2017 is Telling You to Upgrade Your Denim

I'll admit I've never been a huge denim person and have never kept more than 5 pairs of jeans in my wardrobe at once. I may have PTSD from the days of Hollister / A&F / American Eagle when there was so little variation in styles and you had to try on 20 pairs to find the right ones. We've come a long way but to find something I love (AG Jeans) you have to shell out at least $150 or get really lucky. Personally I'll opt for my dresses & skirts.

The skirt I snagged at H&M for $4 is constantly in my rotation along with the Erin Brockovich Korkease Clogs. My new vintage cheetah top I picked up at the Rose Bowl Flea Market has been giving me goosebumps. Layered necklaces my own.

The skirt I snagged at H&M for $4 is constantly in my rotation along with the Erin Brockovich Korkease Clogs. My new vintage cheetah top I picked up at the Rose Bowl Flea Market has been giving me goosebumps. Layered necklaces my own.

Yet this year there has been an explosion of new denim creations that I've perked up to the idea of getting MULTIPLE pieces.

There's the patchwork pieces that mix both 70s and 90s trends like the tube top set from Akira below that was immediately a when my friend Emily tried it on in Chicago. A few of her friends on snapchat immediately asked where the outfit was from.

Then finally the immaculate distressing of this season is blowing me away - from subtle fringed ends to full on haggardness I. LOVE. IT. ALL. 2017 has shown creativity breaking through and I'm really seeing it here. One caveat is that people can simmer on the over-ripping of jeans and under butt rips, it looks trashy and should only be used for a cheeky effect. I honestly might heave if I see another choker + but rip + bomber jacket combo :D

But now let me upgrade you xoxo

A crisp take on a patchwork pattern and the colors are very complimentary Pieced Mccarren Raw-Hem Jean Skirt / Madwell / $85

A crisp take on a patchwork pattern and the colors are very complimentary

Pieced Mccarren Raw-Hem Jean Skirt / Madwell / $85

Some next level rips right here Abrand Salty Blue High Relaxed Shorts / Princess Polly / $75

Some next level rips right here

Abrand Salty Blue High Relaxed Shorts / Princess Polly / $75

I'm just digging this vibe these days ASOS / $54

I'm just digging this vibe these days

ASOS / $54

So into the rips and faded color I need it for my collection Denim Skirt / H&M / $35

So into the rips and faded color I need it for my collection

Denim Skirt / H&M / $35

Woahhh this is ready for some crazy combos Frayed Detail Criss Cross Back Denim Top / Romwe / $15

Woahhh this is ready for some crazy combos

Frayed Detail Criss Cross Back Denim Top / Romwe / $15

unruly shreds and side slit its extra in the best way Mid-Rise Flared Jean / Zara / $30

unruly shreds and side slit its extra in the best way

Mid-Rise Flared Jean / Zara / $30

Compliments will roll it on this one - very SHES VAGUE Third Dimension Denim Distressed Crop Top / Akira / $33

Compliments will roll it on this one - very SHES VAGUE

Third Dimension Denim Distressed Crop Top / Akira / $33

Two trends in one done perfectly Minkpink Wild Thing Denim Overalls / Princess Polly / $108

Two trends in one done perfectly

Minkpink Wild Thing Denim Overalls / Princess Polly / $108

This is a steal for the ditressing on the collar and hem Denim Jacket / H&M / $40

This is a steal for the ditressing on the collar and hem

Denim Jacket / H&M / $40

  The delicate fringe and subtle color plus perfect length makes for a staple Levi's Deconstructed Skirt / Revolve / $70

 

The delicate fringe and subtle color plus perfect length makes for a staple

Levi's Deconstructed Skirt / Revolve / $70

This or get vintage Tommy Hilfiger - I love when these are super simple no rips etc Pinafore Denim Dress With Pockets / Romwe / $16

This or get vintage Tommy Hilfiger - I love when these are super simple no rips etc

Pinafore Denim Dress With Pockets / Romwe / $16

Mango why are you doing this to me?? I've never seen slits like these Frontcut straight jeans / Mango / $40

Mango why are you doing this to me?? I've never seen slits like these

Frontcut straight jeans / Mango / $40

I'm clearly a denim skirt pusher Pieced Jean Skirt / Madewell / $78

I'm clearly a denim skirt pusher

Pieced Jean Skirt / Madewell / $78

Ziggy baby Mid Rise Jeans with Pink Band / Zara / $30

Ziggy baby

Mid Rise Jeans with Pink Band / Zara / $30

Throwing these in for fun & the 4th of July Take a Chance Heeled Booties / Akira / $60

Throwing these in for fun & the 4th of July

Take a Chance Heeled Booties / Akira / $60

13 Womens Sunglasses for Summer 2017

When it comes to shades I keep one tried & true pair with me at all times and then have a fun costume-y one when I'm going full-on LA. I personally would rather load up on a few trendy shades than splurging on one, especially this year as colored sunglasses have been on fire.

They've been all over Instagram and 2 of my favorites are: 

Kendall destroying the rest of the K gang 

Kendall destroying the rest of the K gang 

Bad gal unknown being here now

Bad gal unknown being here now

Searching the web for this post was pretty overwhelming as everyone seems to be doing 30+ pairs and many are beyond extra so I aimed for a balance of trendy with classic-ness. Enjoy! xoxo

Burn baby burn I love the red shades look right now Daydream Metal Round Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $16

Burn baby burn I love the red shades look right now

Daydream Metal Round Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $16

I've been looking for the perfect brown shades and will probably grab these - also this brand does the 1 for 1 model like TOMS so I linked to their brand website for extra <3 Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses / Nordstrom / $75

I've been looking for the perfect brown shades and will probably grab these - also this brand does the 1 for 1 model like TOMS so I linked to their brand website for extra <3

Cruz 57mm Metal Aviator Sunglasses / Nordstrom / $75

Le Specs brought it!!! Also comes with a gorgeous case Rapture Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses / Net-A-Porter / $60

Le Specs brought it!!! Also comes with a gorgeous case

Rapture Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses / Net-A-Porter / $60

And again!! The lavender is divinee  Le Specs The Prince Aviator-Style Gold-Tone Mirrored Sunglasses / Net-A-Porter / $90

And again!! The lavender is divinee 

Le Specs The Prince Aviator-Style Gold-Tone Mirrored Sunglasses / Net-A-Porter / $90

Damn these are a solid pair in both orange and light brown Jarvus Square Sunglasses / Amour Vert / $185

Damn these are a solid pair in both orange and light brown

Jarvus Square Sunglasses / Amour Vert / $185

These are still hot and look so fly on Vintage Aviator Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $20

These are still hot and look so fly on

Vintage Aviator Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $20

Chic w/ a side of Rock & Roll Ray Ban 50MM Round Sunglasses / Saks / $150

Chic w/ a side of Rock & Roll

Ray Ban 50MM Round Sunglasses / Saks / $150

Retro Charm as seen on Gal Meets Glam  Women's Serena Cat Eye Sunglasses / Nordstrom Rack / $26

Retro Charm as seen on Gal Meets Glam 

Women's Serena Cat Eye Sunglasses / Nordstrom Rack / $26

Love the shade of flamingo pink! Perfect with a sundress or white buttoned shirt Cecilia Chunky Square Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $16

Love the shade of flamingo pink! Perfect with a sundress or white buttoned shirt

Cecilia Chunky Square Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $16

These are having a moment and are always selling out The Love Tempo / Crap Eyewear / $58

These are having a moment and are always selling out

The Love Tempo / Crap Eyewear / $58

A great chic everyday look and are the ones featured above 1992 Slim Oval Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $16

A great chic everyday look and are the ones featured above

1992 Slim Oval Sunglasses / Urban Outfitters / $16

This pair of cat eyes looks balanced and not annoying Mango Metal Bridge Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses / ASOS / $32

This pair of cat eyes looks balanced and not annoying

Mango Metal Bridge Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses / ASOS / $32

For splurging these are so right now but also should retain their value 54mm Square Sunglasses - Gucci / Nordstrom / $360

For splurging these are so right now but also should retain their value

54mm Square Sunglasses - Gucci / Nordstrom / $360

Have a Sexy Summer of 2017 with 20 Vacation Ready Pieces

Now that it's June it's summertime baby! I'm prepping for a vacation to Bali and realized it's so necessary to make sure you have all the pieces you need for the summer. And SO MUCH good stuff is out there right now!

I love going all in on vacation wear and having no rules when it comes to a summer wardrobe - Now is NOT the time to be practical!! It's about ease and throwing things on with your mood aka the look below:

Top: A scarf I got from either a Goodwill or Vintage store for no more than a dollar (I collect these for this purpose and to amp up the bohemian-ness). Bag: My handy dandy Clare V Straw Bag and I love its simple circle shape! Skirt: Zara and I've worn this button up mini after having it for 3 years. Shoes: My much loved Brooklyn-based Kork Ease clogs my college roommates named "The Erin Brockovich Clogs" - they just ramble on with me and are perfectly impractical Jewels: Heart necklace I just made, shell necklace I wear as bracelet, and my new and only ring I rock that I got from Lost & Found Vintage in Royal Oak Michigan <3

Top: A scarf I got from either a Goodwill or Vintage store for no more than a dollar (I collect these for this purpose and to amp up the bohemian-ness).

Bag: My handy dandy Clare V Straw Bag and I love its simple circle shape!

Skirt: Zara and I've worn this button up mini after having it for 3 years.

Shoes: My much loved Brooklyn-based Kork Ease clogs my college roommates named "The Erin Brockovich Clogs" - they just ramble on with me and are perfectly impractical

Jewels: Heart necklace I just made, shell necklace I wear as bracelet, and my new and only ring I rock that I got from Lost & Found Vintage in Royal Oak Michigan <3

What I'm always crushing on for summer wear is the old school glamour of a pretty dress with vintage shades / hair blowing in the wind AND the boho just washed up on the beach look so...

I'm giving a bit of both sides in these picks.

Some of these are selling out and you need a week for shipping so get GOING! xoxo

When on vacation, one must have a few dresses to saunter around in, wear to dinner, or sneak out with the hottie at your hotel. This one is cheeky enough :* Mini Frill Wrap Dress in Cherry Print / ASOS / £25

When on vacation, one must have a few dresses to saunter around in, wear to dinner, or sneak out with the hottie at your hotel. This one is cheeky enough :*

Mini Frill Wrap Dress in Cherry Print / ASOS / £25

Walk down the beach in these and try not to lose your mind AT MY BEST BEIGE WIDE-LEG PANTS / Lulus / $42

Walk down the beach in these and try not to lose your mind

AT MY BEST BEIGE WIDE-LEG PANTS / Lulus / $42

Nicole Richie has done it again - a splurge but this is divineee X REVOLVE TAMMY TOP House of Harlow 1960 / REVOLVE / $118

Nicole Richie has done it again - a splurge but this is divineee

X REVOLVE TAMMY TOP House of Harlow 1960 / REVOLVE / $118

The sickest one piece I've ever seen ... go crazy layering this one Floral One Piece / Zara / $36

The sickest one piece I've ever seen ... go crazy layering this one

Floral One Piece / Zara / $36

No words, give me. One Teaspoon Junkyard Skirt / Revolve / $140

No words, give me.

One Teaspoon Junkyard Skirt / Revolve / $140

For summer adventures in a vespa :* Braided Backpack / Zara / $60

For summer adventures in a vespa :*

Braided Backpack / Zara / $60

Hawaiian shirts are starting to have a moment again and I am love with the fit, cute giraffes, and price point of this one.  Sahara Safari Hawaiian Style Cropped Tie Shirt / Etsy / $12 

Hawaiian shirts are starting to have a moment again and I am love with the fit, cute giraffes, and price point of this one. 

Sahara Safari Hawaiian Style Cropped Tie Shirt / Etsy / $12 

You have retro summer without Reformation and the yellow is so right now Audrey Dress / Reformation / $178

You have retro summer without Reformation and the yellow is so right now

Audrey Dress / Reformation / $178

I am so IN LOVE with this style and velvet swim suits this year (yassss velvet)! Also TRIANGL's new swimsuits are so good I can barely chose between them - worth it for the price too!  RAINE set / TRIANGL / $89 (includes both pieces)

I am so IN LOVE with this style and velvet swim suits this year (yassss velvet)! Also TRIANGL's new swimsuits are so good I can barely chose between them - worth it for the price too! 

RAINE set / TRIANGL / $89 (includes both pieces)

These are 100% a must this year with your swimsuit and sarong Liars & Lovers Extra Large Fine Gold Hoop Earrings / ASOS / $9.50

These are 100% a must this year with your swimsuit and sarong

Liars & Lovers Extra Large Fine Gold Hoop Earrings / ASOS / $9.50

I JUST saw these slides at Mango after last week's post - orange with the fringe? JUICY.  Fringe satin slides / Mango / $50

I JUST saw these slides at Mango after last week's post - orange with the fringe? JUICY. 

Fringe satin slides / Mango / $50

For beach tings <3 Mini Eco Tote / Need Supply Co / $16

For beach tings <3

Mini Eco Tote / Need Supply Co / $16

After much hunting Free People has the best section of coverups / kimonos also game changer on the HOOD on this knubby thing Knubby Hooded Kimono / Free People / $68

After much hunting Free People has the best section of coverups / kimonos also game changer on the HOOD on this knubby thing

Knubby Hooded Kimono / Free People / $68

[ALSO SELLING OUT] Brigette Bardot would actually approve of this style unlike the other tired boxy, starchy white off the shoulder tops that seem to be multiplying this season... please do off the shoulder right with this. Off the shoulder Blouse / H&M / $40

[ALSO SELLING OUT] Brigette Bardot would actually approve of this style unlike the other tired boxy, starchy white off the shoulder tops that seem to be multiplying this season... please do off the shoulder right with this.

Off the shoulder Blouse / H&M / $40

I'm crushing on orange this summer and the cut of this bodysuit from the front and back is hot MINKPINK Antique Peach Double Take Bodysuit / Princess Polly / $49

I'm crushing on orange this summer and the cut of this bodysuit from the front and back is hot

MINKPINK Antique Peach Double Take Bodysuit / Princess Polly / $49

I'm personally not a romper person, but this pattern is so perfect for someone out there! Obey Tropique Green Print Romper / Lulu's / $65

I'm personally not a romper person, but this pattern is so perfect for someone out there!

Obey Tropique Green Print Romper / Lulu's / $65

H&M's affordable bikinis are worth checking out every year. I had to snag this one and considered getting the other colors Triangle Bikini Top / H&M / $5

H&M's affordable bikinis are worth checking out every year. I had to snag this one and considered getting the other colors

Triangle Bikini Top / H&M / $5

Not sure of the quality of these but I love these sunset colored shades Retro Blue Blocking Roadster Style Metal Aviator Sunglasses / ZeroUV / $10

Not sure of the quality of these but I love these sunset colored shades

Retro Blue Blocking Roadster Style Metal Aviator Sunglasses / ZeroUV / $10

For staying warm at night you gotta break out the thermal Laila Thermal Top / Brandy Melville / $28

For staying warm at night you gotta break out the thermal

Laila Thermal Top / Brandy Melville / $28

Straw bags are so romantic and necessary - I already have one but hello there... Vintage Straw Bag / Etsy / $30

Straw bags are so romantic and necessary - I already have one but hello there...

Vintage Straw Bag / Etsy / $30

Can't Get Enough: Slides

There's no shoe I'm crushing on this season more than slides. They are pure CHICNESS. By slides I mean any shoe without backs you can slide into. 

I'm in love with this pair from ASOS I've been sliding into my outfits du jour:

While hunting for pairs I realized it's a confusing definition between mules and slides as sites describe these shoes interchangeably - it was unclear. What you need to know is a mule is a shoe without a back and a slide is a shoe without a back and without the toe area (think Adidas black and white striped athletic slides). At dinner I had a stunning revelation: every slide is a mule but not every mule is a slide. It's Venn diagram level shit but what you need to know is slides are here for good.

Speaking of SLIDING, I need to give a shoutout to the 1998 Goo Goo Dolls hit Slide, one of my favorite songs from the 90s. This song runs so deep for me, I'll never get over it or the nostalgia. I love the rawness of the lyrics and the equally awesome music video, the vibes of longing for love, the girl running off the fire escape in a tulle dress, Johnny Rzeznik in guy liner...

Also the album Dizzy Up the Girl was one of my Top 3 CDs growing up and the album title is insanely brilliant. Rant over, but check it out.

And now... here's a few slides for your shopping pleasure:

LASHES Square Toe Ballet Mules/ ASOS / $35 Go decadent in canary yellow 

LASHES Square Toe Ballet Mules/ ASOS / $35

Go decadent in canary yellow 

Sela Mule / DSW / $80 Pointed white mules look stunning IRL

Sela Mule / DSW / $80

Pointed white mules look stunning IRL

Warehouse Ring Detail Mule Sandal / ASOS / $87 Rings on everything ARE everything

Warehouse Ring Detail Mule Sandal / ASOS / $87

Rings on everything ARE everything

Slydes Port Padded Nude Slide Flat Sandals / ASOS / $40 Monochrome PERFECTION

Slydes Port Padded Nude Slide Flat Sandals / ASOS / $40

Monochrome PERFECTION

Vans Checkerboard Pool Slide / Urban Outfitters / $30 Cali chill and pool friendly

Vans Checkerboard Pool Slide / Urban Outfitters / $30

Cali chill and pool friendly

Jeffrey Campbell Perpetua Satin Mules / Shopbop / $83 MAUVE BABY

Jeffrey Campbell Perpetua Satin Mules / Shopbop / $83

MAUVE BABY

Knotted Leather Mules / Zara / $69 The tan color with the knot... this is on my list!

Knotted Leather Mules / Zara / $69

The tan color with the knot... this is on my list!

Velvet Bow Slides / Zara / $60 Zara is not playing around this season - SEA GREEN and VELVET!

Velvet Bow Slides / Zara / $60

Zara is not playing around this season - SEA GREEN and VELVET!

Vicenza Embossed Leather Mule Sandals / Anthropologie / $138 The detail on the heels paired with the white are hot as hell

Vicenza Embossed Leather Mule Sandals / Anthropologie / $138

The detail on the heels paired with the white are hot as hell

Adiel Velvet Slide / Joie / $112 Everything about these looks rich, must wear with kimono

Adiel Velvet Slide / Joie / $112

Everything about these looks rich, must wear with kimono

RAZZMATAZZ Facet Mules / Topshop / $45 These are a work of art and that HEEL

RAZZMATAZZ Facet Mules / Topshop / $45

These are a work of art and that HEEL

Cork Pool Slides / Urban Outfitters / $15 Cheap and chic, I love the natural look too

Cork Pool Slides / Urban Outfitters / $15

Cheap and chic, I love the natural look too

Platform Mules / H&M / $30 So 90's Steve Madden at a reasonable price point 

Platform Mules / H&M / $30

So 90's Steve Madden at a reasonable price point 

Perspex Wedge Slide / Urban Outfitters / $29 Throw in some 70s chill vibes

Perspex Wedge Slide / Urban Outfitters / $29

Throw in some 70s chill vibes

Raffia Lucite Heel / Urban Outfitters / $98 Shimmy worthy Let me know how you're feeling about slides below! xoxo

Raffia Lucite Heel / Urban Outfitters / $98

Shimmy worthy

Let me know how you're feeling about slides below! xoxo

Coachella Ready with Chiara Ferragni

Life gets kinda crazy sometimes - one moment you're working from a cafe and you look up from your laptop and there's Chiara Ferragni. I met her on the Restoration Hardware rooftop in West Hollywood and I took it as a bold sign from the universe. I've been reading Chiara's blog The Blonde Salad for 9 years and she was as lovely and stylish to death as I'd imagined.

Looking proper in my Jane Goodall Dress

Looking proper in my Jane Goodall Dress

I've been on the hunt for a few signature Coachella looks and Chiara was the embodiment of a few big trends I want to work into my Coachella wardrobe. I'm reading her outfit as the tea leaves for Coachella.

I love the combo layered necklaces, a flattering summer dress, and a custom embroidered jacket which is right on with the custom embroidery work of Cody (@dirtyneedleembroidery) in Reno who made me love the art of the craft. 

Here are some Coachella pieces I am loving (make sure you order NOW so you get them in time):

The flattering dress to use as a base:

I'm not a huge romper fan but this bronze color and sexy details make it a STANDOUT Bastian Playsuit / Princess Polly / $60

I'm not a huge romper fan but this bronze color and sexy details make it a STANDOUT

Bastian Playsuit / Princess Polly / $60

 Carnation Kiss Off the Shoulder Romper / Princess Polly / $65

 Carnation Kiss Off the Shoulder Romper / Princess Polly / $65

Love how pretty the lace details are and though pricier you can wear all of spring and summer! Domingo Dress / Reformation / $198

Love how pretty the lace details are and though pricier you can wear all of spring and summer!

Domingo Dress / Reformation / $198

Always yes to Gingham and love those boots with this outfit Girl Gang Mini Dress / Princess Polly / $60

Always yes to Gingham and love those boots with this outfit

Girl Gang Mini Dress / Princess Polly / $60

If you want to go full 90's this year, pair this with some combat boots and shredded fishnets 90's Topanga Plaid Dress / dry vtg and / $28 

If you want to go full 90's this year, pair this with some combat boots and shredded fishnets

90's Topanga Plaid Dress / dry vtg and / $28 

Layered necklaces are a must for everyday and can be intensified to top off a Coachella look:

The Figaro chain is my personal favorite of all the layering chains and I've been seeing it slowly creeping in my favorite bloggers' looks. This is the kind of thing you can get from an old school jewelry store in downtown LA for a few hundred or you can get it gold plated: Carol Link Choker / Argento Vivo / $58

The Figaro chain is my personal favorite of all the layering chains and I've been seeing it slowly creeping in my favorite bloggers' looks. This is the kind of thing you can get from an old school jewelry store in downtown LA for a few hundred or you can get it gold plated:

Carol Link Choker / Argento Vivo / $58

This gothic initial choker is great piece to layer in and looks like a classic piece to add to your layering collection Gothic Choker / Argento Vivo / $48

This gothic initial choker is great piece to layer in and looks like a classic piece to add to your layering collection

Gothic Choker / Argento Vivo / $48

This combo is fire in one step Isla Layering Necklace / Child of Wild / $70

This combo is fire in one step

Isla Layering Necklace / Child of Wild / $70

Easy layering set and I love the pop of yellow 3 Pack of Daisy Necklaces / Zara / $20

Easy layering set and I love the pop of yellow

3 Pack of Daisy Necklaces / Zara / $20

Top it off with an embroidered silk jacket:

Rockabilly Tokyo Jacket / Etsy / $198
Sakajan Jacket / Etsy / $96 

Sakajan Jacket / Etsy / $96 

Jet Bomber Jacket / Etsy / $38

Jet Bomber Jacket / Etsy / $38

Embroidered Bomber Jacket / Revolve Clothing / $128

Embroidered Bomber Jacket / Revolve Clothing / $128

To throw in the mix for fun:

Tropical Print Top / Zara / $23

Tropical Print Top / Zara / $23

Crown of Shadows Top / Princess Polly / $60

Crown of Shadows Top / Princess Polly / $60

Embroidered Jacket Gauze Top / Poshmark / $180

See you in Indio! Let me know if anything inspires you xoxo

My San Diego Food Coma

I was in San Diego semi-recently for a work conference and had to take time to give respect to the one of the most magical meals I’ve had to date. We found an amazing restaurant called Herb & Wood in Little Italy and I lost my mind for a few hours as we cruised through 11 courses  - split between 4 which I LOVE because I have to try it all! 

Herb and Wood Ambiance

Upon walking in you’re immediately hit with Great Gatsby and Parisian vibes, plus the buzz of excitement filling the air. It’s LOUD and I LOVE it. 

The place used to be an art warehouse before being given new life as a culinary paradise. We sat down and soon caught the attention of the owner of the restaurant who gladly picked out our courses for us! Not only did we enjoy the inside scoop on his favorite dishes, we heard all his inspiration for the details hidden throughout the restaurant.

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The plates were all vintage from different stores in his travels, the bar counter was made from volcanic rock, the paintings imported from France… it was all divine in my book.

Here’s the lineup:

My #1: Tuna Tartare, Gochujang, Red Onion, Country Wheat, Rice Pearls

HUGE chunks of tuna with crisp toasted bread, the perfect soft and crunchy combo and very generous portions you rarely find when going out. Will come back for this one!

Roasted Beets, Burrata, Sherry, Walnut Pesto, Jamon Iberico

 I love a good beet salad and this one was so juicy and perfectly paired with our tuna appetizer.

Drinks: Bourbon & Rosemary - Orange-Rosemary Infused Old Forester, Sugar, Lemon

Gin & Lavender - Lavender Infused Beefeater, Thyme-Honey Syrup, Lemon, Soda

Strong and complete with adorable straws & herbs for garnish. I always go for a drink with lavender when I see one and this one was the right amount of sweet before the meal. Also the love & care put into this restaurant was visible from the coasters:

Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic, Parsley Vinegar, Mama’s Lil Peppers

Delishious and well seasoned, not life changing but definitely a solid choice.

My #2: THE PARKER ROLLS

Off the menu secret dish the owner clued us into. A southern classic, it tasted like a Hawaiian roll on crack and shining with buttery goodness (I had only a couple bites as to not go too crazy).

My #3: Grilled Venison Loin, Roasted Dates, Sherry, Thyme, California Buttermilk Polenta

The venison topped my list surprisingly and I never order venison! The owner recommended it as a must and with the combo of polenta and dates I DIED. I may be pro-Venison now after this dish as anytime I venison it becomes a special night (or vise versa?).

Roasted Half Chicken, Smokey Braised Kale, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Caper Herb Salsa

Approved by the Italian mama in my group as having the desired balance of crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. It was yummy and I love the kale as part of the dish.

Roasted Baby Carrots, Cashew Sesame Dukkah, Aleppo Yogurt, Carrot Top Pesto

Baked carrots aren’t done enough and this made me remember how much I love them! GET EM!

Seared Black Cod, Cracked Wheat, Persimmon, Calabrian Chile, Melted Onions

Really good but I honestly can’t remember details as I lost my mind over the other dishes.

Vanilla Crème Torte / House Made Ricotta, Farmer’s Strawberries & Pistachio Gelato

Layer after layer of crepe paired with pistachio gelato was so satisfying. If you get only one dessert, get this. I felt like I was crashing Marie Antointette’s tea party and foaming at the mouth from eating this. I wish more desserts were this precious!

Also when hungry in San Diego I have to mention…

Water Grill: When you’re expensing for work (or treating yourself) you must get a seafood tower and a spicy margarita! Their bread, wedge salad, and Sablefish were also tasty :P

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The bathroom also has a perfect selfie ambiance so I had to snap a photo… plus I actually made a friend doing so.

All Saints Leather Jacket/ Shoes from Boutique in Austin / Dress F21 $5!!

All Saints Leather Jacket/ Shoes from Boutique in Austin / Dress F21 $5!!

If you know of any San Diego gems - especially in the Taco Department - let me know below! Xoxo

"where the creatures meet"

I love the Doors and I love driving through Laurel Canyon, so it's fitting the worlds would collide when I took a few photos outside the Laurel Canyon Country store and found out Jim Morrison's home is an actual stone's throw away from this store he describes on "Love Street." I feel I never understood the Doors until I spent time driving around Los Angeles - the music fits into the atmosphere and time cruises by listening to their albums in the car. My current obsession I've been playing is: The Wasp - Texas Radio and the Big Beat.

The Country store is equally magical and a living relic of the Summer of Love, plus they have killer snacks I frequently pick up driving through the canyon. And there's always an element of mystery that you never know what creatures you could meet in this store...

Outfit-wise I wore this not planning to take photos at this store, but clearly was drawn to this place when wearing it. I love bell sleeves and had to snatch this sweater when I saw it to take advantage of the trend. It can go with many looks though it as a tad more midriff than I would have liked so needs an undershirt to be work appropriate. The skirt and shoes have become the foundation for most of my weekend outfits, and the scarf really spoke to me with the pretty flower details and the orange punch of color. It's definitely hippie inspired... but modern enough to wear anywhere. 

Honey Punch Blank Cameo sweater from one of my favorite boutiques in Oceanside, Royalie ASOS Denim Pencil Skirt in Midwash Blue - almost exact here (Closet staple!) ASOS Fearien Leather Heeled Ankle Boots  - Flat version here (Closet staple!) Vintage Pattern Scarf

Honey Punch Blank Cameo sweater from one of my favorite boutiques in Oceanside, Royalie

ASOS Denim Pencil Skirt in Midwash Blue - almost exact here (Closet staple!)

ASOS Fearien Leather Heeled Ankle Boots  - Flat version here (Closet staple!)

Vintage Pattern Scarf

Took a few photos of my friend Christina in her badass look available here

Took a few photos of my friend Christina in her badass look available here

Meet me on Love Street xoxo

These boots are made for romping

I'm in love with my rain boots. I never thought I would say that because I used to despise rain boots - the fact that they awkwardly hit your knees and you can't romp around in them bothers me. Also the polka dots and cheesy patterns DON'T GO WITH ANYTHING so I just opted for LL Bean duck boots instead. I think those were 1 of 2 rain boots I've ever owned ever, and I'm a big fan of holding off on something indefinitely until it's meant to be. 

Finally I found these boots last year and they've brought me a sense of peace: 

Matte Chelsea Rain Boot / J Crew / $65 Not available now in my beloved army green but I think the dark burgundy could be a future stunner since I've been seeing the Kardashians doing all burgundy looks (I just keep tabs on them not KEEP UP per se, but I digress...)

Matte Chelsea Rain Boot / J Crew / $65

Not available now in my beloved army green but I think the dark burgundy could be a future stunner since I've been seeing the Kardashians doing all burgundy looks (I just keep tabs on them not KEEP UP per se, but I digress...)

THESE BOOTS ARE IT. I've been wearing them the past 4 days in LA since it has been consistently raining for way too long (we're spoiled). My socks were COMPLETELY dry the whole week while my unprepared friends expressed frustration about their soggy footwear. I wouldn't recommend them in a city link Nola where rain is serious, but for your everyday storm they deliver. I feel unconstricted when wearing them so I find myself sporting them in festivals since they don't have a risk of getting ruined. They're not Hunters but they still give me Kate Moss vibes as this image has forever been burned into my skull:

"Kate Moss, the Patron Saint of the Hunter Wellington" - a fabulous E News read

"Kate Moss, the Patron Saint of the Hunter Wellington" - a fabulous E News read

Here's a few other options for boots you can live in:

Hornbaek Rain Boot / Ilse Jacobsen / $199 SHOUT OUT to the Scandinavians on these boots! Just discovered this brand and their boots are all perfect - both in short and mid length versions. The laces on these are to die for. 

Hornbaek Rain Boot / Ilse Jacobsen / $199

SHOUT OUT to the Scandinavians on these boots! Just discovered this brand and their boots are all perfect - both in short and mid length versions. The laces on these are to die for. 

Alex Chelsea Rain Boots / Target / $25 In terms of style these look almost identical and they're so cheap! I've never been a fan of Target shoes in terms of comfort but hopefully these are ok.

Alex Chelsea Rain Boots / Target / $25

In terms of style these look almost identical and they're so cheap! I've never been a fan of Target shoes in terms of comfort but hopefully these are ok.

Cloudy Chelsea Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55 I love the marriage of the 90s grunge trend with these boots

Cloudy Chelsea Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55

I love the marriage of the 90s grunge trend with these boots

Hydro Chelsea Platform Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55 These lean in more to the grunge factor

Hydro Chelsea Platform Rain Boot / Jeffrey Campbell / $55

These lean in more to the grunge factor

Candy color transparent rain boots / Sanrense / $22 Some crazy cool asian brand... these are just pure fun and the possibilities are endless

Candy color transparent rain boots / Sanrense / $22

Some crazy cool asian brand... these are just pure fun and the possibilities are endless

Leopard Chelsea Rain Boot / Poshmark (Jcrew years ago) / Various $$$ This boot was made about the same time and I admired the design then - currently is only available on Ebay or Poshmark

Leopard Chelsea Rain Boot / Poshmark (Jcrew years ago) / Various $$$

This boot was made about the same time and I admired the design then - currently is only available on Ebay or Poshmark

Moto Rain Boot / Rag & Bone / $225 Pricey but based on functionality you can wear these in rain and snow & they'll be worth the investment. LOVE l'orange

Moto Rain Boot / Rag & Bone / $225

Pricey but based on functionality you can wear these in rain and snow & they'll be worth the investment. LOVE l'orange

Good to the Last Raindrop Rain Boot in Rubber Duck / Modcloth / $80 Not my aesthetic but DANG

Good to the Last Raindrop Rain Boot in Rubber Duck / Modcloth / $80

Not my aesthetic but DANG

Lacey Short Waterproof Rain Boot / Bernardo Footwear / $102 and $155 for Black Colorful and classic! I've never seen a boot like this ever and I like ittt.

Lacey Short Waterproof Rain Boot / Bernardo Footwear / $102 and $155 for Black

Colorful and classic! I've never seen a boot like this ever and I like ittt.

Fritten Kilton Rain Boot / Burberry / $325 Again a pricey BOOT THAT CAN DO BOTH

Fritten Kilton Rain Boot / Burberry / $325

Again a pricey BOOT THAT CAN DO BOTH

A Tribute to American Apparel

If you haven't seen the news, American Apparel is closing all its stores since it was bought by Canadian company Gildan Activewear and EVERYTHING IS 40%! Make sure you use the code TAKE40 at checkout! I'm not too surprised to hear this as I feel like they haven't been coming up with many new and exciting pieces in recent years and the price is a tad steep.

I did a Welcome to 2017 photoshoot with my friend Kristina after she stopped by the store and I am IN LOVE with the pieces she bought and how this shoot turned out!

American Apparel Socks $5 in store (not online) / Brandy Melville T Shirt and Skirt / Timberland Boots / Forever21 Shades

American Apparel Socks $5 in store (not online) / Brandy Melville T Shirt and Skirt / Timberland Boots / Forever21 Shades

Forever21 Coat

Forever21 Coat

American Apparel Bodysuit ($11 in store) and mesh top ($11) / Pacsun Embroidered Pants

American Apparel Bodysuit ($11 in store) and mesh top ($11) / Pacsun Embroidered Pants

EVERYTHING 

EVERYTHING 

Calvin Klein Bra / Brandy Melville Shorts / Forever21 Shirt

Calvin Klein Bra / Brandy Melville Shorts / Forever21 Shirt

Asthetic

Asthetic

And my top picks from their online sale are...

Bianca Blazer $25 / In store only now but I love the crisp design of this blazer and the quality is better than Forever21 which is where I find this style but can never commit because of the bad fabric. Runner up jacket pick here - completely different vibe but good throw back piece (shoutout to Adams HS colors).

Bianca Blazer $25 / In store only now but I love the crisp design of this blazer and the quality is better than Forever21 which is where I find this style but can never commit because of the bad fabric. Runner up jacket pick here - completely different vibe but good throw back piece (shoutout to Adams HS colors).

Ringer T-Shirt Dress $16 / I bought this as I need more golf outfits to wear 

Ringer T-Shirt Dress $16 / I bought this as I need more golf outfits to wear 

Demi Wrap Skirt in Cornflower $15 / Bought this too and hoping it's long enough to wear to work, if not it will be a Saturday look (BONUS: I found this in the FACTORY SECTION which is discretely featured on the top nav bar)

Demi Wrap Skirt in Cornflower $15 / Bought this too and hoping it's long enough to wear to work, if not it will be a Saturday look (BONUS: I found this in the FACTORY SECTION which is discretely featured on the top nav bar)

Easy Denim A Line Skirt $29 / I live in my denim skirt and if you need one this style looks very flattering and will last years

Easy Denim A Line Skirt $29 / I live in my denim skirt and if you need one this style looks very flattering and will last years

US Flag Double V Bodysuit $23 / A good time to stock up on American flag pieces for Memorial Day and the 4th of July where I always wait last minute and find nothing I like. Also runner up pieces here (I like both crop tops and their swimsuit is 7?!)

US Flag Double V Bodysuit $23 / A good time to stock up on American flag pieces for Memorial Day and the 4th of July where I always wait last minute and find nothing I like. Also runner up pieces here (I like both crop tops and their swimsuit is 7?!)

Nylon Tricot High-Cut One-Piece $27 / This bodysuit is very Bella Hadid and the back is so sexy! AA has always killed the bodysuit game so if you need a serious one, get it now. Also their shiny leggings are going fast which you could wear with this and on game days!

Nylon Tricot High-Cut One-Piece $27 / This bodysuit is very Bella Hadid and the back is so sexy! AA has always killed the bodysuit game so if you need a serious one, get it now. Also their shiny leggings are going fast which you could wear with this and on game days!

Flex Fleece Dog Zip Hoodie $17 / Their dog hoodies are to die for and make great gifts!

Flex Fleece Dog Zip Hoodie $17 / Their dog hoodies are to die for and make great gifts!

Operation Organization 2017

I've never been more fired up about starting a new year than 2017. One because it felt so right but two, the quality of instagram photos skyrocketed on new years day. I definitely felt the floor shift.

To carry on that momentum, I’ve been hunting for the right organizational items to do big things in 2017. The first was the hunt for the PERFECT planner and it took me 3 months.  I checked Amazon, Barnes & Noble (total dud), Papersource, Marshall's (the cheapest by far and actually a good selection if you hunt the whole store for them), Etsy, and finally I found my planner from Neiman Marcus of all places:

Desk Diary / Neiman Marcus / $130 

Desk Diary / Neiman Marcus / $130 

I almost settled on a $12 Marshall’s one that was a unbearably small, but when I found this my dad assured me the money would be well spent since he swears by his (massive) Franklin Covey planner. Thanks pops! I joked that mine was too expensive last year but now that I'm spending over 2x in 2017 I've accepted it because really a planner is the only thing holding my life together. And at least $50 of this is going to the color & monogram... :D

Now here are my top picks for organizing 2017:

The rich color on this planner is to die for (the panama yellow color was perfect but is sold out) 2017 Panama Diary Agenda / Neiman Marcus / $70

The rich color on this planner is to die for (the panama yellow color was perfect but is sold out)

2017 Panama Diary Agenda / Neiman Marcus / $70

Runner up in that it's the color JADE but there were no lines on the weekly plan section :( This planner did lead me to a great website - their stuff is so fun Ban.do 17 Month Medium Agenda / Band.do / $28

Runner up in that it's the color JADE but there were no lines on the weekly plan section :( This planner did lead me to a great website - their stuff is so fun

Ban.do 17 Month Medium Agenda / Band.do / $28

Love the simplicity of this one Big Plans Planner / Anthropologie / $28

Love the simplicity of this one

Big Plans Planner / Anthropologie / $28

Michael's had a really interesting selection... Violet Floral Zipper Planner / Michael's / $30

Michael's had a really interesting selection...

Violet Floral Zipper Planner / Michael's / $30

I cannot say enough good things about this file cabinet: the ridiculously easy assembly, good design for the price point, size (fits under a desk easily), and 100+ positive reviews. I searched the web for 3+ hours and I don't think there's a better one for the price. Life changing. Wilbur File Cabinet / Joss & Main / $64

I cannot say enough good things about this file cabinet: the ridiculously easy assembly, good design for the price point, size (fits under a desk easily), and 100+ positive reviews. I searched the web for 3+ hours and I don't think there's a better one for the price. Life changing.

Wilbur File Cabinet / Joss & Main / $64

This screams Beverly Hills Hotel and there's a whole collection of Banana Leaf pieces to match this Banana Leaf Notes in Acrylic Holder / Neiman Marcus / $50

This screams Beverly Hills Hotel and there's a whole collection of Banana Leaf pieces to match this

Banana Leaf Notes in Acrylic Holder / Neiman Marcus / $50

On that note... not an organization item but pretty essential. From Band.do again! Hot Stuff Thermal Mug - Beverly Stripe / Band.do / $14

On that note... not an organization item but pretty essential. From Band.do again!

Hot Stuff Thermal Mug - Beverly Stripe / Band.do / $14

Not sure what I'd do with this cube but I'm obsessed with it  Pantera Golden Box / Neiman Marcus / On sale for $40  

Not sure what I'd do with this cube but I'm obsessed with it 

Pantera Golden Box / Neiman Marcus / On sale for $40  

First saw these at a boutique in Studio City called Soto Lifestyle and LOVED them - the whole collection is amazing. I opt shopping local but if you can't find them... "Suck Less, Thanks" Engraved Office Desk Nameplate / Amazon / $33

First saw these at a boutique in Studio City called Soto Lifestyle and LOVED them - the whole collection is amazing. I opt shopping local but if you can't find them...

"Suck Less, Thanks" Engraved Office Desk Nameplate / Amazon / $33

Also great Head Honcho Black Desk Name Plate / Amazon / $17

Also great

Head Honcho Black Desk Name Plate / Amazon / $17

Let your sass run wild Office Desk Name Plate or Door Sign / Amazon /$6

Let your sass run wild

Office Desk Name Plate or Door Sign / Amazon /$6

I have this and use it everyday Kate Spade Acrylic Letter Tray / Nordstrom / $38

I have this and use it everyday

Kate Spade Acrylic Letter Tray / Nordstrom / $38

I love using the business cards section for incoming cards so I keep track of them better Acrylic Pencil Cup / Neiman Marcus / $24

I love using the business cards section for incoming cards so I keep track of them better

Acrylic Pencil Cup / Neiman Marcus / $24

LOVE the color & tasteful contrast of lines and it's a bit cheaper than the kate spade one Frisco Letter Tray / Franklin Covey / $17

LOVE the color & tasteful contrast of lines and it's a bit cheaper than the kate spade one

Frisco Letter Tray / Franklin Covey / $17

To keep it fresh It Me Pennant Flag in Meow / Modcloth / $15

To keep it fresh

It Me Pennant Flag in Meow / Modcloth / $15

This periwinkle blue is stunning and there's 8 other colors to choose from! Willis Writing Desk / Joss & Main / $218

This periwinkle blue is stunning and there's 8 other colors to choose from!

Willis Writing Desk / Joss & Main / $218

Let me know if any of these stand out to you!

xoxo,

Anne