Olaf Design Studio

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One of the things I love about the internet is that it connects you with people that you never knew existed.  I am constantly discovering new clothing lines via the inter web,  and I especially love ones that share the same values as me, which is why I was stoked to discover Olaf Design Studio.  Their mission statement: “Build a wardrobe of beautiful, flattering essentials and feel good getting dressed every morning. Vegan. Sustainable. Ethical. These are the cornerstones of what we’re all about. A Brisbane based label where everything is designed and made under one roof, using fabrics that are friendly to animals and the environment. They look better, feel better and wear longer. Simple, classic staple pieces that never go out of style. It is my hope that by creating and consuming mindfully, we will discourage the pervasive view of clothing as disposable.”

The line is so airy and feminine.  It’s perfect for the Southern California weather.  One thing I love about smaller, independent clothing lines are the personal touches.  When my package arrived there were cute little hand written notes on how to wash the clothes.  Now, that might not sound exciting, but the fact that someone took the time to make them means they care.  This such an awesome line and I love supporting it, oh and 10% of all sales are donated to Animals Australia…HOW COOL IS THAT!?!

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Pansy Shirt in Ocean Washed Crepe

Yarrow Skirt in Black Cotton Twill

Boots

Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 and Warrior by Naomi

 

 

Fun and Games

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Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city.  I hardly ever do it and I’m realizing that I should be.  On a whim, Adam and I decided to head down for a day at the Santa Monica Pier.  It’s been so long since I’ve been there but it was a fun day date.  You can play games, ride rides and get your fortune told.  It’s took me back to my childhood.  Part of my resolutions are to have more fun this year.  Say yes to stuff and not be so boring.  🙂

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Clearly by the look on my face in the last photo, I’m terrible at these games.  But I had fun anyway!

Top: Chicwish

Pants: C/Meo Collective (thrifted at Wasteland)

Shoes: Lulu’s

Purse: Antik Kraft

Color Block Sweater

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Every year at Christmas, my dad and stepmom go to Kauai to escape the harsh Chicago winters.  Some years I’m lucky enough to tag along, this year being one of them.  If you’ve never been to Hawaii, I highly recommend you go at least once.  It’s really a stunning group of islands with such different topography than what we have on the mainland.  Lush, green, tropical…it really needs to be experienced.

This year was much milder than previous years.  I didn’t bring anything “warm” because it was Hawaii but I had thrown in this cute color block sweater (not a warm sweater more like a sweater you wear in California when it’s 60 degrees kind of sweater) that I got from SheIn just before I left.

I’ve been super into solid colors lately, especially white, so when I saw this online I had to get it.  It’s cropped, it comfy and so versatile.  I rocked it with shorts one day as well.  I had also brought along my new, snazzy (do people still use that word?) flats from Gunas, who primarily make hand bags but they did a limited run on shoes and I was lucky enough to get in on that shit before they ran out.

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Side note: I was too scared to put all of my weight on that vine because I was afraid it would have broken.

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Jeans: Mossimo

Shoes: Gunas

 

Wattle Mansion and Community Garden

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It feels like there are shops on every corner in Los Angeles.  I don’t think you could hit every single one in your lifetime even if you wanted to, and I don’t…that sounds exhausting.  I’m always trying to find new places in my neighborhood and recently I walked into this place called Style Express.  It’s super inexpensive like a Forever 21 and they have some cute stuff.  I  am really into the big bell sleeves at this point on a lot of my clothing (once I find something I like, I have to have like 9 million of the same thing).  I found this cute little elephant scarf at a little shop in Santa Fe, NM.  I don’t remember the name but I’ve seen them popping up everywhere.

It’s finally been cold enough in LA to sweaters which is so fucking nice and rare.  The last 5 years we haven’t had any kind of winter and we’ve needed them, especially when they bring rain (drought much).  But I’m sure I will be over the cold weather in like 2.5 seconds and want the 70’s back.  That’s being a southern californian for ya.

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Top: Style Express

Jeans: 7 for all Mankind

Shoes: Coconuts by Matisse

Photos taken by Adam Grimes

 

 

 

Mix and Match

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I love going into my closet and mixing things up.  Awhile back I had gotten a 2 piece set from Lulu’s and I remember thinking that both pieces could easily be worn separately.  I love this little frilly crop top so much.  Paired it up with some high waisted Levi’s and boom!

We are so spoiled in Los Angeles because the weather here allows me to wear stuff like this year round.  I’m sure everyone reading this where its freezing is like, “Go fuck yourself” as you bundle up in layers for the cold weather.  But honestly it’s one of the main reasons I love living in Southern California.  The weather rarely gets below 60’s.   Fun fact: I don’t know how to dress for cold weather.

Top: Lulu’s

Jeans: Levi’s

Shoes: Nine West

Photos: Becca Murray

 

A pop of green

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I’m pretty sure I got this cardigan at a thrift store in Los Angeles a few years ago.  I had forgotten about it, like many things in my closet.  I’m sure everyone can relate to that.  I just started reading a book about tidying up your home and taking control of your life (more on that later) but it inspired me to start going through all of my stuff.  Hence, finding this gem.

This oversized dress I snagged at a clothing swap and the shoes came from Target.  I’ve been wanting clogs forever but due to the fact that most are made from leather, I hadn’t gotten a pair.  But Target is killing it with their shoe selection lately and I scored big with these.

Dress/Cardigan: Thrifted/Swapped

Belt: Zara

Shoes: TARGET

Photos: Becca Murray

Wraps and Flares

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I went home to New Mexico a few weeks ago.  Fall is one of the best time of times a year to go because the weather is cool, people are roasting chile on the side of the road and leaves are changing.  I always go to Santa Fe to get my shopping on.  The plaza is a great place to buy turquoise and silver at a good price.  There is one store off San Francisco street that I always go to get wraps.  Of course like an asshole, I don’t remember the name of it, but I will try and find it.

Wraps are perfect of fall and living in Southern California, year round.  They are cozy but not quite as heavy as a jacket.  Oh, and they are the BEST on airplanes because they double as a blanket.  This one perfectly represents the southwest with the patterns.  I also love the colors.  And lastly, its 100% acrylic!  No wool and no animals harmed in the making of it and costs a whooping $35.  What a steal.  I will find out the name of the store for you guys…

Wrap: Store on the plaza

Top: Forever 21

Jeans: Mother’s Denim

Shoes: Lulu’s

Photos: Becca Murray