All Posts Tagged “summer”

Peer Pressure


Summer. As much as I scoff at the city’s most beloved season – what with its stifling heat (and no A/C), excessive tourists, and the resultant inability to drive just about anywhere – there’s a small part of me that, all pretension aside, secretly loves summer. Maybe its the residual feelings of being a student set free for three months. Or maybe because there’s so much more Vitamin D coursing through my veins. Or maybe still its just because everyone just seems happier, livelier, more adventurous. There’s so much more activity and spirit here in the summer and its highly contagious.

One of my favorite things about an LA summer is the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier. The entire city seems to migrate to the coast come sundown Thursday night. Sweaty, happy citygoers take in the salty air of the Pacific alongside the company of incredible performers and there is a collective sigh of relief as the  crazy/busy/bustling day melts away into the warm evening. It’s really quite amazing.


This year’s line-up was just announced, and it’s perfect. There’s Khalid, a nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter proving to be a master of mixing genres. There’s the indie favorite Warpaint playing with a mysterious TBA surprise guest. And then folksy Valerie June who was just recently called out for her musicianship by none other than the great Bob Dylan. It’s an eclectic mix, as always. And that’s what makes it great.

Check out the full line-up here.

Taking Back Sundays

The Parisians have it mastered.  The Manhattanites made it cool.  So why have us Angelenos never fully gotten on the Brunch bus?  The reasons are beyond me.  After all, it’s an event that is founded on sleeping in, drinking before noon, and sun-savvy style.  Are we LA natives lacking in affinity for any of three of these things?  I certainly think not.  It’s about time this city got it’s act together and made brunch a weekend non-negotiable.

But first, we drink.  Here are some AM cocktails from around the web to desire + inspire…with a twist.

By Erin GleesonCucumber Sangria, anyone?

TO MAKE: Simply cube the honeydew, combine all the ingredients sans the soda water, chill for a few hours, and when ready to serve, add the seltzer. (via TheForestFeast).

dsafadfHow about a crafty herbal Spritzer?

TO MAKE: First, create a simple syrup with the thyme, water, and sugar by bringing them to a boil in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat and let stew for 20 minutes.  Remove the thyme, add the lemon juice, + allow to coolMix with blackberries, add ice, and top with champagne. (via Anthropologie).


Or for those still craving a caffeine fix…

TO MAKE: Brew + chill coffee, preferably overnight.  In a large glass, pour coffee over ice and add the Frangelico plus desired sweetener.  Stir to combine.  Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, + chocolate syrup. (via AveryCooks).

Warm Weather Leather: How To


The heat is on here in Southern California.  For once, our summer sun seems to be on par with those of the north-eastern variety.  Usually by late summer, overly eager + utterly impatient style savants have grown bored with cut-offs + crop top , leaving them behind in the wake of fall’s new fashions.  While Manhattanites, Bostonians,  + the like are at the mercy of the heat when it comes to switching seasons, we California folk are (usually) blessed enough to ease into autumn whenever we please.  But for some reason – thanks a lot global warming – our summer is as hot + humid as the rest of ’em. So adopting the looks of next season seems absurd…

Yet the diehard + dedicated of the fashion world would do anything for their wearables.  Even dare to dabble in leather.  Here are a few ways to practice the fine art of warm-weather leather.


1. Play with color.  While shades of black + brown are always a classic look, hides hued in a wide assortment of color are the ultimate statement pieces.  And the color shades give leather looks a more seasonable feel.

2. A little goes a long way.  No one would be caught dead clad head to heel in leather in August, no matter where you live.  Accessories provide a great way to include leather in your look without suffering for style.


3. Experiment with silhouettes + structure. Think leather and immediately the classic biker jacket comes to mind.  But a daring dose of non-traditional styles done in hide can be a huge hit.  Shorts, skirts, minidresses, tanks…those dime-a-dozen staples are something brand new through a simple textile transformation.

4. Think outside the box.  A burly, boyish leather jacket with a light + white dainty day dress? Check.  Over the knee, ultra tall suede boots + shorts?  Check.


5. Invest.  Let’s be real…most people can’t splurge on new suede often.  And leather ain’t cheap.  So choosing your hides wisely is key.  Certain key piece will not only perpetuate a smooth sail into autumn, but stand as timeless wardrobe classics.  Think vests, boots, moto jackets, etc.

Images via younghearts-inlove, nastygal, freepeople, urbanoutffiters, paperblog.