The first few days of our recent trip to Tulum were met with heavy winds and rain, which meant being stuck in our hotel room with minimal wifi. Needless to say, we got a little stir crazy, so when the sun finally came out, we took full advantage of the weather and spent the first sunny day exploring the surrounding area by foot. One of the things we had hoped to find on our walk was a highly rated Italian restaurant called Posada Margherita. I had read about it before our trip, but the idea of Italian food from Mexico seemed questionable. The decor alone was worth the visit, and after one bite of their fresh made pastas, I was totally sold. I wore this comfortable denim dress with sandals, which was perfect for our spontaneous lunch with a rustic beachside vibe.
Dress: American Eagle (see bottom of post for similar options), Chambray button down: Similar here, Sandals: Mia Cruise, Purse: Forever21, Sunglasses: Similar here, Bangles: Madewell
I had been eyeing embroidered dresses for a while, but a planned trip to Mexico gave me the incentive to get serious about my hunt. I ordered a few different styles online, both pricey and cheap, and surprisingly, the affordable ones ended up being my favorites. Not to mention, the loose and breezy fit of this one became a lifesaver in dealing with the intense humidity of Tulum. I wore it into town here, and then to dinner, which led to nearly falling asleep in it because it’s just that comfortable.
I stumbled across Cleobella a few months ago while scrolling through my Instagram feed, and was so excited because their designs were exactly what I pictured myself wearing on a recent trip to Tulum. Not only do they do incredible things with fringe, embroidery and crochet detailing, but all of their designs are handmade and produced by local artisans in Bali, Indonesia, so each piece feels unique and special. What initially caught my eye were their bright Mexicana clutches and wallets, but the aesthetic behind their clothing is just as impressive. Tulum’s dress code is very casual, but because our last night included a reservation at Hartwood, one of Tulum’s trendiest restaurants, I decided to get a little more dressed up, while still retaining the laid back bohemian feel that’s so prevalent along the Yucatan coast.
There are few things I love more than having fresh flowers around the house. Normally I pick them up at the local farmers market or grocery store, but when I have the time, I’m happy to make the extra trek to the Los Angeles Flower District in downtown LA. It’s where all of the florists and wholesalers gather early in the morning to stock up on fresh flowers, and fortunately for the rest of us, it’s also open to the public. I could spend hours (and I have) perusing through their huge selection of flowers. And since most of them come with reasonable price tags, I always seem to leave with my hands full and more flowers than I know what to do with. This time I put some of my leftovers to good use with this simple DIY, which turned out even better than I had envisioned. The process is a breeze and you’re left with a gorgeous outcome that smells amazing. These floral votives look great no matter where they’re placed, but with summer ahead, I love the idea of incorporating them into a rustic, outdoor table setting.
Flowers (I used lavender, statice and solidaster since they’re drier by nature and hold up well)
Back in high school I was obsessed with denim skirts (namely those from Abercrombie & Fitch), which, of course, had to be fashionably paired with Ugg boots. Like most trends, though, they were replaced with something new, and even I was happy to retire them. But they started popping up everywhere this spring, returning with all kinds of variations, which is making me love them all over again. I picked this one up a few weeks back (last worn here), but wanted to get one that felt even more casual for everyday wear. ASOS has a ton of great options, and I’m particularly drawn to those that button down the front like this one, giving them more of a bohemian/’70s vibe. And instead of Ugg boots, I’ve paired it with another fresh take on a ’70s trend, lace-up sandals.
It’s funny – there are days when we put so much thought and effort into what we wear, and then there are days when we grab a few favorite basics and walk out the door without giving the outfit much thought at all. Ironically, for me, it’s usually those days where I end up feeling the most confident in what I’m wearing. I love an outfit that not only comes together effortlessly, but actually feels as comfortable as it looks. And this one is just that.
Along with warm summer days comes cravings for fresh fruit, refreshing popsicles, and of course, ice cream. Unfortunately only one of those is healthy, but Martha Stewart recently featured a recipe for Fruit and Yogurt Breakfast Popsiclesthat combines two of my favorite foods into a healthy alternative to the store-bought fruit popsicles that lack valuable nutrients. I hadn’t made popsicles before, so I ordered these popsicle molds on a whim with the hope that they would turn out to be a useful investment. Not only were the popsicles delicious, but they were so easy to make. And with endless recipe possibilities, I intend on making them all summer. Instead of using Greek yogurt mixed with honey as the recipe calls for, I used Mountain High’s Original Style Plain Yoghurt as the foundation for each popsicle. I prefer its lighter texture and flavor to Greek yogurt, and it’s packed with tons of protein and calcium, making it an equally healthy option. These popsicles might be intended for breakfast, but they are more than sweet enough to satisfy dessert cravings, making them a great substitute for the ridiculously indulgent choices I normally make. They’re the perfect grab-and-go item if you’re rushing out the door, but I’ve been slowly savoring mine while dreaming up ideas for my next batch.
I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore pink. I love it as a color (pink lipstick, pink sunsets, and pink tulips here), but it’s never been my first pick when it comes to clothing. I guess it’s always felt a little too feminine to me. Spring got the best of me, though, and before I knew it, I was adding this sweatshirt to my shopping cart in “rose” (over grey, black or olive). My mom is always telling me to wear more color, so I know she’ll be happy to see me introducing pink to my mostly neutral closet. This is my second purchase from Shop Sincerely Jules, and I would love to own all of her collection. I’ve always admired Jules’ effortless style, so it’s exciting to be able to wear one of her designs.
Cutting your hair is a funny thing. The logical side would tell you it’s “just hair,” that it will ultimately grow back. But there’s an undeniable emotional attachment to hair that serves as a security blanket for many women, myself included. A few years back, I told my hair colorist I was thinking of ditching the blonde I’d had my entire life in exchange for a dark brown. His immediate response was, “Did you and your boyfriend break up?” I couldn’t help but laugh because I knew exactly what he meant. A breakup wasn’t what triggered my interest in a change at the time, and I never actually went through with dying it brown, but I have watched numerous girlfriends change their hair to signify a fresh start in their lives. I’m not big on change in general, but after years with virtually the same cut and color, I’m finally ready for something new. And because finding a flattering cut can be challenging, I’m leaning toward one style that seems to work on everybody lately, and that’s the “lob” (aka, the long bob). When I’m finally ready to make the change, I’ll be using inspiration from these stylish cuts.
Wedding season is in full swing, and with it comes the need for a new dress every few weekends. Because it’s been a while since I’ve bought a new cocktail dress, I’m using this as an excuse to invest in some new styles that would work for other occasions as well. I spotted this dress a few weeks back and completely fell for the fun print. I knew I liked the pattern, but when it arrived in the mail I was even more impressed by the quality. It’s form fitting, but the material is stretchy, so you won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor. And even though I’ll be wearing this to a wedding, I would just as easily wear it to a fancy dinner or even a club (you know, if I were still going to clubs).