Tea, Stripes, and Dusters

Never use the word ‘cheap’. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today.
— Karl Lagerfeld

Melrose Place is redolent of lavender with concept stores, galleries, ateliers, and what I personally would actually spend good money on- the Alfred Tea Room. On a sunny afternoon, the walking is quite delightful with many trees and greenery plus wonderful architectural details to buildings like a mini-slice of Europe.

In the midst of Alexander McQueen, Balmain, and Paul Smith, ya' girl was struttin' loud and proud in this 13-dollar striped Project Runway dress at possibly the best-smelling street in Los Angeles. There is nothing more classic than stripes. Forget the stereotypical prison uniforms and pajamas, stripes are an iconic staple and they are always perfect for spring to break away from a bland wardrobe by adding some pattern to it.  

A lightweight duster coat is key to look effortless, and well, unbothered. Layering is still one of my favorite style-keys to sophistication and I can never go wrong with the duster coat that instantly makes everyone from mortals to VIPs with a penchant for fashion strike as millionaires on the go. And a light duster coat in a bold color? Slay.

In a busy city with a lot of serious traffic congestion and overwhelmingly mainstream shoppes, Melrose Place is an oasis. It is the perfect LA street to get dressed up, enjoy an easy stroll, sip on some quality iced matcha or rose tea latte at Alfred's, and you don't have to be broke to look like a local.

Dress - Project Runway,  JCPenney | Duster Jacket - Tracee Ellis Ross, JCPenney (similar) | Shoes - Jessica Simpson (similar)
Clutch - Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Sunglasses - Quay Australia