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.
The only regrets I ever have in my life are the great coats I didn't buy when I had the chance. There was this robin's egg blue Celine coat I walked away from at my favorite consignment store in Manhattan 4 YEARS ago and I still think about it at least once a month. I think when you're from somewhere that only gets snow once every 10 years, and the snow typically melts before it hits the ground, you create a rich fantasy about what you would wear if you lived in a place with real winter. Not somehow-still-humid winter like we had in Louisiana, not exactly-13-days-of-cold like we have in SoCal. My fantasy winter wardrobe always centered around an impossibly fabulous and unique coat and I, as luck would have it, finally found the perfect one that is also lightweight enough to wear during L.A. "winter" from Vixen LA. For the record, I'm also going to wear it while I'm traveling for the holidays, because I'd rather be cold than shabby.
This coat, this beautifully bright and busy coat, is exactly what I've wanted. I'm not one of those "I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color" kind of people. I love color, I love patterns, and I love texture. This coat looks like a day in Morocco to me, so my immediate reaction was gimme gimme gimme. If all of my clothing could look like Moroccan tiles, I would literally be so happy. My legitimate coat concern (and don't we all have them?) is that I'll look bulky or block-y, but because of the lightweight material it drapes your silhouette instead of creating it's own shape that turns you into a rectangle with purple hair. I'm the very most excited to wear this coat on an airplane, because my other fashion fantasy is being one of those really well-dressed people at the airport who always look calm and refreshed, even though a baby cried the entire flight and your pores were sucking in recycled air for 5 hours.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already heard my story about how the world's cutest older hippie gentleman, who was my cashier at Trader Joe's, told me that this was "a very groovy look". Best compliment ever because it takes one groovy person to know one. Sometimes, because I go around dressed like I rolled out of the 70s and am headed straight for Coachella every day of my life, I feel a little like I'm in costume. Especially in L.A., where the uniform is athleisure normcore. Is that I thing or did I just coin a new fashion movement? Anyway - it meant a lot that this guy, this kindred hippie spirit, got my look. Also, fashion compliments are the highest form of compliments in my book. Tell that person in line with you at the bank that you love their shoes or handbag or haircolor - it's literally the best.
So speaking of Coachella, I wish it was now because this is the perfect dress for the festival. There's a lot of times when I get a new dress and I think, "Do I have the willpower to save this for April?". The answer is always no. Every day is like the first day of school for me - I have to wear my new clothes immediately. I actually have a few goodies from Wild Blue Denim, but I wanted to start with this dress because I love the color! You know how my thing is when it's fall, I just wear the same clothes in fall colors? So I was really excited about this deep shade of maroon. I also love the shoulder cutout + bell sleeve in the same design. There's a lot of playfulness in this dress, even though it's relatively simple, because of those details. It doesn't need much else - I styled it was things that I'm personally obsessed with right now (chokers, midi rings, hats), but I've also been wearing this dress alone and love it just has much.
P.S. How cool is the Mondrian wall? I could think of no place more appropriate to make this groovy vibe complete.