And I have a case of the Mondays…so obv some blue hues are in order 😉 Also in order…a perfect wardrobe essential for the spring season…a chic beige trench coat! This was my go-to when I was in NYC. Even with the strange weather change (one day it’s hot…the next day it’s cold) it’s a great transition piece. LA is similar…while it’s usually always sunny and warm, some days it gets chilly and a light coat is in order…here is my number one pick (and it’s on sale)!
This look was shot at The Getty…although this look reminds me of my Manhattan days, I figured why not bring some workwear NYC style to LA (hey casual LA gals…getting dressy is totally ok every now and then :p).
It’s starting to feel a lot like S P R I N G! And I couldn’t be happier! Spring has always been my favorite season (whether in NY or LA) because it starts warming up so I can wear all of my favorite dresses, skirts + sandals while also not sweating in a heat wave like I do over the summer haha!
To kick off my first of many spring style posts, I teamed up with Burlington…aka the premier destination to score chic finds for less (just up my alley right?!) Burlington has up to 65% off department store prices every day! So I was beyond excited when they gave me the challenge of putting a head-to-toe spring look together for under $50…challenge accepted and challenge completed 😉
I scored both my black + white striped shift dress from Burlington as well as my nude lace up heels! Two ‘on trend’ pieces for spring that can be transitioned from work to play and beyond. What I love about a classic shift dress is that it is an easy outfit choice in the morning…just slip it on and you are ready to head out the door! Nothing beats that (especially for a gal like me who is always running late in the morning — hey Starbucks is always a priority what can I say :p)
This dress in particular I love because A) It’s only $7.99 on BurlingtonStores.com (YES it is in fact $7.99 for this gorgeous dress…how crazy is that?!) It’s the perfect piece to add to your spring rotation and I dressed it up for spring with some bright accessories!
My other Burlington find were these nude lace up sandals (similar to the ones I found in store). I mean they are great for the office, girl’s night, date night etc. Nude matches with everything, they are super comfortable and I can’t get over how great they fit (normally I struggle with heels if the arch is too high or if they are too narrow or too wide etc. Not these beauties…they are picture perfect!)
These heels cost only $17.99! How great is that? Head-To-Toe outfit completed! Bam!
I always like to add color to all of my looks, especially for spring, so I added a few of my own accessories to the look. For some neon I added my own satchel + for a P O P of blue I added one of my favorite necklaces in Cobalt and of course my mirrored aviators (a spring / summer / year roundessential for everyone…just sayin’).
And Voila!A head-to-toe spring look that’s on trend and doesn’t break the bank…easy as 1,2,3 and it’s all thanks to Burlington! Burlington has up to 65% off department store prices every day!
Ok, so I may never have actually seen Blue Lagoon but when I went through these photos, for some reason that was the first phrase that came to mind haha…Don’t judge me…but is it bad to title blog posts things that just randomly pop into your head?
That in a nut shell is what this week has been for me so far…I decided after chatting with my blogger gal pal Amy, that since I won’t be flying back to NY to be with my family on Thanksgiving, I will head to Arizona and crash hers! (hey what are friends for right? :p) I am super excited and can’t wait to experience another fun state (I only got to see the Grand Canyon there on my way to LA back in June during my road trip, so I can’t wait to experience all Arizona has to offer!)I have decided that I want to really try to travel as much as possible, and this fall…it will definitely be happening. At the end of this month I am heading to Orlando to have some fun at Universal Studios AND the best part? My dad is flying from NY to hang out with me! I totally can’t wait to see him (I haven’t seen him since our long hug and cry at LAX when he left me here as he flew back to NY)…I definitely plan on running and crying in the Orlando airport when I see him because he is my best friend and I miss him so much.
As if that wasn’t fun enough…literally the day I get back from Florida, I fly out to San Francisco for work…this time I get to spend the night and experience a little of what SF has to offer! Can’t wait…exciting things to come 🙂This striped dress will definitely be in my suitcase for Orlando because it is perfect to wear for lunch by the beach or dress it up for dinner at the hotel…it’s versatile, super comfy and if I binge eat nothing shows haha Love those kinds of dresses 😉 Hey I am on a tight budget here in LA, so I fully expect to have a steak or two in FL (shhh…don’t tell my dad haha)
My blue Ray Bans will obviously be with me the entire trip…I feel like they are just a must have forever and ever.
This satchel is no longer available from Kenneth Cole, but I found a few similar options below at various price points that are all perfect for fall! This pop of color is essential for your wardrobe #JustSaying 😛
My shoes I will continue to wear well into fall with jeans, leather leggings and pointe pants. The pop of white really well…pops (and I am all about pops!).
Jean season is coming back around…although I wear skinny jeans year round, during the hot summer months I tend to live in shorts, skirts and dresses (why wear jeans when those can be worn whenever right? :p) Well now that fall is quickly approaching, distressed skinny jeans have been on the top of my ‘must have‘ list…along with a cute denim vest to really work the whole ‘denim on denim‘ trend.
I think it’s time to reflect…I have been in LA for about 3 months now and while I am far from fully adjusted and acclimated to m new surroundings (palm trees everyday is still so surreal to me) I wanted to take a moment to share some things I’ve noticed about LA as opposed to NY. Some may not agree but hey…this is a place for me to share what I like and don’t like, what I’m thinking + how I am feeling…right? 😉
Ok, so let me make some bullets (because that tends to be easier than me writing out paragraphs + it’s amusing to see the things that have popped into my heard since moving here)
1. The traffic is horrible! Yes…I know plenty of people told me traffic in LA sucks, but until you actually drive an hour and 10 minutes to + from work everyday, you don’t actually believe them…well now I 100% do. When asking for how long it’ll take to get somewhere, you must ask for a time with traffic factored in.
2. The people are far more laid back than NY. This is something I am still slowly adjusting to. After working in Manhattan for years, working in an environment where everyone is easy going and genuinley happy to be there is pretty awesome. Both at work and around LA, people for the most part are pretty chill (not like ‘bro surfs up’ chill but more of you won’t get hit by someones pocket book while waiting for your morning Starbucks)…NYers you totally know what I am referring to…battling to get on the subway, get your lunch, coffee etc.
3. Everyone is a health nut (for the most part). Ok now yes NY has plenty of kale + juice loving guys and gals, but LA takes it to a whole new level. There is literally (from my observations) more ‘healthy’ places than fast food. The line outside Urth Cafe is unreal…the place is always crowded + every juice bar is pretty packed.
4. It’s super pet friendly! Now this is something I LOVE about LA (if only Charlie was here). In my building alone, my roommate and I may be the only people without a pup (trust me I am trying to sell her on the idea of us getting one haha stay tuned :p) You see water bowls + dog treats everywhere you go and I even see a few people bring dogs to work (my dream)!
5. It costs a lot to live here! I think there was this misconception in my head that by not living in Manhattan anywhere else in the country would be cheap…well I didn’t factor in that LA is in fact a ‘city’ and is priced like one! Rent is pretty pricey (although you get more for your money here than in NYC) and to be in a decent area requires a pretty penny (I am in WeHo — short for West Hollywood).
6. Gas is expensive. Well gas for me is always troubling considering I drive a Jeep Wrangler (now I understand why Tesla’s + Toyota Prius’s are common in LA) but gas in LA is a dollar more (if not more than that) per gallon than I would pay on Long Island.
7. People either get super dressed up or are extremely casual. The style is completely different from NY. It’s rare to see someone in a business suit (except real estate agents) or someone in a matching skirt and blazer set. Office attire seems to be rather casual and outside the office I have found the hippie dippy gals that where booties, go bra-less and enjoy oversized tops and little shorts OR you have the complete opposite — the Barbie wearing Loubs, extensions (hair and lashes) + a tight Herve Leger dress. One extreme to the other…meanwhile I am sticking with my skater skirts, dresses and heels or wedges haha I always wonder if people can tell (other than by the license plate on my car) that I am not from around here.
8.Dating is horrible! Ok, I have been here almost 3 months and have went on a bunch of dates and there are three categories of guys that I’ve come across thus far…the total douche-bag (cue expensive car, watch etc.), the socially awkward (unsure of themselves, has odd tendencies + aren’t sure of what a date is) and the super lazy (the guy who says ‘wanna come chill‘ or ‘I’m out now come out‘) there is no thought or effort put in just a ‘let me get laid without doing any work’ mentality. Now don’t get me wrong I am sure there are plenty of guys in NY that fit into those categories as well, hell I probably went out with a few…but I am finding these kinds of guys way more common in LA. Dating has actually made me miss NY just a tad…now that’s sad.
9. No one goes to ‘The Valley’. For some reason this makes me think of Clueless (you know when Cher went to that party in ‘the valley‘) well apparently no one wants to drive to or into the valley because it is far from all the hustle and bustle of the city (WeHo is pretty much the center). I personally love the seclusion + suburban feel of the valley but most young people don’t (I guess I act like an old lady wanting peace + quiet haha).
Last But Not Least10. Bagels + Pizza are not the same! So this has been devastating. I have yet to find a place that makes a decent bagel…I’m talking a yummy, fluffy bagel with Bacon, Egg + Cheese…you know like one you would get at the corner deli in NYC or at the bagel store on Long Island (my mouth is watering just thinking about it)…well I tried a few places and the bagels were flat and honestly just tragic…I can’t wait to go home simply to have some NY style bagels and pizza (the dough here in LA is so far from anything to write home about).Shop More Handkerchief Dresses (I can’t wait to wear this one well into fall!)