March 17, 2017

A lunch quickie...

...and a post quickie, because I've been dying to share this look on the blog. This Aldo bag steals my heart time and time again - and I finally put together a look that really does it justice. Normally I'd wear tennis shoes and my baggy army jacket for brunch (b/c food baby), but spring did a number on me. 
Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
sunglasses: Warby Parker
earrings: gifted
bomber jacket: Forever 21
bodysuit: H&M
jeans: H&M
bag: Aldo
boots:  DSW

Thanks for stopping by! 

March 5, 2017

My Take on Streetstyle.

This jacket photographs even better than it looks - but the angsty teenage girl I saw in H&M the other day would not agree. 

Right as I decided this jacket and I would live happily ever after, the following conversation happened right by my side: 
-MOTHER: How about this jacket? *touches jacket in same color as mine*
-ANGSTY LA TEEN: Ewww that's so gross.

I guess I'm not scoring any fashion points with the city's youth- but to everyone that's ever dealt with strangers' backhanded comments: you do you. Life's too short to worry about anyone else's opinion but your own. 
 Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
sunglasses: Warby Parker
scarf: thrifted
body chain: DIY
sweater: Tobi
jacket: H&M
bag: H&M
pants: H&M
shoes: Madewell (via Crossroads Trading Co.)

Thanks for stopping by! 

February 15, 2017

Flounce and Crispness.

Whoa, it's been a while. Actually. I'm not going to pretend this is some sort of comeback. Truth is, I'm not sure when/what my next post will be - but I know this cozy little blog will be here waiting whenever I'm ready.

This past month has been too fast-paced for my liking, but as things fall into place, I have more and more time to enjoy LA's rare sunshine and some lovely, boyfriend seal of approval photography. 

I've been curious about Target's WhoWhatWear collection for some time now, but never quite found the motivation to try on some of the items... until now (and lord knows I can't make a purchase without trying it on beforehand). Last week I was a woman on a mission - namely a mission to pick my number ONE standout item from the entire collection and invest. And yes, when you're a young professional in a big, expensive city, even $35 counts as investing... 

Without further ado, here it is. The dress of my dreams and realities - and I couldn't be happier with it.
Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: gifted
necklace: TJ Maxx
sunglasses: Warby Parker
sweater: Charlotte Russe
bag: H&M
dress: WhoWhatWear at Target
shoes: Adidas Neo at DSW

Thanks for still coming back even though I'm a grade F blogger. Cheers!

January 13, 2017

Camel n' Comfort.

Yes, this outfit was comfort. Walking through Griffith Park on a cozy LA day - the kind where I'd fluctuate between wearing a coat and a short sleeve, the kind that is missed now in a week full of rainstorms - everything was comfort. 

This year has started off better than I could have ever imagined (except for Jan. 1, which I forget existed because I was sleeping off a hangover - sorry mom). My soul has been fed with so many little happies - from starting my first big girl job to hosting my college bestie and convincing her to at least not hate LA, to Latin dancing and so many other sweet moments. It's been a lot of pleasant experiences, and I hope to continue that deep into the new year.

I want to focus my time and energy on experiences, on relationships, on learning and growing and being more open to trying new things. They might not all be up my alley, but as long as I feel and look comfortable, everything will be just right. I'll keep you posted. 
Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: unknown
choker: LA Arts District Farmer's Market
coat: Charlotte Russe
off-the-shoulder top: Charlotte Russe
backpack: Zara (via Crossroads Trading Co.)
belt: unknown
jeans: Blue Spice Denim (via TJ Maxx) 
sneakers: Adidas Neo (via DSW)  

Thanks for being here! I <3 you for it! 

December 27, 2016

Overly Worn Ripped Mom Jeans (And Overly Analyzed Thoughts).

I keep leaving and coming back. It's been a slow year for the blog - not that the previous years have been particularly fast - but this one felt sporadic and inspiration-less. Maybe it's the 'content clutter' out there, making me feel like being on the internet isn't worth it. Like I'm contributing to our world's dumbing down, in one way or another. Or maybe it's just my current relationship with myself and my surroundings. Either way, it's been dry. 

This blog was never intended for other people's enjoyment. It's my place to create and store and document - and if my point of view is relevant and interesting to anyone else's life/style/experiences, I welcome it with open arms. It's my place to be and discover and share my most authentic self. Hopefully I've achieved that even in my half-assed presence. 

There's been a couple of times when I considered just deleting the blog - but then I'd be erasing 4 years of memories and coping mechanisms. This post was intended to be lighthearted and poke fun at my overworn mom jeans; not sure when it all went downhill. I suppose I just needed a good ol' interwebz therapy session. 

For the next year, I look forward to taking on this blog with fresh eyes. My life feels more together. I have a job lined up starting January. I'm in the middle of enjoying a long, relaxing holiday with my family. Everything feels purposeful, and it's given me time to think about the future. I want a 2017 that's focused on experiences, rekindling friendships and relationships, creating new ones, cultural immersion, and very limited materialistic happiness. Of course, style will still be an integral element of this blog - it's my most trusted form of expression. But life is about so much more, and I want to become aware of it. So here's to a new year of blogging - same focus on fashion as a means of expression, in a happier heart, centered mind, and aware body. 
Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: Romania
choker: BaubleBar
top: Crossroads Trading Co.
jacket: Old Navy
bag: H&M
jeans: Topshop
boots: Crossroads Trading Co.  

Thanks for being here - of all internet places you could be.