Happy Hippy

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Top: Free People Earrings: ABS Schwartz Sunnies: Rayban Bracelet & Necklace: Saks Sandals: Dolce Vita

While I have had many a discussion lately about taking my wardrobe to a more “grown up/ mature” level, there’s still that little hippy in me that every now and again likes to make an appearance. And today, when the weather was practically a million and ten degrees out and one of my favorite Free People tops kinda poked out of my closet I couldn’t help but release my inner Karen Arnold.

And one of my favorite parts of dressing in a boho/ hippy vibe? There is no such thing as too many accessories. I even brought out the hoops today! And I never wear hoops (especially big ones for fear my ear is gonna get caught on something and torn off.) Added bonus of this ensemble? My favorite Dolce Vita sandals! I always love the response I get from people when I wear them. I’ve been stopped a few times by people who thought I wasn’t even wearing shoes. One notorious characteristic of a hippy is free love, free speech and freedom to wear whatever. I think freedom from wearing restrictive shoes is a under appreciated but yet equally important variable in achieving the perfect vintage 60’s look. Peace and love dear readers!

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All You Need Is Love, A Sense of Adventure and An Appreciation For 36 Foot Pieces of Art

Top: Saks Grey Label Bottoms: Saks Red Label Hat: Saks Boots: Chloe Savannah Boots Necklace: House of Harlow Sunnies: Prada

Top: Saks Grey Label Leggings:  Saks Red Label Hat: Saks Boots: Chloe Savannah Boots Necklace: House of Harlow
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My recent trip to Texas was significantly better than my first one. This fact is entirely due to the fact I had the opportunity to meet my brand new niece, who for the record is the most beautiful baby to grace this planet. Ok, so my opinion might be slightly biased but facts are facts and the fact is, she’s perfect.

Alas, in addition to gaining about 20 pounds (no thanks to Whataburger which has nothing on In N Out, BBQ and Blue Bell Ice Cream shakes) I gained some intel on some pretty interesting places to visit when in Houston. The last time I was in Texas, the only place i visited was the inside of my hotel room, and my time was spent entirely watching a Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family. In all fairness it was disgustingly hot and humid outside. I can’t enjoy a place that causes my hair to frizz. Fortunately this time around it was just cold. Not freezing, but cold enough to make me appreciate our 80 degree winters in So. Cal.

While much of my time was spent bonding with my new favorite person, and catching up with my long lost furry four legged friend Bella (whom I lovingly refer to as Fluff) I made a commitment to see at least one interesting place before I left. So our last night in town, I did what any adventure seeking tourist would do and googled interesting things to do while in Houston. Of course the space thing and Whataburger popped up, but so did the work gallery of sculptor David Adickes. 36 foot tall statues of the most infamous band in the world? Now that’s a place I wanted to see! Not only was it free, but it was on the way to the airport. Perfect! While other visitor recaps included 18 foot busts of Presidents, my visit only included the Beatles and two headless president busts. Which was fine. Ringo Starr is far more impressive to me than the Ronald Reagan anyhow.

When I arrived I was beyond thrilled to find the giant statues of the fab 4 standing in what appeared to be an abandoned dirt lot. While I was bummed I only brought my 50 mm lens, and my telephoto lens therefore preventing me from capturing the brilliance of this art work at an acceptable angle and decent light, I did the best I could with what I had. It’s my understanding that the availability of work featured at the lot changes as pieces are obviously sent to more permanent locations. I checked affiliated hash tags on various social media sights to confirm that work had been sighted recently. It’s visiting places such as this, where someone has imagined and created aw inspiring works of art that can forever be shared with the world that inspire my sense of adventure. So, while I didn’t get an opportunity to visit the space center, or the park where alligators roam free, I did get to look into the statuesque faces of 4 rock legends, ironically in the form of rock. The world is full of so many wonderful things, all ya have to do is look for them.

*On a fashionable note, apparently it’s a dead giveaway to Texans you’re from California if you wear a large brimmed hat. I thought wearing a hat and my Chloe boots was my way of fitting in (nobody ever said your hat had to be a cowboy hat!) One woman stopped me to inform me she was in love with my favorite large brimmed black hat. “I don’t’ have a hat like that but I know they have those in New York and California” she explained. Well what’d ya know! I am from California! I told her next time I visited I’d bring an extra one in the event I run into her again. After all, it’s one thing to share a work of art with the world, but it’s also pretty cool to share a fashion statement.

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Confessions of An Outfit Repeater

Dress: Equipment Belt: Nordstroms  Hat: Saks Boots: Joie Dalton Boots

                             Dress: Equipment Belt: Nordstroms Hat: Saks Boots: Joie Dalton Boots

Ok, so when it comes to accessorizing I am guilty of one of the worse fashion offenses a fashionista can make. Yes, I am an accessory repeater. But that’s the best part of accessories! They’re so versatile and always the perfect thing to add flare to basic pieces. Since May I’ve been obsessed with my House of Harlow pieces. Particularly my sunburst necklace. It’s always just enough of a compliment. And take it from me, you don’t need the brightest sparkliest piece on the shelf to make a statement with accessories. Although, don’t get me wrong I love those too.

But the best part of subtle accessories is you don’t have limit yourself to just one amazing piece. I like to look for balance when putting together an ensemble. For example if you have a huge statement necklace with large jewels and bright colors, you probably want to steer clear of equally if not louder chandelier earrings. They’re both pieces that deserve their chance to shine! Don’t make them fight for the spotlight! The same thing is true for your outfits. If you have a sparkly top it’s not necessary to go for equally shiny jewelry. It’s too distracting and too shiny. But when you have an amazing basic piece,  such as one of my favorite Equipment France pieces, it’s like starting with a blank canvas. The neat thing about this dress is on cooler days I can turn it into a layer and use it as a jacket esque thing. I suppose it works better for your wallet to invest in basics because of all the infinite ways you can re-imagine an outfit. Huh, what’d you know? Turns out I’m better at being an outfit repeater than I thought.

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Boho Chic In Blue

Romper: Romeo and Juliet Belt: Nordstroms Shoes: Elizabeth and James Hat: Saks Sunglasses: Prada Necklace: House of Harlow Bracelet and Ring:  CC Skye

Romper: Romeo and Juliet Belt: Nordstroms Shoes: Elizabeth and James Hat: Saks Sunglasses: Prada             Necklace: House of Harlow Bracelet and Ring: CC Skye

First and foremost I would like to thank mother nature for finally giving us fashion bloggers some decent weather to work with. I can’t stress enough how nice it was venturing out to do today’s shoot without worrying about my makeup melting off my face 5 minutes it.

Alas, I can finally embrace one of my favorite trends of any season in So Cal. And while truly it’s practically summer all year round in good ol’ Southern California, some trends are just worn more comfortably at certain temperatures than others. I have been dying to debut this romper for weeks! While I hate referring to Boho as a trend, I prefer to think of it as a state of mind. Much like how the fabrics typically and freely flow through even the softest breeze, that is how I usually feel in light weight fabrics accentuated with large brimmed hats and the boldest accessories.

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Last year it seemed as though every relevant fashion blogger had a piece of CC Skye. While everyone seemed to opt for the pieces with the little link embellished on the accessory of choice i.e. a bracelet or even a ring, I chose this super cute and super blinded out moon shaped ring. One of my favorite quotes in life is why try to fit in and be like everyone else when you were born to stand out. This girl knows she was born to stand out.

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Fashion Rules By YSL

Top: BLK MKT Shorts: Alice and Olivia Shoes: Elizabeth and James Hat: Saks Sunnies: Prada

Top: BLK MKT
Shorts: Alice and Olivia
Shoes: Elizabeth and James
Hat: Saks
Sunnies: Prada

So literally I was stopped on the street today by a woman who concurred with the statement displayed on my tank. She exclaimed, “hunny, you are absolutely right. Fashion does fade and style is eternal.” I giggled and responded with “Amen!” The world is full of great fashion quotes. It amazes me there isn’t a collection comprised of infamous Carrie Bradshaw quotes alone! This little gem was inspired by none other than YSL. It was either this or the top that proclaimed something along the lines of shopping is cheaper than seeing a shrink. Which is totally true by the way.

It’s rare that I commit to graphic tees (Wildfox and Lauren Moschi being the only exception to this rule.) Wearing a graphic tee is a lot of responsibility! First you have to agree with the saying. And especially after today it has to be worthy of a stranger stopping to agree. Although, graphic tees are a fun way for a fashion blogger to break away from the overly used fashion quotes edited in various filters, that make even the most generic Instagram users seem like they have a valid and educated opinion about life in the fashion world. Sadly, I’ve already seen tees that exclaim “But first, lemme take a selfie.” That is one quote that you will not see this fashion blogger displaying an any article of clothing any time soon. Like most pieces that hang in my closet, I prefer to keep my sayings classic and timeless.

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Young, Fabulous and Broke

Dress: Young Fabulous and Broke Sandals: Chanel Hat: Saks

Dress: Young Fabulous and Broke
Sandals: Chanel
Hat: Saks

While ordinarily I’m not a huge fan of giving an automatic shout out to a label, especially in such bold form as giving them the headline of a post, I am a fan of the collection which much like my lifestyle is actually called Young, Fabulous and Broke. It always makes me giggle when I’m walking on my sales floor and I overhear other admirers of this collection caught not necessarily by the pieces (which NEVER seem to have hanger appeal, but come to life once put on,) but rather by the catchy name. Yes, people believe it or not fashion girls get easily caught up in slogans and fun names. That’s what got me to commit to a Juicy Couture sweater years ago that said “for nice girls who like stuff.” I remember exclaiming to my friend who was with me during that shopping adventure, “I’m a nice girl! And I like stuff!” Her response, “oh God.” I still laugh about that till this day, and because of the fun memory I will never get rid of that piece.

Ok, but in all seriousness, Young Fabulous and Broke makes dressing boho chic look absolutely fabulous. If you ever stumble upon one of the jersey cotton creations at a store, I highly encourage you to try a piece on. I’ve known for years I like their pieces, but I’ve never committed until I found this dress. After all, tie dye, maxi and wrap effects? Sold! I’m already contemplating the various ways in which i can change it up. Dress it up with heels? Dress it down and give it more of a hippie effect? The possibilities for this piece are endless! And when you’re inspired or challenged by a piece to infuse it with your own personality I call that a successful investment. These days, since me and my boyfriend are saving up to buy a place of our own I need to choose my investments wisely. So at the end of the day I truly am, young, fabulous and broke.

 

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I love my Prada baroque sunnies so much I had to invest in 3 pairs. I may always be broke but I am always well dressed.

I love my Prada baroque sunnies so much I had to invest in 3 pairs. I may always be broke but I am always well dressed.

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Perhaps it’s because my parents were deadheads that tie dye naturally looks good on me. If only I had a dancing bear necklace to match!

Ch Ch Changes…It’s Time

I really don’t know what it is about Fall. But every Fall, I grow irritated with the look I’ve been sporting all year round and look to do something dramatic. Last Fall, I opted for bangs. They’ve grown considerably since then, and while I could do that again this year, I’m feeling I need to take more drastic action.

Earlier in the summer I showed my hair stylist a picture of Britney Spears from her “Femme Fatale” album cover, and said “that is the blonde I’ve always tried to be.” My previous hair stylist always rejected my dream of being bombshell blonde for fear of ruining my hair. Granted I’ve been highlighting my hair for almost a decade now, and straightening it, drying it and putting product in it almost every day. The damage was done a loooooong time ago.

But alas, it’s now a new year and a new season and I’m ready for a new look. The question is, which look do I go for? I’ve always been a fan of Nicole Richie. The girl transforms every couple of years but she rocks every single transformation. And I like her direction. She went from super long and boho chic to just straight fierce bob faster than Paris Hilton could say “that’s hot.” Loves it!

Tomorrow, I have an appointment to sit in the chair. And I have several decisions in front of me. All I know is it’s definitely time for ch ch changes.

I do love me a blunt bang with a shoulder length cut. But let's face it, hair with this kind of volume is not for a girl who has to wake up most days at 6  in the morning, only to have just gotten off work 8 hours before. This has the potential for a cute pony tail though.

I do love me a blunt bang with a shoulder length cut. But let’s face it, hair with this kind of volume is not for a girl who has to wake up most days at 6 in the morning, only to have just gotten off work 8 hours before. This has the potential for a cute pony tail though.

LOVE LOVE LOOOVE THIS LOOK! I like that the bangs look as though they could be worn blunt or off to the side. This has potential.

LOVE LOVE LOOOVE THIS LOOK! I like that the bangs look as though they could be worn blunt or off to the side. This has potential.

I have thought about going darker. Plus it would be closer to my natural color. (Sigh) I was born a blonde, God just didn't get the memo to my roots. Pity.

I have thought about going darker. Plus it would be closer to my natural color. (Sigh) I was born a blonde, God just didn’t get the memo to my roots. Pity.