Funfetti birthday cake via Serious Eats

What will 23 bring?

Happy birthday to meeeeee!! Guys, I'm 23 now. How insane is that!? I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by since my 22nd birthday (of course, that is how that whole birthday thing goes; it's kind of a yearly thing) and it feels like so much has changed in the past year.

Selena Gomez Makes The Case For Matching

Selena Gomez wearing a HVN dress with The Weeknd at Coachella via Vogue

The preppy way to do festival style

Hey guys! I'm so sorry that posting has been a bit inconsistent lately. I try to post something every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but I've been quite busy with the new job and lots of other things going on, so my blog may be a bit weird in terms of schedule for the next few weeks. I promise I'll try to get back to my normal posting schedule soon, though!

Anyways, as I'm sure you know, Coachella Weekend One was this past weekend and the festival fashion was phenomenal! From the many Revolve parties to some seriously chic style on the festival grounds, there were too many good looks to choose from. I don't have time to do a full Coachella style recap, but I did want to share one of my favorite outfits from the weekend.

Selena Gomez has transformed into quite the style queen, and I adored her cheery flower print HVN dress with matching kerchief that she wore in Indio this past weekend. Paired with easygoing sneakers, this look is a fashionable take on festival style that is cute, practical, but not bordering on swimsuit territory, which is the direction many celebrities leaned towards for the music festival. 

If you're looking for a more sophisticated alternative to cut-off shorts and crop tops, take Selena's sartorial cue and opt for a bright floral dress, and coordinate pieces too! It makes anyone look instantly put-together.

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Who was your pick for best dressed at Coachella?

Trending | Feeling Fruity

Diana of Sweatshirts & Dresses wearing a Dolce & Gabbana set

Look good enough to eat!

The fruits of spring are in full bloom, and it's time to wear some fun spring styles! Pineapples, lemons, cherries, you name it...all your fave fruits are printed on cute dresses, rompers, blouses, and pants.

Everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Forever 21 is hopping on this trend, so no matter your budget, there are plenty of fruity tutti pieces for you!

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Which fruit print is your favorite?

What I Wore | Revolve Pop-Up

Or, how to dress like a festival girl

Over the past year or so, I've developed quite the obsession with e-commerce site Revolve. Not only am I in love with the California-cool vibes of the clothes they sell, but I adore the aesthetic they promote on social media and the world they create that revolves (I know, I know) around their brand. Revolve has become the model of successful social media marketing, from their merry band of gorgeous influencers to their FOMO-inducing getaways in exciting locales like the Hamptons and Anguilla. 

Shopping List | Basket Bag

Zara Pom Pom basket

And no, I'm not talking a basket for Easter eggs!

Happy Friday, friends! What are your weekend plans? Right now mine involve getting some spring shopping done at the Revolve Social Club open house and the new & Other Stories at the Americana! You?

And of course, one thing I've been lusting after is a perfect summer basket bag. I've been seeing them all week, toted around by bloggers like Adenorah and Emma Hill, and boy, do I want one for myself! If there's anything that will get you into the summer mood no matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a basket bag. They make any occasion feel like a summery picnic, and they are oh so chic.

I'm particularly obsessed with this Zara one, as well as this one from Doen, but alas, these brands are too cool for ShopStyle, so I'll round up some other trendy basket bags I also think you'll enjoy! Check it out:

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How would you style such a purse?

7 Coachella Necessities

Wearing Madewell dress, scarf, and sunglasses

Rock that desert style!

Heading to Coachella or another festival soon? Well, lucky you! You're bound to have a fantastic time, but do you know what you're going to wear!?!? Festival fashion is just as important as the musical headliners these days, and if you want to stand out from the crowd, you've got to dress to impress!

April Wish List

A pink-filled wish list for my birthday month!

April is one of my favorite months, and it's not just because it happens to be my birthday month! It's officially spring, the sun is shining, and it's a busy month full of festivities. If you're a festival girl, Coachella is just around the corner (I'll be sharing my Coachella outfit picks later this week!) and Easter is another excuse to buy a cute floral dress and eat an elaborate brunch. And yes, I happen to turn 23 this month, which is quite exciting! So here's what I'm wishing for during my birthday month:

What I Wore | Peak LA Girl

Sometimes you just have to embrace the basic

Now that I work in West Hollywood, I've been spending more time on trendy Melrose at Insta-famous locales like Alfred Tea Room and the Paul Smith Pink Wall. Before having that 9-to-5 gig, I usually would go there in the middle of the day on a weekday to avoid the throngs of choker-wearing, phone-toting teens trying to snap a chic shot for their profiles. I love taking pictures in front of the pink wall as much as the next person, but I roll my eyes when I have to queue up just to pose in front of Carrera Café. 

Trending | Pearl Accents

Gucci loafers via Soraya Bakhtiar 

A mermaid's accessory of choice!

Have you ever had a dream about shoes? Because I have. Really! The other night, I awoke from my slumber with the most pleasant fantasy in my mind, where I wandered around sunny Los Angeles in a fresh pair of Gucci pearl-inlaid loafers. What a marvelous dream!

What I Wore | Views from DTLA

Exploring downtown in style

Over the last five years that I've been in Los Angeles, downtown has experienced exponential growth. There are new bars and restaurants opening up left and right, more apartment buildings, and new areas (like my current neighborhood, the Arts District) are expanding as we speak. I love that I've gotten to know DTLA so well over the past few years, thanks to its proximity to USC, and I love that even now I'm still exploring new places to go and new sights to see.

Spring Trends Under $100

Good clothes don't have to cost a fortune

There are so many cute spring trends to try, but even though I'm officially getting that payday as a working girl (didn't you hear? I got a job!) I'm not exactly rollin' in the dough (yet). So yes, I want to wear embroidered denim and open-toed mules, but I don't want to break the bank trying to be fashionable either.

What I Wore | Pink & Pom Poms

Every Barbie needs a pink dress!

Happy spring, friends! Oh, what a glorious time spring is. The clock has sprung forward, the sun is out, and the weekends are oh so fun. Now that I've officially started that working girl life (you read that right, Mission #HiretheFashionBarbie was a success!) I'm definitely appreciating my weekends more, and when the weather is this nice, it's not hard to!

The Sunglasses Trend You'll Either Love or Hate

Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad wearing a Fendi sweater

There is no middle ground

I love sunglasses. They're a simple accessory that has the power to change the feel of a whole outfit, and there are so many shapes, colors, and styles to choose from! I guess I have a good face shape for sunglasses, too, because most of the time they don't look awkward on me (except for those rounded Ray-Bans that everyone has, they make me look like John Lennon and not in a cool way). 

So when a new sunglasses trend takes over, I take notice. I obsessed over the Dior So Real shades that everyone wore last year. I was ecstatic when my mom found her old wayfarers from the 80s at the height of that trend a few years back (Vintage! So cool). And now, I'm noticing a new trend that people seem to either absolutely adore or completely loathe: oval sunglasses.

Shopping List | Perfect Spring Dresses

READY FOR SPRING! ASOS dress and Madewell sunglasses

It's finally spring! Dress like it!

Okay, okay, I know the East Coast is currently in the midst of some bizarrely-late winter snowstorm, but here in California, it is fully-blown spring! And I don't know about you, but I'm dying to wear sundresses every day and get my spring fashion on.

Florals, ginghams, bright colors...I want all the dresses! Obviously. I've rounded up some of my favorite spring dresses below. Which one is your favorite?

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Which dress is your favorite? 

5 Trend Takeaways from the Fall 2017 Shows

Backstage at Valentino, via CR Fashion Book

Now that the shows are over, let's talk big picture

It's never too early to start thinking about next fall's most popular styles. Now that the Fall 2017 shows are over (check out all my favorite collections here), I've been looking back on my favorite collections and trying to pick out the biggest trends and recurring themes. 

What I Wore | Gingham for Spring

A picnic-perfect print!

I wore this outfit to brunch a few weeks back, when I was tired of constant rain and itching for spring. Now that the weather is finally warming up and the flowers are blooming, I thought I'd share this look with you!

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017

The finale at Chanel Fall 2017 via Vogue

The Fall 2017 shows ended with a trip to the stars

Since I was out of town for half of Paris Fashion Week, I wasn't able to write reviews on all the top runway shows, but I did want to share thoughts on three of my favorite collections from PFW. Miu Miu went over-the-top with fur of every color, Nina Ricci brought restrained sex appeal, and Chanel lifted off with a space-themed collection, complete with a rocket centerpiece at the Grand Palais that "launched" during the finale.

Vacation Recap | Park City, Utah

Hanging outside the Veuve Clicquot Après Ski Lounge

Hitting the slopes🎿

As a Southern California girl, I don't get to interact with snow very often. Thanks to the barrage of rain we received this winter, I can see the snowcapped San Gabriel mountains from downtown, but they're still quite a journey to get to. So at least once a year, I like to pick out the coats hiding in the back of my closet, gather up my scarcely-used winter accessories, and head to the mountains for some winter wonderland fun and plenty of skiing.

Shopping List | Ribbon-Tie Shoes

Free People ballet flats

Tie it up in a bow!

From bodysuits to tulle skirts, ballet chic has been one of the biggest spring trends. Now, inspired by tie-up ballet flats and pointe shoes, designers are adorning their spring shoes with ribbons and bows.

March Wish List

Markus Lupfer top | & Other Stories bra | Madewell jeans | Topshop skirt | Alexander Wang shoes and purse

Celebrating spring the downtown chic way

It has been well established that floral for spring are not groundbreaking, but you know what is? Making florals look cool and edgy! How does one do this, you ask? Stay away from classic pastels and go for punchy reds and moody blacks.

The 2017 Oscars Red Carpet

Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, and Viola Davis pose with their Oscars (I'm not missing anyone from this photo, am I...?)

It's Hollywood's biggest night!

What was shaping up to be a pretty run-of-the-mill Oscars ceremony became so much more in the final moments, when one of the La La Land producers (on stage, accepting the award for Best Picture) paused and said, "JK, this award is supposed to go to Moonlight!" (I'm paraphrasing but you get it). At first I wondered if this was a consolation acknowledgement, in the vein of Adele's nod to Beyonce at the Grammys, but no, the La La Land guy held up the winning envelope to the camera and, lo and behold, it read Moonlight.


My 2017 Oscars Red Carpet Predictions

Alicia Vikander at last year's ceremony via Zimbio

What will the nominees wear?

The biggest night in Hollywood is almost here! I've already filled out my ballot with my guesses on who will take home the big awards (get ready to hear La La Land a lot) but now it's time to turn my attention to the red carpet!

London Fashion Week Fall 2017

Christopher Kane via Vogue

Hot fashion from across the pond

If you thought Fashion Week was just NYFW, you're in for a big surprise. The New York shows may have come and gone, but we're only halfway through! These past few days, the fashion in crowd has been gathered in London for some seriously cool runway shows. Burberry did a see now, buy now collection, as did Topshop Unique, and designers experimented with wild shapes, fascinating fabrics, and cartoon character motifs. Oh, London Fashion Week, you never cease to amaze!


Sitting pretty at Marc Jacobs via Vogue

Last thoughts on New York Fashion Week

Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but there's still plenty to talk about. Marc Jacobs delivered a stunning finale that put the focus back on the clothes, Thom Browne showcased his talent for inventive suiting, and overall, NYFW felt more diverse (both in terms of skin color and body type) than ever before. 


Altuzarra Fall 2017 via Vogue

More thoughts on the New York collections

New York Fashion Week continues, and there have been plenty of fabulous collections. I've already talked about some of my early favorites, and today, I'm gonna talk about some more of my fave runway shows.

Happy Valentine's Day!

For outfit details, check out this post

Wishing you all a happy hearts day!

Whether you're in a lovely relationship and have date night planned tonight or just a single girl (like me) who loves hearts and pink, hope your day is wonderful and filled with the people in your life who matter most!


Jason Wu Fall 2017 via Vogue

It's time for everyone's favorite week!

New York Fashion Week is off and running, with dozens of fresh Fall 2017 collections already unveiled. From up-and-coming designers to some of the biggest names in American fashion, there have been some stunning collections, so let's talk about the highlights so far!

The Style Evolution of "Girls"

all images via HBO

A look back on the TV show's best fashion moments

When HBO's series Girls started, I was a senior in high school ready to move to a big city and begin my college career. There was something fascinating about Hannah Horvath & Co. navigating the murky waters of early adulthood, and watching the main characters as they tried (and oftentimes fail) to find jobs, boyfriends, and themselves was comforting in a weird way. As a high schooler, I felt reassured that it was okay if I didn't have it all together by the time I was out of college, but of course, I would have it all together, or at least that's what I assumed.

Year of the Unicorn

(Apartment Therapy)

Everything's coming up unicorns!

Last I checked, we have just entered the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese zodiac, but lately it feels as if we are in the Year of the Unicorn instead. Everywhere I turn, there's unicorn-themed hot chocolate, unicorn makeup palettes, even unicorn portable chargers! 

Shopping List | Show Your Stripes

Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific wearing a Gucci sweater

Add some color to your sweater weather outfit

Why wear a boring monochrome sweater when you can wear all colors this winter? The rainbow sweater is one of the easiest (and coziest) ways to wear all colors this winter, and everyone from Gucci to Saint Laurent is doing it, so there's no excuse to skip out on this trend.

Shop my favorite rainbow stripe sweaters below:

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Are you a fan of the rainbow stripe sweater?

What I Wore | Parisian in Pasadena

Bringing classic French style to old town Pasadena

Putting together an outfit that you absolutely love is one of the best feelings in the world. When you find something that works, you add it to your go-to mental list of fashion uniforms, and fashion uniforms are essential to have for days when you feel uninspired or pressed for time.

February Wish List

Prepping for spring means pastels and florals!

Happy February, everyone! February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's jam-packed in the world of fashion and pop culture: New York Fashion Week, the Super Bowl, the Grammys, and the Academy Awards all occur this month, and that's not even including holidays such as President's Day Weekend and Valentine's Day. 

What I Wore | Another Day of Sun

City of stars, are you shining just for me?

When you live in Los Angeles, you're bound to stumble across an iconic movie location every once in awhile. This week we went to Pasadena for outfit backdrops, and one of the locations we shot at was the historic Colorado Street Bridge, which you may recognize from La La Land:

Spring 2017 Couture | Part II

Elie Saab Spring 2017 Couture via Vogue

classic couture is back in a big way

When the real world seems to be going up in flames, fashion tends to delve deeper into fantasy. And couture is fantasy with a capital F, especially for us plebeians who watch the shows on our laptops and only dream of wearing such fantastic clothing (side note: I was actually invited to a few shows this season, but a last-minute trip to Paris wasn't really in the cards, so hopefully next season I'll be there in person!). Spring 2017 Couture has been bold, glamorous, and fantastical.

Spring 2017 Couture | Part I

Backstage at Dior via CR Fashion Book

Plenty of romance and ball gowns galore

The couture shows have kicked off in Paris, and already I am drooling over the clothing confections that the world's finest fashion designers have presented. From a pre-Raphaelite fairy tale at Maria Grazia Chiuri's couture debut for Dior to over-the-top trains at Giambattista Valli, the magic and extravagance of couture is in full force. 

What I Wore | Melrose Morning

Basically, an excuse to show off a new skirt

Sometimes you don't realize you want something until it goes on sale. Such was the case with this Madewell lace-insert skirt that I picked up at the Americana a few weeks ago. I had seen the skirt on Madewell's website for some time, and I have been in search of a new black mini skirt, but I didn't need it or anything. Until it was under $20 on sale!

Styling Tips from Madewell's Spring Lookbook

Outfit inspiration for days

It's no secret that Madewell is one of my favorite clothing brands. They're casual cool pieces are just simple enough to be everyday staples, but exciting enough to not be considered boring. At this point, I'm sure half of my wardrobe is Madewell, including all of my jeans and plenty of button-down tops, skirts, and dresses. 

What I Wore | Time for Tea

tea yes, you maybe

One of my New Year's resolutions was to explore different areas of Los Angeles. While at USC I became quite familiar with downtown, and now that I live downtown I consider myself something of an expert, but to the west, there is still so much that I have yet to discover. You don't know until you live in Los Angeles how difficult it can be to venture just 10 miles down the road (especially when the area in question isn't right off the freeway) and suddenly what should be a 20 minute journey turns into an all-day affair. Nevertheless, I've got a lot of free time at the moment, so I'll suck it up in traffic if it means exploring more of this beautiful city.

What I'd Wear | Pre-Fall 2017

Valentino Pre-Fall 2017 via @maisonvalentino

So many good looks!

Pre-fall is perhaps the most curious of seasons. Technically, it refers to summer (right? pre-fall is the season preceding fall?) but many fashion designers use it as a time to introduce the motifs of their fall collections, and many pre-fall lookbooks are filled with coats, furs, and other cold-weather necessities. It is often less whimsical than resort, it's pre-season counterpart, focused on practical, consumer-friendly pieces that can transition from one season to another. The release of pre-fall collections also seems to drag on forever, as some designers presented their lookbooks weeks before Christmas, while others, like Christian Dior and Valentino, just held their pre-fall presentations this past week, mere weeks ahead of the spring couture shows.

What I Wore | Barbie Pink

I finally made it to the pink wall!

Okay, I did it. I can quit my blog now and be content because after four and a half years of living in Los Angeles, I finally made it to the Paul Smith wall! Otherwise known as "That One Pink Wall on Instagram" the Paul Smith store on Melrose is a mecca for fashion bloggers and hip LA peeps in need of a colorful backdrop for their photos. 

Three Ways to Wear a Tulle Skirt

One of Carrie's iconic looks on Sex and the City

Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw

As much as I try to move away from my feminine style sometimes (in the Arts District, you're more likely to see people in vintage Levi's and baseball jackets than fun and flirty dresses) I can never resist a good tulle skirt. It is perhaps the most feminine thing imaginable, big and frilly and reminiscent of ballet recitals. It's also the skirt of choice amongst one of pop culture's most famed fashionistas, Carrie Bradshaw.

74th Golden Globes Red Carpet Review

Golden Globe winners Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

A golden night in La La Land

La La Land dazzled. The Night Manager surprised. Moonlight prevailed. The 74th Golden Globes were full of both expected wins and true surprises, making for an exciting night where anything could happen. As anticipated, La La Land won over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the same way it did audiences, earning a record 7 wins at the Globes last night.

Video | Glossier Phase 2 Review

The Glossier Phase 2 Set

Perfecting that no-makeup makeup look

Yeah, you read that right! I made my first video for The Fashion Barbie in order to show how Glossier's trendy makeup subtly enhances my face. I received the Phase 2 set for Christmas (thanks, Dad!) and absolutely love it, so I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you, and I thought, what better way to do that than with a video?

Trending | Casual Corseting

Proenza Schouler Fall 2016

Define yourself

Whenever I watch period dramas and start aweing over the costumes, I find myself really wanting to own a corset. In my rococo-era fantasies, they're glamorous and give me the perfect shape to wear gorgeous robes à la française. In reality, corsets are the reason why you hear about women fainting so much in Jane Austen novels and likely caused all sorts of health problems. Yikes.

My 2017 Resolutions

My goals and resolutions for 2017

New Year, New Goals

I don't always think about New Year's Resolutions, but this is the first year that I'm completely out of school, working on the next step, and trying to figure out how to live my life, basically, so it felt like a good time to start thinking about goals for the year. Hopefully they will keep me motivated and encourage me to have fun and be productive in 2017!

January Wish List

Linda Farrow sunglasses | Rosie Assoulin top | Isa Arfen skirt | Sophie Hulme purse | Sam Edelman shoes

Time to have some fun!

Happy 2017! I hope you had a lovely New Year's Eve and a minimal champagne hangover on New Year's Day! As this post goes live I'll be hopping on the metro to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, where USC is playing Penn State. It's my first time going and I'm so excited to see the floats and my favorite college football team! Be sure to check out my Instagram for all the Rose Bowl fun.