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

      

Prada Art Installation in Marfa, Texas

If I am being completely honest, I had no idea this was an art installation at first. I totally just thought it would be a functioning Prada store in the middle of nowhere. I had been wanting to shoot here for forever! SAD STORY : I asked my dad to take a short detour on our drive back to California just so I could come here to shoot and when we got closer I was looking for my camera and realized that I left it Texas! I am still lowkey devastated if I am being completely honest…

Anyway, I was able to do what I had to and took pictures using my horrible iPhone. It literally overheated the phone every time and I had to delete so many things just so I could take a few bursts. It was horrible! Okay.. rant over.

I’ve been getting more into art pieces because of my job. It is honestly interesting, and while I still struggle to fully comprehend it all, it’s a good challenge for me! This installation is by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.

Hat : Lack of Colors // Jacket : BB Dakota // Shorts : Levi’s

 

New Edits + Joshua Tree National Park

I have seen everyone selling presets all over Instagram and I guess you can say I fell into the trap. I needed something new for Fall and I am going for a cooler, edgier vibe for my looks so it just went well. I am still trying to find the balance of what is too much of a filter and what is just right, so stay tuned for that!

On another note, I want to start doing cute collages and add stars and gold accents to my photos, so if you or anyone you know knows how to do that, email me!

I was able to drag my dad to Joshua Tree National Park and I was very excited to take pictures! I definitely want to go back and go hiking, it was truly beautiful! The only thing I didn’t like was how my pictures did not do it justice showing off the beauty!

This skirt is my absolute favorite! What’s your absolute favorite piece in your closet?

Top : Free People // Skirt : Show Me Your Mumu (similar) // Booties : Halogen // Hat : Show Me Your Mumu // Belt : Pretty Little Thing

   

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

    

BIRTHDAY POST

Today is a very special post because today is my birthday! I turn 23 years old today. Such a crazy thing to think about! Honestly all of the really good birthday years are behind me it feels like, so I wanted to do something fun this year to celebrate! I went to Dallas with my best friends and I couldn’t have been more excited! Since I am in Los Angeles, being away from all of my friends makes me miss them like crazy, so I am so excited to be able to spend the weekend with them somewhere I’ve never been before to celebrate my special day!

I planned on spending my actual birthday with my parents and my brother since I leave back to Los Angeles tomorrow and I am actually really excited to go back to work! Okay so this is going to be a bit of a jumbled post with a few different elements. Bear with me, and I hope you enjoy!

Favorite Spots in Dallas, Tx : 

Deep Ellum : Artsy district, lots of bars and cool places to eat and walk around!

Downtown : The sky line in Dallas reminds me of New York! So beautiful and we ate at a little Italian restaurant downtown with the best pasta!

Magnolia Market (Not in Dallas) : It you have seen the home show with Chip and Joanna Gaines you know how cute this place is! Great photo ops and it’s about an hour outside of Dallas

Uptown : Great for going out, getting into a fun club and somewhere to dress up a bit fancier than Deep Ellum for going out!

Where To Go on Your Birthday : 

Sephora : pick up your small gift during your birthday month if you are a Beauty Insider

Bare Minerals : Free gift when you join the Fab Club

Smashbox : Free gift when you sign up with their rewards program

Victoria Secret : Free gift when you have the angel card

IHOP : Get a free meal on your birthday

California Pizza Kitchen : Free Dessert

Dippin’ Dots : Free order of dippin’ dots

Jamba Juice : Free small smoothie or juice

Nothing Bundt Cakes : Free Bundlet cake, my favorite flavor is the red velvet with chocolate chips

Birthday Playlist : 

Rihanna : Birthday Cake

Katy Perry : Birthday

Selena Gomez : Birthday

50 Cent : In Da Club

Trey Songz : Say Ahh

Fergie : A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

Grand Canyon + Road Trip Must Haves

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? I can now say I have! While it was a quick stop on my detour home to Texas, it was seriously amazing! Crazy how big the world really is when you put it into perspective!

I came home for a few weeks between my leases in LA, which was a perfect time for a break to see my family and friends! I loved being home but I also loved the trips there and back! I got to shoot a few different places on my road trips which made it even more fun! I think I have become a pro at road tripping!

Also I should just point out I was the only one dressed as I was and I stuck out like crazy! Everyone was in hiking gear and I looked like I so did not belong! Definitely made me think about writing a post about being confident when you absolutely do not feel it! What do you think?

Some road trip essentials

Car Charger : This came in handy like crazy! I never brought my charger into the hotels we stayed at so I never left it behind. I never had to bring it in though because I would just charge it on the way!

Snacks : Okay duh! But snacks like sunflower seeds and gum help you stay up longer when you’re tired since you have to work on eating them, or blowing bubbles. Also the healthier the better because you are just sitting there so do not over eat!

Offline Listening : Wifi was constantly going in and out! Pre-download podcasts and if you have premium music channels definitely use those!

Books/Magazines : Goes with the wifi going in and out! Read to whoever is driving or just use it to make the time go by faster.

Accessible Bag : I put only clothes in here that I would wear during the road trip, a blanket, charger, books and a few toiletries in my bag next to me so I would take that into the hotel. Everything else sat in the trunk the whole time!

Hat : ShowMeYourMumu // Top : Tobi (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Shoes : Halogen

  

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