Friday, June 29, 2018

Summertime Staple- The White Cotton Dress

As the first week of summer ends, I find myself gravitating to the same look in my closet. My uniform to combat the heat? The cotton white dress. Every year, I find myself adding more white dresses to my wardrobe. A white dress is romantic, and breezy. It feels polished, yet undone (which I think is the inspiration behind most LA style). I adore this maxi dress from Velvet Heart. The button give it a feel vintage feel, and the loose fit makes it comfortable for the stickiest days. 
The white dress makes styling so simple for summer. Throw on a pair of sneakers for errands, or dress it up with a chic pair of wedges. I have been loving scarves to pull my hair back verse an elastic. It's much more gentle on my hair, and lets pieces naturally fall out over time. 
If you're feeling stuck on summer wardrobe start with the white cotton dress. The different silhouettes  and cuts will rev start your imagination. I think this dress is an essential for vacation packing as well. A cotton dress is versatile and takes up no room in your suitcase. (Just make sure to have an iron at your end location).  
Velvet Heart White Dress, Kesli Daggar Platform Sandals, Donni Scarf, & Other Stories Purse, Ray Ban Sunglasses. 


Friday, June 22, 2018

The Magic of Living on Your Own Terms.

Something powerful happens when a woman choose to live on her own terms. She radiates. A magical joy and a persistent strength. Her body doesn't need to mirror polished snapshots in magazines. Her curves and skin reflect the adventures she chased and the love she felt. 
This time of year is always slow for me. A time for reflection, and to check in. My imagination often wanders to the woman I want to be. She feels far away- like I need to accomplish so much more before I can say- THAT'S IT, I AM HER. But that is not how it all works. Why can't I be her today? Everyday I have a choice, to wake up and do what I believe or allowing the outside noise to take over. The woman I want to be radiates joy- and not the unauthentic self help save the day way. Joy that today is a new day. Joy that I am the ONLY me in the world. You can spot the women who love themselves. The ones that have let go to what everyone else wants them to be. They are curious, and sexy and kind-hearted individuals. I want to live with more guts. Love with more heart. And shake off the weight of my unnerving expectations. 
We have to believe that we have permission to be whoever the hell we want to be. And that we DO have the capacity and courage to truly be ourselves. No matter what the world tells you. Even if its screaming in your ear to turn back, and stick to the safe path. Forge forward on your own trail, babe.
Betsey Johnson Dress, Steve Madden Heels, INC Belt Bag, Amazon Clip On Earrings

 Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Go-To Accessories for Summer '18.

Not only does my wardrobe shift during the summer months, but also the accessories I pull most. Accessories give me the opportunity to experiment. These pieces embody my creativity, more than my clothes do somedays. From my sunglasses to shoes, I am sharing my go-to accessories for summer '18.
Slides. Easy shoes are a must for summer. I have been digging the simplicity of slides (verse a block heel, and buckle.) Especially when traveling, a comfortable and versatile shoe is a staple in your suitcase. I adore the Atlantic Slides by Restricted Shoes. No matter if you're headed to a tropical beach, or ancient city, these shoes will go with every adventure (and look) you have planned. 
 The transparent purse. Nothing is hidden with this trendy accessories. Currently, this is the bag all over instagram-land. I first spotted this piece on Shop Girl LA, but it kept selling out before I could buy it. I wasn't sure of this bag's practically (which is my number one with purses). I eventually found a different version on Etsy, and took the plunge. I am pleasantly surprised, I have been wearing this purse non-stop since it came in the mail. It feels fresh and playful- but also classic with the turquoise shell handle. My bag also can with a little coin bag to hide away the things you might not want everyone to see (credit cards guys-).
Cat-Eye Sunglasses. Ok, this accessory isn't new to me. I am a sucker for all vintage inspired frames.  *French girls. 1950's. Feminine. Lolita. Coca Cola Commercial. Classic California* All words that come to mind/feel why I choose this frame. Cat-eye sunglasses are flirty, and mysterious, and always bring joy to any look. I love the Le Specs x Adam Selman Last Lolita Sunnies. But, I know many of us are on a budget, so try out this black pair from Amazon. 
Vintage Jewelry. When selecting jewelry, I keep classic + always pick gold. Due to my fussy pierced ears (they close up all the time), I am sticking to clip on earrings. Most antique stores have a selects of clips on from 50's + 60's that embody modern, romantic style. I also found these cute bamboo style hoops off Amazon, and instantly make me feel European + elegant. My mother also just gifted me some family heirloom necklaces. A cross from my great grandma Stella, and a gold choker my dad gave her. I love being able to wear a part of my family history everyday. 
English Factory Gingham Set via Objectrare, Restricted Shoe Atlantic Slides, Clear Purse via Etsy, Cat Eye Sunglasses + Clip on Earrings via Amazon. 
Use the discount code for 25% off your order at Restricted Shoes: KZAHORAK25


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bank the Moment. Falling in Love with the Details.

'Bank the moment'. My boyfriend says that to me often. It's a sweet sentiment, a remind to be more present. Lately, I have been soaking in the details and nuances of my everyday. The sound of distance traffic driving down Sunset Boulevard. The color of the purple petals that are crushed on the sidewalk. The smooth velvet touch of my dogs ears. I am paying attention- with wide eyed curiosity because the moment is always fleeting. And in years to come, I will have wished I would have worried less in my 20's and enjoyed the journey. 
It's important to find the little slices of beauty in daily life. My everyday grind is a blur some days. Moment to moment, rushing by. Not enough emails. Pages of texts. Not enough time. I get lost in the 'what's next' vs. 'what's here, now.' When I need to catch my breath, I walk the lake. Swaying palms, sunshine rays, people watching. It is my oasis to settle my brain and fall in love with the present. 
That's where Europeans get it right. It might be their secret. Their is an appreciation for gardens and parks, all of which are safely tucked away between rapid city life. When I lived in London, I lived ten minutes away from Hyde Park. The rolling lawns, and tree lined paves felt like this grand escape from the frantic energy of South Kensington. I think American fall in love with the idea of being busy. It gives us false perception of purpose, and keep our anxieties high. Slow down for a moment. Notice the details. And take a walk somewhere that sets your imagination off. 

And Other Stories Lace Up Dress, Huma Blanco Slides (also in brown here), Vintage Button Down, Suede Stone Straw Hat, Virgo Downtown Straw Bag, and Amazon Cat Eye Sunglasses

Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo

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