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October 16, 2014

inspired by: longer lengths

It's finalllly cooling down in LA and I can actually think about fall clothes without breaking out into a sweat.

Living in a warmer climate, naturally I need to amend my wardrobe as necessary during the transitional seasons. Retailers may be selling turtleneck sweaters, but that doesn't mean I'm going to be wearing them in October (the same cannot be said about PSL, I can drink those anytime, rain or shine... or heat wave.) It sounds basic but I am shocked time and time again with people who completely disregard the weather in their sartorial choices.

Stop trying to make fall happen.

My snark aside, to each her/ his own. You do you. All that jazz.

A trend I have been loving for the past couple of months, and one that can be easily worn this time of the year in LA, is anything with long layers. Long cardigans, long sweaters over long skirts, long coats, long vests. My personal favorite would have to be the long shirt dress. While I don't have the body or confidence to wear a normal dress over jeans, I love the concept of a maxi length shirt dress. Unbuttoned to allow a sliver of a pair of skinnies or a mini skirt to peek through, it's the perfect nonchalant, effortless look. Even this black silence + noise silky shirt dress I referenced in a previous post (...and ended up splurging on) might be a contestant for this ensemble.

Here's some pinterest inspiration for this style:

sources: Lee Oliveira, Vanessa Jackman, collage vintage, Stockholm streetstyle, ooh couture, who what wear, & pinterest


October 09, 2014

a few days in Mumbai

It seems that I will actually never get done with posting my photos from India. But the end is finally near! Mumbai, or Bombay, was the fourth and final destination for our trip-- although we had passed through their airport numerous time before we actually got to stay in the city.

Mumbai was unlike any other Indian city I had ever been to... not that I have been to many to begin with. It was way bigger and way more modern in comparison to Kolkata. We weren't there for very long so we mostly just toured around the southern part of the city as we were staying in Cuffe Parade. Still we visited a beautiful art gallery, a museum, a few different street markets, as well as one of the largest malls I had ever been to.

I'd love to visit Mumbai again cause I don't think I got the whole Mumbai experience. It was the last segment of the trip and after almost a month and 8 plane rides behind me, I was burned out. There are so many famous street markets (which if you read my blog, you know I love) in the city that I didn't get to explore. And sadly I didn't get to eat any traditional Maharashtrian cuisine.

We did spend a decent chunk of time at Colaba Causeway, as it was very close to our hotel. It's known as a market geared towards tourists, but I think that made it more convenient to find things we were interested in purchasing. Lately it's become trendy to reject the whole "tourist" persona, as something so amateurish it's practically blasphemous. I find it kinda silly, cause hey, if you're visiting a new place for a first time, of course you're going to want to experience first hand all the things you previously heard about, as overexposed as they may be.

So here are some photographs I took while I was busy being a full blown tourist.

October 06, 2014

garden party

Since I am such a terrible blogger (/procrastinator) I still have a bunch of photos from September, just chilling, unprocessed, in a folder on my laptop. My lags in blogging usually come from a) not having time to take photos or b) not having the patience to edit photos and compose posts. This time around it was definitely letter b. And with school having just started (yes, I started school in October #quartersystemproblems) it'll probably move into a combo of a + b. The struggle is real.

I wore this dress countless times over the summer cause it's so comfortable and so versatile. I haven't worn any denim skirts or dresses since the 6th grade, but it's hard to resist the magical food-baby-concealing powers of a flouncy, denim, smock dress. New and slightly unconventional takes on denim have been constantly cropping up, while at the same time online publishers relay that denim as a whole is going out of fashion. Personally I'm embracing expanding my denim horizons (and refusing to say goodbye to my skinnies anytime soon.)

denim smock dress: asos, lace up ballet flats: urban outfitters (similar), black hat: zara (similar)