Moving to LA

I get questions from people all the time who want to move to LA. I also get compliments on actually moving out here. What people do not get is that it is not easy to pick up your life and just up and move. And on top of that, it’s not just the newness of a different city or being away from family and friends. For people who really want to move somewhere else you need to think about having extra money. Money for when your days don’t go right and you want to buy food, or when your sick and need to see a doctor, or when your tight budget does not align right. If you are on a tight budget don’t even think about moving to LA unless you have extra back up cash totaling at least $3,000 because life happens y’all.

My rant is not even close to over. So feel free to scroll through the pretty pictures, leave a cute comment and be on your way because I’m still typing away guys.

Say you have a dream of moving somewhere like New York or LA. It’s sooo hard if you do not have the proper support behind you. No, I’m not talking about good wishes from your dear family and closest friends. I’m talking about cash and a reliable car and a place to live. Know that if you live here you have to have a place to stay. And to have a place to stay you probably need a job. And to get a job you also need a place to stay nearby to be able to go for interviews. Are you seeing what I’m getting at? Its a vicious cycle of both needing each other and that hardly ever happens at the same time.

People do not realize that for the most part, I am all alone. I don’t have family here or real friends. I am slowly getting there luckily because I blog and can reach out to girls. But let me tell you it takes time to make friends when you don’t have common interests with girls especially ones that already have a friend group.

And if you are an introvert FORGET IT. Good luck because it will take you even longer. But I am guessing if you are an introvert you aren’t even keen on moving somewhere new by yourself anyway.

I feel like people think that moving to a new city, especially to pursue your “dream” is a lot like the movie Coyote Ugly. She has a hard time in the beginning and even goes as far as being robbed. But in the next few hours, she finds the coolest job, meets a super cool guy and gets to sing all she wants. EHHHHHH wrong. Yes, I’m sure every once in a while it happens but hate to burst your bubble but ups and downs come and go daily.

Now all of this to say I just want to be realistic to the people who tell me they are “thinking about moving” to LA or anywhere really. I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m saying think it all the way through. Because life isn’t la-la land. Your car will break down and you won’t have anyone to help tow it (happened to me), something bad will happen and your parents will have to fly out to help you (happened to me) and you’ll have a terrible day where you run out of money or you just get too homesick. How are you going to get your car to your new city? What is it like paying taxes for the new job you hope to get because you probably haven’t even gotten it yet. Will you have money to come home for holidays because your savings could be gone in an instant if you get sick or hurt.

I’m not trying to be pessimistic, I just think this was a blog post that needed to be said since everyone undercuts how difficult it can be. Okay, rant over. *drops mic*

Blazer : Alice and Olivia // Shorts : Cotton On // Boots : Top Shop

What’s in my Bookmarks

I’ve been thinking about how to mix up my blog posts and I came up with the idea of telling y’all what is saved in the bookmarks of my computer. If y’all like this, leave me a comment or tell me what you would like to see! I am not going to add ALL of my bookmarks. I only added the places in my bookmarks that I like to shop at. Next time I will probably add bookmarks to articles I think are interesting or cool cooking recipes!

Before we get into my bookmarks, let’s talk outfit. This outfit is so me. It’s got light pink and white, and of course my favorite hat. The top is sheer so its easy to tuck into my shorts and becomes the focal point of the outfit. The shoes set the vibe for the outfit and the hat matches that vibe and blends well with the color of the top. The denim creates a neutral so the outfit is still wearable. That’s what I think at least!

My Fashion Bookmarks:

The Business of Fashion – All about the behind the scenes of the fashion empire and the companies that comprise it

LikeToKnow.It – This is a shopping inspiration must!

Bloglovin’ – A round-up of your favorite blogs all in one easy, convenient place

The Newsette – Not just fashion, but a daily newsletter giving you the latest tidbits on style, inspiration, wellness and more.

Boutiques in my Bookmarks

Beginning Boutique

White Fox Boutique

Jagger and Stone

12th Tribe

Meshki

Poppy Lissman 

Top : Forever 21 (similar) // Shorts : Cotton On // Shoes : Halogen (similar) // Hat : Lack of Color

How My Style Has Evolved

I think as we grow, so does our taste in clothes, along with other aspects of course! I was talking to another blogger recently and I realized that what I post on the blog and Instagram isn’t always pieces that I would wear on a day to day basis. Along with mixing in my favorite statement pieces, I also am going to try to incorporate posts that embody what my regular style is as well. I usually wear my same 501 Levi’s jeans with a (most likely white) v-neck, some simple gold pieces and my hair down. So except for the heels, this outfit is not too much out of my usual look, except for the heels.

I really do think influencers have had a big impact on what I wear! I usually try to limit the trendy pieces because I try to think… will I wear that other than for a shoot? And some pieces I post are just too fun for me to pass up like my star shorts!

When I first started off blogging I have to admit I was aiming to dress like the lifestyle bloggers who constantly shop at Nordstrom and tend to be southern. I quickly realized that while they had cute pieces, they were all so similar! Something amazed me by the bloggers that had an edgier, cooler style with posts that had cool angles and cool pieces. Now I am somewhere in between trying to post outfits like them for cool inspiration, and everyday minimal pieces. While the contrast of the two sucks for my Instagram feed, I feel it is better to be relatable to my audience, but at the same time keep them interested.

No matter what the look may be, my goal is to be different, but also genuine with my style. I have slowly learned more about what I like and do not like and that takes time. I find pieces even now from forever ago that I truly still love, and ones that are cringe-worthy! I would not be caught dead in a lace forever 21 mini dress anymore. But I do love the forever 21 sneakers that I can’t live without!

Leather Jacket : (similar) // Jeans : Levi’s // Heels : Steve Madden

 

Leather Jackets

I had been reading a lot more blogs about capsule closets and that made me think about writing a post on the importance of basics. When I buy pieces to show on the blog, most of the time the clothes are what I call statement pieces. I talk about this a lot but those are the ones with a wow effect. I think a leather jacket is a piece that is both a basic and a statement piece in one and that is really hard to find!

I have been wanting a leather jacket for a long time now. I used to use my roommates to take pictures in, but I, of course, needed my own. Leather jackets can range in price depending on the quality and authenticity of the leather. I added a few different types with various price points below in my round up.

A classic black is all I needed because it can dress up a simple jean and tee or make a feminine dress edgy. What I saying is not new, or innovative in any way, but its a good reminder and should be said every once in a while!

I feel that leather jackets are similar to jeans. You have to try on a few before you find your go-tos! I am the kind of girl that likes basics. I do not like any extra buckles or embellishments, and I am even skeptical about the size of the flaps. But I really liked this one and it was sooo inexpensive! I honestly bought this one because I needed a leather jacket asap and it was so cheap. I bought it from the Charlotte Russe closing sale and it was only $25! I will eventually buy another black leather jacket of better quality because I think this is one of those pieces that you have to spend more on because they last a lifetime.

Let’s talk about this shoot super quickly. I loved this idea of shooting with just the jacket and a simple body chain. I was however super skeptical (and I still am) about posting this on my blog and Instagram and all other social media sites because it does bare a lot of skin. However, I think it’s no worse than what I have shot before so I’m just going to go with it and hope for the best!

Under $50

 

 

 

 

 

Under $100

The Good and Bad about being a Girl

I never was really into the feminism movement. I am all about girls supporting girls and equality, but the movement was a little too much for me. I think it was a great cause but also a bit unnecessary to me. Until recently at least…

I have been thinking a lot about how unfair it is that women cannot dress a certain way without being gawked at. Okay yes so wearing lingerie in public on a cold day with thigh highs will obviously turn heads, but wearing some tight shorts on a cold day and an oversized jacket does not mean you are asking for anything. In all honesty, I even felt a bit uncomfortable, and frankly unsafe, wearing just this bodysuit and jeans when I went into a gas station around town. I think that is so not fair and not okay. While yes sometimes I do dress a bit out there, that should be my choice.

One of the many blessings about being a girl is dressing in multiple ways, and I take full advantage of that. Going from dressing like a tomboy to head to toe pink, or a skin-tight dress that may be a bit too thin is something that guys do not really get to do! So I love the options and I want to play with them, especially because of the blog! However, sometimes this gets the wrong attention and it really isn’t fair in my opinion.

Before we teach girls how to dress we should teach boys how to act. 

I am definitely not saying that girls should be showing everything off whenever they want, there are still some things that need to be kept in order and not proper. But sometimes I think it is okay to be risky or take a cool photo or just wear something because you want to. I did not think that before but now I really do think so! Girls should know there are limits of course, but at the same time, there is a time and a place for everything.

The sucky part is having to tone down a look because it would make you feel uncomfortable even though it is what you want to wear. I think it’s such a blessing to be a pretty girl, but also so hard because when guys do not accept the word ‘no’ is where it gets dangerous. That is something that is not going to change in a day and now I think the whole feminism movement is on point… well at least the aspect that has to deal with what I am talking about.

What do you think about this issue?

Body Suit : Princess Polly // Jeans : Revice // Sunglasses : MVMT

 

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)

Quick Holiday Gift Guide with Sprint + Boost

I was invited to Sprint + Boosts Holiday Budgeting Event promoting some of their products and specials for the holidays! I was able to take a look at some of their newest electronics and I got to hear all about their Black Friday deals before everyone else has! Let me tell you they are good!

A few of my favorites? The Motorola z3 Play! I received a free one and I am excited to check out the camera! Also, they have the coolest speakers and headphones! Definitely a must for the tech lover in your family!

For a few of the deals, Sprint is offering a Lease One Get One (LOGO if you will) on the IPhone XR! They also have a new Spring drive device that plugs into the steering column and has features like trip history, wifi, and aggressive driving alerts! Perfect for a new driver if you ask me!

Sprint

  • Unlimited plans start at $60 per month, and the Unlimited Plus Plan also includes features like TIDAL music streaming and Hulu.
  • Regardless of what plan you choose, you will have access to Sprint’s nationwide network, high-speed data and unlimited international text.

Boost Mobile

  • Boost Mobile offers prepaid plans starting as low as $30 per month so that you can pay as you go
  • All plans provide you with unlimited data, talk and text and 99 percent nationwide coverage
  • For a limited time, new customers can get four lines of unlimited data, talk and text for only $25 per line per month

As the holidays are approaching, you really have to be conscious of your spending! The frugal blogger Aileen Luib of The Baller on a Budget spoke all about saving for the holidays and how she was able to keep her holiday spending to under  $100! I also learned that Cyber Monday deals expand into the airline’s flight as well! I did not know that, and I will definitely be implementing a few of the tips that I learned into this year’s holiday shopping.

For Christmas this year I really want a few beauty products and some new clothing pieces! View them all on my wishlist/beauty wishlist! Those are literally exactly what I am asking for! What are you asking for this year?

Let’s do a quick outfit recap, shall we? As I was driving to meet a few LA influencers I thought to myself… I like this outfit, but this hat really made it pop! It’s obvious I have been really into hats recently, but I think they can really take an outfit to the next level. This Free People bodysuit has been on REPEAT lately as you can probably tell! I have been wearing it in every other post and for good reason! It looks good with everything and is simple and easy to throw on since it’s so comfortable! When you find a piece that you love so much, it’s hard not to want to wear it all of the time! I definitely love Free People and their pieces are always one of a kind! A sneak peek into my Christmas list… some new flare jeans from Free People!

Body Suit : Free People // Jeans : Rag and Bone // Shoes : Target // Hat : Target // Jacket : Haute and Rebellious