From the Bay to LA

While my schedule nowadays is pretty jumbled and unpredictable (trust me I like it that way) that didn’t always used to be the case. Working 70 hour work weeks M-F, I would usually live for my weekends. Often times having something planned to look forward to was just the motivation I needed to get through that midweek slump.

J and I got into the habit of planning mini weekend getaways. We would hop in the car early Saturday morning, stock up on road trip snacks, and drive a few hours to our destination. Once we arrived, we’d quickly check into a hotel and spend the day perusing the city, then have a romantic evening out on the town. We would wake up Sunday morning, request a late checkout by 12 or 1, (J is a master of persuasion when it comes to hotel staff) and spend the rest of the day however we wanted. Eventually we’d mosey back to the car around 5 or 6 for the quick drive home, refreshed and ready for another work week come Monday morning.

While they were quick, these trips were just as relaxing as longer, further vacations-but for a quarter of the price! By driving and only staying one night in a hotel we literally cut the vacation cost in half. Staying two days but only one night, we had the luxury of browsing the city and experiencing all the must-do activities, but only ate a few meals out, allowing us to splurge a little on the ones we did.

Being that we’re in LA; Santa Barbara, San Diego, and even San Francisco/Bay Area (my home!) are the quickest and easiest getaway locations for us (all pics in this post are photographed in these areas) , but there are still many to be explored around us.

So whatever your budget, time constraints, or stress level- look into vacation opportunities near you. Everyone should have something to look forward to. They can be really easy, especially if deals and steals are involved! And wine tasting. It makes most things better.

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Pinterest

Does anyone remember AIM? I definitely wasted many afternoons “IMing” friends, making plans to meet at the mall, and professing my love to whichever middle school boy I was crushing on at the time. Or what about MySpace? I might even still have an old account full of embarrassing pictures from my freshman year of high school out there somewhere. Or when Facebook FIRST hit the scene? Before it took over the world and was this exciting new site to occupy all of our time? A group of my girlfriends tried to create a fake Stanford University email just to spy on-er contact our student teacher.

Boots- Anthropologie, Jeans- AG via Anthropologie, Tank- Nordstrom BP, Cardigan- Forever21, Ring- Tiffany, Watch- (Boyfriend’s) Rolex, Bracelets- Nordstrom/Forever21/Links London. Inspired (loosly) from this Pin.

While they’re not such hot commodities anymore, there was a time when I would literally rush home to my computer just to sign in to these websites. Well, it looks like I’ve entered a new faze of internet obsession in the form of a little site called Pinterest. It’s so addicting, I can spend hours on there. No, literally…hours! All the photos in this post are Pinterest inspired outfits that I shamelessly copied entirely from “pins” I found on the site.

Wedges- MIA via Overstock.com, Shorts- Nordstrom, Tank & Jacket- Nordstrom BP, Necklace & Earrings- Forever21. (Even more loosly) inspired by this Pin.

It conveniently displays images from virtually any site on the web and categorizes them into all your favorite things. It covers everything from fashion, sweets, Martha Stewart worthy DIY projects, technology, entertainment, and if that’s not specific enough for you, you can also search by keyword. It’s amazing. Once you create your own profile you can start “repinning” other users pins, or create your own from whichever websites, blogs, or online catalogs you frequent.

Flats- Target, Jeans- AG via Anthropologie, Belt- Express, Top- Nordstrom, Necklace- Hawaii. Inspired by this Pin.

It also allows you to “follow” other users, similarly to Twitter. So, once you notice someone has comparable style to yours, you can have all their pins pop up on your homepage. Once you establish enough people to follow it’s nice to be able to see all your favs in one place. You can customize your own categories and neatly file all your different interests together.

Next time your bored and Facebook stalking browsing just isn’t cutting it anymore, hop over to Pinterest and check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy Pinning!

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Aloha Paradise!

Last month I spent an amazing week in Kauai with my boyfriend and his family. While it’s easy to basically live in a bikini the entire time, I did have a few fashionable moments. Apparently I was really feeling the island theme because I found a way to incorporate fresh flowers into every ensemble. (Here I am shamelessy rocking a lei, AND a flower in the hair, I’m sure there are rules against that somewhere)

During the trip (this dinner to be exact!) J’s mom gave me this amaaazzing salt water pearl necklace. My first actual “big girl” jewelry if you will. I adore them and have already created a bagillion outfits in my head around them.

Ok, ok so I know I said there was some fashion in addition to the bikini, but this pic is so cool I had to add it anyways!

Each night one couple took over cooking dinner (I stand by the statement that our chicken skewers and J’s brothers fish tacos were a solid tie!) This layered lace in my new favorite color this fall (burnt orange!) and cozy bermudas were the perfect fit for the occasion.

I will conclude with the picturesque view from our porch…I want to go back. NOW!

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