fashion femme: midsummer blues

Found myself in sunny Cali recently…and apparently, I brought the heatwave with me. While L.A. baked and locals felt like they were melting into puddles, I soaked up the sunshine, having just left behind 100-degree temperatures and a city drenched in humidity. The only thing to do? Throw on a breezy navy blue dress and take to the town.

Stepping out in Downtown L.A. (DTLA), the hi-lo dress, cinched at the sides with textured black stripes, proved the perfect recipe for the blazing sunny day, which I spent gallivanting from art museums to foodie markets. More on my recent visit to The Broad and Eggslut coming up soon! You can catch a sneak peek on my Insta page right now.


Find similar navy dress here and here. Central Perk available at Warner Bros. Studios. Sunglasses from France, available here. Fringe leather earrings from paperdolls boutique. Tribeca bar necklace C/O Collections by Joya.

muse moments

As the heat of summer finally begins to roll in, the outdoor festivities are in full swing. From food trucks in the city parks to the Renaissance Faire & outdoor theatre, the city comes alive with vibrant activity this time of year. All this & more is keeping my calendar filled to the brim, but I love every minute of it. Hope the longer days are as joy-filled for you as they have been for me! Here’s some #MuseMoments of late that have put a smile on my face:

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An oversized ring wrapped in gold & topped with a pale pink rose.

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I was thrilled to hear Jimmy Fallon’s announcement on the The Tonight Show when he introduced Ben & Jerry’s newest creation, The Tonight Dough. Combining chocolate cookie swirls, & chocolate chip & peanut butter cookie dough, it was as tasty as I’d hoped it be.

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I fell in love with this enormous disco ball at a nearby nightclub.
Equal to the size of three of me, I sadly could not take it home.

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This wine drinker loves her some sangria, especially come summertime.
This light, zesty white wine concoction cools you off on a humid evening.

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Saint Louis Art Museum hosts a delightful shindig the last Friday of every month, known as SLAM Underground. The extended happy hour gives you an up-close experience with one of the exhibits, & celebrates the art with a DJ on hand & activities, like this distinctive photo booth.

mapped it: Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice

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Venice appears almost like a dream.  Completely situated on water, the roadways are all canals while the alleys and sidewalks are all built with stone.  At every turn, artists brush paint on their canvases while musicians strum along to the rhythm of the water.  It seems only right to pay homage to the beautiful artwork housed in this picturesque city of the sea.

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L to R: Empor by Vasily Kandinsky & The Antipope by Max Ernst

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Taking an artsy selfie.

Come explore the rich artworks housed at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice along the Grand Canal.  This collector of modern art (married to artist Max Ernst) gathered pieces from Picasso to Warhol, Dali & Chagall.  You will find featured works of Expressionism, Futurism, Abstract, Surrealism & more.  Each painting, sculpture & photograph shares a unique story with its beholder.  We ate up the tales like they were mystery chocolates in a box.

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L to R: (Translated from French) Very Rare Picture on the Earth by Francis Picabia
& La Croix ancree by Antoine Pevsner.

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La Baignade by Pablo Picasso.

Get to it: stop off in the neighborhood of Dorsoduro by water taxi at Accademia (or stay a couple blocks away at a reasonable price like we did!)

Cost: 14 euros per adult.  Discounts offered to students, seniors, & children.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Closed Tuesdays & Christmas Day.

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L to R: Flowers by Andy Warhol & Setting for a Fairy Tale by Joseph Cornell.

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L to R: Surface Developpable by Antoine Pevsner & Logogriphe aux Pales Jean Dubuffet.