New romantic

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sweater: Banana Republic | Shorts: Lauren Moffat | Shirt: Forever21 | Headscarf: Anthropologie
Tote: Cuyana | Shoes: Payless | Tights: Gap | Belt: thrifted  |  Lipstick: Sephora "The Red"

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Icons: Natalie Joos

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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In a world that seems to worship the minimal, strict, controlled, monochrome, perfectionist aesthetic, I am a complete outlier. Sure, I can appreciate the beauty of plain black linen pants, a strappy black tank top, and impeccably styled hair - but I'm messier than that. I love color and pattern and things that don't match. 

No matter the of-the-moment trend, 
I will always, always, always gravitate toward the celebratory. 

Enter Natalie Joos - writer of the blog Tales of Endearment, modeling/casting director, style queen. Rarely have I ever seen anyone dress with such joy & abandon and I cannot get enough of her. 

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Here are a few past posts on my style icons (surprise surprise, they're all visual optimists, too): 

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Yes, you can rock a tie. (Without buying one.) Here's how.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

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I've been wanting to rock a silk tie for a while now. They're as adorable as they are seductive, and every time I walk by a girl wearing one I think "Damn, she is cool." Even so, I haven't been able to commit to buying one. I often find myself having buyer's remorse with silly accessories - did I really need that hunting cap? Or that huge sparkly clutch? Probably not. It's lead me to be less trendy in my accessories purchases. 

Then I had an idea - all I need is a cute bit of floppy, drapey fabric, right?  

Voilà, a fabric tie belt from a zillion year old H&M dress, reborn as a floral tie! 

Blouse: Anthropologie | Tie (from an old dress): H&M | Denim: Madewell | Sunglasses: Forever 21 

I know you've got one of those old, random fabric-tied dresses in your closet. Go grab the belt and try something new!

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Summer winds down

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Dress: thrifted | Sunglasses: gift, Forever 21 | Tote: gift, Cuyana

 You know those days when you're too hot to move? Or when you want to move, but also want to feel so airy that you barely notice that you're wearing clothes? Or those times you need a stunner but don't want to look like you tried at all? 

This dress is MVP of summer 2015.

PS, please meet my new tote bag. It is the best thing I have ever had on my arm.

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The ocean answers.

Monday, October 05, 2015

A few of my favorite images from my last photoshoot with Raquel & Stanley earlier in the summer. Our model, Kaitlyn, was a trooper in the freezing fog and splashing tides. All images were shot at Gray Whale Cove State Beach.

Photos by Stanley Chang Photography | Styling by Raquel Ramos of Swoon & Style 

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24 hours in Carmel, Santa Cruz: Travel Diary

Sunday, October 04, 2015

 | Carmel Beach City Park

This weekend Trevor and I went on a mini road trip down the coast to soak up a little bit of California goodness. We had high hopes to leave at 7AM on Friday morning to explore Big Sur, but a raucous Thursday night out & subsequent crippling hangover foiled the plans. (I'm getting old, guys.) We ended up leaving Oakland around 1PM, and headed straight for our bed & breakfast in Carmel. 

I already got sappy about this on Instagram, so I won't repeat - but these two weekend bags are absolutely fantastic travel companions. Just having them around encourages exploration and last minute getaways. The fact that both were produced ethically makes them even more wonderful. 

| Toes in the Pacific

We stayed at the Sandpiper Inn, a very quaint and quiet spot right on the beach. We saw at least 6 dolphins right off the beach and I squealed every single time. I'd never been to Carmel and the only impression I had of it was that it was where Hayley Mill's dad in the original Parent Trap lived. The entire town was like a storybook village. In all honesty, it's not a place I could ever live - I need a little reality in my cities - but it was a perfect place to stroll around and window shop. 

| Jean-Bernard Vial with baguettes in progress, and completed baguettes in front

One serious highlight was the Lafayette Bakery - holy god, I have never eaten such delicious pastries in my entire life. We even got to watch master baker and frenchman Jean-Bernard Vial working on baguettes (he's in the background of the picture above). I cannot recommend this place enough if you're ever around Carmel. 

We also stopped by Mission San Carlos Borromeo del rio Carmelo, aka Carmel Mission. It was founded in 1770 and the architecture was incredible. Founding priest Junipero Serra was made a saint last week, and I whole heartedly disagree with that decision - but from an architecture perspective, seeing all of the Missions in California is a goal of mine. It was beautiful in person. 

| Boardwalk views |

We closed out the trip with a stroll down the Santa Cruz boardwalk. We didn't have much time to spend there, but I think I could've spent a full 8 hours photographing it.

California is the best, I don't know how else to say it.

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