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Birds and Da Beads.

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I’ve really been lagging on the blog this week. So many false promises here and there…did you people really think I was gonna get a whole weekend’s worth of posts up last weekend? Please. I was too busy spilling on everything I wore to stay classy enough for the camera. Quick update: made a little trip to Castle Park in Sherman Oaks with the boyfriend over the weekend to play some mini golf. We made it to the first hole of 18, where you hit the ball into a tube and it rolls downstairs to another patch of green below. All fine and dandy, 2 quick puts and that was that, not bad. The problem was of course, the stairs. I made it halfway down the stairs safely before tripping, feet somehow slipping out from under me, butt to concrete, and not only spilling my mango smoothie all over myself, but crushing the dropped plastic cup beneath me as well. All in front of families of 5 year olds waiting behind us, who all managed to take the stairs with more grace than I. Story of my life. 

However, moving on from my trauma, and the right half of my body that was sore for a few days after….here’s another stay-cool outfit in honor of Coachella part deux this weekend. Beaded slouchy tee, neoprene skater skirt, and the infamous fringe booties glued to my feet once again.

Boots: Target (on clearance now guys!)
Skirt: F21 (similar)
Tee: Zara (last spring)
Bag: DSW (other colors here)
Shades: Wasteland (similar)
Necklaces & Stacked Rings: Urban Outfitters (similar rings here and here)

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Coachella-ella-ella-ayy-ayy…

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In honor of the awesome weather this past week and the start of the first weekend of Coachella today, I will be bringing you some Coachella inspired outfits across this weekend and next! Maybe this is how I make up for not being cool enough to actually go to Coachella this year. But what do you expect when the artist line up continually kicks the previous year’s lineups ass, and where tickets to both weekends of the ginormous coveted music festival sell out within minutes of going on sale. Next year, baby, next year…(something I’ve said for the past 3 years.)

Regardless, for chicks, we all know and love Coachella as not just a music festival, but the best of the best in summer fashion. Coachella is like New York Fashion Week for hipsters and boho beach babes. Gypsy dresses, crotchet this, crotchet that, floppy hats, fringe, flower crowns, ankle boots, lace, and denim. Lots and lots of denim. Maybe it’s cliché to take such styling approaches for this event, but one thing remains certain. It’s hot as hell in the middle of the desert in Indio, California. Always. Staying cool and comfortable is a top priority, and with the weather in LA this week being similar to that of a desert heatwave, I leave you with my first Coachella-inspired outfit of the weekend!

My trusty denim cutoffs (cut longer in the back so you’re not showing too much booty), a floral bustier crop top with a crotchet dolman sleeve top layered on top. Fringe booties that are comfortable enough to be walking in all day, but provide some height to make my long legs even longer in those cutoffs, topped of with a pair of my favorite retro cat-eye sunglasses. This outfit is great, because the floral crop top beneath the crotchet functions well as a top when combined with my high waisted shorts, should I feel the need to lose a layer. Excuse me while I blast some Broken Bells, Girl Talk, Chromeo and Aloe Blacc in honor of some of my favorites in today’s Day 1 lineup.

 

Shorts: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Floral Crop Top: Minkpink (similar style)
Crotchet Dolman Top: Zara (last season, similar more “batwing” style here)
Boots: Target (still available, on sale here!)
Sunnies: Asos

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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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