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

Salvation Mountain

I am growing out of my phase of taking pictures at murals and in front of super touristy things, but I thought this would be an awesome place to stop for a shoot!

This was a super cool place and it inspired me to write a super important blog post. I do not talk about faith very much, but it is in my bio and I think I should definitely start! Going to a private Catholic school all my life really was such a huge blessing that am so lucky to have experienced. Now as I get older, I go to church every Sunday by myself here in LA because it feels like home to me.

It’s like that Carrie Underwood song, “here’s a map and here’s a bible, if you ever lose your way.” Life takes some crazy turns and some are chosen for us. As a control freak, the one thing I can count on to be constant is my faith. When everything gets crazy and difficult, that will always be there.

This place is such a beautiful reminder of God’s love. And for being basically in the middle of the California desert, such a great symbol of hope. God truly does show himself to those who are looking for it, there are coincidences which I totally believe in, but allowing yourself to recognize the feeling you get just knowing something isn’t a coincidence is so powerful. If you open your heart to it, it will come so easily.

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : (similar) // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

      

What I learned from living in LA

I really wanted to document a lot more of my summer in LA. I’m lucky enough to be able to extend my stay until the fall! I think what I learned from LA does not have much to do with Los Angeles itself, but from moving to another city and not knowing a lot of people. It really helped me grow as an individual and if you asked me a year ago if I would be here I would have probably responded saying, yeah that would be super cool! But I am proud of myself for actually doing this! So being able to learn so much and look back at this part of my life later on will be amazing. Okay onto what I learned…

  1. Not everyone is your friend : People are not all the same as what you are used to at home. There really is so many different personalities to each area. Just roll with it and stay you.
  2. Make friends ASAP : This is more of a safety thing, you can do it on your own but you should not have to. That’s kinda like my motto if I’m being honest.
  3. You have to learn your surroundings : Know where you can go for a walk, the best thai restaurant, and where Uber picks you up and drops you off
  4. I learned to be independent : I never really knew what it meant to have a real job before, so this was a totally new experience over all
  5. You learn to appreciate home : you get to miss what you don’t have and who is not around, so it makes it more special when you go back.

Graphic Tee : Buddy Love // Skirt : One Teaspoon (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

 

  

Picnic and Podcasts in the Park

Every Thursday I have been going to The Grove for ‘Picnic and Podcasts in the Park’. It was a weekly event for the month which featured live podcasts from Dear Media. The four events featured The Skinny Confidential Him & Her, As Seen Online with Jilly Hendrix, That’s so Retrograde and Work Party.

I had really only heard of two of the four but I enjoyed it so I RSVP’d to go after work every week. I honestly love listening to podcasts so this was right up my alley! If you know anything about Dear Media you know it is run by Michael Bosstick who is the Him in The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. It was so exciting getting to meet them both after their live recording and I knew the rest of the podcasts would be great because they are both so creative and business savvy.

There was complimentary drinks, candy, macaroons and sometimes goodie bags! It was just a fun experience and I wanted to write about it because it was one of the fun things I got to do while in LA that not everyone gets to attend. I cannot wait to listen to more episodes and see how the company grows.

Top : Top Shop // Jeans : Vintage (similar) // Necklaces : Forever 21 (similar)

   

Wearing a Dress Two Ways

Did I even really go to LA if I didn’t do a quick shoot on Rodeo Drive?! Ugh I just love that part of Los Angeles. So upscale and clean and the food is amazing! Designer bags and brands at every corner. So picturesque as well! I loved the white walls and it didn’t hurt to get a few of the brands in the center don’t ya think?

Okay on to the dress. When I first opened the package I was not sure if I would like this. I decided to shoot it and give it a try. I liked the unique strap and I put it on and I honestly was not too crazy about it because I felt like I lost shape.

It was obviously a small (which was the smallest size) but I am still a petite girl so I did what I could with what I had and added an extra safety pin in the back to create a keyhole look that you can see above. It gave me more shape and made sure all of my chest area was not too exposed!

Still I tucked it in as a tank and I loved the simple gray feel of it! Also as a dress I can definitely see it as a beach cover up as well or if I’m lucky I can pair it with some killer heels and go out with it! I also love the simple accessory of the gold coin necklace! Definitely one of my favorite trends of the moment!

I am definitely keeping this dress now that I know how to style it!

Dress : One x One Teaspoon bought on Lab25 // Shorts : One x One Teaspoon Bandits // Necklace : Forever 21

 

Malibu for a Day

Typical Beach pictures for a Typical Beach day

Let me just start off by saying how beyond beautiful Malibu is! Mountains on one side, beach to the other, so dreamy at sunset! Its breath taking and the weather was beautiful! NOTHING like Texas beaches! I was able to get into the cool water and get out, tan for a bit and get right back in and it still feel good. That is a miracle in itself!

There are lots of fun things to do around here, most of which involve cute places to eat, one of which being Malibu Farms which is the first cool restaurant that will pop up in your search. (This is where I took the pictures in front of the pink bench.) Let me tell you after a day at the beach I had a BLT Kale salad and it was beyond delicious! Also I could not resist some chocolate frozen yogurt as well and it tasted just like soft serve.

The thing about beaches like these are that the sand comes off so easily, you don’t smell the harsh sea smell all around you, and there is not a lot of humidity like Texas beaches! Truly different and fun to go at any time of the day!

A recommendation or two :

Malibu Farms : Amazing dinner and sweet desserts

Water Activities : Go for a swim or a surf, the waves are huge and beautiful

Hiking & Biking : There are lots of trails nearby and the views are seriously amazing!

Cafe Habana : Another place to stop for a bite and take lots of instagram shots!

 

Bandeau : Victoria Secret (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s

  

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