Happy Monday Loves + Happy Summer! ♥ I have been busy getting myself into a new fitness + healthy living routine…talk about a challenge but I am doing it. From finding a new gym to literally gutting my kitchen of all junk food, I am ready to finally get that ‘summer bod‘ back on track (better late than never…right? :p) Anyways, that’s why I haven’t been blogging as much since I am trying to jump into my new lifestyle which with work takes a little bit of a time commitment #TheStruggleIsReal…honestly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! But…something there is most certainly time for? A new summer look that combines some of my favorite trends of the season – Off The Shoulder Tops + Platform Wedges!
This look is one of my favorites as of late…it’s comfy, casual + is great for those business casual days at the office or just for hanging with friends or date night. My top is from Wild Blue Denim but is no longer available so I linked to some similar styles below 🙂 I paired it with a bandage skirt since I feel like I haven’t worn one in a while and figure why not right? 😉
Happy Wednesday Babes! Sorry for being MIA but I was swamped this past few days because my dad was in town from New York! He visited me for Father’s Day and in one jam packed weekend we headed to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Weho, Hollywood + more. From heading to the Petersen Automotive Museum to check out some sweet rides to visiting the desert + stopping along at local stops, this weekend was filled with tons of adventure!
Anyways…now that I cleared up why I’ve been MIA the past few days, back to this gorgeous outfit that combines my two favorite things: a classic look + P O P s of color! From the cobalt blue pencil skirt to a chic white boyfriend blazer + white heels, this look is great for date night, the office, happy hour + beyond (and with affordable prices…this outfit is a MUST).
I scored this skirt + body suit from this new site called ‘Jewel Toned‘ that has the best shapewear for work + play.
This skirt has lace trim, a great fit + is only $38! The bodysuit that is great for hitting the club (not that I really hit the club ever haha) or just any occasion is only $61 (it also has adjustable straps to get the perfect fit).
Happy Monday ♥ Time for another busy week but I am actually excited about the weekend being over because it means we are that much closer to Thursday which is when my dad is flying out from NY to visit me! I am SO excited since this is going to be the first time he has seen me in LA since we road tripped here for my big move 2 years ago (it’s officially 2 years as of June 8th)! Crazy how time flies huh? Here’s to TWO years + many more successful years to come in LA LA Land! Anyways, my dad will finally see his little girl all grown up with her own place (and TWO walk in closets), settled in just fine. Maybe there will be a new ‘walk in’ closet for every year I am in LA…hopefully next year brings three haha I am sure I will accumulate plenty of more clothes + shoes by then :p
I spent the weekend trying to get my apartment in tip-top shape…I have never felt so domestic lol Between cleaning, laundry + cooking, I am officially ready to change my name to ‘Missy Stewart‘ haha move over Martha 😉
Besides hanging home I did a little shopping at one of my favorite stores to get the best ‘Looks For Less‘…Old Navy!
P U C K E R UP ♥ There is nothing I love more than some great beauty buys that are amazing quality without breaking the bank. Part of blogging is testing various products out + in my mind, the challenge is always ‘Would I use this instead of the products I have become accustomed to in my everyday routine?’ Today’s verdict…YES! I have been a fan of Milani Cosmetics for a while but when their new Amore Mattes Lip Creme came out, I knew I had to give it a go because any lip products that glide on perfectly + last all day are exactly what I am looking for!
The colors are so pigmented + these shades in particular have a bit of shine to them since they were some of their metallic hues!
These shades are perfect for work, play, date night, happy hour + beyond. They are moisturizing so they don’t dry your lips out + the color lasts all day despite not being a ‘liquid lipstick‘ which still seems to be such a trend lately (honestly liquid lipstick freaks me out since it has a difficult time coming off + dries out my lips haha :p).
While I am currently crushing on these lip glosses from Milani, they still have a variety of products I love to use as well…see my picks below!
Someone (me) has a case of the Mondays…any Office Space lovers out there? 😉 If so then you know which line I am referring to hehe But seriously, I definitely have a case of the Monday Blues today. Over the weekend I dropped Mike off at LAX to head to London for 7 months for work (ugh I know…long distance it is). What was more upsetting than Mike leaving for 7 months was that on the car ride over to LAX we hear the sad news out of London of another terror attack. We both were silent and my heart was breaking as I was trying so hard not to cry and to be strong for him as to not worry him before heading on his flight over there. This feeling was something that can’t seem to escape me. We are living in a scary time and although we discussed me visiting him in the fall (something I most certainly was looking forward to since I have never been to London, let alone out of the country) this fear is in a way unshakeable. So I am trying to be strong, not live in fear + to be as supportive as possible but I may have some more heart felt messages on the blog so be prepared ♥
I am not going to discuss politics on here as I know it is such a hot button discussion at the moment and I want my site to be light hearted + enjoyable for all but I truly hope we find a way to end this reign of terror. Will loving each other solve the problem? I am not sure…Will there be another solution? I can only hope, either way…I am someone who likes to forge ahead and kick a**!
On to a lighter note, I will try to share some long distance dating tips + tricks on here as I begin to get into a groove with Mike 🙂 First tip – What’s App is ESSENTIAL :p
Time to brighten things up with this chic look that is great for work + play! It’s official post memorial day meaning by fashion law, it’s now time to wear white to embrace the summer season. Now I tend to wear white year round, call me a rebel if you must haha but all white everything is a look I can ALWAYS get behind!
Santa Barbara, you are B E A U T I F U L ♥ I am at a loss for words because I think I just found the city of my dreams this past weekend…Santa Barbara! With beaches + lovely harbors walking distances from some of the nicest bars + restaurants, it quickly became one of my favorite places I have visited since moving to LA. While I am always heading out to Palm Springs for some desert fun, this past weekend I decided to switch things up by heading to Santa Barbara for some beachside fun in the sun! My boyfriend + I both had never been to this great city but found a chic + quant little hotel with some serious charm on State Street (the main street hub of downtown Santa Barbara) called Hotel Santa Barbara.
I have been wanting to go to Santa Barbara for sometime now + this weekend before the Memorial Day rush was the perfect time! Being from Long Island, nothing makes this newfound LA gal happier than putting my feet in the sand + smelling that fresh ocean breeze…luckily with Hotel Santa Barbara being just half a mile from the beach, that was exactly what I did all weekend long. From discovering the two harbors ventured to by the locals which each had their own little attractions like a Maritime Museum or a Sea Center Aquarium to adorable little gift stops + ice cream shops, I was in complete bliss. It was such a nice change of pace from the hustle + bustle of LA and it honestly reminded me of home. The fact you can walk down a boardwalk without it being overly crowded by tourists like in Santa Monica, to being able to bar hop on State Street to taking part in local festivities (when Mike and I arrived at Hotel Santa Barbara, there was a car show happening out front) to live music just about everywhere, there was never a shortage of things to do + places to experience!
P.S. my favorite weekend getaway luggage is alwaysVera Bradley (shop my favorites below)
What I loved most about Santa Barbara was most certainly our hotel. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely picky when it comes to where I stay when traveling. Having a icky hotel can put a damper on the experience + ruin your trip. Luckily that was far from the case here!! I instantly fell in love with Hotel Santa Barbara from the moment we stepped into the old fashioned elevator taking us to our floor. It reminded me of the Tower Of Terror at Disney (in a good way haha…I LOVED that ride to be honest…) and this elevator was reminiscent of that in the most charming of ways.
The room itself was clean, cozy + photo friendly (meaning it had the perfect amount of light making it insta worthy all the way haha :p).
Whether you want to lounge for a bit in a comfy robe like I did or start a pillow fight (which I also did), the bed is beyond comfortable + the room is amazing quality + truly feels like a home away from home!
Happy Wednesday Loves! I am finally back to work after being in vacation mode for a lovely 4 day weekend + I feel refreshed, renewed + most importantly…happy! ♥ My boyfriend and I headed to Palm Springs since I love the desert vibes, great weather + endless sunshine. While I have been heading to Palm Springs ever since I first moved to LA, this trip was the best yet because we stayed at the lovely Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Spa in Desert Hot Springs!
The Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Spa is the ideal place to relax + rejuvenate when it comes time for a physical + mental reset. I have been overwhelmed with work so having a weekend getaway to such a relaxing place was just what the doctor ordered. The hotel has a full service spa with various massage services (including a romantic couples massage), multiple pools + jacuzzi’s and the best part? They have soleil suites (like I stayed in) that have your own private pool! Yes…no joke, you can get your own private in room pool, how cool is that?!
Since we had our own pool we decided to throw ourselves a little pool party…because hey we were on vacation so why not right?! 😉
You are able to get the relaxing amenities one craves from a hotel from the comfort of your own room!
From the nice staff to the great rooms to the amazing grounds, the Aqua Soleil Hotel & Mineral Spa is a great place for a quick trip when you need a break from it all…
We even crafted some tropical drinks to make it feel like a true paradise ♥
Aqua Soleil is affordable as well, they have a few promotions going on when you book a room with them directly (whether it be the soleil suite like we stayed in or one of their other great room options).