1. I’m all for a nice jumpsuit. But this Antonella Cut Out Golden Lion Jumpsuit from Missguided takes the idea to all-new heights by combining things I love: cutouts, gold embellishments, a daring neckline. Flawless. (missguidedus.com)
2. This past weekend I went out and rode a bike for the first time in years, among great company no less, as part of CicLAvia, an event that encourages people to get outdoors and “makes the streets safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike.” It was great fun seeing Downtown Los Angeles via bicycle. The next event isn’t until October, but you may as well put it on your calendar now. (ciclavia.org)
3. With the weather being warm, I’m in frozen sweet treat mode. Thankfully, Food 52 has this simple recipe for delectable Frozen Bananas Dipped in Mexican Chocolate Ganache and Spicy Honeyed Peanuts. Yum! (food52.com)
4. Who else enjoys a tattoo of the temporary variety? Well, let me introduce you to Tattly. These aren’t your candy machine temporary tattoos of yesteryear. Oh no. These are quality “designy” pieces that you’re going to want to adorn all over your hot little body. Take for example this Live Today tat. (tattly.com)
5. Hot times call for hot pants. I’m particularly fond of these nautical-style High-waist American Chain Shorts. They’d be perfect for the Fourth of July. Here’s to wishful thinking that they’ll be restocked soon. (shopiammi.com)
Call me old-fashioned, but I’m the kind of person who still likes the feel of a magazine or newspaper in my hands (I suppose it’s the journalist in me), or a vinyl record or compact disc to thumb through the liner notes. And I don’t foresee that changing any time soon. I’m also one of those who finds great joy in receiving a handwritten thank-you card or a quick note. Why? Because it’s a rarity, with email and text messages the norm for communicating in today’s fast-paced world. The very act of writing by hand a message to someone is thoughtful and shows how much you care for the person on the receiving end. It brings a sense of warmth, seeing how the sender’s words flowed from pen to page in their very own, unique way.
Last September, my mom said this to me during one of her impromptu, half-serious rants: “Social media is for the birds. Let’s get back to writing notes on paper or pretty stationery.” Though the irony of her saying this via Voxer isn’t lost on me, the heart of what she meant has stuck with me. Last week when I had to mail something off to her, I thought I’d take the time to send her a quick note as well, just telling her that I love and appreciate her, and believe in her dreams and plans for her gift basket business (See image above). I think it was a pleasant surprise to my mom. We all need reminders and encouragements every now and then. Up next to receive a handwritten letter from me is my younger cousin, Alexis, who currently is in boot camp. I just know she thrives off of getting mail when she’s so far away and disconnected from everything.
That being said, we’ve decided to launch a letter-writing campaign. Not the kind where you gripe about something to your congressperson, but the kind that brightens days, brings smiles to faces and instills joy in the hearts of those who read them. By golly, we’re resurrecting the dying art form of handwritten messages. Who’s with us? (If this were a movie, I envision the slow clap starting right about … now)
1. I’ve felt this for a while, but Melody Ehsani really knows what she’s doing. Case in point: the Mata Hari collab heart-shaped clutch. (melodyehsani.com)
2. Lately I’ve been focusing on strengthening my prayer life. Thankfully, the ladies over at She Reads Truth are leading an awesome 21-day-long devotional about prayer in the Bible. (shereadstruth.com)
3. I hope peplum never goes out of style. It’s just so perfect for my figure! Check out these flashy, black-and-white Trance Peplum Pants. (nastygal.com)
4. You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, I’m anticipating the rain, and in doing so I thought, “A rain coat would be pretty dope.” Then I found this darling yellow jacket. (etsy.com)
5. The new Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, is out in theaters today, and I’m pretty juiced about it. I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty good. (Warner Bros.)
“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad.” Psalm 126:2, 3
I guess I could call this my Janelle Monáe-inspired look, too. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that I look like the spunky songstress when my hair is styled in a pompadour (mine, of course, a subdued version of her iconic look). And we can’t forget Ms. Monáe’s penchant for black and white. I, personally, am a huge fan of the color combination of black, white and gold. After hearing a great message at church this past sunny Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my friend, Linda, to Second Street in Belmont Shore, where we enjoyed good conversation, plenty of laughs and cupcakes from Frosted.
Shirt: 99 Cent Only store (Yes, you read that correctly! I tell ya, these pieces just jump out at me. No store if off limits!)
Skirt: Forever 21
Earrings: Hand-me-downs from Mama Dee
Purse (and added Scarf Accent): Thrifted
Sunglasses: Melrose Trading Post
I like things and lots of them. You’d be appalled at how many tabs I have open in a given window on my Web browser. It’s ridiculous. I see all these fun things that I pine after or want to learn more about, and they just keep on piling up. So to keep tabs on all that catches my eye and/or steals my heart, I present to you “Fancy Things Friday.”
P.S. It’s a double entendre (another thing I’m fond of): These lists will comprise things that I fancy, as in adore/appreciate/am captivated by, and things that I think are fancy, as in extravagant/special/awesome.
1. Wall art. I can never have too much of it. Lately I’ve been eying paintings of birds on telephone wires. (etsy.com)
2. Every now and then we need to be reminded of what we’re capable of. I love this simple but bold statement (Dream Believe Achieve) tee from what just may be new favorite style blog. (sincerelyjules.com)
3. I’ve been craving the steak and eggs brunch dish (essentially presented as steak nachos) from Cafe Biere in Emeryville. But since I’m back in L.A., I found this chilaquiles recipe (similar to Biere’s take) that is close enough. (spoonforkbacon.com)
4. Say what you want about Taylor Swift, but I’m diggin’ these spunky new kicks she designed for Keds. (keds.com)
5. A few friends and I just bought tickets to the Shecky’s Girls Night Out in L.A., slated for May 31. The discounted tickets are only $12 ($30 regular), and include gift bags, drinks, pampering and fun. Can’t wait! (sheckys.com)
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
These photos were taken during the start of a wonderful, sunny day in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this moment I felt on top of the world as I drank in the sights. The hillside, the lush green grass, the Painted Ladies, the trees that were made for hugging. It turns out that my outfit represents all the adjectives that come to mind when thinking about my surroundings: colorful, inviting, merry, mellow yet sprightly.
Denim Jacket: Wet Seal
Skinny Jeans: Forever 21
Oxford Shoes: Miss Me?
Earrings: Hand-me-downs from Mama Dee
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
This Outfit of the Day was inspired by the sunshine after a period of gray skies and cold nights. I pieced this look together on my way to church. It’s giving me a smitten schoolteacher vibe, almost like a feminine Mr. Rogers. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!”
Cardigan: Frenchi (from Nordstrom)
Shirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Easy Spirit (Thrifted)
I happened upon this little gem while hanging at the Urth Caffé in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. I love a random photo opp.
This past weekend was my 10-year high school reunion. Yes, I was a part of Scripps Ranch High School’s class of 2002 (go Falcons!). It doesn’t feel like it’s been a decade AT ALL! Over all, I had a grand time, caught up with old friends and acquaintances, had a blast with my bestie Yvette in the photo booth (best part of the event) and stunted just a little bit (*sings Mike Jones: ♫♪ “Back then they didn’t want me, now I’m hot, they all on me” ♪♫). Tee hee!
But seriously, I’ve changed. For the better. I’m not the same tomboy who wore her hair in a ponytail and was quite content in her DC skate shoes and Eddie Bauer fleece pullover. Not the same insecure girl who so desperately wanted validation from her peers. Though I cringe when I look back at photos from my high school years, I am very pleased with the woman I see staring back at me when I gaze in the mirror. I’ve been places I never thought I would see, accomplished things I only fantasized about doing (co-writing a book, living on my own, being a full-time journalist) and learned a great deal along the way (glory to God!). And I’m still learning. A full-fledged work in progress, indeed.