Monthly Archives: March 2014

California Love.

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This look is from last week, where I was able to sneak downtown to a friend’s work-loft to get some things done, grab a bite to eat with friends, and hey…why not shoot the day’s outfit on the roof with a solid view of downtown in the background. Not to mention, it’s been gorgeous pretty much ever since LA was pelted with rain for a few days. In fact, warmer than I thought, the jacket was almost unnecessary.

Most of you who know me, know that I am a music freak. I am constantly expanding my library, searching for new bands to listen to and concerts to go to. It’s no shock that I have a hefty supply of “band tees” and muscle tanks I like to throw on to give my outfits a little bit of a rocker spin. My musical tastes are literally all across the board, especially indie. However, nothing – I mean NOTHING – keeps me away from old school hip-hop and 90s music. My Tupac tank was just what I needed to unsweeten some of my girly looks as of lately. (Posts on those coming soon). An all-time favorite artist, Tupac is just classic. Not to mention this shirt graphic is phenomenal. I love the way the grungier look of a rock tee or in this case, a rapper-painted muscle tank, can add just the perfect amount of contrast and edge to any outfit. I will pair them with anything! In honor of the sunshine, and an edgier look, I chose my bright red skinnies as a punch of color, and followed up with my ASOS leather jacket and leopard flats for a touch of feminine pattern. And the cherry on top? My California state necklace, paying tribute to the deceased with some “California Love.”

Skinnies: Zara (similar here and more affordable here)
Flats: Cotton On
Tank: F21 (My new favorite go-to for band shirts!)
Jacket: ASOS (similar, ribbed detail)
Shades: Wasteland (similar, so cheap!)
Necklaces: Francesca’s, 2020ave

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Rainy LA Weekend: Part 2

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Ok, ok…so after a couple of days of rain and downpour that I was thrilled to have, (we’re so spoiled here…I mean who honestly gets sick of sunshine?!?) I was getting antsy and ready to go back to my more-fun warmer weather outfit planning. This is mainly attributed to road rage. I mean good god people…it’s just water!! Fact: my roommate, a recruiter, mentioned that someone called to cancel their interview at Google because they were too scared to drive in the rain. Are you KIDDING me?!? I’d drive through fire, a war zone, or a course laced with banana peels and turtle shell bombs like in Mario Kart to get to an interview at Google. Ok, that’s a different fantasy, but you get my point. She and I both being from the Midwest had to swap “are you freaking kidding me faces” with each other over that one. What a tool.

To some extent though, I did live out that Mario Kart fantasy the last few days. I was zipping around in my 4-wheel drive like I freaking owned this state, just gradually getting less and less patient with traffic. But who am I kidding? I have road rage rain or shine! The 4 days of rain that graced the LA freeways was just the perfect amount for me, and I was ready for it to let up by Sunday when it started slowing. It was the perfect “cloudy coffee” weather, but not overly chilly or breezy. Behold, the boot socks! For a comfortable Sunday, I decided to steal my favorite shirt from my boyfriend’s closet again! Perfect for being super comfortable, as seen in my tomboy post a while back, only this time I decided to girl it up a little and pair it with a skirt, boots, knee socks, and low and behold – my weekend beanie. And this time around, the even MORE perfect rainy/cloudy day accessory is in my right hand! A grande Americano with steamed soymilk. Thank you, Starbucks, for keeping me warm while walking the trail back home! ;)

 

Boots: Steve Madden
Socks: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: H&M
Hoodie: Alternative Apparel (Mens)
Beanie: H&M (similar)
Bag: DSW

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Rainy LA Weekend: Part 1

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I can’t tell you how stoked I was for a rainy weekend! Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve heard thunder?!? To be clear, this is only the second time in my 2.5+ years in LA that I’ve heard it. And this time, it was a real actual rainstorm, at least as much as we’re gonna get in Southern California. I miss the truly insane white rain downpours of the Midwest. Where it’s too dangerous to drive because it’s just a loud angry blanket of white on your windshield. Those are so awesome to sit on a porch and listen to. Siiiiiiigggghhh…

Anyway, I’ve adapted to become like most LA kids weather-wise, in the sense that I don’t own an umbrella or very many precipitation-appropriate shoes. Somehow, all my rain accessories got lost in my transition from Nebraska to LA, so my options were limited! However, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of staying cozy, and the forced-casual vibe of the entire weekend when going out with friends. It’s so nice to have an excuse to “take it easy”, but that’s what the rain does here – slows people down for a few days.

Day 1 of  “Rainmageddon” (SO many Californians literally thought the world was ending, it was slightly embarrassing) consisted of my over-the-knee Dolce Vita boots to keep out the water, burgundy skinnies, a printed tank, utility jacket, and the MOST important rain accessory: HEADWEAR. For my weekend, I selected just one beanie to carry with me at all times, because as I’ve posted before here and here, my hair just gets out of control in the rain and moisture. I do, sadly, take the time to either curl my hair on rainy days, or at least use a sea salt texturizing spray, to achieve a look that is “messable.” Meaning, I have to have body and texture added in advance to my fine, stick straight hair, or we’re talking a very unattractive wet-dog look. I need styles that can handle becoming messy and shapeless throughout the day. A scarf is always great because you can loosely hide your locks a bit if they get too out of control.

 

Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here)
Skinnies: Zara
Tank: H&M
Jacket: Gibson (similar here and here)
Scarf: Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)
Beanie: H&M (similar here)
Bag: DSW (in black)

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