Body Positivity

I’ve seen similar pictures all over social media so I wanted to take a crack at it myself! (That’s the phrase, right?) I usually HATE the way my hair looks when it’s pulled back, but the towel gives the illusion of hair so I thought it was super cool! I love the glam feel of it and while there are a few things I would change about these pictures, I am still relatively happy about how they came out!

So let’s get right into the post. It’s about body positivity and if I am being honest, I was not very body positive about this shoot! I feel bloated, and a bit insecure. But, let me tell you, once I got in the water and felt how good it felt, I forgot all about that! That my dears is what life is all about. While I am still going to work my little tush off to be back to where I want to be, it is important to be happy with the body you’re in no matter what part of your fitness journey you are at.

Even on bloated days like this, I am actually SUPER comfortable in my body. I remember in middle school a girl in my guidance class said that even though her older sister was bigger, she was still so comfortable in her body and she envied that. I thought to myself that I would not feel comfortable if I was as big as her sister was, though she was not huge.

Our guidance counselor said that most girls get to an age when they are just comfortable where they are at and while they may sill strive to be better, they still don’t mind wearing a bikini at the beach or cute mini skirts to show off! I thought, no, if I’m not small I wouldn’t feel that way.

I am happy to report that I have gotten to that point in like that my counselor was talking about! What helps keep it all in perspective as well is to remember what a blessing it is to have a working body, or a body at all.

My favorite body-positive Instagram accounts:

  • libbyshappyproject
  • hannah_neese
  • effyourbeautystandards

 

 

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!

 

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

 

 

Western Vibes

As a lover of statement pieces, Nasty Gal is one of my go-to places to shop. When I saw this cow printed bikini I knew I had to have it! I am obsessed with the western feel of the swimsuit and knew I had to pair it with my fringe boots. While these rocks aren’t exactly what I had in mind for the background, it worked out. I was traveling from Texas to California and trying to shoot along the way so you can imagine how that turned out when I barely know where everything is packed!

I am currently obsessing over the western trend and I cannot get over how easy it comes to me, probably because I am from Texas. By easy I mean that I do not feel overdressed or in a costume, but in something as basic as a band tee and denim shorts. I think the “trend of the western vibe will fade, but in the south, this is just a genre of clothing we like to wear on a Saturday night to go dancing in!

Western Gear (click for link)

How do we feel about the swimsuit and boots situation? I have already done a similar look for Coachella weekend but I wanted to keep with the country theme and try it again. I think it was a fun outfit to wear and style and I wish I had been able to have had access to my whole closet and accessories!

Swimsuit : Nastygal (top)

 

Coachella Party Musts

We attended lots of Coachella parties and events through-out weekend one! Luckily we were able to get into a few that were more exclusive and I just wanted to do a short recap of the events we attended if you did not get to follow my Instagram stories!

Should I create a highlight for my weekend one stories on my Instagram?

The very first event we attended was a Prism Pop-up which was located at a house in palm springs. There was a whole boutique by the pool, makeup touch-ups by Pixi and hydro facials by skin laundry. These little pop-ups are always so fun to me because of how quaint they are and of course the free stuff!

After that, we attended the Vampped party which had a Harley Davidson pop-up and hair done by Sugar Bear! These pictures were taken at this party. This one was at a mansion in the desert. There were great DJ’s at this one and I had the most fun dancing here (as you can see!)

We got to attend the ‘You Had To Be There’ party by Adidas which was the most interesting seeing as we could not have our phone at this one! They were put away in pouches that we kept, but the point was to be in the moment and enjoy it all. I understand completely, however, I wish I could have shot here because the view was amazing! They also had the cutest food trucks, some free Adidas pieces and places to play basketball, soccer and more! Also, Diplo played so that was pretty cool too!

After that, we attended an event held by Deep Space Productions. They had the best hair braiding and another super fun DJ! I never dance to house music really but this weekend I was up to my ears in it!

One of the last events was another pop-up at another large house. There were lots of freebies here from sunglasses to handmade jewelry and of course all of the carbonated water and kombucha you would want!

I loved attending these events and I think next year I want to go to both the parties for weekend one and then just go to Coachella for weekend two!

On to the outfit details! I was OBSESSED with this look because it is SO me. I am all for a natural look and so these light wash denim shorts and see through pearl tank were perfect! I paired it with my mauve colored hat and light pink booties and if you know me this is my ideal outfit. If I had to pick a look to wear every single day it would be this one hands down! My makeup was done by the Pixi beauty artist and while I never really use that much glitter, I loved the glitter shadow with this! Not pictured is my Juicy Couture see-through clutch and my Quay sunglasses to complete the look.

Top : 12th Tribe (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : (similar) // Hat : Lack of Colors

Get the Look

So if it hasn’t become apparent enough, I am stepping out of my fashion comfort zone and I haven’t stopped. Along with trying more boho looks, I have shot a few trendy and chic looks as well which is really killing my Instagram profile! But I like being able to pull off new looks and trying something that is different! Honestly, I know a lot of you are going to HATE this look as soon as it comes out on Instagram but I had to try it out! I was getting creative with the outfits I have and I wanted to share something new and different. Plus I am still in my phase of doing different kinds of looks so this one was included. These shoes are actually my moms and probably a size too big and I bought this romper from Wildfox at a sample sale! I tried again with the Spring outfit and black boots (similar post) and this is what I got. I also linked a few outfits to show you my inspiration and pieces to shop for yourself!

What do you think of this look?


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How to be more Sociable + Beachwear

We recently took a personality test in one of my summer classes and one of my top traits was the ability to win others over. I thought this was super interesting and never really thought about it before. I do love talking to new people, especially strangers every once in a while, and I have no problem making conversation. I am a naturally loud person and I wanted to share a few of the things I do that would help others who are either shy or in a new situation to be more open and talkative.

Compliment + Introduction : When I see someone I would be interested in talking to I think of why I want to talk to them and give them a compliment. Then after they say thank you I always introduce myself, usually conversations go on from there.

Similar Interests : When I am doing something that I enjoy, like a workout class, I usually will want to make friends that enjoy it too. I always will talk about how the teacher is doing or talk about similar classes I’ve taken.

Ask important questions : Asking the person around you a question about what you’re doing sparks conversations as well. Even if they do not know the answer, you can find out together.

Fake it till you Make it : Act like you are already sociable, take on a leader role and pull yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s the best way to do it is to put yourself out there!

Shooting this I was not exactly ready for a beach post to be honest! But then I borrowed my friend and fellow blogger @vickystyles (on instagram) hat and beach bag and I was set. It’s amazing what the right accessories can do! I always struggle to find the perfect hat, one because of the style and two because my head is small! But I loved this one and will definitely be looking into adding more hats to my closet!

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Bag : (similar) (similar) // Hat : H&M (similar)