As hard as I've tried, I've never been much of a put together an outfit sort of person.  All sorts of amazing fashion blogs have inspired me to layer, try out different trends, mix textures and patterns, but at the end of it I end up feeling self conscious and uncomfortable.  It wasn't until recently that I realized the clothing I feel best in are the most simple pieces.  I don't like to draw attention to myself, and even though I live in LA (land of lots of strange dressers) even something slightly flashy will draw attention (remember when everyone wore lamé leggings? Yeah, I had a pair and only wore them once).  Casual button downs, jeans, and tennis shoes (or moccasins) have been my go-to weekend outfit, but as plain as it is, I feel happy and confident wearing them.

One thing I've been having a lot of fun with lately is adding a bright pop of lipstick.  The one pictured here is NARS Schiap and it's surprisingly wearable! It feels so fun but not too over the top paired with my casual clothes.  I've also recently acquired this Panama hat.  It's still taking a little getting used to but as the salesperson said, the key to wearing this hat is confidence!  I just have to remember to put it on straight.

I am constantly thinking about the state of my wardrobe. Sometimes I get frustrated and just want to cave in, go to Forever 21, buy maxi skirts and cheap sundresses.  But then I remember the environmental impact of shopping fast fashion and what my money is supporting and I have to snap out of it.  Not to mention the quality of craftsmanship and fabric.  I need to remember to save my pennies and buy from independent shops and designers (I have my eye on Hetterson's Brocius dress)! Even when I decide to cave in and shop at chain stores I end up disappointed.  This happened to me the last three times I tried to go shopping!

Whoops, I sort of went a little off tangent there. Anyway, I have a feeling this shirt, hat, and shoes are going to be in high rotation this summer! I want to document more outfits but I'm still working on being comfortable in front of the camera.  These were the few that made it out of 50 (+?!) photos.