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On the Go in Banana Republic Holiday

December 6, 2017


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Banana Republic boat neck sweater
Banana Republic asymmetrical hem skirt
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I still cannot believe that Thanksgiving has already passed, and the end of the 2017 is right around the corner. This feeling of “woah” is one we all keep getting used to having and reliving over and over again around this time. It’s almost unbelievable feeling, know just how much time has already passed and all the things we were able to fit in just 12 months time. It sounds like ages, but also like the most compact amount of time there is.

One of the most important aspects of the holiday season is time. There never seems to be enough of it. We work hard to cram in as much family time, friend time, work time, task time, me time, as we can at the end of the year. It can be a bit overwhelming. Well, actually way more than just a bit. My deadlines are crazy around this time, I’ve almost forgot about the parties I have on my calendar this month. That’s when the ease of multi-tasking dressing comes into play. An outfit that works all day, and parties through the night. Banana Republic‘s clothing is made for the working woman who also likes to have a life beyond the office. And especially the holiday collection. I don’t necessarily work out of an office, but I understand that need for balance very much so. Different aspects of my life overlap in so many ways, and there are only so many hours in the day. Wearing something that you can work from the morning to night is important. Juggling gifts in between that all, well that’s another thing, but hey . . . not having to change outfits somewhere along the line saves just the right amount of that much needed extra time. Time is everything right now. Let’s hang on to as much of it as we can. Banana Republic gets that. 2018 is getting closer, but let’s make as much as we can of what we have left of 2017. Now go, go go! 

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Delicate Touch

December 5, 2017

This post is in collaboration with JTV Jewelry. I was paid for this post and received JTV jewelry pieces as compensation.

I’ve been loving the JTV site for jewelry lately, because of all the hidden gems on the site and the really great prices. I had a lot of fun picking out a few styles for not just myself, but for my mom and sister for the holidays. I was surprised to find many classic pieces with an offbeat, edgy twist. They felt special. The rings I like to stack for a fun, party look. The oversized bracelet top off a floral dress. The earrings are small and sweet, but big in style. Each piece is feminine in its own way. Together, they make an eclectic and fashionable mix. Definitely meant for the holiday parties. Check out the brand’s Holiday Gift Guide, as well. But, here are the styles I’m wearing in this post: 

Moda Al Massimo link bracelet from JTV

Moda Al Massimo gold hoop earrings from JTV

Emerald cut ring from JTV

Bella Luce® Esotica ring from JTV

Now tell me, which ones are your favorite?

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How to Style Hobo Suede Like a City Girl

October 19, 2017

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Hobo Sable fringed clutch
Hobo Eclipse bag

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Suede is an essential. It has its place high up on the list of textures we love to wear year round. So when Hobo asked Natalie and I to style some of their new suede hide collection bags for not just new season, but for every season going forward, we were super excited. It felt perfect because suede was always a part of our style growing up on the west coast. It’s bohemian and earthy; suitable for the majority of the occasions we found ourselves in. Most of the time we were outdoors. With Hobo suede, we find ourselves carrying along with us every day that west coast spirit and state of mind. It’s hard for us to leave the house without a little bit of back home with us in some way. 

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Herbal Essences #EmbraceChange

October 17, 2017

 

There are so many things about being an adult that are both scary and beautiful. Some just scary, some just beautiful, but many end up being both at the same time. I just turned 30, and believe me, it took me some time to accept the changes that come with growing up. And especially the hard ones. The ones I fought hardest to get through are the ones I find are my luckiest experiences to go through. That’s exactly what Herbal Essences‘ latest campaign is all about. Embracing change and letting life in. 

When I was younger, I was a heavy dreamer with fantastic visions of the future that changed almost every second. And while in my dreams I was invincible and confident and spoke my mind, I found that when faced with reality, I held myself back. I wasn’t exactly the person I was in my head when I was asleep at night or daydreamed. There was something there that kept me from putting myself out there because I was afraid of failure, or unwanted attention or maybe something else that I still cannot explain today. All I knew was that my confidence was lacking, but I knew deep down, that I wanted more and that I was someday going to get to where I needed to be. For me, it just took some time.

Growing up I experienced bullying from a few male classmates. My features, my height, my ethnic background, these all became things that I was ashamed of about myself. My hair, long and straight, was always my reliable shield. Something to hide behind when I didn’t want to be seen. Or at least, it made me feel like I couldn’t be seen. I wanted to keep my hair long to hide the fact that I had scoliosis, But even then, my hair wasn’t something I loved, even though it helped protect me. I wished it was blonder. Wavier. Like what I saw on TV. 

It took me a while to come to terms with my body. It took years of comparing myself too much and scrutinizing my imperfections too harshly, before I could finally step outside of the perspective I thought others around me had of me. Once I stepped out of that, I slowly became more and more free. It was like a drawn out personal training session that I had to give myself on the daily. Creating my blog, expressing my feelings, showing my face to the world and being proud of what it represented . . . all of these things helped me. And finally, the hair on my head became less of a shield each day. Instead, it was just simply something that was a part of me that I appreciated purely for the fact that it was mine. Long and somewhere in the middle behind straight and slightly wavy. Always a little messy. Split ends here and there. Beautiful to some, maybe even plain to others, but to me it was just mine and that is all I needed to appreciate it. It felt good to no longer need a shield of hair to hide behind. It was my first step towards being courageous. I’m still on that path, and getting closer and closer every single day. Now you tell me . . . how do you #EmbraceChange and #LetLifeIn? What changes have you been through that made you who you are today? And how open are you what is to come next, especially when you have no idea what that may be? Take part and spread the word; share this VIDEO

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