Spring Baby

April 4, 2018

Spring Baby

Happy (belated) spring! I was supposed to be born in the last few days of winter, but I was two weeks late and ended up being born in the very first few days of spring. I always joke and say I intuitively wanted to be born in the spring because it is my favorite season and I love warm weather.

I discovered this tulip patch in Napa on Instagram last year after the flowers had died and made a mental note to take pictures here this year. It was a bit of a wild goose chase trying to find the tulip patch based on knowing the vicinity of its location and having no physical address. After about 30 minutes of driving around, I was getting super nervous we wouldn’t be able to find it and the drive would be for naught, but then we rounded a corner and were greeted by a multitude of tulips of different colors.

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Samantha Pleet was one of the first designers I started following when I started blogging in 2008. It’s been fun to see her work evolve. One thing I always appreciate about her is her garments always have a fairytale-like story. I’m always inspired to create visual narratives wearing her garments. Samantha’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection is inspired by music. The detailing of bows and frilly ruffles remind me of something from a scene The Sound of Music. I layered a Pleated Crop Top by Tibi under the Duet Top. I know I wore another lavender Tibi top in my last outfit post, but I am just falling hard for lavender this season, ya feel?

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

I discovered Milk Tooth, a jewelry label dedicated to statement earrings, through artist Maria Ines Gul, who I discovered through Samantha Pleet (they’ve collaborated on past collections). The Woman Earrings I’m wearing are part of an exclusive Milk Tooth collaboration with artist Maria Ines Gul in a celebration of all things female.

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Spring Baby

Duet Tank: c/o Samantha Pleet
Chorus Pants: c/o Samantha Pleet (denim not yet available)
Pleated Crop Top: Tibi via Shopbop (sold out, but lots more lavender pieces from Tibi here)
Woman Earrings: c/o Milk Tooth
Polka Dot Flats: American Apparel

The Year of Self-Care

March 22, 2018

The Year of Self-Care

I was reading a Well+Good article about the top wellness trend predictions of 2018 and one of them is that self-care is essential, not an indulgence. I am a firm believer that health does not end with diet and exercise and am sooo happy to see us moving beyond the juice cleanses and sweaty heart pounding cardio workouts. Health isn’t what we eat or how often we work out. Health isn’t even a lifestyle. Sure, those are all components of a healthy life, but at its core, health is a mindset. What good is it killing yourself day after day on the treadmill if your main motive is just to have a thigh gap or be able to eat more? What kind of message are you sending to your body if you order a salad even though you really wanted tacos because you don’t want people to judge you for eating too much? With me being on my own health journey, I’ve really gotten into the whole holistic wellness side of health. It’s when your body is hurt that you realize how fragile it truly is. Our #1 job is to take care of our body because without it, we can’t do anything. Our minds have more power than we give them credit and what we repeatedly tell ourselves becomes are truth. Your vibe attracts not only your tribe, but your job, your income, your home, and your happiness. 2018 onwards is about treating ourselves right and regularly practicing self-care.

THAT was a long intro to say I’m really excited to take this blog into the direction of not only fashion, but holistic health, wellness, and self-care. This year, I’m partnering up with Health-Ade to create tips, tricks, hacks, recipes, and DIYs to help you live the most fulfilling life you can.

It probably comes as no surprise because I run a natural skincare company with my mom, but I love to DIY my own skincare. There is something so mad scientist-feeling about combining all different ingredients together and then rubbing it on your SKIN. Liberating!

Although it sounds super basic, washing your face is the cornerstone of any solid natural skincare routine. Face toners remove pesky bits of oil and debris still left over after face cleansing. A good toner will also work to clarify, hydrate, and restore the natural pH balance of the skin.

The Year of Self-Care

Many face toners use apple cider vinegar as it contains malic acid which helps remove bacteria-forming skin. Kombucha also contains malic acid, making it a natural exfoliant that can easily act as a substitute to apple cider vinegar in a face toner. I drink kombucha all the time, but I figured why not apply it TO MY FACE? Health-Ade’s Power Greens kombucha contains wheatgrass, spirulina, and camu camu all mixed into a super detoxifying blend of green tea, black tea, and of course, SCOBY (the good bacteria that forms from fermenting the tea that becomes kombucha). The carbonation of the kombucha tingled upon application, leaving my skin stimulated and refreshed.

The Year of Self-Care

Visit Health-Ade’s blog to get the face toner recipe.

Just call me Blair

March 14, 2018

Just Call Me Blair

Oftentimes, I’ll get an outfit idea in my head and later on, realize it was somehow triggered by some subconscious memory. Even though I never watched a single episode of Gossip Girls, I feel like this entire outfit was a subtle nod to Blair Waldorf. Funny how that happens. I’ve actually been listening to a lot of Law of Attraction podcast episodes on The Lively Show and could go on and on about how our subconscious triggers more decisions than we are aware of, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll just share the link. 🙂

Just Call Me Blair

Somehow it’s almost spring which makes me so incredibly happy you don’t even know. The other day, I was taking my dog for a walk and the sky was blue, the birds were chirping, and the sun just feels warmer this time of the year. I don’t get any seasonal allergies, so I’m like “Let the flowers bloom!” (Sorry guys who get seasonal allergies.) I’ve been spending a lot of time planning/starting to redecorate my bedroom and home office spaces.

Just Call Me Blair

Just Call Me Blair

Just Call Me Blair

I’ve also made a pact with myself to share more of myself in front of the camera on Instagram Stories. Those of you who have found me through Instagram know what I’m taking about, but if you know me from my blog, know there’s a whole other daily party happening on Instagram. Since I work from home, some days I don’t wear “real clothes” (AKA sweats and no makeup), but sharing more of myself on Instagram Stories holds me accountable to not be lazy. I truly believe if you dress up (not even really dress up, but just dress nicely), even if you’re at home where no one is going to see you, you feel more prepared to tackle the day.

Just Call Me Blair

Tibi Cropped Sweater: Shopbop
Denim Skirt: Ryder via Crossroads Trading
Tights: American Apparel
Loeffler Randall Suede Pumps: Amazon
The Small Drawstring Transport Crossbody in Olive: Madewell
Necklace: Gift from my aunt!
Baguette Studs: Katie Dean Jewelry

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