Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
It’s happened to the best of us.
You go to put on your favorite pair of distressed jeans, the ones that are perfectly lived in, and in the rush of getting ready….RIP….foot goes through the knee hole and its game over. This happened to my absolute favorite pair (Citizens of Humanity Rocket, seriously the best) just a few days ago. My heart broke, I almost shed a tear, and was just coming to terms with the fact that I’d probably have to toss them when I figured why not experiment! I’ve been coveting a few aggressively distressed One Teaspoon pairs after seeing Gigi Hadid wear them in a really chic, cleaned up way, so I figured why not give it my best DIY try if I have nothing left to lose.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
It makes me both laugh to myself and slightly roll my eyes at how simple and true these words are.
The art of listening to your intuition is a difficult one, something that must be honed, trusted, and tested day in and day out, like a muscle that grows over time.
At only 23 years old, I don’t consider myself the most wise or worldly by any means, but I’ve always been aware of my intuition, ringing like a warning bell when thing just don’t feel right. In many cases I have done everything in my power to muffle this alarm, bury it in a layer of self doubt and apprehension, but recently I took the leap and listened. Trusting in yourself is terrifying, it is the most intimate form of self confidence, but I believe it can also be the most rewarding.
I’d say I’m back, but I didn’t really go anywhere. Just took a little detour, forgot to take time for myself and what I love. So here’s to learning lessons, moving on, and living the best possible life along the way.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
To be honest, I thought the whole bandana around the neck trend was ridiculous….and then I tried it and I really liked it. Typical.
Zara crop top | Brandy Melville jeans | Converse
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
I’ve always been a big makeup and beauty girl, when you start wearing fake eyelashes at age 10 for dance competitions its pretty inevitable. But as I get older my emphasis has undoubtedly shifted to skincare, because even the best makeup look is nothing without a clean and healthy base. Also, I’d rather wear as little makeup as possible. Cue my new obsession with Klurskin.
Klurskin is an LA based skincare line founded by Leslie Thornton, an experienced esthetician that wanted to make natural/organic products specifically tailored to her customer’s needs. All of the products are fragrance, sulfate, and paraben free, and still manage to be some of the most effective products Ive ever used. My days of slathering on brightly colored products with hard to pronounce chemically derived ingredients are over.
The Hyalyronic + Vitamin C Serum is my go to morning and night treatment for soft, glowing skin. I use it with my almond oil moisturizer at night for heavy duty recovery and underneath my SPF and BB cream in the AM for a fresh start.
The Rose & White Tea Gentle Glycol Cleanser is incredibly effective. Great after a particularly sweaty workout or long summer day when you are ready to get every trace of makeup and grime off. Can be a little stripping if used morning and night religiously, but I am looking forward to adding their Jojoba & Gentle Hydrating Cleanser into the mix.
This is a 100% non sponsored post, I am just that passionate about how great these products work. Definitely worth a try if you are looking to move in a more natural skincare direction and give your skin some serious love.
Friday, August 14th, 2015
The title really explains it all.
Tyler and I were bored one day and I figured why not put his skill to the test. It’s really validating to know that doing makeup is HARD, liquid eyeliner really is the devil, and bold lip can fix (almost) anything.
Watch below and be prepared to laugh.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
I swear I have a tan.
Not compared to the standards of most Southern Californians, but I think 40 year old me will thank my younger self for my sunscreen habit.
So I’m still settling into my blondness and secretly loving it. It’s funny how making a drastic change seems to inspire peripheral people in your life to vocalize their opinion (this is me politely saying suck it to the select few who have told me they don’t like it to my face).
I think the life lesson learned is to tune out the noise. No matter what choice you make people are going to have thoughts an opinions, and you can’t make everyone happy. So change your hair, or wear those pants your friend said was weird, just do you.
Free People Slip Dress | UO Bralette | Handmade choker
Shoutout to my parents for managing to keep the only green lawn in Tustin. They follow the drought rules I promise.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Feeling stuck is the worst isn’t it?
I feel like I’m coming out of one of the strangest, yet most enlightening weeks of just about my entire life…really. I’ve been in a bit of a creative rut, keeping my head down and trying to low key design a jewelry line (that’s a whole can of worms we’ll investigate later), and deeply purging my closet leaving me with just about NOTHING to wear except my extensive assortment of basics. Sometimes its hard to put on that happy #ootd smile and make your bare bones wardrobe feel exciting. Honestly, I can’t bring myself to write something if I don’t feel passionate about it. However, in the midst of some pretty silly “troubles” my family was rocked by some real heavy stuff. Health scares are no joke, and riding the emotional rollercoaster that was my mom’s heart attack and subsequent recovery has been rough. She is healthy and she is strong, but internalizing and swallowing stress and anxiety can be more damaging than we all even begin to realize. Experiencing this felt almost like a lightbulb going on…
If it’s important to you, and make it happen.
If it’s traveling, save your money and make some plans. Starting a business? Trust your instinct and let yourself grow. If you love someone, tell them. We build walls and obstacles, generally for fear of being uncomfortable, but as cliche as it sounds, life is short. Be the realest, most authentic you, you can be, and embrace every once of happiness that comes your way.
Just to kind of drive my point home, this past week I bleached my hair for the first time ever because, why not? One of my most terrifying decisions I’ve ever made but I’m loving is more than I ever expected.
As someone who has always felt the need to fill their time being SUPER productive, busy, over-worked…I cannot stress the importance of taking a deep breath and enjoying the little, quiet moments. When I felt like my whole world was crashing down around me my to-do list of should do’s and obligations didn’t even cross my mind, all I could do was think about being present in that moment, fully.
Monday, June 29th, 2015
Exploring and trying new places has to be, hands down, one of my all time favorite things. I am such a creature of habit, so I try to get out of my comfort zone once or twice a week, whether it be checking out a new boutique or having dinner somewhere fun, it always feels like a little adventure. I discovered a new website called Yappee, where you can get reviews and suggestions for businesses from your friends. I’ve been using Yappee to keep track of all my local favorites, the best places to eat, shop, etc….As you and your friends review more and more, you get to claim special offers to help discover new, amazing places. It’s honestly a win win! I took to Yappee this week to review my favorite coffee shops in OC, a few of which I’ll be listing here, but to see all my local favorites you’ll have to join Yappee and add me!
1. Alta Coffee in Newport Beach – This place was my go to hang out for quite some time, with many a Friday night spent sipping a spiced chai with almond milk in the back corner during open mic or outside under the stars with a group of friends. To me this place has it all, quintessential coffee shop vibes, crowded little tables, eclectic mugs saved for regulars, I’m pretty sure the owners even live above it. Plus it’s just a short stroll from the beach, definitely worth your time if you’re in the Newport/Balboa area.
2. The Lost Bean in Tustin – If I’m being honest, I do not utilize this place enough for being right around the corner from my house. Amazing coffee, always cozy, and there’s a new attached wine bar that I have yet to try but am very excited about. It’s definitely a hidden gem worth checking out if you are in the area.
3. Milk and Honey in Costa Mesa – I love this place for sentimental reasons and because the drinks are genuinely great. Try the Lavender latte if you are feeling adventurous, I’m a fan of the chai of course, and the little patio is pretty damn magical. It can get crowded on popular nights because its basically the size of a shoe box, but so worth it when you are lucky enough to snag a secluded corner outside.
If you want to see more of my suggestions for local favorites, go add me on Yappee ASAP! I want to know what your faves are, I’m always looking for a reason to branch out and try something new.
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
I recently spent about a week up in Washington, and I wish I could have spent so much longer. It really is such a beautiful place, and such a start contrast to the sad, dry state that California currently is. Our days were mostly spent catching up with family, drinking WAY too much coffee, and day tripping to various places…we had to a stop at the Anthro in Seattle and I fell in love. Anyways, if you have any change or reason to visit this place soon, heck you don’t even need a reason, just go and enjoy how beautiful nature is.
Friday, June 5th, 2015
A few weeks ago I met up with my wonderfully talented friend Meaghan to photograph one of my favorite party dresses and one of her hand made flower crowns. She is seriously a Jill of all trades, originally a wedding and lifestyle photographer, who recently started doing custom florals and wedding backdrops as well…We spent the afternoon wandering the streets of Belmont Shore, taking advantage of the adorable streets and late sunset, and grabbing one of the best iced chai tea latte’s of my life (shoutout to Hot Java on Broadway).
I have to proclaim my love for this dress. It was an impulsive, super cheap, last minute Free People score from the sale section (like under $50 good) and has become my go to party dress. It’s a dash boho-dreamy, a dash Great Gatsby, and oh wait…covered in stars? Throw in the open back with delicate little buttons and I feel like a real life princess. Printed party dresses are quickly becoming one of my addictions, sure we can all rock a saucy bodycon number from time to time, but a little personality never hurt nobody. Peep on some of my faves below and give it a try for your next fancy occasion or really anytime you want to feel great about yourself.