I recently visited San Diego, California with my mom for one of her business trips. I tagged along and walked around while she was in her conference and I was able to visit parts of the city I had not been to on previous trips. While I really did not mind being by myself, I did however definitely lack a camera person to take all of my pictures.
Traveling alone is actually very new to me, but I really enjoy it! You are on your own time and you do not have to wait around for anyone else. A few of my tips for traveling alone are to have a plan to know where you are going, let someone else know your plans even if they are not in your area, have a way to take pictures or do what you need without someone’s help (i.e. selfie stick, maps), and don’t stress! Enjoy the new experience and do things even though it is just you!
A few of my favorite things that I did while I was in San Diego include :
Holy Matcha : This was the cutest place to take pictures! I love all the pink and matching green and if you are a matcha lover like I am you cannot get enough of this place. Plus who doesn’t love donuts?!
Pigment : The cutest little shop with great finds like jewelry and candles. Also there are so many places to take cute pictures here as well like the pink wall!
The beach: Did you really even go to California if you did not visit the beach or the mountains?! Ocean beach is one of the main beaches and it’s beyond beautiful! Clear water and soft sand, definitely a must!
La Jolla : Okay not necessarily San Diego but a must nonetheless. So beautiful, great weather, and picture perfect at every turn! Definitely gives off the chill Cali lifestyle vibes!
Romper : Forever 21 (similar) // Shoes : Nordstrom // Jean Jacket : Forever 21 // Necklace : (similar)
I got my inspiration for this post from my last visit to San Diego. I had such a fun time and the beach was definitely my favorite spot! I thought I would share a few of my go-to products I take in my beach bag since Summer is quickly approaching! Honestly a few of these products I have not used in a while but I love to use these when I can. Definitely find the products that work for you and let me know what kind of brands are your favorite!
Kopari Organic Coconut Melt : So I have not used this product yet but I have heard so many good things from different sources! I am all for the all natural products with ingredients you understand and that is what Kopari has! Use this melt for hydrating your skin and repairing it after a good tan sesh!
First Aid Beauty Sunscreen Moisturizer : Two-in-one products like these are my favorite because they are easy to throw on without all of the excess products. Always have a specific sunscreen for different parts of your body! Don’t spray the same body sunscreen on your face since they are made for different parts of you!
Coola Sunless Tan Dry Body Oil : I’m not one for a fake tan, but if you are going to try to get a little color without the harsh sun, go for a product like this one that adds vitamins to your skin and contains no parabens or sulfates!
Neutrogena Sunscreen : I think the most important part of sunscreen is getting the right SPF! Based off your skin tone, make sure you get a higher or lower number for the SPF. I also just really trust Neutrogena with my skin, so even for my body I like to use their products since they are great for people with sensitive skin.
Tony Moly Face Mask : While this isn’t usually a product for the beach, definitely do a hydrating face mask after a trip to the beach. You skin will need a little extra love and care and Tony Moly has some of my favorite masks! Easy to use and fast working, make sure to get a hydrating mask since the sun will dry out your skin, the one I linked has aloe which is even better for after going to the beach!
Top : PacSun // Shorts : One x One Teaspoon // Shoes : Jack Rogers
I am definitely going to be wearing nothing but crop tops and denim all Spring! I know for sure with the crazy hot weather that I will not be able to get away with wearing denim much longer, so for now I am definitely going to wear all of my newest purchases. I am in love with these levis right now and the slouchy fit and subtle rips. Mom jeans are definitely a huge trend and I love it! Vintage-y fits and silhouettes are super cute and these levis definitely go with that trend! I also recently bought a new pair of levi shorts that I am head over heels for! Those will definitely be shown in blog posts to come!
What is your favorite piece to be wearing this Spring season?
Crops are also my favorite because they are so cute and easy to throw on! They are so feminine and fun and I love a bright red and this striped one especially. I am definitely getting more into wearing fun accessories as well like this bandana. I never really cared about my accessories honestly until now but I am working on that. I truly think they change up an entire outfit now and fun prints are definitely a help! A few of the bloggers I follow on Instagram have been getting even more creative with their outfit accessories so I definitely have been trying it out slowly.
Crop Top : TopShop // Jeans : Levi’s // Purse : Tory Burch (similar) // Bandana : Madewell // Shoes : Jack Rogers
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This past weekend I wend to the NCAA Final Four Concert in San Antonio and I saw Kelsea Ballerini and Jason Aldean for free! There were free concerts all weekend downtown and I loved getting to go and see some live country music! TIP : always look out for events in your city, you never know what you may stumble upon!
On to the post!I have such a hard time sometimes getting clothes that fit me well. I am pretty short and slim and for purposes of the post I will give a few specifics. I am 5’0 and about 104 pounds, I wear size XS or S depending on the brand and size 25/00 for bottoms. My biggest issue is the height. I wanted to list a few places to shop for some brands that offer petite options for girls like me!
Asos : there is a whole section for petite clothing items on the site! I linked straight to the page btw!
Brandy Melville : Great for basics, one thing though is the items only come in one size!
Pretty Little Thing : Fun going out clothes and fun pieces!
TopShop : Cutest petite section ever!
Abercrombie & Fitch : The sizes run small here and they have some pretty great style as well!
Top : Hollister (similar) (similar) // Skirt : Forever 21 // Wedges : Nordstrom // Bag : Forever 21 (similar) (similar) // Jean Jacket : Hollister (similar)
This was definitely one of the most fun shoots I have had! I got to shoot with my best friends at a fun place called the Flower Vault in San Antonio. I think they are only open until the end of April but if you are in the area I would definitely recommend to schedule your appointment to go and visit!
I think the fun part was going to experience this with my friends. Yes it is fun to go take cute pictures at places around your city, but I think that who you go with is the most important! Getting to go visit somewhere new and documenting it is the best! Some of my tips for planning out a fun shoot?
Plan the outfit before hand
Don’t try a new hair or makeup look that day: go with a look you know you love!
Add some fun accessories you know will compliment where you are shooting, if the wall is pink, wear a complimentary color like white
Make your poses natural and keep moving: candid shots are the best!
Take your time : Great photos sometimes take a bit longer, but when you get the hang of it it becomes easier!
Jumper : Free People // Tube Top : TopShop // Shoes : Nordstrom
I wanted to share a few of my favorite apps that I use pretty much daily for fun! I also wanted to show off my new laptop skin and phone case from Case App! I have been wanting a marble case for a while now and I love the white and gold combo. Not only are the cases and laptop skins customizable, but there are cute prints that are fun to pick from. I loved making the custom Iphone case, but I ended up going for the marble after all.
Use my discount code BRIANANICOLE20 for 20% off your purchase!
My favorite apps
Poshmark : Buying and selling clothes are my favorite way to get some great finds without the thrift shopping! There are also so many brands to choose from you can always have a great find!
Liketoknow.it : Of course I had to add this one! Shop your favorite looks from bloggers by taking a screenshot of their picture and get an email directly you to with links to their outfit details! Definitely worth it!
My Fitness Pal : I love this app to track my weight loss and calorie intake. It really helps a lot when you track all of what you are eating and makes you more conscious of your choices
Sworkit : This is a great app to do different kind of workouts! I use it mostly to workout my abs, but there are also cardio and yoga moves as well!
VSCO : This app has the best presets! I love to change my pictures in this app first and mess with the saturation and brightness in this app since it is to similar to lightroom which is how I edit my pictures.
Afterlight : My original editing app, this is how I get all of my basic editing done for a quick upload, pretty close to being just like VSCO!