Coffee Talk : Spring Style

I always get excited for the upcoming season at the end of the current one. It’s a cycle being excited to wear different clothes and then getting bored of them and waiting to transition your style. Also, I hate that small window between trends that happens every once in a while. I was shopping for a new piece to shoot this past weekend and I SWEAR I went to at least 10 stores both online and in-store and I could find nothing that spoke to me! So I am thinking that 1. I could definitely be a trend follower (which I admit I am) and 2. I am not the kind of person that just seeks trends but I seek unique pieces. There have been several pieces that I really love and wanted to shoot but they were just too much! I do not want to spend $400-500 on a piece that I will wear a few times but I want it just to shoot. (Jeans and staple pieces are a different story and you have to splurge sometimes tbh) And besides that my readers do not seem to be huge spenders. I feel they are like me and sometimes you buy the piece because you fall in love with it! Buying a piece to shoot once is different than buying a piece I really like and will wear again.

So, here is my “hoping for the California sun to come back out and stay out” outfit preparing for Spring!

A few pieces I cannot wait to see this season :

Skirts : A no brainer but Midi, flowy, and bright I love them all! I want to not just wear the regular mini skirt but something with fun details that can be paired with a sweater or a tank.

Statement pieces : As I said in a previous post, I think bold pieces are going to be a trend and filter down from the designers like Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood. And trust me I am here for it! After that H&M x Moschino Collab I believe anything is possible!

Pastel Neutral pieces : I love a good pastel pink, light green and baby blue! I can already picture shots in fields with bright colors in my hair, in the air and black boots on my feet!

What is your favorite piece to wear during Spring? Got any Spring Style predictions? Share them with me in the comments!

Top : Free People // Jeans : Levi’s // Shoes : (similar)

Naked Zebra

I love getting to show off new brands that I find to you all! This one is an LA-based brand but you can buy pieces online at Nordstrom Rack and on the website (HERE). I honestly love the quality of the two pieces I got! They shipped fast and were the exact colors I expected! (I hate when they are off or some of the details look different than online!) I made an unboxing Instagram story on the pieces as soon as I received them, you can see a few of the stories in my highlights!

   

Let’s talk about the individual pieces. First off the color of this kimono is perfect for multiple seasons! It’s a burnt orange with some flower embroidery that does not pop too much, but is the perfect amount of detail! I definitely will be styling this in multiple posts to come! The sleeves have a little bell and it feels like a shirt so it’s comfy. Also, it is currently marked down in price and still available in all sizes so hurry and scoop that up!

These suede shorts are such great material and they have pockets! I don’t know if you’re like me but I love functionality when it comes to clothes! As soon as I saw these two pieces I immediately thought of putting them together! I was worried because of the colors that the outfit would look a little too much like fall, but I like the way it came out!

What do you think?

Honorable mention.. I really wanted these lace-up shorts! I may actually still get them because I know now that the quality is so long lasting and I could see myself wearing them for multiple occasions! Plus I am a sucker for a light pink colored piece. They are super edgy and sweet at the same time! Would you wear them? Use code ‘BRIANA25’ for 25% off your order!

 

Kimono : Tilden Embroidered Kimono // Top : Free People // Shorts : California Suede Shorts 

 

Interview with Esmeralda Bridget

I met up with Esmeralda to shoot after meeting her at the Bumble BFF event I posted about recently. (Score one for Bumble BFF!) We have quickly become friends and since she is a microblogger on Instagram, I wanted to interview her for my new blogger series! I love her style and she’s a total sweetheart! Follow her on Instagram @esmeraldabridget

 

 

 

 

 

1. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?

I think I would say one of my biggest pet peeve has to be running out of time to shoot. Even if I get out early enough, I still have to find places to shoot, set up the camera on my tripod, change outfits depending on the location, then having to go back and forth to check if my lighting is right, pose, etc. So, basically I just wish I had more time before the sun set. Sometimes, I just stress out so much because instead of enjoying the shoot I’m think how I’m so pressed for time and that takes the fun out of the shoot and I don’t like how any of my photos turn out.

2. Do you see yourself growing your blog, or would you rather keep it a hobby?

I’d say that I would definitely like to grow my blog. I think a lot of people eventually want to turn their hobby into a full time. For years I thought to myself, once I have the opportunity to leave my full time job and pursue my hobby I would do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, as time as passed I want to say that realistic I would still like to have a regular 9-5 job or maybe just part-time only, But continue to have more days to go out and create content not just on the weekends.

3. Who are three of your favorite bloggers?

Ooh! That’s a tough one haha. Top of my head i will say Marianna Hewitt is for sure goals. Someone I aspire to be and she is so insightful and genuine. Encourages women to empower other women and I love that. Second Blogger is for sure Ashley Brooke. She’s so stylish and I love her attitude towards life. I started to follow her from the very start of her YouTube career and she’s grown so much it’s crazy! She deserves it and I absolutely love how she shows every side of her. From how she runs her business, life, what’s her process when styling outfits. I truly admire her and she’s the ultimate girl boss. My last Favorite Blogger is…. tough call but I’m going to go with Whitney Simmons. Yep. You’re wondering why I picked a Fitness Blogger but I love fitness and I love working out and wearing cute outfits for my workouts. She promotes positivity and teaches you to think of fitness as a lifestyle not just a hobby or something to punish yourself with. Whitney also went through a difficult time in her life and she turned to working out. That’s one of the reasons why I started to workout and eat clean. I hit a rough patch a few months back with just life and my blogging stuff and she got me out of that funk.

4. How would you describe your style?

I’ve gone though so many phases with my style. It’s definitely been tough to find me. I say this because for a while I let what my clothes kinda dictate me. Instead of thinking hey, I can pair this top with these jeans and those shoes and not feel like I was labeling myself into one category. Now, I see it as if I wanna wear grungy clothes one day or Clean and Polished the next who’s stopping me ? No one! It was a hard realization to come to that no one is judging me as hard as I am. I want to say my style is between like boho rocker chic and casual but yet feminine is the way I like to describe my style. Lately I’ve been trying to get more into dressing casual. Don’t get me wrong I love getting dressed up for shoots but sometimes the real me is jeans, a band tee, some boots and messy curls.

Time to talk about the look! I really hope my dad does not see this post because I was not supposed to wear these jeans until after Christmas. (They are a Christmas gift) But in all honesty, I have little self-control, and little other pieces to shoot! So I wore them only to shoot!

If I am being honest I feel like this outfit is missing one thing! I’m still not quite sure what.. I have my new statement belt, favorite hat, and I love a good flare. I think the white was too plain, which is weird because I am usually a sucker for a good white top/jean combo!

Boho is actually one of my favorite styles! I loved wearing this and I felt very “Show Me Your Mumu”/”free people and that definitely made me really happy!

Hat : Lack of Colors // Jeans : Free People // Sweater : Free People (similar) // Belt : Rebecca Minkoff (similar Concho Belt)

Vestique Wish List

Every Christmas the number one gift on my list is clothes! This year is no exception (just look at my wishlist). This year I am using my discount codes and doing some shopping for my friends and family. I picked out a few of these pieces for my followers in mind. These are pieces I would actually wear and show on the blog and I wanted to share them with you another way.

I never wanted to be a brand ambassador for any brand, but when I saw Vestique was having an opening for new brand ambassadors I had to apply! I am so happy I was accepted and I have a special discount code for you to shop some of my favorite boutique looks!

Use code : BriTrev10 for 10% off your purchase!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you purchase!

Click on the picture below to be directed straight to the page to purchase! Also, have you checked out my vestique highlights on Instagram? Keep track of all of the sales and my favorite pieces in one place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

La La Land

I recently went to my psychiatrist, yes I have a psychiatrist, and I told him how I moved to Los Angeles. He proceeded to call it ‘La La Land’ which I have of course heard before. I didn’t think much of it except for it was kind of a funny referral and that I should rewatch that movie.

While I had been in Texas I was scheduling meet-ups with other bloggers, found a few conventions to go to, and local events and then it hit me… this is the real reason LA is called La La Land. Yes because of the nickname, LA, but also because to me LA is where you can really live the American dream! It is so hard to be an actor/singer/producer/editor/fashion mogul but at least you have the chance to here! You have to work for it and you may not make it… but that tiny bit of hope that you may is worth it.

I met these awesome influencers in my first LA meet up! It was so fun and I didn’t know what to expect, but I learned so much from just one meeting!

So one of the opportunities that I have found here is photographer meetups! Okay, let me describe this to you! I “modeled” which means photographers and models meet up somewhere in the city and walk around and shoot. I knew no one but that was the fun part! Once one photographer takes your picture, 10 more come! It was a crazy experience and they are all on different photography levels, but here are a few of the pictures that they tagged me in! Totally worth going to if you’re in LA, such a great experience!

Instagram of the photographer : https://www.instagram.com/six.cat.photography/

Hat : Lack of Colors // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Shoes : Halogen // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Jean Jacket : Abercrombie