Saturday, April 9, 2016

California Dreamin'

Surprisingly, when I was planning my trip to SoCal to visit one of my best friends, my number one request was an afternoon excursion walking along the rocky coastline of California. For a girl who grew up in Florida— aka one of the flattest states in the entire United States— I'm forever enamored by any elevated terrain above 10 feet. Add in some rocky cliff-lined beaches, aquamarine colored water, and rolling hills and I'm in heaven. 

A California native, my friend insisted Palos Verdes had some of the best "rocky coastline" around. Mostly known as an affluent suburb outside of Los Angeles, PV has a lot of underrated hidden gems and views of the Pacific Ocean that are what California dreams are made of. I will be posting a mini travel guide soon, but to prevent an overload of photos I'll just share some of these dreamy photos for now... 

OOTD: Top: Zara | Shorts: J.Crew | Hat: Nordstrom | Shoes: Kate Spade
Earrings: J.Crew

Current Mood: California Dreamin'— especially as I stare out my wind at the melting snow. *sigh*

Friday, April 8, 2016

College Tyro: Study Break Sketches

Warning: I am not an artist by any means, but I've found that sketching, drawing, painting, or any kind of curvy, colorful doodling not only gets my creative juices flowing, it's a fun stress reliever (especially in college). Just like those trendy adult coloring books you've seen everywhere, I've found that designating time for a few creative exercises can be therapeutic and restorative to your soul...

Sometimes, you've just got to take time to stop and smell the roses feed your creativity, stir your imagination, and restore your soul. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chasing Color with my Classic SS Cruiser

Boston decided to unleash the best belated April Fool's Day joke ever via a nice blanket of fresh snow yesterday. While I patiently wait for steady no-tights-necessary temperatures, last week's warm spring tease has me anxious for the return of Boston's vibrant foliage and sunny skies. For now, this wall mural discovery on a recent city excursion with my Classic SS Cruiser provided a much needed dose of equal parts color and cheerfulness. 
It really is the little things in life, right?! 

OOTD: Shirt: J.Crew | Skirt: American Apparel | Sunglasses: Kate Spade | Shoes: Target

Always look on the bright side.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A NY Minute

A few weeks ago I went on a quick, whirlwind jaunt down to NY. I had forgotten how much I
missed the city, especially the quaint streets in Greenwich Village and the West Village. From colorful townhouses to trendy coffee shops and one of a kind boutiques, there's just something about that area that always feels distinctly NY and remarkably unique -- just like this quirky little newspaper clutch. 

Shirt: J.Crew (currently on sale in navy!) | Skirt: J.Crew | Boots: Nordstrom | Clutch: Kate Spade | Sunglasses: Kate Spade

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Travel Tyro: Santa Monica

Yesterday was the first day of spring and Boston welcomed in the change of season with a nice little snow shower! As I was combing through these photos from spring break few weeks ago, I couldn't help but long for the rough waves, blue skies, and iconic boardwalk pier in Santa Monica . While it wasn't my first time on the west coast, it was my first time visiting California— and it definitely did not disappoint (complete travel guide coming soon)! 

From sunny 60 degree weather, to scenic mountain views, and never-ending rows of palm trees, it was refreshing to simply wear open-toed sandals and shorts again! These leather SOREL Joanie lace sandals have quickly become a personal favorite; they were extremely comfy for the 2 mile bike from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach (and 6 miles of walking that ensued) I can't wait to wear them once it quits snowing in Boston! 

OOTD: Shirt: J.Crew | Skirt: American Apparel | Hat: Nordstrom | Shoes: SOREL 

Who: Best friend recommended ;)  
What: Beaches, west coast surf culture, and an old fashioned pier
Where: Santa Monica, CA
When: Spring Break- Labor Day is best
Why: If you love a mix of long walks/bike rides on the beach (no seriously the Venice Beach Boardwalk is a must!), ferris wheels, and scenic mountain views
Tyro Tidbit: Bike or rollerblade down to Venice Beach for an iconic California adventure! There are dozens of shops right along the beach.