Wearing a Dress Two Ways

Did I even really go to LA if I didn’t do a quick shoot on Rodeo Drive?! Ugh I just love that part of Los Angeles. So upscale and clean and the food is amazing! Designer bags and brands at every corner. So picturesque as well! I loved the white walls and it didn’t hurt to get a few of the brands in the center don’t ya think?

Okay on to the dress. When I first opened the package I was not sure if I would like this. I decided to shoot it and give it a try. I liked the unique strap and I put it on and I honestly was not too crazy about it because I felt like I lost shape.

It was obviously a small (which was the smallest size) but I am still a petite girl so I did what I could with what I had and added an extra safety pin in the back to create a keyhole look that you can see above. It gave me more shape and made sure all of my chest area was not too exposed!

Still I tucked it in as a tank and I loved the simple gray feel of it! Also as a dress I can definitely see it as a beach cover up as well or if I’m lucky I can pair it with some killer heels and go out with it! I also love the simple accessory of the gold coin necklace! Definitely one of my favorite trends of the moment!

I am definitely keeping this dress now that I know how to style it!

Dress : One x One Teaspoon bought on Lab25 // Shorts : One x One Teaspoon Bandits // Necklace : Forever 21

 

How to be more Sociable + Beachwear

We recently took a personality test in one of my summer classes and one of my top traits was the ability to win others over. I thought this was super interesting and never really thought about it before. I do love talking to new people, especially strangers every once in a while, and I have no problem making conversation. I am a naturally loud person and I wanted to share a few of the things I do that would help others who are either shy or in a new situation to be more open and talkative.

Compliment + Introduction : When I see someone I would be interested in talking to I think of why I want to talk to them and give them a compliment. Then after they say thank you I always introduce myself, usually conversations go on from there.

Similar Interests : When I am doing something that I enjoy, like a workout class, I usually will want to make friends that enjoy it too. I always will talk about how the teacher is doing or talk about similar classes I’ve taken.

Ask important questions : Asking the person around you a question about what you’re doing sparks conversations as well. Even if they do not know the answer, you can find out together.

Fake it till you Make it : Act like you are already sociable, take on a leader role and pull yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s the best way to do it is to put yourself out there!

Shooting this I was not exactly ready for a beach post to be honest! But then I borrowed my friend and fellow blogger @vickystyles (on instagram) hat and beach bag and I was set. It’s amazing what the right accessories can do! I always struggle to find the perfect hat, one because of the style and two because my head is small! But I loved this one and will definitely be looking into adding more hats to my closet!

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Bag : (similar) (similar) // Hat : H&M (similar)

      

Trend Spotlight : The Jumpsuit

Don’t you love it when you feel comfortable and cute at the same time? Yeah me too. Honestly that’s why I wear my platforms everywhere but that’s another story. Another piece that does this well is a jumpsuit! So many of the jumpsuits I have seen/worn have the easiest and softest fabrics. I had to show off the one I recently bought for my study abroad and for going around town so I featured a few that you can shop now!

I wore mine all day going to meetings for school as well as sight seeing and I love the way it felt! The wider cut of the pant felt airy and cool and the cinching at the waist definitely gives me a good curve! Finding a jumpsuit for your body type is everything! So this is something you may want to shop around for a bit before you find your favorite!

Denim Jumpsuit : Forever 21

       

Destination : Vacation with PrettyLittleThing

California has been the perfect vacation destination! Nothing like enjoying a day by the Venice Beach, am I right?! The first thing I do when I get ready for a fun vaca? Plan out my outfit! And somewhere where there is a beach and a pool you have to have the perfect swimsuit! Recently I’ve been obsessing over the color nude! A cute suit like this is perfect for vacation to any destination because it will be perfect with any background for cute pictures.

I always like to wear something cute to cover up with and this top can be worn at the beach, at the pool, or even out for dinner. Pieces like this are ESSENTIAL for vacation since you don’t want to overpack but you also want to have cute pieces.

 

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on vacation?

I also wanted to do a special feature on these killer shoes! Nothing says summer like Espadrilles! Always my favorite for a summer night or day out!

All pieces are from PrettyLittleThing

Mocha Crinkle Scoop Neck Bikini Top  // Mocha Crinkle Bikini Bottoms // Dorsey White Beachwear Shirt // Niella Black Espadrilles Flatform Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles

     

Ready Set Sun with PrettyLittleThing

When I shop I like to have a few items I want in mind! A cute swimsuit, a gold necklace, a fun skirt! It’s the easiest way for me to shop online! PrettyLittleThing definitely gets it too! I shopped the vacation shop before I came to California and trust me I could not resist!

This white skirt I just had to have! The style was adorable and to be honest I’m a sucker for a sweet skirt! PrettyLittleThing also has a variety of styles and that’s what I love. If you’re a girly girl like me or even super chic and glam, there are pieces every girl will find. Also can we just take a second and talk about prices?! They are affordable and the material is great! Pieces that are durable and affordable.

What’s your favorite piece to wear for a day out in the summer sun? This is obviously mine!

White Tassel Trim White Skirt // Steve Madden ‘Kirsten’ Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles // Gold Necklace : Forever 21

   

Malibu for a Day

Typical Beach pictures for a Typical Beach day

Let me just start off by saying how beyond beautiful Malibu is! Mountains on one side, beach to the other, so dreamy at sunset! Its breath taking and the weather was beautiful! NOTHING like Texas beaches! I was able to get into the cool water and get out, tan for a bit and get right back in and it still feel good. That is a miracle in itself!

There are lots of fun things to do around here, most of which involve cute places to eat, one of which being Malibu Farms which is the first cool restaurant that will pop up in your search. (This is where I took the pictures in front of the pink bench.) Let me tell you after a day at the beach I had a BLT Kale salad and it was beyond delicious! Also I could not resist some chocolate frozen yogurt as well and it tasted just like soft serve.

The thing about beaches like these are that the sand comes off so easily, you don’t smell the harsh sea smell all around you, and there is not a lot of humidity like Texas beaches! Truly different and fun to go at any time of the day!

A recommendation or two :

Malibu Farms : Amazing dinner and sweet desserts

Water Activities : Go for a swim or a surf, the waves are huge and beautiful

Hiking & Biking : There are lots of trails nearby and the views are seriously amazing!

Cafe Habana : Another place to stop for a bite and take lots of instagram shots!

 

Bandeau : Victoria Secret (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s

  

Thrifting around Melrose

Okay I have to brag about all of the amazing finds I have bought since I have gotten to LA. I have of course done some thrift shopping here and there, but never like in California! My sorority sister who also happens to be my roommate here in LA told me about a place called Crossroads which is like an upscale plato’s closet.

I did not really want to go at first but then she took me and I saw what she meant. The idea is the same and it’s the same as a consignment store where people sell their gently used clothes but the pieces are almost all designer!

I bought a lace up body suit by Reformation (similar)

This white Free People top, a one x one teaspoon gray jean shorts, the fringe Steve Madden Bag (similar)

Platform Steve Madden sneakers

A maroon pair of TopShop pair of slacks for work

A killer red dress with a peplum bottom (similar)… AND

A new pair of nude Jimmy Choo heels (similar) all for about $300!

I also plan on going to a few of the basic places like American Vintage and Wasteland as well. There was another place on Melrose as well where I found the Jimmy Choos and there was literally racks of designers by brand! Ah so I guess moral of the story is to shop for unique designer pieces half the price along Melrose as well as that there are many photo ops along the way!

Top : Free People // Shorts : One x one teaspoon Bandits // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Purse : Steve Madden