05 September 2014

cool for school


In college, my roommate would tease me about getting excited and planning my outfits for the first few days of school. Even though I'm not a student anymore, I definitely still wish I was, and I can't help but get excited when this time of year rolls around. There's something about a new pencil box filled with brand new supplies that just exhilarates me!

So here I am in a quintessential back to school outfit: plaid skirt (will be wearing this over and over this fall) and a denim jacket (around the waist because it's definitely still way too hot for that). And I actually remember going through so many pairs of plimsolls in my elementary school days, although they were not nearly as cool as these floral-printed Keds. The pretty necklace is my attempt at looking a bit more sophisticated-slash-my age, and this gorgeous piece was a steal I picked up from J.Crew Factory. They have such awesome jewelry there at reasonable prices! Do you still remember any of your back to school outfits?

Lorimer NYC Pleated Plaid Skater Skirt, c/o Aeropostale. Grey crop top with cut outs, LA Hearts. Denim jacket, Levi's. Jeweled statement necklace, J Crew Factory. Floral plimsolls, c/o Taylor Swift for Keds. Tasseled bucket bag, Old Navy. Brown leather Baker watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

20 August 2014

embroidered

old navy bucket bag, pac sun, kendall and kylie, kendall and kylie for pac sun, embroidered blouse
I've never been a huge fan of the Kardashian Klan, but I do have to admit that Kendall and Kylie's collection for PacSun is chock full of cute stuff. I couldn't resist this cute peasant blouse with the unique embroidered details. Paired with the big floppy hat, I felt slightly like a 70s-era free spirit. Which is the best kind.

Embroidered peasant blouse, Kendall & Kylie for PacSun. Denim cut-offs, vintage Levi's 501s. Vegan leather bucket bag, Old Navy. Straw floppy hat, Urban Outfitters. Chunky wooden platform sandals, ASOS (old).

14 August 2014

day in the 'bu


For some reason, all the days I visit the beach end up being gloomy (see posts here and here). I guess it's just as well, since I'm pretty scared of prolonged sun exposure/skin cancer/sunburn anyway. On this particular "June Gloom" day, my boyfriend and I enjoyed at a nice lunch at Malibu Farm (not to be confused with Malibu Cafe, which is also awesome). It's a little bit of a trek; heading past Santa Monica on PCH just seems a bit like venturing into secluded, unknown territory to me, but the food is sustainable and delicious and OMG grilled chocolate cake!? I am a huge fan of chocolate cake and it's so hard to find a truly good one, I am drooling right now. We also shared the egg sandwich and the grilled salmon. I'm not someone who loves eating veggies, so it's the hallmark of a good restaurant to me when they can make me enjoy them, and Malibu Farm does that. Discerning movie-watchers might recognize the restaurant from the closing scene of Taken 2, where Maggie Grace's character introduces her new boyfriend to Liam Neeson (although the restaurant was a Ruby's at the time).

After that, we headed to the less-trafficked Malibu location of the Getty museum, the Getty Villa. Unfortunately, most of the fountains were drained dry due to California's drought, but I guess I have to appreciate their conservation efforts. The famous pool in the courtyard of the Villa looked a little lame without any water in it, but hey, we all gotta do our part!


Striped white crop top, Forever 21. Floral fit and flare skirt, Zara. Leopard high top sneakers, Vans.

While we're on the topic of Malibu, I'd like to share a collaboration I did a while back with an amazing blog called The Every Girl that we shot on the Malibu pier. The article is on one-pieces for summer and you can check it out here!

06 August 2014

off the shoulder


I read somewhere recently that off-the-shoulder tops are making a comeback. Whether or not this is true, it reminded me of this lovely top I had picked up from Luna B not too long ago and had yet to wear. When I tried it on it felt super weird to me, so unlike anything other piece of clothing that I have. You just feel the elastic over your bust and around your arms but other then that, the flowy fabric is barely there so it feels pretty naked. It took me a little while to get used to the feeling of the non-functional sleeves around my arms, but it's very breezy and definitely turns out to be ideal for the hot weather we've been having lately.

Floral off-the-shoulder peasant top, Luna B (sold out, still available at Swell). Boyfriend jeans, Zara (old). Nude sandals, Shoemint. Brown leather belt, H&M. Nude crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Nude Metro Classic watch, Kate Spade.

02 August 2014

beating the heat


The heat has been unrelenting lately, which means denim cut-offs and a breezy tank top are my ideal uniform. Even better if the back dips low to ensure maximum ventilation. Since I tend to freckle in the sun, a hat is a must as well; if I choose to follow the advice my mom has drilled into me since childhood, anyway.

Boho print tank top, Tobi. White bandit shorts, One Teaspoon. Rezzie boots, Dolce Vita. Black bralette, Brandy Melville. Metallic Aldyn satchel, Botkier.

25 July 2014

indiana jones


Often times I'm so excited after a successful shopping session that I want to wear everything new I got right away. This time, all of my sale finds from H&M (plus a hat which was not on sale) went perfectly together. I also wore my new Marant-inspired studded sandals that I picked up on clearance from Macy's. Great finds are so much better when they are on sale, and that much better still when they all work together! #WINNING

Khaki green button-up shirt, H&M. Pleather shorts, H&M. Camel wool hat, H&M. Tribal-print bucket bag, H&M (sold out). Time Flies sandals, Chinese Laundry. Necklace with pendant, H&M.