Sunday, January 20, 2019

Rainbows After the Rain

In my opinion, it's never too early to start dressing for Valentine's Day, so bring on the hearts, pinks and reds! I actually think these aforementioned things are perfectly fine to wear all year round but it's especially fun to start donning them around February, which isn't too far away! Case in point, a couple of weeks ago, I found this cute navy heart print blouse at Target. On Target's website, they claim that the pattern is comprised of V's, but I think they look a lot more like hearts. (Also, I guess the V could stand for Valentine's Day!) Anyway, the hearts (or V's) are really small, so it doesn't exactly scream "Valentine's Day" but it does, perhaps, give a nice little nod to the holiday.

I also like this blouse because, since the print is so subtle, it pairs well with a variety of different colors and patterns. In this ensemble, I decided to pair this blouse with these pinks pants in keeping with the Valentine's Day theme. I actually don't really need anymore pink pants but I found these after Christmas for only $8 at Banana Republic. I have no idea why they were so cheap but I didn't ask any questions when I was checking out at the register!

Last of all, how fantastic is this rainbow wall? This particular wall has been on my list of ones to visit for sometime now and since we were somewhat in the neighborhood last week, I figured it was the perfect time to visit! Unfortunately, our trip to this location was after a pretty heavy downpour of rain, so it was a little wet and the lighting was also not so great. All in all, however, it turned out okay. I thought it was quite fitting to be here after the rain because there's always a rainbow at the end of a rainstorm!

Shirt: Target here, heart dress here
Pants: Banana Republic similar pink pants here
Belt: Target here
Bag: Milly similar here, here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin here
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Grey Sweater Dress for Grey Days

I can't remember the last time we had so many grey rainy days here in Los Angeles! It's been non-stop grey skies and storm clouds and it is supposed to continue for at least a few more days! To be honest, I'm someone who actually likes the rain, especially when I can be cozy and curled up in bed listening to and watching the rain at home. Last weekend, we had a couple rainy days, which would have been perfect weather for staying home, but my husband and I had tickets to a play performed at a certain famous historic mansion in Beverly Hills. I'm not going to name it because you're not supposed to take pictures anywhere on the premises without a permit, but the color of my bow-neck sweater dress is in the name of the mansion (hint, hint)!

This sweater dress is now a fantastic value and I am surprised that so many sizes are still in stock! I love the bow detail and on this particular occasion I decided to add another layer of detail by wearing my embellished collar "Tilda" shirt underneath the dress. Even though my outfit here wasn't period appropriate for the occasion (the mansion was built in the 1920s and the play takes place in the same decade), it did get a compliment from the actor playing the role of the butler in the play we went to see. Now if only I could afford to have my own mansion and my own butler to compliment me on all of my outfits, I'd be very happy indeed, although I guess that's what husbands are for!

Dress: J. Crew Factory here
Shirt: J. Crew
Boots: Christian Louboutin
Bag: Chanel here
Sunglasses: Prada here
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cape Chic

Capes are my new obsession this winter! I love how they instantly make any outfit insanely chic! Plus, here in Los Angeles, the weather is cold but not that cold, so capes are a convenient way to get a little bit of warmth without having to wear a huge, heavy coat. In this post, I'm going to feature two capes styled two different ways, starting with this black one, which was gifted to me courtesy of Chicwish.

The thing that initially drew me to this particular cape was the gold asymmetrical buttons. It makes the cape a little bit dressy so you can wear it with a skirt, just as I'm doing here, or, if you choose, more casually with jeans. I was planning on wearing this exact outfit on a trip up north to wine country (I thought it would look super chic among the vines!) but unfortunately we had to cancel the trip because both my husband and my dog got sick. Speaking of my husband, he says this cape makes me look like the character known as Social Services from Moonrise Kingdom but Tilda Swinton's character's cape was blue, not black in that movie. Also, for those of you who have seen the movie, hopefully I don't look as dour as Social Services!

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The next cape is this buffalo print wool one that was a fantastic find and deal. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to go into a used clothing boutique because I have, on occasion, found some pretty great items there. Well, this visit proved to be successful as I spied this buffalo check plaid cape for only $27! It's from Talbot's and it also had the original $200 price tag still attached, so it was brand new! It was my size too, so, obviously, it was meant to be! While it is from a few years ago, I am linking below to a similar cape if you love the buffalo check fabric as much as I do!

For a whimsical take on this classic cape, I paired it with with quirky accessories and red pants for a pop of color.  I love these Kate Spade Taxi flats because you can wear them all year long and they always look perfect with black, white or red. I also chose this fun circular Petite Alistair bag from Clare V. to continue the playful vibe of this look. As you can see, I am ready to go anywhere with this classic, yet fun ensemble!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

L.A. Leopard

I love getting out and doing fun things, seeing interesting places, and eating great food. Also, if there happens to by a fun mural nearby, that's just the icing on the cake! Over my winter break, we went to the Century City Mall near Beverly Hills to visit the Italian food emporium known as Eataly. It is truly a feast for the senses with an array of cheeses, fresh pastas, pizzas, pastries, and an amazing assortment of gourmet meat and seafood that would make anyone's mouth water. Since Eataly is located within a mall, there are also some amazing shops to browse after or before you eat. Last, but not least, there's this fun colorful L.A. mural that was right up my alley!

I decided to go casual to wander around this lovely mall with my new velvet leopard print top from Madewell. I first saw this top on Oh Joy's blog and it was so cute I knew I had to track it down and make it mine. I guess I wasn't the only one enthralled with the top because I received a ton of compliments on it while at the mall. Everyone from shoppers passing by as we took these photos to the woman who rang up my two cannolis at Eataly seemed to be enamored with my spotted look!

I would highly recommend going to the Century City Mall and Eataly if you are in the L.A. area. You can grab a bite to eat and, of course, stop to take a picture by this fun mural! (They also have a heart mural, which would be perfect for Valentine's Day!) One of my New Year's resolutions is to get out and see and do more in L.A. so, hopefully, this is the start of more adventures to come in 2019!

Shirt: Madewell here
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Banana Republic similar purple flats here
Bag: Clare V. here
Sunglasses: Prada
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Stop and Smell the Camellias

I wore this outfit on New Year's Eve, which feels like it was a long, long time ago! Even though we didn't go out at night to celebrate or do anything fancy, we did go out to a casual lunch on that particular day. Since it was New Year's Eve, I thought it would be fun to get a little dressed up with this floral tulle skirt and my gold glitter flats. Sure, I was perhaps a bit overdressed for just a casual lunch date with my husband, but I never mind being more dressed up than others!

This floral top from J. Crew, which is part of their collaboration with Abigail Borg, is one of the things that I purchased during the after Christmas sales and I think it makes the outfit a little more casual, as it's basically a long sleeve tee. I love how the floral print of the top perfectly matches the petals that are on my tulle skirt. The shirt is also a perfect match for the background, which, I believe, to be Camellias. At first I thought that the flowers were roses but my husband corrected me and said that they were Camellias. I am no expert on flowers, but I'm going to take my husband's word for it, even though he's also not an expert on flowers either!

Top: J. Crew here
Skirt: Anthropologie here, similar here
Shoes: Butter similar glitter flats here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Alice and Olivia
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pink and Pom Poms

Writing this post makes me feel a little sad because these pictures were taken the week before Winter Break, which is now over for me. I feel like I was radiating with joy and feeling footloose and fancy free at the time and now I feel like a great weight has been put back on top of me! I know shouldn't complain because I did have two whole weeks off, which is more time off than most people. Also, it was a very restful break, so perhaps tomorrow morning when the alarm goes off at 5:30 am, I will feel renewed and refreshed...or not!

Regarding my outfit, I am really glad that I got this pom pom skirt from Anthropologie last month before the holidays! I ordered it in the wrong size and thought about just returning it instead of exchanging it for another size. When I went to Anthropologie, I didn't see it anywhere in the store so I figured that it was a sign that I was meant to just return it and move on. Then, lo and behold, I spied it out of the corner of my eye as I was standing in line to make my return. I asked my husband to hold my spot (much to his dismay, as he was hoping I would return it and save the money!) and ran over to the skirt, which just happened to be my size. I guess you could say it was definitely meant to be!

Skirt: Anthropologie here
Sweater: Target here
Bag: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar glitter pumps here, here, and here
Brooch: Banana Republic similar brooch here

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