Where I Shop

I always get asked about new boutiques and places to shop so I thought I would compile a quick list of places where I get my favorite pieces. I really do shop around everywhere, but depending on the piece I want I will go to different places. If I have a piece in mind, I will go to different places to see if they have something similar, or if it is trendy I have my go-to places! Also if I do not have any idea of what to shoot and just want to try to find a brand new piece I also have my go-to places to shop as well!

I usually like to online shop because the sites I visit most often are not usually found at my local mall. Some of them of course are, but I also just think it’s so much easier! I hardly go to the mall to shop unless I know the store has a piece I really want so I go and see it and try it on in person. I have gotten pretty good at focusing in on materials, reading size dimensions and concluding what will work for me and what will not based on the information provided when I online shop.

I actually got this outfit half online half in person. I was looking for last minute Festival Style pieces and festival or not I am a sucker for fringe. This dress is actually from Forever 21 which is where I go to get my trendy pieces. When I am looking for a piece that is fun and lower cost, or pieces that I really like because they are trendy but I may not wear in a few months, Forever 21 is my go-to! That being said, I would consider this dress a staple dress because it is a LBD and I know I will be wearing it for a while!

Showpo is a great place to shop for cute pieces no matter your size! The pieces always fit well and are girly and fun! Definitely, a must when you are just shopping around for weekend wear!

Verge Girl and Princess Polly seem to be on the same wavelength. I am OBSESSED with their pieces and this is where I shop when I want to shoot something new but I do not have a piece in mind. The pieces are always feminine and sweet and so my style!

The ‘sweet girls’ boutique is none other than Lulu’s of course! This is a must for a sweet Sunday dress or a cute vacation outfit! Also, their shoes and accessories are mostly why I shop here!

When I am looking for something cool and fresh, I shop Asos. The prices range but when you really spend some time on the site there are tons and tons of great finds! For petite friends like me (or even my tall gals) there are subsections for you to shop your size too!

Higher End

Give me all the Lace, Frills and sweet prints brought to you by For Love & Lemons! These pieces are more special occasion pieces but they are so fun and ideal for when I am shooting!

Reformation has great basics and vintage vibes. I found a jacket there once that I just will never be able to live without!

Now I know everyone knows about this one, but for a sleek look, I shop Revolve. You really just need a piece or two to create a killer look, but I mean I would also be elated if my entire closet was made up of Revolve! (What a dream)

Hat : (similar) // Dress : Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace : Sterling Forever

 

Interview with Teenie Genie + Outfit Details

I was so lucky to have been able to go with Gina (Teenie Genie) to Palm Springs for the Coachella events this year! She has gone the past four years and since this was my first time it helped so much to have someone who knew their way around. I met Gina at a blogger meet up in LA and I was so excited to go with her. It’s so much easier to go with other bloggers because they understand the need to stop for pictures or when you want to take a fun story for your Instagram. Not only did we go to lots of fun events, but we also got some great shoots in.

I have not done a blogger interview in a while and I wanted to continue that series! I also added lots of outfit shots and pieces to this post because I just could not resist!

Visit Gina’s Instagram and Blog!

What made you start a blog? 

It was about a year ago where I found myself bored in my personal life. I spent a lot of time on Instagram having fashion blogger envy, wishing I could do something like that. I was at a networking event with a group of pretty-high level marketing executives talking about the marketing strategy I had taken at my company, and the programs I had implemented in my short six months there, “You built a website by yourself?” “How did you generate that many leads in one month?” “What’s that platform you used?” “Wow, you are so creative.”

It was at that moment, the floodgates opened. I realized I knew a lot. My positions at startups had helped me cultivate a unique skill set that many people didn’t have. Was I creative?

These conversations ultimately gave me the confidence to start my blog. I desperately wanted to explore fashion, but I didn’t want to leave my job, and I didn’t want to work for someone else. I knew I wanted to do something with petite fashion since I was experienced and it was something I could help others like me with. My nickname in college was Teenie Genie and it was my Instagram name so I chose the name TeenieGenie Style. If these girls could do it, why couldn’t I? There was nothing stopping me. Nothing to lose. I dove in head first and haven’t stopped swimming since.

What is your favorite part about blogging? 

Connecting with my followers and other bloggers! I love to write, but sometimes it can be really hard to buckle down and get into a creative zone. A lot of time, I’ll stay up all night writing. I put a lot of effort into my posts and try to make my content meaningful for my followers.   I absolutely love it when I get comments that my readers found something relatable, helpful, or inspiring.  It’s what motivates me to push forward and continue blogging. 

Which post was your favorite to shoot?

My tie-dye post!  I do a lot of research into where I am going to shoot.  It’s easiest for me to shoot in my home town because grew up there and know it like the back of my hand.  I remembered I did this biology project in 9th grade and had discovered these really cool beach caves.  I thought it could be a cool place to shoot, and it ended up being amazing! I feel like the shot of me in the pink dress looks like I’m off in some far off foreign place, but really I’m just about a mile down the road from where I grew up.  In fact, the other outfit I shot for that post was taken only 500 feet away from the cave picture!  It’s amazing how when you can utilize your surroundings to produce such different effects.

What is your favorite piece in your closet? 

That’s a tough one! I have a denim jean jacket with stars on it from Pistola that is one of my favorite go-to pieces.  I think of my style as “California Cool” and I think it’s piece totally embodies that.  A basic jean jacket with a little bit of edge that looks effortless.  That’s what I try to achieve with my style.  I wear it all the time in the Summer at night when it gets chilly in Santa Monica.

Can you share your go-to fitness tip?

Challenge yourself, but enjoy yourself at the same time! I used to push myself to do HIIT classes, but would feel like I was going to throw up the entire class because it was so hard.  At the end I would just be happy it was over and I wasn’t suffering anymore! If you hate your workout, chances are you will eventually give up. Instead, find a workout that you enjoy.   I love barre and pilates so those are my core workout classes.  Each class I challenge myself to go a bit further or harder.   That’s what makes it rewarding and has me coming back!

Jacket : Missguided // Swim Suit : (similar) // Chain Belt : (similar) // Hoops : Sterling Forever

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

SXSW Round Up

I lived so close to Austin for the majority of my life and I had not experienced SXSW like I did this year! I really took advantage of the pop-ups and panels and I wanted to share a few of the to-dos! I was invited to experience the Innovation Mansion which was super cool! Not only were there panels but Michael Stars pop up with their spring line, Charlotte Tilbury makeup touch-ups, and lots of creative innovations throughout the mansion. I added a ton of content to my Instagram story as always but even that was not enough! So instead of making a SXSW Instagram highlight, I summed it up in a quick post!

Innovative makeup apps like YouCamMakeup filled the mansion! There was also a vending machine where you put in your email and you receive a random free gift! I got some earrings from Kendra Scott!

These were taken after my Charlotte Tilbury makeup was done! The picture does not do it justice! It looked beyond amazing! I also got some free products to try out.

I had to snap a quick selfie at the Micheal Stars pop-up

I also attended Create and Cultivate’s event which was so amazing as well! Both events were filled with panels and freebies of amazing brands!

There was a great schedule of panels and the panelist line up was amazing. I even got to see Tan France from Queer Eye speak about the upcoming season! You can hear the live podcast taping on the Work Party Podcast.

There were so many sponsors as well from Batiste to Core water, Roxy and Paige. I even got my hair done while waiting for panels. It was seriously so much fun! Also getting to meet Dani Austin was a great highlight of the day!

Create and Cultivate always showcases the best of entrepreneurial ideas and advice always so going to that event was a must! The line to get in was long, and rightly so as this was one of the most beneficial events for someone like me. And let me tell you there are lots of people like me!

Top : Pretty Little Thing // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : Forever 21 // Glasses : Quay Australia

Vogue’s 73 Questions

I got the idea to do this from another blog post I saw! Hope you like!

1. ON A SCALE OF 1-10, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE RIGHT NOW?

Probably a 7, I’m excited about what is to come!

2. WHAT’S THE MOST OVER-RATED FOOD TREND?

I don’t really keep up with food trends, fashion ones only.

3. WHAT’S YOUR WAKE-UP RITUAL?

Drink a glass of cold water, use my jade roller and plan my day.

4. WHAT’S THE BEST WORST MOVIE YOU LOVE TO WATCH?

I’m not that much into movies. Romy and Michelle was pretty good.

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF DAY?

The evening has always been my favorite!

6. DREAM COUNTRY TO VISIT?

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece!

7. VINTAGE OR NEW?

Vintage is the best when you find the perfect piece!

8. STYLE ICON?

There are so many! I guess right now it would be Tezza!

9. WHAT’S ONE INGREDIENT YOU PUT IN EVERYTHING?

Olive oil is my go-to

10. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Doctors! They give me the worst anxiety I’ve ever had in my life!

11.  WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT TV OBSESSION?

I watch every episode of Grey’s and This Is Us

12. FAVORITE APP?

Social media is my go-to, so Instagram.

13. MOST ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR LIFE?

Off the top of my head just flown in a helicopter. I really want to go sky diving eventually!

14. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS?

Bubbly, Opinionated, Interested

15. FAVORITE PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN?

Right now it’s my dad’s denim jacket that is oversized on me!

16. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW IN HIGH SCHOOL?

You’re gonna miss this and talk to more people.

17. WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU IN LIFE RIGHT NOW?

My blog. My ideas for expanding this and creating something new and brillant.

18. A BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ?

Does Vogue count? Lol I’m a magazine fanatic!

19. BEST WAY TO TAKE A REST/DECOMPRESS?

Binge watch a Netflix show, take a bath and put on a facemask.

20. FAVORITE PLACE TO VIEW ART?

LACMA of course!

21. WHO’S SOMEONE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE COFFEE WITH?

Kourtney Kardashian. She seems so down to Earth.

22. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU LOSE ALL THE TIME?

My phone charger, its the worst!

23. BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?

Hmmm.. I’m the worst at gifts. I gave my cousin a ring holder recently to keep her mom’s rings on since she recently passed.

24.  BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

My boyfriend at the time bought me a star for Valentine’s day. I cried.

25. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Chess. I like the challenge.

26. BLOW-DRY OR AIR-DRY?

Air-dry. It’s healthier.

27. COFFEE OR TEA?

Green tea

28. SUMMER OR WINTER?

As of now Summer

29.  YOU ARE STUCK ON AN ISLAND, YOU CAN PICK ONE FOOD TO EAT FOREVER WITHOUT GETTING TIRED OF IT, WHAT WOULD YOU EAT?

Buttered pasta

30. A DESSERT YOU DON’T LIKE?

Lemon Meringue Pie

31. WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY LOOK ALIKE?

I don’t think I have one! I’ve been told I like to dress like Kourtney K though.

32. BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

I took the best nap!

33. WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU TODAY?

My friend’s canceled on going out

34. BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

That I look like Kourtney Kardashian. Lol I swear I’m not obsessed/

35. WHAT FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM IS MOST UNDERRATED?

Plain Vanilla

36. YOUR AFFIRMATION FOR TODAY?

You got this!

37. WHAT SHOW WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKE A CAMEO IN?

The comedy show Mom. It’s so funny!

38. DIAMONDS OR PEARLS?

Super hard one! Pearls.

39. WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Britney Spears pre-melt down

40. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT ACTIVITY?

Getting super dressed up and going for a nice dinner.

41. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?

“Don’t be scared”

42. MUST HAVE CLOTHING ITEM EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE?

A flattering pair of dark wash denim jeans

43. SECRET TALENT?

I can shake my eye pupils

44. IF YOU HAD A TATTOO, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

A tattoo on my side ribs

45. GIRL CRUSH?

Hailey Bieber right now.

46. HOW YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN LOVE?

I get butterflies in my tummy and a funny feeling in my hands.

47. SONG YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON REPEAT?

3rd Gear & 17 by Aaron Watson

48. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AT THIS TIME IN YOUR LIFE?

Living in California and getting a job I really like.

49. IF YOU COULD SWITCH LIVES WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD IT BE?

Arianna Grande!

50. FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

Again, I’m not much of a movie person!

51. WHO SHOULD EVERYONE BE FOLLOWING ON INSTAGRAM?

Me of course! @briana.nicole03

52. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU TEXTED?

My dad

53. WHAT COLOR DRESS DID YOU WEAR TO YOUR PROM?

The first prom was a cream one-shoulder dress, the second was a strapless pink ombre dress, last was a light pink embellished dress

54. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

The Girls by Emma Cline

55. WHAT’S A REGULAR BREAKFAST FOR YOU?

One egg sunny side up with turkey and honey on wheat toast

56. WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BEAUTY?

It truly is in the eye of the beholder

57. MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Better Than Sex Mascara

58. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO A GREAT PHOTOGRAPH?

Being happy with your outfit, hair and makeup!

60. BEST CONCERT YOU’VE EVER BEEN TO?

Cody Johnson hands down!

61. BEST SONG TO SING IN THE SHOWER?

Firework by Katy Perry HAHA!

62. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Fun, Flirty, and Feminine!

63. WHAT PERSON’S CLOSET WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO RAID?

Danielle Bernstein

64. WHAT’S SOMETHING ONLY A FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I try to eat clean as much as possible!

65. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT MISSING RIGHT NOW?

The rain!

66. WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR LAST GIRLS TRIP?

Dallas for my birthday!

67. DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A HASHTAG?

#Loved

68. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CANDY?

Resses!

69. WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO MOST?

My parents of course!

70. WHAT’S A GOOD RULE YOU’VE LEARNED FROM YOUR PARENTS?

You have to work for what you want

71. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

Married, doing something that makes me happy with two dogs and a little one!

72. IN GENERAL, WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL?

Right before I go out!

73. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?

Being a good person and being creative.

Top : Nasty Gal // Jeans : Revice // Hair Clips : Target // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar)

Spring Look Book

I decided to create a quick video of a few looks that would be fun for Spring! These are looks that I liked, but they did not make it to the blog. I am kind of picky when it comes to clothes and even more picky when it comes to content.

I am trying to mix up my content and I put a few previews of these looks on my Instagram but I linked the full video here! I like how it came out, and while I still have more work to do on videos, I am thinking I am going to try to keep them coming here and there! Let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more quick clips!

ALSO, excuse the wrinkles, all of the travel has really gotten to my clothes and the material is so delicate I would rather take it to the cleaners (or let my mom do it tbh)

Outfit 1

Dress (similar) // Top : Forever 21 // Shoes : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Hat : Target

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit 2

Shirt : Free People // Jeans : Free People

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit 3

Dress : Free People // Shoes : Charlotte Russe (similar) (similar) // Jacket : (similar) (similar)

My Favorite Hair Products

It’s been a while since I have shared a few of my favorite products on the blog! I always have my beauty wishlist tab that I update, but I wanted to do a post on the products that I actually use on my hair. I have tried a few different ones, and there are still ones I would love to try! I actually use these products and I wanted to share them in this post!

Also, how cute is this pink fire station?! I found it while searching for Marfa on my way home to Texas and I knew I had the perfect outfit for it! I actually thrifted this skirt from a downtown store in LA and it was only $20! I also have been wearing this shirt on repeat because I just love the color and there are so many ways to style it! For more outfit inspo on styling a graphic tee check out my latest blog post!

First off I took this picture for a Pantene contest to win free Coachella tickets but I wanted to do it because I actually do use Pantene! I usually use the shampoo for colored hair or the charcoal shampoo to keep my locks clean for days!

 

 

 

 

 

Also because my hair is colored I always use this conditioner to keep my ends soft.

 

 

 

 

For a much needed deep conditioning, I use this conditioner and leave it in for five minutes AT LEAST!

 

 

 

 

I also read that using heat protectant even without using heat helps your hair. I’m not sure if I trusted it but I use It’s A 10 which has heat protectant at least twice a week.

 

Batiste is my go-to dry shampoo! I have tried at least four and this is my favorite! I use the one for brunettes so my hair does not turn white.

 

 

 

 

 

About once a month (or when needed) I use this hair oil for a sleek look. I am very careful with hair oil since I usually like my hair clean and teased!

 

 

 

 

 

I use my wet brush every day and especially after I get out of the shower so my hair dries straight.

This texture spray is my go-to for big bold hair!

 

I actually used this beach spray for the messy wave! I love scrunching my hair with it and creating volume since my hair is so thin.

Should I do an updated hair care post?

Top : (similar) // Skirt : (similar) (similar) // Shoes : Forever21 (similar)