Lace, Ruffles, Appliques and Self Reflection

April 13, 2017

Lace and Ruffles | fashion and travel blog | mikialamode.comDuring my last couple of days of packing, Tom and I hopped into the car and drove to some of our favourite spots one last time in the city. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I would make my way up to Beverly Hills and order a Nutella latte and crêpe while sitting in the courtyard working away on my computer. while taking breaks, I’d steal glances at the fountain and people watch. It was a really nice guilty pleasure between hours and hours of work!

Lace and Ruffles | fashion and travel blog | mikialamode.comLace and Ruffles | fashion and travel blog | mikialamode.comRodeo Drive | fashion and travel blog | mikialamode.comLace and Ruffles | fashion and travel blog | mikialamode.comRodeo Drive | Lace and Ruffles | fashion and travel blog | mikialamode.comIt had actually been over 2 months since I stopped into the area, so I took my time strolling and eventually started asking myself if I’d miss it, and of course there was a good chance I might. It’s funny to reflect on life when it takes a big turn. You start asking yourself the deepest questions, including what you loved, what you didn’t, what you would improve and what you want to achieve.

I met some great people who made my experience in LA really special and wish I had gotten more time to get to know them. Then there are the exceptional individuals who really made life in in a new city extra special. People come into our lives for a reason, and when one door closes, another opens. Life is what you make of it. If you want it to be exciting, you can find a way to provide yourself with a multitude of experiences. When you want something that you can’t find, you have to create it because if you wait, it may never come and you’ll look back to say, you wish you did.

One thing I want to do is make my Orlando home feel extra special for when Tom and I are in town, or when we welcome friends during their visit.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Whatever you do, do it with love. I hope you all have a wonderful week! If you enjoyed your post, let me know in the comments below. For more inspiration on style and travel, follow me on Bloglovin♥, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list for special announcements and exclusive content.



Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ.


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  • Reply Adi April 13, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I love this look! Especially the shorts!
    Adi xx

  • Reply Atsuna Matsui April 13, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Love the positive vibes from this post dear. 🙂 Ahh I’m from LA actually. Are you originally from Orlando and then moved to LA? I hope you’re adjusting to the new city well.


  • Reply Stella Asteria April 14, 2017 at 9:03 am

    What a wonderful look and mix of ruffles and lace my dear! Wish you all the best for your new life in Orlando! I am very happy for you!

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Stella! I hope you are doing well darling, and enjoying a beautiful new married life! 🙂


  • Reply Chloe April 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    This is such a gorgeous outfit!I am loving every piece you’re wearing! I’ve never been to Rodeo drive but it definitely looks like the place to shop!

    xo, Chloe //

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      I hope you get to visit soon. It’s a great place to shop, for sure! Thanks Chloe!


  • Reply Sharka April 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Loved this post. As you know, I will be going through similar experience in few weeks and I plan to do the same, go around the good old spots in Paris and say good bye. However, I will live few hours from the city of lights so its not that bad. I hope you are settling well and you are feeling good!
    kisses Sharka

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks so much Sharka! So far I’m really enjoying it. 🙂 Happy moving. When do you leave the city?

  • Reply Chris April 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Wise words and beautiful look.

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Chris!


  • Reply Beckerman Girls April 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Just lovvvvvin’ your outfit and that bag is everything! The flowers are sooo cool on the strap of the bag! And your ruffle shorts rock!
    xoBeckerman Girls

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks you babes! Hope you’re having a fab week.


  • Reply Linh Dao April 17, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Aww love that you guys went around LA and explore! I love your cute outfit and that cute bag of yours! You always have such great outfits! Can I seriously tour your closet?

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      You say the sweetest things Linh. Thanks so much. Haha.


  • Reply Jessi Malay April 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    This is such a gorgeous look babe! The combination of the lace and the ruffles pairs to make such a gorgeous overall look! <3

    XO Jessi,

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Jessi! You’re too kind. I hope you’re having a great week at Coachella!


  • Reply Luci's Morsels April 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Love this look! The combination of dark lace and white shorts is so perfect for spring!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks Luci! It was so hot already in LA! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Lisa April 18, 2017 at 3:50 am

    This is one of my favorite spots in LA! I adore your look… the shorts are so cute!


    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Mine too! Thanks so much. Have a great week Lisa!


  • Reply Karen April 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Love the little detailings on your outfit from the flared sleeves to the ruffled shorts and what a fabulous location to shoot. Loving all the gorgeous photographs Miki!
    Have a Stylin’ Day!
    Much Love, Karen
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    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I love the ruffled shorts too. Unfortunately, they got lost with my luggage with Delta. I had to order a second pair. 🙁 Thanks so much Karen!


  • Reply Nina Nguyen April 18, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I love love this look babe!!

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Nina! Have a great week girl.


  • Reply AnaFlorentina April 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Miki love those adorable shorts!
    And wish this transition to Orlando is a positive one for both!!

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks so much Ana! You’re so sweet. I hope you’re having a lovely week!

  • Reply Mary Maria April 18, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Love it soooo much!


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  • Reply Pamolina April 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    You look amazing! Great shorts 🙂

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks so much!


  • Reply jasna April 19, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Wow you look amazing in this outfit hun and I totally agree with what you said, what ever you do and where ever you it with love….its so true! 🙂

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 Thanks Jasna.

  • Reply Deepti April 19, 2017 at 6:26 am

    These are such stunning pictures! I love this look a lot!

    Deepti xx |

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks Deepti!

  • Reply Sarah April 19, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Adjusting to a new city is always difficult. I feel every time I move I leave part of me behind, whether it’s old friendships or special memories. And I really hope you settle down soon in Orlando, it must be difficult leaving a city like LA. We are also making a move this year, so I can only imagine your feelings. On a positive note :)! You are looking gorgeous in this look. And I really love your lace top, the sleeves are so fabulous.

    Sending lots of love your way 🙂


    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah! So sweet of you. It’s never easy leaving a city and saying goodbye, but there are tons of good things about the move and when one door closes, another opens. 🙂 I’m always opened to new experiences, so I’ll make the most of it. 🙂 When do you move? Where are you headed?

  • Reply Virna Gambini April 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I would have never guessed that cute bag strap was from Zara! Thanks for sharing the link 🙂
    Also, I’m loving the whole outfit (those frill shorts are so cute) and the super pretty location you chose!
    Have a great day babe!

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks! I love the bag – it’s a total steal. I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

  • Reply Nati April 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    LOVE your handbag! Great find 🙂
    Nati xx

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks so much Nati!

  • Reply Queen Horsfall April 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    It is quite exciting to move to new place! Sadly we didn’t meet while you were living in California, I also don’t see your ig photos lately cuz of stupid algorithm! Missed your beautiful photos!

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      I know! We didn’t actually live too far, but maybe in another city. 🙂


  • Reply Laura April 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    A wonderful look here Miki, really do like your pretty little bag it’s ever so cute with its detailing. Do like your cute little white shorts, gorgeous!

    Laura xo

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Laura! I love these shorts and the bag – luckily it was a steal, too. 🙂 I hope you’re having a lovely week!


  • Reply Lola April 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Awesome place, it looks incredible!
    And you outfit is really cool, I love the top 🙂

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks so much Lola!

  • Reply Simplement Lui April 22, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Top outfit, everything there is nice 😉

    • Reply miki April 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much!


  • Reply Andreea Birsan April 24, 2017 at 10:31 am

    You mixed some of my most favorite trends in such a pretty outfit! Love the band strap it works so well with the fun shorts! Have a lovely week! xx


  • Reply Nati April 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

    You look lovely! I totally relate to what you’re saying, when you stay in a place you get attached to it, when you start enjoying to find you have to move again… it is a bittersweet feeling, you are excited for the new things to come, but regret to leave the god things you had!

  • Reply Rina May 3, 2017 at 2:25 am

    It must be so hard to leave such an amazing city like LA but I bet you’re excited to partake in your new adventures in your new hometown! Loving this outfit you wore with those super cute ruffled shorts! I can’t get enough of ruffles!

    Rina Samantha

  • Reply Sharon Wu May 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Miki I miss you so much! So glad you got to explore Beverly Hills one last time before you moved. I’m sure we’ll both visit LA again together soon 🙂 You’ll have to fill me in on all your new adventures and cool people you meet in Orlando! xoxo, sharon

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  • Reply hair sisters July 19, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Yep,I agree your point,we should do out best whatever we do.Your lace top looks gorgeous!

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