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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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Sunday Brunch.

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My boyfriend and I are really obsessed with this brunch place, Overland Café, over in my Culver City neighborhood. In fact, we frequent this place several times a month for both brunch AND their awesome dinner menu. I’m not much of a day drinker, it knocks me out too much, but it’s pretty hard to pass up their $6.99 bottomless champagne/mimosa brunch special. In fact, it’s pretty hard for everyone else in the neighborhood to pass it up too apparently, as every weekend the place is PACKED. Their food is amazing and I always walk/waddle away stuffed, so it’s pretty much a necessity to wear something that hides the food baby bump! Enter: my eat-a-lot skirt. Layer it up with some cozy boot socks and a faux fur vest and I’ve got just enough warmth balancing the cool sunshine.

Skirt: F21 (super old)
Tank: Urban Outfitters
Socks: Urban Outfitters (I removed the buttons)
Boots: Steve Madden
Vest: Ann Taylor (gifted)

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Small Town Christmas.

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Sister love on Christmas. (Photos by Jenna Spurlin)

My dad’s family is from a very small town in Nebraska, just over 7,000 people. I look forward to spending a day here every year for Christmas. This year, it was especially important to be here, and celebrating with my grandmother, as it marks almost a year since my grandfather passed unexpectedly. It’s been a hard year for us as a family, and having that at-home feeling at my grandma’s house was pretty important for everyone. I love my grandma’s cute home, and her small town floods me with memories from my childhood with every visit. This year, we were blessed to have one of my good friends, Jenna, join us for the big family celebration, and she fit right in with the sarcasm and off-color jokes my dad’s side of the family is known for.

With the formality of Christmas Eve gone the night before, Christmas day is a little more about over-eating, games, opening gifts, and relaxing with the family. In keeping with this comfortable tone, I chose to dress comfortably as well. I always try to look a little nicer for a holiday, because that’s part of what makes it special for me, so I opted for a fun floral surplice dress I’ve had on hand for a while. Though I bought the dress during the spring season, it’s muted color palettes work really well with fall and winter elements. Not to mention, the print is perfect for hiding a food baby! Don’t act like you don’t know.

I chose to layer heavily, mixing a lot of my favorite comfortable styles together for one cozy look. On top of the dress, I layered my favorite denim shirt, followed by a fur vest gifted from my Aunt a couple of years earlier, as well as colored tights, a belt, and the fringe boots that I apparently live in, according to my other posts.

My wonderful friend Jenna, who is a fantastically talented photographer, (view her work here) offered to take these photos for me and she did a great job directing me in a natural way. Thanks Jenna! :)

Dress: Nasty Gal
Denim Shirt: Zara
Vest: Ann Taylor (Gift from my Aunt)
Scarf: H&M
Tights: Target
Belt: Target
Booties: Target
Ring: Zara

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