Look for Less: Bows on Bows in San Diego

Working 9-5 slaving in an office, I’m trapped in conservative soul-sucking business clothing all day and don’t get many opportunities to prance around in cute summer clothes. So you better believe I embraced every opportunity to bare some clavicle and wear every single off the shoulder top I own while on vacation in San Diego.

Blouse // Choker // Bag

Even better than an off the shoulder top? An off the shoulder top paired with a choker. I decided to go full-on bows on bows. This sassy little choker reminds me a lot of an Are You Am I version, so I was happy to scoop it up at a mere fraction of the price. Ain’t nobody got money for a $50 choker.


Blouse // Choker // Bag // Sandals // Shorts // Sunglasses

Every night we relished in the perfect San Diego weather and would explore the nearby marina and Seaport collection of touristy shops and overpriced, yet kitschy restaurants. I also took the opportunity to force my mom to take outfit photos! I am so awkward with these still. I love fashion and want to blog about personal style, but I’m  pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera, and my mom is a saint for putting up with my self-critical direction.  Only thing to get me through a photo shoot? Ice cream!

ice cream cones in san diego

We grabbed two crazy expensive ($17 total!) from Ben & Jerry’s, but they were worth it to satisfy my never-ending sweet tooth.  Also worth it? Taking in the sunset and golden light over the harbor. No one does sunsets quite like Southern California.

Sunset at San Diego Marina

An Ode to Rosé

Life through rosé colored glasses Looking at life through rosé-colored glasses with my friend Meghan at a local winery.

They say to blog about your passions, so that’s why I’m here today to wax poetically about one of my summer loves – rosé . In fact, the idea of sipping on this sweet summer water soon is currently the only thing staving off the Sunday scaries. Call it borderline obsession, call it basic bitch-ism at its finest, but I am all about this pink elixir – and I’m not even a huge wino! I don’t know what first bewitched me. Let’s be honest, maybe I’m just entranced by its Instagram perfect hue, but this crisp, not too sweet beverage is all I’m ordering, all summer long.

cheers to rosé

Not only am I swept into a summer affair with the beverage, but it also seems that several retailers are besotted as well. I’m happy to display my addiction, nay devotion, proudly, and I wanted to share these picks with fellow rosé romantics. Just click on the links to purchase – preferably while sipping away on a pink French varietal.

The Rosé Edit

 

 

Tote bag // Sunglasses (only $10!) // Pillow
T-shirt // Candle // Make-up brushes
Phone case // Pajamas

I’m also obsessed with this rug. Perfect for next to a well-stocked bar cart:

Stop and Smell the Rose RUg

You can buy here from the Be There in Five Etsy shop (she sells other sassy rugs too – so check her out).

There are only a few weeks of the summer, and more importantly rosé season left, so drink up (responsibly of course) while you still can. Cheers!

Look for Less: Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots

Gigi Hadid Grey Stuart Weitzman Bootsimage source

The #Nsale ends later this week, so why not grab a spot-on dupe while prices are still low? These Steve Madden Gleemers are practically twins with  the famous Stuart Weitzman Highland boots that celebs and bloggers love. With #NSale pricing they are only $100 until August 8th. I want to keep the end of summer far out of my mind, but these are the perfect cold-weather investment piece to stock up on now while prices are low and before the dreaded autumn and winter chill sets in.

Tijan Serena Black Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots

One of my favorite bloggers, Tijan Serena, can rock the hell out of the black Highlands.

Nordstrom currently have the black in stock in many sizes, and you can find the grey version at Macy’s which is price matching #NSale prices. It’s a win-win situation. I already have a pair of over the knee black boots, so I’m pretty keen on the grey beauties. Minus the side of Zayn Malik, I’ll do my best Gigi Hadid in these. They elevate any neutral look into a full-on supermodel-approved  power outfit. Any excuse to do a bad-bitch strut is fine by me.

 

In other news, I’m in a full-on taco coma from a fun lunch with friends, and already ready to watch RHONJ and plan our trip to San Diego next weekend. What did you do this weekend?

The Best Shorts For Summer Travel

Summer always seems like the perfect time for traveling, but as I start packing for my summer holidays a familiar sense of dread takes over – what the heck would I wear on my bottom half? For the longest time, I could not for the life of me find an ideal pair of summer shorts. They’re too short, too rough, too hot, too chafe-inducing, too wedgie-causing, too grungy – too anything but cool and comfortable. Also, I am not blessed with model legs and have been known to carry some junk in the trunk, so it can be difficult to find a pair that fit well and don’t automatically look like hot pants. TMI, I know, but I have been desperate to find a pair that I can happily spend all day walking in that aren’t Nike running shorts. A girl has to look somewhat chic for Instagram, amirite?

I have luckily found that holy grail pair of pantalones, however, and today I am ready to share them with you.

the best shorts for summer travel vegas

Taking them for a ride on a long day exploring Red Rocks!
Shorts // The Who Tee // Jacket // Shoes // Bag // Sunglasses

May I introduce you to the Madewell Pull-On Shorts. They have the form and structure of more formal shorts, yet they feel like pajamas. Plus, they cover all the necessities without giving that dreaded butt cleavage. Never cute.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetShirt (in different color) // Shorts // Booties // Bag

They can be dressed up or down, and I reach for them before any other pair in my overstuffed dresser. Did I mention they are so goddamn comfy? Cotton and linen blend, they are super breathable, so you can go all day climbing the steps of the Colosseum without dealing with massive leg chub rub. Not cute, but let’s be real, it happens. Thankfully, they come in plenty of colors and patterns, so I’ve picked up several pairs to mix and match.

Processed with VSCO with a1 presetShirt (old) // Shorts // Sandals // Hat (similar)

Madewell still has some colors and sizes left, and I recommend checking Nordstrom since they seem to have more sizes available. I may need to grab that scalloped pair! Since Madewell can read my mind, they’ve brought these back for several summers now, so you can continue to stock up every year and add to your collection of perfection.

Let me know if you have any go-to summer travel pieces!

 

Look for Less: Kendall & Kylie’s Dior Technologic Sunglasses

Happy Sunday, friends! How was everyone’s weekend? I’m about to nurse a casino hangover at brunch with my parents, but as Sunday tradition dictates, I first wanted to share a designer dupe with you. This one’s HEAVILY discounted, so get excited!

Forget the Dior So Real sunglasses, everyone’s favorite statement sunnies seem to be the Dior Technologics. Bloggers and celebs alike – Chiara Ferragni, Kendall and Kylie – have been spotted rocking these bad boys. I’m not a huge K&K fan, but they are definitely a barometer for what items are on-trend and soon to be coveted by the masses.

dior technologic chiara ferragni

Kendall and Kylie Jenner Dior Technologic Sunglasses Dupe

 

More sleek than the So Reals, I think these would be super flattering on most face shapes, and a good pair of statement glasses can elevate an entire outfit. Unfortunately, the Technologics retail for $560, so not exactly pocket change. Miraculously, the look for less I found at Missguided is only $19.20 (!!!!!), so you can get this trendy look without shelling out half a pay check and your firstborn.

Missguided Dior Technologic Dupe

Buy these sassy and spot-on dupe HERE.

Happy shopping and here’s to seizing the last glorious bits of our weekend!

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