July 2012

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No fuss

7/30/12


Rag & Bone 'Sandra' knit pullover

What I'd rather be wearing--I'm a sweater-and-boots kinda girl and I probably will stick to being one forever. As a SoCal girl and a creature of habit, I like being able to depend on things over and over again, and a good sweater does that for me. Despite sartorial limitations, I'm a firm believer in making staple basics work in most situations, and in leaving room to go about your day comfortably. No fuss.

Daytime: Ksubi shorts, Rag & Bone boots, Proenza Schouler clutch, Jennifer Meyer bracelet. Keeping it California-cool with minimal accessorizing and perfectly destructed shorts (alternatives here and here). I thought I was over the Newbury boots, but they're creeping back into my thoughts and now I can't get over the suede pair in an ultra-dark navy.

Work-friendly: Carven skirt, Balenciaga scarf, DSQUARED2 tote, A.P.C. boots. I was never the type to get excited about office wear, but I think I could muster up enthusiasm for a business-casual look complete with a comfy sweater, killer tote, leather skirt, and mustard-colored boots. Love how the neutral scarf kind of brings it all together. A similar belt (perfection--seriously) exists on Shopbop, from Madewell!

Night out: Dannijo necklace, Barbara Bui leather pants, Balenciaga bag, Givenchy heels. Still looking for a nice fitting black leather pant with an affordable price tag (impossible, probably), because leather pants make the sloppiest of all things look, well, just more put-together all around. A sweater and leather pants? I'm sold. Ditched the boots in this case and opted for black pumps--either or would've worked for me.

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Mix meshed

7/29/12



Joe's Jeans leather jacket, Alexander Wang pullover, Zara dress, Proenza Schouler PS11, Zara sandals, Vanessa Mooney rings

Mixing my blues and blacks--one of my preferred color combos--and layering periwinkle hues to step out for a dinner with a couple of friends at one of my favorite restaurants in LA. I had their spicy ahi tuna tartare with shaved fennel on brioche as my appetizer and their A-MAZING seared day boat sea scallops with lobster sauce and braised leeks/carrot flan... and ohh man, it put me in a good mood for the rest of the weekend. Not to mention, we concluded dinner with slices of coconut cheesecake with pineapple drizzle (OMG YUM). Good food = happy me.

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Somewhere new

7/26/12


Alexander Wang dress, Zara sandals

As mentioned in a previous post, here are the pictures from a while back - a quick little photo project I did with one of my girlfriends, Raneth. Almost forgot about these (again) until just recently - shooed some dust off and finally was able to put together a little album. We were nearly 100% secluded and it felt surreal prancing around the woods and a gorgeous lake in shiny blue sequined jackets, and flowy goth-y/ethereal dresses... what a dream. Hope you enjoy! All the pieces can be found at Madison Boutique!

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Little splashes

7/24/12





Madewell boyfriend shirt, Kasil Workshop skinnies, Zara shoes, Melie Bianco bag

(Still) swooning over these Kasil Workshop tie-dye pants - I can't seem to stop wearing them! Soft as a baby's bottom and seemingly perfect with a pastel/neutral colored top to balance the loudness. Not a lot of skin shown but the outfit still feels summery to me. Tried on this relaxed boyfriend shirt at Madewell just recently and fell hard for the blush color (I'm thinking of getting it in yellow, too), the worn-in look, and the sort of boxiness of it all. Transitioning piece, check!

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Simplicity

7/20/12


Isabel Marant dress, Céline bag, Low Luv x Erin Wasson watch, Nikki B bracelet, Gorjana cuff, Superga sneakers

Again, an outfit from my what-I'd-rather-be-wearing series. Coming across this leather baseball cap reminded me just how late I am in crossing that off of my shopping needs/wants/to-do list. I used to wear baseball caps all the time during the summer when I was in junior high and this black leathered one is the perfect grown up version of one of my favorite types of hats. Casual cap meets casual everything else, with an Isabel Marant printed frock, chic and simple white sneakers, a killer bag, and a few slivers of silver jewelry (with the faceless watch being my favorite accessory).

Of course these are pieces I'm vying for with no attention to budgeting. Realistic, frugal options for cute dresses that could do the trick include this ASOS swing dipped hem dress (love how sort of shapeless it is), and this River Island dress with an adorable drop waist that balances out the boyishness of the sneaks and cap. I'll be spending the next few days in SD, hope you all have a fun weekend!

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New staples

7/17/12



Zara vest, DV by Dolce Vita top, Kasil Workshop trousers, Zara sandals, Proenza Schouler PS11, Michael Kors watch, Vanessa Mooney necklace

Wearing staples old and new: a black shoulder bag, fitted black trousers, strappy but low-heeled sandals, and a white, structured vest. It was love-at-first-site with these two Zara pieces online and I'm still relishing how good they are in real life. These sandals are sure to make their rounds on the blogopshere - love seeing how cult-favorite pieces are styled by different people. They look too much like the A.Wang Liyas (that I held off on and kicked my arse for not getting) to put down, and with that $50 price tag, why not...

About the pants, they're 55% off right now on HauteLook. "Don't walk", and if you could run on the internet, I'd tell you to do that instead. Kasil Workshop's having a spring/summer flash sale on HL and the prices are too good to avoid. They're my unfailing denim go-tos, and I can vouch for almost every single pair of skinnies/trousers available on HL. Speaking of goodies though, Kasil's also planning on rolling out a giveaway on their Instagram (@kasilworkshop) tomorrow, so follow them to get the news first. I'll be joining in, follow me @neonblush!

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Nude soles

7/15/12



Rag & Bone cardigan, Forever 21 dress, Zara heels, Calvin Klein belt, Luv Aj choker

My reliable neon tank dress, a neutral cardigan, and flesh-colored pumps to bring out the gams = my summer evening go-to pieces. Not that you'd need a second layer of anything these days, considering how ridiculously hot and humid it's been, but... you know, for styling purposes I guess it's appropriate.

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Friday Afternoon

7/13/12


3.1 Phillip Lim knit, Girl. by Band of Outsiders skirt, Ray-Ban aviators, Proenza Schouler clutch, Ash boots, Jennifer Zeuner bracelet

Behold: THE (most) perfect off-white knit jumper, from none other, Phillip Lim. It's such a calamity window shopping via Polyvore- you come across so many good things that you can't obtain and it brings sharp pangs to the heart. Haha I kid, but no really, this knit is probably the sweater of my dreams. A little slouchy but fitted with some details lining the shoulders down to the sleeves, slightly cropped. Coupled with a semi-neutral mini floral skirt, a pair of black booties that look like some sort of cross between IM's ubiquitous Dicker and Rag & Bone's Newbury, and a classic, lightweight--gorgeous--clutch, the Phillip Lim knit could absolutely be reasoned for summer wear. Going with that minimalist vibe, the quintessential messy bun would be the cherry on top--if only I could actually master the art (how ironic). Cheers to the weekend!

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Pleated matter

7/10/12




Zara denim jacket, Romwe blouse, H&M skirt, Converse sneakers

Channeling who-knows-what with this decrepit pink ombre crop top, a high-waisted pleated skirt, both under a random floral top, and a trusty discolored denim jacket. A jumble of all sorts that sort of worked itself out (at least for me, anyway), I guess, with the help of the informality of chucks. That last photo sums up my sentiments on the start of the week - can we fast forward to the weekend yet?

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Sporting patterns

7/8/12






Forever 21 lace dress, One Rad Girl tank, Vanessa Mooney necklace, H&M pants, Zara sandals, Alexander Wang tote, Forever 21 bracelets

Not sure when these wondrous pants debuted in stores but love pretty much instantaneously struck when I saw it last week while vying for (long-term) wearable pieces from H&M. I felt like I hit the jackpot--I suppose that's how you ought to feel when you purchase something/anything--with the A.Wang-esque pattern, but the print made available in the sweat-pant type of cut was the winning element for me. Love being comfy while still clad in a good ol' pattern! I'm such a sucker for designer-inspired patterned pants, case in point here, here, and here.

The rest of my weekend, aside from disgracefully revisiting my fixation on macarons, went as planned--smooth and laid-back. Before the much-needed weekend ends today, I'm gonna head out for an early showing of the Spiderman movie to squeeze more out of the day... hope you all enjoyed the weekend! xo