THIS PAST WEEKEND, I went to Orange County for dim sum to celebrate my 32nd birthday with my family. I'm not huge on birthdays-- I don't think I ever really was-- but it's always nice to get together with my siblings and my mom and dad, not to mention J and the newest additions to our family: my niece and nephew, Quinn and Hugh. Also, Din Tai Fung is pretty delicious. I also got my very first Gainey ceramic planter from the Plant Stand! So excited.
The rest of the week has been hectic so far with teaching, and grading, and reading and writing; I also have a friend's wedding that I've been helping out with. I'm so excited for Cindy and John-- they're really seriously perfect together, and it's going to be so much fun this Saturday. Tuesday was my birthday, and I woke up to being sick and having to go teach.
The day before my birthday, I went out to LA to do a little impromptu photo shoot with my pretty, lovely friends June and Esther, before meeting up for dinner with some amazing ladies from Minneapolis, Wing and Thao. It boggles my mind how many talented and creative and successful women hail from MN! I'm so glad that they thought of me to hang out during their trip to LA.
Pictured here is the olive green asymmetrical winged tunic from Lily Stan Studio, who is also from Minneapolis. She's so super sweet and her designs are amazing. She went to RISD and has worked with Kate Spade and Vera Wang, and now she designs for Target and has her own label. Outside of designing and hand-making easy to wear, seasonless clothing, Lily loves to draw and sketch forms and fashion AND she also reads comics and graphic novels (which is awesome since I do too-- I love to read pretty much every type of medium).
I love how her pieces are so flowy and layer-able. The tunic is a great length for bike shorts or pants, and the asymmetrical hem is so pretty fluttering behind to the side. I'm sure it won't be the last piece of hers that I own! Be sure to check back on her site; she's hoping to offer knit pieces for winter! I'll definitely be on the lookout!