HOME          ABout          Style          Beauty          Life          Shoe Shop          Contact

May 3, 2016

#Pursuing30: Ice Cream, You Scream...

No joke, as I was writing this post I had to take a break to walk and get Thrifty ice cream! Ice cream cravings are real or maybe it's just PMS? Snapchat will tell you the real truth. 

As part of the many birthday details for #pursuing30, I really wanted to make cute ice cream cone sleeves that matched the overall decor and Palm Springs feel. Enter these cute little guys (pssst.... keep scrolling for a downloadable cone template):

palm springs birthday, personalized ice cream cone, birthday party ideas
palm springs birthday, personalized ice cream cone, birthday party ideas, pursuit of shoes
palm springs birthday, personalized ice cream cone, birthday party ideas, pursuit of shoes

I've cleared out #pursuing30 from the template, so you just have really fun Palm Springs vibes - (download here). Plus, you can add your own customization! It's best to print them on regular paper and use double sided tape to tape it to itself (no tape on the actual cone!) 

You can get my desert denim x tee look via the Palm Springs packing list

May 2, 2016

Flirty Florals

Last week I hosted a spring fling event with Bouqs and wanted to dress the part: enter this floral wrap dress.  I don't know why, but when I hear "wrap dress," I automatically think "older lady dress" - anyone else? Well, I'm definitely feeling more like a seƱorita than old lady in this mini:

how to wear a floral dress, steve madden lace up heels, spring outfit ideas
how to wear a floral dress, steve madden lace up heels, spring outfit ideas
how to wear a floral dress, steve madden lace up heels, spring outfit ideas, pursuit of shoes
how to wear a floral dress, steve madden lace up heels, spring outfit ideas
how to wear a floral dress, steve madden lace up heels, spring outfit ideas
{privacy please wrap dress // steve madden 'sanibell' heels // chloe bag // crap 'the tuff' sunnies}

Not your mama's wrap dress, am I right? The deep "v" front still allows for a normal bra #winning and I just love the littler ruffle on the hem. I will say that when the wind blew a certain way, I gave people a show, so little shorts underneath might be a good outfit decision. Btw, this dress is currently on sale!

Can we talk about these shoes? They're the perfect nude for us Latina girls! I've been wearing them with everything because they just melt into the foot and make legs look so long and lean. 

{pursuing flirty florals}


April 29, 2016

#Pursuing30: I've Been Drinkin' ...

Nope, still not done talking about my 30th! I have until I turn 31, right?

 Going into the weekend and my bff's 30th birthday, I thought it would only make sense to share the essential element to any great birthday bash: booze. And since I'm now a mature adult (30 is a big deal, you guys!), not just any booze would do for #pursuing30. I turned to The Whaling Club to create two delicious cocktails for the weekend.

The Whaling Club is known for using the freshest ingredients and creating very strong, yet perfectly balanced drinks; they are dangerously delicious!

whaling club cocktails, palm springs birthday party ideas, custom cocktails

Working with The Whaling Club was a breeze. I basically explained the vibe I was going for and that we needed two cocktails:

 1) for Friday night as guests were arriving from LA. It needed to be a good pre-dinner drink that would work well going into our wine pairings at Workshop.  So, we landed on Brown Derby which is a bourbon and pink grapefruit cocktail. Needless to say it was delicious!  They  also provided huge hand cut ice cubes which are perfect for gatherings because they don't water down the cocktail.

bourbon cocktail ideas, the whaling club, hand cut ice cubes, birthday party palm springs
spicy margarita recipe, the whaling club, palm springs pool party idea

2) the pool party cocktail! It's kind of daunting to pick one cocktail that 20+ people would like to drink for a whole day - hah- another reason to hire a professional cocktail company. The Whaling Club suggested a spicy margarita recipe that would be great for tequila lovers and non-tequila lovers alike. The ​Margarita Picante cocktail was perfect for a warm Palm Springs pool day. Not too sweet or spicy, but boy did it pack a punch. 


spicy margarita recipe, the whaling club, palm springs pool party idea
spicy margarita recipe, the whaling club, palm springs pool party idea
palm springs pool party ideas, jumping in pool, fun boy floaties
{photos: valorie darling}

And this my friends, is what happens after you drink spicy margaritas all day! 

I definitely suggest checking out The Whaling Club if you're hosting an event, wedding, or birthday party because their cocktails are ON POINT. Also, if you're in the LA area, they do some really great cocktail classes... I'll drink to that!

Back next week with a few more other party details! Also, if you're looking for other party inspo check out the DIY champagne bar + painted pineapples from #pursuing30.


April 28, 2016

Gonna Upgrade Ya

Working from home comes with its peaks and pits; I would definitely say I've grown to LOVE it over the past year, but in the beginning it was tough! For me, the two hardest parts have been 1) finding inspiration in my home on days when I spend 8 hours working by myself (it gets lonely!) and 2) making sure I'm mobile enough to get up and go, especially because I've been traveling a bunch lately. 

To add a little spice to my work routine I've partnered with Society6; they have home and tech products all featuring amazing art that artists submit to the platform. It's seriously cool! 

how to decorate office, decorating with mint color, society6 clocks

When it comes to adding a little inspso, I'm all about the color mint right now and have been adding mint details throughout my space to give it some life. As I was putting together my Society6 collection, I stumbled upon their assortment of clocks and decided I pretty much need one in every room. At this point I feel like clocks are truly decor pieces, not for function. Since we are all permanently connected to a clock via our cell phones -- why not get fun and creative with your wall clock? Hence my decision to get this mint clock!

how to decorate office, decorating with mint color, society6 clocks

So cute, right? I opted for the white finish for a super clean look, but they do have 3 different finishes for almost every design, which is nice.

When it comes to amping up my mobile game, I literally got ALL the things: new laptop case, iPad skin, macbook air skin, and new cell case. Hah - see I wasn't lying!

marble iphone computer cases, palm print tech skin, how to decorate tech toys

I used to be the girl who thought skins were silly until recently. What happened? Well everyone and their mom has a macbook (my mom actually doesn't have one, but you know what I mean) and as I was going through security at LAX the man in front of me accidentally grabbed my laptop on the other side instead of his. Had I not realized his laptop looked significantly cleaner than mine, he would've gone off with my laptop and who knows what would've happened. If that's not a reason to put a skin on your laptop, I don't know what is.

And can we talk about this banana leaf iPad skin? It makes me want to use my iPad more just because it's soo cute!

My favorite part about all the things at Society6 is that you can literally find one print you LOVE and get a plethora of items in that print. I mean, they even have bedding and shower curtains. This palm tree print is one of those "I want everywhere" types of prints:

palm tree print framed, how to do banana leaf plant indoors, decorating beach bedroom
palm tree print framed, how to do banana leaf plant indoors, decorating beach bedroom

I've rounded a few of my other favorite prints and pieces in a fun collection - check it out if you're looking for some new upgrade inspo.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Society6& & studioD. The opinions and text are all mine.

Adding SK-II into the Beauty Routine

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by SK-II through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about SK-II, all opinions are my own.

You guys, I'm so excited to work with SK-II as part of their #MyEssence campaign! I feel like I've looked up to them as THE skin care brand for so long that it's amazing to finally be able to try their Facial Treatment Essence. And I promise, it does not disappoint. 

{here's the 411} 

The essence features the highest concentration (over 90%) of Pitera™— the miracle ingredient across the entire SK-II line – which helps moderate the skin surface renewal cycle and balances the skin’s moisture barrier for overall hydration and elasticity. Pitera is derived from a unique yeast fermentation process that was discovered over 35 years ago in a Japanese Sake brewery.

sk II facial essence, the best beauty routine, how to use sk II
sk II facial essence, the best beauty routine, how to use sk II
sk II facial essence, the best beauty routine, how to use sk II

I've been using the essence for about two weeks and my skin looks and feels pretty awesome. The directions on the packaging tells you to sprinkle a few drops onto a cotton pad and pat onto your face, however, you can also just pour a little of the essence into your hand and then pat it onto your face. I like the latter because then you don't lose any of the liquid to a cotton pad; wrinkle free palms, here I come! 

Remember: pat on face before any other serum or moisturizer.

My skin tone has brightened and looks healthier.. It gives you that "I had a good night’s sleep and am perfectly hydrated" look when in actuality you probably drank too many glasses of wine the night before — you know what I mean?

sk II facial essence, the best beauty routine, how to use sk II

A little goes a long way, so for me the price tag totally makes sense.  Have you tried any other SK-II products? Given how much I'm loving the FTE, I'm really interested to try others. 

{pursuing SK-II products}