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Hi ladies! I am so excited to share this post all about my recent visit to Iceland! To be honest I am not a super outdoorsy person and I left Alaska for a reason, I do NOT like the cold so Iceland wasn’t really on my radar of places to visit. BUT of course I have seen all the magical photos, the black lava beaches, the wild horses, I mean Game of Thrones is filmed there! And of course let’s not forget The Blue Lagoon!
As you girls know Erica my bestie from Fashioned Chic Styling and I help each other out with projects and trips. So when she asked if I could go with her to Iceland and help her of course said yes! I mean when am I getting another chance right?! While I was there I took the opportunity to shoot some new exclusive spring pieces from my favorite retailer Intermix, with the stunning background of the Blue Lagoon! Yes that is the actual color of the lagoon!
I decided to go with some super high rise white flares to change things up a bit and loved the unique flattering design. White jeans are hard to pull off but a flare is the perfect option for white.
Style Tip: When styling white jeans I always go up a size so that the fit is a bit looser on the thighs and bum. Also opt for a high rise! Way more flattering and lengthening!
Of course I had to add this Blondie tee to give a little rock and roll edge. I can’t get enough band tees! Then I finished my look with this gorgeous cropped cardigan. I fell in love with the color and also thought it’s be so chic over a simple black slip dress for cocktails. Lastly I added these rose gold pumps to peep out of my flares for a finishing touch. All these pieces are exclusive to Intermix so they’re super special and limited in quantities. Meaning you won’t see everyone else rocking the same pieces, love that! :)
Now back to my stay in Iceland. We stayed at the beautiful The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Resort and this place is nothing short of magical! Seriously this is probably the most impressive place I have ever stayed at! This modern gem is literally in the Blue Lagoon and boasts one of the most incredible spas I have even been too. Modern design and every detail worth the price.
I would definitely say that if you want to experience the Blue Lagoon the only way to do so is either staying at The Retreat or at their more affordable sister property The Silica Hotel because they are literally ON the blue lagoon and all their amenities are designed to enjoy the lagoon and intergrated into the spa.
Speaking of the spa, if you visit you have to do the In Water signature Massage, you are literally flaoting in the Blue Lagoon while getting a full body massage! Incredible! Then spend the rest of the day indulging in the Blue Lagoon Ritual; a three step self treatment and all the spa amenities.
We ate at The Lava Restaurant that is one of the most unique fine dining experiences I’ve had and ate Birch juniper cured arctic char and Liquorice, skyr ice cream, super yum!
Also try the Spa Restaurant for light healthy food.
This was such a short trip that I wish I could have done so much more. But it will just have to wait until my next visit and there will be a next visit! Just maybe in the Spring or summer next time! ;)
Thank you Intermix for sponsoring this post.
Neon is Back in Action
Hey ladies! A trend for the spring that I am absolutely loving is the neon trend!!! I have been pleasantly surprised at how many creative ways there are to style fluorescent colors - and you do NOT have to look like a highlighter!! There are plenty of ways to ease bright colors into your wardrobe while remaining loyal to your personal style. I think sometimes we shy away from trends that feel “out there”, even if we like the way other people are wearing them. Cut that comparison out, gals!!! Don’t be afraid to get creative with it. Start small and find things that you’re comfortable in. Before you know it your wardrobe will be expanding in ways you never expected it to, but you’ll love having fun. Trying new things doesn’t have to be so intimidating!!
We have had lots of these funky San Diego days recently where it’s all blue skies and sunny, but that breeze is coooold. My SoCal babes know what I’m talking about…it’s all fun and games until you’re shivering on your walk to grab coffee, ha! I was bummed that it wasn’t super warm outside but I found a way to make the weather work for me: transition. pieces. And what’s better than a cutout sweater?! Such a great spring option, perfect for girls’ night out, date night, and everything in between. I love the classic neutral grey because it lets my favorite part about this look steal the show…
Pops of Color
A super easy and fun way to add some color to your life is through accented accessories…my obvious favorite being SHOES. I mean, any excuse to grab a new pair, am I right?! These pumps are sooo freakin’ good. With the neon and vinyl together, so many retro vibes — too fun! Other fun options for adding bright pinks, blues, greens, oranges, whatever to your wardrobe: knits, bags, even swimwear is a great way to ease in!
Balance it Out
When you’re a neutrals girl at heart, it can help to balance out bright statement pieces with slightly tamer pieces. I love a good clean blue jean to keep things classy - leave it to Annie Bing to make quite possibly the most flattering denim evahhhhh. They are super high rise, such everything in but are a bit more relaxed then a traditional skinny. AND it’s really hard for me to find a dark blue wash I love, this one is so good! So easy to pair these jeans with just about anything!!!
Hi, friends! With the weather being so unpredictable and so in that awkward spot between spring and summer, I am ALL about transition pieces and light sweaters are just that. Honestly, when I am not sure what to wear these days, the easiest thing to reach for is a light spring knit. For today’s post I’m sharing how to style Spring Pastels two ways with one of my favorite knitwear brands 525 America! They’ve been in the sweater business for nearly forty years and it SHOWS, here’s a previous post with one of my other favorite 525 Sweaters. I love shopping for pieces from brands who are experts in whatever I’m looking for because I know I’m getting quality and true bang for my buck. Their selection is really diverse - so much sweater goodness!
Pastels are trending in full force this spring and it can be tricky to figure out how to style lighter shades of color in ways that still feel true to your style, especially if you tend to be a neutrals/black & white gal! Sweaters are a super simple way to incorporate pastels and bonus - they’re the ultimate transition piece.
Pastel Pink Gone Edgy
As a brand, 525 America has continued to evolve with the trends while continuing to hold their niche in the knitwear market. They’ve got the classics covered but then they always surprise us with fun little numbers like this pink knit! And ladies, notice this sweater is reversible!!! I’m wearing it both ways in these pics! I love the versatility of a reversible piece and I think both ways look amazing...there’s a drapiness to the silhouette that looks so pretty on everyone. A little shoulder and clavicle moment never hurts! ;)
I am all about styling colors with an edgier twist so I added a pop of dark lace with this bralette (ON SALE limited time) and some of my favorite ripped skinnies. Another way to play up pastels is to add texture, which is why the fringe neckline is perfect. I grabbed some snakeskin sandals to really chic things up. This look is totally girls’ night out approved but you could also grab your favorite flats and be good to go!!
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SANDALS: Steve Madden here
BAG: Gucci Marmont Small here
For my second pastel spin I paired these seafoam skinnies with this cotton wide knit sweater and love the textures together. This look is definitely my Sunday family day look. Would also be a cute Easter look for those casual BBQ’s! I paired the look with these espadrilles that are SO soft! Super comfortable and a great Chanel dupe right!?
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JEANS: Sam Edelman here
ESPADRILLES: Sam Edelman here
BAG: Sam Edelman
SUNNIES: Quay Australia here
Hi Ladies! I am back from my travels and so excited to share this post with you! One thing I am really passionate about is celebrating diversity. I’m joining Walmart today to share a some favorite affordable finds that are at reach to anyone! Pieces that I feel confident in and that come at a great price AND at a multitude of sizes! Walmart is one of those brands that has been woven into the history of America, I can remember it from when I was a kid and now they are worldwide!
I am a strong believer that fashion is a fantastic way to celebrate our differences as well as the things that bring us together. We each have our own personal style and ways of expressing ourselves through the things we wear. It can feel intimidating and overwhelming to try to build your wardrobe and sort through all the brands out there...and it’s just not realistic to have a wardrobe completely made up of investment and designer pieces.
All that being said, I am really really excited about what Walmart is doing to make original, on-trend styles accessible to everyone! Everyone can feel good (like super good) about their prices, and I have been blown away by how many quality looks I’ve found - I had such a hard time narrowing it down! I mean, you guys, who could turn down Levi’s for $39?!?? For real, Walmart Fashion is stepping it up and has a highly curated selection of pieces that you’ll love and save money on.
The military/utilitarian trend is so in this spring and I’m all over it. I grabbed this super lightweight trench coat (hellooo, it’s on super sale!!!) - so good, right??! The length, the structure, the color...everything. I love it. It’s a fantastic transition piece and a super easy outer layer for pretty much any outfit. We still get a few of those rainy days here and there in San Diego as we roll into summer so it’s nice to have a jacket on hand because the temps can change pretty rapidly!
Like I mentioned earlier, I had to snatch these Levi’s right up. $40 bucks, are you kidding me??! FYI I bought these in a different wash from another retailer for over $90! What! And they’re the real deal. I love a good dark black super high rise skinny jean. I think the thing I appreciate most about shopping with Walmart is that they have tonssss of size options.
Style Tip: I ordered a shorter size because I love jeans that hit right above the ankle - super flattering and leg-lengthening. For reference I got the 25/28 size.
Who doesn’t love legs for dayssss, ha. You’ll love these clean black wash babies!
Thank you Walmart for Sponsoring this post
Hey, ladies! Spring is in full swing around here which means wardrobe refreshing time! It can be tricky to shop spring and summer as a working woman because business casual brings to mind pantsuits and trousers. Totally NOT me! But I am so jazzed about what Express has to offer this season - their pieces are so versatile and wearable no matter what’s on your agenda!
The fabulous thing about Express is that they are seeking to go above and beyond in the fashion industry by living out their values. I absolutely love their celebration of Women’s Empowerment Month... they are exemplifying what it means to really put our best foot forward and give our all no matter what our passions are in life.
As a woman in a field that often feels highly competitive and overcrowded, I was so encouraged by their call for unity - ‘Women Together’ is what their new campaign is centered around and I think it’s perfect for the times we are living in. With that in mind, I want to recognize that, as women, we need to stick together, celebrate each other’s successes, give of our time with no expectations and be inclusive of every walk of life. Being the best version of ourselves doesn’t mean we need to tear each other down in the process. We ARE a village and strength comes from community. Most of the deep friendships and bonds i have with women have been born out of giving and supporting each other! I am so grateful for those bonds, without my women tribe it wouldn’t be possible to live this dream.
Whether you are a working woman, an entrepreneur, a stay-at-home momma or anything in between, the value we bring to this world as women is so much stronger when we stand together rather than always playing that comparison game! Trust me it’s hard not to do. It’s tough in the fashion world but I believe it’s doable, and Express is reminding us all of that truth.
Speaking of work...‘effortless’ is my middle name these days because my schedule has been so hectic juggling all my roles. Those more polished throw-on-and-go pieces are essential because (unfortunately) we can’t wear sweatpants and hoodies all the time. I was so amazed at how many amazing one-and-done pieces Express is bringing into the mix!!
If you’re like me and you love to elevate basics, look no further because they have both the basics and the fun, edgy pieces we love.
I am calling it right now - Expess’s casual-yet-structured vibe is the new workwear. They have so many good pieces that allow you to follow the rules of the office without sacrificing your personal style. Springtime in San Diego can still be a little breezy so I love the idea of pairing a skirt with layers (they have tons!). This green number has the best details - I love the double breasted look and the tie waist is so flattering on all kinds of figures. The length is perfect because it can be worn super high waisted for a more mini length, or wear it right at the hips and it’s totally work-appropriate. Talk about transitionable! It’s got that tomgirl look that I love. I went with a super basic but super flattering black tank and a boyfriends blazer in black is the new black, right (ha)?! You just can’t go wrong. To finish off the look, I went with a western boot vibe because let’s keep it unexpected and add some edge! Get the look with these insane pair! If your work is a little more laid back, you could also pair with a fun graphic tee or a simple crisp white tee would look awesome as well.
Express is for real, ladies - I am feeling excited about adding more work wear looks to the blog per your request! Just in case you’re not yet convinced, I have a treat for you guys! I’m giving you a Ring Code (8137) for $25 off $100, in-store and online! What a steal, right??! Enjoy and let me know what you pick up!
Hi ladies! One of the topics I get most asked about is blogging. How did I start? How does it work? To be honest it feels like I started yesterday and like still on most days don’t know what I am doing. I’m not complaining, I am SO grateful for all the amazing opportunities is has given me BUT it’s not always glamorous or easy and I want to paint a full picture and share some of the not so pretty details. So when the iconic Steve Madden came to me for this post with the question of “What Drives You” it really got me thinking about my blogging journey and why I am still at it.
I work crazy long days, actually as I type this it is past 2am and i’ve been up working since 8am. This is my normal schedule at least 5-6 days a week. I sit in front of a computer or in front of my phone for more hours then I care to admit. I am constantly feeling like I am failing the juggle of parenting, home maker and the best wife I can be because I work so much. I deal with pesky self doubt and try to push away the urge to compare myself to my peers and their accomplishments all the time. I literally have an internal calendar that is always on RED with deadlines and the 20 things I am supposed to be responding to at all times. The travel however incredible gives me SO much guilt about all the moments I am missing out on with my kids and husband.
So why do i keep at it??
First of all I have loved fashion since I could remember! I used to sketch city scapes with paper dolls dressed in the fashion of my imagination when I was just 9 or 10. I remember I used to draw them into New York city scapes, always a city girl at heart! Now I take pictures in edgy city vibes even though I live in a total beach community! Ha funny how you manifest life! Ok, fast forward, eventually friends and then referrals started asking me to style them and I loved being able to help them and make them feel confident! I still get messages from women all over asking for me to virtually style them or help them decide on a purchase, I love that you ladies value my opinion! A major driving force for my every outfit and partnership is will my followers love it! Will it make them feel strong, confident and help them take on the day!
BUT there is another reason. I had a really unstable upbringing financially. We moved a LOT, lived paycheck to paycheck and there was periods of our lives when we lived with family because we couldn’t afford not to. My mom was a single mom who did the best she could. So for me it’s not just financial independence but more importantly STABILITY. It is so important to me to have and provide a secure future for my family! To provide the experiences that I did not have and to model hard work is what gives you the reward. Let’s also be honest, who knows how long this blogging phenomenon will last so I have to work as much and as hard as I can to sure I secure our future!
Did you know that when Steve Madden started his company he drove around NYC selling his shoes out of the trunk of his car!? I love that so much, it humanizes this iconic brand and shows that anything is possible with drive and hard work!
Now what drives you?! I’d love to know what are some of the hopes and dreams you are working to fulfill and how you stay driven on your journey?!
Now let’s talk about these insanely good pumps! I am legit obsessed with these spiked babies. What I love about Steve Madden is that they create shoes that you would see on the runway but at a price we can all afford! AND you are not sacrificing quality! I have so many Steve Madden shoes that are total favorites!
For this look I paired my denim spiked beauties with denim on denim and chose to go with a relaxed cuffed denim to really let the shoes have a moment! I’m loving this jean fit right now btw. I finished the look with a graphic tee and a this bone leather jacket that is so spring!
There are so many great Steve Madden shoes from spring that I thought I would give you all my must have picks! AND did I mention they are ALL under $100! Happy shopping!
Thank so much for reading along ladies and I hope you liked this post and getting a bit more insight to my world.
Thank you Steve Madden for sponsoring this post.
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Hi guys, happy Taco Tuesday! I am so excited to share this post because it is all about spring feels and my recent trip to the Bahamas! One of the things I am most grateful for is the amazing destinations I get to visit and the wonderful experiences that i never would have dreamed possible! Last week was nothing short of magical!
We started our girls getaway in Miami for a few days and had such a blast! Miami is one of my all time favorite cities, it oozes sexy tropical vibes! I have some friends there and it was so great to catch up. Next we visited the magical Bakers Bay Resort and where hosted by our dear friend Ivana in her home for the rest of our getaway! We took a private sea plane to the island; a total first for us and so crazy exciting! We spent our days by the pool drinking rose and enjoying the laid back island life and of course taking tons of photos and being creative together.
When I was shopping for this trip the first place I went to was Intermix because they seriously have the best selection for vacation vibez. Their spring picks are on trend, effortless and so easy to mix into my already existing wardrobe.
For a visit to the cutest tequila bar I wore it with this Asymmetrical mini in my favorite color ever, army green! I really gravitate to army green for vacation as it pairs like a neutral but still feels light enough for resort. My favorite thing I picked up was this cute Intermix Exclusive cropped white tee! I know it sounds too simple BUT let me tell you about the power of a perfectly fitting white tee! I love the updated cropped shape and it is so soft with the best drape. I ended up wearing it in every way possible! I even wore it as a beach cover up when my shoulders got a bit burned ha! I then finished the look with easy patent plexi wedges, a trend that is all the rage right now. I wore these from beach to cocktails, super comfortable and so easy to walk in. And in the evening to watch the sunset I did switch to my new Golden Goose sneakers that I have been wearing non stop!
I also wanted to share some of my favorite vacation ready pieces in case you have any upcoming trips coming up!! ;)
Thank you Intermix for partnering on this post.
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SKIRT: Derek Lam Asymmetrical Skirt
FOR A BEACH DAY
Does anyone else get a major Spring itch to travel right about this time of year?! Like, I just need a break from reality and an adventure! One of the things I love most about living is Southern California is how easy it is to escape on a quick getaway to so many amazing destinations and all just a few hours away. This weekend the bestie and I decided to visit one of my FAVORITE destinations, Bruma in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja Mexico for a little spring wine tasting. If you aren’t familiar with Valle de Guadalupe let me introduce you, Valle is Mexican wine and culinary country and one to not be missed! It’s just a little under 2 hours from San Diego and so perfect for a quick getaway!
We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Bruma Casa 8 — talk about an escape to paradise. Set in the Guadelupe valley, this boutique hotel doubled as a winery (double win!!) and we immediately fell in love with the breathtaking views, peaceful atmosphere and utter beauty that surrounded us. By day, we hit the wineries and explored the Mexican terrain and then by night we ate at some of the most amazing restaurants I’ve ever been to — one of our favorites Fauna, was even awarded the best restaurant in Mexico and we agree!! And OMG . you guys they have the cutest little mascot! Scroll down to see my new cutie friend!
With all of this traveling and beautiful excursions, I had to ensure I had the perfect fashion pieces to marry it to. That said, finding the perfect pieces that are in seasonal style AND cope with the weather wherever I travel is not the easiest task! One of the biggest trends this Spring is animal print, and I am SO here for it because you can find animal print in everything from shoes, bags, clothing and even headbands. Since springtime in Valle de Guadalupe is pretty chilly, I wanted to pair this trend with the cooler weather and turned to one of my favorite and go-to retailers, Intermix, to do just that. If you’ve been following me for a while or are new to my blog (hi hi new friends) you know Intermix is one of my go to places to shop for because I can always find something special that no other retailer carries! They have such a killer selection of exclusives and I LOVE their Intermix private label. I own this sweater and LOVE!
Ok, now back to the animal print… As I knew we’d be walking around in the rugged wine terrain, I went with these insanely cool Golden Goose Sneakers that I had been fawning over for months! They were the perfect chic-but-comfortable addition to every outfit during my trip. Even in my day to day life, I live in sneakers BUT I like them to have personality; case and point animal print sneaks for the win! I get a lot of questions if Golden Goose sneaks are worth the investment and let me just tell you YES! They look effortless with skirts, jeans, dresses and just add so much to a look. I wear them so much that it’s a no brainer investment and the fact that these are exclusive makes them extra special! I did a little pattern mix with this cozy zebra print cardigan that I’m totally going to pair with my leather pants and heels a date night in the city! I decide on a chic sleeveless bodysuit to give me shape and because I can easily wear this bodysuit all summer and spring.
Lastly you know I love my denim all day everyday and these FRAME jeans are so good! Loving the heavy distressing and light blue wash, so perfect for traveling everywhere this spring!
So where are you escaping this Spring? I’ve got you covered with all my favorites Intermix Exclusive pieces, scroll down to see my picks!
Cheers ladies and stay tuned for my next adventure! So excited to share this upcoming trip you guys, it’s an epic place!
Thank you Intermix for sponsoring this post
Hi ladies! Hope you are having a great week and had an awesome Valentine’s Day! Tonights look is all about stepping out in bold hues, specifically RED!
It’s funny I feel like a lot of people reserve the color red strictly for the holiday season and for me it’s the exact opposite. During the holidays I avoid it because it can feel too obvious or campy, no offense to my holiday cheer ladies! ;) I guess I like to think of this daring hue as more of a power color that I love to use to make a strong statement. If you haven’t worn red in a while or don’t feel super confident wearing this color I wanted to give you some of my tips on pulling it off!
Treat red like a neutral, promise it will play nice with almost anything!
Try a Monochrome red look! Think a red stain skirt with a red cozy sweater. This is definitely a statement but you can ground the look with neutral details like nude shoes and handbag. The colors do not have to be exact as long at tones are the same.
For daytime try it paired with camel, blue, brown, white and for night time I love a black and red combo like I’ve done here!
If you’re not ready to commit to bold red clothing pieces maybe try adding it in with your accessories like with shoes , handbags or a red lip!
Keep makeup more subtle and use an opposing lip color. Wearing red stands out on it’s own already; it feels more effortless when the makeup isn’t too bold or too matchy matchy. I like to either wear a nude lip or contrast it with a subtle pink lip stain.
Hope this was helpful and that you’re inspired to add a little red to your wardrobe! Cheers and have a great weekend ladies!