As many of you know, almost all my family lives in Colorado. I am the odd ball and took the jump and moved to California 3 years ago. This makes it extremely difficult during holidays, such as Mother’s Day, when you wish you could see your family but you can’t! Because of this, I try to take the time to put together special gifts and experiences for my mom that I know she will enjoy. My mom and I have always had a very close relationship- I tell her everything! Is anyone else best friends with their mom?! It’s the best. Every Mother’s Day, I usually send my mom a card at the very least. This Mother’s Day, I wanted to take things to a new level to really show her how much she means to me!
I created a special gift package experience in partnership with Uber this Mother’s Day to make sure my mom knows what she deserves. I like giving experiences as gifts, almost more than physical gifts- the memories and time together (when you can be together) are often more valuable than any tangible thing. And what better way to get to a specific experience than with Uber? Uber has become such a necessity for affordable, safe driving in the modern age, and my mom has never actually used the service! I’m excited for her to actually be able to enjoy this experience rather than have to think about how she will get there.
When I started my blog, I named it “Bohemian” by the Bay for the definition of the word: a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer. I still abide by it’s meaning and I want my blog to be a source of inspiration where people feel like they can be inspired by my looks, yes, but I also want people to be inspired to create their own looks that are just as unconventional, just as unique, and just as YOU. I want people to feel welcome here, and I want to encourage everyone to be their most authentic self. I want people to feel like they too can be anyone they wish or create anything they want to be. YOU ARE AUTHENTICALLY YOU.
Since my bohemian style is drawn to natural pieces, I am beginning to collect more and more jewelry with stones and minerals. One of my all time favorite jewelry brands, Chan Luu, put together a useful and beautiful infographic on how to care for them, which I thought I’d pass along.
One of my biggest flaws when wearing jewelry is that I don’t take it off when I wash my hands, and sometimes I even forget to take it off before the gym (oops)! It is definitely necessary to take off jewelry in all cases, especially the shower. Most tap water does have harsh chemicals, such as chlorine, which can cause damage to jewelry. I also learned from this infographic that to clean the gem, a soapy water with a soft cloth will most likely do the trick as long as you avoid any harsh chemicals that can interfere with the natural state of the gem. Good to know!
I’m so grateful I live near the beach now! I can go running along the shore, play a pickup volleyball game, or have a relaxing picnic near the water, all within walking distance of my house. I’m often on the go, so I’ve been looking for snacks to sustain all these activities. One of the snacks I’ve found extremely satisfying to refuel after these activities is noosa yoghurt, a rich, whole milk yoghurt blend packed with protein and loads of flavor. Noosa actually originated in Australia but is produced in Colorado, so I’ve always been an advocate for this brand. I first tried the yoghurt in college in Boulder and have been hooked ever since.
I’ve always been a thrifter. My mom taught me at a young age how to thrift, and I have found great success doing it. Thrifting is great for many reasons: you can find high-quality items for less than half the price and it’s actually a fun activity because you can find “treasures” in the racks and racks of clothing. You can even find one-of-a-kind vintage items that are unique to give your look more of an edge. By mixing some of these more affordable items with more expensive items, you can find achieve a very chic look, ALA Thrifts and Threads. Some of my most favorite fashion bloggers are avid thrifters, including Noelle Downing, Song of Style, and Pretty Little Fawn.
Some of my favorite thrifting stores in California and beyond include: Crossroads Trading, Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, and various underground vintage shops that are so underground I can’t tell you about them here… No but really my main fav’s are Crossroads and Buffalo Exchange. The best part about these places is that you can sell your clothes for cash money or trade them in for credit at the store. I always go in for the cash, but end up finding something great like this ruffled dress I got for less than $20 (originally from Anthropologie) and these western mules which go for $140 on Nordstrom.com. If you are worried about wear and tear, don’t be… Most of these items are new or like new, and if not, you don’t have to buy them!
Speaking of my mom teaching me how to thrift, she put together this awesome list of thrifting tips that hit the nail on the head. Thanks Mom, I love you! Keep reading to see the full list of tips.
When I lived in SF, I started a hashtag #lovenotestosf to keep all the memories and snapshots I had of the city in one place as a tribute to the city. I loved walking around taking pictures of everything, from the unique architecture to the sweeping views of green hillsides covered in eucalyptus trees. SF has a sort of European feel to it, it’s very romantic and has a sort of untouched historical beauty to it. When I moved to LA, it was very different. People don’t walk, they drive, and therefore I haven’t got as many pictures as I would like (yet) to do this city justice. There aren’t as many beautiful structures or parks, but it’s got so many things to make up for areas that it lacks. People are always asking me which city I like better, and my answer is always the same: they are so different that I cannot choose one city; I like them both for different reasons. A very safe answer, but so true.
So this brings me to list some reasons why I love living in LA, and why I’m going to carry that hashtag over to LA and start #lovenotestoLA. Side note: yes, I recently have been watching La La Land over and over again and it prompted me to write this post. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you MUST ASAP. It captures the beauty of living in a city where so many people are trying to make it in a creative field, and all the heartbreak that comes along with trying to pursue your dream. As a dreamer myself, the movie really tugged at my heartstrings.
I am welcoming 2017 with open arms. 2016 wasn’t a bad year, but it definitely had its peaks and plateaus. I lost some friendships I cared deeply about, I strengthened some I already had, and I gained some new ones that will hopefully last. It’s hard to keep a positive mindset when you have lost something you thought would last forever, but it is necessary to do that to move forward. I always have faith in the saying that what is meant to be will happen, no matter how hard the loss was or how long it may take to recover. Rather than dwell on the negatives of 2016, I want to focus on some of the positives as well. I started my dream job at ONEHOPE Wine, a wine company whose mission is to give back through donations to various causes. This keeps me grounded, thankful, and extremely happy that I am able to commit to a cause greater than myself. I also moved to LA from SF this year, putting everything I’ve known behind to pursue a life that I wanted to live. While in LA, I adopted my sweet kitty, Penny, who has brought more joy into my life than I would have ever thought. My blog grew exponentially and I had more partnerships than ever. My cousin got married and my parents retired and bought a new home. I got first ever apartment by myself. So, some really great things happened this year, too.
This leads me into some of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. This is a hard year to plan for, since I have no idea where I am headed next. In previous years, I’ve always had a plan for what I want to do or where I want to go. But, for the first time, I am happy where I am. LA doesn’t feel like home yet, and I’m not sure it ever will (since Colorado will always be my home), but I am willing to give it a shot. Read on to see my full list of resolutions.