Wednesday, July 20, 2016
One of my favorite things about my recent trip to Europe was how there were so many outdoor cafes throughout all of the cities I visited. I would spend the days exploring and take breaks at whichever local cafe that I stumbled upon. After being back in LA, I still think about those quiet moments outside, where I would people watch and gain a wealth of inspiration simply from the locals and the surroundings. I made a vow to myself to try to do more of this in my hometown.
My love for LA runs deep and one of the reasons is the downtown Los Angeles area. I love the cult, the vibe and the energy, and always find myself here. Armed with my HP Spectre, I decided to visit a local coffee shop, not only to get some work done and brainstorm for upcoming projects, but to gain inspiration and feed off the contagious energy of those around me. I witnessed a business meeting, where a group of individuals were working on a t-shirt design, watched a graphic designer meticulously create a logo design, and many pedestrians whose street style caught my attention for a double take (in a good way).
Thanks to the world's thinnest laptop, the HP Spectre, my workplace mobility has never been easier. Instead of being tied down to my desk or having to worry about being plugged in near a wall outlet, I'm able to take my work with me wherever I please. The HP Spectre's battery life is impressive and depending on what I'm doing, a single charge can last me up to 9 hours. Although the HP Spectre is thin in size and lightweight, HP has equipped the Spectre with a special cooling technology that allows the processor to be more powerful than ever, without overheating. I'm able to have the entire Adobe Creative Suite installed on my new laptop and use it seamlessly.
It's amazing what a difference the right tools can make in my creative process. I have a big project up my sleeves and although I can't say what it is just yet, know that my HP Spectre will be helping me every step of the way. Stay tuned!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible
Friday, July 15, 2016
In case you missed it, I recently shared a look from a beach wedding that I attended a month ago. As you know, because shoe options are so limiting for such an occasion, the Imagine Vince Camuto line came to the rescue with their Ryan Gladiator Sandal. The love affair with Ryan doesn't end just yet...
I'm not the type of gal that's just one & done with my clothes and shoes. I like to wear them again (and again, and again). As they say, if something ain't broke, why fix it? Since I had received so many compliments on them at the wedding, why not go fetch more? That's when I knew these would be one of my go-to sandals of the summer.
Sparkles and rhinestones do not automatically equate to dressy and formal occasions. They can easily be worn anywhere, anytime and add an instant touch of chic to your look. Because the Ryan sandals makes a statement on its own, the key for an everyday look is to wear simple pieces that complement it.
I spend most of my time in Downtown LA because of work and most of the time, I'm dreaming of my next vacation. Just because I can't physically be on vacation doesn't mean I can't dress like I am. The inspiration for this particular day was Jasmine a la the movie "Aladdin", minus the magic carpet to transport me to a faraway destination. The end result was a pair of featherweight pants and airy top to combat the heat, paired with Imagine Vince Camuto Ryan sandals to pull it altogether.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vince Camuto. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
What I love about basic t-shirts is their versatility. When a t-shirt offers an endless amount of styling possibilities, it can never be truly deemed as "basic". I have an entire dresser dedicated to t-shirts, 3 drawers to be exact. A few months back, I fell in love with my current favorite t-shirts from attending the Peace Love Old Navy event (recap here). A grey boyfriend tee was in the gift bag and my obsession has shifted into high gears since then. I've collected the t-shirts in white, black, light pink, olive green, and white with black stripes (as worn above).
Why do I love them so much? They are made of a linen blend, which is perfect and breathable for hot summer days. I love the oversized boyfriend fit, as it's not skin tight and doesn't hug the body. Instead, it gives a casual, effortless, worn-in look that pretty much sums up my day-to-day style. It's almost embarrassing to share just how obsessed I am with these tees. Confession: there have been nights where I've worn them to sleep and incorporated the same shirt as part of my outfit the next day. If that's not love, I don't know what is.
On this particular day, I spent the entire day downtown. The day consisted of a lot of walking around, light shopping, coffee with friends, and a dinner date in the evening. Since I knew it would be a long day, I wanted to be comfortable and opted for Old Navy's Boyfriend Linen-Blend Tee. I paired it with denim shorts and comfortable walking sandals for my daytime activities, and made a few minor tweaks for the evening. Before heading to dinner, I switched out the sandals for a pair of heels and threw on a leather jacket to create a more edgy look. Don't be afraid to wear a t-shirt for a more dressed up look. I love them for night time occasions just as much because they are easy and unforced. Even if a little (or a lot!) of thought was put into the look, no one will know.
A few styling tips for wearing oversized boyfriend tees:
- The fit is already a loose oversized fit, but I like to size up to exaggerate the look a bit.
- The way you tuck in your shirt can instantly change the look. Play around with it to see what looks best on you and what you're most comfortable with.
- If you want to show a little more skin, try tying a side knot for a crop top look
Monday, July 11, 2016
ZARA DRESS, SANDALS AND JACKET, CHANEL 'FILIGREE' BAG
As a continuation to my new found love for pale pink enters this slip dress from Zara. This dress is hands down my favorite dress for the summer. Not only is it extremely lightweight and ideal for the scorching hot days, but the pleated details on the chest and ruffle details at the hem add a feminine touch. I dressed it up (or actually down) with black accessories. This black leather jacket was a recent Zara find that I can't stop wearing, even in the middle of summer. The Chanel bag is one of my souvenirs from Paris and a constant reminder of how much I miss Europe. xx
Photography by Vincent Elejorde