LA Fashion and Sad Noodles

I don’t know if it is something in the air or not, but lately (actually more last week when I started writing this) I have been a sad noodle. I didn’t know what that fabulous phrase was until my little sister told me she was a sad noodle and continued to explain she meant meh, like in a funk. Then my other little sister said she was feeling meh so I graced her vocabulary with sad noodle. Now the three of us are sad noodles together, because being a sad noodle is at least better with other sad noodles. Okay I think I have said sad noodle enough times for you to want to use it too. 

I am not entirely sure why I have been meh, but I think I might have an idea. I came to the realization the other day that I’m not in a state of feeling left out, but a constant state of feeling left behind. This all circles back to the comparison trap. So many of my friends and people I know are moving on with their lives, getting married, buying houses, while I am doing none of the above. WHICH IS OKAY. I have to remind myself I am not them. It is just something that gets you down every now and then you know? This week I feel much more neutral about the whole thing. I have noticed the sad noodle phase comes after a really fun weekend when the high is gone. I think I will go into this more later when I can gather my thoughts better.

ANYWAYS it has been so long since I have done a style post. I find myself missing it. Maybe that is something that will help get me out of this bowl of sad noods, actually writing for fun again. My girlfriend Maria and I went to LA a few weeks ago to just be general basics and it was so fun! I made sure I made an “LA style” outfit. By that I mean something I’d want to wear but am not brave enough to wear just around anywhere. I feel like LA is where you can try any fashion out and literally no one cares. 

So I put together what I thought was kind of dressy and kind of edgy (I really dig these kinds of looks right now). I paired my leopard midi-dress under a tied up graphic tee and white booties. I was strangely excited to wear this outfit, it was totally out of my norm and I relished in it. It made me remember how much I love dressing up and making new looks. I am really hoping to create some actual content soon, thank you for being patient with me. 

Until then, enjoy the look and find the links below! The top is older so I am linking a few other graphic tees (I am OBSESSED with graphic tees right now who am I?!) 

Outfit linked here: Leopard Dress | Tee Alternative #1, #2, #3 | Boots (similar) | Purse (similar) | Sunnies

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2019 Goals!

This year, I think I will just use “goals” in place of “resolutions”. After all they are goals, plus my resolutions the last couple years have not been completed so maybe they need some new juju.

So here we are, my goals for 2019:

  1. Finish my course (which I will tell you about after I finish it)! This is my number one. It is so important I am even giving myself a time frame! End of March I need to have all three books read. HOLD ME TO IT!
  2. Buy new car in maybe the summer?? Since my commute has tripled I have over 120k miles on my barely five year old car. There is nothing wrong with it, but I want to trade it in before it is literally worth nothing. Plus I would rather have a new car with a warranty than worry about a car with a million miles start to break down. Personal preference here. Plus I have had a car payment for forever so why not keep it going right? lol (also now I get to work local two days a week and I carpool at least once so I would be putting less miles on a new car)
  3. Move out in the fall/winter. This is a huge goal which will totally depend on current circumstances at the time. If all goes as planned I will move out. I trust God will guide me to what I am meant to do and where I am meant to be. If it is not time for me yet, then that is okay. (You guys I literally daydream about decorating my own apartment all the time. It is going to be the cutest!)
  4. Okay these next few aren’t giant goals like above but still important to me. I want to create more and better content for my blog and Instagram. I don’t want it to just be for cute outfits (don’t worry, there will ALWAYS be cute outfits), but I want this to be my space to be creative and be me. I think I have already started to tap into that this year with more personal posts, but I want to continue and grow with that. Also Tab and I have a ton of fun ideas for content.
  5. This is basically the second part of goal 4. Not necessarily trying to put a number and pressure on it, but I want to get to 5k Instagram followers by the end of the year. For some of you that is chump change, but that will be almost double my current following and I think that is a good number to grow to (obviously the more the merrier).
  6. Kind of another branch off of 4. I really want to go to places, like travel to places, but I am not in the position to do that right now which is okay. I decided I want to try and do as many “local” travels as I can. Places I can drive to if anything. I have already started a list with Tab. Some places include: Venice Beach (BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER BEEN), Joshua Tree (which us girls BETTA BE GOIN TO in March), the sand dunes in Death Valley, the Neon Museum in Vegas, and more! I know some of these might seem silly to some, but I am super excited about it! I would love to plan at least one “travel” a month but we will see how it goes. Please let me know any suggestions!
  7. Aside from the blog, I have had a book idea for a few years now. I have planned some and have even started a chapter. It has now developed into a series and I am so excited!! My goal this year is to fully plan out the three books (using notecards as suggested by Tab who’s friend does it).
  8. Second part of goal 7, I want to write ten chapters of the series. These can be chapters from any book, I just need to finish ten. The reason I can write from any book is because each chapter is a different story and as long as I plan it all first I will have the chronological order.
  9. Pay off debt, obviously.
  10. Get fit, OBVIOUSLY (already started!)!

Green is My Color!

I have been SO OBSESSED with this emerald/forest green color this season! So much so I keep having to tell myself no when I try to buy ANOTHER piece in this color. I have a blazer and high waist, wide leg pants, but I also want a sweater now… In reality, how many pieces in the same color is acceptable to have?

I think I need to limit myself because the blazer and the pants are definitely statement pieces. I have gotten a ton of compliments on both, and both are super comfy because they are over-sized. I prefer the looser blazers that do not have shoulder pads. Fitted blazers can be so restricting, and I have been loving pairing them over a casual outfit and adding heels like I did below. Jeans, a graphic tee, blazer, and booties or heels just looks so chic. Mixing style genres (is that the right term?) is so fun and kind of edgy. I also like that it is not my usual style. One of my co-workers told me she couldn’t figure out my style and I took it as such a compliment!

Both of these pieces are also great as your one pop of color with an all black outfit, the blazer especially. For work I would do a black blouse, black ankle slacks, the blazer, gold accessories, and either black or leopard shoes (heels or flats – preferably mules/slides).

Check them out below! To be honest, I am most likely going to buy a sweater still… I just love the color with my red hair. Stay tuned! Styles linked below:

Blazer | Top (is 4 years old, any white graphic tee will work, I like this one here 🙂 |  Jeans (similar) | Booties (similar)

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Top (potential alternative) | Pants | Heels

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5 Thanksgiving Looks

I am always so excited about dressing up for Thanksgiving even though the tweet I saw last year is one of the truest things I have ever seen:

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There really is almost no point in dressing up because we are just with family at home. I suppose it can be more fun to dress up if you have a lot of family coming that you don’t always see but for us, it is literally just us with the occasional add ons. Yet every year I am determined to dress up and usually recruit all the other girls to dress up to. I love when they message me asking what I am going to wear, like today one of my litter sister’s asked.

I am normally very adamant about wearing a dress. Why? I honestly don’t know, I just always want to wear a fall dress and boots. This year, my mind is completely opposite. This may be partially because we are spending Thanksgiving at our parent’s house in Arizona. I seriously cannot wait. I am unusually excited for Thanksgiving this year. I think maybe because it is my first one in a long time being single so I do not need to share my time, I get to stay with my family Wednesday night to Sunday night.

Anyways, this year I am thinking jeans, booties, and a cute sweater. I haven’t quite decided what sweater yet, I cannot make up my mind but I am working on it. In the meantime, I was looking around at Target and decided to put together five potential looks for you all. All cute, but on the more casual side. Check it out, all linked below!

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This yellow sweater is sooo cute and only $15! This one I have on is a small, but I think I would prefer a medium so it can be a little more oversized. They didn’t have a medium at my normal Target so I am going to go on a hunt for one tomorrow. This would be so cute with dark jeans like the ones I have on and a pair of brown OTK boots or booties (this would even be a good sweater for the spring to wear with shorts). Linked here! *disclaimer: this sweater is much brighter in person, but with my filter it looks a little faded.

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I really loved this next look! The colors are perfect for fall and again would go great with a pair of brown booties. I have a few button up shirts that I have tied at the bottom so when I found this one comes tied already, I was excited to try it on. The burnt red pairs really great with the gray cardigan, plus the cardigan can go over almost anything. Linked here: Top | Cardigan

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This fluffy sweater is SO FUN! I love the pink and it is just funky and different. Not only would it be cute with dark blue jeans like I have on, but it would also pair well with black jeans or even white! For this one I would pair more of a nude shoe with it.  I would dress this sweater up more with nude pumps. Linked here!… NOOO! Now all of a sudden Target doesn’t have this sweater online, but it is in store I promise!

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I was so surprised that I liked this look! I am not a turtleneck kind of girl but the black and white stripes pulled me in. The sleeves on this top go to your elbows and it is just so cute and classic! As for this olive sweater, I have been seeing so many bloggers with chenille cardigans and I finally know why. They are so soft!! I didn’t even want to take this one off. This look would go best with again dark blue jeans or black jeans and paired with black or brown booties. If you go with brown I would suggest a brown belt and tucking the top in (best choice for that would be high waist jeans). Linked here: Top | Cardigan

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This last look is technically more dressy but also the comfiest. The pants are joggers but a nice material, like I could wear these to work if I wanted to and I may go back to get them. I also loved this leopard chiffon top (but it is kind of a thicker chiffon) paired under a cardigan. Layering is always great especially since the last few Thanksgivings, especially in SoCal, have been warm but it cools off at night. This look would still looked dressed up and put together if you took the cardigan off for a bit. I would pair with black or gold pumps or pointy flats or mules. Booties could work but may be a little off with the joggers. This cardigan by the way, reminds me a little of my Topshop one but a WAY BETTER price point. All linked here: Top | Cardigan | Joggers

If you were in need of an outfit, I hope these help give you some inspo! I hope you all have a great and safe Thanksgiving!

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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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

Labor Day Weekend!

It’s the last day of August, can you believe it?! This year is flying by. Tomorrow is the first of September which means (hopefully) fall is right around the corner! Pumpkin spice lattes came back this week… I don’t know about you but I think that is way too early. PSL’s make me think of the cold, I would not want to drink one in this SoCal heat!

What are you plans for Labor Day weekend? I am going to Palm Springs to see my bestie, duh! It has been 4 whole weeks since I have been out there so I am due. I know I mentioned SoCal heat up there, but have you ever felt Palm Springs heat? That is a whole other animal which requires planning on the outfit side of things. It can be so hard to dress cute out there when you just want to rip all your clothes off and die of heat stroke. For these fun holiday weekends I always try to go for a “casual” look. For all of you who follow me you know why my casual is in quotes. I love the undercover dressy looks, you know the ones that are technically casual but have all the details to be kind of dressy.

This weekend, whatever day, I am going to wear my white high waist shorts (got to get that white in before labor day 😉 ) and this new-ish chambray crop. Now that sounds pretty casual right, denim shorts and a chambray crop? The details on said chambray top make all the difference. It is a wrap crop that ties on the side with ruffles on the shoulders and down the front. Now doesn’t that sound a little less casual? This way when someone says, “you’re always so dressed up!” you can say, “It is just denim.” I secretly love when people always think I am dressed up. Goal every where I go, I would rather be over dressed than under dressed.

Shop the look: Top | Shorts | Wedges

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I will probably bring my sprinkle tank outfit for the other day. That is another good casual one, a super cute top paired with high waist denim shorts. Plus the cami will be good for the heat. Both of these outfits work great with either sandals or wedges, I will probably bring both and decide based on what we do.

Shop the look: Top | Shorts | Wedges | Sunnies | Earrings | Purse

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Do you have any fun plans or cute outfits planned?? Feel free to share and have a fun AND SAFE three day weekend!

BTS peek: most blogs I have to go back through and edit out a million exclamation points! See?! Hahah I just vomit exclamation points all the time, like chill Brittany, not everyone is as excited about crop tops as you are…… (holding off on putting an ! at the end of that LOL)