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Moonwalking

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h&m | trench, nasty gal | hair, salon drew | nails, opi

the desert has this strange way of making people more open. it lowers inhibitions. makes you a little more primal. basically, it made me wanna take my shoes off and run around a mountain side rest stop. enjoy.

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Not Plaid at It

This dress. I am at work. Not wearing a bra.

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To me, that is the holy grail.

This slip dress is made from a medium weight cotton with just a touch of stretch. It is structured enough to keep my lady bits secure and concealed (even in a very air conditioned office,) while letting me take advantage of that slinky, boudoir silhouette that is so right now. I mean, this dress is no Cher Horowitz moment, but I think it is a super stylish and realistic alternative. Especially for those of us who are all about that bass… no treble… if you know what I mean.

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Dress: 1 State, Nordstrom Rack | Sweater: Brandy Melville | Booties: Zara | Bracelet: Canal Street | Watch: Vintage | Nails: OPI GelColor

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Red Farm, NYC

Last time I was in NYC my favorite foodie friend Kelly (of the blog Big City, Tiny Kitchen) took me to this amazing west village Asian fusion spot, Red Farm. I was instantly obsessed. The menu had everything from dim sum to bacon fried rice. Not the healthiest of venues, I know, but the ingredients were all very fresh. I love when I am able to find Asian restaurants that aren’t super greasy.

We went in a group of four and pooled our favorites on the menu to try a variety of things – my favorite way to explore new restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised by the pastrami egg rolls (so so so strangely good) and the red curry (probably the best I’ve ever had, so many veggies and SO spicy!)

Here is what we ate:

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Red-Farm-Crab-NoodlesCheck out the Red Farm menu here. 

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Outfit Inspiration: Cropped Jackets, My Future Self & Tevas

main.original.585x0If this isn’t the best damn outfit, I don’t know what is. Some people’s 5-year plan involves graduating law school, passing the Bar and getting a big fancy job. Mine is to hone my style to look as painfully chic as this woman.  #goals

main.original.585x0-1Caution: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. I feel like I have worn this outfit countless times, but for some reason the insta pics I ask Noah to take of me nonchalantly crossing the street never quite look the same. Maybe I just need to be blonde. Yeah, that’s probably all it is…

main.original.585x0-2Oh Selener! You so hood. Imma go to the Goodwill, buy me an oversized jean jacket and chop crop it up just like this one. Then I’ll try to run into you in the Valley so we can take a selfie that I can caption with the twinning girls emoji. K? Thanks. Bye!

main.original.585x0-3Peace. Love. Tevas. Gurl, I don’t always get your style and quite frankly you are so beautiful it makes me uncomfortable, but when you got dem Tevas on your feet, I feel at peace with all of it. Basically, when you are wearing the ugly sandals on you, and I am wearing the ugly sandals on me; we are one. Namaste.

 

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Joie brings out my inner Franc

Rummaging on my hard drive for some French-inspired goodness to post on OPI’s social media for Bastille Day–which is today–I came across the shots I took backstage at the Joie Spring/Summer 2014 presentation.  They seemed too pretty not to post.

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Joie Spring Summer 2014 Presentation

Joie has such an ability to create an experience that really transports you during their presentations. It’s not that they are crazy elaborate or anything, but just cared for down to the last detail. We have all seen Joie on the racks at Nordstrom or even Loehmanns, but seeing their clothes in a setting peppered with macarons, white-washed stone and insanely quirky-gorgeous-tall-lanky 17 year olds makes all the difference. Sigh. To be 17 again… and 6 feet tall…

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Joie Spring Summer 2014 Presentation

…and a little video to capture the magic. Featuring stylist Kate Young – who directed this season’s presentation, nail art blogger Miss Ladyfinger & yours truly. :)

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Stone Cold Fox at St. Augustine

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I always have the hardest time deciding how to wear this top when I am at home in LA,  but something about the hot Arizonan air and this Spanish-style church made this outfit come together so naturally. A statement off-the-shoulder top like this one from Stone Cold Fox, minimal makeup, loose hair and some gold jewels make for a flirty, fiesta-ready outfit that will have you looking fuegs all summer. *flame emoji* (Prob don’t actually wear a lace off the shoulder top to church…)

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Top, Stone Cold Fox | Jeans, Elizabeth & James | Clutch, Marshalls | Rings & ID Bracelet,  Luv Aj | Necklaces, vintage | Nails, Nicole by OPI

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Ban the Bra

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Jacket, Zara | Tee, Brandy Melville | Shorts, so so so old – but Levis
Padlock Necklace, learn how to DIY IT for $7! | Choker, Vintage from Buttons & Bows LA
Shoes, Lacoste + DIY studs | Bag, Michael Kors | Rings, OC Mart Mix

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I am currently in LOVE with the OC Mart Mix (it’s inside SOCO… you probably have seen it off the 405 S on your way to South Coast Plaza.) It’s got a ton of interior design stores – and while they are awesome to window shop, I’m not really at the point in my life where I can browse $2,000 sofas with a straight face. That said, there are some AMAZING little cafes and pop up shops in the middle of all the home stores – and of course it is gorgeous since it’s the interior design epicenter of Orange County.

Lately, my weekend routine has been catching a yoga class in Huntington Beach then zipping down to The Mart Mix for breakfast at Birdie Bowl (here I am noshing on their green açai bowl) and an almond milk latte from Portola. I can sit in their sunny open air patio and catch up on emails or blog posts in the most inspiring setting.

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Stoop It Right Now

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Just hangin’ out in the West Village, eating apple cider donuts and sippin’ the best almond cafe au lait ever. My friend Kelly took me to her local coffee shop on our way to brunch. (Hey – I have to work in as many meals as possible when I’m in NYC!!)

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Jeans, Levis | Crop Top, Top Shop | Bag, Michael Kors | Shoes, Chinese Laundry
Sunnies, Celine | Jewels, Jeweliq

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Sunday Brunch Series – Joseph Leonard NYC

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Sunday serenity.

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The west village brunch scene at it’s finest. (Crack? Oh, yes.)

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Bloody Mary’s with dill-infused vodka & a beer back. I swapped my beer for more cornichons. #FTW

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Fried chicken sandwich. I honestly don’t know what came over me when I ordered. It was ok, besides the fact I don’t really like fried chicken. Pickles and brioche bun were top notch!

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These Brussels Sprouts were TO DIE FOR. Get them added to EVERYTHING. (The finishing squirt of Siracha definitely rounded out the flavor profile.) 

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Deep fried bacon… if you’re into that sort of thing. (The honey/Siracha drizzle officially made this the most hipster method of preparing a pork product.)

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And then there was none.

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Yes, yes we do.

 

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Print Palooza

IMG_5881polka dot blazer – vintage Escada from Crossroads Trading Co. |  lace cami – Target
paisley shorts – Clover Canyon | embellished oxfords – Candela | patent clutch – UNH
bracelets – LUV AJ | sunglasses – Oakley

 Matching is a bore. During the recent heat wave, I combatted body swamp by wearing things that barely made contact with my actual skin. So, that basically left me in bloomers and a lingerie inspired cami on a weekday… To make it work for work, I continued the oversized (and patterned) them and “covered up” with this blazer. It’s big, its blue, and it means business. Love that it was structured and covering enough to make this pajama-gram office appropriate.

(These pics were definitely taken in a side alley near the warehouse. VERY editorial. Wink.)

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Detox Salad

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I modified this salad from one I saw on the Farmer’s Fridge IG account. It helps detox with pineapple (packed with digestive enzymes,) apple cider vinegar (a digestive aid and appetite suppressant,) and pomegranate (an antioxidant – blueberries also would work great.) It keeps you full with fiber-rich lentils (quinoa is also a great option) and iron-packed greens. So, here’s how to make it >>>

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Stack the ingredients in this order to avoid soggy salad.

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This dressing is fool proof to make. There aren’t even actual measurements. Just mix some apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, evoo & fresh cracked pepper together… and boom. You just made a super healthy salad dressing. 

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Yum! Right? Who’s trying this?

 

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Coffee Break | Exo Roast Co.

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Editing these pics made me so happy. They reminded me what a fun afternoon I had in Arizona discovering this adorable little coffee shop with Noah. We sat and sipped our coffee (he: cortado; me: soy cafe au lait) while I fake read the last chapter of Man Repeller and he snapped photos. (I know. I make him do the most awkward things.)

So, I didn’t realize until I set out to tag what I am wearing in this post, but this outfit is almost entirely from Crossroads Trading Co. (save for my go-with-me-everywhere leather jacket and carryall tote.) Crossroads is similar to Buffalo Exchange. But if you haven’t been to either, let me rock your world. They are shops that will buy your wardrobe’s fallen angels for either store credit (a “trade”) or cold hard cash (my go-to solution when I am short on rent or have buyers remorse after a shopping spree.) I am partial to Crossroads because of their large consignment section where you can score designer duds in great condition.

I traded for the Gucci (yeah, that’s right) heels I am wearing here. They were selling for $150 (yeah, also right) and I was able to trade $120 worth of worn-once Forever 21 forays,  outdated Gap essentials and vintage finds that never seemed to pair with anything, meaning I basically got a pair of GUCCI HEELS FOR $30. Amazing, right?

The dress was an off-the-rack find. It reminded me of a similar Phillip Lim frock, but at a fraction of the price. This piece was between $20-30. Not too shabby, huh?

Find your nearest Crossroads.
VIsit Exo Roast Co. in Tucson, AZ.

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Feeling Blue

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Sunning myself in a parking lot.

The pastel lip is a spring time must and pretty much the only people doing it right are Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. They also make a black, which I am dying to try.

Offset the boudoir vibe of the lacy crop (Zara) with a good ole’ Canadian tuxedo composed of boyfriend jeans (literally) and a raw denim jacket I found a few years back at the Levi’s store (PS – have we discussed the brilliance of the Levi’s store clearance section? It’s amazing.)

The bedazzled sandals you ask? Also Zara and just SO f*cking good. Though, I have to admit I had major buyers remorse after splurging on them, so they were returned after this little photo shoot. BUT – I am determined to DIY them before summer’s end! Stay tuned.

Now go slap on a pastel lip and lounge around in your favorite parking lot. It’s super chic. xx

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Eggs, Milk, Bread, Chanel…

Karl the Great took the Fall/Winter 2014 Chanel runway show at Paris Fashion Week to a whole new level… yet again. For those of you still reeling from Chanel Dallas, I am right there with you. But this epic display of the everyday errand just knocked my reverence for Karl Lagerfeld’s creativity into Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning orbit. This showcase was so out of this world because it was so rooted in everyday life.

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Models appeared to be popping into their local Target post-yoga or on their way home from the office. Layered in fabulous calf-length tweed coats, brightly colored legging/crop top combos or leather-clad street wear, not a single one wore heels. Instead models rocked tricked out running shoes and — wait for it — running BOOTS. #thefutureisnow

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Forget Dole. I only eat Chanel.

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Images sourced from: Wall Street Journal Style Columnist @christinabinkley, Harper’s Bazaar & the Chanel Google+ Account
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Just A Dress

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Dress, Vintage | Necklace, Vintage | Hair, future

I discovered this wrap dress at a vintage store that was going out of business. It was marked down to $10.  Even though my Google search returned results that confirmed this chain-link print is just slightly off, I won’t give up hope that it’s DVF. (The tag was cut out…annoying.) But, you still never know. That’s what I love about unmarked vintage… each piece is as precious a treasure as you believe it to be.

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Ice Ice Baby

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Coat, Ann Taylor | Blouse, Ann Taylor | Pants, BDG
Shoes, Zara | Bracelets, Shopaholic & Canal Street

Ann Taylor is doing something strange. And awesome. They are making really great clothes rn. I found this coat and blouse – along with a haul of other goodies – over Christmas when the entire store was 60% off.  I was totally drawn in by their window dressings, and their racks did not disappoint. They have always been a go-to for petite sizing (which is key for a short limbed human like me)  and now that they are making more youthful and trendy pieces, AT is where it’s at (heh. get it?) for office duds.

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Crop Tops Are For Lovers

Reem Acra just made me feel things about marriage. And I kinda liked it…

Those of you who know me, know I am so not a dream-of-my-wedding-day kind of girl. I mean, get real. There is no time between me cataloging every piece I want from the Wang for H&M collection and saving cart-loads of shit from Zara. Basically, I am more excited to plan my work out schedule for the week than plan a wedding. But today, on Facebook, Reem Acra stopped me in my tracks.

Now all I can think about is how I can keep my abs tight long enough to get engaged and save up for an Acra gown.

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Sweet shearling-studded, Dolce & Gabbana-inspired, rose-scented Celine bridal dreams…