Falling for Jewel Tones

Transition To Fall - Jewel Toned Shorts + Leather Mules

Cami: Madewell (similar here), Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden, Purse: Brandy Melville (similar here), Bangles: Madewell Tracecraft Bangles

Fall in Southern California can be a tricky one. Come September it feels like we should be dressing the part for the change in season, but LA’s warm temperatures don’t usually permit for that. In fact, September is often the hottest month of the year. Since it can be a challenge to find the middle-ground, I try to opt for colors and textures that look more like fall, but still feel practical. These jewel-toned shorts are a perfect example. The darker colors elicit a feeling of fall, and pairing them with leather mules instead of sandals offers a bit more coverage. To complete the jewel-toned look, I added these Madewell bangles for a delicate pop of gold.

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Muscle Tee Dress

Bella Luxx Muscle Tee Dress

Bella Luxx Muscle Tee Dress c/o, Seychelles Sandals, Brandy Melville Crossbody Bag (similar here), CRAP SunglassesGorjana Cuff c/o

One of my favorite pieces of clothing back in college was a purple muscle tee dress. It was so soft and comfy, and always looked great, even if the rest of me wasn’t so polished (which lets be honest, is quite often the reality for college students). It was the thing I’d reach for again and again, because it was also so versatile. It could be worn with flat sandals or tennis shoes in the daytime, but could easily transition to night by adding a pair of wedges or heeled sandals. I lost track of the dress somewhere along the way and have always been on the lookout for one that was similar, so I was excited to discover this one by Bella Luxx. I actually like this version even more, and, apart from loving the style and fit, it could not be softer. I packed it along for my trip to Hawaii, and found it to be just as versatile as I did back in college. Even though I’m back from sunny Hawaii, our indian summer is in full effect here in LA, so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to wear this cute and comfy dress before things start to cool down.

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The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Gold Buddha at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

There are certain things in life that can be hard to put into words; a moment, an emotion, a connection. And, recently, I’ve found this to be just as true when it comes to a place. There’s one in particular that’s home to a very big piece of my heart; my favorite place in the world, to be exact. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably caught a glimpse (or 13) of my infatuation with Hawaii during my recent trip. But more specifically than that, my love for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. I’ve been visiting the Mauna Kea since before I could walk, and my parents for years before that, so each visit brings an acute nostalgia, along with the fondest memories. So, although it feels impossible to find words or images that do justice to the beauty of the hotel and the paradise that surrounds it, I did my best to document some of my favorite pieces. It’s never easy saying goodbye, but I’ve left with some fond memories to hold me over (for now, anyway).

Plumeria Trees

{Fragrant plumeria trees with the sweetest scent}

Colorful Parrots

{Colorful parrots that greet you on the way to breakfast}

Guava smoothie from the Hau Tree Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Beachside guava smoothies from the Hau Tree Bar}

Breakfast at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Breakfasts that exceed any recommended caloric intake; my favorite indulgence being the bread pudding (recipe here)}

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{Turquoise water that could be mistaken for glass}

7th century buddha at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Understated decor with Asian influences, including this 7th century Buddha}

Sunset over the pool at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

{Sunset reflections over the pool}

Fallen plumeria flowers

{Fallen plumeria flowers that I recycled into hair accessories}

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Pool

{A bright blue pool by day with an even prettier background}

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{And of course, lazy days spent on the beach - ranked among the world’s best by Conde Nast}

 

 

Off-The-Shoulder

Faithfull The Brand Garden Top

Faithfull The Brand Garden Top in Helle Stripe (also love this color), Brandy Melville Shorts (similar here), Seychelles Sandals, Brandy Melville Crossbody Bag (similar here), Gorjana Cuff c/o

When the fashion world decided to revisit the 90s over the last year or so, I wasn’t exactly on board. But after Birkenstocks and overalls took over my Instagram feed, I slowly warmed up to some of the re-emerging trends. There was one style that didn’t require any convincing for me though: the off-the-shoulder trend. I first fell in love back when Kelly Kapowski perfected the look on Saved By The Bell, so I couldn’t be happier for a chance to revisit the era. Unlike many trends, this one works on just about anyone. It’s flattering, feminine, and there’s something so relaxed and effortless about the look that makes it a perfect fit for summer. Since I’m not quite ready to say goodbye with the coming of fall, I’ll be pairing this top with longer pants and jackets as things start to cool down.

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On Repeat

Chambray Button Down

Chambray shirt (old, similar here and here), Citizens of Humanity Jeans, Purse (old, similar here), Steve Madden Booties in Cognac

You can’t discuss fashion staples without including chambray shirts on the list. Just like a great pair of jeans, every woman should own a great denim shirt (or three if you’re fickle like me and insist on having multiple shades to choose from). They pair well with just about everything, and can be worn during any season, making them incredibly versatile. I do my best to maintain variety when it comes to my wardrobe, but when it comes to something I really love, I’ll gladly invest in multiple colors. And just like my collection of chambray shirts, these booties were no exception. They immediately won me over, leaving me tempted to invest in every color.

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P.S. – Steve Madden is giving a pair of shoes away every week until they reach 1 million Instagram followers. Click here to see how you can enter!

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Little Black Bikini By L *Space

L*Space Hunter Rose Bandeau Bikini

L *Space Hunter Rose Top and Foxy Tab Bottom Classic, CRAP Sunglasses

They say that every girl should invest in a little black dress, but I believe the same holds true for a little black bikini. This isn’t to say I don’t love a bright colored swimsuit. I certainly do. But there’s something so easy about black. It never goes out of style, looks great with a variety of complexions, and makes mixing with other black styles a breeze. I recently bought this one for a trip to Hawaii and although the color is classic, the ruffled bandeau top gives it a modern, flirty feel compared to the traditional triangle top. It’s also a great alternative if you’re looking for something that offers a bit more coverage. Although I brought five different swimsuits along on my trip, I have to admit that I ended up wearing this one several days in a row.

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Shades Of Summer

Summer Sunglasses

From left to right: Julie Sarinana, Petra Karlsson, Julia Engel and Olivia Palermo

Summer has once again reminded me of the impact sunglasses can have on an outfit. And this year I’m realizing they’re one of the most powerful accessories you can add to complete your look. Plus, let’s not forget the fact that the right pair of shades can make you look instantly cool. I normally prefer more classic styles for the sake of wearability, but I’ve been itching to branch out with louder frames, like this Thierry Lasry pair of thick translucent frames worn by Julia that almost feel futuristic, or this modern twist on retro inspired frames sported by Petra. I also love this contemporary take on the vintage cat-eye shape, bordered with playful printed frames, as seen on Olivia (similar styles here and here). But even though I plan to try these more current trends, I’ll always have a soft spot for the classic aviator, like those worn by Julie. They’re a sunglasses staple that remain on trend no matter what styles come and go, so you can’t go wrong. To shop these styles and more, visit Shopbop’s eclectic collection of eyewear:

Dressed By Reformation

Reformation Fiore Dress in Betty

Reformation “Fiore” Dress, Madewell Glider BangleGorjana Cuff c/o

I recently discovered Reformation via Instagram after their gorgeous garments kept popping up on my newsfeed, and it’s no wonder they’re gaining so much attention. Their pieces are trendy and attention-grabbing, while at the same time understated and classic. After digging a little deeper into the brand, I was also impressed to discover that all of their garments are made locally using recycled fabrics, making them environmentally friendly. It was then only a matter of days before I ordered something for myself (two to be exact). I ended up choosing this piece from their dress collection (in my opinion their most impressive category). The product description equates the Fiore dress to a “dream you can put on your body,” and after wearing it myself, I have to agree. Since the dress speaks for itself, I kept the accessories to a minimum (wearing only two of my favorite bracelets), ditched my shoes, and headed to the beach just in time to catch one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.

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Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwiches

When it comes to my eating habits, I’m definitely a grazer. This isn’t to say I don’t indulge in heavy meals, but between bigger meals I’m going from cupboard to fridge, alternating from sweet to salty, and everything in between. Since I like having options that can satisfy multiple cravings, I love the idea of homemade tea sandwiches. Not only are the possible combinations endless, but they’re easy enough to be made in a matter of minutes. Here’s how I made these:

Ingredients

1 Loaf of white bread

Avocado Mash With Lemon
1 Avocado
1 Lemon
1 Tomato
Alfalfa Sprouts

Smoked Salmon With Dill & Cream Cheese 
Cream cheese
Smoked salmon
Dill

Cucumber Cream Cheese
Cream cheese
1/2 Cucumber (peeled and thinly sliced)
Dill

Egg Salad
2 Eggs
Mayonnaise to taste
Salt & pepper to taste
Alfalfa sprouts

Directions

Slice 4 pieces of bread on the diagonal, creating 8 triangle shaped slices (I kept the crust on to maximize the surface area for toppings, but for more traditional tea sandwiches, crust can be eliminated). For the Avocado Mashed With Lemon, cut avocado in half and remove pit. Mash avocado with a fork, squeeze half a lemon over the avocado and mix. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Spread avocado onto bread slice and top with alfalfa sprouts and a slice of tomato. For the Egg Salad, boil two eggs in water to cover for 10 minutes. Let eggs cool and remove the shell. Using an egg slicer, slice the egg in both directions to create finely chopped pieces. Mix in mayonnaise, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Spread egg salad over bread slices and top with alfalfa sprouts.


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Summer Ease

Easy Summer Wear

BP Workwear Shirt (similer here and here), Brandy Melville Shorts (similar here), CRAP SunglassesMarc By Marc Jacobs Crossbody Bag, Forever 21 Canvas Slip-ons

I’m a big believer in dressing up for the right occasion, but when it’s summertime, I want nothing but simple, comfortable pieces to throw on. When I’m not wearing summer dresses, rompers or the like, I love going for something equally effortless like this loose button-down shirt. It just feels right, whether you’re rolling out of bed, throwing one on for brunch, or tying one over a bathing suit with a pair of shorts. And it doesn’t get much easier than adding a pair of slip-ons to complete the laid back vibe.

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