even though i’m still clinging to the summer, the fall collections from some of my favorite designers are starting to pour in. i was trying to wait until august, but i just couldn’t resist sharing the new young frankk fall 2014 collection. designer christine young launched the jewelry line in 2012 out of richmond, virginia and i have been watching her ever since. all of the pieces are hand made by the designer herself so that each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.
even though i created this space to share my outfits (and other interests), the truth is that most of my looks never make it onto the blog. i’m only able to pull out my dslr for blog photoshoots on the weekends, so i can usually only share one or two outfits per week these days. but with the rise of instagram, and the ease of snapping a quick outfit photo with my phone, i’m starting to pick up the habit again. it kinda reminds me of the days before i was blogging, in the early 2000s when all i had was a little digital point and shoot and i’d ask my boyfriend to snap a picture of my look, just so i could remember it.
so if you don’t follow me on instagram, then here is a selection of some of what i’ve been wearing on the daily. that dress up at the top is a vintage find from my mom. we chat on the phone a lot and i tell her what pieces i’m looking for so she can keep an eye out when she’s thrifting. i was absolutely in love with this when she found it, until i accidentally dropped it into the wash with a tiny red bonnet. now it’s covered in huge pink splotches, despite soaking it in bleach for a week. cue tiny violins. i think i’ll probably have to dye it now…
wearing: vintage dress, vintage coach bucket bag, birkenstock arizona sandals.
wearing: quiltee courtesy of clashist, vintage calvin klein mom jeans, manhattan laquer sandal courtesy of steven alan x dr. scholl’s, clare vivier messenger tote, jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker.
lifetime collective is a brand that’s actually been on my radar for a number of years, but as i was browsing through their spring 2014 collection, i realized that i’d never written about them on my blog. i was especially drawn to this season because of a particular jumpsuit that i’ve been lusting after for months, but then quickly became enamored with their cool cotton shirts in pale pastels and geometric patterns. now that the summer heat is on, i want nothing more than to be outfitted in their easy dresses and separates.
images courtesy of lifetime collective.
i’m all about the super casual vibes this summer. so much so, that i could not resist this super beachy woven set that i received as a gift from cardigan ny. it’s just so soft and comfy and cool, and it makes me feel like i walked right off the set of the classic 1959 film gidget. as a kid, i watched that movie so many times that i could probably quote the entire thing verbatim. i mean really, who could resist those hunky beach bums in their woven ponchos, straw hats, and little swim trunks? so even though i’m not spending much time at the beach, i’ve still been enjoying all of the ways i can mix and match the different pieces for super casual looks to wear around town.
and here is my chubby little munchkin at 23 weeks. i found these ridiculously adorable vintage shorts at the flea market thinking that he’d grow into them at some point along the line. but when we got home, i discovered that they’re already his size! this baby is about as big as they come. everyone who comes up to us comments on how chunky he is, which is no surprise because he’s at the very tippy top of the weight scale. but what people often overlook is the fact that he’s completely off the charts in length. he’s already 29″ long at 6 months old. easily larger than some babies twice his age! it’s pretty cool because he’s so strong and healthy that i never have to worry about him, but boy does he break mommy’s back!
earlier this summer, clare v. and steven alan teamed up for a cool photoshoot featuring some of the designer’s offerings available at steven alan stores. i don’t know much about the shoot, but i can tell by looking at the photos that it was shot in and around the clare viver boutique in silverlake. after years of coveting her classic messenger tote, i finally got one a few months back. and ever since, i’ve found myself lusting after so many of her minimalist designs. that and i now want to copy that exact look above. so much good.
photos courtesy of clare v. and steven alan.
i’m telling you, i’m really excited about so many new (and new to me) designers that i’ve been learning about lately. such is the case with designer isabel wilson, who just launched her inaugural spring 2014 collection. i was drawn in by the beautiful water prints on this amazing pair of now sold out shorts. she’s designed textiles for clients like anthro, calvin klein, marc jacobs and the like for a number of years, so it’s no surprise that the prints in her own collection are totally on point. of the collection, she says:
i was inspired by the trippy imagery one can find when looking at water, and the reflections that occur on its surface. i have been designing textiles for years for other designers but always wanted to start something of my own. i decided that i wanted to create some comfortable clothing with a focus on unique textile design for myself and my friends to wear around town!
and i’m certainly glad that she did. i’m still wishing i could get my hands on those shorts, but fortunately for me, she has an entire collection full of equally awesome pieces. and of course, she’s on my list of new designers to watch in the coming seasons.
images courtesy of isabel wilson.
if you looked at this post and last, you’d think i was on a bit of a wide leg kick. they’re really the only two pairs of pants i own in this silhouette, but i tend to dress in themes that slowly evolve over time. if i were ever to manage to actually photograph my outfit every single day, you’d see that certain styles will repeat themselves in slightly different variations over the course of a few days or even weeks. i might wear the same top or pants two days in a row as i slowly add in different elements to change the look. or i might focus on a certain silhouette or a color scheme or some other vague idea that i sort of play around with until i get bored and move on to the next idea.
i’ve been wanting to try a pair of pants like this for a while now, so i was pretty excited to find this pair to play around with. as i suspected, a pair of wide leg pants in bright white are definitely hard to pull off. i had originally envisioned an entirely oversized look with a big, billowy top, but i’m not sure if the proportions are quite right to work with my frame. now that i look at the pictures, i think i’d need something fitted in the hip and thigh to make it work. these i think will look even better with a more fitted top. like a stretchy white crop top or even– dare i say– a leotard. i also kinda wanna try hemming them up so that they’re a tad bit shorter in the length. i know “they” will tell you that a longer hem will lengthen the leg, but i think in this case, it might work to show off an ankle to balance out the proportion and show that you actually have a leg under there, ha. like i said, i’m gonna keep on working on it until i find a way to make the silhouette work for me. i’m convinced it can be done!
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker
american apparel top
flared jeans courtesy of front row shop
manhattan lacquer sandal courtesy of steven alan x dr. scholl’s
dooney & bourke bucket bag
i’ve been meaning to share the objects without meaning spring 2014 collection for quite a while, but since i’m still getting settled in the new place, i haven’t had nearly as much time to pull together blog posts as i would like. it’s a shame because i’ve been coming across so many cool new brands that i’d never heard about before, and it’s been getting me really excited about fashion lately. case in point: this super cool collection summer collection with major touristy vibes by los angeles-based team alexandra michelle and andrew hogge.
the brand was conceived in 2011, but this is the first season that i’ve heard of them. they recently released an exclusive collab over at need supply, which may be how they ended up on my radar. i love their minimalist designs and cool summery leaf print, and of course i could only dream of being able to pull off the styling. though i’d be happy to settle with one of those gauzy pieces neatly incorporated into my summer wardrobe.
photos courtesy of objects without meaning.
since moving to redlands, i’ve had to adjust to yet another new climate. it’s still in southern california, and it’s only an hour away from los angeles, but the summers here are brutally hot. to give you an idea location-wise, we’re located at the halfway point between la and palm springs. brendan keeps telling everyone that we live in the desert, but as you can tell in my photos, it’s not quite so dry. i was curious exactly what you would call this area, so i looked it up. redlands is technically a chaparral with a hot-summer mediterranean climate, in case you were interested. ha.
anyway, my point is that it’s hot. so hot that i’m now wishing i owned more tank tops and shorts. but in the meantime, i’ve been pulling out all of my loose-fitting, lightweight cotton clothes to keep cool during my daily activities that find me outdoors. these pants are actually a lauren moffatt jumpsuit that i got last spring that i’ve worn on the blog a few times before. and they’re coming in a lot of handy this summer as well.