Dress: Jill Jill Stuart
Shoes: Ross Dress For Less
A few posts back I did a write up about this bomb as vegan clothing line I found called Olaf Designs Studio. Ten percent of all sales are donated to Animals Australia which is something to feel great about. Aside from the top and skirt in the other post, I also got this amazing denim jacket. It is the perfect crop for the summer. Or any day in Southern California (don’t be jealous, just move here). You’ll definitely see me sporting it a lot in the next few months. I love it!
Jacket: Olaf Designs Studio
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!?!
Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 and Warrior by Naomi
Gotta love when you find a brand new Reformation dress at a thrift store. SCORE!
Necklace: Warrior by Naomi
Photos Amanda Rowan Parker
Edits by me
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. 🙂
Clearly by the look on my face in the last photo, I’m terrible at these games. But I had fun anyway!
Pants: C/Meo Collective (thrifted at Wasteland)
Purse: Antik Kraft
I’ve said it many times but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jumpsuits. Like I just want wear them all day, everyday. They are so versatile and I think they flatter every woman’s body. You can dress them up or dress them down. I find it to be an effortlessly cool look.
My friends and I do these “clothing swaps” where we all bring thing we don’t want or don’t wear and then we go through each others clothes and try to find things that work for us. Many of my friends are a lot shorter than I am which can make it harder to swap clothes with. My friend Pippa has great style and I tend to love everything she brings to the clothing swaps, but the problem is that she is 5’2 and I am 5’9. But when she brought this jumpsuit to the swap, I knew I had to have it. And luckily when I tried it on, it was the perfect cropped length. In the past I have found things in stores or clothing swaps that were a little too short in a not cute way, and I just had them hemmed up a little bit more and then they are the perfect cropped pant! Easy Peasy!
I also got this jacket from Pip. You can see how it just looks like a cute cropped jean jacket where as on her, it’s was a normal jean jacket.
And my badass vegan shoes I purchased at Nasty Gal. Obsessed with them. Be prepared to see them paired up with a lot of outfits.
Shoes: Nasty Gal
Photos by Matt Misisco
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.
Side note: I was too scared to put all of my weight on that vine because I was afraid it would have broken.