Need I say more? The temps have barely started to dip below 80 (we did have a nice breezy week recently), but I'm already sporting my favorite leather jacket (and sweating), cycling through my booties (and sweating), and even approaching long-sleeve button-down territory (and sweating). Alright, so it's a bit premature, but what's a little bit of sweat compared to a new season of sartorial opportunities?
As most Angelenos, I've been known to live in my jeans, tees, and workout wear. But occasionally, the time comes when I want to go full glam, take a nice drive along PCH to the Getty Villa, and pretend like I'm a hotel heiress on an Italian summer vacation. While I could've gone full Dolce & Gabbana-inspired dress, I decided to LA-ify my riviera look by sticking with jeans and a super on-trend one-shoulder ruffled top. To step up my denim game, I opted for my favorite McGuire Flare Jeans; the high-waisted, flared silhouette adds some oomph and drama, while this gingham JOA Top (now $35!) is pretty much everything I wanted for summer. If you haven't been to the Getty Villa before (this was my first trip-- can you believe it?), I highly recommend stopping in to take in the art, sights, and for some serious #gramming.
For some reason, there's an apparent a rift between NorCal and SoCal. Though I've never felt much need to personally get involved in it, I do wonder how it began. Maybe it started with the Dodgers vs. Giants rivalry? Or maybe its roots go all the way back to the Gold Rush? Either way, the tension usually consists of San Franciscans painting Angelenos as hella vain, culture-less douchebags while we gloat about our warmer weather and laid back lifestyle (and rag on NorCal's constant use of the word "hella"). Yet despite this pointless competitiveness, Californians still love to travel and momentarily forget about how much they hate one another to take advantage of all our state has to offer. I recently enjoyed a short trip up North to celebrate the launch of Hana Gin, and in my few days there, had the chance to stay in a cool boutique hotel, check out some delicious restaurants, and enjoy an intimate shopping experience with a local brand.
With my love of white brick walls and black leather jackets, sometimes I almost forget that L.A. is actually a bright, colorful place with tons of character. With our blue skies, palm trees, and Spanish-style architectural influences, the city can occasionally feel more like a foreign dreamland than the traffic-ridden place where I grew up. This realization was even more evident to me upon my recent experience at Just One Eye boutique with Farfetch. Though the boutique is an L.A. staple, I had never visited before. It's hidden amongst the familiar, yet more industrial, streets of Hollywood in Howard Hughes's old office building, with barely a sign to alert you to its presence. The space inside is quirky, artistic, and filled with unique designer goods ranging from indie fashion labels to off-the-runway picks from Valentino and Gucci. Contrasting the modern boutique was the old-Hollywood courtyards of the building, complete with art deco tiles that look like they came straight from Tulum, while the green shrubbery gave the building a secluded, Beverly Hills-bungalow feel. Accordingly, I had to play around with my favorite Tulum-goes-to-Hollywood (if that's a genre?) style pieces at the boutique, picking out this breezy Lisa Marie Fernandez dress to go with my casual Chloé slides.
Photos by Sophia Sinclair