Happy Mothers Day! 

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I just want to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful women in our lives. Sisters, moms, aunts, grandmas and friends, to all of you that inspire us everyday I wish you the best! Im not lucky enough to spend the day with my mom (we live so far away) but to all of you that can I hope you have a wonderful time together! Enjoy your day ladies <3

Love, Erika

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Oasis in the City

           Everyone needs a little getaway every now and then and this weekend I got mine! My girlfriends from Little Black Shell & Pink Creative Studio and I decided to treat ourselves to a fun and relaxing weekend together. We started by having delicious brunch and after a few cocktails we came across a place called Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens so we decided to check it out. And Im so glad we did because this place is so beautiful! Its surrounded by zen gardens where you can meditate and enjoy nature without having to drive too far. In my opinion the best kept secret in town! I felt like I was in a mini vacation plus the people in charge where so nice and welcoming. I left feeling like I’d just been in a spa and this is why I love blogging because there is always some new place to explore. I love traveling and I do it as often as I can BUT the thing is you don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money to have fun when there are so many things to do around here! So the whole purpose of my blog is just that, to explore and share these places with you and hopefully inspire you to get out there and do the same.

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I wore:

Kimono from Forever 21 | Black Leggins & Top from ZARA | Necklace from No Rest for Bridget | Flats from Urban Outfitters

It was a wonderful weekend and the best part is that I got to spend it with the girls;) There’s nothing like having a day where you get to be silly and just have a good time, its exactly what I needed. Afterwards I did a little research and I found out that effective July 2015 Eventbrite tickets will be required to enter the grounds so pay a visit before if you can;) I recommend having brunch at The Commisary in the Line Hotel and afterwards head over here since its so close by, that way you can make a day of it! I’ll be posting about that other place some other time but for now I hope you enjoyed this post.

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika

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º Open Tuesdays – Fridays
most Sundays & 4th Sat of most months
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º 3500 W. Adams Blvd
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Louise Roe Book Signing at The Grove

Hi Everyone,

            I’ve been working on a couple of posts and they will be ready very soon;) But for now I wanted to share an exciting event happening tonight at The Grove in LA. Lifestyle expert Louise Roe is presenting her new book at Barnes & Noble tonight at 7pm. Its very last minute I know but hopefully some of you will be able to make it! I just found out about it today, but I’ll stop by and of course will be adding to this post afterwards to share the experience with everyone who couldn’t make it;)

She will also be in conversation with Catt Sadler, co-host of E! News about personal style and tips on living a happier and more glamorous life. I love attending events and this one in particular sounds really interesting, plus it gives the perfect opportunity to add a new book to my list!

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*The images above are not mine.

For all of you that live in LA I hope you can make it. It seems like its going to be a fun event! See you there!

Okay so this is the Follow Up

“How to be the leading lady in your own life”

        First I have to say Louise Roe is the nicest person! She had us all laughing and made the event that much more enjoyable. I thought she was very authentic and its clear she has that passion and motivation to succeed, which I admired very much. We all dream of the future but very few have the courage it takes to go after what you want and it made me think of something my dad always told me.. He said, you can accomplish anything you want in life, as long as you’re whiling to work hard for it;) and she clearly has. Along with Catt Saddler, she talked about her background, from her internship experiences to working for Vogue, to how she came to write a book. But mostly I liked that she talked about how we need to stop being hard on our selves and start celebrating who we are today. How most people think they need to have a skinny model’s body to have great style and how that’s complete ”Rubish” as she put it in that British accent of hers;) And I couldn’t agree more! I believe its important to embrace everything you are and enjoy yourself:) And her book covers that and so much more. She gives tips on preparing for a job interview, on style and even on interior design. This book is timeless and I am very happy I was able to attend. I can’t stop reading it <3

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If any of you have been to her book launch or have purchased it let me know what you think! Also if you’ve read a book you loved please comment below, Im always looking for new things to read.

Thanks for stoping by,

Love, Erika

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Love your Celfie

              Ok I have a confession… Im a little obsessed with Sincerely Jules Collection! A few months ago I attended her PopUp Shop in LA and of course I had to get her Celfie Tee😉 There was just something about this simple & chic style that I loved. Its the perfect item to have in your closet, its easy to style and its great for those busy days where all you want to wear is something comfortable but cute.

I mean don’t get me wrong, Im always excited for any excuse to dress up and wear heels.. it makes me feel feminine and confident;) But I do have my days were I love a more casual look and thats okay too;) I feel like these days its easy to get pushed into one style but just because it works for a few doesn’t mean its right for everyone. So find your style, what works for you, what makes you feel beautiful and go wear it! Its all about being you right? Got to love your celfie <3

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Im wearing:

Celfie Tee from Sincerely Jules | Denim Jacket & Leggings from Zara | Ankle Boots from Pacsun

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika

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Dressing up & dressing down

            We’ve all been there, that moment when you wish you had a second outfit in the back of your car for impromptu plans, but have nothing! You panic.. or at least I know I have;) The truth is you never know how your day is going to go, you leave the house in the morning with a schedule in mind, but something comes up and you wish you had dressed for it. That is why I love versatile outfits like this one! You can either dress it up or dress it down when needed and you’re good to go. Honestly its all about the accessories. If I had worn this outfit with cute sandals, a tote bag and my hair up in a pony tail it would have been perfect for a busy day in SoCal;) but just by adding heels, a chunky necklace and retouching my makeup, I have a more put together look in a matter of seconds. You have to be prepared right? Its the details that make the outfit. Here’s what I wore..

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Im wearing:

 Long sleeve white top from H&M with front pockets | Roxy army green shorts |

Braided necklace from Pull & Bear | Heels from BCBG

I LOVE these heels. Everyone has a little special item in their closet they can’t get enough of, am I right? Well these are my faithful companions and I cant seem to let go! What is your go to look?

Have a great rest of your week!

Love, Erika

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OOTD: Spring Style

Happy Friday!

         Lately I’ve been very inspired by Spring and its bright colors so I decided to do an outfit post for the blog. I live in Newport Beach, California therefore I love colorful outfits and flowy silhouettes and with Easter coming up, I though what better than yellow to start the weekend;) I believe there’s a hue of yellow for everyone whether its Amber, Golden, Canary, Ivory, you just have to find the one that works best with your skin tone. Also with a long skirt like this it will help make your body look taller, slimmer and the best part? Its comfortable to wear! Its a fresh and easy look that is perfect for lunch with friends, meeting up with the bf for cocktails at sunset or even an afternoon of shopping;) Which Im never opposed to! Guilty..

I always try to keep it simple and ad just a few accessories. For this look I knew I wanted a statement necklace but didn’t want to over do it, so I went for a small clutch and sandals to keep it casual.

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Here’s what I wore:

Top from H & M | Skirt from ZARA | Necklace from Urban Outfitters | Clutch from Sfera | Sandals from BCBG

     Also I wanted to share with you guys that this weekend Im off to Mexico to celebrate my boyfriend’s B-Day! We rented a house right in front of the beach where the girls can tan and catch up;) while the guys go surfing, its the perfect weekend! Will is the most amazing guy and so supportive.. he’s the one who took these photos btw;) He’s just a wonderful boyfriend and I want him to have the best weekend ever! I’ll be posting some photos from our trip later this weekend..

But for now tell me what’s your Spring go to? Jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses? Let me know by commenting below! Hope you guys have a great Friday:)

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika

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Simply Stylist

Hi Everyone!

           Last week I mentioned the Simply Stylist Event and it finally came! Was anyone able to attend? For those of you who don’t know about it, Simply Stylist is a Beauty and Blogger Conference held to guide women turn their passion into a successful career. The conference took place at The Grove LA this past weekend and it was a day of learning, networking, pampering and enjoying delicious cocktails on a warm sunny Saturday.

All these events I’ve been going to have meant so much to me. The knowledge I get from them not only takes me closer to my goals but on a personal level it has given me a stronger sense of self, of who I am, what I like and the drive to go get it. I must admit Im not very extroverted and its not easy putting your self out there, but its been so rewarding that now I couldn’t imagine not doing it. So I encourage you to go out and meet people, it doesn’t have to be a huge event because trust me as soon as you start connecting with others, it will set the ball rolling and soon you’ll have trouble keeping up with all the events you’ll hear about and people you’ve met. The blogging community is very friendly, supportive and genuinely rooting for you to succeed so go out there and make the most of it;)

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Above with my friend Karen from Little Black Shell. Love this girl! Its always a fun time with her;)

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Below is Jeanette Getrost who kindly made Custom Illustrations through out the event, complementary of course. I got mine and loved it! She even included my clutch in it..

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The next Simply Stylist Conference is in Chicago July 18th and there will be another one in NYC for Fall, you can find more information Here. I fully recommend it, so if you’re in the area you should definitely go. Its a great learning experience and you get to support one another, which I have to say is kind of the best part! Love making new friends;) But if any one you have attended please comment below, I love would love to know how you liked it. Hope you have a great day!

As always thanks for reading,

Love, Erika

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Behind the scenes: Commercial Shoot

Hi Everyone,

         Hope your weekend was fun! Im sorry I haven’t been posting this past week, its been kind of busy lately but now that Spring Break is here I can finally relax, drink my rose tea and do what I love most, write on my blog!

Okay so last Thursday I got to do something really cool, I heard the Cool Kids from Echosmith were shooting a commercial for Jeep and I just had to go! Growing up my parents always kept a musical environment around the house, anywhere from classical music to 70’s rock, to my mom’s favorite latin music, which she would dance and twirl to all day long. Even as we kept moving from city to city we would add new music from every place we’d been; it became a little tradition of ours. And of course today its still a big part of who I am, I just love finding new bands to listen to and Echosmith has beautiful songs and simply the best vibes. So when I heard about their commerciaI, I immediately told my friend Karen from Little Black Shell and we got ready for a night of singing, dancing and behind the scenes fun;) It was really interesting to see how everything actually gets done. As a consumer you only get to see the perfect end result, but having experienced it from the other side I can see its really hard work! The director kept shooting from every possible angle, trying to keep us (the crowd) excited and energetic while trying to direct the band, focus on lighting and sound. They must have played their song Bright about 30 consecutive times until they got the shot they needed and as you can imagine Im dying to see the end result! At the end they gave us a private concert which closed with huge balloons full of confetti flying all over the set, it was so much fun! But of course, being a Fashion Blogger the part I loved the most was observing the makeup & style artist. She would go around fixing the four siblings before each and every take, making sure they were all scene perfect;) The vocalist Sydney Sierota was wearing a gorgeous white lace top and skirt combo with scalloped edges, a statement necklace and cut out oxford shoes which I loved!! Her make up was rose gold mixed with earthy tones which complimented her skin perfectly and a contagious lively attitude to go with it;)

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I realize this was a different direction from what I usually post about, but I just love trying new things. I believe in being open to new opportunities so even if its not exactly fashion related, I still found it very interesting and enjoyed seeing the side of production, styling, filming and just event planing all together and I hope you did too;) I’ll be blogging about more Fashion Events this week so follow along for more!

Thanks for reading,

Love, Erika

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Create Cultivate + Meeting Song of Style, Julia Hengel & Devon Rachel

Hi Everyone,

     I want to share with you the contents of my weekend at Create Cultivate Event. First of all for all of you who don’t know who they are, Create Cultivate is a summit for Fashion, Design and Business Entrepreneurs to share and inspire through conferences across the country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet talented and amazing people in the industry and truly learn from the best! The event took place at Culver City’s Art District where we got to hear from key note speakers such as Song of Style, Julianne Hough, The Fat Jewish, Julia Hengel, Devon Rachel, Peace Love Shea, Whitney Port, Eat Sleep Wear and so many more! Bloggers from all over came together this saturday to support one another and have a great time! I cant even begin to explain how happy I am that I attended because what I took from this event will stay with me forever.

This event was intended for everyone seeking a creative outlet to learn and get inspired no matter their level of success, age or whether they were looking to start a business or continue to grow their successful careers. And thats exactly what was so great about it! We all came together to learn not only from our mentors and guest speakers but from each other. At one point I found myself sitting next to a woman who had over 600,000 followers on Instagram and another one who run two successful businesses and was only in her mid 30’s and of course there I was, a new blogger trying to learn the way it all works and I thought how wonderful that not for a second did I ever feel out of place or unwelcome. This is everything that I love about blogging, how close this community really is. About 80% of the people went by themselves, myself included and it was amazing how by the end of it, everyone was talking to each other as if they’d known them forever.

The panels that I loved the most were the ones with Whitney Port, Julianne Hough and The Fat Jewish they had me laughing so hard! Song of Style was also amazing. I was surprised to learn how hard she really worked to get to where she is today. Still a college student, working a full time job and making all the sacrifices to build her blog, it takes so much focus and dedication but clearly it payed off;) My absolute favorite though was meeting Devon Rachel. She was one of my mentors at the event and I cant begin to express how nice and helpful she was. Every question she was asked she answered in great detail and with such honesty! She was very encouraging and was not afraid to give us actual tips and advise, as opposed to the generic answers you always get. I am so grateful I was able to get into her group because I took so much from her. It is always wonderful when someone you look up to turns out to be so down to earth and lovely as she was. I simply had the best time and 100% recommend this event! Here are some photos I took…

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This was a really inspiring event and this next weekend Im attending the Simply Stylist Event so follow along for more! If you have any questions feel free to comment below;)

Thank you for reading!

Love, Erika

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Sunday Reads

Hi Everyone,

      Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday! One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is hangout with my friends and boyfriend at the beach, which I did earlier and ended up having the best time:) the day was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for better company. That said, I have to admit that Im also a book nerd so there’s nothing I love more than a good read. And lately I’ve been devouring Girl Boss by Nasty Gal’s fabulous founder Sophia Amoruso. Im sure many of you have read it by now but I just got around to buying it and Im loving every page! It is an easy and humorous read, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. She speaks openly about how she started on the business and how she managed to turn her little company into the empire it is today. Im hooked! Specially when I found out she was working at Academy of Art University in San Francisco the same year I was studying there, I mean how amazing would have been to know her then! But anyways I’ve been feeling so inspired by her story that I can’t wait to have my own line one day. I’ve surely dreamed about for too long now, hopefully 2016 will bring those dreams to a reality once and for all. For now Im still learning the art and I’ll keep working on my stuff so that I’ll soon be able to share it with you guys;)

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    I always love finding new books to read so if you have any to recommend please comment below and I’ll check them out!

Have a great day,

Love, Erika

 

 

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