20 October 2014

dressing up

So in scrolling through my Instagram feed, I realize that it has been a good long while since I've actually worn a pair of heels. Some might even say I've been loving comfortable shoes a little bit too much lately. Sneakers and sandals definitely have their place, but sometimes it's worth putting in a little extra effort and going for the whole nine yards, or at least six yards--even if it is a bit uncomfortable and I don't have any place to get dressed up for. Heels are the easiest way to add some instant glam to an outfit and I got this eye-catching red pair (my favorite shoe color, always!) of heels for only $9.99 plus tax from ShoeDazzle. There was a special discount since they were my first pair, but even the regular price would be an amazing deal considering that they make me feel like one hundred dollars at least. Even when I'm just going to dinner at Souplantation *_~.

Striped crop top, JOA. Pleated skirt, Forever 21. Floral lace-up heels, ShoeDazzle. Metro watch, Kate Spade. Thread drop earrings, American Eagle Outfitters. Jeweled statement necklace, J.Crew Factory. Mini Valentina crossbody bag, Botkier.

15 October 2014

moments of chic

It's finally cooling down in LA this week and I for one couldn't be happier about it. With dropping temperatures, it's finally possible to begin reintroducing outerwear and pants into my wardrobe! Piperlime gifted me with this beautiful tee which totally suits my laid-back LA-girl style. However, the lace detail in the back is so pretty that I wanted to take the look in a dressier direction. I added a statement necklace so that the front would look special too, and paired it with this textured skirt, which I couldn't resist snapping up from their fall sale. The neutral color pairs well with anything, so I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of it this season!

Lace-back tee, JOA (c/o Piperlime). Textured flip skirt, Aryn K. Metallic cropped moto jacket, Nasty Gal. Ankle boots, Zara. Quilted cross-body bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Necklace, H&M. Watch, Kate Spade (currently 25% off with code 'FAMILY25'). Strappy back bralette, Free People.

14 October 2014

fresh mountain air

Floral-print romper & fringed cardigan, both Billabong. Orietta Western boot, Guess. Fringed bag, Stela9. Tan wool fedora, Prima Donna.

One of the things that makes California so special is how vast and diverse it is. Truth be told, I had never heard of the tiny and unique town of Julian (an hour east of San Diego) before we decided to go. The fact that it is known for apple pie and stargazing was enough to sell me on it already, but I was also pleasantly surprised upon arrival to see that much of its Main Street still resembles an 1800s mining town. So cool! Besides the cars and roads it was straight out of a Western movie; I even saw a real-life tumbleweed. My Western style boots from Guess (now sold out) were totally perfect for the occasion! And I've been loving this cloth bag from Stela 9 which makes me feel like a "free spirit" (quotation marks because I'm a poser). These pictures were taken on the driveway up to our B&B which was perched on a hill. I loved how everything in town was just a stone's throw away. We could walk to at least three different pie shops. And an afternoon tea house! How cool is that?

Pictures from Julian behind the jump!

05 October 2014

apple picking

Apple picking always sounded like a fun fall activity to me, but with the closest apple farms 1.5 or more hours away from Los Angeles, I never got the chance to do it until now. My boyfriend and I spent last weekend at a B&B in Julian, and even though we were both sick and totally unprepared for cold-ish weather, we couldn't pass up on the chance to pick our own bag of apples. At $10 for a small bag of apples, the price may seem a little steep, but you pay for the novelty of picking your own fruit. People bring their dogs and families. So fun and so worth it if you ask me. It's definitely not something you get to experience every day when you live in a city!

Crochet crop top, Forever 21. Hawks high-waisted denim shorts in Super, One Teaspoon. Time Flies sandals, Chinese Laundry. Fringed cardigan, Billabong. Fringed bag, Stela9. Tan wool fedora, Prima Donna.

26 September 2014

pulso forte

Pulso Forte Roshe Runs, Nike. Aventura tank top, Fabletics. Black denim shorts, Forever 21 (old). Colorblock denim button-up, Madewell (old). Friendship bracelet, Hipanema. Tribal bucket bag, H&M (sold out).

So I only recently (in the past 6 months or so) started living a more active lifestyle, and as such, a large chunk of my clothing budget has been going to building an activewear wardrobe. I used to scoff at those Lululemon-obsessed girls, but now I'm pretty into it (not Lululemon, but just activewear in general). My boyfriend thinks it's pretty amusing how my eyes light up whenever we pass a Lady Foot Locker, especially since I mostly do all of my shopping online and am usually too lazy to actually walk into a physical store. Luckily my sneaker habit is something he actually supports, and he got me these super cool limited-edition Roshe Runs! They're a part of a collection that Nike collaborated on with Brazilian artist couple Flavio Samelo and Jayelle Hudson. Not to mention that lime and gray is one of my favorite color combinations of all time. I mostly wear them to the gym, but they're also great on days that require a lot of walking. I will never be one of those girls that wears running shoes with everything though (with skirts or dresses?? NEVER!)...gotta keep the overall look sporty!

Speaking of sporty, my heather grey tank top is from the Kate Hudson-backed activewear line Fabletics, which offers you a full athletic outfit for as low as $25 when you first sign up! I have so many pairs of their leggings and the quality is so good for the price! And this tank top is so amazing that I wear it to do anything BUT work out. I really need to pick up some more, I wear it so often!

Are you into activewear? Follow my board on Pinterest to see some of my favorite active styles!

16 September 2014

dog days of summer

What to wear when you really don't feel like wearing clothes? The heat lately has been insufferable. But since clothing is required for most situations, the next best thing might be a breezy dress. This one has the added bonus of a chest cut-out for increased ventilation. Yess...

Whistle tunic dress, Threadsence. Key necklace, also Threadsence. Yellow floral plimsolls, Keds. Bucket bag, c/o Old Navy (similar).