Valentine’s Day is upon us + that means plenty of hearts, love, flowers + of course…chocolate! My boo + I celebrated Valentine’s Day early in Florida to avoid busy crowds + fixed menus at restaurants (I highlight recommend that if you want a romantic night without crowds + hiked up prices etc). One thing I am currently loving is this outfit I put together to shoot in front of the famous Culver City Love Wall – one of my favorite mural walls in LA!
I don’t think there is anything for ‘Valentine’s Day‘ than red + hearts so I think I got my fill with this look.
I hope ya’ll are off to a great week! I am a busy bee with meetings, work + planning this weekend’s content shoot – blogging is a 24/7 business, the amount of work that goes into maintaining a blog, shooting content, editing, writing + finding the perfect spots to shot AND looks is exhausting! I am beyond thankful my boyfriend is supportive + plays photographer (although I bribe him with beer and philly cheesesteaks…his favorite hehe :p)
One of the things that makes blogging worth while is sharing fun + affordable looks with you all! Everything I am wearing in this post retails for under $250 – isn’t that the best?!
My dress is from one of my favorite boutiques, ShopTheMint.com! They have the cutest styles at affordable prices, now that is something I can get behind! From little dresses like this one to heels to accessories to monogram pieces to activewear, outerwear, sweaters + more…they literally have it ALL!
They are sold out of this dress but I linked to some similar styles here + here.
My shoes + bag are total summer staples.
This GiGi New York crossbody bag comes in a variety of colors + retails for just $225. It is genuine leather, lasts a lifetime + goes with every look for any occasion.
These white ankle strap heels are a total MUST for summer. Whether you are heading to the office, a summer wedding, date night or more, they go with EVERYTHING + are super sleek and stylish!
Ok…technically it isn’t officially summer yet (that is June 21st) although whenever Memorial Day comes around in my mind, it’s summer hehe :p Since I am in a summer state-of-mind, that means I have to dress like it. Two things I love in life…discovering new boutiques to find the cutest looks ANDdiscovering new murals around LA to shoot in front of (always on the hunt for the gram…no joke, my BF comes home daily telling me about colored walls he has found haha :p #walladdict)
This post combines my two loves, a new look from a new boutique AND a new wall.Carerra Cafe on Melrose swaps out the mural on their wall every month or two + I have to admit, sometimes it’s a lame promo for a movie or TV show but this time it was the cutest freakin’ wall I ever did see! When I spotted it I told my BF my famous words he dreads hearing…’I have a vision‘ meaning he’s on photographer duty + he will be spending his weekend shooting outfits hehe :p Luckily he loves me + I pay him in Philly Cheesesteaks haha!
Before I go on + on about how much I LOVE this wall, I need to go on + on about how this adorable floral ruffle dress from Poppy and Sky! It is the perfect summer staple. With ruffle detailing, floral print + a flirty silhouette it is for sure a must-have. My BF called it ‘farmer girl chic’, honestly…I’ll take it haha! I literally love it so much. Poppy and Sky offers cute, stylish pieces at an affordable price point in regular + extended sizes (Did I mention how much I love when brands are size inclusive? Because I DO!)
I had to go all white for my shoes + bag…I love white, it’s so chic + clean.
I hope ya’ll had a great Memorial Day Weekend! I sure did – it was filled with photoshoots, pool days + plenty of BBQ (yasss I love a good corn on the cob with some yummy burgers…who is with me?! hehe :p) Even though a lot of people were traveling this past weekend, I tend to travel at non-peak times (to avoid high airfare costs or traffic haha) so our next trip is to Arizona in June! I love to always plan a trip in the near future so I have something to look forward to…just keeps you excited about what’s ahead in my opinion :p
Whether you plan a day trip or a cross country trip or an international trip, one thing is key…packing! I don’t know about you but one of the most exciting parts of upcoming travel is prepping for what is ahead + what is always on my mind when traveling? Traveling in STYLE duh! From my airport look to what I am packing…it all starts with stylish, durable + functional luggage! My go-to brand? Gabbiano Luggage
Since I travel a lot, finding durable yet stylish luggage was super important to me. Goodbye are the days of your wheel jamming at the airport or the zipper constantly getting stuck…all I wanted was luggage I could count on that also looked great for the gram…you know, because if it isn’t on Instagram, did it even happen? 😉
That’s why I was so excited to find Gabbiano Luggage and the amazing variety of styles they carry…so much so they make you want to travel. Whether you like a sturdy hard shell luggage set or a lighter soft side luggage set, Gabbiano has the luggage you need for any trip!
I literally love the luggage sets from Gabbiano because 1) the 3 piece sets means you get great pieces that can be utilized for any trip big or small 2) the styles are trendy, colorful, sophisticated + fun…depending on your personal style + 3) the pieces are durable – they will withstand being tossed at baggage check or rolled throughout the airport to your gate etc.
I personally love the color amethyst because being a February baby, that is my birthstone…so the fact that I was able to get this Gabbiano Luggage Genova Collection Set in Amethyst made me one happy camper. The color + hard shell design matches my personal style making it perfect for travel + for countless Instagram photos (because did a trip even happen if it didn’t make it to the gram? I think not haha)
Best part?Gabbiano luggage has enough room for ALL of my essentials…trust me I pack a ton. Whether it is shoes, bags, clothes or toiletries, I am a serial over packer but luckily Gabbiano luggage has enough room for me to pack everything including the kitchen sink…great news for me…bad news for my boyfriend who hates my overpacking. He also is not a fan of lugging my luggage around the airport (because the wheels would jam or it was too heavy etc). BUT with Gabbiano luggage, I no longer need to bug him to handle my luggage because I can carry + roll it with ease thanks to Gabbiano’s durable + functional design.
Since my luggage is full of style (inside + out), I had to share an easy yet chic outfit to wear when traveling AND It pairs perfectly with my Gabbiano Luggage!
My comfy dress is from 32 Degrees. I legit LOVE this dress because it comes in a variety of colors, is affordable + it flatters every body type. I have been living in their dresses ever since I got them (even wore one to Universal last weekend – ICYMI it’s here).
I paired the dress with this fun patchwork denim bomber jacket from Skies Are Blue Clothing – I love the fun patches for a casual cool look. My kicks are my favorite Adidas Superstars. They are cool, comfortable + easy to slip on + off at airport security.
Where are you traveling to next?
Don’t forget to bring your Gabbiano Luggage along for the ride!
Let the countdown begin!Thanksgiving is just days away + that means time to come up with exciting topics to chat about at dinner with family and/or friends + most importantly what to wear! I am getting myself on track with healthy eating + portion control this season, so what better way to be mindful of what you are eating on Turkey Day than by wearing skinny jeans that will be sure to let ya know when you’ve had enough stuffing for one night hehe :p
I had to dress up the jeans with a little hint of orange because I always think ‘orange‘ when I think Thanksgiving. The perfect top? This ruffle asymmetrical sweater from Pleione. It is cozy, stylish + isn’t too dressy for a family lounge session after dinner but also isn’t too sloppy to be seated next to grandma at the dining room table haha…
These jeans are super comfy because they are a jegging like material but they also button so they give ya the warning when chowing down on delicious turkey.
If you are in a cooler place for the holidays, this top is great to layer with a faux fur vest as well! When I was in NY I always opted for a vest because…why not right? 😉
This Louis Vuitton Pouchette Metis bag is my obsession + I highly recommend it to be on your holiday wish list however tracking this beauty down is a bit of a challenge because it is currently a year long wait list for it (no joke) haha However they have similar styles available now at certain LV locations.
These nude ankle strap heels are amazing. Not only do they match with everything but they are great for dressed up or casual occasions.
My sunnies are from Diff Eyewear! I have been dying to try out their sunnies so when these beauties got sent my way I was beyond excited! These ones will be on sale for Black Friday so be sure to snag yours as a ‘gift to you‘ next weekend!