Poached Pink

20140406-145511.jpgThis past Sunday, I ventured out into the California sun in search of new discoveries, good eats, and of course time away from the all too familiar compounds of school.  The term brunching is commonplace for Los Angeles natives, referring to the day where sleeping in late and still being able to grab breakfast {the best and most important meal of the day} at their favorite cafe is possible.  One of the best places to do this deed, is Urth Caffe, my favorite being on Melrose Avenue.  Nestled in between beautiful streets and some of the best shopping in town, this place is a winner.  A time to meet up with friends and talk over lattes and perfectly poached eggs.  An occasion such as this calls for daytime dress up — meaning you get a little more fancy then usual except still being comfy and fun!  Pairing a textured cropped sweater with high waisted, raw skinnies, I was able to balance day time and dressed up to create a perfect brunching ensemble.  I finished it off with pointy flats, gold jewelry, and my go-to bag.  Next Sunday, faites la grasse matinée and partake in this lovely L.A. tradition!

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Sweater: Top Shop  /  Jeans: Diesel Skinzee  /  Shoes: Stewart Weitzman  /  Sunnies: Tory Burch  /  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs  /  Jewelry: gifts from the grandmas!

Thank you to my dear friend and fellow brunching enthusiast, Lilly for all these great pictures!

Patterned Gems

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It has finally come to an end, the search is finished, the quest is over — I found the perfect pair of silk pants.  When fabric pants first started to be a thing, I was immediately drawn to their effortlessness, not to mention the comfort factor.   However, for the past couple of months I have been searching high and low for the perfect pair without any luck.  I first tried this trend on at Nordstrom a couple months back and was so close to purchasing except the fit held me back.  The cut on these pants is so important and can either make it or break it, turning a what could have been trendy ensemble into a frumpy faux pas.   But after uncovering these gems, I knew I had found my match.  They combine everything I had been looking for — a mix of a great fit, fun pattern, and {most importantly} comfort.  These will be showing up frequently in my day-to-day dress come spring and summer weather.  They can be fun for an everyday look paired with patterns and flats or dressed up for work and night with heels and a blazer.  Whoever said fashion could not be comfortable must have never discovered silk pants!

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DIY Lip Scrub

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Winter does a toll on everyone’s skin and for me I was noticing it especially on my lips.  Every time I wanted to apply my favorite lipstick or even a basic lip moisturizer, my lips would leave an unpleasant finish — a combination of flaking skin and a residue of lip color {not a pleasant sight} As an attempt to combat this unfortunate situation, I opted to try a DIY lip scrub combining both moisture and an effective scrub for my lips.  By using brown sugar as an exfoliator and vitamin e and coconut oil to moisturize, I was pleasantly surprised with the result.  After just a one minute scrub with some basic kitchen ingredients,  I was able to get fresh, soft, and spring ready lips {and bonus, it’s only a fraction of the cost of the pricy scrubs found at Sephora and the like}

DIY Coconut Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

3T Brown Sugar  //  1/2T Coconut Oil  //  Juice from half a Lemon  //  1/2T Honey  //  3 Drops Vitamin E Oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients until a thick paste is formed {adding more brown sugar if needed} Apply a generous amount to fingers and in a circular movement, rub on lips for a minute. Wash off and store excess in a little, air tight jar.

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Lovely Finds

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Oh, what a wonderful day it is! Last final complete, sun is shining, and Spring break starting on the first day of Spring.  1.  I am in the running to be on Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List and I would really appreciate your vote! Spread the news and like my looks!  2.  Recently, I have been wanting to experiment more with my make-up, and why not with Spring’s trending lip color – orange! I especially love the contrast between the orange hue and dark tresses!  3.  I am so excited to be taking a much-needed, mini vacay to San Francisco with my sister – searching for unique boutiques, discovering new cafes, and exploring the city.  4. Flowers, blooms and blossoms – only one of the many perks of Spring! A pretty bouquet, courtesy of one of my favorite designers and Instagram accounts, Joie!  5.  Ponytails have been showing up more and more as one of my go-to hair styles.  They are easy, classic, and can be jazzed up so easily with some simply accessories, like a pretty headband or this gold hair clasp!  5.  Being away at school and far from home, only makes me miss my three dogs {even though they have a tendency to annoy} which causes me to avidly scroll through the animal section on Pinterest. A cute little pup always has a way of brightening my day!

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A Touch of Spring and a Truth

red pants, spring fashion 2014, Spring outfit, style, fashion, fashion blogger, tone on tone, feminine outfitThis post is a couple weeks in the making but I was determined to make it just right.  This is very personal to me and it is only half way fashion related but bare with me.  It is the first time I am truly opening up about myself.  As of late I feel like people are quick to judge on first glance without knowing the back story.  Since starting at UCLA a year and a half ago, I started having health problems.  A time when I was forced to be on my own, away from my parents, distancing myself and my loved ones with a three hour drive.  After a couple months at school, I came home with a surprise.  My family told me I looked different and my beloved jeans were slowly slipping off my hips.  My muscular, athletic build was deteriorating into a unrecognizable, boney version of myself.  I felt different as well.  I was weak, fatigued, and had incomparable digestive issues.  After seeking help from professionals, tireless nights searching the internet from my mother, and a need for answers, I was diagnosed with a rare parasite. For the last year it has been a part of me, unwilling to leave.  I lost over thirty pounds in six months, with the majority lost in the last month before diagnosis.  This was a hard time for me, as I was forced to be on my own, succeed in school, deal with doctor visits, while still trying to incorporate my love of fashion in my life.  I felt alone, as I thought that opening up about my health issues and having a parasite would effect how my new friends would think of me.  A person infected and frail, with somehow this infection being my fault. However, still a size down from my previous jean, I see a road to recovery and a healthy future.  My dusty stack of jeans, cords, and cut offs are close to being back into my outfit rotation.

Not everything is solemn, through this whole process I rediscovered my love for shoes and accessories.  They truly are one size fits all, which became my motto for justifying a pricey purchase.  No matter how much weight you lose or gain, that cashmere scarf or those leather boots will always be your friend.  Writing a blog and wanting to continue posting new, different outfits has been hard, especially when half your wardrobe all of a sudden becomes baggy and literally swallows you whole.  I am wanting to replenish my bottoms selection but I feel uncertainty in my size, as I do not know what I will be a month down the road.  But, cheer’s to accessories, shoes, and most importantly health.  As I have learned health comes first and shoes come in a close second.

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Blouse: Bellatrix /  Pants: Joie  /  Shoes: 10 Crosby Derek Lam  /  Blazer: Necessary Objects /  Clutch: Vintage  /  Jewelry: Vintage

Lovely Finds

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I slowly feel like I am getting behind with blogging as this quarter is coming to an end.  But I have some exciting new purchases and fun new ideas for my blog!  I am so excited for it to be spring, and not just because I have a week break, but because of the fashion, warm weather, and bright colors.  1. I love nail art especially when done in a sophisticated manor, except I always have the difficulty of replicating the design on my left hand.  However, I think this DIY nail art, inspired by the Tibi runway, might be manageable! 2. This picture embodies spring fashion. It is light, bright, and airy.  3. Fashion in bloom. 4.  Just like the wayfarer and aviator, the perfect cat-eye is a necessity in any closet! 5. I get so inspired by architecture especially when it is the French variety.  This pink door and all of its character is perfection! 6. Sometimes the most raw and natural elements can bring me so much inspiration.  I especially love the beautiful hues found in nature!

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Knits Please

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 Sweater: Splendid  /  Scarf: DIY  /  Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita  /  Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs  /  Ring: Family Antique  /  Earrings: Gift