Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Blonde Salad And Boys and Bombshells Go To Hollywood!

Today I met Chiara Ferrangi of the popular blog, The Blonde Salad, at her Nordstrom's launch at The Grove. She has inspired me to be a style blogger and helped me see the impact that bloggers can have on fashion as a whole. As a style blogger my best advice to you is to put yourself out there and go to as many opportunities as possible! If you really love the fashion industry and the amazing creative and passionate people in the business, you will jump towards these opportunities. I saw on Chiara's instagram that she was launching her shoe line at Nordstroms and I hopped in my car and drove over. 

I wanted to capture her style and was itching to wear jeans shorts with booties. Dress like you are going to blog about it. ;)  

Floppy brown Hat | Black Crop Top tank | Denim high waisted shorts | Fringed Booties | Rebecca Minkoff Leather bag (perfect bag for fall!) 

I had a blast meeting Chiara today and left feeling inspired and refreshed! Shop the look and her collection below: 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Into The Woods

Hello loves! I have been getting adjusted to living in LA by bringing out my inner boho side. A denim skirt is something you can take into the fall with boots and tights. I found this denim skirt at Urban Outfitters surplus in Chicago for only $5! The surplus store is a must-see if you are ever in Chicago... you can get $3 shirts, $5 dresses, $10's insane! Side note: I did some research  and found a surplus store in Sherman Oaks as well! I love a good deal so I can't wait to check this place out. I paired the urban renewal skirt with a modern soft shell crop top from Zara, which has been an absolute staple for my wardrobe. It has been one of my most worn pieces and the top has been washed a million times and is still in mint condition. The gladiator shoes are from Free People and have a special way of bringing out my inner Cleopatra/ goddess. They come in three different tones but I really love the nude, especially when you have a golden glow-y tan! I bought the wicker clutch on sale at Anthropologie because it is just so stinkin' adorable! I always forget to add accessories and jewelry so next time I wear this outfit I will pair it with a cute boho cuff. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The One Night Cream You Need For Plump Skin

Skirt from Akira | Korres Black Pine Firming Night Cream $68 

Night creams are a way for us to primp even while we are sleeping. When you are taking off your makeup and washing your face, it's important to add the moisture you just stripped away back into your skin. I don't normally go out of my way to buy a night cream, but thank God for Sephora VIB program which has opened my eyes to products I normally wouldn't have even thought of. I received a sample of Korres Black Pine Firming Night Cream and thought "what the heck, I'll try it." It smells amazing and my skin drank it up when I put it on. The best part was waking up the next morning to an unbelievable glow. I actually didn't know what made my skin look so fresh, plump, with no discoloration or blemishes until I put two and two together. I thought maybe it's hormones, or I have been getting better sleep and that made my skin look so fresh. NOPE. It's this magic cream. So after running through my sample size and having a major 'a-ha' moment, I went to Sephora and bought a full sized jar. If you are in need of a night cream, or simply want to wake up with plump and dewey skin I strongly suggest giving this Korres night cream a go. The reviews are amazing so I know I'm not crazy for falling in love with it right away! Con: It's a little on the pricey side but I have tried drug store night creams and they just don't deliver. 

Make sure to try this night cream out and I'd love to hear your night cream favorites! PS. I move to LA tomorrow! Sorry I have been so busy with moving and getting ready for California! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Super Easy DIY Gold Gator

I'm moving to Los Angeles next week and have been excited out of my mind about calling it my home. Moving into a new apartment has sparked my DIY side of my brain, or maybe just the pace of summer makes us more crafty. I found an alligator dude at a Salvation Army a year ago and used him as a decoration on my coffee table. It definitely catches people's eye but I knew it could even be more spectacular with a little gold spray paint. This DIY is cheap and easy but totally chic. Put it on your coffee table to scare off creepy guys or on your vanity to remind you to be fabulous everyday. 

You'll need: 
  • Predator/animal. Try a thrift store or Salvation Army if you don't have anything lying around the house. You can also spray pain a rubber animal (like dinosaur), so try Toys R Us as well. Try this guy ($6- shoutout Amazon!)
  • Gold Spray Paint. I bought mine at Home Depot for about $7 and is called "Champagne Mist". 
  • Trash bag or tarp to keep from getting the paint everywhere! 

So this is the "before" shot of the alligator. He's cute but we can make him fancier. Make sure your animal is situated on the tarp or trash bag. That sounded weird. 

Now you're ready to paint, that was fast! So shake up your spray paint for one minute- you should hear a ball inside the can rolling around. (This is a good sign.) Hold the can 8-12 inches away from your animal of choice and spray paint a light coat, while moving the can back and forth. You don't want to hover in one section or the paint will build up and drip or clump. Do one light coat and wait 30 minutes for the next coat. I also started by flipping the alligator upside down and practicing on the underside of it. Do one side at a time and let dry before flipping it over. 

And here we have our sun kissed alligator. This is after one coat of gold spray paint and he's looking pretty sharp. I let him dry for 30 minutes before doing his front side. Basically whenever you spray paint a section let it dry before moving the animal around to spray paint another section. I gave my alligator 2 coats of spray paint. 
Finished! It was super easy and I can't wait to display him/her (haven't decided-what do you think it is?) in my apartment! 

Let me know if you try this easy and quick DIY out and how you styled it/what animal you picked! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Three Youtube Ab Workouts to Try Today

I get asked just about every day what my workouts are. I am a certified pilates instructor and ab obsessed gym bunny. I go to Equinox gym when I am at my apartment, but for the past week and a half I have been visiting my family in Michigan. Whether you want to save money from a gym membership or simply workout on your own in between commercial breaks or when you wake up, Youtube is one of your best friends. Here are my recommendations and personal favorites for today...

This workout from Fitsugar caught my eye because of one word: barre. I am a barre FREAK. I think it's the greatest work out ever, in particular I love Xtend Barre which really lengthens and tones without bulking me up. For modeling I have to be as long and lean as possible and squats and lower body workouts tend to bulk me up. Barre is beautiful and doesn't compress my actually works deep muscle fibers that are harder to reach. Smaller movements= better and more toned results. 

Cassie Ho is one of my favorite Youtube fitness bombshells. She is what made me see the potential and future of offering workouts to everybody without going to a gym. This extreme ab workout is one I do once or twice a week and incorporate the routine in my regular gym workout.  

Tone It Up delivers in this sleek and sexy ab workout. Grab your mat and skip the sneakers. This is a great workout to do in your hotel room or in small spaced areas. No excuses!

Those are my three ab workouts for you to complete today. I pinky swear I will film some workout videos of my own soon once I am relocated in LA. Comment below if you finish all three workouts and tell me what you think! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Long Sleeve Pinstripe Romper- The Internship Files

Jumpsuit from Akira. Same one right here. Also super cheap OASAP version and Choies version
Pointy Flats from Anthropologie (fall 2014-similar here
Fringed Wicker Clutch from Anthropologie..currently on sale! Just bought this! 
Turquoise necklace & bracelets (borrowed from mom- similar
Glasses from Free People.

I am starting an internship in Fashion PR (perfect for a style blogger/actor!) and I am moving to Los Angels. This means two things: I need cute work clothing and the weather is warm so bye bye ugly cardigans from Chicago! I will be sharing my internship outfits with you to hopefully inspire your work closet to be more spectacular than it already is! These will be known as "The Internship Files" so keep this in mind if you ever want to search my blog for internship and work approved outfits.

Open up any fashion bloggers closet and you are bound to see rompers on rompers on rompers. Playsuits are comfy, easy, and always a fun print or striking color. I love the romper selection at Revolve, I mean..can I have it all?! I normally can't turn down a floral romper/jumpsuit/dress for the life of me, so I decided to try a different pattern. Pinstripe is professional, chic, and working girl approved. This romper especially is great for the office or dressier events because it is long sleeved. To keep the outfit a little dressier, add a pair of lace-up pointy flats. If you want to know where all those bloggers are getting their adorable lace up flats, look no further than Topshop

If you follow me on Instagram you'd see the latest addition to my purse collection: a fringed wicker clutch from Anthropologie! The best part is that it's on sale and an extra 20% off the sale price. It will never go out of style (because Anthropologie is like a genre of clothing for me) and is perfect for dinner dates. I borrowed my mom's jewelry because I am slacking on accessories. Do you guys have any good suggestions for good accessory stores? I just bopped over to Nordstroms for the big sale everyone's buzzing about and bought some amazing things to share with you! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Spend Your Weekend With Anthroplogie's Summer Sale

Anthropologie fringed wicker clutch $74.95 (take another 20% off) Anthropologie Bariza Pouch $34.95

Anthropologie Peony Garden Dress $59

Anthropologie Candymint Halter Dress $149 (view it on "What I wore to graduation" post!) 

Anthropologie is having their summer tag sale which promises to leave you breathless, as always. It's my favorite store and I love how everything feels unique and personal. I hand picked my favorite pieces from the sale. I'm super excited to be moving to LA in two weeks...I'm thinking I can wear some of these sandals and wedges year round! Yay for no more winter.