Simple, Everyday Outfit

Hi, all! Today I wanted to share this super easy and simple outfit. I love pairing light green jeans with a white top and a hint of leopard-such a good color combo! I also think this outfit would look good with a skinny leopard belt, I'm currently on the hunt for one! If you couldn't tell, I like to incorporate "old" items of clothing into my outfits, because I simply cannot afford to always buy new things! So this white sweater is an item I've had for over a year, it's a great item to dress up in different ways. The leopard sneakers that I'm wearing are more of a splurge (for me at least) but I just could not hold back on them. They are so fun to wear! This green denim is a great Madewell dupe. I got it from the Universal Thread line at Target. As always, let me know if you have any questions and I will link everything at the bottom of this post. Have a great day!


Fall Cardigan Sweater

Happy Friday, all! Today I'm pretending that it is Fall in California with this cozy cardigan sweater (wearing xxs) from Nordstrom. Unfortunately, this cardigan and the purple sweater top that I'm wearing are both sold out : ( BUT.. I thought I would still share it because it tends to come back in stock in random sizes. If you are interested in either item, I would just add it to your "WishList" on Nordstrom (I check mine on the app daily). I'm also wearing my favorite jeans from Free People and these (currently on sale for under $40!) black mules that I have been raving about for a few weeks now. Now all I need is the weather to get colder so I can wear this outfit out in public ; ) As always, let me know if you have any questions! Have a great weekend : )


Free People Cloud Nine T-Shirt

Happy Wednesday, friends! Gotta love a short week, am I right? Today I'm sharing this super casual outfit (shocking, I know ; )) that I love. I've had this shirt for a while now but just realized that it's currently on sale and is sooo soft and comfortable to wear. I've also been wearing these Madewell denim shorts non-stop since I got them (as I'm sure you can tell by some of my recent Instagram pictures). And a funny story about these sandals, I've had my eye out for them for a few months now because I've seen a few girls wearing them out and about. This past weekend I walked into Tilly's because I needed a new pair of everyday sandals that I could get dirty (not pictured here) and while I was there, I saw the sandals I've been eyeing on display! I was so happy but noticed that the pair on display was a 5.5 and I'm normally a size 6 in shoes. I asked if they had a size 6 and the girl told me that it was the only pair they had. I tried it on and they actually fit perfectly! Total meant to be moment. Then the girl told me that she was so happy they worked out for me because they have been sitting on display for weeks because they have always been too small for everyone who walked into the store haha. I guess this is one of the perks of having small feet : ). 

That's all for today-hope you have a great rest of your week! 


My Top 10 Amazon Picks

Hi friends! Sorry it has been a minute, I am finally recovering from being sick and am just now getting around to a new blog post. I thought it would be fun to do a post all about my top 10 Amazon picks right this minute! Lately I've fallen in love with buying things off of Amazon because it is so much more cheaper than buying these items in store! It's truly a win-win and I don't think I will ever go back to paying more money in a store (who wants to do that?!)

I recently bought these pillows and let me just say-they are a true game changer! They are perfect for lounging and just watching TV in bed. So much better than the typical pillow size, because you have to stack at least three of those in order to get comfortable (at least I do..). These are also typically found in every nice hotel, so they really feel like luxury! I also ended up getting two covers for these pillows for under $15 (message me for the link if you're interested) which was great because I walked into Target to look for some and they were selling ONE euro sham pillow case for $35! Who knew I could get so excited for a pillow??

Let me just say that I have no idea how I lived my life without a Beauty Blender before I discovered them! Another true game changer, but in the makeup world : ) This product really helps your foundation apply seamlessly and make it look great. If you haven't already discovered them, I highly recommend it!

Okay first of all, I do not have a pool in my backyard nor do I even have access to a pool, BUT if I did, this would definitely be my first purchase! I mean, how fun would this pool float be?! It would also make for a really great picture, if you ask me ; ) 

I purchased this portable air conditioner last Summer during the worst heat wave I've ever experienced in California and I definitely would not be able to function without it! Especially because I live in a house that has zero air conditioning...It works great and has lasted a year for me so far. 

How fun is this towel?! I already have a round beach towel that has a black and white design, but this one is next on my list! It totally screams Summer and would be perfect for the beach. 

I've recently gotten into protein shakes and so far, this is my favorite! I've been making it almost everyday for the past two months and it really helps me stay full until lunch time. I've shared this on my Insta-Stories before, but the recipe that I use is: 8oz. of coconut milk, one scoop of this protein powder, one banana, and a half cup of ice. That's it! So easy and yummy too. 

I love love love Dyson fans! Why? They are modern, work great, easy to clean, and zero blades which is great if you live in a household with pets or young children. I've had mine for over three years and it still works great. 

These nail files are definitely next to buy on my Amazon list. I'm in need of a good nail file and I've heard that these last years! Plus this comes in a pack of four. 

The wet brush is great for detangling your hair after you wash it. I just recently retired my very first wet brush after almost eight years (is that gross?! haha)-it was definitely HIGH TIME for a new one! With that being said, they last a really long time and work great for your hair. I also love that this comes in a two pack, you can always leave one in your bathroom (or where ever you brush your hair) and one in your away bag for trips! That way, you never forget it : )

I've been using Egyptian Magic for years and it is my holy grail night time moisturizer! I've tried others, but with my dry skin, nothing compares or lasts as long as Egyptian Magic. My skin never feels dry once I put it on and it lasts until the next day. It's also more expensive in stores, so I really recommend buying it online! 

This concludes my Top 10 Amazon Picks! Hope you guys liked it and let me know if you have any questions : ) 


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018

Hi friends! Well the day that all bloggers rave about is finally here! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is when all new Fall merchandise becomes available at a discounted rate, but only for a limited time. If you have a Nordstrom card, you can get early access starting July 12th through July 19th, before it opens to the public on July 20th through August 6th. Now, with every sale, there are always pros and cons- with the #nsale, the pros is the fact that you get huge discounts on great items. The cons is that items sell out FAST. Another thing to consider is that since Nordstrom experiences a high volume of customers going to their site at the same time, sometimes it doesn't always function properly. For example, sometimes the site will crash, and other times, the website will say an item in is stock, so you go to add it in your cart, pay, get a confirmation code, but then you get an alert saying that all or part of your order was cancelled due to it selling out. So I never assume that I am for sure going to get the item I ordered until I get the shipping email. Then I'll know for sure that I'm going to get my item(s). Anyways, let's get to my top picks based on departments. 

There is one item that I'm dying to get my hands on...it is currently sold out but I'm going to link it here in case it comes back in stock (I will be checking constantly!).








This concludes my top picks! Let me know if you guys have any questions.


My Top Favorite Bloggers

Hi friends! Wow- it's been a minute, has it not?! My apologies for my lack of posts (if you were missing them ; ), but life has just taken over recently! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to put together a post that is all about my all-time favorite bloggers. Some of these girls I have been following for years, others are kind of new, yet equally as important to me to check out on a daily basis. Now, I'm not going to put these in order of who I like better, because that would be just too hard for me! I can honestly say that I like them all equally the same, but for different reasons. Let's get started...

1. Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam
        How could one not like her beautiful pictures and posts?! She is the very first blogger that I discovered years ago and the one that made me want to become a blogger. I love following along on her and Thomas' adventures : )

2. Kathleen Barnes of Carrie Bradshaw Lied
        Kathleen is another blogger that I have been following for years. I remember when I was first started following her, she still had a full time job at Urban Decay and would always bring her cute dog, Bailey, to work with her. She is hilarious and I love that she is a fellow Bravo lover like I am.

3. Kathleen Post of Lemon Blonde
        It's been almost a year since I discovered Kathleen Post, and boy am I ever glad that I did! I am seriously obsessed with every post she does.  And I am forever jealous of her naturally blonde hair! I mean yes, I am a natural blonde myself, but not that blonde! I am obsessed with her style, her pictures, and love her try-on hauls and makeup/hair tutorials. I will forever be a life long fan hers : )

4. Daryl-Ann Denner of Something Beautiful
        I actually discovered Daryl-Ann by my wedding venue's Instagram. She stayed there one night and they reposted her picture and I just had to follow her! I can relate to her style the most and I pretty much want to buy everything she wears. I also love her makeup tutorials and she posts the prettiest pictures!

5. Aspyn Ovard
         Yes, I know that Aspyn is technically considered a YouTuber, but I first discovered her through Instagram! I'm in love with every post she does and her videos are so fun to watch.  If I'm ever in a bad mood, I always watch one of her videos and it never fails to put me in a good mood! 

6. Courtney of Bring Your Own Beauty
         Besides the pretty pictures that she posts, her daily Insta-Stories are so fun to watch! I feel like I can't go a day without checking out her profile or blog. She is another girl where I pretty much want every outfit she posts. I also love her Trader Joe's hauls and fun snack ideas (raspberries and chocolate chips anyone?!). 

7. Deb from Sunsets and Stilettos
          Let me just start by saying that I LOVE Deb. Her dry humor, her deep thoughts, and her daily outfits are ones I want in my closet. She goes on another level beyond the title "Fashion Blogger". If you aren't part of her newsletter subscription, I highly recommend it. Yes, she rounds up the best sales, but she also gets deep and whatever she writes, it speaks to me. I also love that she is a fashion blogger, but also an elementary school teacher. She may or may not have triggered me to want to become a teacher : ) 

8. Jenna Colgrove of Visions of Vogue
            I love Jenna for so many reasons. I love her daily work OOTD's and love that she mainly uses only safe beauty brands. She not only shows you how to use products, but goes in deep on why certain toxic chemicals are so bad for you. I feel like I'm getting my fashion fix, but also some educational insight on beauty products. 

9. Nichole Ciotti
          How could one not like Nichole?! Her Instagram posts are on another level and I just love her style. She is another blogger that I need to check out on a daily basis. I love her Insta-Stories and love following along on all of her adventures! 

10. Caitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls
          I adore Caitlin and all of her posts. The quality of her photos are amazing and I love that she takes every post seriously and never posts a low-quality photo. Her and her mom are so cute and I'm so jealous that her mom takes all of her photos! I'm also very jealous of her gorgeous hair : )

11. Lauren Kay Sims 
          I have been following Lauren for a while now and I'm so happy for all of her big life events that have happened to her recently. A few weeks ago she announced that her and husband bought a beautiful house and today she just announced that they are expecting! So, so happy for her. I also love her style and love her beauty product recommendations : )

12. Cara Loren 
        Another blogger that I have been following for years! It's crazy to think that when I first started following her, she had one kid and was pregnant with her second. Now, she is expecting a third (& it's a girl!). I can't wait to see a little girl version of her. She is the cutest and has the best beauty picks! 

13. Emily Herren of Champagne & Chanel 
        Emily is so fun to follow along! She posts the prettiest outfits and really makes me want to venture out of my casual outfit game (I'm not much of a heels and dress fan). I love catching up on her Insta-Stories and her fun travel adventures. 

Well, that does it for my top favorite bloggers! Now, of course there other bloggers that I love to follow but these girls just have a special place in my little (or big) blogger heart haha. I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Who are your favorite bloggers? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments! 


Stripes & an Olive Green Cardigan

Hi friends! So I took a little break on Instagram and on the blog...maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't. But that's okay, I just wanted to take the time to decide on how I want to change up my feed. I've been thinking for a while that I just need to make some sort of change and I wanted to make sure I made the right decision before I executed the change. I know, some of you might be thinking to yourselves "It's just Instagram, what's the big deal?!" But to me, it is so much more than that, and I'm also thinking of it on a business perspective. With that said, I've purchased a new set of presets from Aspyn Ovard (Obsessed with her!) and I'm excited for the new change on my feed! I know a lot of bloggers never share how they edit their pictures or what filters they use, but I am pretty open about this so just let me know if you ever have any questions about my pictures. I also want to start doing more scenic pictures, rather than only posting outfit pictures of myself. There is nothing wrong with that, I just prefer to show more sides of me instead only pictures of me in different outfits. This might entail pictures of a latte I ordered, or a beach shot...pretty much anything that inspires me.  I've also started to really hold back on purchasing new clothes from my favorite retailers and instead, have started to purchase more used clothing and shoes (like on eBay and Poshmark). It's been hard, but I'm happy with the change and like how I'm not spending as much money as I normally do. Have you ever made a change like this? Let me know in the comments below! Okay moving on to the outfit details...

I wanted to bring you guys this look that is one of my favorites. It's simple, casual, and perfect for weekend errands. This green cardigan is so soft and has that stretchy (not too thin) material which makes it even more comfortable. It also has pockets, which is always a plus for me. The striped, long sleeve top that I am wearing is from Nordstrom and is also super comfortable. I'm wearing an XS in it, but could have even gone to a smaller size because it does run big. The jeans that I'm wearing here are one of my favorite pair of high waisted jeans. However, I did get them about a year ago so they are no longer available, but I will link a few similar pairs. For a size reference, I normally wear a size 26 in jeans (also keep in mind that I am 5'4). I've been on a slip-on sneaker kick lately and I recently added this pair of Vans to my collection. They are definitely the kind of pair that go with everything. As of right now, they are sold out but the color option is called "Silver Lining/Blanc de Blanc". I also wear a size 6 in shoes. 

On a different note, I also wanted to fill you guys in on a life update I have... For a while now, I have been pondering heavily on what I want to do with my life. Yes, it would be fun/amazing to have a successful blog that I could live off of, but unfortunately, that is just not realistic for me (maybe one day : )). If you didn't already know, I have a part-time job where I work with kids in an after school program within the local school district that I live in. I primarily work with Kindergartners and first graders, but will work with k's through fifth graders during winter/spring/summer breaks. I love my job, but obviously can't make a living off of it. I also don't want to leave to child setting for say, a corporate job at a desk...That is just not me. I am definitely a passion person, meaning I can't just find any job, I have to be passionate about it. With heavy thinking and multiple people always telling me that I would be a great teacher, I have decided to go back to school to get my Master's and teaching credentials to become an elementary school teacher (yay!). I kind of always had a feeling that I would eventually become a teacher, but I always put it on the back burner and always said no whenever someone would bring it up (especially my mom). I think I was mostly scared of the parents I would have to encounter while being a teacher. But I realized that there will always be at least one aspect of any job that someone doesn't like, and that you just have to deal with it. I'm excited and scared for this journey ahead of me, but I feel like it is the right path for me. I will leave it at that because this has turned into a really long blog post! If you've read all of this til the end, THANK YOU! & leave me a comment to let me know ; )

Until next time! xoxo