Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Currently craving...

Haven't done one of these posts in a while. But we're getting closer to spring, and especially here in LA where the weather was in the 80s the weekend, the pretty prints that are popping up everywhere are calling to me. Here are some that I'd love to add to my closet right now.

Ruano Kaleidoscope Print Shift
by Rhyme Los Angeles

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The interest in the details...

Sometimes when picking what to wear, I battle mentally over wanting to just be comfy, and still wanting to look polished.  I think this outfit looks put together, but is deceptively comfortable.  The pants I love, they're super soft and lightweight.  The shirt is jersey, and the jacket is lightweight and cotton.  If anything in this ensemble foils my attempt at comfort, its the heels, but even for those, these ones are good. A little platform in the front makes a tall heel feel not so tall, and also allows for a little cushion in the front.

Jacket: Forever21 // Necklace: Mango // Top: J. Crew // Pants: Mango // Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here)

Monday, March 4, 2013

My Instaweek...

Last week was busy but good. Here are some images from my Instagram, you can follow by clicking below.
  • Red lips at work day
  • Comfort dinner and fun reading
  • Trying out a fun new all, SketchGuru
  • Selfie at work with sleepy eyes

  • Drive to work in a glow
  • Table of sweets at friend's engagement party
  • Fun print work outfit
  • Someone's watching me study

  • Close up of necklace and plaid shirt
  • Colorful casual Friday outfit
  • Colorful non-casual outfit
  • Cool old building in Hollywood
  • The Pantages, glowing at night
  • Cool old gate door on the way to Runyon Canyon
  • View of the Hollywood sign from Runyon hike
  • Outfit post on the blog

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pattern and lace...

As I'm sure you can imagine, much of the attire you see in a law office is drab. Most business suits are drab, even the decor, walls and carpet here are drab. I, however, am not drab.  And I refuse to allow my drab environment to suck me in. So even if I'm alone in it, I will bring color to the drabness I spend the bulk of my day in.  By my clothes and by my smile.

Shirt: Zara (first seen here) // Skirt: Mango // Heels: Calvin Klein
Thought it's hard to tell from the pictures, my skirt is actually navy lace, and my blouse is more of a sheer fabric.  The shape and length of the skirt are totally work appropriate, but the texture of the lace is more fun than just a solid.

Necklace: Newport News (old) // Shoes: Calvin Klein
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Engagement party ensemble...

Hubby and I had the pleasure and honor of helping our friends celebrate their engagement this past weekend. It was a beautiful but cool day in Los Angeles that day, and the party wasn't until dusk. They told us it wasn't anything fancy, but still wanted to look a little dressy for the special occasion.  Plus I didn't know anything about the location, so I wanted to be warm enough in case I had to spend time outside.

Blazer: Zara // Top: J. Crew // Pants: Old Navy // Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target // Bag: Michael Kors // Necklace: Mango

Monday, February 25, 2013

Be our guest....

What kind of fashion blog would I be if I didn't do a post today about the Oscars? Did you watch? I have to say, about the show, that I liked Seth McFarland as a host. I felt like his humor was just enough and mostly non-offensive, and the intro was a performance that actually made the show a Show, and it was great to see all the other actors that participated performing with him. But of course, the real reason anyone watchs is the fashion. Who is wearing what. Here are some of my faves and least faves, from the Oscars and the after parties.

HIT: Halle Berry in Armani Prive - Sometimes its hard to tell if someone looks gorgeous because of how they are put together, or if they are gorgeous just because they are gorgeous. I think Halle is both. She looks gorgeous in street clothes, so here she looks like a movie star.  She said she wanted to go to the awards looking like a Bond girl, and this is what they made for her.  Unique and flattering, just enough skin.

HIT: Charlize Theron in Dior - she looks stunning, though I think you could put her in a burlap sack and she'd look stunning.  Actually, the dress itself is kind of boring, but as a complete package (I love that she can wear hair like that) she looks like a movie star.

HIT: Nicole Kidman in Elie Saab - This picture doesn't do her hair and makeup justice, but Nicole looked flawless last night. I read somewhere that this dress looked like liquid, and it really did. I want to know what undergarments she was wearing, b/c her figure was flawless.
HIT: Lily Colins in Zuhair Murad - I don't know what the front looked like, but from the back everything works: the hair the dress, the earrings.  Love the color on her.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Instaweek....

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are 8,000 for you...

Top L: chilly day in LA requires a turtleneck and a hummingbird brooch; R: a chilly night in LA requires a snuggly puppy
Bottom L: A gloomy day in LA brightened by some calla lilies; R: headed to the gym at lunch.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dressed up for dinner...

I've never followed the "no whites after Labor Day" "rule".  That's just silly to me.  Granted, I find that 'winter white' feels a bit more seasonally appropriate during the colder months, but white white works year round.  You just need to incorporate it in seasonally appropriate ways.  Like in a jacket. A fun, structured jacket with extra detailing.
Jacket: Forever21 // Necklace: Forever21 //  Dress: ????, got it on HauteLook (old) // Heels: Calvin Klein

Lovin me some Bloglovin & Facebook...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Goodie time....

My pink box of fun came for February, and I have had the chance to sample everything.  This is what we had this month:
  • Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
  • WEI Pomegranate Buffing Beads
  • WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask
  • Juicy Couture Couture La La
  • TIGI Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray
  • Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Squares

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Winter leopard...

This week has been cold for LA again. I say again, because we were having a cold wave (opposite of heat wave?) for several weeks in January and it was all anyone could talk about. Jimmy Kimmel did a recap:

Monday, February 11, 2013

Good things in a small package...

If you have an extra 6 minutes today, and love the talent that is movie making, watch this adorable short, by Disney Animation. Nominated for an Acadamy Award for Best Animated Short Film, its set in 1940's New York.  Its a lovely little piece.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Office brights...

I'm on a mission to find office appropriate outfits that are not drab.  I spend my days (just for the pay) in a law office, and while it could be worse, it's pretty drab. The decor is from I think the '70s, and aside from the sporadically-placed colorful but what-the-heck-is-that-supposed-to-be artwork, everything is dull around here.  I'm trying be be a bright spot amongst it all. This outfit helps with that.
Top: Forever21 // Bottoms: Mango // Shoes: Anne Klein

Monday, February 4, 2013

Red-y or not...

As I mentioned earlier, I am going to try to post more apparel pictures, and today is one of those days. I must disclaimer that the pictures are not the best possible.  Saturday turned out to be a great day for talking pctures outside, but I ended up sick.  Then Sunday when I was feeling better, it was a bit sunny, plus it was Super Bowl, and my husband and I spent the morning in the kitchen prepping food, then the afternoon at our friends house to watch the game. Didn't get home until after dark, so the pictures ended up just being in the house (boring!) with the iPhone.  Ah well. Next time.

Friday, February 1, 2013

My week in pictures...

Happy Friday!
Left to Right, Top: Thursday office leopard print, Lu_Magoo with a floppy ear, Wednesday office feet;
Middle: Sweet treat after dinner, a beautiful day in LA after some rain, hot yumminess on a cold night;
Bottom: Ride home from the weekend gym visit, exploring the neighborhood, morning hair.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Color of Love...

So its the last day in January. How is that possible already? 11 more months and its 2014! Whoa, I know, getting a bit ahead of myself there.  One day at a time.  Or 14 days until Valentine's Day (for those in love) and Singles Awareness Day (for those not).  And regardless of your love status, I think we can all enjoy a reason to buy a new outfit.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Let there be space...

One of the downsides of being a renter is that you have very minimal, if any at all, space modification options.  Meaning you can't remodel, you sometimes can't even paint, you can't make permanent improvements to the space.  Another downside is a lack of storage. While I keep attempting to downsize our stuff in general, it feels like I'm going in circles.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Accessorize and do good...

This would have been a good post to do during the holidays, since we're all looking for good things to spend our money on.  But this this the kind of thing we should spend our money on year-round, so any time is a good time to write about this.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Yum-fort food....

Lulu's Soup
I spent an hour or so at the end of my weekend making some yum-fort (aka yummy comfort) food to eat throughout the week. Yummy, but still pretty healthy.  Broccoli cheddar soup is one of my favorite chowder-y soups, and I found this recipe by Lulu the Baker, and it looked yummy.  It makes way too much for just one meal, so its perfect for a few days of easy lunches or dinners.  Plus, the weather in LA has been a bit cool this winter (minus the freak heat wave we had last week), and a good soup on a cold night always hits the spot.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Modern Hawaii style...

I'm going to try to start posting more of my personal style pictures, to document my attempts at finding my adult style. (Finding a good photographer to help with that is on my to-do list. Or at least getting a better camera for my husband to use. For now, these will have to do.)

First attempt here, some images from an outfit I wore for our first nice dinner out while visiting Kauai.  We went to The Beach House Restaurant, which is right on the water's edge facing the west, so it has a gorgeous and unobstructed view of the sunset every night.  It's one of the "fancier" restaurants on Kauai, which is still extremely casual by LA standards.  The food was delish, I had a watermelon feta salad and the seafood bisque. Very full by the end of dinner, and all diners were happy.  We've dined there every time we've visited Kauai.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Keeping the glow....

Without regular sun exposure, I am naturally pretty pale. And since I work in an office by day, and it's winter hours now and the daily sunlight is short, I'm about at my palest. I was hoping that a few days in Hawaii I would come home with a warm glow at least, if not an actual tan, but with my steady use of sunscreen (always must wear sunscreen, but especially if you are pale and heading closer to the equator) and our limited time spent just laying out, I'm about the same color I was before I left.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mahalo Kauai....

Kauai is one of my husband's and my favorite places to vacation.  We're not that hugely world traveled, so there may be other places I like just as much if not more, but Kauai will always be special to us because it was where we honeymooned.  We've been back two times since, this last time being just this past week, over the MLKJr holiday weekend, Wednesday through Monday.  Flying from Los Angeles, one of the closest departure points on the mainland, its not too bad a flight, though there aren't enough non-stop directly to Kauai.  We had to change planes in Honolulu, and while not a long layover, it still makes the trip several hours longer, cutting in to our day on the island. Oh well.