Blouse, Joie (old) | Denim Jacket, Kut from the Kloth Helena| Jeans, J Brand (old) | Pumps, Marc Fisher Zala (on sale!) | Bag, Chanel | Sunglasses, Ray-Ban Aviators
I love the look of pumps, but rarely wear them, because my narrow heels mean that pumps never stay on my feet. These white Marc Fisher Zala pumps are the rare exception – it was a Cinderella moment, where I put them on and they. just. fit. With a block heel, these are easily my most comfortable pumps, which is why I put them on for a casual date night to Holbox recently. (Highly recommend for any seafood lovers in Los Angeles. Don’t be fooled by the photos – the food looked very high end, but it was located in a very casual food court, where flip-flops and shorts would have been acceptable).
With a hopeful spirit, I immediately purchased the black leather pair and black suede pair, but unfortunately, the sizing on each color is a little different (sniff!). The black suede runs small and the black leather runs a little large. Both went back. But for now, I still have the perfect pair of white pumps.
Blazer, Peace of Cloth (old), similar on sale here
| Jumpsuit, Maeve (old), similar on sale here or here| Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old), similar here, budget-friendly version here| Bag, Balenciaga City
Hubby and I went out on Monday night (gasp!) to a special United Mileage Plus cardholders event at the Griffith Observatory. It was windy and chilly (for LA in September), but so much fun as they opened just for our group. We loved geeking out to the Planetarium movie and all the exhibits, and the views of course were spectacular. (You can barely see it, but that is the Hollywood sign in the background of the first photo).
I had sent this blazer to ThredUp, since I didn’t quite know how to style it. The fit is a little boxy, and I never reached for it. Luckily, ThredUp didn’t want it and sent it back and I rescued it, as boxy blazers are back in for the fall . The color and fit makes it somewhat casual and I can dress it up or down. I tried a black blazer with the red jumpsuit, and all of a sudden I looked more formal, more serious, and older (not what I was going for, and definitely not fitting in with my Effortless California Polish style). Definitely keeping this one!
Shirt, Madewell Central Shirt (runs large), also in blush and black here
| Shorts, Ann Taylor City | Shoes, Converse | Backpack, Anya Hindmarch (old), but similar here | Sunglasses, Ray Ban
We finally got tickets to the Broad Museum on Labor Day Weekend…I’ve been dying to go forever! It was sweltering hot by Los Angeles standards (95+ degrees), so I wanted to be comfortable, but still presentable, since we were having lunch at Otium, the restaurant by the museum. This breezy white shirt and black shorts combo was perfect – it kept me really cool in the heat, but I didn’t feel sloppy. Also, I knew I was going to take photos with the amazing artwork, so the black and white color palette was perfect, as it went with all the colorful modern art at the museum. We hung out at the Disney Concert Hall while we waited for our turn at the Infinity Mirrors, so I snapped some photos there as well. I love how downtown LA is becoming (or is already) such a hot spot – such a change from when I was growing up.
French Toast & Pork Belly
Number of Wears in 2017:
Shirt, 1 (new) | Shorts, 3 | Shoes, 13 | Backpack, 27</p
Shirt, Anthropologie (old), similar | Shorts, (on sale for $18) Ann Taylor City
| Platform Sandals, Marc Fisher | Ann Taylor Butterfly Sunglasses
We went to Bardonna in Brentwood for a much needed latte and caramel monkey bread (both were delicious!) this past weekend, and I got to snap some pics by the Love Wall. Loving the white shorts for the summer – I have finally gotten over my fear of getting them dirty, and wear them even when out with our 4-year old.These platform sandals in the nude color are great with shorts to help lengthen the leg….for the height, they are very comfortable. I wouldn’t wear them to Disneyland, but for a coffee or lunch date, they are great.
Number of Wears in 2017
Shirt – 12
Shorts – 2
Sandals – 5
| Shorts, Ann Taylor City
| Sneakers, Converse
| Ann Taylor Butterfly Sunglasses
I don’t do cutesy clothing, but sometimes a little touch of whimsy feels just right and still age appropriate. This sweater and sneakers definitely fall into my style, “Effortless California Polish.” Because the print is on a sweater and not a sweatshirt, and the shorts are black and tailored, the whole look moves away from cute-sey 20-something, into fun 40-something. Okay, maybe the shoes are a little too matchy, but I couldn’t resist!
Number of Wears
Sweater, 1 (new) | Shorts, 2 (new)| Sneakers, 9
Kut from the Kloth Jacket
| Vince T-Shirt (old), similar
| Joes Jeans Olivia (old)|Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal
| Madewell Medium Transport Tote
| Ann Taylor Butterfly Sunglasses
In thinking about my last weekend outfit, it felt a little off from my stated style of Effortless California Polish. It was a little too casual and not polished enough. I think the issue comes when all my individual pieces are casual, and there isn’t one slightly more polished item. Enter white jeans. Something about white bottoms (jeans, shorts, skirt) instantly makes any look more polished. This is still my weekend uniform of T-shirt, jeans, and comfy sandals, and yet this outfit feels way more put together than the last one.
Number of Wears (since Jan 2017)
Kut from the Kloth Jacket – 15; Vince T-shirt – 6; Joes Jeans Olivia – 2; Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals – 41; Madewell Medium Transport Tote – 8
T-shirt, Splendid (old), similar here
Jeans, Treasure & Bond
Sunglasses, Ann Taylor Butterfly (a steal at $25)
Sandals, Birkenstock Gizeh (so comfy!)
Backpack, Anya Hindmarch (old), but love this similar one here
We went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this past weekend, and I got to take a shot at the iconic street lamps exhibit. This looks is a classic weekend formula for me – comfy T-shirt, relaxed jeans, walking sandals and backpack. However, I wore this before I finished my mood board and defined my style as Effortless California Polish (see background post here). As I compare this outfit to my style, I see the “Effortless”, I see the “California”, but I’m missing a little of the “Polish”. I think the backpack helps, with the creamy white leather and fun details, but the outfit itself could use a little more. Hmm…good food for thought in my style journey.
Number of Wears Per Item
Striped Splendid T-Shirt, 7
Treasure and Bond Jeans, 2 (newer)
Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals, 39 (way undercounting – I lived in these last summer!)
Anya Hindmarch Backpack, 26