May 15, 2016

Outfit: Old Ie + Denim Skirt.

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
sunglasses: Warby Parker
necklace + earrings: Jewelry Box
blouse (ie): hand-me-down
skirt: Zara
bag: Zara (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
shoes: Old Navy

Not much time for talk today beyond a simple hello and some warm wishes from me to you. It's 5:28 a.m. as I type this, and I'm running on some crazy adrenaline. I stopped working on Sunday, my partner in crime graduated college, and in a matter of hours I'll be on my way on a 2-month European adventure. Gosh, I can barely contain myself! 

See y'all on the road. Some Euro treats are definitely coming your way!

May 4, 2016

Outfit: Red Backpack + LA Denim.

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: Jewelry Box
necklace: H&M
jacket: Young & Reckless (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
top: For Love and Lemons (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
shorts: H&M
backpack: Zara (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
sneakers: Adidas (via Crossroads Trading Co.)

As a theme park enthusiast, I just had to celebrate my anniversary at Universal Studios (b/c newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter, of course). Theme park dressing brings about a bunch of challenges, especially for my constantly fluctuating in temperature body. It's too hot in the sun, it's too cold waiting in line for indoor rides, it's just never a fun time. And the amounts of walking one has to do? Definitely a workout.

My theme park dressing game has definitely evolved since the old days - I first went to Disneyland when I was in the 3rd grade rocking some denim on denim (frumpy, not chic) and matching sneakers with my mom (AND dad). This time around I relied on lace details and bright colors to take my comfy look up a notch. The jacket, backpack and sneakers are some of the newest items in my wardrobe and wearing them together was the best! 

Any new theme park recommendations out there? I enjoy the really immersive ones. It's nice to escape reality every now and then. 

April 30, 2016

Outfit: Bodycon Red + Classic Heels.

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: thrifted
blazer: Forever 21
dress: Missguided (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
heels: Candie's at Kohl's
bag: hand-me-down

I hunted for that perfect anniversary dress for weeks! Spent plenty'a lunch breaks trying on the prettiest incoming merchandise, and basically anything that came in a bright, eye-catching color. Surprise! 

Had just about given up on the damn thing when  my coworker waved this red gem into my face. Sure, it's not unique in style nor is it made of a fancy material, but it felt perfect for me. I've been enjoying clothes that I classify as "architectural," which in my mind equates to strong cutouts and crisp color. This dress has both, and the body-hugging quality of it was just a plus.

My boyfriend loved the fit (as did I), and it seemed perfect for the occasion - a fancy dinner in DTLA. I will say that if you're the kind of person that gets really self-conscious about food babies, this dress is definitely not your jam. In my case, 4 years of relationship make me unfazed at the thought of sharing food babies with bae. Also the oversized blazer helps ;)

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

April 12, 2016

Outfit: Flowy + Flowery.

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: Jewelry Box
blazer: Max Rave
necklace: garage sale
bag: Rebecca Minkoff (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
dress: Crossroads Trading Co.
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (via Crossroads Trading Co.)

Lately, I've been living for the thin layers of spring. Those warm days where it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket. Any Miss Congeniality lovers out there? No?!? 

This outfit is the epitome of the weather - flowers? Check. Springy pastels? Check. Flowy? Check check check. It's also one of those looks where I got lazy with mixing different retailers and just kind of went with all the stuff I bought from work in the past month. Maybe I should get out of the house and discover other stores? Who knows!

All I know is that if I wanted to dress up as Spring for Halloween, I'd slap this look on and call it a day. 

Happy almost mid-April folks! Party on. 

April 8, 2016

Outfit: Vintage Mini + Statement Coat.

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
jewelry: gifted
coat: Zara (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
bodysuit: Charlotte Russe
mini skirt: my aunt's (since she was a teenager)
boots: Mudd at Kohl's

For some reason, I feel like I'm taking a while to convince myself to explore Los Angeles. My personality is very calculated - I really need to build up to things and make sure I'm 100% ready to venture into them, which weirdly enough goes for my social life as well.

Hence my current relationship with LA - although at this point I'm going into my 3rd month of being here (!!!), there's still so much left for me to discover. I took the first couple of months very slowly- settled into my living situation and my job, got used to the traffic and general feel of being in the big city. But that all left me exhausted and lacking the energy I needed for other things. Being here now, it's too easy to take everything around me for granted and assume that there's all the time in the world to experience the city.

However, the harsh reality is this: you come about youth once in your lifetime, and this life is too short to wait everything out until you're perfectly comfortable. A little chaos never killed nobody, so last night was used as a celebration of youth. I decided (or rather, my boyfriend tempted me by taking on the bar tab) to be a normal 20-something and go out on the town on a Thursday night. And even though today was a workday and even though last night there were dirty dishes in the sink and even though I should've finished my taxes instead, I spent the night enveloped in the happiest feelings in DTLA with my favorite human. 

Alright, y'all probably think I'm a bit crazy and overdramatic, but this was really a big event. I can count on one hand the amount of times I've dressed up and gone somewhere outside of work in the past month, so it's just a perfect little feeling! Also any excuse to wear my aunt's vintage gem of a skirt is fine by me! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have an exciting little weekend!