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**~CoaCHeLLa~** Day 3

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These sunglasses probably make me look cooler than I actually am in real life. By day 3 I actually almost missed the festival because I was so content lounging around the pool at L'Horizon. Totally in love with this place. Here for the #mycalvins party for Calvin Klein and they served margaritas and margaritas pizza (*queue Future voice*) at the same damn time. Hello heaven. 

Wearing one-piece by Shakuhachi, lace cover-up by For Love and Lemons, body chain by Vanessa Mooney, gold choker by Urban Outfitters, bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs (RIP), sunglasses by Wildfox, boots by Free People & ring by Spell and the Gypsy Collective.

You Make It Real

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An easy on-the-go outfit featuring my favorite basics for the not so basic. Tank and leggings by one of my favorite Los Angeles-made brands, Morrison Grey. Each piece is carefully dyed to transform into your new favorite everyday shirt. I wear mine anywhere from underneath a blazer to the office to over a sports bra to pilates. It's challenging to find any shirts made with super soft modal that doesn't start accumulating small little annoying holes everywhere after a couple wears. I have worn and washed all my Morrison Grey tops several times and they always stay in ~PeRFeCT CoNDiTioN~*

Chelsea booties by Rag and Bone, photos by my very dear friend Jose Gallina. You can find Morrison Grey here! More to come xx

It's June, Margie June

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I don’t particularly look like my parents.  Like I’m sure never anyone has questioned if I was adopted or anything (except one time someone asked my dad if I was his mail-ordered bride, but that’s a completely different story) but I don’t look like a younger doppelgänger of either one of them. Yeah I have my dad’s teeth, my mom’s nose. My dad is responsible for my dyslexia and I chew off a manicure when I have anxiety the same way my mom does. But for the most part, many people have told me I look like my Grandma.  And it is SUCH a compliment. She was homecoming queen, mother of 10 kids (10!!!) and had the biggest heart you could ever imagine. I lost my Grandma last summer. When flying back to attend the service I asked my Grandpa if I could have something of hers to remember her by. I didn’t have interest in her jewelry (I mean I did, but she had five daughters so it’s not like I’m going to win any in that category) or the family bible (which is actually already missing). I had my eye on obtaining a multicolored beaded jacket. Shoulder pads and itchy polyester tag, I wanted it all. This is one of my most prized possessions. I find myself putting it on just for fun when wanting to feel fancy while cleaning my house or wearing it out on a Friday night. I think I’ve had more use out of it than my Grandma ever did.

 

I styled this piece of hers for this look. I love adding one of her vintage pieces to an everyday look. When wearing a loud piece I like pairing it with a LBD to balance it out or dressing it down to look more casual with skinnies. The trick to pulling off obnoxious outdated-decade pieces: confidence. If you don’t think you can pull it off, don’t do it. Being comfortable wearing a conversation starter is key. I find myself always getting compliments when wearing out her clothing. I feel her with me all the time.

These photos were taken downtown Los Angeles outside the Bradbury Building, one of the most historical buildings in this city. I know if this place from the movie 500 Days of Summer; the interior staircases are well worth stopping in for a look. My hair color in these pictures is the same color I remember my grandma's hair, I did this subconsciously though ;) Photos by Chris Canon

Coachella Desert Gyspy

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It's festivallllllllllll season. More is more. If you're not wearing 10+ bracelets, you're doing it wrong. And if you're planning on wearing a flower crown,check your calendar because it's not 2013. These are a few favorites I've come up with to wear while playing under the sun out in the desert. I've been to many music festivals and I've learned a few tips from experience on what not to wear to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. 

1. Don't wear a dress. Or a skirt. You will end up on some shirtless guys shoulders at some point, and that will be no bueno. Rompers are so perfect for this! Lately I've been obsessing over this Australian line: Spell and The Gypsy Collective. If you haven't heard of them, you HAVE to check them out!! They sell at Revolve too, so you don't have to worry about international shipping (my worst enemy). 

2. DON'T bring your favorite sunglasses. If you bring then lose your Tom Fords, I will shed a tear for you. I love love love the newest styles that Toms just came out with. They're a good price point and won't fall apart. The reflective lenses are so festival-esque. 

3. Guaranteed compliments if you accessorize yourself with anything from Waffles and Honey. These pieces are timeless and dazzling. And they're handmade in San Francisco! AND if you use the promo code 'tealkitty20' you get 20% off !!!!!! #dreamz

4. I swear on Nars matte lip liners. I have one in all of my purses. They're game changers, life changers, new best friends. Color stays on all day. My favorite color is Walkyrie

5. Don't wear sandals. They will break, you will get blisters and your feet will be so dirty by the end of the day. Wear cute booties or sneakers, you'll be on your feet all day!

Pinot On The Go

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Fi takes wine country! Made a day trip to Chalk Hill while I was up north. I can never say no to wine tasting, and the weather was unreal gorgeous. I always say that I need a vacation from my vacation-like lifestyle. This was the perfect little getaway. I can always use a glass of wine (or seven).  Thank you Roth Winery for having me!

Wearing this adorable dress by Free People, I'm obsessed with anything with flared hippie-like sleeves.And  my everyday Rag and Bone booties and Celine sunglasses. 

LA Fashion Week: Camelia Skikos

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This is my first ever LA fashion week show I’ve ever attended where I wasn’t on the runway. And I am so overly excited to be invited back and this time on the sidelines as ‘press’, which makes me sound really fancy. And I'm really not that fancy tb completely h, but having my first fashion week as a blogger rather than being someone's walking mannequin is invigorating.

This was also my first ever concept show I’ve been to, which was quite the experience. Usually during runway shows it’s hard to see the details on garments; there are models that are walking way too fast because the only thing that’s on their mind is how fast they have to change into their next look and how they’re going to get their bright white silk blouse over their head without smearing their foundation onto their neckline (I’ve been there).  I attended Camelia Skikos for Concept Fashion Week, and since LA fashion week isn’t really recognized as a global phenomenon (except Tom Ford having participating this year I think will be a game changer) it isn’t always common for you to be familiar with the designers. But on the contrary this wasn’t my first time hearing about Camelia Skikos, and after watching her show she is definitely a name you have to know. Camelia has quiet the resume. From working for luxurious brands throughout London to being the head designer of Levi Strauss in San Francisco. Camelia launched her line in 2010, and the following year won San Francisco Fashion Award for Best Women’s Wear Designer. Her pieces are geometrically configured; looking at her past collections the best way I could describe it in comparison is that it has a similar modern feel like Alexander Wang if he wasn’t voluntarily color blind (I’m aware that not everything Wang is black and white, but it kinda seems like it). For her concept show, models would parade out then stand still for periods of time so you could really examine the apparel. Camelia used a greyscale color palette with a splash of metallics to add some luster. I feel that her pieces are special and extraordinary because they look so clean-cut even if they are asymmetrical. My favorite pieces actually came out of the men’s line. It takes a certain brand for me to look at a men’s wear garment and think to myself: “I would totally wear that.” And coming from a girly girl (I wouldn't usually classify myself as a girly girl but my dad would say that I totally am) like myself, it just shows that these pieces were that amazing.

And one of the best parts about her line is it is all designed and made in this pretty city, Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by this new app called Fyuse, which I then caught myself downloading and talking multiple selfies with my fellow blogger gal pals.  I’m so happy I got to be a guest for this show; I can’t wait to see it come out this Fall! Check out her collections: www.cameliaskikos.com

Alexa Chung For AG Jeans!

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The 'It' girl is back at it again. Alexa Chung debuts her collaboration with AG Jeans. The collection is more than just denim; it includes overalls that don't make you look like you own a tractor and fitted ribbed tees that is perfectly paired with any pair of denim. Alexa had a little launch party at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills last Thursday night; the event included Moscow Mules with decorative straws and a photo booth (my fav). So fun to have Alexa Chung be apart of a LA based company, and she looks so stunning in the ad campaigns! Shop the entire collection here.

10 Things To-Do In Dublin

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1. 37th Dawson Street- Of course my number one thing to-do in Dublin would be a bar. Irish people really enjoy their whiskey and I'm learning to keep up (or at least fake it, don't worry dad). I absolutely loved this bar, it's trendy with the neon signs while having moose head taxidermy on the wall making you feel like you're in a cozy pub. 

2. Stroll The Neighborhoods- Something that I was totally unaware of before getting here is that all the houses have like the cutest doors ever. It's actually like a 'thing.' It's a decorative and historical thing to have a colorful painted door, read the full story by clicking the link. 

3. Collect Sea Glass On The Coast Of Dun Laoghaire- Find ocean treasures scattered across the beaches and put it all in a little jar and make yourself a souvenir! About a 20 minute DART ride out of the city. 

4. Grafton Street- Ireland's world famous shopping and culture street! It is gorgeous during the holiday; it's covered in sparkling lights and has multiple decorated Christmas trees. They have some of the same shops as the do in LA such as Topshop, Ted Baker, Zara etc. I fell in love with the store Brown Thomas; It's a high-end luxury department store that I would compare to Saks. I started salivating over the Celine Phantoms (per usual).

5. National Museum Of Ireland- So I'm not much of a history nerd like my sister, but she dragged me here. I appreciate history and all, but there's only so much I can take before it all looks the same to me. They have an exhibit here on the 'bog people.' Which are these super old dead bodies they find in the bogs that are preserved because of the environmental conditions (gross). So basically, I walked in kinda scared but I survived and it wasn't too terrible. I even found it fascinating. I made my sister walk into the rooms first, and then I would walk in subconsciously doing a wink face with one eye open. 

6. Irish Breakfast at Gerry's- If you're in Ireland, obvi you have to get an Irish breakfast. It's all the rage here and they take it very seriously. Personally I'm not much of a breakfast type of gal, but you gotta get it if you're here. If you don't want to eat the black pudding no hard feelings, I have a hard time eating it too once I found out what it's made of. 

7. Brazen Head- The oldest pub in Ireland! OPEN SINCE 1198. How crazy is that?! It's like as if you just stepped into a time machine. This bar is super cozy, great atmosphere and funky decor. You have to visit while in Dublin!

8.Gunniess Storehouse- The number one visited place by tourists in Ireland.  This place is absolutely massive, and if you didn't like beer before you will now. It's a 7-story self tour through the factory. After finishing the tour, the top level is the Gravity Bar where you can see a panoramic view of Dublin through all glass windows while drinking a pint. 

9. Bewley's- The cutest cafe on Grafton Street! You can come here for a casual coffee or sit down for lunch or dinner in the back room or upstairs. Shimmering chandilers hang from the ceiling and the walls are covered in vintage floral print wallpaper.  They have the best scones I've ever had in my entire life. Also I highly recommend the Irish coffee. 

10. Trinity College- The most beautiful campus. My sister is attending graduate school here, and I swear it looks like Hogwarts or something. This is where you can find The Book of Kells (a 9th century gospel manuscript) in the Old Library if you're into historical things. 

 

Wearing faux fur coat from Topshop, black dress by James Perse, tights from H&M and booties by Rag&Bone