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Daytime: High-Low, Printed Dress

I saw this dress at Zara on sale and knew I needed to have it. The abstract floral print and flowy, high-low hemline make it ideal for almost any occasion, day or night. I wore this outfit on Sunday to a picnic in Griffith Park. A cream, denim jacket, cheery, yellow belt and pair of mint wedge sandals made the dress casual enough for day. It was perfect for strolling through the park and sitting in the shade of big trees with friends. We sprawled out on a blanket eating sweet pastries and visiting nearby dogs.

Later this week, I am remixing the dress to show how simply it can be changed for night.

Check back on Thursday to see how a few, key accessories are all it takes to transform a look.

Printed dress: Zara, cream denim jacket: Theory (love this similar one), wedges: gifted Marco Santi via Sole Society, aviator sunglasses: gifted Chloe via Ditto, clutch: American Apparel, belt: from a Jason Wu for Target dress, gold ball studs: H&M, bracelets: Jessica Elliot (wood), Sheila Fajl (bangles) and vintage (triple strand).

Beauty note: I opted for a simple pink lip and cheek, and a loose, half braid bun (as seen in the last post) during the day.

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Chambray Shirt and Printed Shorts

I have been on a mission to get work, chores and errands done during the week, so that there is nothing left to be bothered with come the weekend. It’s always a challenge to get everything done in five days, but it is well worth it when I make it to Friday with two stress-free, fun days ahead. This weekend was exactly that – all fun. I spent quality time with my mom and younger sister (visiting from college in northern California). We had a productive craft day (many exciting DIYs to come) and an afternoon of shopping.

In the evenings, my boyfriend and I had friends over. One of the highlights was playing the celebrity game with friends. The game is a mix of taboo, charades and a memory game (aka awesome). We played guys versus girls, and quickly realized the charade part was not the guys’ strong suit. It was beyond entertaining to watch them act out difficult concepts through convoluted clues, all while steering their teammates completely off course.

In one such escapade, our friend crouched down and started shuffling back and forth like a hermit crab. He paused to look up with a silly grin on his face each time he started in a new direction. After a full minute of this, we were all in hysterics and had no idea what he was doing. His time was up and he fought off laughter to announce that he had been acting out Ashley Olsen. Apparently, crouching was meant to signal being short and the shuffling was supposed to convey that she is a twin, like “hey, it’s me here,” shuffle, shuffle, “oh, hey there is another of me.” It was incredible.

I wore this outfit during the day with flats and later at night with heels. I can’t get enough of denim/chambray shirts. They go with everything and are great for layering.  I’m equally fond of bold, yet wearable prints like the one on these shorts (also seen here in dress form).

Chambray shirt: Gap, printed shorts: H&M, heels: Zara, necklaces: DIY (will have tutorial later), bracelets: Nordstrom (cuff), vintage (triple strand), Sheila Fajl (thin bangles), studs: H&M, rings: Suzanne Felsen (moonstone/white cocktail ring), Ariel Gordon, Gorjana and XIV Karats (gold bands).

Beauty note: I am in love with sock buns! Yes, I have a real sock in my hair here. I will have a tutorial up on Friday to get this oversized, ballerina-inspired updo.

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Peplum and Printed Jeans

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This weekend came and went in a flash. With our vacation just around the corner, I tried to catch up on work, get some things for the trip and see a few friends (plus, mom for Mother’s Day). There was too much to do with too little time.

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I wore this outfit to dinner and drinks. I don’t normally go for printed jeans, especially in a skinny cut.  I usually stick to dark washes and flared styles because they are most flattering, but decided to branch out after wearing these so often. The deep blue and green tones in this watercolor print caught my eye. I’m not sure if I love them quite yet, but they are definitely growing on me.

What do you think about printed denim? Have you tried printed jeans?

Peplum top: H&M, printed jeans: Paige Denim c/o, clutch: vintage Chanel, heels: Zara, necklace: gift from best friends, bracelets: Nordstrom (cuff, similar), vintage (triple strand), leather and gold bracelet purchased in Italy years ago, Sheila Fajl (thin bangles).

Beauty note: after some practice, I have become a big fan of nail polish strips (worn here). They offer amazing designs that would be nearly impossible with regular nail art. Also, I was inspired by the goth makeup looks at the Met Gala and wore dark maroon lips all weekend.

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