Flower Girl

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There’s something about a pretty maxi dress that makes me feel like the most luxurious gal in the world. Perhaps it’s the flowy fabric and the ability to lounge gracefully on a chaise lounge… the ultimate “Elie Saab for Breakfast” moment. My friend Kasia came up with that phrase, and we use it to describe this scenario of someone who wears a gorgeous couture dress to eat breakfast in, because they can. The idea of wearing something so incredibly luxe and ridiculous and gorgeous, while eating yogurt and berries and coffee, because why not. 

While this dress isn’t couture–it’s by Line and Dot–it evokes a similar vibe. That feeling of being utterly glamorous. The color is sweet, and the floral appliqué neckline really takes it to the next level. You might recognize this dress because I wore it in Napa, but I styled it totally different this time around. I went with a raw edge straw hat. black lace-up shoes and a choker to add a gritty pretty feel to the look.

What do you think? I couldn’t find this same dress on Shopstyle, but but a few other gorgeous options below. XX

Dress | Line & Dot    Hat | Cotton On    Shoes | Zara   Choker | DIY   Photos | Elaine Torres

 

3 Things I Learned About Downtown LA This Weekend

I have lived in Los Angeles for just shy of 23 years, so one would think, at this point, I would have seen it all –– right? Wrong. Very wrong. I’m shocked at how many cool, interesting, weird, and fun things I have yet to do and eat in this city. I started exploring this weekend, and discovered 3 things that everyone in LA –– visiting or living –– should try and taste.

1. Grand Central Market

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This place is rad! I interned just down the street for FOUR YEARS in college at Rebecca Taylor –– and somehow never knew about it ––  so color me surprised when I discovered this food mecca was just a stone throw away. Nestled at Hill and Broadway, the Grand Central Market is a foodie’s paradise. Visitors are greeted by Egg Slut, but make sure you explore all options before you commit. Wexlers and The Horse Thief also came highly recommended, but we opted for good ‘ol tacos. And bring your baggu bag, because the produce there is top of the line for a fraction of the price.

2. Olvera Street

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Mexican food lovers rejoice! Upon entering this quaint, brick-lined pedestrian thorough-fair, you’re instantly transported to Mexico City. Candy-colored kiosks sell everything you’d find South of the Border –– cute handmade leather goods, authentic Mexican candies, ponchos, blankets, and enough candles to light up the whole city. Make sure you come hungry and thirsty. We had some killer Carnitas (my new favorite thing) and some pretty strong margs at La Golondrina.

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3. DTLA Flower Mart

Sure, I knew this place existed. And I had an idea in my mind of what it looked like. I was pretty close, but man, is it awesome! I hear it’s best to go early in the morning to get the freshest flowers, but I guess time doesn’t really matter when you’re buying succulents :D. They only cost $1 each! Needless to say, I came home with enough to start my own little desert garden, and an orchid, and pots (!) and it only cost me $40. Score! I will definitely be heading back here often to fill my new home with flowers.

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Olvera Street Photo Credit: San Diego Reader