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Family Candids like It’s 1998

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Have you guys noticed the recent hipster trend on social media? You know…the one that makes all of your photos look like they were taken with a disposable camera from the ’90s?

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At a recent family get-together, one of my sisters, who is WAY cooler than the rest of us by the way, enlightened me. She showed me the Huji Cam App, immediately made me download it, and a photoshoot quickly ensued.

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I was skeptical. As an amateur style blogger who values REAL cameras (both film and digital), the idea of using an app that imitates disposable film didn’t sound appealing.

Nonetheless, when she showed me the “developed” pictures, I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong; you won’t find me posting all of my pseudo-fashion shoots from the Huji App, but there is something candid and heartwarming about the pictures from our gathering.

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Maybe it has to do with the fact that the App looks and acts like old disposable cameras, meaning you have to take your shot looking through the tiny viewfinder, forced to press the shutter whether or NOT the subjects look absolutely perfect. Things are done with less focus and positioning, and as a result, turn out a little bit more authentic, in real time.

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The convenience of having it all on your phone in an instant helps too. Usually I am impatiently waiting on Joel to develop our most recent batch of film, but in those cases, the quality is well worth the wait. My final opinion? The Huji App has a time and a place.

On Me: Forever Cardigan // Express Blouse

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

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Though Santa Cruz was spared during the recent fires that engulfed most of California, I couldn’t help but feel affected by what was happening to my neighbors. When you see friends, family, and strangers lose everything, you can’t help but be reminded of what’s truly important in life.

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We live in such a fast paced time where we are constantly in a high speed race to get the best job, nicest digs, and start our lives that we forget that our lives have already begun.

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As one of the girls who is guilty of  spending most of her time obsessing over the finish line rather than the race itself, I have decided that I am going to try to focus on what really matters to me in the present moment over the coming year. Everything else is just icing. Without further ado, here is my mindful New Year’s Resolutions list:

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Make more time for friends and family

Do something nice for somebody every day

Give back

Travel

Face my fears every chance I get

Work hard

Take care of myself

Be kind

Learn something new every day

Be happy

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller

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

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.

Necklaces

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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:

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“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!