24 August 2015

vista hermosa

Vista Hermosa Park is one of mine and my boyfriend's favorite spots in LA, and it's still quite under-the-radar which is the best thing about it (although it's definitely gotten a lot more crowded compared to when we first discovered it). Situated on a hill, it's a true urban oasis with stunning views of Downtown LA's skyline. A must-visit if you're visiting Los Angeles. When we awoke to agreeable weather this past weekend, we knew we had to make the most of our day by indulging in one of our favorite pastimes--picnicking.

21 August 2015

sweatin' it

Pixie Sleeveless Sweatshirt Dress, Boohoo. Lightweight trench, Queen Shop. Blue multicolor sandals, Zara (old). Bucketbag in Camello, Mansur Gavriel.

I'm very thankful for a little respite from the heat even if it does come with a dose of excess humidity. Last week was pretty brutal. You would think that a "sweatshirt" material skirt would be great for warm weather, but I was feeling pretty dubious after wearing this dress. And then I went home and did some research and I realized that sweatshirts are actually designed to make you sweat MORE -_(\. Why anyone would ever pick this material to work out in over sweat-wicking materials is beyond me.

Anyway, if it's not that hot where you are and you're interested in this dress with the fake sleeve ties, it's currently on sale for only $8! Plus Boohoo is having 25% off everything right now which makes it even cheaper. I recommend sizing up because it runs pretty small.

14 August 2015

mellow yellow

Yellow top with frilled hem, Zara (sold out). Slasher flick denim cut-offs, MinkPink. East African Sisal bag, Urban Renewal. Isla strap cord sandals, Mango. Necklace, Mango (on sale now!) Lace racerback bralette, Aerie (I love all their bralettes!)

Yellow's long been my favorite color but more for the mood it invokes and signifies than how it actually looks. This saffron/marigold shade though, I can't help but be immediately drawn to. It was instant love from the moment I spied it on the Zara website. Perfect color to celebrate summer as it draws to a close. No such luck here in LA though...I have a feeling the worst of the heat is yet to come.

06 August 2015

the striped tee dress

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It doesn't get much easier than a simple t-shirt dress, bonus points for this one because it's striped. It's definitely ideal summer/vacation attire, which I can attest to since we've been experiencing a bit of humidity along with the heat in Los Angeles lately. I always tie something around my waist to avoid looking block-y (although looking block-y is not always a bad thing), and a little bit of thoughtful accessorizing goes a long way. I was super excited to wear my new lace-up flats from ASOS! Shoes that lace-up are one of my favorite trends this season, even though they can be a pain to put on and take off. They really do an amazing job of dressing up simple outfits, so it's worth it!

31 July 2015

lace doilies

endless rose, lace, blouse
Lace blouse, Endless Rose. Denim cut-offs, One Teaspoon. Red lace-up heels, ShoeDazzle. East African Sisal bag, Urban Renewal. Metro watch, Kate Spade.

There are some who believe that wearing heels with short shorts is a big no-no, and while I'm not keen on such a limitation, I have to admit that I definitely understand why the rule exists. I happened to pick a random street corner to take my pictures on this day, and some creeper in his car rolled down his window and stopped at the stop sign for a full 20 seconds while making slimy kissing noises and trying his best to get my attention (while I did my best to ignore him!) Jeez, I feel self-conscious enough taking photographs in busy public areas without attracting THAT kind of attention...

Moral of the story, I probably would've avoided that if I weren't hanging out at a corner wearing short shorts with heels ^_^.

24 July 2015

lunch at trois mec

Inconspicuously tucked away beneath an old "Raffalo's Pzza" sign is a cozy little restaurant you would never be able to find unless you were looking for it--Trois Mec. Trois Mec has long been on my list of restaurants to try; their dinner tickets must be purchased beforehand and are known as being one of the best foodie experiences in town for those lucky enough to score a ticket.

While they typically only serve dinner, they occasionally have weekend lunches that can be booked exclusively through Mastercard Priceless and Gilt City. Since lunch was less than half the cost, I jumped at the chance!

We sat at the bar so we could get a good view of all the action. It was a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon, with a playlist of ambient French music setting the mood. Chef Ludo himself was in and out of the kitchen, presumably between here and his other restaurant next door, Petit Trois.

The first course was a salad of butter lettuce, boiled eggs, fingerling potatos, and a mayo-based dressing. The eggs with the mayo dressing was a bit like deviled eggs--yum!

Bread basket. I've never had bread that was served in a basket full of hay before, so I had to take a picture.

While dinner tends to feature more exotic dishes intended for a refined palate, lunch is billed as a "family event." The dishes are more hearty and straightforward. This roasted chicken with grilled vegetables was juicy, tender, and delicious!

Dessert was an amazing napoleon with strawberries. I never met a napoleon I didn't like, but this one was extra special because the custard had a subtle lavender taste to it. Very nice!

After we finished our meal, they gave each party a parting gift--an autographed copy of Chef Ludo's cookbook! Considering that the whole experience was only $45 per person including tax and service, we thought this was super super nice and really made the whole experience even more worthwhile!

Trois Mec
716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038