Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SUNLIGHT



dress: ASOS || sweater: Forever21 (similar here) || boots: Charles David (similar here)

Sometimes, right before the sun sets, I catch a glimmer of the most beautiful light hitting against a wall, a mountain, a lake. It catches my breath and for just a moment, I stop everything I'm doing and just stare in awe. And let me tell you, it's quite the sight to see. 

It's times like these that I choose to reflect on all the beauty in this world. The other day, I was having such a hard time understanding why certain things have to happen to certain people. In particular, good people. I witnessed these individual's good, redeeming qualities and thought their trials to be uncalled for. It took me a while to remember that trials are given to people as a means of growth. We are not given any trials we cannot handle, and although they may seem unbearable in the moment, there is always that glimmer of beautiful sunlight that hits us just so. And in that stunning light, we feel warmth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

STRAPS ON MY BACK


dress: Revolve || sunglasses: Tom Ford

Well hello there! I just got back from a girls trip to Vegas with some of my best babes from high school. It was an all-around good time with too much food, laughter, and dancing with not enough sleep. Just how Vegas should be, right? Too bad I missed my flight home and spent literally all of my Sunday trapped in the airport when all I wanted to do was be home with my Jacob and Ellie. It was a rough one for me and I may or may not have had an ugly cry fest in the middle of the airport all by myself. But I finally made it home and all was well when I made it back into the arms of the one I love. (I'm the biggest sap around. I know.)

I wore this dress as a cover up on our way to the pool. The back of it is my favorite thing ever. I also love this, this, and thisRevolve has THEE absolute best maxi dresses and swim suits. They are my go-to shop when looking for beachy/tropical/pool wear. If you guys haven't checked this shop out, stop missing out!

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday! xx

Thursday, October 23, 2014

THE BEST MARC BY MARC JACOBS BAG


 sweater: Soel Boutique (similar herehere) || floral-print button down: H&M (similar here, here) || leggings: Topshop || shoes: Aquatalia via Nordstrom || purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs || sunglasses: Tom Ford || u-shaped ring: c/o Prismera || midi rings: H&M || lipstick: YSL 14

I can't stress this enough. 

If there's one thing you're going to invest in, invest in a versatile, black leather handbag that is good quality and light weight. Marc Jacobs has been one of my favorite designers for as long as I can remember and when I got this bag in high school, I was crying tears of joy. (Yes I was spoiled and I knew it.) The designer's sleek designs are nothing short of eye-catching. So many friends of mine have purchased this exact bag that I'm wearing and they can all attest to its greatness. It seriously goes with every single outfit and it is such amazing quality! I've had mine for over six years, use it almost daily, and it still looks brand new! It's magical I tell ya.

Hope you all have a lovely Thursday! 

P.S. Prismera Jewelry = my newest obsession. If you love gold, minimalistic, sleek stackable jewelry, you have to check them out! I no joke need every single piece from their Prism collection. More on that later though. xx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GRUNGE. ROCK. CHIC.


Photography: Emmy Lowe Photo
Make-up artist: Hailee Day
Hair: Emma's Parlour
All clothing/accessories from head to toe: H&M
Worn by: Jessi from Haircuts and General Attitude + yours truly

This shoot was a completely new experience for me, but when Emma from Emma's Parlour approached me with the idea to do a shoot featuring a edgy braided look and dark makeup, I knew I was in. We decided on a braided mohawk look which turned out AMAZING. Hailee's makeup skills were on point as usual. If you need someone who will play up your best features and make you look hotballz no matter what, Hailee is 100% your girl. You're welcome.

Emmy from Emmy Lowe Photo is the photographer of my dreams. She seriously had us laughing essentially the entire time. It's a miracle there are so many serious shots because we were busting up for like two hours straight. I'm talking double-chin, ugly laughing. So you know, we're all pretty much best friends at this point.

Hope you feel inspired by this grungy, rocker-chic shoot! xx


Thursday, October 16, 2014

EASY DOES IT


dress: Everly (similar here, love here) || shoes: Rachel Zoe (similar here, love these) || necklace: H&M || jacket: Bebe (similar here)

Good morning dears! I wore this simple, classic look to a local fashion show where I got to meet and catch up with so many great people. I absolutely love a good staple dress that I can dress up or down. They make life so much easier, especially when things are getting a bit crazy. Life is definitely feeling overwhelming right now, to the point where I know I need to step back and catch my breath. I know I've mentioned this before, but I'm a complete self-pusher. I could push myself to the point of total exhaustion. Thankfully I'm (slowly) learning to say no to things. It's magical what saying no can do for your health and mental state. I'm telling ya.

Let's all remember to inhale and exhale extra long today. Namaste. ;)

P.S. Remember THIS styled wedding shoot that Jake and I were a part of? Well it was featured on Green Wedding Shoes yesterday! You can check out the feature here.

P.P.S. Today is the last day to get 25% off your Shopbop order so now's the time to splurge on that item you've been eyeing for months! You can check out some of my picks here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

25% OFF ALL SHOPBOP ITEMS




Do you ever get that itch to go shopping? That one that doesn't leave you alone until you buy something non-grocery related? Yeah, welcome to being a shopaholic. You're in good company. I, for one, have been feeling that itch for the last two weeks and the Shopbop Friends and Family sale, which goes from today through Thursday, is not really helping my cause. Who can say no to 25 percent off everything site wide? (Use code FAMILY25) Boys. That's who.

I'm 100 percent positive I need this Rifle Paper Co 2015 calendar. Like 100 percent. Which means there is 0 percent chance that I do not need this. Which means I'm getting it. Which means it's mine in three business days. Glad we settled that.

I tried to keep everything I chose under the reasonably-priced category, but some things I just couldn't resist. Exhibit A: these boots. I've loved over-the-knee boots for multiple seasons now, but these wedges are mega showstoppers. Someone please tell me I'm not crazy. Also, I'm going on a little Vegas trip with some of my best girls in a few weeks and I've been on the hunt for some pool attire. I absolutely love shopping for swimwear after summer ends because everything goes on mega sale. So if you have any warm weather trips planned, or just like to be ahead of the game, now's your chance to stock up. (Plus you can try them on periodically throughout the year to give you motivation to stay or get in shape!!)

Go to Shopbop to get your shop on! Oh hell, I'm corny.

Monday, October 13, 2014

MILK MAID BRAIDS IN THE FALL



sweater: Called to Surf (similar here, and here) || pants: Vince || boots: Born via Nordstrom (on sale!) || earrings: J.Crew (originally $65.00, on sale for $20.99!) || lipstick: YSL #9

Does anyone else love milk maid braids in the fall? This look seriously takes about five minutes from start to finish, which make it hard to pass up on days where I don't have a lot of time to get ready. If you have any quick go-to hair styles, I've love to hear!

Also, comfy sweaters and boots are my fall uniform. I can't stop wearing them! I'm sure a lot of you lovelies can relate. There's not a whole lot better than sipping on a pumpkin spice steamer with a toasty sweater to keep you warm. Am I right? Check out some of my favorite sweaters from ASOS below.

xx