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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Best 3 Matcha Spots in LA


Let's be real, this post has been a long time coming. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a serious love for my matcha lattes. And trust me, not all are created equal. I've had the super lumpy, kinda chalky or overly milky. So often I hear that someone had a bad experience with matcha and I that just broke my matcha loving heart! For those who aren't familiar with matcha, it's a the leaves from green tea and the quality of the tea does make a difference. After doing a lot of testing in the LA area, it's these three spots that I keep coming back for more.

Olive & Thyme
Not only does this have amazing breakfast (get the quiche), but it's a spacious, light filled spot that has a matcha latte I can get behind again and again. For those who don't do dairy, this is for you. They make theirs with soy milk and I've even asked for almond milk (both are equally delicious). It does come sweetened with vanilla, but does not take away the match taste. 

The Assembly
This is the place that confirmed all my matcha testing was worth it! Originally, I started drinking their honey almond lattes, which are amazing coming from a not so big coffee drinker. But the matcha lattes are what got me fueled for work. You'll understand from the minimal decor to the friendly baristas that they put all the effort into the making a great latte (matcha or not). Not going to lie, this can be a pricey matcha latte, but they use high quality barista milk and Panatea matcha. This is so LA, but you can expect to see all the cute dogs here. Oh, and come on a Friday morning. They offer Donut Snob donuts on Fridays. 

Matcha Box
Feeling adventurous? Come grab something from MatchBox. The menu is nothing like I've seen-playful and so refreshing! From drink names like Matcha Bitch and unique pairings with ginger, this place will have you begging for more. Every sip is so velvety and carefully balance. My personal favorite is the Joules, which has matcha, ginger and almond milk. Personally, I prefer all their drinks iced. The small spot isn't one to linger around, though. So I don't recommend trying to meet up someone for catching up. It is relatively close to The Grove, that you could walk to and from. That also might save you a headache from searching for street parking.  

Are you a matcha lover? If you know of any spots to try, let me know. I can never say no to a good matcha spot!    

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Casual Neutral Outfit for Fall

Happy Friday Friends! There's nothing like experimenting with neutrals. Basically, you can end up with a limitless wardrobe (who doesn't want that?!). And you want to know what? This look is actually from last year here. You probably couldn't tell. All these pieces are still in my closet and get worn, except those espadrilles had to be replaced because the soles were coming off. Yes, I wore them to death and then bought another pair. This might also be a reminder for myself to keep adding neutrals to my closet. And speaking of neutrals here are some from the sale over at Madewell because hello extra 30% off-RIDICULOUS (code: GOODLOOKS) like this sweater, plaid shawl, and this knot-tie long sleeve

While I didn't think this through, but I did have an actual outfit to post. I've been dog sitting across town in Santa Monica all week (aka living there) and didn't bring my picture files. The dog owner is super sweet to let me use her computer, but I also can't navigate it (and feel a little weird poking around). So just know I'm on the struggle bus trying to make today's linkup post happen.

Thank you for linking up, FOR REAL! Our picks are Ruth from My Little Nest and Grace from Color and Grace! I would insert the image, but I can't find it on this computer lol. Am I getting old or what?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Best of Madewell's Sale Section

UPDATE! Madewell is currently offering 30% EXTRA off sale till 10/23! Use code: GOODLOOKS 
Annnd hurry because things go F A S T!

Happy Friday! It's even a happier one because there are quite a few pieces that I LOVE that have been added to Madewell's sale section (insert hands up emoji). You might remember a few or a lot of these from previous fitting room reviews. But these are just too good to pass up!

cream sweater

TIE-CUFF PULLOVER SWEATER $79.99 (Now $49.99) // Wearing XXS
It's an oversized sweater that has a little something but still a great basic. It comes in several colors and looks like you put more effort into your outfit. There's enough room to do the half-tuck in the front, too.

floral silk dress

SILK POPPY DRESS IN WILD BOTANIC $148 (Now $99.99) // Wearing Size 6
This little dress is just that good! I'm honestly shocked to see it's been marked down already! It does seem to run a tad small in the waist and I'm only wearing a bigger size because that's all they had. It has the right length and not cut too low making it work appropriate, but the shape totally makes it happy hour ready.

black and white gingham dress

GINGHAM RUFFLE DRESS $98 (Now $34.99!) // Wearing Size 0
I personally own this one (you can see it here) and for this insane sale price it just doesn't get better than that! 

star print top

WRAP SHIRT IN STAR SCATTER $75 (Now $49.99) // Wearing XS
Let me just say (again), I'm not that into star prints but this cute top changed my mind! It's so cute and with some white jeans and jean jacket, it's so easy to style. It is short in length, so keep that in mind. You could only wear this with high-waisted pants.

navy silk top

Totally fell in love with this top the second I saw it and trying it on only confirmed it's great. I picked it up recently and have been wearing it so much. It has a V in the back and tried it on at home with it in the front and you wouldn't even know. So it can work worn two ways. 

Thanks again to everyone who linked up with us! Jessica and I always look forward to reading your posts! Our picks are Kristina from The Kontemporary and Tilden from To Be Bright!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Layering for Warmer Climates

cardi c/o old navy // top // jeans // espadrilles (on sale!) // purse // sunglasses // earrings

Let's be real, LA is one of last places that gets actual fall temperatures. It usually starts out cooler in the mornings and by midday you're regretting your outfit choice. Rather than packing away all my summer tops and dresses, they're getting the chance to mingle with my cardigans that I've picked up oh since July. Somedays I'll even venture and swap my espadrilles for booties. But if there's one cardigan that I reach for every season it's this one! They keep bringing it back each season and this year I picked it up in two colors. If you love having pockets, it doesn't get better than this for the price! And if you worked with me at my last job, you probably thought this was the only sweater I owned (last seen here). 

Now, it's time to take a look at last year's outfit here. The jean culotte is something I still find hard to wear, but a fun way to change it up from the typical skinny jean. What do you think?

Thank you for joining the linkup! Everyone has great posts! This week we are featuring Shauna from Lipgloss and Lace and Jules from Scorse of Styles

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Denim Midi Skirt

tshirt // skirt c/o Banana Republic // purse // shoes

There's some days that I don't think I need another denim piece in my closet (remember this post?). Then, there's days like this one--hello, midi skirt! While the longer length might seem more conservative, I have to say I felt more va-va-voom with it hugging all my curves. To my surprise, the boyfriend was a fan, too. If you're anything like me (loves high waisted pieces but not the discomfort from sitting), you'll appreciate all the stretch in this midi. OH YESS! And let me just say I felt mighty fancy shopping at Costco and Trader Joe's that day. Oh, and do yourself a favor and pick up these cute can wines. Tried and tested by yours truly:) 

Okay, so let's flashback to last year's look here. It's another fun denim outfit. Well, somethings don't change lol! I picked up those wide leg jeans on a sale whim from Madewell, which you might want to check out the sale section because it's SO good!  

Thank you for all of you who keep coming back each week to linkup with Jessica and I! Truly means so much and we love to see your posts! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Life Update: So I Was Laid Off

hat // sweater c/o garnet hill // necklace // tray // lip tint // perfume

For the past three weeks, I've been between having what feels like a ton of time and lots of papers and tying up loose ends. I'm in this new chapter called umemployment. It's a weird meditative trans-like feeling. Did I mention I have more time on my hands? But ever since it happened I kept going back and forth about sharing this here. I'm not looking for any sympathy really because let me tell you it will get you free drinks from the bartender (so you know that's true sympathy). It's not the first time I've been laid off. It's familiar, but very different this time around as a 30 year-old vs 20. And as each week has gone by, it becomes a little more real with this very open schedule. Anyone want to grab lunch?

In case you were wondering, I worked on an editorial parenting site for the last year and a half. Even though I was an assistant editor, I actually managed many of our social media accounts and became a newsletter wiz. Truthfully, it was an a fun position and came with tons of perks that had me pinching myself that I got paid for going to brand events or eating at cool restaurants all to shoot for social. 

So here's some of the highlights of unemployment:
  • The second you mention you were laid off, people are instantly a lot nicer.
  • Yes, the niceness test worked getting drinks. Thanks for making my day from an unemployed gal who needs all the free drinks.
  • SO.MUCH.TIME. It's strangely overwhelming to have all the time in the world.
  • Soaking in not having to do that hour commute to work and hour and a half back home. #lifeinLA
  • Going from a Mac to a PC. Oh, how I miss my work computer! Luckily, my boyfriend has a laptop for me to borrow, but relearning how to navigate a PC has tested all my patience. 
  • Some days there are tears. I wasn't too sad the day it happened, but some days you realize your new (temporary) normal and it's emotional.
  • Wishing you were tired at the end of the day. You really have to work to tire yourself out.
  • Balancing time to relax and job search. Some days there are more job postings. Some days there really isn't.
  • Give me all the self help books. Yup, you gotta do what you gotta do to stay positive. 

So for now, I just wanted to share what's going on. Not everything is a cute neutral outfit and Madewell shopping over here. Ultimately, I know everything works out in the best ways. Here's to new and exciting things to come! And if you have any tips, send them my way because I really do have time to read them :)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Madewell Fitting Room Try On's: Fall Collection

cute clothes from madewell

Happy Friday friends! You know my obsession with Madewell and you can say it was one exciting day this week the second I saw all the new fall pieces hit the site! I immediately jumped in the car and went over to see all the new goodies. Oh gosh, I have to say it doesn't disappoint! From the cozy sweaters to all the velvet, it has me excited for fall! See my last try on's with other fall pieces, so much is on sale, too! Here are the pieces that I tried on and how they fit:

embroidered floral sweater

embroidered floral sweater

This actually launched a little while ago, but just was able to try it on. Oh, you guys it's SO cozy! The sizing is huge, so I went down a size. As you can see, it's still roomy. You can definitely go down two sizes if possible. The embroidery is very detailed and does make this sweatshirt special. 

grey velvet top

VELVET BUTTON-DOWN CAMI $85 // Wearing size 00
Truthfully, I was hoping to try on this other cami, but the second I walked in and saw this cami I totally forgot about my original hope. It comes in a stunning mustard, too. Mind you I have a short torso, so it hits just at the hips. But the length could easily be an issue if you have a long torso. The straps are not adjustable. While it did fit nicely in the chest, it felt a smudge too small where it hits at the hip. I didn't try the size up, but imagine it would solve this. And I did try to unbutton the bottom, but they were not budging. Truly, this would a stunning addition for all the holidays coming up (crazy to say holidays). 

star print top

I have to say I'm not that into star prints, but ever since trying on this top here I've come around. So I wasn't too surprised when I tried on this silk top. The silk and details do make it modern and classic at the same time. Again, I had the same issue with this as the cami above being a little snug around the hips. But going up a size would still be just as cute. I did love this top tucked in, too. It would be a great addition for an office job and casually. That's a win for me.

grey bodysuit

WRAP BODYSUIT $49 // Wearing Small
I don't know what it is about a good bodysuit, but I feel like I can conquer the world. If there's one thing to add to your basics, I would grab this. The material is nice and thick, which is perfect for the colder temps coming. It comes in black and already thinking I need that too. And it goes with everything (see below).

pink velvet skirt

VELVETEEN UPTOWN ZIP SKIRT $88 // Wearing size 2
Ever since I haven't had too much success with skirts, I don't tend to try them on. But on a whim thought it would pair well with the bodysuit. Well, it did look good. The sizing was just right. Normally, I have to size up with their skirts. The length was also just right, not too short or too long. The velveteen material would add so much texture to a look, which I find fun for fall.

star print skirt

Yes, this is the same star print from above. Turns out it's cute in the skirt version. There's a subtle ruffle at the bottom. And goes perfectly with this bodysuit. Again, I found the sizing to be true to size, which seems like Madewell has some consistency with their sizing this collection.

white lace top

SEZANE NINON LACE TOP $125 // Wearing size 34
Maybe I'm the last to get my hands on trying Sezane, but I was immediately drawn to this top the second I walked into the store. The quality on this is just so good, which justifies the price. It also made me feel very French just give me some wine (white wine because I don't trust myself with red in this top). 

black floral dress

After seeing this dress on display several times, I've been itching to try it on. While I never am a size 6, it was the closest size they had to my usual size. But honestly this dress does run a little small. If I was going for a more relaxed look, I do think I could get away this size. The classic fit and the print sold me. You can go from desk to drinks in this one. Luckily, they are fully stocked online with this one.

wrap pencil skirt

black lace top

RAW HEM DENIM MIDI SKIRT $89.50 //  Wearing size 26

As you know I go into this store a lot, so when I saw this skirt on the rack it was a must try this on. The top was just because it should look nice with this skirt. And yes, it sure did. The skirt is SO flattering, but with all my tippy toe standing it does need heels. The denim is thick, but has some stretch. It does run true to size. The top (and whole outfit) make me feel like I should be roaming around the streets of Paris. The top is done so well, with a quality eyelet material. I was only wearing a nude bra underneath, but adding a cami would make it appropriate for work. 

Hope you found this helpful! Let me know if you have any favorites!

Thank you for linking up last week! Our picks are Stefani from The Style Safari and Alicia from Between the Pearls!