirt, I think that, perhaps, I missed my calling as a ballerina! To be honest, I don't think I could ever be disciplined enough to make it as a ballerina but I sure would enjoy wearing tulle all the time! (It's not exactly a fabric you can wear everyday but I would if I could!) I decided to pair this skirt with my new polka dot shirt that I just acquired from the Atlantic Pacific x Halogen Collection at Nordstrom. Somehow, when the collection was launched last month, I missed this top but I'm glad that I was able to snag it after giving the collection a second look.



Speaking of snagging pieces from the Atlantic Pacific x Halogen Collection, in case you didn't know, the holiday line is going to debut on the Nordstrom website this coming Monday. (I've marked my calendar!) This week, I saw a handful of pieces from the Collection on Blair Eadie's blog and I have to say that it's amazing! There's so much sparkle, shine and color! While I kind of want all of the pieces from the Collection, I have narrowed it down to a few favorites. My fingers are crossed that I will be able to get them next week before they sell out!



Blouse: Halogen here
Skirt: ASOS similar tulle skirt here
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver pumps here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Colorful Pleated Skirt



As I mentioned in a previous post, I was very excited last month to see all of the colorful new arrivals at J. Crew. Probably the first thing that caught my eye from their new fall/winter collection was this colorful pleated skirt. While I have a similar pleated skirt from a few years ago that features mostly pink hues, this one was too irresistible not to get!



I think the idea of a pleated skirt is very classic and therefore will never go out of style, which is why I don't mind investing in pieces such as these. Obviously, the colorful nature of the skirt gives the classic silhouette a bit of a modern feel, which I really love; you can never go wrong with a classic with a twist! Speaking of classics, I decided to keep things simple and wear a nice crisp white shirt to pair with my colorful skirt. If you look on J. Crew's website, this is exactly the way they styled the skirt. Why mess with perfection? When the temperatures finally cool down here, I think I might opt for a colorful cashmere sweater the next time I wear this skirt for something a little different!



Skirt: J. Crew here
Blouse: H&M similar white shirt here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Gucci similar here

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Cozy, Colorful Sweater



Sometimes the camera, no matter what you do, just doesn't do justice to an article of clothing. An example of this would be this colorful knit sweater that I am wearing in today's post. The colors are exquisite in person and there's also some metallic thread that gives the sweater some shine and sparkle that's perfect for the upcoming holiday season! The camera doesn't really capture all of this, however, and it's a lot more vibrant in person!



One of the other interesting things about this sweater is that, shortly after I purchased it from Forever 21, I found what I believe to be almost the exact same sweater at Anthropologie, which I have linked to here. I cannot say for certain that they are precisely the same, as I have not seen Anthro's version in person, but they sure look the same! The only difference is the price! While my Forever 21 sweater was under $40 (a small price to pay for such an amazing sweater!), the Anthro one is over $100. I'm sure glad that I stumbled upon the Forever 21 version first! In the future, I might check Forever 21's website first before buying something from Anthropologie. Who knows what other duplicates there might be?



Sweater: Forever 21 here, Anthropologie version here
Jeans: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: Gucci here

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Casual Outfit that Shines!



Just because you're dressed casually doesn't mean that your outfit can't shine! A few weeks ago, J. Crew launched their new arrivals for winter and I was impressed by how colorful the collection was. Clearly, it was right up my alley! While I wanted to buy just about everything, I opted only for these satin pink bow flats and this colorful turtleneck tee, plus a couple of other goodies that I'll be sharing soon! My father-in-law commented on how these shoes were blinding him, which, as someone who loves color, I decided to take as a compliment! As you can see this casual outfit definitely shines with color!


The picture above has a mildly amusing story regarding its creation. In order to make it work, I had to bring a seat cushion to sit on the ground while taking the photo. (My husband thought it was odd when I brought a seat cushion on our outing and I didn't explain to him what it was for until we arrived at the location.) The location for this colorful wall is children's museum and some people were leaving the museum only to see me on my posterior with my legs up in the air trying to get this shot. It was quite embarrassing! I'd like to say that I've gotten over my my shyness about taking pictures in public (especially ones that require doing something ridiculous, like this one) but I think I'm always going to be self conscious!



All in all, I would say that this is my idea of a perfect casual outfit. It's colorful and comfortable, plus the the turtleneck and shoes can easily translate into something more dressy if paired with a skirt or something other than jeans. In fact, I'm looking forward to styling my new J. Crew arrivals for work soon! Last but not least, it's not a bad outfit for sitting on your tush in front of strangers so that you can get that perfect shot of your shoes!


Top: J. Crew here
Jeans: Old Navy similar boyfreind jeans here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch



When October rolled around this year, I was overwhelmed by how many pictures I found in my Instagram feed of bloggers surrounded by pumpkins in a pumpkin patch! I guess there are just certain types of photos you are expected to take if you're a fashion blogger on Instagram, one of which is the obligatory "it's fall and I am posing in a pumpkin patch" pic! Well, here I am, doing the same thing! While I might be a little late to the party in posting this on the second to last day of October, I figured that this would be my Halloween post for the season. The only thing I'm missing is a Halloween costume but this floral blouse will have to do! While it's not a Halloween costume, at least the print and color scheme of the blouse make it perfect for fall!



The truth is that I really love pumpkin patches, so I can totally get why it's such a popular photo location. I've been going to this pumpkin patch for years now, way before I was a blogger. This is because they have the best pumpkins, some really cute farm animals, and, best of all, a historic Victorian house on the premises. In the words of Linus from "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown", it's "the most sincere pumpkin patch I know", although I don't think I'll be seeing the Great Pumpkin there anytime soon...although you never know!



Top: J. Crew here
Jeans: Old Navy similar jeans here
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold loafers here
Bag: Clare V. here
Sunglasses: Gucci here
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Best Day Ever!



If you asked me what I would do for my best day ever, it would probably involve exploring Los Angeles (sans traffic) and eating some really great food, which is exactly what we did the day I wore this Best Day ever tee from Happily. As you know, I'm a big fan of the statement tee and this one, which was gifted to me by Happily, is now one of my favorites! Why? Well, it's a super soft and high quality tee and it's also so cute! Just looking at it brings a smile to my face! I think that no matter what you're doing, if you're wearing this tee you're going to have the best day ever!



So if you're wondering what I did the day I wore this outfit, we started the morning by going to Tiffany's Laundry (not to do laundry but to take these pictures!), which is where this amazing wall is located! This wall has been on my list of places to check out for a blog shoot for a long time and it did not disappoint. Next, we went to a pasta place in Culver City where they make fresh pasta in the most amazing sauces. Pasta is probably one of my favorite foods and I'm always thrilled when I find a place that takes the time to make it fresh. Finally, we went to the Hammer Museum, which is an art museum near the UCLA campus. All in all, it was a fun day made extra fun by my new statement tee!



Tee: c/o Happily here
Pants: Banana Republic similar pink pants
Shoes: J. Crew similar gold loafers here and here
Sunglasses: Gucci here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Queen of Diamonds



Last year, I missed out on buying something from the Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific collaboration at Nordstrom but this year I made an effort to pick out a couple of coveted items ahead of time and I was able to purchase them the day the collaboration launched! One of those pieces was this diamond print button down blouse. I love the diamond motif that evokes a deck of playing cards and the fun color scheme! For those of you who might have missed out on the collection or didn't hear about its launch, the good news is that most pieces seem to be in stock in a variety of sizes! The collection features a really diverse selection of pieces, so there's really something for everyone!



This blouse was definitely made for me and goes with so many different things in my wardrobe but I thought that pairing it with a bright pair of red pants was definitely the way to go! The oversized collar and wide, billowy sleeve give the blouse a very 70s vibe, without being too overtly retro! This blouse will definitely be a fun staple in my wardrobe for years to come! Rumor has it that Blair Edie (the fashionista behind Atlantic-Pacific) will be launching a winter/holiday collection with Nordstrom this year as well, so I look forward to picking up a few more treasures when that collection hits stores too, as I am sure it will be out of this world!




Shirt: Halogen x Atlantic Pacific here
Pants: Banana Republic similar red wide leg pants here
Shoes: J. Crew Factory similar here
Bag: Clare V.  here

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