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

Lace A Peel Face Mask with Dermovia

Applying face masks in unconventional places has been a big trend on Instagram recently. I was excited to be apart of Dermovia’s Ready, Set, Glow Challenge and participate in the trend.

I have been huge on skin care recently. I have done everything from drinking 6 glasses of water daily, I cleanse, tone and moisturize daily and I am more conscious about the products I apply on any part of my body. One thing I have been very keen on keeping up with is face masks. I believe a quality face mask will really help boost your skin and make it glow from the inside out! I am very picky on the masks I use and the products so I looked into this one before just saying “yes” to participating in the challenge.

This mask is made with Black Bamboo Charcoal peel paste and if you follow my Instagram stories you know I am a fan of Charcoal. I use a weekly charcoal face mask, Pantene charcoal shampoo, and even charcoal deodorant. All of the products give off a sweet smell and leave me feeling clean and fresh. I do always have to lather up with moisturizer after so I wondered about that aspect with the face mask. While the charcoal definitely does deep cleaning, there are other ingredients like chamomile and aloe vera in the mask to soothe the skin and leave it glowy. Also how cute is the lace details? So innovative!

Dermovia’s Lace A Peel masks have been on Shark Tank and the Ellen show. Watch the Ellen show clip HERE. There are great reviews on the mask and there are a few different ones to choose from for different skincare needs.

I love sharing my beauty finds with you, leave a comment below if you would like me to share more beauty products or if you would just like to see more fashion posts! I also could do more lifestyle/health and wellness posts as well!

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Friday Faves

I pulled a few of my favorites this week from my Wish List Tabs above. This is where you can find my recent “wants” and “must-buys” before I even buy them and shoot them for the blog! Leave a comment

Song : Late Night by Deputy

I may be a little biased because I know the singer very well, but I genuinely like this sound because it’s something I would listen to on my own! Also, you gotta support local artists, they tend to be the best when you find a really good one!

Podcast : Get Real with Caroline Hobby

I just started listening to this podcast and I started off with her interview with Maddie and Tae, the country singers, and I really loved it! She is a former country singer in Nashville Tennessee and I definitely recommend checking this out if you are all for girl bosses and country music!

 

Beauty Product : Jade Roller

I recently wrote a blog posts about this, and I love it so much I had to mention it again. It’s a perfect addition to your morning routine to reduce inflammation and decrease drainage build up in your facial region (eww). Just pop it in the fridge and add a light serum and you’re halfway to a facial! Mine is linked and it is 100% all natural jade!

Wish List : Show Me Your Mumu Concho Belt

This belt has actually been on my wish lists for a while and I just posted about it on my Instagram stories recently as a poll if I should buy it or not. I went to check out the Show Me Your Mumu boutique in Venice beach and I didn’t see it in store, still wanting this cute belt!

Link : The Sakura Life Founders on why you should adopt a plant based diet

While I am honestly not going to go on an all plant based diet anytime soon, it was a good read for clean eating tips! I honestly thing The Newsette has amazing articles for girls like me who are into wellness, beauty, fashion, and daily corporate updates on businesses I want to know about. They keep me updated with the beauty industry and pop culture! Sign up for a super short and super worth it daily newsletter HERE.

Blogger Advice : Style Collective

When I first started my blog I did not take it seriously… but then when I really decided to do it full force about a year ago I did not know where to start. I could not just jump into it but I had a lot to learn. I started off with blog conferences which helped me dip my toe into the blogging world. One huge resource I still use today is Style Collective! I started with style collective about a year and a half ago I would say. Not only do they have resources for girls like me to learn the ins-and-outs of the blogging world, but they have a community of girls with similar passions, all willing to help each other grow, and that’s what has made me stick around.

The CEO Annie Spano not only facilitates the conversations in the FB page, but she is very hands on. She always answers questions any of the girls have, does FB live videos where she answers questions we have and also conducts a podcast with other passionate females making it in the industry. I really enjoyed being a member and the resources are exactly what bloggers need at any level of the profession.

I have had girls come up to me or message me about creating a blog and if they are serious about it I really lead them to the right resources and Style Collective covers all of the bases. As I continue to grow my blog, the resources and community also evolve so that I never outgrow Style Collective, but it keeps up with the trends and meet-ups of the blogging community.

I plan on attending the next SC conference and I hope to one day meet Annie Spano! I get on the FB page daily and I get to interact with other bloggers at many different levels which helps me grow both my blog and me personally. One of my favorite parts of Style Collective is Link Love which is where we can all share our latest blog posts and comment on each other’s newest projects. We also interact with each other on Instagram and other social media sites to positively support each other since we all have a similar goal and understand the hustle.

I remember the first time I was featured on a SC email! I was so excited to be noticed by such an established platform. I knew at that point they really cared about the members and what they get out of the service. From setting up meet-ups with other members to pitching to brands, I am proud to be a #SCsister.

I would recommend any blogger/influencer/entrepreneur to join style collective! It is so easy and so worth it! The team really goes out of their way to make sure we have all that we need to succeed! They are responsive and helpful, and it is only $10 a month to join. Also, there is not a waitlist like other platforms! They are inclusive of girls at all levels! For the amount of support, resources and community you gain, it is a huge steal!

Sign up HERE to check out the site and to become a #SCsister!

Top : Free People // Sweater : Abercrombie // Shorts : Levi’s // Necklaces : Gorjana (second necklace) // Sunglasses : Quay Australia // Shoes : Halogen

  

 

7 Magic Mountains + How My Style has Evolved

Seven magic mountains is another place that I stopped on my way from Los Angeles to Texas. A bit out of the way since it is right outside Las Vegas, but definitely worth it! Great photo ops, and I wish I was able to have gone when it was less crowded and in the afternoon, but we were on a time constraint! Still a cool place to visit if you’re in the area.

Where is your favorite place to go for photo ops?

I recently have been into a lot more edgier outfits. While I still love to keep everything fun and feminine, every once in a while I like to mix it up! Honestly boho is my current favorite! I like billowy tops and flare jeans… think Free People!

This outfit is a bit more grungy than I had hoped, but I was on a road trip, all of my outfits weren’t accessible, and I just had to go for it! Definitely something different but the color of the rocks made me feel better about al of the black! Also I just had to style my fanny pack from Quay Australia (linked below).

I used to dress super girly and honestly I still do, but every once in a while I like to mix it up. I am going for something a little more chic, recently. If you follow my instagram you will see a small change in filters for fall, but also in my looks. I am dressing things up with hats, big belt buckles, simple gold jewelry and fun booties. I really think I am a huge trend follower! Not on purpose, but I definitely just really like when an outfit is put together well!

Top : (similar) I got an over sized shirt and luckily it was already cut // Belt Bag : Quay Australia // Necklace : Forever 21 (similar) // Booties : Steve Madden

    

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)

      

Destination : Vacation with PrettyLittleThing

California has been the perfect vacation destination! Nothing like enjoying a day by the Venice Beach, am I right?! The first thing I do when I get ready for a fun vaca? Plan out my outfit! And somewhere where there is a beach and a pool you have to have the perfect swimsuit! Recently I’ve been obsessing over the color nude! A cute suit like this is perfect for vacation to any destination because it will be perfect with any background for cute pictures.

I always like to wear something cute to cover up with and this top can be worn at the beach, at the pool, or even out for dinner. Pieces like this are ESSENTIAL for vacation since you don’t want to overpack but you also want to have cute pieces.

 

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on vacation?

I also wanted to do a special feature on these killer shoes! Nothing says summer like Espadrilles! Always my favorite for a summer night or day out!

All pieces are from PrettyLittleThing

Mocha Crinkle Scoop Neck Bikini Top  // Mocha Crinkle Bikini Bottoms // Dorsey White Beachwear Shirt // Niella Black Espadrilles Flatform Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles