Pumpkin Patch

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!
I decided I am celebrating the holiday today with a festive blog post, appropriately depicting our trip to the pumpkin patch last weekend. We were total procrastinators this year and waited until the last weekend prior to the holiday. I think for us, last year ruined Halloween a bit, so we were kind of bumming about it this year. To give you some background on last year, it was our first Halloween in Los Angeles. We found this "Pumpkin Patch" in Hollywood on yelp, so we went and checked it out. To be frank, it was a complete and total let-down. It was basically a dirt lot, covered in hay where they arranged pumpkins for you to buy for an absurd markup. At that moment, John and I knew we were silly to even think going to a pumpkin patch in Hollywood would be remotely legitimate. They had VALET PARKING, PEOPLE! Freaking valet. So incredibly different than what John and I were used to, coming from the Midwest.

So this year, we made absolute sure to do our homework before making any pumpkin picking treks across the city. We found out about Underwood Farms, an hour north of where we live. It is a real pumpkin patch, that actually grows the pumpkins, as well as a lot of other gorgeous seasonal produce. It was still a bit carnival-like compared to our Midwestern ideas of a pumpkin patch, but it was way better than last year's option. Our friends from home will laugh at this: we had to pay $30 to get IN to the patch. Like, that was just to go inside, not including anything else. OH, Los Angeles. Long story short, we got the holiday experience we were looking for and had a great time. (P.S. #Kimye visited this same pumpkin patch, so its totally North West approved).

I feel like what I wore was the perfect mix of casual/festive/comfortable, despite it being a little warm outside. This blue plaid top is the ultimate electric blue color and I love the bright pops of red and turquoise in the pattern. I was sent this Joules vest a few weeks ago and thought that it'd be an eternity before I got to wear it, but it is surprisingly lightweight. It will be the perfect layer as temps drop more in the upcoming months. I am obsessed with the gold button and zipper detail, it makes the vest look really high-end and it goes with all my gold jewelry (like this bracelet and these earrings from Max and Chloe). 

I also must mention that these booties are so cute - I literally get compliments every time I wear them! They are such a classic brown bootie and I love the buckle detail. They are super comfortable and we did a lot of walking! You will be seeing these a ton on the blog this fall... they go with almost anything.

If you can tell from these photos, I am fighting the wind so hard! I decided to keep a few funny bloopers and share them with you at the end of this post...
... you're welcome.

I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! Eat all the candy for me... #weddingdiet over here.

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DIY: Succulent Pumpkin Planter

October 29, 2014

How cute is this succulent arrangement on top of a pale orange (almost white) pumpkin?! I made this the other night in a last-minute ditch effort to get into the Halloween spirit. I chose to use a lighter-colored pumpkin so that it translates into my decor even past October 31st. I have been a total procrastinator and when John and I finally made it to the pumpkin patch this past weekend, I knew it was time to get into the season!

Thank goodness I stopped by the amazing Rolling Greens Nursery off Beverly Blvd, where I was able to pick up almost everything I needed for this fun DIY. They have an incredible selection of succulents, plants and even decor. It is a must-see during the Holiday season - I am clearly obsessed.

Want to DIY your own succulent arrangement on a pumpkin? Good news! I got all the details below:

What you will need:

  • Aleene's Tacky Glue Spray
  • Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • One (squatty) pumpkin (mine is called a Fairytale pumpkin)
  • Moss
  • Succulents of varying sizes (2-inch work well, I combined those with one larger succulent for the center)
  • Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Pumpkin beer - optional (wink!)
  • First, clean off the top of your pumpkin, then spray the top of the pumpkin with the glue spray. I didn't even bother to remove the stem and it still worked out fine!
  • Carefully begin to stick moss to the top of the pumpkin. You can tear a large piece or do smaller pieces. I used one large piece, then added to the outside with smaller pieces until I achieved the coverage I wanted.
  • Next, begin to add the succulents. I added my largest one first, in the center of the arrangement. Knock off as much excess dirt as you can, and cut off roots. Apply a small amount of Clear Gel Tacky Glue to the end of the succulent and glue it into place. I wiggled the stem down into the moss to make sure it stayed in place. 
  • From there, build the arrangement out from the center. I added pieces of moss as I went to fill in the center and help the succulents stand up. Note: Putting tacky glue on the end of the succulent is totally fine. The arrangement will last for 4-6 weeks, and you water using a spray method versus watering from the bottom.
  • You can add as many varying kinds of succulents as you desire. Once you are done adding the succulents, give them a few sprays of water.
Next time I do this, I think I may make a few smaller versions; or build out my larger pumpkin with even more succulents! Make sure to pin this DIY & let me know what you think in the comments!

East vs. West: Fall Beauty

October 28, 2014

Lulu*s Sweet Samba Coral Red Dress | inPink Gold Rope Necklace | Love & Sunshine Grey Clutch | Chinese Laundry Sea Breeze Smoke High Back Ankle Strap Heels (also in Navy and Dark Grey) | T. Audrey Frosted Bangle Bracelet | Laqa & Co. Ring of Fire Fat Lip Pencil | Laqa & Co. Nookie Nail Polish

Coral red is a bold, yet seasonal fall color. The minute I tried this LAQA & Co. lip pencil (also seen here), I knew it was a great signature color for the season - and I have gotten tons of compliments on the lip color. When I found this dress that matched the orangey-red shade perfectly, I knew I had to have it. The flirty flutter sleeves on this dress are really unique and different than any other dress I have. When thinking about accessories, I decided grey would be a really pretty accent color to offset the boldness of the coral red dress.

I am obsessed with these Chinese Laundry Smoke Grey heels. The chunky heel makes them bearable to wear for hours on end. Since it has been so warm in LA, I love having a pair of seasonally appropriate heels (color & suede fabric) that give my toes some room to breathe!

Make sure to check out all of the other gorgeous bloggers incorporating Fall beauty looks:

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Jacquard Lovin: NYFW

October 22, 2014

Oasis Winter Rose Jacquard Dress c/o | Blue DKNY handbag via Marshalls sold out  (same exact bag in black) | Silver Strappy Heels sold out (identical option) | Zero UV Blue Mirrored Sunnies (similar pair) | Statement Necklace old (similar option) | Lucite Bracelet old (similar option on sale!

Oh, New York. It is so much fun to reminisce. Let's throwback today to NYFW! Remember when I posted this teaser about one of my NYFW looks? Well it is finally on the blog!

I have always been partial to a great pattern/print, but it seems that lately I have been gravitating towards richly textured pieces. I wore a navy and white jacquard dress last week in the East vs. West series, and this week I am throwing it back to NYFW and sharing a little about this gorgeous Oasis Fashion dress I got to wear (that also happens to be jacquard).

I have been waiting to share this look with you for over a month! When I wore this for NYFW, it was a sample, and the actual dress was not yet available for purchase. I wanted to wait to post the look until the dress was available on Oasis' website... and today is your lucky day! 

This 2-in-1 dress was an awesome style to wear to fashion week. There is an actual dress that is the first layer (underneath), and the capelet goes over the top to give a crop-top sort of illusion. The back is my favorite part. Since it is open, it gives a peek of the exposed zipper in the back. I wore this the last day I was at NYFW, and I am glad I saved it since the temps dropped a bit. This dress is perfect for the fall and winter months because of its thick jacquard fabric. Although I wore it alone, it would look so cute with black opaque tights and booties! The rose print has a gorgeous silvery shine, too. This would be such a fun dress for an upcoming holiday party!

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