Finding quality denim can be difficult; especially when we live in a world of fast fashion, where everything is cheap quality and expected to not last anymore than a few years, sometimes not even a few months. That's why I love living against the grain of society and searching vintage/ thrift stores to find quality pieces that will last and have lasted through someone else's life-time. Also, it's my favorite thing to say, "sorry, it's vintage," when people ask where I got something.
This Levi's pair was a vintage find in Long Beach. I love the light wash and the loose fit. I've styled them quite a few different ways, but this approach is a classic, everyday look. I wore this to a shoot I went to with Kristen. She was photographing family photos in Oak Glen and I tagged along and helped her out. Since this was an outdoor shoot, my high-top converse were perfect for all the dirt we walked through and the red ants. The fitted black tee balanced the loose fitted Levi's and the bandana was an extra touch to bring it all together. Like always, I topped it all off with a new hat I got at thrift store in Palm Springs this week.
Kristen was sent this Fossil backpack recently for their fall ad campaign. It's perfect for photographers because of the separate zipper pocket for safe storage of your camera and it also has a laptop sleeve. Kristen has raved about it since she got it, so I know that this bag won't disappoint for any everyday use.
Is it possible to love an outfit any more than I love this one?
I'm not one to gravitate towards T shirts with writing on them. Especially anything with a cheesy quote. But this one spoke to the season of life I'm in. Plus I love the simple lettering & the shade of red they chose.
This denim embroidered blazer was a thrift store find.
Ryan and Emma tried to talk me out of buying it and I'm so glad I didn't listen to them. They obviously didn't see the potential it had! At first glance it's a little funky, but I knew that if it was paired with the right outfit I could make it work. It also helps that embroidered denim is pretty in right now.
Kristen and I went garage sale shopping this last Saturday and I found this basket/purse for $3. Score.
The clearance section of target blessed me with these cropped wide legged pants. Thanks Target for the bless, you're the real MVP.
And of course I had to wear my new black mules that are perfect and so versatile. I found these at TJ Maxx, but you can find them about anywhere right now.
Since it's summer and I have more time on my hands than I usually do, I decided to set a reading goal. Six books by August 28th.
I know it doesn't sound that hard, but a lot of the books I've picked up aren't books you get sucked into and read in one afternoon, like Harry Potter. Instead, they're slow moving, take your time and absorb 'type' of books. Which I like, but often have a hard time staying dedicated to finish. Aka I have about ten books on my shelf that I've half-way read. But I'm proud to say that I'm three books in and I have three more to go. I should be able to make my goal and maybe add another book to the list.
God has a name, by John Mark Comer is my latest read. Connecting to it was quite easy. The wisdom is so profound, yet very tangible and straightforward. I definitely recommend you buy it on amazon and start reading it as soon as possible. I mean if you have amazon prime, what are you waiting for? Here is a direct link to the book.
I underlined a lot of the book, but I didn't want to get carried away and spoil the book for you. Here are few key points that hit home for me.
Between who we are and who God is.
Between the way we live and the way of Jesus.
Following Jesus is about closing that gap, one step at a time."
God's promise is that he will bless you, so you can turn around and do the same for
others. He'll put you to rights, so you can put the world to rights. And one day, in time,
he'll return to finish what he started and set all the crooked straight."
I might keep this book review segment going in future posts. I'll let you all know about the ones I enjoyed and recommend as I slowly move towards finishing my half-read collection on my shelf. That's if I actually finish the books I set out to read. Fingers crossed.
On Thursday I went to the Orange circle with my mom and Grandma for brunch and some shopping. We explored various antique shops and went to one thrift store with specific pieces in mind. Like always, I ended up leaving with unexpected treasures. My favorite find was these Madewell jeans for $4. Score! If you're familiar with the brand, you know that their jeans averagely run around $130! I also picked up this classic striped button up top for $10 at an antique shop.
Since it's summer, I'm crossing my fingers that I'm going to have more time to dedicate to thrift store shopping and blogging. I also have photos from New Hampshire and San Francisco that I want to share on here. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.
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The last 19 days of this new year have been full of some much needed R&R. Sadly, that will all come to an end with the hustle of design school continuing on Monday; PLUS I have to compile a portfolio this semester of the major work I’ve done the past year and a half to move on in my program. I’ve temporarily left my job as a server to put all of my energy into my portfolio and all the other hours that come with being a design student. I've become accustomed to the 12-15 hours a day spent at a drafting table or a computer working on project after project and pulling all-nighter after all-nighter. I've basically sold my soul to design and if that can’t help paint a picture of how much work this major is, nothing will. But seriously, creative majors are exhausting. Thankfully I love every sleepless minute of it. My professors are rad, my classmates are inspiring and extremely talented and I love pushing myself towards an exciting future. If I can pull off these next two months of working my butt off for my dreams and get into my program, maaaaybe, hopefully I’ll intern at a firm this summer. And then after two years in studio interior architectural design classes and graduation, I can work for any number of firms. Our program is very reputable, which will make it easier to find a job in the field. I don’t think I could work so hard for something without so much passion and love for it pulsing through my veins. Okay, I’m sure I lost half of you in all of that. Enough about my sleepless design life.
Without having any time to work this semester, my parents are awesome and they’re supporting me with a budget for groceries and gas each week, which will force me to delete all my shopping apps. Not even joking, I shouldn’t even think about material possessions outside of feeding myself and the occasional latte. I’m also contemplating deleting my Facebook and Instagram apps throughout the week to stay focused on my projects. And alllll of this brings me to this amazing outfit.
I’m drawn to muted colors and neutrals. This top was pulled out of the sale section at Anthropologie in Atlanta by my best friend, Maddie. She obviously knows me so well. I love the lace details and the bell sleeves. Also, I’ve been wearing these cropped, release hem jeans every single day, paired with my new favorite mules. I don’t think I’ve been stopped more for questions about shoes ever in my life. Which I totally understand, because look at them. They’re simply magical. If you don't own any mules, what are you doing with your life? Clearly this whole mom jeans/ shoes trend is here to stay because I swear my mom owned these shoes before. I'm sure she didn't have them in this snake print, but something similar to it. To pull it all together I tied my white bandana around my neck, threw on one of my over worn thrift store hats, my new favorite ray bans and grabbed this black purse. It’s so simple, yet so Jill.
LIFE!! Life man. I haven't had the time to blog much this semester, nor the energy or spare money to go shopping. I've also been more conscious of the money I've been spending on clothes, especially since my church has brought to our attention the horrendous working conditions for the people fabricating our clothes. This has made me look at the items I consume differently, which I might add, has been painfully hard. So hard. Fashion is a way I express myself. I love piecing outfits together, making something old, new and rummaging through thrift stores for that one golden find. Ethically made clothes are really hard to come by and usually expensive. Thankfully thrift stores are considered ethical because you're recycling clothes and your purchase is not directly supporting companies that are exploiting people. Any clothing from big name stores, like Forever 21, H&M and Target are unethically made in other countries. Basically, if it's really cheap then someone who made it isn't getting paid a fair working wage. With this in mind, I've been trying to recreate outfits from pieces I already own in my closet and buying items that are timeless and classic. Which includes neutral colors and ageless prints.
And yes, these photos were taken on an iphone, in front of a muddy field, by my mom. Thanks mom!
I scored these Matisse leather heeled sandels from Marshalls recently. They are honestly SO comfy and perfect for dressing up or down. The perfect neutral for my wardrobe.
I'm leaving on a trip soon to Atlanta and my California wardrobe doesn't quite include a coat for the weather I'm going to experience. I stumbled upon this coat at Nordstrom Rack. It's the perfect length, can be worn with so many different outfits and I will get so much use out of it for years to come.
I decided to style it with these ripped jeans from Pacsun, a scarf that came from my mom's closet and a beanie I bought 2 years ago for my trip to Europe. The top that you can't quite see under the coat, is a Free People top that I blogged about previously. My sunglasses are the gold framed round raybans that I'm sure you've seen everyone wearing lately. The heeled sandals gave the outfit more height and brought the perfect warmth to tie everything together.
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Hello and welcome back! That was for you and me because I've neglected this blog for quite some time this summer. My second summer class has come to a close and I have this quick week to relax and enjoy my one week off before life gets crazy once again. I've spent the last few days down in Oceanside exploring the shops, going on walks and laying on the beach. I live so close to the beach during the school year, but it's still nice to get away and actually have time to fully enjoy it.
Going into this next semester I'm praying that I can find time to rest and spend more time in Gods word. I've been inconsistent in doing that and I know in these next two semesters I'm going to have to fully lean into God and trust in Him more than I ever have. These next two semesters are the most important in moving forward in my program and setting me up for success in my career. My program and path is different and kind of confusing so I'm going to do a post on my major and the details to my program. Keep scrolling for details on this fun summer dress that I'm currently obsessing over.
Neutrals are my thing. I'm not sure when this exactly happened, but I've noticed that I always gravitate towards a neutral color palette. Since it's summer I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone and wear different colors. Which I found out is actually really hard for me to do. I picked up this dress at Nordstrom Rack for a wedding this summer and I got so many compliments on it. It's a Free People dress and it's just as cute in person. It even has pockets! I love the tie up detail and the long sleeves. It will definitely be a dress that I'll easily be able to carry over into fall and winter since it's not too vibrant and bold. Red is a color that seems to work in every season. Since the print on the dress is full of grey and sandy tones I paired it with these Dolce Vita booties. The block heel makes them easy to walk in and wear all day. These are my favorite shoes that I've picked up this summer. They're also from Nordstrom Rack and they're still available online right now. Get yourself a pair before they're all sold out. You won't regret it. I would wear them every day if I could.
This bar necklace is my everyday go to. It's beautiful, simple and goes with everything. I'll link a few similar ones below. Since they're so popular right now you can find them basically anywhere.
Since I bought the dress at Nordstrom Rack, it's not available anymore so I tagged a few dresses that I think are similar and perfect to carry you over into the fall months. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your summer and make the most out of every day.
My last blog post was about spring and here we are on summer break. If that doesn't explain how busy life has been lately, then I don't know what would. Spring semester has ended and after pulling countless all nighters, staying at school working on projects into the wee hours of the morning and slaving over project after project, I can proudly say that I finished another semester with straight A's. eeeeeep! Seeing those grades roll in after all that hard work is an indescribable feeling. God has been so good, as always. I know I wouldn't be here today without putting all my trust into His plan for my life. Time after time He has remained faithful to the promise that His plan for me is better than any plan my heart has dreamed up.
This past semester I got connected with my church in Long Beach and joined a community group. I never knew the impact that it would have on my life. Taking that leap of faith and joining a community group has been the most incredible thing for me. I look forward to seeing my new friends weekly and I always leave community group smiling ear to ear and thanking God for bringing these amazing beautiful souls into my life. There's nothing like having a group of friends that you can share your faith with and be encouraged to pursue God daily. I've grown so much this last semester, it's crazy to look back to who I was a few months ago and see who I am now. I've never been happier and all the glory goes to God.
Spring semester is over, but school continues on for me. I'm taking two summer sessions that are 12 weeks long, which basically is my entire summer. The first class that I'm taking is DESN 255, it is a computer class where we're learning Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. I'm more than half way through my first summer class and I'm having a blast learning these new programs. I must say that it's pretty cool pursuing a degree that you're passionate about, because I love going to school and learning anything and everything that will make me better at what I do. That's why I signed up for this first summer class. I enjoy being busy and productive in every season of life, even if it's summer break. The second summer class was a requirement to take in order to stay on track to submit my portfolio next spring to get into the program. DESN 232 will be more of a challenge and take up more time than the class that I'm in right now, but I'm still looking forward to it. I'm just going to say that it's a rapid sketching class to explain it quickly and easily. I'm up for the challenge.
I'm still working and going to school this summer, but I've also been busy with weddings, vow renewals, bridal showers, and wedding rehearsals. I actually got to take pictures at a lot of these events, so I might make a post featuring my favorite shots. Well that's enough about my life, I hope your summer is going great with whatever you're up to.
Well now that you're all caught up on my life, lets talk about this look. As always I was browsing FreePeople.com, specifically the sale section to be honest because I'm a broke college student, when I came across this rad denim lace up tunic. I about died. I'm all about light denim right now and the fact that it was also a lace up top just sealed the deal. I knew I had to buy it and style an outfit for you guys. Since it is a tunic, I've seen some people wear it as a dress, but sadly I'm just too tall for that to work. I still wanted the feminine look a dress gives, so I layered the tunic with a brown Brandy Melville skirt that balanced the look quite nicely. It gave me the length I needed and that feminine look I desired. With the days becoming warmer, I've pulled out one of my favorite pairs of lace up sandals. These go perfectly with my skirt and they compliment my lace up top. To really focus in on the lace-up details of this top, I added this choker set. The bottom necklace has a drop down detail that goes quite low below my top. I love how simple and feminine it looks. Of course the last thing that my outfit needed was my favorite structured hat.
Green hills can be a rare sight in Southern California. It’s only around this beautiful spring time that our rolling hills are a vibrant green and our flowers are blooming like crazy. I simply love it. Spring is the birth of a new season that brings so much beauty to our lives and with it a chance for new growth.
When I think of spring, I think of soft blues and subtle flower prints. Nothing too bold, but still distinctly spring. I personally don’t wear anything that is too vibrant, so a soft blue is the perfect fresh color for spring that I incorporate in my everyday looks. This dress is my go to spring dress. I’ve had it for a few seasons now, but I still seem to gravitate back to it, especially in these months when the air is still a little crisp but the sun is shining strongly. To add more depth and flare to this dress I paired it with my favorite full lengthed vest cardigan. This cardigan is a perfect addition to any dress that is a little too short. Throw it on and no one even knows that you were stressing about your dress flying up for the world to see. Incorporating grey made it easy to top it off with one of my many Brixton hats to tie it all together.
Here are a few things that I’ve been pushing myself to do in this new season.
Take the long way home. Get out and go walk. Explore. Bring my camera everywhere and push my creativity. Read more. Talk to strangers. Be more vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be more generous. Stand boldly in my faith. Listen to God when he says to go. Let go. Be confident, yet humble. Lend a helping hand.
Get the look:
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Similar: Here and Here
Cardigan: Active Ride Shop
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Thanks for reading! I hope you liked the look.
When I first heard of Warby Parker and their business plan I thought it was too good to be true. I've had to wear glasses for as long as I can remember and unfortunately it's not something I've been very happy about. So when the opportunity came for me to wear contacts in 8th grade I was over joyed. It wasn't until recently that I wanted to have a pair of stylish glasses that I could wear on days that I didn't feel like wearing my contacts.
Don't get me wrong, I love my contacts so I've been renewing them every year especially since purchasing glasses and contacts can get pretty pricey, sometimes up to $500. That's what I love about Warby Parker! They're only $95 for the frame and lens, which is ridiculously cheap. On top of that, they also do a 5 day trial. You pick out 5 frames off their website that you like and they ship the frames to you (for free!). Once you receive the frames you have 5 days to try them on and get opinions from friends and family. To be honest, I did 3 trials before I found a pair that a lot of people agreed looked best on the shape of my face. And that's also the beauty of it, you can do as many trials as you'd like until you're completely confident about the frame that you end up purchasing! The frame and lens that they send you in the end is 10x better than the trial frames. The trial frames are meant to give you a feel for what the shape looks like on your face. I ended up choosing the Baker frames in the striped sassafras shell and I couldn't be happier. With all of their options available and a free trial, I'm positive that everyone could find a frame that they like. What's also great about Warby Parker is that with every pair of glasses bought, another pair is distributed to someone in need around the world. I'm already looking into buying another pair, that's how cute and cheap they are!
Thanks for reading! I hope you check out Warby Parker if you're in need of some new glasses! They won't disappoint.
Link to the frames & website: Baker Frames
I love Brixton hats, all of them. I own just about all of the hats that they put out on the market. So when my best friend (Maddie) told me that her uncle, who works for Brixton, gave her a handful of hats that she didn't want and that I can have them, my first thought was, are you crazy?!? How would you not want them?! Well Maddie is not a hat wearer, even though I tell her time and time again that they look so cute on her! This hat was one of the many that she handed me that day. I usually don't buy hats of this style, but I found it to be fun challenge to style this one and wear it with an outfit that embodies the true nature of this hat. It was exciting to dig through my closet and find an outfit that I believe gives this tom boy cap a feminine twist, while still sticking to the same color palette. Enjoy!
ABOUT THE BAG:
There's an interesting story behind this bag. It's actually an old bank's money bag that my ex and I found at a thrift store. It was in beautiful condition, made of leather and the top hinges open perfectly just like it was made yesterday. We saw it and we were so inspired to give it a new life. We ended up buying an old blue belt with matching stitching from that same thrift store for the straps of the bag. I wish that I could say that I know how to sew and that I was the one to assemble this, unfortunately that is not the case. I have zero sewing skills (sad, I know) so naturally my ex took the bag to his family's manufacturing company and gave the bag to one of the workers to use on their high tech sewing machines and it was done in seconds. There is no way that those straps will ever come off. So now I have a unique bag that was formally a money bag for a bank and it's the best thing ever.
GET THE LOOK:
Hat: Brixton Fiddler Cap
Flannel Top: Thrift find
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Over the knee socks: Urban Outfitters
Ankle Boots: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Thrift find/creation
Thank's so much for checking out this look! My awesome brother took these photos. Stay stylish