I never realized I did this until someone pointed it out to me this weekend, but I give back-stories to all of my outfits, You know, like a crazy person does. This weekend I was both an UES wife headed to a garden party in Nine West and Calabasas Curve Queen in Mink Pink. These stories just make the dressing up process even more fun, and when someone inevitably asks what I do and I tell them -Style Blogger - I get loads of questions about my outfit. It's good to be prepared.
The story behind this gorgeous knit dress from SHOPWANTLIST? 1960s career gal (a la Mad Men) off the lunch with her fellow liberal ladies to discuss the social revolution...all over champagne and in impeccable tailoring of course.
Backstory aside, I was very impressed (even a bit shocked, I'll admit) at the wonderful quality of this dress. It is rare in this fast fashion/instant gratification world that we get products and pieces that are well constructed. This dress arrived even better than it looked on the website (how often does that happen?) It has heft! I love when clothing has a little weight to them. You know it won't break, bust, snag, or tear after a wash and a couple of wearings. The knit is a tight stitch (gives the illusion of ribbing, but closer to a seed stitch) that beautifully contrasts the open seams. Yes, the dress is see-thru. Which is awesome. You can style it however you want, dress it up for day (by going with a simple black dress underneath like I did) or night (a lacy slip...or hell, your cutest lingerie set!). Let's talk about the neckline. A mock neck like so frames the decollete beautifully AND you don't mess up you hair and red lipstick putting it on. Win win win.
Don't think from this one look, SHOPWANTLIST only carries garments with a more classic bend. This online boutique satisfies both of my sides: BOHO BABE and GLAMOUR GIRL. For ever fitted and flared dress, there's a fringe-y skirt and flutter top. Not just clothing: necklaces, earrings, and sunnies - oh my! There is an amazing sale going on right now : up to 60% off selected tops, dress, and accessories! I picked out some of my favorites from the sale (all at least 50% off) and linked directly to them for you. Click, shop, done. You're welcome!
This is a little note to say, above all else, THANK YOU! Thank you to all of my readers who have joined me on this kooky style and travel adventure I'm on and supported me with your encouraging comments, likes, and messages! You babes are the reason I hit 5,000 on Instagram yesterday, and I am honestly...truly...really so happy that they're are people out there that come for my personal style and stay for my constant Drake references.
I've really been discovering my style in the past year and I wanted to bring some kaleidoscope-colored boho goodness for this look, You know when the universe gives you a sign you just can't ignore? Like the kind where you're getting dressed for BBB (blogger babe brunch) and your oh-so-perfect dress has a zipper that decides to get stuck, so you spend 20 minutes trying to yank it up OR down? All while standing directly in front of your air conditioner because it JULY IN L.A.? So you end up wearing a dress you just picked up the day before for fun?
So I ended up in this print Pink (Mink Pink that is) dress which just so happened to be groovy with this flowy and flirty kimono from B. Poy & Jo, the cutest boutique on Melrose...more on that next time!
So I get it, Universe. Had I worn the other dress...this outfit would have never been. Sometimes, the fashion gods do work in mysterious ways.
Saying thank you is good, but showing thanks is even better in my book. I've teamed up with California Scrub Co. for a 5k giveaway of their amazing Babe in the Woods scrub. A fragrantly sensual blend of vetiver, cedarwood, and clove, this coffee x essential oil mix is soothing, healing, and rewarding. It's given my dry-because-I-live-in-the-desert skin much needed rejuvenating hydration and has been working wonders by exfoliating and softening my skin after a day at the beach or shooting in the sun. I also swear by it because it's all natural and locally made using upcycled coffee grounds from Rawvolution in Santa Monica. No waste, sustainable, and made with Longevity Coffee from Ecuador’s Longevity Valley which is notorious for being rich in antioxidants...what's not to love?
Head over to Instagram to enter to win a Babe in the Woods scrub!
Special thanks to Talia of Ladylike XO for being my fab photographer and introducing me to B. Poy & Jo
Midi rings c/o B. Poy & Jo
The Boho Socialite
Last week or so, I talked about meshing my style and my shape. My assets are an asset in life, but not so much in fashion. Tall? Check. Busty? Check. Curvy hips and butt? Check. Freakishly long legs? Check. Easy shopping experience? Check minus. It is a rarity for something to either be long enough or have enough room in the bust. I am constantly having the "Is this a shirt or a dress?" debate with friends, retail workers, myself. So I have two options I've found work for me: buy designer or go vintage. It all goes back to quality, vintage and designer work for me for the exact reason that fast fashion doesn't. Fast fashion is about turning out a product as quickly as possible without consideration for the finer elements of design or the varying types of a woman's silhouette, even if it does mimic designer clothing.
The value in vintage is really the marriage of skill and knowledge of what flatters. It can be broken down like this:
The good: fit, ethical production, quality material
The bad: cost
So it can be a little pricey...good thing I've the inside scoop on where to shop!
Everyone goes cuckoo bananas for this lemon print baby that I got from Ampersand Boutique! I love Love LOVE that place because its cozy and intimate without feeling cloying, the staff is terribly knowledgeable about what they carry and what works on you (the owner is in store a lot too), and the price is realistic for what you're getting. It carries vintage and consigns a mix of high-end and more affordable designers and brands. Everything from a Chanel tote to an H&M top. A barely scuffed Louboutin to a garden-party-perfect Banana Republic dress. I've gone into consignment stores in New York and Paris where the Givenchy and Louis Vuitton was higher than current retail because "vintage". Know your product and prices, people! If you want something, check the current retail always because you never know when someone is trying to pull one over on you.
Back to the dress and what I love about it: the print is fun, but not loud (even in yellow!), the halter straps are thick (holding everything in place is a must!), the waist nips in and skirt flares out at the hips (thanks to a little netting) given me that Sophia Loren shape I live for, it's fully lined (bless, vintage clothing truly) AND it has pockets!
Don't walk, run to Ampersand. Literally, run or get an Uber or something. The last time I was there, they had Rockstud pumps and you know that wont last.
The Boho Socialite
Tote and crossbody c/o JM Couture
Photographer: Kristen Stokes Photogrpahy