Friday, November 28, 2014

Post Turkey Day

Thanksgiving came and went in a flash this year. As for the holiday feast, I was in charge of the mashed potatoes (I'm the queen of all things carb related) and that was it. In some ways it was nice not doing all the cooking for the big meal, although there is something about shopping for ingredients, prepping and cooking that helps to get you in the holiday spirit. I did, however, end up being somewhat of a "coach" in the kitchen for the family friend who decided to take on the bulk of the cooking for this year's dinner.

In terms of wardrobe, I reached way back into my closet and selected this shift dress from Anthropologie. It is quite hot here so the short sleeve silhouette was just perfect for the weather and I thought the color palette would also be just right for Thanksgiving. Finding such treasures in my wardrobe makes me think that it would be best to forgo the ritual of Black Friday shopping, which I always love. I think the mall can do without me this year.

Linking Up With:
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Dress: Anthropologie "Snowy Egret" Shift Dress
Boots: J. Crew
Clutch: Lauren Merkin 
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle" bow watch
Bracelet and Necklace: J. Crew
Tights: Simply Vera Wang 
Sunglasses: Prada

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Something Old, Something Blue

The skirt I am wearing today is nothing new; it's from one of my favorite posts from last summer, here, about Disney Hall. I tried to re-imagine the skirt for fall with a bright cobalt sweater to bring out all of the lovely blue hues featured in the skirt. To be honest, this is one of my favorite skirts (I know I say that a lot, but this time I really mean it!) due to all of the quirky architectural details and blueprints it features. I feel like I need to photograph the skirt next to some mid-century modern masterpiece to compliment it. Maybe next time.

Speaking of locations for "photo shoots", after taking pictures of this skirt at Disney Hall this summer I felt like any other backdrop would just be a big let down. The one featured here isn't too far from us, and is conveniently near our favorite Mexican restaurant. Also, due to my hours at work and daylight savings, I am always rushing to get a quick picture in before the light dissipates. As my husband quotes, "rage, rage against the dying of the light!" So yes, I will not go gentle into that good night until I get at least a few blog pics in, or in this case several... err... maybe closer to a dozen!

Skirt: Clover Canyon "Case Study" skirt similar here
Sweater: Target here
Shirt: H&M
Shoes: Forever 21 here
Bag: J. Crew "Claremont"
Necklace: J. Crew "Jeweled Quill" pendant similar here
Watch: Tissot
Bracelet: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Guest Post: Out My Front Door

Today I am featuring a guest post courtesy of Elora from Out My Front Door. She is also featuring me on her blog today so please check it out here! Below you will be introduced to her wonderful blog, her travels and her various literary and creative endeavors. Additionally, she's included her gorgeous photos of San Diego, including Balboa Park, Coronado Beach, and the San Diego Zoo for me to share with my readers. These are all some of my favorite travel destinations also, so I hope you will enjoy them too!

In a Time of Possibilities

Hi! I'm Elora. I'm so excited to be here! I run my blog Out My Front Door. I love sharing my travel adventures, my perceptions of the people, the history of different places, and most of all, telling stories. Telling good ones.

So far I've been to different places in the US, from Alabama, to California, and the Midwest. Currently I'm sharing the different things my family and I did during our Illinois trip last month, visiting places like Antique Archeology, shop outlets along the old streets of LeClaire, the banks of the Mississippi, and a historic preservation called Walnut Grove. Last year we had a family trip to San Diego, and it was a lot of fun to share all the pictures from that trip! It's a gorgeous place that will always be full of memories.

It's my dream to move myself into a position to work on a cruise line, and save up as much money as possible over a couple years and continue traveling, taking my experiences and incorporating them into my writing. I've been writing novels since I was a kid, and since then I've branched out into screenwriting. After my travels (which of course will give me the advantage of becoming familiar with other locations) I want to get into a local film school called Film Connection, try to get the screenplay I'm working on made. See what happens from there. I want the grit of the journey. I just want to see what life is like in different places—what the people are like, what their customs are, what their heritage is. What are their stories? What are their lives like?

In my interviews of other travel blogs, like Alex in Wanderland, The Great Affair, and Hippie In Heels, my readers and I get to see people through the other's experiences of others' culture, through their food, the way they dress, the way the express themselves. That is something that I always find fascinating! Everybody tells a story. Rachel from Hippie In Heels writes posts all the time about how the food, communication, and behavior is different in India (where she now lives). What their lives are like. Their apparel code is different, and she has even incorporated it's style into her own wardrobe. We're talking colorful scarves and billowy fabrics—it's stunning. India is vibrant. It has its own spectrum of colors. When we think of India I'm sure most of us just think burkas, head wraps and the Taj Mahal, but through Rachel I've been able to see more into the people there, their heritage, their customs. Their dress. She even does a series on local boutiques! My favorite series of hers has to be the This Is India one, where she shares random, interesting stories of things that have happened. India is a wild place.

One of the top places I want to see is Africa. It's been a dream since I was a child. And, with all the encouragement and shared options put out there from blogs like Nomadic Matt, Wandering Earl, The Great Affair—the more I see that there are endless possibilities to making that happen. People are doing this all the time, getting out there, backpacking around and actually meeting new people, making new friends, learning new things. They make it possible. There are so many options. Who knows where I'll be next year? Perhaps I'll even finish the obnoxious novel I'm working on. Perhaps I'll be serving people on a cruise ship. Digging my toes into the sand during a break and making a friend from one of the locals. We're all the same in the end, but the excitement is that we never know what to expect. So many possibilities.


Elora Shore can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. Her writing has been featured in various online magazines, and can be seen on Authonomy, Figment, with some published work on Amazon Kindle. She runs her own jewelry shop, Transcendence Designs, where she sells handmade jewelry inspired by different cultures and time periods. She is currently selling on Ebay.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Preppy Pooches

When fall rolls around, I always find my wardrobe taking a bit of a preppy turn. For example, lately I have been lusting over some of the selections from Brooks Brothers fall/winter line which is filled with plaids, flannels, cable knit sweaters, loafers and other such preppy staples. When I saw this adorable wool skirt featuring embroidered dogs from their Red Fleece line, I was sold. How much for those doggies on the skirt? Needless to say the whole litter of these preppy pooches came home with me, well actually I ordered this skirt online, but you know what I mean.

My only complaint? Use English Springer Spaniels instead of what I presume to be Pointers as your breed of choice next time, Brooks Brothers! William, my English Springer Spaniel is actually my ultimate preppy accessory. I'll have to feature him next time I wear this skirt!

Below, Colonel William Van Winkle The Bard of Bardstown, also known as "The Ultimate Preppy Puppy Accessory"!

Linking Up With:

Skirt: Brooks Brothers here
Shirt: J. Crew similar here
Boots: "Vintage" J. Crew, last seen here
Belt: Brooks Brothers here
Bag: J. Crew "Tartine"
Watch: kate spade "Carlyle: bow watch 
Sunglasses: Prada

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Channeling Carrie

I'm guessing that many women who are obsessed with fashion are also obsessed with the TV series Sex in the City. Aside from the jaw dropping fashion, you have to admit that the writing for the show is pretty good. I'm not afraid to admit that I am a fan and somehow end up watching the show no matter how many times I've seen an episode. My husband and I (yes, he's a fan too) even recite lines to each other from the series. In addition, I'm also a bit hooked on the prequel to the series The Carrie Diaries, which is about the teenage Carrie Bradshaw.

It came as a surprise to me that my students took note of the similarities between the way I dress and the way the younger Ms. Bradshaw dresses in The Carrie Diaries. They Googled some images of her and pointed out various articles of clothing that I own that are either the same or similar. (They are oddly perceptive about my wardrobe.) I am not sure if I should be flattered or take this as a sign that I need to start dressing my age more and maybe start watching TV shows for people my age too! Well, either way, this sweater was worn by the younger Carrie on The Carrie Diaries and the tutu skirt is an obvious reference to the older Carrie in Sex in the City. I guess I found a way to fuse the two Carries together!

Linking Up With:

Skirt: LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Skirt from Kohl's here
Sweater: J. Crew "La Parisienne"
Shirt: J. Crew "Tilda"
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" pump
Bag: Chanel Jumbo Flap
Bracelets: J. Crew Factory and Forever 21
Cocktail Ring: Tiffany Ziegfeld Collection
Watch: Tissot
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time for Tartan

I'm so excited that here in Los Angeles a string of overcast, cloudy, cool days has come our way. It doesn't feel like SoCal, rather it feels more like Seattle. I suppose it's a little strange that this type of gloomy weather makes me feel so happy since it's usually the other way around with most people. I guess it's just because it feels so exotic in this part of the country!

To be brief, I am ushering in the holiday season by wearing a little Tartan today. Both the sweatshirt and the Blackwatch tartan pants are from LOFT and both were purchased last year, however they quickly became some of my go to pieces last year and will get much love this fall and winter. It might be a little early to start breaking out the plaid, tartan and rich hunter green colors, but if they can play Christmas music already at the mall than I can start donning holiday attire!

Pants: LOFT similar here
Shoes: Forever 21 (only $18!) here
Bag: Lauren Mirken 
Watch: Tissot 
Bracelet: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"