Shoulder Pads Are Still Cool, Guys!

Aug 16, 2017

 Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: Forever21
top: thrifted from Goodwill
skirt: Zara
bag: Aldo
shoes: thrifted from Crossroads Trading Co. (orig. Madewell) 

...okay, so that's probably not a true statement, but it doesn't stop me from rocking them! I came across this v dated top on a Goodwill outing and it reminded me of big 80s hair and bowling alleys and neon signs, so into the shopping basket it went. Months later, it finally got christened on a night out at the DTLA Art Walk - if anyone is gonna appreciate my GLOWesque shenanigans, it's the LA artist community. I think. I hope. 

But back to that "shoulder pads are cool" statement - who on earth cares? I'm all for trends and fast fashion and Instagrammable looks and owning the same "it" top as every other blogger (because hey, some items really are that good), but clothes are an art form. Meaning, your sense of style should be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. So here's my reminder to y'all. It's okay to wear that thing everyone else thinks is ugly or costume-y or whatever else-y. At the end of the day, what you put on your body is your business, and it should have one main goal: to make you feel beautiful/badass/sexy/insertotherdopeadjective. Go get'em, tiger! 

Thanks for stopping by! Now go out there and be shameless in your style endeavors! 

Grids N' Smiles.

Aug 14, 2017

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
earrings: booth @ DTLA Art Walk (Dang Gurl)
cardigan: Charlotte Russe
dress: Tobi
bag: Zara
shoes: Clarks

What's got THIS girl all up in smiles today? Possibility, exploration, long walks and this purrrrty Tobi dress (also featured here). These photos are coming atcha live delayed by like 5 hours, but shot today nonetheless. It was one of those days that didn't come with a plan; one that had the potential to be lazy and bed-ridden. Instead, it involved an hour-long walk to downtown and impromptu sightseeing at some of LA's most gorgeous hotels.

For the occasion, I rocked nothing but the comfiest. You guys, Clarks shoes. We need to discuss these. My mom got her hands on these booties and swore they were the comfiest thing ever, and she's never been more right about an item. Pretty sure these are thrifted, as their shoes normally cost above the $100 price mark, but if you ever come across a Clarks discount, you need to take advantage. It's like walking on a cloud of fluff. I didn't even get any blisters! Speaking of shoes - anyone wanna throw some comfy shoe brand recs my way? Always on the lookout to grow that collection. 

Thank you for stopping by <3

The Most Gorgeous Dress I've Ever Owned.

Aug 11, 2017

Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
sunglasses: Warby Parker
necklace: gifted
earrings: thrifted 
dress: Who What Wear Collection at Target 
bag: DKNY via Crossroads Trading Co.
shoes: Nine West

...that's a big statement I have going on in the title, seeing as I'm also the proud owner of this beauty, and this one, but maybe my emotional attachment lies in the amount of work I had to put in for this gorgeous number. The moment Who What Wear started taunting me with this beautiful garment on Instagram, I knew I had to make it mine. The one tiny problem was actually finding the thing - by the time I decided to make the purchase, my size was sold out at every Target within reasonable driving distance AND online. But hey, I got the last laugh when a brand spanking new Target near me opened the week of my crisis. When I found out, I literally went to the store first thing in the morning, after not having slept all night (b/c crippling anxiety, not the dress - I'm not that extreme yet).

This dress makes me feel mature and sophisticated in a way I've never quite felt before. Yes, it probably feels a bit older than early mid (?) 20s wear, but, alongside the rest of the Who What Wear collection, it really makes me look forward to dressing up as I blow through more candles on my birthday cakes. I dunno - there's just something about that sharp editorial sophistication that has me giddy for a more tamed, developed style... though I miiiiight still be rocking crop tops and body chains well into my middle age *shrugs*.

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