Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m looking forward to long days, camping trips with friends, impromptu road trips to the beach, and eating veggies fresh from the grill. Summertime… and the livin’ is easy.
In the past few years, I’ve developed into quite the hat aficionado. I love throwing on a jaunty chapeau and a cool pair of sunnies for a look that’s as practical as it is stylish. This pair of Illesteva sunglasses and Janessa Leoné hat make the perfect duo for a balmy summer day.
To finish the look, a casual, striped Nili Lotan tank and my favorite high-waisted jeans from ASOS, complete with ripped knees and an extremely high rise that nips in at the waist just so. After slipping into these jeans, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to anything else.
Sawyer had a 62-mile bike race down in Santa Cruz this weekend, so we headed down midday on Saturday to spend some time exploring and enjoying the coast. We went down to the boardwalk and played mini golf (I won, but we both were fairly terrible lol), and then met up with my brother, Kyle, for dinner later in the evening. We went to a casual Italian restaurant which happened to have a live show during dinnertime – the waitstaff sang and danced and did tricks with spinning pizza dough! It was an unexpected surprise and made the meal even more enjoyable.
On Sunday morning, I filmed this little ‘get ready with me’ video at our Air BnB, which was a gorgeous multi-bedroom home in the heart of Santa Cruz. Kyle and I had lunch together and spent a bit of time on the beach in the afternoon while Sawyer was on his bike ride.
I love this look for a casual + carefree summer weekend spent on the coast! Throw on a pretty sundress, a pair of cute sandals, and minimal makeup – and don’t forget your swimsuit!
I love trying out new beauty products – it’s probably one of my favorite things to do! But for me, there’s nothing more disappointing than finally getting my hands on a cult classic, only to find out that it doesn’t live up to the hype. You know you can come to me for honest and unbiased product reviews, so here are the 6 products that I think are totally overrated.
I’ve been wanting to share an apartment tour video with you guys for a WHILE and I’m happy to announce that it’s finally here! As you probably already know, we’ve been living in our (new) apartment out in the East Bay for about a year. I firmly believe that it takes at least a year to feel settled and comfortable in a new space. We’ve been mostly situated for a while now, but one of my goals for 2016 was to put the finishing touches on our apartment. I’ve been doing a bit of sprucing up and rearranging for the past month or two and decided it was FINALLY time to take you along with me! We really love our space and feel comfortable and settled. I tried to include links to the products I featured in the description box of the video, but please leave me a comment if you have a question about anything I forgot to include!
P.S. One of my other 2016 goals is to build up my YouTube channel. It would mean to world to me if you show me some love and click ‘Subscribe’!
P.P.S. ‘Subscribe’ is a misleading term because it implies you have to pay for something, but you do not! If you subscribe to my channel, you’ll just see a notification pop up when I’ve posted a new video – that’s it!
Happy Monday! I’m just popping in to say hello and share this fun little beachy waves tutorial with you gals! My favorite tool that I use to create beachy waves is… can you guess? A flatiron! This may sound unusual to some of you, but I assure you that a flatiron is the best way to achieve those enviable S-shaped waves that never seem to come out right with a curling iron. The GHD 1-inch Styler has a beveled edge, which means flawless beachy waves are finally attainable! Combine that with my favorite hairspray + sea salt spray combo and you’ve got a recipe that can’t fail!
Try perfecting the wrist movement before you turn on your flatiron, as it can be a little tricky at first and we don’t want any scorched tresses on our hands!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever owned or currently own a certain shelving unit from a certain Scandanavian homeware retailer. Yeah, you know, the square little cubbies that always seem like a good idea when you’re browsing the aisles. So versatile! Great as a bookshelf/bar cart/room divider! Now, keep that hand raised if that shelving unit is currently serving as a junk table/dust collector/eye sore in your apartment. There’s just something about the piece that makes it look unfinished, and no matter how hard you try, the darn thing just looks like it should belong in a dorm room.