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.




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.”




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.”




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.



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

Photography: Jen Lints Photography

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Happy Friday!

I finally decided to do a gift guide! I know there are so many out there but I saw some of my friends searching for gifts for some people that are kind of hard to buy for! What I love is all of these gifts are affordable, appropriate and cute.

I loooove the merlot infused coffee I so want to try it haha and the silk pillow case looks so cool. All the benefits look amazing plus I bet its so nice to sleep on.

I would stick to something like an accessory or piece of clothing for your roommate. Definitely you can get her some things for the home but maybe stick to something specifically for her room – you don’t want to get her something that seems like you actually wanted it! Haha I also really love the personalized mugs. They’re supposed to be for families but I think it would be so cute to do it for you and your roommates.

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For coworkers I think you should stick to things for the home and small accessories like earbuds or candles. I also really like the idea of the iPhone dock and the bowls! So cute.

You can also combine some of the smaller items to make a little personalized gift basket or if you want to get something for everyone in the office the little champagne bears are perf!

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We’ve all been there when you’re kind of dating a guy and you want to get him a gift but you guys aren’t official yet so you don’t want to get him anything too big. If he loves whiskey these whiskey stones would be perfect. Or if he has a sweet tooth the waffle shots are adorable plus a fun activity to do together. The card holder or an inexpensive watch are also perfect if you’re unsure!

Happy #WednesdayTrendsday!

Since I have been in Colorado my entire body is dry haha – my hair, skin, lips – all I’ve been doing is hydrating! So I thought I’d share some of my fave hydrating products.

The first is Gisou hair oil which is not only suuuuper hydrating for your hair but it also makes your hair super silky and shiny looking. I usually will massage in a small dollop every other day into the ends and up. Its important to remember not to put the oil on your scalp or at your roots because it will make your hair look greasy! You can also use this as a mask at night or on damp hair.

I also have been addicted to my coconut oil serum for my face. I’ve been told a ton of times that face oils are amazing and I bought one recently but haven’t been super good about applying it. However, since I got to Colorado it has been essential! I apply a thick layer every night before bed and it has even helped clear up my skin a lot. Face oils are definitely worth checking out.

Lastly I randomly decided to buy this Kopari lip balm when I was at Anthropologie the other day and I am obsesseddddd its so thick and smells amazing. I seriously apply it like 5 times a day haha. I also feel like its hard to find a good lip balm that doesn’t rub off within a few minutes and this one definitely doesn’t!

I’ve linked below a few variations of my essential hydrating products :)

See you Friday!

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1. Clearogen

I was introduced to Clearogen by one of my friends and I super love it. They have a 3-step step system for acne-prone skin: a cleanser, a toner, and this acne lotion. Since my skin is not the most acne-prone I use the Acne Lotion once a day after washing my face and before moisturizing; sometimes twice a day when my skin is not the best haha. If you have acne-prone skin or even just occasional acne I definitely recommend!

2. Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover


Ever since I started getting monthly facials at Heyday in NYC I have completely overhauled my skincare routine. I discovered that my skin reacts soooo much better to products that are all natural. I’m super sensitive to everything so I don’t know why I didn’t realize this before! This cleansing oil is so nice you rub it on your face dry so it takes off your makeup (even though I do use a makeup remover wipe for my eyes). Then you wet your fingers with warm water and rub the oil into your skin and it becomes kind of milky and after that you rinse! It also smells sooo good. Love this cleanser.

3. Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer


So when I do need a little help from chemicals and other non-natural formulas its in the form of sunscreen (and acne lotion haha). I love that this moisturizer doubles as an intense sunscreen. We all know that the sun is the number one cause of almost everything that happens to your face as you get older haha and I’m at even more of a risk since I am so fair! I put this moisturizer on as my last step of my skincare routine. It’s not super oily and it smells sooo good too. Whether you have a dark complexion or super fair like me, you definitely need sunscreen!

4. Anti-wrinkle Emulsion


Even though I am still young it’s never too early to start preparing your skin for wrinkles! And I get so many gray hairs already I’m sure my wrinkles will come early too (thanks mom haha). First of all I loooove this brand. I was first introduced to it when I still lived in LA a few years ago by my dermatologist there! Its a French brand so it’s kind of hard to come across – I ordered this off Amazon. Any of their products are great but I use this one on my forehead and around my eyes after the acne lotion and before moisturizing :)

5. Regenerating Night Cream

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This night is probably the most expensive skincare product I own but it’s also one of my favorites. I also discovered this brand Grown Alchemist through Heyday and again, their products are all natural which I love. This cream is so thick and nice I look forward to putting it on every night. Its has tons of active peptides and antioxidants that will be great for your skin’s texture as it regenerates while you sleep. Although it’s a bit on the pricey side it’s probably the best night cream I’ve come across in a while. Loooove.

6. Microderma Scrub + Masque


Okay guys best for last. I am obsesseddddd with this scrub. What it is, is a bottle of powder and there’s a ton of things you can do with the powder to exfoliate. You can mix it in with your regular moisturizer and exfoliate that way or you can create a mask which is what I do. Usually I’ll mix the powder with a bit of water to create a paste and I use that paste as a mask. I’ll leave it on for about 15 minutes, and after my skin feels sooooo smooth and rejuvenated. I try and do this mask 3-4 times a week. There’s other suggestions for different types of masks too like you can mix the powder with honey or greek yogurt depending on what your skin needs. I love how you can incorporate this scrub into anything and make it into different products. Definitely definitely a must.









Happy Wednesday Trendsdaaaaay!
I’ve been saying I have wanted to do something a little different for Wednesday Trendsday so here it is! This is my recipe for my absolute favorite acai smoothie. I literally make this every morning. It is sooo yummy and on top of that, super healthy!

Here are your ingredients:

1 package frozen acai smoothie mix (I like the brand Amafruits)
1/3 cup mixed berries
Half a banana
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (my favorite is Dannon Light & Fit)
Handful of spinach
1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk (I like to use Almond Breeze)
Handful of ice

Throw it all in the blender! This smoothie is great also if you’re craving something sweet or just something cold for a hot day! I make this every morning and dump it in my thermos to enjoy while on the subway.
I hope you like my version of an acai smoothie! And that it’ll add a little something to look forward to in the morning :) Thats definitely what it is for me!
Also, check out some cute kitchen things I threw together below :)
See you Friday!

*try and get ingredients that are sugar/fat free or unsweetened; I learned the hard way that although a yogurt may be fat free, it can still contain a ton of sugar, but the brand I mentioned above is great!

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