Friday, January 29, 2016

January Favorites

Favorite Products of the Month: January

This month has flown by! As cliche as it sounds, I can't believe it's already been a full month in 2016. January was full of fun times, being with friends, dancing, and celebrating my birthday. 

Anyway, I don't want to make you read a novel, so I'm just going to get into the favorites of January. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hidden Gem

Unexpected Find

I think Gwen is one of the coolest people ever- her style, her music. So, naturally I love her fashion brand L.A.M.B. L.A.M.B. is a perfect mix of edgy, modern, feminine, and unique. 

I went on a random Nordstrom Rack shopping trip with my mom. I hadn't shopped there in a while since it would usually be really hectic, but we went at night and not many people were there. I was looking in the shoes section and found these amazing silver python-skin-looking loafer/ankle boots. Realizing they were L.A.M.B., I automatically thought they would be very expensive, but they were a fraction of the retail price. My mom said she would buy them for me as a late birthday present, and I could not wait to style and wear them. I did not expect to find such an awesome pair of shoes, but sometimes you find things where you least expect it. ;) 

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Look of the Day

Black OOTD 

One of my favorite colors is black. When it comes to fashion, I feel black items tend to be more timeless than colorful items. Neon has been a trend. Pastels have been a trend. However, it seems black is not a color that goes in and out of trend with clothes. 

For this look, I wore mainly black, but I thought the black jacket with light, embroidered detailing made it more interesting. I also wore a black and purple striped shirt so that everything was not solid black. To complement the dark colors of the outfit, I wore dark lips. 

This day was very fun. A friend and I went to a cute, hipstery place called The Camp. There was a lot of art and colorful things, but I was particularly drawn to the mural I took these pictures at. 

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday Post: Chicago


For Thanksgiving 2015 I visited my family in Chicago. They don't live right in the city, more like the suburbs around it, but we spent a whole day in the windy city. The best part of Chicago is the deep dish pizza. Okay, so actually it's seeing my awesome family that I don't see that often, but the second best part is the pizza. My personal favorite is the deep dish from Gino's East. 

On this particular day, we went to The Bean in Millennium Park. My first thought before going was "How impressive can a frickin giant bean be?" but once we went it was in fact impressive and very interesting. At some angles it reflects the city scape, which presents a beautiful view and good photo-taking opportunity. We walked through Millennium Park and then went to the Christkindlmarket, a German, Christmas-themed market of food, cultural goods, and lots of beer. It was very fun, but it did make me realize how much German I forgot since taking it in high school (Oh nein). 

Since it was very cold and slightly windy, I packed on the layers. I wore a knit long-sleeve, a thick flannel, a jacket, and then a letterman-style jacket over it. I wore leggings and my Nikes to be comfortable and added my knit scarf, beanie, and gloves for warmth. 

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Monday, January 11, 2016

WILDFOX Sample Sale + Tips

Wildfox Sale + Sample Sale Tips

Last month, I went to a warehouse sale in Los Angeles for a Wildfox sample sale. For those who don't know what Wildfox is, it is a a casual brand that uses a lot of fun colors, prints, and super comfortable fabrics but is unfortunately pretty expensive. However, I love their brand and their style, and I wanted to take advantage of the substantially-lower prices of the sample sale. 

Some sample sales can look like a reenactment of World War II, but luckily this sample sale was not that crazy. There weren't many people in the warehouse when I got there around 4 pm. In my previous experience, they have been a little more chaotic, so here are some easy tips. 

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Rain at the Beach

Rainy Days in Cali

Have you ever had your friends be so enthusiastically optimistic about a plan (that you subconsciously knew will never work) that you decided to go along with it? That's what I did yesterday. It started pouring in Cali. Rain in California is about as rare as a crocodile Birkin bag. It just almost doesn't even exist. However, some of my friends thought it would be fun to go to Laguna again as a little birthday celebration. While skeptical, I got in the car and we started the drive.

It was pouring to the point where one could barely see the cars in front of them, so we decided to exit the freeway and kill time at the mall before heading out to Laguna again. We made it just in time for the sunset, and as usual, it was beautiful. Two of my friends, whose sense of danger is pretty much slim to none, tried to climb the rocks to get a self-satisfactory picture of the sunset, but the waves crashed down on them and made them fall into the cold water in 54 degree weather. My other (sane) friend and I stayed dry, and we four went to get pazookies after the sun had set. When we left it was mildly sprinkling, but seeing the sunset was worth the cold weather and rain. While the weather conditions were not ideal to say the least, we still had a day full of laughter, music, and fun.

To stay warm, I wore a Lululemon ensemble and a thick knit scarf. I brought an extra letterman-like jacket that I layered on later. I used my Harper Ave backpack.

Monday, January 4, 2016

My Birthday

Birthday in LA

Another year, another birthday...I spent it in Los Angeles at the LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I enjoy art and history, so I appreciated the history behind the pieces. There were multiple exhibitions of post-WWI art from Germany that portrayed the agony and chaos of the country at that time. There was also a lot of modern art, as well as works from different countries in Asia from centuries ago. I was happy to see work by some of my favorite artists, Picasso and Warhol. 

It was cold in LA (anything below 70 is cold), so I wore thick jeans, a long sleeve, a slouchy cardigan, and boots. I layered a couple gold necklaces and a gold cuff to add some bling. 

After the museum, we went to get pie on Melrose. We ate at Sweet Lady Jane, which I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a sweet treat in LA. 

 Henri Matisse

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Years!

Starting the New Year

For my first day of 2016, I spent it at one of the best places possible- the beach. 
A group of my friends and I hiked in Laguna. It was only about 60 degrees, so I wore my Lululemon jacket and leggings and used my favorite Harper Ave backpack to keep my essentials inside. Most of the hike had a beach view, and it was nothing but beautiful. Once we reached the top of the hill, the ocean breeze and stillness of the area around us was very peaceful. I'm not much of a meditator, but I meditated for about 15 minutes and did a couple yoga poses...all while some of my friends looked at me like I was a crazy person. After the hike, we ate pizza at Gina's and visited the stores downtown, looking at things like rash guards at surf shops, candles, art, candy, and vintage surf books.

Later in the day, a couple of us went to walk on the beach and watch the sunset on the rocks. I've never witnessed such a phenomenal sunset. I feel like everyone says that when they see a sunset, but they never fail to amaze me and relax me. The mixture of orange and blue swirled together with strands of darkening clouds around the sun. We drove down PCH while the sun slowly settled down towards the ocean. It truly was a beautiful day.