Monday Brights

You know what’s fun?  Really, really bright shoes.

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Just look down at your feet and… instant mood boost!

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Happy Monday you guys!  I thought this little color burst would be a fun way to start the day.  I wore this look out and about on Sunday but feel like this is a fresh, casual vibe I could rock all week long.  And seeing as its a holiday week, I just might.

I’m looking forward to flying to North Carolina on Thursday morning for a long weekend with my family and a reunion with my darling Becks!  Hope everyone has fun plans for Thanksgiving and, of course, killer outfits to go along :)  Let us know what you think about these crazy shoes and what you are up to this week in the comments!

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Sweatshirt: Patagonia, Truth to Materials Collection; Jeans: Madewell; Hat: Sample Sale; Shoes: H&M; Sunglasses: Target; Bag: Vintage

 

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Monday Brights

Travel: Big Sur Road Trip

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This weekend I traveled up the coast a few hours to Big Sur for a weekend of camping, hiking- and let’s be honest: s’mores eating.  Our trip included four tents, three (adorably color coordinated black and white) dogs, two nights of laughter and starry skies, and one fabulously successful proposal!

Our time was rather limited so we had to make the most of it. Here are a few of my recommendations for a weekend adventure in Big Sur.

  • Visit: McWay Falls (pictured above.) It’s an iconic view of the Big Sur coast- don’t miss the beautiful blue water and jagged coast line- it’s what your Instagram has been missing!
  • Stay: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  We spent two nights in the south campground here and it was absolutely lovely.  Shady and quiet, this park offers a ton of camp sites, a few great trails to explore, and a nice lodge if you need to escape from nature for a quick cup of coffee
  • Explore: Jade Cove Beach. This stop on Highway One offers stunning mountain and sea views and a chance to hunt for jade on the rocky beaches.  Apparently most of the green colored rocks are actually serpentine, not real jade, but a girl can dream right? Pictured in the second set of pictures below- P.S. my nail color here is Essie’s Carry On and it has been my go to this Fall!

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Here are a few of my camping essentials.  After all, what is an adventure without the right outfit? 

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Plaid Shirt: JCrew; Scarf: Madewell; Boots: Asos; Jacket: Patagonia; Denim: Gap; Hat: Wool and the Gang via Madewell; Lips: Vaseline Rosy Lips (loving this right now for a tiny pop of color!); Backpack: Herschel

xoxo,

Laura

 

 

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Sundress Denial

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Dress: Forever21, Shoes: Mossimo, Scarf: Turkish streetcart

I’m playing around with the idea that if I pair a scarf with my favorite sundress it can pretend it’s a fall outfit. It’s November and 80 degrees out so I’m trying to stay true to my love of fall fashion without dying of heat. I’m normally not crazy about floral prints but I love how graphic this one is, and honestly anytime there is an interesting back I’m sold! I may or may not have gotten several comments about the shortness of this dress, but sometimes you just have to be bold and hope for the best! (i.e. no wind)

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So what do you think, does this pass as fall or should I fly back to flannel? 

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Sundress Denial

Ace of Lace

I used to think the only appropriate time for sneakers was never.  Man was I wrong.  Lately I have been daydreaming of the bold design, fun colors, and- let’s face it- comfort that really only seem appropriate in an old fashioned lace up shoe situation.

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I don’t know guys maybe I’ve been sucked in by these enviable adorable street style images (P.S. click through for links!), or maybe working at an active wear brand is getting into my head, but I’m starting to rethink my footwear game.  Especially after I saw that Mary Katrantzou is collaborating with Adidas on a collection of fresh sportswear and shoes, out this month.  Christmas present anyone?

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Mary Katrantzou for Adidas via Style.com

Check out a few of my other picks for fun kicks below! I’d love to pair any of these with black jeans or an oversize dress and then hop on my bike and zip off to work (in semi-appropriate style!)
via Adidas, Nike, Converse, and New Balance

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So what do you think about this track shoe trend?  Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments!

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 11.54.08 PMxoxo Laura

 

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Holding on to fall

IMG_2375 Well it looks like we have approximately 3 days of nice weather left before the cold hits so I’m squeezing in every last drop of bare legs. It was the perfect day for a couple of work appointments, and then an impromptu cupcake date! You guys, I made this skirt about 5 months ago and it still makes me squeal a little every time I get to wear it. I always love tying my button downs as well because it gives a more defined waist and adds an interesting little sculptural element.

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: RAW Designs(me), Boots: Michael Antonio, Glasses: Bershka, Vintage Find, Cupcake: Butterfinger

Holding on to fall

Sunshine and Sunflowers

I love sunflowers- just ask Becka! So this little smocked top number pretty much screamed my name from the racks of one of our (many) local thrift stores.  A little alteration and it’s a perfect easy dress for the sunshine-ey Southern California November we’ve been having.  I paired this with a denim jacket for a night out and dressed it up with a pop of red in the lipstick and sandals.  But it seems to work just as well paired with my trusty bright turquoise backpack and mirrored sunglasses for weekend errand running.

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I have to say I am a little weirded out by this whole sundress two weeks before Thanksgiving thing- but I think its something I can get used to!

Dress: My own, via Ventura Goodwill; Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target; Backpack: Patagonia; Sunglasses: Target

 

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