Boho Vibes

What is your favorite kind of style? Chic? 90’s? Mine has been more boho recently! I’ve been getting more into more of a western-y, fun look more and more. I have been venturing out of my comfort zone and have been wearing pieces that I think are different and not something that you would just wear for a day at the mall. When I find a piece I really like I usually describe the piece as “fun”. This can be anywhere from a chic pointy-toed see-through heel to an embroidered Dior bag.

I’ve gotten a lot of my style inspiration from Instabloggers like Anna Grace Newell and Tezza. While I am still not over my girly chic style, I love being able to find new looks to pull off. Plus my dad called me a hippie a few months ago and I realized that since my family now things I just juice and wear bell bottoms I might as well embrace the boho/hippie vibes and go with it! Peaceeee Mannnn!

Every piece of this outfit is essential! Let’s break it down real quick.

This hat is the epicenter of this outfit! It matches perfectly with the light pink shoes and the sheer pink long sleeve. The yellow of the dress adds a pop of color and the jewels are so small and simple they add to the mix of texture with the tiny polka dots on the sheer top. This outfit is like a chocolate chip cookie, the dough and the chocolate are pretty good by themselves, but amazing when they are together!

I love mixing prints that just go! I am predicting that trendy, fun pieces are going to seep more into people’s everyday lives since I recently visited Rodeo Drive and so many of the stores had eclectic pieces! I honestly cannot wait to be walking down the street in this kind of outfit! I would love to do a blog post on the cool street style I see other people wear here in LA.

Would you like to see a post like that? 

A lot of the time I actually just put outfits together in my head and hope for the best. Usually, they do not look ANYTHING like I imagine. But then again that is because not every sweater, jean or skirt have the same silhouette or hit at the correct length or have the same material thickness. (Ugh how I wish I could sew.)

This look I tried on for the first time New Year’s Eve. While I wanted to wear my revolve dress, I figured going out to bars in a college town was not the time to tempt fate with my nice dress and I felt like I would stick out like a sore thumb in something I was not totally 100% satisfied with. I ended up wearing this dress… which I wore on Christmas also so I am a major holiday outfit repeater! But when I tried it on with this sheer long sleeve underneath I was horrified! I had the wrong bra, my hair was up and was not getting the right vibes! BUT I ended up shooting with it after all mostly because of the hat and it worked out well! Some random drunk girl even said that she loved my dress and I looked like Pocahontas!!

Hat : Lack of Colors // Dress : Free People // Sheer Long Sleeve : Forever 21 // Shoes : Forever 21

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 

 

Sally Beauty Holiday Event

If you saw my Instagram story recently then you probably saw that I attended the Sally’s Beauty Holiday Swing event at Universal Studios! If you missed it check out the LA events highlight on my Instagram to see a short recap!

I love attending events like this and they are so fun to share with you all! Yes, it’s fun to get to attend for me, but I also get to share all of the products and fun with you too! There were so many great Brands that were at the 50’s inspired party like Ion, Shea Moisture, Cantu, BaBylissPro, CoL-Lab and more! The back lot was decked out with vintage cars, beauty stations, and the best eats and drinks!

I got my makeup done by beauty professionals at CoL-Lab and I had one of every hors d’oeuvre! (TBH that was my dinner!) I also found one of my blogger friends, Alexa, at the event which made it even more fun! (Check out my interview with her HERE.)

In all honesty, I was not planning on making this event a post! I was not going to take any pictures I was just going to go to the event and post on my story and show some of the products on my Instagram! But after seeing all of the fun props and having someone to take a few photos, I just wanted to do a short recap.

What do you think? Do you like when I share event recaps on my blog?

Hat : Lack of Colors // Body Suit : (similar) // Jeans : Levis

Q&A with LA Bloggers

I met up with some awesome blogger babes from LA and I had the idea to start a Q&A series to get to know more of your favorite bloggers! I asked them all the same four questions and below are their unique responses! Also, follow them on Instagram if you haven’t already! (and me of course which you definitely should be!)

Debby : @trynfinddebby https://www.trynfinddebby.com/

Alexa : @alexaabain http://alwaysalexa.com/

Ericka : @erickabernabe https://bernabella.com/

Alexis : @lexialcala http://alexisalcala.com/

Julia : @juliaroga

Anna : @annasweeney

Genie : @gallivantingbean https://gallivantingbean.blog/


1. What made you want to start blogging?

Ericka : I started my self titled blog Bernabella in January 2018 because I felt I needed a space to combine my two loves: photography + writing. Since I have a degree in Journalism and PR/Advertising, I felt that it was the right time to start my blog and showcase my work 🙂

Debby : I was getting over a break up and it was a creative outlet for me. It honestly helped so much because it led me to meet some amazing girls even if it was only through the internet! Crazy but thankful we live in a world that can connect you with complete strangers in a way you would normally not connect with even your neighbors!

Anna :  I honestly started creating “daily outfits” putting together a different outfit every day and posting its details it’s become a hobby of mine and has been fun to mix and match new and recycled pieces. It’s inspired me to take it further. I’ve noticed family and friends become so supportive and actually love what I do. I also love the fire that lights within me when I do what I do. I also just love the community, I love everything about fashion, I want to make it a full-time job someday. “If you love your job you won’t work a day in your life”.

Julia : I had a really analytical job coding and needed a creative outlet

Genie : I actually started blogging because my best friend was fashion blogging and she suggested that I start a travel blog. So it wasn’t at all my idea! I’ve traveled a lot and so many people ask me for travel tips. Consolidating them inside a website makes it easier to share haha.

2. What is your favorite trend of the moment?

Ericka : PLAID. I’m obsessed with plaid at the moment. It’s such a versatile pattern that’s wearable year-round

Debby : Fringe and Snakeskin!!! I’ve been eyeing some snakeskin booties! And also mustard yellow for some reason!!! Haha, I’ve always disliked the color yellow and all of a sudden, I can’t stop buying it now!

Anna : I’m obsessed with blazers, oversized shirts, biker shorts and bright colored heels. Easy go tos for me. Also two piece sets.

Julia :  Teddy bear coats

Genie : My favorite trend would have to be sneakers haha. I feel like that’s getting a bit overrated now. But I love comfortable shoes and I only ever wear boots or sneakers. So the sneaker trend is definitely working in my favor.

3. Who are a few bloggers you look up to?

Ericka : @taramilktea for travel inspiration and @xoxotsumi for her timeless sense of style

Debby : I love love love the content the following babes produce:
@howdoyouwearthat, @stephweizman, @jenkvieira, @thestyledseed, @claudiagraziano, @thefashionfraction
Anna : 100% @cassdimicco is my favorite fashion influencer/ blogger her style nails my style or what I wish it would be to the T I would literally trade my closet for hers and wear every single one of her outfits. She kills it every time. Also @desiperkins and @morganstewart I look to for a lot of my fashion and beauty inspo I absolutely love them and all their fits. A local blogger I’ve really been vibing with is @jessthrowiton she absolutely nails my style may be better than I do. Combo of all these women. My absolute favorite posts to see every day!
Julia :  Kyleecampbell and tezza
Genie : Aside from the big ones, Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragani. I look up to one of my blogger besties Julia from @juliaroga. Her editing skills are amazing! I also love following @andreeabirsan. Her photos always have this pop of red that’s to die for and she produces some interesting more abstract photo concepts too.

4. What’s your go-to beauty product?

Ericka : My go-to beauty product is the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum. It’s a little pricey, but IT WORKS.

Debby : Oh my goodness!!! So hard to pick one but I would say SPF facial moisturizer and  mascara is my most favorite thing ever!

Anna : Go to beauty product has got to be my @maccosemetics lipsticks !! To be precise the shade viva la glam ii is my everyday wear and I wear it like chapstick on a frequent occurrence I will leave the house with my hair up and no makeup on but you better believe I’m wearing my lipstick lol. They’re also a great way to change up your makeup when you use different shades especially for someone like me who doesn’t really change up my makeup routine too much

Julia :  Not really a beauty product but nail grow by opi is my favorite product

Genie : Well first my go-to beauty brand is Kiehl’s. I use their ultra facial cleanser and sunscreen everyday. However, I’ve recently discovered green clean by farmacy and I’m totally hooked. It’s a balm makeup remover that’s super gentle. I love it because when I’m using it i don’t feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face trying to get all my makeup off. It leaves my face clean and soft.

Bodysuit : Free People // Jeans : Levi’s // Boots : Forever 21 // Cardigan : Nasty Gal

    

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 

 

    

Sephoria

Yesterday I was able to go to the Sephoria House of Beauty and I loved it! Definitely a great experience and if you are a makeup lover, it was a must! One of the girls I met literally compared it to beautycon!

Let me just try to describe this to you, a three-story building filled with pop-ups of your favorite brands! From Dior to GlamGlow, it truly was a huge Sephora store. Every brand gave out either samples or demos of the products and I totally loved it! I came home with so many new products and even though I came with makeup on, I left with even more! The only item I bought (besides my ticket) was a #Lipstories lipstick from Sephora which I have been wanting for forever! But instead of just a regular top (which is super cool already) I was able to print out any photo from my phone and add it to my own color of choice! I absolutely stood in line for that and I was so happy I finally got an item I had been wanting as well as have it customized! And let me tell you, the photo ops where insane! There were some at every corner and I didn’t even get to all of them! Also I got to see Chrissy Tiegan! She was doing a master class which unfortunately I did not get to sit in, but she was just as she was on TV and on Twitter and was funny and upbeat! Another great thing about Sephora, they really are all about the complete experience.

I definitely was not ready for the photo ops if I’m being honest! I would have actually put together a new outfit to shoot, I did not even plan on making this a post until I got home and set it to go up the next morning! But anyway, I just wanted to share and keep making my blog as genuine as possible. The easiest way I come up with content is by the things I get to do, and see so I am super excited that I get to share that part of my life with everyone.

At the end of the night, the bars were poppin’ and there was a dancefloor and DJ! I wish I had not gone on a Sunday and gotten to enjoy it with all of the new makeup I had just gotten to sample! That’s the thing about LA, always something fun to do around every corner! I also recently went to a Netflix promotion event for their new Sabrina the Teenage Witch show! That comes out October 26th so be sure to catch my stories that day to check out how that went!

Also sorry about the horrible quality of the photos! Like I said, I definitely did not plan to shoot a post, but it turned out to have tons of great content!