Thursday, October 23, 2014

Private Island of Cayo Levantado

Dress: Forever 21 // Bag: Tory Burch, love this one // Sunglasses: Forever 21

One of my favorite places to visit while in the Dominican Republic was the private island of Cayo Levantado on the Samana Peninsula. We took a quick 10-15 minute boat ride to the island and let me tell you.. it was absolutely breathtaking. We drank Pina Colada's on the beach and had lunch while laying out and enjoying the view. Truly Paradise!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Behind the Blog: Style Q&A

After popular demand, I've decided to add a Behind the Blog series to my site to answer any blog or style questions you guys have! As long as you all keep asking me questions (in the comment section below) then I will continue doing these posts so make sure to stay involved and ask! I promise I read every single one of your comments! Today I am excited because I have partnered with Target to bring you all a special Readers Q&A. If you remember a week ago I took to Instagram to ask you one thing you loved about style and one thing you hated. Surprisingly, there were a lot of similar things you all "hated" about style so today I'm going to open up and share my honest opinion about each of them and also share how I have overcome struggles of my own as well!

There are always new trends and it can be difficult to keep up sometimes. Some people are extremely into trends and some are just not and let me tell you -- that's OK! It's important to be who YOU are and the great thing about fashion is you can wear and be whoever the heck YOU want! Don't worry so much about the trends -- to be honest, I don't. I wear what makes me feel comfortable and most importantly what makes me feel confident. Of course, there are those times I definitely do go for some trendier pieces but its not what I strive for always. My style has definitely evolved throughout the years and I've found what works and what doesn't. If there is that hot trend at the moment but it just looks plain ugly on me, I won't wear it. Period. It's important to be who you are and at the end of the day people will notice that and be envious of your confidence.

Knowing which items to match with what can sometimes be challenging. So here is a little advice:
1. Any three colors adjacent to each other go well together. For example: Olive, navy & denim.
2. Balance a loud piece with neutrals like black, brown, white or grey.
3. Light belts with light shoes. Dark belts with dark shoes.
4. Red, blue & yellow are primary colors. Pick one and it can work great for a monochrome look. This seems basic but when done correctly it appears modern and chic as well as lengthens and streamlines the body.
Top // Pants // Bag // Shoes

I have to admit -- I'm guilty of this one too but let's be real, what woman doesn't think this?! Ladies, as hard as it is to see I promise you -- you have plenty to wear! Sometimes it's just a matter of seeing certain pieces in a different light. For example, a dress can be worn as is or you can throw on a top or sweater over it to instantly turn it into a different outfit. A blazer can be dressed up but it can also be thrown over a white tee & boyfriend jeans for an effortless look. What I'm saying is try to find key pieces like a blazer, white button down, LBD and think outside the box when it comes to styling them. It's just a matter of getting a bit creative and switching things up to create new and exciting looks from what you already have. See this post on how I took 1 classic item & styled it 3 different ways for a little inspiration.

No matter what your body type we all have to dress accordingly. I also have certain styles that fit me better than others and I always make sure to play those up. The hardest part for me was coming to terms with the fact that I can't wear all those styles that the tall, stick thin girls could wear. But then again, those girls have certain styles they can't wear either, so in that case -- I learned to embrace it.
Curvy: All eyes on the waist. Wear items that nip in at the waist, hug the hips and fall loosely over the thighs. Your waist should always be well defined, so wear a belt or choose pieces with details like beading or ruching at the waist.
Fuller Figured: Try draping. Pliable fabrics like jersey can be your best friend. You can wrap, twist and gather a soft, stretchy fabric around your body so it highlights some parts and hides others. Also try to stick to solid colors as they are more slimming than prints. Play it up by just adding jewelry!
Boyish: Add feminine flourishes. Pieces with pleats, poufs and peplums add ladylike definition. Also, don't shy away from intricate patterns as they can add to your silhouette.
Petites. Solids for day. Try to stick to solids for the day since you don't want to get lost in the clothes. You can mix different solids just stay away from anything that would detract from your figure 
The key to all of this? Embrace your body - it's beautiful! Once you begin to love it you will feel confident in anything you're wearing. 
Top // Belt // Skirt // Shoes

Listen, as much as I believe in expressing yourself and feeling good I feel there is a fine line between what we should and should not wear as we get older. And I'm not even talking older as in 40's and up, I'm saying I'm 27 and there are definitely things I shouldn't be wearing that I used to at 17-- just sayin. Here are a few things we sadly must kiss goodbye when 40+ ....
go-go boots, newsboy hats, t-shirts with funny sayings, anything tie-dyed, micro-mini dresses & skirts (I can't even wear these anymore without feeling uncomfortable!), flip flops to a special event, boy shorts (ok really, this is like underwear!), multiple ear piercings, overalls and toe rings
Keeping that in mind, there are things we need to be careful that we also don't wear to appear too old. Those are.....matchy matchy outfits (although I still love them), holiday sweaters, baggy sweats, shoulder pads, acid wash jeans, oversized blazers.
Sorry ladies... If it makes you feel better -- I already feel like I've crossed many of these off my list and I'm not even 30!!

Hope you guys enjoyed today's post! Now it's up to you to leave me any questions you guys want me to answer in a future Q&A in the comment section below! It can be about style, blogging, life or anything!

BTW- I have been partnering up with Cosmic Cart which lets you buy items from multiple retailers without having to leave my site. When you see the Cosmic Cart icon in the photos, click it to shop the look!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mornings with me

starbucks keurig k-cup packs caramelWhile I usually focus on beauty and fashion related posts, sometimes I like to get a bit personal and bring you into my home and what my life is really like behind all the fancy clothes and pretty makeup. As you all know, I absolutely love interior design and home decor, which in turn makes me just truly love being in my own home. While days are typically spent at work or blogging, my mornings are spent lounging in my pj's sipping on coffee & enjoying my breakfast while catching up on all the world news. It's my favorite part of the day! 

If you guys have followed me on Instagram then you know I recently upgraded my Keurig. I have had a Keurig for YEARS now and use it religiously. I love the convenience of it and that I can have tons of different flavors at the push of a button. Needless to say, my morning usually starts off with a cup of joe. I'm not a HUGE breakfast person but I always and I mean always have to have something to eat with my coffee. There is really nothing better than the right food pairing with coffee. Being French, I've grown up with pastries, baguettes, croissants and all that yummy food that I wish I could have every single day. On a typical morning I'll have two slices of whole wheat toast with butter & jelly paired with that perfect cup of coffee. For coffee I've been loving the Starbucks® flavored K-Cup® Packs. They have them in Cinnamon Dolce, Mocha, Vanilla and my personal favorite -- Caramel. They are perfect for those chilly fall mornings when nothing sounds better than a warm and comforting drink. 

Happy Fall!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Double Slit + Exciting Announcement

Top: ASOS // Skirt: Eyes of Simone // Shoes: Marc Fisher // Bag: Henri Bendel // Necklace: Elizabeth Stone // Sunglasses: ZeroUV

Do you ever feel like the weekends are just not long enough? I spent yesterday being SO lazy and watching football all day (sad Chargers loss ::sigh::). I may be feeling slightly guilty about it today but I seriously needed it. Today's look is featuring this Eyes of Simone double slit skirt that I'm obsessed with. Everywhere I have gone since wearing this skirt I have gotten compliments on it. My theory of what to wear with it was to just keep everything else simple since I think it made the skirt stand out for itself.

On another note-- I do have some exciting news to share with you guys though! Fox 5 News is coming to my home today to interview me and I couldn't be more excited/nervous/stunned. Never in a million years would I have thought that only 1.5 years after starting my blog would I be being interviewed for a segment on the news. I am truly blessed and owe it all to YOU who have made it what it is. I work so hard each & every day to deliver content to all my loyal readers because it truly makes me SO happy. I can't thank you guys ENOUGH for your continued support and I will let you all know when it is going to air on TV! 


Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn Inspired

Jacket // Pants // Top // Beanie // Boots

Happy Friday everyone! Sadly it's not as much of a Happy Friday for me since I have come down with a cold! ::Sigh:: I was pretty sick yesterday but while I rested I wanted to work on a little outfit inspiration post for you guys! Honestly with the sniffle situation I have going on, this comfy Fall look is all I want to wear right now! 

San Diego is finally starting to cool down a bit and it is getting me so excited to start wearing some cozy and warm outfits -- quilted jackets & stylish rain boots being at the top of my list. Every Fall I always check out a few of my favorite stores to stock up on the essentials and Joules is always at the top of my list. They have such an amazing selection of jackets, vests and rain boots among so many other things as well to get you all geared up for Fall and ready for the colder weather. I currently have a quilted vest of theirs and of course you've seen my yellow rain boots on the blog but I have my eyes set on this Jacket at the moment.

How do you guys gear up for Fall/Winter!? Enjoy the weekend!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oxfords + GIVEAWAY

Top: Pleione // Pants: Old Navy // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Shoes: Ahnu Footwear // Hat: Sole Society // Bag: Sole Society

Yes it's Fall but San Diego is no cooler -- sigh. Sadly I'm ready for a little fall-ish weather but I know I can't really complain too much. Today's look is about as close to Fall as I can get these days but I'm still loving it.

Denim a comfy tank, flats & a fedora really completes me =)

I recently got these Oxfords from Ahnu Footwear and I couldn't be more obsessed. I've been wearing them with everything from pants to shorts and even skirts. Oxfords are totally in right now so I was pretty stoked on this pair, plus they are SO comfortable and stylish. I typically wear them when I'm headed out and going to be running errands or doing a lot of walking. They also come in a brown pair which I'm definitely eyeing right now too.

The best part?! Ahnu is giving away the same pair of Oxford shoes to one lucky Love, Olia reader! They are valued at $135 so you guys definitely don't want to miss out on this one.
All you guys have to do is enter below!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Easy Whites in the DR

Dress: Lulu's // Bag: Tory Burch, love this one // Shoes: Onex // Bracelet: Nissa

This has got to be one of my favorite outfits from the trip. I don't know what it is about tropical getaways but I always feel like you can never go wrong with easy whites. I brought tons of white dresses, skirts and tops and wore them almost everyday! All the locals always wear these kind of loose dresses and I loved the detailing of this one plus it was super light and helped keep me cool(er) in the heat!