Almost Summer Vibes + Boston Trip!

Hi loves! I am so incredibly sorry I haven’t posted in a while! My life has been seriously hectic lately between my last days of classes, finals, and trying to spend time with my boyfriend who’s home from Boston. I’ve been so sad that I haven’t had time to post anything, but I have good news! This Saturday, after my finals are finished and my sophomore year is officially over, I will be traveling with my bf to Boston! This will be my second time heading over there, and I am SO EXCITED! Every time I travel, I get addicted to it more and more. Boston has become one of my favorite cities and I’m so happy I have someone to show me around and take me to the most interesting places.

Some places we plan to go to are: the Museum of Fine Art (MFA), roof gardens, a Red Sox game at Fenway, and simply exploring the city! I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on Instagram as well of all the things we’ll be up to. The last time I visited Boston we didn’t stay directly in the city and it was during the fall season. This time however, I will be staying right in the city and summer is coming! So I’m hoping the weather will be beautiful everyday! I’m a nervous flyer however, so wish me luck as I take this rather long journey on a plane.

As of now though, I am finishing up my last papers and studying for finals week. Those of you who are in college or have been through college know the stresses and struggles of finals week. I can’t wait to get this week over with, go on my trip, and come back to my beautiful, summery California! I am so stoked for this summer and I’ll be sure to fill it with blog posts! I can’t wait to make up for this lost time and my absence on this blog. Again, I’m so sorry for my posting scarcity, but I hope you understand! Also, if any of you live on the east coast or even specifically in Boston, please comment and let me know the best places to visit, I need more ideas! Talk to you guys soon!❤

Fashion and Lifestyle Books!

Hi loves! I recently got a couple of books from authors Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari.  If you are familiar with the Laguna Beach reality show or The Hills, you know quite a bit about these two ladies. I absolutely loved these two shows since the cast grew up where I did, even though some of it was scripted. I loved seeing shots of the surrounding area and thinking, hey! I know just where that is and it’s beautiful! Anyways, even though those shows have ended, I still loved Lauren Conrad especially. She’s been so successful in all the right ways and I really respect her. I have most of her books including L.A. Candy, Beauty, and Style. I can’t say I’ve kept up with Kristin Cavallari as much, but I’m actually quite impressed with her book! In high school, these two weren’t exactly friends, but I’m happy to see both of them are still successful and hopefully they cleared up some beef!

Let’s start off with Lauren’s book entitled Celebrate. This book was very cohesive with her other two fashion and lifestyle books she let out. They all flow together very nicely style wise. The photography is always gorgeous and from a graphic design perspective, very well organized and thoughtful. I really appreciate all the small details that went into this book and not to mention, she has A TON of information in it! She shows you how to organize for events such as a bridal shower, a dinner party, a housewarming, and even a wedding! Any person who aspires to be an event planner should definitely pick up this book! Here’s a few pages that I found especially beautiful from her book:

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Next is Kristin’s book entitled Balancing in Heels. In it she covers topics from being a mother of three, to food recipes, and even working out! She give some great tips about a ton of different things and I must say her photography is also gorgeous. From a design standpoint, I do enjoy Lauren’s book a little more because it matches my aesthetic, but that doesn’t mean Kristin’s is any less beautiful! I love how she covers a broad spectrum of topics and gives her advice! Here’s some photos of a few pages I loved:

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Definitely go check out both these books by these amazing authors! It’s definitely worth the buy and they’re some great coffee table books as well. Hope you enjoyed and happy reading!❤

By the Seaside OOTD

Hello everyone! I’m glad you all have been enjoying my OOTD’s, I’ve been having a lot of fun putting them together! It’s the perfect season for sundresses, which is why I’ve been posting so many haha. I have another amazing dress for you guys that is a gorgeous blue color and to me, looks just like the ocean! Hence, the title for it. You know the drill, so here’s the photos!:)

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This dress is a tie-dye print, with dark and light blues. The bottom of the dress is cut so that there are longer and shorter pieces. I have a dress that has a similar effect which I wrote about in my Tribal Print OOTD. I think this was a really great move on the designer’s part because combined with the print, the cut makes the dress looks like water moving. I’m obsessed with this effect! The back has a very simple cut with skinny straps. The simple top balances out the busyness at the bottom.

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I accessorized this dress with an auburn bralette (I love the opposing colors of orange and blue together). I also threw on a couple silver knuckle rings. I thought they went well with my sun necklace (also, thanks to my sister for letting me steal some rings). I love this simple necklace from Etsy; it goes with so many dresses and outfits! I also brought out the flower crown again since it went with the blue of the dress so well. I’m thinking about making a couple others with different shades of the same color! You can check out how I made this one in my DIY Flower Crown post.

Hope you guys enjoyed! Write me below with any questions or comments! Thanks<3

How I Style a Thrifted Skirt!

Hey everyone! I recently went thrift shopping for the first time and picked up something pretty cute. I’ve always been pretty skeptical about thrift shopping, but after going, I have a better outlook towards it. You can find some pretty amazing pieces for shockingly cheap! I bought this skirt at the Buffalo Exchange in San Diego. I’m not sure where their other location are, or if there even are any other locations haha. I have three looks shown below, from slightly formal to comfy casual! Hope you enjoy!

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For this option, I wore a super baggy collared shirt with this suede skirt. The skirt has a scallop cut at the bottom and I bought it for $10. I’ve been looking for a skirt similar to this for so long, so this was such a steal! The top is cut at the sides so I took that opportunity to tie it up in a knock on the side. This gives such a messy yet put together vibe. I also rolled up the sleeves, but you could totally roll them down and it would be just as cute. I accessorized this outfit with my black suede string necklace, which I made myself. I simply wrapped it around a couple times and tied it in a bow. I think this adds a super cute girly look to the whole outfit. I also wore my black suede boots to match this necklace. Lastly, I am wearing this gorgeous jewel ring from Melrose in the O.C.

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This second option is a more casual one compared to the first. I threw on a flowy gray sweater (from H&M) with the skirt. This sweater is pretty thin, so I wear it as a shirt. It is also cut along the sides and the front is longer than the back. I am wearing Adidas Originals with this outfit to make it more casual and I think they work so well with it! (I can’t tell you how long it took me to find these freaking shoes!) I accessorized with my bohemian necklace from Nordstrom and the same jewel ring.

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The third option is the most casual out of the three. I am wearing a comfy t-shirt from the brand Obey. I really love their clothing and this is one of my favorite t-shirts. I love the little Exacto knives that are crossed together on the graphic. It reminds me of my art and graphic design classes at school haha. It’s such an artsy piece and I thought the gray color of it worked well with the skirt. Again, I am wearing my amazing Adidas and my mirrored sunglasses which are from Nordstrom!

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing how I style this thrifted skirt. Check out Buffalo Exchange for great deals and amazing style!❤

Midsummer Night’s Dream OOTD

Another OOTD yay! I had a lot of fun with this one since I finally got to feature my flower crown I made during Easter. You can see the post where I showed how to make it here! This dress is great for the spring and summertime and I’m really looking forward to wearing it more (whenever the weather decides to stop being bipolar). It was a great beach coverup as well! Here’s the photos, I promise all of them are in focus this time haha!

Also, I curled my hair with a Nume curling iron. I usually use a large barrel to get loose, beachy waves. However, this time I used the smallest barrel to get tight curls and get a bit of a fairy vibe haha. Hope you guys enjoy!

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I’m a little obsessed with this dress right now, hence all of the photos to come. I just really wanted to show how flowy and beautiful it is. It’s so flattering and I hope these photos do it justice. The straps are thin and the cut at the bottom is just perfect. It moves with your body in such a great way and is so comfy! Not to mention, the pattern is just so cool and in the perfect shade of dark blue. The back is just as cute too!

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I wore my lacy black bralette with this dress to match my black suede shoes. I got this bralette from Urban Outfitters and I love how it can be worn with almost any outfit! It looks great with the open back of the dress, which ties across in a little string bow.

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This is me overly excited that my second year of college is almost over!!

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Here is a nice close up of the flower crown. It was so much fun to put together and arranging all of the spring inspired colors!

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Just in case it gets a little chilly, I paired the dress with this creme cardigan. It’s one of favorites since it’s so oversized and comfortable. I’m pretty sure I bought this from Nordstrom years ago. It still goes great with so many outfits and a staple for any wardrobe!

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Hope you guys like this outfit, I’m really loving it and hope the weather warms up soon so I can wear it! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Thanks everyone!❤

Tribal Print OOTD

Hi guys! As I promised, here is a new post with a new outfit! I bought a few sundresses for my birthday (my birthday was on March 28th, but I didn’t have time to take photos of them until now!) This one in particular is one of my favorites, so let’s get into the photos! Disclaimer: I’m sorry a couple of these photos are a bit blurry, I’m still learning the best way to use my camera’s settings.

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This dress is absolutely stunning and extremely comfortable! The print has a tribal vibe and is very intricate. It has thin straps and the most gorgeous cut at the bottom. I think the cut is what makes it so flowy and airy. The neckline is cut pretty low, so I paired it with a dark gray bralette from Urban Outfitters. It also gives such a nice detail to the dress. I think it is so flattering and girly. I also paired it with a black sunhat since I will probably be wearing this outfit when it is sunny (even though it was gray outside when I took these photos).

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Here are some detail photos of the jewelry and hat I accessorized the dress with. The long necklace I got at Nordstrom and I’m obsessed with the time silver detailing and black jewels in it! It went perfectly with this outfit. I also wore this bracelet that has similar silver detailing and a turquoise diamond shape in the middle. This sunhat is also super cute with the simple bow at the side. Perfect for those ultra sunny days!

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For these last photos, I threw on a burgundy cardigan. I love this color with the creme and black of the dress. You never know when it will get a little chilly down by the beach! I love how this cardigan has a cut on each side and is very long. Loving it with the unique cut of the dress! If you haven’t noticed, I am not wearing any shoes. Black ankle boots would look very nice with this outfit, if you decide to wear something like this out on the town. For me though, I will probably be wearing this around the beach so I won’t need any shoes haha.

Anyways, I hope you guys love this look! As always, comment down below with any questions of comments! Hope you guys are enjoying the rainy weather!:)

Pescetarianism: Month 2!

Hey everyone! I’m SO sorry it’s been so long since I’ve made a post. I’m in my last month of school and the work just seems to be piling on. My friends and I have been feeling pretty overloaded, but I’ve missed blogging so much! Look forward to some more posts this weekend, I have a lot planned! As you all know, I recently went pescatarian. You can check out my first post about it here, where I explain more in depth why I made the switch. **Also, please enjoy the image of the bunnies; they are some adorable little vegetarians!**

It has now been two months since I decided to change to this “diet”. I hesitate calling it a diet since it honestly hasn’t been that difficult for me and it definitely is not any sort of deprivation. I enjoy making healthier food choices than I would while eating meat and I personally have seen small changes to my body. I found that when including meat in my diet, I got too full pretty fast and I ended up feeling gross afterwards. Now though, I find that I can actually eat more! I think now I eat smaller proportions more often of meaningful foods. For example, I make sure to eat lots of rice and beans to get a good amount of protein in my diet. A bowl of this with some fruit or salad makes for a good meal. However, I will probably be hungry soon after this. But that’s okay! Eating healthy and doing it often in a day is great! I always try to reach for the healthiest option that is in my cafeteria, even though it’s hard at times. Of course, I have my moments where I need some sweets since I have THE WORST sweet tooth. I think if you’re really craving something, and you usually eat healthy overall, it’s okay to be lenient with yourself once in a while.

As I mentioned in my last post about pescetarianism, I have also been researching veganism. While I don’t think I will be becoming vegan anytime soon, I hope in the future I can try it out! A YouTuber I have been watching more and more lately is Freelee the Banana Girl. There is always a lot of controversy surrounding her channel. She can be a bit harsh sometimes, and if you’ve ever watched her, you’ll understand that statement. If you’re curious about her, definitely look her up and let me know what you think! Personally, I would agree that she has a strong personality, but I also believe she is extremely informative! Learning facts about veganism has really intrigued me and I love hearing what advice she has to give. She also stresses how helpful this is to animals. You know, not eating them and stuff haha. All jokes aside, Freelee will insert clips of how the meat industry treats its animals and how much they suffer and are tortured. I had not seen these types of images in a while, and it reminded me just how inhumane the whole system is and how much I want to help. There are many different opinions about this, but that is my own on the matter. If you’re interested in this topic, I totally recommend researching different articles, videos, and movies to help yourself get informed.

Overall, I’m still loving being a pescatarian! Rarely I will get cravings for chicken, for example, but I remind myself of the positive changes that have come with being a pescatarian and how I have not caused harm to those animals. That’s a pretty good feeling! I have also been going to the gym and working out very often and that’s has made me feel amazing as well. I have been going at least 3-4 times a week and really feeling accomplished afterwards! Hope this was informative or helpful to at least one of you and that you had a wonderful day!!❤

DIY Flower Crown!

Happy Spring everyone! In celebration of the new season and Easter, I decided to try out another DIY. I’m not usually a person to do a lot of DIY projects, but once in a while, I like to try one out. Flower crowns are a very common DIY to do, but I thought it would be a great little accessory to my OOTD posts and a great springtime accent. It turned out even better than I expected so here’s the steps I took to complete it.*This idea was taken from simply_kenna and recreated to give it my own look.*

So lets talk about the things you will need to get started. The items you will need to buy from a craft store are: twine (the tough kind, not the rope kind), faux flowers, and faux leaves. You will also need a hot glue gun and scissors. I chose 6 different types of flowers to include in my flower crown. There are small pink flowers, large blue daisies, small yellow flowers, small blue daisies, small purple flower/plants, and small white daisies. I chose these pastels colors because I knew they would work well together and were perfect for the season. It’s also important to buy small and large flowers to add contrast.

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The first step I took was to cut a long piece of twine and measure it around my head. I measured it so that it could wrap around my head twice. I wrapped each end around the wire to secure it in place. This made the base of the crown much more sturdy and wearable.

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The next step is to take the leaves and cut a few segments of them. Line them alone the twine so that when you hot glue them on, it will cover the whole circumference. The leaves will act as our base plant.

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The last step is simple. Begin to place your flowers on the crown in whatever arrangement you’d like. This is the most tedious part of the whole project. I cut each flower from the long stem it came on so there was only a small piece of stem to glue on to the twine. It definitely wasn’t too hard to accomplish, but it did take some patience.

I started by placing the flowers in sections. I placed one and decided which color would look best with it. I continued this way throughout the whole crown and eventually it all connected together. Once I had it all covered with beautiful flowers, I went around and found some of the bare sections and placed small flowers where details were needed. Details are very important for this project, so take your time.

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After all those sections were completed, I finally finished the crown! This is the finished product and I’m super happy with how it turned out. It was so much easier than I expected and the process was actually pretty fun! I’m planning on using this for an OOTD soon, so look forward to that! I think it’d be fun to make these with different shades of one color. For example an all purple or blue crown with dark and light shades. If you guys decide to recreate this look, I’d love to see it! Comment down below what you think!❤

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My Wishlist: Princess Polly

Hi loves! So I’ve been noticing you guys are looking at my old Wishlist posts pretty often lately! I totally forgot about that little “series” I used to post. I really love introducing you guys to online sites that have amazing clothes so I thought I’d continue that today. If you are unfamiliar with “My Wishlist” posts, I basically go through online clothing sites and pick out stuff that I would love to buy some day. I don’t own these pieces, they’re just items that have caught my eye. So, I’ve recently come across a website called Princess Polly through Facebook. They have such amazing clothes, but unfortunately it’s more on the pricey side. I’ve picked out five pieces that I think are particularly adorable and things that I would wear myself. *None of these photos are mine, they are all taken off from the website.* So without further ado, here’s some springtime/summer outfits from Princess Polly:

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This first piece caught my eye instantly. I love fully white pieces, especially for the spring/summer seasons (by the way, happy spring!) I love the patterns along the sleeve and the bottom of the dress, it gives such a feminine vibe. The dress as a whole looks very flowy, the sleeves especially. I love how the cut goes straight all the way across the chest and to the shoulders. It’s such a slouchy, effortless look that’s perfect for the warmer weather. I can totally see someone walking around downtown in my little beach city in this dress ($49.87).

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Next is a beautiful floral set. I’m not sure if I could ever pull this off, but I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. With the flowers and plants against the white background, its the most perfect warm weather outfit. I also love how they paired it with a brown belt. I think it looks like bamboo, which matches the leaf prints. The ties at the front of the top are such a nice detail and very trendy at the moment. This top also has a frilled fabric at the bottom, adding to the daintiness of it. Overall, it’s a very tropical look that is light and looks like it would keep you cool ($66.49).

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These next couple outfits I found on their new arrivals page. I just loved these graphic tees that say “‘Neath the Arizona Skies”. They had a cool 70’s vibe that is so cool and they were paired with some unique skirts. I mainly am including these because I love how they were styled. I love the brown skirt and it’s cut with the sleeveless graphic tee. The bag they paired it with also gives that desert vibe that matches the top. Overall, such a great look, so good job Princess Polly stylists! On the right is a similar outfit, but much brighter. It is the same graphic on the shirt, but there are bright yellow sleeves and neckline. This is great for spring and summer with how bright the yellow is contrasted with the electric blue skirt. Again, I’m loving the styling of this outfit just like the first one. Definitely going to be taking some inspiration from these outfits! First shirt: $91.43. Second shirt: $99.74.

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This last piece I thought was absolutely gorgeous! I saw the first photo and I thought yep, I would definitely buy that. The baby blue color is just so beautiful and the detailing down the center and around the waist is so cute. I then saw the back and sides of it and I was astounded. The craftsmanship on this romper is so amazing and detailed. Details mean a lot to me in any piece and this 100% is one of the best rompers I have ever seen. The front is flowy and beautiful and the back is equally as gorgeous, if not more so. I can’t explain how amazing I think this piece is and I hope I can purchase it later on ($49.87). I also really love the beige hat they paired with it. It gives such a casual look to it. Great job on this one Princess Polly, I’m loving it!

So those are all the looks I picked out from this site. If you guys would like to see more of it, please let me know and I’d love to pick out more pieces! I definitely had fun exploring the site.❤

Oyster Nails

What’s up, guys? I haven’t done a nail polish review in so long, so I thought it was time for one! This is probably the most unique nail polish I own. It’s from Urban Outfitters and is called “Oyster.” Here’s some photographs to give you an idea before I go into any difficult descriptions.

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As you can see, this is a very unique color. At first glance, it is almost a shimmery white color. However, when put into the light, it shimmers with a beautiful purple shade! When I applied it to my nails, I found it needed a few coats to make this change really apparent.

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At first glance, it looks as if I am not wearing any polish at all. But when I turn my hand slightly, you can clearly see the lovely purple/pink color. This polish looks so cool on its own and so simple. It would be the nicest accent to any outfit since it is such a subtle color. I also am completely in love with the packaging. Geometric items are so cool and modern, and I love how the packaging is just as unique as this color. The applicator handle is matte black, which contrasts the shimmery shade so nicely. Most of you probably think packaging doesn’t matter so much, but as an artist/aspiring graphic designer, I find things like this so interesting! By the way, none of these photos are edited so that I could show you all the color just as it is! Hope you love it as much as I do. I’m not sure if they still sell this shade, but I found it with all the little makeup samples and knick knacks that they offer at the register.:)