Flower headband: By Me
Dress: T By Alexander Wang
Some people dress to impress. Today I dressed to express! Seriously, I don’t know why people would purposely choose to live somewhere rainy, and cold. I talked to my Dad who lives in Texas today and he informed me that it’s been raining for weeks in his neck of the woods. He also informed me my sisters might be expecting snow in Houston. I on the other hand was happy to report the only issue I’ve been having is my realization that I have fewer sundresses than I thought! How is that even possible?
Some people incur winter weather problems that involve investing in layers, not us So. Cal folks. I’m starting to think the only necessary investments for a So. Cal gal are sunnies, sundresses and sunflowers!
Headband: Forever 21
Dress: Willow and Clay
If one person even says that this outfit is inspired by Coachella, I’m gonna scream. Yes, I do love festival attire. And most certainly I love Lana Del Ray. However, I have long been inspired by this hippie chic look perhaps since birth. After all, I was born into a Dead Head family so I like to believe that I got a head start on this trend.
In fact I have long been in love with the accessorizing with flowers. When I was younger I’d pick flowers and put them behind my ear. And then I discovered Tarina Tarantino in my early twenties who gasp not only makes flower hair clips but SPARKLY flower hair clips! A gal after my own bedazzled flower power loving heart. Sadly, several bosses of mine put a halt to this look declaring it to be “too ugly betty” for our brand. I was told that those words were a sentiment of care and muttered with the finest of intentions but the result was the same. From that moment on I was scared to sparkle from my head for fear of being rendered an “Ugly Betty.” Looking back now I realize this was all lies and simply a vein attempt for some people to dull my sparkle. Never again! Some people were born to shine and I am well prepared to say so to the next person who says anything to the contrary.
So today, on this day when we celebrate one man’s dream for freedom of equality, I celebrate my freedom to be as sparkly and floral as possible. You’re probably thinking to yourself, but the only thing sparkly about this outfit is the necklace. True, but fear not for after this blog post I intend on going to my neighborhood craft store and raiding the rhinestone aisle. Tonight I shall have a bedazzle party and bedazzle everything in sight. Sometimes it’s not just about simply being sparkly but rather being inspired to sparkle.
Like my favorite designer always says, “have a sparkling day
Growing up my ultimate goal was to own a flower crown. I didn’t even care if it was one of those imitation sparkly crowns with the ribbons flowing down from the end. I wanted one. Yes, I was blessed to have pretty much everything else I ever wanted, but every single time an opportunity to own a flower crown arose, that dream was shot to hell when a. they either sold out. Or B. I was distracted or gifted by something else. Today my dream of finally owning and pairing this perfect pink flower crown became a reality. One life dream accomplished, about a million more to go!
I’m like totes going through a Free People phase. Free People is a vendor that I feel paired with different pieces truly can be dressed up or dressed down. Some things can be dressed down to the point you look that a homeless hippie in the cutest of ways. Other occasions you can rock a chic girly look that would make even Taylor Swift jelly.
The last time I wore this outfit I went to the nail salon and a fellow patron said I reminded her of a little porcelain Portuguese doll, whatever that means, but she made it sound like a compliment so thanks again kind lady!
Statement necklace from Saks
Embroidered pants by Free People
Ashley Tisdale looking super chic in a Free People LBD
Vanessa Hudgens doing her thang as a hot hippie in a suede Free People top.
Top: Splendid Shorts: Free People Sandals: DVF Hat: H&M
There is nothing like celebrating your independence than doing so in style. True, if it were up to me I would have celebrated in a bikini lounging by the pool or catching some waves at a beach, but alas when you work in retail, such luxuries are non existent. After catering 8 hours to tourists who have no concept of how special the 4th of July is, I came home from work and immediately scoured my wardrobe for 4th of July essentials. After days of putting together my outfit in my head, I decided on a blue paisley printed linen top by Splendid, white lace shorts by Free People, hat by H&M, and gold gem gladiators by DVF. So I’m a label whore, sue me.
Dear DVF gladiators, baby you’re a firework.
In case you were unaware, it has been hot in Southern California, particularly in the desert areas. Which has it’s pros don’t get me wrong. Like I burn almost as much calories walking to my car as I would running on the treadmill for 30 minutes. But it’s rather difficult to make cute wardrobe choices considering it is triple digits outside, and if I could I’d walk around wearing practically nothing, I would. I know we just celebrated our freedom but nobody should be that free unless you’re rocking a Britney circa 2000 body. Alas, I decided on this chic and cool (in the literal sense) outfit that was slightly inspired by Mrs. Banks from Mary Poppins. I was always fascinated by her independent spirt and the hat is an ode to her fight for equality for women. WELL DONE MISS BANKS! I realize she was British, but a fight for freedom is a fight for freedom. Completely random I am aware, but what can I say I am a random person. I hope everyone enjoyed their fourth just as much as I did. In the company of loved ones, and rocking a fierce outfit.
linen is no joke the most perfect material for staying cool and chic during a typical so cal summer day.