Fall Fashion Inspiration

As sad as I am to be saying “goodbye” to summer, I always look forward to fall. The crispy air, the changing leaves, and of course, the fashion. Is it just me, or is it way easier to put together the perfect looks in the fall? I think it has something to do with layering.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to curate a “quality over quantity” closet this year by cleaning out my closet and only purchasing quality pieces that fit into a collection of clothes that all work together. And I’ve definitely got a few target pieces I’m looking to add to my collection this fall. Here are some fashion pieces that are inspiring me as we swing into Fall (click photos for links):

1. Structured Tops

I’ve been seeing (and LOVING) all the structured tops this year. Bell sleeves, peplum, give it all to me! So into it. These tops are versatile and can be dressed up or down. Fall Fashion Inspiration // Imperfect Chevron

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2. Statement Jackets 

I’ve always been a fan of statement jackets. I think that you can take a blah basic outfit and transform it into something really special with one really unique piece. Yes, they may not match everything you own, but a statement overcoat can change your whole look and upgrade your layering game.

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3. Slide-on Sneakers 

These have been around for a while, and I finally just found a light sand colored pair that I’m officially in love with. They’re comfortable and look amazing with jeans, especially skinny or boyfriend style jeans.

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4. Barely There 

Supermodels like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Kendall Jenner have been all over this style for a while, but I am officially on board with the “lingerie” style camis. They’re comfortable and breezy, and are honestly an effortless way to look well-dressed. I do caution, though, the best way to style these while remaining professional is to make sure not too much actual lingerie is showing underneath. A little peek of lace is subtle and sexy, but you don’t want to show the whole bra.

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5. Short Skirt / Long Jacket 

I’ve always loved the look of long-sleeve tops with shorts or mini-skirts, and I love this cozy version with a pink suede skirt. I actually purchased a pink suede skirt last spring and haven’t had the right chance to wear it out yet, but this picture made me want to wear it ASAP. Love the balance of a chunky knit with a soft mini.

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So that’s all I’ve got for now! I’m sure in another month or so I’ll be ready to share some more pieces I’m dreaming of. Now that we’re all in the fall spirit, who else is ready for Halloween?! *raises hand*

xo

 

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A Day in Santa Cruz, CA!

A lot has happened this summer, so lets play a quick round of catch-up before I share some fun photos from a recent day in Santa Cruz.

I visited home (Colorado) over July 4th weekend, and it was SO GOOD, you guys. Spent so much time with my parents and brother, and my grandma. I even got to see my cousins! I love my family so much, and it was such a nice little trip. My cat kind of ignored me the whole time, but you know how cats are.

I turned 25 (omg, how!?) and spent my birthday moving into a new room. I’m settling in, loving my new room and my new housemates. This year is going to be a good one, I can tell.

I started a new workout routine…I’m waking up at 5am to go to the gym 3 mornings a week now. It’s…new. I don’t enjoy getting up that early, but once I’m at the gym, it doesn’t seem that bad. And I’m finding I feel a little more energized on those mornings! So we’ll see how long it lasts. I’m trying!

Aaaaannnd…that’s pretty much it. Oh, I’ve had a disappointing turn of events — I think I mentioned I was planning a trip to Paris, France, with my family for the fall. I am not able to go on the trip, so been feeling a little bummed about that…but I’m trying to stay positive and putting my efforts into thinking about a spring destination. Any suggestions? I’m thinking somewhere in Spain or the Mediterranean region?

And now, some photos from Santa Cruz! When my dad was in town helping me move to my new place, we went to Santa Cruz for a day of relaxation at the beach. The morning was really foggy, but we stopped at the Harbor for a couple hours to walk and look at the boats, and it gave me all the feels. We even saw some dolphins off shore!

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And this little dingy was called “The Eloise” so of course I had to take a picture, since my cat is named Elouise (and yes, I know it’s spelled incorrectly).

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We drove up to Capitola village and hung out on the beach for a few hours. We grabbed these delicious burgers at the ice cream shop right off the beach (SO GOOD), saw a seal in the shallows, and walked on the pier.

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We love you, Santa Cruz! Looking forwards to spending more time at the beach soon.

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

xo

Why I Started Getting Highlights

Today’s post is something I’ve been wanting to write for a little while, and while it may sound silly, it’s about a subject that’s been pretty sensitive and difficult for me to approach. I have a confession to make: I started getting highlights in my hair! *crowd gasps*

Ok, I know that sounds over-dramatic. I mean, who doesn’t color their hair anymore, right? But this is actually a pretty big step for me. I was always really blonde as a kiddo, and because I was a lifeguard at an outdoor pool in the summers, I kept my locks crazy blonde naturally all through undergrad. Observe:

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And you guys, having that naturally blonde hair was kind of a source of pride for me. I’d get compliments, people would say “you have the prettiest hair color!” and I could casually reply “thank you, it’s just my natural color.” I had this dumb sense of pride that my hair had never been touched by highlights or hair dye for the longest time.

But once I stopped lifeguarding and started grad school (read: spending all of my free time indoors studying), my hair started to darken. Don’t get me wrong, it still had some blonde hues. But it was more of a dirty blond, and I started to get really bummed out about it. I’ve always seen myself as a blonde, as silly as it sounds, that’s always been a part of my identity. I started to not feel so much like myself, and have some self-deprecating thoughts.

I finally decided to do something about it this year! I wanted to go back to blonde, back to the color I was used to seeing on myself. I considered dying my hair, but decided against it because of the maintenance it requires (I didn’t want to have to go get my roots dyed every couple months because I’m lazy). So I went for highlights, to add some light and bright blended color. And I love it, you guys!

Here’s the “before:”

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And here’s the “after:”

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My stylist recommended a full highlight instead of a partial, so the color would go all the way to the nape of my neck and work to lighten all of my hair, creating a blended and natural look (rather than the stripey tiger look I was so hoping to avoid). I’m so happy with the resulting color.

In the end, I just realized that I wasn’t happy with my natural color anymore, so I decided to make a change. I’m so glad I took the plunge.

xo

A Visit from my Parents

Hey, internet world! Happy May, how the heck did we get here already?

As you may have seen, I’ve been taking a break from blogging (and many of my typical hobbies, actually) because I’ve been needing to focus on work and my work/life balance…which is continuing. It’s a work in process. Happily, I seem to be getting a little better at balancing the work part and taking some breaks, which is helpful.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from when my parents visited me last week. They flew in from Colorado last Wednesday, and of course I managed to get really *really* sick on Wednesday (I could barely swallow water because my throat was so sore and swollen). So I ended up spending Thursday and Friday in bed sleeping while my parents entertained themselves. Just my luck, am I right? Luckily I felt well enough on Saturday to take a drive with them up to the North Bay area.

We tried to drive to Muir Woods, an idea I now realize was insane on a summery Saturday. It took a crazy long time to drive up there with the traffic, and there wasn’t even any parking when we arrived. Yikes, Bay Area. That’s the one thing I’m not loving about you, the crowds and the traffic. It seems hard to get away from all of that hustle-bustle business. Anyway, we managed to get a parking spot at Muir Beach and ended up just admiring the ocean for a while before lunch. The ocean is definitely my happy place, I think I could live next to it and never tire of it.

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After that, we drove to Sausalito and enjoyed a brief walk around the town and looked at all the cool boats. That town was also pretty hustle-bustle on the day we were there, but it seemed like a fun place. Definitely more boutiques and fancy little cafes and bistros than dives and hole-in-the-wall places, but it was pretty to drive up that huge hill through the neighborhood and get to see such an amazing view!

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On our way back to the East Bay, we drove over the Golden Gate bridge, which was really worth it. It was beautiful! I’d actually like to walk or bike over the bridge this summer, but we’ll see if I get to it this year. San Francisco is really the coolest city, I wish I lived a little closer to it!

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It was so nice to see my parents, and get to spend a little time with them last week. I’m still really happy about my decision to move to California, but I do miss my family and Colorado. Hoping to see my parents again soon!

xo

 

Life Lately (and an apology)

Hey, there, and happy April! First things first, I want to honestly apologize for my lack of presence here on the blog the last couple of months. I’ve been trying to survive at work, and in the last couple of weeks I’ve realized I haven’t been taking good care of myself. So I may not be posting too much in the next couple of months, while I try to get myself back on track! I think, sometimes you just have to take some time off and get a breath of fresh air.

Anyway, this weekend I headed over to a local park for a short hike, and I snapped a couple photos. The pictures just don’t do this view justice, I swear it is even prettier in person. California sure is nice!

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Just look at these wildflowers, I mean!!!

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I always feel like getting out in the fresh air recharges me, it really refreshes my soul. It sounds weird but I always feel so much better when I get out.

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Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xo

 

In The Kitchen: Crock Pot Chicken Curry

I’ve been loving my crockpot, you guys! I don’t make something in it every week, but when I do, it makes my week so much less stressful. When I get home from work, I already have a healthy meal prepped, and I can just throw it in the microwave and be done! It’s really been a great solution for me. I’ll continue to share which crockpot recipes I’ve tried and loved here on the blog, and please feel free to share some of your favorites with me! Here’s my Pinterest board featuring the recipes I’m hoping to make at some point.

A couple weeks ago, I made this chicken curry recipe, and I think it turned out pretty great! I even served it to my boyfriend, and he gave me a big thumbs up! I added bell peppers and kale to buff up the veggies in this recipe, and I think next time I’d add chopped up carrots, too. The bummer was, I didn’t cook the potatoes long enough, so they weren’t as soft as I’d have liked, but I’ll remember that for next time!

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This isn’t the BEST picture, but trust me, this curry is better than it looks. Try it out and let me know what you think of this recipe!

xo

Life Update: Spring Fever

I’ve had a looooott of people ask me how I’m liking California so far. And to be honest, I’m really liking it! But I’ve had some bouts of grouchiness with all the rain we’ve been having here…I mean, I know it’s a good thing. But also, I’m a sun baby. I love my sunshine, and just getting outdoors, and when I can’t do that I start to get a little antsy. Anyway, overall I’d have to say that California has been treating me well so far! I’m dreaming of Spring, and am already more than ready to break out my shorts and start shopping for swimsuits for the Summer…yeah, I get a little excited about warm weather.

Here are some snapshots from life lately:

I just bought this cute little lens for your iPhone, it slips right over the camera slot. I’ve been playing with it a bit, here are a couple of the wide angle shots:

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Been feeling a bit under the weather the last couple weeks, so I’ve been upping my Vitamin C intake, which looks like this for me (I’m not big on taking medicine):

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Lately I’ve had the creative itch…I’ve been doing a lot of painting and sewing! I made some adorable pillowcases with the cutest prints. Popsicles!?! I mean!!?

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And this work-in-progress little painting:

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So that’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to! Hope you have a wonderful week. Holy cow, we’re welcoming March this week! :0

xo