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.
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!