Blue and white stripes are an iconic springtime print. Last spring I went crazy looking for a little striped dress. I tried on tons and couldn’t find a single one I liked. Then this spring rolled around and I found several…so I splurged and bought a few different styles. This one from Eliza J is a favorite because it was a perfect fit off the rack. Eliza J specializes in pretty little dresses and offers a wide selection in petite sizes. You can’t shop directly from their site, but many of their designs are stocked at Nordstrom in regular, petite, and plus. This particular dress is a great choice because it’s versatile. I wore it as a day dress with strappy flat sandals, then stepped it up for the evening with nude heels and statement earrings.
Culottes were a fun spring trend that I didn’t immediately jump on board with. I dig the style, but I am only five feet tall, and they tend to be most flattering on women of an average height – not too short and not too tall either. However, as a bite-sized fashionista, I like to defy stereotypes, rocking midi-skirts and maxi dresses with ease. So when I spotted these adorable mint-colored culottes on clearance at T.J. Maxx (for $7!!), I knew I had to try them on. Turns out the length was fine (not to mention heels can work wonders for a short gal)! And although I realize it’s October, we’re experiencing record-breaking 90 degree heat right now in So Cal, so my bright spring culottes made an appearance for Sunday brunch. I tried to incorporate a hint of fall with the rest of this color palette, because although it’s hot, I’d like to think summer is nearing an end. Apologies for the extra-long hiatus btw!!! I’ll get around to blogging about my crazy intense remodel experience sometime soon…maybe once the house is done. In the meantime, I hope to bring you some proper fall looks sometime very soon. Xxo Luisa
SHOP THE LOOK
Printed Blouse: River Island (similar here & here) / Mint Culottes: Spacegirlz (similar here & here) / Black Pumps: Boutique 9 (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear (here) / Statement Earrings: Jewelmint (similar here & here) / Cuff Bracelet: BaubleBar (similar here & here) / Striped Bag: Henri Bendel (similar here & here)
Photography by Jessica Kircher
You may have noticed that I wear my CRAP Eyewear “Diamond Brunch” sunnies ALL THE TIME. This particular pair was a gift from hubby earlier this year. I looooove the shape of them and I swear they go with everything. They look fab with edgier outfits and ladylike outfits, and the black and white colorway is the icing on the cake (though they do come in other colors too). I’m obsessed to the point where I wear them more often than my Dolces and my Pradas. They are already super affordable at around $60 retail, and right now most colors are on sale via crapeyewear.com. In fact, they’re having a summer sale, and many styles are 50% off. Since I love this pair so much, I ordered another style, the “Saloma Tropic” in light pink. The Salomas also look AWESOME and I can’t wait to try them out.
CRAP is a local LA brand, and I’m always happy to support up and coming local brands. The only drawback to ordering from their site is that all sales are final, so you can’t return if something doesn’t work out. Regarding fit, I will say my Diamond Brunch sunnies fit perfectly, and I have an average size head (lol). But seriously, you know how some sunglasses can be too snug or too loose? These are just right so I’d say they fit right in the middle. If you’re really concerned, you can always order them via Nordstrom instead, where you can return them no problem if necessary!
I’m not a huge fan of jumpsuits and rompers. They don’t necessarily suit every body type and (in my case) the proportions are hard to pull off if you’re petite. Every once in a while I spot a jumpsuit I like, but when I try it on it’s always too long through the torso and the legs. Then a few months back I stumbled upon a brand new store while hitting the outlet malls during a road trip. Agaci is trendy and inexpensive, and probably meant for teenagers and 20 something’s, but because I’m petite a juniors fit often works for me. I spotted this chic little jumpsuit, and much to my surprise, when I tried it on it fit perfectly. It didn’t even need a hem! At only $30 the price was right, so I scooped it up and the rest is history. Of course I prefer to wear it with a belt for added waist emphasis (a good idea no matter your body type). And heels are a must unless you’re long legged…I suggest a pop of color versus black with black (which is much too boring)! This doesn’t mean I plan to go jumpsuit crazy, but I am happy with this one purchase. What about you…love em or hate em? Let me know in the comments!
Photography by Jessica Kircher