Photography by Calvin Lim 

I’ve been a VERY early adopter to downtown LA (mentioned HERE). When people ask me where my favorite part of LA is , within a heartbeat I ALWAYS answer Downtown. More often than not my answer is followed by a question of “really?, but is it safe?”,  or simply a confused stare. For the past 10 years of living/working in downtown LA, it was very rare for me to roam/walk around in the city. Although i’ve always loved downtown, I wouldn’t necessarily call it the safest place to be. Whether it be picking up my lunch down the street or my coffee a few blocks away it was always expected to jump in a car (sad, I know).  That’s why i’ve been incredibly excited to see the city finally developing, and becoming a bit  more “walking friendly”.

So why is it my favorite place in LA? Well, this is where it all started for me. I graduated high school with big ambitions, and went straight to downtown to pursue my passion. 10 years later i’m still here….the same girl in the same city. Besides there’s nothing better than a good underdog story right? As of lately I find myself walking from my office to the “Eastside”, or better known as Broadway St., for some coffee or lunch.  The ACNE store has been all the rage in DTLA , and now  it seems as if the coolest of kids happen to be in the area.  And word on the street is that Rick Owens, Opening Ceremony, and many other boutiques will be opening up this year. Why do coffee runs all of a sudden sound quite dangerous???

Anyways my obsession with wearing monochromatic looks, especially red monochrome, as seen HERE & HERE continues. I’ve also been really indulging in the tailored buttoned up look. I usually wear my blouses opened up for a more effortless vibe, but as of recently i’ve been craving cleaner lines for a more polished & streamlined look. Not to mention this is a great way to instantly polish up your old flannels, boyfriend’s button up, or of course your chambray shirt that you’ve worn one too many times last season.


Blouse: *Rails (similar one HERE)

Blazer: Monica Rose x Lovers & Friends 

Skirt- Maje (on major SALE! and in black)

Denim Jacket: 7 For All Mankind 

Sunglasses: Rayban

Purse: Chanel

Boots: Reed Krakoff  (similar one HERE)


  • Alena says:

    Such a great styling, amazing details! But I am just totally in love with this photography? He is probably not just talented but a professional photographer as well..

    Kisses from London,
    Alena | meet me stylish

  • Claire says:

    Love this color combination <3 You look great in this outfit <3

    xoxo, Claire from Vancouver, Canada

  • Stephanie says:

    I went to USC and when I first started back in 2008 Downtown was definitely not the safest place to be. After college I started working in DTLA and I love watching how much the area is changing. It has definitely come a long way and I’m not complaining!


  • FREED MODE says:

    Lovely look, great red outfit, so pretty.
    Thanks for your comment.
    See you

  • Really lovin that plaid shirt with the red skirt 😉 DTLA is so different compared to downtown SF, I remember the first time when I came to LA the first impression was, oh this is not as crowded as I thought, but the more I go there, the more I enjoy the quietness and being able to soak it all up 😉 xo

    New Post up…

    • Chriselle says:

      Jenny, I agree there are times in downtown that it seems quite, but trust me there are some very very busy times in downtown! Especially at rush hour! 😉 I hope you get to enjoy it here again soon!

  • Great red! This red with red would seem daunting but looks fantastic the way you styled!




  • I was at a job interview in downtown L.A. and I definitely despised the parking. I mean Koreatown is no better. Maybe I just have to get used to living in LA. Haha.

    Anyway, I love your outfit. You always manage to look so polished.


  • Dilek says:

    I love monochromatic looks. Color blocking is fun and fresh as well, but there is nothing that looks as clean and as crisp as a good monochromatic outfit. ^^

  • LOVING this look! So bold with the plaid and colors! x


  • Kristi says:

    Wow! Love these bright colors on you! Cute look as always!

  • sasa says:

    Love the red. You look great as always<3


  • Anja Skrba says:

    Plaid – one love!


  • Tanya says:

    This look is gorgeous! I love the skirt and the shirt so much!!!


  • Erica M says:

    I am loving the mix of patterns and textures!!


  • Looking beautiful as always Chriselle! I love the color scheme of your outfit.

    I totally agree with you. I’m a Canadian and the last time I visited LA in general, it won my heart! It’s very similar to where I live now but with so many more delicious food choices! If I could live elsewhere it would definitely be there!

  • Gosia says:

    Love your new hair colour! Suits you very well 🙂 Brighten up your skin.

    What do you think about my outfits? I used boyfriends and many other cool things.

  • Vivian says:

    Red monochrome is an amazing alternative to the usual black and white. Love the plaid!

    LIVE . IN . LOVE ✞


  • Amazing pics!!! I’m absolutely in love with the bag!!!



  • Kristina Wilde says:

    I don’t ever seem to get the chance enough to go to DTLA but I agree. It’s a different mood than the valley for sure but that’s what makes it so hip. I’ve never been to the Acne store?! Lol hiding under a rock apparently.



  • i love everything about this look!!!

    xoxo from rome

  • Carmen Li says:

    Love the red monochromatic look! The denim really balances out the bright,vivid colors from all the red!


  • TERESA says:

    Love those boots and the flannel shirt! That is a fantastic first picture! Love the photography!

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