Travel Tales // Highlights from San Diego & Thoughts About Traveling Solo

Hey all! Today I thought I’d share some photos from my recent trip to San Diego and what it was like to explore a new city by myself. This was only my second time in California (I’ve been to San Francisco previously) and my first time exploring a city all by myself. When I visited London in college聽I used to take day trips to certain sights by myself, but this is the first time I went on a mini, solo vacation! I was in San Diego for three days for a work conference, and after hours, I had a whole list of things I wanted to do and see. Luckily, I managed to do most of them, and I’ll always love this gorgeous city. Here are some highlights:

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New Look // Slit Wrap Pants for Summer

Hey all! Happy Friday, and hope you’re having a great week so far. I’m in San Diego this week for a work conference, and while I’m here I’m making sure to take time to see the sights. This is only my second time in California, and I’m seriously loving the weather and the people, and this city. Quickly falling in love with San Diego. 馃檪

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Book Rec // ‘The Children’s Book’ by A.S. Byatt

Sit down, everyone, because I’m about to tell you about a book I think you’ll love. If you’re like me and enjoy historical fiction, Victorian England, long musings on the nature of war, family, coming of age, and other universal and important themes, then The Children’s Book聽by A.S. Byatt will be your new favorite book, if you have about three weeks to spare.

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Beauty Review // New Wash by Hairstory: A Shampoo Replacement?

Hi all! If you鈥檝e been a reader of mine for some time, you may know that my hair journey has been long, and it鈥檚 not over yet. When I was a teenager I straightened my hair daily, causing my natural wave to fall out and my hair to become dry, frizzy, and unhealthy. In college, I researched and made the switch over to sulfate-free shampoos, and after a few months, a bouncy, natural curl came in! Now, my natural curl has relaxed into a loose wave, and I almost never heat style. Because of that, I鈥檓 constantly on the lookout for a shampoo/conditioner combination that can result in a natural, frizz-free wave without product or irons!

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In the past, I鈥檝e tried a lot of shampoos/conditioners, like DevaCurl, Function of Beauty, and a few by Hask. My favorites are Function of Beauty (custom) and DevaCurl (Low-Poo). However, I鈥檓 always on the lookout for a new product. So I said yes when the opportunity to try something new came along: New Wash, by Hairstory Studio.

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New Look // Classic Summer Style with a Quirky Backpack

Hi all! It’s been a little while since I’ve written, and it’s because I was very busy having an awesome Fourth of July weekend! It was nice to take a small break from blogging and enjoy the sun and summer. I spent last weekend at Long Beach, staying at my cousins’ house and laying out on the beach. Long Beach is a cute little beach town where everyone is so friendly and there’s tons to do, and we had a great time! Summer is the best time to give yourself a break in terms of responsibilities, and recharge for the rest of the year. 馃檪

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Today’s outfit is a bit patriotic now that I think of it: I was looking for a way to restyle these two rather old dresses, and I decided to layer them! The dress underneath is a simple polka dot skater dress, and the red is a short shirt dress I usually style with a belt and tights for the fall! Layering like this is a really fun way to get more use out of your clothes and find a fresh way to style old items. Hope you like this look!Read More 禄

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Summer, as told by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s officially summer! Deep in the winter months, it seems like summer will never resurface, but it does! And it has! Today I thought I’d share with you a quote from The Great Gatsby, about summer and new beginnings:
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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

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New Look // Ready for Summer in Pink Florals

Hi all! Today’s look is all about summer, flowy silhouettes, and trendy styles. A couple months ago I bought these culotte-style shorts from Simple Retro, my second pair of the same pattern. This style is so much fun to wear and I always feel so cool, trendy, and comfortable in them! And to make the outfit even more free-flowing and loose, I wore a new longline vest/kimono-style piece I picked up from a recent trip to Woodstock, NY. Hope you like this look!

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The deep pink, very sharp heels are the perfect contrast to this flowy look! I love layering different shades of the same color, to create a monochromatic effect. Bonus points if it’s pink, one of my absolute favorite colors! Super girly, but that’s just how I roll.Read More 禄

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Must-Read Book // American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Long ago, I made it my mission to read every Neil Gaiman book I could find. So when I saw the first trailer for the Starz adaptation of American Gods, I knew it was way past the time when I should have read the book. Luckily, I was able to read it through before beginning the show, and now, it’s a definite must read for everyone interested in Americana, fantasy, mythology, and just plain good literature.

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New Look // Mixing Patterns: Blue Stripes & Pink Florals

Hey everybody! It’s officially the season for summer dresses. This time of year I always stock my closet with versatile, lightweight, and girly聽summer dresses that make getting ready, whether for work or play, a total breeze. I played around wit mixing patterns today, pairing this beautiful, fit-and-flare blue striped dress with pink floral heels, combining some of my favorite style elements: florals, full skirts, and a contrasting color palette. Hope you like!

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Styled by Trendage, a Review 鈥 Plus Some Thoughts About Sponsored Blogging

Hi there, today I have a sponsored review of a new app, Styled by Trendage, that claims to recreate the iconic Clueless closet. We all know the one, and we all wanted it when we were kids: software that lets you try on endless combinations of clothing in your closet without ever having to actually change your clothes. Now, I hope that software comes along sooner rather than later (I mean, come on, it鈥檚 2017 and we don鈥檛 have this exact thing yet? Seems wrong!) but my experience with the Styled app is that Cher鈥檚 closet it is not.

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See, I was given the opportunity to try this out in exchange for a small payment, and when I first started playing with it, I was in shock at how negatively I felt about the whole experience, but I have to be 100% honest with how I feel. One of the things I think is most important about this whole blogging thing is transparency. Just because something was a gift, and there are certain expectations built into the gifting process, doesn鈥檛 mean I sacrifice honesty. This is one of those rare times I truly dislike a free product or service.Read More 禄

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