Palm Springs Fashion

Success! I actually got a bit of color from my vacation and didn’t get burned!  It was so nice being able to relax and have more than one lazy day by the pool. Not to mention yummy coffee, cocktails and more. I wanted to do a quick round up of a few of the outfits I wore while I was in Palm Springs, and it’s making me more and more excited for summer time in Chicago as I type!

Does anyone have a few travel adventures planned in the coming weeks?! I am getting excited to see my girl Ella (MOD MED BLOG) in Birmingham, Alabama in later August! But I am sticking around Chicago for a bit and enjoying all that it has to offer.

XO.

Lex

 

Romper: Heavenly Couture (Similar HERE) // Glasses: RAEN // Sandals: Target (Similar HERE)

Dress: Urban Outfitters (Similar HERE) // Sunglasses: Wavvse

Bathing Suit: Free People // Hat: Akira (similar and on SALE HERE) // Glasses: QUAY

Bathing Suit: Maaji

The two I have are HERE and HERE 🙂

Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.

I saw floral fashion attire left and right this past weekend, and not going to lie but I am all about it. Bill and I took a day trip up to Holland, Michigan to check out the Tulip Time Festival and had a great time. It’s about 3 hours away from Chicago, and let me just say I have never seen a city so on fire for something as simple as a tulip. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but this town lives for the two weekends the tulips are in full bloom. From its parades, tulip art, to tulips in every storefront window, these two weekends are like our fourth of July. Such excitement!

I knew right away I was going to wear a floral arrangement (so basic, I admit…) BUT when I saw this romper with a skirt overlay at Francesca’s I was so excited to wear it out with a cute bralette underneath and my red Target sandals. I am embracing the warm weather and vibrant colors because we have waited too long for these moments!

If you ever want to take a day trip to Holland, MI, I would recommend grabbing a bite at Butch’s, apple cider donuts from Crane’s, walking around Window on the Waterfront, and stopping by the 205 Coffee bar for a latte and cute photos. I really had a great time ooh-ing and aah-ing over the array of tulip colors, and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to be outside! Shots from my trip are below. Dare I ask what your favorite flower is? I bet you can guess mine.

RomperFrancesca’s // ShoesTarget // Bralette: Styles for Less // Sunglasses: Quay

XO.

Lex

 

Friday Blues with a Hint of Pink

We made it to Friday! I am so excited for a few adventures coming up in the next few weeks, so thanks for following along :). I will give you a hint of what my upcoming adventures include: an ocean, flowers, and more flowers. Oh yes. As you can tell I have been on the floral fashion train because I cannot stop talking about them. I found my top on sale from Anthropologie and I thought it was perfect to wear in the city because it is long sleeved but still bright and cheery (writing this as I wore all black today…). I paired it with my jeans from Zara that are so comfy (and they are high rise!) and my bright pink M. Gemi flats. Anthro usually has a few great pieces on sale when I check out their site or in store (and make sure to grab some Voluspa candles while you’re at it) so make sure to take a peek.

I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this weekend for Easter! And don’t stay at work too late today.. Happy Friday!

XO.

Lex

Top: Anthropologie // Jeans: Zara // Shoes: M. Gemi // Purse: Kate Spade // Shades: Wavvse

Photography by Brittany Benson

Travel Guide: A Day in Brooklyn

I am so excited to share my travel guide while I was in New York City. One of the many hot spots I checked out was Brooklyn and I was pleasantly surprised during my time there. I always thought of Brooklyn as a beaten up part of New York City- almost a place where people don’t want to be associated with. I was very much so wrong as it is a youthful and vibrant place where I think many people enjoy the fact that they can get away from the rush of Manhattan. Brooklyn reminded me of a cross between Balboa island in Newport Beach, CA and the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. It has a bunch of both mom and pop shops and trendy stores that attract millennial New Yorkers.

The Unicorn Latte

Tina, Brian and I took the subway over to Brooklyn (we went through a underwater tunnel.. woah!) and ventured around Williamsburg neighborhood. We started off by going to The End where I found the beautifully crafted Unicorn Latte. It is noted as a vegan wellness latte with a bunch of different ingredients that are all natural (think beetroot and blue algae). And yes, even the sprinkles are vegan. Their drinks are aesthetically pleasing and taste as good as they look. If I could have tried every drink I would have, but I guess it just means I will have to go back soon.

 

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Street art and style

On our walk to East River State Park, there were the cutest streets and wall art I had to snap a few pictures.. Tina joined in on the fun too.

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Skyline Views

Afterwards, we ventured to East River State Park where some of the best views of the city are. If you want to feel how it is to be “on the outside looking in,” this is the place to go. It was a perfect day to be outside and take in the breath taking views of the city. I had fun dressing up for the day, as a New Yorker does, and wore a simple neck scarf with a sweater and my black ripped jeans. I bought my shoes from DSW and they helped me get through all my walking while I was in NYC. Tina and I averaged walking about 6.5 miles a day.. compare that to my average of 1.5-2 miles (without exercise) in Chicago. I was so excited to be adventuring the streets of Brooklyn with my friends. We ended the day going for cocktails at Wythe Hotel and grabbed a bite to eat at a restaurant we randomly came across with the best crispy chicken burger at Allswell. Hanging out in Brooklyn is on my top 5 things to do when it comes to traveling to NYC. Also a part of my travel guide is to learn a little more about the NYC neighborhoods and find all its hidden gems.

 

Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Brooklyn Shirt: Forever 21 // Neck Scarf: Banana Republic (similar here!) // Jeans: TopShop // Booties: DSW

XO.

Lex

Photos taken by Brian De Los Santos

Paint the Town Red: Holiday Style

Christmas Outfit

I did it!! I found some color to wear and the lovely color of choice turned out to be red! There were so many sales going on before Christmas who would have thought?! Banana Republic was 40% everything in store, Express was 50% off everything in store, and sales on sales on sales galore. I picked up a gray scarf and blue sweater for the boyfriend from Banana Republic. Again, I bought it at 40% off and he loved the thickness of the scarf and the blue sweater for layering on top of a printed button down.

 

Christmas Outfit

 

I found this top at one of my favorite little boutiques, the Daisy Shoppe in Brea, California. It is so tasteful and flattering with the off the shoulder cut, and you can never go wrong with lace. While I was in California, Al was soaking up the rays in Florida so more to come about her holiday outfits from the east coast!

 

Christmas Outfit

 

Top: Daisy Shoppe // Skirt: Express // Boots: Steve Madden @ Nordstrom

The skirt I found for $15 at Express on sale! It had a matching white crop top too but I loved the mesh detail on the skirt alone and you can wear it for a California winter or in the summer for a fun brunch with wedges.

 

Some of my favorite sales at the moment include:

Of course I had to snap a cute photo of the boyfriend and I since it’s mandatory on Christmas! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are as excited as I am to ring in the new year!

 

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XO.

-Lex

 

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love the more earthy and neutral colors to layer and play around with when it comes to choosing my outfit for the day! I am one to get super warm super fast- so I usually go with a scarf, top, and heavier coat if needed. By the time I get to the L you would think I was just leaving the gym. So simple layers are my preference – throw in a pop of color and you are set for the day!

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Hat: Urban Outfitters // Sweater: Topshop @ Nordstrom // Jeans: The Loft // Purse: Madewell // Shoes: Steve Madden // Lip Color: Kylie Cosmetics – MOONFall Fashion Fall Fashion

One thing I love about this sweater by Topshop @ Nordstrom is the unique cuts and colors. I like to wear this sweater during the day but Topshop has an array of sweaters that can easily transition from day into night! Throw in a chunky heel, loose the hat and give the hair a quick tease and bam. Wine night with the gals is ready to go.

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XO.

-Lex

 

Photography by Theresa Ferrell.

The Cutest Lace Underthings

 

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COS, lace bra & knickers.