Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mint and Lemon


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Blouse: thrifted Forever 21
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: thrifted Naturalizer
Lipstick: Revlon Fire and Ice

I’ve been meaning to put this blouse and skirt together forever and finally got around to it. I really love how mint looks with yellow. This skirt used to belong to my friend Natasha, but I acquired it from her in one of our swaps. She has such a great eye for colors and prints! (Well, she is an animator/cartoonist/illustrator after all.)

Is it weird that almost all of my closest friends are artists? It kind of drives me crazy sometimes. They can all draw and paint so beautifully and I absolutely cannot! If I try to draw, the result looks like one of Napoleon Dynamite’s sketches. My mom and, I think, at least two of her sisters can draw too. My job is kind of artistic, I guess (I’m a fashion copywriter), but come on: I write to make people buy things. Hopefully someday I’ll write something that actually matters.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Tiki Night


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Top: thrifted Chaus Sport
Jeans: J. Brand
Shoes: Miz Mooz from Nordstrom Rack
Headband: Urban Outfitters
Lipstick: Revlon Love That Red

On Saturday night Jasen and I went to another tiki bar in North Hollywood called Tonga Hut that’s been around since 1958. This place is pretty rad. Everyone talks about how Tiki Ti is the coolest tiki bar in L.A. but that place is way too tiny and trendy. I mean, I’m sure it’s cool if you can get there at 4 pm on a weekday, but Tonga Hut has big booths, all kinds of awesome d├ęcor, strong affordable drinks and a super fun crowd. Plus, it’s easy to get a seat if you arrive by 8 pm, they let you bring outside food in (some of our friends ordered a pizza) and around 10 pm a taco stand opens up in the parking lot. When we were there Saturday, an Australian guy bought rounds of these sweet little shots for the entire bar four times! I just had one of those and a mango Mai Tai, though.

One of my favorite things about tiki bars is that people do not take themselves seriously, so it was perfectly fine for me to wear this Hawaiian print top and leopard headband. But if you don’t dress “tiki” it doesn’t matter either…it’s not like everyone is in costume or trying to adhere to some scene look. Tiki bars rule.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What a Circus


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Top: Cotton On
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: MIA from Nordstrom Rack
Lipstick: Revlon Fire and Ice

There’s definitely something circus-y about this outfit and it’s probably inappropriate for a 31-year-old, but I like it anyway. I think I need more lime-colored clothing in my life. It looks pretty good on ghostly white people with dark hair for some reason.

Have I ever mentioned that my uncle used to be the singing ringmaster of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus? Well, he’s an actor and singer in New York City now (this is his website), but we used to see the show whenever he was in town back in his circus days. It was pretty cool/creepy to me as a child. (You know, the clowns, and if you go backstage at a circus, it’s kind of weird in general. Oh, and yeah, performing animals in captivity, that’s disturbing.) The costumes were amazing, though. One year my grandma left home to live with him on the train, so we used to tell everyone she ran away to join the circus.

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