The thing I love about LA is there is always a pop-up or something fun around the corner. I work nearby a building where there are frequent pop-ups. I have seen Lulu’s, gym shark and now Gucci take vacancy in the space.
Gucci’s pop-up I actually would have had no idea about! But we stumbled upon it and my co-worker found out it is open to the public. It was a photo op experience, which I had no idea about until I got inside. I remember the door man telling us the tags for all of the pictures we take and I said, oh I won’t be taking pictures because I don’t look great, I just came from work. He probably thought, “well she’s in the wrong place”.
Luckily they had beauty touch ups with their new lipsticks and mascara so the photos did not come out absolutely terrible.. however if I had known it was a photo op I definitely would have prepared a bit more!
I love the color of the lipstick the I tried, it was a rusty colored red and let me tell you, the mascara is EVERYTHING! Not going to lie, I didn’t think that mascara’s were too different other than the brushes that were used. BUT, the best mascara’s I have ever used on their own have been Chanel and now Gucci. I definitely would recommend as they are super splurge worthy.
All in all, I am so happy I went and I would say wherever you are based to check out the places that are always right under your nose.
I recently wrote a similar post like this one and I thought it would be a good idea to follow up! I brought together a few of my items from my designer wishlist and thought I would share.
I remember wanting to buy myself a designer handbag with my very first big girl check. That obviously did not happen because I live in LA and instead I have to use it towards rent. I am currently saving up for Coachella so I am not seeing any of these items in my near future. However, one day (sooner than later) I will buy myself a new luxury item and it will be so much better because I had to wait.
Stewart Weitzman McKenzee Boots
Cult Gaia – Eos Acrulic Box Bag $358
Cult Gaia – Metal Bauble Heel Vinyl Mules $428
Prada – Cahier Studded Leather Crossbody Bag $2290
Moncler – Parana Lacquered Puffer Jacket $1675
What’s on your designer wishlist?
I’ve been seeing a lot of New Year posts and posts about the previous decade. It got me thinking about what I have done in the past year/decade. I am working on comparing myself to others and that is basically what this post is about. Everyone has their own timeline. While I am busy comparing myself to those that have done more, there are people wishing that they were in my spot. That is so important to remember.
I remember thinking that you’re supposed to go to school, graduate college, get married, buy a house and then have kids. While I mean that could still happen for me in that order, I know a lot of people that are already married, already have kids and do not own a house. So who is to say what is right and what is wrong? Who is to say you’re not supposed to end up with someone or that’s not how it’s supposed to happen? There is no instruction manual and while that works for most people that does not mean that is how it has to go.
Your timeline is about whatever you want it to be. And even then sometimes you cannot control that. You meet who you should when you should. You move when you want to. You adopt a dog when your lonely, or a baby when you’re ready. At the end of the day, it’s about a mix of fate and faith.
Coat : Showpo // Belt : Princess Polly // Shoes : Public Desire
I started reading three articles a day over the holiday break. Most days I read only 1 or 2 but I always shot to read at least three. I never really use my twitter but I decided to start using it for finding articles to check out regarding fashion, celebrities, beauty, and trends.
Social media is always a tricky one as there are so many things it can be used for; showing off, investigating, news, etc. I choose to use each platform differently, and until now, I never really had a purpose for going on twitter every day. I use the discover page to learn about news in general as well as find out more about big breaking stories in the media. I always scroll all the way down to fashion and beauty and the bigger publications have their most recent stories posted.
- Influencers over the age of 60
- Fashion Trends Analytics of 2019
- Florence Pugh on her age gap relationship
- Latinx-owned beauty brands as mentioned by Nylon
- Have you heard of Kevyn Aucoin’s new Glass Glow Face product? You should!
- Greta Thunberg on Climate change as told by British Vogue
Got a favorite publication? What is it?
All I could think when taking these pictures was props to bloggers and influencers who live somewhere that is always rainy or cold, like maybe Seattle? I was wanting that golden hour glow and instead, I got gloom!
So I went for a casual, simple neutral look. While it was just a bit chilly, opting for a coat option just seemed best since it goes well with the weather. I thought of some rainy weather staples as well as a few things that I like to do for those few days a year when it like to really come down here in LA!
Click on the link to see a few of my favorite rainy day pieces:
I also just feel like rainy days are those days when you finally finish that book you’ve been wanting to read, you eat that tin of ice cream and you watch that Disney movie with your puppy! Here are a few more ideas:
- Go to the movies and get a jumbo popcorn
- Walk around the mall
- Stay home and clean out your closet
- Make it a girls night in
- Read your favorite magazine
- Do something creative
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
Coat : Forever 21 // Jeans : Levis
I am so excited to collaborate with Princess Polly! I received a few more pieces as well that I will be sharing as well. I just happened to love the top and shorts separately but when I received them I knew they would go well together.
I love Australian brands and Princess Polly is one of my favorite collabs to date! Like Showpo and Lulu’s, I always wear pieces from here and I was excited to collab. I didn’t write a review as this is another brand that I believe in and actually enjoy buying from.
I love the lace-up details on the shorts and this top is so flowy and fun. The lace and oversized sleeves are great details without being overboard. Also, the top is a bit oversized which accentuates my frame.
The top is from Jagger and Stone, which is a brand I have come to love! Such a killer vibe and I love following the founders on Instagram. Princess Polly always has a great style so I am so glad they carry such killer brands.
Where to Wear : I wore this look for a day with my friend Gina. We hung out and took pictures as well as went out for dinner so I would say this would be a great weekend look for fall.
Where would you wear this look?
Top : Milly Blouse // Shorts : Evora Lace Up
I was so lucky to have been able to attend the Teen Vogue Summit this weekend and let me tell you it was amazing! While there were a few critiques that I heard, I would still give it Five stars and attend next year.
A few of the critiques included adding better signage and getting information out to the mass of people in a more effective manner. However, this was not really much of an issue for me. I also would say that numerous girls commented that they were disappointed that they were not able to attend everything that they wanted due to overlap. While I do agree that this sucks, I know that this is a common tactic for conferences to split up the crowds.
I did not get to attend Day One but I hear it was AMAZING!
As for Day Two, I had a green pass which meant that I was only able to see limited shows. I did not know this or I would have thought about getting a different pass. We were able to have our own workshops which I was still happy about! What I was not excited about was sitting in a room watching the panels on screen when it was overfilled. I wish that they would have let us know that sooner. I would never want to knock Teen Vogue though because I was so lucky to have even attended and I learned SO MUCH and would do it all over again of course!
There were such amazing partnerships and topics at the summit from Feminism, women’s empowerment, transgender acceptance, environmental/sustainability and more. It truly was an amazing experience and their line up included Zara Larsson, Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Miranda Cosgrove, Aimee Song, and so much more!
Day Three was self-care day and let me tell you I felt the self-care! Brunch was amazing from healthy Acai bowls (add that peanut butter girl! I learned that at the summit!) to yogurt and breakfast burritos. Before brunch was a quick work out with Katrina from Tone It Up! She was so inspiring and positive I loved it! I also was able to get a facial and my hair done. There were other services as well such as manicures and massages.
Guys, I can go on and on but to sum it up, it was such an amazing experience I cannot wait for next year!
Dress : Public Desire
Every once in awhile I like to share my Friday Faves but I thought I would mix it up a bit and share some interesting links that I found on the internet!
The internet is a HUGE place! I don’t really think we get that (well at least I don’t) since I don’t know anyone that ever goes to the second page when you search something on Google! What are your favorite things to search for or look at on the Internet? I definitely go for funny videos, (follow me at briana.nicole03 on tik tok) recipes, how-tos and news!
Top : Lulu’s // Jeans : Lulu’s (Levis) // Bag : TopShop
I am all for a statement piece! The puffy sleeve trend definitely is one that makes a statement. I love the sleeves and the color together is such a great combo. I rounded up a few more pieces that have puffy sleeves that you may like as well!
What’s your favorite trend of the moment?
This is definitely a classier weekend look! I actually wore this one to the Melrose Trading Post, and while that isn’t exactly where I pictured wearing it, I just felt like it. Do you ever feel like that? Wearing something new even though it might be a little much for the occasion?
Of course, I also had to pair it with my new headband! I used to ALWAYS wear headbands when I was younger so this was a throwback for me! I love how cute and creative the headbands are now! I definitely want more, especially ones with pearls!
This is obviously one of those tops that you have to wear a cute bandeau (or bodysuit in my case) underneath. I love the sweet details and of course, I am a sucker for white under pink! I love a cute detail and when I saw this lace background I knew it would go perfectly!
Top : NastyGal
I am on the fence about if I would wear this to work, Fully clothed of course! But honestly the more I look at these pictures the more I am convinced that I should definitely do it! I always have a weird feeling wearing blazers for some reason. While I LOVE the way they look on me, I feel like I am playing dress-up since I always remember my momma wearing blazers to work. So to me, I am not at that point in my life quite yet, so I feel like I look extra. While this is probably all in my mind, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on just when it is a good idea to be extra.
What is something you would feel like your ‘doing the most’ if you were to wear?
There are multiple times I think it is just a good idea to be extra
- Going out to a club for a fun night with friends
- Going on a first date (somewhere nice of course)
- On a birthday or special occasions like a graduation or other celebration
- When you really just feel like wearing something different!
My style ranges SO much! I love being able to try on a new look and not have to stick to one aesthetic. However, sometimes when I wear something that is more chic, or drastic, or dresses up, I do get more stares or more compliments or whatever it may be. While it doesn’t bother me, I do feel a bit weird because I always want my outfits to kind of be on the same level. This just isn’t possible though when your style ranges so much!
Let’s talk about this look. I was gifted this super chic set from Showpo! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a cool company, especially one that I have been shopping from for years!
I love the classic plaid because it looks great not only on my skin tone, but pretty much everyone’s as well! It even has shoulder pads which seriously made me think of my mom’s old blazers! The piece is thin but sturdy so I know I will be able to keep these pieces for a long time. The thing about a killer set like this is that you can wear it so many different ways! Together, separate, with jeans or with a tank, the possibilities are endless!
Blazer : Showpo // Skirt : Showpo // Clutch : Lulu’s