Monday, April 15, 2013

Skulls are the new flowers...

Something I have noticed about Southern California is that when the weather report says one thing, the day could decide it feels completely different. Which makes it almost impossible to dress appropriately for the day. In the morning, it could be gloomy and cold and ugly and by 2pm, it is beautiful beach-weather that makes you just want to sit outside all day. But then, once you spend some time in the sun, it warms up super quick. You end up seeing random people dressed like they live in completely different climates all in the same place.

So what is a girl to wear? Layers. And you don’t look ridiculous doing it, because there is no one standard for how people should be dressing. In the dead of summer in Vegas, you expect to see a lot of skin walking around everywhere. In So. Cal., it’s not entirely uncommon to see some skin, some sweaters, some boots or even some scarves all on the same day - if not within 15 minutes of it all.

On a questionable day that turned out to be a gorgeous spring day, I was feeling very… floral. It is the start of spring, after all! But as I was going through my closet, I realized that I am so over floral. I think I just overplayed it throughout the winter (while I was wishing it was spring) that I had no floral left to bust out that was not boring. (Yes, floral CAN get boring…) So I decided that skulls would be a suitable substitute. (Why not?) I am currently obsessed with my new skull scarf that I really wish I could wear it every day. It inspires me to mix different colors and completely rock it with pieces that have been hiding in my closet. It is definitely a statement piece.

As for the rest of this outfit? I pulled out an oldie but goodie from last summer with these Sam Edelman sandals… I am just as much in love with them now as I was the day I bought them.

Hello, beauties ;)

And of course, we cannot forget the arm party that came along for the ride… 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Boyfriend Chic

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with boyfriend anything. Boyfriend jeans… boyfriend fit… boyish details… etc. So this morning, when I woke up not feeling 100%, I had a flash of genius when thinking about what I was going to wear. Even though there was nothing much of anything on the agenda for the day, besides actually getting out of bed, I had the BEST outfit in mind. I love it when a good plan comes together.

So, I woke up, took a shower and went shopping in my boyfriend’s closet. It was pure coincidence that I just happened to already have a tank top that was almost exactly the same color as the one in this shirt - I swear.

But let us talk about this skirt for a second and the fact that it’s circa 2006(ish?) from Old Navy, of all places. They just don’t make clothes like they used to. Such a sad story. This skirt has pretty much got me through just about anything I have thrown it’s way over the last 6 or 7 years. It is such a resilient and valued piece of my wardrobe. And the BEST item to get you through 110+ degree summers in Vegas.

So once we actually got out of the house and I fell even more in love with this outfit than I originally expected. I was a little sad that I did not have a busier day planned for it to see. Maybe I will have to bring it back around on repeat once or twice in the coming weeks - because these shoes are DEFinitely made for walking.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dots on Dots

Mixing prints can be a difficult hurtle to tackle. Now that this has been a trend for a minute (or two), I find myself getting a little bored with mixing the basics - like stripes and florals. So I figure, why not try something different? What about mixing the same kind of print and pulling it together with the colors? My goal was to go for a more advanced print mixture. I did get a few compliments throughout the day - so I figure that my work here is done! At least until the next time I try and venture into print-mixing…

Try to look past the blur...
I had my doubts - that is for sure. But I figure that since it all tied together with the same color scheme, it works. The open dot mixed with the filled dot is a nice complement to each other. Chambray is my basic in the middle and the little pendant necklace pulls all the colors together.

I got this necklace last summer from the Lily Pulitzer pop-up store in the Hamptons. Considering the recent, super sad news about her passing, I found it apropos to mention the adorable piece. The picture does not give it justice, but there is a wishbone attached to the heart, which just about makes it one of the sweetest pieces in my collection. Just adorable.  It is actually more fitting than I initially thought seeing as how Lily was all about her prints. Well Lily, this one (or two…) is for you. ;)

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