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
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:
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.
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
This time of year is always difficult to dress for—especially in the Bay Area. It starts out chilly and overcast, and by 1pm it’s 73 degrees and sunny.
That’s why it’s so important to own a lightweight sweater that can help make the cold to warm transition effortless.
I’m wearing my grandma’s vintage Eddie Bauer sweater. It’s the perfect amount of material to keep me warm in the morning but loose enough that I’m cool in the afternoon. My favorite aspect is the bright, white color that doesn’t attract the sun.
My sweater is no longer available, but here are similar alternatives ideal for spring:
On Me: Articles of Society Jeans
Universal Thread Mules
Nine West Purse
Marc Jacobs Sunnies
“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”
― L.M. Montgomery
With warm weather, the beach, and bathing suits on the brain, I can’t forget about an often overlooked yet equally (if not more) important summer staple…cover ups. There’s nothing worse than shopping for months and finally finding the bathing suit of your dreams only to realize that you have nothing to wear over it on your way out the door to a last minute pool side BBQ. We have all been there—your favorite low rise jean shorts look weird with a high waisted swimsuit bottom underneath; or maybe your bikini top isn’t sitting well beneath your tank. Or worse, your swimsuit ties are rubbing uncomfortably against your hips because your shorts are too tight with your bathing suit bottoms on, but you hate the tacky look of ties hanging out the waist of your jeans so you just can’t win. No matter what the issue might be, there usually is one (if not a couple) of set backs that make getting dressed for a swim day a drag.
Instead of going through this fashion fumble another year in a row, I’m planning ahead and shopping for cover ups early. To me, the best type of cover up is one that can be worn all year long, like an oversized t-shirt dress or a lightweight cardigan. Take a look at my cover up shopping list and save yourself from the stress of picking out an outfit that doesn’t make you feel confident. It’s not worth it.
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” –Charles Bowden
Create a one to one and a half inch cuff a couple inches above your ankle to achieve the trendy cropped look (if jeans are longer then fold over twice).
Pair with structured or fitted top (in my case structured) to compliment the loose and unshapely bottoms.
Add a heel to make your legs appear longer.
Accessorize for elevation.
Lucky Brand Jeans/ Topshop Blouse/ Life Stride Sandals/ Nine West Purse/ Marc Jacobs Sunnies
Check out some more boyfriend jeans outfit inspo:
“Jeans represent democracy in fashion.” — Giorgio Armani
When I was in Paris this Summer, I was immensely inspired to upgrade my daily look. The Parisians know how to elevate their style effortlessly with a bold lip color or fun accessory. One element I noticed again and again was their creativity when it came to silk scarves. Paris is known for the classic silk scarf tied around the neck, but my visit proved they have broadened their signature look quite a bit. If you’re like me and constantly try to emulate a Parisian, check out a few simple ways adding a silk scarf to your wardrobe can do just that…
“I wanted to be a certain kind of woman. I became that kind of woman.” —Diane Von Furstenberg
As a recent graduate, I’ve had a lot of practice going on interviews. As usual, one of the most difficult aspects of preparation for me is picking out my outfit. Though this will never be an easy task, I have come up with a few solid guidelines that help make the process a little bit easier. Check them out:
- Always dress to project professionalism. Even if the company you are interviewing with prefers a more laid back look, they don’t want you to adapt your style until you’ve gotten the job. For an interview, you actually want to look even a little bit better than you would normally dress for the actual job you are trying to get.
- No matter the weather, keep your jacket on. The jacket is a symbol of respect and professionalism. If you are extremely hot, you may ask if they mind if you take it off once you have been seated and introduced.
- Wear something you feel great in too. Confidence is key. If your family and friends swear you should wear one thing, but you feel more like yourself in the other, choose the other.
- Break in your heels. Especially if you live in a big city. There have been a few times that I bought new shoes for an interview and have ended up in pain because I didn’t realize how far I would have to walk from the parking garage to the building, etc.
- Accessories matter. For an interview, jewelry takes a back seat to your outfit. This time, under-do it. Wear studs instead of dangles, limit yourself to two rings, and choose between a modest necklace or bracelet. You don’t want your jewelry to distract from who you are and what you’re saying.
Here are some pieces of interview attire that I love!
Alice & Olivia
A New Day
7 For All Mankind
Need Supply Co.
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
A simple floral dress is one of my go-to looks for the summertime. It’s effortless, season appropriate, and just plain pretty.
Finding a pattern that doesn’t cross the line into grandma territory can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions that can help:
Choose a flattering silhouette. I have been reaching for off the shoulder dresses recently. As long as the dress itself looks good on you, the pattern will take a back seat.
Stick to a pattern that only focuses on two complementary color categories. In the dress I’m wearing, black and gold stand out. This way, it isn’t too overwhelming.
Unless your flowers are smaller (like in the dress I’m wearing), make sure the print is a bit scattered and spread out. It’s easier on the eyes.
“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” -Christian Dior
On Me: Similar Urban Dress/Clarks Heels/Nine West Purse
Here are a few floral dresses I love:
Calvin Klein $74.66
Forever 21 $35