I am spending most of today unpacking, cleaning, and doing laundry! And I took a solid two hour nap! I landed late Thursday night from Washington, and had to leave for Mexico Friday morning, so I still have to unpack from that trip as well as this one! Plus, if I wanted any sleep Thursday night, I didn’t have any time to hang up all of the clothes I was trying on haha. So they are kind of still everywhere at the moment. But that’s okay, I have the next couple of days to get organized! My to-do list is pretty long at the moment. Plus, I need to start designing and planning next years What Matters Fashion Show! Good thing I love being busy haha.
Okay, lets talk a little about where I stayed in Mexico. The group was split up and half of us stayed at Las Palomos, and the other half stayed at Hotel Penasco del Sol. I was at Hotel Penasco del Sol, which was awesome because I am actually going back there in two weeks to shoot a wedding! So I got to scope it out and check out all the best picture spots ahead of time! They are a bit different from each other! I actually stayed at Las Palomos before with my friends for a spring break one year. It is more resort style, and i’d say a bit more relaxing just because of the incredible views. They have the infinity pool and the mini lazy river, as well as little umbrellas and seats right on the beach. But you don’t get to walk outside, and really explore the Mexican little shops. Whereas, Hotel Penasco del Sol has so many cute restaurants and little shops right outside of the hotel - which I personally think is better for the people who like to go out and explore more. We only had to do a quick walk to be able to get some of the awesome outfit shots Audrey and I took. The pool was more of a fun pool (if that makes sense) they had volleyball nets up and little areas for kids. We also had the most INCREDIBLE dinner at the hotel. It was right on the beach and all lit up with the bulb lights (my favorite!). The food and drinks were so good! I tried a couple of virgin pina coladas and margaritas, and we just ate, talked, and made new friends all dinner! Both hotels are equally amazing, it is just a matter of what vibe you are looking for - relaxing or exploring!
As for this outfit below, I partnered with Muse Apparel - one of my favorite local shops in Arizona! I met them through my fashion show actually, they provided some of the dresses for my models to walk in! If you love the bohemian laid back styles, - lots of rompers, sets, and dresses- like I do, their shop would be perfect for you! They carry all the best brands - this set is Show Me Your Mumu - and they are located at the cutest little shopping center (UPTOWN PLAZA). If you stop by, you have to go eat at Wild Flower, get dessert at Creamistry, and stop by Local Nomad.
All the pics below were shot by Love Audrey Photo - isn’t she talented!?
"You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”
- Psalm 128:22
Hi, happy Monday I decided to finish up a blog post before I pass OUT. I need a solid good night sleep to catch up from all of the traveling I have been doing lately. In the past month, I have been to San Diego, New York, Washington twice, and Mexico! And, I am NOT complaining. I’m obsessed with traveling and changing my surroundings. I think that our world has so much to offer and see and do, and it’s crazy to me to think how often people never even leave the state they grew up in. If you can’t tell by the title, this post is about my little weekend trip to Mexico. (plus i’ll have a bazillion more Mexico posts with all the outfits I took pics in haha) I’m splitting up each posts with tips and things to do, so I don’t run out of things to say in all the other posts! This particular post is about tips if you are driving into Mexico.
So, this past weekend, I took part in a media tour with OH Partners and Puerto Penasco Tourism & Convention Bureau to show you what Rocky Point has to offer. It is only a 3 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix and a super easy drive! In fact, on the way home, I didn’t even have to use my maps. Just think, it takes 5 1/2 + to get to San Diego’s beach, while Mexico’s is only an easy 3 1/2 hours away! But there are a couple things to know ahead of time if you choose to drive!
1. You need to purchase Mexican car insurance. That way if anything happens while you are visiting, you are covered! Insurance companies can provide coverage for as little as one day. You can purchase some as you get closer to the border, but I found it better to just go through your own insurance company. It’s better to be safe and have it, then sorry and have something happen. Plus, you can get in trouble if you get pulled over for not having it. Aaaand I have actually heard lots of stories of people randomly getting pulled over.
2. Don’t drive at night! There are hardly any street lights, and some roads are in worse conditions than others, so it better to see whats ahead of you while driving during the day. And the speed bumps there can be crazy high, so if you are speeding over them, you could do some damage to your car.
3. Fill up your tank before you leave! Mine lasted me the entire trip.
4. I also noticed the stoplights are a lot smaller there, so if you aren’t paying attention, it could be easy to go through one.
5. If you don’t have international coverage, and don’t want crazy fees in roaming or data, enter the address on your maps before you cross the border and it will continue the directions even after you turn your phone on airplane mode, or just bring a map.
6. DON’T speed in Ajo. They have police everywhere.
7. If you have time, stop and check out Ajo. The church there is stunning - you’ll see some pics there in one of my next posts!
8. Make a fun playlist ahead of time, and bring some snacks! - obviously, my snack was sour patch kids!!
9. There isn’t much between the border and rocky point, its pretty desolate! It’s pretty much just a straight road through, which I think makes the drive feel a lot quicker.
10. Bring your passport.
As for this outfit: MY DRESS. I’m obsessed. One because the ruffles, obviously. And two, this color!! Isn’t it the prettiest!? I’m obsessed with wearing any earthy colors, for whatever reason, they seem to go better with my skin tone, and hair and eyes. I also felt like the shape and fit was flattering! I ordered it from Vici right before I left, and I was so excited it actually arrived on time. I swear, majority of the time, i’ll get an email saying my package was delivered like two hours after I have already left! So annoying haha. But as soon as I saw it on Vici’s website, I knew it belonged in my closet, and thought it was perfect for Mexico! You can find this exact dress: | HERE | or you can find similar styles and colors below! I’ll be posting about my first day there in my next post, so stay tuned!
I had Audrey from Love Audrey photos come with me to Mexico, and we shot such fun content! I can’t wait to share it all with you guys!
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age..."
Happy Sunday! I just got back from the best week ever in New York. I went for work, but had tons of free time to explore. Luckily, I had friends in town at the same time, so it worked out perfect! I probably took like 15 strolls around Central Park, went to a Mets game, Times Square, a couple of the coolest rooftop bars, the financial district, Summer Slam over in Brooklyn, mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and of course the Brooklyn Bridge. I don’t think in all my travels there is anything quite like New York, the buildings are just SO tall, and there are so many of them! It’s kind of random and funny, but I always think about how many people those buildings belong to.....like how many millionaires and billionaires there are in big cities like that. Although i’d never be able to survive it’s cold weather, it’d be so much fun to live there for a summer! It’d be a life completely opposite of the one I live right now.
But anyways, I got really excited to go to New York, so of course I went shopping right before. And where do I shop before trips?? Forever 21 of course haha. I just feel like I can get enough things for a good price. This time when I went, it just so happened to be during their HUGE sale. Everything in their sale racks was an additional 50% off. Obviously it took some time and patience going through those racks, but I found some gems! Like these shoes? $3! And this bag? $4! Dress? $3! My whole outfit, head to toe, was under $30 haha. That’s a steal if you ask me. They might still have some sale stuff in store, but I linked some similar, affordable ones online in the slideshow below. Hope you find some gems! And i’ll be in Washington this week for work, i’d love any recommendations for things to do and cool spots to check out!
“Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you.”
- Zechariah 2:1111
Hi guys! So it is 1:30 am and I just finished this post - it literally took me all day, but of course I loved doing it! Styling is my favorite thing ever. Okay, so about this post - A lot of times I follow bloggers and like their stuff, click on a link to buy what they are wearing, only to see that it's like $500. If i'm being honest here, I live at home with my parents, and am about to be a full time student again. If I had an extra $500 to spend, it definitely wouldn't be spent on one dress haha. It would be going towards my savings so I could buy a house. I'm a rational thinker / shopper. I like to save my money and put it more towards traveling. But that doesn't mean I don't shop, I just know that I am limited to cheaper stores, like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. They are probably the only two stores I personally shop at if I am not doing a brand collaboration. I know a lot of people are thrown off by them, 1. because they don't always fit the best and 2. they are always filled with teenagers and known for younger more trendy styles. (by the way, this post has no association with any store, I just had a lot of people asking me how I find outfits at these stores so I just decided to put together a post!)
Want to know my secret to finding the good stuff? I look online first, so that way I have an idea of what I am looking for and won't get overwhelmed. I try to never buy tight fitting items, because that is when they start to fit weird on me personally....too many curves haha. I always look for length - and how wide their side seams are. (If you are online shopping, just remember - If it is wide on the model and you are bigger then them, I can almost guarantee it will fit weird) I went through their ENTIRE website and put together 42 complete outfits from Charlotte Russe. I've been shopping there since I was a little tween, and lately they have really been stepping up their styles. Less trendy and more classy. And what I mean by less trendy is that there is still plenty of trendy stuff haha, just not as much as before. I already went through and looked at the different fits, and what would be flattering and unflattering on majority of body types. I did include accessories from Stella & Dot because well duh I sell it haha, and honestly if you are going cheap on the clothing, mix it up and go a little fancy (affordable fancy) with the jewelry. To me the jewelry is what makes your outfit look more "expensive".
I hope you enjoy and are able to find some outfits you would like - think of it as a free little styling service for affordable outfits! Each article of clothing is linked below - but just remember, Charlotte Russe is ALWAYS having a sale, so the price is most likely cheaper than what is listed. I know right now they are having 20% off your entire purchase with the code : 20RCT-Z5H-LQL-XL5-KL9
His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
Here is my last, but not least shoot I did with Love Audrey Photography. This outfit is my FAVORITE. Like seriously, I have worn these shorts already like ten times. They are the perfect summer pair! I have worn them with an off the shoulder top, a bodysuit, a plain tank top, etc. They just go with everything, and are so lightweight that you aren’t dying in them. (everything is too hot for Arizona summers!) And as for the shirt, I love a good wrap top, and i most definitely love a fun sleeve! The top is sold out, but I linked similar ones below!
Right now I am still in Georgia on vacation with my sister Leslie! We started out in St. Augustine, Florida, and then drive to Savannah, and then back to her place near Chattanooga, Tennessee. There is just something about the south that has my heart. I have always wanted to live in the south, mostly South Carolina though because I can’t handle snow or cold weather! Maybe after I finish school, who knows! My biggest problem with moving is that I love my family so much and would never want to be that far away from them, and if we are being honest, I would probably cry myself to sleep at night if I was that far away from my dogs haha.
I linked my outfit details below, but here is where you can find the jewelry I am wearing : Stella & Dot
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
- Matthew 7 : 13-14