The Pink Romper

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Hello my lovely readers! Today is an outfit post, featuring my absolute favorite LF romper. I have been really enjoying this warm California weather. While I do miss the rain, there’s no denying that there are many more options with warmth (or maybe I just own absolutely no warm clothes, might be a problem in France next year). How has the weather been where yo live? This outfit is one that I adore, and in my over air-conditioned classrooms the Gap cardigan keeps me from freezing to death. And, you will quickly realize that my Doc Martens are one of the favorite things in my closet 🙂

For the photos, I  thank my very close friend and incredibly talented photographer Erin. Click through the link to check out her Instagram! We headed up to a park in West Hills, an area in Los Angeles. One thing that I’ve been loving about this blog is that it kinda forces me to get out. Yay for new adventures! Anyways, enjoy 🙂

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Romper: LF — Cardigan: Gap — Socks: A gift from my mother (I believe they’re from Norway)

Shoes: Doc Martens

Necklace: Soto Boutique — Rings: Assorted stores/vintage

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Details: I wore my simple natural day look, and my hair tied back in it’s signature braids.

Three words: Simple, simple, simple! I simply don’t have the time to put hours into my makeup and hair while getting ready for school (what can I say, I just love sleep).

Thank you so much for reading! And I especially wanted to say thank you for the incredible feedback I got on my last post, it really means the world! To stay up to date with new posts, be sure to follow me on here, or through Bloglovin’. And while you’re at it, send me a tweet, I always love to hear from my readers 🙂 Lastly, enjoy some photos galore on my Instagram! It’s an addiction..

I hope your week got off to a great start! Anything exciting planned?

Julia

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The Floral Maxi

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Hello my lovely readers! Today’s post is an OOTD. I have been absolutely loving this look. I’m lucky enough to be able to wear a tanktop during the winter (yay Los Angeles!), and am taking full advantage of it not being too hot for long skirts and vests. For this photoshoot, a friend and I drove to a gorgeous park in Woodland Hills, I hope you enjoy the results 🙂

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Vest: Abercrombie & Fitch — Tank: Urban Outfitters — Skirt: Urban Outfitters

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Flats:  Audrey Brooke

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Details. Rings are vintage (turquoise lines) , Soto Boutique in Los Angeles (big silver one), or Old Navy (stacked). Bracelet is from a friend, she bought it in Thailand. On my nails is Revlon’s Parfumerie Polish in Wintermint.

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Hair details.

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What has the weather been like where you live? Is it also Southern California warm?

Julia

Photos taken by Erin Shore.

Nail of The Week (NOTW)-Revlon’s Spanish Moss

Hello my wonderful readers! This week I thought I’d introduce something new to my blog. Starting now, I am going to try to do these nail posts about once a week. That way, you’ll see what I’m wearing and get a built-in review!

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This week’s color is Revlon’s Spanish Moss (190). It’s part of their Colorstay Line, and polishes retail from about $4-$7. I picked mine up at Target. The Colorstay polishes are my drugstore favorite, and in my top 5 overall favorite polishes of all time.

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The polish is an olive green shade. I’m wearing two coats here, and have my Out The Door topcoat over it (I can’t speak enough praise for that topcoat; dries incredibly fast and shines like crazy!). This polish gave me medium-good wear. There were no chips for about 4 days, and then everything quickly came off. However, I think the price is unbeatable, and the color is incredibly sophisticated.

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I give this polish a score of 8.5/10. My only problem was how fast the whole manicure peeled off after the first chip, but I feel like I can’t complain too much because of the price. This nail polish is very trusted in my collection.

Thanks so much for reading! If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow me on here or through Bloglovin’! I also have a Twitter account and an Instagram account 🙂

What are you wearing on your nails this week? Comment below, I’d love to know!

Julia

A Rainy Day On Oahu

Hello my lovely readers! Following my family’s stay on Kauai, Hawaii, we decided to island-hop and check out Oahu as well. While I didn’t enjoy this island quite as much as Kauai, we still had a lovely stay. Highlights included eating from the Shrimp Shack, an extremely delicious food truck, sleeping right next to the ocean, visiting Pearl Harbor (a post on its own, coming soon!), and super delectable fruit lunches from the side of the road. I hope you enjoy these photos and brief descriptions!

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Like I said above, the fruit sold at the side of the road was to die for. I didn’t get a chance to try the coconut, but the one of the baggies pictured above was my lunch one day.

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That brown thing I’m holding (a fried banana), was my desert. While a fried banana isn’t the most lovely picture, I thought I’d show you guys just because it’s a must-try! There was salty-crunchiness mixed with the sweetness of the banana; a perfect balance.

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Out of our two full days on Oahu, we spent the first one sightseeing. This included stopping at beaches to see the surfers ride the 10-foot waves in. Just watching gave quite the rush, the waves were huge! The beaches were also beautiful, but it was much too cold for swimming; most of the time, it was raining. One thing I noticed about this island is that there are many more locals. Kauai was a tourist island, while on Oahu University of Hawaii students would crowd the beaches to watch their friends surf! It was filled with more local hotspots.

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Another stop included visiting the Dole Plantation. I had been quite excited to see this, but was very let down when we got there. The whole thing is more of a tacky amusement park than anything else. There’s a huge souvenir store (with overpriced goods galore), and you can only really get the see the pineapples growing if you pay a lofty fee. There was a small portion open to the public, where one could read about pineapples, but I was expecting more. Across the street from the amusement park nightmare were the actual growing fields and factories; I would have loved to go in and see how the process really works, but it was not open to the public. Quite a let down, and unless you have small children and are willing to spend the money, it’s really not worth it.

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While unrelated, I thought I’d share this beautiful rainbow with you. It rained almost all day, and this was a nice little sunny moment.

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Above is what I wore that day: a Gap Body Tee, H&M shorts (similar here), Reef Flip-flops, and my vintage flower kimono. I had just gotten splashed in this shot from one of the huge waves. Being Hawaii though, the water wasn’t even too cold, so it was all okay (and my camera didn’t get wet, an added plus!).

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Have you ever had a travel experience go wrong, like the Dole Plantation did for my family? Comment below, I’d love to hear (or read I guess, hehe) your stories!

Julia

Sick Day Attire

Hello my lovely readers! Today’s post is about what my go-to outfit is if I’m not feeling well. I’m not the kind of girl who could ever go to school in sweats and a sweatshirt, so I’ve found a cozy, yet still put together look for the days I don’t feel like the effort. This past week I was actually quite sick following my redeye home from Hawaii. I got about two hours of sleep, and then had to sit through a whole day of school. Needless to say, things didn’t turn out too well. But all is well now 🙂 I hope you enjoy this post!

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This look is totally simple: I put on a collared shirt, and pulled my warmest/coziest sweater over the it. The collar adds something a bit more fashionable to the shirt, and warmth (which all sick people need). I wore the beanie, because I always get sinus headaches with colds.

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On the bottom, I wore my favorite pair of jeans tucked into my beloved boots. And voila! The outfit is complete. My face was natural with only a bit of mascara, because I was feeling too terrible on that day to squint into a mirror.

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Collared shirt: American Eagle — Sweater: Berkeley Student Store — Beanie: Free People

Jeans: Target — Boots: Audrey Brooke (similar here!)

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Details. I’m wearing Revlon’s Spanish Moss on my fingernails.

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Here’s a behind the scenes picture with my dog, I sat and she immediately jumped on me!

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What do you do the days you’re sick, but can’t stay home? Let me know in the comments below!

Julia

ExploresMore on IFB’s Links à la Mode!

Hello my lovely readers! This week I was lucky enough to be featured on the Independent Fashion Blogger’s Links à la Mode for the week of January 16th. I am so excited! I was chosen to have my Fashion In Film post featured, along with 19 other posts from talented bloggers. I’ve copied in the whole article below, enjoy! Be sure to check out some of the links, I’ve been loving the articles 🙂

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Scratch the Surface

“They” say fashion is superficial, but would those same people say the same thing if they had no clothes? Or if they had to wear ugly clothes? Chances are “they’d” be singing a different tune. Whether you call it vanity, shallowness, superficiality, the truth is we all need fashion to get through the day… so is it really so superfluous? We think not! This week we have a load of great posts that get to the essentials of style, from styling that plaid shirt literally 50 ways to becoming more confident to concealing those pesky under eye circles (because you know, you do need to look your best!)

Links à la Mode: January 16

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Packing Skincare For A Tropical Vacation

Hello my lovely readers! Today’s post is all about what skincare I packed for my vacation to Hawaii. I ended up getting a ton of use out of most of this stuff, and I hope you find my thought helpful! Back at home, these products are my daily “holy grails”. I am now back in Los Angeles, so expect the fashion/makeup/Oahu posts to start rolling in. Can’t wait to share all that is to come 🙂

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Above is the bag that I used to pack all my stuff. I completely forgot to snap a picture of my own bag, however, I found it online! I love this for traveling. It’s quite compact, but so much fits inside! It’s even waterproof, and comes with a mirror. I promise, it fits everything. Find it here!

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These first two things that I packed were more “in-flight essentials” than anything else. I always need to have hand sanitizer on me, because I get sick constantly (and I chew my nails, bad combination, I know). Clean hands automatically make me feel more human on the plane! This one is one that my mom got as a freebie, however, you can literally find some anywhere (Bath and Body Works makes really yummy smelling ones!). These Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets also always come along. After a plane ride, I simply wipe one over my face to look fresh and ready to go!

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A very vital item that got thrown in with the rest of my skincare stuff is a hair brush. Sadly, I forgot my normal one at home, so this had to do for the vacation. However, I give much credit to this little guy! The brush was a find from the dollar section at Target, and really did its job during the trip.

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Of course shampoo and conditioner came along. These two are from Lather; I scored them from my mom. I used them both up, and they smelled delicious. I especially liked the “mint thyme” scent of the shampoo, it smelled so fresh and clean! Both worked well, and I might be looking into the full sized products now that I’m home.

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Another array of hair products that came along were my hair oils. I found these were vital after a few days at the beach, when the salt water had completely dried my hair out. The John Frieda one was a sample, and honestly a little too oily for my taste. However, the L’oreal is my all time favorite, and it has soo much product in it! After washing my hair at night, I’d rub the oil in, braid my hair, and then sleep on it. In the morning, I always had soft beachy waves! Perfect for the tropical vacation. And it smells like watermelon 🙂

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Dry shampoo ended up being the one thing that I didn’t get a ton of use out of. I went swimming nearly every day, and thus I showered/washed my hair everyday. However, this John Frieda one is perfect for traveling. Dry shampoo is usually a must for me, and this small size is so practical!

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Bobby pins were an essential for this trip. While they’re not exactly haircare, they were still a vital part of what I used everyday while getting ready! I pinned back my beachy hair everyday, or used the “DNA Pins” to put my hair up in a bun while tanning. I stow them in an old Altoids tin, I’ve found that’s super practical for traveling!

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These skincare products are the reason I live (or, the reason my skin isn’t scaly and hideous). Not available in the US (sorry American readers!!) I stock up on the face cream and body lotion every time I visit Germany. Bepanthol is available throughout Europe, in many countries I believe (I know France and the UK for sure). It is great for skin with eczema, and comes with me where ever I go. The face cream (the smaller, pink one) was especially helpful during this trip because my skin was always dried out from swimming. I used it twice a day, and that helped keep my skin nice and soft. The body lotion (big blue one) was great after a day of being in the sun. (find it here, however, the website is all in German)

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Aquaphor is my staple when it comes to lip, nail, or intensive face moisture. My lips and nails got pretty dry from all the snorkeling I did. So, I’d just slather this on at night, right before bed on all the affected areas, and my skin was totally refreshed in the morning. It’s scentless (and often used on babies), so even the most sensitive skin (my skin) can handle it.

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And of course deodorant came along. This one is my favorite of all time, the Nivea Stress Protect 48 Hour Spray. I believe that this is only available throughout Europe, so once again I am very sorry to my non-European readers. For those in Europe, find it here, or in any drugstore! (find it here, but it only ships within Europe)

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And the last, but must important thing that came along, is my sunscreen. My bottle was all nasty, but I just wanted to show you which one I used during my trip. It worked great, and kept me protected all day at the beach. It also worked really well with my sensitive skin. Don’t forget sunscreen when going on a tropical vacation!! It’s incredibly important. 

And thank concludes this post! Thanks so much for reading 🙂 If you enjoyed this, be sure to follow me on here (by giving your email above) or through Bloglovin’. I’m also on Twitter!

What do you pack when you go on vacation?

Julia