Fall in Princess Polly

I am so excited to collaborate with Princess Polly! I received a few more pieces as well that I will be sharing as well. I just happened to love the top and shorts separately but when I received them I knew they would go well together.

I love Australian brands and Princess Polly is one of my favorite collabs to date! Like Showpo and Lulu’s, I always wear pieces from here and I was excited to collab. I didn’t write a review as this is another brand that I believe in and actually enjoy buying from.

I love the lace-up details on the shorts and this top is so flowy and fun. The lace and oversized sleeves are great details without being overboard. Also, the top is a bit oversized which accentuates my frame.

The top is from Jagger and Stone, which is a brand I have come to love! Such a killer vibe and I love following the founders on Instagram. Princess Polly always has a great style so I am so glad they carry such killer brands.

Where to Wear : I wore this look for a day with my friend Gina. We hung out and took pictures as well as went out for dinner so I would say this would be a great weekend look for fall.

Where would you wear this look?

Top  : Milly Blouse // Shorts : Evora Lace Up

 

Puffy Sleeves

I am all for a statement piece! The puffy sleeve trend definitely is one that makes a statement. I love the sleeves and the color together is such a great combo. I rounded up a few more pieces that have puffy sleeves that you may like as well!

What’s your favorite trend of the moment?

This is definitely a classier weekend look! I actually wore this one to the Melrose Trading Post, and while that isn’t exactly where I pictured wearing it, I just felt like it. Do you ever feel like that? Wearing something new even though it might be a little much for the occasion?

Of course, I also had to pair it with my new headband! I used to ALWAYS wear headbands when I was younger so this was a throwback for me! I love how cute and creative the headbands are now! I definitely want more, especially ones with pearls!

This is obviously one of those tops that you have to wear a cute bandeau (or bodysuit in my case) underneath. I love the sweet details and of course, I am a sucker for white under pink! I love a cute detail and when I saw this lace background I knew it would go perfectly!

Top : NastyGal

 

 

 

 

My Blogging Journey

Oh how far I have come. I remember taking some of my very first blog shots. But first let’s back up even further than that. I remember being obsessed with Tumblr and how cool some of the photos were. SO inspiring, and my basically a mood board for what I wanted my life to be like. They were fun and sassy and cute. From there I moved on to find blogs. I remember one of the first blogs that I came upon was Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans. She posted (and still does) pictures mostly of her nails, and single pictures, some without captions, and fashion images. I thought it was the coolest thing! Just whatever came to her mind and the possibilities were endless.

I really started my blog my freshman year of college. My roommate had a DSLR so I asked her to take pictures of me since she loved photography. I had two outfits, a red coat with black leggings, my Tory Burch knee highs and a plaid scarf. The second was a grey quilted skirt with a navy three-quarter sleeve, another scarf and knee highs because it was winter. She took pictures of our friend group that day as well outside of our dorm and that is when I began. I do not remember uploading content or any of that, all I remember is taking pictures and writing about the places we went, like the trail of lights and cute posts about my family.

I started slowly integrating my content into Instagram but I struggled between wanting to blog and wanting to keep it personal. For this reason, I think it took me much longer to grow. I also did not have a specific aesthetic or niche. All of that fell into place after attending blogging conferences. I went to BlogHer ’16 (wow that seems so long ago now that I wrote that) and while I focused on the words, I was mainly just networking and figuring out what these people did, and that they got lots of free stuff!

The one that really turned it all around for me was a two-day blogging workshop I attended in Austin. That taught me all about what I had to do to be successful. While I am still far from successful with my blog, my Instagram is growing and I attribute that need for information from that workshop.

Lastly, my major in college really helped me out as well. Taking social media classes and having an internship and a job specifically in social media were so helpful! I sometimes get embarrassed to say that I started so long ago but I did not grow until recently. It was all a learning process though and mostly me learning about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take my blog. I remember thinking so hard of my blog name (which I am not so keen on now) but that it was a big deal to make it girly, and two things that go together since so many blogs were named things like Pearls and Louboutins or Gems and Lace.

I loved how it all ended up and looking back at all of the pictures I can remember exactly where I was and what time in my life I was at. This has been such a blessing and I hope to keep growing more and more.

Check out my very first site and posts here!

Top : Revolve (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden // Shorts : Levi’s (similar)

 

The Bodysuit Post

I wanted to dedicate this post to those special one pieces you have hanging in your closet. You know, the ones that get you fully undressed when you have to use the bathroom (unless they have the buttons on the bottom in which case you feel like a 5-month-old). Yes, the bodysuit. There are also good parts to this clothing piece! The ease of slipping one on and adding a simple pair of jeans and sneaks like how I styled them. When your outfit looks put together you’re halfway there, amiright?!

I purchased this bright one-piece from Zara, and I loved how soft it was I actually bought two! The bright colors are perfect for Summer and they were only $20!

Bodysuits come in all shapes and sizes. From off the shoulders to turtle neck tanks, they also flatter all shapes and sizes! Since they give the illusion of being tucked into your bottom clothing piece, that can help cinch in your waist and really show off your figure. Getting the right size is, of course, crucial because you do not want them too tight (or it will be up your you-know-what) and if it is too big you can be left with too much extra fabric. I wanted to share a few others that are also relatively inexpensive so that you could go purchase them as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually wore this one piece as a swimsuit since the color is so bright and the material is so similar! There are no bottom buttons or anything that signal that the one piece wasn’t for the beach so I went for it!

 

Bodysuit : Zara

Pretty Little Thing Haul

(This is a sponsored post and is an AD)

 

I’m collaborating with Pretty Little Thing just in time for Summer! From trendy pieces to neutral necessities, PLT is a go-to for me. (I would say that even if this wasn’t an AD) I picked each of these pieces out and I made a super shot video trying on some of these summer musts. I cannot wait to style them different ways and dress them up for more blog posts to come!

Outfit Details :

Let’s just talk about this utility jumpsuit! I am obsessed with this cool trend! I would size down if you are interested as it can be a bit bulky.

The ribbed plunge unitard is seriously so killer! I already know how I want to wear it! (Get one size up)

I’ve actually worn this black slinky unitard twice since I’ve gotten it! It fits perfectly and I’ve worn it to both an event and on a hike and it felt amazing.

This Oversized Zip front sweater is a must when traveling! I always get so cold on planes and want to cuddle up on car rides so this is a must!

This sweater dress may be a tad too big (size small) but if I have the length hemmed it is perfect. I love an oversized look like this with booties or thigh highs. Again such a comfy cool travel option.

The black ruffle mesh plunge bodysuit is HOT HOT HOT. I would size up on this one!

Lastly, the cream satin backless strappy crop is super sweet. Depending on your bust size, I would order two sizes up. I ordered one size up and I think I would have rather went up two sizes.

Get the Look : Kendall Jenner

I was on Pinterest looking for outfit ideas to add to the blog when I stumbled upon this look on Kendall Jenner. I instantly loved it and I thought it was simple enough to try! Usually, when I like an outfit on someone I see I tear apart the pieces of the outfit. Is it the top that I like? Is it the way that it fits them? Or is the way their shirt is half tucked and their pants show off their waist? Whatever the aspect may be, I try to imitate it and see if I can get the same effect or find the same looking piece. Another thing about me is I usually always tell girls when I love their outfit and compliment them. It’s all about building each other up, amiright?!

So I did this look almost to a T, but I could not find an exact top. I did, however, have this plunging long sleeve from Reformation that I loved and the only real difference besides the added criss-cross on the front is the choker and the loose sleeves. I added the double belt buckle for extra oomph and to add to the gold effect of the chain on my bag. This is such a chic weekend look. I have gotten into the habit of making sure I wear the outfits that I shoot either to work or during the weekend. This one I believe I am going to wear to one of the next events I attend.

There is just something to say about a chic all-black look! I have gotten into wear black a lot more and I now realize why so many people have noir colored closets. Besides the easily put together look it often gives, it is so flattering since black is so slimming. It really comes down to the fabric and how you pair a black piece with another.

These boots are from TopShop and let me just say I was sooooo sad they are closing their US stores! While they will still be sold in Nordstrom, there will be a big gaping hole in my heart that only their store at the Grove can fill. Okay, now I’m being dramatic. Anyway, the shoes were half off and were to die for! I just couldn’t pass them up!

Top : Reformation // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : TopShop

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

This is something that I really struggle with in some areas, and really shine in some. When it comes to dealing with life changes, like leaving college and ending relationships, I have a really hard time. I think I have a hard time when I am forced out of my comfort zone rather than when I choose to leave it. But that is just an everyone thing. I think I usually need to just build up my mentality to change things first. Something to work on for the things I can’t change…food for thought.

What I really wanted to talk about was the part that I shine in, because maybe someone reading may have a harder time with that part and need the little encouragement it takes to push through with some of the small stuff. Being mostly alone in Los Angeles has taught me independence. I do not really have anyone to rely on and that’s okay because not only did I choose this, but I am lucky enough to have support back home. That being said I think it is hard for some people to 1. live alone in a new city and 2. leave the apartment and go to events and things like that alone. I know a few girls that have expressed this to me and I wanted to leave some tips.

A great brand once said, “Just Do It.” Sometimes you just have to psych yourself out and force yourself. Honestly, I picture it like taking a bath as a little kid. You do not want to go to a new event or meet up with a bumble bff match, but when you’re there you’re happy you went. Even if it wasn’t super perfect, you accomplished going!

Start small. I am outgoing and very talkative so I start off by giving a girl I think looks nice a compliment. Then I ask where they are from or why they are there. If they are meeting with someone I tell them how I am there alone. Get a feel for the conversation and above all, do not be afraid to just hang out alone! We’re old enough that no one should judge you anymore!

Also stepping out of your fashion comfort zone is a must! Once you got your style nailed down you definitely need to be able to play dress up once in a while! This tee was a little out of my regular buys but I thought it looked cool. I decided my style is comprised of pieces I like and that is basically what unites them all!

Top : Zara // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : TopShop // Hat : GigiPip