Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Friday + Labor Day Sales + Highlights

Happy Labor Day weekend loves! I've got some hiking, beaching, cocktailing, and barbecuing to do down in Laguna Beach followed by a birthday fiesta on Sunday and a Malibu day in the sun on Monday. What do you have in store for this holiday weekend?

I'm also going to be shopping the lovely sales that Labor Day brings:

1. Tory Burch - use code LABORDAY
2. C. Wonder - use code LABORDAY
3. ASOS - use code Summer4Ever
4. Kendra Scott - use code LDW2013
5. Madewell - use code BYESUMMER
6. J.Crew - use code HELLO30
7. Topshop - use code HEYUSA

+ See below for some highlights of things I liked this week...


1. 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. Via The Best Article Everyday.

2. Krystal Schlegel's Labor Day Packing Guide. Via Krystal Schlegel The Style Book.

3. The Understated ManicureVia Into The Gloss.

4. S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Via The View From 510 Looking In.

5. The perfect day to night sweater. Via Lilly Pulitzer.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

We're The Richards

While life has many themes that come and go - school, jobs, boyfriends, girlfriends, vacations, etc. - the one constant theme is family. I posted earlier this week about a loss in my family so I now want to turn the tables and shed light on the beauty a family can bring and produce. 

I instantly fell in love with these photos when I saw them on my best friend's (she's family) blog last month. Keith Richards, the patriarch of the clan, loves getting his family together on his and Patti Hansen's Turks and Caicos retreat. Well, I cannot blame him. They are a true gypsetting family.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Elle UK: Katy Perry Roars

Let's be honest, I LOVE this girl (so I love this Elle UK editorial).

I'm on a leopard print kick so here's a little shoe inspiration from Katy's latest single and her VMA outfit from Sunday:

Shop all J.Crew shoes & all Club Monaco shoes (p.s. use code FINAL50 for 50% off at Club Monaco).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Life, Love, & Passing On

Last week, I lost my grandma to Heaven. I believe the week brought about a lot of mixed emotions in me as well as the other members of my family. I was inspired to write a few words on the matter after reading Emily Schuman's (of Cupcakes & Cashmere) recent post on the same subject.

My grandmother's passing was not unexpected but it still came as a shock. We had a very special and close relationship that consisted of lots of play, games, trips, and "special days" together when I was young and lots and lots of conversations as I grew older and as she became less well. I learned a wealth of knowledge from my grandma about both what to do and what not to do. She set an example for me in both lights, although she probably did not realize this. Regardless, she was a truly amazing grandma who thought her grandchildren were the most talented, smart, and perfect people in the world.

I am grateful for her passing because I know she is in the one perfect place in the world and is exactly where she wants to be - with my grandpa and The Lord. I find joy in this faith of mine. I am also grateful because her funeral gave my family an excuse to all get together in the same place. I loved having time to spend with my uncles, aunts, and cousins. So, in that way, I also found joy in her passing.

I will take many things with me - lessons learned and memories made - that I got from my relationship with my grandma into my future. One of the most important things my experiences from this past week reminded me of is to always make the effort when it comes to family. You only have one family and you can learn from them in more ways than one - about your past and where you come from, how to be a family and how not to be a family, how to love and demonstrate grace, how to forgive and accept forgiveness, and what to do and what not to do, to name a few.

My grandma knows I love her and I love the relationship we had. I will miss her but I know our conversations will not end.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Passion Decor

I'm always perusing pinterest, blogs, and tumblrs for decor inspiration. My apartment feels like a giant project as my roommate and I are always adding new details to spruce up a room or even just a corner of a room. I recently stumbled upon the tumble Passion Decor - it was love at first sight. The girl behind the tumblr has similar taste to me in a handful of ways. Below are some highlights...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Family Ties

Hello loves, I'm sorry I've been MIA the past few days. I'm afraid to say that I won't be back until next week. I'm heading to the peach state to be with family. Have a great week and tell your family you love them!

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Look Back: Vogue September Covers Over The Years

Take an archival peak back at some of the most beautiful Vogue September covers of all time - including the first ever Vogue September cover from 1893. I'll be celebrating the biggest issue of the year this weekend as I attempt to get through this year's issue. Which cover is your favorite? My favorites: 1939, 1964, 1989, & 2011.

















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