I am so happy to partake in a monumental campaign called “Bridging the Gap”, a movement centered around blurring boundaries and ending age stereotypes. For me in this blogging journey, it’s imperative that I speak out for causes that I believe in. This in particular, is one of them. One of the foundations of my blog is encouraging others to pursue their passion, in all forms, whatever it may be. Too often I get asked, “How do I start a blog” and hear complaints about how hard it may be to become “successful”, whatever that is defined as. Well, let me tell you the secret: JUST BEGIN. We all started somewhere, it’s a journey that is not defined by “success” or how many followers you have (at least for me). It’s a process to encourage others, build community, get a little creative, and ultimately live life more fully.
I hope you all have been enjoying the last bits of summer! Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to improve the content on my site. I think a big part of the road to improvement is a balance between writing what you have to write (for brands) while simultaneously writing something that you (and all my readers) will actually want to read. I personally want to return to a journalistic approach to blogging- describing my thoughts, trips, and topics that I care about. I enjoy creating content for brands but I don’t necessarily find myself wanting to write about the best sunglasses for fall.. I want to write impactful content that will help people, whether that be to live their most creative and fulfilling life or just to give them the courage and tools needed to be authentically themselves. That in itself is what I am most passionate about. A lot of this comes from my recent research on the power of vulnerability, a topic that I have come across in many facets of my life lately. So, to begin this new content journey, I am going to start with sharing 10 Facts About Myself that you may not know already! Hopefully by being vulnerable myself (these are still pretty surface level, but it’s a start), you all will connect with me in a different way. I’ll then give you a few end of summer outfit ideas to finish this post 🙂
If I have one prediction, it’s that this fall, glasses will be huge. We saw the trend emerge this summer, with “granny glasses” as I like to call them… Like these from Forever 21. I personally think they make any look super edgy, so I fancy them. But there are also other trends that I believe will emerge in the glasses and sunglasses realm of fashion. One brand making this apparent is Zenni Optical, who is definitely on top of it. I’ve partnered with Zenni to create three full looks with their new fall collection and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you all!
With fall right around the corner, I am craving a new makeup look. This summer, I went with a more natural look, defined by light powder foundation, mascara, and defined eyebrows. I spiced things up by adding a bit more bronzer to highlight the natural tan I was getting, and maybe some lipstick for a night out. For the transition into fall, I am loving essence makeup’s affordable, trendy, and cruelty free options.
One of the main products I love is their Metal Shock Lipstick– which comes in 8 super exotic colors (so much fun)! My favorite is toxicity, which is a gold color. This lipstick adds an edge to any look and definitely got a lot of compliments when I wore it out. Another favorite product is their Volume Stylist Mascara, which is cruelty-free and lasts up to 18hrs. I wanted to create a sun-kissed, end of summer look to transition into that back-to-school-looking-refreshed-and-bronzed look.
If y’all are like me, I am constantly searching for healthy beverages to supplement my daily water consumption. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know my love of coffee, tea, and KOMBUCHA (all caps bc it’s just that good). This summer, I think I found one to add to the list! It’s a sparkling water made with real fruit… Move over LaCroix! Spindrift® is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Their water is triple-filtered and our fruit is picked from family farms, then squeezed and canned. I took Spindrift and tried it for the first time at the beach last weekend and it was just the refreshment my friends and I needed during a long day at the beach (Hermosa Beach, to be exact).
Summer is well underway! Some people are saying that summer is already over, but it technically doesn’t end until September 22nd (and in LA it really doesn’t end until November when the rainy season starts)! So we’ve got a bit to go and I’m stoked about it. One of my favorite items to wear in the summer is a romper, because it’s just as breezy as a dress, but a little more reserved aka you can do more fun activities in a romper! I found a great ruffle-sleeve romper at Modcloth, an online women’s retailer that specializes in vintage-inspired clothing.
For most of my life, I have been overwhelmed with trying to keep up with the latest trends. This yearning to keep up has inundated my closet and life with more physical items than I could have ever imagined or wanted. Add that to a passion for blogging that has turned into a full-time side hustle, and you’ve got way too many things cluttering up your space. I’m not trying to boast about the amount of items that I have received through blogging, but rather I am stating a simple fact that comes with life nowadays- we as Americans have created a culture that lusts for the next greatest thing, which leads to overconsumption. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully a part of this culture (see recent posts about SheIn, an online retailer where I buy trendy clothing to keep up with the changing seasons…), but I do think it is equally important to slow down, really think about what you have and need, and then only after that make decisions to purchase. Almost everything I buy I recycle, through thrift stores or donations, but there are some things that I decide to keep because they are staple pieces that will last a long time or will be with you “forever”. Shoes tend to almost always fall in this category. One such brand that prides itself on quality is Vionic Shoes. Vionic is changing the game when it comes to quality and comfortability, which is why these are a show that are worth investing in.