I don’t know about you BUT I am super excited for the weekend. I actually am starting a new job Monday which allows me to work from home + get out and network more with all of my favorite influencers, which is a dream come true AND I am also pumped for Mike + I’s upcoming trip to Florida for my birthday ♥ With so many exciting things happening I wanted to take a moment to stop + reflect back on how amazing 2017 was (and what an amazing start 2018 is off to)! One of my favorite moments of 2017? Visiting London twice! If you asked me in 2016 if I had any plans for international travel (let alone planned on visiting London), I would have said you were crazy. But here we are…a few weeks in to 2018 + I am sharing a look I shot at my dream photo location…the colorful houses in Notting Hill!
When I first visited London in September I wore this cape coat everywhere and when I went back in December for the holidays, this cape was still a staple for me! I feel like it is just so classy and I loved styling it over cozy sweaters to dress up an otherwise casual look.
This Louis Vuitton is another one I was lusting after for a while (it’s currently waitlist only) – it is actually considered a toiletry pouch but I love wearing it as a clutch. It is great to wear for a night out since it has tons of room and the LV signature monogram matches with everything!
Well…almost that is hehe Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching + whether you will be celebrating with your boo, hanging with friends or simply giving yourself some much needed self love, a great way to get in a romantic state-of-mind is with a new look featuring the signature colors of Valentine’s Day…RED + PINK ♥
While I love all of the flowers + chocolate, I definitely don’t love the crowds at all the restaurants and bars on Valentine’s Day, so this year Mike + I are celebrating Valentine’s Day early while we are on vacation in Florida BUT I will for sure be treating myself to some of the pieces below to wear for the romantic evening. Even if you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day, one of the funnest things to do is plan a girls night with your crew – anyone heading to happy hour followed by the new Fifty Shades? I kinda am excited to do that as well haha :p
I don’t know about you but with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching + plenty of events to go to with award season in full swing in LA, one of my go-to hairstyles time + time again is voluminous, shiny, healthy hair! To save money I tend to do my hair myself and over time from working in hair salons while I was in college and testing out numerous haircare products through blogging, I found my go-to products that help me achieve the hairstyles I love for any occasion AND a lot of them are from Big Sexy Hair.
Anytime I have to take photos or have an event I tend to let my hair air dry, then I add some dry shampoo to add a little more texture and for that extra bit of volume I use Big Sexy Hair ‘Get Layered’!
What is great about this product is that you case use it before curling your hair to add extra volume and then flip your hair over after curling it and spray it an inch to two inches away from your root in separate layers to add even more va-va-voom.
With Big Sexy Hair products your hairstyle not only lasts all day long but also can last you for a few extra days (for a gal that dreads curling her hair because it is so time consuming, this makes doing my hair a bit less of a struggle since it can last longer to avoid re-doing it multiple times throughout the week).
My favorites from Big Sexy Hair have always been their hairspray products. They smell good, have various levels of hold (whether you like a light spray or a firm hold, Big Sexy Hair has an option for you) AND best of all? They are affordable!ONE can of hairspray lasts me months because of the huge size and when using the products, a little goes a long way.
Ulta typically has Big Sexy Hair on sale every other week with BOGO or Buy Two, Get One Free promotions which makes the Big Sexy Hair line even more affordable.
Also, the Big Sexy Hair line has multiple products for color treated hair as well to lock in + keep your hair looking fresh, shiny + as if you just walked out of the salon.
Guess what is just around the corner…Valentine’s Day!! Normally I am not a lover of the holiday…well except for yummy chocolate + the ability to wear head to toe pink or red 😉 But this year I am excited for the day of love because Mike + I will be in Disney celebrating my birthday, our anniversary and Valentine’s Day! With major milestones like that, it means plenty of date nights so I need to switch things up from the traditional LBD I typically go for (which I love…trust me) :p
The perfect way to switch your date night look up? With some velvet + leather (or faux leather in this case) of course!!
ICYMI – I have been SWOONING over velvet for the past few months. Whether it is a dress, a top or even a skirt or bottoms (even shoes)…velvet has been my go to this season so it makes sense I would extend this to my date night look for Valentine’s Day as well.
I decided to pair this velvet tank with my fav fuzzy jacket that is a great alternative to a blazer or moto jacket (and it gives ya the warm + fuzzies hehe) 🙂
I rounded up some of my favorite velvet tanks below along with two similar fuzzy jackets that you will live in for the rest of the season!
Now I have a confession for ya…I LIVE for these Hue Leatherette Leggings. For years these have been my go-to for date night, girl’s night + beyond during the cooler winter months because sometimes skirts + dresses aren’t doable when a gal is freezing (or may not want to shave let’s be honest haha :p)
These faux leather leggings fit every body type like a glove, suck it all in (because sometimes we need that haha) + accentuates your booty – definitely a favorite with my bf hehe!
Hue is a great brand and I love how their items fit well + are great quality (also relatively affordable compared to Spanx etc).
My bag is Gucci and is a great mini bag to wear out for date night + beyond. It fits your keys, lipgloss, credit card + more, plus with the chain strap you can wear it as a cross body or shoulder bag or even a clutch with tucking the chain in!
These silver gladiator heels are great for year round wear + are pretty comfortable for wherever the night takes you.
Happy Monday ya’ll! I hope you all had a great weekend – I spent mine doing loads of laundry from London + getting some much needed beauty rest (traveling just takes the life out of me – anyone else have this struggle?) From unpacking, to cleaning, to some much needed self love (I got the best facial which you should check out on my instastory – the brand is from France + is beyond amazing!!) this weekend was pure bliss.
This look was shot while Mike + I were exploring Tower Bridge in London. While temps were a bit chilly, there was ONE day it wasn’t raining which made it a great day to wear this Shein cape. I loved this cape for London because it was easy to layer over a dress, blouse or sweater. For a gal that gets hot constantly (pretty sure I am 25 going on 60 in terms of menopause haha) it is the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe!
When traveling, packing pieces that are versatile is key. This black dress is great for a evening out or a casual day around town (plus with the various ways you can style it, it is a no brainer)!
Another versatile must have to always bring when traveling? Killer sunnies like these blue mirrored Raybans, they just go with everything – they will be in my carry on for Mike + I’s Florida trip to Disney next month!
I LOVE these black over the knee boots. I have been wearing them all winter…they were comfy to walk all around London in (and trust me, that is A LOT of walking haha) + they are chic to wear with any outfit!
They come in regular size + also wide width – perfect for if you have muscular calves like me haha 😛
My bag is the ever so coveted, Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis…unfortunately it is still waitlist only but if you sign up, I assure you, it is WELL worth the wait!
So tell me, which winter trends have you been all about this season?
2017 was one hell of a year…from continuing to grow my career, to finding my partner in crime, to traveling across the pond to London + Paris, to getting my new dream car…it is safe to say 2017 was pretty damn amazing. Now what does 2018 have in store? Well I definitely can’t wait to find out – that’s for sure!!
I know the old routine goes…new year, new me + we make a whole bunch of New Year’s resolutions we often try our best to keep but occasionally don’t…(I am totally guilty of this haha)
So what are my New Year’s Resolutions + how do I plan on keeping them? Well you’ll just have to continue reading to see 😉
It is a NEW year and that means it is time to turn to a fresh page and write your book.
My story last year was 365 days filled with highs + lows. The lows were tough but the highs picked me up. I vowed to be happy + to do that it meant letting go of negative thoughts + energy and moving forward towards what makes me smile.
One of those things was to truly sit + think about what makes me happy…this leads me to New Year’s Resolution ONE that EVERYONE should get behind…
1. MAKE TIME FOR YOU
It may sound completely silly or pretty obvious but it is not. When I started off 2017 I was at a job that sucked my soul + left me with ZERO time to enjoy + experience life. I allowed my boss to get into my head and my heart…once I left that toxic environment I vowed to never ever let a job get in the way of taking time to care for me and my mental health. (for more on that story click here)
So how do you make time for yourself when you are hustling to make ends meet or achieve your goals?
Luckily, I have a few tips + tricks up my sleeve…
*Detox – now I don’t mean go on a juice cleanse (I mean if you can, do so by all means but I sure as hell can’t haha) I am referring to a digital detox, social detox, work detox etc. Simply unplug, unwind + relax.
After working at a place where I was harassed 24/7, I am lucky enough to have the ability to unplug on the weekends + focus on me – that means not answer work e-mails (unless urgent of course) + not worry about the office while I am cozy watching Netflix.
More + more on the weekends I have been logging off social media + not necessarily feeling the urge to post – if I am out doing something cool, ok maybe I will log on but otherwise a little break feels nice – I am learning to not feel ‘guilty‘ for not posting everyday, everyone needs a break, ya know?
*Treat Yourself – get a massage or a facial, relax in the jacuzzi, apply a face mask, whatever it is…indulge and take a moment to just be at peace. Nothing makes me happier than a face mask + some Dateline (I can be hauled up all weekend with just those two things haha)
I happen to find great deals on massages + facials + all spa experiences via Groupon (they truly have the best deals + it is a great way to find places in your local area + try them out for a fraction of the regular going rate!
Here are some of my favorite hair + face masks
2. GET ORGANIZED
This is a pretty common resolution but can mean various things…whether it is buying a planner + logging your goals for the year based on day, week, moth + quarter…or cleaning your office or home to feel a little less cluttered, getting organized at the beginning of the year is always a good idea.
*Declutter – I am no neat freak by any means but after the holidays (and a trip since I was in London for the holidays), I always like to clean up, put away the holiday decorations + get organized. Cleaning my place while watching South Park is one of my favorite things to do (how sad is that) haha but the smell of Lemon Pledge (hehe Family Guy reference) + Lysol makes me quite happy. Grab some clear bins from Home Depot + get packing! I organized my makeup, Poshmark merchandise + more in one weekend + felt great after it!
*Plan Ahead – Whether you are planning your new year workouts, when to travel or how to accomplish your dreams, a fresh new planner to start the new year is always a good idea! I like to have a few different planners – 1 for diet + workouts, 1 for my blog editorial calendar + goals and 1 for upcoming life events like travel, work functions etc. They are a easy way to visualize what is ahead + write notes etc to keep your plans aligned.
Here are some of my favorite planners
3. HAVE FUN
Ok ok, maybe this is cliche, but in 2018 I am a firm believer in FUN. Take that trip, try a new workout, learn a new hobby…whatever it is do it! You know why? Because there may not be another chance to do it in the future! My new policy for 2018 is to say YES.
*Say YES – This year say yes – you never know what it can lead to. Whether it is a new career opportunity, a new friend, a new experience etc. Those moments fill the pages of your 365day journal for 2018!
*Break the Mold – Or rather rules…hehe Now don’t go commit a crime, BUT rather don’t do the same old, same old…take a risk, even if it scares you – those challenges shape you into the bad ass person you will become. If I was tooafraid to leave NY, go on some dates, travel outside the country, I wouldn’t be the gal I am today nor would I have met Mike 😉
2 0 1 7 is coming to a close + while I am excited for all 2018 has to offer, I am reminiscing about the amazing year I just had. From finding my soul mate to traveling internationally, 2017 has been pretty awesome if I say so myself.
If you told me last year at this time that I would find my partner in crime, travel to London + Paris, buy my first Chanel AND get my first Mercedes, I would say NO WAY…but as 2017 ends tomorrow I am beyond happy that it is all true. I couldn’t have asked for a better year, seriously and with 2018 off to a bright start, it’s time to think about what to wear for tomorrow’s midnight countdown!
I am still in London with Mike so I am most likely not wearing a dress because it is FREEZING here currently, but I will for sure be rocking this fuzzy jacket and sparkle Betsey Johnson platform heels (because it wouldn’t be NYE without a little sparkle).
My velvet obsession has extended well past Thanksgiving and Christmas and now it is perfect for NYE. I will be wearing velvet tomorrow (a top) as a cold alternative to the dress I am wearing here. Old Navy has continued to be my go-to for holiday style because of it’s selection and price!
This fuzzy jacket is another obsession of mine. Any warm + fuzzy jacket is a friend of mine. I found two alternatives below (one is under $40, the other is a bit pricier at $180) both are super stylish for winter weather + events!
My heels are currently on sale at Macy’s + are the PERFECT shoe to wear for NYE, Valentine’s Day, your Birthday and beyond…they sparkle + are comfy…I call that a WIN!