Monday, April 30

Colors & Patterns

A few new purchases to (hopefully) end this spell of wardrobe monotony I've been feeling lately. 
(01)  Bottoms. H&M bright pink pants, Zara mint colored high-low skirt, Zara lace shorts. 
(02) Brandy Melville geometric tights, Fair aisle print slippers gifted from Mom for Christmas.
(03) Kind of want to kick my own ass for spending this much money on a candle. But it's such a beauty. 

Hope you guys had a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 22

Weekend Wear

Black maxi skirt: Urban Outfitters, Sweat shirt: Aerie, Scarf: Primark (similar scarf, here), Bag: Aldo, Flats: Jessica Simpson, Bracelets: Assembly Hall & ASOS, Watch: Michael Kors, Nails: Essie's Mod Squad


It's ironic that the weekends are my only chance to embrace trends with playful outfits, yet I often end up wearing one outfit or accessory the whole weekend. I wore this same outfit, with denim shorts instead of the maxi skirt, to the beach on Saturday. And then swapped the sweat shirt for a black tee on Saturday night. Though this may have just been the product of pure laziness and time constraints, I do love discovering versatile pieces that can be layered with accessories. I hope you guys had a great weekend! Thanks for reading!


Trial & Travel

At the beginning of the month, I mentioned that April was going to be filled with visitors and travel. I also mentioned that I wouldn't forget you guys (screw you Blogger, for documenting my every word. ha jk). So, to make up for my empty promises and lack of posting, I decided to share some products that have been accompanying me on my recent travels. Traveling is such a great excuse to buy fun sized products and more importantly- try new things!
I have an unhealthy obsession with Ahava. Less of an obsession, and more of a creepy, stalking relationship. Every time I go to a beauty supply store, I find myself in the Ahava section, wanting everything and leaving with nothing. I bought this 3 oz Hibiscus & Fig body wash at Ulta, and I love it. I will definitely be buying the normal size and using it for pampering purposes. If, however, you (unlike me) can see that spending over $20 on body wash is kind of unnecessary, I strongly strongly recommend their Mineral Body Lotion. And while I am yet to try every Ahava product, I can confidently say this product is in their top 3 for sure. It is lightweight and moisturizing, and well, I'll just save it for another post.
I rarely commit to a new salon shampoo without buying the trial size first. 20+ fluid ounces just seems so daunting- way too big of a commitment. This Paul Mitchell Extra Body line has been catching my eye for quite some time. These little guys did not disappoint, but also didn't wow me. Also, they are more than 3 ounces, so not the best to fly with. As of now, I don't plan to buy the normal size shampoo & conditioner, but I may look into trying one of the Extra Body styling aids. 
This "trial" is kind of backwards, since I already have the large size bottle of this moisturizer. I love it so much though that I need this mini one with me on all my trips. The formula is a little bit greasier than what I generally prefer, but it's perfect for when my hands get really dry while driving or flying. 
I received this sample from Sephora, and have completely fallen in love. I've actually gotten into a bad habit of using it while I'm not traveling. This may sound weird, but the scent is strangely reminiscent of baby powder or baby oil, but in a light and fresh way. I excitedly went to Sephora to buy the normal size, but in the store, the perfume did not smell the same to me! There are many different 'versions' of this perfume though, so maybe I just need to search harder for the right one. 

There are many more things I consider to be travel necessities, but I find body washes, shampoos, and perfumes, the easiest and most fun to play around with. I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 5

Go Bright or Go Home

Originally, I had been planning to post about items I've been lusting after & debating buying so that I could get some feedback on whether they were worth purchasing or not. Then I got a handy reminder from my bank that my statement was ready to be viewed.. yay... AND THEN, I had this brilliant idea to post about the things I've recently purchased instead, in hopes that this post will be a reminder for me to sit tight for a couple weeks (I'm on Lulus.com as I type this. I need serious help).

It turns out that I've really been smitten with this whole bright color trend. For someone who's wardrobe is overflowing with neutral pieces, bright colors are the perfect complement!
(1) 
So many ways to style this slightly cropped, knit sweater
Urban Outfitter's, $50
(2) 
Lightweight and bright, these tees are a spring wardrobe essential
Gap, $15 each 
(3) 
Finally.
Clarisonic Mia via Sephora, $119
(4) 
Highlighters on my nails? Don't mind if I do
American Apparel, 3 for $15 
(5) 
Francesca's has the best collection of statement necklaces
Francesca's, $28

Have you guys been wearing any bright colors recently? 
Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, April 3

The T Shirt Dress

I have a feeling that this old, simple, American Eagle t-shirt dress is going to be a staple of mine this season. It's so fun how sometimes you dig up something so old and almost repurpose it. I originally bought this American Eagle dress because it had a string belt and was an adorable and easy beach cover up. Apparently I lost the string belt (I blame it on the cross country move), and now I am loving how this t-shirt dress looks paired with either a statement necklace, or tons of bracelets! It is also amazingly comfortable, so it was the perfect outfit to wear for the long car ride back to SF. It's so comfortable, I could sleep in it. Not that I slept in it the night before or anything.. And oh hey Tom's that I am in love with and will wear every day for the rest of my life. Have you guys bought them yet?! They are amazing, and the inside is a colorful plaid pattern! 
Jacket: Urban Outfitters, T-shirt Dress: American Eagle, Bag: Aldo, Watch: La Mer, Bracelet: J Crew, Sunnies: Marc Jacobs, Shoes: Tom's

How would you guys style a t-shirt dress? I love reading all of your comments, so thanks again for your awesome feedback! :) 

Santa Monica

I have been waiting for April for soo long. Ok, maybe not that long, but this month is filled with oh so much excitement! Between traveling and visitors, I will definitely be busy, but don't worry I won't forget you guys! Anyway, to kick this month off.. a road trip to Santa Monica. The pier was so fun and whimsical, the water relaxing, and of course I fell victim to shopping on the promenade. And the drive, you ask? It honestly was not all that bad (thanks Pandora!).  
Lace bandeau: American Apparel, Top: H&M, Jacket: Urban Outfitters, Pleated pants: Topshop, Belt: H&M, Bag: Aldo, Glasses: Warby Parker, Bracelet: J Crew, Rings: ASOS
Cheers!
Thank you guys so much for reading!