Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stairway to Heaven?

"One girl's stairway to heaven just might be another man's (husband's) journey to hell."
-Hello Katie Girl

My husband and I are both introverted (not that you could tell that about me from the picture below), but unlike my husband, I often like to get out and do/see things while my husband is often very content staying at home. You might also know that I have a rapidly growing "things to do/see list" for things I want to experience in Los Angeles. One of the things on my list was to go to Silver Lake and eat at a very cool German restaurant for Oktoberfest. I thought the fact that I had a coupon (for beer and bratwurst nonetheless!) would make it more appealing to my husband, but the congestion of the Silver Lake area was definitely not something that was up his alley, although the beer and food helped to smooth things over a little.

In addition to being the home of a great German restaurant, Silver Lake is also home to the Micheltorena stairs. These rainbow-colored stairs make for some awesome photos! However, as I have written before, the image reflected in photos is often different than the gritty reality of real life. When we arrived at the stairs, someone had left their soiled jeans strewn in the middle of the stair's rainbow glory! There was also a lot of trash and even excrement. (The latter, by the way, did not come from a dog or any other four legged animal!) So, in my husband's defense, I can somewhat understand why he was less than thrilled about the location. However, being the fearless blogger that I am, I took these setbacks in stride.

Due to the fact that the weather is still pretty hot here, I opted for a light-weight ruffled pinstriped top, also known as the "Edie" top from J. Crew. Lately, I have become obsessed with the versatility of pinstripes. I also wore a couple of my favorite accessories, such as my Kate Spade taxi shoes and my Rebecca Minkoff tassel camera bag. The colors of both the shoes and bag definitely complimented the vibrancy of the stairs, sans scary clothing and waste!

Shirt: J. Crew "Edie" Top here and here
Jeans: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: Kate Spade here, here and glitter version here
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Bag similar here and here
Sunglasses: Prada

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tulle Time at Disney Hall

Last weekend my husband and I went to see Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge at the Ahmanson theater in downtown Los Angeles. On Sunday afternoon, DTLA is quite abuzz with people experiencing the arts, be it to go see a concert at Walt Disney Hall, gander at the impressive contemporary art collection housed at the Broad Museum, or, like us, take in a play at one of the two theaters on Grand Avenue. The landscape of this part of town has definitely changed quite a bit since I first moved to Los Angeles in college, thanks to the addition of the aforementioned Broad and the spectacular silver behemoth that is Disney Hall. Love or hate these contemporary buildings, one thing is for sure: they do make for great backdrops for photos!

For our Sunday matinee, I decided to wear my new tulle skirt from ASOS. Truth be told, my tulle collection is growing by leaps and bounds. Tulle is not a very practical fabric and it's definitely not for everyday use, but that doesn't stop me from buying more! I liked this particular skirt because of the color and the length is just perfect!

In addition to hoarding tulle skirts, I've also been capitalizing on the clearance section of the girl's department at Target. That's right, the girl's department, as in clothing for kids. Not everything fits me in this department, though. For example, skirts and pants are way too short, but the tops are often just perfect! Last week, Target put a bunch of tees, like this fun dot one, on clearance for about $4, so I stocked up big time! The prints are always so colorful and fun compared to the ladies department and you can't beat the price!

Skirt: ASOS on sale here and more great options below
Shirt: Target Kids similar here
Sweater: J. Crew
Shoes: J. Crew similar here and here
Bag: Coach similar here
Sunglasses: Prada

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Embellishments Make Me Blush

I tend to wear a lot of color, which shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who follows my blog or even someone who takes a cursory glance through my photos or Instagram account. It's pretty obvious that I'm infatuated with color, but sometimes it's nice to change things up a little bit. So, today, I am wearing more neutrals in the form of soft, blush tones.

Despite the fact that this is a more toned down look in the color department, I did find some ways to add my signature pop of color here and there. Take, for example, my green belt, which is not only a somewhat vibrant color but also brings out colorful bug embellishments on my pinstripe shirt. On a side note, I kind of thought the embellishment trend (or, as I like to refer to it, the "bedazzled" trend) would be over by now, but it's definitely still going strong. This is fine by me, especially since a fairly significant portion of my wardrobe contains crazy beads, jewels, rhinestones, and other doodads! I promised to stop buying stuff like this, but, as is the case with many of my wardrobe resolutions, I tend to break them! Old habits die hard.

Shirt: J. Crew Perfect Shirt with Bee Embelishments similar embellished shirt
Skirt: J. Crew similar
Bag: J. Crew similar
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" pumps here
Sunglasses: Prada here

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tiny Zebras

I am a big fan of animals, be it domestic ones or more exotic ones such as zebras. Given this, I am a sucker for any print that has animals featured on it. This is why I fell in love with this zebra print blouse from H&M. Not only is it adorable, but it was also only $15. Unfortunately, it appears to be sold out on the company's website, but I linked to a similar top featuring zebras below. Also, the last time I checked, H&M had a ton in stock at the store near me, so if you're also a lover of zebras or anything a little on the wild side, definitely check it out!

The other great thing about this blouse is that because it's black and white, it naturally lends itself to bold pops of color, which is a styling technique that I am prone to using from time to time! This time around I decided to pair the blouse with this bright, bold cobalt skirt and an equally bright pink bag. The skirt came with a matching sash/bow belt and since I absolutely loved how they tied the sash (and I was unsure how to recreate it!), I was careful to only loosen the bow and then step into the skirt so as to keep the bow perfectly intact! Tying bows and making knots is definitely not a forte of mine!

Blouse: H&M similar here
Skirt: J. Crew here
Bag: Coach
Shoes: BCBG
Sunglasses: Prada
Necklace: Anthropologie here

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Betty Brushstroke

I still haven't quite figured out what Betty's is, although during my last "photo shoot" in front of the sign I could just make out the sound of billiards from behind this backdoor to the business, so I am going to guess that it is a bar/billiards hall. If so, I should probably pay them a visit, just to patronize the business that allows me to take photos outside their alleyway about once a year. (Truth be told, I am horrible at billiards, but I do like to play!) Anyway, today I am wearing one of my favorite recent prints from J. Crew. The reason why I love this print so much is threefold: first, it's colorful, second, it contains a painterly print, and third, it really could be worn during just about any season. Since it is still pretty hot here in Los Angeles, I paired it with a lightweight blouse, but I can't wait to style it for the winter months with tights and a sweater, perhaps while playing billiards at Betty's?

Skirt: J. Crew here
Blouse: H&M
Bag: J. Crew
Shoes: Brooks Brothers
Sunglasses: Prada here

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Catalog Girl

Yes, I copied the idea of this outfit from last year's spring J. Crew catalog. I admit it. However, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and if something is good, why not copy it and make it your own? Originally, I styled this skirt for spring/summer in a post entitled I'll Take a Rain Check. Last week I decided to take a page out of the J. Crew catalog and pair the skirt with a smaller scale pink gingham shirt. Even though I'm a copy cat, I did add some of my own touches. In other words, I like to think that I've put my own signature "Hello Katie Girl" stamp on the look. I tried to accomplish this with the leopard accent of my belt and shoes, not to mention what I like to think have become my signature pair of teal sunglasses. Have you ever copied something straight from the pages of a catalog or I am the only one caught red handed plagiarizing a look?

Shirt: Ralph Lauren similar
Skirt: J. Crew
Clutch: H&M similar
Belt: Target similar
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney here
Bracelet: J. Crew
Watch: Kate Spade similar bow style