A few summers back when off-the-shoulder tops began popping up, I immediately hopped on board with what’s still one of my favorites to date (seen here). The neckline made an even bigger comeback this season, showing up on everything from blouses and jumpsuits to dresses and rompers – even bathing suits joined in on the trend. It’s nearly impossible to walk into a women’s retailer (or down the street for that matter) without seeing some variation of the silhouette. And though I own a number of styles, this dress yields more compliments than any of the others. It’s stretchy, but comfortably hugs the right places, and I love the way it moves when worn. It also came in a sweet blue color that’s now sold out, but this black floral print is actually more versatile, as it can transition to fall by adding a jacket and ankle booties.
If you told me a few years ago that I’d own a bodysuit one day, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here I am, welcoming a trend with open arms that I never thought I’d embrace. I had always filed bodysuits under the “mom” category, somewhere next to overalls and unflattering “mom jeans,” but as trends from the 80s and 90s started to reemerge and I saw how chic they could look when styled properly, my sentiment shifted, and I found myself on the hunt for said items. Fortunately, there’s an abundance to choose from in stores right now, and since owning a couple (I also have this one), I’ve found them to be incredibly versatile, working with everything from denim cutoffs to pencil skirts. I paired this one with high-waisted skinny jeans for a streamlined silhouette, but when I’m aiming for a more laid back look, I’ll swap the fitted bottoms for a baggier pair of destroyed denim. Whether it’s laced-up, off-the-shoulder or long-sleeved, there’s a style for everyone. But this sleeveless turtleneck (aka, the mock neck) might be my current favorite. It strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated and sexy, and the sleeveless high-neck can carry over into any season, especially when layered with a sweater or blazer.
One of the most rewarding parts of blogging is the chance to collaborate with a brand you genuinely love. So when noosa yoghurt reached out about sharing a recipe using one of their delicious flavors, I jumped at the opportunity. If you aren’t familiar with noosa, you’re in for a treat (quite literally). I have yet to try a flavor I don’t like, but the coconut is undoubtedly my favorite. I’d been wanting to try my hand at making my own breakfast bowls and knew that noosa’s creamy texture would serve as a delicious base for the rest of the toppings. And, with all the ripe fruit available at the farmers’ markets this time of year, I had no excuse not to finally make one. My first attempt was so delicious that I invited a couple of girlfriends over the following morning and set up a station with the remaining toppings and some additional noosa flavors to choose from. The DIY element was a fun alternative to our usual wine nights, and left all of us inspired to step up our breakfast game on a more regular basis. I’ve been eating these bowls for breakfast all week, but they would make for a delicious (and healthy) dessert as well!
8 oz noosa yogurt (I used coconut, but any flavor would be delicious)
Granola (I used this recipe)
Assorted fruit (I used nectarines, raspberries, blackberries and figs)
Nuts (I used pistachios and sliced almonds)
Dried fruit (optional – I used goji berries)
*Special thanks to noosa yoghurt for sponsoring this post.
Summer is in full swing, and because it’s my favorite season of the year, I like to create a summer to-do list to ensure I make the most of the weekends before they slip away. My list usually includes standard summer activities, like beach days, bike rides and al fresco dining, but this year I’m making an effort to take advantage of some of the more unique activities and events that LA has to offer. One of the things I’m most looking forward to this month is a Parris Chic Boutique calligraphy class. I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy, and I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting to do so in (just keep scrolling and you’ll see what I mean). The class includes a 2 hour lesson, complete with your very own calligraphy kit, breakfast, mimosas, flowers and more. If you’re in the LA area, I’d love for you to join me on Sunday, July 31st at 11am over on Ruby Street. There are still a few spots left, so be sure to reserve one here if you’re interested. Hope to see you there!
It should be illegal to complain about the weather when you live in Southern California, but if I’m allowed one gripe, it would be the lack of warm nights. It’s not that they don’t ever happen, but even in the summer the evenings can get brisk once the sun sets. There is one place, though, just two hours away, that’s notorious for its balmy nights, and that’s Palm Springs. I was out in the desert last weekend for Coachella, and was reminded just how nice the warm desert air feels. There is something about the stillness and serenity of the desert that can’t be found in the bustle of LA, and it will always be one of my favorite getaways for that reason. The days can be brutal, but I welcome any weather that gets me back into rompers and summer dresses. Nothing beats the ease of a daytime outfit that can be carried into the evening, and this romper is perfect for just that.