This summer has been extremely busy, but I’ve managed to take advantage of any free moments by spending quality time with friends and family (without any electronic devices clutched in hand), reading (now absorbed by Gone Girl) and taking care of myself physically and mentally by getting out on hikes and taking tennis lessons. Here are a few of the little things I have enjoyed lately.
Lemon lime margarita salt shakers (from a pottery store) and my favorite vintage dish make for a summer-y cocktail bar centerpiece.
I put this succulent planter together a year ago (DIY here) and admire its growth and pretty hues (read: wonder how I haven’t killed the plants yet!) when I sit out on our patio in the warm evenings.
These nude leather ballet flats (via Banana Republic) go with everything. They are comfy, perfect for a grassy graduation (congrats to my little sister on finishing college) and flattering in a shade that nearly perfectly matches my skin tone.
A few rhinestones (and all-temperature glue via glue gun) jazz up an ordinary wine glass.
Veggie enchiladas (black bean, corn and chili) and chicken enchiladas (chicken, chili and cheese) and a Mexican-inspired fruit salad were perfect for hosting a game night with friends.
Growing up in California and especially in L.A., denim has always been a staple in my wardrobe. Even though I adore dresses, there’s something so cool about a dressed up denim look. I tend to stick to dark plain denim in flattering skinny or flared cuts. Paired with a nice T-shirt or blouse, heels and a leather jacket and I feel like I can go to almost any restaurant or bar without being over or under dressed.
This lightweight knit top caught my eye with its unusual texture and color and bedazzled shoulders. I have worn it constantly since I got it in New York a few weeks ago. May actually be time to put it in a short-term retirement…
On a completely different note, my thoughts are with those effected by the horrifying tragedy in Boston yesterday. It was a sobering, scary and immensely sad day. It’s time’s like these when support of any kind is needed most. Here is information about how you can help victims and their families.
Jeans: Banana Republic, rhinestone top: H&M, wedges: Marni, belt: Asos, clutch: American Apparel.
Beauty note: eyelashes c/o Boudoir. I finally gave in to trying semi permanent fake eyelashes and I’m happy I did. They are amazing particularly for a special event (perfect for someone who is getting married). I have a discount for readers in the L.A. area if interested.
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Last week, my boyfriend and I went on our annual Palm Springs trip to watch some professional tennis, hike, eat Mexican food and visit The Living Desert (an animal reserve). We spent plenty of time in our hotel’s hot tub, while taking in beautiful desert mountain views and clear blue skies. It was refreshing to get out of the city and away from our apartment for a few days.
I was attracted to the mod-inspired, geometric print of this dress and its easy, versatile style. I can dress it up or down. With sneakers, the dress was comfortable for a full day spent exploring the animal reserve. I wore it later with dressy platform wedges for dinner. The dress felt like a perfect fit for our desert resort retreat.
Dress: c/o Banana Republic (from the new Mad Men collection), sneakers: Jack Purcell, bag: Longchamp.