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Mammoth Lakes Basin

Since I didn’t make any travel plans for the summer I’ve been dying to take a vacation. I had a trip planned for September, but had to cancel it once I found out I got into AFI. So as someone who is constantly planning my next trip, I have the no travlin’ blues. So I’ve resulted to daydreaming about places near and far and marking them down on my travel bucket list.

Mammoth Mountain is a popular snowboarding location in California in the winter and I recently found out that it’s also a great spot to visit in the summer. Visitors to Mammoth Lakes are encouraged to take a boat out and enjoy the scenery. Pack some fishing rods, a bathing suit and some snacks and spend a lazy afternoon in the sun.

Fly fishing is popular at Mammoth Lakes, which my fiance would like. Convict Lake is filled with Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout throughout the summer season. I remember when I was a little girl and my family would go on camping trips in the summer, where we would fish during the day and sit by the campfire at night. Thinking about Mammoth brings up all of those memories and has me craving a s’more.

Mammoth Lakes fly fishing

Note: Even though I’m not planning on getting on a plane, I can still plan a camping trip.


July Beauty favorites

My beauty routine in the hot summer is very minimal. Often times I’m without any makeup at all. This heatwave has made it especially hard to want to put anything on my face besides sunscreen, but here are a few items I have been using.

I used to think {and still sort of do} that the Evian Mineral Water Spray in a can was such a gimmick. It’s an amazing marketing idea. Put water in an aerosol can and sell as a spray. Then I started using it and it changed my mind. I used to keep this at my desk for a mid afternoon pick me up and it definitely came in handy. Now I keep it in my purse and use it as a pick me up on hot days. It feels so refreshing. Like going under a mister at a theme park. Maybe I love it for the nostalgia.

summer skincare

Since my skin has been breaking out a little more now that it’s summer, I’ve switched up my skincare routine and daily moisturizer. Murad’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 is perfect for summer. It’s lightweight and helps combat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as breakouts. Just what I need. My skin is usually pretty clear, but sweating it out this summer isn’t helping. Luckily I’m stocked up on Murad.

Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer is a cult favorite. It gives the skin a beautiful sun kissed bronzed look. If you’re like me and have been busy indoors this summer, a little bronzer helps. Apply it to where you would naturally get tan, like the cheeks and top of the forehead along the hairline. I’ve also used it to contour the clavicle and bronze the chest.

Benefit Hoola bronzer

I am obsessed with this Hourglass brow pencil. Luckily I have dark thick eyebrows, so I don’t really need to pencil them in on the daily. But I have been using this when I wear makeup to help fill in the bald spots in my brows. When I was in high school I over plucked my brows and made them wider then they needed to be. They grew back, but not as thick. This auburn pencil matches my hair nicely and allows me to brush in the color for a natural look. It’s a soft pencil so it doesn’t give a harsh unnatural look to the brows. I seriously love it!

Hourglass brow pencil

Note: This summer is going by too fast!



It’s that time of year again. Nordstrom is having its huge anniversary sale. #NSale. The sale starts today and runs until August 7th, but it’s better to get shopping early. Here are my top three picks and what I’ll be shopping for at the sale.

      1. Moto Jacket – Somehow in these last few weeks I lost my favorite jacket. The one that went with everything and that I wore all of the time. I’m now looking for a new perfect moto jacket, whether real leather or not, I need something that will be my new favorite.
    1. Shirtdress – It looks like a shirt and functions as a dress. I love a good shirt dress and don’t have many hanging in my closet. I love that they can take you from summer to fall with just a few layers and changing the shoes.
    1. Plaid Shirt – I have a thing for plaid in the fall. The style is coming back and I’m looking to stock up on my favorite fall pattern. Even though I can’t think about putting on a plaid shirt in this heatwave, I know come fall I’ll be happy to have them.

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Santa Barbara Polo Club

Until school starts late next month I will be spending most of my time up in Santa Barbara with my family. One of the best things about Santa Barbara in the summer, besides the beaches, is going to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Sundays. You don’t have to be a member to attend and it’s only $10 for the grandstands. The match is only on Sundays, so it’s a classy way to do Sunday Funday and spend the weekend. I love that everyone has to dress up and so many women wear hats. Like baseball, it’s a very social sport, so even if you don’t know the rules of the game, you can pick it up and laugh with your neighbor along the way.

Santa Barbara Polo clubSanta Barbara polo horse

Note: The stomping of the divots always reminds me of Pretty Woman.


Neck scarf

This outfit had me feeling French. That was the vibe I was going for after all. I knew I wanted to wear my new twist scarf around my neck and focused my outfit around that. I went with classic black. Black and white scarf, dress and black flats. I imagined a chic French girl scooting around Paris.

Like many, my mind was on France this last week because of the recent tragedy. Last May I was in Nice and Cannes and my heart went out to them after hearing the horrific news, and quite frankly to all of humanity. We can’t keep hurting each other. We can all play a part in spreading love. Our peaceful vibrations can be felt around the world. Instead of bringing people down, share in a happy moment together. Start in your own community and circle of friends and let’s shift the energy of the world. Twist Scarf, Splendid Dress, Free People Pointed Flats, Tory Burch Tote, J.Crew Link Bracelet twist scarfNatalie Notionsstripe neck tieTory Burch purseblack summer dress

Note: France will always hold a special place in my heart.