My Favorite Accessories of the Moment

Recently I’ve been trying to stick to more plain looks, white or gray tops and denim, but what sets the looks apart are accessories. I’ve noticed a few trends from other bloggers and I wanted to share a few of my own as well, especially for the summer months! I’ve worn these accessories on repeat through out summer and I do not plan to stop anytime soon. I love how easily they go with any outfit and how easily they are worn.

Sun Glasses

  

Straw Accessories

  

Gold Coin Necklaces

 

Top : Library (similar) (similar) // Jeans : Levi’s

  

Trend Spotlight : The Jumpsuit

Don’t you love it when you feel comfortable and cute at the same time? Yeah me too. Honestly that’s why I wear my platforms everywhere but that’s another story. Another piece that does this well is a jumpsuit! So many of the jumpsuits I have seen/worn have the easiest and softest fabrics. I had to show off the one I recently bought for my study abroad and for going around town so I featured a few that you can shop now!

I wore mine all day going to meetings for school as well as sight seeing and I love the way it felt! The wider cut of the pant felt airy and cool and the cinching at the waist definitely gives me a good curve! Finding a jumpsuit for your body type is everything! So this is something you may want to shop around for a bit before you find your favorite!

Denim Jumpsuit : Forever 21

       

Ready Set Sun with PrettyLittleThing

When I shop I like to have a few items I want in mind! A cute swimsuit, a gold necklace, a fun skirt! It’s the easiest way for me to shop online! PrettyLittleThing definitely gets it too! I shopped the vacation shop before I came to California and trust me I could not resist!

This white skirt I just had to have! The style was adorable and to be honest I’m a sucker for a sweet skirt! PrettyLittleThing also has a variety of styles and that’s what I love. If you’re a girly girl like me or even super chic and glam, there are pieces every girl will find. Also can we just take a second and talk about prices?! They are affordable and the material is great! Pieces that are durable and affordable.

What’s your favorite piece to wear for a day out in the summer sun? This is obviously mine!

White Tassel Trim White Skirt // Steve Madden ‘Kirsten’ Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles // Gold Necklace : Forever 21

   

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)

  

Must Do in London

I had the most amazing time in London and our group had a truly amazing tour guide! I wanted to share a short list of a few of the things I decided to do as well as a few of the recommendations from our tour guide!

The London Eye : There is a champagne tasting you can sign up for while you are on the giant ferris wheel like attraction, so fun and amazing views!

Carnaby Street : This is where these pictures were taken! It’s so colorful, filled with great restaurants and lots of shopping!

The West End / The Globe Theatre : You have to see a show whether it be a broadway like showcase or a Shakespearean play at the famous theatre!

Harrod’s : We went to this huge designer department store and went to had tea and sweets! Despite the designer prices, a tiny tea pot was only 5 pounds and was super yummy!

Peggy Porschen : Super cute and pink filled place for a sweet! (Blog Post to come)

Ballie Ballerson : A ball pit bar! We had so much fun here, it’s like your a kid all over again! Definitely a must do, it was one of the best parts of my trip!

Take a tour : hit the typical tourist attractions like seeing Big Ben, The London Bridge and Buckingham Palace one day to make sure to also hit all the basics! We actually took a boat tour and it was so lovely!

 

Don’t forget to do the basic things like pictures in the (smelly) telephone booths and ride at the top of a double decker bus!

Top : Asos // Denim Skirt : (similar) (similar)

Denim Shorts Guide

Not all denim is made equal! There are different ways to style your favorite shorts and I am showing off a few of my current favorites from my closet. I linked a few other pairs as well so check out those and lets get on with it!

Affordable

Some of my favorite denim shorts are the ones I buy from places like Forever 21 or H&M. While they may not last more than a year or two, it’s okay because you out grow them sometimes and trends come and go! Places like Charlotte Ruse and Agaci also have some great pairs and their denim always follows trends like frayed edges and really great basics.

  

 

Comfy

Some of my favorite comfy denim is from Articles of Society and American Eagle. Definitely two different brands but I found them both to be super comfortable and easy to wear! What’s your favorite comfy denim brand?

  

Going Out

Some of my favorite denim is the ones that you can wear out. Not just on a summer day to the pool but some that you can wear out with a cute blouse or some wedges and a scarf in your hair. Denim like this is one of my favorite pieces because it really ties an outfit together.

  

Splurge

Every one in a while you have to make yourself feel better and spend some money on yourself. A piece that you like and you know will wear over and over it always worth it for months to come. If you are like me and live somewhere hot like Texas, you will definitely get good use out of a few of these pairs!