Hot Days

what to wear on a hot day

These past couple of extremely hot days have been killing me. I’ve been thinking about this outfit my cousin wore a few weeks ago, and have been wanting to slip into something similar. All I want to wear is a tank top and a cotton skirt. I can’t even think about putting on a pair of jeans right now. It was over 100 degrees here in LA this weekend and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be cooling down anytime soon. Until it does, I’ll be wearing tank tops and cotton skirts, and my summer dresses will be on repeat.

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White tank top, Blue Skirt {similar}, Kendra Scott Necklace, Ring and Earrings, Michael Kors Shoes {nude sandals option}

Note: It’s rumored that it will be an El Nino winter. I sure hope so.

Cozy Up

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I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been wanting to put on a sweater and cozy up to the fire. As much as I love the warm weather, I’m kind of over it. It’s been hot for too long and I’m ready for the cold weather. I’m hoping this winter is going to be colder than it was last year. Regardless of the weather in Cali, I’ll be getting a cool fall and a cold winter. If you’ve been following my blog lately, you know that I’ve been wanting to go to New York. Well, I must have manifested that because I’m going to the city for Thanksgiving. My good friend recently moved there, so I’ll be visiting her for the holiday. I can’t wait!

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Forever 21 Dress, Forever 21 Vest, Sam Edelman Boots {and they’re on sale!}, Cost Plus World Market Necklace, Wood Bracelets, Wood Ring, Alex and Ani Bracelets

Note: My eleven year old cousin picked this outfit out for me.

Blackberry Pie Cookies

 

blackberry pie cookies

If you’re looking for a quick dessert with only a few ingredients, try these blackberry pie cookies. These cookies go great with tea, which I know my mom would love. If you want to make everything from scratch, you can also make the dough, but if you’re looking to make a dessert in 20-30 minutes, then use puff pastry. They also make gluten free and vegan puff pastry if you’re going for a more healthy route!

blackberry pie cookies

Ingredients
1 Package puff pastry, thawed
1/2 Cup organic blackberries
2 Tablespoon raw sugar
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons water
Chocolate or powdered sugar, optional
 
Directions
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degree F. Mash blackberries with a fork in a deep bowl. Mix in sugar. Set aside.
2.  Lightly flour your work area. Roll out one puff pasty sheet into a 15 x 15 inch square. Use a cookie cutter to cut out rounds in the dough.
3. Beat the egg and water to make an egg wash. Place 12 (or so) rounds on a greased cookie sheet and brush the edges with the egg wash.
4. Spoon in blackberry mixture into the center, leaving a little space around the edges.
5. Unfold the second sheet of puff pastry and roll it out. Using a lattice roller cut up the second puff pastry sheet. You probably won’t use all of the dough.
6. Lattice the strips of dough over the cookies and lightly press the dough together at the edges. Brush each cookie pie with the egg wash. Sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.
7. If you want them a little sweeter, dip half of the cookie in melted chocolate, sprinkle with sugar or powdered sugar.
 
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Note: Thank you to the boyfriend for making these for me and sharing the recipe! 

What Moves Me?

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Finding the perfect fit jeans is one of the most tedious things to do. I dread looking for new jeans and usually avoid it at all costs. But with fall right around the corner, I know I’ll be having to find a new pair soon. Luckily AG Jeans recently launched a new denim collection that will help with my perfect fit anxiety. The Contour360 denim collection features an exclusive fabric developed in Japan using an innovative textile technology. This modern material offers an unlimited range of movement and flexibility with all-direction stretch, ensuring a fit that retains form. Which is so important when finding the right pair of jeans. Along with the new collection they’ve released some inspiring videos answering the simple yet defining question, ‘What moves me?’ This is my favorite.

With its what moves me campaign, AG looks beyond the physical aspect of movement, exploring the diverse influences that energize the creative spirit and give momentum to modern life. Which made me think, What moves me? What gives my life momentum? There are so many things in life that move me, it’s hard to pick just one. But right now it’s nature.

Note: What moves you?

 

 

Living

Living

You may have noticed lately I’ve been living in these low boots. I’m not wearing them every day, but at least a few times a week. There’s something about finding comfort in a piece of clothing, or in my case shoes. I like the feeling or something being lived in. Like a cozy blanket, a warm spot next to the fire, your own bed. Lately I’ve been concentrating on living in my life. Not just going through the motions, which is so easy to do, but actually living and experiencing deep emotion. Often times we think of things on two levels, positive and negative, happy or sad. There’s such a wider range of emotions, and those are what I’m living in. I’m proud of my brother. I’m grateful for my step-dad. I’m excited for my sister-in-law. Lately life has been full of emotions, and I’m glad I’m living in the moment and experiencing them.

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Floral Romper {similar}, Latigo Boots, Initial Necklace, Kate Spade Bangle, Rebecca Minkoff Purse, Orange Brown Sunglasses {similar}, Shield Ring

Note: I’ve also been living in these sunglasses.

Boots in the Sand

what to wear to a beach wedding

This weekend my cousin got married on the beach. And when I say on the beach, I don’t mean near it, it was literally on the beach in the sand. You can already tell it was a tricky predicament to decide what to wear, and especially what shoes to wear. I originally thought I wanted to wear a maxi dress, but after I tried on this embroidered Free People shift dress, I was sold. It was just the right amount of relaxed for the beach yet nice for a wedding. Stomping around with my boots in the sand was probably the funniest thing to witness as I walked up to the wedding. I got a few comments and laughs from the family as I arrived. A wedding is my only exception to wear boots at the beach.

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Free People Shift Dress, Kate Spade Bangles, Latigo Boots, Banana Republic Earrings, Cocktail Ring {similar}, Anthropologie Clutch

Note: Beauty look provided by Blushington West Hollywood.

Labor Day Sales

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Happy Labor Day! More like happy sale shopping day! Holiday weekends are the best time to do a little shopping. Although my shopping lately has four wheels and four doors. I’m hoping to find the right car in the next few days, which is such a daunting task. I would much rather be looking for new sunglasses and jewelry. Happy sale hunting!

C. Wonder – Additional 50% off sale items *final sale. // Bloomingdale’s – Save 20-60% on select items. Ends September 1, 2014. // Macys – Extra 20% off with promo code DEALS. Ends 9/1. // Tory Burch – Up to 30% off with code LABORDAY14. Ends 9/1. // Revolve Clothing – Up to 70% off over 2,100 new styles. // Nordstrom – Save up to 40%. End 9/7. // Ulta – 20% off entire purchase with code 205890. Ends 9/6. // Bauble Bar – 50% off select items.Use code SALE20 for an additional 20% off. // Nasty Gal – Up to 80% off select items. // Gorjana Griffin – 25% off site-wide. Use code LABORDAY25. Ends 9/1. // Gap – 40% off purchase with code DAY. Ends 9/1. // Old Navy – Up to 50% off. Online only take an extra 20%. No code needed. End 9/1

Note: I don’t know if I can resist these Labor Day sales.

Bride to Be

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Tomorrow is my beautiful cousin’s wedding. I can’t believe the big day is already here. Last weekend at her shower she was glowing from happiness, and it was infectious. That’s probably why we all shared so many laughs. The dress she wore to the shower was perfect for the garden brunch. I love it when the bride to be wears white to her bridal shower {it’s a secret fashion rule of mine}. Even though this was her bridal shower dress, I want to borrow it for an end of summer dinner al fresco. The crochet and lace detail gave it that gypsy touch and the open back sexed up the maxi.

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White Maxi Dress, White Sandals, Green Stone Necklace

Note: I love weddings!

Girly

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I wore a girly dress to my cousin’s bridal shower, since it was a girly event. An outfit like this is always my go-to for any type of shower. I love having an excuse to wear a cute printed dress, bows and something sparkly. I incorporated all of those in this outfit. Whenever I wear a headband I immediately feel like Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, and I’m taken back to my secret love for the show. Yes, I know I’m a little too old for it now, but I got sucked in when it was on and binge watched it on Netflix to catch up. I still have an affinity for all of the characters. Shhh don’t tell anyone.

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Tan dress {similar}, Kate Spade Bangle, Anthropologie Headband, Flower Cocktail Ring {better than similar}, Anthropologie Shoes

Note: I think I might have to watch some Gossip Girl episodes this weekend. Don’t judge.

Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower

The bridal shower this weekend was a success. We went with a nautical theme, since the wedding will be at the beach. Even the champagne matched the theme, which was pure luck. We played a game that I’ve never played at a bridal shower before, and I’m pretty sure I made it up. The bride brought her favorite picture of her and the soon to be groom. Everyone had to draw the couple in two minutes and the bride-to-be picked her favorite. Whoever she picked was the winner. When the sketches came in I showed them to everyone. We were laughing so hard we were crying. They were all really good attempts, but looked nothing like the couple. That was the best part of the day. Laughing with all of the girls in my family. It was a fun, relaxing day with family, filled with lots of love and lots of laughs.

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What we used: Pastry Stand, White Dishes, 3-Tier Cake Stand, Water Jug, White Lanterns

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