Monday, 24 September 2012

Outfit Post: Hanging Out At Venice Beach

As requested by so many of you, my first outfit post from Los Angeles! These photos were taken by amazing photographer Francesca Buenaflor on Venice Beach when we met up last Saturday to hang out, and take some photos of the riders in the skate park (I'll post some of the photos I took in the next week or so!) Happily because clothing is so cheap in America, I've added a few things I've found I've needed in the LA heat to my wardrobe, including lots of cute basic tees, and these amazing shorts which are my first J.Crew purchase!
Patterned Tee: Madewell, Shorts: J.Crew, Sunglasses: Breo, Nails: 'Bahama Mama' by Essie, Black & Gold Bangle: Kate Spade, Watch: Citizen, Spiked Bracelet: Boutique on Abbey Kinney Blvd., Wrap Bracelet: Whistles, White Headphones: Sony
As you can probably see from these photos, I'm more tanned than I have ever been in my life, and I really love it this way. However, the downside to this is I have a few tan lines that I have not been able to avoid and I have no idea how I am going to get rid of - for example, these are my shortest shorts and they have been my most worn item since I picked them up at the mall, so I have tan lines at the top of my legs where they stop!
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Usually I am not at all into wearing patterns, but this shirt was just calling my name in Madewell. While I usually wear a lot of black in London, and my wardrobe constant seems to be blue and white stripes, I have been leaning towards greys here in LA, and wine shades (fyi I have always loved wearing this colour, it is just an added bonus it is bang on trend right now, and one of my favourite Essie shades is now super 'in' now too!)
I'm also more into accessorising her, less of my previously beloved statement necklaces, and more arm parties, things are much more relaxed here. Obviously my everyday watch came from home, as did my Whistles wrap bracelet, but I picked up the lovely black and gold bangle in Kate Spade when the team at the Century City store kindly offered me 20% off, and I picked up the gold stud bracelet in a little boutique on Abbey Kinney Boulevard, just North of the Venice Beach recreational park. They have some lovely little stores and restaurants down there, I really suggest you check it out if you're ever in the area.

Hopefully there will be some more outfit posts soon as I've been hunting down LA based photographers to work with, so on that note, if you are a Los Angeles photographer and I'd like to work with me, or you know someone who would, I'd really appreciate it if you could get in touch! 


  1. Love how you look, simple but so chic. I'm in love with the color of your short and the print of your top. Lovely!

  2. It's been raining non stop for two days in London - I felt you needed to know this. So happy to see your first LA outfit. I love how laid back and summery it is!! The shorts look so cool.

  3. You look so happy and relaxed, it's great! I'm jealous of you - London is a total washout at the moment! x

  4. I LOVE these shorts on you, you look very LA! :)

    Maria xxx

  5. Thanks for your nice coment, Rachel! I´ve just put myGFC and I was wondering if u want to follow each other! Kisses from Spain. Enjoy LA.

  6. I actually did need to know that - I think I am forgetting what rain feels like!

  7. Francesca Buenaflor24 September 2012 at 20:11

    Hey love! glad the photos came out lovely. we should do another shoot soon!

    lots of love xx


  8. Nice shorts. It looks cute with your top. Simple and yet attractive.

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

  9. seems like we're in a very similar/completely opposite situation right now! I just moved to london from los angeles to study for a year as well! i had the same obsession with england as you did with california...isn't it so great that are dreams are coming true? i must admit, as amazing as london is, your pictures are making me a little homesick!

    enjoy your time there, make the most of every moment! x

  10. You look great, Rachel! Looks like you're having so much fun too!

  11. you look beautiful

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