I shop at Madewell year round, but if there’s one season that reels me in more than any other, it’s fall. When I’m in need of a plaid flannel or cozy sweater, they’re first on my list, and with fall and winter ahead, that’s exactly what I set out to find this past weekend. I walked away with a handful of goodies in anticipation for the upcoming season, but because LA is still experiencing such warm temperatures, I couldn’t help but grab a few things that fit the current climate, like this breezy, silk shirt. Since summer attire feels out of place this time of year, adding transitional elements, like a pair of ankle boots and a darker toned top, feels more appropriate for October.
We’re all familiar with the drawbacks of online shopping: shipping costs, delivery wait time, difficult returns, restocking fees, and of course, not being able to try the item on before purchasing it. There are, however, a few sites that address these issues to create a seamless shopping experience; so much so, that I’m reminded why the convenience of online shopping is often preferable to a trip to the mall. Below are three of my favorite retailers, along with what I love about each.
Shipping: Free USPS 2-3 day priority shipping on all US orders.
Return policy: A prepaid return label is included with each order, and items can be returned for a full refund if returned within 30 days of purchase.
What I love most about Revolve: Not only is the shipping free both ways, but my items usually arrive within 24-48 hours after I’ve placed my order, making it my go-to retailer when I need something ASAP. The customer service is also great.
Tomorrow marks the first day of fall, and after what feels like a never-ending heat wave (hence my summer attire), I’m finally ready to break out my fall wardrobe and embrace the cooler temperatures. Between travel and social obligations, this summer flew by. Until last week, I hadn’t even taken a dip in the ocean, which is inexcusable, given that I live in Santa Monica. Fortunately a trip to Hawaii last week allowed me to make up for lost beach time, and served as the perfect farewell to summer. I always enjoy traveling, but after being away from home more than usual, it feels extra special to sleep in my own bed again.
One of my favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, Blue Plate Oysterette, serves some of the best key lime pie I’ve ever tasted. It’s a tricky dessert that can be too tart and bitter or too sweet and rich, but from the creamy filling to the crunchy crust, Blue Plate gets it just right. Although I practically begged, they weren’t willing to share their winning recipe, so I set out in search of the closest match I could find. This recipe delivers on all fronts and only requires a few minutes in the oven, so you can enjoy it almost immediately, making it perfect for those of us who have no self-control when it comes to our sweet tooth.
Every so often I’ll acquire a piece of clothing that causes me to so neglect the rest of my closet, that I find it difficult to remember what I wore before it came into my life. And that is exactly what happened in the case of this shift dress. I knew it would be versatile, as most black dresses are, but I never imagine I’d wear it as often as I do. LA has been uncomfortably hot these last few weeks, so it’s been difficult to consider anything but airy dresses and open-toed shoes. Fortunately I got a break from the heat during a visit to San Francisco, and fell deeper in love with this dress when it once again proved its versatility styled with a jacket and booties for fall. As I mentioned in this post, I’m not quite ready to retire my summer wardrobe, so I love pieces like this that can carry over to fall.