Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last Spring

I did this exact post last year, and now I'm doing it again. Spring has quickly become my favorite season for style (the allergies not so much). I think I like it because it's a great transitional period - not too hot yet, but still a slight bump up in temperature from California's "Winter". Which was completely non-existent by the way! Last Spring, I was still getting accustomed to my new shorter hair, I wore nudes on my nails quite often, my blue Kate Spade bag was (and still is) my obsession, and I definitely had a thing for midi skirts and ladylike silhouettes. I guess not much has changed, but I'm looking back and taking some of my own style cues. I feel like I'm in a rut lately. I keep complaining that I have nothing to wear, even though I have a closet filled with clothes. Typical.

Now that Summer is around the corner, I think I'll be pulling all of these looks back out. What's old is new again.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Closet Staples for MDW

Look 1

Wearing //
Olivia Moon blazer (old), super similar
Steve Madden flats, similar
Beauty //

Look 2

Wearing //
White House Black Market sandals
Kate Spade bag
Beauty //

I decided to do something a little different to show you ladies what I wore over the long holiday weekend. Instead of doing two separate posts, here they are in one. 

Unfortunately, our usually sunny weather took a gloomy turn and although I don't mind the cooler temps and the little droplets of rain that ensued, I was sad that my bathing suit didn't make it out of hiding. Nate and I did a mix of things over the weekend, and most of it was unplanned. From visiting local breweries to shopping in a cute boutique, I love being spontaneous. It reminds me of our "younger" days, when we went places at the drop of a hat. The next day, we had my mom watch the pup and headed for Del Mar, making stops along the way. It was much prettier by the ocean, naturally. 
I kept cozy with new and old basics...comfortable yet still put-together. If there's one thing I highly recommend from these outfits, it's the denim jacket. It fits very similarly to my Express moto jackets, and it pairs really well with dresses. After all this time blogging, I finally found one that I love. The wash is the perfect shade of vintage chic. Honestly all of these pieces are staples in my wardrobe, ones I can reach for aimlessly without requiring much thought or planning. Just grab and go. 

Linking up with Tara

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! What did you end up doing? 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Puppy Love

I've had a few requests and emails about dedicating a post on my blog to my dog, Nettie. Like any proud parent, I love taking pictures of her and documenting how big she's getting. I was unsure about doing this post though because this is a style and beauty blog and well, she's a dog. However, I think it can be fun to change things up once in awhile and so many of us are animal lovers, so why not? Life isn't all handbags and Express sales ;) Feel free to skip this one if you're uninterested though, I'll be back with outfits next week!

Here are a few facts about owning a pitbull:

* Although she is cute as a button, she is very high-strung and hyper. Most puppies calm down after about a year, but I think Nettie's puppy stage is going to last a few months longer. This hyper activity has led to the destruction of our couch, pillows, and bedding. She will chew just about anything she can, and although it has been extremely frustrating, we are sure to run the heck out of her every evening so she can tire herself out and release energy. She is happiest outdoors, and she loves car rides, people watching on our balcony, and playing with toys.

* She's the most loving and affectionate dog I've ever owned. I've always had dogs growing up, mostly rescues (actually, they have all been rescues). But none of them have been "lapdogs" like Nettie. It's hard to get things done around here because she's always climbing on top of us and wanting a belly rub.

* She is more work than I expected, and requires more attention that any dog I've owned. She is sweet, but one false move and I get a bruise, accidental nip, or scratch especially when she's riled up and wants to play.

* Pitbulls really do get a bad rap. It's all about how you care for them. Her strength and power can be overwhelming, especially for a small gal like myself. But socializing her with other dogs of all breeds has made all the difference, and we really strive to bring her around people. I hate the stereotype that pitbulls are grizzly, mean animals who can't be loving pets. I have seen proof that this is a total myth.

Now for your viewing pleasure...

No idea what is going on here but it's quite possibly my favorite picture ever!
She used to sleep with her legs stretched out like that. I miss being able to hold her in my arms. 

She is nine months old now, and weighs a little over sixty pounds. I think she's almost done growing. You can find more pictures of her on my Instagram.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Happy Friday!