Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Freedom

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Top: Free People // Shorts: Free People // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Hat: Free People // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Necklace: Virgins Saints & Angels // Belt: Linea Pelle


Lately I've been loving all kinds of distressed denim shorts and have invested in a few great pairs, these being one of them. They have them in a lighter version as well for those of you who prefer light colors. I also have to mention how obsessed I am with hats. I have probably over 10-15 hats in my closet and I'm always adding new ones. You probably see me wearing hats quite a bit on the blog and sometimes I have to stop myself or else I'll always have hat pictures, lol. I love Free People s selection of hats. Beware checking them out, it's hard to come out with just 1 in your shopping cart!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Block Party

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You all know I have been teaming up with Pinnacle Vodka the past few months sharing some of my favorite recipes. For today's post we wanted to change things up and share with you all some tips on how to throw the perfect summer block party perfect for the neighborhood.

1. Food and drinks are always the most important thing about throwing a party and to have everyone happy, you definitely want to start up the grill. To keep costs down and make your life a lot easier, you can always have a potluck. When people RSVP, just have them let you know which dish they will bring so that you don't end up with eight pasta salads and such. For grilling you can provide hot dogs & hamburgers (or whichever meat you prefer) or just let the families know to bring their own meat for the grill!

2. Think about who you want to invite. If you live in a small neighborhood, invite every resident. However, if you live in a very large neighborhood it could get quite overwhelming. Instead, just invite people living on a particular street or a couple streets. Make a flyer or print a template online like this watermelon shaped invitation which adds a cute touch and gives off that summer vibe.

3. Of course, have the perfect cocktail for your guests. Think, refreshing and easy. This Pinnacle Beach House would be the perfect drink for a summer party and it's so simple. Plus, you could make a larger batch to accommodate more people.

Pinnacle Beach House

2 Parts Pinnacle Tropical Punch Vodka
1 Part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur
3 Parts Cranberry Juice
Splash Fresh Lime Juice
Directions: Mix in a glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

4. I always love to use fun colored straws for my guests. Lately I've been using these red/white striped straws - you can pretty much find them anywhere and they are more fun than the ordinary straw.

5. If you are going to have any kind of set-up where you would like your guests to be seated, I like to find interesting ways for name cards. A very unique way is to use a lemon, write the person's name on the lemon and set it on their plate (or next to it). It's different and perfect for summer. Guarantee your guests will love it!

6. Since there may be kids and it's obviously a hot summer day, what better way than to cool off with an ice cream cone? Buy cones and just add a couple scoops on top and everyone will be pleased, even the adults. I mean, I would :)

7. Oh my goodness, words cannot express to you how much I  love mason jars. They serve so many different functions in my house. You can serve cocktails in them, use them as a vase for fresh flowers, hold your straws in, and more. Honestly the possibilities are endless. They give that perfect summer feeling and I just love the look of them!

8. Whether you have a sit down table or a "serve yourself" table, use an outdoor table cloth to protect your furniture and make cleanup that much easier. For summer, I love to use the red & white gingham print, plus it goes really well with the rest of the theme.

9. Lastly, I am a huge flower lover. I am obsessed with having fresh flowers in my home and always make sure when I have guests over that they are on display as well. For an outdoor summer party, I would definitely choose some beautiful sunflowers to set the mood. They are bright and colorful and add that extra touch. Don't forget, if you don't have traditional vases, mason jars make the perfect alternative!

Hope you guys enjoyed these simple tips. If you have any others you'd like to share, make sure to leave me a comment down below!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Cali Cool

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Top: Old // Shorts: Rag & Bone, similar here // Shoes: Sole Society // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Sunglasses: Ray Ban



Oh goodness has it been hot & humid in San Diego or WHAT! I mean, I know we don't have much to complain about but I just have to let it out... a little ;)  Regardless, lately my attire has been pretty simple -- denim shorts, a blouse & some flat sandals. With a simple outfit like this, I like to always accessorize it up. I always say you can never have too much!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shop my Instagrams! #LIKETKIT

Well, if you've been on Instagram lately you've probably been seing a lot of those #liketkit links & hashtags and instead of just assuming everyone knows what it is, I'm going to take minute and explain it for those of you who aren't familiar!

Liketkit transltates into LiketoKNOWit. It is a new service that works with instagram and basically is a way for you all the shop all of my Instagram posts! I get a lot of comments from people wondering where I get certain items that I post and now I will be linking everything through liketkit so you all can shop easily! Not only that, but if you see the link on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else you may follow, you can just click through and just access it via the website.

So here is how it works...







REGISTER 

Head to liketoknow.it (on your computer or phone) and sign in via Instagram to be signed up for emails.

LIKE 

Continue to like all the photos that you adore, but keep an eye out for the ones that have a liketk.it link, #liketkit and @liketkit. These things mean that when you "like" the photo, you will get all the shopable items sent straight to your email.

SHOP  

Once you like a photo, details will be sent to your email but you can get instant gratification by going to the liketk.it link you see associated with an image (ex: http://liketoknow.it/7oRe).

How awesome is that?!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just Natural + Giveaway!



I recently discovered a new brand of hair & body products called Just Natural Hair & Skin Care. I kind of fell in love with the brand after reading a little about it. It's no secret so much of our products are made from synthetic & animal by-products which can sometimes damage your body and health. What I liked about Just Natural was that they use no animal ingredients nor do they do any animal testing. 

The products are made with the best vegetable oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils.


Being and esthetician it's so important for me to care for my skin and body and it's helped me be more aware of what I'm putting on my body and hair. As we all know, eating natural and organic is much healthier for our health as is the use of good products. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and I try to do all that I can to treat it well.

I ordered many different products for my hair and body but I wanted to touch on my three favorites! The first of the three is the Just Natural Shine Polish. We all know I love to take care of my hair and I was looking for a new shine product because I had just run out. Sometimes my hair gets a bit dull and I like to liven it up and make it look healthy again and this was the perfect product to do so. It is basically like a leave in treatment that helps to repair the damage and restore moisture. I try not to do too much heat styling on my hair but from time to time I do and have found that leave in treatments are the way to go to repair any damage I've done. My hair also seems to get a bit dry in the summer due to being out at the beach, pool and with lots of sun exposure so I have been loving using this to get rid of my frizz and restore it's moisture.

The second product I loved was the Dead Sea Bath Salts. If you don't know already Dead Sea products have extremely beneficial effects on the skin and their beautifying powers have been recognized since ancient times. I was really excited when I saw these bath salts available because I have been making a conscious effort to take more baths and relax my mind & body. This was just what I needed and I get to absorb all the minerals of the Dead Sea while at it. All you do is just pour the salts under warm running water and allow the mineral salts to dissolve. My skin feels better immediately after.

The last product I loved was the Natural Body Lotion. My skin is extremely dry year round. I don't know what it is but I'm always super dry which can lead to getting itchy and sometimes irritations. I aways have to lather up with lotions but I'm pretty picky when it comes to it. I don't like using lotions that are more geared towards smelling fruity and "pretty." Most of the time those lotions are just filled with fragrances which actually end up over drying the skin even more. Lotions made with more natural ingredients is what really works for me which is why I loved this one. This body lotion is made with pure concentrated plant butters, oils and essentials that absorb quickly and last all day long - I love it! I really don't need to reapply which is amazing.

Now onto the good stuff..


I'm really excited because Just Natural is giving you all a chance to win all three of my favorite products! All you have to do is simply enter below. Winner will be announced in one week and will get this bundle of goodies!!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

High Heels Honey


1. CELINA ANKLE STRAP SANDALS

2. LUTHER SKINNY SANDALS

3. NEVILE SANDAL

4. MARISOL GLITTERING SANDAL

5. STECY SANDAL

6. LARAMIE LACE UP SANDALS

7. HOUGH ANKLE STRAP SANDALS



What's a girl to do when we want to update our shoe collection but don't want all the guilt? We find deals at less than $100, of course! Above is my roundup of a few favs!! They are linked below or you can just click on your favorite shoe in the photo above and it will take you right to the store! Hope you enjoy!

The Overall Comeback

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Overalls: Big Star similar Here // Top: Windsor // Shoes: Dr. Scholls // Bag: Sole Society // Sunglasses: Ray Ban





The denim one-piece from your childhood is back (secretly screaming inside). Honestly, I don't know anyone from back in elementary/middle school who wasn't rocking their overalls. In fact, I was not so fashion forward at the time and I have to admit, I had the tomboyish thing going on.

Guilty.


These days the classic denim overall look is basically a trendy laid back style of boy meets girl. Think oversized design, boyfriend jeans, vintage looking & lots of jewelry. This can be statement necklaces and bangles since it's the easiest way to balance out the boyish look and instantly make it fab.

The shorts denim overalls are the cute girly style that can essentially be treated like a dress. If it's loose (like mine above) think to pair it with a tight top, some bling & fun shades. I liked these blue ray-bans since it added to the outfit but still kept it in the boy meets girl theme. (I mean, have you ever met a boy or girl who doesn't look good in aviators?)

Now what about the shoes, right?! Well, there are lots of options and they are all going to look good no matter what with this trend. You can spice it up, tone it down, keep it basic or totally hipster. Heels make it look urban, sneakers make it laid back & cool, gladiator sandals add that boho theme & ankle books give it more of an edge.

So which style do you prefer?!

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