Monday, September 17, 2018

Ruffles & Palms

Dress: ASOS (similar here and here), Sunglasses: Storets (similar here and here), Hat: (similar), Earrings: eBay (similar), Shoes: Lulus (similar), Bag: Solace London (similar)
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

It's no joke that I'm seriously obsessed with ruffles. Is there anything girlier than this beautiful silhouette? I don't think so! Ruffles have a way of making me feel so feminine and chic. I honestly can't imagine a life where I don't wear them, because they're so versatile and perfect for any occasion! I whipped out this pretty little number from my closet and knew it was great for hot summer days in LA. I'm a sucker for pink and floral print, add a little ruffle to the mix and I'm completely sold. 

I couldn't help but make this dress the center of attention when I wore it out to lunch with my girlfriends, so I styled it simply with nude strappy heels, and a chic nude handbag. I definitely wanted to make sure that it POPPED and just to add a little more visual interest, and a retro vibe, I paired it with clear pink aviator shades. 

Are you a fan of ruffles like me? 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Secret Garden

On me: Top: Johanna Ortiz, Skirt: Storets, Shoes: Charlotte Russe,  Bag: Izzy and Ali, Earrings: Storets
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

Visit Laura over on her blog!

Hey everyone, I'm so happy to be back!
I know what you're thinking, where have you been!? Under a rock? To which I would answer yes. A massive boulder in fact, they call it "wedding planning". And after the planning comes, well, the wedding. So you can imagine that I was knee deep in seating charts, color palettes and dinner playlists for the past few months (14 to be exact). And while I don't regret a single second of the planning, it did take up a lot of my attention. In the weeks leading up to my wedding, I started to feel really overwhelmed, so much so that it was affecting my sleep and I was having pains in my chest. I tend to be a bit of a worry wart, or a little "neurotic" if you ask my Dad, so yes I was sweating all of the details. So much so that it was causing me a lot of stress. On one week when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed, I packed up my car and headed off on a three hour road trip with one of my favorite girls. Laura and I were so excited to see San Louis Obispo and even more excited to indulge in all of the charm of the Madonna Inn! As we drove across the Chumash Highway, and I took in the panoramic views of the mountains, I felt all of my stress melt away. We spent two nights at the Madonna Inn and I went home feeling like a "lighter" version of myself. Sometimes a quick getaway is all you need to reset and re-charge. Our morning stroll in their Secret Garden was magical and I loved being up before the rest of the tourists. 

What do you do when you're feeling stressed?

Thanks so much for stopping by! I missed you guys.
Xoxox -E

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Parasols & Pink Lace

Umbrella: Amazon (similar), Dress: Topshop via Nordstrom (similar here and here), Shoes: LK Benette via Zappos (similar), Clutch: Ted Baker
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

Getting out of the city always brings me a sense of calmness. Maybe it's because I grew up in a small town, with only one stoplight and the most action you would see on any given day were the cows grazing in the fields. Or maybe it's because as I get older, I appreciate the little, quiet moments so much more. Maybe that's why my fiancĂ© and I decided to have our wedding in the rolling hills of Tuscany, we both just wanted a quiet, peaceful place to say our vows in front of our loved ones. Just one more month until we're there and I can't wait! I've been knee deep in wedding planning lately and it's really exciting. 

Anyways, it was so wonderful to sit in an empty field with my umbrella, my little pink dress, some comfy flats, and a good book and to pretend, for just a few moments, that there wasn't a loud, bustling city all around me. A girl can dream. 

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

At-Home Color with Clairol

Faded highlights, brassy tones, and patchy balayage? Guilty on all counts. I tend to be a little, laissez faire when it comes to my hair color maintenance. A bit, remiss if you will, but lately, it just looks downright bad. I don’t know how I’ve let my color get so out of control. I keep saying I’ll go to the salon but making the time is half the battle. But why go to a pricey hair salon for an all-over color when I can save time (and money!) doing it myself at home!?
That’s where my new girl crush, Clairol’s NEW Nice ’N Easy color comes in. It has been a while since I last colored my hair myself, so I was a bit nervous, but after reading the instructions I felt like I had it in the bag. 
Before & After
Want to know how to get your own rich, natural-looking color at home? Follow the 6 easy steps below. 

Step 1: 
It doesn’t say this on the instructions, but I’ve learned that putting petroleum jelly on your hairline will save you from having dye all over your forehead once you’ve finished. I applied it all around my hairline and on the tips of my ears. 
Tip: Wearing old clothes is highly recommended but I wanted to save you all from staring at my old track shorts. Luckily, no skirts were harmed in the making of this blog post (I told you I had it in the bag ;))

Step 2: 
Put on your gloves & Mix Clairol’s Nice ’N Easy Color Activator with the Color Creme in your desired shade. I went with shade 4W, Dark Mocha Brown. Shake until product is blended. 
Step 3: 
Divide your hair into 4 sections. I did the top half first and worked my way down to the bottom. 
Step 4: 
Start applying the color to the top half of your hair in the first 1/4 section. Use the pointy nose on the bottle to part your hair (1/2 inch sections if you have thin hair and 1 inch if it’s thick) adding the color along your roots every step of the way. When you’re finished move on to the other 1/4 sections and repeat the same steps. 
Tip: I like to gently rub the dye around on my roots and make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout. 
Step 5:
 Once all four sections have color on the roots start your timer for 20 minutes. 
After it goes off, use the remaining color on the rest of your hair. I like to squeeze it into my hands and work my way through the strands. Once they are all covered you can squirt the remaining product directly onto your head and mix it around. Then set your timer again, this time for 5 minutes. Why? New hair growth needs more time to process and you don’t want to over process your ends. 
Step 6: 
Once the 5-minute time is done it’s time to rinse and reveal! But before you get your hot tools ready (cue the blow dryer) apply Nice ’N Easy ColorSeal Conditioner to lock in your color and add shine. 

Rinse well and get to styling. 
Step 7: 
Prepare for compliments and an extra pep in your step! Just kidding. But for real, I couldn’t stop smiling! It’s crazy how a fresh color can brighten up your mood, your face and your spirit!
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

My brassy color has been replaced with a rich, luminous hue, my random grays (too soon, I know!) are gone, and my patchy highlights are thing of the past!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! I feel like I’m ready to go on a hot date with my fiancĂ© now with my fabulous, new color. I’d love to hear your experiences with doing your own at home color and if you have any tips and tricks feel free to share them below. 

A big thank you to Clairol for partnering with me on this post and for making my hair look salon chic without breaking the bank. 

Come back and visit me again soon! 
Xoxo -E

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Smells of Summer

Bag: Cult Gaia (similar),  Dress: Tory Burch, Shoes: LK Bennette London via Zappos (similar), Hat: Dynamic Asia (similar)
Photos by: Danny Fung

Summertime to me smells like, hot dogs, roasting on the grill, salty ocean air, fresh funnel cakes at the fair and tanning lotion. Summer smells like, chlorine at the pool and sulphur from the 4th of July fireworks. But when I want a perfume that smells like summer, I want something light and bright with citrus-y undertones and a fresh, clean vibe. My Tory Burch Bel Azur fragrance gives me all the summer feelings without making me smell like a hot dog. It's perfect for day or night and keeps me feeling fresh even on scorching hot days. That's what I call summer in a bottle.

I'd love to hear all about your favorite summer fragrance!

Thanks so much for stopping by!