The Importance of a Girl’s Night

As I wrote in a recent post, I’ve been able to find friends in LA through bloggers that I follow. I got lucky that I have something in common with these amazing girls! While I am slowly gaining friends here, I finally had a girls night last week with four LA bloggers and let me tell you, I did not realize how much I needed it! It prompted me to write this post and explain just how important it is for everyone. Sometimes you just need a fun night to just talk and hang out with a group of friends.

While I am all for one-on-ones to really bond with someone, I think it is equally important to hang out as a group! I actually was supposed to hang out with two girls and then two more tagged along and even though we all weren’t super close, it was so much fun!

Being so far from my group of friends and family I really felt the difference between being able to be with a group, vs. when I hang out with one new friend. I think even girls who are home and do not make time to hang out with a group of girls can still benefit from remembering how important a girls night is!

I actually came straight from work so I wore my button-up untucked on one side and my matching heels. Button-ups are perfect for day or night depending on how you wear them! I love a structured top verses a loose flowy one because I feel like you can play with it even more.

Humans are creatures that thrive in tribes. So finding yours is important. No matter if that be a family or friend group, it is important to have different people to rely on. Guy or girls, we learn from each other and getting different opinions on a topic or venting or just having fun with multiple personalities is what is important.

 

Top : Nasty Gal // Shorts : Cotton On // Heels : (similar)

Interview with What Vanessa Wears

I loved getting to know Vanessa from What Vaness Wears! I actually reached out to her to get together to meet up and shoot and she was sweet enough to say yes. I wanted to continue my blogger series and I knew she would be a perfect fit! I asked her a few questions below and I put up some of my outfit details of course. Let me know if you like the series or what questions you would like to know from your favorite bloggers!

What made you start blogging?

I wanted to start blogging first of all to share my thoughts about fashion and my take on what’s in-trend because I feel like a lot of people don’t know not just what they should or shouldn’t buy to be in-trend, but also what options they have. Sometimes people just need to see someone wearing a look styled in several different ways to inspire them, and I want to help them with that. Another thing is that I wanted to talk about my faith, how it’s a part of my life and how it affects me and the way I live. It may be uncomfortable to discuss faith for some, but it’s something that it’s important to me. God has changed me and has done so much for me and I want to share that story when I can and when it makes sense both to people who believe and those who don’t. It’s ultimately this message: God loves you, he is for you, and you are destined for amazing things!

What is your favorite Summer trend?

This is a hard one for me because I love all kinds of trends, but I’d have to say pearl anything. I have a pearl bag, pearl earrings, a pearl hairpin, and I’m not done looking for more pearls! I think they’re so cute and girly. It makes it more fun to have these accent accessories during the summertime. I get so many compliments from wearing this trend. It’s a must-have right now.

Where do you get your outfit inspiration from?

I get a lot of my outfit inspirations from working at Bloomingdales, actually. We get a lot of new clothing every week and our departments focus highly on what’s in-trend at the moment. So I get education, inspiration, but most importantly…discounts! Haha. It’s a beautiful cycle. Also, I’m ALWAYS inspire by my favorite bloggers: Brittney Xavier, Paola Alberdi, and Aimee Song…they’re literally fashion QUEENS!

What is your go-to beauty product?

I’d have to say Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater. After blotting throughout the day with my beauty blender Blotterazzi, this spray refreshes my skin and rehydrates my makeup! For a dewy, but not oily glow all day long.

What is one thing that can make you happy right away?

Coffee! Lol, especially in the morning. When you get that first sip…mmm! Heaven!

I actually saw two other bloggers wear a similar outfit and I just had to do it for myself! I actually wore this not just to shoot but when I went to Cha Cha Matcha with Vanessa. I did not get as many looks as I thought I would. That is the thing about living in California, people wear different things sometimes and while you may get some stares, there isn’t half as many as I would get if I was in Texas. Then again, if I was in Texas I wouldn’t mind because I liked my outfit and it’s way more fun then the basic things the people that are staring are probably wearing!

I opted for the brown cross body because I had not shown it much love recently. Also, it kind of added a different element to my matchy-matchy outfit. Of course, I am a sucker for pink and the corset helped keep the shirt down and in place. I could not find a tee that was long enough without being too big on the top or sleeves. I actually ordered two different shirts! I ended up just wearing white spandex underneath.

T-shirt dress : Missguided // Corset : Forever 21 

 

Moving to LA

I get questions from people all the time who want to move to LA. I also get compliments on actually moving out here. What people do not get is that it is not easy to pick up your life and just up and move. And on top of that, it’s not just the newness of a different city or being away from family and friends. For people who really want to move somewhere else you need to think about having extra money. Money for when your days don’t go right and you want to buy food, or when your sick and need to see a doctor, or when your tight budget does not align right. If you are on a tight budget don’t even think about moving to LA unless you have extra back up cash totaling at least $3,000 because life happens y’all.

My rant is not even close to over. So feel free to scroll through the pretty pictures, leave a cute comment and be on your way because I’m still typing away guys.

Say you have a dream of moving somewhere like New York or LA. It’s sooo hard if you do not have the proper support behind you. No, I’m not talking about good wishes from your dear family and closest friends. I’m talking about cash and a reliable car and a place to live. Know that if you live here you have to have a place to stay. And to have a place to stay you probably need a job. And to get a job you also need a place to stay nearby to be able to go for interviews. Are you seeing what I’m getting at? Its a vicious cycle of both needing each other and that hardly ever happens at the same time.

People do not realize that for the most part, I am all alone. I don’t have family here or real friends. I am slowly getting there luckily because I blog and can reach out to girls. But let me tell you it takes time to make friends when you don’t have common interests with girls especially ones that already have a friend group.

And if you are an introvert FORGET IT. Good luck because it will take you even longer. But I am guessing if you are an introvert you aren’t even keen on moving somewhere new by yourself anyway.

I feel like people think that moving to a new city, especially to pursue your “dream” is a lot like the movie Coyote Ugly. She has a hard time in the beginning and even goes as far as being robbed. But in the next few hours, she finds the coolest job, meets a super cool guy and gets to sing all she wants. EHHHHHH wrong. Yes, I’m sure every once in a while it happens but hate to burst your bubble but ups and downs come and go daily.

Now all of this to say I just want to be realistic to the people who tell me they are “thinking about moving” to LA or anywhere really. I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m saying think it all the way through. Because life isn’t la-la land. Your car will break down and you won’t have anyone to help tow it (happened to me), something bad will happen and your parents will have to fly out to help you (happened to me) and you’ll have a terrible day where you run out of money or you just get too homesick. How are you going to get your car to your new city? What is it like paying taxes for the new job you hope to get because you probably haven’t even gotten it yet. Will you have money to come home for holidays because your savings could be gone in an instant if you get sick or hurt.

I’m not trying to be pessimistic, I just think this was a blog post that needed to be said since everyone undercuts how difficult it can be. Okay, rant over. *drops mic*

Blazer : Alice and Olivia // Shorts : Cotton On // Boots : Top Shop

Friday Faves

It’s time for another quick round-up of my favorites! Just another mini blog post full of random items and tidbits I do every once in a while. So let’s get started!

 

For an everyday natural look, I use my Glossier boy brow in black. I wear this to work EVERY DAY. Such an easy way to get darker, natural looking eyebrows that stay in place. If you want a few more beauty product recommendations, check out my wishlist – beauty tab!

 

Do you work in Media? Check out this article on Girlboss written just for you!

My mom got me a blender so I am excited to start making smoothies in the morning for breakfast! What’s your favorite recipe?

 

How killer is this jumpsuit from Beginning Boutique? I’m thinking about buying for ACL!

Want to see more of my fashion faves? I always update my wishlist tab!

What’s in my Bookmarks

I’ve been thinking about how to mix up my blog posts and I came up with the idea of telling y’all what is saved in the bookmarks of my computer. If y’all like this, leave me a comment or tell me what you would like to see! I am not going to add ALL of my bookmarks. I only added the places in my bookmarks that I like to shop at. Next time I will probably add bookmarks to articles I think are interesting or cool cooking recipes!

Before we get into my bookmarks, let’s talk outfit. This outfit is so me. It’s got light pink and white, and of course my favorite hat. The top is sheer so its easy to tuck into my shorts and becomes the focal point of the outfit. The shoes set the vibe for the outfit and the hat matches that vibe and blends well with the color of the top. The denim creates a neutral so the outfit is still wearable. That’s what I think at least!

My Fashion Bookmarks:

The Business of Fashion – All about the behind the scenes of the fashion empire and the companies that comprise it

LikeToKnow.It – This is a shopping inspiration must!

Bloglovin’ – A round-up of your favorite blogs all in one easy, convenient place

The Newsette – Not just fashion, but a daily newsletter giving you the latest tidbits on style, inspiration, wellness and more.

Boutiques in my Bookmarks

Beginning Boutique

White Fox Boutique

Jagger and Stone

12th Tribe

Meshki

Poppy Lissman 

Top : Forever 21 (similar) // Shorts : Cotton On // Shoes : Halogen (similar) // Hat : Lack of Color

Fourth of July Ready with Wooden Ships

If you have been keeping up with my Instagram, you have probably seen my posts with this sweater from Wooden Ships! This pink star sweater is apart of their Fourth of July collection and I was excited to do a collaboration with this brand because of how soft and oversized their sweaters are (perfect for the beach) and because they are not fast fashion.

I have been to a few panels now where the speakers talk about fast fashion. While I am still learning and having a hard time straying away from this, I think it is a good discussion to be had and a movement in the right direction. Wooden ships believe in “lean production” which is a no waste approach. Ever knit is made to order and has a fast turn around time. Not only is this a breathable, comfy and adorable sweater, but it represents a brand with a purpose.

Besides not just being apart of ‘fast fashion’, Wooden Ships also prides itself on giving back to numerous environmental programs, providing ethical production, and reducing their carbon footprint at their offices in Bali. They also use simple packaging with eco-friendly oxo-degradable plastic bags to minimize plastic use. (Did you know 30% of all garbage is packing waste?!)

So not only are you getting a sweet sweater, but also supporting a great business and a greater good.

So on to the sweater itself. When I decided to do the collab I decided that it would be best to shoot it at the beach since this is probably where I am going to spend my fourth of July. I opted out of the ‘red, white and blue’ theme this year as I think it’s overdone to death (especially by me) and went with a more realistic look. Plus this pink really complimented my feed so it was a win-win!

The best way to describe the knit is oversized and slouchy as a perfect loungewear top or cover up. Also, it is very thin and breathable but perfect for a cool beach day! Like I said, truly the best beach sweater!

And did I mention all sweaters ship free? What is your favorite part when you buy an online item?

Sweater : mini stars shirt tails v-neck cotton

 

 

The Bodysuit Post

I wanted to dedicate this post to those special one pieces you have hanging in your closet. You know, the ones that get you fully undressed when you have to use the bathroom (unless they have the buttons on the bottom in which case you feel like a 5-month-old). Yes, the bodysuit. There are also good parts to this clothing piece! The ease of slipping one on and adding a simple pair of jeans and sneaks like how I styled them. When your outfit looks put together you’re halfway there, amiright?!

I purchased this bright one-piece from Zara, and I loved how soft it was I actually bought two! The bright colors are perfect for Summer and they were only $20!

Bodysuits come in all shapes and sizes. From off the shoulders to turtle neck tanks, they also flatter all shapes and sizes! Since they give the illusion of being tucked into your bottom clothing piece, that can help cinch in your waist and really show off your figure. Getting the right size is, of course, crucial because you do not want them too tight (or it will be up your you-know-what) and if it is too big you can be left with too much extra fabric. I wanted to share a few others that are also relatively inexpensive so that you could go purchase them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually wore this one piece as a swimsuit since the color is so bright and the material is so similar! There are no bottom buttons or anything that signal that the one piece wasn’t for the beach so I went for it!

 

Bodysuit : Zara