Thursday, September 24, 2015

Made Well and Vest Dressed

Whoa whoa whoa... three times together in a week?  Is it maybe the best week of our lives?  We were both crazy busy today but were able to meet up for an uber-productive lunch at KazuNori and cappuccinos after at Ledlow.

Paloma says...

Was so happy to blog today (we are on a roll!) because I get to model my new (and oh so wonderful) dress, which was a birthday present from my lovely mom!  I never go shopping in stores (online always!), but my mom was in town last weekend for my birthday and we spent 85% of the weekend shopping because that is how we do.  Anyway, it was fun to browse the racks and see what's trending... much different than the online experience indeed.  I noticed a strong theme of seventies-era clothes, with lots of high waisted jeans, moody florals, and brown/mustard/orange shades. Anyway, this dress feels very 70s to me for some reason but I can't pinpoint why. And though I was a bit concerned that it was too short for work, I felt awesome in it (just couldn't lift my arms). 

Dress: Madewell
Shoes: Charles David
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (LOVE this alternative)
Bag: Madewell

Karen says...

I'll be honest, this vest-dress was an impulse buy a few weeks back after I had a drink.  I was walking around the Century City mall after a tipple and wandered into a Banana Republic.  Big mistake.  Huge.  Or maybe the best decision I've made for the fall season?

Still figuring out ways to wear it, but today I wore it like a summer suit jacket for a deposition.  Going to convert it into a dress for the apr├Ęs le travail look.

Oh, and the happy grin was per Paloma's request.

Vest: Banana Republic (on sale, obvs)
Skirt: Joie (I like this)
Metallic Tank: Only Hearts (like this)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One is the Loneliest Number

... especially when Paloma is totally standing there, ready for the photo-taking and blogging, but tells you that you must blog alone today because she ain't really feelin' it.  These were the birthday drinks referenced last week, which happened at The Must on Winston.

Paloma was not crazy about The Must's menu.  But she was crazy about my peach and burgundy color combo!

Top: J.Crew (like this)
Skirt: Forever 21 (like this)
Shoes: J.Crew "Martina" (in black)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy Birthday, Paloma!

Last week, Paloma celebrated her birthday.  Lunch date was in order.

Paloma says...

Turning 35 was kind of a trip for me. Not because I am sad or mourning my youth (though maybe that just a little), but because it just seems so very adult.  And I honestly feel like I am still 22 on most days.  Of course, my two kids and very serious job tell me otherwise.

In any event, was lovely as always to squeeze in lunch with Karen. Wore my usual black and white with a "pop of color" (am I the only one who now hates that expression?!).  Though I only wore the cardigan for the 2 minutes it took to photograph it because September is by far the hottest month in Los Angeles.

Shirt: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: J.Crew Factory (similar)
Cardigan: J.Crew Factory (similar)
Shoes: Charles David
Bag: Madewell

Karen says...

I'm in a bit of a style funk lately, which also explains the dearth of posts lately.  Basically, I can't decide on what I like right now.  The last couple of years of Pinteresting and blogging has brought me through quite a few trends - statement necklaces, trying to go normcore, the constant layering of patterns - leading me to an identity crisis.  Either nothing feels like it's my own idea (cuz it's not), or, I'm lacking confidence in executing something new (like ever wearing my Birkenstocks unless it's around the two friends who get it).
That defaults to just taking random things out of my closet and putting them together based on fit.  Found an old Scotch & Soda t-shirt I basically never wear.  Pulled out the Madewell skirt I basically always wear.  It fit fine, and it's Friday, so there we go.

And... happy birthday to my darling Paloma!  Lunch is down, now just drinks to go.

Tee: Scotch & Soda (like this)
Skirt: Madewell (like this)
Boots; Zara (similar lower ones)
Bag: Vintage Coach (love this one too)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Summer Meets Autumn

Labor Day Weekend is that time, loaded with promise: the end of summer, with its warm weather, shorts, flip flops, and carefree backyard barbecues; but the beginning of fall, unofficially, with its cool breezes, changing colors, and the mild and lovely transition into the holiday season.  Certainly, where we are it can be unbearably hot for another few weeks before we even know it's fall.  But hard not to pull in warmer hues and heavier knits once the calendar changes to September.

We had an easy and breezy Japanese lunch today, then caught a quick photo.  Long weekend on.

Paloma says...

I almost don't feel like I need to say anything. Here I am, again, in neutrals with a turquoise necklace. Because that's how I do. 

Shirt: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Banana Republic (low heel alternative that i love)
Necklace: Forever 21
Sunnies: Prada
Bag: Madewell

Karen says...

First: I chopped off about five inches into a blunt mid-length cut.  Still getting used to it, but overall I am all about new seasons and new looks.  Sorta.

Second: as far as Labor Day looks go, I think this bodycon dress is pretty much perfect.  Not at all suitable for cold weather, and too tight for warm weather.  Matches easily with cool tones (like my necklace) and warm tones (like the Jill Stuart bag Cynthia long loaned me).  Goes good with neutral wedges.  Easy to wear with big sunglasses.  

I'm so ready for the weekend!  And the start of a new season.

Dress: Pika988 (but I'd love this)
Shoes: Gap (get them on sale!)
Bag: Jill Stuart (kinda like this)
Necklace: J.Crew Factory (like this)
Sunglasses: Vintage Dior (like these)