Mara is headed to L.A. for the 4th of July weekend. #completelyjealous
L.A. always seems magical to me. While SoCal natives may complain about the traffic and the pollution, just saying “L.A.” conjures up images of perpetually sunny skies, the long line of palm trees along Rodeo Drive, a 60’s wood-sided station wagon with surf boards on top, fire pits at a glass cubed home overlooking the city, the breath-taking vista of the Getty Museum. And of course, the awesome fun boutiques on Abbot-Kinney in Venice and my absolute favorite store on earth, Fred Segal.
In my fantasy world, there’s a way to bring the laid-back L.A. leisure look into my life. I got a little help from my friend Mindy, a super cool, true SoCal native who hails from Pacific Palisades (another magical phrase, right?).
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Ok – so it’s my Weekend in L.A. vision board – let’s say I’m in a vintage convertible, top down and hair all beachy. I’m doing some shopping on Melrose and then heading up to a friend’s home in the Hollywood Hills for some sort of spicy tequila cocktail. I’d be wearing this orange Sahara wide-leg jumpsuit and a y-chain necklace from Bauble Bar.
These super trendy cat-eye sunglasses will make that sunset look even sexier.
Next, I’m headed to dinner in Venice Beach. Nothing fancy – have you been to Gjelina? Cool jeans are a great L.A. look and taking advantage of J. Crew’s summer sale (30% off purchase with code ALLSTAR, and tons of stuff are 50% off) would be very smart. These starry J.Crew demi-boot crop jeans would fit right in and would look great with this boho embroidered blouse.
Shoes? I love these Steve Madden slides in pink suede.
My weekend fantasy continues and up next is an awesome invite for a great beach day in a glamorous, swanky mansion in Malibu. This one-piece swimsuit from Miracle suit will make anyone and everyone look A-mazing. While this Mara Hoffman cover up might be too nice for a beach day in Coney Island, it fits in perfectly poolside anywhere else.
And let’s throw everything into this beautiful woven tote.
Later that day, I’m meeting friends for coffee at Urth Café in Santa Monica. L.A. is known for their t-shirts and Monrow is one of the very classic brands. I’d go for something simple, like this Monrow Tank and sporty cropped sweatpants with beige Nike sneakers.
I can’t be in L.A. for a whole weekend without some sort of fitness outing, like a yoga class with a rock-star teacher and a huge celebrity following so….Jennifer Aniston is on the next mat. I’d wear Alo Yoga, THE quintessential L.A. brand with a huge store/studio on Rodeo Drive. How good would my “omm” sound, wearing this long tank and sexy leggings?
And finally, you’ve got to have a hoodie – after all you never know when it’s going to cool down. I like this pink one with bell sleeves and distressed edges.
Can’t you tell that I begged my kids to go to college in California? (Neither took the bait – both ended up on the East coast). Sam, my youngest son, just read this post and suggested a soundtrack for my L.A. dream, which would include Anderson Paak and two of his albums, named Venice and Malibu. Anderson Paak is from Oxnard (just west of L.A.) and my dad was stationed near Oxnard in Port Hueneme when he was in the Navy and both my older sisters were born there, so it all circles back for me.
Mara – have a great week in L.A.!
XOXO Pam and Mara
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We are Pam and Mara, Grown and Flown’s new in-house fashion gurus. Based in Brooklyn, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, with four boys, many proms, graduations, beach vacations and birthday dinners between us.
Mara’s been living in jeans and t-shirts working in the fashion world in London, Milan, LA, and NYC, producing editorial and ad shoots for over two decades. Pam’s been suiting up for the corporate world as a chief marketing officer in the live entertainment/sports business.
We’ve always been a little obsessed with style and how we use clothes to help us feel attractive and self-confident. You’ll often find us yelling at each other over dressing room walls, or trading texts at midnight about that one pair of size 8 boots left on sale online at Nordstrom.com. But over time, we’ve found that dressing and feeling great has become much more challenging. And that’s even more frustrating now that every moment has turned into a photo opp.
We want to feel comfortable and appropriate with our style choices so that we can face the world each morning with confidence and ease. We’re in search of cool, effortless style that makes us feel amazing and powerful at this very age. Please join us at Grown and Flown as we venture forth into this new world together, and at Facebook and Instagram @thekoolestmoms.