Summer Style

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

Summer is the only time of the year I wear shorts. I typically wear them casually at the beach or a backyard bbq with my flip flops and a bathing suit underneath.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

However, dressing them up can be difficult.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

I find that high waisted shorts, usually in a different material than denim, are the easiest to play with.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

I love to pair my shorts with a fancy blouse. Lace is my favorite way to take my look from day to night.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

Finally, I always always always add a heel! Even if it’s subtle, it is a sure fire way to make your Summer shorts appropriate for a night out.

Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

On Me: Forever 21 Top & Shorts, Lucky Brand Heels, Nordstrom Sunnies

The Wrap Top

Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Wrap Top, Urban Girlfriend Jeans, Lucky Wedges

The Wrap Top is the perfect blouse for Summer.

Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Wrap Top, Urban Girlfriend Jeans, Lucky Wedges

It’s effortless, yet has the ability to dress up any pair of jeans with the right heel.

Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Wrap Top, Urban Girlfriend Jeans, Lucky Wedges

Whether you’re headed to the movies or meeting friends for a drink, The Wrap Top won’t let you down.

Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Wrap Top, Urban Girlfriend Jeans, Lucky Wedges

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

On Me: Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Wrap Top, Urban Girlfriend Jeans, Lucky Wedges

Spring Break

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

Spring Break has gone by way too fast. I’m dreading going back to school.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

I spent most days in my pajamas, but last night I decided to dress up–hoping my mood would improve too. And it did.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Dress, Target Booties

School takes so much out of me. It’s exhausting. Personally, I find that having a good day starts in my closet.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

When I put something on that makes me feel happy, confident, and uplifted, my day turns out better. Mindset is everything. For me, looking good is feeling good. It is different for everybody, though.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies, urban dress, target booties

Sometimes the trick to having a positive day is surrounding yourself with positive people.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

That’s why Spring Break is so important. It gives you time to rejuvenate your soul.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

During the school year, I find myself feeling rushed to get out the door, and often annoyed that I have to “try”. I forget that I actually ENJOY the process of getting ready.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

I love trying different outfits on, playing with make-up and hair, and taking long showers. It can be nice to prepare yourself for whatever the day has in store. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day stress of teachers, tests, and traffic. It becomes habit to not want to wake up and face the day.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

Spring Break has reminded me to take the time to try and make each day the the best it can be, especially if that means choosing to wear something that makes me happy.

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies

Free People Dress, Lucky Brand Sandals, Nordstrom Sunnies, Urban Dress, Target Booties

Outerlandssf

Nordstrom Sunnies

Outerlands is one of my favorite spots to brunch in the city. They are located on Judah Street in the Inner Sunset, just a few blocks up from Ocean Beach. Since it is finally starting to feel like Spring in the city, we opted for outside seating.

Outerlands Sf

I ordered the iced ginger lemon apple cider–a perfect way to start the day. You can even add bourbon if you don’t have class to go to after!

outerlands sf

Joel began with a cappuccino…

outerlands sf

…then upgraded to a gin and juice (ford’s gin, fresh grapefruit, vanilla bean syrup). Their sandwiches really hit the spot. Joel got the cast-iron grilled cheese with avo.

outerlands sf

I chose their veggie sandwich (squash, feta, kale, romesco). Superb. Oh, and did I mention how much I loved the side of pickled veggies?! It was a refreshing touch.

outerlands sf

Our sweet tooth couldn’t be ignored. We split the glazed donut (matcha, pepita, grapefruit). It was served warm and satisfied our cravings.

selfie

We were completely stuffed, so we decided to walk it off at Lands End. As you can tell from the picture, Joel doesn’t like taking selfies as much as me. Fear not…it hasn’t stopped me from documenting our every move yet! (he-he)

Abercrombie T-shirt, Chelsea crew Sandals, Urban Pants, Nordstrom Sunnies

This is my go-to laid back look: cotton pants, a loose tee, sandals, and sunnies.

Abercrombie T-shirt, Chelsea crew Sandals, Urban Pants, Nordstrom Sunnies

“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.” – Paul Kanter

Blush

Yesterday was the first day of March. Though it’s technically still Winter, I am automatically starting to transition into Spring mode. I associate the color Blush with Spring (despite the fact that I wear it all year long). It’s light, feminine, flowery, timeless, and ethereal. Check out some of my Blush favorites for Spring:

Blush Pants

ASOS

Blush shoes

Topshop

Blush Shorts

American Eagle

Blush Sweater

Madewell

Blush Sunglasses

Express

Blush Blouse

Forever 21

Blush Skirt

Charlotte Russe

“The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.”
― Emily Dickinson

How To Wear Long Shirts

Abercrombie Outerwear, Abercrombie Long Shirt, Express Leggings, Nordstrom Sunnies, Dollhouse Booties

(Abercrombie Top and Jacket, Express Leggings, Charlotte Russe Booties, Nordstrom Sunnies)

I LOVE long shirts. This fashion statement can make or break an outfit–especially if you are petite. Though there are generally NO rules when it comes to fashion, I have a few suggestions for how to wear long shirts that might help short girls pull it off.

  1. Choose a neutral color. Even though this shirt is the main attraction, too much attention to that one area can be a distraction from the look as a whole. This Asos Top is perfect. Asos Top
  2. Find a cropped jacket that can accentuate how long your legs are. Without it, your silhouette can disappear. A jacket similar to this Free People one will do the trick. free people jacket
  3. Pair your top with skinny jeans or leggings. Once again, this will help define your shape. Madewell is currently having a sale on thesemadewell leggings
  4. Finally, I recommend a pair of heels! As with any outfit, heels not only add height to your look, but they also give you the appearance of longer legs. I just bought these booties from Charlotte Russe and am in LOVE. Charlotte Russe booties

Whale City Bakery

Whale City Bakery, Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies

Back when I was in high school, all I ever wanted was to leave this small town and move to the big city just 70 miles up the coast. After doing just that, all I ever want now is to come back home.

Whale City Bakery, Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies

I never realized just how lucky I was to grow up in such a unique niche called Santa Cruz. I was so eager to explore NEW streets, to meet NEW people, and to see NEW things, that I forgot that nothing can truly compare to this place. Maybe everyone feels this way about their home town, though.

Whale City Bakery, Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies

Don’t get me wrong–I love San Francisco. But there is something so special about Santa Cruz. For instance, you could never find a place like Whale City Bakery up in the city.

Whale City Bakery, Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies

Whale City Bakery is just 10 miles north of town, sitting on Highway 1 in Davenport. Getting there makes for a scenic adventure. Then, once you arrive, you get to sip your coffee while watching the surfers try to catch a wave.

Whale City Bakery

You can choose to grab a killer muffin and coffee to go from the bakery, or sit and take your time while digesting the best blueberry pancakes you’ve ever had.

Whale City Bakery

They also offer healthy items (for those who like that kind of thing).

Whale City Bakery

If you are ever in the area, make sure to stop by. You won’t regret it.

“I live in Santa Cruz. I moved here in 1974 and couldn’t leave.” -Ellen Bass

Whale City Bakery, Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies

On Me: Abercrombie Leather Jacket, Free People Tank, Nordstrom Sunnies

New Year, Same Hat

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

This is my go-to outfit right now: jeans, booties, sweater (or flannel), bomber, sunnies, and hat.

 Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

Each season I find myself gravitating towards a certain silhouette. Though I love experimenting, it is nice to fall back on an outfit that I know will make me feel confident and comfortable all day.

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

I have been like this forever. I always have a better day when I like my look. For instance, I always make sure to wear my “go-to outfit” on test days. The psychology of fashion is so fascinating, isn’t it?

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

I am also this way with my hair. Every now and then I will let my natural hair make an appearance, but when I do that I can’t stop fussing with it. When I blow out my hair I don’t have that problem. I feel more like myself. I used to feel ashamed and guilty when I straightened my hair. Friends always made sure to warn me of the damage I was causing and assumed I was trying to hide a part of myself that I was insecure about. But straightening my hair wasn’t about fitting in or hiding something. It was about wearing my hair the way I liked it, and that’s what style is all about.

Brandy Melville Hat, Urban Outfitters Striped Sweater, STS Blue Jeans, Lucky Brand Bootles, Nordstrom Sunnies

“While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence, which, I believe, does make the woman.” -Mary Kay Ash

Reflection

Since it is now 2016, I think it is appropriate to reflect on some of my favorite blog posts–going all the way back to the beginning! I love looking back and seeing how my style has evolved. I’m proud of these looks. This blog has been a wonderful outlet, and I’m so excited for what’s to come!

Happy New Year!!!

Urban Dress

Urban Outfitters Dress

Express Top

Express Top

Zara Heels

Zara Heels

Levi's Jeans

Levi’s Jeans

Urban Outfitters Pants

Urban Outfitters Pants

H&M Jacket

H&M Jacket

Target Purse

Target Purse

Nordstrom Crop Top

Nordstrom Crop Top

Cathy Jean Booties

Cathy Jean Booties

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Cotton On Scarf

Cotton On Scarf

Target Dress

Target Dress

Sundance Earrings

Sundance Earrings

Urban Outfitters Pants

Urban Outfitters Pants

Brandy Melville Dress

Brandy Melville Dress

American Apparel Top

American Apparel Top

The Sak Purse

The Sak Purse

Brandy Melville Hat

Brandy Melville Hat

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe

Steps

If you are ever in San Francisco, I highly recommend climbing up the Moraga Steps.

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

Aside from the gorgeous view from the top, the steps themselves are a sight for sore eyes.

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

If you live in the Bay Area, you are probably already aware that dressing in layers is very important. I love pairing a Summer top with a Fall jacket as I ease my way through the transition of seasons.

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco.” – Oscar Wilde

H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag

On Me: H&M jacket, Urban Top, American Eagle Jeans, Brandy Melville hat, Nordstrom Sunnies, Report Shoes, Lestrade Bag (Santa Barbara)