Monochrome has to be one of the absolute easiest ways to put together a dope no-brainer outfit. In most cases it’s a sure fire way to get instantly chic. Real talk though – did I put on an all yellow/marigold outfit and think, “this is totally going to work”? Hell to the no. But did I give it a fair shot and hope for the best? Hell to the yes. I bought this jumpsuit because I absolutely loved the color, I loved that it was a bold look and that it would probably be a real test trying to figure out what the hell else to wear with it. It’s one of those items that kind of needs to stand alone, but with it still not being bare shoulder weather a coat was a must. Clearly I’ve got an addiction to anything and everything golden lately so I threw on a matching coat and voila – a bold look that miraculously worked! 1/2 the reason being because the colors matched so well, the other 1/2 being because I just decided to take the risk and try it.
Okay, one of the MAIN reasons I love the Oscars is because of the maj, maj, MAJ fashion that is served. Like a free expensive glass of champagne… or an unexpected (yet totally expected) free birthday treat at your fav restaurant… the fashion is the icing on the awards cake. The Oscars are where we get to see the best runway looks on people that are (kinda sorta not really) just like us?! The best of the best from every major fashion Haus is reserved for Oscar night, and the red carpet is almost just as fun to watch as the award show itself. Amirite? Anyway, because I love this sort of thing, this blog is particularly particular and not super related to LA, but since the Oscars took place in LA I’m letting it slide. Oscars weekend is practically a recognized holiday – they close down Hollywood Blvd for crying out loud!
SO. All that said, Oscars 2018 was the year of takes on old Hollywood glam mixed with bold and jaw dropping numbers. This would be my personal best dressed list:
Two words: TRENCH COATS. They’re a big thing in LA (and beyond) this season… but they’ve never really ever gone out of style, have they. Designers have been reimagining the trench coat for decades, and 2018 has truly outdone itself. I’ve been falling head over heels for wild textures, bright colors, and different ways to breath new life into this simple silhouette. While I completely condone a pink pleather knee length trench, starting with the basics is crucial for a lifetime’s worth of style – and for making the most of your money. For example, you really cant go wrong with a classic tan trench like the one I’ve got on. Trenches work on every girl, every body type, and every budget. You could go on a serious investment like a classic Burberry coat, or you could go with something a bit more “current” and affordable, like this Line & Dot option.
My favorite kind of shopping is shopping for gifts. For me. Ok fine, I do love shopping for friends and family too – I promise! But regardless of why we’re shopping, going to a store, trying on clothes, terrible dressing room lighting and the hassle of parking – it’s all a lot. But when you’re In Los Angeles, walking those sunny semi clean streets through different neighborhoods, it’s almost impossible not to stumble upon some cute locally owned shop that is very serious about their collection and selection of curated goods. The best part — besides the treats — you’re supporting small businesses and thus the local community. KUDOS BABE. MAJOR. KUDOS.
The wonderful thing about these shops too, is that the selection of goods range in price, so you’ll be able to find a gift within any budget. See below a list and short description of a few of my faves and PLZ let me know if I missed any in the comments! Would love to hear what YOUR favorite local shops are!
I had just 24 blissful hours in Ojai last weekend, and still I managed to pack a bag I could barely carry. Why do we do that? The fact of the matter is, we can’t help it, especially when we’re talkin’ vacation and we know the weather will be in your favor. There’s something particularly about the notion of a getaway that makes me want to bust out hats, prints, colors, ruffles – all the wild stuff. It’s gotta be cute, out of my usual norm, but most importantly: easy and affordable. Jumpsuits and dresses pack like dreams, so naturally this is what most of my suitcase consisted of on my Ojai trip.
I always forget how close Ojai is from Los Angeles. It’s like… driving-from-the-Eastside-to-the-Westside-in-traffic close, which makes it the PERFECT place for Angelenos to skip town for a night or two. What you’ll love about Ojai – whether you’re a fast paced city slicker or a laid back local hippie – is that its a total mind, body, and soul retreat for anyone and everyone. Doesn’t matter what your budget looks like, doesn’t matter where you are from, doesn’t matter if you meditate or do yoga or actually despise it; all that matters is that you are as open to enjoying the Ojai experience as Ojai is to hosting you. Wait till you meet the locals, smell those orange blossoms, and catch your first glimpse at the famous “pink moment” (sunsets in Ojai are a thing of legend) – you’ll want to be cast under the Ojai spell regularly. Here are a few of my personal favorite things about one of California’s coolest towns:
You know that little part of Hoover St, between Bellevue and Melrose? You might not actually not on first thought, because it consists of literally two blocks. But it’s turning into two blocks of pure joy. One might even say… a block party, if you will.
I appreciate these condensed cool blocks; these little LA nooks that are seemingly “nothing”. Because when you actually go to them, or accidentally discover them, they turn into a whole lot of something. And ultimately, you end up wanting to come back time and time again – because once it becomes the next York St., you’re going to be able to say “I was a fan before it was a thing” – one of our favorite things as Angelenos’ to claim.
Below are a few of the cute, locally owned shops and restaurants that have popped up on the latest and greatest “cool block” in LA. But as there is always so much left to discover, chime in if there are other undiscovered blocks that need checking out! Continue reading →
London finally called after 29 short years, and when London calls… you go. You get the hell across that pond because what’s on the other side, just past Heathrow airport, is a city of complete and total wonder. If you’re a traveler, at some point in your life you’ve probably heard, “you have to go to London, you would love it.” It’s just something people in the know say, like “fruits and vegetables are good for you.” London is just one of those “duh”, “obviously”, must-go places. So finally as of 2 weeks ago I journeyed to the land of our forefathers’ fathers : the land of stunning architecture – both new and old. The land of the world’s best accents, greatest pubs, most rich history/culture, and arguably some of the absolute best *and and most fashionable* people. Whether your planning your very first trip or just looking for a little travel inspo, this here is my Angelenos guide to getting properly aquatinted with Londontown.
It’s February! How the f*ck did that happen? And somehow I am STILL behind on life post returning from Europe. I promised a London guide this week and well… it’s taking a bit longer than expected. All good things do – amiright. In the meantime, I want to talk about the best color ever in the history of colors: red. AKA… my spirit color. I’ve been regularly wearing red lipstick since high school – been trying to be Gwen Stefani since I was 12, and red lips seemed like the easiest way to get there outside of bleaching my hair. These days though red is a frequent “accent color” in my everyday wardrobe. Sometimes it’s the whole damn thing, but for the most part I love to use red as my pop of color.
Feathers = extra. It’s kind of just a fact. A jacket like this can’t help itself but scream “HEY HI HELLO HEY HI LOOK AT ME.” I think we all enjoy a certain level of elevated fashion, as well a certain level of attention… but it can be tricky to find the happy medium with those loud pieces you just can’t help but love. You’ve probably got a few of those in your closet don’t you. It’s those ridiculous embellished boots or sandals, it’s that weird printed top you got on sale and thought “I can make this work”, or it’s that feather jacket you saw at a sample sale and bought on principle alone. – guilty.