Outfit, Travel

Little Changes

Black Cutout Dress and Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan Angel City Brewery Shrine Mural
Photos by Ale Veyna

Outfit Details:
Black Lattice Waist Cami Dress (Similar)

This dress is another gem from the mending pile I went through a couple of weeks ago. I got this dress for ridiculously cheap–I think it was about $5– because a few stitches had become undone in the lattice detail, leaving huge holes in the waist and back. I’m sure most people deemed this dress unwearable because of this reason, but I knew better. It literally only took me about five minutes to mend this dress by hand before it was wearable again. It’s such a great dress for summer because of the breathable fabric and loose fit. The best thing about this dress, in my opinion, is the lattice detail because it adds a cute touch to this simple dress and eliminates the need to add accessories. All I had to do was pair this dress with a pair of clogs before I was good to go.

Black Cutout Dress and Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan Angel City Brewery Shrine Mural

Black Cutout Dress and Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan Angel City Brewery Shrine Mural

Los Angeles Heart Street Art Angel City Brewery

Black Cutout Dress and Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan Angel City Brewery Shrine Mural

I also had to include a picture of my sister Ale’s outfit because it’s just awesome. I love how cute she looks in a crop top paired with high-waisted jeans and Converse shoes.

Black Cutout Dress and Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan Angel City Brewery Shrine Mural

My sister Ale and I headed into Downtown LA on Saturday morning to get coffee and do a bit of exploring. As we were walking around, we decided to stop and take pictures in front of this colorful mural that recently popped up on the wall of Angel City Brewery on Traction Ave. It had only been a few weeks since I had hung out in this part of town, so it was very surprising for me to see how this beautiful piece of art transformed and livened up this once gloomy corner in such short amount of time. Observing big changes like this happen in only a few weeks actually makes me kind of excited to see what will happen when I leave Los Angeles for a couple of months. It will be nice to come back and explore my home with fresh eyes after spending some time in the Pacific Northwest.

In other news, I have a very busy couple of days ahead of me since this will be my last week at my current position. Although I can’t believe it’s finally time for me to move on to new adventures, I’m really looking forward to “funemployment” and making the most of my last few weeks in California. Once I make it through this week, I plan to spend half my time at the beach soaking up some Vitamin D while I still can. Wish me luck!


P.S. If you’re looking for a pretty wall where you can have a photo shoot, or if you’re simply interested in looking at the entire mural featured in this post, you can check it out on the artist’s Instagram @shrineon.

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  • Reply Chaicy Style A Pastiche

    You look great girl! Love the chic and simple outfit and those shoes are really pretty.

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    August 10, 2015 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Alecia Mariana

    What a great find! You look gorgeous 🙂


    La Joie de Vivre

    August 10, 2015 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Sabina B.

    nice look!

    August 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Hwang

    I haven't seen this mural in person yet but it's on my list of places to go and shoot at in LA! I love your dress and that you were able to mend it! I definitely need to learn how to sew so that I too can save pieces like you do! You look fantastic! Can't wait to follow along on your time in the PNW! 😀 Enjoy sunny LA!

    be the plebeian

    August 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm
    • Reply

      You should definitely check it out, Jasmine! The detail is so beautiful in person and a trip to the arts district is always fun!

      August 12, 2015 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply Paisley

    It's so cool that you know how to mend dresses…I can't imagine how many times that skill must come in handy! I really need to learn how to do that. I love the photos of the arts district too, I love that part of town!



    August 10, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks, Paisley! And the Arts District has to be one of my favorite parts of town simply because of how colorful it is!

      August 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    love both of your outfits and the location is really cool 🙂

    danielle | avec danielle

    August 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Katie M

    I really like that you bought this dress and fixed it yourself! I hate how some people think things are ruined because they have a lipstick stain that can come out or a few threads missing. This dress is so cute too! It looks perfect with those sandals. Your sister's outfit is so nice too!

    August 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks, Katie! I really don't understand how people can let a good bargain get away simply for not taking the time to fix a piece.

      August 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Nina Kobi

    Great outfits. xx


    August 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Annie Lee

    good luck on your next adventure helen xx love that lbd!

    August 11, 2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply ayme nicole

    I loooove that wall backdrop! Love that you wore that black dress against it, to showcase it more. I'm all for finding interesting walls or surroundings for a quick snap haha. Gorg!


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    August 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply

      Yeah, I think that the wall makes the outfit stand out even more! Thanks for visiting, Ayme!

      August 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Candace Shiflet

    That mural is AMAZING! Why can't i be a super talent spray paint artist?? seriously, those guys are so talented! Have so much fun in Cali before you leave! Go to the beach everyday for me haha and you are so pretty!! Love your black dress girl! And your hair. love it!!!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    August 11, 2015 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply

      Right, isn't it amazing? I wish I were talented enough to paint a mural too. haha! Thank you for your kind words, Candace.

      August 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Tina Phan

    This LBD is so pretty on you! It fits you like a glove and I love the subtle details on it! The mural is also pretty awesome! I wish there were more photo locations/walls like this in Seattle!


    August 11, 2015 at 10:30 pm
    • Reply

      Thank you! And LA does have some pretty awesome street art and it's one of the things I'm going to miss the most when I move. 🙁

      August 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply The Heba Blog

    I love simple black dresses and this one looks amazing on you!

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    August 12, 2015 at 4:17 am
  • Reply mode french

    Loooove the black dress 🙂 Bisous from France, Sand.

    August 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    That black dress looks perfect on you! Good luck on your new adventures!

    August 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Cami Lynn

    What a great way to save money- and for something as simple as sewing a few stitches! The dress looks great on you and the wall is also beautiful 🙂
    Chasing Vogue

    August 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Margarita Maslova

    cool photos!

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    August 13, 2015 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Natalia Gutierrez

    You look beautiful Helen! I love the waist detail and your sister's outfit is gorgeous!

    Natalia | Lindifique

    August 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply anoddgirl

    your dress is gorgeous and such a bargain!!

    August 15, 2015 at 1:42 am
  • Reply Anika

    gorgeous dress and shoes! you look really pretty 🙂


    August 15, 2015 at 6:30 am
  • Reply Simona Neupauerová

    That came dress is adorable! Love LA, hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

    August 15, 2015 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    $5? What a bargain! The wall is beautiful. I'll track it down next time I'm in LA. I love your sister's high-waisted jeans too. Just bought something similar:)

    August 16, 2015 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Ina R.

    Amazing dress on you, so pretty! Again we see how awesome it is to be able to saw. I mean, you fixed the dress and it is not only wearable but looks lovely! Good job! You go girl!
    This mural is pretty cool too, perfect picture backdrop! And as usual I love your sunshiny smile 🙂

    August 16, 2015 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Chelsea Finn

    It's so awesome that you were able to mend it!! Gorgeous dress and wall!

    xx Chelsea

    August 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply mode french

    Love the dress WOW 🙂 Kiss kiss from France,Sand.

    August 17, 2015 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Arely Munoz

    Hello beautiful, 5dlls? what a great deal, it does look perfect on you, great but, I also love the location, beautiful pictures.
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    August 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply mariyah gaspacho

    love the dress…
    kisses from dubai ♥

    August 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    love your dress! the wall is the perfect backdrop- I love the blue! good luck with your new adventure and I hope you get to relax some before starting off again! 🙂

    August 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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