Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Safari Style

I feel like I am on a safari with this cute dress from Old Navy! The dress' print features an adorable mix of giraffes, zebras and flamingos! It's everything you might see on a wildlife safari or a trip to the zoo! Speaking of which, that reminds me that I still need to tackle my list of things that I want to do this summer before it's too late! One of those things is taking a trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. I was planning on going but the hot weather that we've had lately makes it less than ideal for long trips outside. If I do end up going, at least I will have something cute to wear!

Old Navy also makes a top in this print in addition to a shorter black dress featuring the same adorable animals! In my opinion, these pieces look more like something that you might get from a more expensive retailer like Anthropologie. With Old Navy's low prices, you can afford to get a few pieces in the same print without the guilt and damage to your wallet! I suppose you could parlay the money you saved into doing something fun like visiting the zoo!

Dress: Old Navy here and black version here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Prada

Shop the Post

Monday, July 15, 2019

I See Your True Primary Colors

Before I discuss the outfit I am wearing in today, let me just point out that the title of this post is an allusion to the Cyndi Lauper song "True Colors". (We actually saw her preform last weekend at the Hollywood Bowl, which is where the inspiration came from!) The title is also a nod to the Mondrain inspired wall I am standing in front of, which utilizes mostly primary colors. Speaking of which, I have been getting a lot of use out of this yellow eyelet dress this summer, which is on super sale right now at the J. Crew Factory! I first wore the dress in this post from last month but I wore a denim jacket over it so it didn't really get it's moment in the spotlight. For this post, I wanted the dress to be the star!

While my intent was to make the dress the star of the outfit, my watermelon bag and polka dot sandals might be trying to steal the show! Whenever I wear these items, I always get a lot of compliments on them, especially the purse! Also, the aforementioned wall behind me is a bit of an attention grabber as well. Some quick information about it: it's located on the side of an Art Store here in L.A. and every time I have tried to do a photo shoot at the wall the lighting has been terrible. On this day, however, it was cloudy and overcast so I didn't have to deal with weird shadows. It was as if the wall gods were smiling down on me!

Dress: J. Crew Factory here
Bag: SheIn similar watermelon bag here
Shoes: Old Navy here
Belt: Target similar style here
Sunglasses: Prada

Shop the Post

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lemon Love

I love wearing prints with fruit for summertime! Of all the fruit that could be showcased on an article of clothing, lemons are probably my favorite! I think there's something special about the cheery yellow color that makes anything in lemon print perfect for summer. It also evokes the idea of sipping a cool class of lemonade, which is also something I enjoy doing in the summertime, especially when the temperatures get hot! So, even though I have numerous articles of clothing featuring lemons, I decided to add one more to my collection, which would be this pretty maxi skirt from Target.

I paired my lovely lemon skirt with a bold yellow and white striped top. I had several people compliment me on my outfit, although both referred to it as a dress, even though I am wearing separates. I suppose the wide belt that I added to the outfit gave the appearance of a dress. On that note, I should mention that this print also comes in a blouse so, if you really want to go for a matchy-matchy look, I would highly recommend that in addition to the skirt! Also, at Target prices, it's easy to get these pieces guilt free!

Skirt: Target here
Blouse: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Louis Vuitton here
Shoes: Old Navy

Shop the Post

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Rainbow Separates

Last week, we had a quick lunch in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. In addition to a number of tasty restaurants serving up some quick bites, Eagle Rock is also the home of Occidental College, where I went to school, so being back there was a trip down memory lane! Things have certainly changed quite a bit since then with lots of new shops and restaurants. It's fun going back every once in a while and trying some of these new places out and maybe even feeling like a college kid again! For my stroll down memory lane, I wore this rainbow two piece set from J. Crew. Even though it's a skirt and a top, it sure does look like it could be a dress. In fact, my husband and several strangers that complimented me on the outfit all referred to it as a dress!

I actually purchased the skirt first, thinking I would be content with just that one piece, however, after seeing it paired together with the top, I started to regret not getting that too because I really liked the look of the two pieces together! So, once the top came back in stock in my size, I went ahead and got it. (Just a quick heads up, these pieces have been selling out fast, but they do pop up regularly on the J. Crew and also Nordstrom websites. I've linked to both stores below!) I love the versatility of being able to pair the top and skirt together while at the same time having the option of wearing them as separates for a totally different look! Plus, did I mention that it's rainbow print? That just makes it all the more appealing! I think my college self would have definitely loved these pieces, which makes me feel young again!

Top: here and here
Skirt: here and here
Shoes: here
Earrings: similar raffia style earrings here
Bag: here

Shop the Post

Sunday, July 7, 2019

A Fierce New Top

I wore this Ratti leopard print top a couple weeks ago on what was probably the last day of our "June Gloom". As the name suggests, "June Gloom" is a weather phenomenon in Southern California where the skies stay cloudy and overcast in the early months of summer. Now that we are in July and the temperatures are higher and the cloud cover is scarce, I'm really missing "June Gloom" with the slightly cooler weather and the clouds! It's also amazing that we are already well into the first week of July, which means my first month of summer vacation has come and gone! Time is absolutely flying by!

On this particular day, I had an eye appointment and my leopard top was definitely a hit with the doctor. Clearly, there is something appealing about this fun take on a leopard print! In my opinion,  the color scheme of the print is what makes it a winner; I love the pink, purple and yellow tones it utilizes, which gives it a strong 80s vibe. When I went to my appointment, I tried on a purple pair of eyeglasses that will soon replace my old ones and they were a perfect complement, both in style (cat-eye) and in color, to this top! The eyeglasses and the top would definitely make for a fierce combination!

Shirt:  here
Pants: here
Shoes:  here
Bag: J. Crew similar yellow clutch here

Shop the Post

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July! There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day than to wear some red, white and blue and to stand against a gigantic mural of the American flag, while waving the American flag! I stumbled on this mural months ago and made a mental note of the location so that I could return for the Fourth of July. It's actually a car audio store, but it makes for a great patriotic background!

I'm keeping my outfit simple today with a red, white and blue striped tee and a scallop chambray skirt. It's a bit hard to see in the pictures but I also have a pair of lobster earrings on. I thought the lobster earrings would be the perfect way to add a little something fun and summery to this outfit. If you want to see what I'm really wearing today, you can scroll down to the last picture with me and William! I don't think that William will be wearing those sunglasses all day today (they fell off about two seconds after taking the picture!) but he wanted to show that he could be a patriotic pup! So, no matter what you're doing to celebrate the holiday, I hope you enjoy the day and get to spend some quality time with friends and family!

Tee: Target here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory
Sandals: Target here
Earrings: Target/Sugarfix here

Shop the Post

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Perfect Dress for Summer

This summer, there have been a few highly coveted items from J. Crew that have proven to be highly elusive and difficult to get. This striped maxi dress is one of those items. I purchased it when it first came out a couple months ago and, at that time, I had to "stalk" it online for at least a week, waiting for it to come back in stock in my size. Well, it was well worth the effort, as it is really the perfect dress for summer! I love how easy it is to wear (you literally can just throw it on with a pair of sandals and you're good to go!) and also how cool it is for these warm summer months. Plus, the stripes are so colorful that they can't help but to put a smile on your face!

If you're interested in this dress, I would definitely recommend being patient and, if you hit the website right, you might be able to find it in you size! One of the tricks I use is that J. Crew often restocks its website or changes its sale prices around 10pm PST. In my experience, this is usually the best time to shop! Another tip for those of you who are interested in this dress is that the sizing runs a little big or, according to some reviews online, very big. For reference I am wearing a size small, which is my usual size, but I think an XS would have worked even better. Because of the stretch in the fabric, there's definitely a little bit of flexibility with sizes.

Dress: J. Crew here
Bag: Zara similar here
Earrings: J. Crew Factory similar raffia earrings here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Sunglasses: Celine
Shop the Post