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)?!

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.

Portugal Inspired Summer Style + Vinho Verde (The Perfect Day Drinking Wine)

Portugal Inspired Summer Style + Vinho Verde (The Perfect Day Drinking Wine)

In the 1950’s a beautiful, intelligent female pharmacist from Lisbon, Portugal became pen pals with a handsome, sweet man in Tampa, Florida. They wrote each other back and forth for a few months, and eventually started to form a strong friendship. So strong that the man invited the woman to take a holiday to visit him in Tampa so they could meet in person.

The day finally came when the two met, and sparks flew! After a few weeks of hanging out, he asked her to marry him, and she never looked back.

They got married, and shortly after they had a baby girl named Maria. That baby was my mom!

I’ve never had a chance to visit Portugal, but I live vicariously through stories like this one that my mom has told me over the years (this one is my favorite). I’ve always been very proud of my Portuguese heritage (as well as my German and African American heritage), and even took Portuguese in college to learn the language. So when I saw this shirt, I knew I had to have it!

Verão Em Porto is Portuguese and translates to “Summer in Porto” (it should really say Verão no Porto, but oh well). Porto is a coastal city in Northwest Portugal, only about an hour and a half south of the Minho wine region where Vinho Verde wines are produced.

4 Wines You Need To Try This Summer

4 Wines You Need To Try This Summer

Summer and wine go hand in hand. What’s better than a chilled white or blush wine to give you life on a hot summer day?

If you told me a few years ago that white and rosé wines would be my favorite wines to drink today, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. I drank Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Zinfandel almost exclusively. Chardonnay and champagne were acceptable, but I really never understood the appeal of white wines until recently.

As my palette developed, and I started to eat a plant-based diet, white wines slowly became my go-to. The light, fruity drinks are perfect for summer, and they won’t stain your white and bright outfits 🙂

Bring one of these four wines to your next summer gathering, and you’ll be the star of the party!