Sunday, August 3, 2014

Beachy Keen

☆ Skirt - Forever 21 ☆ Shirt - Aritzia ☆ Cardigan - Uniqlo ☆

I've been living in this skirt this summer and this cardigan too. They are both perfect for warm weather and when put together, provide a stylish layered look. They are great for wearing to the beach because of the simplicity of the clothes and the laid back vibe. When I go to the beach, I don't really want to wear my favorite pair of pants and a button down shirt, but I want to look put together. This outfit is fab for a casual occasion because it looks good and feels good at the same time. If I had to pick a pair of shoes for this outfit, I'd probably go with Birkenstocks or strappy sandals.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Basics + Beige

☆ Dress - Zara ☆ Cardigan - Uniqlo ☆ Sandals - Michael Kors ☆ Bracelet - DIY ☆

Summer is perfect for short  and simple dresses, but later in the afternoon it's nice to also layer something on top. This woven cardigan is a slightly different shade of beige but still looks great with the playful pocket dress that I am wearing. Sandals, as always, look great with this type of outfit, and especially gladiator-ish sandals. For a softer look, I added the ponytail and some dainty jewlery.Xx

Monday, June 23, 2014

Short and Sweet

☆ Shirt - Zara ☆ Shorts - Zara ☆ Sandals - Michael Kors ☆

This shorts immediately called my name when I spotted them. I mean, the colors are beautiful, the print is eclectic and the length is perfect. I have been wearing them nonstop since I got them with basic tees. But, I tried them with this crisp, white, button down shirt and I loved it. I added the sandals because they have become my staple shoes this summer. I wear my hair up a lot more in the summer rather than fall or winter, so I decided to go for this ponytail with a few pieces hanging out, to soften up the look. You can try this look by wearing any printed shorts you have and adding a fancier type shirt to them! Xx

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer Baking

As you may or may not know, one of my favorite hobbies is baking. My go to desserts usually contain chocolate, but I also love to bake with fruit and I am especially inspired to bake with them in the summer. This is the recipe for my favorite lemon tart. You can surely purchase a pre-made crust, but it's easy enough to make one yourself and then fill it with this delicious and tangy lemon filling! Add some raspberries and dust it with a light coating of powdered sugar and you'll have a dessert that looks as good as it tastes! xx

Lemon Tart

Yields one 8-inch tart

1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
4oz. butter, slightly soft, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit. Combine the flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until it looks like coarse meal. Combine the egg and vanilla. Add to flour butter mixture. Stir, then briefly knead to form a dough. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1/2 hour. Roll to fill tart pan. Blind bake (10-15 minutes with weight, 10-15 minutes without weight).

Lemon Curd:
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
zest from 1 lemon
3 oz. lemon juice
4 oz. butter, cut in dice

Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Combine the eggs, yolks, sugar, juice, and zest over a bain marie. Add butter and cook, whisking occasionally until thick. Strain into the tart shell. Bake until set, about 5-10 minutes.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spring with an Edge

☆ Dress - Zara ☆ Leather Jacket - Abercrombie ☆ Shoes - Zigi Soho ☆ 

Time to put away the pants and coats and dig up those mini skirts and short jackets because it finally feels like spring! The weather has been much warmer lately and everyone (at least in Cali) is wearing shorts and tees! This is my transition outfit, because I don't want to totally ditch winter! I have to keep my short leather jacket because it's versatile. I wore it with this simple dress and some tall retro shoes to make the look a bit edgier. Swipe on a smoky eye and some messy hair and there you have it: the edgy spring look. Perfect for spring because of the weather and perfect for those of us who don't want to fully leave winter because of the leather jacket! Have fun experimenting… xx

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Trending: Mirrored Love

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Aviator sunglasses have always been the "it" shades, but now there's a new trend taking over in the fashion world that is making everyone swoon. Mirrored sunglasses are super popular and they are a very typical California cool look, yet they also incorporate some fun color. My favorites are the green and blue mirrored sunglasses, but the yellow ones are also rad. What do you think of the new mirrored lens trend?  xx

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monochrome Madness

☆ Coat - H&M ☆ Shirt - Forever 21 ☆ Chain - Forever 21 ☆ Pants - The Runway Outlet ☆ Shoes - Gucci ☆ 

People would assume that monochrome is very boring because it is all based on one color, but if you delve in deeper to explore monochrome, you can encompass different shades and textures of that same color. Grey is a classic, because it's perfect for those of us who just can't decide whether to wear black or white. I call it my compromise color. So, instead of wearing boring, bleh grey, I wore three different shades of grey with intricate detailing on my shirt and pants. My shirt is quilted, so if you get up close, there are small geometric diamonds, and on my pants are crazy cool curves and lines. For a fun touch, when it got colder in the day, I threw on my leopard print jacket, because really, what doesn't go with leopard print?! Xx