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One of Those Days

 

 

You know those special days where you have an extra pep in your new shoe step? The days where you think, I really got it right today. It’s amazing how much of an effect clothes can have on my confidence (ideal for a day of  back-to-back meetings). I’m having one of those days thanks to a few sale purchases from J.Crew (sweater and shoes) and an oldie, but goodie from Nordstrom (denim skirt). What’s better than a new pair of (striped, ankle tie wedge) shoes and (slinky peach) a sweater?

An antique ring from my grandmother is just enough bling for an otherwise preppy look.

I don’t normally post Instagram photos on here, but today started off on an exceptional note. For more outfits of the day and other snapshots, follow me here. Happy hump day! xx

 

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Nighttime: High-Low, Printed Dress

I wore this dress during the day (seen here) and changed it up in a few short minutes to wear later that night for dinner and drinks with friends. The vintage Azzedine Alaia heels won and I paired them with a few other dressy accessories like a delicate gold bag, chunky bracelets and a cocktail ring.

I like to keep nighttime looks simple – and a little sexy. A good pair of heels, dress and clutch is all you really need. I took off the casual belt and denim jacket, and opted for a motorcycle leather jacket instead (it gets surprisingly chilly at night and we usually try to take advantage of outdoor places). With minimal layers and accessories, the dress’ sheer overlay, asymmetrical hemline and sheer back panel standout.

Printed dress: Zara, leather jacket: Nordstrom (love this one currently on sale), heels: vintage Azzedine Alaia, bag: vintage Chanel, bracelets: Nordstrom (cuff), Sheila Fajl (bangles) and vintage (triple strand), rings: Suzanne Felsen (cocktail), Gorjana, XIV Karats and Ariel Gordon (bands).

Beauty note: To easily transition my beauty look for night, I pulled out the half braids (here) and went for a loose wave instead. On lips, I applied a brighter, bolder pink-red shade.

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Small Wonders: Downtown L.A.

A few weeks ago some of my closest friends and I got together in downtown L.A. to celebrate a birthday (happy belated birthday Caitlin!). Even though downtown is only 15 minutes away, my boyfriend and I rarely go. A birthday dinner was the perfect excuse to head east. In the last five to 10 years downtown has had a serious resurgence, bringing cool new restaurants and bars thanks to new building and business projects like the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

These spots tucked away among the center’s rich 1920s history and beautiful art deco buildings (love the Biltmore Hotel), make downtown one of my favorite places to visit. We moseyed around admiring the modern skyscrapers mixed in with charming deco buildings. Then, we went to Industriel, a new, French, farm to fork restaurant. The evening  reminded me how much downtown has to offer and that we should make the trip more often.

A glimpse of the restaurant’s rustic and quirky decor.

Group shot at the restaurant (minus two). I’m wearing a Nordstrom dress and H&M blazer. Also, note the birthday girl’s ribbon (far right), it was a DIY using card stock, ribbon and paint.

We just got back from a camping trip. I’ll have a new outfit post from our weekend getaway tomorrow. What did you do this weekend, anything out of the norm?

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Melon, Floral and Sunshine

My boyfriend and I hosted a friend visiting from Florida this weekend. He is considering moving to L.A., so we wanted to give him an idea of how great living here can be. His visit gave us a reason to check out a few new places and do some of the things we never seem to fit in during a normal weekend. Breaking out of the usual routine was refreshing and exciting.

We visited some amazing bars and restaurants. Since the weather was perfect – clear, sunny and warm, we chose places with ample outdoor seating (The Churchill, Chateau Marmont and Palihouse). We went out dancing in Hollywood, and spent all of Saturday afternoon lazing by a pool in the Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately, I was reminded of how harsh a day’s worth of sun can be despite sunscreen (parts of my skin look and feel like a lobster’s shell). Other than the sunburns, everything fell into place perfectly with very little planning.

I wear some variation of this outfit (a blouse and flirty skirt) at least a few times a week. It’s perfect for work, professional enough, while still being comfortable and effortless looking. The simple stack of bracelets, gemmy bib necklace and embellished kitten heels are just enough of a statement.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Any highlights?

Silk blouse: Equipment (on sale now), floral skirt: Nordstrom, studded heels: Nine West, necklace: F21 (only $15!), bag: vintage Chanel, bracelets: Jessica Elliot.

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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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