Investment Pants

When I got my job a little over two years ago, I was so excited to have to follow a business casual dress code. Is that weird? I don’t know, I have just always loved the idea of dressing up for the office. I had a good amount of business attire from my previous job (although it wasn’t required), but I was starting at a new job so of course I wanted new items. I slowly started collecting new styles from my usual go-tos Target and Old Navy. Like most styles, they don’t last all that long in my closet. I am constantly changing my likes and dislikes.

One day I was browsing Topshop on the Nordstrom site and found a dark pink pair of high waist trousers. I was immediately obsessed and couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wanted them so badly but they were $69.00 if I remember correctly. I have never spent that much on a pair of pants so I didn’t think that I could now. My want however got the best of me and I convinced myself that I deserved them for starting a new job. I ordered them. When they arrived and I put them on I knew I made the right decision, but I was afraid to tell anyone how much they were. Why? I don’t know, it was my business anyways.

Now I have had these pants for over two years and still probably wear them once a month or every month and a half. They have become a staple in my closet. The color, although not bright, is still a fun pop, and it never fails when I wear them I STILL get compliments all day long.

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I have realized that it is okay to have investment pieces if you are actually going to get use out of them. These pants are still in style and a great material so I know they will last. There really is a quality factor here. The key though is making sure you are investing in something that can be worn more than once (dresses I know are a different story, but why will we invest so much in a dress to be worn most likely once but question our decision to invest in pants that can be worn constantly?). A good pair of work pants, jeans, a blazer, basic work tops or outwear that will be put to good use I think are totally worth the investment.  What are your investment pieces?

Outfit linked here (similar pant options as these are old): Top | Pants option one (comes in 3 colors including a similar pink) | Option two | Option three | Option four | Option five | Heels

 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I love October, the time of year is just the best and brings out all these feeling and sentimental vibes, do you get that? I am so about Halloween and I always want to dress up, yet every year I end up with no plans and no costume. I am just going to blame that on my last million Halloweens have been spent with boyfriends who have no spirit and liked to conceal mine. This year I am finally single and still failed. I want to dress up so badly in a good costume!

One of the two Halloween parties I went to in college (see, lame alert there I only went to two) my bffff and I dressed up as 80’s workout girls and should have gotten the award for most clothes on at a college Halloween party. Yep leggings, leg warmers, and all, AND IT WAS HOT. Temperature hot, we were not looking hot.

The second party, I was technically out of college and I went with my sister “so we could go to a party together for once,” but really my not so secret ulterior motive was to see my ex. Sometimes I am just so sly. That costume was being one third of the three blind mice with two girlfriends. We wore black dresses, mouse ears, and sunglasses. Simple yet somehow we won the costume contest… I don’t know maybe all of the the judges were the blind ones but I will take it. I did better than see my ex with his new girl which happened to be one of my sorority sisters, I won the costume contest in front of everyone by basically not trying. Talking about this now but I am pretty positive that I wrote about this last Halloween. That is what happens when your glory days consist of parties you can count on one hand.

This year at work, my friend (who is also my coworker but above all she is my friend) and I are wearing olive shirts, printing out a dollar bill, and taping it to us because we are SINGLE. Creative or just an excuse to wear jeans, OR a way to tell the practically no hot guys at work that we are available? The office may never know.

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! I am going to go trick-or-treating with my niece and bribe candy off of her. She said I can go as a princess unicorn, I am all about it.

What is the best costume you have ever worn for Halloween?

PS – my sister is a hair and make-up artist and did this fun creepy clown look on me just for a photo. No parties, just washed it off after. But I for damn sure looked badass!

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Shopping in the Desert!

Last Saturday I got the opportunity to head out to the Desert Hills Premium Outlets for a little shopping trip with my bffff and it was so fun! I know a lot of people know these outlets as Cabazon, but I have since learned their real name. I was advised that my parking would be covered by the shopping center but I did not know that I was getting a reserved parking spot! It was my most celebrity-ish moment. My bfffff and I just stared at each other when the parking attendant said “wait right here while I go move your cone.” Hold on, what?! He then directed me to the SECOND SPOT IN THE PLACE. If that isn’t luxury then I don’t know what is! Once we got over the high of having a reserved parking spot, you know it is the little things in life, we got out to shop.

Where do you even start in a shopping mall that has 180 stores? You start at Marc Jacobs duh! Well that is where we started because it’s the first store we saw that we knew. We made our way through the mall, or more the east side, and went into all the stores we know and love like Guess, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Steve Madden. There are such good deals here you won’t believe what I got. I’ve been wanting a Kate Spade bag for forever so of course we went in to look, but I didn’t expect to a actually buy one. They had a sale of 70% off with an extra 20% off on select styles. I ended up finding the style I’ve been dying to have ON THE BEST SALE EVER. It was originally $428-ish and was on sale for $87! WHAT?! I told the sales lady I would be back.

Next we hit Guess and my bffff bought a couple things, and then we went to our all time fave, Steve Madden (insert heart eyes). We both have a serious problem with shoes. Well we both agreed that the problem wasn’t having too many shoes but that we don’t have enough space for them. Of course the actual shoes are not the problem. Over at Steve (yes we are on a first name basis) they were having a BOGO half off sale. My bffff got two pairs of booties, FINALLY! I have been trying to get her to get booties for three years. I only ended up getting one pair of booties because I had a coupon and oh my goodness let me tell you, they are beyond fabulous! I finally gave into the snake skin trend and I am obsessed. Just look at how cute these are!

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Booties linked here!

After Steve we made our way through the rest of the east side and off to the west side. The west side is a little smaller but here we looked in Express, Forever 21, and Vans. Actually Forever 21 may have been right at the end of the east side… I cannot remember. Finally after 2.5 hours we had made it through the entire mall. Since we had seen everything we went back for my purse. I almost had a heart attack when we went in because I didn’t see my purse anymore! Finally I found two more and got in the extremely long line to buy it. Success! I had my shoes and my purse, I was a happy camper. We ended the day with celebratory churros (tbh they sucked. Maybe it was just a bad stand but I couldn’t even finish it because it was so hard and they hurt my braces. So disappointing).

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It was a really fun day, I really hope I get the chance to work with the Desert Hills Premium Outlets again, it is just such a nice mall! I am excited to go back when they have Christmas decorations up.

PS- this post was supposed to be a lot better and funnier but half of it deleted when I finished it last week. I didn’t want to waste half a good post sooo here you go, sorry. Check out our video of the day here.

Shop the look: Dress (comes in like 10 colors!) | Booties | Purse

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Pumpkin Patch Round Two

Sunday my sister, niece and I went to a huge pumpkin patch over in Yucaipa/Redlands. I took Dakota to this pumpkin patch last year and it was crazy then, but we were not prepared for the craziness this year. We got there later than we intended, 2pm, and just getting off on the exit was backed up. Parking was a joke, Nicole pulled into the first lot (a construction site not affiliated with the patch) and it was $20! Nicole didn’t want to drive farther so she just parked there. Once we got to the entrance of the pumpkin patch we were shocked yet again. The line to get into this place was insane! It was literally like getting into Disneyland. The line went through the entire parking lot and out of it FOR A PUMPKIN PATCH. Luckily it mostly moved fast. Once we were in we went to buy drinks because it was so hot and again WAITED IN LINE, like 45 minutes to buy bottled water. After water we finally got tickets and got Dakota on some rides and then the three of us went into the petting zoo. It was a day with a lot of waiting BUT it was still fun. Not going to lie though, I don’t know if I would want to go again next year if it is getting that crowded, I don’t know if it is worth it. Hopefully next month though we get to go to the apple orchard in Oak Glen because that is were I really wanted to go.

Now on to what is really important, my outfit for the pumpkin patch, DUH! I am just kidding, this outfit was nothing special but I do want to point out how amazing this v-neck is. I stalked and stalked this striped tee during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale until I found my size and I am so happy I prevailed in that mission. This has become my favorite casual top this season. It is super soft and light and goes with just about everything on the weekends. Whenever I do not know what to wear I just throw this on and either easy tuck it or tie a knot in the front or on the side and it is perfect. For the patch I paired it with my Adidas (also from the Nordstrom sale) and it was a comfy casual/athleisure outfit. I’m telling you, if you are looking for the perfect tee then check out this one, I will link below and it comes in 7 colors and is under $20!

Shop the look: Top | Jeans | Shoes | Sunnies

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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