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February 9, 2016

Palm Springs Packing List

Hi, friends! Sorry for the lack of posts but I've just been enjoying my birthday too much (as noted by #pursuing30 on IG)! Eeek, I can't wait to share all the deets from my Palm Springs birthday bash with you; definitely a lot of summer party inspo. 

At the end of the weekend, we all decided that it would just be perfect to live in Palm Springs forever. Obviously that's not realistic and it would totally loose it's luster, but man, is PS awesome. I honestly think one of my favorite aspects is that you can go there for a weekend and not have to deal with packing a million outfits because... resort chic, baby! If you're planning a trip, here's a quick packing list to help you: 

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{sun bum spf // instax camera // loeffler randall tassel heels // sole society sunnies // marysia striped bikini // lovers + friends boyfriend shorts // tularosa maxi dress // joie sable slides}

At the end of the day if you have a bathing suit, sandals, and chic cover up that can double as a dress then you're good to go! I also like to bring neutral pair of heels to switch into for evening. The sun can definitely get strong so a little sunscreen and a hat can go a long way. Seriously though, that's all you need. This is definitely a spot where ONE weekender bag actually works. Yasss!! 

{pursuing palm springs looks}

February 2, 2016

Mason Jar Love Notes

Roses are red, violets are blue, I’ve got something extra special just for you! Call me untraditional, but making reservations on Valentine’s Day is overrated. You’re stuffed into a restaurant that suddenly seats an extra 10 tables – not my ideal Valentine’s Day. I opt for dinner at home where you can set the mood. Think dim lighting, red roses and a romantic tablescape. As I mentioned the other day, Valentine's Day may be overrated but red roses are not - hah! Whether you're celebrating or not, this DIY project that will make your loved one feel extra special on Valentine’s Day and beyond: paper-mache love note votives.

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What You’ll Need:

 3-4 mason jars
 Mod Podge glue
 Sponge brushes
 Love quotes – I took them from a book and also wrote love song lyrics on lined paper to make them look like love letters
 Scissors
 Votive candles
 Raffia, twine or ribbon
 Newspaper to cover your floor while you’re gluing

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Directions:

1. Write out a love note or two on lined paper to make it extra personal. I wrote love song lyrics on lined paper, and I also cut out love quotes that I found in a book. I liked mixing these two elements.

2. Cut out your notes or quotes and size them according to your mason jar's size. The paper should fit horizontally between the top and bottom lips of the jar.

3. Use Mod Podge glue and a sponge brush to glue your quote or note to the jar. You can cover the jar completely or cover just portions of the jar. It’s up to you. I also cut different-shaped hearts through the middle of the notes and used them to decorate the jar.

4. Spread Mod Podge evenly over the paper and jar after you’ve glued the paper to its designated area, almost as though you’re coating it with glue. The glue goes on white but dries clear, so don’t worry if it looks white at first. Set your jar aside for 10-15 minutes to let the glue dry completely.

5. Repeat the steps with the rest of your mason jars.

6. Add a votive candle to the bottom of each jar after your mason jars are dry.

7. Wrap raffia, twine or ribbon around the rim of each jar.

8. Add full red roses for a romantic touch, then dim your lights and light the candles. Now you have a beautiful romantic tablescape and reusable vases for next year. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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February 1, 2016

Blushin'

You guys, in three days I turn 30! Literally can't even wrap my head around it. Over the weekend I celebrated with my family and it was such a special evening. The best part was making Andy look through 5 photo albums (with REAL photos) of me from childhood. Hah! Currently putting the final touches on my big Palm Spring birthday party; can't wait to share with you. #pursuing30 here I come.

Anywho, back to our regularly scheduled programing with Valentine's day outfit number 3 (see 1  & 2 here) with Lulus:


To me this is the ultimate galentines day look: put on a sexy dress and heels, buy yourself some flowers, and go have a fab night with your girlfriends! Maybe have a few cocktails and cheers to having the best besties around. 

One of my favorite trends of the moment is a long vest because it's the ultimate third piece. You can layer it over jeans and a tee, skirts, dresses... and it adds a chic element. It's especially great for bodycon dresses because you can cover some parts you may not want to expose the whole time, you know what I mean? 


January 30, 2016

Red Hot Valentine's Day

Happy weekend friends! How is it the end of January already? MIND BLOWN. I actually don't mind because it's almost my birthday... yayy! #Pursuing30 is coming real fast, can't wait to share with you guys.

Continuing the Valentine's Day outfit inspo with a seriously insane dress from Three Floor - all I can say is never underestimate the power of red lace:


There are no words for the details on this beauty. The lace and lines of the design accentuate all the right places, creating a gorgeous silhouette.. ugh, I just die for it. Red lace is definitely a bold Valentine's statement, but if you're trying to make an impression than why the hell not?! Get it girl! 


{pursuing Vday lace}








January 26, 2016

Valentine's Day Look: Black Lace, the Classy Way

Single's Awareness Day - cough cough - I mean, Valentine's Day is just around the corner! To be honest, now that I'm older and in a relationship, I'd almost rather not even think about Vday. Anyone else? That's not to say I wouldn't absolutely love a dozen roses sent to me on February 14th (*hint hint*) haha. But you know what I mean? It's just become such a silly day with kind of ridiculous expectations. That being said, I know there's a ton of you out there that plan to get dolled up to celebrate love (or lust!), so I'm kicking off Vday week with a sexy but classy look.

Another note: this "holiday" is a great excuse to RENT a dress or this skirt from The Stylist LA because, why not?


I love this look because the lace is super sexy but when you pair it with a long sleeve crop-top and classic pointed toe-heels it really brings it to a classier level. A few of you asked about these heels on IG the other day - yes, they are VERY high, but not impossible to walk in. That being said I definitely wouldn't wear them for a day of running around town; there almost 5" tall! For me, Louboutins should be saved for special occasions or date nights. 

{pursuing Vday lace}