Joel recently stumbled upon his dad’s vintage Rolleiflex 2.8E camera from the 1950s.
We were inspired to take a stroll back in time and head to the beach for a few sunset photos. Looking at our modern day, fast-paced life through a retro lens was refreshing.
I hope we have other opportunities to slow down this summer.
On me: Levi’s // Nordstrom Blouse // Adrienne Vittadini Sweater // Fossil Purse
I bought this Roxy skirt a few weeks ago and have been dying to pull it out, but it hasn’t been warm enough here in the Bay Area for the tank top I had originally envisioned wearing with it.
Being a naturally impatient person, I found myself rethinking my cropped tank top idea, and instead, pulled out a loose fitting sweater shirt I’ve had in my closet since high school. Once I tried it on, I fell in love instantly.
This look is my 2018 take on the classic 1950s sweater and poodle skirt combo. Iconic as it was, I think I prefer this modern spin.
Though I love a good poodle skirt, this longer, less obtrusive option is much more my speed. The effortless sweater not only keeps me warm while I’m waiting for summer, but it also adds a nice contrast to the fitted skirt.
Living in Santa Cruz has taught me to mix and match different seasonal pieces. Granted, I draw a line at Ugg boots and shorts, but in this case, pulling out a top I normally save for the winter months had me pleasantly surprised. Who knows, come Fall, I might pair this skirt with booties and a leather jacket!
“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” —Thomas A. Edison
Most trends are cyclical, moving in and out of vogue over time. What was fashionable for an older generation, i.e. bellbottoms, may be a dreaded faux pas later; yet some pieces are so iconic that they have made repeated encores. Here are a few examples of style fads that have made impressive comebacks:
High Waisted Bathing Suit
Wide Leg Pant
Oversized Sun Hat
Off The Shoulder
High Waisted Jeans
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel
I love the retro look of sleeveless turtlenecks. I find them incredibly flattering and stylish.
When I was in elementary school, and my mom still helped me pick out my outfits for the day, she used to always suggest I wear a turtleneck. At the time, I refused with all my might. Now, I reach for them all the time and laugh at the irony.
Sleeveless turtlenecks are perfect for the hotter months of the year, when you still want the same look of a turtleneck without the extra warmth.
On a side note, I love the way black and brown complement each other. I know that’s an unpopular opinion—to each their own. To me, there’s something so effortless about the combo.
Whenever I wear this top, I pair it with a simple outfit—jeans, low heels, and cat eye sunglasses. Everything fits together seamlessly, putting a vintage spin on the classic jeans and a tank top style.
Shop my look: slide sandals/ jeans/ top/ purse/sunglasses
Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays–there is so much to celebrate. I usually spend Independence Day swimming in the lake and eating BBQ. My go-to patriotic look is something breathable, able to be worn over a bathing suit, and in the red, white, or blue color family. Thus, the tie front button-down.
The top in this pic is from a couple years ago, but here are some similar options:
Happy Fourth of July!
Spring is finally here! I’ve always felt that I gravitate towards Spring looks more than any other season. For me, Spring means cropped jeans, lace shirts, and playful heels.
These high-rise straight-leg jeans by Guess are definitely a denim staple. You can wear them with a t-shirt and a pair of Keds on a lazy Sunday, or dress them up with heels and a fancy top for date night!
I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with my style. Taking fashion risks is one of the few things in life that don’t scare me. Rather than play it safe with a simple top that didn’t compete for the spotlight next to these statement jeans, I went with this eye catching top by Forever21. And luckily, they ended up complementing each other nicely.
I finalized the look with these Ziginy Mid Pump heels. There is something so classic and “Audrey-esque” about round toe mid pumps–they tie a look together effortlessly.
“In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” -Henry Rollins
The short sleeve button down is my favorite top for Spring!
It’s a modern take on the 1960s Mad Men style short sleeve dress shirt. But with a loose fit, it’s more romantic and effortless. This timeless piece is a must-have wardrobe staple.
Here are a few shirts I love:
Summer is the perfect time of year to play with fun prints!
Whenever I’m on vacation I take the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone–wear things I wouldn’t normally wear to school (or work). That means fun colors, styles, and prints!
Experimenting is easiest for me when I choose one aspect of my look to accent. When I found these pants I just had to have them. They felt retro and feminine–my favorite combination.
Though they came with a matching top, I decided to pair them with a neutral tank, jean jacket, and sandals to keep the outfit a little more casual and a little more me.
“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.”
― Karl Lagerfeld
On Me: Forever 21 Pants, Lucky Brand Sandals, Urban Denim Jacket
NARS lipstick in the shade Heat Wave has been my favorite lipstick this Summer! I love the way bright red looks on a hot day–reminding me of something my grandma might have worn in the 50s.
And what goes best with a hot day? Ice cream, duh.
If you’re ever in the Nevada City area, I highly recommend trying Treats downtown. Their ice cream is unique and delicious. Yum!