Pre-Fall is a wonderful time of the year. We’re getting over the heat and looking forward to some cooler temps, but there’s just enough heat left to make shorts and sweaters a match made in outfit heaven. An oversize sweater and some baggy shorts has always been a go-to casual chic look and I will for sure be rocking this look well into September while I embrace those lovely and cool/warm Summer nights!
Sometimes when I get dressed in the morning and I feel like I don’t have anything to wear I throw out some character, real person or theme to jog some inspiration. The other day, I immediately thought Pocahontas, so of course I had to wear my fringe boots to reminisce of the lovely fringe dress she wore in the Disney version. Side note: Pocahontas is like CK’s absolute FAVE Disney character.
Photos by Sara B
Under the Influence. Here’s a collection of some my favorite street style looks. At first glance it looks there appears to be no rhyme or reason to what I’m loving at the moment, but after stopping to really look at each look in detail – I realized there is. I’ve definitely been inspired by neutrals, balancing billowy and streamlined looks, and a clean neutral statement shoe. Patterns have been attention grabbing, but they’ve been patterns that hone in on neutral colors and prints. All of these looks have been screaming end of Summer/early Fall. Are any of you admiring the same types of neutral looks?
Sidenote: I lightened my hair some more. It is definitely edgier. I feel more rock and roll. I’ll post some outfit pics this week with the lighter hair.
Anti Girl Heart Los Angeles Street Art in Downtown LA
Last weekend/week CK was in town visiting and we of course made a few trips up to LA. We used to always take fun day trips like this when she lived in CA, so it was so much fun to relive the old days. Taking it back old school meant visiting our favorites in downtown and stopping by some new scenery.
We started the day out at Handsome Coffee Roaster and then took a fun little walk around the art district neighborhood. Lucky for us, we stumbled across some super cute LA street art by Anti Girl. I’ve definitely seen her work on Instagram, so I was super stoked to see it in my person. After our little walk around we of course then made our way to our usual lunch spot Urth Caffe, and enjoyed some good coffee, chats and food. It was such a lovely day that ended with CK surprising her friend at her Improv show and some delish Mexican food. We definitely miss CK, but we know she’s living life to the fullest in the best city that ever did exist!
While we would love to see her every weekend and even every day, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. In our family, we see life as an opportunity to strive and take risks to LIVE life, and don’t believe in just going through the motions. I know CK misses us just like we miss her, but we’ll always be there for her, whether it’s near or far cheering her on in her journey. For us, we’re the happiest when she’s embracing everything life has to offer. She’s growing up and we’re quite proud of the life she’s building for herself. CK’s still young, so at the moment the distance and the struggles of becoming a young adult are all to apparent, but one thing I do know is that five years from now all of these experiences, steps and tests will make sense, and she’ll look back and smile and know she has no regrets.
Downtown LA Bridge
CK’s Urth Caffe Pesto Chicken Sandwich
My Urth Caffe Pizza Catona
Time for the last installment of How To Wear Strappy Nude Pumps. These, along with wedge sneakers, have been my favorite trend shoes of 2013. You can basically wear both of these shoes to pretty much any occasion and with any look. I know some of you are thinking it’s just not possible, but I really believe it is. It’s all about embracing it! Don’t forget to check Look one and Two.
I was totally inspired by my urban renewal overall dress and thought why not pair them with these fancy pumps…and then add in the beanie to give a little bit of a boyish edge. It’s definitely not a look for everyone, but for me this is totally something I’d wear, in fact I wore it out to dinner the other night!
Photos by Glitter and Grace
As I said in Part 1 of this series, I’m a firm believer in making your favorite pair of shoes work with pretty much any outfit and for every occasion. For Look 2, I paired my nude strappy sandals with a sequin skirt and long black sweater. This is something I would wear out to date night, to dinner or the movies. Sequins dress it up, but the simple black top and nude heels tone the skirt down enough for a casual night on the town. Too many sequins and glitz, and you’ll end up looking like you’ve mistaken your hometown for Las Vegas!
Striped Zara Dolman Sweater | DIY Levi’s Cut-Off Denim Shorts | Nude Steve Madden Real Love Pumps
I am a huge believer in wearing your favorite pair of shoes to any event. So long as you’re not hiking up a mountain or walking 3 miles, I believe that based on the look you put together, you can wear your favorite pair of heels for any occasion. These nude strappy Steve Madden Real Love heels have become an instant favorite in my closet. For quite some time I’d wished for the Zara sandals to fit me, but I finally accepted the fact that I was between a 6.5 and 7 and this shoe just wasn’t going to work for me. I went out on a quest for the perfect strappy sandals and I found these beauties at Nordstrom. Now, I’m not going to lie – they’re not the most comfortable shoes. BUT I love how they look, and I honestly feel like they work with any look; whether it’s day or night.
In Look One, I’m pairing the pumps with a striped sweater and cut-off shorts. I feel like the heels really pump the outfit up and give it the most perfect casual chic feel. I’d wear this out shopping, or to lunch with the girls. I’ll post the rest of one pair of heels three ways later this week!
Photos by Glitter and Grace
We’re waiting for our lovely photos to be edited by our amazing photography Jake Murphy of JBM Wedding Photography, but in the meantime I wanted to post a few of the amazing polaroids he took. Jake arrived with a vintage polaroid camera that looked like a prop, but it still works and took stunning photos. I love the grainy look and soft lighting of these images, I feel they totally look like overly edited instagram shots.
I cannot wait to see the whole slew of images! Until we do receive them enjoy these polaroids, and check out this post for more of the day deets!
Free People Trapeze Dress in Cream | Sleeveless Gray Hoodie | Zara Heels
I can’t believe it’s almost August, where did the Summer go!?!? I purchased this Free People Trapeze Voile dress a few years ago and it’s always in heavy rotation. It’s perfect as a layering piece in the dead of winter and is thin enough to work as a bikini cover up as well. I love looking for versatile pieces to add to my closet collection. I can honestly say I recommend this dress hands down!
Last week on Sunday, Jon, Lucius and I became a family! Looking back I don’t think the day could have been any more magical or perfect. Nothing went wrong and I didn’t even feel an ounce of stress. Everyone was right when they told me to have the wedding that we wanted. We both can’t believe what a dream the day was, and were so happy we were able to share the day with our family and closest friends!
We had a beautiful ceremony at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which for me is one of the most beautiful back drops in life. From the park, you’re able to see the statue of liberty, downtown skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. I mean, it’s the most breathtaking view! We were so pleased that one of my bestest childhood friends, Aseye, was able to officiate the ceremony and it was AMAZING. It was so special to hear the words she wrote about Jon and I, and it made the ceremony that much more personal.
After the ceremony Jon and I took photos on the Brooklyn Bridge and throughout DUMBO, and I CANNOT wait to see the photos! Jake of JBM Wedding Photography was spectacular. He showed us a few shots of us on the bridge and I just about died! I can’t wait to show all the photos with you guys!
We followed the ceremony up with a beautiful intimate dinner in the Wine Room of Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. Everything about this hotel just screams old school NYC which is exactly what we wanted. The room’s amazing decor and beautiful candelabras created a elegant setting. When we had initially picked the venue I had seen it in the daylight, so I was blown away when I first walked into the room with Jon. The candlelight and beautiful flowers my friends had put together amped the room up to a whole another level!
I can’t wait to share more photos with you all! It’s so fun being married, we still can’t believe how wonderful our wedding week was.