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    Ready for Fall

    Photos by My Mom
    Outfit Details:
    ASOS Polka Dot Tee in Gray
    Ponte Skirt in Black
    Anne Klein Satchel
    Old Navy Booties
    Although I love how fun and lively summer usually is, I’m ready for a change in season. L.A. is experiencing an intense heat wave, and it has been over one hundred degrees all week. It’s supposed to start cooling down in the next few days, and I never thought that I’d be as excited as I am about ninety-degree weather.
    Over the weekend, I found these outfit photos that I took earlier this year, but never got around to posting for some reason.  When looking at them, I can’t help but to think about how much I like this outfit and how I would like to wear it again once the weather cools down. It also makes me think of all of the other pieces in my wardrobe that have been collecting dust because it’s just too hot to wear anything at all. I’m really ready for fall to arrive so that I can bring out all my sweaters and boots, and so that I can have some time to recover from this intense heat wave until the next one arrives.
    Helen Grace


    Outfit, Travel

    Lazy Weekend in Boyfriend Jeans

    Photos by Sara Hatakeyama
    Outfit Details:
    H&M Tee (Old)
    Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans
    Lotta from Stockholm Peeptoe Clogs in Tan
    Straw Tote bag (Gift from my Dad from his trip to Mexico)
    This weekend, I definitely made an effort to get out of my neighborhood of Pasadena, and spent some time in other parts of town. L.A. is such a big city, that sometimes it is easy for me to get lazy and stuck in a routine, and frequent the same places week after week. But I need to remember that having access to so many cool places is why I love living here. My friend Sara and I tried to do some exploring on Saturday–I use the word “tried” because the 100 degree weather this weekend drained us of our energy before we could even accomplish much. However, we did manage to have a delicious brunch at Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock, and then made our way over to Highland Park for some refreshing horchata lattes at Café de Leche. Caffeinated drinks and a good meal always make for a successful outing, if you ask me!
    My outfit definitely reflected my lazy mood, in a good way. I got these boyfriend jeans from Old Navy last month, right before I embarked on my 6-month shopping cleanse, and they are super comfortable. The loose fit makes them appropriate for hot weather, since the don’t stick to your body like skinny jeans do. I’m really looking forward to transitioning these into fall and winter, because I think they will look great with oversized sweaters and coats.
    If you’re ever looking for a place to eat brunch in the L.A. area, you should definitely head over to Auntie Em’s Kitchen, which is one of my favorite spots. I wish I had taken more pictures of the place to show you how adorable it is inside. The restaurant has a very cute bakery and shop at the entrance, and I love how homey it feels.I decided to venture out and try something other than my usual order of french toast during this trip, and instead I ordered some delicious pancakes with a peach and whiskey glaze. I’m glad I did, because they were delicious! Sara ordered a Caprese sandwich, which also looked amazing.
    Café de Leche is definitely one of those coffee shops that I need to visit more often. It’s really cute inside, and it seems like a great place to read a book or spend some time studying. More importantly, they also make really delicious drinks. I usually don’t like flavored coffee drinks, but I love their iced horchata espresso. Sara got their iced horchata chai, which she said was also really good.
    I hope you enjoyed reading about my weekend adventure. I need to remember that I started this blog as a way to motivate myself to get out of the house, and not just post my outfits. I’m hoping to have more energy to run around town once this heat wave disappears.
    Helen Grace

    Red Shift Dress

    Photos by Sarah Veyna
    Outfit Details:
    Shopruche Ikat Print Dress
    Lotta from Stockholm Peeptoe Clogs
    Target Belt
    Madewell Leather Bag
    Forever 21 Sunglasses
    I’ve been wearing this shift dress at least once a week, ever since I bought from Ruche about a year ago. I love the Ikat print and hints of teal throughout the fabric, and it’s just one of those pieces that I can just throw on whenever I can’t think of anything else to wear. That’s the great thing about a good dress, it makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier!
    As always, I’m already ready for the weekend! This past weekend was so fun and productive for me, and I’m hoping to keep the momentum going. As you may already know, one of my goals is to learn how to sew so that I can make some of my own clothes. This past weekend I made a good amount of progress on a skirt that I’m making–with a lot of help from my Mom, of course. She is crazy good at sewing, and is even teaching me how to sew without having to use patterns. However, I’m sure it will be a while before I get to the point where I’m that good of a seamstress, that I can just look at a piece of fabric and cut out any shape that I want. For now, I just want to focus on finishing that skirt! I guess I’ll just have to wait a few more days for that.
    Helen Grace