Thursday, May 12, 2016

A PENNY LOAFER FOR MY THOUGHTS


When it comes to footwear this, it's all about loafers for me. Contrary to popular belief, just because a shoe has a flat sole, it does not automatically equate to comfort. I've gone through my fair share of flats that have caused me pain, from blisters at the heel to a flat footbed without enough arch support so finding the perfect pair has always been difficult and challenging... until now.

I've teamed up with my friends at Zappos.com to share one of my favorite styles by Timberland. I can often be found downtown or in the Arts District, where lots of walking occurs, so I need a shoe that matches my needs. Meet the Joslin Penny Loafer. They are a classic loafer style with a traditional penny strap, in a neutral tan color that pairs well with all my spring and summer time looks. The silhouette is casual enough to be worn with jeans and shorts, but classically modern to dress up in a skirt or sundress.  What I love most about the Joslin is its cushioned OrthroLite® footbed that provides amazing comfort. The traction rubber outsole is great for downtown's uneven pavement 

Their friendly customer service team, fast shipping (I ordered these on Monday and received them just in time for the weekend!), easy return policy, and wide assortment of styles is why I love shopping via Zappos.com so much. Be sure to check out the Timberland's collection on Zappos for more styles to get you through the season (in style, of course).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

THE AVEENO DAILY CHALLENGE


I’ve partnered with Aveeno to take part in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been using Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion – and am excited to share the results. Coming out of winter, my skin has been dry and not beach/bikini ready.

Usually, body washes strip away my body’s natural oils, but this time, that wasn’t the case. The Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash cleanses and moisturizes for visibly healthier skin. Formulated with Colloidal Oatmeal and rich emollients, it helps to replenish my skin’s moisture. With all the ingredients working hard for you, I love that it’s also lightly scented, dye free and hypoallergenic. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion instantly improved the health of my skin, even upon the first day. After just a few days, the results were amazing, and I felt like a new person. The lotion is formulated with the same nourishing oat as the body wash to help prevent and protect dry skin for a full 24 hours. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, silky smooth, without feeling greasy or sticky. Pairing Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash and Lotion, the results left me in awe!

Please join me and take part in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. I promise, it won’t disappoint.

Disclosure: I partnered with Aveeno on this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I’m participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for three weeks. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

GETTIN' GROOVY WITH OLD NAVY

Old Navy's new spring collection screams peace, love and retro vibes. I'm so glad the styles from the '70s have resurfaced again because flares, peasant tops, platforms, floral prints, etc., are all so reminiscent of my middle school and high school days, some of the best years of my life.

I haven't quite jumped on the '70s trend this time around until now. Reason being, Old Navy's spring collection highlights the trend, with touches of romance and femininity, that creates a nice modern balance. The collection features boho-chic billowy blouses, vintage washed denim styles, fun jumpsuits, and neutralizing earth tone hues that's all super easy to wear and style. They are truly the perfect pieces for a spring wardrobe revival.


The new collection kicked off last month at Good Times at Davey Wayne's. Right upon entering through the "secret" door (hint: enter through the refrigerator), the mood was set with retro decor, legit candy from the era, an outdoor patio with hammocks and an airstream serving yummy snowcones. There was a full wall of flowers which presented the perfect photo op, a flower crown making booth and retro board games throughout. This ignited my excitement to create my own '70s revival look. 


I think the trick to incorporating the '70s trend into present day is to mix-and-match. Wear the pieces inspired by this iconic era with modern-day accessories that you already own. The juxtaposition of the 2 eras makes it fun, unexpected, and refreshing. While shopping at Old Navy, I instantly fell in love with this pair of Cuffed Linen Shorts and knew I wanted to build an outfit around this piece. I love it for its gorgeous olive hue and its lightweight linen fabric, that's absolutely perfect for spring (& beyond). With festival season right around the corner, I easily gravitated towards this Swing Top for its boho-chic vibes. In true '70s fashion, I just had to wear a pair of platforms for height and to elongate the legs.

Please share if you're participating in the revived '70s trend and what you're loving the most! xx

Monday, April 4, 2016

WORK IT OUT


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by searsStyle. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make my blog possible.


Working out is a real struggle for me. I find that the gym can become mundane, repetitive and, to be honest, the smell of everyone's sweat slightly grosses me out. To keep things interesting, I like to switch up my workouts with hikes around LA for the scenic views and fresh air. One of my favorite places is a set of grueling stairs in Culver City. Not only is it easily accessible for meI find myself here quite oftenbut the end result, a 360 view of Los Angeles, is so rewarding.

I've been a fan of Sears for quite some time and have recently been introduced to their activewear brands. I have to admit, I'm a fan and for so many reasons. I love Metaphor's Athletic Tank Top because it comes in a variety of colors (options, options, options) and has a built-in shelf bra with removable padding that eliminates the need to wear a sports bra. The racerback sheer mesh yoke and stretch knit material is extremely comfortable and doesn't leave me feeling restricted.

I always gravitate towards leggings when it comes to activewear bottoms. Everlast's Performance Capri Yoga Pants are made of a smooth stretch knit material that has compression. It feels supportive and holds me together, like a hug. The capri length is perfect for me because I hate it when a pair of workout pants bunches at the bottom. The fun print is modern and fresh, and makes getting dressed for the task at hand a little more exciting.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: OAHU, HAWAII

My love for Hawaii runs deep. It's difficult for me to put into words why I love it so much. I admire the culture, the stunning scenery, delicious food, slow pace of life and all of the memories that I've made on the various islands. Simply put, I'm just filled with pure happiness whenever I'm there. This past March, I visited the island of Oahu for the umpth time (I've officially lost count) and during the entire trip, I was brainstorming ways to stay forever.


Be sure to book a stay at the Modern Honolulu in Waikiki. Truly unlike any other hotel on the island, the Modern Honolulu is hip, cool, and well... modern and every corner is insta-worthy. The hotel features 2 pools (the adult pool on the second level has its own bar and hosts yoga in the mornings), spa, fitness center, restaurants, lounge and club. The bookcase in the lobby opens up into a lounge area at night and voila, enter the Study for drinks before bed.  The showers are just heavenly, especially having a long day of being out and about, in the sun. Choosing the right hotel definitely sets the tone for the entire trip and with their Friends with Benefit program, you are able to book direct to receive the best rate available and enjoy a daily hotel credit of up $150 to use anywhere on-property.


Drive up to the North Shore and stop by one of the many foot trucks (I highly recommend Giovanni's Shrimp Truck for garlic shrimp and fresh poke at Palo Santo Sushi), pick up fresh fruit at Kahuku Land Farms, lay out at Hukilau Beach, keep your eyes peeled for a wooden swing & abandoned boat beachside in Hauula, and watch the sunset at Sunset Beach. Be sure to set aside an entire day (or more) so you can lay out at Lanikai Beach and be mesmerized by the clearest, most blue/green water you'll ever see. Head to Boots & Kimo for banana macadamia nut pancakes and refresh at Lanikai Juice with acai bowls and smoothies. Put on your sneakers for a visit to Lanai Lookout and check out Mother Nature at her rawest. Indulge yourself with caffeine and breakfast at Island Vintage Coffee and pick up spam musubis at Iyasume Musubi to snack on. End the trip with a bang (literally) and enjoy fireworks blasting into the sky on Waikiki Beach.

Now that I'm back home and post-vacation depression has kicked in, I'm anxiously waiting to book my next trip back. Anyone in?