You may recognize this look from my recent recap of the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas. After seeing how many cool murals there were downtown I decided to double-up on photoshoots (much to Tyler's joy, let me assure you).
Part of the reason why I wanted to share this look in a more in depth post, is that I am super excited about scarves! I am definitely late to this trend, but now that I've started, I can't stop. The best part is the versatility, since they can be worn around your neck or wrist, in your hair, or tied to the handle of a purse. Just by tying a quick knot you are able to add a fun pop of color to almost any look. I wore this pink bandana print with this statement sleeved tee, but I've also paired other scarves with sweaters or a laid back denim dress!
I've seen scarves in a wide range of prices which makes them perfect to try out the trend for the first time. This one in particular was around $5 at forever 21, so it didn't feel like a huge investment. On the other hand, I've bought higher quality (but higher cost) scarves in cool patterns from stores like Madewell. This mustard bandana is probably my favorite to style at the moment.
When it comes to accessorizing, I also love a good purse. My collection is growing pretty rapidly thanks to Studio Diy's clutch subscription service "Can't Clutch This". Each month they release a new design, so if you love receiving mail as much as I do you should totally check it out! Each of the pieces are so whimsical and Kelly Mindell is just the cutest ever.
As for this top, I am so crazy about the puffed sleeves - and it's just a cotton tee so I am able to wear it on a more low-key and relaxed day! When it bought it back in December it was on clearance for $10, so I grabbed it in orange too. I honestly regret not getting the baby blue as well, but Tyler was smart to point out that I didn't need 3 of the same shirts, especially since I spend 90% of the year too cold for shortsleeves. Oh well.
Shoes: Naturlizer - Purchased from TJ Maxx
Clutch: Can't Clutch This
Bracelet: Kate Spade
Scarf: Forever 21
What accessories can you not live without? Let me know your style favorites in the comments.
While I've always had a love for fashion, I haven't always known how to be comfortable with my personal style. For a long time I played it safe and only wore neutrals. There was always this idea that designers always wear black, and as silly as it sounds I felt like I needed to fit in with that stereotype.
Over time my closet grew more and more monochromatic. It wasn't until a year ago that I started to realize that I wasn't really feeling like myself in any of the things I bought. Even with a closet full of things I had only worn once or twice (and honestly a few things that still had the tags on), I would really struggle choosing an outfit at the start of each day. It felt like a constant state of "I have nothing to wear".
When I was planning my trip to Disney World during spring break senior year, I had this feeling that I wanted to try something new. I went to Forever 21 and picked out a bunch of colorful pieces that made me feel excited about style for the first time in awhile, and after that, I've never looked back. I've allowed myself to fill my closet full of bright new looks and finally feel like I've found my own personal style.
I've definitely learned the importance of letting yourself be drawn to the things you really love. Sometimes style can be scary, and you don't know if you can really pull something off. My advice is to go for it. Buy that purse full of glitter because it makes you happy and don't talk yourself out being you.
Cardigan: Forever 21
Top: Forever 21
Bag: Buffalo Exchange
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One thing that has always been important to me is creating good habits. Unfortunately it's not always easy, especially since eating junk food or watching tv can feel more satisfying in the moment. Lately though, I've realized the importance of focusing on what will be satisfying in the long term too - and have decided that pampering myself with proper skincare should be included in that!
Since graduating college and settling into a more consistent routine, I've gotten a lot better at taking good care of my skin. I never really made it a priority before, and was always unhappy when my skin suffered because of it. In more recent months I've finally taken the time to understand what I need to prevent blemishes and be confident in my natural look. I've also allowed myself to experiment with higher quality (sometimes meaning higher cost) products, and seek out more natural/chemical-free solutions.
When I was asked to try products from Simple, I was really excited! Not only is their line of skincare all natural and safe for sensitive skin, but it's also really budget friendly. I was already familiar with their micellar water, which I would occasionally use as a makeup remover, so I had really high hopes for their hydrating cleansing wipes and gel cream.
I have combination skin, and really rely on moisturizers to help keep my t-zone balanced. If I don't moisturize twice a day (before makeup, and after cleansing), I see a noticeable difference in the oil produced on my nose, and the dry flakiness that will happen on my forehead and cheeks. I've tried quite a few different types of moisturizers, and am pretty clued into what works well for me! Luckily the Simple Water Boost is more "gel" than "cream", which is what I prefer when getting ready for bed after a long day of heavy concealer and foundation. Gels feel really light and airy, so you don't worry about clogged pores right after washing your face! This is definitely true of the hydrating gel cream, which is made even better with the lack of perfumes or colors.
However, it comes to my daytime moisturizer I tend to skip the Simple gel. Protection from the sun - even though we hardly get any in Seattle - is really important to me. Like I said before, I'm working on forming habits with longterm benefits, which means I typically opt for a day solution that uses sunscreen.
As for the wipes, I was much less impressed. I never really feel like my face gets clean when using cleansing wipes, so unless I am traveling I tend to avoid them. I've also noticed a pretty obvious divide between products labelled "makeup removing wipes" and "cleansing wipes" when it comes to how effective they are. Unfortunately the Simple Water Boost wipes were in the cleansing category, and really missed the mark for me. While I already had makeup remover, I knew I needed to give the wipes a real chance so I packed them for my weekend trip to Disneyland and told myself I couldn't mix them with any other cleansers. I needed to know whether they worked or not, without letting my anti-disposable-wipe bias get in the way. This led to a very difficult time removing my makeup at the end of a long day in the parks. After walking around Disney for 10+ hours the last thing I wanted to do was fuss over my face before bed, but that's exactly when I ended up doing.
Even though I was opening the package for the first time, the wipes felt dryer than most other brands I've tried. With a name like "Water Boost", dry isn't the word I would have expected to use when describing my experience. It took an entire wipe to remove one eye's worth of mascara, and that was after I got it wet under the sink. In total I ended up using three wipes, one for each eye and one for my skin. Keep in mind that I do not wear waterproof makeup of any kind, and typically have a very easy time with a simple cream or micellar water.
While my experience with the wipes wasn't good, I am not turned off to Simple as a brand and have continued using the gel cream each night. I plan to purchase a full size bottle when my sample runs out, and may end up trying other products from the line as well.
Thank you to Simple Water Boost and Influencer for allowing me to test these products. I received both at no cost, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions of the products are my own.
Whenever I book a trip to a new place, the first thing I do is make my list of must-sees, logging hours on Instagram and Pinterest to find the best local spots. Even before Tyler and I decided to spend my birthday weekend in Vegas, I was admiring the colorful photos of the Neon Museum that filled my feed.
Sometimes when it actually comes time to visit one of the places on my list, I end up disappointed. Everyone knows that social media can distort reality, and destinations/attractions aren't an exception to the "highlight reel" effect. Just because the restaurant is cute, doesn't necessarily mean the food is good, and having perfect lighting for photos doesn't necessarily mean the place will be fun! Luckily, this was not the case for the Neon Museum at all. Everything about it exceeded my expectations and I cannot recommend it enough.
Tyler and I are not the typical Vegas tourists. We don't really enjoy gambling or drinking, and typically opt for more unique experiences away from the strip. In this regard, the Neon Museum is perfect. We were able to walk over to the museum after exploring Fremont Street and the Container Park, so even before getting there we were having a blast without spending (or losing) any money. Once we arrived, we checked in for our time slot and checked out the gift shop until the tour began.
The tour was so fun, and the guide was really well-versed in the history of the signs, and of Las Vegas as a whole. She was born and raised in the city, which allowed her to incorporate personal anecdotes into the tour as well. I loved hearing about the designs and concepts behind each of the signs - which are waaaaaaay bigger than I ever could have imagined. Seeing photos of the signs in use really helped put into perspective what they looked like back in the day, but I was still blown away by the overwhelming scale of them.
I was really glad that the tour never felt rushed, and the guide gave us plenty of time to stop and take photos with the signs before moving to the next sections. I've done plenty of tours where I felt panicked when it came to having the time to truly appreciate what I was seeing, but I never had to worry with this one. The tour group was also a really reasonable size, so it never felt packed or like you were fighting for a better view.
If you're interested in the Neon Museum, or are planning a trip to Las Vegas, I would encourage you to go for it! You will need to book your tour a head of time because it is a pretty popular attraction, and there aren't a ton of time slots, but it is totally worth the commitment. When you book your tickets, they offer a packaged deal with the Mob Museum over by Fremont. We didn't visit the Mob Museum, but after our great experience with our tour I wish we had! I would also recommend a day tour rather than night. The vintage signs are out of commission (with the exception of a couple that have been restored), so you can really get a better view in daylight. It's also slightly cheaper during the day, and if you time it just right you can get golden hour lighting for photos and finish up in time to enjoy the night life of Fremont!
When I was planning my birthday party last month, I knew I wanted to incorporate some fun DIY projects. One of my favorite blogs to follow on Instagram, Oh Happy Day, is always a huge source of inspiration for me, and when I found this post of their llama piñata saved on my phone I immediately knew it was perfect for my birthday aesthetic! When I did the piñata transformation, I decided to shoot some process photos to share a step-by-step guide. I also recently discovered that Oh Happy Day actually provided instructions on their own blog, which you can find here if you're interested in checking out the original design! I can't recommend their posts enough, all of the projects are so whimsical!
Before you start, you will need:
I was able to find the piñata in the party section of target for less than $15! This was cheaper than what I was able to find at Amazon, and I was able to grab the white tissue paper and other party necessities all in the same isle.
I chose the yarn and paper color to match to the party supplies I bought at Target, as well as the confetti and balloons which I received from Studio Pep. I got really lucky with the color scheme I chose because it was super easy for me to find, but you could choose any colors you want!
1. Remove the colorful paper from the donkey
This step is messy, so I recommend keeping the recycling bin nearby. Some of the more well-glued areas will be difficult to completely remove without ripping into the paper body, so you may need to cover some of the patches with the white tissue paper before adding fringe.
2. Elongate the neck
This step is the most challenging, and you may need another set of hands to help you hold some parts in place while you work. First, use the box cutter or X-Acto knife to remove the head from the body. Then, ball up some of your tissue paper and place it on the body before wrapping the packing tape around to hold it in place. Set the head on top of the neck and continue wrapping with tape.
3. Add fringe
To make fringe, cute strips of tissue paper and fold over several times to make a square. Cut 2/3 of the way to the top. Once you unfold, you will have a long strip of tissue paper fringe. You will need to attach the fringe, which I found was easiest if I started from the bottom/back and worked forward and then up. I recommend hot glue, because the glue stick would tear the tissue paper.
4. Paper embellishments
Once you've covered the entire body with tissue, it's time to decorate! To make the saddle, just fold over a rectangle of construction paper and cut rounded edges. Then, draw the eyes using a black marker. If you want to add more detail, you can use washi tape to decorate as well.
To make the reins, cute long strands of the yarn and braid them together. Then, make tassels in alternating colors by wrapping the yarn around your fingers, tying off around the middle, and trimming one end. I attached the tassels with glue, but you can also thread the braids through the looped half of the tassels.
6. Forget to fill it with candy and use it just for looks
I hope you enjoyed this guide! One last shout out to Oh Happy Day for being such a great source when it comes to projects and ideas like this. It was so much fun to experiment for myself, and I can't wait to try out another of their DIYs in the future!
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