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Top: H&M (similar here & here) / Skirt: Topshop (similar here & here) / Booties: Nordstrom (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Bag: Chanel

Happy Tuesday y’all.

If you’ve ever watched one of my Saturday night insta stories where I’m probably doing something dumb at a bar with my friends I am most likely wearing this black skirt. Its my go to for a night out but also a go to for any cute outfit. Its suuuuper flattering and just elevated enough to take this basic to the next level. I’ve paired it with countless tops, booties, sweaters, tees, thigh highs, and here in a button down. With or without the belt this skirt goes with it all.

I also played with textures/patterns a teeeeeny bit with this look. If you’re afraid to make a statement with pattern or texture mixing this look is for you. Its subtle because the booties are actually snakeskin print but the neutral color tones them down. Paired with the stripes and the white stitching in the skirt this look is v subtle.

See you tomorrow!

Photography: Tyler Chase Photography

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Happy Sunday!

Or should I say happy New Year! I’m a bit late in writing this post because I’ve been doing some traveling (surprise, surprise) but today I’m back in London on my own. I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while. I’m a very open and honest person and love sharing my life so I hope that I can impart any lessons I’ve learned or wisdom I’ve gained with anyone who wants to listen.

For the last couple of years my blog has been at the forefront of everything I do – I absolutely love sharing and talking about fashion and truly believe in its power to strengthen and empower women on a daily basis. Anyone who knows me knows that this has been a passion of mine since I was little. However, this year my blog had to take a back seat.

Going into 2018 I was filled with hopes and dreams of how the year would pan out – I moved to a new city, made all new friends, and started a new job. Even still, 2018 turned out to be one of the hardest years of my life. I went through some very difficult days and encountered issues I hope to never have to deal with again in my life.

You may have noticed I was absent on Instagram and my blog for a large part of last year and this is why. I couldn’t pretend to be happy on the internet when I wasn’t happy in real life. I took a lot of time to reflect within myself and find lessons in every difficulty. I have a renewed, although hesitant I’ll admit, hope for 2019. I”m going into this year a completely different person than I have ever been before and I’d love to share the lessons I’ve learned with you.

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YOU ARE ALWAYS GROWING

Up until last year I didn’t really think about how I was growing as a person – emotionally, mentally, spiritually. I didn’t take time to reflect on the person I was becoming. I was always happy so I figured I was doing okay.

This year showed me the importance of self reflection and growth. You do not grow or learn or change until you’ve gone through something difficult or confusing. And you must go through these things in order to further understand humanity, gain a wider perspective, and attain closer and better relationships in the future. You do not know it all – and this was a tough lesson for me. And you will never know it all. You will be growing and learning your entire life.

There is a quote from one of my favorite movies Eat Pray Love (basic, I know) that really resonated with me in learning this lesson: “Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”

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DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE UNKNOWN

As a huge Ariana Grande fan I was v excited to see her win Billboard’s Woman of the Year. In her acceptance speech she said something that really touched me: “It’s been a very conflicting [year], and I just want to say if you’re someone out there who has no idea what this next chapter is going to bring, you’re not alone in that.”

In true Virgo form I like to have everything planned out and organized. I like to know what is going to happen and how. This time last year I thought I knew exactly how the next five years were going to pan out – I had it all planned. What I failed to plan was learning that no matter how much you prepare and plan, nothing ever turns out the way you expect.

Learning to not be afraid of the unknown is something I struggle to accept every day. To let go and allow everything to be put into the hands of the universe is both unnerving and freeing. I must remind myself to trust that the universe has my best interest in mind and that even if something does not turn out the way I planned, I will still be my happiest in the end. I’ll leave you with another favorite quote: “Make plans and God laughs.”

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LIFE GOES ON

So many quotes popped into my mind when thinking about this one. I never realized I was such a fan of quotes until writing this post lol. But its true – life goes on. No matter what you’re going through it is so important to get up everyday and keep going. On top of this, you must keep maintaining faith in yourself and faith in life.

I felt myself dangerously tipping over the line of giving up. Doing life but with no hopes & dreams – just going through the motions. This is not what life is about. Having hopes and dreams is what makes life worth living and although I’ll admit I’m scared of having hopes for this next year, I’m going to do it anyway. I hope I find peace and healing in this next year, I hope I maintain and create wonderful relationships this year, I hope this year brings magic.

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Jacket: Nordstrom / Pants: Nordstrom / Tee: Free People / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Photography: Jen Lints Photography

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Top: For Love & Lemons / Skirt: For Love & Lemons / Booties: 12th Tribe (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Bag: Saint Laurent

Happy Monday ya’ll.

Feeling v productive today as I work on my blog and insta but mostly on tax and insurance info for my company yay lol.

So this look is slightly out of season or not if you live in the valley and its still 85 degrees during the day! Haha but if you want to make this look more fall I love a high waisted jean with the tie crop or a crop sweater with the skirt. I love love this pattern too and it comes in a super cute green as well. Always a fan of For Love & Lemons even though they are pretty expensive! Tip: buy this brand on third party websites like Shopbop or Revolve because they are more likely to go on sale here than on their own website. Also you can use a discount code if you enter your email! I’ve definitely entered more than one email to get that discount code lol.

I always have a hard time with these tie crop tops because I wear a bra thats larger than an A haha. With this one I ended up wearing sticky boobs underneath but I’ve found that these tie crops work a lot better with a bralette or bandeau underneath. If you’re like me you def need some support so I’ve stocked up on some good bralettes recently and will def wear this top next time with a bralette.

See you Wednesday!

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Hello hello hello and welcome to my Thailand travel guide! Everything I wish we would have known, faves, regrets, and recommendations.

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We stayed in Thailand for 8 days total and two different locations – both in Phuket. The first place we stayed was called The Slate. Its a small, chic resort across the street from the beach and its super close to the airport which was so nice after traveling so long!

So many activities are available through the resort and they’re so accommodating and nice. Its also pretty affordable – me and Dani got a one bedroom with our own pool. The only con about this place was that it is a lot of couples and families which was honestly fine since we were there to relax!

After spending three days at The Slate we headed to Santhiya on Koh Yao Yai island. This resort was definitely one of my top if not my favorite places we stayed during our Asia trip. It is really big (you need to take golf carts to get places) but it is so gorgeous and the views are amazing everywhere you go. The pools are also to dieeeee.

Throughout our Asia trip this room was one of the smaller ones we booked and it was still amazing and bigger than your average hotel room with a hot tub/bath on the balcony. I also went to the spa and got a massage. The spa was amazing but warning the massage was kind of intrusive hahaha not anything terrible but if you’re not comfortable being naked in front of strangers then I don’t recommend getting a massage in Thailand as I’ve heard that this is pretty average for resorts there. I am in love with this place and definitely would come back.

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So many things! I love Thai food so we took a cooking class through our resort The Slate. They took us to a local market and we made a few Thai dishes at the hotel. I’m a really picky eater but they were so nice about my restrictions haha. Also the woman who taught the class was so sweet and made a whole list of things we needed to do in the city which we did the next day!

We were able to hire a driver through The Slate for the day. We gave him a list of places we wanted to go and he also was knowledgeable about the city. We started the day by walking around Old Town and doing some shopping. Then we went to Wat Chalong temple which was so gorge. After that we headed up the mountain to Big Buddha which is also an amazing lookout. From there we went to a couple beaches and more lookouts. It was definitely a long day but so worth it! You can cover the city in one day for sure. It was about $90 to hire the driver for the day which is kind of expensive but that was split between two people and I felt more comfortable hiring someone from the resort.

While staying at Santhiya we knew we wanted to tour the neighboring islands as Phi Phi Islands and James Bond Island are must dos while in Phuket. We weren’t really sure about hiring an outside company to take us on an excursion so we went through the resort which was definitely more expensive but I don’t regret it because the boat was really nice and they take you to do like a million things while out on the water like exploring caves, water villages, snorkeling, monkey sightings, and lunch! We did two days of excursions for about $120 each. They last all day like 8 hours and pick you up and drop you off at the resort. I definitely recommend doing these excursions they’re long but soooo fun and you see everything.

Almost all the resorts we stayed at offered free workout classes but the most fun was a Thai boxing class. The instructor was super intense and taught us all about the art of Thai boxing which I loved.

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Almost everywhere you go in Thailand you must take your shoes off before entering. This includes temples, restaurants, spas, hotels, ect. so I would definitely recommend bringing easy slip on sandals instead of sneakers or lace up sandals.

Definitely get cash before you venture out of the airport. Almost everything is a cash payment including drivers even if you book through the hotel. I’d recommend even using cash the whole time. The only places that really accepted cards were the hotels and nice restaurants.

In terms of transportation we booked everything through our hotels. This was my biggest worry when going to Thailand because they don’t have Uber! What was life before it honestly lol. Some of our bookings included transportation to and from the airport too which was nice. For example our booking with The Slate included a return to the airport so we went back to the airport just to be picked up by the Santhiya!

Everyone in Thailand whether they work at your hotel or not is soooo incredibly nice. They will go out of their way to help you with anything you need. I definitely relied on them so much for any info or help organizing anything plus there are a ton of excursions through so many of the hotels in Thailand so I’d recommend trying those :)

See you in Bali!

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Top: Shopbop (similar here & here) / Denim: Topshop / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Bag: Chloé

Happy Tuesday!

So my dad actually got me this top haha he randomly has such good taste and always surprises me with the best stuff. I usually don’t love cold shoulder tops but this one and the ones I linked are soooo cute and they’re perfect for Fall if you live in a warm area.

Also I keep wearing these jeans they are super flattering I really want to get the black ones too! Perfect with booties or flats.

So this week I’m going to be spending taking care of my puppy Lino because he got fixed today! He got home and was super drowsy but seems to be taking it well. I’m super excited for the weekend already though lol cause my sister is back from Europe and Dani will be back from Colorado! Yay! I saw the meme that says “‘Its been a long week’ me in the middle of a Tuesday,” and I couldn’t relate more LOL.

See you Wednesday!

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Skirt: Heartloom / Jacket: Fabienne Chapot (similar here & here) / Top: Target / Booties: Nordstrom (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Rayban / Bag: Chloé

Happy Friday!

I love this skirt because its still semi neutral so you can wear it with a lot! I love it with just a white tee too. I got this jacket in Amsterdam earlier this year from a super cool designer I discovered while there called Fabienne Chapot. She makes amazing pieces definitely check out her line!

I am soooooo excited for this weekend because I’m going to Disneyland! When I moved to LA all I wanted to do was go to dland and I could never find someone to go with me but my dad gifted me tickets for my bday so I couldn’t be more excited. Happiest place on earth!

See you Monday!

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Dress: Likely / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (similar here & here) / Jacket: Vintage (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Bag: Saint Laurent

Happy Monday!

One trend I am super excited about for Fall is dark florals and you can wear the pattern really with any piece. I love it in this dress especially because its easy to dress it up and down. Its perfect for a Fall wedding, date night, cocktails, or just a fun night out! This silhouette is also really flattering with the ruffles on the lower half.

I (just like every other female pretty much haha) am super excited about Fall fashion! Its my favorite season of the year. This will be my first Fall in California so I’m definitely sad it won’t be super chilly but I will still be wearing my coats thats for sure! Haha I’d love to put together my Fall favorites for a Wednesday Trendsday soon!

See you Wednesday!

Photography: Tyler Chase Photography

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Tee: J. Crew / Button Down: Club Monaco (similar here) / Denim: Citizens of Humanity / Sneakers: J. Crew / Sunnies: Le Specs / Bag: Stella McCartney

Happy Thursday!

What a weeeeeek I drove from LA to Colorado Monday and Tuesday and it was v long but I made it. I’ve been so busy with work and planning for my big trip which I leave for on Sunday yay!

So this look is elevated casual – its more than just jeans and a tee. The stripes on the jeans and the pattern on the top were too much next to each other so I threw on my chambray button down that I’ve had for years and it pulled it all together! Such a good look for a casual day of errands.

Also these pieces are really good ones to have in your closet particularly the graphic tee and chambray button down. I always find myself throwing on this button down to complete any look.

Photography: Tyler Chase Photography

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Dress: Reformation / Jacket: Blank NYC / Booties: Stuart Weitzman / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Bag: Stella McCartney

Happy Monday!

The cut of this dress is amaze plus I love anything gingham. I thought it paired so well with a cute leather jacket to give it a bit of an edge but this dress would also be so pretty with just some flats on a hot summer day like today.

Honestly anything Reformation comes out with I love. This brand has been a huge game changer in the fashion industry because not only are the styles super cute but they are so transparent with everything in terms of finance and energy. Reformation proves to their customer that what they are spending their money on is appropriately priced and energy efficient. Love that.

See you Wednesday!

Photography: Tyler Chase Photography

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Top: Revolve / Denim: Levi’s / Boots: 12th Tribe (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Le Specs / Bag: Chanel

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe this top is on sale. Who doesn’t love a cute sleeve and a star pattern. This is a pretty casual look too I’ve also worn this top with a white denim skirt and booties. Definitely a great piece to add to your closet :)