abbot kinney and things i can’t afford

i looooove abbot kinney. when all else fails, i go there.


first friday of every month there are food trucks (:

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i recommend nomad

they have really good food


butcher’s daughter


all of their decor is nice

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wabi sabi, something i really can’t afford but oh so good

grocery shop after your meal


the greatest paleo bread EVER

find cute vintage stores like the general store a hop skip + jump away


want vintage 501s? look no further


style update

woah i’m kinda sorta wearing color. which is odd but so refreshing after almost a year of only neutrals..

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here are some of my favorite new finds!

garmentory: because smaller designers are so fun and cool (sometimes pricey). this website makes it super easy to find new and cool brands that your friends won’t have! i’m loving creatures of comfort and of course ganni

paloma wool: i copied my friend sam and bought almost the same shoes as her..loving all these items from the spanish company! some items are available at anthropologie too


reformation: haven’t bought anything here yet but soon! i have my eye on some dresses and love that they’re eco-friendly + sustainable

soft+spoken cities: malibu

i spent most of the weekend in malibu for the prettiest wedding (and of course brunch). here’s some photos because i love dressing up for special occasions and also food.



weeee i love this dress from asos!



any excuse to wear the loefflers


stopping to smell the peony and appreciate that i am in a fairytale right now

normally i’m more of a breakfast gal, but sleeping in was so nice!



malibu’s coffee selection was disappointing, so we went to ten speed


always a favorite for the views at malibu farm


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want more coffee and food ideas? look here and here


wear(ing) anthropologie

recently i was gifted a rather large sum of money to anthropologie.


faryl robin shoes, vintage levis, scarf blanker staples

this was great for multiple reasons, but mainly because i used to work there and missed the discount and had also been googling loeffler randalls everyday for a few weeks wanting some.

wear app which allows you to post your #ootd and tag the products teamed up with anthro. wear just launched in the US from japan and i’d suggest checking it out!

here’s some of what i got:

pom pom tee

loeffler randalls

cute blanket and throw


a new the dells ikat skirt

Joa top


at domaine carneros winery in napa

PO-EM dress


handmade dress!

i need more photos in all of these outfits!

also a lot of these things aren’t online, so if you want them check out the anthro in newport beach!

see more of my outfit posts on wear: @tessarutter

little black denim dress

it’s been a while since i’ve done a fashion post.

to be honest, i’ve been wearing the same few outfits since europe.

i went through a closet purge after and haven’t been too inspired due to the cold weather.

this past week has been nice and sunny in socal, so i’ve been loving this dress from asos!

i also can’t get enough of this bag from the little market. it’s handwoven in madagascar from organic grass!

next week i’m going to the doen sample sale and oh so excited!

what pieces are you loving??



black dress

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soft+spoken cities: paris

i keep having people ask me for paris suggestions, so i’m laying it all out.

ok, not everything. paris is amazing because it’s so big you can live there for years and never get bored.

here’s my list of must see sights, good coffee, food, and some suggested day trips.


musee d’orsay: van gogh, rodin, monet, this museum is very aesthetically pleasing. not only are there lots of impressionists, but they have touluse lautrec + lots of sculptures.


you need to take a photo here

le tour eiffel: (duh) parisians first hated this landmark, but if you can try and book a tour to the top! the view is great, but i also love eating picnics at le champ de mars.


louvre: want to feel like jay z and see mona lisa smile? do it! the art is much more classic and older, but france robbed almost every continent of art to house this once palace.


check out cafe richelieu for good views!

picasso: this is my personal favorite because the museum is beautifully layed out!


the views from all of the windows are beautiful

luxembourg gardens: if it’s a nice day you’ll probably walk through here and wonder if the french ever work. yes they do, but americans really need more vacation days.


this was a school project wearing: bimba y lola, madewell, zara

notre dame: watch out for pickpockets here and then walk across the street to visit shakespeare and co. if you can’t read french and need a book, they’re all en anglais.

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this church took almost 200 years to build

canal saint martin: spotted- french hipsters. i personally love the canal because there’s lots of coffee and good food all around. the bastille market is pretty close too, so my favorite thing is to go on thursday mornings, grab a baguette, walk to ten belles, and sit by the water.

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mes amies!

on to the good stuff…the food and coffee! this list is by no means extensive. (check out for all of your caffeine needs)

holybelly: get here early. their food is really holy with bacon and egg topped pancakes, goat cheese roasted in honey, and cute baristas 🙂


check out their agent cooper special: pie and coffee

mg road: i never really ate french food in paris because the other stuff is so good…feeling indian food but don’t want to go to london? try mg road!

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this is vegetarian but there is a pig on top

loustic: what can i say except their coffee is really good and the interior is super cool?


another favorite bob’s kitchen is next door

l’as du fallafel: you just gotta do it. get it to go to save time and walk around the marais instead. it’s on one of my favorite streets, and will warm you up if its cold!


lenny kravitz’s fav

ten belles: pretty close to holybelly and next to the canal, ten belles has belleville brulerie the first specialty roaster in paris. fun fact: belleville has café dégustations en français which is possibly the most boogie thing i have ever done.

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république: chances are you will walk by a protest at the république monument while going here but c’est la vie. want a cali mexi inspired vegan bowl? they’ve got you and your caffeine cravings covered.


do you spy the sweet potatoes?

téléscope: my favorite coffee shop. there’s no take away, so you have to sit sur place. one of the only specialty spots i’ve been to without belleville, they have coffee from amsterdam and all over. the owner really knows what he’s doing, so go! it’s a treat.

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their owner loves g&b so you know it’s good..

fatigué de la ville? here are some day trips:

versailles: how does the world have leftover gold? check out the gardens in the summer! it’s only an hour from paris.



giverny: sound familiar? make sure to check out monet’s home only an hour outside of paris (can be trickier to get to though)


living the dream in zara, nike, bimba y lola

disneyland: because ratatouille is from here and mickey is the same in every language. just take the RER here and visit the happiest place in france.



other tips/tricks:

  • the metro is great and has a super helpful app!
  • bread is your friend here ❤
  • try to speak french
  • always say bonjour when entering a store (or you will experience rude french people)
  • new balances are great for walking
  • tax is included and you don’t need to tip
  • if you have time, the musée rodin, arc de triomphe, et centre pompidou are fun!
  • shop til you drop in the marais
  • red wine!!
  • want to cook? try bio c bon and naturalia for all of your organic (and nut butter) needs




to me, new years is a funny thing. it’s kind of a made up holiday and i don’t understand why i need to wear sparkles.

these year markers and a time set aside for reflection are, however, things i fully support.

looking back, here are some of my favorite beauty/fashion discoveries of 2016:

  1. glossier (see previous post)glossier.jpg
  2. these cute flats!


    find them on asos!

  3. levi’s – specifically raw cut denim which is great because i’m short and need to cut my pants anyways!levis.jpg
  4. biossance – their rose oil, the nourisher, is AMAZING EWG-Product-Nourisher_600x600_db38f0c5-a453-403a-a8c0-7865985be41a.png
  5. birchbox


    samples are great for travel!

  6. doen

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    just got these overalls and love them!

next week i leave for europe, so stay tuned for lots of travel photos!

tlm tuesday

in honor of #givingtuesday, here’s a shameless plug about the nonprofit, The Little Market, where i work!


handmade embroidered pillows from mexico + a colorful mexican serape (photo by Megan Bravinder)

the little market was started by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla to empower women artisans all around the world.

we currently have about 50 different groups we work with in countries like Madagascar, Guatemala, Mexico, and the States!

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cute handmade pillows

everything is fair trade, meaning our team ensures each group we work with pays artisans a fair wage, has proper working conditions, strives to be eco-friendly, protects the rights of children, respects the culture of artisans, and more. i particularly love that fair trade helps preserve the beautiful techniques and traditions that make our products so unique!

for giving tuesday, we’re partnering with some of our favorite brands for a giveaway! enter to win here


one of my favorite bags! goes well with coffee

want to know more? check out this forbes article!

additional posts on some of my favorite items to come soon (:


if you didn’t know, i’m a branding nerd and way too easily influenced by my love for marketing.

one of my favorite brands, Glossier, has some of the best branding i’ve ever seen.

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their packaging is a dream and makes me feel like i’m getting a personalized order. (which it kind of is because STICKERS and fun samples)

not only is their branding+packaging amazing, but the products are too.


Glossier has made me fall in love with beauty again, much like their founder Emily Weiss‘s blog Into the Gloss, did for the fashion industry.

best of all, the brand values natural and unique beauty.

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election stickers!!

use my code for 20% off your first order!


soft+spoken style

why soft+spoken?

well, i recently started wearing mainly neutral and muted colors. this just seems to make life easier and clothes more versatile.

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dress: cloth and stone, wrap: anthropologie, shoes: jeffrey campbell

soft+spoken seems to fit my style: classic+trendy, comfy+chic, feminine+boyish.

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hat: free people, sweater: anthropologie, jeans: vintage levi’s, shoes: faryl robin

it also helps that i am very soft+spoken!