When is it okay to copy

Copying someone is the sincerest form of flattery. While I do believe this I actually hate when people copy me. I copy people all the time though! Very hypocritical for sure! But I get my best inspiration from others. I am working on allowing myself to be flattered of course.

When I find something I really like (and it’s mostly clothing inspiration) I always screenshot it or save it to my notes. I am HUGE when it comes to notes and describing things for me to remember.

I actually got inspiration for this outfit from multiple bloggers on my Instagram feed! I loved the look of the shirt because I saw it everywhere! I just had to have it for myself because it answered the three questions from my last blog post. I also really like playing up a long sleeve with shorts and these shoes just went so perfectly I had to add them.

Some of my tips:

  • Tell someone you really like it and even that you want to recreate the idea behind it
  • Make it your own and put a personal twist on it
  • Give them credit for being your inspiration

Thank you again to Lulu’s for gifting me with this amazing top! I have honestly been wearing it non-stop and this belt bag is to DIE for. My shoes were also gifted from ShoeDazzle and I am head over heels for the thigh-high snake print because I cannot resist a good thigh-high!

What’s your favorite type of shoe?

Top : Lulu’s // Shoes : Shoe Dazzle // Bag : Lulu’s

My Blogging Journey

Oh how far I have come. I remember taking some of my very first blog shots. But first let’s back up even further than that. I remember being obsessed with Tumblr and how cool some of the photos were. SO inspiring, and my basically a mood board for what I wanted my life to be like. They were fun and sassy and cute. From there I moved on to find blogs. I remember one of the first blogs that I came upon was Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans. She posted (and still does) pictures mostly of her nails, and single pictures, some without captions, and fashion images. I thought it was the coolest thing! Just whatever came to her mind and the possibilities were endless.

I really started my blog my freshman year of college. My roommate had a DSLR so I asked her to take pictures of me since she loved photography. I had two outfits, a red coat with black leggings, my Tory Burch knee highs and a plaid scarf. The second was a grey quilted skirt with a navy three-quarter sleeve, another scarf and knee highs because it was winter. She took pictures of our friend group that day as well outside of our dorm and that is when I began. I do not remember uploading content or any of that, all I remember is taking pictures and writing about the places we went, like the trail of lights and cute posts about my family.

I started slowly integrating my content into Instagram but I struggled between wanting to blog and wanting to keep it personal. For this reason, I think it took me much longer to grow. I also did not have a specific aesthetic or niche. All of that fell into place after attending blogging conferences. I went to BlogHer ’16 (wow that seems so long ago now that I wrote that) and while I focused on the words, I was mainly just networking and figuring out what these people did, and that they got lots of free stuff!

The one that really turned it all around for me was a two-day blogging workshop I attended in Austin. That taught me all about what I had to do to be successful. While I am still far from successful with my blog, my Instagram is growing and I attribute that need for information from that workshop.

Lastly, my major in college really helped me out as well. Taking social media classes and having an internship and a job specifically in social media were so helpful! I sometimes get embarrassed to say that I started so long ago but I did not grow until recently. It was all a learning process though and mostly me learning about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take my blog. I remember thinking so hard of my blog name (which I am not so keen on now) but that it was a big deal to make it girly, and two things that go together since so many blogs were named things like Pearls and Louboutins or Gems and Lace.

I loved how it all ended up and looking back at all of the pictures I can remember exactly where I was and what time in my life I was at. This has been such a blessing and I hope to keep growing more and more.

Check out my very first site and posts here!

Top : Revolve (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden // Shorts : Levi’s (similar)

 

LA Favorites

I had a request to do a post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of my favorite places that I actually go to and you can find me at during the weekends. From food to workouts, this is just a small round-up of places you may not see on a regular travel guide to LA. If you are visiting LA for the second or third time, these are the kinds of places I would say to go to after you’ve done all of the regular touristy things!

I think I will also create a guide to a few of my favorite places to eat as well soon so watch out for that one! Let me know what you think and what you want to see next!

 

LA second-hand stores are AMAZING! Even if you go to crossroads or goodwill you are sure to find some name brands. For a genuine thrifty store, I like to go to SLOW Clothing on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Gardner Street. They have really cool prints and I always make a great find! The fair fax area of Melrose Avenue is a great place to get something unique and cool.

Lemonade is my go-to for a healthy meal on the go! I always try something different when I go, but I seem to end up with a side of their broccoli and cheese! This is a great place to get lunch between sightseeing, and the lemonade is of course amazing!

One thing that you must do is drive the PCH! You can take it to Malibu and I recommend doing this because the views of the ocean are amazing! I remember the very first time riding down the PCH with the windows down and the music loud. Definitely a memorable experience!

A fun thing to do when you have a few extra days is to go see a movie! The Melrose Rooftop Theatre is a fun place to see some older favorites accompanied by unlimited popcorn and a view of the sunset against the hills. Snuggle up in a super comfy bean bag chair and blanket and it is definitely a fun experience. Also, EP & LP is right down the stairs so you can make a bar stop right after!

One of my favorite beaches is definitely Matador Beach. The rocks are giant which makes for great shots! I would say that since it is a beach the cell service is horrible and the beach is a bit small so get there early for a good spot and good parking! It is a bit of a drive from LA as it is in the Malibu/Calabasas area, but definitely worth it!

I went to High Tide in the Arts District with a few friends and fell in love! The food was great and it was a great place to stop for drinks! I recommend going before the sun goes down because the outside area is completely pink and perfect for sweet photo ops! I definitely recommend getting a rose and an appetizer for a chill night out.

Want a work out that will leave you sore afterward? Check out, Psycho. Your first class is free so even if you are wanting a quick workout during a longer stay, this one is worth it! Everything is put together so well and it is really an effective HIIT class! They also have yoga sessions that are a great way to relax after a long day!

 

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)

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!

Wonderworld LA

If you keep up with my Instagram stories, then you know that this past week I had the opportunity to go to the Wonderworld LA pop up museum! This was an interactive pop-up experience that featured 10 picture perfect rooms to take fun pictures in. Since it was an opening for the museum, there were lots of cool surprises in every room. I got my nails done, grabbed some cotton candy, put on fake lashes and I was ready for my close up! I usually do not really like to get my photos done at these places, but this event was more than that! I really enjoyed going with my blogging friend,Gina from Teenie Genie, and I saw so many other LA blogger babes there as well!

Just a little about Wonderworld LA: Each room has a different feel. There is a mushroom room, a room where you can take a picture on the moon, a room with giant teacups and, of course, a flower room. These are just a few of the 10 rooms they have.

If I were you, I would sour their Instagram page before going and check out their design so you can match your outfits to each room. It also helps to go get inspiration from other people who went and see what creative ideas they had.

Another great part about this was, as I mentioned, getting to see other LA bloggers I follow and have become friends with! (I have a whole post on the LA blogging community coming soon so stay tuned for that.) I honestly did not plan to take any pictures at the pop-up. I feel like I always end up saying that and making a blog post so I should plan more accordingly outfit wise. I just wore a casual look and I later decided it would be a break from the regular fashion content I show. I was just planning on taking Instagram stories and not being their too long, but it turned out to be more fun than I thought!

Tickets for the museum can be found HERE and I would book in advance since you usually have to reserve a day for these kinds of pop-ups.

 

Makeup Tips and Crazy Tricks

Can I just start off this post by saying I am not the best at makeup! I definitely have more learning to do and I have two go-to looks: day and night. So because of that, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned, heard of, and what I have read from YOU through Instagram questions.

Also, just another reminder of how amazing and talented my childhood friends are! My friend Raeann brought in her whole set up to shoot these amazing pictures for me and my best friend Sara did my makeup! It’s a yellow glossy lid that I still cannot get over! If you are in need of a photographer or makeup artist in the SA area, I’ll give you their info!

Makeup Tips :

  • Match your foundation to your overall body tone! Not the color of your face
  • Don’t use foundation powder to set makeup, that’s what setting powder is for and yes there is a difference
  • Contour based on your face shape, not just where most people like to contour
  • Use a green color corrector to cancel out breakouts
  • Lip gloss only lasts about a year before expiring!
  • Use a wet brow brush to clean up lip liner

Crazy Tricks

(These are things I have heard from you all through Instagram stories so I may not try them all… okay for sure one of them and you’ll know which one!)

  • Shave with Olive Oil : it apparently leaves your skin silky smooth when the oil dries
  • Rub a lemon on your underarms, knees, and elbows to reduce darkness
  • If you do not have makeup remover, use cream (unscented is better for no irritation)
  • Wrapping plastic wrap around your waist at night will help you lose water weight in your tummy
  • Use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate your lips
  • Rubbing baby pee on your face reduces pimples.. this is the one to not try

Top : Michael Stars // Leggings : Femme Lux // Shoes : Steve Madden