- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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I can’t seem to stop buying button down shirts from Madewell right now. “This one has little palm trees, I’ll take it.” “This one has has an open back! I’ll take it.” THIS one has a great plaid color palate, I’ll take it!” – me, every time I step foot in Madewell. I just absolutely love a good lightweight shirt for summer, and Madewell makes all the best ones. (I know I’m already really selling this hard and I promise this is not an ad, just a personal observation!)
Another trend of sorts that I am loving this Summer is the statement shoe – remember last week when I chatted about my love for statement mules? Well this week it carries over to my love for a good pair of summertime statement heels. The key is to find a pair that make you want to go on vacation, and make THAT your statement.
If there’s one shoe I am seriously crushing on this year, it’s the mule. It took me a minute to get to this place, and now that I’m here I ain’t lookin’ back! I’m not typically drawn to flats, but there have been so many great flat mules coming out this year that I seem to have changed my tune a bit. I don’t think there’s a single girl in LA right now who doesn’t have a pair of mules to pair with their high waisted Levi’s. It’s definitely become part of the “LA girl” look, especially for Summer. We here in the City of Angels are all about ease, comfort, and yet anything “chic”, so mules seem to be the no brainer!
I constantly go back and forth between wondering if I can actually pull off the bandana trend. They’re honestly not the easiest of accessories to pull off, but when you do, it’s awesome. I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge – especially a fashion challenge – so I’ve been having a ton of fun playing with how to wear one of my current favorite trends hitting the streets of Los Angeles.
Is there seriously anything better than finding things you love from your favorite designers on sale? I absolutely L O V E a good sale, and the sales going on this Summer are making me one very happy shopper. Where I feel like I scored the most though was on these amazing Stuart Weitzman suede ankle booties – they’re on sale right now for $263 from $535 and they come in three colors! I stopped at just the nude pair because I could very easily go crazy and buy them all, but the great thing about these nude boots is that they’re great even for Summer. I feel like I can honestly wear these with just about anything – jeans, a pair of cut off shorts, a dress, whatever! I love that these in particular are not only crazy comfortable, but because they’re nude and they’ve got this great slimming effect. I am all about any slimming effects these days, lets be honest.
The weather this week could seriously not have been more perfect – seems so fitting for the first official week of Summer! Naturally whilst strolling around Santa Monica yesterday, I decided to stroll on down to the beach to take in the beautiful Summer setting. This was one of those days where I felt so incredibly grateful to live where I live. To be able to just say, “you know what? I feel like walking down by the beach right now”… and then just doing it on a whim while its 80 and sunny… is kind of amazing. I really am so grateful for this city, this weather, and these beautiful beaches. I’m actually wearing a shirt that was made as a collaboration between Madewell and The Surfrider Foundation to support the foundation’s mission to protect and preserve our beautiful coastlines. They have a small limited collection out right now that includes this ADORABLE t-shirt that comes in blue or red writing, along with a great little straw tote and some fun pairs of sunnies.
Two of my favorite trends this Summer: yellow, and cold shoulder tops. There’s something so “take me on a vacation” about both, and the best part is that both trends are incredibly versatile and budget friendly. I have found so many chic cold shoulder tops for less than $100, with some of my favorites being even less than $50.
Do you have those pieces in your closet you want to wear regardless of what the weather looks like outside? I have tons of those. In fact I’m convinced that just about everything in my closet can be worn anytime – at least in Los Angeles. Denim and pleather/leather/vinyl are those materials that can totally complete any look, and as far as I’m concerned you can and should wear them whenever you like. Fortunately though it’s been relatively temperate around LA these past few weeks. It’s not too hot that I can’t wear my favorite vinyl skirt, but also not to cold that I have to coverup my favorite button down denim shirt.
Current favorite color: sunshine. I’m seeing girls everywhere rocking yellow this-that-and-the-others and I must say, I’m right there with them! I bought this Reformation dress to wear to a wedding, thinking I’d be the only one to wear such a bright color, but as turns out about 5 other girls attending had the same idea. SO many brands right now are making such cute yellow dresses it’s no surprise at all so many of us are attracted to the trend. Yellow is just one of those colors that flatters everyone, and with the warm weather starting to come through, yellow is definitely the color of the season.
“Three things I can’t stop putting on repeat lately: high wasted everything, vintage t-shirts, and reflective Ray-Ban sunnies” – said every girl in LA right now. Gotta say though, I’m on the band wagon and I’m not mad about it! I have been tirelessly wearing out my Levi’s and AG jeans lately, and my favorite thing to pair them with is t-shirts like this vintage Beatles shirt I got for $20 at Melrose Trading Co. I just picked up these Who What Wear pumps for $32.99 at Target, because I have an addiction to trying to buy their entire collections, but also because I was in desperate need of a classic pump. If it’s chilly out I love to throw a blazer on over this type of look, and this particular blazer is one of my absolute FAVORITE finds from this season. I got it at H&M and it was $59.99 – it’s the perfect light weight jacket for Spring/Summer, plus it goes with literally everything.
Do you ever find things while shopping that you kind of hate on the hanger, but you know will be gold when you try it on? This jacket was totally one of those things for me! There was something so “not me” about it, yet something kind of “I still need to try it on” at the same time. So I did, and I loved it – as it so happens sometimes. I snagged this guy at a very cool preview I got to attend for Who What Wear’s latest Spring collection for Target, but sadly to my surprise I can’t seem to find it anywhere to tell you where to buy it! I’m feeling very honored that I may now be the proud owner of a very rare WWW piece, but I hate that I can’t share with all my friends out there where to get this great Springtime jacket. Nonetheless, it’s still worth noting that the new WWW collection at Target is AMAZING. So far I’ve bought two tops, two dresses, two pairs of shoes, and I’ve spend less than $250 total.
[UPDATE: This jacket comes out in July!!!]