I know I said I would do a recap at of NOIR looks at the end of the week but I just couldn’t resist sharing these pics. I had the pleasure of working with instafamous photog Kayla and I must say I don’t think I’ve loved a shoot this much. Barefoot, in a maxi, flowing hair, and minimal accessorizing…I was in heaven. This dress and Natalie B snake coil armband are both available to shop on NOIR today. Happy Shopping!
This weekend I will be heading to the desert and I cannot tell you how excited I am for some R+R with the girls. It is one thing to spend my weekends lounging by the pool with my family, but take me 2 hours out of the city and my mindset will go from alert/on/sharp to hazy/lazy to sometimes crazy. I fully intend to enjoy every mojito sipped by the pool and the countless pages of magazines I will most definitely be reading. In the spirit of being in the desert, here is an outfit that would not only suffice for summer music festivals, but will endure the heat, too. Don’t be shocked if you see me in the streets of Palm Springs wearing this little crochet Nightcap bodysuit shopping for antiques with cocktail in hand. Happy Monday….can hardly wait for Friday!
I have decided that each week I will share the looks that are shoppable from my new online store NOIR. Just like a normal style blog, NOIR showcases our (my blogger partner, Stephanie, & I) personal style but allows you to buy everything we are wearing with one easy click. To give you a little taste of what we are up to, see the recap below of looks that feature some of our favorite designers like Lovers + Friends, BLANKNYC, Rails, Nightcap, Natalie B, & so many more. Spread the words, dear readers, because NOIR is going to change the way we read/shop our favorite blogger wardrobes + looks! Let me know what you think in the comments below & feel free to send me any feedback you might find helpful.
When the sun goes down later and later it means many great things for my nighttime outfits: 1) no jackets or layers necessary 2) lower heels 3) bringing daytime pieces that can be mixed with nighttime pieces. In this particular outfit, I am showcasing my new wrap skirt that could quite possibly be my most versatile piece to date. I debated showing you all my different outfit scenarios for this skirt in one post but I’m keeping them for a later date.
When Lily and I were in high school we were always infatuated with the quintessential female heroins of teenage culture. Cher & Dionne, Paris & Nicole, Britney & Christina, and then, Mean Girls. A movie that captured high school pretty well, actually, and made us feel like people do understand! Almost a decade later (I said ALMOST!) here we are; evolved, “grown-up,” business owners, and above all, still just as in love with our adolescent dreamgirls. While we may gravitate more towards black and white versus pink and obnoxious, deep down we still carry an affinity for girly things (see: hot pink Christian Louboutins above). People always find it bizarre that we foster a “relationship” with fictional characters in such a passionate manner, but really, very few people have the same eye as my non-fictional friend Lily. She is my Rihanna and I’m her Beyonce–in some ways complete opposites, but ultimately friends for life.
To purchase parts of our outfit visit elle a boutique in woodland hills (next to ValSurf). Lily’s flagship store in The Valley! She has more of what we are showcasing here + so much more!
In today’s installment of No Knife Necessary I give you another side dish. This broccoli takes approximately 10 minutes to both prepare and cook, which makes for a good last minute addition should you feel like your meal needs a little hint of lemon/garlic. As previously mentioned, I will eventually have an entire meal mapped out that is healthy, easy, and hand free! In the meantime, practice this simple dish…just be ready to be tempted to drink the lemon garlic juice that is created in the making.
- Broccoli florets
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced & whole
- 1/2 fresh lemon
- 1 tblspn olive oil
- 3 tblspns water
What you need:
- Mince garlic & heat with olive oil in saucepan
- Add broccoli to pan & spritz with 1/4 of lemon
- Pour water into pan & cover
- Let cook for 4-5 minutes
- Spritz with remaining lemon & serve with toasted garlic on top
I’m a mixed media kind of girl. Whether we are talking about painting on canvas using watercolor (unconventional and difficult to pull off) or wearing silk and denim (essentially opposite fabrics), I’m all for it. I like a challenge and when the results prove to be good I tend to relish in it. This dress, for instance, was purchased almost 10 years ago for a wedding I was attending in Tennessee. Year after year I debated hemming it to a more casual length but something (laziness) told me not to. Now, as I stand on my rooftop draped in yards upon yards of gorgeous silk topped with a little denim I am proud of myself for not accidentally-on purpose chopping the dress. That story may actually not have proved my initial theory in this post (mixed media is my jam) but it is the true story of this dress, which I will say is relevant considering you looking at a total of 5 pictures of it. The end.
It’s been in the 90′s in southern California all week and I’m crossing my fingers & toes that it lasts during this Cinco de Mayo weekend. Hope you are all enjoying margaritas in the sun or sipping on mint juleps at the track. Cheers to a lovely Saturday wherever you are!
I will make it to the Kentucky Derby one of these years. I just want to wear a hat and a bright dress and obviously take the cutest pictures. This look is extremely inappropriate for the Derby but I thought since it’s a current event I should touch on the subject. This dress is actually what I am wearing to a Malibu beach party this evening. Makes more sense, right? I picked this little beauty up last week at elle a boutique (new boutique in the Valley) and I’ve been dying for a reason to wear it. Trust me to find a reason when I have a new dress : )
*Update: Shopbop is sold out of this dress but elle a boutique is not!
I’m working on a little segment called ‘No Knife Necessary’ that will feature dishes that just like the title states, do not require a knife. There is something so relaxing about eating a meal without the help of a knife. I don’t know if I’m alone in this but I must cut my food before delving in to ensure that each bite is enjoyed in optimal squares throughout the meal. Now that I’ve just written it out I know I sound super OCD, but I encourage you to cut your food prior to actually consuming the meal and see how much more enjoyment comes from it. The example that always pops in my head when trying to explain my theory is when eating waffles or pancakes. Since the syrup becomes absorbed by said food so fast you are forced to keep dousing it with liquid sugar. However, if you cut it up ahead of time, the amount of syrup becomes minimized and you don’t even have to think about using your other hand the entire meal! This seems like such a win-win to me that I apply it to any meal (except fish–it should basically melt right onto your fork and then finish melting in your mouth. If not, it is probably WAY too dry!).
This NKN series will feature other side and main dishes that will eventually complete an entire meal for you to serve your guests. Just think: one whole free hand to be your charismatic, animated self while talking and enjoying this fuss-free meal! Am I cray?
- Mini red potatoes (however many you think), cut into quarters
- 1 tblspn salt
- 1 tblspn black pepper
- 3 tblspns olive oil
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 1/4 cup water
What to do:
- Wash and cut the red potatoes into halves, then in half again (quarters!)
- Drizzle 1 tblspn olive oil over potatoes
- Mix the salt and pepper by hand and sprinkle mixture over potatoes (by hand)
- Heat other 2 tblspns of olive oil in skillet
- Insert coated potatoes into pot, sprinkle with rosemary (pulled of the sprig), add water, cover
- Let cook with 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
Tip: You will know they are fully cooked and ready using a fork to test the softness. It should pierce through easily.