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Olive Green As a Neutral | | Madewell

May 15, 2017

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Last week, I was finally able to go on vacation for a full 6 days! We drove down to Phoenix, Arizona, where we were expecting temperatures in the triple digits all week. To our pleasant surprise, the temperatures stayed in the high 70s, and it even felt a little chilly at times. I was really grateful I packed a jacket for the trip as a “just in case” item, because I ended up wearing this piece multiple times during the trip. This cropped jacket was so cute with my sun dress (featured here), a pair of high waisted black denim, and even a red striped tee. I have linked my outfit here, and a few other pieces I think go really well with this neutral colored jacket. I will definitely be wearing mine as long as this cooler air persists in Los Angeles!

 

Madewell Jacket: here

Dress from Poketo

Black Mules: here

 

Items I LOVE with an olive jacket:

Adorable Red Striped Top: here

Little Black Dress: here

White Wide Leg Jeans: here

Floral Print Dress: here 

 

 

Lifestyle

12 Things I’ve Learned At The Age of 25

May 9, 2017
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I celebrated being a quarter of a century old this last week. Looking back on my life and comparing where I am to where I thought I would be at this stage is interesting because of how stark of a difference there is between the two. Living in an age where your twenties aren’t filled with babies and buying houses is new and exciting, but it’s also stressful and different. Millennials are having a longer youth than previous generations and I am finding that this stage of my life is only relatable to other people within my peer group. It’s exciting, but also worrisome, to constantly be wondering if I am where I’m supposed to be in life and if I am on the right track to achieving all the things I’d like to achieve. So, I’ve decided to make a list of 12 truths I’ve learned from my life thus far:

  1. a $4 cup of coffee is always worth it. 

Some people will tell you to always buy cheaper coffee because spending more than $2 on a cold brew is ridiculous, but to be completely honest, my best coffee experiences always happen when I throw down $4 or $5 on a coffee. The ambience of the coffee shop is almost always cooler, the quality of the coffee is usually better, and it’s also nice knowing you’re probably helping this coffee shop to pay a living wage to its employees.

2.  buy yourself nice clothing. 

No one else is going to buy you good quality jeans, shoes that you wear every day, or a jacket you can’t live without. No one regrets an outfit they feel amazing in.

3. exercise for your mind, not just your body

When I exercise, I try to not think about my body at all. I don’t count calories, I don’t punish myself for food that I have eaten. I focus on having a healthy state of mind. I love to exercise because it eliminates my anxiety and I know I am creating healthy routines for life, instead of trying to achieve an unrealistic body shape.

4. read as much as you can

This is my biggest crutch in social situations. I try to read about current events from multiple sources so that when I am in a social situation, I have things to contribute to conversation and feel more involved in the community. I try to read both digitally and on paper because I feel like both are beneficial and serve their own purpose.

5. make your bed 

I always feel like I have my life together when my bed is made. I just walk into my bedroom and it feels so put together. Regardless of what kind of day I had, I always have something consistent to come home to.

6. prioritize your time by happiness, not money

Sometimes I would get caught up on how if I spent more hours at work, I would have more money and that would bring me more of the things I loved. To be completely honest, since I worked in retail for so long, I look back and see so much of my time being spent at the mall as opposed to chasing my dreams and finding out what it is I really want to do. Lately I have been prioritizing doing things that actually make me happy, with time at my job making money. It definitely is a sacrifice because I am not able to purchase as many things, but I am happier, and less is definitely more. [Maybe add a line here to tie it together]

7. stop comparing yourself to others

Everyone’s path is so different. Some people will go to grad school, some people will live in New York City, and some people will start their own business, but you don’t have to. Something that has taken me a long time to learn is that one person’s career is not necessarily better than someone else’s because of the amount of money they make.

8. take time for breakfast

I have finally gotten into the habit of being able to sit and enjoy breakfast, even on weekdays! I have made it part of my routine to wake up earlier so that I am able to sit and sip on a cup of coffee in the morning before rushing into my day. I find that because of this, I feel less rushed and more focused on what I need to get done.

9. paying a competitive amount for someone’s skill level is crucial

Whether it is booking a photo shoot or getting your hair done, paying someone not only for their time, but also for their talent is crucial. When I first moved to L.A., I was surprised by how much it was to get a basic cut and color compared to Utah. Then I realized I am not only paying for a living wage for this person, but I am also paying to get my hair done by a professional. I have never walked away from my stylist disappointed, and she is such a perfectionist. She totally deserves every penny she charges. 

10. learning to cook is vital 

Eating at home is essential to living, so why eat mediocre food from a box? When I was in college, I relied a lot on box mixes and easy thrown together meals. Now, I have realized the work for a real meal is so worth it. I try to cook ‘real’ meals for dinner 3 or 4 times a week and I’ve really fallen in love with the process. On top of the better tasting food, I am saving money, and also feeling healthier.

11. life is too short to not do what makes you happy

A lot of people had unfavorable opinions of me moving to Los Angeles, but I decided to move anyway because I felt like I would be happier. I am SO glad I did. Chasing whatever makes your heart beat faster is the most important thing I’ve learned thus far in this life. Someone I love once told me “you need to be the leading lady in your own life” and I really took it to heart because I was letting other people’s opinions and insecurities strike fear in me, and stop me from following my own dreams.

12. have the confidence to make things happen for yourself

To jumpstart your career, you really need to sell yourself. I sometimes lose confidence when I am rejected when applying for a job or when I think about announcing an idea that I have. I am still learning to have the confidence to really chase what I want to do, and not be phased by an initial rejection.

 

 

blue cotton dress: from here

suede babouches: here

 

Palate Recipes

Simple Breakfast Potatoes || Recipe

April 13, 2017
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Lately while I’ve been cooking, I’ve been trying to focus on simple food, to really taste the true flavor of the food, as opposed to smothering everything with cheese, or over seasoning it to give it more flavor. Every weekend I try to cook brunch at home, and one of my favorite parts of weekend brunch is the breakfast potatoes. I made them last weekend with a sunny side up egg on top, and it was the perfect combination! Here is the recipe I used:

 

Ingredients:

-1.5 lbs of small yukon potatoes

– 1 small onion

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary diced

– salt & pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Cut up potatoes and the onion and place in a bowl
  3. Add oil, rosemary, and salt & pepper
  4. Mix all ingredients till spread evenly throughout
  5. Spread the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly crisp
attire Outfits

Why Shopping Vintage is So Important

April 10, 2017
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Everything I am wearing in this post is vintage! Each piece was thrifted at one of my favorite second hand shops, and I wear them more often than some of my brand new pieces. Buying clothing second hand didn’t use to be one of my favorite things. The idea of digging through mounds of clothing searching for that perfect piece, and usually just settling for something ill fitting that I only wore a handful of times, sounded exhausting and unrewarding. I’ve changed my approach for shopping vintage by going into it with a general list of things I’d like in my wardrobe and stay focused on that. Shopping vintage instead of, or in addition to regular shopping, is important because:

1. Each Piece of Vintage Clothing Has a Soul

It’s guaranteed that a silk blouse you find at a thrift store has a lot more character than a polyester gem you discovered in a Forever 21 somewhere. Each piece was crafted, worn, and taken care of enough to make it to this point and it says more about you than having the same shirt as most other girls your age.

2. Shopping At Thrift Stores Helps the Environment 

Instead of that piece of clothing being tossed in a landfill somewhere, you are giving it a second chance at life and that helps slow down the waste that comes from the fashion industry.

3. Your Wardrobe Will Be More Unique

Have you ever walked into work, school, or anywhere else for that matter, and ended up wearing the same top, dress, or outfit as another girl? I feel like every store lately has similar variations of the same style. If you want a cold shoulder top, walk into any department store and I can find you 10 that look and feel exactly the same. When you shop vintage, your wardrobe becomes one of a kind, and in turn the way you put together outfits will also become more unique and one of a kind.

 

Overall, I’m a big advocate for shopping vintage. I feel like it has definitely stepped up the quality of my closet, while also reducing my carbon footprint!

 

Poppy Red Silk Blouse: here

Vintage Levis: here

Gucci Loafers: here

Fave Vintage Stores for clothing: Maeberry Vintage – Salt Lake City

Copperhive Vintage – Salt Lake City

Gossamer -Los Angeles

Wasteland – Los Angeles

 Ay, que Vintage – Los Angeles

Squaresville – Los Angeles