I have always been intrinsically drawn to the west. Traveling out, seeing the vista of the mountains on the horizon and the thrill of navigating twisting mountain roads. The mysteries in the sandstone desert swirls. But nowhere is more compelling to me than the Pacific Ocean. It is not a calm, shallow gulf, but rather a turbulent, deep force that shapes its surroundings with its natural beauty. I am in tune with the Pacific which is perhaps why I love the west coast style and the brands that spring from it.
One of these brands is For Love & Lemons. A blend of edgy femininity, you can find formal wear, intimates, knits and everything in between in the ranges. I love how all the pieces are tied together by that lingerie feel. Even their sweaters are sexy; not overtly, but they lead one's mind to images of lazy Sunday mornings wrapped in a chunky sweater and not much else. Many of the formal and intimate designs feature detailed lace or delicate sheer fabric. The Vienna Mini Dress which I'm wearing above is a true piece of art. The fragile sheer nude mesh is hand-embellished with rich midnight blue velvet and tiny baguette beads. It's one of the pieces in my closet I really do have to handle with care!
That being said leads me to the real talk on For Love & Lemons. It is a pricey brand. The fabric and materials are worth the money but you do have to treat them delicately. I have a bra by FLL and it is slightly ripped at the back just from normal use (and I have not used it much!). If you plan to splurge on a FLL piece, make sure you aren't planning on wearing it out to the club several weekends out of the year. These should be special, statement pieces if you want them to last. Of course, I have not owned a ton of FLL pieces, so the fragility probably doesn't apply to all of them. Some of the pieces that aren't so lacey would probably be more durable. If you do decide to buy a For Love & Lemons item, I can't say it enough--SIZE UP!! I am consistently an XS, but I ordered this size in FLL once and couldn't get it zipped up. It hurt my ego, but lesson learned, the brand runs small.
As always, eBay is a great place to snag deals on For Love & Lemons. You can search the brand name or if you know a specific style of item you want, search that for faster results. Nasty Gal and Revolve also periodically have sales on FLL as well!
Photography: Tori Swafford, TC Photography SENIORS--If you want your senior pictures to be bomb, look her up, she does amazing things and is one of the coolest chicks you'll meet!
Location: Bowman Creek Farms