Monday, October 12, 2015

A Sale to Go Wild For: Shopbop Friends and Family Sale

I always go wild whenever my favorite retailers offer their friends and family sales. Who doesn't love to save on both sale and full priced items alike? I'm excited to announce that is offering a friends and family promotion this week. From Tuesday 10/13 to Thursday 10/15 you can save an extra 25% on most items on their website with the code INTHEFAM25. It's a great way to update your wardrobe for fall or splurge on that one special item you've been on the fence about.

I'm already plotting which items I'm going to buy from the sale because many of my favorite designers are featured on Shopbop's website, including  Clare V. who makes some of the most adorable clutches and bags you'll ever see right here in my hometown of Los Angeles. This Clare V. leopard clutch is in regular rotation in my wardrobe and, I think, a wonderful staple for anyone who wants to add just a touch of leopard to their wardrobe. Since this clutch is already in my closet, my only dilemma is to figure out which clutch I am going to add to my collection next!

Below you will see some of my other picks from Shopbop's friends and family sale. As I said before, the sale offers a great way to stock up on some classic pieces for fall like my leopard clutch.

1. Marc Jacobs watch, 2. Clare V. satchel, 3. Illesteva leopard sunglasses,
4. Clare V. fold over clutch, 5. Cambridge Satchel bag, 6. Clare V. flat clutch,
7. Casadei flats, 8. Rebecca Minkoff jumbo bag, 9. Loeffler Randall lace up flats

Skirt: LOFT "Bedrock" skirt
Sweater and top: H&M
Bag: Clare V. Supreme Fold Over Clutch
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Sunglasses: Prada

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Not Your Average Planetarium

Do you remember taking field trips to the planetarium when you were a child? I remember going on school field trips on several occasions and maybe it was because I loved science or maybe it was just because it was dark and a pleasant distraction from schoolwork, but I always loved the experience. The Griffith Observatory is basically the "mother" of all planetariums and it sure did make whatever one I went to as a kid look like, well to put it in astronomy terms, a dwarf planet!

Visiting the Griffith Observatory has been on my to do list for quite some time now. Although I hate to say it, the experience was a little dampened by the massive crowds of people, many armed with selfie sticks, everywhere. How narcissistic is it of some people to just want to take pictures of themselves wherever they go?  (Says the hypocritical blogger who made her husband take a bunch of pictures of her at this very location!) 

Below you will find some of my favorite pictures of the Griffith Observatory, just in case you can't see it for yourself or if you just don't want to deal with swarming crowds of people. It was fun to look at the Art Deco architecture of the building and to imagine Jim Stark and Plato from Rebel Without a Cause contemplating "man alone" in the dark of the planetarium. How much more fun would your school field trip to the planetarium have been if those two were along for the trip?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Make it Twirl

I have a lengthy to do list of places to see around the Los Angles area. Some of the places are obscure, while others are iconic. The photos below were taken at one of the more iconic sights on my list. If you are familiar with the L.A. area or if you are familiar with a famous movie with James Dean and Natalie Wood, then you probably recognize the location, which I plan to reveal in my post for Friday. (I like to keep my readers in suspense!)

In the meantime, let me talk briefly about checking things off of my fashion wish list. The "Fluttered Fete" midi skirt from Anthropologie is a definite jaw dropper. I knew I wanted it immediately when I saw it in the store's catalog and put it at the top of my wish list for fall. Despite being anxious to get this skirt in my closet ASAP, I strategically waited for a promo event from Anthro. It was well worth the wait, as this skirt is definitely more beautiful in person than it is in pictures. It's so beautiful that I couldn't help but to do a little twirl/dance in the last picture!

Skirt: Anthropologie Fluttered Fete Midi Skirt here
Shirt: Target similar here
Shoes: BCBG similar here
Bag: Chanel Jumbo Flap budget friendly option here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" round sunglasses here
Watch: Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso

Sunday, October 4, 2015

There's Always a Silver Lining

I like to think of myself as an optimist who always sees the glass as half full or realizes that with every bad thing that occurs in life there is a silver lining, but as we all know having a positive outlook is easier said than done. A few years ago my husband and I returned home to find that someone burglarized our house and stole several of my expensive handbags, along with other items. The optimistic side of me was thankful that it wasn't worse, but I was also devastated and very angry.

Among my handbags stolen was this silver Prada Car clutch that features a vintage car. I knew this item was somewhat rare and couldn't be replaced easily, which added to my anger. The rarity of the bag, however, actually led to catching the thief who broke into our home. After visiting a dozen pawn shops with no luck, I turned to scouring the Internet for my lost bags. Magically, this clutch, along with a Prada tote that had also been stolen, popped up one evening on a website that sells preowned luxury goods. The bad news was that the car clutch was already sold when I found it on the website. Anyway, to make a long story short, thanks to my detective work and the help of an actual detective from the police department, we caught the criminals who did this and got many of our items back, with the exception of this bag and a few other items. Eventually, via the criminal justice system and a plea bargain, we were financially compensated by the criminals' families for the goods that were not returned. All things considered, this robbery could have ended up far worse.

Last month, I finally found a Prada car clutch in new condition for sale online. While it's not my actual bag that was stolen (I can tell by the stitching, which is unique to each bag since they are all handmade), it's as close as one could get. Now I finally feel as if my bag collection is now complete again. To be honest, however, there will always be new bags that I covet!

This particular Prada car clutch design came in two different colors, silver and green, but silver is my favorite. As you can see, I've paired it with some other silver accessories. I've always preferred silver to gold, and while gold watches and costume jewelry may have taken the fashion world by storm in the last decade or so, silver, in my opinion, is a little bit more understated compared to the flashiness of gold. Still, that doesn't mean you can't still make a bold statement by wearing some silver accessories like I'm showcasing today. While my silver clutch from Prada is no longer available and difficult to find preowned, below you will find some of my other picks if you want to add a little silver to your wardrobe in the form of fun accessories.

Skirt: J. Crew same style in black and white stripe here
Tee: Madewell similar here
Shoes: J. Crew "Lillian Wedges" in Mirror similar here
Belt: kate spade similar here
Bag: Prada Car Clutch
Sunglasses: Prada here

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blocking in the Color

Color blocking is one trend that I hope never fades away. Who doesn't love big swaths of bold color? Be it in an outfit or a colorful wall in the background, or perhaps in both, color is definitely one of the distinguishing hallmarks of my wardrobe and the photos for my blog. Getting back to color blocking, the trick is figuring out which colors really pop together. Today I decided on two traditionally tranquil colors: blue and green. While these colors might not normally stand out in their own right, when paired together with the addition of some bright accessories, they can really make a statement.

In regard to accessories, I opted for this bright yellow belt with jeweled accents and shoes that are also color blocked. To top it off, why not a little leopard? The pattern on my blouse, if you examine it closely, isn't actually polka dots, but a vaguely leopard like spots. As you can see, while it's a lot of color and a lot of pattern, thematically it seems to all tie in together!

Shirt: Forever 21 similar here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory no. 2 pencil skirt similar here
Shoes: J. Crew
Belt: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
Clutch: Clare V. Leopard fold over clutch here
Sunglasses: Prada here

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September in an Instant

It's only fitting that all of the "cool kids" are joining Snap Chat (I'm still fuzzy on what that is) and I just joined Instagram this August. Again, better late than never. I actually have been on Instagram for a while, but I just recently started an account that is affiliated with my blog @Hellokatiegirlblog. I am definitely finding that Instagram is a fun way to combine my love of fashion with my travels around L.A. and other interests of mine. Below you will find some of my favorite pics from September, which can be divided neatly into three categories: shoe pics, outfit pics, and travels around Los Angeles.

J. Crew Factory Shiny Ponies 

New Balance Sneakers 

More Shiny Ponies, plus Marilyn 

J. Crew Crossover Pencil Skirt in Plumeria Jacquard here

LOFT Striped Dress similar here

J. Crew Factory Pencil Skirt similar here

Palm Trees in Huntington Beach 

The Carousel at the Los Angeles County Fair

"To Live and Dine in L.A." exhibit at the City of Los Angeles Public Library