Keeping it “Cali Cool”

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Shorts: Joie Gladiators: Steve Madden Bag: Coach Top: Parker Hat: H&M

It isn’t until very recently I started realizing the impact the United States has on the fashion world. After all, Paris is synonymous with chic, but what are we known for? Well, I feel like New York got the effortless chic reputation, Miami gets all the fun, and California? Like our Coast we keep it cool.

As much as I would like to think I dress runway ready every day, that’s just not possible. But thanks to “Western Fashion Dress code” even my off days are still in line with tradition. It doesn’t take very much to achieve this look. Shorts and sandals typically accomplish this but in typical fashion girl style even something as simple as a pair of sandals has to have an element of drama- thus the choice of going with gladiator sandals. Surprisingly, my Steve Madden gladiators have been my go to selection for the past few summers. Shocking to me because typically the life expectancy I have for Steve Maddens is 2 months.

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Alas, I’ve come to the conclusion to achieve said California Cool look you need 3 things- color, minimal accessories, and a gust of wind in your hair. A pink cadillac in the background is always a nice accent as well.

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Spring Sophistication

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Blazer: H&M Striped Top: Vince Jeans: J Brand Shoes: B by Brian Atwood Hat: H&M

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I know I know, I sound like a broken record but I really, really love Spring. It’s like Mother Nature shares my same passion for bright colors and took all the her favorites from her crayon box and just went to town coloring the world with the best, bright and bold. And while Spring and essentially Summer are my favorite seasons for dresses, I appreciate that the 70 degree days allow me to experiment with more sophisticated looks like this ensemble. To achieve a sophisticated Spring look- pants and a blazer are probably going to be your go to items. They say you can’t wear white after labor day but I don’t believe in that. Hello, winter white anyone? I guess though by the logic of those that do follow fashion rules, Spring is an acceptable season to debut some of your favorite wardrobe whites, alas- meet my favorite white jeans by J Brand. J-Brand is a label that I believe was put on the map when Kate Middelton at the start of her reign as Duchess of Fashion Darlings dared to be an outfit repeater and wore the same jeans days in a row! (Gasp, I know.) For the record, I liked J Brand before that as they are simple- no flashy labels, or embellishments. Just plain, and simple and yes…sophisticated.

While I contemplated pairing this outfit with some of my favorite bright pink shoes, or even nude for that matter, I instead opted for some with more edge and went for my metallic silver B by Brian Atwood wedges instead. Just because my ultimate goal with this outfit was sophisticated I didn’t feel it was necessary to sacrifice some pizazz.

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Olivia said she wanted to dress up pretty too.

Palm Springs Guide to Style

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Dress: PJK Hat: H&M Sunglasses: Miu Miu Necklace: Charming Charlie Shoes: Alice and Olivia

Do you ever find your outfit inspired by your destination? This weekend the wind blew me out to the desert oasis of Palm Springs once again. Fun fact, when I actually had to be out in the desert every day for work obligations, I absolutely hated it. I hated that I had to drive past cows every day. I hated the obnoxious wind. I hated the ungodly heat. I hated the unbearable cold (I know you East Coasters are probably laughing at this but for a So Cal suburban girl that cold is truly terrible. Made me invest in my first actual winter coat though!) But alas, I’ve gotten to know the desert and we have come to an understanding.

I understand now that bright colors are mandatory. And light fabrics during the day are strongly suggested- unless of course you plan on hanging out by the pool all day which if all the Spring Break party goers were any indication, really only a swim suit is required. Also, a large brimmed hat is recommended but please be mindful of the strength of the wind. In some of my photos it looks like I’m intentionally being cutesy with a hand over my hat- that is partially true but honestly in most of those shots I was holding it down out of fear it would be swept away. And chasing after a hat in heels in the sand is not a fun situation.

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Second stop of my day trip was the Parker. Recently, I’ve seen some of my favorite bloggers do some shoots here and let’s just say I was sold on a giant orange door with regal gold handles. I was even more delighted to see the door men and bell hops all wear pink! Doors fit for royalty and pink as the dress code? Yes please!

Alas my adventure this weekend also took me back to another Desert X exhibit- “Curves and Zig Zags” by Claudia Comte a beautiful masterpiece once again immersed in the desert landscape. The exhibit features a whimsical zig zag print that was giving me some serious DVF vibes.parker_

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Spring Style: The Necessities

 

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Dress: Nordstrom’s Rack Hat: H&M Sunnies: Prada Bag: Coach 

So believe it or not florals are not the only option when it comes to Spring attire. Spring, despite all these seasonal allergies is one of my favorite seasons for a plethora of reasons. I love waking up to new blooms in my yard and everywhere you look life seems to be bursting with color of the pastel and bright kind. And quite frankly you don’t need to look further than your landscape to find inspiration for your Spring wardrobe staples.

Although I love bright colors as much as I love sunshine and the longer days, I do have an equal affinity towards pastels. For the ultimate Spring ensemble I typically gravitate towards frilly dresses (either accented with bows or ruffles) in the color palette of the season i.e. every shade of pink from bright to blush! Scenic floral backgrounds are always an extra bonus. When it comes to accessorizing I hate to sound cliche but anything that sparkles in the shape of a flower seem to be the pieces I gravitate toward. Like a moth to the flame.

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In The Land of Pink and Poppy’s

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Romper: Nasty Gal Shoes & Necklace:  Kate Spade Cuff: Forever 21 Hat: H&M

So unless you completely deprive yourself of social media and or the news, 1 you’re probably not reading this and 2 you have probably missed the fact that all these So Cal rainstorms have brought some amazing backdrops perfect for a Saturday getaway and perfect for a Spring shoot! Driving down the 15 Frwy it’s hard not to stop to admire the golden hills sides taken over by the California State flower. Now I know why they call us the Golden State! Currently the hills side of Lake Elsinore have been painted gold by this little flower and it’s absolutely breathtaking.

While I probably should have reconsidered the shoe situation as the two blisters on my toes are reminders to not do that again- a romper was the perfect choice! Rompers are my go to ensemble for warmer weather as it is both practical and chic. Paired with a wide brimmed hat and ta da the perfect attire to welcome warmer weather! And what better combo that my favorite color and my favorite silhouette to welcome one of my favorite seasons. Granted Spring is officially not for a few more weeks- I appreciate mother nature’s justification for arriving basically fashionably early. Well done Mother Nature, well done.

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When Fashion, Art and The Desert Collide

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Dress: Owl Fish Purse: Coach Hat: H&M Sunnies: Ray Ban

Today’s fashion adventure took me to the desert oasis otherwise known as Palm Springs. Literally just a hop skip and a jump away from me it was so refreshing to be able to dress for the strength of the desert sun rays instead of the cold less than 60 degree weather that has consumed So Cal for the past few months. Don’t get me wrong, the cold was a nice change of scenery for the first month or so but this So Cal girl missed the days of sunshine and summer dresses!

The thing I love about Palm Spring is it is such a laid back environment- but style never seems to be sacrificed. There is not only fashion enthusiasts everywhere you look but fashion and art are around literally every corner! The spring art instillation of Desert X is no exception. A little advice to anyone taking a day trip to experience the exhibitions- you literally need a whole day! Stop first at the ACE Hotel and pick up your map, and plan your trip accordingly. The only stop I didn’t get to see was Claudia Comte’s exhibit but fortunately the instillations will be hanging out for a few more weeks. The destinations I did get to visit were Phillip K Smith’s “Circle of Land and Sky” and Doug Aitken’s “Mirage.”Some people have described these installations as a treasure hunt for adults, and it’s sooo true! Each instillation uses the mesmerizing landscape of the desert and inspires each admirer to become immersed in it. Truly an amazing, once in a  lifetime experience. I put serious thought before venturing out on what shoes would work as I know walking in the sand in heels is not an ideal situation- plus I didn’t know how much of a hike I was looking at. Flats and sandals work fine- or in my case my favorite Steve Madden gladiators. And alas, anticipating a slight gust of wind I had to wear something that I knew would pick it up and add drama to my shoot. Mission accomplished.

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Doug Aitken’s “Mirage” is quite literally a fun house with an art deco edge and breathtaking scenery. 

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At Phillip K Smith’s “The Circle of Land and Sky.”

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Comfy And Couture

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Top: H&M Shoes: APL Pants: Joe Jeans Jeggings Sunnies: Ray Ban

So it occurred to me as I walked my beloved Olivia around our lake a few weekends ago, Chanel and Valentino flats- as lovely as they are, are not the greatest true walking shoes. And that’s fine. I suppose they’ll last much longer if I don’t subject them to dirt and two miles on a daily basis. Alas, I started thinking about an article that I read around Christmas time highlighting one of Oprah’s favorite things. The article in question featured a new brand in the running shoe world taking over the social media accounts of fashion enthusiasts- APL. Short for Athletic Propulsion Laboratory. Once I saw this bubblegum shade of pink and the almost crochet like material they were designed with I knew if I were to reconsider tennis shoes these bad boys would be at the top of my list. And after a two mile walk in my pointed Rock Stud Valentino studs, the blisters on my feet were practically screaming at me to revisit the tennis shoe idea.

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Alas, my love for the athleisure look was born. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a girly girl till the day I die, but I do appreciate there are options to welcome my kind to the world of comfiness and coziness. So naturally, when one gets a pair of shoes, one also has to get outfits to compliment. Shout out to H&M for helping me with this task by providing endless options of basics in my favorite shades of lavender, peach and of course pink! I’m looking forward to warmer days and opportunities to mix and match my new comfy shoes with some new basic pieces- and more importantly days of being blister free.

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APL-Short for Athletic Propulsion Laboratory, are literally some of the most comfy tennis shoes I’ve ever tried. I’m in love with the coziness of the crochet like material and can’t wait to get my next pair. Black, peach or baby blue? Or all of the above? Fun fact: these shoes were actually banned from the NBA because of the technology that improves one’s jumping ability. Won’t be giving that a try anytime soon unless I go to some sample sales but good to know it’s an option!