I hope you all have a fun weekend ahead! My boo + I are heading to San Diego for a baseball game + some relaxation…and you know I already researched for all the fun colored walls + murals to shoot outfits in front of 😉 hehe While we are there, I fully intend on having a romantic date night + that means I need a cute date night look that will also keep me cool with the hot temps this weekend. My solution? This blue halter dress from Venus! I am always up for a bold pop of color + the halter style fits me perfectly so when I found this dress, I was IN…hook, line + sinker!
This dress is lightweight, flowy + fits perfectly for any occasion. While I LOVE a bold cobalt blue, this dress is also available in red + black. Honestly, I love this dress so much I think I need to buy it in the other colors as well haha :p
My fun flamingo print straw tote is also from Venus. It is a great little go-to for beachy or tropical destinations, and when I wear it I instantly feel like I am on vacation! It retails for under $30 + is a total essential for every gal’s wardrobe.
As for my shoes, I went with this fun pink ankle strap heel to match the pink of the flamingo’s on my purse. What gal doesn’t love a good pink shoe…am I right?!
Crazy to think summer is quickly coming to an end + that means it’s time to ‘fall ahead’ hehe to fall! With changing seasons comes a change in your hair, skin + makeup routine to match your fall wardrobe + the weather. I wanted to round up some of my favorite go to products that get me through the summer into fall months + hopefully you’ll try them + love them too!
I LOVE some darker hues for fall paired with my go to neutrals. Whether it is a bold lip, a smokey eye or even a darker nail color, it makes me feel fierce with a side of sass 😉 hehe One of my MUST have essentials for any bold fall makeup look is mink lashes. I am currently loving a few different pairs from Private Label Extensions, the Ella, Lola + the Eden. Their lashes are 100% Mink -100% Hand Crafted -Double and Triple Layered!
Skincare is so important year round, but especially when temperatures change + things begin to cool down. You need to make sure your skin is hydrated + well taken care of. I have learned over the years, the better you treat the skin, the more it thanks you 😉 One of my skincare favorites is the Mario Badescu Green Tea Facial Spray. I bring this EVERYWHERE. I have a large bottle at home + then travel size ones on me at all times. Whether I am on vacation, running errands or working, a little spritz makes you feel instantly refreshed!
Last but not least, haircare! After sun + chlorine damage from summer adventures, fall is a great time to take care of your hair + restore it back to it’s glory (I personally love this hair mask from Living Proof). While over the summer I tend to wear my hair in a bun or natural, in the fall and winter I love to do it up + my go to styling tool is the Beachwaver S1! This curling iron does wonders..why? It has a motor so the iron moves + does the curling for you…it cuts down styling time by almost half + it is the only iron I use on my hair anymore!
I hope ya’ll had a great weekend! My BF + I spent it shooting outfits in Burbank, followed by a fun car show. ICYMI, I am a major classic car fan, so anytime there is an opportunity to see a car show, I am down! I love nostalgia, thinking of an easier time when we weren’t glued to our funs + instead were living in the moment, another thing that gives me nostalgia? Vintage inspired fashion, like this Venus yellow polka dot dress! When I laid eyes on this dress, I instantly thought 50s housewife or time to go watch the horse race hehe :p Either way, it’s definitely not typical LA + that is why I love it so much!
When I spotted this dress, I instantly fell in love. It is just so bold, bright + fun! The halter style with midi length makes it the perfect classy dress for any occasion. I recently discovered Venus.com + realized they truly have the BEST dresses, and if you know me, you know I love a good dress.
I styled this dress with another fun find from Venus, this Sunshine + Chill Floppy Hat. It’s the ultimate vacation hat, I mean, Sunshine + Chill? What’s more vacay ready than that haha!
My bag + shoes are the perfect summer accessories. This white Cult Gaia bag is the ‘IT’ item of the season, making it one of my current favorites. As for my shoes, well I am a firm believer that every gal should own at least one pair of white pointed toe pumps (I own three hehe :p)
For summer, I always find white accessories to be the way to go…maybe I just have a white obsession but I love the clean, crisp look of white heels or bags.
You know how the old saying goes…Diamonds are a girl’s best…FRIEND ♥ I find this to be especially true because I myself am a huge diamond + fine jewelry lover (what can I say, my mama raised me with a taste for the finer things in life, i.e. my car, bag collection + diamond obsession haha :p) While I certainly don’t have the funds to go out buying diamonds all the time, I learned over the years the importance of investing in the right diamond pieces that will last you a lifetime + can even become family heirlooms for years to come.
I learned all I know about investing in the right types of diamonds from my mom so I gathered some of her tips, plus some helpful guidance from Reed’s Jewelers + voila…I’m now sharing my Diamond Buying Guide with you!
What I’ve learned over the years is that buying diamonds always boils down to the all important 4 C’s!
Do you know what they are? If not, I am breaking them down below!
Cut, Color, Carat + Clarity
So what do these all mean? Well I am breaking it own below:
Carat – This is the one everyone talks about right? How many carats Kim K’s ring is etc. Carat refers to the size of the diamond once it is cut. The higher the number, the larger the diamond.
Clarity – While most people automatically think a higher carat number means a better diamond, clarity is truly the most important thing when it comes to diamond shopping. Clarity means how clear + pristine the diamond is. Clarity is rated on a scale of F1, IF, VVS1 + VVS2, VS1 + VS2, SI1 + SI2, and I1, I2 + I3. Basically F1 is the BEST, it stands for Flawless, this means the diamond doesn’t show any inclusions, blemishes etc. A I1, I2 or I3 rating is the worst meaning the diamond has clearly visible blemishes + issues.
Color – Diamond color is also a very important thing to pay attention to when diamond shopping. Color is rated on a scale from D to Z (D being the most pristine + colorless, Z being Yellow). The more yellow a diamond, the less it is worth. As for diamonds with a pink or blue tint, those are highly sought after + very valuable!
Cut – Cut is another very important factor when it comes to diamond shopping. The deeper the cut, the better the diamond. For example, a pair of diamond studs or a ring with a shallow cut tend to not be as ‘brilliant’ as those with a deeper cut. Cut is something critically important when ring shopping in my opinion.
Are you ready to find the diamond of your dreams?
Sharing some of my favorite diamond pieces of the moment below
I hope ya’ll are having a fun weekend so far! I kicked mine off yesterday with the Beachwaver team in Huntington Beach for the US Open of Surfing + it was a BLAST! First off I LOVE the Beachwaver, so to meet the team was amazing + then it was my first time to Huntington Beach, let alone to a surfing competition, safe to say it was a pretty fun Fri-yay! The rest of my weekend is going to be spent shooting content – life of a blogger haha :p But to kick off the weekend I wanted to share one of my favorite summer looks as of late, this Palm Print Dress from Kas New York!
I LIVE for a brightly colored dress with a fun print + this Kas New York dress fits the bill perfectly! I love the palm leaf print + tropical vibe, it’s the ultimate summer dress. While I dressed it up here with heels, I wear it all the time with sandals…whether it’s to the beach or brunch, this dress is perfect to where anytime, anywhere!
My go to shoes for summer have been these white ankle strap heels. They are classy, sassy + match with everything…plus these ones are pretty comfortable.
The Cult Gaia Ark Bag has been a hot trend for a second year in a row now so I had to get one. Honestly this bag has so much room + adds a vacation feel to any look.
If there is one thing I learned over the years it is that your skincare is key! Ever since I was in middle school, I have been battling acne. When I was in middle school + high school it was acne on my face…primarily on my cheeks + forehead. Fast forward to now, my acne has spread from my chin + jaw line all the way to my chest, back + arms…UGH! Nothing is more frustrating than trying product after product with no visible results. What is a girl to do? Try one more line of products…and bam I found a winner!
La Roche Posay!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting the team behind my favorite skincare brand, La Roche Posay in person at a #DermClass they hosted with Dermstore. The event was beyond fun because it included an educational panel specifically talking about acne lead by Dermatologist Annie Chiu. Dr Chiu answered questions from attendees along with questions some of you shared with me on social!
I learned from her chat with us a few things and I am sharing them below!
1.Acne can affect people of all ages
2.While most people experience acne as teens, in adulthood it can continue but while as a teen acne is primarily found in your T-Zone area, as an adult it can spread to your chin, jawline + even your body all thanks to hormones
3.Acne scars should be combatted right away to prevent further deeper scars. Dr. Chiu’s suggestion was to see a dermatologist to go on either medication or try laser treatments. The longer it goes untreated, the worse it can be
4.While diet isn’t specifically tied to acne, if you live a healthy lifestyle it definitely helps when avoided acne
5.La Roche Posay products help combat acne without ever drying your skin (P.S. La Roche Posay was started in a hospital…who would have thought!
I hope ya’ll had a great weekend! My boyfriend + I spent it relaxing, playing some of our favorite board games + catching up on one of our favorite shows, Impractical Jokers (if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly suggest you do, it is hilarious!) I was also doing a lot of research this weekend on what type of content ya’ll are into + I saw Tips, Tutorials + How To’s were amongst the top views recently so I am planning some exciting content in the coming weeks that will be more of just that! Stay tuned :p
Meanwhile, let’s get back to today’s post, this cute Tart Collection’s dress which is perfect for work or play!
I am truly loving this dress! I love the fun print along with the halter style. I feel the halter style looks flattering on almost everyone if you ask me! This dress is also super comfortable :p
I styled this dress with my favorite GiGi New York crossbody bag. What I love about this bag is that it fits all of my essentials + looks good! The quality is amazing too!
My shoes are one of my favorite’s…the white ankle strap heel trend matches with almost everything + they are super comfortable + make your legs look sexy 😉 Who doesn’t love that…am I right?!