My husband was invited to speak on a panel at the Borrego Springs Film Festival a few weekends ago, so we spent the weekend in the quaint, tiny desert town. it’s about a three hour drive from Los Angeles, in east San Diego county. You may recognize it from last year’s outfit post during the wildflower superbloom. This time it was too early in the season for any flowers to appear but the desert landscape was still pretty.
Part of the challenge of living in the city is that there aren’t a lot of undisturbed natural settings that I can use as backdrops. I don’t really like the style of city buildings, concrete, etc. for my outfit photos. So whenever I get the chance to take photos somewhere in nature, I try to take advantage of it.
Even though there weren’t any flowers and the landscape was dry, the lighting at magic hour in Borrego Springs was beautiful. The light filtered through the haze of clouds and eventually the sun went behind the mountains, but enough light still came over to give enough of that golden hour glow.
This is a ModCloth dress, it was from this past summer season but I bought it on sale in the fall for only $23! I wanted to wear something that would pop against the earthy colors of the desert and the primary colors in this plaid do the job, I think. The cutout back with the bow detail is super cute; it shows some skin without being too scandalous. Note- it’s not possible to wear a normal bra with this. I had to wear my silicone pasties.
This is me trying to look cute in a stereotypical blogger pose. Haha.
The film festival itself was fun; Ross’s film won the jury prize for Best Feature! The town is such a quiet and charming place. I would love to come back especially if the flowers bloom again.
Dress: ModCloth, old
Boots: Carson style by Frye, old
Ross and I went on a weekend trip to Lake Tahoe a few weeks back, and snow was in the forecast. Living in LA, I never get to see snow and was excited to have it on our trip. Also, I figured the snow would make for pretty blog photos so I brought along a whole suitcase of Christmas-themed outfits for outfit photos to post in December (I know…an entire suitcase full of photoshoot clothes, what am I, a model??).
Christmas is probably my favorite holiday, behind Halloween. Ross and I are not religious (we’re pretty much agnostic) but I think almost anyone can relate to the feelings of the holiday season. I like spending time with loved ones, reflecting on the past year and of course, all the delicious food, especially the Christmas cookies! I love baking all different kinds of cookies at Christmastime.
Here is Halloween-themed outfit number 4! I’ve had a lot of fun this month styling different outfits for October/Halloween that weren’t too costume-y. I still wanted to get into the Halloween spirit, so a subtle way of doing that was putting in small touches, like the Halloween-themed collar clips from Femme de Bloom. And a little less subtle is this beret with cat ears. In my last post, I mentioned going to a small town called Oak Glen to pick apples and pumpkins. This set of photos is from the same day but at a different orchard called Riley’s Farm. Read on to see how this visit went.
I love Halloween because I love candy and dressing up. It has been one of my favorite holidays since I was a kid, so of course I have a few Halloween-themed outfits planned. Today’s outfit incorporates an oft-maligned Halloween candy…candy corn.
Me, having problems with color? Yep. When you like every color, narrowing a palette down to maintain a consistent blog/Instagram look becomes really hard and sometimes almost anxiety inducing (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little). Case in point: the outfit featured in today’s post. I don’t normally gravitate toward dark blues and grays, but sometimes I need some neutrals/dark colors to break up the usual pastels. This sweater is from Sugarhill Boutique. I love their sweaters and knitwear. Their prints are so cute and the sweaters are really quite comfortable. I find that they pair with jeans just as well as they do with skirts.
Even though this particular outfit is a departure from my usual pastel and bright color palette, it felt fitting on that weekend. The temperature was in the high 60s/low 70s and it actually felt like autumn in Los Angeles. (Of course, the next week it went right back up into the 90s. Ugh). The navy sweater has stripes but look a little closer and you can see a few little birds and hearts standing about on the stripes.
Color Factory is the creation of the blogger Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day. I’ve followed her blog and Instagram for a while, and when she announced this new project, I was so excited to see it! I bought tickets right when it was announced, and surprisingly there were a lot of available dates/time slots available. I think I lucked out because a few days after I got my tickets, the news of Color Factory got out and they sold out of the rest of their tickets.
Ross and I made a weekend of it, since we love going to San Francisco. We tried a couple new restaurants as well (another post on that later) before heading off to Color Factory!
I spend a decent amount of time researching locations to do outfit photos. Sometimes I’ll go on Yelp, or even just do random Googling depending on what kind of environment or background I have in mind for a particular outfit. Murals and outdoor art are obvious choices, but in a city as big as LA with a lot of people taking photos at similar locations, I try to find the less known places. Of course, a nice mural or pretty location never stays secret for long.
This particular location I came upon by chance; I was walking around near my workplace and saw signs for Bold Pas, an upcoming temporary art takeover of public places in Old Town Pasadena. They had mockups of the art installations so I was able to plan my outfit around them. It looked like it had the potential for some interesting photos, so we went! (more…)
Rainbows at the beach!
Clearly, rainbows are a recurring theme in my clothes, even my swimwear. I bought this rainbow one-piece bathing suit from ASOS a few months ago during a Memorial Day sale. I rarely wore one piece swimsuits in the past; bikinis always felt less restrictive and more comfortable to me. But there have been a lot of really cute one pieces lately!
Last weekend in Los Angeles was so freaking hot and our apartment doesn’t have air conditioning. Heat is not a problem most of the year, as LA tends to be pretty mild. But every once in a while there’s a heat wave. After suffering through the heat on Saturday, we drove to Santa Barbara on Sunday to stay cool by the beach. Santa Barbara is about a 90 minute drive from here. It was definitely cooler, but still warm enough to go to the beach. So I brought my pastel rainbow ombre swimsuit!
What’s nice is that the beach in Santa Barbara is also not that crowded. I’m sure beaches in Santa Monica, Venice and etc. were packed. We got to relax and enjoy the ocean waves a little, and took some photos.
I bought this Lolli Swim towel last year on sale at ModCloth, and I love it! It’s a giant circular towel instead of the usual rectangular shape. But the color and heart motif were just irresistible to me.
Note: I’ve had that little purple star necklace since 7th grade. Yep, I have kept it for over 15 years. And now chokers are coming back in style. Haha. Good thing I held onto almost all of my crappy mall jewelry I bought from Claire’s! Seriously, I loved going into that store with my friends and getting all sorts of cheap rainbow or glittery trinkets when I was in elementary and middle school. I can’t believe those tween accessory stores are still around (but from what I’ve read in the news, they’re not doing so well). I don’t know if today’s kids will ever understand what it was like to just wander around the mall for a few hours with your friends, get a slice of pizza at Sbarro’s (I’ve got enough taste now to know that Sbarro’s does not have good pizza) and browse Claire’s to get the perfect glittery headband or hairclip.
The one irritating thing about taking beach photos is the wind! My hair was flying all over the place, and looking all weird because I’m growing out my layers. Next time I’ll wear a cute beach hat or bring some really strong hairspray.
Towel: old, Lolliswim via Modcloth
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved rainbows. The easiest way to get me to buy something is to slap a rainbow on it (bonus points if it’s a pastel rainbow instead of the usual super bright ROYGBIV). I was teased occasionally when I was younger for wearing bright, colorful clothing, but kids can be jerks about anything, especially in middle school. (Some of the teasing had a homophobic tinge to it, which is gross because bullying people for their perceived sexual orientation is wrong.) It just made me more determined to dress the way I want, because who cares what people think?
I saw this sweater from Sugarhill Boutique and just knew I had to get it! I really love their sweaters; they’re perfect for warm days and cool nights in Los Angeles. I get cold easily but hate heavy sweaters, so this is the perfect thickness for me.
Back to the rainbows: June is also Pride month and LA Pride was a few weeks ago. In honor of that, I wore this rainbow themed outfit and took photos in front of this very colorful mural in Pasadena. It’s on the side of a building on the South campus of the ArtCenter College of Design, in case you were wondering. The artist RISK has painted several huge color walls throughout LA.
These shoes from TUK Footwear are so comfortable and adorable! I have several pairs of novelty ballet flats from them and always get compliments whenever I wear them.
I also got a rainbow gel manicure! I may have overdone it with the rainbows in this post, heh.
I hope everyone had a safe and fun Pride, wherever you live!
Sweater: Sugarhill Boutique
Skirt: (actually a tank dress) Forever21
Shoes: TUK Footwear, via ModCloth
Clutch: old, ASOS
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear (they’re on sale for only $28!)
I recently bought a new camera lens because I wanted to improve my photography for the blog. The kit lens that came with my camera is fine, but I wasn’t getting the kinds of pictures I wanted. I did a bunch of research and settled on this one. I’m still learning, and sometimes it’s annoying to take a bunch of photos and then you realize that a lot of them are out of focus. But that’s what practice is for, right? So you can get better.
Case in point, this set of outfit photos was the second one with my new lens (the first shoot using the new lens was this post). It was incredibly frustrating because the auto-focus kept focusing on the wrong parts of the photo. Ross and I eventually got a few decent shots, but it was definitely a learning experience. (I also figured out how to manually set a focal point instead of relying on auto-focus. yay!)
This shot of me on the bench? It took about probably a dozen attempts before Ross got one I liked AND was in focus.
I’m also trying to take photos in different settings. This is a park right outside of downtown, and part of the park is elevated so you can get some really cool views of the skyline. It’s a little silly; I’ve known about this park for a while but the entire time I’ve lived in this area, I never went to it. One benefit of doing this blog is that I’m discovering new places, or I’m looking at locations with an eye for seeing it if would make for a good backdrop for outfit photos. I’m even keeping a list filled with places that I think would be good for photos. For a while this past year, I kind of abandoned this blog, but now I feel pretty renewed and inspired.
Skirt: old, Modcloth (no longer available but similar style here)
Trench coat: old, Modcloth
Heart scarf: old, GapKids