Well, you guys decided that these outfits were my most popular this year! It's always fun to see what you liked most. I feel like 2012 was such a great year. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings and I'm really excited to share the next year with you as well. Here are a few of my favorites:
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Hi guys! Hope you all are enjoying the holidays with your family. Just want to let you know that I'm blogging over at Flock Together today. Rachel of Floral Prints and Common Sense was sweet enough to swap this amazing vintage dress with me and I'm excited to show you how I styled it.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Hi there! I just wanted to make a quick video and wish you all a happy holiday. I feel so lucky to be able to celebrate another Christmas/birthday with my families and I hope you are doing the same. Much love!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hey guys! I'm blogging over at Flock Together today. Have you ever wanted to stretch your summer wardrobe into colder seasons? Well I had the perfect opportunity to do that thanks to Hannah, the gorgeous woman behind The Braided Bandit. She sent me a very cute polka dot dress that I had so much fun styling! So did Jessica of Midwest Muse, who also showcases her rendition on the blog as well.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Hi there! I know I've been talking about my engagement pictures for awhile now and I'm really happy that I can now share some with you here. Our friend Nick Charrow took these pictures for us and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out. I hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hi guys! Just want to let you know I'm blogging over at Flock Together today. My lovely local friend Erica of Sweets and Hearts swapped her super cute pleated dress with me and I'd love to show you how I styled it :)
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
As I lay here in my pajamas I just wanted to say a few quick things. I'm super thankful for all my family, friends, fiance, dogs, my stable job, my (almost stable) car, and my home. But I'm also really thankful for this blog and the friends I've made because of it. While I haven't met most of my blogger friends in real life, I feel a real connection and bond with so many of you. Our love for similar things and our compulsion to write about them on the internet has actually bonded us more than I would have ever imagined. So I just wanted to say thank you for everything. You guys are seriously the best!
Okay, so enough with the mushy stuff. I'm just showing you a preview of my Black Friday blog post tomorrow. It's crazy that this time has come already! If you are looking for a head start on your holiday shopping like me, make sure to check out Modcloth's 'Tis The Season Sale. I've already scored a bunch of gifts for 50% off (and a little something for me). I need to be a little more frugal this year so this sale is perfect.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Just want to let everyone know that I'm blogging over at Flock Together today! I had so much fun styling a vintage skirt from Dusana of Cuddly Cacti. Make sure you head on over to see our different but very cute ways of styling her skirt.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
So today is the day! I will be out in Pasadena with my friend Nick who will be shooting our engagement photos! Since I don't have time to edit some outfit photos, I'll just keep you informed on what's going on via Instagram. Oh yeah, and if you don't follow me yet, you can right here :)
I got my wedding dress!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Hi guys! Just want to let you know that I'm blogging over at Flock Together today. I'm remixing a gorgeous dress borrowed from the lovely Jessica of Midwest Muse. This has to be one of my favorite swaps so far and who could blame me?
Sunday, November 11, 2012
When I received this galaxy skirt in the mail I was both perplexed and excited. Jessica of Midwest Muse did such a fantastic job styling this skirt on her own that I seriously couldn't think of anything different that would look remotely as good. So instead of trying to mess with perfection, I just had some fun and added anything I owned that was spiky.
Friday, November 9, 2012
There's something that's been bothering me for awhile and I just had no idea how to do it. Other than my outfits, I feel as if I keep everything else private. I try not to use my blog as an online journal because I like to stay positive and focused on things that make me happy. So in an effort to let you in, I'm going to give you five facts that you probably didn't know about me:
|Paczki and me in 2011 (I was blonde!)|
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
I'm so excited to announce that UrbanOG has featured me as November's Blogger of the Month! I've been a long time customer and fan of their website and I was so honored to be chosen. So please check out my spotlight along with an interview to get to know me a little better :)
Click here for my feature!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I'm just terribly confused with the weather here in Los Angeles. Last weekend it was cold and rainy and now it seems to be summer again. I feel like I'm being messed with! So even though I want more than anything to wear tights, it's just not practical at this time. In fall. In November. As you can see, I still wore a pair. If they're fishnets they aren't meant to keep you warm, right?
Monday, October 29, 2012
I've become completely spoiled thanks to the lovely gals over at Flock Together. Basically I get to borrow many of the items I've seen on some of my favorite blogs. This skirt was one of the things I was dying to style. Katherine over at Of Corgis & Cocktails did such a great job "styling down" such a fabulous skirt, so naturally, I had to go ahead and do the opposite.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I have a new outfit post up over on our collective site, Flock Together. If you haven't had the time to take a look you probably should :) We have officially started our clothing swaps and it's really fun to see how each girl styles the same piece differently.
Monday, October 22, 2012
I was pretty excited Saturday morning when I woke up to a light drizzle. This was the first time I've seen rain in so long! Of course, the first thing I did was break out my favorite peacoat, some tights, and boot socks. I love dressing for fall. I don't know about you but I love layering and making an outfit come together.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who expressed their congratulations and well wishes. I'm really excited and I can't wait until April (or May) when I become a married woman! Many of you are asking for my engagement story so I'll give you a rundown after the jump :)
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thankfully, I had the weekend to recover from the whirlwind of a vacation I had. Not only did we attend an amazing small wedding, we hung out by the pool, swam in the clear ocean, boarded a yacht and had the chance to snorkel, and yeah, I got engaged :)
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Hi everyone! It was a long trip, but I am finally home! Hawaii was absolutely amazing but I'm happy to be back. The the best thing that happened? Kevin and I are now engaged! I'll have to save that story for another post :)
My first Flock Together post is up and I would love for you to check it out here. Here is a preview of my outfit:
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hi everyone! I'm still relaxing in Hawaii but I'd love for you to get to know Lyndsey from A Lovely Little Blog. I read (and use) her recipes for masks and her beauty tips are always helpful. I hope you enjoy her post on how to keep your face and hair looking their best!
My name is Lyndsey and I write a lovely little blog (http://www.alovelylittleblog.
com). I was so honored when Ashley asked me to guest post on her blog because I am so smitten with her and everything she does (and wears)! While I do love fashion like Ashley, I asked her if she wouldn't mind me posting about something that was a little more my expertise, beauty! She seemed sold on the idea so off I went on preparing this lovely little guest post on what I do and know best. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my blog and myself let me just give you a quick little rundown on all things lovely; I am a true beauty junkie through and through and love learning and experimenting with everything from polish, to primers, to moisturizers, and everything in between. Every Monday with my followers on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ ALovelyLittleBlog?fref=ts) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ alovelylilblog) I do something called Mask Monday, where I share what weekly face and hair mask I am using, and they share with me too.
I am always surprised that more women (and men) don't do weekly or even monthly face and hair treatments, so it's a great way to remind myself and my followers to give your goods a tune-up.
Just like getting your hair trimmed to keep it healthy, or getting an oil change to keep an engine clean, or tuning a piano to keep it smooth, your face, hair, feet, hands, and body need special attention and treatment too! Why? Because we heat out hair with irons and dryers, pull it up in pony tails, brush it, and spray it with hair sprays. We put on foundation, forget sunscreen, touch our face, and sometimes even forget to wash our face. Treating your body to a weekly treatment can help correct and prevent all that damage. For me Monday is my "chill" day where I usually stay in and relax so it was the perfect night for me to paper myself (plus Mask Monday was pretty catchy too), but you can do it whatever night works best for you. Maybe is Tune-Up Tuesday, or Sexy Sunday, or Fresh Friday, whatever it is just make it a weekly tradition to pamper yourself (not to mention it will do your soul good too).
Doing #maskmonday for more than a year now has really allowed me to try so many different brands and products, and I want to share my favorites with all of you! I like to switch mine up but I definitely have my "go-to" stash. I picked my favorite "save" and "splurge" for each as well as my favorite at home recipe.
I am sure most of you know about Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle. It's won countless beauty awards and it a drugstore classic, plus it wont break the bank. - CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, Grocery Store.
Amika is an amazing brand that most people haven't heard of, but I'm letting you in on a secret here. This tub is pricey at $40 but it is BIG. I have long hair, use this a few times a month and have had mine for about a year now. It is totally worth every last penny. - Birchbox, LoveAmika, Folica.
Both of these masks are my favorites and will make your hair look and feel great.
Hair Mask Tips:
Follow the instructions, if it says 3 minutes then only do 3 minutes. If it says 10, then do 10. The most common mistake people make is thinking the longer they leave the mask on the healthier thier hair will look, but many times with very thick or rich masks, even that extra minute will totally weigh down your hair and could make it look greasy.
Always rinse out conditioner and masks with cool water, never hot or warm. Cool water seals the cuticle and locks in all the good stuff you just put on it!
Try your mask 3 times before ruling it out. Sometimes it just takes your hair some time to get used to certain treatments.
I have tried quite a few DIY masks in my time, but these ingredients are my favorite. The good thing is you can skip one, two, or even three of them if you don't have them. All of these are great on your hair solo, so don't worry if you don't have all these handy at all times. The other great thing is there is really no concrete recipe, just have fun and mix till its a consistency you like! I usually do a about a tablespoon of the oil, half the avocado, one egg, and a whole banana all mushed up together. The general rule of thumb for at home masks (unless they include things like baking soda) is 10 minutes. Rinse out with cool water and enjoy! Keep in mind at home masks might leave your hair feeling greasy or filmy but this is normal. Just plan on using them when you don't have plans to go out until washing your hair regularly again.
This Ahava purifying face mask is truly a holy grail of face masks. Afterwards your skin will feel clean, soft, and bright! Over time you will see a dramatic difference in your pores. - Ulta, Ahava, Birchbox.
I personally like Mud Masks best so that is why I chose these, but there are so many different type of masks for so many different types of issues. I also rotate a "peel" into my #maskmonday routine as well, this is my favorite peel (http://www.juicebeauty.com/
store/skin-care/peels-and- serums/green-apple-peel- sensitive.html).
Face Mask Tips:
Same as with the hair mask, follow the instructions. If it says 3 minutes, do 3 and if it says 10, do 10. The times were tested and picked for a reason.
Rinse off face masks with warm water, and a wash cloth. Always finish with a basic moisturizer, I love this one (https://oneloveorganics.com/
Before ever applying to your face do a "patch test" on the inside of your wrist. Typically if there is no reaction there, your face should also be ok.
Keep in mind some face masks are meant to tingle, or bring blood to the surface and until your skin is used to this it might not always be enjoyable. However if it ever hurts or burns, take it off immediately with cool water.
Same as with the hair mask, I just love these ingredients on my skin. You don't have to use Greek Yogurt but I swear my skin looks better and is smoother when I do. Either way you'll want to make sure whatever yogurt you do use, that it is plain (not vanilla). Same thing goes for the oatmeal, no flavors. I usually warm about 2 tablespoons of honey, mix it into a personal to-go size yogurt (6oz), and then add it oatmeal till it looks ready. Again you don'e need to have all three of these things, and you can just play around with it until you like the consistency. Again general rule of thumb is 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. I would also do a "patch test" for DIY face masks as well, just to be safe.
Thanks to Ashley for asking me to guest post, and than you to her lovely readers for reading!!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Hello Southern (California) Belle readers!
I'm Jessica from Midwest Muse.
I was born and raised in the lovely Akron, Ohio -- all the way in the midwest. It's not the coolest place in the world, but it's definitely interesting. It's the home of the Black Keys, Lebron James, and um, rubber. Yup, that's Akron in a nutshell. So yeah, this dress, this dress was recently purchased from a very lovely Akron based boutique called Noto which is also one of my favorite local spots.
Everyone always talks about the classic black dress and you know what? This was the first black dress I've ever bought. I prefer bright dresses to pair my black accessories with, but this one is pretty special. The back buttons, zips, has cut outs, and is incredibly thick and perfect for all sorts of occasions.
Ashley's a classy lady, so I figured I better wear a pretty classy dress on her blog. It would've been more fancy if I could wear heels, but I'm still fighting a sprained ankle.
Anyways, I hope this holds you over while Ashley's away. Until next time!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I'm really excited to announce that I now contribute to a blog called Flock Together. We are a group of girls who have a shared love for our cute and quirky styles and have in turn inspired each other. We will be swapping items from our own wardrobes and show you how each of us style it differently.