Tree People is a little oasis just 1 mile away from my hometown of Sherman Oaks. I often wander up there with the pups for a more deserted hike, or in this case, a little picnic. I must say, this was not my typical picnic, as there isn’t cheese, salami, wine, fruit, dessert, etc. It was more, I need to read my fashion magazines with some coffee in peace in quite. And I just happened to dress in very whimsical, flowing outfit to go alongside my zen moment in the sun.
Le Tote does it again! One of my childhood friends graduated from law school this week and had a cocktail party to celebrate. It was a beautiful affair that called for a toast and a statement dress. Coming home from Palm Springs mere hours before the party, I was dreading opening my now lackluster closet to pick out my outfit. Luckily, I received a Le Tote package over the weekend and was so thrilled/relieved when I saw this vibrant body mapping dress. Not gonna lie, it resembles a certain designer that is known for said body mapping, but I have no shame! With trends coming in just as fast as they are out, why spend a small fortune on 1 dress when you can have 4 for $49 a month? Sorry, Le Tote, I might have to wear this one a few times before sending back : )
This past weekend I had the pleasure of staying at The Saguaro in Palm Springs. It was meant to be a relaxing girls getaway but quickly turned into Vegas 2.0 or “Vegas at a level 6,” as my friend pointed out to me. Apparently I’m a big grandma. I was obviously in love with the colors and decor choice for the flamboyant hotel, and really enjoyed every aspect of the Slim Aarons-esque pool area. What I didn’t enjoy so much was the “pool party” environment that took place Saturday morning, making the entire purpose of our trip (to relax) nearly impossible. I had every intention of reading 2 books, catching up on magazine reading, and working on my tan all while sipping on something refreshing and alcoholic.
What I ended up getting was this: hard to find seats, as anytime after 10am the pool is officially at capacity, loud “club” music, long lines to order a drink, and obnoxiously drunk people throwing beach balls that inevitably splashed dirty pool water into my long-awaited cocktail. Yuck. This is how I fixed the problem: I located my area far enough from the pool, ran across the street to Ralphs and loaded up on individually bottled drinks (& snacks), and looked at pictures of trashy magazines instead of actually reading anything. I attempted to mingle in the pool but was quickly jolted to reality (sobriety) when a bachelor party grounp “accidentally” dumped water all over me and my drink (again, another drink lost). All in all, I would have been happy to stay in my room all weekend cooped up with a good book and room service.
Sidenote: the black bean nachos from El Jefe were actually incredible…still wondering how I can make them at home. They had unusual ingredients like pickled radish, among other things I couldn’t decipher through the cocktails : )
Sipping on a milkshake in these pants was probably one of the more exciting moments last week. I guess having the entire Fatburger to myself just made me feel glamorous. I’ve been dying to debut these printed pants since I first saw them months ago at ENK. Now that they have officially hit stores (hint hint: NOIR) I will be parading them all over town in all kinds of ways. Just imagine, printed pants with: solids, white, more prints, stripes, leopard….the list goes on!
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