Every year it never fails, no matter how much we try to make plans for New Years Eve, we always end up flying by the seat of our pants. This year was no different. We attempted to make plans out-of-town with friends, but it just didn’t pan out. So here we are again two days before with no plans. Yet, I’m not really sweating it because wherever B and I end up, I know it’ll be fabulous. Even if we end up in front of the TV. However, just because we don’t have plans doesn’t mean I don’t have a “just in case” outfit. You know, the “just in case we end up hanging from the chandeliers & going to a the best party ever” outfit. Yep. I’ve got one. This year I might even take a page from the boys and do a little tuxedo action. The classic black & white combo always achieves looking effortless yet upscale all at once; a great “just in case” option. You can take the girl out of the Girl Scouts but you can’t take the Girl Scouts out of the girl…because a little preparation never hurt anyone.
I spent the last few official weeks of summer rehearsing for a show I’m performing in “Kiss Me Kate”. It’s been quite a ride. So much so, that I’ve basically had to say ‘bye-bye’ to blogging, seeing my friends and husband, and practically everything else for, 6-8 hour rehearsals that turned into then 10-12 hour rehearsals + shows.
There’s nothing like performing in a theater in 107 degree temperature with blasting a/c in vain, while sweating and layers of costumes and heavy make-up to make fervently you wish for fall weather and cooler breeze to rescue you.
Before my new gig, I had a moment to enjoy the summer weather at my favorite spots in my neighborhood. Milk Jar Cookies, is quickly becoming the go-to spot for the best cookies in Los Angeles. I’m not surprised, the cookies soft & chewy goodness that are beyond undeniable. Just try walking by their store and not going in. I dare you. It just won’t happen. The smell of Banana Split & Rocky Road, Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Chip Cookies is a siren call that no one can resist.
How was your weekend? I tried out a new place in downtown called Choco Chicken. The cocktails & chicken were pretty amazing. I also worked on one of my blog posts, as well as another project of mine. Then of course reality hit me yesterday, when I spent over 10 hours doing my hair (experimenting with a new “method”), washing clothes,cooking dinner, and brainstorming with SCC. Whew! Today is pretty light, but I know for sure tomorrow will be full speed ahead. Here are a few things to get you thru the week:
A great list of useful websites.
Could I have everything at the Zara sale please?
I know when I hear this song on the radio, summer is officially here
Try a few of these fashion tips.
I’ve always loved to wear bright hues. After my closet purge this year it seemed as my wardrobe is lacking in the colors that complement my skin the most: reds, yellows, pinks/purples. This is one of the few orange outfits I have. I bought it last summer when I was a bit heavier, so the outfit was a bit snug. Imagine my excitement when I tried it on 2 months ago and it fit perfectly. I’m looking forward to adding more color and patterns to my wardrobe.
Until next time…
So for the past few years I’ve entertained the thought of going to Coachella, but I’ve yet to attend. I’m sure I’d have a great time, but honestly, I’m not sure if I’m up for 95-100 degree dry heat 3 days in a row. After 14 years in Los Angeles, this Texas girl has NOT forgotten how sweating your ass off in a heatwave can zap the fun out of damn near anything. However, this year I have a pretty good reason, the hubby and I are saving are money for our one big trip this year; two weeks in Italy as a belated honeymoon and to celebrate our first anniversary.
So…. no Coachella for me, but the weather has been quite nice & breezy in Los Angeles this week so I decided to dress as if I’m going to Coachella. Using the Fotor online filter program for the first time, I tried to give these pics a ‘music festival vibe’. I know, it’s not quite the same, but if I play Outkast’s last album and drive around with my sunroof open, it’s almost like being there. Almost.
My Pinterest obsession is still going strong, and lately I’ve noticed a love affair for tulle skirts. I’m not sure what brought on the resurgence, but my love for it has always stemmed from my childhood days of ballet recitals; knowing that all of my hard work would eventually provide me the opportunity to feel like a real ballerina once I stepped into my dreamy tutu.
If I could, I would wear definitely try to incorporate a tutu into my everyday look. Maybe with a cute pair of booties, or with light sweater.
How would you wear it?
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Since I got engaged on New Year’s, it’s been full speed ahead. I have been deeply entrenched in wedding mode. By avidly stalking Pinterest and several wedding blogs, I’ve managed to gather a lot of inspiration for our fall wedding (October to be exact). We have the venue, and most of the major details settled. Now I can breathe and share some news by posting wedding updates on the occasional Wednesday! My first ‘Wedding Wednesday’ post: I found my dress!
I started out looking for something a bit more romantic & traditional, but it became quickly became clear that the traditional dress route is so not me. My wedding dress) is definitely influenced by vintage glamour of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Looking back at old Hollywood glamour, I’m definitely inspired by these ladies:
There are some wonderful wedding dress designers that really channel this style quite well. Johanna Johnson, Jenny Packham and Temperley London are the most well known designers. Unfortunately they were all way out of my budget. I’m a bit too practical I guess. I couldn’t bring myself to pay $4,000 for a dress I’m wearing for a day.
The following pics are a few of the dresses that I drooled over during my search:
I got really lucky finding my dream dress at Lili Bridals in Encino, CA. It was sample that cost less than my budget and to think I almost didn’t go there. I gasped as I put it on. It was wedding fate, and now I can’t wait to wear it!.
What’s your dream wedding dress?