Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sequins and Shadows

A few posts back, I described the horror of my husband upon finding five packages from J. Crew strewn about our front porch. In the last couple of posts I've been wearing the contents of these infamous packages, such as today's striped sweater and sequined skirt. I tried to console my husband about the influx of packages by reassuring him that the contents of each was under $30 (which was mostly true) but this did little to assuage his anxiety. Purchased at 50 percent off the sale price, the skirt and sweater I'm sporting were both excellent deals. Do I need another sequin skirt or striped sweater? Probably not, but who cares? (Well, I mean besides my husband!)

Just a quick note regarding the background of today's photos: I thought that this location, which my husband and I accidentally discovered after brunch one Sunday morning, was known only to us. I cataloged this place in my brain as "a good place to take photos in the future" with the intent to return at some point. It's actually some sort of barn down a back alley in the old town area of a small suburb here in Los Angeles, so it's not a place that most people would go, let alone seek out for pictures. When we arrived at the location for a second time, however, there was a mother, her young daughter, and a professional photographer taking photos here! Seriously! So I ended up competing with a 7 year old (blogger in training?) to take pictures against this old barn!

Sweater: J. Crew here
Skirt: J. Crew here
Shoes: Pink Studio/Anthropologie similar
Bag: Clare V.  here
Sunglasses: Prada here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Road to Nowhere

Los Angeles is filled with many scenic places, some gorgeous architecture and, last but not least, incredibly decorated, colorful walls, all of which provide for some great opportunities to take photos for my blog. Sometimes I plan ahead and actively seek these locations out for a photo shoot, but sometimes, if I'm lucky, I just happen upon them. I was delighted this week when my husband and I ventured a little bit off the beaten path headed nowhere in particular and discovered a nice new restaurant that, lo and behold, had one of its exterior walls in the rear painted with a gorgeous, colorful mural. Plus, it matched my outfit, so it was a win-win situation all around! What could be better than colorful walls and good food? This just goes to show that the road to nowhere might actually lead somewhere!

Sweater: J. Crew here
Pants: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew "Mona" similar here
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff "Sofia" here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" here

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pick Me to Be Your Valentine!

I'm a little geeky when it comes to holidays and dressing up with a holiday appropriate "theme" in mind. The fact that I've already planned out a few outfits for Valentine's Day is proof of this. But let's face it: it's always fun to put a little extra emphasis on red, pink, roses and, of course, hearts to celebrate during the month of February. While I have a few standby Valentine's Day favorites, such as my heart-print sweater (I actually have three of these so that really should be sweaters, plural!) or a dress with pouty lips on it, it's also fun to add some new pieces each year. Below are a few of my favorites from this year. Each one would be perfect for Valentine's day and beyond, because why not add a little love to your life all year round?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rum Raisin

In case you are wondering, this post is called "Rum Raisin" simply because the color of this sweater is "Oatmeal Raisin", but in my mind I keep thinking it's "Rum Raisin". There are probably two reasons for this: first, rum is way better than oatmeal (I mean, come on!) and second one of my favorite TV shows from last year, Wayward Pines featured a sheriff that was obsessed with rum raisin ice cream. My mind works in some strange ways as you can clearly see!

A couple of weeks ago I placed a rather large order at J. Crew because of their unbelievable extra 50% off winter clearance items. I mostly picked up sweaters that ended up all being around $20-$30 a piece, including this sequined fair isle sweater. Unfortunately for me, J. Crew now seems to be sending each item from your order in its own separate package. (I suppose because they are shipped from different locations.) So last Wednesday I had five packages at my door awaiting me when I got home for work. This was enough to give my husband a mild heart attack!

I'm not sure where I read this, but prior to Christmas I read an article saying that retailers were heavily discounting sweaters and coats because of the mild winter this season. Even though some fairly sizable storms have hit the east coast, it seems like these winter items are still being deeply discounted, because, despite the frigid temps and blizzards, retailers are still plowing through the season and making way for spring styles. Here in Los Angles, it's obviously much more mild weather wise than back east and I probably really don't need any more sweaters, but I love cold weather sales and bargains. How I could I resist?

Sweater: J. Crew
Skirt: Zara
Bag: J. Crew "Edie" in hyacinth
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina" pumps
Sunglasses: Prada
Necklace: J. Crew Factory
Bag Charm: Etsy

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Orange with a Side of Tassels

A definite pattern has developed with the skirt I am wearing below. I seem to instinctively take it out every time I go to a museum, for understandable reasons. The most recent instance of this was last weekend's excursion to the Hammer Museum. The Hammer Museum is a fun, relatively small museum located in Los Angeles' West Side. They have a gorgeous permanent collection featuring everything from Rembrandts and Rubins to Monets and Manets. Plus there are always some crazy works of contemporary art on display in their galleries. I visited the museum a couple years ago to check it out for the first time, but was lured back last weekend to view a show on Lawren Harris  curated by one of my favorite actors/authors/art collectors, Steve Martin.

In my opinion, museums have a certain allure because they often feature exhibits that encourage one to regress to a more carefree, childlike state of mind. Exhibit A would be these crazy topsy turvy chair-like things in the museum's courtyard. These are available in the gift shop of the museum for around $700, but I think I'll just visit the museum whenever I want to take a spin on one instead of purchasing my own to take home.

As the title of my post suggests, I am also debuting my new purse in today's post. I featured this bag last week in a post entitled Everything's Coming Up Rainbows . When I saw all of the colors in the tassels I couldn't wait to figure out something to wear it with. It's a great blend of a classic camera bag shaped bag, with an unexpected twist, just like the Hammer Museum presents many classics alongside many pleasant, unexpected surprises.

Sweater: H&M similar
Skirt: H&M
Jacket: H&M other denim styles here
Bag: here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin 70 mm Simple pumps here
Sunglasses: Prada here

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Adding Personality to Your Purse

The idea of accessorizing your accessories may seem like overkill, but it turns out to be really fun and a great way to set your bag apart from the rest with your own signature style. Over the last few years I've collected some scarves or "twillys" (this is just a weird word Hermes came up with to describe their thin scarves) and bag charms. I don't often add these accoutrement to my handbag, but I will have to say that it's getting more and more addictive. Especially this little fur pom pom I picked up from Etsy. It seems to go with so many of my bags and it always makes me smile when I wear it. The only down side? My dog William is obsessed with it! My fear is that it might go from being a bag accessory to a dog chew toy in the blink of an eye!

Sweater: J. Crew "Tippi" here
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Christian Louboutin 70m "Simple" pumps here
Bag: Kate Spade mini Nora bag, similar gold style
Bag Charm: Etsy more pom pom styles here
Necklace: J. Crew Factory similar
Sunglasses: Prada here

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Polka Dots Make Me Blush

This post contains two of my most recent favorite things: this colorful polka dot wall in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles and my blushed colored, frilly skirt. Just like the endless array of colors featured on the playful wall behind me, there are also endless ways to style this skirt, which makes it all the more fun. I last wore this skirt from Anthropologie a couple of months ago to visit the Griffith Observatory. On that excursion, I paired the skirt with a chambray shirt and flats. For winter, I swapped out the chambray and added a grey sweater, silver heels and a festive statement necklace.

The reason we were in Downtown L. A. was for a tour focused on the life of Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski. Since a bus was the mode of transportation for the tour, my husband joked that I looked like a "bus fairy". (You'll have to read my post entitled Nordic Fairy to fully understand the joke.)

While the joke from my husband made me cringe rather than blush, I do realize that the blush color and puffy style of the skirt adds a whimsical, fairy-like element to the ensemble. In addition to adding a little bit of whimsy to your outfit, blushed colored pieces can also be just the trick to lighten up your wardrobe a bit in mid-winter. Since I love color, it's fun to add one neutral piece to something bolder and brighter to break up all of the color. However, wearing blushed tones from head to toe could also be equally striking. Here are a handful of blush and nude colored items ranging from watches, to bags to jackets that will have you blushing this winter!

Sweater: H&M similar
Skirt: Anthropologie similar
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina" factory version
Bag: Kate Spade similar color
Sunglasses: Prada here
Necklace: Anthropologie similar