Friday, January 29, 2016

Vegas Bound




 

Dress: Matty M | Pumps: Charles By Charles David | Same Pumps in Different Colors: Charles By Charles David | Earrings: Nordstrom | Clutch: Charming Charlie

We are Vegas bound today. Tony's brother gets an itch about twice a year for the whole family to head to Vegas and it is a lot of fun. I am a total sucker for putting a few bucks in the penny slots. Usually, I get lucky enough to play on $20 for a few hours. I eventually lose it, but hey $20 for a few hours is cheap entertainment if you ask me. This time around we will be with Tony's parents, Tony's brother, his wife and their three little ones, and Tony's sister and her husband. We are pretty low key as far as Vegas goes. For us, it's just somewhere to get away where there is good food and entertainment for the whole family. 

Oh this dress... Pulling it out of the box, I didn't think much of it. Once I put it on, I was in love. It is super soft and the flowy bottom layer is so flattering. It is all one piece but totally looks like two if you ask me. They only have petite sizes left but I honestly could have gone for a petite size and I am 5' 5". This one is a bit long in the arms and it definitely could have been a little shorter. I have it paired here with my new favorite pointy-toed pumps and a matching clutch. I also linked the same pumps but in different colors. The first link only has nude and black but the second link literally has 14 additional colors/patterns. They are incredibly comfortable so you will probably be seeing a few fun pairs here soon.

I hope you have a weekend as beautiful as you are!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Casual Chic

 





Poncho: Dreamers By Debut | Jeans: Blank NYC | Tank: Merona | Shoes: Converse | Clutch: Charming Charlie (similar style) | Lip Pencil: MAC (in Soar) | Lipstick: MAC (in Twig)

When Tony and I were dating, although we both lived in the same county, we lived on opposite ends. We were an hour's drive apart with no traffic and if you've been to San Diego then you know that there is always traffic. So, when I thought about being married and what would be the best part, I always jumped right to sleeping under the same roof every night. It has taken me almost two years of being married to realize that my favorite part is just doing life together, whether it's running errands or cooking dinner. I was always pretty independent and I am a bit of a loner, so in my bachelorette days I was content doing those things on my own. I would run errands on my way home from work and cook dinner for myself if my mom wasn't home, and I was completely happy with it. Even in our first year of marriage, we didn't really do those things together because Tony was so busy with getting the restaurant up and running. I always made sure that I had everything out of the way before he got home so we could just relax together. 

Lately, our life has been so much more fluid together and we have time to do the mundane together and the mundane is AMAZING! You know you are in the right place with the right person when the mundane becomes a memory. Only recently have I noticed how much just doing life together is my favorite part of being married. We are always told to marry our best friend and I thought I had but I had no idea how great my friendship would become with the man that I am blessed to call my husband. 

Like I said in my last post... These Jeans!! They are amazing! I love this outfit for a lunch date when you have a bunch of other things to do that same afternoon. This poncho is so comfortable and perfect for running errands, but it dresses the converse up just enough to not be completely casual. It's perfectly balanced if you ask me and pairing it with a clutch gives it even more of that snazzy edge. I just have a white tank on under the poncho to match my white shoes but you could go with just about any color. Again, I had these jeans hemmed after these pictures were taken and they are even better looking. I know, I didn't think that was possible either. 


Monday, January 25, 2016

Hair Rules (Or At Least Point Of Reference)








As far as style goes, I have some loose rules for myself so I thought I would share a few of them. They may or may not work for you but I always feel like the more input the better. The rules I have for my hair are definitely easier to follow in the fall/winter. Anytime I am wearing a scarf, turtleneck, or hooded top of some kind I always wear my hair up or curled. If my hair is straight, the scarf, turtleneck or hood conflicts with the flow of my hair. My hair isn't the thickest so if there is something that is in the way of it laying nicely when it's intended to, it leaves gaps. I only wear my hair in a bun if I have something up high around my neck (scarf/turtleneck/hood). I feel like too much bare neck just leaves a lot of blank space. It's ok to wear my hair straight or curly for any other top but those hairstyles definitely contribute to the overall style of my look. If I am gong for a sleek and modern look then a very tamed straight style is the way to go. If my goal is to look a little softer and more traditional then having my hair curled sends the right message. This is completely a personal preference kind of thing but hopefully, it helps to give you a starting point. 

These jeans!!! I am sold! They literally fit like a glove. I have worn them twice now for the entire day and they didn't stretch out at all. I ended up getting them hemmed after we took these pictures, but side note, if you are not aware, Nordstroms hems all full priced pants for free. It may only cost $10 - $15 at the tailor, but it's a nice bonus as far as I'm concerned. This poncho/tunic is sooooo soft. It is perfect for the couple of warmer days we just had here in SoCal. I paired this outfit with my fav grey pointed toe pumps and an easy black clutch. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Little Things + Family = Elation








I am so excited. My aunt and her family are coming to town today. It is only for one night but we haven't seen them since June so I will take anything at this point. My little cousin (ok, she's actually 19), moved out to Huntington Beach for a semester of college from Utah and it turns out she likes her family more than she likes the beach, so they are coming to move her back to Salt Lake. Anyways, the four of them are staying here and my mom and Brucy will be joining us for dinner. I will be making my famous Sangria and will also be working on round three of perfecting my tri-tip. Typically we play a round of Phase 10 and just hang around for the rest night. It is seriously the little things in life that make me the happiest and anything that involves my family plus the little things is just the best!!

I love that pointed toe pumps are everywhere. I recently picked these beauties up and I love them! They are pretty darn comfy, not too hard on your pocketbook and they come in like a zillion colors. You can pair them with just about anything including the always comfortable boyfriend jeans and a cozy sweater. The side-zip detail on this sweater makes it just snazzy enough for date night or you can totally dress it down with some booties and skinny jeans. Although you can't see them much in these pictures, I have been wearing a ton of medium sized hoop earrings lately. Call me crazy, but I feel like they make my face look slimmer and they are appropriate with pretty much any outfit. 

I hope you have a weekend that is as beautiful as you are!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Travel Wear







We have been traveling a lot lately so I thought I would do a post on my go-to travel wear. For me, traveling in leggings is a must. They are so comfortable and you can curl up or stretch out in them. In my opinion, Zella leggings are the best out there. They are reasonably priced and ridiculously high quality. They will not show any flaws that leggings would. Be careful though, they will become an addiction! I typically wear a hoodie of some sort and the one I have pictured here is super lightweight. If we are flying somewhere I always wear a tank underneath for the TSA check and for fluctuating temperatures. You probably already know this by now, but anytime it is appropriate to wear Converse, I have my Chucks all laced up. White is my go to color for them but that also means that I go through about two pairs a year. I carry a pretty large bag most days but when we travel I like to make sure I am carrying a bag large enough to hold my laptop so that it's easy access. Lastly, I absolutely love our luggage. It is from Costco and I have the current version of it linked it above. It is a set of three and the one pictured here is the middle size. Tony and I can both fit what we need for a long weekend in this size and I am pretty high maintenance. You really can't beat the price and  it is super durable. We have traveled to Europe with it. 

I hope that was helpful. What is your go-to travel ensemble?

Have a great day!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Please Stop Asking...








So on a super bright note... I totally sneaked a little bit of spring into winter. I know, I broke all kinds of rules. This skirt though... How can you resist a printed organza skirt AND it's only $25!?!? I mean, it's floral, striped, organza and it even has pockets!! What more could you want in a skirt. It has the most "springy" colors on it. Originally I wanted a baby blue cardigan but I could not find one anywhere. Then I noticed the accent of this mustard color on some of the flowers so this cardigan was perfect. I didn't want the cardigan to go down around the skirt and mess up the dimensions so I opted to knot it in the front. I paired it with a super soft light pink tee and my go to black ankle strap heels. 

So I may have gone on a bit of a rant...

I have to share something that has been on my heart for a while now and I share it with the kindest and best intentions. I know it has been said before but I must reiterate it. Now, let me preface this first by saying that I used to be entirely guilty of this myself and there is absolutely no excuse for that. Please accept this as my formal apology for ever putting undue pressure on you and second by making it clear that Tony and I are not "trying" to have a baby currently, nor do we know when we will "try", nor will we tell anyone when we are "trying". 

Please, stop asking people when they are going to start "trying" to have a baby.

The two brief points I am going to make below may help you understand how touchy of a subject this can be.

I cannot tell you how many times, especially recently, that I have heard, "When is it your turn?", or "Why haven't you and Tony started trying?", or "How old are you now? Don't you think you should start popping them out?" 

First, ACTUALLY repeat those questions or questions that go along with them over and over again. Do you hear what you're asking? You are literally asking when my husband and I are going to do the deed more frequently and with more seriousness. When did it become okay to ask someone about their sex life? I mean that is a bit on the rude if you ask me. 

Second, what if we ARE trying and it isn't going well?!? I mean, talk about an awkward, discouraging, painful subject. Infertility is a very real thing!!! I know many women who have gone through the horror that it is and nothing could possibly be more painful than getting asked indirectly why you aren't doing something that is supposed to come so naturally. 

Jumping into parenthood is a huge deal, not to mention expensive. I don't care how you look at it, a couple should never have any pressure put on them from outside of their own relationship by anybody. When I say anybody, I mean ANYBODY. There is no exception to what your relationship is to that specific couple, it is not your right, nor your place. I promise you, they are dealing with it in their own time and in their own way and you asking isn't helping in any way, shape or form.  It has gotten to the point where it literally makes me angry when someone asks, but of course I smile blankly for a moment at them and then give them my standard answer, "I'm not sure, we are just really enjoying eahother at the moment." It is kind of an epidemic with people that socialize with any couple that has been married for more than six months.

Trust me on this one, if someone wants to talk to you about having a baby they will bring it up and they will probably talk your ear off about it, because you are most likely one of the only people they are able to open up to and share all of their joy and fear about the subject with. My advice, for what it's worth, listen with open ears and an open heart. Don't judge how they are feeling and pour love out on them. Try loving people where they are at. I mean, don't we have enough pressure in this world we live in? 

But... If you absolutely must... As far as I am concerned, the only appropriate question to ever ask someone regarding future children is, "Are you planning on having kids?". If they open up to you, then follow their lead. If they don't well then refer back to the several paragraphs above. 

Ok, end rant. 

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Post Roundup


















I am going to start doing a post round-up every few weeks just as a way to get all of the outfits in one place and also update them by getting rid of items that have sold out and marking the items that are on sale (*). There weren't too many items on sale this go around but I'm sure there will be next time with the changing of the season upon us. I don't know about you but I am not ready for anything other than sweater weather. I don't anticipate the weather changing anytime soon but I am already dreading not being able to throw of leggings and a sweater. On the contrary, I have a super "springy" outfit planned for my post on Monday because sometimes you need a splash of color!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!






Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Being Constantly Plugged In









I was talking to my mom yesterday and she said something that really resonated with me. She said, "We do not need to be constantly plugged in". In today's society with the world literally in our hands at all times, we forget that we do not need to know everything about everything. It is so easy to get caught up in all that is going on around us and it is looked at as almost shameful to not know what happened last night on the news or to be caught up with every political thing that might be happening. Not only do we need to give ourselves a break but we need to give those around us a break. Wouldn't it be refreshing to just have a conversation with someone you hold dear and share information with each other rather than being glued to your tv or phone 24/7? By no means am I suggesting that we be ignorant. My thought is that if we all unplugged for half of the time we are typically glued to whatever device and those around us did the same and we shared information by conversation then we could be informed by each other. In turn, we may even be able to enjoy a good relevant conversation instead of filing information away like bullet points. This is by no means a profound thought or statement. I am simply calling attention to how things have changed and how we may be able to benefit from reverting back to how things were done for thousands of years. I challenge you to rely a little more on those around you for information. Who knows, maybe it will slightly change your view on the world or maybe you will learn something about that person because you asked them to fill you in and it opened up into a broader bolder conversation. Whatever the outcome may be, you will definitely not be missing out on being in the over-informed, know-it-all state that most of us are currently in. 

On a lighter note... Are you just as poncho obsessed as I am? This poncho is so easy just given the color palette. I kept things pretty neutral with this outfit but this is one of those pieces that you should just have around to throw over whatever on a night where it may get too cold and apparently everyone else thought so as well. It is completely sold out at the moment but I'm hopeful they will restock it so I linked it above anyways. I also linked a few similar ponchos. I paired it here with these dark ankle jeans that I wear constantly. Having this easy grey long sleeve in your closet is definitely another piece you shouldn't go without. The grey heels I threw on are also a staple piece. They go with anything that has cooler tones and they are super comfortable. 

I hope your week is going great so far!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Babies!!!!

 







You guys!!! My niece and nephew have arrived and they are THE. CUTEST. EVER!!!! They arrived last Wednesday 1/6/16. Hannah Sophia was only 4 pounds 15 ounces and Michael Andrew came in at a whopping 7 pounds 2 ounces. Both babies are healthy and everyone has been home and happy since Friday. We are in the Palm Springs area now visiting the little munchkins and I cannot get enough of them. I tried to leave with Hannah last night and almost got tackled (hehe ooooops). I will post pictures of them soon with the permission of their mommy and daddy. The amount my heart has grown in the last few months between Ava and the twins is ridiculous. Like I don't know if it can grow anymore. 

This faux sherpa cardigan is SOOOO cozy!! I mean it's the softest thing I own. The nice thing is that it is only lined in the front so it isn't too hot. I linked it in both colors and I know they don't have too many left so make sure you jump on them before they are gone! I have it paired here with my fave dark ankle jeans and a black top. My booties are sold out but I linked an almost identical pair. 

I hope your week is off to an amazing start!
 

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