I have been looking for this wall and this dress my entire (blogging) life. Literally, I was on my way to shoot this too-comfy-to-be-so-chic maxi dress from Gozon when serendipity brought this art into my life. I didn't even know I was looking for it until I found it, but isn't that always how it works? The visual statement is so delicious - a blogger having her photo taken in front of a literal wall of photographers! I love it so much. Stumbling upon things like these are why I love L.A. so much - art lurking around every corner that helps me express my art.
Things I love: lavender hot chocolate, mornings in Greece, lobster rolls, fresh flowers, swimming in the sea and floral dresses. I love floral dresses so much, I try to wear them in the winter. I love them so much, I will wear them to the grocery store - which, admittedly, is probably a bit extra. Of all the dresses I have, this is one of my absolute favorites because the cut is SO flattering, there are pockets (!!!), the print is lush yet muted on the black background, and it's so long and sweeping. It really lends a little drama to an every day dress, and I live for that. I also really love the narrow cut at the neckline because for someone like me with very wide shoulders, it creates a slimmer look. More swan-like neck, less football player. I will have the dress on repeat all summer long! And fall, and winter...let's be honest. Perfect dresses and perfect murals and perfect moments are so hard to find, so I'm going to relish this one and try create more as this journey continues!
It's that time of year, you guys. Every other post on Instagram is about peonies and the floral prints are coming out for summer. Floral prints are like the pumpkin spice lattes of this season - super basic, but extremely delightful. I love fashion, I fashion for a living, but I don't believe fashion has to be serious. Sometimes, it can just be pretty and cheerful - and that's how wearing florals makes me feel. Seriously, how can you be in a bad mood when your outfit is covered in blossoming blooms? Especially splashed across a canvas of pink? I put on this little confection from Gozon and a. felt super happy and gorgeous b. immediately wanted to go to a garden party in Beverly Hills.
Here's a secret about why I love dresses with pockets so much - I never know what to do with my hands while I shoot, and also generally in life. I get a bad case of clawhands when I'm taking pictures, so having somewhere to stash them is a relief. I'm also a fan of the silhouette pockets create on maxi dresses when placed correctly. They give a little more of a rounded/feminine shape to a garment, so it doesn't look like a shapeless sack when worn. I'm all for billowing dresses, but I don't want to be swallowed whole by one. The same shape is achieved by an empire waist on top, so this dress has a lot of balance that makes it super flattering on most body types. It can help create or accentuate curves. I really love that this dress is comfortable enough to wear out for a breakfast with my girlfriends or to meetings, and yet sophisticated enough for a special occasion. I've literally never in my life said this before, but someone invite me to a wedding this summer - I have the perfect thing to wear!
I've had New York on the brain lately, and I think that's how this black dress slipped into my normally colorful closet. Although, when I lived in New York I never wore black either...even though its practically the uniform there. I was just being contrary, as usual. I also really base all of my style choices around the very important questions of "does this go with purple hair or nah?" and black goes with everything - which is another reason I kind of immediately fell in love with this dress from Gozon. Add the fact that it's a bit flow-y and my shoulders get to make a cameo and you know I'm a happy boho babe. Plus pockets! Now that I've gotten the taste for perfect casual black dresses, I may start incorporating even more black into my summer style - also mostly because I'll be mourning the loss of all my carefully done blown-outs as the temperature and humidity rises.
If you've been following my blog for a while, you already know I really dig Gozon because of the quality of their pieces, the flattering fit, and the variety. I actually have some really cute groundbreaking florals to show you later this week from their spring stash! I mean, black is cool and all and I'm glad I'm starting to embrace it more - but I'm a flower child at heart, always and forever.
As always, I'm plotting some travel and I'll definitely be bringing this dress along with me. The right straw hat and this dress can go from city chic to country-side charm in a second. I'm envisioning long strolls through ancient winding streets, with glimpses of glimmering blue water beyond - stay tuned!
Coachella is a really stylish marathon, not a sprint, and I think I finally got it all figured out this year - third time's the charm, after all. It all comes down to the downtime. Drink your water, take naps, EAT, and know that it's totally normal that you don't want to stay at a day party for more than 2 hours in 92 degree desert heat. Also, wear sunscreen and lip balm! My face is currently in shambles, so this weekend will be all about restorative care with all the goodies I snagged from the ULTA set-up at PopSugar this year.
Speaking of - I think everyone by now knows my version of Coachella is something I call Coachellite. All parties, no festival. Lady Gaga is cool and all, but one of my waking nightmares is being in a massive crowd of people with music being blasted at me. Hard pass. Instead I twirled my pretty bohemian garbs through parties with Amuse Society, PopSugar, Lucky Brand, and TOPSHOP. I ate, drank, and was merry and only very lightly creeped on Tyler Posey when I saw him by the pool at one event. What an adorable angel.
I love kicking off Coachella weekend with Amuse - always such a lowkey party with the best drinks and vibes. I had this Gypsy05 dress (shop all of my looks below) for a few weeks and it took everything in me to save it for the party because it's so cute and also super comfortable. I still very much have that first day of school mentality where I want to wear something new immediately. I made it though, and it was the perfect dress for kicking back by the pool. Next year, I will bring a swimsuit (I always forget) so I can float away on a swan when someone asks me how many followers I have on Instagram. Byyyyeeeeee.
Day 2 brought me to the PopSugar Cabana Club and Lucky Desert Jam and I brought out my outfits from Shop Three Little Birds (my insane boho bellbottoms) and Tiare Hawaii (my tropical fluttering floral dress). PopSugar was totally gorgeous and stocked full of all the products you've been dying to try (plus the best pork sliders and watermelon cocktails of life). Lucky Desert Jam now has a special place in my heart because the DJ and location killed it. It's also the first time I felt like I got to sit and relax in weeks. The party wound down so calmly, just people chilling out on roudies and watching the sun start to fall behind the huge desert mountains surrounding Palm Springs.
Day 3 was my unproblematic fave. By the time you wake up on Sunday, at least in my experience, you feel a sense of calm vs the sense of urgency you experience the other two days to see, taste, and hear it all. I got a last minute RSVP to The Escape by TOPSHOP TOPMAN and was expecting a leisure afternoon, which they totally delivered on at the UNBELIEVABLE Korakia Pensione resort I have been dying to go to for years. That was reason enough alone to attend, but TOPSHOP TOPMAN did it just right. Amazing food (I had all the caprese salad), a perfect art wall for photos, shopping, GLITTER TEARS from The Gypsy Shrine, and the most comfortable and boho chic oasis of a lounge in which to just generally sit around and be fabulous. How fabulous? Extremely fabulous in my super soft and impossibly flattering cosmic tie-dye INDAH maxi dress - the purple, blue, and green splashes of color are even more unreal in person. Major thank you to the babes at CLD PR for getting me right for festival season this year!
I could not have asked for a better weekend, starting my countdown to Coachella 2018 now!
Hey! It's Mickey - reporting live from bed thanks to a sinus infection this winter weather in L.A. has bestowed upon me. For all the rain and cold we've been having, I could have stayed in Louisiana and at least Mardi Gras'd my heart out this year. I know I should never complain about getting rain in the desert, so I'll look at the bright side instead: at least I can wear my super soft and cozy cashmere from Grana!
Mongolian cashmere feels so luxe. You know when you go to the spa and they slather your face with impossibly rich creams and serums, then you leave thinking "Oh, this is what life should be like"? That's what it's like to wear this soft and lush Boyfriend Sweater Dress and Woven Scarf - like being swathed in luxury. Luxury that's still super cozy so you can wear it while running from meeting to meeting or just under a blanket at home and reading. It's honestly the most comfortable (and happiest) I am next to wearing jams, and wearing jams is pretty much my favorite thing in life. I'm also obsessed with the color of the scarf, especially with my new purple hair. It's burgundy officially, but reads more like a plum to me. Either way, it's such a deep, smokey color. I've been pairing it with a ton of colors because it works so well with a spectrum of shades.
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So this month has been crazy, huh? If I can't keep life in general easy breezy, I can at least make sure my closet is - a perk of being a boho girl. Speaking of, I think I'm going to officially declare it festival season (at least here on the blog) so I can start pulling out some of my boho-iest, flowiest, Coachella-iest looks as we start the lengthy countdown to the best weekend of the year. I'm always a little bummed when I find the perfect dress for Coachella when it's still months away, but they're never wasted as long as I get to share them with you bbs!
People always tell me I should wear white because of my skin tone, but I am admittedly a little afraid of it. I can't make it through one day without banging into a table or dropping my phone on my face. How am I supposed to make it through an entire day of wearing white without ruining it? Especially a light, gauzy white like this dress with delicate black and white embroidery from Zaful. Turns out, I am actually an adult and can be careful if I need to be when fashion is at stake. I can ever wear heels aka these ADORABLE booties from Angelina Shoetique. It helps that they're exceedingly comfortable so I can walk in them without toppling over - lowering the risk of me falling and snagging my dress/getting it dirty. Now that I know I can survive wearing white, I may try it again soon. Stay tuned!
Ok hiiiiiiiiiiiiii, I'm back from my Holiday Hiatus! I didn't even really mean to take one, but I always get hit with a little end-of-year ennui around Christmas and I just went with it. Plus, I was eating non-stop from beignets to gumbo to po-boys and taking photos of anything but food seemed like a nightmare idea in the midst of it.
While I was away, I learned that my hometown has some pretty decent to stellar street art happening. My mom actually took me around to all of them because she knew all of them! Isn't she a peach? I knew I wanted to come back with something as feminine and vibrant as this dress, and thanks to mom - I found it.
I have dubbed this dress from Tidebuy as "Victorian Vintage". It's the ruffled collar and sleeves married with the butted up single-breasted top that really stands out to not just make this dress feel retro, but almost antique. It's also crazy soft and velvet-y, and heavy in the best way. You guys know by now - I love clothing that has some heft to it. It assures me of quality and makes it feel more real almost. Like I'm wearing something subtantial and thought out. I'm not prepared to give up my florals, even in winter - so I am very much in love with these flowers that are practically exploding out from the dark background of the dress. I love all the detail work in the flowers too, you can see each petal, leaf, and stem. I'm just mad for all the motifs present here, and very excited I finally have one winter appropriate garment in my closet. Expect to see this on repeat.
I've been in this mood lately where I buy clothes for trips I want to take. No plane tickets have been bought, or hotel rooms reserved. I just decide in my mind that I want to go to some destination and then start building a wardrobe around it "just in case". I 100% believe this has been subconsciously encouraged by my late-night Pinterest binges. This dress from Make Me Chic is for my imaginary trip I'm totally going to take to Morocco. I just want to match all the exquisite tile work, you guys. This dress has such a resort vibe, and I love the colorful tapestry-like detailing that runs down the front. The dress itself is so lightweight, it almost has a gauzy feel, but the embroidered detailing has some weight to it which I really liked because it's a sign of quality. I can't stand when I see a piece of clothing with what I think is really beautiful detail work, and it turns out to be printed on instead. One such a light dress, the embroidery adds color and texture - two of my favorite things!
Full disclosure - the neckline of this dress is a deeper V, but I pinned it shorter to make it more socialite and less salacious. This is part of my fashion fantasy - in my mind I don't have a large chest so I can wear all kinds of backless/strapless/plunging bohemian garments...but no. I mean, I can but I always have to alter it a little bit to make it work for me. I'm very stubborn when it comes to something I want, I will buy it and make it work. I don't care how many safety pins or stitch rippers it takes! Custom fits are better anyway, right? When I do take this jetset dress on a trip, I'm going to drop the neckline again and use it as a swimsuit cover-up. That's originally how I wanted to shoot this dress for you guys, so I'll probably have another round of photos on how to style this on the beach come birthday time in March - stay tuned!
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You know what I love? Like capital L Love? Love even more than lobster rolls and summers in Greece? Convenience. Convenience is the best, you guys. I love shopping online because I can do it from under my huge chunky knit blanket and only have to crawl out from under said cream and baby blue blanket to open my door and get my package when it's delivered. Living my best life for sure.
You know what else I love? When everything I ordered fits and the quality is Good (capital G). Honestly, quality over everything - it's so important. I like to think of everything as an investment piece, because if I loved it enough to buy it then I want to be able to wear it year after year. Everything on my Black Friday list is beyond chic, no doubt, but I really want to emphasize the quality for these pieces because I was actually astounded when I got my hands on them. 100%, the clothing from GOZON is the best quality of anything I've come across ESPECIALLY for the price (Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale Alert: EVERYTHING on the site will be $5, $10, and $20!).
Starting with this Fab (capital F) fur vest. I have wanted a fur vest since Rachel Zoe made them cool - like 2007? - and I have never been able to find the perfect one. They've all always been "too" for me - too bulky, too fuzzy, too short, too not the right color etc. I'm like the Goldielocks of fur vest and I finally found the one that was just right! I'm tall, so the length is good for me - especially because I'm a bit short-waisted and it keeps me from looking compact. I love the alternating black and white, because literally everyone looks good in black, white, or some combination of the two, and the contrast is striking. Also, there are pockets! Check, check, check - I finally found the perfect fur vest and in the 100 times I've worn it the past week, it has barely shed. If I wore pants, I would definitely rock this with jeans. Since I'm a weirdo who doesn't wear pants, I went with a black turtleneck sweater dress and it was a perfect match. Proving my theory that legs don't even really get cold, especially if you're all warm up top.
Of course, my Black Friday list is heavily inspired by the 90s. The Pom Pom Knit Hat + Swing Dress is a total nod to Cher Horowitz. No one did subtle fur accessories and details like our girl from Clueless. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that everyone has lost their minds over this hat and I've been stopped multiple times while wearing it. It's literally cuter in person, and it's Cute (capital C) in pictures. Once upon a time, I ran a knitwear line, so I'm very picky about my knits. I love that I've worn this hat and it hasn't snagged or lost it's shape at all. It's not too tight (no headaches) or too loose (no falling off), it just sits pretty until you're ready to take it off.
Swing dresses are dope - here's why: they flatter every form because of the tapering at the bust/shoulders and flare at the wait/hips. You don't end up with a saggy sack shape because the cut of the dress is building a silhouette for you. I actually really like this style in a solid color, especially for fall/winter, but the suede elbow patches on this dress are such an cute detail. I know I'm very boho, but I dig the preppy flair it adds. Also, it has pockets - gimme gimme gimme.
You know what a fashion miracle is? When you're shooting outside and get caught in a freak rainstorm/cold front in Los Angeles (where it rains 8 times a year) BUT you're shooting in a cozy plaid Boyfriend Shirt that happens to be sherpa-lined. So nice try bizarre weather, but I was still warm and toasty despite braving the elements. Tbh, the only reason I ever like having a boyfriend is so I can steal things from his closet, and now I don't even need to do that. Online shopping is my new boyfriend. Seriously, we're very happy together and seriously, this shirt is so comfy. You can't love Cher Horowitz without loving plaid, and I love that the lining is thick, but not bulky and doesn't add a lot of volume to the shape. I've actually been taking the best naps in this shirt, it just kind of lulls me to sleep.
Full disclosure: I only wanted a bomber jacket because it seems like every other blogger has a bomber jacket and they just look so cool! Did I ever mention that I'm literally so easily swayed by anything? So my final Black Friday pick from GOZON is this super chic lightweight bomber in navy blue. You guys know I love zipper details, and turns out the shorter style of a bomber jacket is good for my short waist. I have a very good feeling that my mom may try to take this one for herself when I get home for the holidays next month, so I'm just going to go ahead and order her one in burgundy or olive so she'll leave my jacket alone (she won't). Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping, my babes!
As part of my never-ending journey of constantly be inappropriately dressed for a situation - this is what I wore to go explore La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Cove. A park and beach. What do normal people wear, Mickey? They wear shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. This is a lesson I somehow have to re-learn every time I go somewhere - and one I immediately forget by the time I'm getting dressed again. So I was a little overdressed, BUT my bohemian dress from Zaful and my bright blue Amy bag from Oliver Bilou could not have matched the scenery better!
Since I got my mermaid hair back, I've been a little concerned that some colors will clash with it. This pretty maroon was one of them, but it somehow didn't make my hair look more red or too harshly contrasted. This willowy dress, with it's intricate print and bell sleeves, is such a favorite because of how light and comfortable it is, how prettily it sways while I'm walking, and how perfect the colors are for fall.
I haven't gotten a new bag in over a year, which is very unlike me. I think maybe I was just waiting for the perfect one, and this blue baby came into my life right before my trip - a sign for sure! Are zippers on a bag an accessory? A necessity accessory, I suppose. I love that this bag has a lot of zipper detail, and that it has the most playful blue suede tassels on the front. The best part, the very best part, is that it has four metal feet on the bottom so it can't get dirty no matter how long I have it resting on a wall so I can get the most perfectly dreamy shot of the ocean.