Thursday, May 28, 2015

Waxing Philosophical on Jacarandas

Jacarandas are a very divisive tree here in Los Angeles. Some people here love them because they are exotic, beautiful and, in my opinion, just the perfect shade of purple. (I think you can already see where I stand on the debate.) Other, more practical people, such as my husband, hate them because they leave their sticky petals all over, clogging up pool filters and leaving a mess on sidewalks and cars that is nearly impossible to remove.

Where you stand on the debate seems to not just show your preference about trees, but rather, how you view the world around you. Do you want to enjoy the moment and take in the beauty of life, even if it means being oblivious to practical concerns? Or do you want to be realistic and pragmatic and in doing so eschew the joy in the world that surrounds you? In other words, are you a romantic or a realist? How you feel about these trees seems to put you in one category or the other. As you can tell, my husband and I are caught on two opposite sides of the spectrum, but as they say, opposites attract.

Being in the pro-jacaranda camp since I moved out here, my devotion to the tree was further solidified when Huell Howser did his final episode of California's Gold on the Jacarandas. I have to admit, this episode brings a tear to my eye every time I see it and it takes a lot to make me cry. Among other things that will pull on your heart strings, the episode features a blind woman who, when formerly sighted, loved these trees and, despite loosing her sight, walks regularly down a street lined with jacarandas to feel close to them.

This Huell Howser episode also features a minister who stated something along the lines of "you can live life like everything is a miracle or you can live life thinking everything is a nuisance". While I don't always live life thinking that everything is a miracle, it's not bad advice and, as I stated earlier, it appeals to my more romantic sensibilities. In that spirit, last weekend when my husband and I happened upon a street lined with jacarandas in Pasadena, we pulled over to stop and took a few minutes to enjoy the splendor and beauty of these majestic trees. On the other hand, we also made sure to park our car far way from the trees, which maybe just goes to show that there is a middle ground for everything. For example, in marriage, compromise is most certainly the key to success and apparently also with enjoying these Jacarandas, so with out further ado, enjoy the rest of my jacaranda photos!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spots and the City

I'd like to openly thank kate spade for the company's strict return policies. If it were not for these policies, I would not have this awesome skirt featuring a cityscape inspired by New York. You see, when I purchased this skirt a few years ago, I thought it was a tad too snug around the waist, although, in truth, I just didn't really like high-waisted skirts at the time. I went to return it and they said it was ineligible for a return since it was on sale and marked off more than fifty percent. So, instead of putting up a fuss, I decided to make it work. Over time, I came to love skirts that are more defined in the waist and how can you not love the print?

Even though the skirt is "old", the shirt I am wearing, with spots that are vaguely reminiscent of a Dalmatian, is new from Forever 21. I loved this shirt and its fluttery sleeves so much I also purchased it in blue. Kate spade features some similar items currently, but this one just happened to be a much better price!

Skirt: kate spade
Shirt: Forever 21 Dotted Tulip-Sleeve Blouse Here
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden
Bag: Vince Camuto "Louise" Clutch Here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking up With: Style Me Wednesday
A Labour of Fashion, Fashion Files and Throw Back Thursday
Fun Fashion Friday 

Monday, May 25, 2015


I first spied this skirt on the cover of a magazine when I was in the checkout line at the grocery store. While trying to put all of my items on the conveyor belt, I frantically flipped through the pages to see who it was by and where to buy it. After I found out it was from Plenty by Tracy Reese (who has actually been one of my favorite designers since college) I tracked it down on her website, only to find that it was sold out. I had a feeling this would be the case. Who wouldn't want a skirt with a cool geometric print in a Crayola box of colors?

So imagine my delight when browsing through the "new arrival" section of Anthropologie and finding the same skirt, dubbed the Geoprism skirt. I snatched it up right before it sold out during the Anthro Mother's Day sale with an extra 20% off. This is one of those pieces that pleasantly surprises you when you get it in the mail and discover that it's even more beautiful in person. Now the only problem is deciding what to wear with it because the colors lend themselves to so many options!

Skirt: Anthropologie/Plenty by Tracy Reese "Geoprism" Here
Shirt: J. Crew
Shoes: Marshalls Similar Here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Marly BB in Pistache
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle" bow watch
Bracelets: J. Crew Factory and Forever 21

Linking Up With: Turning Heads 
The Wednesday Pants and  Trend Spin

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Topping it Off

The last couple of posts have found me donning a jacket, which is unusual for me in the spring. Usually the temperature here starts making its way up to summer worthy records this time of the year, but this spring is more mild than any I can remember in Southern California. Given this, I didn't think I would get much use out of this stripe "topper" (as they call it) from Nordstom until next winter, but it's actually come in handy. The weight of the jacket is light, which some might take issue with, but it's just perfect to throw over for protection from blustery winds and cooler temps in the morning and evening. (It should be noted that I am more prone to getting cold than others, although in all fairness, I have seen many Angelenos in flannel parkas and overcoats the last few weeks!)

Underneath my topper/coat I am wearing somewhat of a deco inspired print top and, of all things, a white pleated pleather skirt. I never thought I would see the day when I would wear white pleather; it sounds like something a groupy in a White Snake video would wear, but, on the contrary, it is quite chic! I instantly fell in love with the skirt at Zara when I tried it on. The only drawback is that it is prone to some creasing due to the pleats and material.  However, I have never been one for practical clothing, or practical anything for that matter!

Topper/Coat: Halogen/Nordstrom Here
Shirt: J. Crew Retro Floral Popover
Skirt: Zara Here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" 70mm pump
Bag: Channel Jumbo Flap
Necklace: Banana Republic Here
Watch: Breguet
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking Up With: Shoe and TellStill Being Molly, and How I Spring

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tassel Hassle

I have a confession: somehow over the last few months I have purchased three tassel style necklaces. I am not sure what possessed me to do so, it just seemed like something different and a little retro. My mom went through a phase a while back when I was in middle school or high school where she became obsessed with decorative tassels for our home. She would use them to adorn curtains, the knobs of curio cabinets and any other thing that you could hang something off of. My dad and I would always make fun of her for this, but now perhaps I get their appeal! I am just going through my "Tassel Days".

Did my husband comment on the tassel I am wearing today as I was getting dressed? Well, of course! Especially when he saw the $24.95 price tag from LOFT, of which I paid a mere fraction. In his defense, it's not the most practical piece of jewelry; I got it stuck in the zipper of my bag, but that's mainly due to me being a klutz.

Skirt: Boden "Grace" Skirt Here
Sweater: J. Crew "Tippi"
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina" Mirror Pumps
Bag: J. Crew "Edie" in Hyacinth
Tassel Necklace: LOFT Here

Monday, May 18, 2015

Three Years, Three Posts

Hello Katie Girl turns three today and I decided to commemorate the occasion by picking my three favorite posts from three years of blogging. Although this post is dedicated to looking back at the past, I chose the first photo below because I think it represents, more importantly, me looking forward to the future and presumably contemplating: Where will Hello Katie go next? While I try to figure that out (honestly I have no idea), enjoy my three favorite posts! It was hard to choose just three (and as you will see it's actually four), but the one thing I did find was that all of the posts I selected or considered selecting, had not only something to do with fashion, but are also places that I love.

#3.5 The Standard (I know, technically this is 4 posts, but I couldn't choose)

#1 Knee Deep in Neon (The Neon Museum in Las Vegas)