WOW. It has been SO long since I’ve been on here. I am so sorry to be so MIA more often than not. I’ll admit that it’s hard for me to be consistent on here. I am SO picky with content that I always want them to be Darry Price Jr. quality, but real life: he has a life outside of shooting my photos haha. My boyfriend and I have actually been learning more camera stuff together and it’s been so fun! Sooo, what I’m trying to say is, I’m working on the consistency thing haha. I have all of these unpublished posts from fall/winter of 2017 that Darryl took and I’m debating on posting for this fall/winter… Thoughts? I think I might get creative and pull out my posts from the “drafts” archives for this fall/winter. 🙂
Life lately has been crazy. How is it OCTOBER?! It’s insane how quickly time flies or maybe I notice more because I’m getting older? Not sure haha. I thought it would be good to jump back into blogging by playing a little catch up and tell you babes what I’ve been up to lately and what I have planned! PS. the last time I tried to write this post was in APRIL and then again in JULY. Swear I am trying, but being inconsistent is a big Gemini trait, oops.
ONE // I got a new job! I am a Style Advisor and specialize in personal shopping at Aritzia and it is so fun to style people IRL vs over social media haha. Come visit me!
TWO // My boyfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary in July! I don’t know if I’ve ever actually talked about it on any of my blog posts, but we are in a long distance relationship and we actually started it that way and have never lived in the same place. I have never met anyone who is as loving or caring as he is. He’s always doing things to show me that he loves me like send me love letters, does my taxes, makes my bagels in the morning and he always pumps my gas for me because I despise doing it. We have a love for traveling and adventuring together and it is my favorite thing that keeps me motivated. I’m keeping him forever. If you’re reading this Andrew, you da best everrrrr.
THREE // This year has been a hard year to cope with loss. My uncle passed away February of 2016 and everyday I wake up in my aunt’s house without him and it’s been our new normal. It is honestly really hard to not think about him day-to-day especially living with my aunt. Christmas 2016 was our last Christmas with him so I knew the first year without him was going to be hard. It’s now almost 2 years later and it is still to this day gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, sad, happy (that he wasn’t in pain anymore), every emotion, everything. I still feel it. It comes and goes and sometimes out of nowhere I get sad and cry about it. This past May, Andrew’s stepmom passed away from bone cancer and it crushed all of us. There is truly nothing in the world to see the people you love go through something so personal and so difficult. Wendy was always so full of life even when she was sick and I will never forget the days when Andrew and I would go pick up food and flowers and spend the day with her. What I’ve learned coping with loss personally is that I think people have this preconceived notion that grief is something that you deal with once and it’s done, but it’s not. I read this quote a few months ago and it really resonated with me, “You don’t get over grief, you just learn to have it as part of your life.” Doesn’t that make so much more sense? I constantly felt so confused when grieving after the loss of my uncle and this time around, it was easier in the sense that I let myself be sad and knew it was ok to feel what I felt. And that is exactly what I told my boyfriend. But really, fuck cancer. It is a real piece of shit.
FOUR // Since the beginning of this summer, I was inspired to start Project Declutter and I have to say it has made me feel SO good!! I started out slow and it was honestly really hard at first to let go of things that had sentimental value to me, but my boyfriend who is the most minimal person I know, kept telling me that it would get easier. And it did! I have gotten rid of loads and loads and loads of my clothes!! Andrew being the true angel that he is sold a lot of my stuff at local consignment shops. Tattered Trading in Long Beach is actually my favorite and closest to me too! I now can say I really only have my favorite pieces in my closet! I still occasionally have moods where I go through my closet and get rid of more clothes which always feels great! Working at Aritzia has helped me add new pieces in my closet that I love and that are also closet staples so it makes getting dressed so much easier!
FIVE // One of my goals this year was to be better with money and Andrew has been helping me budget my money! It took us a few different apps to figure out what I liked and what I would even use, but I actually ended up liking the the one he uses! It’s called, You Need A Budget aka YNAB and what I love about it is that you budget and allocate money that you actually HAVE unlike Mint. Andrew really disliked Mint because it was budgeting money you didn’t have and after using YNAB, it doesn’t make sense at all! It’s helped so much to physically see where my money goes especially because I feel like I was never really taught how to budget. If anyone is interested in this I can ask him to talk about it or you can visit his little corner of the internet: https://www.financialminimalist.com/.
SIX // I recently got some Air Force 1 sneakers and they are seriously life changing! It’s rooough being on my feet all day long so I’ve been buying lots of shoes lately and these have easily become my favorite! I have also been loving the Vince Blair Slip-On Sneaker and the Adidas Original EQT Racing Sneaker! They are so comfy!
SEVEN // Andrew and I had a Harry Potter marathon and… it was the first time I have ever seen the movies. I know, I was living under a rock. I am obsessed now and I’m sad we rented them on Amazon instead of purchasing them because I wanna rewatch them haha. Omg, can we talk about Crazy Rich Asians? Yes, the movie! I AM OBSESSED. Well, Andrew and I are. We liked it so much we saw it twice haha! The first time we saw it together and the second time we didn’t, but I still cried the second time. It was so well done and SO RELATABLE! I am now obsessed with Gemma Chan too. She is so chic and pretty!!!
EIGHT // These two photos were taken in Colorado by Andrew dearest and I literally made him pull over so I could get a picture hahaha. Thank God he deals with me. ANYWAY! I am obsessed with Colorado!!! The air there is incredible and I am so in love with the real seasons and getting to see real weather!!! I justify buying my teddy jackets/coats because he lives there haha!
NINE // I recently picked up Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey and it’s the most perfect nude lipstick I have ever found!! If you’ve never tried her lipsticks, try them STAT. They are so luxurious and her packing is incredible! I also love her Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk! I also repurchased my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation! I wear the color 6 in the summer and 5 in the winter! I always pick up a new beautyblender pro (the black one is my fave) whenever I can especially when it starts to feel not as full and bouncy. A sweet friend of mine recently sent me the Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops and I am LOVING it! My biggest issue is that my face is so pale and gets zero color so this product is gold. It literally leaves me with the prettiest golden glow! She also recommended that I mix it with the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
TEN // This weekend, Andrew is taking me on a surprise road trip which I am so excited for and love that he always loves to surprise me! Which led me to think about how many adventures we’ve gone on and I thiiink I am going to post some of our past adventures!
If you made it this far, you are incredible. Don’t worry your regular scheduled programming of outfits, my favorite beauty finds and my tried and true coffee spots are in the works! Can you guys believe my little blog turned ONE year old this past May?! So crazy! I hope you babes have the BEST weekend! Talk soon! xx