OOTD Diary: Los Angeles Edition - Nouchaline

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OOTD Diary: Los Angeles Edition

Before I went on vacation to the states, I was talking with my friend and colleague (haiii Sandrine!) about how our styles change when we travel. I'm not talking about just wearing "different types of clothing based on the new climate your in" change, I'm talking about "wearing those white distressed cut-off denim shorts while out and about and not caring what others think" change. There's just something about traveling and being abroad that brings out this persona inside of me who is (almost) fearless when it comes to fashion choices. I suddenly become someone who doesn't think twice about taking fashion risks and wearing things I would be too terrified to wear while at home. Concerns that I have about my body and the way certain items would look on my body go out the door, and I find myself having fun with my outfit choices. I don't buy items JUST because I'm on vacation to wear while on vacation (because that's a bit of a waste isn't it?), but I feel myself gravitating towards pieces I would usually dismiss while shopping back home. Even if I end up wearing a basic outfit I'd wear at home, I just feel more badass in said outfit for some reason. Last week, I was in Los Angeles visiting family and I took some pretty basic #OOTD shots for Instagram, since I got really good feedback there, I thought I'd do a compilation and share them all on the blog with a bit more detail, sort of like what I did when I went to New York City two years ago...

OOTD: Who am I ?

I ordered this jacket on sale from F21 before my trip and it was waiting for me when I arrived. I thought it would be a lighter jacket but it's pretty thick and would be perfect for cold days. Don't know what possessed me to pair SHORTS with a heavy jacket, big ass hoops, and flip flops, but I was totally feeling this look, even while my cousin questioned my decision making process and totally judged my heavy jacket. 

Jacket and earrings: Forever 21 | Shorts: Macy's | Cap: Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Flip flops: Tommy Hilfiger 

OOTD: The Americana

I wore my favorite casual LBD from Pull & Bear to a night out at the Americana in Glendale.

OOTD: The Dark Side

I've had this Kylo Ren shirt for a while and I love it. Decided to wear it to Disneyland because it's an unspoken rule that one must wear at least one Disney related article of clothing while in the theme park.

T-shirt: JC Penny | Leggings: Forever 21 | Jacket: River Island via Asos | Shoes: Vans 

OOTD: Galaxy 

I wish I took a better picture of this outfit, I ended up wearing the dress with my vans and a black cardigan but I got too lazy to go up and take a mirror OOTD again. I have a thing for galaxy print, t-shirt dresses and lace up details... this dress is the holly trifecta. 

Dress: Boohoo.com | Flip flops: Tommy Hilfiger 

OOTD: When in Venice

These are the white cut-off denim shorts mentioned above. I bought them while in Dubai, and have been a bit too self-conscious about wearing them in Beirut so Venice Beach was the perfect place to take them out for a spin.

T-shirt: Boohoo.com | Shorts and earrings: Forever 21 | Jacket: River Island via Asos | Bag: Jennyfer | Sandals: Ross | Sunglasses: Aldo 

OOTD: Stole it 

One of my favorite things to do in LA is to shop my cousin's closet. She always has pieces that she doesn't wear or doesn't want anymore so I take this opportunity to steal said items, by steal I mean she asks me if I want them and I say yes. That is how this denim skirt and those sneakers came into my life :)

Skirt: No Idea | Top: Forever 21 | Jacket: Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Sneakers: Adidas | Bag: Asos | Sunglasses: Ananda Venice

OOTD: I can see your bra

The most "risque" item of clothing which I bought was this see-through top from Boohoo. Most of the Instagram fashionista population has some variation of this top, but I still love it anyway. I got it because I needed "going out" tops, I knew it would be see-through, but I didn't think it would be see-through... you know? Needless to say, my mother hates this top and said that if I wear it without a tank-top underneath in Beirut, she would shoot me (that statement might have been loosely paraphrased). Anyway, I wore this outfit to drinks at the Ace Hotel in DTLA, the night ended with me attempting to take an OOTD shot for Instagram in the In-n-Out parking lot because every night in LA must end with a double double, animal style fries and a milkshake. 

Top: Boohoo.com | Bralette: Pink by Victoria's Secret | Jeans: Yours ME | Bag: Asos | Earrings: Topshop | Shoes: Borrowed from the cousin

OOTD: Do you have a tattoo?

I'm definitely one of those people who must wear a new item of clothing as soon as it is purchased. I bought this dress while at Target around two hours before heading to dinner with the fam. I paired it with my "vacation" sandals (which I pretty much only wear while abroad because they take AGES to lace up and ain't nobody got time for that while not on vacation) and a jacket, which I took off for literally 5 seconds, but apparently it was enough time for my dad's older cousin to catch a glimpse of my tattoo and proceed to ask me if I have a tattoo while at the dinner table. Needless to say, dinner took a bit of an awkward turn as family members shared opinions about tattoos with me. 

Dress: Target | Jacket and Sandals: Forever 21 | Bag: Asos | Sunglasses: Ananda Venice

Do you feel like your style changes while abroad?

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