Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROCK SAGGY BUM PANTS


Cute and easy braids via Golden Swank Blog
Cute and easy braids via Golden Swank BlogCute and easy braids via Golden Swank BlogCute and easy braids via Golden Swank Blog
Cute and easy braids via Golden Swank Blog
Cute weekend outfit via Golden Swank Blog
Cute and easy braids via Golden Swank Blog
Cute and easy braids via Golden Swank Blog

 top: c/o Lucy & Lyla || pants: c/o Agnes & Dora || shoes: ASOS

Me: Jake, do these pants look too much like PJ's?
Jake: Yeah, especially with that loose shirt...
Me: Cool, I'll just throw on boots to jazz it up.
Jake: Whatever.

Haha I swear these conversions happen on the daily with us. I feel bad for every man who encounters me because I love me some saggy bum pants. And ladies, let me tell you, guys do not like loose pants on girls. I repeat, guys do not like loose pants on girls. So if you wear these, prepare to get at least seven comments and/or wide-eyed stares. But I say screw them all. Whether their boyfriend jeans, joggers, or harem pants, I love them all. I no joke have been wearing pants like these in public for about five or six years now. I'm not sure if that makes me a trendsetter or just ultra embarrassing. Probably the latter.

I can't help it though! I just love the colorful print of these Agnes & Dora pants paired with this cozy, grey top. It is the perfect outfit to wear while running errands because it is just so dang comfortable! If loose pants are just not your thing, fear not. Agnes and Dora has the softest, most flattering leggings of life and they come in the cutest patterns! Make sure you check them out!

Friday, January 16, 2015

EASY BRAIDED BOHO HAIRSTYLE


dress: Called to Surf (similar here) || jean jacket: MANGO || shoes: ASOS (such a steal!) || sunglasses: night market in Taiwan (similar here

I love ease. 

Many of us lead busy lives, so often times low maintenance hair styles are all we have time for. Luckily, this hairstyle is literally three easy braids and bam. You have a chic, boho hairstyle that looks effortless... because it practically is. 

You just do a dutch braid down each side of your face and then braid the remaining hair (including the braids you just did) into one loose braid down your back. I like to leave a lot of hair out on the bottom to give this hairstyle a more unique look. Let me know if you guys would be interested in seeing some hair tutorials from me! I'm thinking of starting a YouTube channel soon but need some encouragement. I'm nervous my voice will be super annoying and I'll stutter the entire time. Feel free to laugh at me if that happens. ;)

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! I'll be busy catching up with lots of dear friends. xx

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BY THE STROKE OF GRACE


beanies: ASOS (on sale!) || sweater: H&M (similar here) || denim shirt: GAP || pants: Joe's Jeans (similar here) || shoes: TOM'S (similar here) || lip color: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry (my absolute fav right now!)

Oh hey. No big, it's just 4:10 a.m. and I'm just chilling at jet-lag city right now. So screwed for work in a couple hours, but you know what? I'm totally ok with it.

I've felt an outpouring of blessings in my life and feel genuinely happy. I'm not saying that I'm going to stop working my tail off because I'm content with where I'm at. I'll never stop that. And I'm not saying this so I can put my great life on blast. I'm saying this so others can understand how changing a few simple things can have an impact on your life in a major way.

I love the direction my life has taken. It wasn't always like this but I'm happy to say that every single person in my life contributes to it positively. Let's be honest, that is not something that is easy to come by. Looking back on my earlier years, I remember being around people who made me feel lesser and breathed toxic air into my life. I just allowed them to stay time after time. I'm sure many of you know what I mean. The times when we can't seem to push people away who don't have the best of intentions for fear that we'll end up lonely or friendless. For those of you in this stage of life, please know that it will pass. The sooner you let go of the riff-raff, jankity people in your life, the sooner you'll find true happiness. (Pretty positive I just made those words up, but you know what I mean.)

As I lay in bed watching my husband and puppy sleep, so many feelings rush over me and I realize how far I'm come in the last few years. 

I've let go of every darkness and am basking in the light.

That's grace.


Friday, January 9, 2015

THE EASIEST TRAVEL OUTFIT


Top: ASOS (mega on sale) || Coat: c / o Shop Pink Blush || Scarf: ASOS (love this, and this) || Jeans: H & M (similar here) || Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here) || Shoes: Toms (love these)

Hey guys! 

When I travel, I'm always torn in two directions: wanting to look cute and wanting to pack light. I HATE overpacking and having to lug huge bags around everywhere I go. For some reason, traveling = rushing. Rushing mixed with heavy, oversized suitcases is probably the worst combination known to man. So for this trip, I really emphasized packing less pieces that could be mixed more often. For me, this meant neutrals, stripes, and jean (which is pretty much a neutral in my mind).

I pretty much wore variations of this outfit every few days on my trip. I love this casual fringe crop top mixed with high-waisted skinnies and my oversized blush coat to add a bit of color. Throw on my trusty blanket scarf and we're good to go. 

We're hopping on a plane back to the states tomorrow night and I'm completely dreading going back to real life. We received a few pieces of bad news while out here, but all in all we had the very best of times. I'm feeling ultra blessed to have opportunities to travel like this. There are no words to express my gratitude to all the amazing people in my life who allowed this to happen. 

Now excuse me while I dream up my next trip. #traveljunkie 

Monday, January 5, 2015

LONG HAIR FOR A DAY


coat: J. Crew Factory || sweater: H&M (similar here) || collared shirt: H&M (similar here) || shoes: ASOS (on sale!!) || earrings: c/o Prismera

Ok sue me. I wanted long hair for a day so in went the extensions. I'll be the first to admit that I kind of love being able to have the best of both worlds, long hair for a thick braid and shorter hair for a more modern look. This braid is one of my favorites right now. It's a messy dutch braid that has twisted sections every couple knots. Sounds complicated but I promise it's not. It was perfect for this windy day in Taipei.

As I've mentioned before, I brought a bunch of interchangeable pieces on this trip which means you'll be seeing things over and over. (And I'm way serious. I brought two coats, one green and one pink. Loud. You'll notice them. Sowie.)

I love this effortless city look that involves lots of pretty layers. An embellished collar shirt is the way to spice up any sweater! I opt for sleeveless ones so that the material on my arms don't get all kinds of chunky/bunched. Hope you all have a lovely Monday!



Thursday, January 1, 2015

SNOW-CAPPED LOVE


        

My Outfits - Beanie: ASOS || Scarf: ASOS  ( similar here , and here ) || gold Dress: ASOS || gray Booties: ASOS || gold Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar here ) || High-waisted Jeans: H & M (similar here
Jake's Outfits - Coat: ASOS || green button-down shirt:  J. Crew Factory || SUIT: Custom made ​​by Dress Code

Photography + Videography: Casey James Photography

Wreaths: Amber Reverie

A new year means a new start. There's something about a fresh bed of snow that gives me that feeling of starting over: a clean slate. I'm so thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way this year, including this beautiful collaboration with the photo wizard of all photo wizards, Casey of  Casey James Photography . He is seriously one of the best photographers I've ever had the pleasure of working with. We are kindred spirits, who understand each other's vision. It's truly beautiful (and rare) when you come across another creative who visualizes a concept the way you hope they do. Plus, how often do you encounter a photographer who does videography too? The talent is real, people.

Then, my dearest Amber of Amber Reverie put her enchanting touch on the wreaths for both Ellie-Girl and I and voila. Beauty. (Yes, I did end up stealing Ellie's mini wreath for my head. You would have too. It's just too pretty. Plus she hated wearing it and was freezing her little eight-pound butt off.)

I opted for mainly neutrals for our outfits and of course had to incorporate gold into one of my outfits. The colors turned out delicious. The frosty greys, dusty blues, and forest greens mixed together in only the loveliest of ways. It's safe to say that I'm completely enamored with these photos. If it tickles your fancy, hop over to Style Me Pretty to see the feature they did on this snow-capped love shoot!

Happy New Year! From my loved ones to yours.