Style + Beauty

inspired by california fashion

February 15, 2013

“I see you’ve got your whole…New York thing going on,” is what a San Diego native said to me during my first week here. We were at a party/networking event, and I was wearing my favorite Forever21 trench with studs on the lapels along with a fancy purse and dangly earrings. My hair was also slicked back; perhaps that was the giveaway. I’m clearly still clinging to much of my New York style (i.e. streamlined silhouettes, statement jewelry, black anything), but between walking around town and reading my favorite SoCal blogs, I’ve recently been inspired to embrace my new environment.

As sad as I am that my heels will probably never again see the light of day, I’m excited to try something different — more casual, still polished. To help my cause, I’ve been taking style cues from the aforementioned bloggers above:

— Sarah Sherman Samuel is the beautiful face behind Smitten Studio Online. She’s a talented graphic designer but could easily moonlight as a model. I really dig that pink maxi skirt.
Sincerely Jules blogger Julie Sarinana has that California cool I’ve rarely seen done so well. I particularly love her ability to mix feminine pieces with cool sneakers.
— Sarah Yates of A House in the Hills has a bohemian, hippie-chic aesthetic that matches her Palms Springs habitat just perfectly. This bright yellow number is one of her dressier looks; it’s like a jolt of sunshine.

Of course my eyes have also been wandering to some online window shopping. Take a look at my picks after jump and tell me which one I should buy first!

1 Clover Canyon Neoprene Skirt / 2 Madewell tote / 3 Romwe chiffon blouse / 4 Topshop racerback dress / 5 Forever 21 earrings / 6 Gap stripe tee / 7 Madewell wedges / 8 J. Crew chambray shirt

2 thoughts on “inspired by california fashion

  1. Rashi @ Bucket of Squash

    Sarah Sherman Samuel is awesome- I’m so inspired by her. Out of your picks, I’d go with the floral blouse, tote, earnings, and striped t-shirt first.

    1. Archana Post author

      Thanks, Rashi! Yeah, I think those are the most practical to start with. Once I get a couple paychecks…


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