New Flannel!

My oh my it is so easy to fall off the wagon. I got behind in blog planning and then wasn’t feeling well and then next thing I knew I was behind! I refuse to fall back into bad habits of being inconsistent. Ever since I got my calendar dedicated for blog content planning my world has changed! I try to plan for two weeks at a time. I think I will do a separate post on planning later. Anyways, I am back!

Now that is it FINALLY starting to feel like fall, despite it getting warmer again this week, I am finally breaking out the flannels! Even though I do not need anymore, every year I manage to buy at least one new flannel, I can’t help it! When I cleaned out my closet this past spring I ended up getting rid of like 5 flannels and still had 3 left over. Serious issues.

I usually get my flannels from Target, but so far this year I bought a new one from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale from BP. It is so soft! I love that it is thin, it makes it much easier to wear and layer in SoCal. I went for this one because I really wanted a black and white pattern. I always end up with colors which is fine, but I think this combo is much more versatile, plus I love being able to pair with olive and mustard sweaters or pants, or really any color sweater like the pink I added below.

Flannels are great in the fall and winter because they are so easy to look put together. You can wear it by itself, with a sweater/blazer/cardigan/leather jacket over it, or even as an add on and tie it around your waist. What is your favorite way to style a flannel?

Show the look here! Flannel | Similar Flannel | Cardigan | Jeans | Heels | Belt

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Speechless Photoshoot!

This past Saturday I got the opportunity to be a part of a photoshoot for Speechless dresses thanks to the SoCal Blogger Babes (SCBB – I just recently joined their amazing blogger community and I am so thankful to be able to do fun things like this all the while building relationships with inspiring like-minded women). The shoot was in DTLA and was Sex and the City themed so you can bet I wanted to be part of it as soon as I read that. Only 8 girls got to go and we had to stay in a hotel courtesy of Speechless on Friday night because they wanted to start the shoot at 7am. I looked up the hotel and got super excited, it was the Freehand in LA, the hotel with the Broken Shaker rooftop bar on top. The photos looked so cool! I was curious when the email said there were four girls to a room and that each of us would have our own beds… what kind of rooms were these? On the photos I looked up I saw they have shared rooms with bunk beds, it felt like we were going to camp!

I was pretty proud of myself for even going to the shoot. I have said in one of my previous posts that I do not like doing things alone. I wasn’t technically alone in this adventure but I had never previously met the girls I would be stating with. I also hate driving to LA let alone driving down there alone, but I successfully made it down there without getting lost or making any wrong turns. The only thing I did was pass the hotel and had to circle all the way back around because it was a one way street. Go me!

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We all got up at 5am to get ready for the photoshoot which wasn’t all that easy with 8 girls in one room, but somehow we were successful. I was getting nervous for the shoot. Sure I take blog photos a lot but they are super quick and I never know how to pose and I had NO IDEA what to do! I didn’t want to look lame in front of the other girls who clearly seemed to know what they were doing. It helped that the photographer was super nice and instead of having an order or who would go, she kind of just pulled people who’s dresses looked good in the area we were at. This helped me because I wasn’t freaking out counting down the girls until I was up. Instead she shot one girl and then looked at me and said what I was standing next to was good and that I was next. I actually think I semi pulled off like I knew what I was doing and it was a lot of fun. We were all walking the streets of DTLA in fancy dresses, a herd of formal wear.

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We walked pretty far and then headed back to the hotel to change into our second dresses. The second half of the shoot was going to be on the rooftop. This one was a little harder for me because I didn’t know what to do with my hands (per usual). My first dress was long in the back so I got to have fun with it and wave it around and hold it. My second dress was really short so that was not an option. I hope they came out okay!

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Actually I’m really nervous to see if all of my photos came out okay. I guess we will see when we get them. Until then I have the one below we took on my phone. I am super excited to show you the green dress though, stay tuned! I am wondering if I can wear it to my work party.

Hope everyone had a fun weekend! Dress is linked here!

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PSLs and SN!

I have two things of good news!

1 – I got my first PSL of the season. I personally refuse to get one until October starts. I also got it iced because Southern California. I do not even have to explain that. I have a confession though, I do like PSLs like any other basic BUT I am not in love with them. They are good but I usually cannot finish them. White chocolate mochas are more my jam AND YOU CAN BET I am all about peppermint white mochas during the holidays.

2 – MY SOMETHING NAVY STUFF CAME IN! For all of you who have been living under a rock, Arielle Charnas and her blog Something Navy launched her own clothing line at Nordstrom full of elevated basic goodness and practically broke the internet within minutes of her launch. I got everything I wanted except for one, the yellow sweater that was all over her insta. I got the pink though so it is okay.

The top I have on below I was ready to buy ever since I saw her style it on insta. Such a perfect fall piece and can be worn at work or casually. I will do a whole haul on my stories most likely tomorrow to show my other pieces. She already started doing sneak peeks of her November collection and I am already obsessed. How many sweaters can one girl really have? Because I am about to stock up and it is not even cold enough to wear them. My jeans below are also Something Navy and they are so cute. They are mid-rise and have a slit hem at the bottom. Sometimes simple details are the best ones. I will link both items below but it may not be there when you click it, just being honest! This stuff sold fast! There are however quite a few sizes left in the jeans. (Sizing note: this top is a small and I probably could have gone XS if I wanted. The jeans are a 4. I am generally a 2-4 but the 2’s were pretty tight. The blue jeans I will show you later though are bigger and I got a 2).

Shop the look: Top (other color here) | Jeans | Heels | Purse (similar)

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Blogger Cardi

I wasn’t sure what to call this post but when I sent my little sister the photos and asked which one she liked best, she responded, “THAT SWEATER. You are such a blogger!” Thanks for noticing Tab ;), thus we now have the blogger cardi, you know to go along with the dress I call the blogger dress (that has even caught on to all of my friends and sisters). But really, how cute is this long cardigan?! It is BP from Nordstrom and I am obsessed, it’s totally something I wouldn’t usually wear. It is a perfect addition to a fall wardrobe in Southern California because it isn’t thick. It still gives you the ability to layer without being too warm yet is still cozy.

So far I have only worn it over this gray dress, which is also so comfortable from Old Navy. It is the perfect dress that you can either dress up or down. What I really want to wear it with though is a black suede skirt but I haven’t found one I like yet. Or even with my black jeans, but I will probably wait until it gets a little cooler for that.

Shop the look: Cardigan | Dress | Heels

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Where to Fish?

The topic of “fishing” has been coming up oh so often in my life now. For those of you who have not been following along, fishing is my code for finding an eligible bachelor. My bffff and I started calling it that at the Angel game we went to a couple weeks ago (catch up here). Since then it has been a topic of discussion. On my Instagram story I posted a question, “Where do you find people or where did you find your person?”. That has been my biggest wonder. Obviously I know you need to go out (which I am just so bleh about) but where are good places to go out to? Among the answers I got, the most common answer was online. Come to think of it, everyone I have spoken to about being single, their first question has been “are you on the dating apps?”.

Is this the new societal norm that when one becomes single you instantly make an online profile? Do people from our generation not go out to find someone the good old fashion way? I can’t help but wonder, did I miss out on that way of life?

I was in three long term relationships with no casual dating in between. I have actually never been on a real date. When I say real, I mean a date with someone I didn’t know previously. I have never just met someone and exchanged numbers because we were both interested and then gone on a date. Is this not how it happens anymore?

This is in no offense to anyone who has tried online dating or even who has succeeded at it, but to me personally, I always thought online dating was for when you have given up on trying to find someone on your own by going out into the world. I feel like I shouldn’t even try online dating until I have at least given myself a chance of finding someone on my own, yet everyone else seems it is acceptable to just go straight for dating apps. Are we that unable of finding a match for ourselves?

Again, this is in no offense to anyone on the apps, this is my personal opinion. There is nothing wrong with finding a date online, just in my personal opinion, I would like to try it on my own first. Mind you, I never go out so this process is going swimmingly. But I am finally in the mindset where I want to go out, so if you have any REAL suggestions of good places to go, let me know.

This doesn’t mean I might not be on the apps in the future, I just want to bet on myself and give myself a try. I know I am not a great talker. I feel so awkward and talk fast when I am nervous. I need to challenge myself and meet someone in person.  Starting off meeting someone via an online chat is not going to help the situation. In church they said there are the most connections today than ever before, but there is the least amount of connectedness than ever before. We connect online but do not know how to actually be connected. I think we need to change this!

I hope my next fishing post will be about me getting out there. My bffff said she will be my wing woman so we just need to make some plans, are you ready bfff?!

I think in realty I am just really excited to pick out an outfit for a date LOL! I bought a super cute top from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale that I thought would be cute for a date that I don’t have yet. I wore this other outfit below last night and I woke up to a text from my bffff saying it was cute and asked if I went fishing. At first I thought she literally meant fishing with a pole and all HAHA! But come to think of it, this would make a cute casual date outfit. Items linked below!

Top (this top is almost sold out so here are a couple similar options: one and two | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace

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Favorite Fall Color

What is your favorite fall color? As much as I love olive and the different shades of burgundy and magenta, my all time favorite is mustard yellow. It is just the perfect color pop for the season and can go with much more than some may think. Even if it doesn’t match completely there are still ways to tie it in, one of my faves is with navy.

I went through a period of thinking I couldn’t wear mustard anymore with red hair. I felt like I would be a walking ketchup and mustard combo. But finally I realized I totally could wear it, now I have moved on to feeling like I can’t wear bright pink.

I know I said one of my favorites is mustard with navy, but my all time favorite is mustard over black and white print. Whether it be black and white stripes, polka-dots or plaid (and yes I have all three), a mustard sweater or cardigan just looks so fall over it. Plus top the look off with camel tan boots, flats, or heels. Like I did here:

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These loafer mules by Madewell are such a great fall piece for work and for casual wear. The pinkish tan suede make them a very versatile staple. They go with almost everything yet the pink tones make them stand out. PS – they are on sale for 60% off! I will link them below. I am hopping it will be cool enough to take out the boots soon!

I got this mustard cardigan during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (and it is on sale again for 40% off! Linked below). I love the balloon sleeve detail and that the sleeves are actually long enough. I am long but usually wear a small so most times long sleeves are too short on me. This one is sooo soft too! So is this v-neck that I also got from the Nordstrom sale. Actually, this entire outfit is from the Nordstrom sale! It has just been too hot to wear all together.

All items are linked here: Sweater | V-Neck | Jeans | Mules

Fall & the End of Summer

I am always so excited for fall for mostly obvious reasons like cooler weather (even though it takes forever to cool off in Southern California) and of course the fashion. Fall style is my absolute favorite because we can finally layer. Although, this year I was particularly excited for summer fashion. I think ever since Mexico last year I have just wanted to dress up in resort wear (even though I am not going anywhere…). I think my favorite thing about fall though is the feeling. The holidays are coming, all the fall decorations come out, 13 Nights of Halloween on TV (but this year on FreeForm they are doing 31 Nights of Halloween starting with Hocus Pocus on October 1st and I am SO EXCITED. Full 31 nights movie line up linked here!) I think the feelings may even be traced back as far as school days. School always starts in the fall and there was always a feeling of going back, especially in high school and college. You’re back to seeing all of your friends, football games every week, and mutual complaining about class. It is so exciting to be done with school but it is also a very nostalgic feeling, at least for me. I sometimes feel a longing to be back at school as if I missed out on so much and didn’t live it out to its full potential.

That is kind of how I feel at the end of every summer. I am so excited for fall yet I have this sort of sadness about summer being over. It goes by so quick and I feel like I didn’t get to do all of the things that I wanted to do. Every year I start off thinking it is going to be so epic and it plays out like a movie in my head at the start and it never quite looks like that at the end. How come as we get older the days go by so much faster? I know it gets hot super early but if you think of summer in calendar terms, June 21st-ish to September 22nd-ish, then there are really only 13ish weekends in summer. That means only 13 opportunities to plan fun. That may seem like a lot but count in birthdays, weddings (and all of their collective events like showers and bachelorette parties), and all other obligatory engagements we have to attend. Don’t get me wrong those are generally fun events and you get to see family or friends, but they are not events you planned for pure fun. Does that make sense? I guess I am just trying to say that we have limited weekends to jam all of our summer fun into and sometimes that can be hard at the end of summer to reflect on. Also having events every weekend makes the season go by even faster.

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I think it boils down to the seasons changing being bitter sweet. This change is so drastic. Fall is the lead into winter, spring is the lead into summer, winter to spring feels like a subtle change, but summer into fall seems so huge. It is almost like the end. I love this time of year but it may seem to go by even faster than summer all together. It is September and then all of a sudden it is back to back holidays and then a new year. One last thing and then I am done because I don’t even know if I know where I am going with this anymore. I think this summer to fall transition is harder for us in SoCal because it may be officially fall, but it is still over 90 degrees and feels like our calendar is confused. It is like we are stuck, whereas other states that actually get a real and proper fall are able to quickly hop over to the fall train and fully appreciate it.

I will get over this little funk, I think I just needed to talk it out. Maybe it all comes down to the fact that I have all of these fall clothes that I can’t wear yet and it really bums me out! It is okay. I will patiently wait for colder weather. At least my work feels like the arctic and I can wear sweaters there. Do any of you have similar feels to the summer to fall transition?

PS – Fall transition look linked here:

Tank | Shorts | Heels | Button Down (similar) | Sunnies | Belt (similar)

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