I believe I’ve said this many times in the past few weeks (“My 5 Favorite Colorful Sets for Summer” / “5 Floral Sets You Need For Spring“)… but matching sets are so in right now. So are best friends! I kid, I kid. As if matching with yourself isn’t fun enough, in honor of National Best Friends Day – cough cough today – who better to match with than your BFF.
So in honor of the most adorable and instagrammable way to express your love for your BFF, loud and proud here are a few of some of my favorite ensembles PLUS the activities I think they’d pair great with. For you and your friends viewing pleasure.
As one who lives the life of a freelancer – so rare in this city amiright – sometimes it’s hard to work from home in the literal sense. I know, it sounds a smidge whiney to complain about setting my own schedule and having a certain freedom with my career that I know a lot of people don’t have. BUT, the struggle of working solo – and I mean solo solo – can be real! And when I do want a change of scenery, it’s great to have a few coffee places on my roster that not only have great coffee, but all the other things that make working from a coffee shop great. Like fast wifi, for example. And or, delicious snacks. The obvious necessities.
So I’ve rated my top selections below based on their best criteria. Mind you, all of these places are great. I’ve just hinted at their respective strong points.
Nothing screams “WARM WEATHER IS NEAR” quite like the mass bloom of Bougainvillea in LA. It has got to be the single most colorful, fun, and inspirational plant and easily my favorite backdrop. And to our fortune it’s EVERYWHERE! So I’ll be honest… I 100% bought this set because it reminded me of the color of bougainvillea. And judging by the proof in the photos, I’d say job well done on the color matching front. I love a good colorful set. They’re one of my favorite ways to elevate a look without the hassle of putting one together – it has already been done for you! Sets are usually my best friends on vacation or to wear at events, but case in point – they’re great on any average day around town in front of some bougainvillea too. If I had the means, these fun and colorful sets from Free People would be high on the “priority purchase” list as well:
Man, I love f-words. And as you may or may not know, here at Love & Loathing LA, I have a special place in my heart for three f-words in particular: food, fashion and fun. Lately though, there’s been another word on my mind; something I’m pretty sure we all feel some type of way about… and that my friends, is finances.
Is talking about money as enjoyable as talking about food, fashion or fun? No, but it turns out it can actually be a lot more pleasant, informative and even comforting than you might think you just have to know where to go and know who to talk to! If I told you it all goes down in a Café with a hot cup of coffee and a free and friendly Money Coach, would you believe me?
So we’ve done a full rundown on what you need to pack for your next tropical getaway… and since it’s arguable that swimsuits are a major component – if not the most important component – they get a whole post all to themselves. As most of us I’m sure, I have a love/loath relationship with bathing suits – probably a bit more loathing than love if we’re being honest. I’ve never loved showing a ton of skin, I can’t honestly say I always feel comfortable and confident in swimsuits, and damn are they expensive tiny pieces of “clothing” or what?!
Well. I have to say. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten quite good at this “shopping for your body type” thing, and I still standby the fact that high waisted bikinis seem to work for just about everyone. Much like last year’s trip to Mexico, the swimwear theme on my recent trip to the Andaz Mayakoba definitely tended to lead towards the high waisted two pieces, and for once in my life I felt genuinely comfortable in these suits. I did my dudillegence trying on a ton and working with a silhouette I knew work for me and it paid off. So as someone who spent quite a bit of time on this, these are the swimsuits I would say are worth the investment this year:
I know there are tons of ways to travel, but when is a tropical vacation – permitting there is good weather – ever a bad idea? I say… never. It’s the one vacation I dont feel like I need another vacation after – well, at least not immediately. Every now and then a trip to do a whole lot of nothing is necessary. Even if it’s just a weekend trip to somewhere with hot weather and a pool! I don’t know about you but even on short trips or trips that require light clothing, I still manage to push that bag weight to the limit. It’s impressive really. But I’m almost 30 and I have finally decided to narrow it down a bit to necessities when it comes to packing – realistically though, I think I’m just finally planning better. Kind of.
If sandy white beaches, sunshine, and cocktails by the pool are beckoning you, as they do, this is my Mexico and/or warm weather vacation packing list!
If you’ve been following along on the ‘gram you’d know that I just got back from a few days down in beautiful Mexico! And if you thought from the looks of things that it was a bit similar to last years trip to Mexico, I would say excellent observation, because I did in fact go back to the same damn place. Well almost the same damn place, but hey, as the saying goes – why fix it if it aint broke. The Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen makes me happy, the end. So yes, we went back to the Mayakoba, but this time we stayed at the Andaz Mayakoba instead of the Banyan Tree and I could not have better things to report back about this resort. If you’re looking for the perfect place to vacay in Mexico – that isn’t $$$$$ Tulum or a cheesy all inclusive – this would be why you need to consider The Andaz:
What do you think of when you think of Beverly Hills? Most people who don’t actually live here – even those who do – probably think “Rodeo Drive” and all of life’s luxuries that comes along with it, palm tree lined streets, and that famous “Beverly Hills” fountain on SMB.
And truth be told Beverly Hills is all of that for sure – plus a little extra. But there is so much more to this part of town that is worth enlightening anyone weary of the Beverly Hills bubble or simply convinced it’s a one-note neighborhood. Here are my personal and perhaps “not so obvious” favorite things to do in Beverly Hills:
Happy Friday HELLO sunshine!! I was a bit worried there for a minute my upcoming posts and outfits planned in florals, dresses, and yes – polka dots – would be irrelevant with the weather we’ve been having but alas, Spring has sprung again, and all is well in the LA fashion universe.
So. Can we all agree on polka dots for the most part? I feel like polka dots really do apply to all personal styles. I myself typically dress in a classic-meets-modern-meets-edge-meets-pop-of-color fashion, and there’s always a place in my wardrobe for polka dots! Always has been, always will be.
I have seen – and purchased – a TON of really great polka dot pieces recently, so in honor of one of my favorite patterns I rounded up a few of my favorites!
Now we all know I have a serious thing for matching sets, especially suits. I don’t always do florals, but a floral SUIT – now that’s something I can get behind. I dont know why more brands aren’t on the floral suit bandwagon yet, but per usual, Zara seems to be ahead of the game!
I love this super casual, relaxed, yet classic look. The big floral print makes a fun statement for Spring, the color scheme is fun, and the cut of both the blazer and the pants just screams “casual cool”. I am obsessed with co-ords right now, and have avidly been on the hunt for big floral prints like this suit set I’ve got on. I haven’t had the best of luck finding a ton of matching trousers and blazers, but I will say I have fallen in love with plenty of other matching floral sets. Here are a few of my favorites!