style

Spring Style: Lace

2.3.17

Joie Top (similar here) - Zara Trousers - Chloe Flats

I'm so excited that the sun FINALLY seems to be peeking out around here! I'm so ready to start embracing Spring style . I know this season I'll be wearing tons of lace, not because it's a new trend or a revolutionary idea by any means, but something about it is just so classic and feminine and fresh. This look in particular is one that's perfect for work or a ladies' brunch, and can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels and a statement necklace (or earrings). I have a few more lace pieces in my wardrobe that I undoubtedly will be sporting (and posting about) a lot this season, but this top continues to be one of my all time favorites. 

I've also linked to a bunch of pretty lace tops, all UNDER $100, below. Happy shopping! 



personal

How To Unwind After A Long Day

1.3.17


For those of you who don't know, in addition to managing this little blog over here, I also have a full-time gig in advertising (going on 4 years now). And while I genuinely enjoy what I do, like with any job, it can be a lot sometimes. 

Which brings me to the importance of finding ways to unwind after a long day -- whether you are worn down after a busy stretch at work, or are in the midst of wedding planning or some other exciting (but BIG) life event, having "me time" is essential to avoiding a major meltdown. It's taken me a while to figure out what works for me and this might not be helpful to everyone, but I thought I would share my three favorite ways to unwind.

  • Taking a long bath - I've only recently started doing this, and even still, I wouldn't say it's a super common occurrence... but when I do, I like to go all out. I'll treat myself to some bath bombs from Lush, light my favorite candle, and just sit in complete silence (I'll sometimes listen to the most relaxing/chill Spotify playlist I can find). Not only is the hot water soothing in general, I love zoning out and not having to focus on anything. 
  • Curling up with a cup of tea and a good book - I've been a bookworm for as long as I can remember, and I'm always wishing I had more free time to catch up on my reading. When I'm stressed, nothing comforts me more than a good book (or even a fun magazine) and a cup of tea. I recently discovered Varieteas, a monthly loose-leaf tea subscription, and I love that it has already introduced me to delicious and unique flavors. This month's box includes Chamomile, Hello Spring (with pineapple, mango, and rose petals!), and Passionfruit. 
  • Yoga - I'm admittedly still a beginner, and I know this is going to sound cliche, but I can always count on yoga to completely relax me and quiet my mind. I love discovering small, local studios but I also recently downloaded an amazing app called Down Dog so that I can practice in the comfort of my living room whenever I want, without having to deal with LA traffic or parking (both tend to be a nightmare, by the way). 
What do YOU like to do during your me time? I'd love more ideas! 

Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with Variteas, who were kind enough to send me their March box to try out. 

style

Currently Loving: Utility Jackets

20.2.17

Topshop Jacket - H&M Shirt - Zara Trousers - Lulus Heels

I recently wrote about my J. Crew vest being one of my best purchases ever. Another one of my go-to pieces has been this army green jacket. It's easily been one of my most-worn jackets throughout Fall and Winter, and I know it will be the perfect transitional piece going into Spring. I can already picture how cute it will look paired with a dress and sandals! 

I've linked to some super cute utility jackets (all UNDER $100 of course) below -- I promise it will quickly become one of those pieces you reach for over and over again...



wedding

Our Fall Wedding

13.2.17

My dream bouquet -- the perfect mix of dark & dramatic and soft & feminine

If you've been following me on social media, you may know by now that we got married this past October. Annnd I finally sat down and sorted through my favorite wedding details to share with you all! 

When it came to planning the wedding, the process was definitely a lot of work. I think it's worth noting that we decided to do it all without a planner or day-of coordinator, so there were times when I felt overwhelmed. But the flip side of that is, I'm incredibly proud of how everything came together (and very grateful that my parents and sister helped so much along the way). 

I had an overall vision of how I wanted everything to look (knowing also what I didn't want -- a wedding that looked exactly like all the ones I've been seeing on social media lately) and relied heavily on Pinterest (like most modern brides do) to bring my vision to life. 

Despite all of the work, planning was also full of fun memories -- Matt and I going cupcake tasting (we opted for a cupcake tower instead of a traditional cake), wedding dress shopping with my parents and sister (I ended up falling hard for the first one I tried on), creating a Spotify playlist together to share with our DJ -- the list goes on and on.

Here are some of my favorite details from the big day! 

After a long search, I found the perfect rose gold Badgley Mischka shoes for the big day

The whole set-up -- bouquet, shoes, garter, and jewelry 

My getting ready suite, set up in my parents' backyard for an extra dreamy effect

Literally the dress of my dreams -- I kept it a secret from almost everyone until the big day

The Spanish style steps at our reception venue made for one of my favorite spots for photos

Our sweetheart table, which was also went beyond anything I could have imagined thanks to our amazing florist 

Beautiful centerpieces to match my bouquet

Our personal cake, topped with a wedding topper I found on Etsy 


images via Noteworthy Weddings

style

Transitioning Into Spring

9.2.17


As much as I love having an excuse to wear sweaters and boots, this California girl is SO ready for Spring! We've gotten a lot more rain than normal here in LA this winter, and so I think I can officially say I'm ready to pack away the Winter wear and start wearing pretty dresses and skirts again! When I saw this dress, I immediately thought about how it would be that perfect transitional piece for when we finally start easing back into that sunshine we're so used to. It's perfect to wear to work and can easily go from day to night for a dinner date.