The Flatform Espadrille

I have to admit, I may have gone a little overboard with the espadrilles this summer. I have two other pairs that I recently purchased, which I have yet to debut on the blog. But, they are such amazingly comfortable shoes, and they do come back into vogue summer after summer. Although, this year they were more popular than ever before, so I wonder if next year they will feel played out...probably not though! Honestly trends linger for so long these days and come back season after season. And, it's always summer in Los Angeles anyway! In other words, NO RAGRETS. I could honestly write a poem about these shoes. They are a godsend for petite girls, adding inches of height without the pain or struggle of wearing heels! The only thing is, it can be really easy to roll your ankles and trip if you're not being careful (or is that just me??) They also feel a bit strange to drive in. But, nothing that can't be mastered with a little practice.

Mango is having a huge summer sale right now with all of their spring/summer stuff 50% off or more! I know everyone is talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right now* but I think Mango's summer sale is seriously one of the best. There was so much good stuff but I narrowed my choices down to stuff I was sure I would still want to wear into fall. Couldn't resist this floral dress and this leather bucket bag! Loving the romantic bohemian vibe. And just imagine with a wool fedora and ankle boots for fall.

*I haven't made any purchases yet, have you guys? The things I had my eye on sold out before the sale opened up to the public today, but I'll probably try to pick up some Zella workout leggings at least because those are my fave.

Floral print dress, Mango. Leather bucket bag, Mango. Leather choker, c/o Urban Outfitters. Flatform espadrilles, Pull & Bear (sold out, similar options below).

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Icelandic Adventure: Jökulsárlón & Fjallsárlón

So I'm back from an epic adventure in Iceland (which I had concocted and dreamed about for over a year) and finally getting over jetlag. Still working on sorting through the thousands of photos that we took, but I'm definitely ready to start churning out regular blog posts again. I'll be peppering my regularly scheduled programming with Iceland posts over the next few weeks, so if it's something that interests you be sure to check back!

First off, we have Jökulsárlón, which is a glacier lagoon in Southeast Iceland, about a five-hour drive east of Reykjavik (the capital of Iceland). It's quite a famous and well-known spot, as movies have been filmed there (Tomb Raider, Die Another Day) and there are day tours you can book that from Reykjavik that will take you there during the summer months. We drove there ourselves, and getting there is quite easy, as it's right off of Route 1, the main highway that circles the entire country. I can't even tell you how awe-inspiring it is to catch the first glimpse of those milky blue icebergs floating in the water! We parked our car in one of the lots right before the bridge, as the one across the bridge looked quite packed. We mostly had the area west of the bridge all to ourselves, and it was very peaceful to watch the icebergs do their thing. If you stay there long enough you can see (and definitely hear) icebergs calve and melt, and it's pretty cool!

I wore my Sorel Out and About boots all over Iceland and they ended up being quite perfect. I was debating between bringing these or some heavier hiking boots, and made the right choice with the Sorels, as it was wet and muddy in many areas. They were also comfortable and lightweight, and I was able to wade into shallow streams which is always fun.

Once we were done, we decided to check out the view from the other side of the bridge (plus, that's where the restrooms, cafe, and boat tourswere). It was a lot more packed, but also easy to see why, as the icebergs all kind of pooled there at the mouth of the lagoon before floating off to sea. The icebergs were much closer to shore and the view was much better! Minus all the other people.

After leaving Jökulsárlón, we stopped by Fjallsárlón. It's another glacier lagoon (so called, but I think it's technically just a lake) about 10km west of Jökulsárlón, but lesser-known despite the signs pointing it out. Most people only visit Jökulsárlón! The bus tours don't stop there yet, probably. It looked like they were building some bathrooms so maybe that will change soon. We more or less had the place to ourselves. Talk about sounds around but the sounds of nature. The sight of the glacial tongue feeding into the lake was insane!

The icebergs at Fjallsárlón didn't seem to have as much of a bluish color to them as Jökulsárlón, so they weren't quite as photogenic, but I personally thought it was the more beautiful of the two. The only thing is, it was crazy cold and windy, which was kind of strange because it was pretty warm at Jökulsárlón just 10km east. Maybe it's because we were in much closer proximity to the actual glacier. Anyway, I've read that the icebergs at Fjallsárlón are more blue-looking in the winter time, and that the sight is really something to behold when the lake is frozen! I'm already dreaming of another visit...

Ruffled Romp

Ruffle-neck pom-fringe romper, c/o Urban Outfitters. Fringed suede jacket, Mango. Tall gladiators, Missguided. Crossbody bag, Chloe Georgia. Leather choker necklace, c/o Urban Outfitters. Bandana, Urban Outfitters.

Perfect Summer Jeans

Summer is officially here and the southwestern United States has already been graced with it's first heat wave of the season (we actually had some really hot days back in February so I can't even say it was the first one of the year). Just last week, people were complaining about the June Gloom, but I always say that June Gloom is the best because it means that it's not blazing hot. So now here we are; no more gloom in sight, in the midst of some record-breaking temperatures, our forests are on fire, and I'm wearing jeans of all things.

Since I consider these to be battle-tested now, I can say with confidence that these boyfriend jeans are the ideal jean for summer. The lightweight denim and the loose boyfriend-cut allow for maximum airflow, while providing a layer of protection between my sweaty thighs and anything they might sit on and leave embarrassing sweat marks behind on...erm, that's not just me, right?? I got the regular inseam which was a bit too long on me so I cut the hems off. Unfinished hems are totally in style, anyway! Without a cuff, the fit is even looser, so I wouldn't want to pair them with anything too big on top. This lightweight top with ruffles at the shoulders is the perfect feminine counterpoint to the baggy bottoms. And this straw boater hat--I've been on the hunt for one for a while, and found a great affordable version from American Eagle! So excited to be topping off my outfits with this hat this summer, and the wide-brim provides awesome protection for my stereotypical Asian, sun-hating face.

Light-wash boyfriend jeans, c/o Banana Republic. Ruffled sleeve top, c/o Banana Republic. Knotted slides, Mango (now on sale!) Straw boater hat, American Eagle (now on sale!) Mini bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel. Pom pom bag charms, Topshop and Ted Baker.

Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Easy Sundays: Brunch at Winsome

A simple outfit for Sunday brunch. It took me a while to get on the culotte train. They reminded me too much of gaucho pants when they first cropped up, which I was never a very big fan of. By the time I finally got on board with them, we were well into Fall, and I figured I shouldn't bother because winter was coming and the trend would probably fizzle out by springtime. Now here we are, nearly into summer, and culottes are still going strong. Styling them can be a bit of a challenge so I decided to take all of the guesswork out of it by going with a culotte jumpsuit from Boohoo (note: runs really small; I recommend going up two sizes). It's definitely perfect for those lazy Sundays spent lounging around; super comfortable and requires no thought to wear. However, because of the culotte silhouette, it still looks stylish enough to wear out.

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I'd been wanting to try the brunch at Winsome, which is a fairly new restaurant in Echo Park (right by the edge of DTLA and Chinatown). We didn't have a reservation and had to wait about 20 minutes, so we grabbed a chocolate chip cookie and iced latte (and then we proceeded to take the above outfit pictures in front of their nice exterior). The cookie and latte were so good together, I don't think I ever want to enjoy an iced latte without a cookie again.

The agua frescas were really good! My favorite was the cucumber one with mint and green apple. Super refreshing.

The duck egg toast.

The potato rosti with sunny-size up egg, brisket corned beef and charred cabbage.

Both entrees were on the savory side with similar flavors. I kinda wish I went for something sweet instead, but overall it was a good meal and we'd be back! Especially for the agua frescas.