May 10, 2016

{STYLE} Shape Shifting

As I've been going through lots of changes personally and professionally and have been an exciting time of transition (saturn return, blah blah blah) it has been kind of fun to change things up with my personal style, as well. Like, my pants-challenged-ness has transformed into a bit of an obsession with culottes, and this pair from the Target x Who What Wear is partially responsible for kicking-off this obsession. Like, of course a wide-leg cropped trouser would be super, super comfortable, but for some reason that never really registered until I decided to expand my skirts-and-dresses repertoire to include culottes. I was definitely a culotte hater in the not-so-distant past, and I sincerely apologize: these rule.  


May 2, 2016

{BEAUTY} Fresh Faced with Burts Bees

I love makeup: I absolutely love the ability to change up looks, to try new products and beauty innovations, to paint with color, and to express a bit of myself in a centuries-old tradition. For the last couple of years, as Ali and I approached our wedding and I got closer (and crossed over the threshold) to my 30s, my primary beauty investment has been in my skin. It has become paramount above all matters of vanity to make sure my skin is healthy, moisturized, hydrated, and protected from environmental and sun damage. I've committed to a strict routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, and then I have fun with makeup, with the added bonus of makeup going on more smoothly, evenly, and needing to do less "work" by getting my skin into great shape.

Now, as the seasons shift and I reexamine my daily beauty routine to match my skin's needs, I'm opting as I tend to do in the warmer months for lighter, moisturizing, and nourishing products. Enter: Burt's Bees BB Cream. When BB Creams first entered the North American market as an import from Korea, they were toted as an all-in-one miracle product, and they are! They're most comparable in texture to tinted moisturizer, and Burt's Bees BB Cream is packed with SPF, Noni Extract (derived from a tree that is evergreen in the Pacific Islands and promotes healing and reduces the sign of aging, source), and illuminates and brightens the skin with sheer coverage. It's like, my skin plus a great Instagram filter - just a little bit of blur and a subtle highlight.

In addition to having great properties, Burt's Bees BB Cream is also free of all the junk we don't want on our face: no parabens, no petroleum (something I have a sensitivity to, anyways), no parafins, and NO animal testing (I know how important this is to so many of you).

For now, Burt's Bees BB Cream comes in 3 shades: light, light-medium, and medium. While the light-medium is the closest "match" for me, the truth is that they all are so easy to blend and go on smooth that it's less about matching to your skin tone and more about, to keep up with my Instagram analogy, choosing what kind of filter you want: a little cooler or a little warmer, (I couldn't find any reviews or swatches for dark skin, however). Take for example the photos below: mid-application of Burt's Bees BB Cream and next with the addition of Burt's Bees Lipstick in "Fuschia Flood." Beauty hack: I also used the Burt's Bees Lipstick in "Sunset Cruise" (it's a sheer, buildable coral) on my cheeks for a flush of color. I love cream blushes, especially in the summer, and the 100% natural formula of the lipsticks makes it a great multi-tasker and beauty bag workhorse. 

Full disclosure: I do have lash extensions, but literally the only makeup I'm wearing on my skin in these photos is Burt's Bees BB Cream and Burt's Bees Lipstick. Sure, I might go a bit heavier for photoshoots and fancy events, but I'm pretty stoked to have a new, budget-friendly default for spring and summer! 


This post is sponsored by Burt's Bees.
All content and opinions are my own. 

April 29, 2016

{STYLE} The Romantic

I think one of the most fun things about being a newly-wed (it hasn't been a year, yet, so it's still "new," right?) is continuing to go on dates and finding fun activities and hobbies to enjoy together. It's so easy to default to all our time together just being there - but carving out intentional, focused time to enjoy each other's company has 100% been the key to keeping things exciting, fresh, and moving forward. In so many of my past relationships - we somehow counted existing in the same space as "time together" - but trust me, it's not, and in subsequent dating experiences and especially in my relationship with Ali, continuing to date years into being together is essential to our happiness. And so for all the eye-rolling I once did towards "date night," I get it now. While we definitely have our list of favorite places we hit up regularly (Petty Cash in LA, Cafe Mogador in NY, LACMA and the Brooklyn Museum), we love going out together and finding something new-to-us, and sometimes planning out a fresh outfit for the occasion makes it all the more special - yes, even if we're getting ready in the same space.

Super high-necklines aren't generally my go-to, but seeing this top in the perfect shade of pink ignited an immediate need - and one that felt appropriate for our commitment to date-nights. Pairing with the boots I've worn to death (I told you it would be hard for me to let them go!) and a skirt thats been in heavy rotation since early fall was a winning combination. 


April 13, 2016

{STYLE} Pleats, Please

It's starting to feel a bit like spring - if not because of the rising temperatures, then definitely because of the onslaught of nearly unbearable allergies, (no, I'm not crying... my entire face is just leaking right now). Trading in my bulky, quilted jackets that I've been wearing on my east coast jaunts for soft, light layers feels pretty exciting - especially as the trees that line the streets begin to bloom. I just hope it warms up a little more as a plan a few days of major New York City fun next week for my birthday! 

Photos by Lydia Hudgens


April 6, 2016

{STYLE} Spring into Summer

 Wearing: Mossimo Supply Co. Dress, Mossimo Supply Co. Shorts, Mossimo Supply Co. Denim Vest, Mossimo Supply Co. Clogs

Palm Springs continues to be my happy place, and The Parker continues to remain one of the most magical grounds ever in my mind. When Target invited me down to the desert to check out their new swimwear offerings (with an itinerary of some of my favorite Palm Springs activities,) I hastily packed my bags and made my way out - soaking in the sun, the mountains, and the midcentury architecture all the way there. There was a requisite stop at Hadley's for their famous date shakes, too, of course! 

A few days before the trip I visited my local Target (an at least once a week ritual, if we're being honest), and was blown away by the selection of swimwear. Target has always had cute swim options, but they've really upped the game this year - and I was glad I was in store to try on the suits because I tried a few straight-size swim options that I may have shied away from online, (plus, they're all mix-and-match, which is great if you're different sizes on top and bottom like I am). This is a style that came in multiple colorways that I absolutely adore! I bought it in a XXL in store. Of course, I also love the options from Ava & Viv - especially because Gabi, Chastity, and myself had the opportunity to give feedback on the designs when we visited the Target Headquarters together last fall. And the best, BEST part? They're all way under $50. 

The first day in Palm Springs, Ali and I checked into The Parker and enjoyed brunch at Norma's (they have the best fish tacos), a bike ride around the neighborhood (the hotel has bikes you can borrow), and a few hours of swimming before having a mini-slumber party with Frankie and some take-out gluten-free pizza from Birba in downtown Palm Springs. Once the rest of the crew arrived (including my blogger boos Nadia and Christina), we spent a morning hiking in Indian Canyon and followed up with an afternoon of spring/summer previews at a gorgeous estate (which just so happens to be Leonardo DiCaprio's Palm Springs home.... NBD). The Aqualillies, a synchronized swimming troupe, did a performance all wearing matching striped one-pieces (the same one I'm wearing above)! It was the cutest thing and I've never wanted to be a synchronized swimmer more in my life

I spent the few days in Palm Springs wearing tons of flowy, breezy looks from Target - some of my favorites being the yellow floral dress and the black tiered dress. I also sported this off-the-shoulder number from the WhoWhatWear collection - which was a perfect transitional item; it looked just as good as a swim coverup while heading poolside as it did with a pair of heels and statement necklace to go out to dinner. The great part about having more fashion-driven swimwear in my arsenal, too, is that they can be paired with my real clothes for more mix-and-match potential. There's just no reason why my longline bikini tops shouldn't be worn with a great maxi skirt. 

The key trends for Target this summer are Tropical & Tribal, Sport, Boho, and Stars and Stripes (major Americana vibes) - and I loved looks from each of these themes. The two trends that I fell for the most at the preview, though, were bohemian and sport looks, (which is definitely consistent with some of my other style crushes lately). While I definitely have my core all-pink-and-black sensibility at the center-stone of my personal style, my time spent in LA over the last year has had me gravitating more towards the easy-breezy and athleisure-inspired looks. Flowy dresses with sky-high clogs (these are so comfortable and light weight, I can't recommend them enough) were the perfect wardrobe for our Palm Springs adventure! They made exceptional transitional pieces, too - taking the flowy dresses from day to night by swapping my sandals or sneakers for my platforms. While I'm still entertaining the idea of heading back to Palm Springs for Coachella next weekend, I know that at the very least my wardrobe will be sorted. 


This post is sponsored by Target.
All content and opinions are my own.