Beach Must Haves: Throws, Books, Style and More…

I’ve spent this Summer mostly at the beach! Living in Newport Beach is easy to feel like you’re in permanent vacation, so this year I decided to stay here for the Summer and enjoy my days under the sun! It’s a great way to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones so I put together a little list of Beach must haves for you to enjoy…

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First thing on my list having the perfect little accent throws to lay on. I love bringing around 4-5 to make the area cozy and never ever leave without my umbrella! I have been collecting these throws from several places, but my favorite Beach Throws are from Serena & Lily  &  Living Spaces . They are beautiful, soft and perfect for the beach!!

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After my beach setting is cute and ready for the day, I take care of sun damage. Being outdoors is great! But I try keeping my face protected from the sun, so I always bring a hat with me. This is one of my favorites, it’s called  The Spencer Boat Hat from Lack Of Color . It does the job great and looks cute with pretty much anything!

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Also I always bring a large beach bag and my favorite this year is hands down the  Jute Bag Original from The Beach People . It fits my entire life and then some more! I swear it’s the most comfortable bag to bring to the beach and I love the simple and beautiful design. Also, it was very affordable so that’s always a plus <3

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And now let’s talk reading material! Having a book around for those days at the beach is definitely a must in my list. Whether it’s an old favorite or a new author, I always bring one with me.

º These are for the Fashion lovers:

  1. Lately I’ve been enjoying Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar. It’s an easy and fun read that takes you through the journey POPSUGAR‘s founder. Cool right?! I personally love reading about people’s success stories, how they built their empire and made a name for themselves in the fashion industry and if this is you too, then this book is for you!
  2. Another book I’ve been into this Summer is The Cool Factor by Andrea Linett. It’s more of a Style Guide for the woman who loves mixing timeless pieces with strategic layering and seasonal accents. It’s basically your older sister giving you the ultimate Style and Beauty secrets you always wanted to learn! It’s beautifully curated and fun book to have for those lazy Summer afternoons.

º For some healthy Girl Power:

  1. There’s this Photography book that I recently discovered called Strong Is The New Pretty: A Celebration Of Girls Being Themselves. And let me tell you it’s become one of my favorites!! It portrays these beautiful, talented, strong and creative girls from all over the country showing you how being a girl is something to be proud of and something to be celebrated. I truly want to gift this book to every girlfriend I have, to my little nieces, my little sister and little brothers too! I loved Kate T. Parker’s work and I think you would too.

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And the rest is up to you! Whether it’s spending quality time with friends and loved ones or having some quiet time to yourself, the day is sure to be enjoyed!

What I wore:

 White Cotton Courier Shirt from Madewell |Seashore Bikini Bottom from Kovey |

Thank you for reading!

xo Erika

 

 

 

Fitness & Health this Summer!

Summer is finally here!! I just celebrated Summer Solstice with an amazing group of women + RedBull this week where we took a Terrarium class, a Social Media workshop and even an Affirmation workshop. It was so much fun!! You can see more details HERE. But it got me thinking of how I am actually getting ready for the new season and panic hit me! Summer is already here and I don’t feel ready, typical right?? I even made a deal with my best friend so that we would meet our health and fitness goals by the month of May and guess what? He did amazing! He lost all the weight he wanted, but more than that he completely changed his diet, looks so fit (PROUD OF HIM!) and I… well let’s just say I fell behind haha. But I’m sure I’m not the only one, so I’m here to tell you it’s Not Too Late!! That’s why I want to share what I’ve been up to this month to keep up, some little tips here and there and hopefully motivate you to get started!

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For this time of year I love working out outside! I find that it motivates me more than being indoors so I’ll  go hiking, running at the beach, take a yoga class in the park, even going kayaking with my bestie, anything that keeps me under the sun and I always see better results! There’s something about being surrounded by nature that gives me that extra energy I need. Now, I still take a booty barre class and lift weights at the gym once or twice a week to keep my routine fresh, but for me it’s the outdoor workouts that keep me going.  And now that it’s Summer I intend to make the most of it! But I always make sure I apply sunscreen before leaving the house and bring a hat with me to stay safe. I did a post a while back on my favorites, you can take a look HERE.

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EATING HABITS 

Since I was very young I was taught that the way we eat matters. It’s not just which foods go better together, but things like taking your time when having a meal, the correct portions for you, to think about how many times you chew your food before you swallow, all these things matter. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I kept count every single time! But the point was to be conscious of the food I was eating so that I would recognise when my body was full instead of stopping only after I began feeling sick. This way I learned to eat 5 times a day, which led me to drink more water throughout the day and in general it helped with my metabolism! This also means I get hungry every few hours, but I always make sure to keep healthy snacks around me and I do keep them EVERYWHERE! In my purses, in my car and I even bring snacks to my boyfriend’s house if I know I’ll be spending the day there. I bring things like almonds, walnuts, mandarins, apples or my favorite is getting a green juice! It makes me feel good knowing that I’m eating all those healthy greens.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW

It’s good to have a routine and sticking to it, but every now and then it’s good to mix it up! And one way of keeping yourself motivated is by getting out of your comfort zone and trying that one class you were always curious about. There’s Aerial Yoga for example, this was one I honestly didn’t think I would like and I was surprised at how much fun I had and not to mention what a great workout it is, specially for your core.  Or maybe you can try Pilates this Summer or go Paddle Boarding. Or try something your friends are doing, mine take a Boxing class and say it’s the best workout they’ve ever tried! I however bruise with the slightest touch to my skin so I know that one isn’t for me, but I can’t stop hearing how amazing it is! The point is to challenge yourself to do something different and let me tell you the thrill I get from trying something new, combined with the feeling of accomplishment and strength I get after my workout is beyond anything I’ve ever felt before! It makes me push harder over longer periods of time.

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What I wore:

Armour Mid-Crossback Top, Color Blocked Ankle Leggings,

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Whatever you Health and Fitness goals are this Summer, I hope this inspires you to stay healthy and strong. Like I said, it’s never too late to start! *** You can head over to my FITNESS board on PINTEREST for visual inspo!

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Thank you for reading,

xo Erika

 

Polka Dots For Summer

I am so happy I can wear dresses everyday again! Specially midi style, they are so fun to wear! And Target has been coming up with new and exciting collaborations with some of my favorite brands. Like this dress I’m wearing, it’s from the Who What Wear collection that was launched for Target Style. A couple of weeks ago I got invited to preview the new line and I fell in love with every piece! It’s beautiful, affordable and perfect for Summer!

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I know I don’t wear polka dots that often, but I just loved this design! The off the shoulder detail and midi length caught my eye right away, so I’ve been practically living in this dress ever since. And I can’t wait to show you all the pretty pieces I got!

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What I wore:

Bardot Mini Dress from Who What Wear | The Spencer Boater Hat from Lack Of Color

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

My i.am + BUTTONS Experience

A couple of months ago I got the chance to meet up with will.i.am ‘s team and see all the amazing things his tech company  i.am + is working on, including their latest launch the wireless earphones BUTTONS. And they are amazing! Right away I loved the design and got excited to work together to introduce you guys my new favorite tech + fashion accessory all in one!

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As a blogger and a woman who loves fashion, I always make sure my style is reflected in everything I wear —I’m saying truly down to the smallest detail! So it makes sense that someone would come up with earbuds that actually look good with your outfit right?? Well here comes BUTTONS to save the day…

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That said, I also spend a lot of time on my phone so even thought I love listening to my favorite songs, it’s not just about the music. I mean a girl has to work right?? And that’s why I truly love these. I can take calls on them too, which comes in handy when I’m running around all day, from shoot to shoot and I have scheduled call meetings in between —to which I never get used to lol (that’s just my personality) but this definitely helps the process go by smoother. Plus, the sound is crisp clear! So it’s a win-win.

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All in all I can’t help but love my BUTTONS. And I had the best time shooting with the team. We met up at some of my favorite places in LA, we shot a quick video, took some fun photos and they were all incredibly nice and easy to work with! Which I always appreciate, it made the experience even better. ***Also, I had posted the video we did, but I had some issues with it loading on this page, so I will post it again on a separate one… stay tuned! But I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did and please let me know what you think!

As always thanks so much for reading!

xo Erika

Disclaimer: I did not buy these, they were gifted to me by the brand. But this as always is my honest opinion <3  Photos and video by: i.am.+

 

Spring Getaway Look

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Wearing light colors and fabrics, spending my days outside enjoying the sun, it makes my days so much better! Plus it’s finally the perfect weather for wearing rompers again and you already know how much I loved them. Like this one from Bishop & Young. The print is very subtle and beautiful and the colors complement each other perfectly. I’m in love with it! And it’s the perfect piece to pack on a little weekend getaway. Keep reading to find more key pieces to pack…

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One of my best friends Melissa  , helped me take these amazing photos and do my makeup. We had the best time driving around and findings cute spots to shoot, hanging out all day and having sushi <3 (our favorite thing to do!) It was just a really great day. And I love how these turned out! She’s a great photographer and makeup artist. Right now she is working on getting an account focussed on her creative side, so I’ll share it with you guys when it’s ready so you can check her amazing work!

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Now, about achieving the perfect little “getaway look”. Here are 4 simple steps you can follow:

  1. Get a statement piece. In this case the hat would be mine, I like covering my face from the sun as much as I can. Plus it makes the outfit more interesting!
  2. Finding a cute but comfortable look. Loose clothes always help get those vacation vibes going. Plus you will be able to enjoy your trip better!
  3. Go light on the accessories. Just find a couple pieces that go with most of your outfits, that way you can mix and layer as you go. Gorjana always have the cutest!
  4. Comfortable shoes without sacrificing style! I always find that wedges are the perfect travel shoe. They give you the height but you can still walk in them all day and not get tired. Plus they work perfect day or night, so you save space! Win-win situation, right?

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What I wore:

Romper by Bishop & Young | Hat by Lack of Colours  |

Necklaces by Gorjana Here and Here

I had the best time shooting this look, so I hope you guys liked it! What are your go to’s when you travel? Let me know below! And as always thank you for reading.

xo Erika

Pastels + Stripes

Hello February! Finally one of my favourite months of the year is here. I am a very traditional girl when it comes to cutesy-romantic things so of course this month is much awaited!! It’s just a beautiful time to celebrate friendship and love, to be kind to people and let’s not forget always a great excuse for flowers and wine, am I right?? My girls know!

Anyways with the love theme happening this month, I was inspired by blue and pink pastel colors, so of course I incorporated it into my outfit! I am wearing brands I have never tried before and I love them both!! Let me tell you about them..

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First is this Light Blue Suede Coat from Stylewe. A cool new (to me) online retail store that has the most amazing clothes! I swear I’m obsessed with everything they have and specially when it comes to layering. They have such interesting variety of prints, fabrics and colors! I’m just in love with their website. It seems to me like every amazing piece of clothing you drool over on Pinterest you can find here! I am not kidding you but if you don’t believe take a look yourself, I left links below so keep scrolling.

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And second is this Marine Tee from Amour Vert . They are a high quality clothing brand that focuses on delivering style that goes hand in hand with sustainability, which I love!! It’s always such a joy to find brands that care about their social responsibilities, who want to help the cause instead of adding to the problem, it’s refreshing! And the fact that Amour Vert manages to do all of this and still deliver such a beautifully curated collection is truly inspiring to me! Can’t get enough of this brand and their ultra soft clothing, guys this is a must try. *I was not paid to promote these brands, it’s my honest opinion.

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And of course, you can never go wrong with classics… My favorite Daniel Wellington Black Watch and my Over The Knee Jeffrey Campbell Boots. They are my best buds and I take them everywhere!

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Shop my look here:

Paris Light Blue Coat from Stylewe | Marine Stripe High Low Tee from Amour Vert |

Classic Sheffield in Silver from Daniel Wellington  |

Cienega OTK Boots from Jeffrey Campbell

I hope you liked today’s look and my little introduction to these new brands! Stay tuned for my special Valentine’s Day post!!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika

My Faves For Casual Moods

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks! I feel like January just flew by me so fast that I barely got time to adjust to the new year. So with a busy agenda comes the need for dressing comfortably in a chic way! So I put together a look that comes in handy for times like these. The outfit comes from classic and beautiful brands, some new, some local and some too fun not to mention!

My vest comes from Haute Shop Co a very cute and affordable online shop that I recently found! And their style is very versatile which I love. You can find anything from your much needed basic tees, the perfect date dress, to your edgy- fun jacket for a girls night out! They have it all and to my experience their delivery was quick and easy and the fit is true to size. I got a few things from them, so I will post other items soon but for now let me tell you this vest is beyond comfortable, I pretty much take it everywhere I go <3

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For accessories I wore my all time favorite Rayban sunnies (I wear them to much, I know but I can’t get enough). And my current favourite… my Timex watch, it goes with everything! And it’s perfect for the cute-casual look I was going for. (Details to shop below..)

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When it comes to comfort and style my go to lately has been Thursday Boots. They are a high quality boot brand that stole my attention back when they were only making them for men, seriously, I kept waiting for them to launch their women’s collection and they finally did so I jumped at the opportunity to try them myself! I was not disappointed <3

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What I wore:

Herringbone Vest by Haute Shop Co | Black Denim Skirt by American Apparel  |

Downtown Midnight Suede Boots by Thursday Boots | The Fairfield Watch by Timex 

I love, love, love finding out new brands to shop and these are some of my absolute favourites!! I hope you guys like them too and if you try them please leave me your thoughts below. As always thank you for stoping by!

xo Erika

SIMON x Vogue Magazine Campaign

If you follow me on Instagram you have already taken a peek at my weekend getaway! But in case you haven’t I will share some of the exciting details with you. I got the pleasure of working with Vogue and SIMON a global Outlet company all across North America, Europe and Asia. They invited me and a great group of bloggers and influencers in the fashion industry on a weekend getaway to Palm Springs for a shopping spree! We got to stay at The Saguaro Hotel (which you probably remember for its colorful sights) and yes, it’s just as beautiful as in the pictures! And got to shop all day at Desert Hills Premium Outlet, a girls dream come true right? I mean we jumped from Gucci, to Prada, to YSL , Valentino and pretty much every single one of my favorite brands, where they were waiting for us with champagne to help us shop.

Now, I have to confess that I had never been to this outlet before so I honestly did not know what to expect, but I swear I fell in love with it! They had every single store I could think of, the deals we found were amazing and everyone I talked to was so nice, which to me is VERY important when Im shopping.

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This was our group! Coming into this I wasn’t sure who I would be seeing this weekend, but I appreciated so much that every person in this photo and every single person behind the scenes taking it were unbelievably nice and so fun to work with! I am truly happy I got to meet them all..

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I got caught snapchatting on our way there! And yes that is my favorite filter (don’t judge) If you don’t already, you can follow my Snaps for behind the scenes on this and other fun campaigns here.. Username: ERIKAVM

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We then checked in at The Saguaro Hotel where we each got our own room and got to enjoy everything this beautiful hotel has to offer. My first impression was how vibrant and trendy this hotel is. I have seen it over an over in other people’s travels but had yet to see it for myself and let me tell you, I loved it! The rooms were very spacious and comfortable, the decor was original and artistic but what stood out the most was how friendly the staff was, they went above and beyond to make me feel welcomed.

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After checking in I got ready for a fun dinner & cocktails “al fresco” style at the hotel’s beautiful gardens!! Just look at the amazing set up they had for us..

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And of course I pretty much died over every single blogger’s outfit this weekend, I love each of their unique sense of style and I’m pretty sure Im not the only one, am I right? We wrapped the night with a group photo with flowers that we may or may not have stolen from the centerpieces at dinner.. Can’t pass a good photo prop right??

But all joking aside, this was one of the most fun campaigns I have ever been in. I loved everything, from the amazing bloggers that came, to The Saguaro Hotel amazing employees and decor, to the helpful retail assistants at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, to the entire crew that made this weekend possible. As a blogger you get good events and not so good ones, but let me say with all honesty that this was most definitely one of the BEST ones! I loved sharing this experience with you and I hope you liked it too.

As always thank you for reading,

xo Erika

Blush For Fall

Being caught in between the end of Summer and beginning of Fall leaves me wearing light dresses with ankle boots, but I don’t mind it at all! I do however wish I was living in NYC to be able to wear all the fun season clothes, specially now for Fashion Week! Has anyone else been following any of the runways? I am on high just watching these first ones, can’t wait for my favorite ones to come! But for now I am wearing one of my favoite colors these days blush and light grey. Simple and casual, but also just the right combo to get me through the day.

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What I wore:

Blush High Neck Bodycon Dress from Skylark | Ankle Booties from H&M

 I am in love with these tones right now, they go with pretty much everything and they are both great colors to transition from day to night! So you will probably see me wear them more often in the next few weeks. Hope you liked this outfit and as always thanks for reading!

xo Erika

Sail Away With Me

I can’t believe Summer is basically over! I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, partly because I don’t have ac in my home and partly because I miss wearing my beautiful boot collection (can’t help it, sorry). But now that its around the corner, I figured I would welcome the new season with a “Sail Away With Me”.. to Fall-post.

I’ve been reflecting about how time keeps going by so fast and thinking about how many steps we’ve actually taken to move forward with our dreams. It’s easy to get distracted with life, I know I’ve been there a few times! But I don’t want to lose focus, I want to always keep moving forward. A new season always brings a fresh start and we should make the most of it, right? However, if you’re not feeling the drive think about how much your life can change in a year. For example, when I thought about how much mine has changed from exactly a year ago, I felt unbelievably happy! Not because everything went by so smoothly, on the contrary.. I made big life decisions about where I wanted to live, had some health issues to deal with, then had personal decisions involving my family, but then more happy things came along! For instance I had to get serious about how far I wanted to take this blog, which to me was very exciting. Also a guy with the kindest heart came into my life, he later became my boyfriend and is now someone I love very very much. I look at this entire year and I can’t help but feel very grateful, for the good things and the bad! All of this in one little year so think about the possibilities if we only focus and work towards what we want, the rest always find its way:)

So whether it’s a new challenge or an exciting new path for the blog, I want to welcome all change I want to make the most out of what’s left of this year and it will be okay because I will be wearing a beautiful hat on my head to keep me grounded and beautiful boots to take me where I want to go, all in style of course! A girl has to look nice even when she’s busy. Now, my wardrobe won’t change dramatically next week because lets face it.. I live in sunny So Cal. But in the coming posts I will be talking about transition looks, the must-have items for Fall, more blogging tips and many more fun things! So follow along..

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To welcome Fall season I decided to wear a white jacket and my favorite brown leather booties. I like pairing these with white shorts to balance out the look, I think it keeps it more casual and adding a straw hat makes it more fun!

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Get this look:

The Spencer Boater by Lack of Color | White Jacket by Zara similar Here and Here | Brown Leather Booties by Forever21 but similar Here and  Here

Sorry about the long post this week <3  But I hope you found a bit of inspiration in it and that you will make the rest of this year count!

Thanks for reading,

xo Erika