Urban Artwork

Urban Artwork | truelane
Urban Artwork | truelane
Urban Artwork | truelane
Urban Artwork | truelane
Urban Artwork | truelane
Urban Artwork | truelane
Urban Artwork | truelane

Photos: Hallie Kathryn

American Hi-Fi tee  |  Levi's denim  |  Vans slip-ons  |  Aritzia coat  |  Chanel bag loaned c/o Bag Borrow or Steal  |  Ray-Ban sunglasses

It's no secret that style bloggers are drawn to wall art. We're always looking for color splashed on city walls to complement our outfits and spice up our content. 

What a lot of us don't think about is what goes into the making of a mural—and the meaning behind it. I went to Hawaii last week to find out at POW! WOW!, a mural festival that originated in Honolulu, Hawaii, now with cities and countries across the globe taking part. Beyond using a ton of paint, long hours are spent designing and preparing each piece to go on the wall. Even before that, companies and business owners are contacted for permissions and to sort out details for the commissioned wall. It's a year-long process for a week-long festival, but the beauty and light that wall art brings to a community is absolutely worth it, and embraced for years to come. 

Just before my trip, Hallie took me to this wall in Capitol Hill to shoot the day's look. It's a wall that stops you in your tracks. Wrapped around a full city block, each section features an entirely new concept and idea. Stumbling upon this wall was a great little introduction for what was to come for me—I can't wait to show you guys my week in Honolulu, Hawaii. Seeing vast new murals go up from concept to completion was inspiring in a whole new way.

Beret Girl

Beret Girl | truelane
Beret Girl | truelane
Beret Girl | truelane
Beret Girl | truelane

Coat c/o Joe Boxer (similar)  |  Denim c/o Tularosa  |  Sneakers c/o Lulus  |  Chanel bag loaned c/o Bag Borrow or Steal  |  Ray-Ban sunglasses  |  Topshop beret (similar)

I won't lie—I stole the inspiration for this look directly from Halley Elefante. O'ahu girls know how to do winter. It worked out perfectly for a day in Minneapolis exploring all the new businesses that have popped up since I moved away—Penny's Coffee, the Hewing Hotel, Red Rabbit...the list goes on and on. As much as I miss living there, it's almost more of a treat to savored a week at a time.

Velvet Valentine

Velvet Valentine | truelane
Velvet Valentine | truelane
Velvet Valentine | truelane
Velvet Valentine | truelane
Velvet Valentine | truelane
Velvet Valentine | truelane

Photos: Hallie Kathryn

Jumpsuit c/o Lulus  |  Abercrombie top  |  Topshop heels (similar)  |  Chanel bag

For those of you who aren't afraid to take a trend and run with it, the velvet jumpsuit is for you. I absolutely love this burgundy stunner, especially since I was able to find a way to make the deep and sexy neckline a little more truelane-friendly by adding a smart button-up underneath. I think the bow adds a sweet touch to the look, while the heels are made for a little higher society than my last two Valentine's Day inspired looks. However, if a freakum dress is more your February 14 style, Lulus still has you covered in the velvet department.

Thank you to Lulus for sponsoring this post.