The Ugly/Cute Sweater

Fringed tribal-print sweater, Forever 21. Wilfred Haus scarf, Aritzia. Cropped slack pants, Asos. Studded Holt booties, Circus by Sam Edelman. Kai fringed crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Brown fedora, H&M.

Sometimes I feel like the more my boyfriend hates something that I wear, the more I love it. One definite example is this fringed geo-pattern sweater I just got (on sale!) from Forever 21. The long fringes of yarn hanging off of it could seem hideously random to some, but I think they have a lot of charm and character. Plus, the deep jewel tones are so pretty and complement my current favorite scarf from Aritzia just perfectly. And of course, I always loved the original Marant sweater from which this one clearly draws "heavy inspiration."

What do you think? Is this sweater ugly or cute?

Plum Paisley

Paisley-print Moonstruck dress, Free People. Marando boots, Steve Madden. Brown fedora, H&M. Metallic Aldyn satchel, Botkier. Bouclé cardigan, Zara.

El Niño's been making a very sad showing in LA lately, and it almost seems like it might be over before it's really even begun. In fact, the chill seems largely to have left the air, and besides a couple of back-to-back storms a couple of weeks ago we haven't had more than some slight drizzle. This past weekend, we were back to our regularly scheduled programming of bare legs in January. Not that I'm really did give me a chance to wear this lovely dress from Free People. But we need a lot more rain if this drought is ever going to end!

Snow Day

TNA Griffith parka and Wilfred Haus scarf, Aritzia. Hyperwarm tights, Nike. Short duck boots, Sorel. Socks, Madewell.

The warmer temps and drought of the past few years has meant little to no snow falling on the mountains surrounding Los Angeles. So, after last week's back-to-back rainstorms, I jumped at the chance to check out the first good snow season in years. We drove up past Mountain High resort in the San Gabriel mountains and found a beautiful picnic area covered in two feet of snow. It was all fresh and untouched and so serene, with little kids all bundled up and sledding around like a scene from a Christmas movie. So much fun!

Also exciting was getting the chance to test out the parka I purchased recently from Aritzia. When it comes to dressing for cold weather, I can't help but trust Canadian brands for obvious reasons. This jacket is a 3-in-1, with an inner jacket that can be removed or worn alone in warmer weather. I figured a transitional jacket would be more useful in the Southern California climate than a warmer parka. It surpassed my expectations; well-made with great construction details, and water-resistant as well. For temperatures in the 30s, it held up really well. One of my best clothing purchases so far this winter!

Bundled Up

Bouclé cardigan, Zara. Double-sided plaid blanket scarf, Zara (old, similar here). Striped tee, Gap. Olive-green pleated trousers, Queenshop. Fringed leather crossbody, Mango. Lace-up ankle boots, Urban Outfitters (old).

I'm absolutely loving the chilly winter we're having, since California's last two winters were pretty much non-existent. It's almost a bit of a sartorial challenge for me to get dressed for cooler temperatures and so far it's been awesome. I'm dusting off a lot of clothes that I haven't worn in ages as well as taking the weather change (and the proliferation of post-holiday sales) as an opportunity to refresh my wardrobe with a few new items, which I'll hopefully be sharing soon in some future posts. Right now my favorite recent purchase is this fringed saddle bag I got from Mango during Christmas sales, so don't be surprised if you see it popping up here a lot!

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