Top: Joie Skirt: H&M Sunnies: Prada Shoes: Brian Atwood
So during the Holidays it can be especially hard to turn an eye on super cute pieces when out and about shopping for others. I would feel bad about this but alas I work retail and I know about 99.9% of the population does this thing where they shop at a gift ratio of 2/1 (two for themselves and 1 for someone else.) The struggle is real! Truthfully, I’m not that bad but this skirt was something I could not pass up. Especially since the Holiday season is the one time of year we are permitted to wear red at work. Even the cashier who rang me up for it reaffirmed the fabulousness of my new investment. Initially I was torn between this one and what I can only describe as a fluffy white marshmallow esque skirt. The cashier reminded me how brilliant this shade of red was and how I could totally re-envision it for the summer time with more nautical inspired pieces added to it. A foundation for fabulous fashion all year round? Umm yes please! Plus the skirt was only $40…practically free when I think of all the possible outfit combinations. Whenever I’m on the fence about investing in a new addition to my wardrobe I calculate the cost per wear. If I’m going to find an excuse to wear the heck out of it, then it’s a justified purchase! I’ve worn the heck out of some of my favorite pieces that initially cost a few hundred dollars (Louboutins, well worth every penny.) But since I’ve worn some of those shoes almost every day for the past few years I’m looking at like a dollar a day! Which is like i said earlier, practically free and worth every penny!
On a side note, H&M is the place to shop this season for fantastic fashion pieces at super affordable price points. I have yet to be disappointed and find myself saying “OMG I have to have this!” more so than any other retailer. Way to go H&M!
Olivia insisted on being a part of this shoot. She loves the camera!
Necklace: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Miu Miu
So lesson learned today from a photography perspective. Taking a 50 mm lens, by yourself to the beach when the tide is ridiculously high is not a wise idea. Despite my investment in Lightroom, my skill set is not quite where it needs to be to make the necessary adjustments. Alas, I still felt like a mermaid today in this ridiculously amazing Wildfox top. I would have voted for recreating that infamous scene from the Little Mermaid, when she’s perched on top of the rock but all the rocks at the beach but due to extreme tide levels all rocks were just a little too dangerous for my taste to try and accomplish that look on my own.
But seriously, if you ever thought it would be fun to rock an outfit inspired by the Little Mermaid, I’m here to confirm that suspicion. While everyone is all hot and bothered about the “Free The Nipple” movement, this girl over here feels perfectly liberated rocking her sea shells. Princess Perfect I might add. And Princess Ariel to be specific. It doesn’t take much to be inspired by my favorite Disney Princess. After all, pink and purple are her primary colors and also just so happen to be my favorite. Another winning outfit decision no thanks to Wildfox!
I couldn’t help but hum to myself The Tide Is High while doing this blog shoot today. Another beautiful day at Crystal Cove.
Thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty. But who cares? I want mooore.
Dress: Whitney Eve
Perhaps it’s because I just started reading Nasty Gal founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s #Girl Boss but I am utterly inspired by strong female forces who turn their passion into an empire. Some people contribute in the form of finding fashion for others a la Sophia Amoruso, or some contribute in the form of making fashion a la Whitney Port. Now granted I have some friends that have what I lovingly refer to as a stuffy perception of fashion in that they only believe in labels that invest in the finest materials and perfect each and every cut and stitch and then slap a minimum of a 3 digit price point on it (before it hits the decimals.) I however look at every label equally and take into consideration some key factors before I invest. First and foremost, does it look good on? Second, is it within my price range? Third, how many washes can I get out of it before it falls apart? And finally, is it a name or a company that I can stand behind? Fashion politics, the only politics I can get behind.
So don’t tell my bosses but I’ve been obsessed with Nordstroms lately. Particularly, the rack. How stoked was I to find a House of Harlow piece for less than half of the original price point? Let’s just say I now have a piece to go with multiple color schemes.
One label I can stand behind 110% is Whitney Port. I contemplated saying I support any Hills alum’s fashion adventures but then I remembered Heidi Pratts attempt at designing and whelp, there went that theory. While I could go on for days about how I love Lauren Conrad’s chic and girly collections, I recently become acquainted with her former BFF Whitney Port’s equally feminine and fabulous yet slightly more sophisticated designs. As a Los Angeles native herself she understand the importance of dressing to impress every day, but what she doesn’t sacrifice in her designs is comfort. Something that some labels egregiously disregard. Plus, fun fact of the day I feel like every time I look into a collection of hers I learn a new adjective to describe something. For example, I would have originally referred to this dress as pink, and cute and girly. Thanks to watching countless Whitney interviews however, I now know that this is a digital print. Fashion is an art, it’s always subject to interpretation so I suppose there are countless ways to describe this dress. But at the end of the day I know this dress, regardless of how it would be described by the designer herself is cute, comfy, stylish and won’t fall apart after just 1 wash. This label much like the designer is simply just fabulous. Oh, and if you’re thinking to yourself, I love the collection but don’t have the funds to invest in the pieces direct from the high end department stores it’s typically found in, here’s some friendly advice. Follow her on Instagram! She’s always on sale somewhere it seems and isn’t afraid to promote that. For example, this dress only set me back about $50 with shipping on Hautelook. Much better than the original price tag of $200 something it would have cost me when the collection first launched in a store like Bloomingdales.
And of course one of my favorite sunnies are my Chloe’s. When trying to balance an outfit as vibrant and fun as this one I always try and stick with neutral accessories.
It’s one thing to just design awesome things, but when designers take the time to actually engage their customers my loyalty sky rockets off the charts. Hence is probably the reason I have a jewelry stand (really this thing stands about 5 ft tall) full of Tarina Tarantino. Thanks for taking the time to respond to me Whitney!
Shoes: Alice and Olivia
So perhaps the title is far from glam but I truly believe every fashionista goes through this when doing the annual “spring cleaning.” I have always had a problem of holding on to things that hold even the slightest sentimental value. My Grandma used to say I would even hold on to wrapping paper because my best friend from pre-school wrapped up my birthday present in it. Ok, so I’m not that bad any more. But I do have some pieces in my wardrobe that despite what trends are current in season, or even if I haven’t worn it in forever I will never part ways with.
Sunglasses: Miu Miu
Earrings: Tarina Tarantino
Such pretty pieces of course include my dance dresses. Prom, homecoming, formal, even my 8th grade graduation dance dress. The dress I wore to my mom’s funeral, my cousin’s etc. And then there is this gem. One of the highlights of my life was being selected to intern as a fashion editor for OrangeCounty.com. The moment the editor told me the internship of my dreams was mine, naturally I made it a life mission to have the most fabulous wardrobe, like ever. Hey, if I was writing about fashion I had to at least be fashionable (this still currently rings true.) Some of my fondest memories include walking through the office and thinking to myself “this is how Lauren and Whitney got their start.” And this romper is part of those magical memories. In addition to a few other pieces that I invested in during those 3 amazing months of learning and developing my writing skills in the most fashionable way possible, I will never part with them. They represent a part of my life where I was living my dreams. Not to mention the fact they’re classic Spring/ Summer ensembles, this romper by Joie being a perfect example of a So. Cal spring outfit. And trying to capture the spirit of my favorite holiday ever (simply because everything is pink) I decided to pair it with my favorite pink Alice and Olivia wedges.
Skirt: Helmut Lang
Sunglasses: Linda Farrow for the Row
Tis the season to start busting out the sparkle, ugly sweaters and red! Although be careful because too much red and the wrong combo and you could end up looking like Santa Claus. I thought I could rock this outfit today with some black boots and no such look. I just needed a white haired wig and I would have been a shoe in for the new and improved younger version of Mrs. Claus.
Red, white and tan make the perfect color combo! Always exercise extreme caution when combining red with other colors. Red and yellow will make you look like a McDonalds sign. But red, black and white will make you look like Santa Claus. Obviously, black accessories are totes acceptable.
At work I always plan out the “12 Days of Christmas.” This year we are celebrating the holiday season in style by having a variety of themed days! Traditionally we are only to wear black and white with a slight infusion of grey or a splash of color in the form of accessories (borrrring!) Thus, tis the season to be a rebel and this year we will be rocking around the Christmas tree in an ugly sweater (my favorite and something I always make on my own,) our sparkliest get up for “Sparkle Day,” “Green Day,” and now officially “Red Day!” This outfit will definitely work perfect for that! As much as I love a cheesy reindeer sweater that lights up, I do love a good ol’ fashioned sophisticated holiday get up. After realizing I should have saved this outfit for Thanksgiving, I couldn’t resist wearing a cute skirt when the weather was so nice outside. Winter layers will just have to wait for another day.
Jeans: J Brand
Necklace: House of Harlow
Can you believe it was only a week ago that I was frolicking in 80 degree weather on the beach? To those of you whose winters consist of subzero temperatures, you’re probably going to read this and shake your head the whole time at my claim that this temperature is freezing. As a So Cal girl anything below 75 degrees and I begin to complain I’m in danger of dying of hypothermia. Crazy but I live in Southern California for a reason. I enjoy my sunny days.
I’ve been enjoying my lightweight sweaters, but today I had to bust out the heavy knit because it was only about 60 degrees outside. It may have well been below subzero. This is the time of year you see us Cali folks bust out our puffer coats and Uggs. When the sun hides we dig deep for our winter wear. Today I opted for my favorite Fall/ Winter sweater! Tera cotta chunky sweater and brown boots make for a cute and cozy winter ensemble!
It is extremely rare, double emphasis on extremely that I represent my High School colors. I was never a cheer leader, nor did I really want to be. I only went to a handful of football games and have less than fond memories sitting on the bleachers…in the rain. I never really understood the hype. I was genuinely the kind of student who enjoyed going to school to GASP, LEARN!
Nonetheless, now that I’ve moved on from my home town of La Mirada, I had to make a stop on my way home from LA the other day. I pulled over to the In N Out located just off the 5 Freeway, and didn’t realize how home sick I was until I walked in and the tiny little restraunt was filled with my alma mater colors. The color scheme that once made me gag at the sight of, almost brought tears to my eyes. La Mirada folk are truly one of a kind. We may have a reputation for being a bit, off. But we mean well and looking back now I would not have chosen to grow up in any other city.
Personally I think these colors actually go really well together. I’d choose royal blue paired with yellow any day! Plus yellow looks dramatically better on leather pants than a tight mini skirt or a hand made scrunchy any day.
First investment for the Fall weather, LEATHER PANTS! And I opted away from the more traditional “black leather.” Yellow is more bright, and full of life. Yellow, is more me, “just Jess.”
My boyfriend said I need to get rid of the hat. But number 1 it covers my roots, and number 2 since as long as I can remember I’ve had a signature hat. This is my signature hat for this phase of my life.