- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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Happy official first day of Fall! AKA – “Summer in LA part II”, as most of us Angelenos fondly refer to it as. I say that, but remember when it rained yesterday? I never believe my iPhone when it shows showers in LA… but this time it was real! Naturally we’re back to sunshine and blue skies today, so mini skirts and crop tops are back in rotation. In the spirit of the transition from Summer clothes to Fall clothes, I’ve been throwing on some looks that are not only appropriate for the weather, but are also appropriate for current Fall trends.
I have taken quite a bit away from all of the trends that hit New York Fashion week, and one of my absolute favorites for Fall is PASTELS. Key pieces in pastel tones are going to be such a fun trend to play around with, especially during these “transitional” months in Los Angeles – AKA basically just the continuation of summer. I love a good pop of color, and I’ve been having a lot of fun trying on colorful anchor pieces – like these high waisted, linen, wide leg trousers – and building outfits around them. Gold/yellow was such a huge trend this Summer, and I love this more muted pastel-y yellow as we head into that typical Californian Indian summer.
I had to leave paradise this morning and MAN was that hard. I spent most of the day yesterday and this morning taking in all of the beauty that is the Fairmont Grand Del Mar property in the San Diego area, and for obvious reasons it was very difficult having to leave so soon. The fun had just begun! The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a five-star resort in every single aspect. In fact it’s rated as Trip Advisors #1 luxury hotel in the United States – which is just one of many accolades actually. But being that we’re heading into the long holiday weekend, which is kind of a signal to the “end of summer”, it felt like an opportune time to bust out the last of my summer purchases.
So far 2017 has been the year of statement stripes and polka dots for me. I can’t seem to get enough of either of these trends and patterns this year, and it all seems to be culminating as the end of summer nears. I bought this absolutely fabulous blue polka dot dress hoping I’d whisk it away with me to frolic around in on the streets of the Amalfi Coast. But, clearly that didn’t happen, and my chances of pulling that off before the lounge chairs and umbrellas are removed from the beaches are slim to none. I actually pre-ordered this dress MONTHS ago thinking I’d have to wait until September for it to arrive, but much to my happy surprise it arrived a few weeks early. The only problem was, as mentioned, I had nowhere terribly exciting to wear it. So instead of saving it for some fabulous engagement, I’ve been constantly wearing it around the streets of Los Angeles. I can’t believe how many compliments I get on this dress, each one only proves to me that the price I paid for it was worth every penny.
This here is my best “Summer you best not go away” look. And the entire look I’ll have you know was made possible by one of my absolute FAVORITE LA based brands, DSTLD. If you’re not familiar with DSTLD, they make the most incredible denim and basics for a fraction of competitive brands in stores. They create the product and sell directly to the consumer – thus cutting out the middle man, and thus making the goods more affordable. I became familiar with DSTLD right around when I started my own blog about 4 years ago, and every year they continue to impress me more and more. They’re always right on the pulse of trends and fashion, they keep it simple and structured, and they love the grey scale as much as I do. We’re two peas in a fashion pod DSTLD and I!
Anyone else feel like the end of summer is beginning to close in on us? You can’t make me buy sweaters and boots just yet, I simply refuse. In light of us somehow already being midway through August, I have been taking FULL advantage of restaurants with patios, outdoor adventures, and air-conditioned movie theaters this past week. I am savoring every last minute of summer I can get and I am loving it. I’m even hosting a pizza and sangria party in my backyard this weekend because we’ve had such wonderful warm nights.
I took a look at my Instagram feed this morning and realized that I might have a problem. I think I’m addicted to stripes? My entire vibe right now is stripes – unintentionally! Does anyone else feel like stripes – especially statement stripes – are having a real moment? Or is it just me. Could very well be just me going through a phase, but the striped items I’m currently scooping up are just out of this world incredible. Like these House of Harlow pants I bought on Revolve. Holy sh*t talk about the perfect pants. I might look a bit like a circus tent but I’ll tell you what, I’ve never gotten more compliments on a pair of pants in my life. I was worried I would only wear these a few times because they really are quite the statement but to my surprise I’ve already had to get them dry cleaned twice – I’ve had them for about three weeks.
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.