Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Walking into Spiderwebs

 
A couple of weeks ago we went to visit the historic Leonis Adobe in Calabasas. I was expecting a rustic farm feel because the adobe on this estate dates back to 1844 and so I decided to dress the part with this ruffle denim blouse and a skirt with cactus and citrus fruit on it. What I was not expecting was the spooky Halloween decorations, which turned out to be a pleasant surprise, especially because I have been trying to get in the Halloween spirit this October! My favorite decoration at the Leonis Adobe was the spiderweb complete with gigantic spiders that adorned the barn!

 
Unfortunately, we arrived a little late to the adobe, which closes very promptly at 4:00, so we didn't have a lot of time to explore. Luckily, the adobe house is not that big, nor are the grounds of the estate, so we had just enough time to see everything before they closed. While the Halloween decorations might have been spooky, I think the scariest thing was that one of the long horn steer on the property gored and killed a sheep the week before! The docents commented that it was lucky that it didn't happen in front of any of the school children taking a field trip to the adobe that week. So while I was scared of walking into spiderwebs, I guess I should just be thankful I didn't walk into the horn of a steer!
 

 
Shirt: Target here
Skirt: J. Crew similar skirt here
Shoes: Old Navy similar green sandals
 
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Monday, October 18, 2021

Purple and Orange Pants

 
If these pants look somewhat familiar, it's because I also have them in red and pink! You might recall that I wore them a few weeks ago in a post entitled "Preppy With a Twist." Well, I'm back with the same pants but in the purple and orange color scheme! After receiving the first pair and loving them so much, I decided I would spring for a second pair! The fact that they are deeply discounted also made them more appealing! I mentioned in my previous post on the red and pink pants that they were not favorably reviewed by many customers at Anthropologie. I personally love the fit of the pants and the fun colors! I suppose that when it comes to the negative reviewers on these pants, their loss is my gain.

 
I really think that these pants could be worn any time of year, which is just another reason to love them! Today, I'm pairing them with an orange cashmere sweater. I thought the orange would really play up the fact that Halloween is just a couple weeks away. I think the pants would also look great in the summertime paired a plain white tee. As you can see, the versatility of these pants also makes them a great deal! Now that I think about it, maybe I should be writing more reviews on Anthropologie's website!

 
Pants: Anthropologie here
Bag: Chanel similar purple bag
 
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cute as a Pumpkin

Halloween will be coming up in a couple weeks and this year I'm getting in the spirit of the spooky season a little early with the help of this adorable pumpkin beret! I will have to say that this is the first beret I have ever owned, not to mention the first pumpkin hat I have ever owned! To be honest, I think I might now be hooked on berets, especially ones that look like cute things like pumpkins! I decided to pair my pumpkin hat with this green sweater to bring out the green in the stem of the pumpkin. A fun fact about me is that I am obsessed with pumpkin stems when picking out pumpkins! I have to have a pumpkin with a pumpkin stem that has character!

 
I thought that this green sweater would look great with a pair of check pants. It's sort of a preppy look that pairs well with the beret. I'd like to think that the grinning Jack-O-Lantern face is just a pleasant surprise when you view the hat from the back! I definitely think it will be a fun piece to style this October!
 

 
Beret: Etsy here
Sweater: Target here
Pants: Gap similar here and here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Hotdogs at Pink's

 
I feel like this post could be about me dressing up as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween or it could be about me checking more things off my L.A. bucket list by going to Pink's Hotdogs. Because it wasn't really my intent to dress up like Rosie the Riveter, I guess I will focus on Pink's Hotdogs instead! With that being said, if you want an easy Halloween costume idea, just buy a denim jumpsuit, throw a scarf on your head and strike a pose flexing your arm and you will have a pretty easy and awesome costume for Halloween! Plus, as an added bonus, you can use the jumpsuit all year round! Because this jumpsuit from Old Navy is currently sold out, I linked to some others below that are fabulous for any occasion, Halloween included.
 
Denim Jumpsuit Options

 
So, getting back to Pink's Hotdogs, I have wanted to go to this retro hotdog stand that's been around since 1939 for the longest time! A couple of things gave me pause about visiting so I kept putting it off. One thing that I had reservations about were the crowds. I read in the reviews that you can wait for hours to get one of their hotdogs. A second thing was that many people said that the food is overpriced and not as good as it used to be. After seeing a Huell Howser show on Pink's Hotdogs, I decided I had to go. Besides, the food looked really good, at least on TV, so I decided it was now or never and I might as well bite the bullet and check it out!

 

Well, we picked a cool, overcast day for our visit to Pink's and arrived before noon. We discovered that there were no lines, although I did stop and take some photos of the awesome pink exterior and a short line did develop during that time, much to my husband's chagrin! When we sat down with our food, which consisted of chili cheese dogs and onion rings. We were pleasantly surprised that they were delicious! Yes, they are a little overpriced at around $7 a piece, but I suppose you are paying for the history, the name and access to the amazing pink wall with the Pink's logo on it! (Actually, you can take pictures here for free.) Also, now I can check another thing off of my L.A. bucket list, which always feels good!
 

 
Bag: Salvatore Ferragamo similar rainbow bag here
Headband: Anthropologie here
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Monday, October 4, 2021

Butterfly Moto Jacket at LACMA

 
Last weekend, we were on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum. Because the LACMA museum is right down the street, I thought I would take a stroll to see the Urban Light installation, which is comprised of restored street lamps from the 20s and 30s. Some might consider this installation a bit controversial because it has been argued that the idea for carefully arranging vintage street lamps was taken from another artist by the name of Sheila Klein and her work Vermonica. Additionally, the LACMA is also in the midst of a very controversial redesign of their museum that has people who love art and architecture up in arms. While I have my own opinions on these topics, because this is a fashion blog, I'm going to try to fly above the controversy by focusing on my new leather butterfly jacket instead! You all know that I love a good moto jacket and this one's unique design with the painted butterfly print made my heart flutter with delight.

 
While I do love to visit and take pictures at the Urban Light exhibit, I also find it to be one of the most annoying places for photos because everyone else loves to take photos here as well! I suppose that if one was to arrive very early before the museum opens, one would have an easier time getting nice, clean shots. Unfortunately, this place is a magnet for children playing, people with selfie sticks, and other "influencers." So, I guess that's just another reason to criticize Urban Light! Maybe next time I should checkout Vermonica instead. It will be more authentic, less controversial and less crowded!

 
Jacket: Aqua here
Tee: Target here
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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Pink and Green

 
One of my favorite color combos is pink and green! While it might be a color pairing that is more traditionally associated with spring, I think it can work anytime of year, especially if you're a color lover such as myself! So, when I got this green and white cherry blossom print top from J. Crew a couple weeks ago, I immediately thought of pairing it with pink to really make the colors pop. As you can see, I opted for a pair of pink pants and a pair of bright green suede pumps when styling the top for the first time.

 
As I mentioned before, pink and green often conjures up images of spring in people's minds. Here, in Southern California, some of the leaves are finally starting to turn brown and the weather is cooling off a little but there are still flowers everywhere, especially bougainvilleas! I love bougainvilleas and the one featured in today's post, which is located in a shopping center, is one of my favorites! I'm always checking in to see if it's in bloom with these vibrant pink flowers so that I can take photos in this location!

 
 
Top: J. Crew here
Pants: Banana Republic similar pink pants here and here
Bag: J. Crew Factory similar yellow bag here and here
 
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