Ok hiiiiiiiiiiiiii, I'm back from my Holiday Hiatus! I didn't even really mean to take one, but I always get hit with a little end-of-year ennui around Christmas and I just went with it. Plus, I was eating non-stop from beignets to gumbo to po-boys and taking photos of anything but food seemed like a nightmare idea in the midst of it.
While I was away, I learned that my hometown has some pretty decent to stellar street art happening. My mom actually took me around to all of them because she knew all of them! Isn't she a peach? I knew I wanted to come back with something as feminine and vibrant as this dress, and thanks to mom - I found it.
I have dubbed this dress from Tidebuy as "Victorian Vintage". It's the ruffled collar and sleeves married with the butted up single-breasted top that really stands out to not just make this dress feel retro, but almost antique. It's also crazy soft and velvet-y, and heavy in the best way. You guys know by now - I love clothing that has some heft to it. It assures me of quality and makes it feel more real almost. Like I'm wearing something subtantial and thought out. I'm not prepared to give up my florals, even in winter - so I am very much in love with these flowers that are practically exploding out from the dark background of the dress. I love all the detail work in the flowers too, you can see each petal, leaf, and stem. I'm just mad for all the motifs present here, and very excited I finally have one winter appropriate garment in my closet. Expect to see this on repeat.
I've been in this mood lately where I buy clothes for trips I want to take. No plane tickets have been bought, or hotel rooms reserved. I just decide in my mind that I want to go to some destination and then start building a wardrobe around it "just in case". I 100% believe this has been subconsciously encouraged by my late-night Pinterest binges. This dress from Make Me Chic is for my imaginary trip I'm totally going to take to Morocco. I just want to match all the exquisite tile work, you guys. This dress has such a resort vibe, and I love the colorful tapestry-like detailing that runs down the front. The dress itself is so lightweight, it almost has a gauzy feel, but the embroidered detailing has some weight to it which I really liked because it's a sign of quality. I can't stand when I see a piece of clothing with what I think is really beautiful detail work, and it turns out to be printed on instead. One such a light dress, the embroidery adds color and texture - two of my favorite things!
Full disclosure - the neckline of this dress is a deeper V, but I pinned it shorter to make it more socialite and less salacious. This is part of my fashion fantasy - in my mind I don't have a large chest so I can wear all kinds of backless/strapless/plunging bohemian garments...but no. I mean, I can but I always have to alter it a little bit to make it work for me. I'm very stubborn when it comes to something I want, I will buy it and make it work. I don't care how many safety pins or stitch rippers it takes! Custom fits are better anyway, right? When I do take this jetset dress on a trip, I'm going to drop the neckline again and use it as a swimsuit cover-up. That's originally how I wanted to shoot this dress for you guys, so I'll probably have another round of photos on how to style this on the beach come birthday time in March - stay tuned!
P.S. My Jet Black x Neon Blue sunglasses that everyone has lost their minds over are from Marsquest - from use code: BOHO16 for 15% off all DECEMBER!
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.
Question: does anyone else start dressing like they're an extra in The Craft the second October hits? Follow-up: do you guys know what The Craft is, or are you all too young? If you've never seen it, stop reading this blog post and go watch it right now! Best movie ever, it's like a dark Clueless with (honestly) better fashion. All of you girls rocking 90s style, even though you were born in 1999, are paying heavy homage to The Craft with your chokers, knee socks, slip dresses, and round sunnies. Watch it, come back and tell me about how much you loved it, and then I'll tell you about Jawbreaker.
I really didn't mean to style this comfy (seriously, I've worn it like 7 times now) T-shirt dress from Talia Boutique quite like this, but all of the parts kind of fit once I started just playing around with it. That's what I really love about essential pieces like these, they're essentially a blank canvas on which you can create any look you want. I broke out Florence (my pet aka my elephant necklace) to add a little color and weight to this look. I've been really into hats lately, you'll see, and I wanted to stick with this black hat and the black flats because they're both interesting, and thus standout, without taking anything away from the black maxi dress which is still the key to this look. There's also some really cute slits on either side - not too high and not too revealing (obviously, you can't really see them here) but I like them because it gives even more freedom of movement to the dress. Also, you can throw leg all over town - a personal favorite hobby of mine.
To recap: get your black dress on, watch The Craft, and let me know how it goes!
This was going to be my last summer look before I transitioned into cozy knits and lace up suede boots for the fall, but guess where it's currently 91 degrees? That's right - my adopted hometown where I moved to get away from the intense heat of Louisiana. At least it's not humid? Small victories. So, expect a few more off-the-shoulder dresses and metallic sandals from me in October since this Indian Summer is trying to dash all of our pumpkin spice sprinkled dreams.
This very bell-sleeved boho confection is my version of pre-fall style. When it's time to transition to the next seasons, I don't add a jaunty scarf to my outfit or a knit hat. I just start wearing what I normally do, but in black. In this case, black flecked with rich autumn colors. Ok yes, a floral print is very spring BUT the orange, red, and pale purple in the intricate detailing is tres fall. I also really loved that the print reminded me of all those macrame outfits I would covet at vintage shops back in New York and Paris. Macrame is a hippie staple and not for the faint of heart. I love it though, I'm actually currently trying to macrame a wall tapestry for my house...I mean, when it's not too hot to do anything but lay still. Pray for me babes, that I don't melt and actually make it to next week so I can break out those over-the-knee boots and OD on hot coffee once again.
Doesn't this dress also kind of remind you of a stained glass window in an ancient cathedral? I swear I say something similar at some stately church in Montreal or Paris. Or maybe the swirling images inside of a kaleidoscope? I love how the colors almost come to life and dance around this dress. I always appreciate some kind of movement in clothing. Sometimes, the best way to wear black is as a canvas.
Although I wear blue all the time, red is my power color. 9 times out of 10, I'm wearing red lipstick (I am a firm believer that red lipstick looks amazing on EVERYONE), but I've been consciously trying to add more red to my closet lately - especially because I think it's such a great color for fall. Even fall in L.A., where you just wear boots and sweaters even though its 78 degrees and sunny outside.
When I came upon this red dress from VIPme, I was IN LOVE. This red dress with fluttering sleeves and a floral print was just so perfectly me with it's vintage-inspired A-Line design. Something I didn't realize about the dress until I wore it out was that the flowers shimmer in the most beautiful bright gold when the sunlight hits them...which is a good thing, since it's never not sunny in Los Angeles. I love how the dress glinted and gleamed as it fluttered prettily in the wind while I wore it, definitely the perfect dress for an autumn wedding or rooftop dinner party.
A review: The thing I absolutely loved about this dress is how flirty and feminine it is, while also being elegant enough to dress up for a more formal event. Can't you just imagine how spectacular it would look with a white belted coat and a class black pair of Louboutins? I also love that it's silk, silk just hugs and wraps the body in a way that other material doesn't.
The fit of the dress is really great, definitely runs true to size (a relief in a world gone mad with vanity sizing) and it is the perfect length for a midi skirt. I'm so tall, I encounter a lot of problems with dresses being an awkward length on me, but this one hit exactly where I was expecting it to when I fell in love with it.
I'm very much hoping for two things this fall: cool weather (so I can pair it with that white coat I have in mind) and for someone to invite me to an amazing rooftop party so I can bring this dress back out (hint hint).
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So instead of being filled with my usual fashion and fun, my last week was filled with the flu. I think I have officially made up for all the sleep I missed in college over the last 10 days. I even feel kind of refreshed? I'm back now, hopefully with no relapse on the horizon, and I am so excited to share this look with you from Make Me Chic! This is another dress that I have been wearing nonstop, I love the contrasting floral prints, the color (blue, duh) and the tunic cut with slight cinching at the waist. Sometimes, boho style dresses can be a little sack-y and that is not the best for my body type. This dress has some shape to it, while being free and flowy which I love. It's a perfect dress for this endless summer aka "I guess every day is going to be a breezy 100 degrees weather" we're having in L.A.
I broke out the booties for the first time this season to style with this dress - perhaps a "if you where them, it will come" ploy to get fall to arrive early this year. All I want is peace in my life and a little crispness to the air, you guys. And tO not break a sweat walking to get an iced (extra ice, pls) coffee. These booties are actually on their last leg, a relic from when I first moved to L.A. - 2 years ago on September 8th, P.S.! I'm chucking them soon, and think I'll glow up to a pair of Rag & Bones. What's you favorite bootie brand? Drop me a comment or some links, I want to stock up this year!
For the first time in my life, I felt like an outfit needed a hat to be complete - and now I'm wondering why I don't have a hat collection that could fill it's own closet! I picked this one up at F21, love the tan color and nude pink/gold braided band. It kept my crazy, always-wanting-to-be-wavy hair down to a shout and added a touch of 70s jetset cool to this outfit. I look like I'm off on a weekend jaunt to Morocco directly following this shoot. That's the life I aspire too.