Friday, May 20, 2016

SUMMERTIME DREAMIN'










MAXI DRESS: RipCurl | EARRINGS: Kendra Scott | BAG: BP. | Shoes: Sole Society (50% off) | LIPS: Mac (Vegas Volt) 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

VENICE TIE MAXI SKIRT








SKIRT: Tobi | TANK: Tilly's | SHOES: Jessica Simpson | CLUTCH: Kendra Scott | SUNNIES: Ray-Ban | NECKLACE: Kendra Scott (Rocksbox: use code theblushingbellaxoxo for ONE FREE MONTH) | LIPS: Mac (Flat Out Fabulous)

Hi Beauties!

I don't know about you, but I am beyond excited for the warm weather that is fast approaching. I have already started packing away my winter clothes and have jumped ship to spring and summer attire! Some of my favorite looks for the warmer season include maxi skirts and crop tops. I am IN LOVE with this maxi skirt from Tobi and it also comes in BLACK and OLIVE.

I have some great news, if you like the skirt I am wearing, it is 50% off! In fact, Tobi offers 50% off site wide to first time visitors. That's right HALF OFF of your entire order.

So what are you waiting for, go ahead and stock up for summer at half the cost!

Here are my top picks from Tobi:
Nude Heels, Mint Green Dresses, Coats, Black Dresses, Hoodies, Bracelets, Fur Vests, Trench Jackets, One Piece Swimsuits, Scarves, Infinity Scarves, Necklaces, Pencil Skirts, High Low Dresses

Monday, May 9, 2016

WHITE LACE DRESS





DRESS: Free People | BOOTS: Old Gringo | BRACELET: Etsy | EARRINGS: Etsy | NECKLACE: Etsy

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Such a special day to honor all the amazing hard working moms out there! We spent the day in Santa Cruz with Jason's family and the weather was absolutely perfect. We hit up the Boardwalk for a few rides, walked on the beach, grabbed lunch and ended the day at The Penny Creamery. If you haven't been to that ice cream shop yet, you are missing out! You can get toasted marshmallow fluff on the top of your cone, and it is out of this world. So good! Now back to reality and eating healthy. Egg whites and salads for me this week....

I absolutely love this Free People tunic. It has the prettiest lace detail and can be worn as a dress or with some tight skinny jeans. I would be lying though if I said this was my favorite part of the outfit... THE BOOTS make the whole thing. I just adore Old Gringo boots. They are made with such quality and the flower details just get me. These boots could make anyone turn country!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FREE PEOPLE MAXI DRESS











DRESS: Free People | NAILS: OPI "Mod About You" | LIPS: Mac (Cherish) | EARRINGS: Etsy | BRACELETS: Etsy and here

I am currently crushing on all things lace (up). Shirts, dresses, tanks YOU NAME IT, I want it all. This dress is no exception. I fell in love as soon as I laid eyes on it. From the dusty blue color to the flowing maxi length, it is the definition of perfection. I paired it with some handmade venetian gems, courtesy of a local Easy designer, ShellybySea. Nothing can beat one of a kind pieces that are made with love.

P.S. these photos were taken at my best friend's house, isn't her property dreamy?? Talk about picture perfect. <3

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

RUST(IC) DRESS AND JEWELS







DRESS: Free People | EARRINGS: Etsy | NECKLACE: Etsy | LIPS: Mac (Cherish)

Who doesn't love a good long sleeved maxi dress? This one from Free People is so unique, I really haven't seen anything quite like it before. It is stunning on and is a timeless piece of clothing that you can wear anytime of year. I am wearing it in the color "cinnamon", good news it also comes in white!

Hope everyone is having a great week. Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

MERMAID VIBES











Dress: Free People | ABALONE NECKLACE: Etsy (ShellybySea) | ABALONE EARRINGS: Etsy (ShellybySea) | SHOES: Target (only $24.00) | LIPSTICK: Mac Cosmetics (Cherish) | LIP LINER: Mac Cosmetics (Whirl)

I am in LOVE with this entire look. It makes me feel like I should me on a tropical island, barefoot on the beach.

The jewelry is what makes it, and it's handmade from a local artist in Carmel, California. Each design is completely unique and one-of-a-kind. You can find her designs on Etsy by searching "ShellybySea".

My dress is Free People, of  course (they always have the best dresses). Good news, it also comes in white and a misty blue color if red isn't your go-to. Make sure to size down, it runs big.

Speaking of tropical/ mermaid vibes, does anyone have any fun trips planned this summer? Jason and I just booked a getaway to Kauai and I am beyond excited. I haven't been since I was a little girl and I can't wait to relive all the great memories and create new ones. There's nothing like the thought of endless sunshine, salty air, and warm ocean water to get me through the work week. Did I mention that I am obsessed with snorkeling... As long as there isn't any sharks nearby. :P

Monday, April 4, 2016

AUSTIN TEXAS ADVENTURES


Hey Ya'll! I wanted to do something a little different today and talk about my recent trip to Austin, Texas. It was my first time in the lone star state, and it did not disappoint! I didn't have much time to explore because I was there for a work conference that started bright and early Monday morning. We were able to fly in Saturday and squeezed in as much as we could in less than 48 hours! Our trip pretty much revolved around food. We knew that Texas is BIG into their BBQ, so that was our main goal- EAT as much barbecue as possible.

PLACES WE ATE:

1. Franklin Barbecue: This is hand's down, the BEST BBQ in all of Texas. They are known for their famous brisket and the ribs. We originally found this place on Yelp, with a 4/12 star review and almost 3,000 reviews, this place is hard to miss. Tip- The line starts at 6:00-7:00am, even though they don't open until 11:00. Get there early and sit in the line or else you may not even be guaranteed to eat!

2. The Salt Lick BBQ: Live music, BYOB, and plenty of outdoor seating. This place is a gold mine for fun! Honestly if I lived here, I would gather all my friends up every Saturday afternoon and spend the entire rest of the day here. The vibes are way too good to pass up! Food was okay in my opinion, but the ambiance made up for the lack of flavor.

3. Voodoo Donuts: Okay first of all, I thought this place was only in Oregon! We happened to stumble right upon this gem when we were casually strolling down 6th street Sunday morning. It caught our eye because there was literally a line wrapped around the street. The entire town was DEAD except for this donut shop. We knew it had to be good and when we got closer to see what everyone was standing in line for it all made sense when I saw the glowing Voodoo donuts sign.  The bacon maple bar is worth the wait, trust me.

4. Roppolo's Pizza: If you are craving a late night slice after bar hopping on 6th street, Roppolo's is the place for you. They have giant New York style slices that will leave you full and satisfied. The pizza crust was thick and a little doughy, which I loved.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

Since we heard great things about the nightlife on 6th street, we wanted to stay somewhere walking distance to the bar scene. When I saw that the Omni Hotel was a block away, I was instantly sold! Did I mention that it is a 4 star hotel AND has a rooftop pool. Loved this place, location was great, rooms were clean and spacious and the staff was exceptional. I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to Austin for the weekend.

SHOPPING:

We went to 2nd street and walked around all the different shops. It was a good mix of local boutiques, restaurants, and big named stores (Francesca's and Urban Outfitters). It was fun to grab a coffee and browse around with no real agenda.

Next time I plan a trip I am definitely giving myself at least four days in this wonderful city! We were so limited on what we could do in the short amount of time. When I go back the first thing on my list is to rent paddle boards and cruise around the water!

I hope you enjoyed my Austin roundup, it was fun to share with everyone.