Kicking Off Swimsuit Season With Target

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by TargetStyle, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

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Ready or not, here it comes. Swimsuit season is almost upon us y’all, and this year, I’m diving in head-first.  Who’s with me?  Hear me out.  We all have different bodies, different curves (and non-curves), different strengths and insecurities.  This year, let’s all try something new: just go with it.  Think of all the things you miss out on because of body insecurities or swimsuit avoidance.  Way lame, girl!  So I’m teaming up with Target for their #NOFOMO campaign to get up, get suited, and get out there.

Living at the beach, there’s no excuse for me, but being more than a smidge top-heavy, it can be hard to find swimsuit tops that fit.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve found a couple of triangle top styles that work for me, and I’ve been sticking with them.  This year, though, I pledged to find a little something different.  I went into Target with an open mind and some time on my hands and was surprised when I went into the dressing room with, like, 1,000 suits.  I couldn’t help myself.  I was even more surprised when I found these three solidly different, solidly “outside of my comfort zone” suits.  (Clearly though, I’m into crochet.)

I probably haven’t tried on a “tankini” since I was a teenager, but this bandeau style with the flowy bottom was too cute.  I love that it’s split down the middle so it flutters open when the wind blows.  The cups are also great for those of us with a bit more up top.  Next up?  A neon bandeau style with a mismatched bottom.  (I prefer mismatched bikinis usually.)  The straps are adjustable and surprisingly supportive.  And finally?  A one-piece.  GASP!  I know!  Y’all, I haven’t had a one-piece swimsuit in a couple of decades.  They’ve been back in style for a couple of seasons, but they’re usually a big no-no for gals with boobs.  Add in a long torso like mine and you’re just asking for trouble.  But this one?  Just trust.  But don’t take my word for it – head over to Target and give it a whirl, girl.  And because three suits weren’t enough for January, I’ve got this one on order.  (Get ’em while they’re hot, am I right?)

So I ask again: who’s with me?  What will you challenge yourself to do this swimsuit season with #NOFOMO?


Find your style @TargetStyle.

Photos thanks to Taylor Cole



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Hey, girls, Hey.  Guess what day it is?  It’s one day closer to Friday, and today I’m rounding up a few recent Instagram snaps and giving all the details!  (For those of you who aren’t signed up with  Included?  My favorite workout workout leggings, a bikini top for the gals with curves up top, and a killer new probiotic skincare line.  (Seriously, it’s the real deal.)  Here’s hoping your Thursday flies by!


Wedding Wednesdays: Win a BHLDN Gown + A Trip to NYC!

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This week’s Wedding Wednesday is another beyond fun one for me.  Last week I found myself in bridal accessory heaven, and today I’m playing dress-up with a gorgeous gown from the newly launched BHLDN X Marchesa collection.  Whaaat?!  You didn’t know that BHLDN just launched five new dresses designed by the brilliant gals of Marchesa?  Well pay attention, girl.  The five designs are beautiful and elegant, and true to BHLDN, they’re all under $2500.  And now for the best part, brides-to-be: BHLDN is giving one lucky bride a BHLDN X Marchesa gown, a trip for two to NYC, and a private bridal styling appointment with Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.  It’s the ultimate giveaway for one lucky gal (and her bestie!), and here’s how to enter.  Regram this photo with your wedding date, tag @mystylediaries and @bhldn, and use the hashtag #BHLDNlovesMarchesa.  (Complete rules here.)  I’m wishing that I could enter, but good luck to you!


Photos thanks to Valorie Darling

Color Crush: Seeing Red

Seeing Red 1. Jocelyn Fur Heart Bag Charm  2. Masking Cape Dress  3. Urban Decay X Gwen Stefani Lipstick  4. Piece A Conviction Red Open Square Ring  5. Steve Madden Ankle Strap Sandal  6. Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviator  7. Rebecca Minkoff Micro Regan Satchel  8. Kendra Scott Earrings  9. Adelyn Rae Romper  10. Madewell Lydia Flats  11. MinkPink Oxblood Mini Skirt  12. Mile High Cape Dress (on sale!)  13. Sole Society Strappy Pump  14. Baublebar Molly Y-Chain

Blame it on a particular made-up holiday in the near future, but these days, on every shopping site I browse, I’m seeing red.  It’s not traditionally a color I love to wear, but the cape dresses and romper above have me changing my tune.  Now I’ve always loved a red bag, and nothing beats a statement red shoe or a bold red lip.  (And when said red lip was designed by Gwen Stefani?  I mean, come on.)  So whether you’re getting in the spirit for Valentine’s Day or just looking to add a heavy dose of color to your winter wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with a little bit of crimson.  Hope everyone is having a great week!


Spring Has Sprung With cabi

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Recently I got to accompany the cabi team to their annual #cabiScoop event in San Diego.  It was basically the most fun runway show you can imagine with the entire crowd clapping, cheering and going nuts over each new runway look.  It was the unveiling of cabi’s spring collection, and the audience was filled with cabi stylists who would be selling the pieces.  The show and whole night were so much fun, and the spring collection is really good.  So many great colors and prints, flattering cuts, and classic staples.  This poncho is probably my favorite piece and is so versatile for spring.  The boyfriend jeans are easy and comfortable, and the tee will definitely be overused these next few months.  Check out the full collection here, and stay tuned for more pieces coming to the blog soon.  Hope everyone has a great start to the week!


Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

Pacific Edge Staycation

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While we’re frequent visitors to The Deck, this trip was my first time trying their more upscale restaurant Driftwood Kitchen.  I have NO idea why I’ve never eaten at Driftwood Kitchen before, but it definitely will not be my last time.  Where do I even start?  Eric ordered the filet, and I got the sea bass – both were delicious and worth ordering again.  BUT, if you’re gonna blow your pre-wedding diet, absolutely do it with the Butternut Squash Gnocchi.  Don’t think about it, just do it.  Because it’s the most delicious gnocchi I’ve ever had.  There, I said it.  The tuna tartare tacos are also great if you’re not looking to carb out, but that’s your choice, friend.  The place itself is beautiful (see the third photo above), and again with the staff.  Attentive and “on it” without being uptight, and if you’re indecisive like I tend to be, they’ll help a sister out.

Downtown Laguna is just a short stroll away, but then again so was our balcony.  And can you really beat a good balcony steps away from the Pacific?  It’s what dream Saturdays are made of.  And dream Sunday mornings too, for that matter.  We had a cup of coffee in the room but then couldn’t resist heading back to Driftwood Kitchen for breakfast, and now I can’t decide what’s better:  their dinner or their brunch.  I guess that’s why you can go for both.  I had the serious Sunday blues when we left, but it’s good to know that it’s just a short drive away for us.  If you’re headed to Laguna Beach anytime soon, the Pacific Edge Hotel is definitely worth checking out, and don’t even think about skipping Driftwood or The Deck.  You’ll kick yourself.  And get the gnocchi.  That’s it.  Hope everyone has an amazing weekend ahead!


Wedding Wednesdays: Erin Cole Bridal Accessories

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Since becoming engaged a little over a year ago, I’ve had some really fun (and also some quite tiring) moments in the wedding planning process.  Among the highlights: getting our engagement photos, finding THE dress, finally sending out our “save the dates,” and now, this day.  After receiving my dress (and staring at it in our extra bedroom for a few weeks), I couldn’t wait to start shopping for bridal accessories to complete the look.  I mean, I am a self-proclaimed “accessories fanatic” so it was only natural, but once I started looking, it was…hard.  Until I found the Mecca.

Tara, the babe above, has been a friend of Eric’s family forever and just so happens to be an amazing bridal consultant at Erin Cole here in Orange County.  She told me I had to come in and check out their accessories, and she was right.  First of all, THIS PLACE.  The space itself is beautiful, and the gowns are straight off the runway.  (If you’re a bride-to-be in Orange County with killer couture on your bridal wishlist, this is your spot.)  Their collection of dresses is nothing short of breathtaking, including one particular corner that I kept calling “my section.”  I showed Tara a photo of my dress, and she pulled some of THE most beautiful bridal accessories that looked like they were specially made for me.  The options are pretty much endless, but if you’re having that indecisive wedding brain, she’ll help you find a little direction.  And a little sparkle.  And sparkle I found.  I floated on out of there, and I can’t wait to show you guys the pieces I picked.  If you’re a bride-to-be in Orange County, I can’t recommend this place more, but even if you don’t live here, don’t fret, my pet, because Erin Cole accessories are sold in bridal boutiques all across the U.S.  And if you’re actually not a bride-to-be, couldn’t we all use a little sparkle sometimes?


Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

Low Key Style With Target

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Target, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

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After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and getting all dressed up for this party and that, I spend my January wondering just how acceptable it is to leave the house in my pajamas. While I never really win that internal battle with myself and the PJ’s are left at home, I do try to take things a little easier and avoid heels whenever possible. I’ve 100% bought in to the whole “sneakers go with everything” trend that’s happening right now and spend the rest of my days in comfortable, flat booties.  As far as clothing goes, I’ve been living in distressed skinnies and found my two favorite pairs recently at Target.  Their high rise jeggings are seriously amazing – fit true to size, feel so comfortable, and cost under $30.  Add a slouchy sweater like this total Target steal, and you’re on your low-key way without looking like a pajama-clad slob kabob. Need a little more laidback inspiration?  Try a simple pair of black leggings (the ones below are fleece-lined – SO cozy!) with a basic tee and cardigan.  Have fun with accessories – like a coated beanie, mirrored aviators, a handbag, booties – the athleisure possibilities are endless. Check out a few more of my favorite picks below from Target as well as a fun little video.

Find your style @TargetStyle.

XoxoTarget Athleisure 1. Shine Coated Knit Beanie  2. Aviators Sunglasses  3. Live, Love, Laugh Cuff  4. Fleece Lined Leggings  5. Pullover Sweater Tee  6. Zipper Satchel  7. Moto Boots  8. Timex Patent Leather Watch  9. Performance Athletic Shoes  10. Zip Wristlet Pouch  11. Black Knit Cardigan  12. Burgundy High Waist Legging  13. Modern Striped Hoodie


Motivation Monday

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Monday again, and there’s no better time to get off my butt and get moving.  (I mean, our wedding is seriously creeping up, and the whole “shedding for the wedding” thing is…nonexistent so far.)  So today I’m kicking off my week with a little #MotivationMonday, and nothing gets me motivated like some fresh new fit gear.  There are so many great fitness brands these days, but lucy is definitely my go-to.  Their “perfect core” leggings and capris are my favorite workout pants.  They have a higher rise and really suck you in.  Plus, the tanks, tees and jackets are so great for taking me from Pilates to the rest of my day.  Seriously, lucy is my jam in the athletic (and athleisure) department.  If you could use a little Monday Motivation of your own, stay tuned over on Instagram for a giveaway coming soon!


TReSs Apothecary

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Hooray, Hurrah, it’s Friday, people!  Let your crazy hair down, and take your bra off because it’s time to relax.  There’s pretty much no better relaxation to me than getting my hair done, and this week I did just that.  I’m in a weird, in-between phase (between extensions, that is) with my toddler mane, so there’s that.  But lucky me, my go-to hair gal for a blonde refresh Tera just opened up her brand spankin’ new salon TReSs Apothecary in the Lido Marina.  (This area, once it’s finally built and open, will be my favorite place in the world, I already know.  SO many fun shops and restaurants coming!)  Tera’s space is minimal but oh-so-cozy and sits right on the water.  Because who doesn’t want to look out into the marina while they’re getting coiffed?  *Insert hand raise emoji.  Plus you’ll want to buy every product in the joint.  I mean, I’m trying to move in.  And about this look.  I recently stopped into Joie and went a little bananas over their sale section.  The deals, guys, the deals.  I made it out with this faux layered sweater top (because actual layers get messy) and a hat for my in-between mane before this blazer almost pulled me back for more.  But I made it out.  And I’m stoked for the weekend ahead.  Eric and I will be enjoying a little stay-cay in Laguna Beach at The Pacific Edge Hotel, and I’m ready to…what’s that magic word?  Relax.  Hope everyone has the best weekend!


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