I spent like...all of October watching The Craft on repeat and now I'm even deeper in a 90s fashion hole than I was before. So can we talk about spaghetti strap dresses? How they were so cute and cool when I was in middle school, but because I've been blessed (cursed?) with curves pretty much from the womb - I couldn't wear them without my bra straps being exposed to the entire world. Pretty mortifying when you're 11 and also straps are so not chic. I spent all of the late 90s/early 2000s in halter tops because that's what worked for my frame (and probs contributed to the back/neck pain I experience today), totally jealous of those girls who could wear crushed velvet dresses with those teeny straps...until now. I have a solution! Spanx has created arm tights for literally all of my layering needs!
Cable knit arm tights are pretty much the best thing that has happened to me this fall because it's still too hot in L.A. to commit to turtlenecks or long sleeve tees. Way too hot. I've been DYING to try this velvet dress + long sleeve layering combo I saw on some of the more chic girls at NYFW, and this arm tights finally gave me a way to do it without overheating AND while keeping my look sleek. When you're 5 foot 9 and broad shouldered, it's easy to look bulky in a turtleneck - but since these arm tights have no unsightly seams and fit like a second-skin, I don't have to worry about that. Unless I want to add a huge faux fur coat to the entire look - which of course I did. It's like 4 shades of pink and it will never be cold enough in L.A. for it - but I love it. I also love that the arm tights are cropped so no weird lines under your clothing, and the very best thing of all - they don't ride up! Having the unroll undergarments is pretty much the bane of my existence. There's so many colors and textures - even some sparkly ones! Use my code: AFF17VAX for 15% off your order through Cyber Monday: http://shrsl.com/jwpz
Last week, I posted on Instagram that I've never met a red dress I didn't like. I would like to amend that statement: I have never met a red or blue dress I didn't like. Especially this swingy 70s style dress for Anthropologie. Can we take a second to talk about how I'm 30 years old, and I still spell that wrong like 7/10 times? I just had to Google it. Anyway - I have been deep into a 70s vibe all week (and my entire life) because I'm going to be Cher circa 1975 for Halloween this year! I just love a middle part and spider lashes. Everything about this dress is so seventies, from the midi length to the empire waistline. From the cuffed sleeves to the far out print. The print is truly the most nostalgic thing about this dress - few things scream 70s more than a big and colorful flower print. Seriously, you should see the original wallpaper in my house.
Aside from the fact that I'm a real hippie. the other reason I gravitate to seventies style is because my body was built for it. Anything that nips in at my smaller waist and flutters out over my bigger hips is a friend to me. I'm a really big fan of dresses to make myself look like I lost 10 lbs, rather than losing 10 lbs. Like - dieting is cool and all, but do you guys know about lobster mac and cheese? I'd rather dress myself thinner than actually be thinner. It's 100+ degrees today in L.A., but I felt pretty cool in this throwback number.
Did everyone survive NYFW? I decided to go super last minute, and I think ya girl is officially retiring after this one. L.A. has just made me way to soft for New York. Imagine my utter shock at re-discovering that any and all subway stations are 100 degrees with 100% humidity at all times. Also, I was so prepared for a crisp New York fall, and got sunny summer days. No complaints, it was gorgeous - but I'm ready for fall not now, but right now. I was apple cider and boots and impeccable pea coats. I want velvet and cashmere for days. I did get to sleep under my handknit blanket for the first time since winter, so I feel like fall is creeping into Los Angeles, Slowly, very slowly, but surely.
With fall approaching - I'm bringing out my favorite pre-Fall pieces like this dress from Gozon! I love the cool color palette with it emphasis on blues, oranges, and yellows. Even though its a floral dress, the print plays with the traditional tones of autumn so this dress will work from now into winter. I can't wait until it's chilly enough outside to pair it was a gorgeous winter white coat or old school trench. I'm typically not a fan of short-sleeved dresses, but I like the shape the sleeves create here. One of my favorite things about Gozon's maxi dresses is the empire bust and silhouette. They always hug my curves, but never cling to them. Plus, this dress has pockets - what more could you want! I say definitely invest in this dress - you'll want to style it up all season long.
You will NEVER guess where I shot this outfit...Baton Rouge! My little hometown is finally stepping it up with some color walls and murals! Now when I visit home, I have banging backdrops to show off gorgeous little dresses like this leggy look from GOZON! This dress is SO. FUN. It's flirty and it's sexy and it's FUN! The mint color and floral print is perfectly lovely, but the high slits and off-the-shoulder fluttering sleeves make it the perfect dress to strut and twirl in - even as the eastern wall of a hurricane is headed directly for you. Did I mention it's practically raining in these pictures? Frizzy hair, don't care.
I'm not sure if this technically is a dress because SURPRISE there's actually a little body suit built into it. Would that make it a playsuit? There's a brief (or shorts depending on how tall you are) sewn in that makes the lines of this look super sleek and it's really comfy. With slits like this you have to wear something underneath, except you don't because it's all built in! I really loved that, even though the first time I put it on, I couldn't figure out why the leg/hip area was so wonky. It took like three times before I saw the brief. Learn from my mistakes so you don't spend three weeks thinking you have a dress that just doesn't fit. Now it's almost (allegedly) fall, so I dressed this up with my new booties from Charming Charlie. I'm not letting go of this dress until the temperature goes down - like way down.
Sometimes, I think I subconsciously moved to L.A. so I would live somewhere where it's always appropriate to wear resort. RTW is wonderful, and Couture is just lovely - but Resort collections have ALWAYS been my favorite. Probably because resort-wear is literally created for traveling to fantastic faraway locales and lounging specifically on Moroccan rooftops or besides Mykonian pools. Since I can't always get away to Africa or Greece, I settle (happily) for weekend trips to Palm Springs why I can have a proper desert twirl while drinking margaritas with my best babes. Now, thanks to my forever fave Gozon, I have the PERFECT dress from Palm Springs. Palm print for Palm Springs, it's so perfect I can't even stand it!.
I always love an off-the-shoulder moment and I especially love when a mini dress is long enough to cover my butt, honestly. I'm a tall chick, and so many times I try to buy mini dresses and they are so short on me they leave NOTHING to the imagination. This dress is so flowy and free - if I can be chic and cozy at the same time, then goals achieved. I've seen a lot of palm prints lately and what I love about this one (I mean, they're all great) is the pops of fuchsia and that that background is an ocean blue instead of green or white. I think the three together really give the design some dimension and make it even more flattering - in fit and in coloring.
I'm headed to a wedding this weekend, and this is the outfit I'm going to wear because I cannot get enough! Stay tuned for some IG Stories of Mickey Takes Houston - including real time reactions of my super old-school family reacting to my new purple, pink, and blue hair!
Life has been crazy lately, yeah? Do you guys feel it too? Fun fact - I went missing for a minute because I had a super glamorous allergic reaction to a face mask and my ENTIRE TOP LIP blew up. My lips are back to normal, so I'm back to blogging and not a moment too soon because I've been DYING to talk about this dress. It's from Gozon, my obsession obvs, and I hated it at first. I was like - oh no, this will look so bad on my curvy frame - what was I thinking? I avoid horizontal stripes with the same fervor that I avoid all things Michael Kors and the current watered-down version of NYFW. I. WAS. WRONG. Not only is it so flattering in the most curve-hugging-yet-comfy way, it makes me actually look longer and slimmer, and I'm already 5'9". Horizontal stripes that make a person look more long than wide...seriously, what kind of magic?
So, I've been wearing it all the time. To Trader Joe's, to events, to a girl's night out, to showroom meetings. I don't wear heels because heels are joy-stealing monsters, but I do kind of crave that long, slender line that wearing high heels creates sometimes. This dress does that for me. I never in three years of blogging, or thirty years on this planet, thought that a simple garment could so drastically make every part of me look better. I swear, it's just a soft, well-cut maxi dress. Maybe it's an optical illusion, but I'm here for the result. Catch me in this dress at least once a week for the rest of summer, which in L.A. mean until January 4th.
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!