Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hot Air

I love anything that has a whimsical or quirky print, so when I spotted this blouse adorned with hot air balloons from Zara last month there was no debate about whether I should purchase it or not. Although I've never been in a hot air balloon, I do have nice memories of them. For example, when I was growing up I lived in upstate New York, we would constantly see hot air balloons floating over our house. This was quite beautiful, but also very disturbing to our golden retriever who would bark incessantly at them. Well, it's always nice to find an article of clothing that is both whimsical and allows you to take a hot air balloon ride down memory lane!

Although I was decisive about the shirt, I was a little indecisive about the skirt I am wearing in today's post. I knew that I loved this midi skirt from J. Crew when it popped back up on their website, however, it was only available in a petite size and at 5'9" I am definitely not petite! I went back and forth for a little while about purchasing it, especially since it was final sale, but ultimately pulled the trigger, figuring that the length wouldn't be that much different. When the skirt arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised that its length, although shorter, was actually just about perfect. To be honest, I have bought petite sizes before when I was in a crunch for something I really wanted, and it seems to usually work out. 

Shirt: Zara  here
Skirt: J. Crew
Belt: Brooks Brothers
Shoes: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Prada
Clutch: Clare V.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shirting Details

As you know, I love a good wall and this one in Pasadena is definitely one of my favorites. It's quite expansive and has just about every color imaginable in it, so no matter what you're wearing , you'll find a portion of the wall that matches your ensemble just perfectly! I discovered this wall last winter and it was sort of a little known gem tucked away behind an art school in the city. Now it seems as if the wall has really caught on because when my husband and I arrived there was a trio of ladies taking multiple photos of each other in front of its rainbow-laden splendor. Could this become the next Paul Smith wall? Who knows?

In addition to a good wall, I also love a good fitted shirt. I have more menswear inspired long sleeve shirts than I can count, but this one from SheIn is unique insofar as it is short sleeved but has a tie around waist that looks like the sleeves of a shirt that you can tie into an adorable bow. Many of you have been inquiring about the fit from SheIn and this top, along with others I've purchased from the company is a medium. This shirt was just a little loose on me, but the fact that it ties around the waist allows for you to make it look a little more tailored.

I usually have a lot of patterns on, but with this relatively simple outfit it was the perfect opportunity to try out some funky footwear. Last year I bought these Abstract Kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia and, to be honest, as much as I love them I don't wear them that often. This is actually a good thing because between the velvet fabric and the light color, they are an east target for getting soiled. I am glad, however, that I wore them today because they matched the wall perfectly!

Shirt: c/o SheIn here similar styles here
Jeans: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia abstract kitty flats
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Alma in "Citron"

Oh...and after a lot of practice and a lot of epic fails, I think I finally perfected my "jump" shot. Practice makes perfect!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Psychedelic Pattern Mixing

Happy first day of autumn! I suppose it's time to officially put away some of the brighter colors in my summer wardrobe, such as this floral print top, but over the last week or so in Los Angeles it's been around 100 degrees everyday. As you can see, I'm still in summer mode! For this floral top that I think has sort of a 60s or 70s psychedelic vibe to it, I decided to pattern mix with a black and white striped skirt. Admittedly, I have too many striped skirts, but the various lengths, styles and width of the stripes make them all different in my opinion. (This, however, is not a convincing argument to my husband!) Getting back to the pattern mixing, probably one of the easiest formulas to follow for a simple mixing of patterns is to pair a floral top with a striped skirt. The trick is getting the right proportions and balance. See, hubby, that's why it's important to have a variety of striped skirts to choose from...and having a variety of floral tops doesn't hurt either!

Skirt: Banana Republic similar here
Top: H&M similar here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Marley in Pistache
Sunglasses: Prada here

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Going Round and Round

I've been absolutely obsessed with round bags lately, even though my husband says they look either like canteens if they are small or hatboxes if they are large. Despite my husband's criticisms, the dilemma for me wasn't deciding whether or not to get one but rather which one to get. I finally decided to opt for this black one from Clare V., which is one of my favorite brands because of their fantastic designs and their commitment to making their products in the USA for relatively affordable prices.

The bag below is called the petite "Alistair" bag and it also comes in a larger size, which I contemplated getting. (I still might, but in a different color.) This bag fits all of my belongings and can be worn crossbody, so what more could one ask for? Since the two black bags that I currently own are somewhat dressy and not exactly cheap, this one is perfect because it can be worn casually like how I am wearing it today. I suppose it could be worn if you're somewhat dressed up too. Although I am head over heels in love with this new bag, I've also included a selection of a few other circular bags below. Most likely I'll be adding one or more to my collection in the future!

Skirt: Anthropologie
Shell: Banana Republic scallop shell here
Bag: Clare V. petite "Alistair" here and here
Shoes: BCBG similar here
Necklace and bracelet: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada here

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Swatch of Lipstick

I've always had a love affair with watches. In fact, I even remember my first watch that my parents bought me when I had mastered the "art" of learning time: it was a red, rubber, child's Swatch. As an adult, I've returned to the Swatch Group as a company for many of my watches and Swatch as a brand that I can count on to make fun, quirky timepieces. (My favorite Swatch brand watch is actually called the "Bunny Sutra" that has a rather unique complication on it! I won't reveal it here, but you can research it on your own!) Anyway, imagine my delight when a friend told me that Swatch is now making sunglasses. When I saw the sunglasses online, I loved them so much that I ran out and bought a pair shortly after perusing their website.

Today I am wearing the Swatch sunglasses that I bought last month. There are a lot of things to love about Swatch's line of sunglasses. First and foremost are the insanely fun patterns and colors of the line. Perhaps more importantly, however, is that the front of the sunglasses are interchangeable so you can buy one pair and then swap out the front with a different pattern and color in seconds while retaining the original temples. It allows one endless possibilities, which is great for someone as indecisive as myself.

The other thing that I love to change up on a day to day basis is my lipstick. Last month was #Nationalliptstick day (there is seriously a national day for everything now!). I had fun posting my collection of lipstick on Instagram. So as someone who has recently come to love lipstick, this trapeze/swing top from Anthropologie definitely caught my attention. Unfortunately, I missed out on it in stores, so I was delighted when I was able to score it for a song on eBay. Below I have featured some other lipstick patterned blouses that are perfect for fall.

Shirt: Anthropologie similar lipstick tops here, here, and here
Pants: J. Crew "Martie" here
Shoes: J. Crew similar here
Bag: Coach similar pink bag here
Sunglasses: Swatch here

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brushstrokes of Fall

It's that awkward time of the year again here in Los Angeles where it's technically almost fall, but it still feels like summer in terms of temperature. This time of the year makes getting dressed perplexing! That, coupled with the fact that school is in full swing, which results in planning my wardrobe taking a backseat to a lot of other things, makes getting dressed in the morning not quite as fun as it was a couple months before. So that's why it's great when companies like J. Crew come out with patterns like this brushstroke print that makes getting dressed a cinch and quite fun. The print of this lightweight silk material is perfect for fall because of the autumnal color scheme, yet it's still bright and fun like summer. Plus, I feel like the pattern goes with everything, so it makes wardrobe planning as easy as 1, 2, 3! I just recently purchased the skirt version of this print, so that will be coming soon on the blog!

In addition to my top being new, so are my pants. Every year I usually go through my pants and get rid of the ones that don't fit or are worn out and replace them with a couple of new styles. I really wanted some great slim fitting pants in different colors, so these "pixie" pants from Old Navy were perfect. As a bonus, they were cheap! The only problem with the pants is that I literally take about 4 different sizes depending on the style at Old Navy, so trying them on in-store is a must! I actually tried them on in-store, found the correct fit, and then bought them online when they went on sale. I guess I am still putting a lot of time and effort into my wardrobe!

Shirt: J. Crew here
Pants: Old Navy "Pixie" here
Shoes: J. Crew similar leopard style
Bag: J. Crew Edie
Sunglasses: Prada here

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Taking it to the Max

I don't have a lot of maxi length skirts in my closet, as midi is my length of choice, however if one has a fabulous print then I am willing to give a longer length a try. So when I saw this maxi with an over the top dramatic floral print on it, I knew I had to snatch it up. This maxi length skirt, which is from Make Me Chic, looks and feels expensive with its thick scuba fabric, however it's priced under $25. Finding things at reasonable price points also makes trying something new more appealing as well!

My styling of this skirt is very similar to the outfit I wore in my The Writing is One the Wall post. I basically followed the same formula of wearing my Zara black and white gingham blouse with an abstract floral print skirt. Now that I think about it, the sunnies and shoes are the same too! However, as I always say, if it's not broke, don't fix it. That mantra can be applied to almost anything in life, including fashion formulas.

Skirt: c/o Make Me Chic here
Blouse: Zara
Bag: Gucci here
Sandals: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Prada here