Lazy Stripes

DSC_8591It’s hard to go wrong with stripes since they tend to put off that effortless Parisienne air we all long to emanate. But for me, this is the perfect striped tank…color, width, spacing and fit. Now I’m on the hunt for something just as perfect, but with sleeves. We’re finally getting to that time of year, the perfect weather time of year! I’ve worn boots twice now, and I’ve pulled all my sweaters out of storage. Of course, I still want to go buy more.

It’s kinda sad that we’re half way into November and I’m just now saying good bye to my weekend shorts/tank combo…but, Good Bye, see ya next year!DSC_8593DSC_8613 DSC_8583DSC_8580

Loft top (similar, loving this, thisthis)  // Target shorts // J. Crew sandals (option) // Coral Cuff from bLuGrn design

Growing Up

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Ok, so I’ve been seriously slacking here and I’m so mad at myself for it! October was the craziest month ever, crazy but good, I think. At the very least, it was promising. After a relaxing, but still adventure filled, week in Costa Rica at the end of September I came back to string of events that helped me realize how fulfilled I am in this job I took on just last summer. Even tho I’ve enjoyed it from the start, I’ve just hit the point where I think I’m actually pretty good at this and I wanna be even better. For the first time in my life, I’m thinking Career, not just Job. I’ve wondered if that would ever happen to me, and I’ll admit, I’m a little surprised it happened in this industry. Construction, really?!? I always thought I’d need something really girly to make me happy. I think that’s part of why I enjoy blogging. But I can have my balance, I just need to make it happen.

All this leads me to think I need “Professional Adult” goals for 31…my birthday was last month too, like I said, crazy month:

  • Work on time management and prioritizing so I don’t always feel behind of overwhelmed.
  • Become a morning person so that I have more time to do things in a day.
  • Be more social, networking in your industry can open doors you didn’t even know existed.
  • Keep my car clean so I’m always “presentable” as a whole. (probs gonna be the hardest)

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Banana Republic shorts (similar in white) // J. Crew top (loving this) // F21 sandals old (option)

Bridge

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A couple weeks ago Carlos was helping me get some decent pictures for the blog since I had been slacking. He’s really good at finding cool backgrounds, and this was probably one of my favorites so far! I didn’t even know this bridge existed, but how pretty is this?!? The wind got a little crazy on us while we were there, but it kinda made the pics even cooler so I’m not complaining :)

As far as the clothes go…I have way too many breezy white tops, they’re just my favorite, I can’t help it.  I loved these two pieces together because of their similar silhouettes, slightly more fitted at the top with a little flare at the bottom. I think the cut outs in this top keep the outfit from looking too heavy but just in case, I kept the shoes neutral and leg lengthening to keep from adding any more weight.

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J. Crew skirt // Astr top old (option, also love this) // Stuart Weitzman heels  // GiGi New York clutch

Perforated

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I just realized it’s been a really long time since I posted a “going out” outfit. So, for this fabulous first Friday of October (my favorite month!) I thought I’d share a comfortable yet fun dinner & drinks outfit. I’m a big fan of dressing up shorts and this stretchy waist faux leather pair happens to be great for doing just that! They’re not too short or tight, so I find them pretty conservative, but the material makes them fun. Really, you could throw on just a plain old Tshirt and pumps and be good to go. But for just a little extra, I went with this perforated tank. I know you can totally see everything right through it, but I think its sporty cut keeps it from looking trashy. Just add a bralette or at least a cute matching bra that has a lot of coverage. I also love a dark look with a bright lip and this has quickly turned into my favorite lipstick!

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Banana Republic top old (option, love thismore coverage) // H&M shorts // Joie heels (closed toe option)

Packing: Costa Rica Surf Camp

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Tomorrow morning I’ll be on a plane to Costa Rica for my first Surf Camp!!! I’m so excited, I started packing two weeks ago. I’m a super procrastinator for everything, until it’s time for vacation. It’s like the vacation high starts when I start physically putting everything together for my trip…why wouldn’t wanna get that going early?!?

Honestly, every time I go on a beach vacation I end up packing way more than I need because I barely get out of my swim suit. So for this trip, I’ve made a conscious effort to bring only what I really think will get used. Which means not much clothes or make up, too many swimsuits to count, I even got a couple that are sure to withstand the surf and two rash guards and, of course, lots of sunscreen.

I love a good tan, but I’m getting older and I’ve learned to take care of my skin so my sunscreen game will be ON all week. I’ll especially be hitting it hard with the SPF chapstick, because my lips always show the first signs of sun irritation. I love spray on sunscreen for easy body application, but my face will be getting extra love from Trish McEvoy. Anti Fatigue in a bottle with sunscreen, I wear this on no make up days and it’s my favorite make up but not really make up product, so it’s def coming with me. I also love to slather my wet hair with leave in conditioner once I’m outside, it really saves me from my comb later. Of course, ocean water gives you great let-down hair, but I’ll have good pony tails in my bag for the surf lessons. I don’t want any blinded-by-hair moments!

I can’t go on vacation without a good book, I just downloaded The Knockoff, it sounds like a light and fun read, perfect for lazy beach days. Also, as hard as I will try not to get a sunburn, we are talking about a whole week outside, a little redness is bound to happen. Always pack satin pjs just in case the bed sheets irritate your burn! Aloe is nice to have on hand as well. Two other must haves for a beach vacay; nail polish and some sort of hydrating face mask. My nail polish chips fast at the beach and it drives me crazy, so I like to repaint when I’m lounging in the room at night pampering my face from the sun and wind damage.

I hope I didn’t forget anything important! Do y’all pack like this too? Or are you like my sister who just throws a bunch of stuff in a suitcase and hopes for the best? Love you Ash ;)