That Spring Feeling

It's finally starting to warm up in LA! Personally I really enjoyed that we actually had some winter weather this year so I'm a bit bummed about it to be honest. But, with all the spring stuff in stores right now, at least I can get excited about dressing for spring! Naturally I'm kicking off the season with a floral print. It's not groundbreaking, I know. It's not exactly fresh either, but cold-shoulder, off-shoulder, ruffles, and any kind of statement sleeve are big trends again this season. What are you excited to wear this spring?

Floral ruffled cold-shoulder top, c/o Sans Souci. Wedgie Icon fit jeans in Coyote Desert, Levi's. Boucle cardigan, Free People. Bow flat mules, Zara. Mini mini bucket in Brandy, Mansur Gavriel. Suede wrap choker necklace, Jules Smith.

Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

3 Quick Hikes at Joshua Tree

The unexpected thing about Joshua Tree is it's size--it's actually bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! So driving in and around the park takes up a surprising amount of time. But, a lot of the trails are short and easy--more "nature trails" rather than actual hikes, which allow you to experience a lot of the park's features without requiring a whole lot of time. We only had a few hours before it got dark so we only got to check out three trails, but I feel like we saw a lot--would definitely recommend these if you only have a half day to spend at the park.

Arch Rock

Arch Rock is a short, not even half-mile there-and-back trail that mostly features a bunch of cool, prehistoric-looking rocks. Walking around here totally made me feel like I was on the set of The Flintstones or something. The trail starts at White Tank campground and the main feature is a cool, arch-shaped rock. I wasn't brave enough to climb onto it so here is a picture of my fiancé being a goof.

Cholla Cactus Garden

You can see chollas all over the park, but nowhere so magnificent at the Cholla Cactus Garden. The coolest time to see them is when the sun is lower in the sky, because it kind of illuminates them and gives them a nice glow. The trail isn't too exciting but it's a nice place to take some pictures. In the spring, you do have to worry about bees pollinating.

Wall Street Mill - Wonderland of Rocks Ruins

We actually walked around in circles before finding this place, and barely got there before it got dark. It's right off of the Wall Street Mill trail, so we parked at the Barker Dam lot. The instructions I found online on how to get there said it was only about a-tenth of the way into the trail, which is why I kept thinking we had passed it. But we had started on the trail from the paved parking lot. There's actually a dirt overfill lot that is much closer to the ruins. And if you start on the Wall Street Mill trail from that parking lot, you only have to walk a few minutes before seeing a trail off to the left that leads to the ruins. The trail is quite wide and well-traversed so you can't really miss it. And you can even see the ruins from the main trail. Not really sure what this building used to be (someone told us it was possibly an old dairy house), but the ruins are pretty cool!

Joshua Tree, California, USA

Desert Vibes

Took another trip out to Joshua Tree recently, and the second visit was possibly even more magical than the first. LA is definitely lucky to be just a short two-hour drive from this special place. It often gets quite chilly during winter in the high desert, even snowing sometimes (still preferable to a desert summer in my opinion--except that the Milky Way is best viewed during the summer) but we were blessed with perfect, cool weather. We stayed in a cute little Airbnb cabin on rural land with jackrabbits and roadrunners and this glorious Joshua Tree right in front. At night we took advantage of the prime view of the stars and tried shooting some star trails!

Long cardigan, Sole Society (sold out). Denim camp shirt, Madewell (old). White tank top, Fabletics. Olive fedora, H&M. Black skinny jeans, Gap. El Paso ankle boot, Minnetonka.

Mini-dresses in Winter

I had this dress in my closet for a while but never really found the occasion to wear it. Despite being a floral print, the color and cut (it has these long floofy long sleeves) are a strange note to hit during the summertime. It looks much better complimented by the deeper and richer shades of fall/winter. Luckily, wearing mini-dresses during the winter in LA is totally feasible much of the time. It just gets a bit chilly at night.

You've already seen me wear this Zara jacket and these Banana Republic boots plenty of times. They are definitely two of my wardrobe's MVPs this season. Sometimes I feel like I have to consciously force myself to wear other things. As for my Chloé Faye, I had doubts at first on whether I had made the right color choice. Since it's such a popular bag, I decided to go for a seasonal color that would be a little more unique. However, while this shade "Intense Green" was definitely more distinctive than a basic black, I worried that I wouldn't get much use out of it, compared to a neutral color that could be worn year-round. Luckily, it has turned out to complement many of my outfits super well, adding a subtle yet interesting touch of color.

Beck mini dress, Free People (old). Suede-effect moto jacket, Zara. Leather double-buckle belt, Asos. Magda suede ankle boots, Banana Republic. Faye mini in Intense Green, Chloé.

A Touch of Color

In today's look, I'm wearing my favorite black jeans, favorite white blouse, favorite ankle boots (at the moment), and favorite moto jacket! You can't go wrong with an outfit built of great basics, but as chic as black and white are as a color combination, I don't feel like quite myself without a bit of color. Normally my M.O would be to throw on a colored bag, but I've been loving my Céline mini belt bag way too much lately. Ironically, black looks so good with nearly every color, but, in my opinion, looks a bit dull when paired with itself. Adding an element with a great print always works to liven things up quickly. I added a floral touch to my outfit by using a poncho/shawl thing that I got from Urban Outfitters as a scarf. A scarf is perfect for the weather lately, but when it's too hot, a small colorful accessory such as a bag charm or a scarf tied to the bag can work wonders too.

Tie-neck blouse, Banana Republic. Black skinny jeans, Gap. Suede ankle boots, Banana Republic. Shangri-La poncho (worn as scarf), Urban Outfitters. Suede moto jacket, BlankNYC.

Discovering Dezzal

LA has been having the best winter I can remember in a long time, with lots of gloomy weather and tons of much-needed rain! Still, every once in a while, we are graced with 70 degrees and sun, and we can appreciate that perfect weather all that much more now. I know I definitely did, as I had been waiting to wear my new dress from Sans Souci for a while! Also new in is this vegan biker jacket I got from Dezzal.

If you haven't heard of Dezzal, it's a really cool place to shop for something one-of-a-kind. They are based in Asia, and feature various labels and designers that you can't find stateside. When I first perused the site, I was pleasantly surprised--it's definitely not your typical Asian ecommerce store filled with tons of low-price knock-offs. In fact, most of their pictures are watermarked to prevent OTHER sites from copying their designs and using their pictures. A couple of the labels that I really like on Dezzal are Oserjep, Lushijiao, and Fanice. Check them out if you are on the market for something unique!

Vegan leather biker jacket, c/o Dezzal. Olive dress, c/o Sans Souci. Mini mini bucket bag in Brandy, Mansur Gavriel. El Paso bootie, Minnetonka. Scarf, Aritzia (old)