Who Are You?…

DSC_9415As I was growing up my parents tried to instill independence, original thinking, a sense of “anything is possible” and most of all to not “believe the hype”. I didn’t always know exactly what they were talking about, or how it related to me, but over time and as I’ve grown older it has become clear.

I wouldn’t say that their skills of how they tried to instill these values were that great, but I think I learned more by their examples of how they lived vs just the word. One statement that always stuck with me was dad would constantly tell me, “Figure out who you are and dress accordingly”. As a teenager I would look at him and think, what are you saying? I would think, ok I’m 16, I know I’m 16, and I really like my Guess jeans! I was good with just knowing that about myself. Obviously that’s not what he was getting at, and it took me a good 10 years to really understand what he was saying.

There’s a lot of clutter in the world that keeps us from really looking inside. And I often feel that society is set up to make it difficult for us to really “see”. It’s much easier to bury our heads in the sand and not drudge our own paths. We have so much “stuff” (social media, societal views, our own crazy wheels in our brains) around us, that it’s difficult to sit in silence and listen to what’s inside.

As I look around and coexist with society I find myself surrounded by anger, lack of common decency and a complete disconnect to others. I’m not writing this blog to bash others or to write that I have all the answers because I definitely don’t, but I’m fed up with the lack of insight that we as a society have. How can we possibly teach our kids to have compassion and respect for others when there’s so little of it being shown on a daily bases. Now, my husband would say that the statement I just made is not entirely true. Yes, maybe there are plenty of examples of shit in the world (my interpretation of what he would say) but how we take in this information, how we respond to it, and how we allow it to impact us is what we have control over. Just because another person may not exhibit the compassion and respect we want, doesn’t mean that we respond in that same disgusting manner. Man, this is a topic that can go on forever! I’m not sure I’m smart enough to go there, so I won’t, but my point!?

I think my dad had/has it right…Figure out who you are and dress accordingly. Spend time in stillness and listen to what’s inside. Don’t believe the hype that other’s want you to believe. Get to know who you really are and what you’re about so that you are clear when weeding out the crap and recognizing the gems. Change starts with one person, I challenge all of us to be that person. We may not be able to control the chaos around us, but we can control how we move around it. This is a life long journey, not a weekend retreat…And to all the noise that’s around…We control the volume. 😉 Happy Hump Day. xoxo

Photo Cred// Nyanzi

 

A Jean Story…

OD-BE268_DENIM_G_20141031111132If you believe everything that you hear, you would of thrown out all of your denim because “denim is out”. Last year, according to NBC news, The Today Show and even the WSJ all reported that denim has seen their day and that the yoga pant was replacing them…blah, blah, blah. Thankfully, I believe it to not be the case and denim has even had an up tick with vintage levis leading the charge.

Denim has definitely evolved over the past 10+ years. Some of that evolution has been life changing and some of the change has stripped away the classic styling of what denim was. Even though the introduction of elastane was an amazing push forward, I find the non denim, “denim” fabrics to be underwhelming. The big denim brands, JBrand, AG, Rag and Bone etc have kind of hit a plateau. I find the fabrics monotonous and boring and the fit just to be okay. I’m not sure where the next big denim trend will be coming from, but for now I find myself reaching for my trusted, 100 % real denim, vintage levis. Happy Tuesday! xoxo

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White Out!

NYFW-Streetstyle-All-White-annina-mislinIt’s been hot!, is in understatement. When it reaches over 80 degrees at the beaches you know we’re in a heat wave. For anyone that knows me, it’s well known that my closet is draped in black. Although it’s sprinkled with grey’s and navy’s, there isn’t a whole lot of deviation from the trusted darks. With that said, when the days are what they have been, reaching for a white toga sounds pretty good.

Nothing says summer more than beautiful crisp, clean white pieces. Not only does it keep us relatively cool, but white has an ease and sexiness that looks incredible on glowing tanned skin. I would definitely say that white can bring out some insecurities when it comes to showing flaws, but a sexy cami, a knee length skirt and a pair of great gladiators is a fool proof combo for any shape and size. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! xoxo

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Cover Up!

honest-company-sunscreen-best-natural-kids-sunscreen-bottle-680x453Summer is in full bloom. The longer days, outdoor grilling and a more laid back lifestyle has me feeling like “I’m living the dream” lol. The flip side to living in lala land in my head, is the reality of frizzy hair, oily skin and hiding under hats and sunscreen trying to avoid the skin damaging rays.

Just this week the EWG (environmental working group) released their findings on sunscreen. And among the worsts one’s (causing more damage and being carcinogenic) were those we’ve come to trust over the years. Neutrogena, Coppertone and Banana Boat were at the top of the, do not use list.

I’ve been one to always buy Neutrogena, especially for my husband, so I quickly threw all those out and looked for what brands were safe and effective. Luckily what I wear and what my child wears was at the top of the “yes” list. So I’m hear to share with you my go to’s. Living in California, sunscreen is a year round endeavor. But unknowingly poisoning ourselves, obviously isn’t an option. Have a great tuesday! xoxoLP7423-2 Love Anthelios products. Beach days don’t happen without them.

UVClear520x320Elta MD is what I wear everyday without fail regardless of the season.

The-Honest-Company-logoAnd it’s no secret that I love everything in the Honest line. My son doesn’t leave the house without their sunscreen all over his body.

Photo Cred// Cup of Jo, Anthelios, Elta

Summer Sales!

Shopping-Bags-Street-StyleSummer sales are in full effect. Not only can you find “wear now” bargains, but there are many transition pieces that you can find at a fraction of the cost. Be smart with your purchases, look for holes in your closet that need to be filled. Light cashmere’s and layering pieces are always smart buys, platform flip flops on the other hand…keep moving. My dad always taught me, “you can go broke buying sales”, so don’t loose all your marbles when you see SALE! Happy Monday, xoxo.

aea8207d5ed9f244c7a66823a4344566Cute Splendid wrap effect dress. Wear now with gladiators or later with over the knee boots or layered over leather pants.

INHF-WK90_V1Inhabit navy blue cashmere sweater. Great transition piece into fall, but completely wearable during the summer.

9b8382a072c90591b1a5c69e5ae7c9e6You can never go wrong with a great blazer.

RAQU-WS131_V1Cute trapeze top worn now or later.

DRKS-WS27_V1Rick Owens tunic top.

APC-WS29_V1A chambray denim blouse can go directly into fall with the same leather pants you purchased earlier.

LAGF-WD3_V1You can do no wrong with a LBD.

ETOI-WP18_V2We’ll be seeing a lot more track pants in the fall. This is a good piece to get on sale.

Keep filling those holes slowly!

 

 

Lace Up!

tumblr_lva4mfPD7t1qbvm7do1_500Lately I’ve been all about lace. Being that I’m not a girlie girl, lace has never really called my name. But as of recently, and coming from a place of juxtaposition, I’m loving lace with old vintage levis, of course the standard leather pants and maybe even a pair of distressed cords. Lace has changed it’s stripes a bit. I’m not so sure it’s the “good girl” anymore. Have a great weekend! xoxo

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No Make-Up, Make-Up

096c242934c580060dc99e4c2b2b5ca5As we’re heading into summer there are many changes that take place. Our pace slows a bit, closets get a re-vamp and beauty regimens are tweaked to accommodate oilier skin and frizzy hair. With the higher temps, make up tends to melt and become cumbersome, so the no make up, make up not only is ideal but almost necessary to not end up looking like a pancake face.

Trying to keep our skin clear of blemishes and controlling the oil is usually the goal. Finding an oil free cleanser and exfoliating at least twice a week is key. Once we find a cleansing programing that works, we want to enhance our complexion with a minimal amount of product. BB creams are the best choice over any heavy foundation. They even out complexions and add a healthful glow that works well when we’re carrying around a bit more sun. Finishing the look with mascara, a creme blush, and lip balm will enhance our natural beauty and carry us through august. Have a great week! xoxo

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Photo Cred// They all Hate Us, Tumbler

Black Out

228d6d7eda9c9cd8771649bf127cb6b3As we’re getting ready to start the process of building/remodeling, my closeted interior design side starts going into overdrive. There’s a lot of excitement living inside me right now, but I’d be lying if I told you my anxiety hasn’t kicked up a bit. I have to keep reminding myself that this is a slow process, so with that, enjoying the journey is my goal. Many changes have taken place since the beginning of the year and it looks like I’ll be living in a state a flux for a time to come. In the meantime, studying interiors and architecture will be my obsession. Who knows…Show and Tell Me Design could be brewing for the future. 😉  Happy Hump Day! xoxo

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Photo Cred// Amber Interiors, NYC&G, Life.Style