April 30, 2014

Four Favorites: Color Crush

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Shorts: Madewell | Fedora: TOPSHOP | Tote: Lacoste | Nail Polish: Deborah Lippmann

I'm usually all about pinks, but one of my favorite shades for spring is a pretty, soft, powder blue. A few weeks ago, one of the blogs I follow, Crazy Style Love posted an outfit featuring a gorgeous powder blue skirt. It's such a calming cool pastel color and the star of this week's Four Favorites.

Also linking up with Random Wednesday and Friday's Fab Favorites

April 28, 2014

Party Like It's 1929

Speakeasy party

This past weekend I celebrated my 29th birthday... '20s style! My guests dressed up-- everyone looked amazing!-- we had good food, yummy '20s drinks and a "photobooth," which was a hit. I had a great birthday and loved spending it with family and friends. Here's some more pics from the night:

speakeasy party food

My menu I created for the party.

speakeasy party food

speakeasy party food

homemade white pizza

Some of the foods-- three types of sliders, broccoli slaw, and homemade pizzas with handmade dough by my dad-- yum!

Dessert bar: Red velvet cupcakes and tuxedo cheesecake.

speakeasy party drinks

Drink menu-- if you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good Moscow Mule!

speakeasy party photobooth

Speakeasy party

speakeasy party photobooth

My parents looking classy in their 1920's garb.

speakeasy party photobooth

speakeasy party photobooth

speakeasy party photobooth

speakeasy party photobooth

With my mom and grandma

speakeasy party photobooth

speakeasy party photobooth

Photobooth fun! We had an easy setup-- just a gold foil door hanger in front of a gold tablecloth on the wall and tons of props I had in my costume bin and from Party City-- some pieces were as cheap as .35 cents! So easy and such a hit-- even the dogs made it into a few pics!

Thanks for stopping by and for all the birthday love this past week :)

speakeasy party

April 24, 2014

Blustery Day Maxi Dress + Denim Vest

Maxi Dress: Target | Denim Vest: Mudd for Kohls | Hat: H&M (similar) | Wedges: mark. (similar)

Take my word for it, maxi dresses and wind do NOT go together. While out in Palm Springs, Steve and I thought we could get a few quick picks with the desert and San Jacinto Mountains in the background but the wind wasn't cooperating-- my hair was flying everywhere, I had to hold on to my hat for dear life and I was being pushed over (oupled with platforms, not so fun). But the mountains and sun look pretty cool, so I guess it was worth it ;)

Remember when I was gushing about a denim vest on a Four Favorites post earlier this month? Here it is-- I love it! I'd like to wear it to work and even though my office is fairly casual, I don't think bare arms are appropriate, or at least not until summer. How do you style your denim vests?

April 23, 2014

Four Favorites: Birthday Favorites

This Sunday I'll be celebrating my 29th birthday-- eeks! I really can't believe I'm almost 30 and I'm trying not to totally freak out. Kidding! To kick off my birthday celebration, I'm highlighting a few birthday favorites in this week's Four Favorites:

Red velvet cupcakes are my absolute favorite, can't wait to have one (or a few!) of these this weekend! 

Every girl needs a new dress for her birthday and this cute H&M Lace Dress is so me... and it's under $20, an amazing buy!

Where it lacks budget-wise, this Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote more than makes up for it in amazingness. I'm in need of a camel-colored bag and definitely wouldn't mind opening this one up.

Finally, how delicious smelling does a birthday cake shower gel and lip gloss sound? To really capture that birthday feeling, Philosophy's Birthday Girl set would really drive home that birthday feeling.

Thanks for dropping by!

Also linking up with Random Wednesday and Friday's Fab Favorites

April 22, 2014

Good HUES-Day: Earth Day Inspired Goodness

1. Crossbody Bag, Matt & Nat | 2.The Body Shop Hemp Intensive Hand Butter | 3. Single Feather Necklace, Alkemie | 4. Habit Cosmetics Nail Polish | 5. Beaded Tank Top, H&M | 6. Spectra Green Classics, Tom's | 7. Tribal Sunset Macbook Case, Della | 8. Union Square Skirt, Threads for Thought | 9. Light the Way Candle, Aveda

Happy Earth Day! We grew up with the saying recycle, reduce, reuse and if you're like me, you try to instill that mantra into our daily lives by recycling, watching our energy and electric usage, etc. With the green movement taking off in the past few years, we can now apply that mantra to the products we use and clothes we wear by supporting businesses who support sustainability with eco-friendly wares.

I was pleasantly surprised with how many awesome items I found while compiling this list-- cute clothes, great beauty producs and even super cool accessories! While many of these brands and items are made using sustainable practices, recycled materials,  and natural ingredients, there are also the companies who donate to support our planet and its people. Aveda, for instance, is offering 100% of the purchase price of their Light the Way Candle to support water-related projects around the world; and Threads For Thoughts ethically sources their sustainable materials and factory workers. Super cool.

How do you give back to Mother Earth?

April 21, 2014

Top Picks: Self Tanners

Ever since I had a mole scare several years ago, I limit my time in the sun and diligently slather on the SPF. With so much sun protection, it can be challenging to develop a nice, bronzed tan. Luckily, self tanners have become my color saving grace-- taking my pasty winter legs to a natural-looking tan. Herr's a few of my favorite self tanners, plus a newbie budget-friendly option.

I was browsing around looking for a budget-friendly self tanner and this one popped up. I had no clue Hawaiian Tropic makes a tanner! In a creamy formula, I hope this one smells as good as their sunscreen line.

My absolute favorite self tanner I have ever used. The mousse formula makes for a consistent  even coverage, leaving no streaks, and the color is the most natural-looking I have used, although not very dark. I apply this with the St. Tropez tanning mitt to keep coverage even... and my hands tanner free!

When I'm wanting a deeper tan, I'll reach for the bronzing gel. Again, with St. Tropez I get a good natural-looking tan, without the streaks. Really loving their formulas!

I received this tanning mousse in the Lucky FABB gift bag and tried it last weekend. I have to say, would drive a wedge in my love for St. Tropez but it's a bit pricey for me. The color develops quickly,  there is no odor, it applies smoothly and even includes organic botanical extracts. If the price tag doesn't scare you away and you are wanting a tanner that lasts and is quality, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

5. Tan Towel, $24 for 5 towelettes
I like Tan Towels because they are quick and easy, I mean, it's tanner on a wipe! The color payoff is good, however I feel you get more bang for your buck with a mousse/cream/gel in terms of applications. 

I haven't used this for a couple of years as I had stocked up on mark.'s glowing moisturizer but as soon as I run out, I will be picking up this again. I use this as a daily moisturizer on top of my tanner to prolong the length of my tan. I think Jergens works especially great on those with fair skin, giving a subtle, natural glow that doesn't come out orange-y or unnaturally dark on lighter skin tones. 

Do you have a favorite self tanner or are there any you would especially like to try?

April 19, 2014

Saturday Style: Music Festival Fashion Round 2

festival fashion
Floral Print Kimono: Delia's | Crochet Bralette: 2020Ave | Peach Shorts: Delia's | Oxford Flats: ModCloth | Eco-Friendly Tote, Etsy | Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Heart Ring: Catbird

Coachella is back for the second weekend, along with round 2 of my Saturday Style: Festival Fashion. Happy weekend!

April 18, 2014

Weekend Roundup

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After reading Glossy Blonde's post on her 2-year blogiversary (congrats, Niki!) I realized that my blog celebrated its 1st blogiversary this week, too! WOW! I'm proud of my blog growth so far and can't wait to see where this blog goes in the next year. I hope you'll all stick around for awhile :)

I wasn't planning on posting today but I'm home alone on a Friday night with not much else to do. So tonight, I'm getting a head start on the weekend with a few can't miss posts from the week:

The delicious looking (and lightened up!) Ice Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust from above

Planning an Easter brunch? Offer a DIY Bellini bar

When buying sunglasses, I usually just try on a ton of pairs and get what I think looks good. Did you know there are certain types that flatter certain face shapes? Find yours most flattering sunglasses for your face shape!

My buddy Chelsea Rhane rounds up a few of her favorite charcoal-based facial products. Yes, I said charcoal... check it out!

My favorite part of Easter has to be the deviled eggs. Here's a twist on the traditional party eggs 

Speaking of eggs, here's a super easy and cute DIY for polka dot Easter eggs

Don't miss out on this week's Easter Four Favorites! If you're a blogger, join this fun linkup each week.

I promise I'm not an alcoholic, but I can't resist sharing this yummy sounding recipe for a Lemon Ginger Cocktail

Enjoy your Easter weekend!

April 17, 2014

#NoChella: Shorts + Oxfords in Palm Springs

Shorts: Hart Denim | Oxfords: Madden Girl | Tee: Forever21 | Bikini Top: Voda Swim | Fedora: mark.girl (similar) | Sunglasses: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls | California Necklace: Nashelle 

This past weekend, Steve and I took a little road trip out to Palm Springs for the day. We stopped by Ace Hotel to attend a blogger lounge from Two Point Oh! LA where we caught a couple of performances by The Pierces and Joel Taylor and even got to Sharpie-design an Aryn K. clutch... which Steve promptly took over! 

We took a drive through a couple of neighborhoods looking for good photo shops and drove by a few amazing mid-century modern homes-- so cool! The style is such a throwback to the 60's-- think the Brady Bunch home. Speaking of super cool-- I won the adorable crotchet-detailed Hart Denim shorts I'm wearing from a giveaway on Love & Ace. Love Kat's blog (go check it out NOW) and LOVE these shorts!

April 16, 2014

Four Favorites: Easter

While we don't so much to celebrate Easter (although to be honest, I wouldn't mind an Easter basket filled with chocolates and goodies!), it's great to spend the day with family and of course, having the obligatory Easter egg or two... or usually for me, deviled eggs. This week, I'm rounding up my Easter Four Favorites:

1. Decorating Easter eggs: I love the pretty watercolor designs on these! Different and simple.

2. Whenever I think of Easter, the Peter Cottontail song starts playing in my mind, "Here comes Peter Cottontail... Hopping down the bunny trail..." Oh, now it's stuck in your head? You're welcome.

3. Yummy and cute Krispy Easter Eggs! What's not to love about rice krispy treats and pretty sprinkles?!?

4. I fell extremely short this year in this department but I love springy, cute Easter decorations. I'll be better next year about this, promise!

What do you love most about Easter?

Also linking up with Random Wednesday and Friday's Fab Favorites

April 15, 2014

Good HUES-Day: Spring Brights

Flats: Anna Baiguera | Watch: Kate Spade New York | Blazer: Target | Layering Cami: Victoria's Secret | Bag: Kate Spade New York | Skinny Jeans: 7 For All Mankind | Skater Skirt, LE3NO| Shorts: Madewell | Shoes: Vans

While I'm all about spring pastels and florals prints, there's just something about splashy, bold colors that brighten up everyday outfits. Mix and match colors together for a bold look or incorporate a statement piece into a simple outfit.

Do you wear bold, bright colors in the spring?

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