Friday Five Under $50

I recently had a sponsored Instagram post pop up in my feed featuring a blogger wearing a denim shirtdress. I have no idea who it was, didn't check to see if the dress was shoppable, and went along with my day. But the denim shirtdress resonated with me, and thus became the catalyst for this under $50 look.

When shopping for shirtdresses for myself, I have a pretty hard rule about pockets. It was something I picked up from the days of "What Not To Wear" and Stacy and Clinton always recommended that if you had a larger bust, it would be best to avoid any bulky pockets in that area. It makes sense, right? But also presents a challenge with denim dresses. While I wasn't completely sold on the sleeves of this one, it looks like just the right shade of blue and has very unnoticeable pockets.

My favorite part of this look is the bag - I now know that beaded bags are the new straw bags and this round one is so cute! At $49.99 it just made the cut, but for that price you could probably be convinced to add another bag you don't need to your closet.



Gold Disc Necklaces, $8 at H&M
BlankNYC Short Sleeve Denim Shirtdress, $30 at Nordstrom Rack
Universal Thread Woven Mules, $25 at Target
Beaded Wooden Bag, $50 at Mango
Loop Wrap Belt, $20 at Gap

L.A. Winter Uniform

As much as I thought being in a different climate for winter would break me of my winter dressing habits, it has not. While I try to keep things on the blog varied and colorful, what I post is mostly what I'm wearing on the weekends, while on the weekdays I stick to the timeless combination of jeans, top, and jacket.

When I started this blog I wanted to be the girl who wears heels to the grocery store, and admittedly, occasionally I am. But now that I'm older and wiser, while I know nothing will replace how great a pair of heels can make an outfit look, I'd much prefer to do my grocery shopping in flats. The blog alone used to motivate me to always be putting in the extra effort into getting dressed each day; now some days I go to yoga in the morning and never get out of the leggings.

When I was packing for this trip I was so terribly aspirational. I don't know where I thought I'd be wearing all those outfits, but I had visions of so many looks and photo shoots. I fear I will be bringing home a lot of unworn or under utilized pieces, as most days, it's jeans, a top, and a jacket for me.

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Swiss Dot Blouse Ann Taylor similar
Plaid Blazer H&M similar
Jeans Banana Republic
Leopard Loafers Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
Black Straw Bag Zara
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Evil Eye Necklace c/o Belcho similar
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



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Between Brunch and Ice Cream

It was admittedly, a pretty leisurely Saturday. Friday had been a late night of seeing Eliot Glazer's Haunting Renditions followed by an hour of driving around looking for a parking space so we could get dinner. (Honestly L.A. how do you live like this?) Thus resulting in a late Saturday brunch. We went to one of my sister's favorite spots in Manhattan Beach, Cafe Wild, where the cinnamon french toast was tasty, and their mimosa pitcher might as well have been bottomless, for we couldn't finish it - and we really did try our best.

After brunch we strolled down to the boardwalk while admiring the stretch of coastline, the dozens of surfers, and the million cute dogs walking by. The day had somehow crept into late afternoon, and we decided that our indulgent brunch wasn't enough, so we headed to the ice cream shop.

As for this outfit - I haven't worn this jumpsuit in forever - or at least I didn't wear it even once last year, which I feel guilty about. It was another one of those pieces where I needed to hem it, and truthfully I should have sized down on this as well, because I had to safety pin it to keep it from sliding down. It's strapless and the weight of this fabric is just immense. It's probably the reason my suitcase was overweight! However from the moment I brought this jacket home last fall I'd imagined pairing it with this jumpsuit, and I felt like this trip would be the perfect time. I'm really pleased I got it wear it and photograph it.

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Rust Wide Leg Jumpsuit Free People similar
Tweed Moto Jacket "Pattyn" Joie thrifted
White Mules "Bianca" Target
Wide Brim Fedora Goorin Bros. via ebay similar
Monogrammed Bucket Bag c/o Marleylilly
Half Moon Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie

 


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Summer in the Afternoon

When the sun is high in the afternoons, it almost feels like summer, and though I need an extra layer for the rest of the day, it's nice to enjoy it while I can. Plus I was wearing my field jacket again and first, I wasn't 100% sure I liked the double green, while second, it was in yesterday's post. So just bear with me and pretend it was that warm the whole day.

This weekend I'm finally going to visit The Broad Museum, which is home to the Infinity Mirrors installation. I booked the tickets shortly after arriving in Los Angeles and this was how far out the weekends were booked!

While it looks like it's going to be another very rainy week ahead, I'm holding out hope for the sun this weekend.

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Knotted Button Down Old Navy similar
Linen Pants Lou & Grey similar
Leopard Loafers Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
Waist Bag "Wendy" Rebecca Minkoff
Gold Hoop Earrings Amazon
Rhombus Charm Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




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Bright Spot Through the Clouds

Over the weekend it rained nearly non-stop. Torrential, buckets of rain. I suppose since this is the only rain Los Angeles is getting for probably the rest of the year, it has to get it all in?

On Saturday I accompanied my sister on her side hustle, which is grocery shopping and delivery. We had to brave the rain through four Trader Joe's shopping trips, but at least they all had different free samples (tell me I'm not the only one who feels motivated to go there for the samples alone). At the end of the day just before sunset there was the most beautiful rainbow, or so I saw on Instagram, on multiple accounts. Sadly, we missed it.

Sunday was set out to be another full day of rain, but the sun came out for a bit, and we diverted from another grocery store run to snap these photos. Just as we finished all the clouds rolled back in and the rain resumed. Fingers crossed there will be more bright skies for the rest of my stay, especially because the only boots I brought are suede, and this jacket is both missing its hood, and isn't waterproof.

P.S. I'm terrible at packing.

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Striped Ruffle Sleeve Tee Green Envelope via TJMaxx
Field Jacket J.Crew similar
Jeans Banana Republic
Silver Regan Mule c/o Vionic
Monogrammed Bucket Bag c/o Marleylilly
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie



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Leopard and Blush

It might just be me, but my January flew by, and I worry I don't have that much to show for it. At least February got off on the right foot, I met up with Jessica for brunch at The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker for brunch and tried one of their beautiful, albeit overpriced, color burst lattes.

After brunch I found myself another pink building for outfit photos, clearly it's becoming a theme, or there are just too many pink buildings in California!

We had another rainy weekend, and watched the Superbowl at home. I'm always more interested in the food and the commercials, so as long as I've got buffalo chicken and onion dip I'm happy. I can also say I really enjoyed the west coast time difference, the game ended and I still had my whole night ahead of me! Did you watch the Superbowl? If so, which commercial did you enjoy the most? I'm leaning towards the Amazon Alexa.

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Leopard Wrap Dress Poshmark similar
Blush Leather Jacket Athleta similar
Sock Booties "Neola" Naturalizer
Black Straw Bag Zara
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
Gold Plated Disc Necklace Matteo via TJMaxx
Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




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Point Loma

Before heading back from San Diego, my sister and I decided to make a stop in Point Loma, at the Cabrillo National Monument. While we didn't realize there was a $15 entry fee, since we'd already planned on going, we payed it and went on our way. There was a small gift shop and information center, along with some stunning views overlooking the city - we could even spot the Corondao hotel. There is a historically preserved lighthouse you can walk through, but you can only get access to the very top three days a year.

Down at the bottom there are tide pools, and this part would be best visited in sneakers or some shoe more sensible than a sandal. At least you can drive down and park! I saw some people walking the trek and I can only say that I admire their dedication.

As you can see, the views are quite gorgeous no matter where you are, and while I wasn't too keen on the entry fee, it was a worth while visit.

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Polka Dot Wrap Blouse J.Crew similar
 White Culottes eBay similar
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
Half Moon Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Couture Curator" Essie




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