Lo’s Loves

Happy Friday!

This week has been a pretty mellow one. I spent most of my time working on projects at home and continuing my ever-productive search for a job 🙂 This weekend I will be back in my college town for some Halloween festivities which should be a fun time and a nice change of pace from the little rut I have been in.

Lo's Loves October 27th

Roasted pumpkin seeds I made after a carving party with friends

Here are some things I have been loving this week:

  1. Engagement Photo Bomb: I saw this on Buzzfeed and thought it was so cute, I just had to share it! How sweet is this hippo who dropped into an engagement photo?
  2. J.Crew Factory Skirt: I am SO in love with this skirt! How perfect would it be for upcoming holiday parties?!
  3. Draper James X Jack Rodgers Flats: I have had a crush on Draper James for quite a while now, although I have yet to actually buy anything from them. I think these flats are so cute and easy to throw on and wear about town, they may just have to be my first Draper James purchase 🙂
  4. My favorite fall Scent: I love this candle from Bath and Bodyworks for the fall. Everyone who would come into my apartment last year when I was burning it would always comment on how good it smelled. It still feels a little too warm to be breaking out the fall scents just yet, but I am looking forward to using this once it cools off a little more!
  5. Neiman Marcus Christmas Book: The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book arrived at our house this week, and while it felt a little early to be thinking about Christmas gifts, I always love to look through the book. They have a list of luxury gift experiences that you can purchase including a 300 person party right in Times Square during New Year’s Eve. It’s so fun to flip through the glossy pages and dream about buying something extravagant like that!

Have a fun and festive Hallo-Weekend!

Weekly Vlog Week of September 25th

Happy Thursday aka Friday Jr!

Today I am sharing the next video in my vlog series, this is another one from back in September. It is a little bit more of a window into my everyday life, since I don’t go on any trips or get stranded at an airport in this vlog!

I hope you have been enjoying these videos, I’m currently working on one vlog for all of October that I will upload next week.

Elephant Print Skirt

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I have had my eye on this J.Crew skirt ever since it popped up on their website in late summer and when it finally went on sale I knew I had to snag it. It has been the perfect piece to wear in these early warm days of fall. It makes such a great statement all on its own, so I frequently pair it with a basic black T-shirt and flats. When the weather finally turns cooler I’m planning on wearing it with some red sweaters to bring out that color in the print.

These photos were actually taken by my lovely cousin Hannah on my recent trip to visit her in Minneapolis. You can see more of that trip by checking out my vlog here. We went to Minnehaha Park to take the pictures and it was such a cool place, I would definitely recommend it to anyone traveling to the area!

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Skirt: J.Crew Shirt: GAP Shoes: Tory Burch Bag: Longchamp

Lo’s Loves

Hello dear readers! This week I am starting a new series that I hope to publish each Friday summing up some of my favorite things from the week.

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This week has been a mixed one, as the Bay Area is still recovering from the North Bay wildfires. My heart hurts so much thinking about the neighboring counties that have been affected by this disaster. My college roommate actually lost her home, and while I am very thankful that she is safe, it makes me so incredibly sad to think about what she’s going through. Of course, there are silver linings to almost every tragedy. Seeing how eager people are to lend a helping hand warmed my heart and it just proves how capable we can be of compassion. So many states came to our aid when we needed hope the most. My grandmother sent my family of four a giant box of respirators to help us breathe during the severe fire smoke (we have had to stay inside most days because of the smoke). Someone in my hometown even hung up a banner across a freeway overpass thanking the firefighters for keeping us safe. All of these actions bring a smile to my face and restores my hope for better days ahead.

Here are a few of the things that I have been loving this week.

  1. Fall doorsteps:  I have seen so many cute festive displays both online and in person this week. It feels like October is finally in full swing and I love seeing different takes on the pumpkin trend.
  2. North Bay Fire Relief: The outpouring of support for this community has been so amazing. If you want to help out you can donate to the Red Cross, and if you’re local you can sign up to volunteer.
  3. This J.Crew Skirt: J.Crew has seriously had so many cute things this fall, and I can’t get over this cute wool ruffle skirt. The gray one is definitely on my wishlist!
  4. The Dallas Arboretum: I have seen quite a few people on Instagram posting photos at the Dallas Arboretum and they seem so perfectly autumnal! I love their Halloween displays and I am seriously wishing I lived closer so I could go!
  5. Halloween Bark: I made this Martha Stewart recipe a few years ago and it was soooo good! I am having some friends over Sunday for some mulled wine and pumpkin carving, and I think I might just have to make the recipe for them.

Have a great weekend!

 

Weekly Vlog Week of September 17th

Hello readers!

Alright, so I will quickly admit I am a little late in posting this video, but it was my first time filming and editing a vlog so it took longer than expected! I am so proud of how this project turned out and definitely will be posting more video content in the future.

You can watch this vlog and get an update about what I do in a typical week. In this vlog I attend an art festival, hang out with friends and travel to the midwest.

Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

Gingham Goodbye

 

fullsizeoutput_2318Gingham has kind of the preppy-yet-trendy runaway hit the summer, and it was a total must-have for me all season long. Since the weather in Northern California is still pretty warm I have been wearing my favorite summer looks one last time as sort of a goodbye gesture.

To me, this look perfectly summed up the summer 2017 trends— gingham, ruffles, off the shoulder tops, and a bright color. I loved pairing the busy pattern of the top with the bright solid skirt. The ruffle wrap in the skirt gave it such a great flare, but it did make me a little nervous when I would wear the skirt on windy days!

 

What have some of your favorite summer looks been?

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Shirt: J.Crew Factory Skirt: J.Crew (Similar) Shoes: Tory Burch (Similar)

Sausalito Summer

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As summer starts to come to a close, I find myself reaching for my favorite warm weather pieces more and more. We have had record heat here in Northern California the past month, and it is hard to feel excited to wear fall piece when it is still over a hundred degrees outside! While I probably won’t be transitioning into my riding boots and puffer vests anytime soon, I am starting to think about putting away some of my very summery pieces. One fashion rule that I follow very closely is not wearing bright white after Labor Day. Give me an antique white or a winter white in autumn, but for me the bright summer hue has no place in my wardrobe come September.

Since I’ll be packing up these pieces soon, I’ve been trying to get some extra love out of them. I have loved this skirt from the Banana Republic Outlet this summer. The cut outs are very on trend and it’s so easy to pair with things. I paired it with a simple button down and of course my white Jack Rodgers which will also be going away soon. What have you been wearing during the end of the summer?

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Shirt: J.Crew Factory (on sale!) Skirt: Banana Republic Factory (similar) Shoes: J.Crew Factory (on sale!) Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Whale of a Good Time

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My brother Thomas recently graduated from college in Upstate New York, and of course this was not an occasion this California girl was going to miss! Tom went to school in Poughkeepsie, and since we had a lot of family traveling for the big event my parents decided to rent a house in nearby Rhinebeck for the occasion. The white shuttered house was so cute and on an amazing property with lush green lawns. It truly had that Northeast charm that I grew familiar with during my childhood summers in Massachusetts. The classic aesthetic inspired me to wear one of my preppiest outfits. I love love love this J.Crew whale sweater that I bought a few seasons ago, but in Northern California it always feels like a bit too much. However, in Upstate NY the preppy look fit right in! I wore it with a fun full yellow skirt for a look that’s perfectly summer.

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Sweater: J.Crew (Similar) Skirt: Anthropologie (Similar) Sandals: Tory Burch Bracelet: Vineyard Vines Purse: Tory Burch (Similar)

Pink and Pleated

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One of my favorite pieces lately has been this blush pink pleated skirt from J.Crew. I bought it a few years ago and seriously get a compliment on it each time I wear it. One of the things I love about it is that it’s surprisingly versatile. Often I can find myself gravitating to neutrals like navy and black for easy pairings, but this solid colored skirt is just as easy to match and offers a much lighter look for summertime. I love the feminine color to this piece and the flattering pleats.

I have different ways that I wear this skirt, but for this look I wanted to feature one of this season’s hottest trends— the off the shoulder top. I got this top at Banana Republic and of course could not resist it because of the unexpected bow in the back! It is sort of like a mullet shirt, business in the front and a party in the back, haha. I finished off the look with pale milkshake pink accessories to complement the blush skirt. I had to add one of my favorite pink pieces, the Bauble Bar Crispin Drops earrings. Seriously how fun are these? The only issue is that they are pretty heavy on your ears and make it hard to walks around!

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Shirt: Banana Republic Skirt: J.Crew (Similar) Shoes: Kurt Geiger Earrings: Bauble Bar Purse: Kate Spade New York (Similar) Sunglasses: Chanel

Summer Greens

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Green is undeniably one of my favorite colors. Forest green in particular is a favorite because of the way it complements my green eyes. For whatever reason, it seems forest green is not a color that is incorporated in many women’s clothing pieces, so when I saw this shirt at Anthropologie, I knew I had to pick it up. Even though darker jewel tones are more of a winter staple for me, I couldn’t resist wearing this flattering color right away. What’s great about this shirt is that it’s very lightweight and easy to style. I love wearing this shirt with a high-waisted skirt and then tying the fabric off to the side to create a silhouettes similar to a crop top. For this outfit I kept the knotted theme going with my knotted headband, I love headbands and this is a much needed update on the accessory. I picked a tassel necklace because I have really been loving the tassel jewelry trend and the color of this necklace looks so nice against the dark green backdrop of my shirt.

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Shirt: Anthropologie (Similar) Skirt: J.Crew Necklace: Target Sunglasses: Chanel Headband: Cara (Similar) Shoes: Bought in a boutique in Spain a few years ago, but here’s something similar.