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

22 July 2015

cut it out

Floral playsuit with cutouts, Style Moi. Woven ankle boots, Chinese Laundry. Bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel (in stock!)

I'm loving the A-line silhouette of this playsuit and the strong 90s-ish vibe. It reminds me of this dress I would wear in the fourth grade. It was navy and had buttons all the way down the front and strings that tied in the back. I decided that this looked a little weird so I tied mine in the front. I think I've discussed both the pros and cons of rompers before, but for summer adventures it's a definite plus. Just think about riding a bike without your skirt flipping up.

14 July 2015

sweet summer

Embroidered tunic blouse, c/o Style Moi. White skater skirt with lace hem, c/o Aeropostale (sold out, similar). Lace-up gladiator sandals, Mango. Woven bucket bag, Urban Outfitters. Hat, Prima Donna. Necklace, Mango (on sale).

Lightweight whites always feel right in the summer sunshine. My normal response to a peasant-style tunic blouse like this would be to pair with a simple pair of denim shorts, but I decided change things up a little and try it with a skirt. I ended up really liking these two together. I hardly ever find myself at the mall because my patience for flipping through racks is somewhat limited (it's so much easier to do everything from behind a computer screen), but my "hard work" paid off when I found this white skirt at Aeropostale! I had been eying some more expensive versions so it was quite the score. It's such a wearable piece that it's definitely been seeing a lot of action this summer!

08 July 2015

the ribbed crop

Ribbed knit crop top, Forever 21. Abstract ruffled skirt, Forever 21 (on sale). Metallic mid-heel gladiator sandal, Report Signature. Mini Valentina crossbody, Botkier.

I'm wearing a Forever 21 look today. I can't think of a brand that I've grown up with any more than Forever 21. It was the first place I started shopping for clothes in middle school once I could finally fit into "juniors" clothing. It's been a constant in my wardrobe ever since, while other brands have come and gone. So a lot of people may knock it, but there are pieces that I've had for years. I already know that this ribbed crop top will be staying with me for a while. The cream color is so versatile that it looks good with just about any skirt in my closet, and some of the shorts too. And even though this printed skirt is a trendier item, I've had it for over a year (see post here) and I'm still loving it.

02 July 2015

summer beauty haul

spring beauty haul, beauty review
I try not to buy too much make-up since I have much more than I can use up anytime soon, but I recently allowed myself to refresh my beauty arsenal with a few new things, especially since I received a Sephora gift card. Read on to find out more about my picks and what I thought of them!