Berry and Bright

This holiday season I’m ditching a dramatic eye for a bold lip.

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Not only is this look easier to achieve, but I think it is also appropriate for every occasion–family reunion, corporate holiday party, Christmas moviethon, etc. With a bold lip, you can keep everything else simple and neutral but still look like you put in effort without coming off over the top. My color of choice? Berry. This warm and bright shade is fitting for this time of year, but ultimately, any red will do, as long as it is BOLD.

To get my look:

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MAC – Rebel

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NARS – Fanny

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BARE MINERALS – Devious

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow

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Thanksgiving Rompers & Jumpsuits

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With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, there’s so much to do–grocery shopping, meal prepping, decorating, and most importantly…outfit planning.

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It can be difficult to know what to wear as a guest. You don’t want to be over the top, uncomfortable, or too casual.

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Wearing a romper or jumpsuit is the perfect answer. Rompers effortlessly evoke the appropriate combination of looking like you tried while still being able to move.

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I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

On me: Forever Jumpsuit // Alfani Heels // Adrienne Vittadini Sweater // Fossil Purse

Before you go, take a look at a few other rompers & jumpsuits I love:

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Topshop

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Nordstrom Rack

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

Off The Shoulder Sweaters

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Sometimes I feel like adding a little pizzazz to my outfit even when I’m slightly chilly, and I find showing a little shoulder does the trick. Off the shoulder sweaters are great for staying warm while showing some skin during the transitional months. If you too want to keep the bare shoulder trend alive, check out a few sweaters I’m loving!

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H&M

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ASOS

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ASOS

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Missguided

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Shopbop

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Revolve

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” -Oscar Wilde

Fall Scarves

Summer is turning to fall quickly this year, and I’m more than ready for the shift of seasons. One of my favorite fall fashion pieces is scarves. They can dress up and add style to an average look, and their cozy feel is comforting on a brisk, chilly morning. Living under the redwoods, I find myself wearing a big, warm scarf at home in my loungewear on most fall evenings. One of my favorite fall looks is a messy bun or ponytail and a scarf, perfect for days when I am not up for doing my hair. If you’re not on the scarf bandwagon yet, keep scrolling for major scarf inspiration.

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“Put on a sweater and really great sneakers with a big scarf, and you’ll look so stylish. For me, they are an everyday essential.” —Meghan Markle

Piling On The Bling

Layering jewelry has been a fashion practice since ancient times, but the trend has really been taking off recently. I personally love the style. I have always gravitated towards more feminine, delicate looks as opposed to big, bulky pieces. Layers help make what was once reserved and shy into a subtle statement. Why wear one necklace when you can wear three? The secret is making sure that each individual item isn’t over the top on its own, so when they come together they mesh perfectly. Keep scrolling to see what I mean.

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Bracelets

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Rings

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Check out my three favorite places to shop for jewelry right now:

Mejuri // BaubleBar // Sundance

“Jewelry is the most transformative thing you can wear.” —Iris Apfel

Fall Fashion Inspo

Now that we are heading into late August, I’ve got Autumn on the brain. Usually Santa Cruz has an Indian Summer, but I find myself longing for cooler evenings, oversized sweaters, and hot apple cider. To feed my craving, I’ve rounded up some of the most fitting Fall inspiration finds from Pinterest. If these looks don’t get you in the mood to go pumpkin picking and sit by the fire with your favorite mystery book, I don’t know what will. 

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“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” 

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The LBD of Summer

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Many times on this blog I’ve mentioned how important a Little Black Dress (LBD) is for every woman’s wardrobe, but usually I’m referring to a dress that is fit for a holiday party, last minute black tie wedding, or fancy date night.

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Finding an LBD that can do all of those things AND be casual enough for the beach is a whole other story.

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Let me introduce you to the LBD of Summer: this button-front cami is light and airy enough for hot, casual summer days, yet it easily elevates itself for a more dressy occasion with the right shoes and accessories. You’re welcome. 

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“One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” 

 Karl Lagerfeld

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

After working tons of weddings this season, I’ve seen many different dress options for bridesmaids. As time progresses, people are moving in a less traditional direction—which I love! Most notably, I have not seen a single wedding this year where each bridesmaid is wearing a 100% matching dress, as is typically found at your run of the mill wedding dress shop. Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible to flatter EVERYONE in your bridal party with the same dress, so why try? Instead of forcing something that usually doesn’t fit or feel right, brides are getting creative. These are a few of my favorite modern bridesmaids dress trends (so far:-)

White SHORT Dresses

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Same Color/Fabric but Different Style

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Different Fabrics/Patterns of Same Basic Color

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Same/Similar Fabric/Style but Different Colors

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Jumpsuits Instead of Dresses

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My favorite dress shops right now are BHLDN, ModCloth, Lulus, Reformation, and ASOS!

Summer Bucket List

I cannot believe it is already the end of July! With life moving so quickly these days, I decided to make a list of all of my favorite summer activities that I want to accomplish before fall comes around. I look forward to the long, hot days of summer all year. It’s the year’s “Friday” after all, and that means taking life a little bit easier. Without wasting any more time, let’s get started! 

Reading. Reading. Reading. Currently I’m loving Into The Water by Paula Hawkins. Next up, Ohio by Stephen Markley. 

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Road Trips. There is nothing more fun than driving up and down the California coast, making stops in our favorite cities along the way. 

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Lake Days. Going camping and floating the day away in the water is my perfect definition of summer. 

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At Home Spa. Spending an evening in the bath with a mask on my face and in my hair. I will light a few candles to set the mood and play my favorite jams. I feel rejuvenated in no time. 

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Beach Bonfire. Grab some hot dogs, marshmallows, and your closest friends and watch the fire with the warm ocean breeze on your face. 

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Ice Cream. Nothing cools me down better than a nice big scoop of one of my favorite flavors of ice cream–cookie dough, mint chip, or Marianne’s 1020. Indulging every once in a while never hurt anyone! 

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Nap Time. Let’s face it; life is tiring. Summertime naps are definitely allowed, and I always feel able to enjoy daylight savings a little longer when I’ve had a great snooze. 

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Jogging. I love to take an easy run outdoors first thing in the morning–something that isn’t always weather permitted the rest of the year. 

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The Drive-In. Talk about the quintessential date night! 

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Backyard BBQ. The best get togethers are always at a Barbecue, right?! 

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“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” 

― Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle

Currently Craving: Hoop Earrings

A good pair of hoop earrings has been on my wish list for the past year. To be honest, I’m one of the only people my age that I know who doesn’t already own any. I feel like hoop earrings are the perfect accessory—they effortlessly dress up any hairstyle or outfit, can make a bold statement or be subtle, and they are always in fashion. It’s taken me a while to buy a pair for myself because I’ve been a bit picky. Having wanted them for so long, I don’t want to be disappointed with the pair I pick! I don’t want them too big or too small, too heavy or too light, and I’m having trouble deciding between white and yellow gold. Check out my list so far, and I’ll be sure to update everyone with my purchase (if and when that ever happens). 

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Off 5th

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Neiman Marcus

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The RealReal

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Net-a-Porter

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Neiman Marcus

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Luisaviaroma

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Off 5th

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Off 5th

“Jewelry is a very personal thing…it should tell a story about the person who’s wearing it.” –Garance Doré