My Current Go To Outfit

 

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I wanted to share with you one of my favorite go-to outfits lately when I have felt like just throwing something together and heading out the door. For me, a simple T-shirt and skirt can be so comfy but also cute when you throw on some accessories like a denim jacket and a hairpiece.

Can I just have a minute to talk about how much I have been LOVING bandanas the last few months? They are seriously so versatile! I love throwing my unruly curly hair into one, or using one to jazz up a handbag. If you are interested, Carly the Prepster did a great video about how to fold scarfs and bandana on her YouTube channel.

My love for the knotted T-shirt has been pretty well documented on this blog, and I love that Madewell is now selling T-shirts that have tails in the front that are meant to be knotted! It creates the perfect fitted look without adding too much bulk. What have been some of your go-to outfits lately?

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Shirt: Madwell Skirt: ASOS (old) (similar) Necklace: Local Artisan (similar) Shoes: Converse Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters Bandana: J.Crew

 

Vlogmas 2017

Hello readers!

I wanted to post an update and let you know that I have been uploading daily vlogs on YouTube this December! I have been participating in Vlogmas, which is where you vlog every day until Christmas.

Here are some of my favorite vlogs so far:

Vlogmas Day Two:

 

Vlogmas Day Three:

Vlogmas Day Four:

 

Vlogmas Day Seven:

 

I hope you will subscribe to my channel and follow along this holiday season!

Lo’s Loves

Hi Readers,

This week has just flown by! It’s been a pretty productive one for me! Especially since I got a job offer! It’s just part time but it will be good to be making some extra money and feeling more productive since fall has been kind of meh for me. Definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving and an exciting December ahead!

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A little preview of something coming to the blog next Monday

Here are some things that I have been loving this week:

  1. Taylor Swift’s SNL Performance of “Call It What You Want”: If you have been following this blog for a while, then you know that I am a pretty big Taylor Swift fan. “Call It What You Want” is by far one of my favorite songs from Reputation. I loved the SNL performance of the song.
  2. Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe: Alright, I know I’ve been giving Tiffany’s a lot of love in these posts lately, but the holidays are the time where they really shine! They recently launched the Blue Box Cafe in New York City. I can’t wait to have breakfast at Tiffany’s the next time I am in NYC!
  3. Kate Spade Miss Adventure: This marketing campaign for Kate Spade is always so clever! I am loving the most recent Miss Adventure with Anna Faris and Rosie Perez.
  4. John Mayer’s New York Times Feature: Okay, I read this about six months too late, but I really enjoyed this piece on John Mayer. I saw him in concert this summer and it’s been interesting to watch as he has tried to move into a new, brighter chapter. Rooting for you John!
  5. Woke Charlotte: Every Outfit on Sex and the City is one of my all-time favorite Instagram accounts. I love the new series that they are doing with “Woke Charlotte” which creates lines Charlotte should have said in the original show to call out problematic language.

Have a great weekend!

Vlogtober

 

Hello!

I just wanted to write a quick post today to share my October monthly vlog. I have really been enjoying experimenting with vlogs and video editing. It can be tough work but I’ve already learned a lot! For October I recorded on and off for the month and then edited everything into one long vlog at the end of the month.

I hope you enjoy:

Penchant for Pumpkins

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Earlier in October, I went down to Half Moon Bay with some friends to go to a pumpkin patch. It was such a fun day complete with a hay maze and lots of festive flair! You can actually see part of that day in my Vlogtober here:

For this day I wanted to wear something very fall feeling, but it was still pretty hot in the Bay Area so I had to wear something pretty light. I opted for this red plaid skirt from Banana Republic that I got a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite fall pieces with its fun full skirt, and the pattern was perfect for a day on the farm! I paired it with a tank top made out of an oatmeal colored thermal material. This was actually the only piece that I picked up from my trip to the Mall of America and it has proven to be a great option during a warm fall. Of course, no fall outfit is complete without some booties!

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Shirt: Alter’d State Skirt: Banana Republic (similar) Boots: Kate Spade (similar) (last seen here) Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co. (similar)

Lo’s Loves

Hello friends!

This past week has been a fun one, with many out and about activities in The City. I checked out the Aladdin show at The Orpheum which was fun for the Goldstar ticket price, but not a must-see. I also went to the Asian Art Museum’s exhibit on Korean couture, which proved a little disappointing since the historical garments featured are all modern reproductions. Looking forward to spending some time outside this weekend as the weather clears up.

What fun plans do you have for Veteran’s Day weekend?

 

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A dress on from the Chanel Resort 2016 Collection which took inspiration from Korean fashion. On display now at the Asian Art Museum

Here are a few things I have been loving this week:

  1. The “Queen’s” Last Hurrah: Such a random thing, but United Airlines had a goodbye party for its last 747 flight from SFO to Hawaii and it looked so cute! I have been flying on United since I was a little girl, and this party made me reminiscent of the flights I have taken on the 747 jet. And honestly, how cute is the lei that they put on the airplane?!
  2. Sufjan Stevens’ Song: I am such a fan of this angsty artist and I am loving his new-ish song “Mystery of Love“. It is a little whiny and definitely not for everyone (my brother who is a fan usually of Sufjan promptly professed his dislike for the song when I shared it with him) but personally, I’ll be listening to it all weekend.
  3. Meryl Streep Meets Anna Wintour at Vogue: Vogue’s YouTube channel is easily one of my favorites, and I love this recent video with two powerhouse women! They talk about their work and their belief in a future female POTUS, plus there’s plenty of Devil Wears Prada references!
  4. A Confused Cow: I think cows might be my favorite animal they always seem so playful and sweet (if not already plainly obvious by that sentence, I don’t eat red meat). This video of a cow who thinks he is a dog brought an instant smile to my face.
  5. Bow Shoes from Eugenia Kim X Banana Republic: How perfect are these heels for the holidays? The price is not so perfect, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for them if they go on sale!

 

Fall Watermelon Hues

fullsizeoutput_2520Dressing for fall is such a struggle for Northern Californians! It stays warm here basically until Thanksgiving, so it can be hard to pull out the cords and the thick sweaters!

I have loved this outfit throughout the warm fall because of the beautiful rich color of the green skirt matched with the dusty pink top. The outfit is also perfect for warm weather with the loose flowy skirt!

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Shirt: Madewell Skirt: GAP (sold out online, but here’s a similar one) Shoes: Tory Burch

Lo’s Loves

Happy Friday!

This week has been a fun and festive one. I always love to celebrate holidays and break up some of the ordinary monotony of things. This year I did a simple DIY costume with stuff I found from around my house. You can check out that blog post here.

Did anyone else enjoy watching the World Series this week? I am a Red Sox fan, but I still had fun catching a few games. On Wednesday night my family and I watched game seven and ate the classic ballpark food—hot dogs (mine was a veggie of course).

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Here are some of the things I have been loving this week:

  1. Jack Rogers Thanksgiving Flats: So often I think people just skip from Halloween right into Christmas mode and I always feel bad for poor Thanksgiving! Jack Rogers has made the cutest flats to celebrate the holiday, and I’m glad to see Thanksgiving getting the attention it deserves.
  2. American Girl Halloween Costume: How cute is this group costume of the American Girl Dolls? I had a Samantha doll when I was younger and this photo has me wanting to dress as her next year!
  3. Tiffany Silver Cup Project: Tiffany & Co. has launched a campaign featuring celebrities using the classic silver cup in a variety of different ways. I think my favorite is Ryan Korban’s use of the cup to hold peonies. It’s just such a cute and clever campaign showing how beautiful and versatile the product is. I think the campaign perfectly fits Tiffany’s branding of classic, understated and beautiful.
  4. Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog in Rockefeller Center: Ocean Spray (yes the cranberry people) hosted a dinner party inside a cranberry bog that was set up in Rockefeller Center. This event looks so beautiful and autumnal, and I bet wading through a cranberry bog to dinner was a pretty cool experience! They have hosted this event for a few years and it is definitely a goal of mine to someday score an invite.
  5. The Lion King Live Action Cast: The official cast for the live-action Lion King remake was released this week. Can I just say that I am so excited to see Beyonce as Nala (also excited for Donald Glover as Simba)! Summer 2019 can’t come soon enough!

Have a great weekend!

Fall Pumpkin Craft

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Halloween may have come and gone, but there are still plenty of opportunities to create a festive fall craft with pumpkins. This year I decorated a small fake pumpkin with colorful fall leafs. Since we don’t get a lot of fall colors here in California, I thought it was a nice way to bring the fall colors into my home.

Here is what you will need for this craft:

  1. A plastic pumpkin (I bought one that was already painted cream, but you could also do this with a fake orange pumpkin and then paint it yourself)
  2. Tissue paper with you choice of fall colors (I chose red, green and gold)
  3. Scissors
  4. Mod Podge and an applicator (I used a crafting sponge)

Optional additions:

  1. Gold paint and a paintbrush
  2. Gold lettering

Steps:

  1. Take your tissue paper and cut out the shapes of leafs: This step was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be! Cutting out thin tissue paper into exact shapes is not easy! I created the leaf shapes by first pulling up images on my iPad and then using a pencil to trace them onto the tissue paper before cutting. Since I am not the handiest with scissors, it helped to already have a guide on the paper.
  2. Once you have all your leafs cut, apply a layer of mod podge and assemble them onto the pumpkin once the glue starts to feel a little tacky.
  3. Then set the tissue paper to the pumpkin with an additional layer of mod podge.

Optional steps:

  1. I decided to cover the brown stem of my pumpkin with some gold paint. This made gave my pumpkin a little bit of a glam look.
  2. What really brought my pumpkin together was the gold lettering. I just did this by adding some gold stickers from Michael’s. I used more Mod Podge to make sure they really held to the curved surface of the pumpkin. Another option is to paint on the lettering or to cut out letters from paper and Mod Podge them on. You can have your pumpkin say anything. I think a cute option would be to write “Thankful” and then use the pumpkin as some Thanksgiving decor.

What have some of your favorite fall crafts been?

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cone Halloween Costume

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Hello Readers!

I wanted to share with you my Halloween costume this year: a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone! It was a little bit of a random decision, but I’m happy with how it turned out. It was inspired by this blog post and I found it pretty easy to copy adding my own flair with the mint color. I spent no money on this costume, wearing things that I already had in the house which is always a plus!

Here is a quick tutorial of how to copy this costume:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Mint dress
  2. Brown paper
  3. Tape
  4. Scissors
  5. Brown pencil and ruler (optional)

I started with the mint chocolate chip dress. For this I just wore a simple mint J.Crew Factory dress from a few years ago. I then cut out some chocolate chips out of construction paper and taped them to the dress. You could also use fabric glue or even hot glue the chips to your dress, I just taped mine since I wanted to wear this dress again for regular occasions.

Next, I made my cone crown. I cut a large triangle out of brown wrapping paper and then added some pieces from a paper bag to the back to add some structure to the cone. I then drew on some criss-cross lines onto the paper to make it look more like an ice cream cone. I used a ruler to try to keep the lines fairly straight, but I definitely wasn’t a perfectionist about this! Then I just rolled it into a cone and stapled it to hold. I added two small pieces of paper off the sides that I then bobby pinned into my hair.

The costume was so easy to make and a big hit this last weekend and I’m glad I did a little DIY costume this year! Have a very happy and safe Halloween!