Blue Sweater – Fall Feels

I’m finally getting into the Fall vibe here in LA! I’ve never experienced a Fall/Winter in another state so I am excited for the change! If you’re from California definitely let me know what to expect! I’m definitely used to going to pumpkin patches, drinking Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and carving pumpkins in Texas… wow that’s a lot of pumpkin activities…

What are your favorite Fall activities?

Tried something a bit different for this shoot. Not too sure if I like it yet, but I’m definitely liking it for fall! I love a sweater and shorts combo! Totally does not make sense.. but it does at the same time!

Okay also I cannot live without these sunglasses and these necklaces recently! They have been (and will continue to be) a staple for me and my wardrobe! I cannot wait to share more looks! I have been trying to go a bit edgier with my outfits!

Sweater : Voge (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : Halogen // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

  

Prada Art Installation in Marfa, Texas

If I am being completely honest, I had no idea this was an art installation at first. I totally just thought it would be a functioning Prada store in the middle of nowhere. I had been wanting to shoot here for forever! SAD STORY : I asked my dad to take a short detour on our drive back to California just so I could come here to shoot and when we got closer I was looking for my camera and realized that I left it Texas! I am still lowkey devastated if I am being completely honest…

Anyway, I was able to do what I had to and took pictures using my horrible iPhone. It literally overheated the phone every time and I had to delete so many things just so I could take a few bursts. It was horrible! Okay.. rant over.

I’ve been getting more into art pieces because of my job. It is honestly interesting, and while I still struggle to fully comprehend it all, it’s a good challenge for me! This installation is by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.

Hat : Lack of Colors // Jacket : BB Dakota // Shorts : Levi’s

 

Friday Faves

I pulled a few of my favorites this week from my Wish List Tabs above. This is where you can find my recent “wants” and “must-buys” before I even buy them and shoot them for the blog! Leave a comment

Song : Late Night by Deputy

I may be a little biased because I know the singer very well, but I genuinely like this sound because it’s something I would listen to on my own! Also, you gotta support local artists, they tend to be the best when you find a really good one!

Podcast : Get Real with Caroline Hobby

I just started listening to this podcast and I started off with her interview with Maddie and Tae, the country singers, and I really loved it! She is a former country singer in Nashville Tennessee and I definitely recommend checking this out if you are all for girl bosses and country music!

 

Beauty Product : Jade Roller

I recently wrote a blog posts about this, and I love it so much I had to mention it again. It’s a perfect addition to your morning routine to reduce inflammation and decrease drainage build up in your facial region (eww). Just pop it in the fridge and add a light serum and you’re halfway to a facial! Mine is linked and it is 100% all natural jade!

Wish List : Show Me Your Mumu Concho Belt

This belt has actually been on my wish lists for a while and I just posted about it on my Instagram stories recently as a poll if I should buy it or not. I went to check out the Show Me Your Mumu boutique in Venice beach and I didn’t see it in store, still wanting this cute belt!

Link : The Sakura Life Founders on why you should adopt a plant based diet

While I am honestly not going to go on an all plant based diet anytime soon, it was a good read for clean eating tips! I honestly thing The Newsette has amazing articles for girls like me who are into wellness, beauty, fashion, and daily corporate updates on businesses I want to know about. They keep me updated with the beauty industry and pop culture! Sign up for a super short and super worth it daily newsletter HERE.

Grand Canyon + Road Trip Must Haves

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? I can now say I have! While it was a quick stop on my detour home to Texas, it was seriously amazing! Crazy how big the world really is when you put it into perspective!

I came home for a few weeks between my leases in LA, which was a perfect time for a break to see my family and friends! I loved being home but I also loved the trips there and back! I got to shoot a few different places on my road trips which made it even more fun! I think I have become a pro at road tripping!

Also I should just point out I was the only one dressed as I was and I stuck out like crazy! Everyone was in hiking gear and I looked like I so did not belong! Definitely made me think about writing a post about being confident when you absolutely do not feel it! What do you think?

Some road trip essentials

Car Charger : This came in handy like crazy! I never brought my charger into the hotels we stayed at so I never left it behind. I never had to bring it in though because I would just charge it on the way!

Snacks : Okay duh! But snacks like sunflower seeds and gum help you stay up longer when you’re tired since you have to work on eating them, or blowing bubbles. Also the healthier the better because you are just sitting there so do not over eat!

Offline Listening : Wifi was constantly going in and out! Pre-download podcasts and if you have premium music channels definitely use those!

Books/Magazines : Goes with the wifi going in and out! Read to whoever is driving or just use it to make the time go by faster.

Accessible Bag : I put only clothes in here that I would wear during the road trip, a blanket, charger, books and a few toiletries in my bag next to me so I would take that into the hotel. Everything else sat in the trunk the whole time!

Hat : ShowMeYourMumu // Top : Tobi (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Shoes : Halogen

  

Morning Jade Roller Routine

Let me start off by saying I have been way more into skincare than usual recently! From the products I use to how I use them, its all essential. I put on lotion everyday after I shower and I have even been applying sunscreen which I did not do before!

One essential beauty product is my Jade Roller. I have been wanting one of these for a while now since I definitely have puffiness in the morning. This is caused by lymphatic drainage and when you roll out the drainage is released from your facial area. There also are other benefits like increasing circulation and reduced dark under eyes.

So after a night out I will stick my roller in the fridge or for a few minutes in the freezer if I forget. Then I will apply my daily moisturizer with SPF and apply a light layer on my face, you can also use a serum. Then I use the roller and slowly roll up and out.  It should feel like a massage!

I try to do this daily if not at least three times a week. It has been a new part of my beauty routine and as someone who is used to having a puffy face in the morning it really makes a difference. The exact roller I use is this 100% natural Jade stone roller from Purbert.com and I bought it through Amazon. I use the larger roller for my cheek and forehead area and the smaller roller for around my eyes. You can also use the smaller part for your face and the larger parts for your body! The one I use also comes with a one year 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Jade Roller

 

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

  

    

Moving to a New City

I’ve been so blessed to be able to move to LA for this summer! It was such a new experience from being by myself, to finding new places to go to the gym, eat and go to church and making new friends. I am so proud of myself for being able to do this myself and live in California because I always wanted to even if it is for a short amount of time. This was like a fun, extended vacation and while I missed my friends and family like crazy I was so happy to do this as apart of my life.

I lived in student apartments right by UCLA which is very close to Bel-Air, and down the street from fraternity row I must add! I moved for an internship with a PR agency called PR for Artists. You could see the hollywood sign from the office and the roof had a gorgeous view!

I wanted to give a few tips and tricks for venturing out in a new city, or even moving back to your own city, and how I found my way around. I have learned a lot about myself recently and I think this is another experience I will always remember!

Make New Friends : I lived near UCLA so I stayed with college age girls and that’s how I made friends. Also just going to do things you love like yoga or art classes will make you friends with similar interests.

Location, location, location : Look around where you live, find places to eat, a gym and popular hangouts around you. It was super important for me to find a church so I definitely googled all of those things and more!

Find a Job : okay this is obvious but you need to find time to fill your days! Life is more fun when you have lots of things to do to fill your day with! Also the more you do the more people you meet and that is what counts!

Watch your Budget : This was the hardest thing for me because I always wanted to eat out and try a new place as well as do fun things! Plan out your week and the things you want to do, free stuff can be just as fun!

Plan to see your Family : It’s all fun and games until the homesickness hits! I was only gone for two months so I was with my dad on the drive there and back and I visited my momma the second month so that I would not get homesick! Also I snap chatted my friends constantly and begged them to come stay with me!

Step Out of your Comfort Zone, Safely : Do something new! Always try something that makes that place unique! But also be aware of your surroundings, keep your pepper spray handy and know some basic self defense!

Body Suit : Zara (similar) // Shorts : Asos // Bag : Forever 21 (similar)