Thursday, April 9, 2020

My Headband Habit



This winter, I said I would only get a couple of these turban knot style headbands. Well, buying one or two turned into six or seven and, to be honest, I kind of became addicted! Well, I'm back at this headband obsession for spring and the good news is that the headbands for spring are even cuter than the ones for winter, in my opinion! I am especially loving gingham headbands, including the cute pink one that I am sporting below. It instantly makes a plain, casual outfit, like this grey sweatshirt, look super cute!


Wearing a headband is also perfect for what we are all going through right now regarding staying at home and sheltering in place. First of all, if you have to do a Zoom meeting, it's an easy way to look cute and put together from the shoulders up with pretty much no effort! Also, because there is no going to the salon, everyone's hair is a mess! Headbands are a good way to cover up or distract from the fact that maybe your roots are showing or, in my case, your bangs have grown out! (I was right on the verge of needing to get a haircut before all of this happened, so there's no telling what my hair will look like after this is all over!) So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that now is the perfect time to become addicted to headbands! Below are a handful of my favorites for spring or to start or to continue your addiction!


Monday, April 6, 2020

Keep it Bright!



This week is supposed to be my spring break vacation but it obviously doesn't feel at all like spring break! In addition to this, it's also quite gloomy, rainy and cold here in Los Angeles, which only adds to the feeling of doom and gloom. Well, let's put all of that aside and keep it bright and cheery! Eventually, all of this will be over and just imagine how good it will feel to get to go out into the sunshine and see each other again! When that eventually happens, I'm going to be ready with a lot of fun clothes for spring and summer, like this popover dress in this fun, festive floral print! Below you can also shop some of the other fun items J. Crew has to offer in this stunning floral print!





I actually own this dress in a striped print, which I purchased last fall. For at least the last year, J. Crew has come out with this dress in different colors and patterns each season because, clearly, they know that they have a winner! As the "popover" name suggests, this is a really easy dress to just throw on with no fuss! It's loose fitting silhouette is also incredibly comfy, making it perfect for the warmer spring and summer days to come. Last of all, how fun is this print? I'd like to imagine myself wearing this particular dress while taking a stroll down the beach, even though it seems like ages since I've been to the beach! Perhaps after this is all over, I'll be motivated to go to the beach more often? I know if I do, I won't take the ability to do that for granted any more!



Dress: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew here
Bag: Zara similar round straw bag here
Earrings: Target similar tassel earrings here
Sunglasses: Celine

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Colorful Skirt for Easter



When I first saw this rainbow tulle skirt from Eva Franco online, I knew I was going to get it! (It does, after all, have a rainbow print!) I knew I wanted to wear it for our annual Easter family dinner and Easter egg hunt. One of the reasons why I thought it would be perfect for this occasion is that, at least to me, this skirt looks like a lovely, colorful Easter egg! Decorating Easter eggs is actually one of my favorite Easter traditions. Well, plans change and while I did get the skirt, in light of the current situation, we will not be able to have a big family gathering for Easter dinner this year. Instead, I'm wearing the skirt for a jaunt in the park!



While I won't get to wear this skirt this year for Easter, on the bright side, there's always next year! (Unless I just wear it around the house on Easter!) It's also a skirt that I would love to eventually wear for work, perhaps with a denim jacket over my sweater to make the fancy tulle seem a little more casual. So, while life might be on pause for a while, it doesn't mean that things have permanently stopped and there's still a lot to look forward to, even if it seems to be a long ways off. Also, I'd love to keep up with some of our holiday traditions! Maybe I just might be going on an Easter egg hunt this year after all, only this time, just with my husband and William in our backyard. On second thought, that would not be good because William would eat the eggs (as he did one year!) and have some serious gas the next day!


Skirt: Anthropologie here
Sweater: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Sunglasses: Celine

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Watermelon Sequin Dress



Given the fact that we can't really leave the house anymore except for essentials and walks, I have had to get a little more creative with where I do blog photos. Formerly, I would scout locations, finding colorful walls or cute spots near where we would go out for lunch or dinner but for now I have to use what's somewhat nearby and free from people. Luckily, my neighborhood is currently in bloom with bougainvillea, which makes for the perfect, pretty backdrop. I thought that this new watermelon sequin dress was the perfect match my bougainvillea background so, all in all, it worked out for the best! Yes, it might be a little weird walking around the neighborhood in a sequin dress but there's a lot of weird things going on right now, so who cares?



Being resourceful and making the most out of what we have has also been applicable to other aspects of life during this time. For example, when it comes to cooking, I am trying to go through our pantry and refrigerator and use up everything we have in ways I might not have even thought of before. I am also very concerned with not letting anything go to waste, which is something that many of us took for granted (I know I did) before the pandemic broke out. So, while this might not be an ideal situation, I'm definitely learning some important lessons from the experiences, lessons that hopefully I won't forget once we get back to the little luxuries of life that we use to enjoy, like being able to take blog photos wherever I want!



Dress: J. Crew here
Shoes: J. Crew here and similar here
Bag: Mansur Gavriel here
Earrings: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Celine similar white sunglasses here

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rainbows and Sunshine



I don't know about you but I've made it through two weeks of self quarantine, sheltering in place, social distancing, or whatever you want to call it, and I could definitely use a little sunshine and rainbows! This is especially true due to the fact that the last few weeks have been somewhat cool, rainy and overcast. Luckily, the week before we hunkered down, I was able wear my new favorite rainbow dress out and about and photograph it with my favorite rainbow wall. This dress would look stunning anywhere but I feel like it was destined to be photographed with a rainbow wall for a "dressed to match" moment!



While this dress, which is from a company called Persifor, was a little bit of a splurge, I feel like it was worth it for a few reasons. First and foremost, it's perfect for me with the rainbow print! It's also a dress that I can see getting a lot of use out of in the future. Last of all, if you're not already sold on it, the dress is made in the USA, which is something that I've always liked to support if possible, even if I end up paying a little extra. Now, more than ever, it's a great time to support small businesses and companies here. I think I've definitely been doing my part to stimulate the economy during this time, although maybe a little too much!



Dress: Persifor here
Shoes: J. Crew
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Earrings: c/o Zenzii here (save 25% off at Zenzii with code Katie25)
Sunglasses: Celine similar white sunglasses here

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Red and Pink Stripes



I love a good skirt and color combination, which is why I was instantly drawn to this red and pink pleated midi skirt from J. Crew Factory. It reminds me of something that a brand like Kate Spade might have come out with a decade or so ago. In other words, it's just the right amount of classic, colorful and quirky, all rolled into one! The skirt is currently on "super sale", which makes it all the more appealing! While the skirt is from J. Crew Factory, the colorful pom pom sweater is, in fact, from Kate Spade. It's a classic piece that I find myself reaching for over and over again because it's so fun and it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe!



This is definitely the type of outfit that I would love to wear to work this spring but it will have to wait (who knows for how long?) because, like most of you, I'm working at home at the moment. I admire people who are still getting dressed up and putting on work appropriate attire and makeup, even though they are at home, but I'm just not that type of person. Plus, with William sleeping on my lap or being curled up beside me most of the day, the amount of dog hair on my clothes would be insane! As you can see, in addition to the desire to be comfortable, getting dressed up is just not a practical option for someone who owns a large dog who has no sense of boundaries!



Skirt: J. Crew Factory here
Sweater: Kate Spade similar pom pom sweater here
Shoes: Old Navy similar espadrilles here
Bag: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Celine

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Put Your Best Face Forward



These pictures were taken last month but, given everything that's happened lately, it feels like it was a year ago! Just the thought of being out in public or sitting down at a restaurant now seems like a very distant memory! On this particular occasion, I wore my new Alice + Olivia cardigan with the iconic Stace Face print on it. Alice + Olivia is my latest designer obsession! I just love all of the colors and the quirky designs that the brand puts out each season! Many retailers, including Alice + Olivia are having some great sales right now to try to stimulate business. Alice + Olivia is currently offering an extra 25% off your order this week, which is a pretty tempting deal!



I decided to go the route of primary colors with this look. The sweater has a very Andy Warhol/Mod vibe to it, so I figured red pants and a bold yellow bag was the best way to go in order to play up that particular aesthetic. In the future, I'm planning on pairing this particular sweater with either a black and white striped dress or skirt but that styling will most likely have to wait a while, seeing as though I won't be going out any time in the foreseeable future! Dressing up, much like the simple act of strolling down the street to shop or eat at a restaurant, is something I will not be taking for granted any more!


Sweater: Alice + Olivia similar sweater for this season here
Pants: J. Crew similar red pants here, here
Shoes: J. Crew Factory similar mint suede pumps here
Bag: Louis Vuitton yellow tote here
Sunglasses: Celine