Monday, January 16, 2012

California Style

It still hasn't sunk in yet that I'm actually living in California. It definitely feels like some place new. However when I envision a map the thought that I'm wayyyy at the Southwestern most tip of the US just doesn't quite compute. Perhaps once I actually have a chance to go to the beach things will sink in a bit more. Or maybe once I become more knowledgeable of the politics here. Or maybe when I finally get my license changed?

Who knows how long it will take for it to start feeling like home. One thing that does constantly scream "California" to me here is the way that people are dressed....winter coat and knit hat in 60 degree weather...haha...just kidding... (but they really do bundle up here for the smallest temperature drop). It's the relaxed, laid back style that makes me think, "oh yeah...I live in California now".

Every day on my way to work I walk past the hustle and bustle of the trendy Hillcrest neighborhood. I've never seen so many people wearing circular lenses in my life! Both sunglasses and prescription - it seems to be the norm around these parts. Twenty somethings can be found in long maxi shirts adorned from head to toe in the chicest bohemian accessories. No matter how done up they are though their look is always so effortless. The women here just seem to ooze cool out of their pores.

The blue skies and sunshine make me want to also cut back on the layering and just enjoy the ease of simplicity. This black banana republic dress has been my perfect go to item as of late because I can wear it between both of my jobs with just a few minor alterations. Today I wore it with leopard tights and black flats. So simple, but I felt stylish all day long!

So maybe I won't have an epiphany one day where all of the sudden my status of becoming a Californian will become clear to me. Perhaps it's just a gradual shift, starting with a simpler way of dressing.

The Breakdown:


Black Dress: Banana Republic, Thrifted
Tights: DSW
Black Flats: Blowfish

Bracelet: Paper Boy


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