california style

southern california is one of the greatest loves of my life.  i’ve mentioned it before but lately it’s all that has been on my mind.  my father is from california, my parents met and fell in love in california, my grandparents lived almost their entire lives in california.  some of my favorite, happiest memories are in/of california.  and i’ve set my sights on california.

i’ve threatened it for years – packing my bags and heading to the west, never to return.  amid cries from my parents that it is too far away, that i won’t be happy, that it is too shallow, that it isn’t what it used to be, i have put my dreams on the back burner.  but now i’m at the precipice of change in my life.  i’m at the edge of the rest of my life.  i’m ready to make a decision and really let myself be free, doing and seeing what i want, being who i want.  not that i’m not already but you know what i mean…

so i’ve made a decision.  at this time next year, i will be there.  maybe it’s la, san diego, laguna, the side of the road, i’m not sure.  but i will be there.  and for now, here’s what’s inspiring me to keep working towards my dreams.

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couldn’t resist throwing in a little stevie 😉

images from pinterest (check me out @babybohemian) and free people

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september picks

september has been a month of growth and decision making.  i’m working on making some changes in my life and paying attention to what i need and want for myself.  i have gone back to some old product and fashion loves; the things that i know will work and work well.  i’m taking comfort in the familiar and the safe, while still allowing myself move forward in a new and scary direction. IMG_4282.jpgwearing >>

elf angled blush brush // to blend out cream bronzer

rms eye polish in myth // perfect sheeny taupe-ness

rms living luminizer

curled lashes with no mascara

opi i sao paulo over there // the best taupe nail polish

dior creme de rose // the best lip balm

white supergas // my white sneaker of choice

drift/riot gold signet ring

reading >> 

the girls by emma cline // read my review here

making space by thich nhat hanh

the file // into the gloss but so much better

following >>

fashion weeks and street style catch ups via collage vintage

a few new instagram loves // @joellehyman, @summer.dawn, @iamnoella

watching >> 

instagram stories // soooooo much better than snapchat

jessie of sunbeamsjess‘ old vlogtober and vlogmas videos // here’s to fall!

looking forward

IMG_3326to a date in the city with my dad // breakfast and christmas shopping tomorrow

to finish working on my christmas presents // i’m handcrafting my sisters’ presents and will show you what i made after christmas!

to togetherness // my sisters and brothers will be home for the holidays

to learning more about calligraphy // i had my first class on wednesday and i really felt my creative juices flowing

to some travels in the coming months // i’m itching to head out to california, new york, and florida and maybe some other places if i can swing it

to making my way through a stack of books // my self imposed reading list plus more

to creating and setting my intentions for the new year // working and focusing on myself, my mind, my body, and my spirit

to getting back to work, friends, and the place where i feel most myself // 

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