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    Let’s Pretend That We’re in London

    Photos by Sara Hatakeyama

    Outfit Details:
    JewelMint Necklace (old)
    Ruche Top (old)
    H&M Pants
    Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe Clogs in Tan
    Anne Klein Satchel from (T.J. Maxx)

    My friend Sara and I hung out this weekend and decided to go have a “photo shoot” in the red telephone booths located around the South Lake Avenue area of Pasadena. I was ridiculously excited to take pictures inside of one of these red telephone booths because I have always wanted to visit London– like many people, I have always associated red telephone booths with the city. Since I probably won’t be making a trip to England anytime soon, in the meantime I guess I can pretend that I have visited in these pictures.

    One of the red telephone booths we found was located in Burlington Arcade, which is modeled after the original Burlington Arcade in London. The arcade hosts a variety of novelty shops and a cute cafe called Float that serves sandwiches and ice cream, and brews Handsome Coffee. Unfortunately, the cafe was closing up when Sara and I finally decided to step in. Although I did not get to try out what Float had to offer, the good thing is that it is now on my list of places to visit. 

    This photo shoot was super fun, and I’m really happy that I got to hang out with Sara this weekend. Sara is my friend from high school and, thanks to this blog, we recently reconnected after several years of not seeing each other. Sara reached out to me after seeing my blog posts on Facebook because she also shared my interest for fashion and blogging. After meeting up, we discovered that we had many other things in common as well. I have to say that I’m truly grateful that aside from serving as a creative outlet for me, this blog has allowed me to connect and reconnect with a wider group of people.

    As always, thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to stop by my blog!

    Much Love,
    Helen Grace

    Is It Raining Yet?

    Photos by: Ashley Madeline

    Outfit Details:
    CottonOn Dress in Green
    White Striped Sweater
    Tommy Girl Double-Breasted Band-Collar Military Coat (It’s on super sale right now!!)
    Black Tights
    Target Boots
    Anne Klein Satchel
    It finally rained in Los Angeles this past weekend, and I’m hoping that the weather will stay gray for a little while longer. I recently bought a new coat, and I would like to wear it more than once before Spring arrives. And, regardless of my wardrobe preferences, the State of California is in dire need of rain since it’s been very dry this winter season.

    While we’re on the topic of rain and cold weather, let’s go back and talk more about my outerwear–I’ve always wanted a cool military jacket ever since I was in high school and I saw a picture of Julian Casablancas from The Strokes wearing one. The Strokes were my favorite band, and I loved everything about Julian Casablancas’ style, from the skinny jeans to the Converse shoes. But, what I really coveted was a military jacket to complete my look. Luckily for me, after years of searching, I’m finally able to emulate my style muse with this new military coat that I bought.


    Making Waves

    Photos By: Ashley Madeline

    Outfit Details:
    H&M Sunglasses
    H&M Divided Tank in Black
    Crocheted Top (similar)
    H&M Divided Pants
    Target Riding Boots
    JewelMint Bangle
    31 Bits Albright Bangle in Peach (similar)
    Basket Purse (Thrifted from Flashback Vintage in Austin)

    Every other week, a couple of coworkers and I drive down to UCLA for a class that we’re participating in–we keep saying that we should have lunch at The Getty since it’s on our way. Last week, my coworker Ashley and I finally decided to make the trip down there. While we were there we spent some time looking at the artwork in the galleries, but we spent most of our time out in The Getty’s beautiful gardens. I’m so glad we made the trip because a walk around The Getty was such a nice way for us to break up the day.

    I wore my hair wavy on this particular day, which is a big deal because most people that I know don’t have any idea what my natural hair looks like. My hair didn’t become wavy until I was much older, and it has taken me a very long time to get used to it and really like it. Lately, in an effort to practice more self-love, I’ve been trying to let my naturally wavy hair just be, instead of using styling tools to straighten it. After all, I have to practice what I preach every once in a while and not let standards of beauty in the media determine how I present myself to the world. There’s my feminist rant for the day!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and supporting this project of mine.

    Much Love,

     Helen Grace