Coffee Talk : Let’s Talk Trends

Not going to lie. I am a sucker for a good trend! I am usually one of the first to see it coming (I’d like to think) and love when it hits its fullest potential! When it dies out is usually the worst part because that is when more knockoffs and fewer quality items emerge. Then its pretty dead to me, unfortunately, and on to the next one!

Some trends last a while, obviously. And my favorite kinds are the ones that come back around. Espadrilles Summer of 2017 and 2018, am I right? The ones that are the more exclusive are the ones that hit hard but fade out and you probably won’t see again for a while. One example of these I would imagine would be chunky white sneakers. I really wanted a pair of Filas but I just wasn’t convinced I would wear them often. While I could have made 2-3 blog posts with them, I am sure I would not have worn them much other than that. That is where I draw the line at trends.

What you have to keep in mind is the quality. You should only pay for quality and you should splurge when you feel like you will really enjoy the piece, especially after the trend dies.

For example

I went to Target recently and saw a cool cheetah print top. Obviously, animal prints are huge right now. So I got my size but wasn’t too convinced. I thought of two outfits I could pair it with, and even though it was only about $12 I still wasn’t sold. I walked around the whole store with it, contemplating my purchase. I finally decided against it because if it were not for the animal print, I would not wear it. TREND ALERT. I ended up buying a $9 faux snakeskin belt from Tobi instead that I totally love! I will wear it even after the trend dies because I love a fun belt, the colors are neutral so I can wear it with almost anything, and I can get lots of use out of it while animal print is a hit.

Moral of the story, think before you buy. Every piece has a price other than the number that is marked on it. Trends come and go and sometimes they are so worth it. Even if you know its a trend but still want to participate, go for a cheaper option. Just make sure that it looks quality and will last you until the trend dies out.

Top : Brandy Melville (similar) // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Hat : Target

Actual Things I do to Stay Small

I’m a typical girl and I get frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a pound or two.. or three. I want to starve myself but as soon as I get hungry I give in and totally eat whatever is in front of me. I snack way more often then I have meals some days just because I get full off of veggie chips/popcorn/granola. But I have tried to find things that help me stay fit and here is a few things I have come up with. Honestly, I’m not sure if this is dietition approved but these are just a few things I have heard and actually tried!

One thing I have not tried is the apple cider vinegar every morning! Have you tried it? Does it work? Let me know!

  1. Drink lots of water : I do this almost as a detox. I will do at least three days a week where I chug water all day and make sure I finish at least six bottles. It’s not too hard now actually! And I get thirsty quicker on the days I do not do it! I try to do these every few days as a small detox.
  2. Juice Cleanses : I do not do these often and I wouldn’t recommend to. If that is your thing then go for it! But aside from the fact that you are not feeding your body the same way as it is used to, you want to save a juice cleanse for when you are really noticing you gained weight, not just on a day where you feel fatter. You don’t want your body used to a cleanse, you want it to be your secret weapon!
  3. One big workout a week : I work out almost daily. But I focus on for sure working out 3-4 times a week. What I just realized though is if I do regular/moderate workouts and then one really hard workout a week where I will be sore the next day it will keep me in shape!
  4. Walk everywhere : I sit so much for work and sometimes I honestly get frustrated and want to bust out a few squats! What I like to do to combat that is park a little farther, walk to the mall nearby (it’s literally the next street over) or to a CVS and I feel like I combatted that effect a little bit.
  5. Count my calories : I am always counting my calories. I can honestly feel it when I go over them a lot too! But there are days also where you just need to have a cheat meal and enjoy it. Balance yes, but favoring the healthy side of the scale!

Jean Jacket : Abercrombie  // Crop Top : Forever 21 // Biker Shorts : Forever 21 // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

Frisky Britches x Briana Nicole

At the end of every Summer, right before I would go to school, my mom would take me to go get new clothes. I always went to private, Catholic school so I wore uniforms. The one thing I did get to pick out though was my underwear. I would always get to buy new underwear from wherever I wanted before I began school. I guess it was because she thought I outgrew them? But it was great! I thought about it the other day because now I no longer attend school, but I feel underwear is one of those items you still need to be buying to treat yourself (and out of necessity) every once in a while.

Bring in Frisky Britches. If you’re like me and do not always have time to be going to the store to treat yourself to a cute new pair, this subscription service will help! Honestly, I love subscription services because every month it is a gift from you, to you! The best part is it cost only $14! Super cheap for two pairs of some much-needed undergarments!

There are three different packages to choose from : The Kitten that has two cheekies, The Kitty with one thong and one cheeky, and The Kougar with two thongs. I went for The Kitty to try out both products. I am wearing the cheeky in the pictures and I love how it fits! I am wearing a size small and they were so comfortable I wore them all day, even after the shoot!

In all honesty, this is what I wear when I am home 90% of the time anyway, a big shirt and some cute panties! So I might as well feel good about what I am wearing whether I am home or not!

Are you one of those girls that hate the word panties? I actually am the total opposite! I love that word, I think its super feminine and fun, just like the garment itself!

For some super fun inspo and a look at older/newer styles follow @friskybritches on Instagram!

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Minimalistic

Being a minimalist doesn’t mean you own one pair of shoes, a pair of jeans, or only take pictures in front of plain white walls! I really like to mix up my style so you could see me on a Monday in a leopard skirt and big fluffy sweaters, and then Tuesday with a pair of jeans and a white tee. I love playing around with what I wear and for my days off you will always see me in denim and a simple top because it’s my go-to!

One of my roommates and I recently joked about how we try to save our money and every once in a while we splurge and buy some flashy new accessories, but still like to be considered a minimalist! So it got me thinking… what is a minimalist and can do dress as one without being one?

So first thing I thought of with this outfit was the beach because when I go to the beach I really like to keep it simple. I take a towel, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses. Minimalist. This outfit is simple and easy, but what makes a minimalist outfit? Does it depend on the simplicity of the outfit, or maybe even the make of the pieces itself?

Would you consider a look minimalist if it costs an insane amount of money?

A few definitions of minimalist included : reduced to its necessary elements ; it is based on a need instead of want.

So I guess the answer to the above question depends on you and the piece itself. When it comes down to it though, did you need the piece? And what is the level of need? I think my answer would be no, but it also does not depend on the cost at all.

I think it is important to be minimalist in one area, with waste. Okay total turn for the post, not gonna lie! But I thought it was important to spread the awareness! (If you’ve made it this far in the post.) Being aware of your effect on others and the environment is so important. It can be so simple to reduce your carbon footprint. From using reusable bags and recycling, to selling and rebuying clothes. Support organizations that do their part as well and buy from sustainable brands first. This will encourage other brands and ultimately people to take part in this movement! Don’t forget to stress the little things, it will go a long way!

Hat : Lack of Colors (Show Me Your Mumu) // Jeans : Levi’s // Bodysuit : Free People

LikeToKnow.It Book Tour

There are so many opportunities that have presented itself since I have been in Los Angeles. Being able to attend one of the stops on the LikeToKnow.it book tour was definitely one of them. Listening to the advice from these bloggers was truly inspirational. I was able to have a real conversation with these genuine ladies who willingly shared their stories and tips to be successful.

Let me tell you, I try to attend as many blogging events as I can. Lots of the information I learn is usually for first-time bloggers. The tips and tricks shared are usually things that I practice myself or have heard at least once. At this event, that was not the case. I really learned so much about being a blogger in this oversaturated field. I was told things I had not known before and a few tricks I did not know. I actually even shared a few of my own as well!

I love events like this because they are networking opportunities. I was able to introduce myself to these amazing influencers and meet with smaller scale influencers as well.

Let’s talk about the book. The whole reason for the tour! The LikeToKnow.it book is full of the stories and interviews of huge influencers who are associated with LikeToKnow.it. Influencers who successfully provide fashion finds, style advice and lifestyle tips to others. This is what I hope to one day be. I did not know I wanted it until recently if I am being completely honest. But attending events like this remind me it is attainable. That the hustle is worth it. This book reminds me to start somewhere. That to be something you start at step one and push and pray until you get there. I am so young for this and there is so much more room to grow and more to learn. But trust me I am definitely doing this now.

It was a joy to sit in at this panel. While I wish I could attend and introduce myself to more of these amazing ladies, I am more than happy to settle for viewing their Instagram story for the tour! I hope to one day even work for LikeToKnow.it! Now that would be a full circle for me!

How To Shop with LikeToKnow.it

I link my best finds and outfit pieces straight to my LikeToKnow.it account! It is so easy to shop the best pieces and know exactly where a blogger get their look with this app! Downloading the app is so easy to do and so worth it!

  1. Download the app
  2. Screenshot a blogger’s (like me!) picture from Instagram that has the LTK.it emblem at the bottom right corner
  3. An email will go straight to your inbox with the pieces that they are wearing that have already been linked just for you!
  4. Click on the picture and it takes you directly to where to buy it online! It’s that simple.

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Photos by Kathy Denning Photography

Photo Shoot

Like I said in my La La Land post, there are so many opportunities that come with living in Los Angeles. I am definitely thinking about moving to Austin to try to keep living in a bigger city that will have more things to do to keep up with my blogging. One of these opportunities has been being able to participate in free photo shoot meetups. I was kind of worried at first but you get to know the people and it is a fun experience!

This photo shoot was not like the last one, it was in a studio that had different rooms and setups! I wish I had been able to see what the rooms looked like before I went because then I could have thought out more looks! Nonetheless, I was excited to go and shoot this dress! I honestly hadn’t shot in a while and I hadn’t done full hair and makeup in a while either! I almost did not want to go because of traffic and I was already tired after work, but after going and especially after working with these photographers I was glad I went!

So this dress is actually my boss’s dress! When she had a photoshoot I planned for her to wear this outfit (except with black boots) and we never got to it. I found it at a consignment store here in Los Angeles and I had the idea to cut it along the sides so it flowed and could show the black shorts underneath. While I wish I had my boots here with me, they are not black anyway, and since she didn’t shoot it I wanted to really bad. Thankfully she allowed me to borrow it and I totally fell in love with how these pictures turned out!

Photos shot by RK Visuals // @rk_visuals_ on Instagram // these are the unedited versions

Dress : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Boots : Charlotte Russe

 

Lace A Peel Face Mask with Dermovia

Applying face masks in unconventional places has been a big trend on Instagram recently. I was excited to be apart of Dermovia’s Ready, Set, Glow Challenge and participate in the trend.

I have been huge on skin care recently. I have done everything from drinking 6 glasses of water daily, I cleanse, tone and moisturize daily and I am more conscious about the products I apply on any part of my body. One thing I have been very keen on keeping up with is face masks. I believe a quality face mask will really help boost your skin and make it glow from the inside out! I am very picky on the masks I use and the products so I looked into this one before just saying “yes” to participating in the challenge.

This mask is made with Black Bamboo Charcoal peel paste and if you follow my Instagram stories you know I am a fan of Charcoal. I use a weekly charcoal face mask, Pantene charcoal shampoo, and even charcoal deodorant. All of the products give off a sweet smell and leave me feeling clean and fresh. I do always have to lather up with moisturizer after so I wondered about that aspect with the face mask. While the charcoal definitely does deep cleaning, there are other ingredients like chamomile and aloe vera in the mask to soothe the skin and leave it glowy. Also how cute is the lace details? So innovative!

Dermovia’s Lace A Peel masks have been on Shark Tank and the Ellen show. Watch the Ellen show clip HERE. There are great reviews on the mask and there are a few different ones to choose from for different skincare needs.

I love sharing my beauty finds with you, leave a comment below if you would like me to share more beauty products or if you would just like to see more fashion posts! I also could do more lifestyle/health and wellness posts as well!

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