Can you blame her?! Look at those little paws!
A few weeks ago I had a thought. Okay, okay, I have thoughts all the time but this one was special. I was longing for a vacation and I got to thinking about what makes trips so great. Besides the relaxing, it's the exploring that gets me excited. Waking up in the morning having a whole day in front of you with nothing to do but explore a new place: find a cool spot to eat, shop around, and just see where the day takes you. Then it hit me, why don't I do this in my own city? Why wait until I'm on vacation? I've lived in the Phoenix area my entire life yet there are still hundreds of places I haven't been and things I haven't done. In my own hometown!! Upon this realization I decided that this is entirely not okay with me, so I vowed to start exploring my city more. This journey began at PHX Public Market in Downtown Phoenix, in the search for a gold, glittered macaron that I'd seen on Aubrey of The Kinch Life Blog's instagram feed. (Follow her here, she's an AZ girl too! I love getting inspiration from other local bloggers.) Well, I found way more than just the tasty macarons I was in search of. I spent my afternoon at PHX Public Market enjoying a leisurely brunch with my lovely mother and snapped a few pics along the way to share with all of you! This place is definitely one of my new favorites. The food was great along, atmosphere and patio were flawless, and I can't wait to go back another day and check out one of their open air farmer's markets.
I got the Rooster Booster, a typical breakfast spread which was deeeelish! Accompanied, of course, by an iced coffee and assortment of macarons.
We also tried the handmade house pretzels and jalapeno white cheddar sauce, which was anything but your typical. Definitely recommend!
(Blazer- Urban Renewal, Shirt- Forever 21, Shorts- Forever 21, Shoes- Bought in Barcelona)
Back at home I tried to get a few more shots of the macaron which just so happened to match my nail color identically... this didn't last long as my pesky pup soon wanted in on the macaron action.
Can you blame her?! Look at those little paws!
Hi, everyone!! Today I'm highlighting one of the trends covered in the Spring '14 Trend Report, sporty chic. The keyword here is chic because obviously these looks are far from sportswear, but they incorporate edgy, athletic-inspired pieces. In the first look, I'm wearing a chiffon baseball jersey from H&M. Nothing says spring more than some baseball, right? In the second look I decided to throw on my infamous leather joggers. Joggers have been making a major statement lately and I'm really excited to see them transition into springtime. (I have a floral chiffon pair but I'm still searching for the perfect blouse to pair it with...) These looks definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea but I had fun wearing them so in my book they're winners.
(Jersey- H&M, Jeans- BDG, Heels- Windsor, Necklace- Buffalo Exchange, Bracelets- Aldo)
(Blazer- Ellen Tracy, Crop Top- Asos, Leather Joggers- Urban Outfitters, Heels- UNIF, Necklaces- Juicy Couture and H&M, Clutch- Urban Outfitters)
Thanks for the pics Audree Kate!
Here's what I'm swooning over this month featuring The Blonde Salad's collection for Steve Madden and this floral Dolce & Gabbana bag. It may be April 1st but this is no joke.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a runway show put on by the most fashionable force in the valley, Phoenix Fashion Week. Their show, Spring into Fashion, highlighted the state's top five stylists and paired them with various boutiques. The superstar lineup included Rochelle York, Jenesis Laforcarde, Yekatherina Bruner, Vanessa Gonzales, and Jessica Hunter with retailers including Divaz Boutique, Clothes Minded, Allie Ollie, 7 Diamonds, and Fresh Start Treasures. The event was held in the heart of downtown Phoenix at the Arizona Center where stylish people alike flocked for a night of fashion and fun.
The finale, and one of my favorite shows of the night featured Jenesis Laforcarde styling Divaz Boutique and Dolcessa swimwear. Jenesis is the powerhouse and amazing young woman behind the brand Woman's Touch Apparel which aims to empower women through fashion. Her style is known for being bright, bold, and fierce and it definitely showed during her runway show! I loved all of the gold chains, funky accessories, and daring styles in her show.
Another favorite of mine was stylist Vanessa Renee Gonzales' show in which she teamed up with Fresh Start Treasures, a resale boutique which benefits Fresh Start Women's Foundation. The show was filled with very feminine styles and a neutral color palette, making it very chic. I couldn't believe all of the garments were found at a resale shop! Absolutely incredible.
Overall, it was a great evening accompanied by a wonderful show. It's always fun to get such a stylish crowd together and it makes me so happy to see the fashion industry growing in Arizona thanks to Phoenix Fashion Week.
Also, I'd like to shout out my blogger babes who accompanied me to the event, Audree Lopez of Simply Audree Kate and Alyssa May Edwards of Sincerely, Truly Scrumptious. (Seen on the red carpet above.) Check out their blogs and show these girls some love!
Runway photography by Steve Yap.
Nothing ruins your weekend quite like Monday. Yes, it comes every week, but some Mondays are just worse than others. (Let's say, the Monday after Spring Break... which inspired me to write this post last week.) Now, I think it's silly to let a day of the week dictate our happiness, but I also can't argue that Mondays tend to be a brutal return to reality, work, school, after a worry-free weekend. That said, here are 10 simple things you can do this (and every) Monday to brighten it up a little.
1. Get a Mani
Whether you get your nails done and enjoy a little pampering or do them yourself as I do, starting the week off with a fresh mani is always a good idea! (Bloggers have coined the term #ManiMonday for a reason...) Not only will it make you smile as you catch glimpses of your chip-free tips clicking away on your keyboard, but others are sure to notice, too. A mani is a quick & easy way to say,
"Hey, I've got this."
2. Go Outside
Sometimes the dreariest part of Mondays is the simple fact of being stuck inside all day at school or work. (Especially when the weather is as nice as it is now.) Make an effort to spend a good 30 minutes outside this Monday! Take your lunch break on the patio, plan to walk your dog when you get home, or have your morning coffee on the front porch. You'll be surprised how much good a little fresh air can do.
3. Buy Yourself a Little Something
Okay, so the keyword here is little. Don't take this as a green light to splurge and buy that Celine you've been drooling over but totally can't afford. This will only create more stress. All I'm saying is treat yourself a little! (Even though you do deserve that Celine, darling.) Picking up some fresh blooms is sure to brighten your day and week to come, as well as a little responsible online shopping. Lately, I've been finding amazing deals on small, cutesy things to update my wardrobe like statement necklaces from Jewel Mint and fun shoes from 2020 Ave. Also, with most online retailers shipping in 5-7 business days, your goodies may just be delivered next Monday and that will surely be a happy moment!
4. Update your Playlist
You know that surge of energy and urge to get up and dance that hits you when that song comes on? You know, that song. Well, find yourself a new one! Downloading new music to listen to throughout the afternoon makes the day a little more exciting and gives you an awesome soundtrack for the whole week to come.
5. Hit the Gym
Okay, so this might sound like another dreadful thing you have to add to your Monday to-do list but it's not even like that, I swear. Think about how good you feel walking out of the gym after a workout. This feeling alone makes a trip to the gym worth it, along with all of the obvious benefits. Plus, you're boosting your endorphins along with your confidence which is guaranteed to make you feel pretty damn good. (AND you already have a new killer playlist to listen to at the gym!)
6. Make Fun Plans for Later in the Week
If you can't really do anything to spice up your day today, ensure that you have something to look forward to later in the week by making some plans to play. Schedule in happy hour with the girls, a trip to the mall, or vow to try that new place for dinner on Friday. This will give you a little motivation to get through the week!
7. Call an Old Friend
In our busy lives it can be super tough to stay in touch with everyone who we'd like. Take five or ten minutes and reach out to an old friend you haven't talked to in a while. It will probably brighten up their Monday, too! (Extra points if you take a hint from #6 and make plans with them while you're at it.)
8. Wear your Favorite Lipstick
I think that sometimes us girls forget the power of an awesome, bold lip. Maybe it's just me, but something about it gives an instant confidence boost. Whatever it is that makes you feel unstoppable and gorgeous, do it.
9. Get Inspired
Sometimes all we need to get through the day is a little inspiration to remind us why we're doing what we are and re-adjust our sights on where we want to go. With social media and the internet, inspiration is always just a click away. When I'm feeling in need of some inspiration I'll peruse my favorite fashion blogs, poke through Instagram, and usually end up on Pinterest, which has been taking up a large chunk of my spare time lately. After a little inspiration sesh I always walk away determined and much more productive. (Check out my Pinterest here!)
10. Do a Random Act of Kindness
If you're having a crummy day, well, chances are you're not the only one. What if you could do something to make someone else's day a little better? Well, you can. Make it a point to go out of your way to do at least one act of kindness for a stranger today, no matter how small. Good deeds tend to have a domino effect, so you'll probably be sparking a lot more good in the world than you even realize. One day, someone just might return the favor to you.
All images were taken from Pinterest, just click to be taken to the pin!
I recently covered the upcoming fashion trends for the season in my Spring '14 Trend Report, but being the shoe fiend that I am I wanted to bring you a trend report specific to the fancy footwear of Spring '14. Boots are fun and all, but it's time to get a pedicure and put some spring in your step!
(Dolce & Gabbana, Stuart Weitzman)
As you saw in the Trend Report, florals are going to be huge this season! Don't let your feet miss out on all the fun. Rocking a pair of flowery heels is the perfect way to mix a little print into any outfit.
(Call it Spring, Pour La Victoire)
This fall/winter we saw lots of booties with block heels, and now this trend is working it's way into springy sandals! But hey, I'll take it. A chunky heel is much comfier than a skinny stiletto! This look is really cute when done with a boho vibe.
(Steve Madden, Vans)
Last year was all about the running shoe, but this year will be the year of the casual slip on! The slip on madness started when Chiara Ferragni teamed up with Steve Madden and released the cheetah cuties pictured above. I'm still swooning over them. However, I'm also partial to the old school Vans slip ons, extra cool factor if you have checkerboard...
(Gianvito Rossi, BCBG Maxazria)
Mesh shoes are the perfect accessory to pull off the Sporty Chic look I introduced in the Trend Report! Mesh can take any traditional heel and give it an edgy twist, not to mention it's nice and airy in warmer weather. These are a yes in my book!
(JuJu, River Island)
Okay, so when it comes to jellies you either love them or hate them. For me they remind me of my childhood, and for others just the smell of them takes them back to 1988. Either way, I think these would be super cute in a kawaii kinda way. Pair them with a pair of white frilly socks peeking out the top!
A nice pair of white kicks instantly freshens up any look, not to mention they make you look super tan. I'd recommend buying a few pairs as they will surely be a go-to for spring. (I bought two pairs just this week!) But really, they'll match everything, so go ahead.
I've had my eye on this Junk Food Budweiser sweater for ages, so when I finally caught it on sale at Urban I just had to have it. It has such a collegiate feel to it, and not just because of the beer reference! This outfit was perfect for a busy day on campus, hustling from class to class and running errands. As a college student, sweats and topknots are a typical go-to, but it feels good to get dressed up for class and put some effort into your appearance sometimes. I like to think of this Edith Head quote every time I get lazy and roll my eyes at the thought of getting ready: "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it." If I go to class dressed like I'm ready for a nap, then I'll be sleepy all day. But, if I make it to class in an outfit that says "put together" then I'll surely perform better, and feel better, all day long.
There really is truth behind the saying dress for success.
Just something to think about!
(Sweater- Junk Food, Shirt Dress- Forever 21, Purse- Ecote, Shoes- Old Navy, Bracelets- Macy's and H&M, Watch- Nordstrom's, Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters)
Huge thanks to Audree from Simply Audree Kate for snapping these pics of me at ASU's Old Main!
Next time you head to the grocery store, you might want to grab your Chanel.
We all know Karl Lagerfeld gets his thrill by bringing us insanely creative runway sets and this year he did just that by hosting the Chanel Fall-Winter '14 show at Paris Fashion Week in, well, a supermarket. The "Chanel Shopping Center" had it's shelves stocked floor to ceiling with normal grocery items, only they weren't so normal when you took a closer look. Everything was emblazoned with the Chanel name and the trademark double C's. Instead of uniformly strutting down the runway, models perused the aisles, picking out groceries and standing in check out lines. Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner could be seen wandering amongst the aisles and even Rihanna came out to do some shopping after the show! AMAZING.
March is here! That means we can leave our winter dreariness behind (no matter what the weather is actually like) and begin focusing on springtime. To me spring means lots of fresh, blooming flowers, green grass, 70° & sunny, ice cream cones, walks with my favorite pup, and of course a new set of trends to play with! I've perused all of the fashion forecasts, blogs, and runway shows to bring you a roundup of all the spring 2014 trends you need to know about. For each trend I'll show you examples of it in action straight from the SS14 runways, as well as some more realistic options for those of us who can't afford designer. Get inspired & get shopping!
Full Midi Skirts
(Oscar de la Renta, Jean Paul Gaultier, Creatures of the Wind)
Say goodbye to your bodycon minis and say hello to the new, fuller midi. This trend has been spotted on all the hottest bloggers and has made its way to the runway as well this spring. I have to say, it's nice to see an ultra feminine shape and classier length becoming popular. I've been swooning over SKOT apparel's party skirts and am always down for a little tulle number. (I love the one I wore in my Valentine's Day blog post even though it's a little shorter.) When executing this trend opt for fun, modern prints and textures to avoid looking too "tea time" or old-fashioned.
(Alexander McQueen, Thakoon, Peter Pilotto)
Alright ladies, looks like it's time to start focusing on abs again because the crop tops are back at it! (Yay or Nay??) The crop was a huge staple last summer, so hopefully you've already got a few in your closet to work with. The key to rocking the crop is to pair it with a high waist and keep the midriff to a few inches at most. Also, if you're going to be showing some midriff, you might want to go with a higher neckline like #1 and #3 below. Just be aware of how much skin you're showing!
(Alberta Ferretti, Mary Katrantzou, Antonio Berardi)
Ahh, nothing says springtime like florals!! This year, however, there's a bit of a modern twist to the flowery threads we're seeing. Think bright, bold, and whimsical. (I'm even loving a nice tropical print like this.)
(Giambattista Valli, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino)
This trend falls closely aside the boho look, but with a little more emphasis on spanish flair. We're talking lots of embroidery, light linens, smock dresses, and ornate patterns. I like to think of this look as a modern-day Frida Kahlo. I'm all for it.
(Jason Wu, Fendi, Paul Smith)
Scrolling through the SS14 Fashion Week archives I was surprised by how many nipples I saw. Yes, nipples!! Designers are taking this sheer thing to the next level by sending their models down the catwalk without undergarments, but lets leave that to the professionals. I'd suggest you stock up on cute bandeaus and camis and layer with light, breezy, sheer fabrics. Perfect for warmer weather!
(Roberto Cavalli, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana)
Embellishments are all the rage this spring! Whether you choose to rock some jewels, gems, beading, or embroidery, embellishments are the perfect way to spice up otherwise boring basics. There's really no rules here, so have fun with it!
(Burberry, J Mendel, Burberry)
It wouldn't be spring without pastels, right? This season, look to your Easter eggs for some style inspiration and add some sweet pastels to your wardrobe. You decide what color you'd like to rock, but look for light, soft hues.
(Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Emilio Pucci)
Looks like gym wear just got a little more fashionable this season. Embrace sporty chic by playing around with mesh, varsity jackets, jerseys, old school graphics, bralettes, and jogging shorts in chic fabrics. There's also lots of sporty sandals popping up. Check out these bad boys!
(Diane Von Furstenberg, Preen, Roberto Cavalli)
Metallics, as well as futuristic holograms, have been in lately and they aren't going anywhere for spring. This is an easy trend, and one that lends itself well to accessories. Pick up a cool clutch or a shiny pair of gladiators and you're set!
All runway photos taken from Vogue's SS14 Fashion Show Archives.
Which Spring '14 trends will you be rocking??
Hello there! I have to keep today's post short & sweet because, well, midterms... But I wanted to share this look with you. I'm loving thigh highs and floppy hats at the moment, but I'll have to swap these dark hues soon for some more summery options. Stay tuned!
(Hat- Forever 21, Dress- H&M, Coat- Silence + Noise, Thigh Highs- Urban Outfitters, Shoes- Qupid, Pendant- Urban Outfitters, Lip- MAC Viva Glam III Matte)