Friday, April 18, 2014

Pinterest Hairstyle - Knot Your Average Pony

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I am in love with this double knot for a ponytail. I am currently growing my hair back out so that I can add the second knot but I love who this looks because it can be casual enough for everyday but fancy enough for a wedding or special event. I'm hoping that by September my hair will be long enough so I can rock this to a few weddings we have that month.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishes: Nautical Dreams

Wednesday Wishes


Today I am so happy to be guest posting for my amazing friend Kate over at Nautical by Nature. We met through blogging and she is a constant inspiration for my blog everyday! I am constantly dreaming about her amazing nautical finds and wanted to take a crack at it myself today. Today's Wednesday Wishes are all about great Nautical finds, most at amazing price points. The nice thing as well as that more companies are branching out into nautically inspired pieces. While I love Tuckernuck and Sperry for my nautically themed pieces, J.Crew, Forever21 and Old Navy have really stepped up their game as well. What is your favorite Nautically inspired piece in your closet?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday #Shoesday: Casual Kicks

Tuesday #Shoesday



Today's #Shoesday is all about casual kicks. I love having a pair or two of casual sneakers to kick around in during the summer or when traveling. They are super practical for summer vacation because they look cute with your outfits while still allowing you to be comfortable while exploring new cities. Here are some of my absolute favorites available right now, and a lot of them are at amazing prices!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blogger Q&A: Meet Flux and Flow

Today I want to introduce you to Jasmine of Flux and Flow. Jasmine is graduating college this June and is off to move back to Hawaii! I'm definitely jealous as I have never been myself! She writes about travels, fashion, and life and has a great perspective that is refreshing and cool. She allows her island girl style to show in her writing and reading her blog is wonderful!

Describe your personal style in three words.
1. Laid-back. (I'm from Hawaii so shorts and rubber slippers are a staple for me!)
2. Black.
3. Comfy. (I'll take yoga pants over jeans any day!)

I can’t leave home without: My cell phone. It sounds obsessive, but everything is on my phone! I have appointments, schedules, all my social media, plus it doubles as a camera and a mighty fine paperweight. 

If I were any accessory, I would be: Rings! 

What are your three favorite places to shop?
1. American Apparel
2. Forever 21
3. Any online store that has a sale and free shipping!

What is your favorite travel outfit? Since I'm always traveling between Hawaii and someplace cold, I have to wear lots of layers. Usually I'll wear a pair of stretchy jeans or jeggings, a nice cotton top and either a sweatshirt or a cardigan. And of course I'll wear my converse because they're easy to take on and off while going through security.

What outfit to you go do when you want to feel strong and powerful? Black. I'll wear black jeans with a pair of knee-high boots, paired with a white top under a leather jacket. Add NARS Scarlett Empress lipstick and you're good to go! 

What is your go-to handbag right now? My Michael Kors royal blue bag is my baby. I got him for Christmas and I haven't changed bags yet!

What are you reading right now? The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, I can't put it down!

What is a guilty pleasure of yours? House Hunters, I can watch 20 episodes and not get tired of it. (I think I'll blame my mom for this one!) 

What company milestone are you most proud of? I'm proud that my blog has been able to reach the amount of people that it has without me having to purchase ads or obsessively self-promote it. I'm also really proud when readers email me and tell me that I've inspired them or changed their lives because of something I wrote. That's the best feeling in the world.
How cute is she!
What blogs have you visited recently? I'm currently loving bleubirdblog.com and profreshstyle.com. These ladies are so inspirational!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gym Rat Report: Week 6

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Oh my goodness. I am so sorry that earlier this post was just a photo. I lost track of time yesterday and ended up behind. I have been wanting to share some of the awesome circuit training workouts my trainer has developed for me and was planning for this to be the first. I think it is hard to find great workouts at times and I have found myself sweating hard and feeling stronger after each of my workouts on Monday.

Besides working with my trainer on Monday (this week was shoulders), I also had two softball games and worked on my half marathon training. I only made it to one pilates class this week though. And of course had physical therapy on Friday. I think we finally determined this biggest issues with my back and now are on the road to fixing it. I am so relieved.

This shoulder workout is focused on strength and toning. You can reorder as works best for you.
1. Supermans (4 sets, 15 reps/set): Laying flat on your stomach, lift arms and legs into superman position.
2. Up/Down Plank (4 sets, 15 reps/set): Starting in a plank position, drop hands to forearms and back up. One full rotation back to plank on hands is one rep.
3. Power Squat (4 sets, 30 sec/set, 60% body weight on bar): Holding a bar, lean back into a squat and hold for 30 seconds.
4. Dumbbell Truster (4 sets, 15 reps/set, 12 lb dumbbell): Start with dumbbells on shoulders with knees soft. Bend knees and then thrust upward to standing with dumbbells over your head.
5. Kettleball High Pull (4 sets, 15 reps/set, 30 lbs): Start with knees bent and back flat holding the kettleball on the ground. Come to a standing position and pull kettleball up to chin.
6. Power Jump (4 sets, 30 sec): Starting standing with legs together, jump out to a squat position and then back to standing at center.
7. Reverse Crunch (4 sets, 40 reps/set): Laying on a weight bench, hold the bench behind your head and throw your legs down and back up for one rep.
8. Dumbbell Lateral Raise (4 sets, 15 reps/sec, 8 lb dumbbells): Holding your arms in a flexed position at 90 degrees, raise your arms over your head and back to bent position.
9. Kettleball Swings (4 sets, 15 reps/sec, 30 lbs): Swing kettleball to a straight out positions and back through legs. Use momentum.
10. Climbers (4 sets, 60 sec/set): With forearms on weight bench, bend left knee to chest and back and then right knee to chest and back. Repeat.
End with a good full body stretch! Enjoy.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Obsessesion: LL Bean Signature

Can't Live Without


I got the LL Bean Signature catalog this week and it was making me swoon. I love the classic, preppy lines and am in love with the idea of a seersucker shorts suit. Kinda amazing and oh so feminine menswear. Thoughts? Also my fedora has seen better days and I'm considering this one with a navy ribbon. We shall see. They are offering a great deal of a $10 gift card for future use when you spend at least $50 through April 20th. Check them out at llbeansignature.com. I know I am going to.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Wildflowers

Falling in Love With Florals


Springtime in LA means the return of wildflowers at most of our national parks and I find myself purchasing more bouquets of flowers for the house. I am totally inspired by all the amazing floral print pieces out on the market right now. I love adding the floral look to some amazing nautical stripes and my ample polka dots. I feel like it was really the print I was missing in my closet. I tried the skirt from Anthropologie and wished it was just a tad longer, but I have my fingers crossed for success with this J.Crew dress!
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