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August 27, 2014


black and white

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Right now I'm super into neutrals, especially black and white. It's just such a classic combination and I'll never get tired of it. Here's a few of my favorite pieces, all under $40 (except that black and white striped dress, but it's still a steal at under $50!)

Happy Wednesday! 

August 26, 2014


Delicate jewelry is so popular this season, and after going crazy over statement jewelry for the last few years, I'm ready to tone it down and go for something a little more simple. But even the most simple jewelry can be fun to play around with sometimes, and one of my favorite ways to amp up the basic, delicate pieces is to layer them.

If you're trying to figure out how to layer yours, try these tips:

1. Pick pieces that are similar to each other, like the "V" shaped pieces I styled together in my first outfit here, or the spiked pieces in the second outfit. This will make your layering look purposeful and help the pieces flow well together.

2. Create contrast. I love creating contrast in outfits. Try pairing those delicate pieces with chunky pieces, or short pieces with long ones. Also, play around with a lot of delicate ones paired together, or one chunky and one delicate. Mixing and matching is what makes it fun!

3. Choose a similar neckline. Show off your gorgeous layering by choosing a top with a neckline that's similar to the shapes of your necklaces. If your necklaces are long, choose a deeper v-neck blouse. If your necklaces are shorter and rounded, go for a scoop neck.

4. Mixed metals is allowed! Silver, gold, rose gold -- they're all fair game. Mixing the same metals will look the most purposeful, but don't feel like you have to stick to just one.


outfit 1:

outfit 2:

August 25, 2014


When summer rolls around and we're spending many of our days at the beach or outside, the last thing I want to think about is makeup. But even on those days that I am getting ready, I go for a more lightweight face routine -- a few essentials that make me feel pretty and put together, but not at all caked on or heavy. I want to share a few favorites that have become summer makeup essentials. (And with just a few extra steps and products, it will transition perfectly into my Fall makeup routine)!


1. I've been using Jergen's Natural Glow body lotion for about 10 years, but I've only started using their face lotion this summer. I have really sensitive skin on my face, so I was nervous to try it, but I haven't had a single problem with it and I love the little bit of color it gives my naturally pasty white face. I put it on morning and night about twenty minutes after washing, and it keeps my skin soft and smooth and just slightly bronzed. 

2. I met the Bare Minerals team at Alt Summit earlier this year and they sent me home with a bunch of makeup goodies, including this Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Smooth Talker. It's my go-to lip gloss for a natural summer look -- just the right amount of neutral shine. 

3. I've been using Murad products for about eight months now and haven't met a product I didn't like (you can read more about my experience with them here). They recently sent me their acne treatment concealer, and although I've been anti-concealer since high school (one too many horrible experiences with breaking out), I gave this one a try. I absolutely love it, and it gives amazing coverage but hasn't made me break out one single time. I swear by this stuff. 

4. This summer I've had a ton of friends get eyelash extensions. I was super interested in how they liked them, and mostly got a negative response about it -- the price, not being able to wear mascara, and not being able to rub your eyes were the biggest complaints. So when Younique sent me their 3D Fiber Lashes, which claimed to have the same results at a fraction of the price (and washed off at the end of the day), I was intrigued. I've been using them for about a month, and they seriously do what they claim -- a few little swipes, and my already long lashes look even longer and fuller with this product. They're perfect for a lightweight summer makeup routine, but also compliment a darker statement eye perfectly. Can't wait to use them with a smokey eye when the weather gets cooler!

5. During the summer, I love adding a bright and colorful blush to my routine. But I find that my powdered blush's fall off quickly in the heat. So instead of using those, I grab one of my pink lipsticks and rub a little on the apples of my cheeks for an instant pretty flushed look. CoverGirl "fairytale" is my favorite, and is perfect for doubling up as a regular lip color when you're wanting to add a little extra color to your look! 

What are your summer makeup essentials??

August 22, 2014


A couple of weeks ago I share my blush lace dress that I made myself for my birthday. Today I'm back with the tutorial! This my first time making a dress with full lining, so there was a little trial and error, and a fair amount of unpicking and resewing, but I'm thrilled with how it turned out. 

You can see the original post and all the photos of the dress here!

dress made by me (similar here and here)
rock and republic heels, similar 
lulu*s bag, similar here on sale!


August 21, 2014


Fall is right around the corner and (pretty much like every season), jeans are my staple. But the last few years I've expanded my denim wardrobe to include more than just denim pants. There are so many fantastic denim choices out there that aren't just blue jeans, so I've teamed up with Land's End today to share a few great options for Fall.

Denim Jackets. These are such a staple for fall, especially as a way to transition your summer dresses into fall and winter. Throw it around your waist during the hotter Fall days, and then it's ready to throw on when it cools down in the evenings. This one from Land's End is a great dark classic wash with the perfect amount of stretch. 

Chambray Button Up. A classic chambray button-up is such a staple for every woman's closet. I have several in my closet, but I love ones with a subtle pattern, like this one from Land's End. They're so versatile -- throw it under a dress or sweater, leave it open for a laid back look, or tie it at the waist with an a-line skirt like I did here. 

Chambray Dress. A good chambray dress is so hard to come by, especially at such a good price point, so I instantly fell in love with this classic shirt dress one from Land's End. They're the perfect piece for the last weeks of summer with a pair of wedges and a hat, and then you can easily transition it into Fall with a pair of tights, booties, and a scarf. 

outfit 1: 
target dress, similar

outfit 2:

outfit 3:

big thanks to land's end for sponsoring this post. 

August 18, 2014



DIY jean shorts (tutorial here)

A few months ago I came across a photo of a pair of rhinestone embellished jeans, and completely fell in love with them. I'm not usually one to love embellished jeans, since I'm a child of the rhinestone covered back pockets era and I'd be happy to not have to wear those ever again, but these ones were feminine, sparkly, unique, and still completely modern. So I did what I do best -- I made a pair for myself.

Since it's summer and it's way too hot to be wearing full length jeans most of the time (especially in Huntington Beach where no one has air conditioning), I made them with a pair of denim cut-offs. But I'm already itching to make another pair with full length jeans -- they'd be so fantastic for the holidays!

I'm sharing the easy tutorial over on SheKnows this month -- hop over and check it out!

Happy Monday!

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