Thursday, September 21, 2023

Striking a Pose


A jumpsuit as striking as this one calls for striking a pose and that's exactly what I am doing! I recently picked up this colorful jumpsuit from Anthropologie on sale a few weeks ago and it's definitely going to become one of my favorite jumpsuits! I love that the colors in the print are perfect for transitioning to fall. It's always hard this time of year to find things to wear that are comfortable for warmer temps but still nod to the autumnal season. This jumpsuit definitely fits the bill thanks to the color palette!

I also love that the pattern of this mural echos the pattern in the jumpsuit! There are lots of fun shapes and patterns in both the mural and the print that add visual interest. Speaking of which, this mint colored hat also adds a lot of visual interest to the outfit! I love to wear hats all year and I was so excited when I found this mint one at Target because it's one color that I don't already have in my hat collection!

Jumpsuit: Anthropologie here
Hat: Target here
Shoes: Loeffller Randall here and here
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Monday, September 18, 2023

Pink Striped Maxi Skirt

I just got this pink and white maxi skirt and I wanted to wear it before it gets to officially be fall, which is right around the corner! It's hard to believe that it's almost October, although the weather here lately in California surprisingly feels very much like fall, which doesn't usually happen until much later in the year. Anyway, I was happy to get this skirt, which I had been looking at all summer, on sale! I thought it would be the perfect thing to wear out to dinner last week for a night on the town! Of course, I had to pair it with some green accessories, including this new green clutch, because green and pink is one of my favorite color combinations.

Just a quick note about the location: these photos were taken at Pasadena City Hall. If you are not familiar with this location, it was actually the setting for the exterior shots of Pawnee City Hall on the TV show, Parks and Rec. Pasadena City Hall is also a very popular location for people to do professional photography for weddings and other events. The fountain that appears in a couple of these pictures is the most popular place for photos, so I lucked out when it was free for a few minutes so that I could get some pictures by it!

Skirt: Boden here
Top: J. Crew
Shoes: Loeffler Randal here
Clutch: Target here
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Monday, August 21, 2023

Shell Yeah!

I love finding unique pieces of clothing! I especially love clothing that has a unique print or a detail that makes it different from the pieces you usually find in stores. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when I discovered this cute ruffle shell print top! The print is amazing, almost like an illustration out of a nature book. When you combine the print and the ruffle detail, I would say it definitely makes for a unique and beautiful garment! The other thing that made me say "Shell Yeah!" about this exquisite top is the price! This top is now on sale and deeply discounted. There are also some matching pants, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about maybe getting the pants too!

I styled my shell top with a pair of orange pants, which look more red in the photo, but they are technically orange, and light pink bag. I wanted to play with some of the beautiful colors found in the top, and I thought such a unique top should be complemented by a unique color combo!

Shirt: Dillard's here
Bag: Chanel
Earrings: J. Crew here
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Monday, August 14, 2023

Farmers' Market Skirt

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is visit various farmers' markets in the area. In Los Angeles, just about every city and town has one on different days of the week. A few weeks ago we visited one such farmer's market and I wore this adorable skirt from Lesley Evers in a fun retro print called "Farmers' Market" so it was definitely the perfect item to wear for the occasion! (There is also a dress version in the same print!) Lately, I have become a big fan of Lesley Evers and all the whimsical 70s inspired prints she creates! This particular Farmers' Market print is perfect for summer but can also transition to fall due to the colors.

Unfortunately, on my multiple trips to the various farmers' markets this season, I was unlucky in locating one of my favorite things to buy there: squash blossoms. I love to cook with squash blossoms, but they are not available in most grocery stores. You do sometimes find them being sold by local farmers at farmers' markets, but no luck this year. One farmer at one market said he had some squash blossoms but a chef purchased them all first thing in the morning. (I guess the early bird gets the worm!) The farmer then told me that he would have them the next week, so I woke up early to get there a few minutes before the market opened and the farmer didn't bring any that day! Well, maybe I will be more successful next year, but at least I have a cute skirt!

Skirt: Lesley Evers here
Shoes: J. Crew Factory here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel similar round pink bag here
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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Arty Abstract Jumpsuit

If you are familiar with Orange County in Southern California, than you probably know about Costa Mesa. What you might not know about Costa Mesa is that it's called the city of the arts, largely due to the philanthropic contributions of Henry Segerstrom. (It's also home to a fantastic mall called South Coast plaza that you can also thank Henry Segerstrom for!) Well, a few weeks ago we discovered some of the hidden artistic gems located in Costa Mesa including the Noguchi Sculpture Garden and the OCMA or Orange County Museum of Art. Since it was a day filled with art adventures, I thought it was only fitting to wear my new arty abstract jumpsuit, which was a perfect match for the art at the museum and the abstract shapes in the print also matched those found in the sculpture garden!

If you know me, you will know that I very seldomly wear black and white. On the rare occasion when I do wear black and white, I like to add pops of color. Due to the fact that one of my favorite color combinations is pink and green I went with these green flat sandals and pink bag to accessorize this jumpsuit. As Oscar Wilde famously said, "One should either be a work of art, or wear I work of art" but I say that you can be both... especially when visiting a museum!

Jumpsuit: ASOS here
Sandals: Target here
Sunglasses: Prada
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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Hi, Barbie!

With the release of the new Barbie movie less than a day away, it seems like everywhere you look everything is Barbie! Thinking more on it, Barbie-mania has been going on for months now, but who can resist indulging in all things pink in celebration of the release of the movie? So, in celebration of the Barbie movie, I am styling this pink and white striped button down top, which is definitely something I think Barbie would wear, with a few different skirts. This pink and white top is so versatile and goes with so much in my wardrobe that I can't choose which skirt I liked it best with!

As you can see, the skirts featured in this post all have a tropical theme with pineapples, palms, and flamingo prints. While I am featuring different skirts, I kept the same accessories for all of the outfits. I definitely think both this fun pink straw bag and my metallic pink shoes would be accessories found in Barbie's closet! You will notice that there are also several colorful murals that I am using for this post. The good news is that these murals can all be found at Dot's Cafe in Pasadena! Because the murals are all pink, or at least have some pink found in them, I think Barbie would approve of them too!

Top: J. Crew Factory here
Pineapple Skirt: J. Crew similar pineapple print skirt
Flamingo Skirt: J. Crew similar flamingo print skirt here
Palm Skirt: Nordstrom
Shoes: J. Crew here

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Colorful Abstract Skirt

Everyone knows I love a colorful skirt, so when I found this fun skirt at Target last month it was love at first sight! I adore the colorful abstract print and, in my opinion, the skirt looks like more of a designer piece than something you might find at Target. In this post I am showing how I styled the skirt in two slightly different ways. Luckily, all of the bright colors found in the print provide endless styling possibilities! Below I styled the skirt with a simple yellow tee and these purple sandals that I just picked up at the outlet mall.

As you can see, the second way I wore the skirt isn't all that different from the first. For the look below, the weather was hot, so I chose a green tank and also some silver sandals to keep things cool. I kept the same pink bag because it really brings out the pink in the pattern.  In the future, I could see pattern mixing with the skirt by adding a black and white striped top or, if it's cooler, adding a blazer for a more polished look. The styling possibilities are as endless as the colors!

Skirt: Target here
Tees: Yellow Tee here and Green Tank here
Purple Sandals: Off Saks here
Silver Sandals: J. Crew similar silver sandals here
Sunglasses: Celine
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