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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Double Denim

top (go up a size if you have curvy hips) // jeans // espadrilles (go up 1/2 size) // sunglasses

So today was my birthday, but you're probably reading this the day after. And if you remember from this post, it was bringing some emotions. But I definitely have moved to a better place about it. Your comments were a big help and my girlfriends who just turned 3-0 made me laugh about it. We spent the day in Santa Barbara, which seems to be a running joke because we always tend to go there. I tried so hard to not go their this year, but life had other ideas. I guess it is where I belong. I am always happiest by the ocean.  Well seeing that I can't offer you birthday cake, I thought I'd share 30 things about me:
  • I'm LA born and raised, which is unheard of
  • Over the past year, I've become matcha latte snob
  • I've never stepped inside a gym to actually workout
  • I'm scared out of my whits of snakes. I almost backed out of trip to Costa Rica because of that
  • You're looking at a vegetarian of 10 years. But technically I'm pescatarian. I eat some seafood on occasions 
  • By day, I work for a parenting website where I have learned waaayyy too much about pregnancy, birth and motherhood
  • If calories didn't count, I would eat pizza and ice cream daily
  • Wine trumps beer
  • Italy will forever been a place I fell in love with before I went
  • Growing up I always wanted a cat, but was allergic
  • Up until the last 6 months, I've always had a pet
  • I'm more of morning person, except I'm slowing becoming a person who hits the snooze button (I blame the boyfriend on that)
  • People have a hard time figuring out what ethnicity I am and I enjoy that
  • And I'm 4th generation Mexican
  • My Spanish is on par with a five year-old
  • My boyfriend and I did long distance for THREE AND A HALF YEARS 
  • I'm usually one of the most unflexible people at yoga
  • Yoga is the only form of exercise that I've stuck to
  • I'd rather go barefooted as much as possible (maybe that's why I like yoga)
  • My best friend and I have known each other since we were five
  • My tastebuds are not a fan of coffee, but my nose is
  • Oddly, I sometimes can drive without music 
  • My dream is to move near the beach someplace that I don't have to deal much traffic
  • While I've always loved fashion, my style has taken a shift over the past year. Is this me getting old?
  • For college, I majored in Fashion Marketing (totally fitting right?)
  • I never understood all the fuss about Madewell, but now I have a full-blown addiction
  • I feel like my least self when I wear red lipstick
  • Parallel parking is not my talent
  • The only traffic violation I've had was a fix it ticket
  • I have this weird love for NYC even though I crave peace and calm
And a big applause if you read through all 30 things! If there's something you'd love to know, ask away. 

P.S there is a giveaway going on! I'd love for you to get to know this cute shop and win some shopping money!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Retail Therapy Is Better With a Giveaway!

giveaway to mixology

Happy Monday everyone! Okay, I know Monday's usually get a bad rap, but I wanted to help change that! Shopping counts as a mood booster, right? Yes, it does. If you're anything like me, I'm always browsing online for new online shops and I recently came across Mixology. You guys seriously need to know about it! There's sooo many cute and affordable options, including a great section of my favorite summer trend off-the-shoulder tops! This two-piece set is currently in my shopping bag. You can even find brands like BB Dakota and Lovers + Friends. I love when I can find brands I know and trust, along with new to me brands.

Here comes the best part! You can have the chance at winning this giveaway for a $25 gift card to pick up something for yourself! Entering is super easy! Giveaway runs till next Tuesday. Good luck!

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*This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a gift certificate. An $8.99 flat rate for all orders under $75, free shipping for orders above $75 for the contiguous 48 United States. All international shipping will be shipped through USPS. The prize does not include shipping or any potential customs on international orders.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer Style

top // jeans // sandals c/o (run 1/2 big) // purse // hat

This post is sponsored by Banana Republic. All opinions are my own.

It might be a week early, but I think it's safe to say that Summer is here in LA. I know I mentioned June Gloom last week and I think the weather gods heard me say it always happens because this week it's been sunny all day long. The good part about that is finally reaching for all my Summer approved pieces. Just like with any season, it's all about having great staples that go with everything. My latest addition have been these Banana Republic suede sandals. They are the perfect sandal to wear to work to weekend fun. The best part is that they seriously couldn't get any more comfortable. Is it crazy for me to already think that I need a backup pair? I have worn them non-stop since they came in the mail. What are some of your summer go-to pieces so far?

Now, let's flashback to last year's look. I think you can tell from this that there was some of that June Gloom I was talking about. It really does happen hence the jacket and scarf in the picture. 

Thank you so much for linking up! Our picks are Jessy from Current Bliss and Oby Grace from Oby Grace!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Casual Black Outfit + Linkup

Black top (on sale, size up) // Jeans // Sandals (go 1/2 size down) // Hat (similar) // Circle Purse // Scarf

June is one of those weird weather months in LA. Every year, without fail, the fog and clouds just roll in. You think I would accept it by now. I am an LA native, but there's a naive part of me hoping it will skip this year. Doesn't look like June Gloom is missing out. So it makes for interesting dressing. You get up reaching for sweaters. Then by midday, you're regretting all the warm layers. While I don't recommend wearing all black in the middle of Summer, I have a better chance at getting away with it during this split weather month. 

Now, let's talk accessories. Every season I find myself adding in new accessories to transition into the next season. This bag is my new go-to bag and it's on major sale. It fits your essentials and adds a unique twist to any outfit. The other purchase that I'm so excited about are these suede sandals. Literally, they feel as close to being barefoot (in a good way). If you know me well, you'd know that I'd rather be barefooted as much as possible. But they don't need any breaking in and could wear them with just about anything! 

Let's flashback to last year's look here. Besides being a neutral outfit, it brings me back to one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. Better yet, it makes me wish I was still waiting to eat at one of best brunch spots, Nopa. In between waiting for a table, we found a cute alley to snap some pictures. You guys go there. It's completely worth the wait.

Thank you for linking up with Jessica and I! We get so happy seeing all your great posts. Our picks are Ruth from My Little Nest and Rachael from Threads for Thomas!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Subtle Prints + Linkup

top (size up if you have broad shoulders) // jeans // purse // shoes // hat
It's one of those Fridays that I'm not sure if I should celebrate or pause for a minute. It's June guys! JUNE! That also makes it my birthday month.

It's a big birthday too. The big 3-0. Feels so weird to actually type that out. I feel like I just blinked and my 20's are about to disappear. If I'm being honest, I have mixed feelings about it. I don't really feel older, but I was hoping for a big trip to celebrate. It's those expectations that are getting the best of me. Life isn't going to play it out like that, but we will spend the day in a familiar town at a new place. I'll share later. The timing might not be right for a big trip this month, but I'll keep my options open for something this year. Just putting that out into the universe, kay?

And if there is something I'm crazy excited about it's this top and purse! You know I love me some Madewell. Possibly too much, but I can live with that. Both are on sale and I can't even count how many times I've worn them. And I loved the print so much I scooped up the dress version too. #sorrynotsorry

Thank you for linking up with us! There were so many great looks! Our picks this week are Mary from Mary Murnane and Kelsey from Pardon My French!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer Dressing + Linkup

You know that feeling that you get right as winter is ending, the one where all you want is cute dresses and tops because it will be hot real soon? Two months is real soon #liesyoutellyourself Yeah, that was me a few months ago and I got ahead of the weather scooping up summer dresses and tops left and right. And yes I live in LA, so it's not that cold unless you are me. I can't handle bare legs if it's under 75 degrees. Total weather whimp here. AND that itch was finally scratched last weekend. It was 90 degrees and this dress was perfect. When I did pick up this dress from Francesca's, I was surprised by all the cute things they have. It's been awhile I've popped in there. Since this dress is soldout, I have some great options below all under $50!

Now, let's flashback to last year here. It was for a little trip to San Francisco and guess who was talking about being cold. Sometimes it surprises me I can handle the windchill there! Also, I miss those booties that I wear till their death.

There were so many amazing outfits and posts last week! Our picks are Kristina from Kristina Does the Internets and Brittany from Kingdom of Sequins. Show them some love! But don't forget to linkup for a chance to be featured!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Floral Off-the-Shoulder Top + Linkup

floral top // jeans // purse // espadrilles (get 1/2 up) // hat (similar) // sunglasses (great dupes!) 

Happy Friday everyone! I have to say I feel like I cheated to get here. My staycation ended Wednesday, so it's been a 2 day work week. Anyway, we headed up to Santa Barbara County with some good friends from Arizona. They love cooking (no complaints here) so we found this incredible luxury yurt that had the most unreal views and a nice kitchen. Let's just say I underestimated the weather being that high up. This summery top only saw the light of day on the drive up. Basically, I wore 10 percent of what I packed. I guess all my other cute summery outfits will have to wait a little. On the plus side, I have little laundry to do-LOL.

Now are you ready for my flashback look? Looks like not much as changed from year-to-year! Still loving blue and white AND off-the-shoulder tops! The best part is this color palette doesn't go out of style. That's something I try to keep in mind when I buy things now. 

Thank you to everyone who linked up with us last week! We hope you join in again! Our picks are Joi from In My Joi and Brittany from Kingdom of Sequins!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Only the Essentials + Linkup

Jacket (i live in it!) // linen tee c/c Garnet Hill // Jeans // Espadrilles // Hat (similar and have it!)

Happy Friday! I definitely had to fight my way through the week to get here (hello stomach bug or migraine. maybe both?), but I made it! Better yet I officially am not going to work till next Thursday. I'll be spending a lot in Santa Barbara and wine country in two separate trips. One is totally last minute, which truly get's me so excited. Either way, you can see it on my Insta Stories

But no matter where I go, work or wine tasting, I'm all about being comfortable and that tends to be in easy basics. Lucky for me, this weekend casual look, is office appropriate. One thing I feel like I have a hard time finding are tees. They're so simple, but finding one's you wear on repeat is not an easy task. It's rare for me to want a fitted piece and that's no different with tees. When this linen tee arrived, it was everything I look for. It's a little oversized, but not too much. It has a nice weight, so that it hangs just right. Even though it's linen blend, it doesn't wrinkle which is a huge plus. 

But now let's flashback to last year's look (or close to it)! Blush and grey is another great mix of neutrals. To me it will always feel like the best Spring neutral color combination. 

Thank you to everyone who linked up! We hope you will continue to linkup this week! Our picks are Tif from Bright on a Budget and Chichi from The Style Tune!