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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Sweater I Can't Stop Wearing

casual weekend outfit

cute womens casual look

sweater (on sale, size xs) // jeans // booties // purse // necklace (on sale)

Let's face it, this LA girl does not do the cold well. And by cold, I mean it's been raining for 3 days straight. I refuse to buy an umbrella or rain boats in hopes the weather will get the hint. Really the jokes on me. Wet and cold is what sums up my look this week. But even if I'm all wet, I'm still reaching for the one sweater that always perks me up. For so long, I dismissed this mustard color thinking it wouldn't work with my skin tone. Turns out, I was wrong and is one of the best mood boasters. Anyone else have a color that instantly changes their mood? Everyone needs one. But back to this sweater, it's on sale right now and so surprised! It's so cozy and works well with black and white jeans. 

Anyway, let's flashback to last year's look here. It's another good casual weekend look (in case you need another one). Anyway, it's safe to say I still own all those pieces. I may or may not be typing this post wearing those jeans. 

Thanks for linking up with us! Our picks are Karen from Lady in Violet and Nailil from Thirty Minus One! How adorable are these Spring looks?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5-Minute Natural Makeup Routine

Happy 1st day of Spring! While it might not feel quite like it (currently raining here), I thought it would be good to show you a quick 5-minute makeup look that's Spring ready. If you're anything like me, you might have been deprived of the sun these past months and need add in some color. Not only is this quick, but gives you that natural and fresh look that says Spring to me.

While I'm not big on liquid foundation for everyday, I do love a pressed powder. My current favorite is by Portland brand, Alima Pure. It gives enough coverage for everyday and has nourishing rosehip in it. 

Nothing says awake like the eyes and I pay a little more attention here. W3ll People's Expressionist mascara gives your lashes a nice coat that still looks very natural. I'll usually do 2 coats for good measure. Then, I add their liquid eyeliner. Now for a natural makeup brand, I have to say I'm hooked on this eyeliner. The texture and brush make it so easy to apply. Does it stay on like a regular brand? No. It just becomes a tad faded if you wear it all day, but you'll still have eyeliner on. 

Now here's where you're going to fake that color! Wake up that Winter skin with some bronzer. This is another one of W3ll People's star products and it's not just me who agrees. Allure gave it the seal of approval. Beside having clean ingredients, I love that it's a loose powder allowing you to use as much of it as you need. Whether you're lighter or darker, you can always build up the color for the desired glow. 

I'm normally a lipstick gal, but recently picked up this new lipgloss by Kjaer Weis from Cos Bar and has made me fall back in love with lipglosses. It's not sticky and has just enough sheer color to punch up your lips. 

Hope this tutorial helps freshen up your look!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Chambray Wrap Top

denim faux wrap top

basic weekend outfit

hair inspiration

madewell denim top, black skinny jeans

top (seen here) // jeans // sweater // shoes // sunglasses // purse // lipstick

You know those days where you really put a little more effort into getting ready? Well, this is it. This is me stepping it up. I know, you're probably laughing. But any day that I actually curl my hair, I consider it me being so extra. Truthfully, I was meeting Jessica for coffee and some pictures. So in away I was getting all fancy for you ;) Every now and then we like to meet up for a good latte, chat about blog life and take some pictures. We ended up at a new spot that had a tasty matcha and the best brownie (yes, that was my breakfast). Anyway, this top seemed to be the perfect occasion for the day. I love how it's a little more interesting than your regular chambray shirt. It might have also been my justification for finally picking it up, but do I really need a reason? My philosophy is you can never have too many chambray shirts. Anyone else feel that way?

Last year's look here is one that incorporates another style that I can never have too many of--stripes. I just realized I wearing the same jeans from this post, too. Staple pieces, I tell ya. 

Thank you for linking up with us! Our picks are Ruth from My Little Nest and Cheryl from Cheryl Shops! Make sure to go give them some love, too!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Brand That Has Me Cheating on Madewell

universal thread top

mustard off the shoulder top

medium hair inspiration

cute spring top, skinny jeans

top // jeans // espadrilles // purse // sunglasses // earrings (similar) // lipstick (color: mojave)

Maybe I was living under a rock, but the second I stepped into Target a few weeks ago I had to stop and stare. We all know that's really easy to do there. Normally, I do that in the home section. This time it was for their new clothing line called Universal Thread. Um when did Madewell land a deal with Target? From bandanas to all the stripes, it's nailing the effortless, cool girl style Madewell is known for. The major difference here--the price! I did try on this and this tee, but fell in love with this mustard off-the-shoulder top. It's going to be perfect for my upcoming trip to Tulum. Guys, I just booked our tickets today and I'm SO excited! It's going to be our first time, so if anyone has any tips please share. But back to clothes. I definitely think Target did good with this line, especially if you're on a budget. 

Now, let's flashback to last year's look here. Gosh! Look at how short my hair was! Maybe it's not that short, but in comparison to now it is. Should I chop it? 

Thank you for linking up with us! Our picks are Nicole from What Nicole Wore and Katie from Hello Katie Girl!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Madewell Try On's: Spring

fitting room try on session

UPDATE: Madewell is giving 15% off (including denim) for Insiders till 3/12. Basically, you just need to create an account and you'll get extra perks like this sale and free shipping. 

Ladies hold your wallets. I might just be talking to myself, but Madewell released more of their Spring Collection. From updated basics to light layers, you're only going to want that sunny weather to arrive even more. While my local store was heavy on the tops, I did make sure to test out their coveted Perfect Summer Jeans in all these looks. These are that easy, relaxed in all the right places fit you would expect. And with the price point completely worth it for Madewell!

cute stripe tshirt

short sleeve tee

crop stripe tee


You'd be surprised how often I stay away from their basics, like simple tees. But this one caught my eye because of quality. It has a nice thickness. The fit doesn't disappoint. It's oversized and not too cropped. As you can see, it's still possible to front tuck on high-waisted jeans. While if you're anything like me, you can never have enough stripe tees, but does come in several colors.

red and white floral top

red embroidered top

white embroidered top


When I saw this online, I immediately was drawn to it in the navy version. That changed the second I saw it styled in store in white. It is oversized, but found it be run small in the arm holes. That's surprising, since my shoulders and arms are petite. So I would advise going up one size in this one. The details really are beautifully done and have me craving a nice warm day.

tee with knot detail

knot black tee

cute black tee


While this didn't catch my eye online, I figured I would try it on because it seems to be the follow up to this tee that I love. There is some texture to the fabric that gives it that special factor on top of the ties on the side. I thought this would run true to size, but found it to run a little big on the bottom. If that's a fit you like, it can work. Basically, you cannot adjust the ties to make smaller just larger. If you don't want it extra roomy, I would go down a size in this.

affordable black jumpsuit

black ruffle jumpsuit

womens black jumpsuit


Well, well, I finally got the chance to try this number on! Let's just say it was completely worth the wait. The second I put this on, I just knew. I knew. It was that piece that has it all-pockets, versatility, and comfy. These pictures don't really due it justice, but I can't recommend this enough. Okay, but let's talk fit. The sales girl said it was true to size, but I have to disagree. I went down in size and found that to work best. The straps are a little long, which I did hear others say the same thing. I'm willing to go the extra step to fix that. The material and design makes it easy to wear with sandals to heels. 

grey stripe sweater tank

stripe sweater tank


Personally, I'm not sure about this top. The quality of knit is great and does fit well. But I think I would get more use out of it in the solid version. It could also just be that weird feeling of not seeing so much skin after being covered in layers all these months. Perhaps it's one to keep an eye on to see if it goes on sale.

stripe central shirt

ruffle shirt

red and white stripe shirt


Anytime I see stripes and ruffles, you know I'm not going to stay away. While the red is not something I normally wear, I thought it was subtle enough. Just like all of their Central Shirts, these run huge! I always size down and would do so with this version. You'll love that it can be styled many ways and could be a great Spring/Summer staple with shorts or white jeans.

madewell fringe sweater


Seeing this online, it didn't grab my attention. In person, that was another story. This is one of those great transitional sweaters, especially if you live in a warmer climate like LA. This runs true to size, but still fits loose in the body. While I would wear this casually, I can see it working for an office look with tan slacks. 

What's your favorite piece? You can see my earlier Spring try on's here