Coachella: The good, the bad, and the extra

Dear Coachella,

I first saw you in a photo. Was it in a magazine, a website, or my Instagram feed? Doesn’t matter because it was love at first sight. I was enamored and could picture myself frolicking and dancing my way through the grass like a cliché. Thought it was a dream when I finally got my hands on a wristband. And this weekend, we finally met.

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Hiking 101: What to wear, what to bring, and how to have fun

This past weekend, I went on a hike with my husband and our two friends. This was our third time hiking through Anthony’s Nose Trail and only now did I learn that it’s considered a “hard” trail to get through. Beginners have no fear, this was my first trail ever and I managed to get through it. Once you get to the top, you’ll feel accomplished and relieved (until you realize you have to make your way down). Think Clay Jensen (13 Reasons Why from Netflix) when he finally makes his way up the rock and learns the beauty of the “F’ word.

hike to the top

If this post inspires you to go on a hike, here are 4 things that helped me: Continue reading “Hiking 101: What to wear, what to bring, and how to have fun”

Spring Cleaning + Favorite Outfits

prom dress

Attempting a Carrie Bradshaw moment with my prom dress that I have been meaning to donate for years.

After procrastinating for the past few weeks, I finally mustered up the courage to declutter my closet. I have done this many times in the past and each time I am horrified at the sheer amount of clothes and things that I accumulate. This time was no different.

Here are some of my post-decluttering thoughts/things I need to remind myself followed by some of my recent favorite outfits. Continue reading “Spring Cleaning + Favorite Outfits”

7 Easy Pieces for a Festival look

14 days till Weekend 2 of Coachella! If you’re going to some kind of outdoor festival situation where it will be warm, here are 8 pieces that will keep you cool, comfy, and looking effortlessly stylish.

1. Shorts
No time to mess around with buttons and zippers? This pair from Aerie comes in 5 colors…tempted to add to shopping cart…

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18 Wedding Dresses under $450

This time last year, I was on the hunt for two white dresses for City Hall and for my wedding dinner.

It was an extremely exhausting process and 15 dresses later I found the one (below, from Reformation) for my wedding dinner weeks in advance.

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Tuesday Thoughts: Feeling Discouraged

For the first time in my life, I have given myself the opportunity to execute the ideas that have been tucked away in the deepest corners of my brain. It feels wonderful, exhilarating, terrifying, and discouraging all at the same time.

The biggest challenge that I have faced so far is feeling discouraged when an idea doesn’t mesh well with my current reality. My problem is wanting to already be 100 steps ahead when I am only beginning to understand the first step. Continue reading “Tuesday Thoughts: Feeling Discouraged”

Skincare: 3 Things that quickly hydrate, brighten, and soothe

3 skin things

It’s Friday! So this post is going to be short and sweet. With the weather confusing my skin lately, I’ve found 3 skincare things that I can count on when I need a quick fix. Continue reading “Skincare: 3 Things that quickly hydrate, brighten, and soothe”

If I could only wear one shirt


vintage feel
All the vintage feels

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a dependable piece of clothing that felt perfect to me in every way. First, there was this little black velvet dress that I loved and had to wear to the airport when I was two. Then there was this pink and white t-shirt with little flowers all over it that eventually became too cropped, even for today’s standards. And finally, the Hello Kitty jeans that my mom got me from her trip to China when I was in the 5th grade. I eventually outgrew that too, thanks early growth spurt. Continue reading “If I could only wear one shirt”