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.
Can you believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted on my blog?! It’s been a busy June. In the beginning of the month, I travelled to my hometown of Colorado for our annual Father’s Day trip. We stayed in remote cabins outside of Steamboat, a really popular mountain destination about 4 hours outside of Denver. It was a much needed refresh from the hustle and bustle of LA. I immersed myself in nature, complete with wildflowers, rolling green hills, and all the pine trees and aspens a girl could ask for. While I was there, I wore lose, white dresses, straw hats, and lace-up espadrilles, some of my favorite summer trends. You can see a recap of some of my activities and what I wore on my Instagram. I carried some of these styles over to my LA wardrobe, thanks to Old Navy. They have a great selection of summer styles such as maxi dresses, flow-y bohemian tops, wedges, and really any summer trend you want to get on board with.
I haven’t posted too much inside my house since I’ve moved to Redondo Beach, but I love it inside my little bungalow. I usually spend the mornings making coffee and playing with my kitty, Penny, before heading to work for the day. On weekends, if I am not being a weekend warrior (which I usually am), I love to make breakfast at home. For me, my home is my sanctuary. I can wear whatever I want to wear and be whoever I want to be- not that I am not myself outside my home… But I can sing loud and dance and wear no pants, etc. at home. One thing I do always wear inside is a pair of slippers. My last pair of slippers were from Christmas from Nordstrom Rack and had no soles or cushion left in them. Needless to say, I needed an upgrade. Something with harder soles that I could walk around and be comfortable in. When I found T&N Collection, they had just what I was looking for- comfortable slippers that I can wear inside and outside!