Missed the Golden Hour

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Like my literal title? haha but I still love the way the shots came out. So what’s new? I’ve finally started getting laser hair removal treatment (just my face and underarms for now). I’ve also made it a point to work out almost everyday and eat much healthier this year. It really has had an amazing effect on my mood and energy levels. It’s one of the ways i’m working towards being the best version of myself that I can be :) How has your year been looking so far?

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I’m pretty obsessed with this top and other tops like it. I’m also craving warmer weather at the moment; a warm day in winter is like nature’s gift to my soul.

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Boohoo top | Forever 21 necklace | H&M skirt | Choies jacket | Ralph Lauren shoes

**Check out my Get Ready with Me video to see what’s on my face and how I got ready for these pictures!**
 

Hey LA, Hey 2015!

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Hi guys! I feel like I still need to reflect on 2014..not too late right? haha maybe that will be for an upcoming post :) but as for the first trip of 2015 me and Matt ventured out to Los Angeles for a couple days. It was way too short of a trip but we had an amazing time as usual.

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Not sure how we found this place (Milo and Olive), may have came up when we were searching for a brunch place and oh man this breakfast pizza took the meaning of “food coma” to another level. They also had a ton of yummy pastries which we devoured on the way to Pasadena.

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Lou & Grey top | Urban Outfitters jeans | Office boots | Zara bag

Made a quick stop at IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) as I haven’t been back ever since this show was still in the Summer!

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Not sure how we had room in our bellies after stopping by Flour + Tea (adorable cafe) for some macarons and bubble tea but we couldn’t pass up on ramen.

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ASOS dress | Bauble Bar necklace | Kate Spade heels

Quick outfit change for the party: lovee this structured knit dress as it’s super comfy, doesn’t wrinkle so great for travel, and warm enough for the chilly winter nights in LA, score.

 

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Sigma always knows how to throw a party and um can we talk about this candy bar that’s mostly comprised of makeup? I’m not complaining haha

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With Simone (founder of Sigma) and Patrick Starr! Seriously both incredibly sweet and down to earth :)

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Ok on the way back to LA that night we had to stop by the Urban Lights at LACMA, how could we not? Just love it! And..we might have made a stop at In-N-Out..oh lordy.

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Next morning before our flight back we yet again brunched and we brunched hard (at Republique). The salmon tartine with avocado was calling my name.

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Milk was down the street *cries so forgive the gluttony please. I still love and miss LA :) Can’t wait until the next trip..hopefully it’ll be a longer one! I shall leave you with..

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Lou & Grey | Alpharetta, GA

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Hey all! Lou & Grey just recently opened up a storefront in Alpharetta, Georgia and I was excited to have the opportunity to check it out as it has only recently began to further expand as it’s own entity. Some of you may be familiar with the brand as the casual/laid-back collection of LOFT. I thought it was pretty cool to find out that there are currently only a few stand alone stores around the nation.

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Upon entering, I totally loved the bright, clean, and earthy aesthetic of the store. The succulents, trinkets, copper tones, and curated independent products such as the jewelry really add that unique touch. It’s the kind of space that feels simplistic and comfortable which can also be said about the clothes.

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There is indeed a lot of grey clothing (which I love!) as well as white and a variety of neutral tones. For this Fall and Winter season they’ve incorporated a few more rich tones such as blue, green, and burgundy. They have a ton of basic and casual pieces that are great for lounging around in but are also perfect for that effortless look to wear out. The sizing is very similar to LOFT and I found that size XS was the better fit for me with the tops and jackets and size S for bottoms.

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Some of the items that I was naturally drawn to were the jackets with the large lapels such as this one and this one as well as the easy to wear knits that cover the bum such as this grey tunic. Along with the knit tunic, I also took home an olive green button up and a dark charcoal colored pair of thick twill leggings. I probably would have been tempted to walk out with more had there been more items available in my size.

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You can tell that the collection is geared towards the effortlessly cool girl who has an appreciation for simplicity and subtlety in textures. Definitely check out the store if you have one near you!

Thank you to today’s sponsor, Lou & Grey, for the experience!
 

Let’s Go to the Zoo!

_DSC0177-2Hey all :) Before we cue the Lion King music, quick update on finally getting to go horseback riding (since we got canceled on as mentioned in this previous post)!  We had a lot of fun and at times I felt like I was going to lose balance and fall off my horse but it was a really cool experience. *Checking this one off my bucket list. :D

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Outfit Details:

Forever 21 Plaid Coat | Choies Skinny Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag | Forever 21 Booties

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Amongst the many reactions I had, I recall thinking of Pumba when I saw the warthogs, being in awe of the lion’s majestic aura, and gushing over the babydoll sheep!

When was the last time you visited a zoo or the like? Thanks for joining in on this experience!

Vampy Makeup – FOTD

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Truth be told, you won’t too often find me donning a dark lip with a smokey eye but today we’re letting my inner vampiress come out to play. Hmm..something about that either sounds creepy or inappropriate but let’s just roll with it.

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I’m excited to have the opportunity to team up with Sephora (umm..freakin’ awesome!) and try out some of Kat Von D’s newer products. I’ve always thought her eye shadows were great quality and that the overall aesthetic of her brand looked really edgy glam and rocker chic. You guys know that I love me some lippies so naturally I was intrigued by her Studded Kiss line. The packaging is definitely eye-catching.

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I had the chance to try the shades Lullaby and Motorhead (pictured). This Fall I have totally been loving the deeper and vampy lip shades so Motorhead inspired me to do a Face of the Day. I’ve worn it as a sheer wash on the lips as well as with a barely there eye but today I felt like going bold. :)

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Motorhead is described as a matte black cherry and doesn’t swatch quite as dark as it looks. Initially I didn’t expect as much of a reddish tone to come out of this guy but was pleasantly surprised. I can see why this one is a cult favorite. Keep in mind that for any matte lipstick it is always best to properly exfoliate and moisturize the lips beforehand as application can be a bit more tricky.

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I was also able to try out her Monarch palette and I am yet again impressed with the eye shadow quality! This palette has the perfect shades for Fall and are really easy to work with so I of course had to incorporate it into the look as well.

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What i’m wearing:

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream no. 23  mixed with
CoverGirl TruBlend in m4 Sand Beige
L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Light
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Tarte blush in ‘Inspired’
Wet n Wild ‘Taupe’ Brow/Eyeliner
Kat Von D ‘Monarch’ Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ink Liner
L’oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara
Kat Von D ‘Motorhead’ Studded Kiss Lipstick

Are you guys a fan of the vampy look? Or are you more likely to reserve it for something like Halloween? Either way never shy away from experimenting and trying something new. :) Makeup can be fun, expressive, or whatever you want it to be!

My ShopBop 25% Off Sale Picks!

Hey guys I’m back! Thanks for being nice to Matt in the last post. :) So some of you know that I try not to splurge too often but for more worthy sales like the Nordstrom Anniversary sale it’s hard to not cave! I am still really loving my finds so it was totally worth it. The ShopBop Friends and Family 25% off sale is another great opportunity to score those investment pieces or more luxury items that you’ve been lusting for. Not to mention, the free 3 day shipping and free returns is a major plus!

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Clearly you can see that I tend to gravitate towards shoes because who doesn’t love shoes?! I also believe that quality jeans are worth investing in so I spent quite a bit of time lurking around in the denim department. Here are some of my picks/lemmings!

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody Bag in Crimson
2. Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora
3. J Brand Mid Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans
4. Current/Elliott High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans
5. Kurt Geiger London Bond Pumps in Nude
6. BLK DNM Coated Jeans 26 in Empire Red
7. Glamorous Fringed Coat
8. L.A.M.B. Theo Cutout Pumps in Black
9. Ray-Ban Mirrored Matte Classic Aviator Sunglasses in Matte Gold/Blue Mirror

What pieces would you splurge on? ShopBop also has some awesome home decor items that would make great holiday gifts! I had to force myself to resist from going overboard haha oh sales XD Thanks for reading!