Romper: Asos Necklace: Saks Hat: Party City
RIP Saks necklace. Holding my precious fur baby this past weekend, she got scared and accidentally broke the necklace.
Cupcake presentation, among the rest of the party was all Pinterest inspired.
What a crazy fun weekend! Finally had an opportunity to debut my home with a housewarming party. #housewarmingpartyintheUSA! was the theme! Hence why it looked like Independence day threw up all over my home. But alas, both the party and actual 4th of July required the perfect patriotic ensemble.
One of the best part’s of Summer in addition to perfect sunny weather all day ever day? Summer sales! Asos, has been my one stop shop for all my patriotic essentials and each piece was less than $40. From my star spangled romper to my red dress, I’ve been able to find the perfect digs that I can totally get away with wearing the rest of the season. Some say the world is your runway. While yes, every fashion blogger will preach that to be true, every fashion blogger treats a holiday like it’s Paris freaking Fashion week. Sparing no detail. So literally this past weekend’s wardrobe had been in the works for at least a month, making sure each print and accessory matched accordingly. Fortunately, I had tons of white accessories to compliment my red and blue choices. And what better accessories than those super cheap and over the top patriotic essentials found at a party store for a more dramatic holiday statement?
Red dress: Asos Necklace: Tarina Tarantino Shoes: B Brian Atwood Sunnies: Rayban
So while this past weekend was one for the books, and truly thank you to all my friends and family who showed up, I can’t help but feel the pressure of my next favorite holiday. Let the countdown for Halloween begin!
Overalls: Forever 21 Tank Top: H&M Necklace: Tarina Tarantino Sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana Flip Flops: Havianas
Don’t get me wrong. I had a blast at Dapper Day. An excuse to get all dressed up and go to Disneyland? Well, I would do that anyways but it’s nice when you have company. Although I had wanted to debut some of my best fall looks in front of all the fun holiday decor at Disneyland, triple digit heat once again prevented that from happening.
The cool thing about going to Disneyland though, is you don’t have to get dressed up to be in dress code or on trend. Literally, it’s one of the few places I feel comfortable just wearing some jeans, a t-shirt and some flip flops. Let’s be honest, as long as it pairs perfectly with a pair of mouse ears, you’re good to go. Although, since I always have a tendency take a concept to infinity and beyond (sorry not sorry, I couldn’t help the pun which was totally intended) I decided to pay a subtle tribute to the magic maker himself. It’s no secret Walt Disney had a fascination with trains. So I decided to release my inner train conductor and put on my favorite pin striped overalls. Allllll aboard!
Top: French Connection
Shorts: 7 For All Mankind
Earrings and Necklace: Tarina Tarantino
More often than not I feel like my life is a Lana Del Rey song. Todays theme is “baby’s all dressed up with no where to go, that’s the little story of the girl you know.” Sometimes dressing up doesn’t exactly need to include a fancy gown or high heels. I wear dresses and heels to work almost every day so on my days off, sometimes dressing up means dressing down, and that’s exactly what I did today.Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve, or only on Valentines Day. I however prefer wearing them anywhere all year round. My co-worker begged me not to invest in this adorable hearts top by French Connection. But I love hearts and bright colors so naturally I had to invest. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts my work dress code restricts my color options to the most mundane and boring colors on the color wheel- black and white. Boring. Emphasis on the capital B. So again, on my days off I LOVE indulging in a little, or a lot of color. Some of the great fashion icons have been quoted as saying fashion as a form of expressing yourself. I guess you could say that this is my way of saying to the world, I love bright and bold colors!
This past week, we lost one of the most talented stars to ever grace the big screen, Shirley Temple. In school we discussed the definition of “celebrity.” It used to be that being a celebrity meant you were notorious for being talented. These days being a celebrity is defined as just being notorious, and most often than not for something negative rather than positive. Shirley’s contribution? Entertaining generations of people. I say people and not just children because I’m pretty sure that I love her just as much if not more as an adult than I did when I was a child.
Perhaps your thinking to yourself, how is this an ode to Shirley? Umm hellooo! Vintage. Roaring twenties! I like to think the roaring twenties really gave birth to the free spirits of the world. The free spirits who encouraged smiles, laughter, polka dot dresses and animal crackers in our soup.
Shirley lived her life with grace and dignity. Which is not that surprising coming from a little gal who used to sing about animal crackers in her soup. Perhaps Miley should have sang more about animal crackers and could have saved us from the twerking epidemic which I truly believe led to the horrific version of “Achy Breaky Heart Part 2.” Ewww. She never had a scandal, and she led her life to do great things without ever having to enter rehab! Shocker.
Growing up one of the biggest treats was being allowed to play with my Grandma’s porcelain dolls. She had the best collection and then one day she got two Shirley dolls. At first we weren’t allowed to play with them and then one day miraculously my sister and I somehow gained that privilege. We were told we could play with her as long as we didn’t mess up her hair (it was perfectly pinned and netted) or change her clothes. All was well until one day my Grandma’s best friends grand-daughter came over. Insert the “dun dun dun” here. Chanel did not get the disclaimer of playing with Shirley because first thing she did was TAKE OFF HER HAIR NET! The nerve! Not only did she jeopardize my Shirley privileges but till this day I’m not really allowed to touch any collectibles that aren’t perfectly preserved in a box. I never wanted to invite her to a play date, ever again. And sadly, those Shirley curls have never been the same.
I’m disappointed in the media for not talking about this story more in detail. Where’s the E True Hollywood Special? Where was the AMC movie marathon? Does the world really only care about what stupid new antic Justin Bieber is up to? Well Shirley Temple, I care. And I really and truly thank you for giving not just me, but the world and generations something to smile and laugh about. The entertainment in which you provided us was rare. It was something that my Great Grandparents, my grandparents, my parents and hopefully someday my kids love to watch. Thanks for the memories Shirley.
Glasses and Shoes: Chloe
Pearl Earrings: Tarina Tarantino
Shorts: Free People
Top: Forever 21
Bag: Marc Jacobs
We’ll miss you Shirley.
Jeans: Textile Elizabeth and James
Headband: Charming Charley
The daily routine of deciding what to wear for the day becomes exhausting sometimes. Especially when you have so many great options for layering during frigid temperatures. Sometimes it’s hard for a girly girl who loves her dresses to find a compromise during severely cold winter days. (Yesterday it was only 40 DEGREES! I had to ask a co-worker what they thought the miniature temperature was before one died of hypothermia. I was delightfully informed I was nowhere near being in danger of such a death.) While today I started with a high-waisted pleated skirt, I stepped outside for two seconds and realized that would not work. Alas, I scoured the Wildfox section of my closet and was saved (quite literally the fashion angels in my head rejoiced with glee.)
Not only are Wildfox sweaters super comfy, but they are so cute and girly too! Initially when this sweater caught my eye I thought it was a unicorn. A purple unicorn sweater?! Yes please! But alas, it’s just a horse of many different colors. Still equally amazing, and still the perfect compromise for ridiculously cold winter days. Cute meet the cold! On the chilliest of days I’m thinking even an accenting colored collared shirt (say that 5 times fast) would not only compliment and add pizzaz to the piece but would also add warmth. That might perhaps be one of my greatest ideas, like ever.
My favorite ballet flats in the whole world courtesy of Miu Miu. I’ve worn them to the point of near permanent damage. You might notice the missing stone on the left shoe. I assure you it’s tucked away safe in my jewelry box. I would have lost it if were not for the kind-hearted bus boy at a resteraunt who chased after me saying “Miss! Your diamond!”
Pink bracelet, beaded by me. Purple bracelet by Tarina Tarantino. Ring a gift from my Aunt Jodi.
A sparkly pink headband?! This piece had me at sparkly, and committed at pink. Thank you Charming Charley!
Top: Forever 21
Shorts: Madison Marcus
Jewelry: Tarina Tarantino
Glasses: Dolce and Gabbana
While my boyfriend opted to spend the day in pajamas and in bed all day, I opted to throw my heels on and have a little fun with fashion. Polka dots and sparkles? Umm hello girly Sunday! While I should have strayed as far away from black as possible due to the fact my 10 day vacation ends today and it’s back to work tomorrow, I guess this is my way of saying I can’t wait to get back to work. I’m not used to just sitting around and doing nothing. I’m one of those people that has to remain a contributing member of society even on my days off (hence is partially the reason I began this little blog.)
I like my jewelry pink and sparkly. Thank the Fashion Gods for designers like Tarina Tarantino who design with fashionistas like me in mind.
While I’m not completely the girl that does chores in her heels (unless I’m breaking them in) I guess I’m the girl that wears heels even on her days off. My grandma warns me against this all the time. She too was a heel lover and was punished with two knee surgeries. I know the consequences but I have a soft spot for soft black leather. Especially Gucci leather.
Top: Styles for Less
Sunglasses: Styles For Less
Shoes: Alice and Olivia
Put em all together and you’ve got Malibu Barbie!
Confession time…Halloween is my favorite holiday. For someone who works retail, it’s one of the few holidays I can actually take off and celebrate in peace. To those brave souls who work in the Halloween stores, I applaud you and thank you for your service. Don’t get me wrong, while I love the foofiness of a store bought costume, I thoroughly enjoy calling upon my inner Martha Stuart to see what I can come up with. While it is my lifelong dream to dress up one day as Britney Spears from her MTV VMA “Slave For You Performance.” My abs need more definition before I can make that happen.
Alas, this year I opted for Barbie. She’s my fashion icon and she seemed more fun than Coco Chanel. The best part of being me and dressing up as Barbie? I really didn’t have to do much to prepare other then invest in a black and white striped leotard from Forever 21 achieve the “Classic Barbie” look. That look was for last weekends parties. And for yesterday, out of fear for being not just an “outfit repeater” but even worst a “BARBIE OUTFIT REPEATER” (the horror and I shudder at the thought) I opted for this baby blue number and went out as Malibu Barbie. I had a few people tell me I didn’t nail it. I was polite and explained I knew where I strayed from the original, but I really wanted to tell them “Hunny I’ve been a Barbie fan since as long as I can remember. My bumper sticker says ‘Backstreet Barbie.’ I know Barbie.”
There are so many great things about dressing up as Barbie! My makeup gets to be sparkly and pink! There is no such thing to wearing too much sparkle. And I finally have an excuse to wear my hot pink Alice and Olivia Rain Coat. This years costume was sooo much fun! People actually came up to me and shook my hand because of how brilliant my outfit was. Some people thought I had dressed up as Gaga, another thought I had dressed up as Elle Woods from “Legally Blonde.” My response to that is I object! But I do love her too.
My Barbie Jacket aka a Raincoat by Alice and Olivia.
Of course the jewelry for the night came from my favorite accessory designer Tarina Tarantino.
All this talk of Beach Barbie even inspired an ocean themed for my pumpkin. Ordinary is not in my vocabulary but thingamabob and dinglehopper are. FYI I did this completely free hand. I wouldn’t even know where to get a stencil, but I did get the idea for the silhouette from Pintrest.
All I know is I can’t wait till next year! And who knows, maybe I’ll do this Barbie thing every year. Lord knows there are more than enough outfit choices, and hopefully next year I’ll have a hot pink corvette or at least a Barbie dream house to match.
Leotard: Forever 21
Sunglasses: By Me
Bracelet: Tarina Tarantino
Even my boyfriend got into the act and went as Surfer Ken. He’s kind of a dream boat.
Jeans: J Brand
Scarf: Alexander McQueen
Shoes: B Brian Atwood
It’s officially getting colder which means I can officially start layering up. And Halloween is just days away! My favorite holiday! So it’s time to start unleashing my favorite spooktastic wardrobe pieces. Normally I’m not a skull person. For years I affiliated skulls with gothic individuals and the original Hot Topic crowd (you know before Hot Topic started selling Hello Kitty and Justin Bieber attire, a vast improvement in my opinion but that’s neither here nor there.)
Long Live McQueen!
However, since I’ve fallen in love with the late Alexander McQueen and his signature skull design, I’ve learned to appreciate the once gothic symbol. I have since been told that the skull is actually symbolic of being a free spirit. I’ll go with that! One of my favorite accessories is my McQueen scarf that I bought years ago when I had to work on Halloween. It was my way of “dressing up.” A nice substitute for a Halloween costume that I figured I could wear all year round. One of my favorite things about wearing that scarf is that for whatever reason it compels other McQueen fans to tell me how they began their love affair with the legend and mastermind. By far my favorite story is that of a woman who said she actually met McQueen in an airport once. After he passed away she went on a mission to find a Union Jack flag with the McQueen signature skull and the phrase “Long Live McQueen.” She succeeded and that’s her favorite accessory. I’ve always loved that scarf but since my story is not nearly as fascinating as my fellow fashionista I have not felt worthiness enough of that particular design. Maybe one day.
Not only does my investment work as a conversation starter between myself and fellow McQueen enthusiasts but it also serves to keep me warm on a blustery California afternoon.
I also have a soft spot for pink skulls a la Tarina Tarantino.
It was even cold enough today to debut my Akris Punto Coat!
Top: Milly Shorts: 7 For All Mankind…both proudly made in the U.S.A
Still holding strong to my “Made In the U.S.A” mission, my OTD was influenced by more then just a Demi Lovato song. Or the good ol’ red white and blue I suppose.
More and more my selections at a store are becoming influenced by where a garment was manufactured from. A mission that can prove to be difficult when I love shopping at Forever 21.
Alas, not only can I have somewhat of a piece of mind that an innocent dog was not sacrificed maliciously in the name of fashion (an image that started my whole ban against clothing made in China courtesy of a PETA video and is applicable I suppose only to fur pieces.) But I can also rest somewhat easy knowing that the garments were not made whilst sacrificing the safety and well being of the person assembling the piece. At least I would hope.
Thus my entire outfit (with the exclusion of my Chloe sunglasses) was proudly made in the USA. There’s nothing better then looking cute while supporting the economy of the good ol’ red white and blue.
And who could forget my favorite LA based designer Tarina Tarantino. My favorite “Pink Head” piece.
Pink dress: Free People Jewelry by Tarina Tarantino
Somedays ya just wake up feeling in a mood for pink. I think I was born with this mood. Today, I was feeling extra pink and ta da, a rummage through my closet and a few minutes digging through my jewelry box I put together this ensemble. Now, I’ve tried to tone my need to look like a Barbie doll down. And I think I’ve come a long way. I went through a phase in high school where every single day I wore pink. We’re talking head to toe pink. Pink top, pink bottoms, pink back pack, pink folders, pink pink pink. I did go through a phase briefly in 7th grade when I declared my favorite color to be pastel green, because that was Nick Carter’s favorite color, but that hardly lasted a year. Like I said, my love for pink has existed pretty much since the day I was born.
Perhaps it’s because due to my dress code at work, my wardrobe has been taken over by the color black that on my days off I feel it absolutely necessary to branch out beyond the color wheel’s most mundane colors. Regardless of the reason, or the season I suppose every time is a good time to wear pink.
Today I went to run an errand, and the cashier told me her daughter would have loved my jewelry. I usually get that a lot when wearing my hello kitty/ Barbie pieces. To be expected. She said she was going to go home and say “Barbie was in my store today.” Talk about a way to make a persons day!
They don’t say she’s “pretty in pink” for nothing.
Tarina Tarantino heart bracelet. If it’s anyone who can appreciate the color pink as much as I do, it’s the woman with pink hair.
The piece that started off my whole Tarina Tarantino collection. Still my favorite.