Monthly Archives: March 2014

I’m not going to lie, March was probably the best month I’ve had in years. It was filled with trips, events, birthdays (not mine), friends, family, work…all of the things that genuinely make me happy. I’m loving every minute of my internship and I finally feel like I’ve rediscovered the girl that I was years and years ago. Life is far from perfect but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.

Favorites: March 2014:

Fashion & Beauty

Free People // dresses // blond(er) hair // pastels // Benefit products // boyfriend jeans // necklaces

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Food & Fitness:

eating out // wine // hiking // yogurt & granola // sandwiches // hiit workouts // quest bars // coffee

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travelling // writing // learning // fashion events // brunch // country music // laughing

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I love shopping. I always have and I always will. I can remember being 12 years old and wandering stores for hours with my grandma– a fellow shopping addict. There’s just something so enthralling about it and I find fashion absolutely beautiful. In a way, it’s a creative outlet for me.

That being said, I’ve learned a lot over the years about smart shopping. After filling my closet time-and-time again with clothes that I never wore, I’ve learned what’s worth my money and what isn’t. The tips that I’ve picked up along the way have made a huge difference in my wardrobe, my bank-account, and my shopping habits. Hopefully you’ll benefit from them as well.

Shopping Tips & Tricks:

1. Define your style

Who is your style inspiration? What outfits make you feel confident and comfortable? When you walk into a store, what immediately catches your eye? It’s important that you know the answer to these questions, otherwise you could be swayed into buying items that you’ll never actually wear. Personally, I love basics, pastels, black & white, and very feminine pieces. I typically steer clear of loud patterns and too many dark colors because they just aren’t “me”.

IMG_68092. Try everything on

This is so important. Clothes look completely different on a body than they do on a hanger. Plus sizing never runs exactly the same. Trying everything on saves you from making extra returns and from buying something that you don’t absolutely love.

3. Buy what you’ll wear now

If you can’t think of a specific instance within the next 2 weeks that you’ll wear something, don’t buy it. Likewise, don’t buy something that doesn’t fit in hopes of wearing it in the future. It’s not worth it.

IMG_67304. Shop with cash

Debit and credit cards are dangerous territory. Decide before you go shopping exactly how much you’re willing (and able) to spend, then withdraw that amount in cash and stick to it. Overspending can happen really, really easily and, as much as I love clothes, they aren’t worth being in debt.

5. Know your closet

Know what you have and maintain it. If you haven’t worn something in 6+ months, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Don’t buy a light pink tank top if you already have 3 hanging in your closet. Being aware of exactly what you own will ensure that you don’t waste money on unnecessary items and that you continuously rotate through everything.

1456573_566131416802238_1269611085_nHere’s to happy, practical shopping…


Fashion trends are interesting.

Even though we’re fully aware that they change every season, we continue to shell out money for what’s “in”. It sounds negative when I put it that way, doesn’t it? Ironically, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I love that we’re constantly exposed to new styles and given the opportunity to try them out for ourselves. Since I generally stick to basics, trendy pieces are a fun way to spice up my wardrobe.

Today I want to talk about “boyfriend jeans”.

This is one trend that I never saw myself wearing. They initially reminded me of the boys who used to sag their pants in high school, to be honest. Ew. But after seeing them worn on the runway, by my favorite bloggers, and by my friends, I decided to bite the bullet and try on a pair. The result?

1-Build Your Bliss6Uh huh, you guessed it…I loved them, bought them, and am already hunting for more.

The key to this trend is finding the ‘right’ pair which is all about trial and error. Do not, I repeat, do not order your first pair of boyfriend jeans online. Once you own them, the options are endless. They can be dressed up with heels, dressed down with flats, and worn with just about anything. Winning.

I found the pair above at Gap and I highly recommend looking there. Also, check out Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Express, and Nordstrom (depending on your budget). Happy shopping!

Here’s to a brand new boyfriend…


After disappearing to paradise for four days, it only makes sense that I had a lot to catch up on.

While I’ve always thrived on being busy, hectic schedules and mile-long ‘to-do lists’ are overwhelming for anyone. They used to get the best of me. I would think about everything I had to do and spend more time and energy stressed-out about them than actually doing them. Relate?

Nowadays, I like to approach the insanity with a different attitude. A calm one. I’m able to get more accomplished and I don’t turn into a grumpy, anxious beast. These are my little tricks…

1. Breathe

It sounds much simpler than it is. Take a moment, close your eyes, and focus solely on taking a few deep breaths. I’m not asking you to spend 10 minutes meditating– just 20 or 30 seconds at most. You’ll quickly realize how little you’ve been breathing and will immediately have a clearer head.

2. Take A Break

With a to-do list looming over your head, taking a break can feel like a death sentence. It’s not. Walk away from your work for 15 minutes and relax. Watch TV, browse social media, or simply lay there…whatever mindless activity you enjoy. As counter-productive as it sounds, it helps.

DSC_02363. Walk

Workouts typically go on the back burner when life gets hectic (and that’s perfectly okay) but a little movement and fresh air is always rejuvenating. Whether you take a 10-minute walk around the block every 2 hours or move your next business call outdoors, every little bit makes a difference.

IMG_64394. Make To-Do Lists

I make a to-do list every morning that includes everything I need to do (even if I finished it prior to making my list) and cross off the items as I tackle them. The sense of accomplishment will remind you that you’re constantly moving forward and give you motivation to take on the next project.

5. Smile

Science has proven that the act of smiling actually does lighten our moods somehow. Weird, right? So even if it feels forced at first, just do it. Think happy thoughts. Life is meant to be enjoyed.

Here’s to managing the stress…


I’m sorry that I’ve been completely MIA…

A few weeks ago, my editor at the magazine asked if I would be interested in going on a press trip to visit The Hilton Oceanfront Carlsbad Resort. Um, did she even have to ask? Yes.

All I can say is, if you’re ever in the San Diego area, stay here. The details will be in our next issue so I won’t say much more than that. Between tours, spa treatments, and activities, it was a jam-packed three days and I loved every minute. Oh, and there were was food…lots of food. Let’s just say that we ate [and drank] very, very well and were spoiled by extremely talented and creative chefs.

I took roughly five-zillion photos, here’s handful…

DSC_0186HiltonOceanfront-005HiltonOceanfront-003HiltonOceanfront-001DSC_0214HiltonOceanfront-002HiltonOceanfront-004IMG_6628All I have to say is thank you. Thank you to The Hilton Carlsbad and JPR for organizing such a beautiful trip, to my editor for giving me the opportunity to attend, and to everyone that has been there to support me in all of my recent endeavors. I finally feel like I’m in the right place.

Here’s to a few days in paradise…


I’m going to be honest– I get dressed up every once in a while but, most of the time, I’m casual. Like, really casual. If I could live in jeans, converse, and a white t-shirt every day, I totally would.

In an attempt to change things up, rediscover wardrobe pieces I’ve forgotten about, and cut back on shopping, I’ve decided to document my daily outfits and share them at the end of each week. This will give you a peek into what I wear on a daily basis and [hopefully] inspire an ensemble or two.

Monday, March 3rd:

Monday3:3Top: Lucky Brand // Jeans: Lucky Brand // Shoes: Converse All-Stars // Tote Bag: Urban Outfitters // Midi-Ring: Brandy Melville // Turquoise Ring: Lucky Brand

Tuesday, March 4th:


Tuesday3:4.5Top: Urban Outfitters // Bralette: Free People // Jeans: American Eagle // Shoes: Madden Girl // Necklace: J.Crew // Bow Ring: Brandy Melville // Midi-Ring: Urban Oufitters

Wednesday, March 5th:


Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Lucky Brand // Shoes: Nordstrom Rack // Necklace: LA boutique // Turquoise Ring: Lucky Brand // Midi-Ring: Urban Outfitters

Thursday, March 6th:

Build Your Bliss5Top: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: Lucky Brand // Shoes: Converse All-Stars // Ring: TopShop

Friday, March 7th:


Top: Free People // Jeans: Lucky Brand // Shoes: Madden Girl // Tote Bag: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: LA boutique // Midi-Ring: Brandy Melville // Ring: Gift (from Europe)

This project has already proven that I need to start shopping in a wider variety of stores and that my ‘style’ changes on a daily basis. Oops? Regardless, I’m having a lot of fun with it so far.

Which look was your favorite?

Here’s to rediscovering our wardrobes…


Today I want to do something different…


Yep. That’s me.

I would never, ever post that picture on my blog under normal circumstances. I would see it, laugh, and then delete it from my camera immediately. I mean, isn’t that what we all do?

But [for some reason] my sister snapping that candid photo got me thinking…

I was all dressed up at a fancy restaurant and had just posed for an Instagram picture which I cropped and edited to perfection. I shared the image that I wanted the world to see. Now don’t get me wrong, I love that picture. There’s nothing wrong with it. But the photo above…that’s me.

I’m quirky, sarcastic, and slightly-awkward. I laugh at the worst instances, constantly drop things, stumble over my words, spill, have a raspy voice 90% of the time, and can be really grumpy. I have good days and bad days (like everyone else) and sometimes I’m downright weird. That’s me.

I think society forgets that life can be edited. The things we see on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and all other social media platforms are what people choose to share. We peek in on a very small portion of someone’s life and then assume we’ve seen it all. We haven’t. For every fabulous picture on the internet, there were probably 10 less-fabulous ones that got deleted. Nobody is perfect 24/7.

So, stop comparing. It’s useless. Look at your life and love every single part of it. Be thankful for your family, friends, opportunities, and the odd characteristics that make you unique. Those are the things that people fall in love with and those are the things that make you a beautiful human. Own them.

Here’s to seeing through the filter…