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
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.
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.
Top: Style Express
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Shoes: Coconuts by Matisse
Photos taken by Adam Grimes
Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2017 already! Where does the time go? I’ve already broken one of my New Year’s resolutions which was to start posting here consistently starting the first week of January. I’ve been running around since I got home from Christmas vacation and haven’t really had time to get anything done. Excuses, excuses…I know. But I really want to start posting here more often and writing more as opposed to just posting pictures. Not sure how into that people are going to be but who gives a fuck!
Speaking of zero fucks given, that’s another one of my New Year’s resolutions, to not give a fuck about what people think. Living in LA (or anywhere for that matter) I feel like it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people think you should or shouldn’t be doing. What I’m realizing though, is that no one cares. People are too consumed with themselves to REALLY give a shit about what other people are up to. And I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way, I just mean that we’re always on to the next thing and we all spend so much time in our own heads that it’s hard to give too much time and thought to what others are doing. And even if they do, why should I care? I’m an adult. I should be well past the point of giving a shit what people think of me.
These photos were taken when I went home to New Mexico (my home state) for Thanksgiving. I live in Los Alamos which is about 40 minutes north of Santa Fe. But I spend a lot of my time in Santa Fe because it is such a magical place and of course no trip home would be complete without eating at Tomasita’s. It’s the best New Mexican food there is. I highly recommend going if you’re ever in New Mexico.
Thanksgiving was nice and cool so I was able to bring home sweaters but not so cold that I had to wear a heavy jacket (truth be told I don’t really own and warm jackets). I loved this Steve Madden poncho sweater because is cute, cozy and super soft. Also I’m going through a white phase so bear with me. I know it’s faux pas to wear white after Labor Day, but I think because I live in Southern California where it’s nice year round, it’s ok.
Top: Steve Madden
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Shoes: Rocket Dog