Friday, January 31, 2014

:-: NO RED ENVELOPES :-:



Gung Hay Fat Choy!  It’s Chinese New Year at The Grove!



Ahhh, the Grove.  You know it's a good day when you can turn to your left and see this...


And then turn to your right and see this...


I bought a few small things at Zara and Topshop (and Madewell, not pictured above -- there were a LOT of really good sales) and worked up an appetite for the oh-so-wonderful food at The Gumbo Pot.

Fried oysters?  Cornbread?  Collard greens?
Yes.  Yes.  Yes.
If you haven't eaten here yet, you have to go.  It's not optional.



I didn't get any red envelopes this year, but I got something else...

As soon as I walked into Nordstrom, I saw the sale rack and these beauties started glowing (not literally, but it was like a scene in a movie).  I immediately picked them up and they were my size, so I walked around the store in them for a few minutes before deciding to give them a good home.



 I absolutely love them!  What do you think?

They're available online here (on sale) if you're interested.



Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!












Wednesday, January 22, 2014

:-: CASUAL OUTFITS FOR A HECTIC WEEK :-:


What a busy month this has been!  So much happened to me in a one-week period that I haven’t had a chance to plan an updated blog post.  However, I really want to keep track of the things I’ve been doing in my new city, so here’s a quick recap:

First was a trip to the LA Zoo.  In my opinion, there were too many monkeys and birds and not enough cats.  But I had a fun time nonetheless (the kettle corn and churros didn’t hurt, either).  After the zoo, we had dinner beforeI headed to the airport.  

I flew to the Bay Area for a couple of days, but as soon as I got back, it was dinner at Trastevere.  I always pass by this place and have been wanting to try it, so crossed off the list it is!  I preferred the menu at the Hollywood & Highland location over the menu at the Santa Monica location.  We started with the beef carpaccio, but we were so hungry that our appetizer escaped having its picture taken.  The carpaccio wasn’t the traditional style, but I liked it.  I had the caprese salad, which had a new twist: olives!  M had a breaded chicken dish with an arugula salad.  Both dishes were light and tasted very fresh, so all in all it was a good experience.  




Next up was the California ScienCenter.  I got a chance to tour the space museum and see the Space Shuttle Endeavour!  The museum was filled with pictures and videos of the shuttle being transported through the streets of LA to the museum, which was really interesting.
The outfits I wore to the zoo and the museum were both really casual, so I’ll just focus on the tops I wore.  At the zoo, I wore a Splendid cotton blouse which is one of my favorites because it’s super comfy and it goes with practically everything.  The only downside is that it wrinkles if you even look at it the wrong way.  I’m not one to spend a lot of money on a plain white top, but this one is definitely worth the investment.  At the museum, I wore a blouse from Anthropologie that has beautiful lace detailing on the back.  The style of this blouse is a bit loose, so I belted it to keep the shape around my waist (but it looks nice without a belt, too).  This is a great top because it’s lightweight but still keeps me warm.

      

Both of these tops help me feel comfortable without looking too comfortable.  You know what I mean, right?  Say hello to my new wardrobe staples!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

:-: LOTS OF LIGHTS :-:



I love going on rides and I can never have enough dessert, so Santa Monica is always on my checklist of places to visit.  We started off the night by riding the ferris wheel.  The lights on the ferris wheel are so bright; I had no idea it was solar powered!  I tried to take a picture when I was leaving the pier, but it didn’t come out clearly.  I’m still figuring out how to take nighttime pictures on my new camera, but my photos will improve ... eventually.



Next was shopping and dinner at Third Street Promenade, which was followed by crepes!! Yes, Cafe Crepe merits two exclamation marks.  One for their crepes and another for their whipped cream.  Sooo yummy.  Below is a picture of my lovely strawberry, banana and nutella crepe with plenty of whipped cream on the side.  Nothing was wasted.

   

The last part of the evening was an exciting surprise! I got to see the Urban Light Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  I’ve seen these lights in movies before, but it’s so much prettier in person!  It was a lot of fun walking through all of the lights - definitely something to see if you’re in the area.




Sweater: J Crew 
Blouse: Guess
Pants: Rich & Skinny 
Shoes: Delman (similar here)
Ring: Henri Bendel (similar here
And, of course: The Pink Coat

Saturday, January 4, 2014

:-: DINNER. MOVIE. FAIL. :-:


M and I decided to spend the first Friday of the New Year having dinner and watching a movie.  We went to the Arclight Hollywood to see The Wolf of Wall Street.

The movie was playing at the Dome and I was excited because we were able to get good seats.  If you haven’t been to the Arclight before, the ceiling inside the Dome looks like a giant honeycomb.  But I digress…

A little over an hour into the film, one of the speakers popped and the audio went fuzzy.  About fifteen minutes after that, the movie was stopped due to “technical difficulties” which couldn’t be fixed while we waited.  We received refunds and movie vouchers, so the night wasn't a total waste.  The experience was pretty ironic; I had planned on blogging about my trip to the Arclight and this happened.  I've been coming here for years and have never once had an experience like this (not at this theatre, anyway).  Guess they helped me out by giving me something to write about!

Since our plan for the evening was to watch a movie, we headed back home and watched Netflix instead.  Here’s me pretending to be overdramatic.  Yay! 



Hopefully today will go more smoothly.  We’ll be spending the afternoon in Santa Monica, so I’ll have another update soon!



Sweater: Topshop (same style; different color)
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Shoes: Steve Madden (same style; different pattern)


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

:-: OMBRE & THE PINK COAT :-:

New year.  New city.  New hair color and a super awesome pink coat!

After much trial and error over many years, I’ve learned that blonde hair doesn’t suit me, so I had my first ombre fade into a very light brown color instead of the usual blonde.  This time, I decided to make the ombre a bit more subtle my using a medium brown color.  I really like it, too!  It looks professional, yet it’s still fun.  And the color choice worked out well because the bleach didn’t have to stay in my hair as long as it would have had I decided to take my hair to a light brown or blonde, so there’s much less damage to the ends of my hair.  Definitely a major plus!




What better way to rock a new hairstyle than with something bright and cheery?  I've worn this coat pretty much every day since I received it as an early Christmas present.  The neon pink is a nice change from my typical winter colors, which mostly consist of darker colors.  This is a really thin wool coat, so it’s a good fit for my new city's non-winter weather.  To complete this look, I added a statement necklace to add some sparkle.





Follow me around and explore my new city with me!



Coat: Topshop (same style; different color)
Necklace: BaubleBar
Blouse: Topshop
Jeans: H&M