It’s ALMOST that time. That three to five day weekend time, where summer officially ends and the elicit fall wonders finally begin to take hold. I, like Leandra, love summer and hate everything else, although I will say Fall should be a sweet reprieve from the insane heat we’ve been experiencing. One can hope!
But in the meantime, if you’re like me, you’re getting out of town this weekend – or for a full week in my case.(HEY ALASKA!) So I wanted to make sure you had time to grab/do the last minute essentials so you have the best weekend possible.
The more I learn about the fashion industry, the more I am finding myself wanting to invest my money in goods made by local, ethical, and sustainable brands. It’s not to say I am not still a bit of a “hoo-er” (as I prefer to call it) for a few fast fashion brands like Zara, but I have been actively making a point of it to discover and support brands rooted in creating fashion consciously.
The incredible thing about living in a place like LA is that there are tons of brands, big and small, that are founded on doing good by their community – on a local and global scale. The cherry on top simply being that just because they’re ethical doesnt mean they sacrifice chic – au contraire. Here are a few of the brands I love right now that you need to be wearing yesterday:
Los Angeles has always been a bit of an oxymoron – in more ways than one. On one hand LA is a big city that promotes the quick pace of the hustle and bustle, but on the other hand it’s a city heavily focused on promoting slowing down and living that life of leisure. This juxtaposition actually happens to be one of my favorite things about LA. The fast life makes the slow life all the sweeter, and if there’s one thing I know about Angelenos… we hold “relaxation” in very high regard.
Besides the soothing sounds of the ocean shore, the feeling of the warm sun on your skin, or the sight of palm trees swaying in the breeze, there are tons of ways to relax in Los Angeles – as a matter a fact we’re a city obsessed with it. Whether it be a mediation class, a traditional spa, or a tranquil garden, here are a few of my favorite places around town to treat oneself and get a great mood refresher.
Puff sleeves might be one of those trends we look back on in 20 years and say to ourselves, “why oh why”, but ’til then I AM HERE for this trend. 2018 has been the year of statement tops and puff sleeves, and I love that these trends have been so versatile and applicable to any season. I have had so much fun this summer with bold prints and mixing patterns – Gingham, polka dots, and florals have been some of my favorite patterns to play with and adding a puffy sleeve has been the bonus accent to take a look from cute to chic. As we head into Fall these trends are on track to get even more “trendy”, so let’s go through a couple of the looks and styles I am loving right now!
All I keep hearing is, “Summer is almost over” and can I just be the one to say, no it ain’t? I feel like Summer has just begun! August, September and October always seem to be our warmest months and it’s the time of year Angelenos can finally take advantage of LA’s splendor. We can go to the beach in peace, we can dine al fresco as often as we please, and we can drink rosé – aka Summer water – on an extended timeline!
It’s no secret that I absolutely love hosting at my house, and my most recent gathering was arguably my most crowning achievement yet. I, with the help of my friends from Society6, hosted my very own “Rosé All Day” inspired cocktail party in my backyard and had the absolute best time doing it. I really went above and beyond with this one, but the good news is it really wasn’t all that difficult to pull of.
On this particular post I decided to partner up with one of my favorite girls – and especially favorite bookworm – to combine efforts and bring to you a list of books we’ve loved, or at least had our eye on this summer. Nikki Best is an LA girl, a creative, a copywriter, a yoga and coffee enthusiast, but most importantly the author of a book herself. A year or so ago she penned “Haikantwithyou” – a really fun and clever quick read that tells a tale of a modern relationship in haiku format. Plus it’s a great coffee table read for when you’re done – I would know, I have it.
So with all of that said, both Nikki and I have spent a lot of time this summer reading – and listening – and these are just a few of the books we hope you guys might enjoy as well. I also included the local book stores in Los Angeles that you can find them – along with their Amazon links just incase you’re not in LA. But if you are in LA, get your butt to your local bookshop and take in all those fresh book scents!
Did you know that Hawaiian shirts are cool again? AND that they appeal to all ages and genders? It’s true! And if you had any doubt, allow me to make my case.
It all started a few months ago when I paid a visit to one of my favorite stores/brands in Los Angles, Paul Smith. As I was perusing the ladies section, I came across this bright yellow, button down short sleeve shirt with a floral print. I thought to myself, “I have never really thought to wear a Hawaiian shirt but now that I am seeing this I think I need it.” I didnt buy the shirt that day, I should have but let’s not harp on it, but since then I have absolutely obsessed over Hawaiian shirts for girls.
Malibu is serenity defined. On one hand, you are literally standing on the edge of the world, where the water meets the land. And on the other, you’re surrounded by beautiful homes, delicious food, and a winding road that some how never gets old. It’s perfectly perfect and out of the way, so that when you do trek to Malibu you make it a ~thing. You’re treating yourself and you best live it up. So see below my perfect day in that magical place (I will disclose here that I’m starting farther away and working my way back in to the city).
Can we officially made the LPDD (little polka dot dress) a thing? Is it already a thing and I just think I am a total term coiner? Either way, there are two things I know for sure: I am having the time of my life in NYC right now, and this is my favorite dress I currently own. YES, she has left the city of Los Angeles, and oh dear what do we do now. It cracks me up how confused the world of social media gets when I post from anywhere but LA. My blog isn’t called “Love and I Never Leave LA” for cryin’ out loud, and I always come back! A girl’s gotta get out of town sometimes, right? And I absolutely LOVE being in New York.
I havent been to NYC in the Summer in years, and I am out here eating and drinking all of the delicious things and just living my best life – despite the muggy weather and wafting scent of hot garbage. Needless to say, in such elements mini dresses are a must. And in the second most fashionable city (behind LA of course) cute n’ trendy mini dresses are a must.
Summer in Los Angeles is when happiness just happens. The world seems like your oyster with endless possibilities of fun, and the amount of joy in the air is almost palpable. Picture the best parts with me: surfers lining the coast, people dining beachside, rooftop parties, outdoor movies, BBQ’s, concerts, cocktails – the list goes on.