Date Night with Santa Monica Place!

The holidays have arrived! That means lights, decorations, giant trees, hot cocoa, and with all the Christmas shopping a girls gotta do I chose Santa Monica place to try and tackle my list this weekend and ended with a date night at True Food Kitchen :)

G & I spent a ton of time at Nordstrom buying some gifts for our moms and aunts! (Do you guys want to see a gift guide?) We also found some super cute stuff at the Disney store & Bloomingdales of course - although some of it wasn’t gifts…:) There’s also a Free People & a Ted Baker so before we knew it it had been 4 hours!

The True Food in Santa Monica is my fave & it was perfectly festive and cozy out so Garrett and I enjoyed a wonderful evening of amazing food & drinks. I just love the holidays!

*this is a sponsored post

20 Things I learned in my 20s


I turned 30 this past weekend and while I was dreading the number and what it “meant”, once I finally hunkered down to why I was so anxious about getting older I realized that it wasn’t exactly a valid reason. We ALL get older. We ALL experience loss. We ALL deal with life’s ups & downs. But then it hit me: We don’t all get to. How fortunate am I to turn 30 and celebrate it with my family and friends? How fortunate am I to look forward to a new decade? My 20s were amazing and I experienced so much growth, why should my 30s be any different?

I decided to jot down 20 things I learned in my 20s and the things that I wish little 20 year old me had known!

1. MOST times your plan may not be the right plan. When G and I first got married, I took 3 years off of school, deferring a program I believed I needed to do (something I thought would TOTALLY derail my life) instead of derailing it, it set us up for some financial success which we might not have otherwise experienced.

2. Find your people. The friends you make in your early 20s won’t always make it to your late 20s. This is A-OK.

3. Getting married at a young age is HARD. Yes, 22 is not TOO young. Still, between being a newly graduated 21 year old and balancing wifedom - not easy ;) so worth it though!

4. Relationships both familial, romantic, and friendly, take work. You can’t expect to cultivate growth if you don’t “water” them.


6. Self Care is not for “spoiled” people. It’s important and necessary - especially in your late 20s when work, relationships, and a social life take over. Taking care of YOU is NOT selfish.

7. It is OKAY to stay to in. NETFLIX people. I used to think I was “old” or “lame” if I stayed in on weekends but now I embrace it.

8. Alone time is very important. Going to the movies alone or eating alone is something that I think everyone needs to be okay with. I personally love my random afternoon matinees at the independent theatre :)

9. As you grow older your anxieties/mental health will change. I have experienced some of the most drastic changes in my mental health in the last 5 years of my life. It can be crippling but I firmly believe that it has made me a better, more empathic person.

10. Telling someone how you feel isn’t making sure they understand how you feel. You’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. This is for your benefit, i’ve learned.

11. Say “YES” to adventures & new things.

12. It’s okay to state your opinion but always be prepared for someone to disagree/their response. Especially during this political climate. Refusing to engage is OKAY as well. Especially at holidays ;)

13. A 401k is something you should DEFINITELY set up during your 20s. Doesn’t matter when, do it, trust me :) It’s never too early to plan for your retirement.

14. Check the ingredients - this one’s MAJOR as I have dealt with IBS and stomach issues in the last few years. I rarely would check ingredients when I was younger but now as annoying as it can be - I do it & alter as necessary (even at restaurants!)

15. When it comes to wardrobe, quality over quantity. I recently began buying more timeless pieces that I can keep for longer rather than binge shopping at places for cheap things that don’t last me very long. This too can be applied to friendships!

16. Know your worth. If you don’t know what your time, health, and values are worth how will anyone else?

17. You don’t need bangs Laura.

18. Express your gratitude when you feel thankful. This can be applied as simply as at the coffee place you visit and as deeply as to your pastor when he/she speaks on a topic that you NEEDED to hear. It can be saying “I love you” as often as you can to your loved ones or “I miss you” when you genuinely miss someone.

19. Making plans gets harder and harder, honor your commitments to people. I say this sans children, come see me in a few years but I definitely think that it’s important to honor your commitments to people that take time out of their life to make plans with you. In my early 20s I was the classic “I can’t make it i’m so sorry” right before the plans.

20. You’re going to make mistakes. Make them, it’s how growth happens. Love & live without regrets.

Thank you for joining me in this journey friends. It’s going to be a fun decade I can feel it!

Alpaca Fun

This weekend G & I went to the Canzelle Alpaca farm (a friend recommended it!) and I had the time of my life! Haha seriously guys, I want to live there! It was so much fun and our tour guide was super relaxed and we got to meet & feed them as well as take many silly photos. There was even a baby one and I did everything in my power not to squeal like a child. Turns out alpacas are like dogs so I’m thinking I can definitely start my “Laura gets an Alpaca” campaign :) I’m thinking i need a trip to Peru now as well!

I’ve linked their website below, definitely schedule a tour for the fluffiest time of your life!

Canzelle Alpacas


If you know me you'll know that I live for a good cup of coffee! Well, I finally put together a little guide for my favorite spots all over LA! 

These are just some of my favorite little spots that I frequent in LA (excluding the valley), and what I recommend :) 


NOHO, DTLA, Larchmont, Beverly Hills

My person favorite location is the one in NOHO and they make a delicious Mexican Mocha or Iced Americano! 



Silver Lake, Studio City, WEHO, Brentwood

There are many Alfred locations throughout LA and they're all pretty unique! While yes, the aesthetic of these shops is super instagrammable - they have DELICIOUS coffee & pastries. I usually get an iced almond milk latte or a hot oat milk one, along with a kouign amann. G personally loves their nitro brew.



Silver Lake, Pasadena, Abbot Kinney

I could sit at Intelligentsia all day! Their Silver Lake location is the cutest, but their Venice and Pasadena ones also have such a relaxed vibe. Try their Black Cat Classic Espresso - it's delicious and I use a blend of their coffee at home! Do yourself a favor and try their cornflake cookie - you'll be hooked!


Echo Park

I love this Echo Park/Angelino Heights staple! They've got a great pourover and of course their almond milk lattes are amazing. They recently added a food menu as well :) 



Century City, Silver Lake

I tried La Colombe for the first time while I was in D.C. and fell in love with their triple draft latte! Their Silver Lake location is definitely my favorite one in LA.



Beverly Hills, DTLA, Venice, Los Feliz

This San Francisco-originated coffee is delicious! G loves their New Orleans for a sweeter cup and they also have yummy affogato! Their Beverly Hills location on Beverly is my favorite but that's only because Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy and Jake Gyllenhaal frequent it!! 



Silver Lake

Try their coconut cacao cold brew or their cortado!



Studio City, Venice

This Aussie coffee shop is so good! Flat whites are my go to when I visit any Aussie coffee shop and they also have a delicious food menu with (of course) avocado toast! Their pastries are from a local favorite Mr. Holmes Bakehouse!


Santa Monica

This Santa Monica shop is delicious and definitely makes a great macchiato! If you want a sweeter drink, try the Positano. They also have delicious tea.


Pasadena, Beverly Hills, WEHO, Santa Monica

Urth has some seriously yummy breakfast and lunch but I actually LOVE their coffee! Their lattes are the size of my head and they have an extensive coffee menu! Try their Spanish Latte, almond milk cap or Caffe Quadra (extra strong!) My favorite location is the Pasadena one :) 


Studio City

I go to Red Window about once a week on my way to work! They've got some really friendly baristas and they make an amazing flat white!



Beverly Hills

This is my OG favorite and I will forever love their almond milk lattes (the foooooam!) Their food is also delicious and a perfect Saturday or Sunday brunch stop! 



Atwater Village

This unique little coffee shop reminds me of the coffee shops I used to frequent in Orange County! It's delicious and definitely not overpriced (lots of LA coffee shops are guuuuuilty of this.)


Other notable shops in LA: Coffee for Sasquatch, Verve, Copa Vida, Cafe Vita, Paper or Plastik, Great White, Dogtown Coffee, and Maru Coffee! 

5 Things

I cannot believe it is already the end of March! Only 9 months til Christmas! (kidding, sorta.) Since we are now 3 months into 2018 I decided that I would write a post about the 5 things that I have been into lately and working on for self care!

1. BBG - I am doing a second round of Bikini Body Guide and I am loving it even more this round since I know what to expect. I do not follow the meal plan since due to my stomach issues there are quite a few restrictions, but next round I plan on trying to follow it as close as I can! I can definitely tell a MAJOR difference in my mood this time around, versus the first time I did it. I began at job at a different school this year and the change was a little tougher on me than I had anticipated so it was a bit of a transition. Had I known how mush stress relief focusing on BBG and occupying my mind with meal prep, etc. would be I would have started it sooner :) I plan on sharing a before and after at some point :) 

2. Taking a daily probiotic (other than drinking kombucha) - I cannot even begin to tell you guys what a difference this has done for me! My gastro doctor suggested it and not gonna lie I was skeptical at first but now it's part of my daily routine. I've linked a few below. 

3. Not going on my phone 30-45 minutes before bedtime. This one was MAJOR you guys. I didn't realize how much scrolling I would do right before bedtime! It truly has made a difference for me and I fall asleep so much faster and don't wake up as often (which could also be attributed to BBG)

4. I recently became obsessed with the brand Outdoor Voices. They have really comfy workout gear that's also stylish and isn't crazy expensive! So far my favorite items are their sports bras, tanks, and leggings. They do NOT move when I do my HIIT workouts or run and that's very important for me. 

5. This is an old one but I have fallen in love with hiking again! I have always loved it but as I have gotten older and work has taken over my life I started getting lazy about driving to hikes! We moved to a more centralized location in LA and now there are 3 amazing hikes SUPER close to us! I would say 4 but Runyon is not that amazing ;) I have listed a few below if you care to check them out! 

Link to BBG HERE

There is a meal plan included as well!

Fryman Canyon Park : this is a really cool, medium difficulty partly shaded hike. The views are amazing, they allow dogs on leash, and during spring the flowers are so gorgeous! My favorite alternative to Runyon Canyon as it isn't super easy but not as crowded by a long shot. There's plenty of parking on the street or you may get lucky if the tiny lot isn't full! There is also  Willacre Park  which Fryman kinda leads into so if you want a more difficult hike you can mesh the two together!    

Fryman Canyon Park: this is a really cool, medium difficulty partly shaded hike. The views are amazing, they allow dogs on leash, and during spring the flowers are so gorgeous! My favorite alternative to Runyon Canyon as it isn't super easy but not as crowded by a long shot. There's plenty of parking on the street or you may get lucky if the tiny lot isn't full! There is also Willacre Park which Fryman kinda leads into so if you want a more difficult hike you can mesh the two together! 


Tree People:  Oh how I love Tree People! This park is actually a center for community forestry and there's a cool little tree farm plus really clean bathrooms. It's a beautiful hike that allows pups! Parking can be tricky if it's busy, but worth checking out on a sunny day.

Tree People: Oh how I love Tree People! This park is actually a center for community forestry and there's a cool little tree farm plus really clean bathrooms. It's a beautiful hike that allows pups! Parking can be tricky if it's busy, but worth checking out on a sunny day.

Temescal Canyon Park : This is a beautiful park off of PCH and it's HUGE! The trails are narrow but they are shaded! Dogs are not allowed but I am a rebel and parking is $10 on the honor system. It's perfect for a hike and then a nice lunch in Pacific Palisades or a day at the beach afterwards. It gets crowded on weekends!

Temescal Canyon Park: This is a beautiful park off of PCH and it's HUGE! The trails are narrow but they are shaded! Dogs are not allowed but I am a rebel and parking is $10 on the honor system. It's perfect for a hike and then a nice lunch in Pacific Palisades or a day at the beach afterwards. It gets crowded on weekends!


A big theme this year for me has been being mindful. In the past, I feel that I wasn't always mindful of my emotions or feelings but as I grow older I really have gotten to know myself and where I am comfortable and where I am not. Being mindful (to me) doesn't mean that you disregard your own feelings but rather that you are aware and conscious of what situations, people, acts, etc. mean to you and their impact on both you and society (those around you). 

This has been as simple as me slowing down when my brain & body is telling me to and as complex as reading up on a social justice issue that I really don't know much about to become more informed on it. Working with young adults and children has really taught me to think before I speak because boy do they repeat and really hear everything.

One thing I have been really trying to practice is asking myself, “How would I feel if someone said this to me?” This has, in my opinion, really helped me consider if what I am saying really needs to be said. It really is similar to when we tell children "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" and I really do think that sometimes adults need to hear this much more! Don't get me wrong, I make mistakes and forget to check in with myself, but as I challenged myself to do this year, I am trying to be more self aware. I recently read this Ghandi quote that resonated with me and I would love to share it with you all: "Speak only if it improves upon the silence." 

January Thoughts

I have never been one to really set new years resolutions because frankly I never keep them! My junior year of high school I told myself I would learn to play the guitar, but forgot by February; and another year I said I would run 15 miles a week every other week; that flopped by mid March. That being said, now that I am older and have a better grasp of what I can take on, I fully believe in setting intentions for the year. Intentions I can refer back to when I feel that I am overwhelmed, not true to myself, or just a little lost from where I began the year. This year, some of the things that I want to practice throughout are:

Continue to say no to things that I just frankly don't need to do. Last year, I tasked myself with saying no when I truly didn't feel the need to participate, speak, or attend events and tried my best to say no to work tasks that I couldn't complete to the best of my ability. Toward the end of the year I lost track of this and started saying yes to things that caused quite a bit of anxiety and were definitely thieves of my joy. I want to remember this year-round. 

Let go of fear. I recently read this saying: "The fears we don't face become our limits." I want to attempt to face the fears that I shove aside this year. These fears include an array of things such as fears of committing to buying a home, fears of trying new foods, to my fear of cutting back on caffeine :) whether they are small or large, they exist. 

(Lastly, and most importantly) Saving my best for my spouse. It could just be because of the time of year but I have noticed that some days I spend all day "on" for everyone else (coffee shop people who greet me first thing in the morning, kiddos at work, parents at work, adults at work) that by the time I get home from it all I am done. All I want to do is curl into a little ball on the couch and turn my brain off. This doesn't happen every day or even the majority of the time depending on the month but I just can't shake the feeling that this isn't fair to my spouse and in the future won't be fair to my own kids, or myself. I want to save the best of myself for me and my husband (and Luna, duh) and I want to remember that at the end of the day if that means being less to everyone else that is okay :) This can also be said for my time spent on my spiritual relationship and even my friendships. Saving the best of me is important this year!

I recently started using the journaling app Day One to help keep track of my thoughts, photos, etc. and love it so far because this is the first time I have written down what I do every day. I intend on utilizing this to remember feelings, thoughts, and ideas.

I hope you all are enjoying a fantastic start to 2018 and that this year is filled with personal growth. I also hope that you remember that it doesn't take the changing of the year for you to set the tone for who you want to be :) 



Christmas Parties & More Dates

Last week due to the horrible LA/Ventura County fires (you can donate/help here!) our school was closed so I had a few days off of work! It was nice to be able to stay home and spend the extra time with Luna cleaning and relaxing.


This weekend was also filled with Christmas festivities, we visited the LA Zoo Lights which were pretty cool! I felt that it could have been more elaborate but it's for a good cause and they had churros & hot chocolate! If you want something more inexpensive/casual and less crowded I definitely recommend Candy Cane Lane or any of those cool neighborhood lights you can walk through for free :) 

We also went to a fancy cocktail soiree at our friends' incredible Long Beach home. It was sooo much fun and pretty sure my side still hurts from laughing so much! There's just something magical about getting together with friends during the holidays and oh you know the magic of a good holiday cocktail :). It really put me in the holiday spirit leading into the last few days before winter break!

 I have linked my dress HERE!






I turned 29 last week, and I have to be completely honest and say that I really don't love my birthday. Don't get me wrong, my parents spoiled me and continue to do so - a tradition my husband obviously has taken up as well. 

But, for some reason (yes, I know i'm young) I get really anxious when my birthday is approaching and every so often it falls on Thanksgiving which I like because then I am distracted. However, this year for the first time in 3 years I was totally not busy and had to face my birthday on a normal weekday. I found myself feeling just slightlyyyy irritable leading up to it and really tried to remind myself that I learned so much in my 28th year of life. I have so much I still want to accomplish and I get lost in the thought of "Well, I just thought that by this age...." and it's a constant struggle to remind myself of Jeremiah 29:11 and that my "plan" would have never led me to my sweet sweet husband, my "plan" would have never led me to the life I have now, which I enjoy so much, and if I learned anything in 28 years on this planet - it's that you never end up where you thought you would.  

Once Friday, November 24th arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find that my anxiety began to fade and I embraced the fact that yes, I am one year older and no, I have not yet done that yet but I am surrounded by love, blessings, family, so SO much support and I cannot even begin to express how much joy I have in my life. 

Appreciating where I am now and respecting where I will be in the future, I am embracing my age and where I am in life.So, I am taking it as no mere coincidence that Jeremiah 29:11 is the verse I needed most leading into year 29 of my beautiful life on this earth! Thank you to everyone for the lovely wishes!

Mental Health

It's definitely been one of those last few weeks where I have had to sit down and literally take 5 (or 30) to catch my breath. I've had to start pretty much every morning with a little prayer asking for calm. This time of year is usually fairly busy for both my work life and personal life as there are so many graduations, weddings, holidays, birthdays, etc. In fact, I can't recall a May or a June where I had nothing going on. That's all fine and well, and I usually thrive off of being busy but these last few weeks have been different. I considered writing about this in the thick of it all earlier but the mere thought of it made me feel like puking. But now, in the spirit of being open and holding true to my reason for starting a blog, I just felt that I should share with you all.

I have had anxiety for the better part of my life, and found that taking the time to pray and reflect on what is really bothering me, basketball, working out, and having a good routine have helped me the most. Don't get me wrong, these aren't a cure but rather a way of managing stress, which causes me to have the worst kind of anxiety: the kind that manifests itself in my body. Well, the last couple weeks have been kind of chaotic with moving, finishing up the school year, and some family & health things that are (thank God) getting better. As much as I love putting things out in the open I am by nature a private person, and I have a hard time really being an open book about the things that affect me the deepest. I like to say that the optimist within me usually triumphs over the pessimist. It usually feels better to say "this too shall pass" rather than "of course this is happening to me" even though this month has been tough it is not going to define who I am as a human.

My anxiety does not make me a weak person, despite what I was led to believe as a youth. I wanted to share that remembering this constantly has helped me cope, even just slightly during the days when i. just. can't. I just wanted to put this out there, in the open space of the internet and share that while we may not all face the same mountains, we do face mountains all our own that feel insurmountable and can really cause us to lose our sense of self. Hold on to the things that make you feel steady, calm, and take it one step at a time. The hardest part of anxiety (for me) is the panic and the fear that you can't share your feelings with others, but believe me, you can - and you should. They might not always understand but take it from a reformed "bottle it up-er", it does more damage than it does good. 


*this post was written in May of this year and I held onto it as a draft for quite some time. I am sharing this in the hopes that it opens the door for more discussion about the things that make us human. Thank you so much for stopping by!  

Seattle Seattle Seattle

We just took what has seemed to become our yearly trip to Seattle this past week. The weather was AMAZING (we seem to get lucky that way.) The majority of our trip was spent eating and drinking coffee of course, but we did manage to venture out to Bainbridge Island and Snoqualmie during our stay! I absolutely love Washington, the people are so nice and there really is nothing like being surrounded by trees. It was Valentine's day during our stay and the whole city seemed to be bursting with flowers, hearts, and lovers so that of course was wonderful to take in! :) We also found ourselves some cool new spots in Fremont and did some karaoke! I of course am biased but I would say that this is the perfect little vacation destination if you are a city lover like myself. 

I snapped a ton of pictures, enjoy! 

No ma'am

Anyone else a huge worry wart? I certainly am. I've lived the majority of my life not being able to let go of things I can't control. I think that it stems from both my culture and the fact that I am the oldest sibling and that's just the way that it worked out for me. But the last few years or so I have really begun to let go of things that I simply cannot change and have learned to walk away from situations that I feel are mine personally to fix. This has been such a process because I hate surprises and I cannot bear letting people down. I don't like the feeling of unrest you get with uncertainty. I have to say that now, finally, I feel that I am at a point in life where I catch myself saying "no" quite a lot more than I used to. And I have a confession to make: it feels good! I never imagined that things would pan out in a good fashion after saying no because frankly I rarely allowed myself to say, "no, sorry I can't" or "that's just not gonna work." I look back on things, projects, people, etc. that I should have just said no to and I truly think that while I didn't have the courage then I have it now and I am so so okay with that. :) I can say that I have said yes to things that have taken me out of my comfort zone and I have experienced profound growth in areas of my life that I never imagined. But the things I have grown the most from are the things that I genuinely felt I could be invested in. I still intend on saying yes to new experiences and adventures but I am making it a goal to say yes for me and not to please others - even if it's hard sometimes. Why am I sharing this? Because I think that all too often we tend to hide our imperfections and are ashamed of the things that make us human. Well, I am a human and while 23 year old me would have said "don't share this with people" 28 year old me is saying YES to me. :) 

End of Year Musings

Normally Christmas seems to take forever to get here but for some reason, it feels like Thanksgiving was JUST yesterday and it's crazy to think that it's already over! At the end of the year I truly like to reflect on what i've accomplished/didn't accomplish (sorry guitar!) and I kept coming up with things but what mostly stuck with me was how much change we've had this year! We moved out of the place where we both lived for over 20 years, I started a blog - it took my 3 years but I finally did it, I finally wrapped my masters program, and G jumped into the world of being an entrepreneur! Moving has been hard (I miss my parents often) but it's definitely put things into perspective. I now appreciate so much of what I thought I truly wouldn't miss. I have found myself lately just feeling incredibly lucky for what I have every. single. day. As with everything I try and do, I want to write to encourage others and if you find yourself doubting what you've accomplished this year - or if this year feels like every other year - or if you feel like it's been an amazing, stellar year; give yourself a nice big ol' high five/pat on the back. 2016 was truly a year of change and perspective, and what's more - it's not over yet and there is still time to make someone else's end of year wonderful. :) 

Finding Seasons

I am LOVING all of this foliage! I know, it's not as beautiful as Central Park or as crazy rainy as Seattle but this OC girl hasn't ever been around this many leaves! I love nature and I love hiking so this has certainly been a big plus for me. :) Not to mention I get to wear some pretty chunky sweaters lately! My fave! If you've never been out to Malibu Creek State Park in the winter it is so worth the trip for the quiet, calm, and beautiful scenery. :) 

Here are some photos from the last few weeks: (links to some of my outfits at the bottom)

Cardigan: Topshop sold out similar here and here. Shirt: Urban Outfitters . Jeans: Topshop. Hat: Hinge.

Blue knit sweater: sold out, similar here.



Thanksgiving & 28!

This year my 28th birthday and Thanksgiving were on the same day. I had the most relaxing week off of work (thank you educator-life!) and spent plenty of time with my friends and family! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing, fun, food-filled time with your loved ones as well! I always love to see the traditions my friends have with their families (thank you instagram/snapchat!) We are going to decorate the tree soon, safe to say I'm officially in the Christmas spirit!

Quick Trip to Santa Barbara

The Mr. had two random days off this week (maybe because he worked 12 days straight last week :) ) so I was able take two days off myself and enjoy them with him in Santa Barbara! Funny enough, despite living close enough to visit often we rarely head out that way! 

We stopped in Carpinteria for breakfast at this place called Busy Bee Cafe, which is family owned and delicious! We spent some time on the beach and then headed to Santa Barbara for a little relaxation and shopping! 

Days off with my husband are my FAVORITE, especially when we get to eat some tasty food and take in some new scenery. :) 



Palm Springs, again!

We spent a lovely weekend in Palm Springs with a few friends for the Palm Springs Comic Con! It was a blast and we definitely weren't ready to come back to work! Despite not being a huge fan of the heat, I enjoy Palm Springs because we generally have slow mornings, have breakfast on the patio, hang by the pool, and just have a really relaxing time. It's definitely not a busy time at all. :) 

I highly suggest Thai Smile if you are in downtown Palm Springs at all, we went there twice it was so good! We grabbed some coffee at Ernest Coffee (they have Stumptown!) and Kings Highway at the Ace Hotel is also amazing of course. :) 

Always a good time in the desert. :)

Sunday in a Comfy Dress

This Sunday we went to the Malibu Farm Cafe and parked realllllyyyy far so we could walk and enjoy the views. I enjoy Malibu but I will say that Sunday's are crazy busy so if you are looking to ever go there, try and avoid the weekend. :) Today while I'm teaching I will most definitely be daydreaming about lattes on the pier with my hubby!

Dress: Zara. Sandals: Steve Madden

Dress: Zara. Sandals: Steve Madden

DIY Denim

I love thrifting Levi's and turning them into shorts when they're not long enough for me! 

I usually just trim them about 3 inches from the bottom of the pockets and shorten if I need to! You can use a razor, scissors, or a box cutter for distressing them. :) I found this Pinterest tutorial as well. 

Side note: If you have not tried Coffee Bean's Nitro Brew, you should! It's delicious. :)

Shoes:  Nordstrom . 

Shoes: Nordstrom


I normally stick to "quiet" colors and don't like super bright patterned things but when I saw this on sale at Zara I decided i'd mix it up a bit! I'm usually drawn to black, white, and stripes (I own about 100 striped shirts, dresses, and blouses) and less feminine attire. Anyway, I was out and about on a 90+ degree day and this was as comfy as could be for the weather/occasion! 

I got a ton of compliments on it so I guess the moral of the story is: step out of your comfort zone and you'll be surprised at the outcome :)

Romper: Zara. Shoes: Adidas. 

Romper: Zara. Shoes: Adidas.