It’s Never the “Right Time” to Follow Your Dreams

It’s Never the “Right Time” to Follow Your Dreams

Can you believe that summer is officially over on Friday (September 22)?! It’s definitely bittersweet this year because summer 2017 has been so good to me.

I got to see my best friend marry the love of her life (and stand by her side as Maid of Honor), my parents moved into the lake house of their dreams; my boyfriend started a passion project of his own, and I launched Rosé & Chambray! This summer I learned a lot of lessons, but I wanted to share one of the most personal ones with you in my last post of the season.

Malibu Wine Safari: My Explorer Tour Experience

Malibu Wine Safari: My Explorer Tour Experience

Wine tasting, feeding exotic animals, and taking in some of the most gorgeous views in Malibu are all things to expect while on the Malibu Wine Safari Explorer Tour. Doug and I recently visited the Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard in Malibu, and I’m excited to share my honest opinion with you about our experience!

The Best Labor Day Sales: Stock Up On Fall Must Haves!

The Best Labor Day Sales: Stock Up On Fall Must Haves!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Can you believe it’s September already?! It feels like I was taking down my Christmas decorations in late January just yesterday . But really, this year needs to slow down!

Labor Day kind of signifies the end of summer, and while that is a little sad, Fall is probably my favorite fashion season! Fall means booties, oversized sweaters, moto jackets, leggings, scarves, cardigans…and I’m here for all of it. Labor Day weekend is also the perfect time to shop all the online sales by the pool with a glass (or 5) of strawberry mango rosé sangria!

If you know you’re going to need new fall/winter clothes, why not get them while they’re up to 60% off, right? Fall will be here before you know it, so you might as be stylishly prepared. I’ve checked out all the Labor Day sales at my favorite stores, and I’m sharing my fall must-haves for each below!

Occasion Wear Dress: What To Wear to a Wedding

Occasion Wear Dress: What To Wear to a Wedding

Hello again!

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram page, you know that I was recently the Maid of Honor in my best friend Katie’s wedding! I was in Virginia all last week helping prep for the festivities, drinking way too much wine, and just having a blast with the wedding party.

Since I was the MOH, I had my wedding wear selected for me (see our pretty dresses under $175 here). BUT we got to show off our style and get dressed up for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner! I wore this gorgeous woven wrap dress (comes in black and grey too), and decided to pair it with pearl embellished everything, because why not (perfect pearl shoes here)?!

The Wines of Game of Thrones: Trader Joe’s Edition

The Wines of Game of Thrones: Trader Joe’s Edition

If there’s any show I feel like I need to drink wine with, it’s Game of Thrones. Tyrion Lannister stole my heart when he said “Everything is better with some wine in the belly” in season 1, episode 1. The amount of wine consumed in this show is pretty impressive, and Tyrion takes the cake as biggest wineo, hands down.

While watching this masterful series, I became very curious about what kind of wines the characters were drinking, and wanted to drink along with them. Although I knew the show was fantasy, it amazed me that the Arbor wines and Dornish Sour Reds that are sipped by Daenerys and Cersei were also entirely made up. So that got me thinking…

Wouldn’t it be awesome to bring the wines in the fantasy world of Game of Thrones to life?

And wouldn’t it be even more awesome if you could find the real-world equivalents to the wines of Westeros at Trader Joe’s?

With some help from the brilliant minds at VinePair , Vivino, VineGeek and some of my own creative interpretations, I’m doing just that! Here are my real world wine recommendations to drink Arbor Gold, Arbor Red, Dornish Sour Red, Dornish Strongwine and Sweet Reds from Highgarden like the characters in Game of Thrones, all of which you can get at your local Trader Joe’s.

If you’re planning on hosting a Game of Thrones watch party, impress your guests by serving these Westerosi wine doppelgängers.

5 Things You Can Do To Start Feeling More Confident

5 Things You Can Do To Start Feeling More Confident

Hello again!

I recently visited the new LikeToKnow.It mural in Venice, and had a blast shooting this look in front of it! The mural, located at 228 Main Street in Venice, CA 90291, is beautiful, and the colors are so fun. If you’re in the LA area, I recommend going there to snap a pic while you can.

Moving on, I totally didn’t realize how sheer this top was until it arrived. I was a bit taken aback, but ended up loving it once I tried it on. If you would’ve asked me if I’d confidently wear an almost-totally-sheer top with no undershirt a few years ago, the answer would be a firm hell no.

Confidence is EVERYTHING. It really does make all the difference in how you look, how you’re perceived, and most importantly how you feel. People always tell me that I seem so confident, and I am, but it didn’t happen overnight. My journey to loving my body and feeling comfortable in my own skin has been a long one (and is a daily work in progress).

Today I’m sharing the top 5 things you can do to start feeling like your most confident self!

Black Floral Maxi Dress

Black Floral Maxi Dress

A few weeks ago, Doug and I celebrated his birthday in Anaheim, CA.

We originally went to the city to see the Rays play the Angels (go Rays!), but I had other plans. You see, The Outlets at Orange are only a few minutes from the stadium…need I say more?

The mall had a ton of amazing stores with discounted items galore, but my favorite was Neiman Marcus Last Call. It was there that I found the most beautiful dress I’ve ever owned.

Size Doesn’t Matter: Let’s Stop Defining Ourselves By A Number On A Tag

Size Doesn’t Matter: Let’s Stop Defining Ourselves By A Number On A Tag

If your closet is anything like mine, you have clothes of all different sizes. I’ve got smalls, mediums, larges, extra larges, etc. And although my sizing exists on a spectrum, I am almost always a 12 or 14.

The funny thing is, if I fit into a piece of clothing or need to size down to a size below these numbers, I instantly feel happy and proud of myself. If I have to size up, I feel less than, and often times ashamed. For the longest time I would refuse to size up out of pride. Even if the smaller size didn’t fit well, I’d convince myself that I was going to “loose the weight” to fit into said item (this is the WORST). And if I did muster up the courage to buy the larger size, I’d cut the tags off, and feel disgusted with myself every time I wore the piece (I even did this when my size range was between size 7-9 back in college).

About 6 months ago I purchased a size 14 top, and it was too small. When I realized it didn’t fit, I nearly broke down into tears. I felt so humiliated.  I knew that if I wanted the shirt to fit I would need to order a size 16, and I refused to do that because that would be “accepting” that I was a size 16 (this is what I call size-up scaries).

The opposite happened when I tried on this blue gingham dress. I ordered a size 12 Tall, and it was HUGE. I found myself getting really happy and excited that I needed to exchange the dress for 1 or 2 sizes down….but why? I hadn’t lost any weight (I’ve actually gained a few lbs lately due to non-stop vacations and treat-yoself days, whatever). I hadn’t accomplished some big feat or changed the world…I just happened to need a smaller dress size.

So it got me thinking, why do we let something as small as a number on a tag effect us so much?

Dramatic Bell Sleeves and Boyfriend Jeans

Dramatic Bell Sleeves and Boyfriend Jeans

I like my sleeves like my TV shows…dramatic! Speaking of dramatic TV shows, I just watched the season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones and OMG. My life is pretty drama free, so I get my fix in the form of TV and movies. My current favorite shows are: Game of Thrones, Wentworth, Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, Power (haven’t started season 4 yet!), Law & Order SVU, any of the Real Housewives franchises, Insecure and Younger.

Anyways, back to this top.