Forever 21 blouse (on sale!); Blazer via Nasty Gal (also love the black version); Forever 21 clutch (love this one); heels (c/o) Lulu's
Phew, this long weekend was really one for the books. We celebrated the Fourth of July with family, friends, a margarita or two, and way too much BBQ. There's really no prouder time to be an American, and we got to chat with a few Australian visitors about how amazed they were at everyone's enthusiasm for the day. We spent Saturday recovering by a pool, and yesterday we roamed around Laguna Beach for the day doing a little shopping and sightseeing. I picked up these floral shorts at a tourist-y stop for about $12, and they are so me for summer. I decided to do a little day-to-night styling with them and could pretty much live in these looks. A breezy blouse works for both, and a lightweight blazer is the perfect topper for nighttime. Switch from sandals to heels, and voila! Hope everyone had an amazing 4th and relaxing weekend!
Henri Bendel bag; Free People shorts; LOFT tank (similar); True & Co. bra; DV Dolce Vita sandals (similar)
I first discovered my love of True & Co. about a year ago, and it's been a go-to ever since. If you haven't already checked out the site, the basis is pretty (ingeniously) simple. You take a short quiz about the bras in your life: what you like, what you hate, the brands you love, the size that you think you are, etc. Prompted by your answers, True & Co.'s experts will choose two bras for you to try, and you choose the other three. The bras arrive at your doorstep so that you can try them on in the comfort of your own home; you keep what you like, send back what you don't. It's an idea that I love and a company that I trust. I always recommend True & Co. to friends and genuinely believe that it's the easiest that bra shopping can be.
True & Co.'s latest collection to launch is Uniform, a line of "live-in luxury basics" that is just as pretty and girly as it is comfortable, and that's something that anyone can love. A full line of bras, undies, and loungewear, Uniform is reasonably priced with everything under $50 and will instantly add a little luxe to your everyday. If you've taken the initial fit quiz, True & Co.'s website will actually steer you towards the pieces and sizes that are best for you. I recently took the "Unlined Triangle" for a spin, and this comfortable little number is definitely now a part of my summer uniform. If you're on the hunt for new bras (or maybe even if you aren't), I'd definitely recommend checking out the selection and expertise from True & Co.
Wishing everyone an amazing Fourth of July and a relaxing long weekend.
Photos by Hadasa
Aqua romper; DV Dolce Vita heels (old); vintage belt; Ray-Ban sunglasses; clutch via T.J.Maxx; Samantha Wills ring; Henri Bendel bracelet; Michael Kors watch
Like a little black dress but a little bit better, this silky romper is the perfect pick for a summer night out. The long sleeves are ideal for the chilly evenings of early summer here, and I love the ruffle detail on the shorts. A gladiator heel, gold accessories, and a couple of pops of red finish off the easy look. Hope everyone is having a great week!
Since moving down to Newport a couple of years ago, the week of the 4th of July has definitely become one of my favorite weeks of the year. There's a definite excitement in the air around here, and red, white, and blue touches can be seen pretty much everywhere. Bikes are being prepared, BBQ's are readied, and there's a genuine happiness in people despite the lingering June Gloom weather. We live in an area with a lot of weekly beach house rentals, so right about now is when all the families are arriving, ready for their 4th at the beach. Although I haven't quite picked out my look for the 4th yet, above are a few pieces I definitely would like to get my hands on.
These simple swimsuits by Becca are my hands-down favorite and have been for a couple of years because the triangle tops are cut just a bit bigger. (If you're like me and have somewhat hard-to-fit curves, I'd definitely recommend giving these a shot.) These seersucker shorts are about the cutest things I've seen, and topped with an easy tank and a plaid tied around the waist, they're an easy Americana staple. Finish things off with fun accessories, gladiator sandals, and a chic beach bag that'll hold everything. Here's wishing everyone an amazing "Fourth Week"!
Get the Look!
1. Athleta Crunch Tank $34
2. Aerie Straw Metallic Handle Tote $25
3. Sperry Top-sider Woven Grosgrain Ribbon bracelet $38
4. ASOS High Bar Aviators with Mirrored Lens $23
5. Becca Color Code Triangle Top $36
6. Becca Color Code Side Tie Bikini Bottom $38
7. C. Wonder Star Stud Gladiator Sandal $59
8. Rails Carmen Plaid Shirt $128
9. Forever 21 Caged Midi Ring Set $5
10. Sperry Top-Sider Seersucker Shorts $62
Becca swimsuit (c/o); Theodora & Callum scarf (c/o); Swell tank (c/o); Bijouterie bracelets; Jane Basch necklace; Ray-Ban sunglasses
Summertime is officially upon us, and I'm teaming up with Veet to declare this the Summer of Smooth. For me, summer is all about letting loose, taking a trip or two, and spending as much time as possible at the beach. Lucky for me, I live only a couple blocks in from the ocean in Newport Beach, California. I really am so fortunate to be able to step out of my front door and take a three-minute walk to the beach, and I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. I keep my beach bag packed and ready to go so that anytime I get a couple of free hours, my toes are in the sand. My summertime essentials definitely include tons of sunblock, a favorite swimsuit, and smooth legs.
Whether I'm headed for the beach down the street or packing for someplace tropical, nothing brings me down like discovering I forgot to shave. (After all these years, how it's possible to still forget, I have no clue, but I do know that fuzzy gams aren't my favorite beach accessory.) Although I've never really been into the whole waxing thing, this week I checked out Veet's Ready-To-Use Wax Strips for legs and body, and I must say I am impressed. The process is really easy (simply warm the strips by rubbing your hands together, peal, stick, rip - you know the drill), and the results last up to 28 days. Seriously - 28 days. Kiss that accidental fuzz goodbye, and forget about packing a razor for your next beach getaway because it's the Summer of Smooth, people! What would you do if you had 28 days of freedom?
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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser.”
All clothing and accessories (c/o) Forever 21
Sometimes there's nothing quite like a brand new outfit, and it's even better when you feel like you got a great deal. I'm constantly on the search for brands and stores that offer great style for a great price, so I'm really excited to team up with one of my favorite bloggers Love, Olia for a little shopping fun and a style challenge. I met Olia last year during the Nordstrom YOUphoria campaign and event down in San Diego. She's a fellow Southern California blogger who shares in a lot of the same joys and frustrations as a blogger, and she's just downright adorable. We're always bouncing around ideas and thought it would be fun to bring our readers a little budget-friendly fashion, and given the same amount to spend ($100), see how different (or similar) our looks turn out. We're partnering with brands and boutiques to bring you "Style Under $100", and first up on the list is a definite go-to of mine: Forever 21.
In case you've been living under a large rock for a while, Forever 21 is the true definition of affordable fashion. With a selection that spans tons of clothing and maybe even more accessories at times all at prices to love, there's really an outfit for every occasion or mood for me. Armed with $100 to spend, this shopping challenge took forever because it was so hard to decide! I wrestled with a few bohemian looks for a while (and ended up buying a couple) before finally deciding on this high-neck little black dress. I love the sleek simplicity, and the accessorizing options are seriously endless. I'm a big fan of "flatform" sandals for summer, so I headed in a retro direction complete with cat-eye sunglasses, something I pretty much never do. (If you follow the blog, you may notice I've got a little thing for aviators. Well, a big thing.) Although it's an all-black look, the colorful sunglasses and luxe-looking jewelry really make a statement. (I mean, these rings!) While I went with a modern-meets-retro take, Olia went with a bohemian summer feel, and I've got some serious skirt envy. To check out her full look, head on over to Olia's blog for her "Style Under $100" point of view. Hope you guys enjoy!
Well guys, the "New Voices of Beauty" campaign that I've been fortunate enough to work on over the past six months is coming to an end, and I'm one sad turtle. It's been such a pleasure working with COVERGIRL, Pantene, Secret, Olay, and the lovely ladies over at Lucky Magazine, plus the experience has been amazing. Beyond the travel, beauty product overload, and picture in Lucky Magazine (pinch me), I've made a couple of really great friends along the way. Naty, Amy, and Katie are all brilliant contributors to this blogging community and are, in general, just really rad girls to know.
It all started back in October at Lucky FABB in New York. On a whim, I signed up for some video competition even though I'm definitely no ace in front of a video camera. Remember this shaky little audition video? Painfully awkward. But the powers that be over at P&G saw honesty, and hopefully you guys did too. You voted and voted, and that little video was watched over 1,300 times. Bananas. I still can't even believe that I was one of the winners. In January we headed to New York to film the fabulous video you see above. Despite warnings from Lucky editors about filming outside in 10-degree weather, I wore heels in the snow with no tights, gloves, or a hat. Listen, when you get your chance to film a video with a few super beauty brands and Lucky Magazine, it's not the day for comfort shoes and a beanie, no ma'am. I survived, and the video is something that I'll always love.
In April, the New Voices of Beauty train moved on to Lucky FABB West where our duties included chatting all things fashion and beauty with other bloggers over brunch at the SLS Hotel. Tough job, but someone had to do it. I've been to Lucky's Fashion and Beauty Blogger conference a few times now, and seeing my name on the program as one of the co-hosts of the brunch was surreal. Getting to meet Eva Chen, Lucky's Editor-In-Chief and all-around-cool-girl, wasn't so bad either.
I'm beyond thankful to everyone at Lucky and the P&G team who made this campaign a really fun success and even more thankful to all of YOU who voted and voted to get me here. As a thank you, I'm sharing the beauty wealth and giving away a bunch of my favorite products from COVERGIRL, Pantene, Secret, and Olay worth over $100. (Who loves ya, baby?) Just click around below to enter. One winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 1st. Thanks so much for following along on this journey of mine, and good luck to everyone who enters!
Photos thanks to Hadasa
Zara dress; Forever 21 shorts; Jessica Simpson "Marah" wedge (c/o) Fatal Obsessions; Julie Vos necklace and cuff; Gorjana cuff and ring; Olivia + Joy bag; Ray-Ban sunglasses
I swore I wouldn't do it. When I saw that mules were making a comeback, I turned my nose up and declared them "not for me". I've never been a fan of them, but then it happened. I found myself scrolling around Fatal Obsessions, oddly drawn to the enemy shoe, and I knew I had to try them. I love the strap details and two-tone look of the sides. I hate to admit it, but they go with so many things in my closet, and they're so easy to just slip on and go. I couldn't wait to wear them, and this breezy little white dress that I scooped up recently at Zara was the perfect companion. A simple black handbag, a few scattered gold accessories, and a bold red lip finished off the easy summer look. And just like that, my mule "thing" is gone, and I'm a convert. What's your verdict on the return of mules: yay, or nay?
P.S. - Please follow me over to the Pose Instagram account today where I'll be taking over and sharing a little fashion, food, and fun from Newport Beach, CA!
Forever 21 shorts (similar); Aqua sweatshirt; Just Fab sandals; Tory Burch bag; Ray-Ban sunglasses; C.Wonder cuff
In today's final look with this Aqua printed sweatshirt (see the other looks here and here), I'm pairing it with my favorite faux leather shorts and the gladiator sandals that have become my summer go-to. It's such an easy summer look, and a bold handbag adds a needed pop of color. Hope everyone had a great weekend and an amazing first day of summer!
Aqua sweatshirt; Gentle Fawn pants (c/o); H&M bag; C.Wonder sunglasses; Just Fab sandals; Ettika necklace via Pose
Because one can never have too many comfy track pants (right?), I just couldn't resist this denim pair from Gentle Fawn. I love the easy fit and stud detailing along the pockets. These will go with so many pieces in my closet, but I love the updated sportswear feel of pairing them with a printed sweatshirt. A blush handbag and mirrored aviators add a bit of color to complete the look. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
P.S. - You can now shop this handbag along with other pieces from my closet on Pose. If you haven't already, check out Pose for style inspiration, outfit ideas, and maybe a little bit of shopping. (You can also sell pieces from your own closet!)