Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pineapple Punch

Seemingly mundane objects can evoke different thoughts, reactions and memories in people. Say for example, the unassuming pineapple. When my father-in-law saw this pineapple skirt, he told me I should wear it when a certain relative he is not too fond of comes to visit and it's time for her to go home. You see, traditionally in the South, hosts put a pineapple in the guest's room to signify that it's time for the guest to leave. For me, pineapples remind me of a class I taught a few years ago that was obsessed with my wardrobe. I had another pineapple skirt that I occasionally wore to school and somehow that became a symbol of our class. In fact, they even did a yearbook feature about their favorite teacher and bought a pineapple for the picture, which represented the "eccentric" wardrobe of their teacher, yours truly. The things that end up having a lasting impression on students often amazes me; they won't remember what deus ex machina is, but they will remember what you wore last Tuesday!

My husband also makes fun of my "addiction" to pineapples, which I am putting in quotation marks because I have all of two items with pineapples. Actually, now that I think about it, the number is a bit higher, maybe 4 or 5, but that hardly qualifies as an addiction! Unfortunately, this maxi skirt from Ann Taylor is no longer available, but below I have selected some other pineapple themed items for those of you who may also be harboring your own addiction to pineapples.

Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shirt: H&M similar here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar here and here
Bag: Channel Cerf Tote budget version here
Sunglasses: Prada here
Necklace: LOFT

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Palms and Wine

I discovered this orange palm frond skirt either on someone's blog or Instagram account, which only speaks to the addictive nature of following other fashionistas on social media! The good news is that regardless of where I discovered this midi skirt from H&M, it was half off with free shipping, so at $24.99 it didn't do too much damage to my bank account. I wasn't sure what exactly to pair the skirt with, but I figured I couldn't go wrong with navy and of course my orange tote. With the excessively hot weather we have been having in Los Angeles, it's nice just to throw on a comfy tee like this navy one that is light weight and can easily be tossed in the wash afterwards. Even though I like to be fashionable, I also like to be comfy and somewhat practical!

While figuring out what to pair the skirt with took a little bit of thought, deciding on a perfect location to wear the skirt took no thought at all. I wore the skirt out on its maiden voyage to a favorite nearby vineyard for some wine tasting. One of the great things about Los Angeles is that there are still some vineyards, which actually date back to before Prohibition, where you can get some delicious and reasonably priced wines. While I realize that the skirt with its bright orange palm print doesn't officially have anything to do with wine or vineyards, why sweat the details? It's hot enough already!

Skirt: H&M
Tee: Target
Shoes: J.Crew
Bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Tote in Papaya
Sunglasses: Prada

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This Print on Repeat

So, in case you wanted an update on how I am doing with my summer to-do list, I have tried a few new restaurants. For example, I tried a new Thai place that is just on the other side of this white wall I am standing in front of. (Quite frankly, it's been way too hot here to do much more than that!) My husband and I tend to go to the same dozen or so restaurants over and over again, which is why it's fun to try out new places. Plus, now that I am on summer vacation, we can reap the benefits of the weekday lunch specials that aren't often offered on weekends! I know this makes me sound really cheap, which in many ways I am, but whatever I save I can spend on new handbags, shoes, and clothing!

Like restaurants, I find that my wardrobe also tends to get into ruts as well, especially around summertime when the excessive heat means prioritizing function and comfort over style. I am also prone to gravitating to similar prints over and over again, like this floral one from J. Crew. I wore it on my blog last month when I bought it as a new arrival. Now that it is on sale, I am sort of bummed that I didn't wait longer for it, but I have been able to get a fair amount of use out of it in the meantime. I am actually contemplating buying the dress version of the print now that it's on sale. In fact, it's in my shopping cart as I am writing this!

Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Skirt: J. Crew
Shoes: J.Crew
Bag: J. Crew "Edie"
Belt: Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Prada

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Paint Splat!

Last week I wore this outfit to celebrate my first day of summer vacation. I don't know if the photos convey this, but I miraculously felt incredibly fresh and rejuvenated on my first day off. (It's amazing what sleeping in and not having looming stacks of papers to grade will do for a person!) Unfortunately, with the first day of summer vacation also came the first day of truly summer-like weather in Los Angeles with high temperatures and scorching sun. I was really enjoying the spell of cloudy and overcast days we had for the last month or so, but it looks like those days have come to an end. 

So on this first day of summer, I decided to wear my new paint splat skirt from Make Me Chic. As you probably know by now, I love anything with an artistic flair or a painterly print. Since this skirt definitely fits the above criteria and has lots and lots of colors, it felt like the skirt was practically made for me!

Skirt: c/o Make Me Chic here
Top: Target
Shoes: Kate Spade similar here
Bag: Gucci here
Sunglasses: Steve Madden

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I'll Take a Rain Check

The Arts District in Los Angeles, where this polka dot wall is located, is a mecca for incredible street art and walls, not to mention some great places to eat. Originally, I wanted to take photos at the Kim West mural, but much to my dismay someone painted over it and I didn't think the new mural was particularly aesthetically pleasing. I was disappointed, but life goes on. So as a back up, I went to my trusty polka dot wall that is located in an alley in back of a coffee shop/yoga studio called The Springs. It turns out that this wall matched my checked midi skirt perfectly! Then again, this wall has polka dots in just about every color, so what wouldn't it go with?

While in the Arts District, a few people complimented me on how bright and summery my outfit for today's look was, which was ironic because I chose to wear this outfit on a dreary, overcast and rainy day. The weather thing wasn't entirely my fault because the weather report on my iPhone said it was going to be sunny even though almost as soon as I stepped out the door it started the rain. So I guess instead of being like Zooey Deschanel in the iPhone commercial that came out a few years ago in which she asks Siri if it's raining out when there is clearly a downpour that can be seen just outside her window, I should have just used common sense and checked what was going on outside my very own window!

Shirt: Anthropologie similar here
Skirt: J. Crew here (more gingham options below)
Clutch: Clare V. here
Shoes: J.Crew similar here
Sunglasses: Prada similar purple sunglasses

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Invasion of the Big Bunnies

I am the type of person who gets a big bang out of weird and obscure things, say, for example, giant, inflatable bunnies. So when the Intrude exhibit, featuring three incredibly cute and incredibly huge bunnies, came to Downtown Los Angeles last week I had to stop by to visit, even if it meant elbowing my way through the throngs of people taking selfies and pictures of their children next to these lovable lapins.

Apparently, this exhibit is supposed to be a social commentary about environmentalism, but regardless of the artist's message, I just like bunnies. I used to have a pet rabbit named Sophie, who looked a lot like the lop-eared rabbit featured in the exhibit, so seeing these bunnies reminded me very much of my beloved pet. At night these rabbits light up, although, unfortunately, I didn't get to see them in all their glory at night. However, I am sure it would have been very cool.  Below you will see some more photos of these gorgeous, inflated bunnies, which are on a tour of the world. Check out their schedule here to see if they will be hopping to a city near you. They are definitely worth checking out!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Confetti Ready

If you've been reading some of my comments on either Instagram or on my blog lately, you may get the feeling that I am counting down the days until my summer vacation begins. If you got that impression, then you would be correct in assessing how I feel at this point in the year. During the last few weeks of school, between grading, grading, and even more grading, I'm about ready to throw in the towel and it's also become apparent that so are my students. So, in less than a week, get the confetti ready because I will be officially done and my summer can start. Let the party begin! Speaking of confetti, the crop top I am wearing today sort of looks confetti-like in its pattern, so it's perfect for the celebratory occasion!

I'm not usually a fan of crop tops for a number reasons, but this one from SheIn is the exception. Even though I am not one for "age rules" regarding dressing, I do think that by 30 you are probably too old to bare your midriff. Also, I've never been a fan of exposing that much skin, even when I was a teenager, so the age criteria doesn't really matter to me anyway. Despite my reluctant attitude regarding wearing a crop top, after reading the detailed and very helpful reviews from SheIn, I decided that the size, fit and length of this blouse would be perfect and when it arrived in the mail, indeed it was. Another thing to celebrate!

Blouse: c/o SheIn here
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Simple pumps here
Bag: Kate Spade similar kate spade style here
Bag Charm: Etsy
Sunglasses: Steve Madden
Necklace: J.Crew similar here