Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Mondrian Moment

I've slowly been working my way through some of the most famous walls in Los Angeles this summer. At the top of my list was this Mondrian inspired wall, which is right up the alley of someone such as myself who loves modern art. I didn't even realize that this wall is on the way to a restaurant that my husband and I go to at least a few times a year. It was hard to believe that it was right under my nose all this time! The thing is, when I got to the wall, it wasn't quite as impressive in person as the photos I'd seen of it previously. The colors are a bit faded and there is some graffiti and weeds all over the place. When I lived in New York City, my husband would always remind me that things look better on film than in real life (it was his subtle way of telling me he hated NYC), which I think is often true.

Since I knew in advance that I would be visiting the famous Mondrian wall, I planned ahead by taking out my vintage Moschino paint palette bag. I think this bag was made in the late 80s or possibly early 90s and the craftsmanship of it is fantastic, especially compared to many of the designer bags on the market today. The thing I love most about the bag is that it has its own paint brush, and I'm working the cheese factor in the last photo by pretending to paint with it. We took these photos right after closing time at the Artist and Craftsman Supply Store and I would have loved to see the expression of the employees coming out to see some crazy person pretending to be painting the side of the building, but I guess they've probably seen it all!

Dress: LOFT
Shoes: Christian Loubouitin "Simple" pumps
Bag: Vintage Moschino
Sunglasses: Prada
Necklace: J.Crew

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shaping Up

The last few weeks have been stressful to say the least. School is back in session so I'm back to work. We are also in the midst of a landscape renovation that, according to our contractor, was supposed to take a week but then turned into two and at the moment is still not complete. (It's a long story!) So when Saturday rolled around, I was anxious to have a break from it all by sleeping in and going to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch. It's also been a couple weeks since I've done anything new with taking photos for my blog, so that was on my to do list as well. Unfortunately, they were having a music festival in the street right around the location I wanted to go to, so that wasn't going to happen. Luckily, my husband spotted this cool location, which actually worked out better than the other one I had in mind, a sure sign that maybe things are shaping up after all!

In regard to what I am wearing, I'm trying something a little bit new with this off the shoulder top featuring some fun and playful shapes. I am sure by now you are sick of the off the shoulder or cold shoulder trend and as always I am a little late to the party, so to speak, but it was fun to try something new. I got this top from SheIn and it was a steal at under $15. The one thing I like about SheIn is that you can try trendy items or things that you think might be a little out of your comfort zone without a lot of risk because their prices are so reasonable.

Shirt: c/o SheIn abstract cold shoulder blouse more cold shoulder options here
Pants: J. Crew similar pixie pants here
Shoes: J. Crew Gemma flats
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma
Sunglasses: Prada  Baroque round sunglasses

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mad Hatter

I didn't purchase a lot of new clothing this summer, but I did get some great bargains on a few pieces. For example, I purchased this dress by Tracy Reese, plus one in the same style but with a different print, at OFF 5th (the outlet for Saks Fifth Avenue) at the beginning of summer. They were marked $19.99, which I couldn't believe. I think the reason for this low price was probably that the sizes were way off in this particular dress. I am normally a 4 or 6 in dresses and this one is size 10, so close to double my normal size. When I saw it on the rack, however, it looked like it would fit, so I decided to try it on anyway and I am glad that I did!

I could easily throw a denim jacket or cardigan over this dress for fall, which I will probably do, but because it's hot here, I wore it as is with a fedora hat. Last summer, I also purchased a couple of straw fedora hats, including this one, from OFF 5th. (As you can see, I do a lot of outlet shopping!) I am not really a hat person, but I have found that they are a useful accessory to shield yourself from the sun, while looking fashionable at the same time. The other nice thing about hats is that they are one size fits all, so you don't really have to worry too much about getting one that fits or about crazy sizing like the incident I had with this dress!

At this point, I only have two straw hats in my collection, but I certainly wouldn't mind adding a few more. Below you will find some of my favorite hat finds. I tried to select ones that are unique with fun patterns or embellishments, such as pom poms and tassels. I also tried to select a few that, by virtue of being in darker colors, transition nicely into fall, since fall is rapidly approaching!

Dress: Tracy Reese
Shoes: J. Crew similar silver styles here and here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Marley in Pistache
Hat: OFF Fifth similar Panama style hats here
Necklace: J.Crew
Sunglasses: Steve Madden

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shifting Gears in Shapes and Stripes

I haven't decided yet, but I am thinking about possibly wearing this striped Kate Spade dress next week for the first day of school. I might throw a cardigan over it and change up the accessories a little bit, but I think the dress would make a fantastic first impression. I usually wear a nice dress on my first day that's a little bit "fancier" than what I normally wear for the rest of the school year, so this number definitely fits the bill.  Plus, they take the photo for our school ID on the first day, so I like to have on something a little extra nice for that too!

I purchased this dress at the beginning of July at the Kate Spade outlet. I wore it a few weeks later when my husband and I went to Taix, a French restaurant located in Echo Park. There are a few things you should know about that excursion and this wall. First, this wall is not the exterior of Taix, but a very small market in Echo Park. Also, if you want to get to this market, you might find yourself driving up and down some very steep hills (seriously, the steepest pavement I've ever driven on anywhere) that will make you feel like you're on a roller coaster. Also, a lot of people come here on beer/liquor runs around 5:00 pm on a Saturday, which is when these photos were taken, so that's probably not the best time to choose to do a photo shoot! Other than those minor things, we had a nice dinner at Taix, which is only a few minutes away from the market.

As I write this, just thinking about all of the fun memories from the summer is making me a bit nostalgic and sad! I was lucky to be able to cross some things off of my things to do and see in Los Angeles list, although there's still so much I still need to get to. (I could seriously take a year long sabbatical to get through all of it! Hmmm...not a bad idea!) Overall, it was nice waking up late, exploring, and being free, but now it's time to shift gears and get back to work. Getting back into my work schedule might be difficult to grapple with, but at least I'll try to look stylish doing it!

Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: J. Crew
Bag: Louis Vuitton Alma in Citron
Belt: Kate Spade
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Flamingo Fever

Yes, I know that I have a flamingo addiction. If my memory serves me correctly, this is the second post I've done this spring/summer featuring flamingos, but they are so darn cute I just can't help it! I purchased the blouse version of the flamingo skirt I am wearing today a couple of months ago, which you can see in my Watercolor Flamingos post. I didn't think that I would also buy the skirt, but when it popped up for an amazing price on J. Crew's website I couldn't resist. I almost didn't take the plunge because several reviews online described the texture of this skirt as being that of a shower curtain, but I figured the price was right and the print was cute so why not?

I will have to say that the feel of the skirt is a little odd and perhaps slightly reminiscent of a shower curtain, however the reason for this, according to the website, is apparently to keep the pleats in place so that you don't have to iron it. As someone who hates to iron, I am willing to trade off a slightly odd material choice for the luxury of me being lazy and avoiding the unpleasant task of ironing!

Since my skirt is currently sold out, I found another amazing version from Partyskirt, which you will see in my flamingo collage below. The party skirt version is so cute I am seriously thinking of getting it too, but as you can see I really don't need anymore flamingo print skirts! Check out some of the other flamingo inspired picks I've selected below to feed your flamingo fetish. (Come to think of it, I don't have any flamingo footwear, which I should really remedy!)

Skirt: J. Crew similar flamingo skirt here
Tee: Forever 21 similar striped style
Bag: Coach similar
Sandals: J. Crew similar gold sandals
Sunglasses: Prada here
Necklace: J. Crew similar

Monday, August 8, 2016

Flashes of Color

It's hard to believe that summer vacation is almost over for me. It really did go by in the blink of an eye! I have about a week left of vacation and then it's back to school, so I'm trying to pack in as many things as possible so that I can enjoy every last moment of my fleeting freedom! I am also trying to have fun wearing all of my summery clothing before I have to transition to more professional attire. The other thing that will come to an end, much to my chagrin, is having time to seek out colorful walls like this amazing dot one, so enjoy the colorful backdrops in my posts while they last!

I picked out this dress from Make Me Chic a few weeks ago because I loved the relaxed fit and the colorful geometric shapes. It's the perfect dress to wear for summer for the above reasons. If you are wondering about the fit, I will warn you that if you are on the tall side, like myself (I am 5'9"), the dress is a little short. (I am actually wearing shorts underneath so as to avoid unnecessary flashing!) However, with shorts/pants underneath or worn as a beach coverup, it's a lot of fun and if you are more petite, then the length would be perfect.

Dress: here and sleeveless version here
Clutch: J. Crew Factory similar here and here
Shoes: J. Crew similar ballet flats here
Sunglasses: Prada similar purple sunglasses here