Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Transition Time

September is finally here and with it comes thoughts of transitions. For me, these transitions include going back to school and settling into a routine that is very different than the laid back summer schedule I so adored. Unfortunately, the one thing that I wish would transition, the weather, never does here in California. As I start to see people layering up and wearing more muted colors on their blogs in other regions of the country, I realize that here in Los Angeles the temps actually feel more like summer than ever.

The heat in Los Angeles makes it easy to dress like it's perpetually summer, but I'd like to find a way to transition a little bit to something with some semblance of autumn. I think the above dress is plenty summery and perfect for the heat wave we are having right now, but the colors of navy, green, and orange are actually perfect for fall.

I was so excited when I found this dress that retails for close to $300 at Antropologie for under $50 a couple of weeks ago in store with my birthday discount. The color palette will work well in the upcoming fall and winter months with a sweater on top and maybe even some navy tights and boots when it gets "chilly".  Right now, anything I can transition into the fall and winter months and get year round use out of makes me quite delighted. How are you trying to transition between seasons wardrobe or otherwise?

Dress: Anthropologie similar here
Shoes: J. Crew "Valentina" leopard flats similar here
Necklace: J. Crew
Bag: LV "Marly" in Pistache
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban similar here

Monday, August 31, 2015

Getting Crafty with Lots of Shoes

The Miracle Mile in Los Angeles' Mid-Wilshire district is home to quite a few museums, such as the mammoth LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Peterson Automotive Museum. Big museums get a lot of publicity and clout, but smaller museums can be hidden gems that offer great bang for your buck. This is definitely the case with the Craft and Folk Art Museum, which is also located along the Miracle Mile near these larger museums.

As part of my summer to do list, I finally made it to the Craft and Folk Art museum last month and it was a real treat, not to mention a feast for the eyes. Also, the current exhibit, which is on the shoe making of Los Angeles based artist Chris Francis, was right up the alley of someone as fashion obsessed, not to mention shoe obsessed, as myself.

In the lobby of the museum is a temporary studio for shoe maker Chris Francis. Unfortunately, we did not get to see him at work in the studio, as he was hosting a workshop on making platform shoes. I gladly would have attended this, even though I don't wear platform shoes, but it was sold out. Still, it was fun to see the studio and some of his sketches. I think if I could just learn how to make shoes I would probably save myself a lot of money!

The exhibit of Chris Francis' shoes offered a lot of eye candy with gorgeous shoes that referenced various cultures, time periods, and artistic movements such as cubism. To be honest, I wouldn't be able to walk in any of these shoes, but I sure wouldn't mind having a pair or two on display in my house. Below you will see some of my favorites from the exhibit.

For anyone looking for a museum that has some incredible, innovative exhibits I would definitely recommend popping into the Museum of Craft and Folk art. The Chris Francis exhibit ends this week, but I am sure many other fun exhibits will follow in its place. I will certainly be back sometime soon, especially because one of my favorite restaurants, Lawry's The Prime Rib is right down the street. Plus, the museum changes up its exterior every so often with a different design for its facade. When I went it was a yellow and black motif, but a couple years ago it sported the colorful design below. For more info about this great museum, check out their website at

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Artfully Dressing for the Occasion

I'm the type of person who will thematically link what I am wearing to what I am doing. If you are a frequent reader, you probably already knew that. It's just so much fun to challenge myself to find something that has a connection to where I am going or what I am doing. Some things are easy. For example, if I am by the ocean, a nautical themed print or something with marine life will fit the bill. Others are a bit more of a stretch. For instance, a few weeks ago I went wine tasting and I donned a skirt with leaves that resembled grape leaves.

Dressing to go to a museum is easy with all the painterly prints offered by designers over the last few seasons. I certainly have my fair share of prints that match this description hanging in my closest, but on today's trip to the museum, I went even more literal. What could be more perfect for going to a museum than a bag that is constructed to look like an artist's palette?

The above bag is by Moschino, which I purchased from ebay about five years ago. I am not quite sure when it was made, but my guess is that it was produced during the 80s or early 90s when Moschino was designing all sorts of quirky bags in the shape of everything from houses to milk cartons to footballs. (If you know anything about it, please let me know.) It amazes me that despite the age of this bag, it came with its original Moschino paintbrush, which you can see if you look at the pictures closely. It's actually a real paintbrush, but I don't think I would ever dare paint with it!

Although my bag may be from decades past, Moschino has continued their tradition of creating fun, quirky bags, shoes and accessories that always have an unexpected, playful twist. They also are big on using lots of color, which is something I adore as well.  Below you will find a handful of my favorite Moschino items for the current season.

 1. Ballet Flats, 2. Motorcycle Bag, 3. Polka Dot Bag,
4. Skateboard iPhone Case , 5. Clutch, 6. Spray Can iPhone Case,
7. Polka Dot Flats, 8. Cross Body Bag, 9. Sandals

Blouse: Forever 21 similar here
Skirt: Gap Eyelet Midi here
Shoes: Christian Louboutin "Simple" pumps more red pump options here
Bag: Moschino (Vintage)
Necklace: H&M
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" round sunglasses

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Practically Speaking

I kind of felt like Don Johnson circa Miami Vice with my white blazer with the sleeves rolled up on my first day back to school. Truth be told, I wasn't in the market to buy a white blazer, but when I picked this one up from J. Crew for only $35 this summer, I thought it would be a nice basic to have in the closet. As it turns out, white isn't the most practical thing to wear to work (surprise, surprise), especially in an environment that can frequently be dirty, full of unexpected situations and lots of red dry erase markers, but somehow I was able to keep the blazer pristine and intact for today. The next time I wear it, who knows what will happen?

My blazer isn't the only thing about my outfit that's new. My houndstooth tote from Target, which I also picked up over the summer, is a purchase that I waited to use until going back to school today. Practically speaking, the tote is nice and roomy, but more importantly, it's houndstooth and I'll buy almost anything that's houndstooth! It's also reversible, which might be more of a curse than a blessing, as I can envision myself frantically dumping all of my stuff out in order to reverse it to the yellow interior to match my outfit early in the morning on my way to work! Probably the most practical aspect of the bag is that it's pleather, so the dirt should wash right out, unlike with my white blazer!

Dress: Banana Republic
Blazer: J. Crew "Thompson" here
Shoes: Valentino here
Bag: Target here
Belt: Target similar here
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" round sunglasses here

Linking Up With: Flashback Fashion Friday

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Slightly Reimagined

I featured this J. Crew Polynesian Floral print shell about a month ago on my blog here, where I also chronicled my "epic" quest to track down the shirt. Today, I am keeping pretty much the same silhouette from the first time I styled it, but I changed a few things up. For example, I swapped out the red pencil skirt for a striped one. I never would have thought of pairing stripes with the shirt, but when I saw Alice from Happiness At Midlife rock the top with striped pants on her blog, I knew I had to do my own version of the look. I also changed up my bag from a clutch to a turquoise tote (an early birthday present from my husband), and went for silver shoes.

So as you can see, the look is just "tweaked" a little from the last time around. This shirt truly lends itself to so many options when it comes to styling. Since I am starting to think about transitions and getting ready for fall (even though we don't really have a fall here in SoCal), I hope to maybe style it with some colored skinny jeans or pants and a blazer when the cooler weather comes. (Cold weather rarely comes to Los Angeles, so I'll settle for "cooler" weather.) Stay tuned!

Shirt: J. Crew Notched Shell in Embellished Polynesian Floral here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory no. 2 Pencil here 
Shoes: J. Crew Valentina Pumps factory version here
Bag: LV Epi Alma in Turquoise
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque" round sunglasses

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Funky Floral

I think I'm definitely one of those people who feels like they should have been born in another decade. The problem is I'm not exactly sure which decade. I often watch TV shows set in the 1960s, such as Madmen and The Astronaut Wives Club, and in terms of fashion, I feel like I would fit in perfectly. As I've said before, I long for the days when people wore hats out in public and ladies donned gloves to go to the airport. Sure, it's a little bit more of a hassle to get dressed up or to put on makeup, but I honestly do feel a little better about myself when I do so.

I wore this dress that looks like it is straight out of the 1960s last week to go out with my husband to go to a Mexican restaurant. It's a pretty casual restaurant, but truth be told I was anxious to find somewhere to wear this dress before the end of summer. My husband joked that it would be more appropriate in a Polynesian restaurant, but unfortunately my favorite Tiki restaurant closed down several years ago, so that's not really an option!

The only thing that bugs me a little bit about styles from decades past is how matchy-matchy everything had to be. For example, the preference to match your shoes to the exact shade of your purse. While I think there is something still chic and timeless about this coordination of colors, it's also fun to spice things up a little bit. For example, here I paired a leopard clutch with a dress that already contains a bold pattern. I never would have imagined at the time of purchasing this leopard Clare V. Clutch that I would get so much use out of it, but I wear it all the time and it seems to go with everything.

Even though there might be some disagreement about the neutrality of leopard, I definitely think every woman should have at least one leopard clutch or bag in her wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorite leopard bag options for fall that could be paired with a funky floral print like the one I have on or a more neutral color palatte depending on your personality or whim for the day.

1. Clare V. Fold Over Clutch, 2. Lauren Merkin Tassel Pouch, 3. Rebecca Minkoff Love Cross Body, 
4. Elizabeth and James Cross Body

Dress: Anthropologie "Petal Print" Crossback  here
Shoes: Kate Spade similar here
Bag: Clare V. "Supreme" Fold Over Clutch here
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada other fun purple shade options