As a lover of statement pieces, Nasty Gal is one of my go-to places to shop. When I saw this cow printed bikini I knew I had to have it! I am obsessed with the western feel of the swimsuit and knew I had to pair it with my fringe boots. While these rocks aren’t exactly what I had in mind for the background, it worked out. I was traveling from Texas to California and trying to shoot along the way so you can imagine how that turned out when I barely know where everything is packed!
I am currently obsessing over the western trend and I cannot get over how easy it comes to me, probably because I am from Texas. By easy I mean that I do not feel overdressed or in a costume, but in something as basic as a band tee and denim shorts. I think the “trend of the western vibe will fade, but in the south, this is just a genre of clothing we like to wear on a Saturday night to go dancing in!
Western Gear (click for link)
How do we feel about the swimsuit and boots situation? I have already done a similar look for Coachella weekend but I wanted to keep with the country theme and try it again. I think it was a fun outfit to wear and style and I wish I had been able to have had access to my whole closet and accessories!
Swimsuit : Nastygal (top)
Swim Suit season is basically here so let’s go over a few of my tips that I think are super important. I truly believe to have a swimsuit body you just put a swimsuit on a body. Still, living in an age where everyone seeing everything with one post, it is easy to feel judged over something so simple. Plus it is the worst looking at these perfect looking girls! Okay, mini rant over… let’s get on to the post.
1. If you are not happy with your body, do something about it!
I get super frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a few. And I hate that you feel like you have to be swimsuit ready 24/7 for all of the summer. Take a fat day you know! But what I am trying to say is get ready by running or taking a fitness class. Work for what you want. Also, it makes you feel good after and like you’ve accomplished something. Plus there are so many health benefits to just getting up and moving!
2. Body Positivity.
This is a big one. While you are on the road to looking how you want to. Accept your body as is. Remember the blessing it is to even have a body, especially a working one. Own what you have and be confident no matter how big or small you are! And if you want to look different, revert back to 1.
3. Flatter yourself not fatter yourself
Wear the pieces that flatter your body no matter the size! I used to wear smaller pieces just because I could fit into them, but that doesn’t mean they look the best on you! Plus when it comes to swimsuits there are SO many different silhouettes that you can mix and match and find the pieces that you love. Pick a cute cover up for those days you aren’t feeling it. And of course a matching headband for a completed look!
Swim Top : Pretty Little Thing // Swim Bottom : Pretty Little Thing // Hat : Forever 21
So if it hasn’t become apparent enough, I am stepping out of my fashion comfort zone and I haven’t stopped. Along with trying more boho looks, I have shot a few trendy and chic looks as well which is really killing my Instagram profile! But I like being able to pull off new looks and trying something that is different! Honestly, I know a lot of you are going to HATE this look as soon as it comes out on Instagram but I had to try it out! I was getting creative with the outfits I have and I wanted to share something new and different. Plus I am still in my phase of doing different kinds of looks so this one was included. These shoes are actually my moms and probably a size too big and I bought this romper from Wildfox at a sample sale! I tried again with the Spring outfit and black boots (similar post) and this is what I got. I also linked a few outfits to show you my inspiration and pieces to shop for yourself!
What do you think of this look?
Similar Pieces (Click to go to the linked page)
Being a minimalist doesn’t mean you own one pair of shoes, a pair of jeans, or only take pictures in front of plain white walls! I really like to mix up my style so you could see me on a Monday in a leopard skirt and big fluffy sweaters, and then Tuesday with a pair of jeans and a white tee. I love playing around with what I wear and for my days off you will always see me in denim and a simple top because it’s my go-to!
One of my roommates and I recently joked about how we try to save our money and every once in a while we splurge and buy some flashy new accessories, but still like to be considered a minimalist! So it got me thinking… what is a minimalist and can do dress as one without being one?
So first thing I thought of with this outfit was the beach because when I go to the beach I really like to keep it simple. I take a towel, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses. Minimalist. This outfit is simple and easy, but what makes a minimalist outfit? Does it depend on the simplicity of the outfit, or maybe even the make of the pieces itself?
Would you consider a look minimalist if it costs an insane amount of money?
A few definitions of minimalist included : reduced to its necessary elements ; it is based on a need instead of want.
So I guess the answer to the above question depends on you and the piece itself. When it comes down to it though, did you need the piece? And what is the level of need? I think my answer would be no, but it also does not depend on the cost at all.
I think it is important to be minimalist in one area, with waste. Okay total turn for the post, not gonna lie! But I thought it was important to spread the awareness! (If you’ve made it this far in the post.) Being aware of your effect on others and the environment is so important. It can be so simple to reduce your carbon footprint. From using reusable bags and recycling, to selling and rebuying clothes. Support organizations that do their part as well and buy from sustainable brands first. This will encourage other brands and ultimately people to take part in this movement! Don’t forget to stress the little things, it will go a long way!
Hat : Lack of Colors (Show Me Your Mumu) // Jeans : Levi’s // Bodysuit : Free People
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
California has been the perfect vacation destination! Nothing like enjoying a day by the Venice Beach, am I right?! The first thing I do when I get ready for a fun vaca? Plan out my outfit! And somewhere where there is a beach and a pool you have to have the perfect swimsuit! Recently I’ve been obsessing over the color nude! A cute suit like this is perfect for vacation to any destination because it will be perfect with any background for cute pictures.
I always like to wear something cute to cover up with and this top can be worn at the beach, at the pool, or even out for dinner. Pieces like this are ESSENTIAL for vacation since you don’t want to overpack but you also want to have cute pieces.
What’s your favorite thing to do on vacation?
I also wanted to do a special feature on these killer shoes! Nothing says summer like Espadrilles! Always my favorite for a summer night or day out!
All pieces are from PrettyLittleThing
Mocha Crinkle Scoop Neck Bikini Top // Mocha Crinkle Bikini Bottoms // Dorsey White Beachwear Shirt // Niella Black Espadrilles Flatform Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles
When I shop I like to have a few items I want in mind! A cute swimsuit, a gold necklace, a fun skirt! It’s the easiest way for me to shop online! PrettyLittleThing definitely gets it too! I shopped the vacation shop before I came to California and trust me I could not resist!
This white skirt I just had to have! The style was adorable and to be honest I’m a sucker for a sweet skirt! PrettyLittleThing also has a variety of styles and that’s what I love. If you’re a girly girl like me or even super chic and glam, there are pieces every girl will find. Also can we just take a second and talk about prices?! They are affordable and the material is great! Pieces that are durable and affordable.
What’s your favorite piece to wear for a day out in the summer sun? This is obviously mine!
White Tassel Trim White Skirt // Steve Madden ‘Kirsten’ Sandals // Karielle Black Flatform Espadrilles // Gold Necklace : Forever 21
Typical Beach pictures for a Typical Beach day
Let me just start off by saying how beyond beautiful Malibu is! Mountains on one side, beach to the other, so dreamy at sunset! Its breath taking and the weather was beautiful! NOTHING like Texas beaches! I was able to get into the cool water and get out, tan for a bit and get right back in and it still feel good. That is a miracle in itself!
There are lots of fun things to do around here, most of which involve cute places to eat, one of which being Malibu Farms which is the first cool restaurant that will pop up in your search. (This is where I took the pictures in front of the pink bench.) Let me tell you after a day at the beach I had a BLT Kale salad and it was beyond delicious! Also I could not resist some chocolate frozen yogurt as well and it tasted just like soft serve.
The thing about beaches like these are that the sand comes off so easily, you don’t smell the harsh sea smell all around you, and there is not a lot of humidity like Texas beaches! Truly different and fun to go at any time of the day!
A recommendation or two :
Malibu Farms : Amazing dinner and sweet desserts
Water Activities : Go for a swim or a surf, the waves are huge and beautiful
Hiking & Biking : There are lots of trails nearby and the views are seriously amazing!
Cafe Habana : Another place to stop for a bite and take lots of instagram shots!
Bandeau : Victoria Secret (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s