Those groovy gals at Lulus sent over this boho dress for me to style around with - aren't bell sleeves genius? Because it's 4:41 A.M. and I'm waiting on emails from London and Lisbon, I was just reminiscing about when I started this gig. Whenever people ask me how long I've been blogging I say, "Oh, like 5 years or so." because I am not great with keeping track of the passage of time - but I know it's for sure more than 1 year and less than 10. Seems like a good average to me. Except this year, it's true! 2019 marks 5 years of this cuckoo bananas ride from Paris to New York to New Orleans to L.A. and now, all over the world. Sometimes I think of rebranding - ditching The Boho Socialite monikor and going with something more personal, yet more encompassing of how my style/voice/brand/message/home/lifestyle has grown and changed since the mid-2010s. I just can't bring myself to do it though, because I still am a boho babe at heart.
I know typically only very annoying people say the were "born in the wrong decade", but seriously...I was born in the wrong decade. I have a 1960s body with a 1970s face, and that's what drew me to the bohemian style clothing of the hippie-era in the first place. I think I would have an actual claustrophobic episode in an 80s power suit and there's not a spaghetti strap in the world that can hold back my curves. No - give me flowing, floral, and free-spirited any day. Even though my style has evolved a lot in the last 5 years, I'm never going to be able to turn down a boho gem like this dress from Lulus. This is my sartorial home. Who could give up sleeves like these! I may have been born in the wrong decade (seriously - 80s fashion? Ick), but thankfully bold florals, navy blue, and dramatic sleeves never go out of style.
Thank you Lulus!
My loves at Lulus made my entire 2019 with some samples to style and it's only the 9th! This coat is the best thing in my closet currently, possibly the best thing in my life. I just love it so much. I love the creamy tan and black plaid, I love the length, I love the weight, I love my personal insistence on wearing it despite it being 70 degrees outside. I've barely been able to take it out, what with my wisdom teeth sidelining me for a cool month, but oh do I have grand plans for this coat! Trips to places with an actual winter like Sweden and Denmark (and probably Norway and Finland), Even just on the plane, I'll wrap myself up in it and watch The Favourite back to back as I cross the Atlantic - only unfurling myself for Biscoff cookies and ginger ale.
But what is the perfect coat without the perfect outfit to go with it? A sleek black turtleneck sweater, a suede skirt dotted with buttons in a lush shade of jade green, and a fur beret (très chic, non?) round out this "Just Landed in Europe" look. It's not lost on me how much living in Paris in my early 20s has influenced my style - for a classic hat to a bold red lip. That smokey pink hair is all L.A., though. Oh, and speaking of my beloved French - I'd be remiss to not mention Loulou, the pochette metis of my dreams. I hope you're not sick of seeing her yet, because I have to carry her one day for every dollar I spent to justify the cost. I'm already really looking forward to getting my next Louis Vuitton bag in my early 80s.
Something I dreaded as a child was going to the eye doctor, and something I loved as a child was was going to pick out new glasses. For as much as I hated getting my eye dilated (those drops stung!) and having to do the air puff glaucoma test, it was all worth it when I got to pick out my styling new frames and show them off in class once they were ready. I've been wearing glasses since I was 5, so ya girl has HAD some looks over the years. Thick frames, small frames, square frames, round frames - they weren't all great, but neither were a lot of 2000s style.
Thankfully, the process of going to the eye doctor AND getting new, stylish frames have both gotten a lot smoother in the 26 years since I first had to start wearing glasses. No more dilation by drops or eye puff tests! Also, thanks to Zenni, no more extra trips to big retailers or optical stores to have the get the perfect glasses for you!
With my prescription and pupil distance (make sure to always ask for this), I was able to easily virtually try on any and all the frames on Zenni! I knew I wanted a couple of pairs from the very chic holiday collection, and I found the perfect two for me! I have gone with a square style for the last 5 years or so, they're very au courant - but even better in this smokey ombre color. A wonderful twist on the traditional solid black. To balance out those more classic frames, I wanted a more fun pair and these cat-eye frames with a smattering of sparkles along the top are just that! As good as the frames looked in the virtual try-on, they were even better once I got them in the mail. I was very surprised and impressed too with how lightweight both pairs feel. I also loved all the ways I could customize my lens add-ons, it allowed me to be price conscious while making the best affordable frames for me. Check out all of the holiday styles here!
This blog post is sponsored by Zenni, my opinions are my own.
I decided back in August that I had had ENOUGH of summer 2018! It was unbearable hot, oppressively even and I started counting down the days to fall then. Imagine my surprise that by October, we were still dealing with 80 and 90 degree heat. I had no other choice to flee to New York for some real fall feels and to finally flex in all of the my cute fall outfits sitting neglected in the closet.
Fall fashion is my favorite fashion. I cannot get enough of plush coats and knee-high boots. I would wear all plaid all the time if I could get away with it. In New Orleans, there's never a need for wool coats, but in New York I could finally bust out my Chadwicks of Boston beauty! It was the perfect light-weight yet toasty coat for strolling around the Upper West Side and Central Park. I love wearing a coat, but I hate carrying one. Coats become burdensome quickly when you have to haul them around in your arms along with your purse and shopping bags and whatever else you've picked up on you day in the city. I've never been a big fan of taking the subway in New York, period. I especially don't like it in the fall and winter when you coat that's keeping you warm above ground suddenly feels like a personal sauna once your hit the train. If you're taking the 6 up to Lincoln Center, the train fills up FAST and have to shimmy out of a coat and hold on to becomes a real chore. That's why I just adore this coat so much - even though wool implies that it may feel heavy, it doesn't at all. It's the perfect outerwear for a brisk day, whether you're on the street or below it.
I'm thinking of investing in another wool coat from Chadwicks of Boston in a longer length. Let me know your thoughts and what color I should get!
The post was made in partnership with Chadwicks of Boston.
Glasses are a huge part of my identity. I've been wearing them since I was 5 years old, and I honestly can't imagine ever going without them now. I love wearing glasses - I love how they look on my face, I love the character they add, I love that they help me see this big beautiful world much better (I'm v blind), and I love that now the glasses you choose are really a fashion statement. They say something about the wearer - whether they're modern, edgy, classic, or if you're like me...a little bit of everything depending on which frames you pick that day. Which is a freedom I now have thanks to discovering Coastal, this eye-wear retailer has so much variety at actually affordable prices that finally makes it possible for life-long glasses wearers like me to switch out their frames to match their outfit, activities, and mood! Going to pick out my glasses as a kid was a big deal, because they were expensive and that was they pair I was stuck with for a year until my next eye exam. My parent's and I would have to go order them at a physical store and wait over a week for them to come. It's literally so exciting that now I can easily order frames with Coastal despite my semi- complicated prescription (for real, I'm v blind), have way more options than going to a brick-and-mortar, AND can afford 2-3 pairs at a time. A big part of Coastal's mission is providing people all over the world with what they need to see. Read more about their buy one, give one initiative here.
My first couple of years blogging - I would 100% shoot in sunglasses. I'm honestly not used to my face without any glasses, but didn't think wearing them (when you actually need them) looked cool and stylish. I look back now, and can't believe I was so shy to take photos in my glasses. Glasses are literally the epitome of cool and chic. Especially my new Kam Dhillon frames. Everyone who has seen them LOVES them. I really love them too. They're a little different for me, but I wanted something different for this year. I'm also deeply digging that they're metal frames and rose gold - it's so vintage-inspired, I'm eating it up!
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Long time, no blog. Actually, just 2 weeks which seems like months (or years, some may say) in social media time. I took a much-needed break because I'm gearing up for some really exciting changes and trips starting in February - more on all of that soon! During my time off - I spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do style-wise in 2018. We as people are always evolving, and though I am a bohemian at heart, I've found my style starting to drift out of the heavily bobo-influenced period I was in for the last 3 or so years. I will always adore a flowing skirt and a dizzy print, and trust I will break out the caftans and turbans during any vacation - but I feel like my style is maturing as I am, so it's time to start exploring other silhouettes, patterns, designers, shapes, and even...pants.
I'm aware that I'm talking about embracing a new style and aesthetic as I'm growing as a person and a fashion blogger, meanwhile here's a look that's 80s/90s as hell. However, fashion is cyclical and I dig the freshness this colorblock sweater from & Other Stories brings to this casual retro-inspired outfit. Quite literally, I look like I could be an extra on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or A Different World (look it up) and it's giving me life! Something I love about the 80s/90s in fashions is the boldness - there was so much color and so many out-there patterns. The sound and the vibrancy of clothes from that period are loud - so pretty much a perfect match for me. I think that's why I'm so drawn to the combo or red/pink together. You can almost hear the sound it makes - it's pulsating. This sweater is so fun, it POPS, and it's also legit the coziest thing I've ever had against my skin. I'm like v obsessed with the quality of the clothes at & Other Stories. Most importantly - I feel like it's really hard to find a sweater that doesn't feel like you're about to burst in the flames when you're say...jumping on and off of the subway at NYFW. I love a warm sweater, but I hate a hot one. Speaking of NYFW, I just got my tickets to the city and I'm partnering with an AMAZING hotel - I can't wait to share it all!
This is my love letter to Los Angeles. I have spent 3 1/2 years in this amazing city, one I never thought I would leave. However, my nomadic heart let me know about 6 months ago that it was time to start winding down my life here and move on to something else. I think if I stayed more than 3 years anywhere, everyone in my life would die of shock. I love the number 3 - I feel like 3 full years is the perfect time to complete a cycle. I came to L.A. for a new start and to really give this fashion blogger thing a shot - and what do you know? It worked! This city has played such a big part (and literal backdrop) to my career. I figured out how to bring color to my world here, I refined my style here, I got opportunities to go to every Coachella party ever and meet fashion icons I adore and work with companies I'm obsessed with and drink so much free champagne, you guys. Honestly - not too bad for a girl from Louisiana who used to wear her hair crimped...in public. Everything that L.A. has graciously given me is what has prepared me for this next chapter in my life. I'm going to do the thing I always said I was going to do - I'm packing up my life here so I can travel. I love being a fashion blogger, but I think I'll love being a fashion blogger in London and Stockholm and Lisbon even more! I hope that all of you will stay on this journey with me because it's about to get a lot more colorful and a lot more exiting! I can't promise that I'll be jumping out of planes ( because I won't) or swimming with sharks, but definitely stay tuned to see how many piggies I try to take home with me from The Bahamas.
This is also my love letter to all of you! It means the world to me to have so many people read this blog and follow me on Instagram...especially when I disappear for 2 weeks+ because ya girl was tired. Sometimes I forget that people actually listen to and care about what I have to say and what I'm wearing/doing - until you babes remind me by being so supportive of literally everything I post. I hope that with this new phase, I can continue to bring you all content you love that inspires people and really means something. Or maybe you just think it's pretty and fun - hell, that works too! As this year goes on, I'm going to be sharing more about what's coming up and what's going on behind the scenes too! So from me to you - because I'm not one to be subtle - here is so much love to you all and this city! I had to do the most L.A. thing possible to express it - shoot at the LOVE mural in a dress literally covered in hearts from my new favorite shop.
I swear sometimes I feel like I'm on a one woman mission to wear every Free People Dress that has ever been released and I would judge myself more, but it's good to have goals. Especially as we're nearing the end of 2017 (Thank Grace Coddington for such a miracle) because this year has been wild! Really - the only constant in my life this year has been my affinity for pretty bohemian dress from FP. That, and eating cereal for dinner at least 4/7 nights a week. There have been so many changes, both good and bad, that it's nice to have a least one thing I can relay on. I REALLY hope you darlings stay tuned for 2018 because there's so many BIG changes ahead for me, this blog, and my new metaphysical shop Moonstone Child. I'll be wearing FP all the while, of course, because there may be ch-ch-changes ahead, but bohemian favorites never go out of style.
My standard fall style is "what I normally wear, but in black!" because a fall day in L.A. can be up to 80 degrees or more. Like, knit pom pom hats and riding boots are cute - but at what cost? I think every fashion girl in L.A. dreams of a New England autumn - crisp and colorful. What I wouldn't give just to have one day cold enough to wear a cable knit dress and thigh-high boots. I tried to wear leather leggings the other day, and almost successfully gave myself heat stroke. So for now - I'll be sticking to my customary flowing midi length frocks and swap in some 3/4 length sleeves to at least look like I'm wearing the dress for function vs style. At least this FP dress is flattering as hell, super slimming because it draws the eye to a narrow line thanks to the thread embroidery, and breezy enough to not suffocate on a particularly hot "autumn" afternoon. It's one of many in my collection, but I really think this may be my new go-to!
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.