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Sunshine + Lace.

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We’ve had a bit of a heat wave starting up the last week or so in LA, so I was itching for that summer vibe. My ultimate summer casual style, the one you can find me in most, is definitely that Southern California boho beach-babe look. Think denim cutoffs, gauzy tops, crotchet, lace, layered gold-tone jewelry, and perhaps my fringed out booties or crossbody bag. Well, it may FEEL like summer beach season, but guess what….we are still only a few weeks past holiday season, so this girl cannot be bustin’ out the short-shorts just yet. Run, squat, lunge, repeat! That has to happen for a while before you’ll see me in fitted cutoffs! Until then, my summer-in-the-winter-time look is going to consist of a boxy and loose, cropped lace top, my favorite ripped and rolled jeans, and casual sandals.

Jeans: Zara
Top: Forever21
Necklace: Express
Sandals: Kelsi Dagger
Bangles: Nasty Gal, Express, and the thick studded one was gifted from my
boyfriend’s mom :)

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Warm Winter.

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The past couple days I’ve been embracing the fact that it’s mid-december and we’ve been nearing the 80s. I know, everyone at home in the Midwest wants to smack me right now. One of my favorite simple summer outfits, which transitioned nicely into a fall dress this year, was something I was itching to wear again. It’s a loose-fitted low-back summer dress from Brandy Melville, but the muted greens and taupes in the print work really nicely for fall as well. By itself, this dress is super light and airy, but I’ve put many things over it to give it more of a fall boost – fur vests, utility jackets, oversized fuzzy cardigans, sweater vests, and circle scarfs. The possibilities with this dress are endless. This time, I opted for shorter boots to honor the nice weather (the more bare leg the better!), and my favorite black leather jacket, which I really didn’t even need until about 6:00. It’s always awesome to get more use out of extremely summery pieces, since living in Southern California, that’s pretty much what dominates my wardrobe.

Dress: Brandy Melville “Jada” Dress, (other colors here)
Cage-back Bralette: Brandy Melville “Chiyo” bra
Booties: Target
Jacket: Asos
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Rings: Zara

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3.1 Phillip Lim x Target….Finally.

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Originally Posted 11/14/13. Just when you think the cooler weather is here to stay, LA will swoop in with a heat wave, blasting us with 90 degrees of sunshine when it’s almost the holidays. A week or two ago this was the case, and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to bust out an outfit I had been saving…my high-waisted 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target printed skirt, which I knew from the start I wanted to pair with a simple crop top. We did a dinner double date in Downtown LA, followed by a friend’s work-loft open house. It was a great time to get my first use out of the only piece I got my hands on from the highly coveted collection that hit stores in September.

Excuse any grain or blur, I was only able to get a couple snaps in right before dark, but the palette of golden-mustard and royal-navy was absolutely perfect for a warm fall evening. I brought along a navy and white striped longline cardigan (not pictured) for when it cooled down, which mixed nicely with the leopard for an interesting visual contrast. With two bold patterns happening at once, I kept my heel choice simple and neutral. The combination couldn’t have been better for Saturday night cocktails in Downtown LA with a view of the city from a sweet industrial loft.

Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target (Sold out in stores, via eBay only)
Belt: Target
Crop Top: Tobi
Heels: True Religion
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Bangles: Nasty Gal

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Shorts in November.

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Originally Posted 11/10/13. As I mentioned in another post, I am always resistant to colder weather, despite my love for jackets, boots, and layers. I will always prefer warmer weather, so any time the temperature rises, I will get right out of “winter mode.” This past week my family visited and we had a really great time in Santa Monica, Malibu, and Manhattan Beach. I was beyond thrilled that the temperature got up into the low 80s during the day, because I love bragging to them about our weather in Los Angeles! ;) Ok, so not really that, but mostly because in Nebraska it has been getting much colder than LA ever gets for well over a month now. I really wanted them to be able to relax in sunny Los Angeles and enjoy one last round of short sleeves, cropped pants, and open-toed shoes. And let me tell ya, they loved every second of it.

Our activities included shopping the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, wine tasting in Malibu, and even touring The Getty Center, so my outfits stayed pretty casual all weekend. I fully took advantage of the shorts weather though, and even threw on sandals for all the walking about. Then, just tossed on cozy flannel for an extra layer for when it got dark and I was set.

Sandals: Wanted, via Piperlime
Lace Shorts: Sabo Skirt
Tee: F21
Flannel: Target
Necklaces & Bracelets: Nasty Gal, 2020ave

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