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.
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.
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:
Make more time for friends and family
Do something nice for somebody every day
Face my fears every chance I get
Take care of myself
Learn something new every day
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller
This holiday season I’m ditching a dramatic eye for a bold lip.
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:
MAC – Rebel
NARS – Fanny
BARE MINERALS – Devious
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, there’s so much to do–grocery shopping, meal prepping, decorating, and most importantly…outfit planning.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nars Heat Wave Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Sunnies
Articles of Society Jeans
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!!!
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:
“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” -Ben Aaronovitch
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!
Marc Jacobs Sunglasses
Cuyana Leather Backpack
Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Colour
Aesop Hand Balm
Kendra Scott Cuff Bracelet
Nike’s Running Shoe
“Christmas isn’t a season—it’s a feeling” – Edna Ferber
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!
Patagonia Reversible Down Vest
Cast Iron Skillet
Fishing Float Tube
Shell Cordovan Watch Strap
Sperry Boat Shoes
Evolv Climbing Shoes
“Mad Men” Aviators
“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” -Johnny Carson
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.
Over the Knee
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
― Coco Chanel