Where I Shop

I always get asked about new boutiques and places to shop so I thought I would compile a quick list of places where I get my favorite pieces. I really do shop around everywhere, but depending on the piece I want I will go to different places. If I have a piece in mind, I will go to different places to see if they have something similar, or if it is trendy I have my go-to places! Also if I do not have any idea of what to shoot and just want to try to find a brand new piece I also have my go-to places to shop as well!

I usually like to online shop because the sites I visit most often are not usually found at my local mall. Some of them of course are, but I also just think it’s so much easier! I hardly go to the mall to shop unless I know the store has a piece I really want so I go and see it and try it on in person. I have gotten pretty good at focusing in on materials, reading size dimensions and concluding what will work for me and what will not based on the information provided when I online shop.

I actually got this outfit half online half in person. I was looking for last minute Festival Style pieces and festival or not I am a sucker for fringe. This dress is actually from Forever 21 which is where I go to get my trendy pieces. When I am looking for a piece that is fun and lower cost, or pieces that I really like because they are trendy but I may not wear in a few months, Forever 21 is my go-to! That being said, I would consider this dress a staple dress because it is a LBD and I know I will be wearing it for a while!

Showpo is a great place to shop for cute pieces no matter your size! The pieces always fit well and are girly and fun! Definitely, a must when you are just shopping around for weekend wear!

Verge Girl and Princess Polly seem to be on the same wavelength. I am OBSESSED with their pieces and this is where I shop when I want to shoot something new but I do not have a piece in mind. The pieces are always feminine and sweet and so my style!

The ‘sweet girls’ boutique is none other than Lulu’s of course! This is a must for a sweet Sunday dress or a cute vacation outfit! Also, their shoes and accessories are mostly why I shop here!

When I am looking for something cool and fresh, I shop Asos. The prices range but when you really spend some time on the site there are tons and tons of great finds! For petite friends like me (or even my tall gals) there are subsections for you to shop your size too!

Higher End

Give me all the Lace, Frills and sweet prints brought to you by For Love & Lemons! These pieces are more special occasion pieces but they are so fun and ideal for when I am shooting!

Reformation has great basics and vintage vibes. I found a jacket there once that I just will never be able to live without!

Now I know everyone knows about this one, but for a sleek look, I shop Revolve. You really just need a piece or two to create a killer look, but I mean I would also be elated if my entire closet was made up of Revolve! (What a dream)

Hat : (similar) // Dress : Forever 21 (similar) // Necklace : Sterling Forever

 

Interview with Teenie Genie + Outfit Details

I was so lucky to have been able to go with Gina (Teenie Genie) to Palm Springs for the Coachella events this year! She has gone the past four years and since this was my first time it helped so much to have someone who knew their way around. I met Gina at a blogger meet up in LA and I was so excited to go with her. It’s so much easier to go with other bloggers because they understand the need to stop for pictures or when you want to take a fun story for your Instagram. Not only did we go to lots of fun events, but we also got some great shoots in.

I have not done a blogger interview in a while and I wanted to continue that series! I also added lots of outfit shots and pieces to this post because I just could not resist!

Visit Gina’s Instagram and Blog!

What made you start a blog? 

It was about a year ago where I found myself bored in my personal life. I spent a lot of time on Instagram having fashion blogger envy, wishing I could do something like that. I was at a networking event with a group of pretty-high level marketing executives talking about the marketing strategy I had taken at my company, and the programs I had implemented in my short six months there, “You built a website by yourself?” “How did you generate that many leads in one month?” “What’s that platform you used?” “Wow, you are so creative.”

It was at that moment, the floodgates opened. I realized I knew a lot. My positions at startups had helped me cultivate a unique skill set that many people didn’t have. Was I creative?

These conversations ultimately gave me the confidence to start my blog. I desperately wanted to explore fashion, but I didn’t want to leave my job, and I didn’t want to work for someone else. I knew I wanted to do something with petite fashion since I was experienced and it was something I could help others like me with. My nickname in college was Teenie Genie and it was my Instagram name so I chose the name TeenieGenie Style. If these girls could do it, why couldn’t I? There was nothing stopping me. Nothing to lose. I dove in head first and haven’t stopped swimming since.

What is your favorite part about blogging? 

Connecting with my followers and other bloggers! I love to write, but sometimes it can be really hard to buckle down and get into a creative zone. A lot of time, I’ll stay up all night writing. I put a lot of effort into my posts and try to make my content meaningful for my followers.   I absolutely love it when I get comments that my readers found something relatable, helpful, or inspiring.  It’s what motivates me to push forward and continue blogging. 

Which post was your favorite to shoot?

My tie-dye post!  I do a lot of research into where I am going to shoot.  It’s easiest for me to shoot in my home town because grew up there and know it like the back of my hand.  I remembered I did this biology project in 9th grade and had discovered these really cool beach caves.  I thought it could be a cool place to shoot, and it ended up being amazing! I feel like the shot of me in the pink dress looks like I’m off in some far off foreign place, but really I’m just about a mile down the road from where I grew up.  In fact, the other outfit I shot for that post was taken only 500 feet away from the cave picture!  It’s amazing how when you can utilize your surroundings to produce such different effects.

What is your favorite piece in your closet? 

That’s a tough one! I have a denim jean jacket with stars on it from Pistola that is one of my favorite go-to pieces.  I think of my style as “California Cool” and I think it’s piece totally embodies that.  A basic jean jacket with a little bit of edge that looks effortless.  That’s what I try to achieve with my style.  I wear it all the time in the Summer at night when it gets chilly in Santa Monica.

Can you share your go-to fitness tip?

Challenge yourself, but enjoy yourself at the same time! I used to push myself to do HIIT classes, but would feel like I was going to throw up the entire class because it was so hard.  At the end I would just be happy it was over and I wasn’t suffering anymore! If you hate your workout, chances are you will eventually give up. Instead, find a workout that you enjoy.   I love barre and pilates so those are my core workout classes.  Each class I challenge myself to go a bit further or harder.   That’s what makes it rewarding and has me coming back!

Jacket : Missguided // Swim Suit : (similar) // Chain Belt : (similar) // Hoops : Sterling Forever

Favorite Little Details

I’m the kind of girl that when I like something I use it over and over again. When I really like a song I play it constantly until I am absolutely sick and tired of it! The same can be said about my jewelry. I wear the same three rings on my fingers, a dainty gold choker and swap between three pairs of earrings. Of course, if my outfit calls for some different jewelry I swear it, but then I put my original pieces right back on! Well, I am taking a close up on a few of my favorite (new) details and sharing why I wear them so much and where you can get them for yourself!

First up are my rings. Now let me start off by saying I have the SMALLEST fingers! Literally, they are so skinny and dainty everyone always comments on them. “You have baby hands.” “I could break your fingers if I wanted to.” I get it. Anyway, so my go-to are midi rings. My thumb ring is actually a Kendra Scott midi ring that I have as a set. My cross ring I believe I received from my grandma for my first communion. (That was when I was in second-grade y’all.) And my last “ring” is actually an ear cuff from Mejuri that I got from a bumble event. Needless to say, I wear these three rings at all times except when I am washing my hair.. a sad lesson learned the hard way.

Kendra Scott rings (similar) // Mejuri Ear Cuff 

Two new favorites are these sunglasses and watch from MVMT! I was gifted them to promote on Instagram and I just love the rose gold I wanted to add them to this post! I really am not a fan of watches so I almost turned this down, but I checked out the ones they had anyway and I really liked the unique band of this one!

 

MVMT Paloma Watch // MVMT Citadel Sunglasses

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly is this new ear thread from AUrate. On New Year’s Eve, my friend and I had a whole discussion on how to put in an ear thread! We had both never used one and a few days later AUrate reached out to me seeing if I would do a sponsored post and one of the items was a gold ear thread. Now if you haven’t guessed already I only wear gold and rose gold so I just had to say yes! I am still playing with how to wear it, but it was such a coincidence!

AUrate New York ear thread

Vestique Wish List

Every Christmas the number one gift on my list is clothes! This year is no exception (just look at my wishlist). This year I am using my discount codes and doing some shopping for my friends and family. I picked out a few of these pieces for my followers in mind. These are pieces I would actually wear and show on the blog and I wanted to share them with you another way.

I never wanted to be a brand ambassador for any brand, but when I saw Vestique was having an opening for new brand ambassadors I had to apply! I am so happy I was accepted and I have a special discount code for you to shop some of my favorite boutique looks!

Use code : BriTrev10 for 10% off your purchase!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you purchase!

Click on the picture below to be directed straight to the page to purchase! Also, have you checked out my vestique highlights on Instagram? Keep track of all of the sales and my favorite pieces in one place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LikeToKnow.It Book Tour

There are so many opportunities that have presented itself since I have been in Los Angeles. Being able to attend one of the stops on the LikeToKnow.it book tour was definitely one of them. Listening to the advice from these bloggers was truly inspirational. I was able to have a real conversation with these genuine ladies who willingly shared their stories and tips to be successful.

Let me tell you, I try to attend as many blogging events as I can. Lots of the information I learn is usually for first-time bloggers. The tips and tricks shared are usually things that I practice myself or have heard at least once. At this event, that was not the case. I really learned so much about being a blogger in this oversaturated field. I was told things I had not known before and a few tricks I did not know. I actually even shared a few of my own as well!

I love events like this because they are networking opportunities. I was able to introduce myself to these amazing influencers and meet with smaller scale influencers as well.

Let’s talk about the book. The whole reason for the tour! The LikeToKnow.it book is full of the stories and interviews of huge influencers who are associated with LikeToKnow.it. Influencers who successfully provide fashion finds, style advice and lifestyle tips to others. This is what I hope to one day be. I did not know I wanted it until recently if I am being completely honest. But attending events like this remind me it is attainable. That the hustle is worth it. This book reminds me to start somewhere. That to be something you start at step one and push and pray until you get there. I am so young for this and there is so much more room to grow and more to learn. But trust me I am definitely doing this now.

It was a joy to sit in at this panel. While I wish I could attend and introduce myself to more of these amazing ladies, I am more than happy to settle for viewing their Instagram story for the tour! I hope to one day even work for LikeToKnow.it! Now that would be a full circle for me!

How To Shop with LikeToKnow.it

I link my best finds and outfit pieces straight to my LikeToKnow.it account! It is so easy to shop the best pieces and know exactly where a blogger get their look with this app! Downloading the app is so easy to do and so worth it!

  1. Download the app
  2. Screenshot a blogger’s (like me!) picture from Instagram that has the LTK.it emblem at the bottom right corner
  3. An email will go straight to your inbox with the pieces that they are wearing that have already been linked just for you!
  4. Click on the picture and it takes you directly to where to buy it online! It’s that simple.

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Photos by Kathy Denning Photography

My Favorite Accessories of the Moment

Recently I’ve been trying to stick to more plain looks, white or gray tops and denim, but what sets the looks apart are accessories. I’ve noticed a few trends from other bloggers and I wanted to share a few of my own as well, especially for the summer months! I’ve worn these accessories on repeat through out summer and I do not plan to stop anytime soon. I love how easily they go with any outfit and how easily they are worn.

Sun Glasses

  

Straw Accessories

  

Gold Coin Necklaces

 

Top : Library (similar) (similar) // Jeans : Levi’s

  

Picnic and Podcasts in the Park

Every Thursday I have been going to The Grove for ‘Picnic and Podcasts in the Park’. It was a weekly event for the month which featured live podcasts from Dear Media. The four events featured The Skinny Confidential Him & Her, As Seen Online with Jilly Hendrix, That’s so Retrograde and Work Party.

I had really only heard of two of the four but I enjoyed it so I RSVP’d to go after work every week. I honestly love listening to podcasts so this was right up my alley! If you know anything about Dear Media you know it is run by Michael Bosstick who is the Him in The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. It was so exciting getting to meet them both after their live recording and I knew the rest of the podcasts would be great because they are both so creative and business savvy.

There was complimentary drinks, candy, macaroons and sometimes goodie bags! It was just a fun experience and I wanted to write about it because it was one of the fun things I got to do while in LA that not everyone gets to attend. I cannot wait to listen to more episodes and see how the company grows.

Top : Top Shop // Jeans : Vintage (similar) // Necklaces : Forever 21 (similar)

   

Wearing a Dress Two Ways

Did I even really go to LA if I didn’t do a quick shoot on Rodeo Drive?! Ugh I just love that part of Los Angeles. So upscale and clean and the food is amazing! Designer bags and brands at every corner. So picturesque as well! I loved the white walls and it didn’t hurt to get a few of the brands in the center don’t ya think?

Okay on to the dress. When I first opened the package I was not sure if I would like this. I decided to shoot it and give it a try. I liked the unique strap and I put it on and I honestly was not too crazy about it because I felt like I lost shape.

It was obviously a small (which was the smallest size) but I am still a petite girl so I did what I could with what I had and added an extra safety pin in the back to create a keyhole look that you can see above. It gave me more shape and made sure all of my chest area was not too exposed!

Still I tucked it in as a tank and I loved the simple gray feel of it! Also as a dress I can definitely see it as a beach cover up as well or if I’m lucky I can pair it with some killer heels and go out with it! I also love the simple accessory of the gold coin necklace! Definitely one of my favorite trends of the moment!

I am definitely keeping this dress now that I know how to style it!

Dress : One x One Teaspoon bought on Lab25 // Shorts : One x One Teaspoon Bandits // Necklace : Forever 21

 

Moving to a New City

I’ve been so blessed to be able to move to LA for this summer! It was such a new experience from being by myself, to finding new places to go to the gym, eat and go to church and making new friends. I am so proud of myself for being able to do this myself and live in California because I always wanted to even if it is for a short amount of time. This was like a fun, extended vacation and while I missed my friends and family like crazy I was so happy to do this as apart of my life.

I lived in student apartments right by UCLA which is very close to Bel-Air, and down the street from fraternity row I must add! I moved for an internship with a PR agency called PR for Artists. You could see the hollywood sign from the office and the roof had a gorgeous view!

I wanted to give a few tips and tricks for venturing out in a new city, or even moving back to your own city, and how I found my way around. I have learned a lot about myself recently and I think this is another experience I will always remember!

Make New Friends : I lived near UCLA so I stayed with college age girls and that’s how I made friends. Also just going to do things you love like yoga or art classes will make you friends with similar interests.

Location, location, location : Look around where you live, find places to eat, a gym and popular hangouts around you. It was super important for me to find a church so I definitely googled all of those things and more!

Find a Job : okay this is obvious but you need to find time to fill your days! Life is more fun when you have lots of things to do to fill your day with! Also the more you do the more people you meet and that is what counts!

Watch your Budget : This was the hardest thing for me because I always wanted to eat out and try a new place as well as do fun things! Plan out your week and the things you want to do, free stuff can be just as fun!

Plan to see your Family : It’s all fun and games until the homesickness hits! I was only gone for two months so I was with my dad on the drive there and back and I visited my momma the second month so that I would not get homesick! Also I snap chatted my friends constantly and begged them to come stay with me!

Step Out of your Comfort Zone, Safely : Do something new! Always try something that makes that place unique! But also be aware of your surroundings, keep your pepper spray handy and know some basic self defense!

Body Suit : Zara (similar) // Shorts : Asos // Bag : Forever 21 (similar)

  

My Favorite Online Boutiques

I always think the best, most unique pieces come from local boutiques. I love getting basics and trendy pieces from places like Forever 21 and more common places at the mall. But for a piece that not everyone has I like to go to thrift shops and specialty boutiques downtown. While we don’t all have the same places to shop, I wanted to share a few of my favorite online boutiques for you to check out! These places are some of my favorites and range in price, so check first before you totally fall in love with a killer look. Also leave a comment below on your favorite online or local boutique! I’d love to check it out!

Amazing Lace : Girly and fun, this shop has the best swimsuits as well! I never buy swimmies online, but I couldn’t resist and it fit me perfectly!

 

Berkley Elleven : Boho Style with a chill vibe, I love the layered jewelry they sell as well and they’re pieces are always unique

 

Sundae Muse : Australian boutique with super cute pieces, but it does take a while to be shipped because of the distance so keep that in mind and tends to run small so size up if it’s a tighter top!

 

Top : (similar) (similar)  // Skirt : Free People // Shoes : Steve Madden // Purse : Kate Spade (similar)