California Color Cues

2017 has been all about experimenting with color when it comes to my wardrobe. When I lived on the East Coast, I would buy all my clothing in black. It was simple, easy to style, and would fit my mood when I walked to class in four inches of snow. I associated the color black with being 'chic'- without realizing how limiting of a rule that was. When I came back to my sunny California, it took me awhile to find my groove. But after my first summer, I let the sun-soaked landscape guide my fashion choices. My skin got tanner, my hair got lighter, and a feeling of relief lifted off my chest. When I am on the west coast, I never feel like I have to pretend to be someone else. My 'all-black' edgy girl wardrobe of the East Coast, wasn't fully me- and especially as I continue to grow and evolve. Of course, clothing doesn't define who you are, but it can alter how you view yourself. After two years officially back on West Coast, I can say this is exactly where I need to be. And somehow through my styling choices, I am learning that lesson even more. 
This look I collaborated with New York City based brand Heartloom. I love their clothing, because just like my experience, they are a mix of West Coast + East Coast styles. This dress is so easy, and immediately puts me in the mind set for summer. All of their clothing is vintage inspired but with unexpected and quirky details (Like the peek-a-boo shoulder on this dress). I know this will be in high rotation as the temps continue to rise.  
Heartloom Dress (Coming summer 2017), Target Sandals, Seoul Little Los Angeles Necklace, Vintage Basket Purse from Rose Bowl Flea Market. 


Photos by LA Photographer Elaine Torres 
@_elainetorres_ 

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