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!
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.
Ever since I was in high school, I’ve been a Vans and Converse type of girl when it comes to sneakers. I wouldn’t say that’s changed that much, but I’ve adopted more brands into my sneaker collection. One such brand is PUMA, which can be found at Famous Footwear. This season, they created Vikky Platform Sneakers, which I am obsessed with. What better way to incorporate the season’s hottest shoe trend- the platform- into a sneaker? I’m in love. Plus the platform means extra padding so you can wear these babies all day long.
I don’t know if it’s a well-kept secret or a well-known fact by now, but the website Shein is a godsend for trendy clothing without the large price tag. It’s perfect for clothing that you want to wear for one season or one occasion. I’ve gotten some seriously cute pieces for weddings, events, and shoots for seriously so cheap without sacrificing too much quality. I wouldn’t recommend the site for staple pieces that you want for more than one season or a couple occasions- for those I tend to spend the money on nicer quality items that will last quite a long time (more bang for your buck this way). There are a few items I splurge on, including shoes (you tend to keep shoes longer than other clothing items), accessories (you don’t want that green ring around your finger from low quality metal), and bags (definitely last more than one season). But for t-shirts, dresses, and other heavily rotating trendy clothing, this website is great! Below are a few outfits I’ve created from this website.
The big day is here! It’s Amazon Prime Day 2017! This is the first year I am an Amazon Prime member, and I love it. I previously thought, why pay a yearly fee to have access to random deals that I could probably do without? Well, it’s so much more than that. I use Amazon for random essentials throughout the year that I don’t want to make an extra (and more expensive) trip to Target for. These are things like a blow-up swan floatie for Palm Springs, bathing suits that I didn’t want to pay a million dollars for, desk accessories like my laptop stand, tech accessories like my portable charger, or even books that have been on my book list forever. To me, Amazon is the perfect place to buy all of these random essentials at a great price without having to take a trip to the store.