Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dandelions & Dior

Christian Dior Cat Eye Pink Mirror Glasses Robert Lee Morris Blue and Green Leaf Earrings Free People Cream Fringe Tunic

Car Mar Blue Tie Dye Denim Chloe Tan Leather Wedge Car Mar Tie Dye Blue Denim Shorts Christian Dior Cat Eye Pink Mirror Glasses Robert Lee Morris Blue and Green Leaf Earrings Free People Cream Fringe Tunic

Luis Vuitton Medium White Mahina Hobo with perforated eyelet design and gold hardware Car Mar Tie Dye Blue Denim Shorts Free People Cream Fringe Tunic Luis Vuitton Medium White Mahina Hobo with perforated eyelet design and gold hardware

Car Mar Blue Tie Dye Denim Chloe Tan Leather Wedge Car Mar Tie Dye Blue Denim Shorts Christian Dior Cat Eye Pink Mirror Glasses Robert Lee Morris Blue and Green Leaf Earrings Free People Cream Fringe Tunic


Dandelions

Free People Cream Fringe Tunic Car Mar Tie Dye Blue Denim Shorts



Luis Vuitton Medium White Mahina Hobo with perforated eyelet design and gold hardware Car Mar Blue Tie Dye Denim Chloe Tan Leather Wedge Car Mar Tie Dye Blue Denim Shorts Christian Dior Cat Eye Pink Mirror Glasses Robert Lee Morris Blue and Green Leaf Earrings Free People Cream Fringe Tunic

Dandelions

Luis Vuitton Medium White Mahina Hobo with perforated eyelet design and gold hardware Free People Cream Fringe Tunic


Bag: Louis Vuitton 
Tunic: Free People
Denim Shorts: Car Mar
Earrings: Robert Lee Morris
Glasses: Christian Dior
Sandal Wedge: Chloe
Makeup and Hair: Nora
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  How is your weekend going?  Long Beach is pretty busy with the music festival going on this weekend.  This friendly beach town always has a lot of events going on, great shopping, and delicious restaurants!  One of my favorite spots to go to for some peace and quiet is by a little lake with a dock and these darling dandelions.  My boyfriend likes to take me to this spot for picnic lunches occasionally on the weekend.  

Have you ever been to an LF?  They have boutiques in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, South Beach, and Dallas. Recently, I discovered an LF outlet and decided to go in.  That's where I found these awesome teal tie dye denim shorts from Car Mar.  Car Mar is an LA based brand and they make high quality denim shorts in all sorts of colors and designs.  They have some great sales on high quality on trend items and the staff is very helpful as well.  These mirrored cat eye pink and purple sunglasses from Christian Dior was another great find this summer from Nordstrom Rack.  They carried them in purple and blue as well, but sold out quickly.  They are the perfect accessory to add a little fun with sophistication to your summer wardrobe.

Do you collect designer vintage bags?  This Louis Vuitton hobo bag is vintage.  It's a medium white Mahina bag and is the perfect choice for most summer outtfits with the airy eyelet perforation detail and warm gold hardware.  I love this bag and it's definitely a keeper for a handbag collection.  This lightweight fringe tunic from Free People is one of my favorite pieces.  It's so versatile and can be worn from summer to winter over flare leg jeans and a long sleeve shirt underneath.  It has the perfect amount of edge and style to add interest to any outfit.  Lastly, I've had these tan leather criss cross wedges from Chloe for a while and they are my go to summer staple shoe because they pair with everything.  What are some of your summer staples?  I'd love to hear from you.

Hope you are having a fun weekend!


Joanna


Monday, September 12, 2016

Beach Style



Billabong two piece tie dye swimsuit Robert Lee Morris green and blue beach shell jewelry white ruffle tank cover up Free People




Billabong two piece tie dye swimsuit Robert Lee Morris green and blue beach shell jewelry white ruffle tank cover up Free People



Billabong two piece tie dye swimsuit Robert Lee Morris green and blue beach shell jewelry white ruffle tank cover up Free People

Billabong two piece tie dye swimsuit brown Reef Sandals silver chain link Robert Lee Morris green and blue beach shell jewelry white ruffle tank cover up Free People


Free People white ruffle tank cover up


Billabong two piece tie dye swimsuit Robert Lee Morris silver chain link green and blue beach shell jewelry white ruffle tank cover up Free People

Ruffle Tank Top/ Cover-Up: Free People
Swimsuit: Billabong
Necklace: Robert Lee Morris
Sandals: Reef
Makeup and Hair: Nora
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hey there!  How are you?  It's been quite some time since my last post and it's because I have been having so much fun enjoying my summer.  So, without further ado, I wanted to post some of my summer looks over the next few weeks before fall settles in. 

How do you feel about tribal prints, tie dye, and bright colors? These are my favorite pieces to wear during the summer months.  This swimsuit from Billabong incorporates all three of these elements.  I was excited to find it because I am extremely picky when it comes to swimwear.  How about you?  

What do you like to do at the beach?  Go for a walk, bike or skate?  Walking around on the strand requires comfy sandals.  I have worn these Reef sandals for a couple years now and they are super comfy. Also, this tank top from Free People was just the right length for a petite frame and is made of really lightweight material with a pretty ruffle on it. It's actually a medium tank top, but it also worked as a cover-up for the beach.  This necklace by Robert Lee Morris is one of my favorite necklaces right now.  These cool colors of blue and green are so soothing and remind me of serene beaches and earthy foliage.  I'm going to try to style it into more outfits in the future, but it will always remind me of summer.  Hope you enjoyed this post.

Hope you have a lovely week!

Joanna


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DIY Champagne Brunch


















Hello!  How are you doing?  I hope you have been having a wonderful time vacationing, or just spending some time relaxing.  My summer has been fun, and part of that has been planning ways to get together with friends.  A few weeks ago I planned a Champagne Brunch DIY Style.  Luckily, my friend helped me set everything up.  We spent all night decorating our patio gazebo tent inside and out because it was literally just a metal frame bare bones structure.  I don't know what I would have done without her.  She helped me decorate this gazebo and cooked the food for the brunch.  She's a gem:)  It's good to have people in your life who come to the rescue and help you when you need it.  It's always nice to go out to champagne brunches, but this time I wanted to enjoy a brunch outside in the sun with friends at home.

This feather wreath hangs from the top of our gazebo and I fastened it so it lights up with LED Lights at night.  I also thought it would look a little bit more magical in the evening if we draped a lace tablecloth underneath it to view the lights through. We had way more food than what is pictured here and it made it easier to have friends bring some dishes too.  Have you ever tried Almond Champagne? I'm a huge fan of Almond Champagne and this time we had some from Almond Creek Vineyards.  It was delicious!  Also, I'm a huge fan of bacon (especially Boar's Head bacon).  What about you?  We indulged a little bit at this brunch and it certainly was a nice way to relax.  This is definitely something we will do again.

Friday, August 5, 2016

My Dream Closet


Have you ever imagined what your 
dream closet would look like?

I have.  

It would be Functional, Organized, and Spacious.

It would also have…

A Sparkly Chandelier


Restoration Hardware crystal circle chandelier
Restoration Hardware




Lots of space between each item.





Natural light with a glass ceiling like an atrium for an airy feel.  I would love to experience the sunlight even while working indoors on my computer.



A large bistro café like table with two chairs so I can use that space to set up my computer, work on my blog, or drink coffee with a friend.


A fluffy chair with a side of flowers.


Z Gallerie

A corner with a large full length dressing mirror with backlit lighting.


A Rococo Style Vintage Vanity. 

One can dream…Okay, back to reality….Does your closet look like this?  






Are you a college student living in a very small dorm in San Francisco? Maybe you just moved into your first micro apartment in New York City, or are renting a little room with no closet space at all in Los Angeles, and all you have is a makeshift rolling clothes rack with a hanging shoe rack over the door.  


makespace app


Are you an amazingly creative, but disorganized, and messy fashion blogger in Chicago?  Shoe, bag, and clothes hoarder?  Is your jewelry a tangled mess and you can’t find the pair to the other shoe in the pile?  Or maybe could it be that you just have too much stuff?





makespace app


Ok, you don’t have to answer that…but if you can relate to this scenario, then maybe this app from MakeSpace can help to pick up, store, and bring back what closet items you need each season when you need them. 

The first part of getting organized is getting rid of stuff you don’t use or need.   Getting rid of stuff that doesn’t bring you joy like pants that you grew out of back in high school and that souvenir collection collecting dust, all need to go. Below is a flowchart that may help you decide how you can declutter.
makespace app


The next part is sorting through what you will need and use for the current season and what you can store away for the next season.  That way, the space you have stays functional, organized, and spacious.




Here is how it works:

When you download their app, you can ask a MakeSpace representative to pick up your stuff, store it safely for you for as long as you wish, and when you need it back for that season or move, you can request it back again by simply using the MakeSpace app.  


makespace app



makespace app





If you'd like to see some of the Self Storage Locations Click Here 

More locations are coming soon.  What a great idea for an app!



*This post was a collaboration with MakeSpace.






Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Night Festival

handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots



Creme Forever 21 Kimono, handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots



Handmade dress, Joanna Joy California Fashion Blogger



handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots



Creme Forever 21 Kimono, handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots



Michael Kors tan suede boots



Creme Forever 21 Kimono, handmade dress, Michael Kors leather handbag, Michael Kors suede tan boots

Dress: Handmade
Handbag: Michael Kors
Boots: Michael Kors
Kimono: Forever 21
Makeup and Hair: Amy Velasquez @Salon Pop, Long Beach, CA
Photography: Franz Swantko

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a great week.  Since summer is upon us, I thought I'd do a summer night festival outfit post for you.  

If you've already bought your tickets to this year's hottest summer festival, now it's time to figure out what to wear.  During the day it could be sizzling hot out, so you'd rather wear something comfy and cool like high-waisted cut-off denim shorts with a flowy boho top and cute espadrilles or sandals.  However, when the night hours of the desert approach, you could be reaching for some comfy stylish wedge boots, a warm kimono sweater, and a cute leather crossbody or messenger bag.

For today's look, I wanted to show a daytime look with this handmade dress worn without the kimono, but instead folded over and cinched with a tie belt to make it appear shorter.  I would normally wear this outfit with sandals or espadrilles during the day.  This dress can also transition and appear longer when let loose.  By adding the belt over the kimono sweater, it gives this outfit a warmer look for evening.  Also, the boots would make wearing a dress at night with cooler temperatures more doable for summer festivals.  In addition, a small crossbody bag or messenger bag would make holding your necessities much easier while dancing at the Silent Disco or moving through big crowds.  I am in love with transitional pieces that go from day to night because they are so easy to wear.  How about you? 

I would love to hear what festivals you are going to this year.  What are you going to wear?