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Thursday, September 20, 2018

4 Tips to Saving at Madewell





top (just marked down to $14.99!) // jeans // sandals // purse // sunglasses

We can all agree I do my fair share of shopping at Madewell. So often I hear comments about the clothes being cute, but out of budget. And I totally get it. It can get pricey, but I'm hear to say there are ways to save. You just have to shop strategically. It's taken me sometime to figure out all these tips, so here are my tips to getting your Madewell and keeping your bank happy.

1. Join the Madewell Insider program

This might be obvious, but it's their loyalty program that comes with plenty of benefits. Not only do get sent emails letting you know about sales, but there are exclusive discounts for being apart of it. Even if you don't shop here that much, it's worth it alone for the birthday discount alone. They give you $25 off anything to use once in your birthday month (umm, YESS!). There are special gifts, early access to collections, and free expedited shipping.

2. Keep you eye on the sale section

Whenever I head to their website, I click straight to the sale section. You just never know when they might have added that cute top you've been stalking! They frequently do add items to the sale section and you want to be the first to scoop it up-things can go fast! The key is to check the whole section, not just the first or second page. They actually have started to mix the order of new sale pieces and older sale pieces. 

3. Never miss Sale on Sale

You want to save the most, ever? It's always going to be during sale on sale. TRUST! Oh, and this is when you just have to add to cart and check out. I've done the whole browsing in the morning, adding to basket, and come back later to find things sold out. It's not a good feeling and the chances are the prices aren't going to go much lower. Stock up now because tops can go to $15-$25, dresses $35-$50. 

4. Check Nordstrom

Good ol' Nordstrom has carries the brand and also a great backup. Not only do they price match, but increases your chances of getting something that sold out in your size. If you're a more frequent shopper with Nordstrom, then it also might be wiser to take advantage of their rewards program and rack up some points. There triple points days would be a key time to stock up (aka now until 9/23).

Hope these tips help you save some money! 


Monday, September 17, 2018

Madewell Try-On: Early Fall



overalls // jean jacket // stripe tee // jeans

*UPDATE: Madewell is doing sale on sale. Get an extra 30% off sale and so many new pieces have been added! Use code: ORDERUP

Who else is counting down to Fall? Let's just start with saying the best way to prepare is with some fall fashion, right? Right. And if you can't tell, I started my fall shopping at Madewell. It's a season that they master year after year. All the oversized sweaters, cardigans, and layering possibilities are synonymous with why they are so good! The best part is this try-on has a mix of everything to get your fall wardrobe going.

cozy tan grey cardigan

cozy tan grey cardigan

 KENT COLORBLOCK CARDIGAN $98 (take 25% off) // SIZE XXS

A true classic piece Madewell makes each year and for Fall, it's done in this updated colorblock neutral edition. The tan and grey are my two favorite neutrals, so this is amazing. It does run large and went with my smaller size. It is meant to be oversized, but I would still go down a size. There is plenty of room to layer under. It might be a little pricey, but it is so soft to the touch and one that will get so much wear.

cute dark floral dress

CROSS-FRONT MINI-DRESS IN GARDEN PARTY $118 // SIZE 00

While most days I'm reaching for a tee and jeans, I do crave a dress here and there. Madewell tends to deliver a dress or two each season that are unexpectedly amazing. Guess what? It's this one. It doesn't look like much on the hanger or in pictures, but when you put it on it feels and looks great. It does have a wrap front along the bust, which is much more comfortable than previous cuts. The darker floral is one I can get behind to be seasonless. The only warning is it being low cut. If your bust is small (hiii), then go with your smaller size. For date night, it would be fine without a cami. But you probably won't get away with that for work. Definitely can see this working with a cardi and some boots for cooler temperatures. 


cozy brown pullover sweater

cute cozy fall sweater

WRAP-FRONT PULLOVER SWEATER $79.50 // SIZE XS

Another sweater that was a hit from last Fall is back! Truth be told, I actually passed even trying this on last year. This color is one that got me, though. As far as fit, I would stick to your normal size. It's not oversized. What I do love about it being a good staple, is the wrap is made so your stomach won't get exposed. It is a little low, so depending on where you're wearing this you could need a cami. 

black button front skinny jeans

best black button front jeans

9" HIGH RISE SKINNY JEANS IN BERKELEY BLACK: BUTTON-THROUGH EDITION $135 // SIZE 26

These jeans are for all my short-torso ladies! Most of their jeans are 10" and when they make a pair in 9" it's perfect for my short waist still wanting to wear high-rise jeans. Crazy how that inch can make a big difference from feeling like your pants are under your boobs to just wear your belly button is! These do have a lot of stretch and have a frayed pant hem, both details I'm into. While I have normally worn a 25 in their jeans, I knew from picking up a size 25 that I better take a size 26 too. My eyes didn't lie because I needed the 26. I'm 5'4 and have longer legs, but they hit perfectly at my lower ankle. And don't they pair well with the wrap-front sweater



CROFTON STRIPED PULLOVER SWEATER $88 // SIZE XXS

Well I'm not one to say no to stripes, and Madewell isn't either. This has an oversized fit and would go with your smaller size, but if you want an even more oversized fit go with your normal size. It is really soft and cozy and well very cheery. 




SPENCER SWEATER-COAT $150 (take 25% off) // SIZE XXS

This was yet another hit from last year and finally trying it on this year. Just when you though cardigans were the best thing, this out does it. It's thicker and more structured, but less bulky than a jacket. It's so well made and something this LA girl can use on the regular during our less than harsh winters. I would highly recommend sizing down. It's very oversized with plenty of room to layer. 

Hopefully this try-on helped with fit and sizing! Let me know if you have any questions. Have you started shopping for fall yet?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Spa Day at Mr. C Hotel

beverly hills spa review

While I can attest I'm not one to regularly schedule me-time pampering, I easily realized from just this one opportunity to go get a massage at The Sand Spa inside Mr. C Hotel that it's something I need to do more. Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills is a new-to-me luxury hotel that opens up it's private spa to those who aren't guests of the hotel. But I mean this is their lobby and just from that couch I wouldn't mind a staycation there.

Their spa is run by The Sand Spa, which is nicely tucked away on another level of the hotel. The privacy was an appealing element that added to the whole experience. If you saw on Stories, then you know I was with Jessica and they gave us the whole spa to ourselves. SO BLISSFUL! There are only two private rooms, so as you can imagine it really heightened the privacy I didn't realize I would love. Our masseuse was also managing our entire experience from check-in to the massage. She was a complete dream! She thought of every detail and hands down gave me an incredible massage.

the sand spa reviewDuring the time Jessica was getting her massage, our masseuse made sure I would be comfortable. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was going to do for an hour. She proceeded to show me all the amenities-a shower steamer in my room, the tray of treats and tea, and their peaceful relaxation room at the end of the hallway. Let's just say I took advantage of everything and my hour to myself was underestimated luxury.

relaxation room in the sand spa

 Do you frequently get massages or go to the spa? It was a treat for me, but one I can see me doing more than every few years. 





Thursday, September 6, 2018

Weekend Trip to Palm Springs




top (on sale) // jeans // sandals // purse // sunglasses

There's no question that California has a lot to offer-great weather, mountains, beaches, deserts. I really could go on and one about my home state. But with so much to see and do, it's true that I haven't made it to some of the most visited spots. One of those was Palm Springs. I've spent plenty of time in the desert in Arizona in the past, but somehow never found a reason to make a trip to the very Instagrammable Palm Springs. A few months back my girlfriends and I got exciting news about one of them telling us she was pregnant! MY FIRST GOOD FRIEND IS MAKING A HUMAN! So we decided to celebrate with a girl's trip in August to Palm Springs. Did I mention Palm Springs is a desert and it's Summer still? Clearly, we were overcome by the baby announcement. Life lesson: don't start booking things after your friend tells you she's pregnant. The chances are no one is thinking straight.

Because I was mostly hopping from AC to car to hotel to car to food (aka I was not ready for that heat) I'm listing this out for you. Possible tips:

-Palm Springs is good for those who enjoy lounging by the pool with a drink or book in hand.

-Don't go in the middle of the Summer if you're not into sweating much

-Whatever you do, make sure your rental car has tinted windows because hot desert heat and no shaded parking.

-Do go to the Moorten Botanical Garden! And don't be scared off by their less up-to-date looking website. In person, it's a beautiful cacti and succulent dream. Not very big, but nice in the morning before it's too hot.

-Most of the hotel pools you see on Instagram are either for guests or some are possible to pay a fee to use.

-The downtown strip does have it all, but unless you do your research of where to eat you can easily fall into mediocre spots.

-You can forget about trying to take your picture in front of that house with the pink door. The owners have put up signs prohibiting photos.

-So many of the good bars and restaurants that were recommended were closed for vacation. Another reason not to go the end of August.

-Do NOT order a margarita at The Parker. That's $17 for a margarita that I'm sure was premixed. It will go down as the most unsatisfying and overpriced drink of all times.

While I learned a thing or two of mainly what not to do in Palm Springs, we had plenty of laughs at our decision on the timing of this trip. Would we do it again? Yes! Will it be in August again? Not a chance! But there's already talk you'll see us visit early Spring or Fall (with a baby!)

Have you visited Palm Springs?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What I Learned At the Simply LA Conference

blog and influencer marketing tips

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen I went to the Simply LA conference two weekends ago. While I got super lucky with winning tickets the last minute, I wanted to pass along the information I got to those who couldn't make it. If you're wondering what it's all about, it's a conference for influencers/bloggers and those who work with influencers/bloggers. I actually fall into both, so you can just imagine how much I geek out at these things! There are two tracks and I did half and half because I won two tickets. Personally, I found the marketing track to be more helpful when you've been working/blogging for sometime.

From the Influencer track, I sat in on two panels-one on increasing engagement and one on working with brands. Here are my take aways:

-Being consistent + being real = growth
-Don't expect overnight success (a little obvious, but good reminder)
-Do it because you love it (on what you blog about)
-Break down your big goal into short term goals and break those into micro goals (advice that came from Sazan who seems to know what she's talking about)
-Ask yourself "What would your audience actually want?" when posting on social or planning content
-They found the more personal milestones they shared, the more growth they experienced (moving, having a baby, etc.)
-Reach out to a brand a week just to introduce yourself with your media kit and content you featured them in
-If a brand throws out a number, it's not their best offer. You should negotiate reasons why you are worth more.

From the Marketing track, I might have seen 3-4 panels and really loved all the women they had on the panels. We're talking women behind WhoWhatWear, Ban.do, Revolve. Even if you are only creating content, I find it helpful to understand what brands are talking and doing. It's all good information. Here's my key take aways:

-Have fun and explore making content engaging
-More planning out allows you to add in live, in-the-moment content when it comes to InstaStories
-People want to be part of the brand. Brands should talk to followers as their friends.
-Make your community #1! Asking for community feedback. What do you like, hate and how can we make it better?
-Regramming re-enforces the behavior.
-Brands are understanding that micro-influencers here so important. They interesting thing is they had different ideas about the size of micro-influencers. One person said it's 5K-50K, but collectively they said 50K-100K is a micro-influencer.

Truly, my favorite part of the event was the networking possibilities. The panelists were extremely nice about staying afterwards to answer any of your questions. Overall, I love hearing the latest news in this area. Hopefully, this helps you! Feel free to ask me any questions.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Simplifying









top (size 00) // jeans // sandals // sunglasses

As I stand here (my current place in life), I can stay this is what I longed for and it's a good place to be in. Is it perfect? No, but there is a lot of good and for that I'm grateful. The funny thing is during that time that I was longing for presently, I can't help but realize how I miss that period too. That period that was somewhat mundane and rocky. It is where I learned so much about simplifying how I filled my time. I took time for myself and developed myself from within. As I reflect back, it's so much of the simple things in life that really are what fill us up. It's not our status. It's not our jobs. It's not our titles. And now that I have less time, I still tap into that time where I learned so much about who I am and making time to keep developing myself in ways that truly satisfy myself. Sometimes I think all that's going on in my mind stays there. But then I have these images staring back at me with an outfit that reflects exactly my mental state. 

Are there times where you unintentionally have outfits that match what's going on mentally?




Monday, August 6, 2018

Madewell Try-on: Late Summer



I'll start by prefacing this and say this try-on is all tops. What can I say? All the tops were calling me. While Madewell is calling these arrivals Fall (or at least that's what the associate told me), I say these have a lot of summer vibes. And I know that Fall here in LA is basically hot, these might not work so well for colder areas. Since I mostly live in jeans and tops, these arrivals were refreshing and will hold me off until the real Fall arrivals launch. I'll wait patiently Madewell. You have me wrapped around your little finger. 



Embroidered Zephyr Ruffle-Sleeve Top $98 // Wearing XXS

The second I saw this online, I knew I had to try it on and possibly own it. I'm more impressed by the embroidery in person. It is semi sheer and comes with a cami underneath, which makes it perfect to wear to work. The fit is oversized and would size down in this. I had plenty of room and found it look cuter tucked in the front. While it's not silk (even if it says so online), I do think it's a little much for polyester.


Alto Scoop Tee in Montoya Stripe $35 (NOW: $19.99) // Wearing XXS

Here they go again making another fun color stripe tee! These sherbet resembling colors scream well ice cream on a warm summer night. They didn't have an XS, which I would need, so tried on the XXS. It was too tight in the arms, so definitely would go with your bigger size. Now that I think of it, I probably should have tried the small for a more slouchy look. 




Ruffle-Hem Wrap Top $69.50 // Wearing XXS

Normally, I find any of their wrap styles to be small in the waist. Not this top. I went with my smaller size and found it to be just right. It does have a snap closure, which is perfectly positioned and keeps the girls covered. The material is really fun with the embroidered color threads. While I don't have a large chest, I do think the V is too low for work. You might need a lace bandeau.


Texture & Thread Ruffle Tie-Front Tank in Stripe $45 (NOW: $14.99) // Wearing XS

Not going to lie, I had zero intention of every liking this top. It looks a lot like this top from my last post. Then, I actually put it on-loved it! It also comes in a white version, but clearly I'm on a stripes kick. For this Texture & Thread line, I tend to wear my bigger size and held true with this top. It does run a bit shorter, so would have to wear mid-to-high-rise bottoms. The back is just as adorable, too!



Square Neck Top $65 (NOW $29.99) // Wearing XXS

Oh, gosh! This was a complete miss. The fabric is very stiff, think bed sheets. While I do appreciate oversized tops, this was just a tent on me. Perhaps if you're expecting this might work early on, but the combination of stiff fabric and too much fabric didn't work. 

Hope you enjoyed these! Be on the look out for more try-on's!