Category Archives: Los Angeles

I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

I’m currently going through my closets to purge my wardrobe of the things I no longer wear.  I’ve also put myself on a shopping freeze until I sort out what to keep and what needs to be replaced.  I do these wardrobe cleanses at least 3 times a year. It focuses my attention on the styles I love and wear the most, reminding me that quality is more important than quantity. It also encourages me to shop my own closet and to restyle older pieces to give them new life.

Wearing : Skirt – Maje, top – H&M, shoes – c/o Lacoste, earrings – H&M, bag – Saint Laurent, sunglasses – Chloé

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 As the days get longer and warmer the city of angels comes alive. From outdoor movies at the Hollywood Cemetery to concerts at the Santa Monica Pier, there is never a shortage of something to do. The other day Sam and I spent our late afternoon at LACMA enjoying their outdoor pieces and exhibits. Afterwards we spotted a food truck across the way and decided to grab some quick bites before heading home. Unfortunately by the time we got there the truck was closed up, leaving us craving the delicious noodles they were offering. Since we couldn’t have what we were craving we went home and whipped up our own version. They we’re almost as good and probably a bit healthier. I’ll share the recipe in my Sunday Bites segment this Sunday.

Wearing : Pants –  c/o WhoWhatWear, camisole – Anine Bing, jacket – c/o Rebecca Taylor, bag – c/o WhoWhatWear, shoes – Gray Matters, earrings – H&M, necklace – c/o Les Niéréides Paris

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This weekend Sam and I took our BabyBlue Westy to Antelope Valley to see the super bloom of California golden poppies. It was the perfect location to shoot one of my outfits for Coachella which is coming up this weekend.  I’m excited for festival and road trip season to begin.  I can’t wait to take BabyBlue on the road to explore beautiful new places.  We’re planning a road trip up to Seattle to visit our friends. We’re also hoping to make it back to Moab, it is still one of our favorite trips to date. In the meantime we’re spending all week prepping BabyBlue for Coachella. Coachella is when BabyBlue transforms into her alter ego of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Last year she served as part dressing room, part Neon Carnival rescue shuttle, and part crash pad for stranded friends.

Get in the mood for festival season and check out some of my looks from the past few years here.

Wearing: Dress – Zadig & Voltaire, shoes – Lacoste, sunglasses – Chloé, bag – Caterina Bertini. earrings – AQUA

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It’s finally March which to me means it’s finally spring. I’m not a cold weather person. Growing up in Moscow, I’ve had my fill of bad weather and I’m not too interested in re-living those below zero winter days. I love the feeling of sunshine warming up my skin, the never ending daylight, and the warm weather trends.

Speaking of spring trends there are two that are my current favorites, bell sleeves and wide leg pants. Specifically I love pairing the two trends together. This pair of chambray trousers is just one of 3  wide leg pants that I’ve acquired in the last week.  Part of my sartorial philosophy is to focus on finding styles that I like that work for my body type. Since I started this blog 8 years ago I have worn countless pairs of palazzo and wide leg trousers in my posts regardless of whether or not they were on trend. I find them to be flattering for my tall frame, plus they look great with crop tops which is another one of my favorite “trends”. The trick to pulling off this style of pants is to keep an eye on proportions especially if you’re petite. Once you figure out what works best for you, you’d be surprised at just how easy this type of pant is to style. I like to wear mine with 70’s style tight sweaters, soft tees, crop tops, and cropped jackets. For this outfit I paired my trousers with a cropped knit sweater for a transitional look with a 70’s vibe.

P.S. Don’t forget to shop the Shopbop sale, you can get a discount on both the pants and sweater I’m wearing.

Wearing : Pants – Alice and Olivia, sweater – Elizabeth and James, shoes – WhoWhatWear, bag – Strathberry, necklace – ANTHOM

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