Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day By Day

The final days of summer vacay have came and went. This was my "last day of my summer" outfit which I wore while hanging out with my fam visiting from out of town. Maybe I'm in the minority here but I actually kind of enjoy starting fall classes. Heading back to school always gives me a "fall feeling" even when the weather is still scorching hot. Plus, it's an excuse to revamp the wardrobe (but in my book,"I'm bored of all the clothes I own" is also a valid excuse so maybe I'm not the best judge). 

On a more exciting note, I've recently joined the Obsession4Fashion team! If you're not familiar with Obsession4Fashion, they accurately describe themselves as a "worldwide fashion platform & online fashion magazine with shopping search engine which allows to discover the latest collection from the best brands in the fashion world." In other words, it's basically a fashion enthusiast's paradise and I can literally spend hours on there. For fashion news and inspiration, definitely check their site out along with all of the talented bloggers they showcase. 

Free People Portobello Road Dress- Free People
Steve Madden Lace Up Flats- Marshalls
Black Wide Brim Hat- Resale
Recycled Elephant Bag- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
All Other Jewelry - Resale/ Boutique/ Gift

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reuniting with Essential Oils

A few years ago when I working towards my health coaching certification, I started learning about the power and purposes of essential oils. The whole concept of using oils for beauty, cleaning, and aromatherapy was foreign but intriguing to me. One by one I started collecting oils and incorporating them into my daily life. Man did I notice improvements in my skin, hair and mental clarity. However, I'm going to be real with you guys: I fell off the holistic wagon a little bit in the past year after previously deciding not to pursue a career in nutrition. This meant unconsciously neglecting my essential oils and overall not giving my body as much loves as it needed. I'm trying to take better care of myself again and doTERRA essential oils definitely play a role in my journey to optimal health and wellness. Recently I was reached out to do a post featuring their oils. Although I typically stick to fashion on my blog, I feel too passionately about the power of these oils not to share them on here (plus, I feel like it was a sign that I need to get my life together and focus on my health again instead of living off cereal and coffee). 

So with that backstory out of the way, here are the oils I received:

Back when I first got into essential oils, I was mixing oils myself which was often a hassle. I'm not a precise person so I would end up adding too much of one of the oils every time. I can't tell you guys how much of a time saver it is doTERRA carries these blends. Since I've been sucking at falling asleep the past couple of months,the "Serenity" blend has become my new best friend. All I do is place a few drops into a spray bottle with some water and spritz it on my pillow before I hit the hay. Honestly, it's crazy that I'm now able to fall asleep in 15 minutes as opposed tossing and turning in bed for an hour or two (and I haven't even reduced my coffee intake yet!). I swear, it must be sorcery or something because it's made all the difference in my sleeping patterns.
 The mixture of spruce leaf, ho wood leaf, frankincense resin and other oils in the "Balance" blend is said to help ease anxiety. Whenever I smell it, I feel like I'm in a forest surrounded by pine trees which automatically chills me out. Seriously, I need to start bringing this bottle when I drive to keep road road at bay. 
Another note I should make: The blends do not have a carrier oil so you'll need to dilute them with a one (coconut oil or jojoba oil will do the trick) if you apply them onto your skin.

The other two also sent to me were the "Cheer" and "Passion" roll on blends. Who needs to perfume with all of the harmful chemicals and additives when these roll on oils exist? They both practically live in my purse and smell so heavenly (and the clove/cinnamon in the "Passion" one legit smells like Christmas). A little goes a long way- just a dab on the wrist and neck (the already have carrier oils in them) and the scent lasts pretty much the entire day. 

I didn't even touch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to essential oils uses. For more info on essential oil uses, I'd recommend give this blog post a read.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All the Colors of the Dark

Dropping by with a brief, spontaneous post here. I had to go to Vegas for a couple days (not one of my favorite locations to be honest). You know what they say though- When in Sin City, avoid the LV strip as much as possible and chill in your hotel room instead. There's obviously no way I could've resisted taking some ootd pics with a view like this. I decided last minute to have a mini photoshoot paying tribute to Marissa Nadler's gorgeous stop motion video for her song, "All the Colors of the Dark." Enjoy 🌫️


Salvage Lace Maxi Dress- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
Statement Necklace- Flashbacks
Cross Front Bralette- Ebay
All Other Jewelry- Flea-market/ Resale/ Boutique

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oh So Fine

The idea of living minimally is becoming increasingly more appealing to me. For the first time, I'm actually thinking to myself "yeah, I could totally just sell my bed and sleep on the floor" or "yeah, I'd be cool with owning just one or two pairs of shoes." Not that either of things are necessarily going to happen soon but it feels empowering to know that if they did, I'd still be perfectly fine. Despite my newfound appreciation for minimalism, I can't exactly say I identify with the lifestyle.This is especially the case when it comes to my taste in fashion. I can't help but be enamored with layers of jewelry and other accessories. There is so much each individual accessory can say within the context of an outfit. For instance, I feel like these L'ete Indien statement earrings, "when I'm not hanging on an earlobe, I'm in a frame hung on a wall like a work of art."  While I think there's a lot of benefit in finding independence from material things, I think it's equally important to treasure works of art in all of their forms (especially jewelry because for real- how can you not?).

Shoutout to Claudine N, a Milan based jewelry company that has quickly become one of my most beloved. Check out their Mermaids 2017 collection to see some of the dreamiest jewels in the whole land.

Crochet Flower Tank- Resale
Asymmetrical Aztec Skirt- Flashbacks
Sam Edelman Sandals- Resale (Ritzy Ragz)
All Other Jewelry- Fleamarket/ Boutique/ Gift

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