Tuesday, July 21, 2015

18 FOREVER 21 ITEMS THAT LOOK EXPENSIVE BUT AREN'T





Ever since Forever21 launched their CONTEMPORARY boutique, I've definitely started this little (or not so little) love affair with them. I seriously am so impressed with them and can't get enough!

Since summer is in full swing, it's always nice to spruce up your closet with new, summery pieces that don't break the bank. These are 18 of my favorite finds that are so simple, chic, and totally look like something you'd pick up from Madewell or Zara. Buttttt for a fraction of the price. Plus, many of the items I selected would look so good together if you mix and match them to create outfits. That's what I love about minimalistic style. Everything seems to go with everything. It's the tops.

So, now you understand why I need to get every last one of these on my body... like yesterday. Who's with me?

THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS are my very berry favorites.

P.S. Ok I lied. One of these items is expensive but I'm obsessed with it so I had to share. Love me still? K cool.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

10 THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT LIVING IN ARIZONA


dress: Nordstrom || shoes: Vince (similar here & here) || purse: ZARA (similar here & here)

Ah, the desert.

So far these are a few of the things I've learned here in Arizona.

1. There are restaurants and shopping galore. Since there are so many options, restaurants are practically never busy except on the weekends.

2. I get upset in approximately 10 seconds after stepping outside an air conditioned room if it's over 100 degrees out.

3. Ellie (my little eight pound dog) is Princess Ellie out here. Real grass is the only thing she will go potty on. She won't even walk on fake grass, which is what the closest dog park to us has. Confusing, I know. Because what dog park puts in FAKE grass?? But apparently real grass has a hard time surviving the summers here. Oh, and she prefers ice cubes in your water now. (I know this is my fault. Freaking shoot me.)

4. There are a LOT of moms/ladies over 50 that have hotter bodies than me. Like it's kind of intimidating. Maybe it's just the area I live in, but still.

5. People are either really fast drivers or really slow drivers.

6. Prickly pear cactus is one of my favorite species of cacti.

7. My skin loves it here. I haven't really had a break out since moving here *knock on wood* which is pretty much a miracle. I do, however, slather that lotion and sunscreen on like a mad woman. I use SKINMEDICA sunscreen and it is amazing. I know it's a little pricier, but why skimp on your skin? I love how well makeup goes on over it and it's not oily like a lot of other sunscreen products.

8. There are TONS of bugs here. No joke it's like a grasshopper/beetle haven as soon as the sun goes down. They give me the creeps.

9. The clouds are dang cool. I'm no cloud connoisseur, but they are definitely bigger and fluffier than the norm out here. Sooo cool.

10. The people here are way more mellow here, which I love. What's not to to happy about when it's summer all year around, am I right?

I'll update you guys every so often. We're still trying to figure this place out. Wish us luck!

Oh and in the mean time, make sure you check out MY PICKS from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It's still only open to people with a Nordstrom card, but it opens up to the public tomorrow, July 17th! I tried on THESE boots the other day and fell magically in love. The website does not do them any justice. Trust me, they are wonderful. 

K loveyouguysbye!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE FOR THE COOL GIRL




Hello my cute Saturday shoppers!

I know I don't usually post on the weekend, BUT I promised you guys this post yesterday. Due to a few technical issues, I wasn't able to get it up so I wanted to make it happen ASAP.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale seems to be the holy grail sale for bloggers and online influencers. Honestly, I've seen this sale talked about by so many bloggers already and blabla "it's the best sale ever!!!" But I feel like it's easy to get lost in the sea of options that this Nords Sale offers and be overwhelmed. So I did the hard stuff for you guys and searched through everything to pick out items that cater to all my gals out there with cool-girl-style. This means that effortless look that's not stuffy or fussy looking, yet still "where did you get that" worthy. You know what I mean. ;)

I think my absolute favs are this, this, this, and this. Hope you like my picks and happy weekend!




Thursday, July 9, 2015

FROLICKING IN A LAVENDER FIELD

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dress: c/o Eshakti || shoes: Nordstrom || earrings: J. Crew (love these) || clutch: ASOS (in black here)

So confession. I have been approached by Eshakti in the past to work together but I honestly wasn't sure if I was digging their clothes so I declined. This time around, I decided to give it a shot because I noticed more than a handful of pieces I could picture myself wearing.

You guys.

I am a complete idiot for not shopping here before.

The dress I decided to get was kind of a risk because at first glance, it doesn't seem like much. But I took a leap of faith and hoped for the best. I am happy to say that this is no joke one of my favorite dresses EVER. Yeah, yeah. I know it's simple, but it's the most flattering midi dress every and just perfect in every way. I love the oversized fit, the back seeming, the pockets, the side slits, the shirt-tail hem, the buttons, the color, and of course the customized length. It totally has the feel of a Reformation item but for half the price.

Eshakti allows for customization on their products so I was able to switch up this dress from a maxi dress to a more modern looking midi dress. Not only can you customize the length of their items, but you can also customize sleeve lengths and necklines. It's pretty wonderful.

Since I wasn't positive what the actual length of the midi dress would be, I fibbed a little on my height and maybe told them I was 2 inches taller than I really am, and I'm pretty happy with that decision. For me, midi's can sometimes end at an unflattering spot on my legs so I wanted it to hit at the bottom of my calf which I have found to be the most flattering. Success, people.

You lucky butts get $35 off your purchase just by signing up for their emails. I shared some of my other Eshakti picks below. Hope you like them!

Check back tomorrow for my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It's going to be a good one! :)

Thank you to Eshakti for this collaboration.







Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GOLDEN LIT HAIR




top: Free People (also love here & here) || jeans: c/o Articles of Society (similar here) || shoes: ZARA (similar here) || necklace: c/o Rocksbox

I'm so sad because I didn't get a good pic of my hairstyle on this day. It was a braided half halo with a twist so I'll have to do it again another time to show you better. Dang you wind. I love you but I hate you.

Anyways, I'm not sure if you can tell (because the lighting in these pics made it hard to tell) but I went lighter! It has been forever since I've gone lighter because I hate hate hate having bronzy looking hair. Since my hair tends to pull warmer, I usually end up with that dreaded orangey-bronzed color that all brunettes try to avoid. Luckily, my extremely talented hair colorist, Ashley, did her wizard thang and ta-da! 

Ashley balayaged the freak out of my hair and carmelized me perfectly. If you're in Utah or traveling there, you NEED to visit her! I cannot say enough good things about her! She will give your hair a transformation that always ends up looking like you were born that way. :)

P.S. This Free People top is amazing. I love all the details on it. The back hem is split, and the subtle color-blocking is crazy perfect. Plus, it is extra soft and you'll probably want to sleep in it.

P.P.S. All you Nordstrom card holders, come back on Friday for my picks from the Anniversary Sale! Early access for card holders is from July 9th-16th and open to everyone on July 17th.




Monday, July 6, 2015

FARFETCHED SPANGLED OUTFIT



 top: Anthropologie || jumpsuit: Anthropologie || shoes: Nordstrom

Isn't 4th of July one of the best holidays out there? It's hard to have a bad day. I think it's in part due to the fact that there are no gifts involved, which means no unnecessary disappointment. Plus any day that ends with big flashing sparkles in the sky is a good day to me. 

When it comes to picking an outfit for this day, I lean toward looks that I can wear on a daily basis. I hate hate hate buying one time use items because it just seems like a waste of money to me. If you've been my reader for a while, you're probably used to be harping on how much I also hate hate hate buying items that are poor quality. If you're like me and value this, you need to check out Farfetch! They have the BEST selection of designer clothing and have an excellent filtering system on their site. I no joke found so many things within minutes of being on their site because of their seach/filtering system. (Major brownie points in my book!) I put together a patriotic look that can be worn on an everyday basis. London anyone? :)

Hope you like it! Check out Farfetch and let me know what you think! xoxo


Thank you to Farfetch for this collaboration.



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PEEK-A-BOO I SEE YOU





top: Madewell || jeans: ASOS || shoes: Nordstrom || hat: Urban Outfitters (love this blue version!) || bracelet: c/o House of Harlow via Rocksbox (get a free subscription with code GOLDENSWANKXOXO)

Hey guys! It's me, just literally dripping sweat in my apartment from every crack of my body. The sad thing is, the air conditioning is definitely on but boob sweat is definitely happening. (TMI? Apologies.)

So that's my life these days. How's yours? ;)

Anyways, can we talk about how you guys probably think I'm pregnant or something? I literally cannot stop wearing/buying swing dresses and loose fitting tops! They are just so dang comfy! And I promise there is no baby on it's way. (Or maybe I'm being a big, old liar right now? Hehe I kid. Pun intended? K I'm stopping now.)

Madewell is Q U E E N when it comes to all things oversized, so when I spotted this top on sale at Nordstrom the other day, I know I was bringing it home with me. It's so pretty in real life and I love the peek-a-boo cut outs on the sleeves and side panels.

Hope you all like this look! You can shop these exact items by clicking on the icons below. xx