Is there any piece of clothing better than a jumpsuit? I would argue not.
Jumpsuits are perfect in that they are super versatile, and super comfortable. Whenever I wear one to work I feel like I'm secretly wearing my pajamas! The wide leg fit of this jumpsuit from Forever 21 is especially comfy, and light weight for summer. I loved pairing it with my yellow mules (also from Forever 21) to walk around Pasadena a few weeks ago since it was casual enough for a day at the mall, but also dressy enough for a nice dinner.
If you're looking for cute jumpsuits without breaking the bank, I've had really great luck with the ones I've found at Forever 21. This one was under $25!
This week I'm really excited, because I am partnering with Bird + Stone to style a few pieces from their line of "jewelry with impact". Bird + Stone not only makes super cute accessories, but also focuses on building a world with gender equality. All of the pieces are ethically manufactured in New York, and each purchase gives back to a cause that supports their mission of female empowerment!
My favorite piece from their collection, is my "The Future is Female" cuff, which gives 10% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood in order to fund preventative health and family planning services. Planned Parenthood also provides cancer screenings and sex education. As a PP donor and volunteer, I love being able to give continued support when I shop.
I also love this "Dream Builder" cuff, which funds micro-loans and financial training for women who struggle from poverty in rural Kenya. Bird + Stone helps these women start businesses and build their dreams.
In honor of this collaboration, I've decided to share some books about strong women that have empowered me!
Be sure to let me know if you read any of these books, and what you think! Also leave a comment if you have any suggestions for other books or resources that you've enjoyed, I'm always looking for a new read!
Thank you to Bird + Stone for partnering with me on this post! I received the jewelry at no cost, in exchange for this collaboration. You can learn more about the company and how they give back to the community on their site. As an added bonus, when you share your bracelet on Instagram, Bird + Stone doubles the donation to 20%!
Festival season is just around the corner, and I am suffering from major Coachella-envy! Lucky for me, just because I have to miss out on Beyonce, doesn't mean I have to miss out on the fun fashion that's bound to be all over social media this weekend. I'm partnering with CYO Cosmetics to share my festival-inspired beauty look, using products from their Walgreens-exclusive line!
I was so excited when I saw all of the awesome choices that CYO has. I swapped my standard matte-neutral shadows for metallics, and made sure to grab my go-to lip color. I couldn't believe how easy the products were - the eyeshadow was in a super easy-to-blend cream stick!
Since festivals (in my opinion) only get better with more color and more sparkle, I couldn't resist going a bit overboard with the chunky star glitter. I'm still finding them around the apartment and stuck all over Noodle, but it was totally worth it!
If you're attending a festival this summer, or just looking for a way to mix up your beauty routine, be sure to check out CYO Cosmetics! The products I used to create this look are:
Thank you to CYO Cosmetics for collaborating on this post! The makeup was provided at no cost, in exchange for my beauty look. However, opinions shared in this post are my own!
Everyone knows I'm a sucker for a good mural, and I fell in love with this one right before my trip to visit Taylor in Orlando last Spring. I saw this photo by Oh Yeah Em (one of my favorite Disney bloggers) and immediately texted Taylor that it was a must for me. Unfortunately Taylor informed me that it was the that it was outside of Small World in Disneyland, not Disneyworld.
When Taylor and I first started planning our Disneyland trip, I told her I only had 1 request: a photoshoot in front of the Small World wall. Lucky for me she's a great friend and willing to put up with my shenanigans.
I'll be honest - I obsessed over this for months. I saved tons of other pics on Instagram as inspiration, and put a lot of thought into what outfit I wanted to wear.
I ended up switching gears completely only two weeks before our trip, when I found this top and skirt both on clearance at Zara in Las Vegas! The look was less than $30 total - I couldn't believe my luck. I had also been eyeing the polkadot ears before my trip, and they ended up matching perfectly. The pin I found once we were browsing park shops, and I really felt like it was the perfect final touch.
Overall I'm really happy with both my look, and the photoshoot. I definitely recommend the wall if you are looking for a cute spot for pics in Disneyland. Unlike a lot of other famous Disney walls (I'm looking at you mint julep), it's pretty wide so you can fit large groups. You can also take photos in front of different shapes within the pattern. I took a photo inside of the circle, which looks really cute, but be warned: the edge is really thin and it can be awkward to try and balance. There were definitely a lot of outtakes in that spot.
I would recommend shooting in this location when the parks first open, or during golden hour (about an hour and a half before the sun is completely set) because it gets a lot of direct sunlight. The pastel will look prettiest without any harsh shadows, and you won't end up squinting.
If you want to add a classic Disney treat to your shoot like I did, there is a stand that sells lollipops as well as the stand where I bought my cotton candy! This can also be a good way to bribe your photographer if necessary ☺️
I've been saying this a lot lately, but this is probably my favorite shoot I've done so far. To me the bright shining yellow perfectly expresses how I feel about the start of spring, and hopefully the start of my success with new goals I am setting for myself.
Opening up my followers (many of who are strangers, but some who I know and love outside of social media) can be scary, but is something that I think is really important. And honestly, I didn't even know I was going to write this post until I sat down to do it.
As much as I love showing off the happy/aesthetic/ideal moments, everyone knows there's more to life. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can help others to know they aren't alone in their struggles.
For as long as I can remember, I've been really affected by the seasons. I've always worked really hard, whether that means in school, my career, or at my hobbies, but finding the motivation to enjoy those things is really difficult for me in the winter. Having less daylight leaves me feeling overwhelmed, as if I can't get everything done in time. Even though I stick to the same schedule all year round, there is something about sunset that makes me feel like the day is over before really is.
In order to combat my lack of motivation, I overflow my schedule with tasks, and when I'm not able to get them all done I fuel my cycle of stress.
I tend to count down the days until we "spring forward" and I can cherish the few extra hours of sun. I push off things I want to accomplish until the weather gets better, even if a rainy day wouldn't have an effect on the outcome.
Luckily spring has arrived in Seattle, so I've been feeling much more inspired in recent weeks. For example, I treated myself to a haircut I absolutely love. I did a few photoshoots and collabs I'm really excited about. I've been taking my pup on longer walks. I even convinced myself to start working out again.
But at the same time, I've realized that it's not fair to myself or those around me that I've been living season-to-season. I know that sheer force of will isn't enough to fix seasonal depression (and it's naive to address mental health that way) but I'm hoping that by setting these few goals for myself over the next year that I can at least make small changes for the better.
Over the next year, I am going to -
It's really important to me that I stick with it, and hopefully to create habits that will help me address my seasonal depression rather than become victim to it. If you have any tips for how you've stayed inspired year-round, don't hesitate to reach out!
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