Saturday, July 27, 2013

Black Lace







Lace Top: Free People
Skirt: American Apparel
Belt: American Apparel
Necklace: Forever 21
I was feeling a little more girly than usual today, so I felt it necessary to push it all the way. This high waisted chiffon skirt from American Apparel is one of my favorite skirts that I own. It’s so comfy, and so easy to pair with practically anything. And besides both those reasons it’s just so bouncy and fun to wear and twirl around in all day long! I paired it with a tight lace top from free people that I put a black lace bra underneath to add that little bit of sexiness to counter the young girliness of the skirt. On it’s own, this top is a little too dark and the lace too overwhelming, but by adding the simple, light colored high waisted skirt the lace doesn’t look too heavy and dark on top. The black, very tall, and slimming heels balance out the heavy black on top and add balance to the whole look. I added a wonderful belt to break up a little bit of the skirt and define my waist. Then finally topped the look off with a gold watch necklace just to tie in that little gold buckle on the belt.   




Friday, July 26, 2013

Birthday Shoes






Sweater: H&M
Shorts: Vintage
Shoes: Vans
I’ve been excited to post this look for a couple reasons. First, I am now officially 21, so this is my “Happy 21 Years" look. And secondly, these are not only my new shoes, but they are new BIRTHDAY shoes (which makes them ten times more magical). Lastly, it had been cloudy all day and I wanted to shoot my birthday look at the ocean because it’s my favorite place, and the sun ended up coming out just as I set up to shoot :) I’m a happy girl
I haven’t owned vans for quite some time now…my last pair were around my middle school years. They were checkered, I was awkward, not the best combination…But times have changed since then (I’d like to think) and at the lovely age of 21 I have come into a newer upgraded pair. I’ve been eyeing some leopard print high top vans for a while now, but have begun to see them a little too commonly amongst others, and was starting to change my mind about purchasing a pair until I happened to walk into the Santa Barbara Vans store. I walked straight into these beauties. They’re a nice cross between the classic van and the high top-which I haven’t seen a whole lot. I fell in love with the brown suede in the front mixed with the tribal print on the heel-making them moccasin-esque while still sticking to that skater vans feel. Voila! They made for a perfect birthday present!
The only tricky thing about these shoes are they have black and brown in them. I love that about them, but too much black and brown in one outfit can go way wrong too fast. I decided to stick to some simple, neutral colors with an oversized sweater, and a simple pair of old shorts. Since the sweater is so big and can be rather see through I put on a small, simple crop top. This top is dark to match the heels of the vans while also having a nice pop of pattern that isn’t too much so it won’t clash with the pattern on the shoes. I added a small, but still there, brown belt to tie in the brown suede of the shoes and really wrap the whole outfit up. I ended up with a (personal favorite) relaxed california girl look, that I can’t wait to wear again and again.   

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cars In The Shop







Eyelit Shorts: Lush
Denim: Lark & Wolf
Heels: Aldo
Today was a very long, but productive one…I have been on the hunt for a new place since my lease is up here soon. I’ve been so busy with that that I neglected my car, my sad, broken, car. After a couple weeks of pushing my old brakes to the limit I finally took it in. So my outfit for the day is the “My Car’s In the Shop" look. 
These shorts are one of my favorite pairs ever. They’re so comfortable, but so easy to either make formal or casual. I paired them with a vintage feeling bustier. The bold colors and strong print easily go with the shorts because of the white in the top. I put on a light  oversized denim button up since it’s been a little chilly lately, and the size of the denim contrasts with the crop top and short shorts. I put on a nice bright pink heel that I don’t get the chance to wear often enough (as you can probably tell from the color) the bright pink heel tends to look a little too Barbie for me too easily, but the denim helps to tone down that overly girly vibe. This is a great sassy, summer outfit.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Diamonds Are...






Romper: Cotton On (bought at Wasteland in LA)
Cardigan: H&M
Boots: Combat Boots Thrifted
Bag: H&M
 I have been waiting for a while now to wear this romper and am pretty excited with the whole outfit. My whole life I have loved the Adams family (as a little girl I wanted to be Wednesday Adams so badly) and this romper reminds me so much of that, and especially brings out my love for the darker side of things. I found this romper secondhand at a rather amazing store on Melrose in LA called Wasteland. When it comes to romper’s I’m very specific about them… I feel that they can look too childish too easily and they tend to not work so well on us shorter girls, so at first when I pulled it off the rack I was a little weary. Once I put it on though, any doubts I had were gone and this is by far my favorite romper I've ever put on.
The simple diamond pattern and amazing cutout back talked me into taking it to the dressing room and I’m so pleased that I did. The large cutout back gives it that maturity that rompers need, while the simplicity of it makes it so easy to pair with anything. I never do pass up an opportunity to show off a little lace bra in the back and this outfit was practically designed just for that. In case the back gets too cold I grabbed a light gray cardigan with elbow pads just to keep that funky vibe going. And I thought nothing would be more appropriate than my combat boots to wrap up the whole feel of the outfit. Normally I am fine with a complete black and white look, but because of the shape and blockiness of the romper it still needed a little something more to break up all of the darkness, which is where that lovely pop of red lips comes in. And then lastly, I put my hair in a pony tail, because I absolutely have to show off the back of that romper. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

California Palm Trees




Top: Tobi
http://www.tobi.com/women/tanktops
Shorts: BDG
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/category.jsp?id=W_APP_SHORTS_SHORTS&brand=bdg

One thing I adore about California is the Palm Trees. I just can't help but smile every single day when I see them outside my house. I moved here a few years ago from the wonderful state of Colorado, so as you can imagine I'm used to Pine..Not Palm. Don't get me wrong, I love a good mountain stocked full of burly, furry, pine trees covered in snow, but nothing compares to a looking at a palm tree on the beach in the warm sand....but hey it could just be me. I stepped outside today and took a gander at the beautiful day Santa Barbara decided to bring to me, and saw those happy Palm Trees. This day seemed so ideal that I had to go all out and wear my sunniest, good vibin', California sun outfit. This ones for you Palm Trees everywhere.
These shorts were purchased for a music festival, and to be honest, they haven't been worn a whole lot since...The bright colors are a little much for my taste, but every once in a while, they're exactly what I need to stand out. I love the tie dye of the shorts and decided to just go strong with the hippie vibe. I chose a white shirt and black heels because I have enough color happening simply from the shorts. I chose a black lace bra underneath to pull in the black heels, and topped the whole look off with a couple long necklaces that will sway with the movement of the top. The knit of the top and the dye die of the shorts work as patterns together and help to balance one another out (the vertical and horizontal tie dye, mixed with the circular knit on top).


Friday, July 12, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans






Sweater: H&M 

http://www.hm.com/us/subdepartment/LADIES?Nr=4294928033

Denim: Thrifted (cut by myself)

Shoes: Forever 21

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Category.aspx?br=f21&category=shoes_sneakers

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

http://www.marcjacobs.com/marc-by-marc-jacobs/eyewear/#/marc-by-marc-jacobs/eyewear?s=72&sort=



       This summer has ended up being the summer for beach bon fires and I have been looking for the perfect outfit for such an occasion. Now, let’s get one thing out in the open right now… I have mixed feelings about pants, and particularly denim. I love how pants look and the things you can do with them in regards to a lovely outfit, but I would so much rather not wear them simply because I don’t think they’re all that comfy…but when that big california sun sets on those hills the temperature drops, and I am a wimp in the cold. So after a few failed attempts at keeping warm with the overgrown-sweaters-over-the-shorts combo, I have given into a solid pair of denim on my beach nights. These boyfriend jeans will keep me warm for when the sun goes down, while still staying comfy and cozy all at the same time. 

      Boyfriend jeans have been a trial and error kind of thing for me. The baggy look doesn’t do a whole lot to help my 5 foot 3 inch frame look longer, and I tend to resist trends that make my legs appear shorter than they already are..  I have had this particular pair of denim folded up in my closet for the past couple years untouched(too big). I figured at this point the only thing I could do was try to improve them, it’s not like they were being worn the way they were.. I broke out my scissors and went to work. A couple holes later, I had a wonderful pair of boyfriend jeans that I couldn’t be more excited about. The huge holes show off enough leg that the denim isn’t too baggy and doesn’t shrink me down in height like most boyfriend jeans.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Boy Scouts of America




Denim: London Jean

Top: Full Tilt 
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Shorts: Boy Scouts of America (thrifted)


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

In The Wind




Denim: Lark & Wolf bought at Urban Outfitters (http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/category.jsp?id=W_OUTERWEAR&skucolor_normalized=blue)
Shirt: American Apparel (http://store.americanapparel.net/subCategory/index.jsp?subCatId=cat33188)