Monday, December 15, 2014

L.A.'s Undiscovered Sanctuary - Wattles Garden Park

This weekend I finally ventured into the Hollywood Hills to visit Wattles Garden Park. Located just a block above Hollywood Boulevard, sits a modest, Spanish-styled house with a view of Los Angeles to the ocean. It's almost like the Eastside's version of Greystone Mansion, without tourists and grandeur. And in keeping with the Eastside, it has an underground quality about it.

As I wandered through the garden and up the peculiar column-lined path, I was led to a deserted Japanese garden where I found a damaged shrine and graffiti. Beyond this, there is a hiking trail that serves as a secret back entrance to the popular Runyon Canyon hike. I cannot tell you how excited I was to find this quiet, unknown sanctuary. Next visit I'm sunbathing and picnicking! This is my new spot, officially!!

Have you heard of Wattles Garden Park?

Yours truly,

P.S. I'm wearing old Zara skinny jeans (similar here), Zara soft leather ballerina flats, old Brandy Melville stripped sweater, Karen Walker sunnies, Cuyana shopper tote, and Catbird classic hammered ring.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Christmas Wish List

Hi ladies!

At last, here is my personal Christmas wish list :)

Hope you're enjoying the holidays!!

Yours truly,

SWEATER - because I could never have too many striped sweaters

RAIN BOOTS - something I wouldn't buy myself since it hardly rains in sunny L.A.

ZEBRA DISH - some bling for my home

NAIL POLISH - trying nail colors out for my sister's wedding

STOOL - to compliment the woven baskets in my living room

MOCCASINS - because mine are falling apart

POWDER - a finishing touch I can't afford

LOTION - my everyday facial

CARDIGAN - the softest sweater...ever (not pictured)

CASHMERE SOCKS - a little luxury I've wanted (not pictured)

STATIONERY - long live the handwritten letter (not pictured)

BLANKET - ridiculous, but I want it (not pictured)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Biggest Mistake I've Made In A Job Interview

When I was interviewing for a new job, I told the HR rep how much I made at the time. The offer immediately dropped by 15%.
HUGE MISTAKE. I will never make it again.

No matter what, don't ever tell your new employer your salary history. Don't let them bully you into it by saying it's "the policy." A point that resonated with me from this article, is to think of it like this: "Image what they'd say if you asked to see the history of salaries they've paid for the job over the past ten years."

I know this may seem like obvious advice, but, like me, so many of my friends have made this mistake. In the moment it's really hard to say no, so go in prepared! Here's how to say no politely:

  • "I keep that information confidential, but the range I'm looking for is..."
  • "That's not something I share with anyone, but I'm seeking..."
  • "I'm sure we'll find a number that works for both of us, but for now, I want to make sure it's a good fit."
  • "I didn't fill out the salary field on the form because it's personal, but as you know, I'm very interested in the position."
  • "I'm really not comfortable with revealing that information, but the minimum amount I'm looking for is..."

In case you do give in, know your total compensation number before going into the interview. For example, some companies offer a pension in addition to a 401K and include benefits as part of their total comp package. That number is higher than your take-home pay.

Yours truly,

P.S. When asked this question, I usually go over the different factors to consider - 401K and the percentage they match, pension, bonuses, and paid vacation. I typically provide a minimum salary amount, no max.

More sources on how to refuse disclosing your salary: here, here and here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sweater Dress + Over-The-Knee Boots

I've been lusting over the Stuart Weitzman 5050 over-the-knee boots for years and I finally stopped by Bloomingdale's to give them a shot and tempt fate. I was sure I would love them and was prepared to splurge, but as it turns out, I was wrong! Kinda relieved, kinda disappointed, I continued my hunt for the perfect over-the-knee boots. Then, I came across these by Louise et Cie, a new line by Vince Camuto. I instantly fell in LOVE. They are perfectly snug and slimming, the height is spot-on, just touching the top of my knee without going too high and cutting off my leg line, and about a fifth of the price!

As soon as I made my purchase, I knew I needed the perfect sweater dress to feature the outfit on my Fashion Edition series. Since I'm on a budget, I can't buy clothes just to feature them on my beloved blog, so I have to wait until I find something worth the investment. Luckily, I found this dress at H&M! As most of you know by now, my style is simple and a bit like a New Yorker - I love black, gray, neutrals with an occasional floral or stripe pattern. This dress is exactly that! The fit is loose and comfortable, but short with a sexy flare. It's made of warm mohair, it's a pretty gray color and becomes a statement piece with the striped shirt dress subtly showing at the bottom. I feel stylish in it without looking like I tried too hard. It's still in the stores, but for some reason I can't find it online. This and this are similar. I'm also wearing Hue over-the-knee socks, Celine sunnies, and my favorite Cuyana shopper tote.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Yours truly,

P.S. Did you notice my hair tuck?! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Weekend: Huntington Library and Gardens

Hi ladies! Hope you had a lovely weekend. My roommate and I visited the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, just 20 minutes outside the city. If you haven't been, you must! It's beyond picturesque, even Wildfox featured it's beauty in their Royal Romance lookbook.

Hope your Monday is caffeinated and happy :)

Yours truly,

P.S. Don't you just love that Foo Dog?!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Muse

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Had so, so much fun with my girls this weekend, I wanted to share a girlie quote:

"These two women were so akin, so near each other, that the slightest gesture, the tone of voice, told both more than could be said in words" (Anna Karenina).

See you in the morning with some weekend snapshots and a Fashion Edition post to follow soon thereafter!! Night :)

Yours truly,

Photo Source: Wildfox

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Weekend: Beverly Grove + Los Feliz

Hi ladies, hope you had a lovely weekend! My weekend was anything, but relaxing. On Saturday, I ventured over to Beverly Grove for lunch with my girls at Joan's on Third, followed by dessert at Magnolia Bakery. After stopping by Kate Spade Saturday and running across those adorable angel wings, I hurried home to primp and prep for a birthday party at the W Hotel in Hollywood. After a fun, but late night, I received a wake up call at 9:00 am on Sunday morning! My sis, her fiancĂ© and I had plans to visit our local Farmers' Market in Los Feliz.

All and all, it was a lovely weekend and I'm looking forward to the new week!

Yours truly,

P.S. The photo with angel wings I'm wearing: J Brand boy-fit jeans, old Zara top (similar), old Urban Outfitters vest, Cuyana Shopper tote, and Karen Walker Super Duper sunnies. In the Farmers' Market photo I'm wearing: Nike Gym Vintage shorts (on sale!), J. Crew Vintage Cotton Tank, LuLuLemon Forme Jacket, Nike Free Run 5.0 sneakers, and same tote and sunnies.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Big News...

Thanks to you and your support, I decided it was time to get a domain!! I bring you:

I cannot wait to share with you all my plans for j. edition. Stay tuned! And as always, let me know what you like and what you want to see more of. 

Yours truly,

P.S. You can receive j. edition posts directly via e-mail by subscribing on the right side of your screen (it's super convenient for the 9 to 5 hehe).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter Necessities

The cold weather has finally hit Los Angeles and I couldn't be more thrilled! Nothing sounds better than sitting fireside and wearing layers upon layers of knits.

Since it's cold, I decided to take some snaps around my apartment rather than venturing outside. Just some bits and pieces of my winter necessities - my favorite houndstooth scarf, my work accessories, and some new products I'm excited to try.

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!! Don't forget to subscribe, because it totally makes my day :)

Yours truly,

Zara Scarf (Similar) // Cuyana Shopper Tote // BKR Water Bottle // LORAC PRO Cosmetics

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Wanderings In Los Angeles

Hi all! Hope these colorful snapshots brighten your Monday :)

This weekend, my girlfriends and I stopped by the Farmers' Market in Larchmont Village. After purchasing more produce than we could possibly eat, we drifted into the shops lining Larchmont Boulevard - Babycakes for a treat and Larchmont Beauty Center for some much needed products.

The last snaps are from my quick shopping spree at The Grove. I was loving everything Topshop at Nordstrom. What do you think of the leopard skirt?! (Hopefully you like it since it's now mine).

Yours truly,

P.S. The leopard skirt on Cara Delevinge.