Spring On A Budget

Hey what’s up HELLO! I don’t know about any of you, but one of my favorite things is to find new blogs to follow and gather inspiration from. I have no shortage of amazing ladies that I follow for travel, fashion, food, and lifestyle inspo. both online and on Instagram. Buttttttt, the one downside with so many of these fashion/travel bloggers (in my opinion, anyways), is that almost everything that they wear/buy is so. darn. expensive! There have been multiple times when I’ve seen a blogger wearing an adorable outfit, only to find out later that the blouse alone costs more than my two week’s salary. This girl’s on a budget! So today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fashion finds (all spring-related!) that don’t break the bank. I am all for affordable fashion and am a big believer that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to look amazing.

1. Target rockstud sandals. I was at my local Target earlier today and did a double-take when I saw these sandals. (Sidenote: Does anyone else go into Target with two things on their list and leave with like five unnecessary things? Story of my life.) Anyway, I picked up these sandals in the tan color and absolutely love them. They’re not the best quality but for $28 I really couldn’t pass them up. They’re so similar to the Valentino ones, but cost about $900 less haha.

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2. I spotted these at Nordstrom and they’re the perfect white denim shorts! They’re also the perfect length – not too long and not too short.

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3. This LOFT top is a little pricey but LOFT is always having amazing sales so you can definitely snag it for a good deal!

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4. These Urban Outfitters sunglasses are my fave! They’re a great dupe for Karen Walker sunnies.

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5. This cotton military jacket just went on sale and it’s perfect for spring. But be warned: it runs really, really big so definitely size down!

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What websites/stores do you browse for cute, affordable fashion? I’m all ears! 

Life Lately

Hi there! I’m so happy to be posting again on this little corner of the internet. The next two weeks are going to be pure chaos for me with finals approaching so I’m taking a break from the rest of the world and posting some tidbits from my life lately! Whenever I’m stressed I like to go back through my Instagram or camera roll on my phone and reflect back on happy memories. Also, the weather in LA has been beautiful lately so at least if I have to study for hours on end, I can do it outside with an iced coffee in hand. Check out some photos below for a glimpse into my happenings 🙂

I visited the Huntington Library + Gardens a few weeks ago to do some research for a class project and ended up spending about half the day there just wandering around and soaking in the beauty! I especially loved the Chinese and Japanese gardens. The cherry blossom trees were just beginning to bloom and it seemed like the ideal opportunity for a photo!

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Grabbing dessert with my sorority fam at BSweet on Sawtelle (I definitely recommend it)! I love this fam of mine. They’re sweeter than the fudge brownie I shortly devoured after this photo 😉

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From about a month ago when I went home for the weekend. Nothing beats sunsets after the rain.

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Lattes with bae at Caffe Luxxe in Brentwood. I definitely recommend their almond milk latte!

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And finally, lunchin’ with my bestie Bella in Santa Monica this past weekend. Bella and I’ve been friends for five years and we’re still the best of friends even though we only see each other once every few months! There’s nothing better than good friends and good company.

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We ate at Flower Child in Santa Monica. The decor was top notch but I didn’t love the food. Super expensive for such small portions! Alas, it was still so nice to catch up with my girl.

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Can we talk about that bathroom for a hot sec?!

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Also, I can’t fail to mention that Bella’s laugh is the best. thing. ever. Yesterday had no shortage of pure laughter and giggling! Love her so much.

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On a super unrelated note, has anyone else heard Ed Sheeran’s new album, Divide?! I’m so in love. His voice just melts me inside. My favorites are Hearts Don’t Break Around Here, How Would You Feel, Supermarket Flowers (cue the tears), and Barcelona. I would love to see him in concert!

What has everyone else been up to lately?! 🙂

Currently Craving: Acai Bowls

I have to make an honest confession – I had never tried an acai bowl until a month ago. I know, I know, I live in Los Angeles – how in the heck have I not tried an acai bowl before?! I don’t have a great excuse, I just never jumped onto the acai bandwagon. Buuuuuut, let me tell you friends, I am a big believer that acai bowls might be one of the greatest inventions of our time.

To begin with, let me start off by saying that within the past few months I’ve been trying incredibly hard to change up my diet. When I discovered early into 2016 that dairy did not sit well with me, I cut it out of my diet. Now that we’re a few weeks into 2017, I can honestly say that I’ve done a great job with keeping up the no-dairy routine. I’m trying to also eliminate gluten, but that’s another story for another time.

Anyway, long story short, I have a super sensitive stomach and can’t always digest three full meals a day. Sometime I like to switch things up and substitute in a smoothie for lunch or breakfast instead of a complete meal. I’m not saying that this works for everyone, but this tends to help me, especially with my digestion issues. This is where acai bowls come in. I never really knew what made up an acai bowl until I tried my first one a few weeks ago. For reference, I ordered the Brazilian Bowl (the “beginnners” acai bowl) at SunLife Organics and absolutely loved it. Half of the bowl was smoothie, so it was a nice mix of liquid and hard foods. Because I don’t have access to a kitchen in the university dorms right now, I know for sure that I’ll be whipping up acai bowls weekly in my sorority house next year. I complied a list of delicious-looking acai bowls below, so be sure to check them out!

1. Acai Breakfast Power Bowl 

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2. Blueberry and pink grapefruit oatmeal 

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3. Tropical Smoothie Bowls

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4. Crispy Blue Brekky Bowl

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5. Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

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Have you tried any other food “trends” lately that you want to share? Let me know!

 

Spring Essentials

I know that we still have a few weeks until spring but I can’t help but start swooning over all of the new spring styles that have recently been released. I can’t wait for sun on my shoulders and outdoor spring brunches in the next few months! Today I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite spring essentials at all different price points. Check them all out below!

  1. Soprano Bow Off-the-Shoulder Top: The off-the-shoulder trend isn’t going anywhere and I couldn’t be happier. This blouse is the epitome of business in the front and party in the back.

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2. Free People All I Got Maxi: Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking. I can’t help but love this adorable tie-waist maxi dress in cream. This dress would be perfect for a weekend getaway or even a fancier occasion.

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3. Billabong Sing Along Dress: I love a simple striped dress and this one just shot up to the top of my wishlist!

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4. Floral romper: I typically can’t pull of rompers but I just love the look of them! This one caught my eye because it has hints of spring but it’s also a little moody. This price point on this one is too good, too.

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What are you loving for spring?

 

Life Lately

As mentioned in my previous post, life has been crazy the last few weeks and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Today I wanted to share what I’ve been up to recently. Take a peek below!

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Having allll of the Kauai withdraws 

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The prettiest sunset leaving Fashion Island a few weeks ago

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A picture-perfect day in Malibu last weekend 

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Costume party for my sorority! Who let the dogs out?!

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The view looking over Big Corona Beach with a chai latte in hand – nothing better

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Saturdays with my sweets. This is Wilson’s first debut on the blog; let me tell ya, he’s pretty darn great 🙂 

Letting It All Go

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The last few weeks have been some of the busiest weeks of my life, from school, to interviews for internships, sorority events, and getting together with friends. I love being busy, but I don’t like not having enough time to do the things that actually bring me joy, like exercising a few times a week or scheduling fun activities for the weekend. This quarter of college has been my busiest yet, mostly because I’m taking more classes than usual and am also involved in lots of extracurricular activities. I chatted with my mom over phone the other day and  talked about why people feel the need to do absolutely everything. I told her that I was starting to feel the pressure of needing to be a great student, a devoted member of my sorority, and still have time for the things that I love. It’s been said many times before, but I needed to make it clear to myself that saying no is ok. 

I have the tendency to stretch myself thin. For freshman and sophomore year of high school, I thought the only way I was going to get into a good college was if I was involved in everything that high school had to offer. By junior year, I was starting to hone in on my interests and I began to figure of what activities I liked best. Fast forward to college, where there are 1,000+ clubs just on our campus alone. Even halfway through my sophomore year, I have barely touched the surface in terms of what my university has to offer. In fact, just thinking about all of the different clubs I could get involved in makes my head spin.

I’ve always considered myself to be an optimistic person, but my lust for life has begun to fade over the past few months. I’ve not only felt unmotivated to do schoolwork, but I also feel like I’m in a creative rut where I can’t generate any new ideas for my blog. Does anyone else feel this way too? One of my friends even pointed out to me recently that I don’t have the same enthusiasm and optimism that I did just a few months prior.

My mission is to find this lust again, and infuse it into all aspects of my life.

Friends, life is too short for sleepless nights and anxiety that lasts days on end. I’ve seen the phrase good things come to those who hustle but I don’t believe a bit of that. Good things come to those who do their best. Nothing more nothing less.

How do you let things go? A coffee break, a walk on the beach, time with a furry friend? Let me know!

Currently Coveting: Statement Rugs

I’m not one to constantly try out the latest trends given my affinity for clean and classic style, but I will say that there are a few interior design trends that I can get behind. One of these trends has been in style for a while but it wasn’t until recently that I noticed how drawn I am to clean, bright interiors that have a pop of color. I’ve always loved color but I always gravitate towards neutrals in interior design. When picking out bedding and decor for my dorm room, I based my color palette on navy, gold and pops of white; although my love of neutrals still holds true, I’ve found myself really loving bold pops of color lately.

I love the look of a bright rug in a neutral-clad home. Whether it be in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. – I love the fresh look of a colorful rug. I really love bright rugs that almost have a vintage vibe to them, where the colors are not too loud and the design is simple. I’ve rounded up a few favorite examples of the colorful rug trend and now I’m itching to try it in my own space. Interior design makes me excited to decorate and furnish an apartment of my own in the near future!

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What are your thoughts on the colorful rug trend?