Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Watermelons Everywhere!

A couple weeks ago, I predicted that fruit would be a big spring trend for spring and summer. After seeing some of the new arrivals from stores such as J. Crew Factory and LOFT, I think I was most definitely correct in my prediction! I know that fruit themed prints make an appearance every year around this time but I think they are popping up more than ever now! During my spring break, I went to the outlet mall located just outside of Palm Springs and picked up this adorable watermelon dress from J. Crew Factory. It was just too cute to pass up and I wanted to be on trend with the fruit theme this spring! It's also hard to be melon-choly when wearing such a cheerful dress!  

A few years ago, I got this straw watermelon bag, which was pretty inexpensive but it's one of the bags that I use a lot in the spring and summer. While I didn't want to go overboard with the watermelons, I couldn't resist pairing it with my new watermelon dress because you can never have too much of a good thing, especially when it's watermelons! I received several compliments on the outfit while I was shopping at the grocery store. Sadly, I was not purchasing any watermelons at the time but, in retrospect, I think carrying a gigantic watermelon up to the checkout would have really completed the look!

Dress: J. Crew Factory here
Cardigan: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: Old Navy similar here
Earrings: J. Crew Factory similar here
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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Pastel Colorblock Dress

It's been a week since Easter but I am still into dresses that have an "Easter Vibe" because I think the colors and patterns that are usually associated with spring and Easter, such as pastels and floral prints, look lovely all year round! This pastel colorblock dress is no exception. I recently purchased this dress from Shopbop and contemplated wearing it for Easter. However, I opted for a floral print dress instead. One of the things that I love about this dress is that it can be dressed up or down, depending on one's mood. For example, I think this would look cute with a denim jacket and sneakers if one want a more casual, yet still colorful look!

Because there is no such thing as too much pastel, I decided to wear these pastel shoes that I purchased a couple years ago from J. Crew with my dress. While these shoes called the "Kate" slingback are a couple years old, this year J. Crew has released a new version of the same style of this shoe in a rainbow gingham pattern. I guess that pastel rainbow gingham is really big this year for spring, which is fine by me because, as I stated previously, one can never have too much pastel or rainbows in one's wardrobe!

Dress: Shopbop here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel similar pink bag here
Shoes: J.Crew here
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad

To kick off the first day of spring break, my husband and I went to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We went to this destination a few years ago but, because it's such a magical experience, I wanted to go back a second time to take in all of the brightly colored blooms of Ranunculus flowers that grow in the fields here. I thought the flowers on my new floral dress looked a little like the Ranunculus flowers and they certainly matched the colors of the flowers here, so it ended up being the ideal frock to wear for the occasion!

Because this was our second time visiting the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, I thought I would compile a list of tips to enhance your experience if you choose to go this year or in the future! If you're in the Los Angeles, Orange County, or San Diego area, the flower fields are open until Mother's Day in May, so it's definitely not too late to visit and wander around the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Read on below for my list of five tips based on my experiences at the Carlsbad Flower Fields!

 Tips for Visiting the Flower Fields of Carlsbad
1. This year, you need to buy tickets in advance online due to Covid. Tickets sell out fast for the weekends, so it's best to plan in advance. We went on a weekday, which I would highly recommend. It was still very crowded but not nearly as crowded as a weekend!
2. Do not just type in "Flower Fields Carlsbad" into Google Maps! I did this thinking that there was just one flower field but it turns out that there are the Flower Field Apartments about 10 miles away from the actual Flower Fields of Carlsbad. While driving to the location, we thought the route seemed different than the last time, only to end up in an apartment complex!
3. Avoid crowds and get better pictures by skipping the first couple rows of the flower fields. The first couple rows have queues in which you'll have to wait to take pictures and the lines were long! Don't bother standing in these lines unless you really have to take a picture on a park bench or a rusty tractor in the middle of the field! The best way to avoid crowds and get good pictures is to walk to the far end of the fields. No one goes to this area and you can also step over the green tape that's everywhere and get in the actual flower beds. (Okay, so you're not supposed to do this but if you are careful not to step on any flowers, no actual harm has been done!)
4. Wear sunscreen and maybe a hat! We went on a cool day that had some cloud cover but you can still get sunburned as we sadly found out. My husband forgot to bring his hat and I didn't have any suncreen on my arms so we are both dealing with nasty sunburns this week!
5. Finally, go early in the morning or when there is some cloud cover for the best photos. I was not willing to get up at the crack of dawn to get here because, quite frankly, it was spring break and I prioritize sleep over blogging. (My husband wouldn't believe this but it's true!) Luckily, on the day we went, there was a little cloud cover. If you're really committed to taking good photos, you'll want to arrive in the morning for ideal lighting.

Dress: Kate Spade (now on sale!) here
Belt: Kate Spade similar mint belt here
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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Lilac Dress for Easter

Happy Easter! Last month, I found this lilac dress on a Target run and I knew it was going to be my Easter dress for this year! Due to the empire waist that is very evocative of the Regency period style, it also could double as a costume for a Jane Austen party! While this style of dress is something different than what I normally wear, it was really the color that I was most drawn to. As I have stated numerous times on my blog, purple is my favorite color and for spring I really like soft, pastel shades of purple, such as lilac. While this dress is still in stock at the moment, below I have found some other stunning lilac options if, like me, lilac is your cup of tea!

Because this dress is giving off some major romantic vibes, I thought it would be appropriate to photograph it out in nature! This year, I thought the wildflower crop would be rather pathetic due to how little rain we had in Los Angeles this winter. I was nicely surprised to see that this particular park, which is my secret place to go to for wildflowers, was bursting with yellow, white, and purple flowers in several areas. I actually scouted out this location last week by taking a walk in the area just to see if it would work for photos. In addition to being delighted by the jocund company of so many sprightly flowers, I also encountered a little slithering snake friend on my walk. Well, let's just say that I was very cautious for these photos to not get too close to the flowers because figured the little snake might have much bigger friends hiding out in the midst of all of these blooms!

Dress: Target here
Shoes: Ann Klein similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel similar here
Earrings: c/o Zenzii
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Some Bunny Loves Dots!

With Easter approaching in just a few days, I thought I would go back to the Newport Civic Center Sculpture Garden to visit the gigantic bunny sculptures they have on the premises. Unfortunately, a lot of other people in the area had this idea too, so it was a little crowded at the park. Nevertheless, we had a fun time walking the grounds of this park and taking in some art, spring flowers, and the beautiful weather that Orange County is so well known for! I decided to wear this fun polka dot top for the occasion because it is vaguely reminiscent of an Easter egg and some mint pants for a pastel look that I thought was in keeping with the Easter theme of this post.

You might remember that last summer I did a post about my first time visiting the Newport Civic Center Sculpture Park. Since then, some new sculptures have been added. In addition, beause it's early spring, all of the beautiful native flowers are in bloom in the park, which was a sight to behold! It was fun to take in these changes as we strolled through the park and I also enjoyed visiting some of my favorite sculptures and artwork that I discovered on our previous trip. For example, this mirrored sign that ironically reads "Start" instead of "Stop" was one of the artworks that really stood out last time. The message of this sculpture also reminds me that not only is it almost the start of Easter but it's also the start of my spring break, which, in addition to polka dots, is definitely something to celebrate!

Shirt: Target here
Pants: J. Crew here
Shoes: Forever 21
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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Strawberry Shortcake

I love eating strawberries! In fact, they are one of my favorite fruits, especially when dipped in chocolate! But I also love to wear them as well! This strawberry skirt is definitely, fruity, fabulous and perfect for anyone who likes strawberries or quirky, whimsical clothing! I'm thinking that the theme of fruit-inspired prints is going to be really big this spring in fashion because I'm already seeing a ton of cherry prints, strawberry prints, and prints that, quite frankly, are reminiscent of fruit salad everywhere I look this season! I guess I've already jumped on board with this fun fruit trend that I see for spring!

One of the other things that I like about this skirt is that it combines red with pink, which just might be one of my favorite color combinations. I wanted to really emphasize the pink in the skirt by wearing this pointelle sweater, which I thought would be perfect with the skirt in terms of color. The only drawback is that it was very hot the day I wore this outfit and, in some respects, I wished I had selected a cooler option than a sweater! However, the open weave of the sweater did make it somewhat cooler than most sweaters. To top off my fruity look, I also opted for my red heart sunglasses, which you might have thought I put away until Valentine's Day but I think they add just the right amount of red to really sweeten my strawberry shortcake inspired look!

Skirt: Anthropologie here
Sweater: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Gucci similar here
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