23.7.14

What I Wore // Hot Summer Day


        Summers in California are normally very dry with lots of sun. However, we were blessed with heat, humidity and a cloudless sky all in one day (fairly strange weather for a California summer). The view outside my window was quite deceiving, I couldn't stand for more than ten minutes  outside to get a photo of my outfit without getting feeling like I needed to take an ice-cold shower. I wore loose fitting pants and a light colored tank which are great for days when you would rather not get drenched in sweat. In other news, it you haven't noticed from the photo above, I cut my hair! It was a spur of the moment decision and I love the results. I am surprised at how easy it is to wash my hair and style it every morning without the extra seven to eight inches I cut off.

Have a great week and stay cool!
-Ellie

pants // New Look, shirt // Brandy Melville, shoes // ASOS, necklace // Brandy Melville
photo by me


15.7.14

Ouur


   Ouur is a clothing brand is by the same creators of  Kinfolk. Their aesthetic focuses on simplicity and well-made neutrals that can fit into almost any closet.

    I am making an effort to invest in more basic pieces that can work in a cohesive closet. This can be quite difficult on an hourly wage, but I have been starting off with smaller pieces such as simple jewelry and basic t-shirts. One of my favorite stops for shirts is Everlane. They have fairly reasonable prices for t-shirts. My favorite is the boxy tee.

-Ellie

photo source:  Ouur




13.7.14

Lately...

     

    I have been a bit absent as I was taking a three-hour drawing and watercolor class everyday this past week. I loved it! The watercolor was my favorite and I enjoyed learning new tips and tricks for using watercolor paint. Part of putting together an art portfolio for college one must include a specific number of drawings. I am not the biggest fan of drawing, but exploring drawing as a means to creating something more(watercolor) was very helpful for me and I was able to come out with a few drawings to add to my portfolio.

-Ellie

3.7.14

What I Wore // Midsummer Art Festival


    About a week ago, I went to an art festival at a local museum to celebrate summer. I wasn't very impressed with the art and the weather that day was so hot, I was sweating even with the a/c on in the museum. Overall, it wasn't the most successful of days, but I thought I would share a quick snap of my outfit. The shirt is a diy project creation I made with an old, oversize Ralph Lauren shirt, the jeans are from Urban Outfitters and the shoes are from Steve Madden (both are from quite awhile ago, but it may be possible to find similar styles).

-Ellie

Dressing Table

     I have been admiring this beautifully designed dressing table. I am not  lucky enough to have a whole separate table area just for putting on makeup and even if I did I have absolutely  no idea where it would fit into my room (it is fairly small).  For now I am perfectly content to sit on the ground in front of my bedroom mirror to put on my makeup. I have come up with some creative positions  to get the right angle sitting on the ground.
-Ellie

The desk below could also serve as a great vanity with the addition of a mirror in the little nook.

sources: 1, 2

1.7.14

Imaginary Outfit // Camping in Half Moon Bay



    I have been camping on the beach in Half Moon Bay a few times now and I love it! Depending on the day you can have enough sunshine to go without a sweater, but have a cool enough night to light a fire. Here are some of the essentials I have come up with after quite a few years of taking trips to Half Moon Bay with friends and family.

-Ellie

sweatshirt: Muttonhead // shoes: Need Supply Co. // face serum: Herbivore Botanicals // duffel: Everlane // jeans: Zara

26.6.14

What I Wore // Tea Party



A few snaps of the outfit I wore for my little sister's birthday celebration. The dress is from free people (it comes in a few other colors and is still available here) and the shoes I picked up at DSW a couple of months ago.

24.6.14

Sunday Morning Tea


This past weekend was my little sisters birthday, so the whole family piled into the car to have a mid-morning party at a local tea house. The tea I had was delicious, it was a boysenberry/fruit mix. The food was also delicious. I had a mixed greens salad with raspberry dressing, baked brie in rolls, and a delicious chocolate dessert along with a few other small pieces.



23.6.14

Imaginary Outfit // A Pop of Yellow



     Yellow has always been one of my favorite colors in all forms including fashion, but has seemed an impossible feat in a closet full of neutrals and darker shades. I am a big fan of bright colors in ones closet paired with well-made classics (Madewell anyone?). The minute I spotted this clutch from, I knew it was the perfect pop of color that was subtle enough to fit in with a majorly neutral closet. I think this outfit would be perfect for a lazy summer day, such as a picnic with a good book to read (#Girl Boss is one I have been meaning to pick up next time I take a trip to the bookstore or the library).


dress: Gorman // book: Nasty Gal //  clutch: Mar y So // bracelet: Another Feather // shoes: Of a Kind // bath salts: Leif

22.6.14

Summer Playlist



      Yesterday was the official first day of summer! 

           I have to admit that summer is not my favorite season at all. I prefer to cozy up in knits with warm drinks, but as a resident of California, a hot summer is practically a given. 

      Although, I could do without the 100 degree days and sweaty nights there are some perks to the season. I especially enjoy outdoor picnics, warm nights with a breeze, watermelon, summer dresses, and occasional trips to the beach.  I thought I would get in the mood for summer by creating a playlist of songs that remind me of the many feelings of summer. You can listen to all the songs listed below. Listen here

Oceans - Coasts
Contact High - Architecture in Helsinki
Whirring - The Joy Formidable
Working Titles - Damien Jurado
Bright Wales - Kishi Bashi
You're a Wolf - Sea Wolf
Southern Sun - Boy & Bear
Riptide - Vance Joy
Summer - Calvin Harris
Destination - Nickel Creek
Float - Pacific Air

photo source (if anyone knows the original source please let me know)