20 March 2013

wear // a tale of two cities.

Can you believe this is my first outfit post of 2013?  Okay, technically this post was in January, but I took the photos in December, so it doesn't count.  :)  I hadn't planned on any outfit posts until I got a little closer to my weight loss goal, but then I scored some cute accessories so I just had to share (PLUS, I had awesome photographer Sandy of Sandy A La Mode to help me out during our recent trip to Santa Monica -- that's SM Pier in the background, people!).

I called this post "a tale of two cities" because my clutch bag bears the coordinates of the city of Paris, and my necklace flaunts my pride for my home state!  So, technically not two cities, but still two places on the map I consider very near and dear.

dress, Target (old) // California charm necklace c/o Style Lately // geometric necklace, PacSun // tights, We Love Colors // flats, Target // clutch c/o Sweet Spot Bags
My clutch was customized just for me by Malin over at Sweet Spot Bags on Etsy.  I asked her if she could make me something with the coordinates of the city of Paris (I studied abroad there in college and it remains one of my favorite places EVER!), and she asked if I had a specific location or landmark of the City of Lights in mind.  So, my bag is customized with the exact location of the Eiffel Tower!  How amazing is that?  I think Malin's bags are an excellent choice for something like bridesmaids gifts!

Also, please give some recognition to my Hello Kitty sunglasses and Kate Spade iPhone case, thankyouverymuch.

This outing with Sandy was followed by a fun blogger dinner organized by me, Sandy, Carly, and Alissa.  The restaurant was way dark so apologies for this grainy little number, but here we all are!

From left to right: Aime, Carly, me, Sandy, Julie, Alissa, Jacqui, and Mandy!

We dined at True Food Kitchen, which was Alissa's pick, and I HIGHLY recommend it!  It. Was. Amazing.  Super delicious.  I think about half the table (or more) ordered the pomegranate mojito, and it was YUM.

Have you ever attended a blogger meet-up?


  1. So jealous, I seriously need to more down to LA for all these fun meet ups. Nothing big going on up here in NorCal! :(

  2. You look amazing! I would totally wear this outfit.

  3. You look so cute girl!! I'm digging the necklace and that clutch design - what an original idea! Plus the view aint too shabby either. I think I need to move to CA before I attend my first blogger meet up ;)

  4. I've always wanted to go to a blogger meet up! I'll have to do it in the Summer! Your outfit post is so refreshing & awesome because I think your the first blogger I've seen who doesn't always have her head down in every shot!!! Finally!!

    Ergo - Blog

  5. Oh & I love your clutch! I've seen those around the blogosphere...they are so cute!

    Ergo - Blog


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