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.

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

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.

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

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.

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

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

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

Nordstrom Rack

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

Nordstrom

Thanksgiving, rompers, jumpsuits, fall

Nordstrom

Red, White, & Blue

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

Every year my family plans a big 4th of July get together, and it’s always a great time, but this year Joel and I couldn’t make it. At first I was bummed but then I realized this was the first time we could start creating our own traditions.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

After brainstorming about how we should spend the day, we decided on a miniature road trip—no surprise there. Joel loves driving, and I love being a passenger on scenic backroads and exploratory adventures.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

As we headed Southbound on HWY 1, we looked out over the coast and also drove through various parades that were taking place in each town. 

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

Once we got to Carmel, we parked and went for a nice walk along the cliff. We enjoyed having the time to take our time and spend it a little more quietly than we usually did on Independence Day. That night we listened to fireworks going off in the distance from the comfort of our bed, content with how the day turned out. Even though things were different, they were still good.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

On Me: 

Nars Heat Wave Lipstick

Forever Blouse

Urban Sweater

Marc Jacobs Sunnies

Articles of Society Jeans

Elk Wallet

Valentine’s Day Dresses

Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away! Whether you’re headed to a romantic dinner with your beau or a fun night with the girls, your outfit is going to be a priority. For those of us who rarely get the opportunity to put on a dress, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse. Check out some of my favorite dresses to celebrate love!  
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day Dress
Valentine's Day dress
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” 
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well

Hello 2018!

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2017 is finally over…thank Goodness. I’m beyond ready for a fresh start. 2018 marks the beginning of my adult life. I’m graduated from college and looking for the right career path—wish me luck! Most years I don’t make any legitimate resolutions, but this time I feel inclined to start. Join me in stepping into the New Year on the right foot, with realistic goals to work toward that will improve my quality of life in one way or another. Some are geared towards self-confidence; others focus on the big picture; and a few are small, personal goals I’m passionate about. I’ve come up with 10 resolutions that will make me very happy, even if just one of them comes true.

1.       Eat something green every day.

2.       Wear my natural hair at least every two weeks.

3.       Live in the moment.

4.       Travel somewhere new at every opportunity.

5.       Take better care of my skin.

6.       Finish a minimum of one new book each month.

7.       Cook a meal more than once a week.

8.       Work on my video editing skills.

9.       Find a job I (hopefully) enjoy.

10.   Workout twice a week.

I’m excited to check in this time next year and see what I’ve accomplished. Happy New Year!!!

Winter Loungewear

December in NorCal, where I live, is quite crisp and chilly. By the start of Winter, I’m usually found either in loungewear or various other outfits that could double as pajamas. This is the time for thick leggings and joggers, fuzzy socks, warm UGG boots, and either a cardigan, flannel, or comfy pullover sweater. Check out my favorite Winter pieces below:

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Express

winter loungewear, sweats

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, leggings

Madewell

winter loungewear, joggers

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, fuzzy socks

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, fuzzy socks

Lucky Brand

winter loungewear, UGGs

UGG

winter loungewear, UGGs

UGG

winter loungewear, Uggs

UGG

winter loungewear, sweater

Madewell

winter loungewear, sweater

Nordstrom

winter loungewear, flannel

American Eagle

winter loungewear, sweater

Free People

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” -Ben Aaronovitch

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part Two

Part Two of my Holiday Gift Guide focuses on the women in your life—your mom, sister, girlfriend, or best friend. Whether they’re a homebody, self-care enthusiast, girly girl, or an active, outdoors lover, you’re covered.  Now’s the time to splurge on the ones you love…happy shopping!

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Marc Jacobs Sunglasses

Leather backpack, christmas shopping

Cuyana Leather Backpack

Chanel Lipstick, Holiday Shopping, gifts

Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Colour

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Dyson Supersonic

Aesop lotion, christmas shopping

Aesop Hand Balm

Kendra Scott Bracelet, christmas shopping

Kendra Scott Cuff Bracelet

ClassPass, Christmas gift

ClassPass

Ugg Slippers, Holiday shopping

UGG Slippers

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Patagonia Jacket

Nikes, running, christmas shopping

Nike’s Running Shoe

“Christmas isn’t a season—it’s a feeling” – Edna Ferber

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Holiday Gift Guide: Part One

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to start shopping! No matter which holidays you celebrate, gifts are usually a big part of the ritual. The Holiday Season is the perfect excuse to spoil the ones you love. Part One of my Gift Guide is for the men in your life—in my case, the most difficult to shop for. Hopefully this can provide some help. Cheers!

Jeans

Selvedge Denim

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Carhartt Beanie

Vests, winter, Christmas

Patagonia Reversible Down Vest

Cast Iron Skillet, Winter, Christmas shopping

Cast Iron Skillet

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Yeti Cooler

Fishing Round Float Tube

Fishing Float Tube

Shell cordovan Watch strap

Shell Cordovan Watch Strap

Boat Shoes, Summer, Shopping

Sperry Boat Shoes

Climbing Shoes, Hiking, Outdoors

Evolv Climbing Shoes

Mad Men sunglasses, aviators

“Mad Men” Aviators

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” -Johnny Carson

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Holiday Long Sleeve Dresses

The Holidays are under way! Figuring out what to wear can be difficult. I love dressing up, but I never own a dress that’s warm enough, and yet still elegant. Most of my dresses are meant to be worn in the summer, usually sleeveless, short sleeve, or even strapless. I realized an easy fix to my problem—invest in some long sleeve dresses! There are a few styles I gravitate towards in particular. Check them out below.

The LBD

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Shopbop

holiday, dresses, little black dress

Shoptiques

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Nordstrom

Bell Sleeve

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Shopbop

holiday, dresses, bell sleeve

Nordstrom

holiday, dresses, bell sleeve

Shoptiques

Over the Knee

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Neiman Marcus

holiday, dresses, over the knee

Revolve

 

holiday, dresses, over the knee

Revolve

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 
― Coco Chanel

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Holiday Hair

The holidays are creeping up on us, and I couldn’t be more ready. One of my favorite aspects of the season are the many fun excuses to get all dolled up! It’s no secret that experimenting with hair and makeup is one of my most beloved past times, and Thanksgiving is a great chance to debut a new style! As I’ve blogged about before, Kristin Ess is one of the most Instagram worthy hairstylists out there—she’s constantly inspiring me to try something new. I love her effortless, chic looks. They feel ethereal and timeless, and usually aren’t that difficult to recreate. I especially love when she adds a simple accessory to her up-dos—something that would fit well on an extra special occasion during the Winter months. Take a peek at some of my favorite looks that she has created; I also gathered up some pretty accessories that will elevate any hairstyle this season. Happy styling!

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holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

holiday, hair, Kristin Ess

 

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

holiday hair accessories

Anthroplogie

 

holiday hair accessories

Madewell

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

holiday hair accessories

Shopbop

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” —Michael Kors

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