Stitch Fix Haul: Summer 2017

Even though the first official day of summer hasn’t yet passed on our calendars, the season sure has started peeking out here in LA. The days are getting hotter, the beaches are becoming more crowded, and the drinks are getting fruiter.

LA summers are hot, especially in the Valley but I love the feeling that summer brings. Everyone feels a bit lighter, their smiles brighter and the weekends are jam-packed with ways to make the most of the sunshine.

Even though I would love to be a kid again and get a few months off to enjoy the season of watermelon and picnics, work just keeps on going. That being said, the weather does too. I’m constantly on the look out for pieces of clothing that look professional and put together but that I don’t overheat in.

Enter my latest Stitch Fix haul. Perfect additions to stay chic and not overheat.

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Renee C Kitty Mesh Embroidery Detail Top and Pistola Keriann Distressed Boyfriend Jean

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Skies Are Blue Raiya Back Strap Detail Top

 

The two most important aspects I look for in my summer wardrobe is bright colors and breathability. All of these have great color and great little details. Perfect for at the office or for a bike ride along Santa Monica’s pier.


In case you haven’t had a chance to try Stitch Fix, check out this blog post where I explain the process. Use this code to try it out. I get $10 and if you refer someone, so do you! What goes around comes around!

If you like any of the pieces I received in my box, I included their names in the caption so you can request them for yourself.

Happy shopping!

H&M Sportswear Line

At the beginning of each year, just about everyone makes a goal to get healthier. I know I did. I was eating right, working out 5 days a week, drinking enough water etc. Eventually, I got sick or worked too late or whatever and was derailed.

But I don’t have to wait until the beginning of the year to make a vow to be heather. Each day is a brand new day and a new opportunity to be better.

Even though it may not be the most holistic approach, there is no better way for me to get more motivated to work out then to have a few new work out tops.

But these days, work out gear can be pretty expensive. I wanted to look good but not break the bank.

Enter H&M’s sportswear line. It’s affordable and cute. Perfect for my college girls and 20 something ladies trying to lose weight but keep the money. Scratch that. These clothes would be a great, affordable alternative for anyone that wants to look good while working it out.

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March Favorites 2017

March was a crazy month. It was still a bit rainy here in LA but there were a couple of days wedged in there with 80 degree sunshine. I didn’t get pinched on St Patrick’s day because I wore this fashion season’s favorite green: Olive. (Scout wore a mini leprechaun hat because he’s nothing if not mischievous) I worked a lot and didn’t quite get back into my healthy habits but started my trek to get there. Hope your March was filled with a bit of extra luck and no pinches!

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Looking back on last month, I had a mug and a book included in the faves so we can see where the obsessions lie. Just wanted to get that out there.

Reading

Last week, I talked about putting self-care first. (Read here) After writing the post, I kept thinking back to this book sitting on my shelf: Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson. I’ve been wanting to read it for months and it’s all about loving yourself and healthy habits! Perfect for the head space I’m currently operating within.

I love to crack this book open while sitting in the sunshine with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. It gets me in the right mindset before I get started with the day. Also, can we just agree that Kate Hudson is such an awesome #girlboss?! She’s adorable and killing it. Absolutely love her. I’ll have to do a full review on the book once I make it through but currently, it’s filling my girl power soul.

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You guys – the Skimm is everything. After the cluster mess that the media seems to be in these days, it’s really nice to get everything in one concise, funny, and light way. Each morning (M-F), I get an e-mail with a summary of what I need to know. I don’t know about you guys but I really want to stay informed but I just want the facts. I want to know what’s going on, who it involves, and what it impacts.

It’s important to be informed but turning on the news these days is such an overload, it’s easier to ignore it entirely. But with the Skimm, I’m informed, I know both sides, and I can keep going on with my day knowing at least a piece of what’s going on in my country. Or the next book I should pick up. Or whatever else you can find in 10 articles.

Loving

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I know, I know. 2 more mugs. BUT they were a gift so I really can’t be blamed. My mother knows me all too well. I literally say “I just wanna stay home and hang out with my dog” verbatim to my mom at least once a week. Also, the “Sorry, I can’t. I have plans with my dog” — yep, I say that too.

The best part about these mugs besides the part that it marries two of my obsessions – Scout and mugs – but it’s also from a website (iheartdogs.com) that donates meals, toys, and other necessities to shelter dogs with every purchase. For instance 5 shelter dogs were fed with the purchase of each mug. Therefore, these 2 mugs fed 10 shelter dogs. Seriously, what could be better?

They also have emergency cards for your wallet telling first responders that you have a dog that’s home alone in case you’re seriously injured. I have one – it sits right behind my driver’s license. Also important emergency items that currently sit in my house: the sticker for your doors and windows that indicate there are animals in the house so if there’s an emergency, they know there’s an animal inside. I also have the poisonous foods for dogs magnet that lives on my fridge.

With each purchase, your money goes to a shelter dog in need or to a good cause. They clearly state what your purchase will provide (i.e. meals for 5 shelter dogs). It’s amazing/incredible/now my favorite website. No joke.

Just by signing up for their newsletter, they donate a meal to a dog in need.

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Just by looking through their website, I’ve already found about 5 more things that I need to have (and are already in my shopping cart).

Wearing

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I know that I’m the hundredth blogger to talk about the Adidas Superstars. But they are so stinking cute I can’t get over myself. I have NEVER gotten more compliments on a pair of shoes. I also have never gone shopping through department stores stopping to look in the mirror not at my face but my feet!! Love them. Can’t go back now. They’re forever a part of my wardrobe. And these shoes that everyone is loving, they came out in 1969 – what?! How awesome is that? I’m digging it.

Watching

After a long day at work, my favorite way to decompress is to turn on a tv show. I honestly love tv. I have a lot of friends who don’t watch any at all so I definitely feel like I’m in the minority on this one. But I can’t help it. I watch a lot of it and a wide variety of shows. I’m constantly picking up new ones. This week, I’m going to start watching Big Little Lies and I have a feeling that’s going to be in next month’s favorites. But for March, this is what I couldn’t click off of:

Alone is a documentary series on the History Channel. The premise is they put 10 people (only men in the first season, men and women in second and third season) in the wilderness. They are too far apart to reach each other so they are utterly, you guessed it – alone. They are given certain items that they automatically are given and 10 special items they have to choose from a list. Whoever survives the longest gets $500,000. You don’t know if anyone has left or if you’re second to last. People tap out when they can’t hack it anymore.

It’s such an interesting human psychology study. What makes people break? How do they survive in the situations? What do people do when they’re completely alone?

Binge watched the first season while I was stuck in bed with the flu. Made it a lot more tolerable.

This show for some reason, has me hooked. Not entirely sure why to be honest. It’s on E and it has me pressing play on the DVR every week.

It’s a different side of Hollywood that I haven’t seen before. The leading lady in this series is offered 10 million dollars to be in a relationship with Hollywood’s favorite actor. The show is about how it unfolds, what kooky things are happening with a group the actor is involved with and the twists and turns they face.

I don’t know what to tell ya, I’m loving it.

In this mystery/drama, Imposters, there is a woman who comes in and out of unsuspecting people’s lives to marry them so she can take their money. Sounds boring but she’s also a part of an entire operation run by a sick version of Charlie from Charlie’s Angels called “the doctor”. Quickly, past victims team up to find the woman who ripped them all off. Can’t get enough!

Listening

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I loved the live action Beauty and the Beast. I love that they added more of a French style. They filled some of the holes that my favorite princess’ story had in the original, animated version. The additional songs and come on, Emma Watson is killing it. I LOVED the movie and absolutely can’t wait for the movie to come out on dvd, preorder anyone? But since I do have to wait, the Beauty And The Beast (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will have to do.

The music fills my house just about every day. Taking me back to the fairytale I’ve loved my whole life. I mean, the beast’s song gets me every time. And then it gets me again when I play it on repeat. I may have a problem…


That’s it! Those are my March favorites! What were you loving this month? Any recommendations? Leave them in the comments below and have an amazing week!

 

 

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Self Care: My Non-Negotiable

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Between work, walks with Scout, keeping up with bible study and my friends, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I know I’m not alone in that, amen?

I come from a long line of multi-tasking women. I grew up with the example of a mom who stayed at home to take care of 4 kids while doing all the book-keeping for the family business and also was the costumer of the high school plays, Sunday school teacher at church, and volunteer on all the school field trips.

I always thought being busy was a badge of honor and I think my friends did too. When we talk about what’s going on in our lives, as we rattle off the way too long of list, the response is usually “wow!” and “that’s amazing!”

Don’t get me wrong, I think making the most of each day is the way to live. I think that we should enrich our lives with hobbies and loved ones. But I’m here to rock the boat and say “busy-ness is NOT always a good, positive thing”. Because sometimes, that busy-ness means being run down, going 100 miles on an empty tank and that isn’t good for anyone.

I know that for me, as soon as I get too busy with activities and commitments, the first thing to fly out the window is eating healthy, sleeping enough, and going to the gym. In between all the crazy, I grab a quick burger at McDonald’s “because I have to eat something“. I skip going to the gym because “well, I don’t have time for that tonight”. And it isn’t a rare thought to think “I could stay up late tonight to finish this task and wake up early to make sure these things get done”.

None of that behavior aids the busy-ness. It doesn’t fuel me. It doesn’t keep me going. It’s like when a small rock hits the windshield. At first, it’s just a little piece taken out but eventually, it splits across the whole thing and needs to be replaced.

I’ve taken a long look at my life recently. When I get busy, taking care of myself is no longer an option. My house becomes a mess since it’s just a dumping ground for stuff and I grab the things I need next. My books get dusty. I realized that it isn’t the badge of honor of “busy-ness” that fueled me. It was getting everything done. Going to bible study and coming home to a clean house. Getting to eat the chocolate chip cookie because I had made it to the gym 5 times that week. Waking up each morning feeling refreshed because I went to bed at a reasonable hour.

It’s the balance. The delicate balance that keeps the machine humming. I’ve already started finding little ways to put myself first. It’s like they say on a plane “you have to put your oxygen mask on first before you can assist others.” With that mindset, you can put the guilt away. Sometimes, I sit to watch a tv show but feel such massive guilt that I’m not sweeping instead. But I have to say to myself, “girl it’s 9:00 at night! You don’t need to be sweeping!”.

The guilt is only in your own mind. But trust me, I feel it. It hits hard when the to do list has items that aren’t checked off. Or worse, items that get transferred over week to week. But I reprioritized. I put me at the top of the list because if I’ve taken care of myself, I won’t get bogged down.

I’ve started to recognize triggers for me. What makes me feel stressed out and how can I make sure those things are done first so I can be a girl boss the rest of the time?

So far my triggers are: a dirty house, unkept nails, eating unhealthy, not making it to the gym, leaving books unread, not getting enough sleep. So slowly but surely, I’ve put those at the top of those lists. I am a creature of habit, I need routines. Therefore, I have tried to incorporate those solutions into my routines so I don’t even have to think about it and I’m filling my own tank.

My first responsibility is to myself. If I take care of myself, the rest will fall into place. I realize that self-care is a journey AND a destination. I have to try different things, find what clicks. The balance is a hard thing to find but I know once I do, it’ll be worth it.

 


At some point, I’m going to do a follow-up post with what’s been working but I would love to hear what works for you. How do you fill your tank? What is the way you go about being the ultimate girl boss? I’d love to share and learn and grown because it’s so much better to now have to figure this stuff out on your own.

I hope you’ve had a beautiful Sunday and that you put yourself first as we head into a fresh month.

Scout’s Favorite Treats

I used to get Scout the same treats all the time. I would buy the same big bag over and over. One day, I went to the store for another repeated purchase. But then a big wall of treats caught my eye. I figured, hey a little variety could be fun.

As I’m staring at the endless bags, a couple of phrases kept popping out at me. “All natural” “human grade quality” “Made in America”. I suddenly realized, “I haven’t seen those phrases on the treats I’ve been giving Scout”.

I found the bag that I usually pick up and purchase and those phrases weren’t anywhere to be seen. Instead, in the ingredients I found a whole bunch of words I didn’t know and couldn’t even begin to pronounce. The ones I could (dye- red #1) horrified me.

I take such good care of Scout. I am so picky at what I give him. With his food, his vet, with how much I brush his hair and brush his teeth. I take care of this dog in every way I can think of and beyond. How did I let this get by me? This all changes now.

I picked up a handful of bags after several, probably too many, minutes of inspection. The brands were what you see below, Spot Farms, Blue Ridge Naturals, and Loving Pets. They all had those 3 key phrases and the treats didn’t look manufactured but like food.

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When looking for dog treats, there is certain criteria that I’m looking for. I want Scout’s treats to be made with natural ingredients that I can pronounce and recognize. For example, Spot Farms Chicken Jerky Strips has chicken, Brown Rice Syrup, Vinegar, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed, Alpha Tocopherol and Rosemary Extract. That’s it.

A few of these treats are grain free. Since some people don’t allow grain in their dog’s diets, these treats are a great option. I don’t purposefully limit Scout’s grain intake, these treats just happen to not have grain in them.

The Spot Farms and Blue Ridge Natural treats are made with human grade ingredients. Something else I love to see.

The Loving Pets treats are perfect for using as tools to keep Scout’s teeth clean! An awesome bonus.

Finally, these are made in America. I love that the Spot Farms treats show a map of america and pin point on it where these treats came from. I love supporting my fellow Americans. On the back, you can see what family farm you supported along with a picture of the family which honestly, is a nice touch. It may be a marketing ploy but they sucked me right in!

I found all of these treats at Petco and really just stood in front of the big wall of treats and decided what I wanted to give Scout. What way could I best serve him by what I’m feeding him. These are all affordable, easily found, and healthy for your pup!

If they’ve got the Scout stamp of approval, I’m sure your dog will love them and you’ll feel great about it too.

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February Favorites 2017

I can’t believe we’re already almost half way through March. Where does the time go? Our clocks switched this morning which I’m forever grateful was on a Sunday instead of Monday. I can’t tell you how ready I am for it to be lighter later. It’s so depressing to get home from work and it already be dark! It makes me feel so much better to arrive home with a little bit of time to walk Scout in the daylight and to take a deep breath at the end of the day in sunshine.

With February being a shorter month, I wasn’t sure how many new things I would discover but I managed to wrangle a few for a snapshot of my month.

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Beauty

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  1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish in Slate-r Girl: I bought this color on a whim while waiting in the check out line at Ulta, that’s where they always get ya! I had wanted to try a nail polish that supposedly has that same life as a gel manicure but hadn’t taken the leap. This polish really proved to be what it’s advertised as. The staying power is incredible and I love the brush it comes with. It’s really easy to apply and hardly ever chips. Best part about it? It has the wear of a gel manicure but it comes off as easily as a normal nail polish. And no damaging my nails because I don’t have time to go to the salon and have them take it off!
  2. Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara by Tarte: I’m always on the search for the best mascara out there. So far, this is my holy grail. It has 2 sides of the brush to use. 1 and 2 are labeled on the packaging. Using both sides, the payoff is incredible. My eye lashes are fuller, longer, and darker by a lot. I can’t imagine using a different mascara now that I’ve used this one. With contacts, my eyes can be sensitive to the mascaras that I use but this one hasn’t caused me any trouble.
  3. Fierce Flicks by Ciate London: Liquid liner somehow always turned out to be my enemy. I kept going back to trying it because my pencil liner just doesn’t have the staying power I need it to. But it’s messy and really really easy to mess up. But this liquid liner takes form in a felt tipped marker. Use the point to get thin lines and the side to get a thicker, bolder line. It’s super easy and fast to use which is what I need in the morning. It’s on for the entire day and the color pay off is incredible. Love! 

Food

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Generally when I get busy, healthy eating is the first thing out the door. I just don’t have time to prepare meals. I opt for just eating quickly so I can get back to being busy. I’ve recently decided that being busy isn’t a good enough excuse for me to stop taking care of myself. So I’ve tried to find small ways to insert healthy habits seamlessly into my life.

My go to breakfast these days is this granola. The Open Nature Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Heaven mix. I pour a bit of this into a bowl, put some raspberries with it, drizzle some honey on top, and add in a little bit of almond milk. Viola! A simple breakfast that’s a great cereal alternative to my standard Captain Crunch Berries.

Home

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Even though it’s March and this is February favorites which don’t exactly scream summer to everyone, it’s been warming up here in LA. It’s rapidly becoming camping weather. I love camping, it’s definitely my favorite stereotypical Colorado past time. Feeling nostalgic about summers past, this mug is the perfect vessel for my morning cup of coffee. I received this as a present and couldn’t find the exact mug online so if you see it in stores, grab it up!

Entertainment

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Currently reading: This month, I’ve been reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas. This is the third book of the Throne of Glass series. I really enjoyed the first 2 books. I flew through them and couldn’t wait to see what came next. This book, I’m struggling to get through. I’ve been reading it for double the time it took for me to read the others. I have friends who have read the series and say that this one takes a while to get into. I’m about half way in and I’m still waiting for the good stuff. This one is more of a transition book so there is a lot of set up. With the recommendation by my friends, I’m going to power through hoping that the exciting and captive narrative from the first two novels comes in. (Psst…let’s be friends on Goodreads!)

Currently watching: Outlander. I’ve read the first 2 Outlander books. I really didn’t like the second book so I knew the second season was going to be hard to get through for the same reason. So far, I like the season better then I liked the book. It gets back to what I love about the series and doesn’t seem to devastate viewers as much as the book does to its readers. The costumes as always are incredible and I do always love a good dose of Jamie.

Currently playing: Jigsaw Puzzle app. My mom first introduced me to this. Now, just about every night I do a puzzle. It gives you a free one every day and has a few free puzzles available in the store. I find it so relaxing…just my nerdy side coming out.

 

That’s it! That’s what I’m currently loving/reading/watching! What have you been up to? I’d love to know if you have any book or show recommendations, so let me know in the comments below! Hope you have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

 

Be The Change, Be The Good

Last Sunday, my first film won an Academy Award. I poured my heart and soul into this movie. I sacrificed everything for it. I changed my entire life to be a part of it. It’s a movie that has changed perspectives and will continue to do so for generations.

It talks about prejudice, bias, and bullying. It has opened my eyes, my heart, and my mind to struggles that people face in this world. It challenged me not just on a professional level but also in a way that made me consider and examine my beliefs. It made me braver and stronger not just because my entire life changed for this film but because of the content alone.

Although there were many incredible films this year that showed different people’s journeys and stories, ones that open new worlds to its viewers, the film I’m talking about is Zootopia. That’s right, an animated kids movie.

While working on this film, I discovered that at Disney, we do thousands of hours of research on everything we touch on in our films to get them absolutely right. One of the films we watched in our research was The Mask You Live InThis is a documentary that talks about the effect that society has on boys and men. I always hear about the female side of this narrative so this film in particular forever changed my views. We watched these documentaries, we read these stories, we talked to people and learned about their journeys.

It is through this research and these discussions that the world started to not look so black and white anymore. It is because of Zootopia that I gained a voice.

I have never had a problem with speaking my mind or having an opinion but I’ve learned there is a constructive way to do this. But whichever way you do it, it needs to be done. Your voice needs to be heard. You are important. What you have to say is important. Your story is important.

This year, I got the opportunity to let my voice be heard at the Woman’s March LA. It’s been about a month or so but I wanted to give it a beat before writing this so it wasn’t drowned out in the politically over saturated dialogue.

I was nervous for the march. I didn’t know what to expect. When I’ve read about or seen protests, they are usually violent, tense, and overall filled with bad energy. They have angry people with a lot to say. I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out but I knew it was important that I go. That I made sure my voice was heard.

After the election, I felt like my vote didn’t matter. I know that’s not true but with the popular vote swinging the other direction and it not making a difference, I felt like I didn’t count. I felt like this women’s march was my second chance at being heard.

Luckily, I have a lot of friends that feel the same. So we gathered together to ride the metro into downtown (a first for many of us – public transportation in LA, what?!) to march alongside each other. To say, I support you and I know you support me. I hear you and I’m here for you.

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From the moment we got downtown, it felt positive. There was no violence. There wasn’t negativity. There was support and love.

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This was a day about each other. This was a day that even though the person we voted for wasn’t elected, we weren’t going to go unnoticed or unheard. Regardless of our new president’s agenda, we were going to keep fighting for our rights and for the rights of others.

It wasn’t just about women’s rights but it was about human rights. It was about LGBTQ rights. It was about immigrant rights. It was about defending our country from anyone who threatens to strip it of the values that makes it so incredible. He may say let’s “make America great again!” but on that day, I looked around and thought “it already looks pretty great”. There were men, women, and children walking beside me.

There was a chant in particular that stuck with me. The women would say, “my body, my choice” and then men would echo “her body, her choice”. To have the support of men around me, knowing that as women we are not alone was incredible.

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There were no arrests made and it was the biggest crowd downtown Los Angeles has ever seen. It was peaceful, it was empowering, and frankly, it was one of the best days of my life. I have never felt more proud of myself, my friends, and my community.

With the speeches of celebrities, performances that the entire crowd swayed to, and stories that moved us all, I felt heard and I felt hope. I felt like we’re all in this together.

Using your voice doesn’t have to be violent. It doesn’t have to be out of hate. It can be out of a place of love, out of a place of hope.

Keep yourself informed, call your representatives, march in these marches, love on yourself and on others. Kindness is everything. Hope is in our future. And love is all around us if we have the courage to feel it.

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