Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White and Cruise

While I am not going on a cruise this 4th of July, I am going to be carrying around this adorable, nautical cruise ship clutch from kate spade that is just perfect for the holiday. I bought this clutch a couple years ago and although I wear it very infrequently (it's pretty impractical, given its size) for certain occasions, like July 4th or being on a ship, it's just perfect!

To compliment my whimsical ship clutch, I am wearing something a little vintage inspired. A few weeks ago Zara put most of their spring line on sale. I'll be honest: there were quite a few pieces that I wanted to order, but I was good and picked out just two skirts, this being one of them. I love the print, and just like my clutch, the color scheme makes it perfect to celebrate this patriotic holiday!

Skirt: Zara here
Tee: H&M
Bag: kate spade "All Aboard" ship clutch
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina"
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle"
Bracelet: J. Crew Factory

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On the Playground: Monster Park

Even though Vincent Lugo Park, aka "Monster Park" in San Gabriel is a place I've traveled to before, I still marked it on my summer "to do list". One of the reasons was to take some photos, which I neglected to do the first time around. Second of all, how can you resist the whimsical charm of this playful host of monsters and sea creatures? Sure this park is meant for kids, and to be certain there were plenty of them the day I visited, but grownups can have fun enjoying the sculptures here as wellI certainly did!

Because I am a kid at heart (a euphemism for "immature"?) I threw on some childish, fun accessories, like my kate spade pencil necklace. The bunny charm on my bag also offers an air of whimsy. And then there is the colorlots, and lots of color! Color is perhaps the ultimate hallmark of youthful enthusiasm.

Below you will find some of the sculptures located in the park. This particular section is known as the La Laguna area of Vincent Lugo Park. For a quick history lesson, these sculptures were created and added to the park in 1965. Benjamin Dominguez and his two sons crafted the statues from colored concrete and they have stood smiling at visitors ever since. In 2005, plans to renovate the park called for the removal of these colorful creatures from their natural habitat. Luckily, residents banded together and fought to save the sculptures. Since then many of the sculptures have been restored and repainted, although unfortunately they have been marred in some places by graffiti.

I hope you enjoyed my journey through this unreal realm of creatures and monsters. It truly is a hidden, yet jubilant gem in the quirky and offbeat history of Los Angeles!

Dress: kate spade "Nico" dress
Shoes: J. Crew
Bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Tote
Bunny Charm: Prada 
Necklace: kate spade 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yellow and Blue

Certain color palettes become rather addictive. Take, for example, blue and yellow. For summer, the two colors paired together are instantly bright, chic and refreshing. When I saw a similar outfit with similar pieces (a blue floral top and striped yellow skirt) on another blog, I knew I wanted to give my own interpretation a try. I think it turned out pretty well, but how can you go wrong with blue and yellow? It's always an instant win!

Speaking of color palettes and matching things together, this leopard bag from Clare V. has become my go to bag when I don't think any other colors in my bag collection will work with what I have on. For example, with today's ensemble I decided that using a yellow or blue bag would be just too much of the same colors. I contemplated brown, but that seemed kind of boring, so the leopard won by default. I am staring to really buy into the idea of leopard as a neutral, although it may sound absurd!

Shirt: Zara
Skirt: kate spade "Barry" similar here
Bag: Clare V. Leopard Supreme Foldover clutch here
Shoes: J. Crew "Lillian" Wedges in Mirror similar here
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking Up With: How I SummerLet it ShineShoe and Tell
 Turning Heads, Confident Twosday, and Trend Spin

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lucky Green

Sometimes certain articles of clothing just have that "wow" factor due to an outstanding print or cut. To me, this kate spade "Lorella" skirt in what the company describes as "Lucky Green" certainly has an "it" factor due to both the cut and print. I am a sucker for an outstanding floral print, and this one certainly fits the bill. Plus, the skirt is full and dramatica silhouette that I also can't seem to resist.

The only problem with such a perfect skirt is that I wanted to save it for either the perfect occasion or the perfect location to photograph on my blog. I decided on this mid-century modern backdrop in Pasadena, which actually is of historical significance. I did a little research and found out that it used to be the Stuart Pharmaceutical Building designed by architect, Edward Durell Stone in the 1950s. It is even on the national registry of historic buildings. Now it has been renovated into an upscale condo complex and a theater. So it turns out that my perfect skirt did find a perfect, not to mention significant, backdrop after all.

Skirt: kate spade "Lorella" in Lucky Green here
Shirt: J. Crew
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" Pumps
Bag: J. Crew Envelope Clutch
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking Up With: Flashback Fashion FridayPassion for Fashion

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Abstract Fronds

First off, I would like to thank the hair salon one block over from my favorite Orange County shabu shabu restaurant for having a building, not to mention landscaping, that perfectly matched my outfit today! I was seriously not expecting that, I swear! However, I love it when an outfit and a background come together in perfect harmony!

Second, my inspiration from this skirt came from the Instagram account Somehow I ended up subscribing to it and it has been addictive ever since. If you don't already know about it, the account features bloggers, but they deviously don't tell you any of the details of the outfits featured unless you "Like" the photo. "Liking" the photo then sends an email "straight to your inbox" with all the relevant details of where each piece of the blogger's outfit can be found. I occasionally see things I like, such as this skirt, which I thought was going to be much more expensive than it was. It turns out that it was from Forever 21 and that meant it was cheap, cheap, cheap, which is always a plus. Also, the scuba-like fabric of the skirt was perfect for shabu shabu today, because you can easily just wipe up anything that splashes or spills.  All in all it was a win, win situation!

Skirt: Forever 21: Abstract Frond Print here
Shirt: J. Crew
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina" in Mirror similar here and here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Marly bb in "Pistache"
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking Up With: Throw Back ThursdayThursday Fashion Files
 Thursday Favorites and Fun Fashion Friday