Sunday, May 29, 2016

This Just In!

Last week, J. Crew rolled out some of their new arrivals for summer and for the first time in a while I actually loved almost everything they had to offer. In fact, I loved a few things so much that I snatched them up right away during an extra 20% off promo sale last weekend just in case they sold out, which, in the case of two of the items I purchased, actually did happen. (I guess my paranoia paid off, although not for my wallet!) One thing I used to love about J. Crew was their innovative prints that always had a little bit of a vintage vibe. So when I saw this pintucked midi skirt in morning floral print I instantly fell in love with it. Sure, I have a lot of floral prints, but I loved the colors, retro feel and longer length of this skirt, so into my shopping cart it went!

Since I wanted to get free shipping on my order, I also sprung for this linen striped T-shirt. Again, as I wrote a couple weeks ago, I most definitely don't need anymore striped shirts, but I didn't really have a blue stripe that was just this exact shade of blue, which just happens to match the skirt perfectly. So given this reasoning and the lure of free shipping, into my shopping cart it went. As you can see, I have a lot of self restraint!

Shirt: J. Crew here
Skirt: J. Crew Pintucked midi skirt in morning floral here
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bag: H&M
Sunglasses: Steve Madden
Watch: Kate Spade similar style here

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Beam Me Up to Vacation Time

It's almost Memorial Day weekend and I think everyone is looking forward to having an extra day off and some well-deserved rest and relaxation with family and friends. For me, the Memorial Day weekend always gives me just a little taste of the freedom summer vacation will afford in a few weeks. Unfortunately, the next few weeks are filled with a lot of work, stress, and grading, but on the other hand, I get a couple months off, so I really have nothing to complain about!

I wore this dress last week to a very fun wine dinner and art show. The print of the dress has sort of a tropical print that makes it perfect for the anticipation of upcoming summer months. What better place to wear it than next to a rainbow colored wall that just happens to be just down the street from my favorite restaurant where the wine dinner we went to was held. In case you were wondering about the rest of the title of my post for today, my husband said the wall reminded him of the Bob Peak poster for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, hence the phrase "beam me up" in my title. It's as if these colorful beams of light are beaming me up through space to vacation time!

Dress: Kate Spade
Sweater: J. Crew
Sandals: J. Crew
Belt: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti
Bag: J. Crew "Edie"
Sunglasses: Prada

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Downtown Stripes

Last week my husband and I took a trip to downtown Los Angeles to see a concert, but beforehand we had to get something eat. The possibilities now for food and entertainment in the downtown area seem to be growing by the day. In fact, the section we were in near Broadway felt to me more like New York than ever. In case you were wondering, we eventually settled on a quaint French place for appetizers and happy hour. Well, not only is the foodie scene growing in DTLA but so is the "wall scene". We were walking along trying to find a restaurant and I spied this striped wall from a few blocks away (I have supernatural vision when it comes to walls) in the Fashion District of the city. Once I caught a glimpse of it, I rerouted my husband and said that we had to go check it out. It turned out to not only be a good wall but it was also a perfect compliment to my striped shirt!

I've actually had this shirt from J. Crew since it first came out a couple of months ago. I have exactly one million striped shirts in my name, but this one had unique bell-shaped sleeves so I had to add it to my collection. When I purchased this shirt I was so happy to be one of the first people to have it and hopefully to feature it on my blog, but every time I tried to do some photos with it on, something always went awry. So now it's pretty much sold out online (although I think they just restocked it) and in stores and you may have seen it a million times on the blogs of others, but I am glad that I finally found the perfect backdrop for it! As I always say, good things (walls) happen to those who wait.

Shirt: J. Crew here
Pants: J. Crew here
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff here
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina"similar here
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney cat eye sunglasses

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Return to The Broad

A couple of weeks ago a group of colleagues and I went to the Broad Museum for a "field trip" after school. This was my second venture to the museum this year, which is actually the first year that the museum has been opened in its home of downtown Los Angeles. A few months ago I visited the newly opened Broad and shared some photos of my experience in a post entitled Broadening My Horizons. Since the Broad museum isn't exactly huge, I was already very familiar with the collection and artwork housed in the museum. Additionally,  I had already taken close to 100 pictures on my last visit, so I decided to challenge myself and try to take some picture of both the museum's exterior and interior artwork from different angles. Below you will see the results of my endeavors!

While the above photos represent the impressive exterior of the Broad Museum, below you will see some highlights from the interior including art by Jeff Koons (clearly intended to be among the jewels of the museum), Damien Hurst and Roy Lichtenstein. As I stated, I am trying to improve my photography skills and the Broad was a fun place to practice this. Some people definitely have a knack for figuring out just how to frame their subject matter, which comes effortlessly and intuitively to them. While I am not sure I am one of those people, I hope that through practice I will obtain a keener eye. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An Oldie, But a Goodie

Last week I was talking with my husband about our respective ages and I couldn't believe that I would be turning 35 in a few months! I had to do the math in my head just to confirm that this number was indeed correct. Where did the time go? How have I been in my 30s for just shy of five years now and how is it that I am therefore now only five years away from being 40?! The years sure do fly by in a blink of an eye, which brings me to my "blogiversary". Yes, Hello Katie Girl turns four today, which is hard to believe. It's hard to imagine that I have stuck with blogging for four years. In fact, it's hard to imagine that I started blogging at all!

Usually for my "blogiversary" I go all out and feature some of my favorite outfits or posts of the year or something reflective like that, but this year I am going to be a little lazy and just post one of my favorite skirts that happens to have been purchased the year I started blogging. In fact, I think I bought it a few weeks after I first started to blog.  I purchased this skirt from eBay and it is actually what I would classify as "vintage" Kate Spade. It's an oldie but a goodie, and although it fits a little bit more snugly on me than it did four years ago, I hope to be wearing it in another four years.

So who knows? Hopefully, next year at this time I'll make it to year five of blogging. To celebrate the big five maybe I'll do something a little more creative and special, but for today I think celebrating a favorite skirt (even though I have a lot of favorites as my regular readers must know my now), four great years of blogging, meeting many great online friends, and sharing my love of fashion and a few other randoms things will have to suffice!

Skirt: Kate Spade
Bag: Furla similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar style here
Sunglasses: Prada

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spots and Stripes

I am trying hard this year to focus on buying a few pieces each month for my wardrobe that are really special and that I am head over heels in love with instead of a bunch of stuff that is sort of generic and like everything else I own.  A couple months ago this "flag stripe" skirt was one of the above mentioned "special" purchases and has since become one of my favorite skirts, which is saying a lot because I have a trove of skirts in my collection. A month or so ago I featured this skirt on my blog in a post entitled Attack of the Giant Dots, which, like the skirt, proved to be one of my favorite posts of the year. Since the skirt is one of my favorite purchases, I wanted to find a way to feature it again on my blog. I found inspiration from another blogger who paired the skirt a dotted blouse. Loving the mash-up of stripes and dots, I created my own interpretation, which you will see below.

Stripes and dots are obviously some of my favorite patterns, so naturally it would make sense to throw them together. Since the stripes are very large and the dots small, the pairing seems to work. I also added my own touches to this inspired look with the addition of a gold handbag and my new favorite Stella McCartney sunglasses in a vibrant hue of turquoise.

Since my look above is inspired by others, I am offering some of my favorite items for spring that are all inspired by my own look of stripes and dots. Below you will see some selections for spring of colorful stripes and dots, both big and small.

Skirt: Kate Spade here
Blouse: Forever 21 similar here
Bag: Kate Spade similar gold kate spade style
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple Pumps similar here
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney here
Watch: Kate Spade here